My name is Nick Perkel, aka Japan Nick of Japan Nick’s Rock and Metal Pandemonium and my shows are featured on Montclair State University’s WMSC 90.3 in Little Falls, New Jersey Friday nights 7pm-10pm.
I have 13 interviews 5 album reviews, and 1 top 10 list (2013) published in the Aquarian Weekly. I have 9 interviews published on Blabbermouth. I have interview published on BraveWords. I am thanked in the liner notes of one album (Condition Critical’s Operational Hazard released in 2013.
The first is with Rat Skates to promote his film Welcome to the Dream.
and Rigor Mortis/Warbeast Singer Bruce Corbitt speaking about the new albums coming from Warbeast and Rigor Mortis as well as the split with Phil Anselmo called War of the Gargantuas
Klara Force is a guitarist for Swedish sleaze metal band Crucified Barbara, who are currently on an American tour with fellow Swedish luminaries Crashdïet. Last July, Crucified Barbara released The Midnight Chase, their third full-length, and it came with a North American exclusive track called “Acid Rain.”
The band will be performing in NYC at the Gramercy Theatre on Saturday, April 13. I recently spoke with Force to discuss The Midnight Chase, their tour, and more. The transcription is below:
http://www.theaquarian.com/2013/06/20/sacred-mother-tongue-out-of-the-darkness Sacred Mother Tongue Out Of The Darkness album review
Special b side tracks such as Lucifera, Go Down Swinging, and Can’t Hide the Wolf were given an in depth description. TGPF and For All Eternity, which are recordings from Holy Grail’s first demo were mentioned. Luna discussed various other bands in which he has contributed vocals to such as Children of Bodom, Parkway Drive, 69 Eyes, and perhaps Monster Magnet in the future? A Deep introspective dialogue was held when the topic of explaining the difference between paying your dues, and being taken advantage of was gone over. Guitarists Eli Santana and Alex Lee are holding guitar clinics on every show of the tour.
Diamond Plate’s first release was the Thrash Clash Vol. 2 split with Oppression, which had Konrad Kupiec on guitar and Jim Nicademus on drums. One of their most popular songs, “At The Mountains Of Madness” was on that split and later included on Generation Why? a few years later. The band is currently signed to Earache Records/Century Media, and will be appearing with Death Angel, 3 Inches Of Blood, Battlecross, Revocation and Generation Kill at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room on Oct. 29.
The group recently released their sophomore album, Pulse. It’s essentially a new band with their new lead singer, Matt Ares. There was a darker and more serious vibe to the writing of this album with longtime fans noticing a more mature sound. The art of picking out the tracklisting and how to pick the order of the songs was compared to putting random puzzle pieces together to form a work of art.
The band now works differently than in years past, introducing jamming into their live sets as an important component of their songwriting and performances. In the interview below, Kupiec, Nicademus and Ares, as well as radio host Neil Wonnell, discuss the group’s songs, advice for young musicians, and more.
Dir En Grey are a heavy metal band from Osaka, Japan, that has been around since 1997. They formed after La:Sadie’s broke up and reformed with four of the old La:Sadie’s members and added a bassist named Toshiya. Dir En Grey typically use events going on in their everyday life to record new music, and are one of Japan’s most successful metal acts.
In 2014, Dir En Grey are looking to release a new album and may possibly revisit the American shores for yet another visit.
They appeared at Irving Plaza on November 11th 2013.
Ramming Speed are a five-piece thrash metal band from Boston, MA that released their new album a few months ago. In the past, they’ve worked with labels such as Tank Crimes and Brutal Panda Records, but on their latest effort, Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die, they released it through Prosthetic Records.
I got a chance to speak with Ramming Speed drummer Jonah Livingston and singer Pete Gallagher before their CMJ Metal Insider performance at Club Europa in Brooklyn. In the interview below, they talk about the new CD, touring, and more. They played on Nov. 29 at the St. Vitus bar with Toxic Holocaust and In Defence.
Emilie Autumn is a gothic industrial violinist and singer-songwriter. Her most recent album, Fight Like A Girl, has shaped up to be the biggest and most important release of her career, appearing on her new label, The Asylum Emporium.
Autumn appeared at New York City’s Irving Plaza on Nov. 27th 2013 for a co-headlining date with The Birthday Massacre. She recently chatted with The Aquarian to talk about Fight Like A Girl, her appearance in the 2012 film The Devil’s Carnival, touring, and more.
Katherine Thomas, also known as The Great Kat, is a violin and guitar prodigy who was born in London, England, and was enrolled in the prestigious Juilliard School of performing arts. She ended up becoming concertmaster at Juilliard and taught classes as an adjunct professor. Her debut as a professional musician was at Carnegie Concert Hall.
As she describes in the interview below, The Great Kat transitioned from a classical musician to a speed metal wizard after watching a music video by Judas Priest. She also explains the inspiration and writing techniques used to record some of her classics, the 1996 album Digital Beethoven On Cyberspeed, and more.
Warbringer IV Empires Collapse Album Review
Winds of Plague Resistance album review
http://www.theaquarian.com/2013/12/25/the-top-10-albums-of-2013-according-to-the-aquarian-weekly-writers/ Top 10 List for 2013. I was one of 13 writers chosen to make a top 10 list.
http://www.theaquarian.com/2014/01/01/an-interview-with-sin-quirin-from-ministry-bottoms-up-for-the-beers-to-eternity/ Sin Quirin is an industrial metal guitarist for Ministry as well as Revolting Cocks and The Great AmeriCon. A few months ago, Ministry released From Beers To Eternity, dubbed the swansong of Ministry due to the passing of Ministry and Rigor Mortis guitarist Mike Scaccia.
The Aquarian recently spoke with Quirin about From Beers To Eternity, touring, William S. Burroughs and more.
Gama Bomb The Terror Tapes Album Review
Paradox Tales of the Weird Album Review
The Masters Of Illusion performed on Feb. 6 at Harrah’s Casino in Atlantic City, and featured routines with Rick Thomas and Michael Finney. The Masters Of Illusion live event magic show will be taking place every Thursday in February at Harrah’s Casino.
Feb. 20 features Peter Gossamer and Ed Alonzo. Gossamer has exhibited his talents in magic on stages in New York, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Singapore and Guam. Alonzo, meanwhile, was one of the featured magicians working on Michael Jackson’s This Is It concert series as well as The Circus tour starring Britney Spears in 2009.
Feb. 27 hosts Michael Turco and Jonathan Pendragon. Turco has headlined at Planet Hollywood with Magic & Mayhem and has collaborated with Dancing With The Stars‘ Lacey Schwimmer to assist with choreography. Pendragon has entertained for Presidential Galas in Washington D.C., the Queen of England, the Prince of Wales and the Royal Family of Monaco.
Rick Thomas (Feb. 6) was named “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts and “Stage Magician of the Year” by the World Magic Awards. He has also appeared on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and last year was brought in by Robert Weiss, the artistic director of the Carolina’s Nutcracker Ballet, to be the creative director for the ballet’s magical effects.
Finney had early accomplishments in his career by appearing in 1986 on Star Search on NBC with Ed McMahon as a comedy finalist, and in 2004, performed at the White House Inauguration Gala for President Bush. He is also a Silver Lion Head recipient from Siegfried and Roy.
I discussed with Thomas and Finney what types of illusions audience members can expect to see at the February shows.
Satan are a New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band that was formed in 1979. They have three full-lengths—1983’s Court In The Act, 1987’s Suspended Sentence, and 2013’s Life Sentence—and one EP—1986’s Into The Future—to their name.
Over the years, Satan have been known by a number of different names. From 1984-85, they were called Blind Fury, and released Out Of Reach in 1985. They subsequently changed the name back to Satan. By 1988, they had changed their name to The Kindred, and eventually, Pariah. During the Pariah days of 1988-89, they released two albums: The Kindred and Blaze Of Obscurity. In 1990, a folk metal band called Skyclad was formed, which featured guitarist Steve Ramsey and bassist Graeme English of Satan and Pariah, which still is around today. By 1997-98, Pariah reformed and released the album Unity. Satan reunited in 2004 for a brief reunion, and since 2011, have kept their Court In The Act lineup intact.
Satan will be playing at Brooklyn’s Black Bear Bar on April 11 and Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie on April 14. I recently caught up with Ramsey to discuss Satan’s most recent album, Life Sentence, the band’s name changes, Skyclad, and more.
I am also on the Examiner now.