Metal Empire Interviews
Fabienne Erni from Illumishade: The More Cheesy the Better

Fabienne Erni from Illumishade: The More Cheesy the Better

November 25, 2020

Friends, Romans, Metalheads, lend me your ears.

On this episode we're dipping back into the...pond... of time(?) to an interview that seems a lifetime ago, thanks to the intervening plague, but was in fast just earlier this year.

This is a conversation with Fabienne Erni of Illumishade and it's one I did before the Fatrick Bumbatrick style really solidified, so you might notice my staying slightly more on topic than these days. To be honest I cringed a bit listening back to it, but Fabienne was such a relentlessly happy and enthusiastic guest she carries the whole thing and you probably wouldn't notice if I hadn't told you, but I have now, and I haven't written all those words just to delete them. Stream of consciousness intros, stream of consciousness outros and now stream of consciousness show notes too, apparently.

 

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Music used with kind permission, thank you.
 
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Illumishade website: www.illumishade.ch
 
Illumisade merch: www.illumishade.ch/store
 
 
 
Fabienne on Facebook: facebook.com/fabienneerniofficial
 
Illumishade on Facebook: facebook.com/illumishade
 
Fabienne on Instagram: instagram.com/fabienneerni/
 
Illumishade on Instagram: instagram.com/illumishade_official/
Wolf Hoffmann from Accept: Mum’s Biscuits

Wolf Hoffmann from Accept: Mum’s Biscuits

November 13, 2020
Friends, Romans, Metalheads, lend me your ears.
 
In an effort to mollify the furious public, here's the second Metal Empire Interviews podcast in as many days. See? Still knocking them out, those real life events were really real.
 
Here I had the pleasure of chatting with the founder & guitarist of metal titans Accept. 
 
Among the topics we touch on are the meaning(less) of the band name, the additional unofficial member for the past decade, going meat free, getting their career backwards and biscuits. 
Wolf is the kind of guy I'd love to hang out in the back garden with on a hot, starry Nashville night, chowing down on vegan BBQ and slurping alcohol free beer. Just really relaxed, warm, friendly and very easy to talk to. It's a great way to spend some time if you're looking to de-stress.
 
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Accept website & merch: acceptworldwide.com
 
 
 
 
Accept's Twitter: @accepttheband
 
Wolf on Instagram: instagram.com/wolfhoffmann/
 
Accept on Instagram: instagram.com/acceptworldwide/
Phil Pendergast from Khemmis: Pee Poo Pee Poo

Phil Pendergast from Khemmis: Pee Poo Pee Poo

November 12, 2020
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This is where it all started. This is where the fatrick bum batrick interview style commenced, quite unexpectedly. Phil Pendergast, singer and guitarist of Khemmis, was such an absolute joy to talk to, that I just let the 15 minute interview, turn into 20 minutes, then into 30 and then sod it, a full three quarters of an hour 45 minute monstrosity. 
 
It was all so good I couldn't bear to cut any down, so the citizens of the Metal Empire had the full thing thrust upon them, and they loved it. 
 
So, join Phil and I for a very delightful conversation about facial hair, developing a story with album art, the interplay between visuals and the genre, coffee table book goals, David Bowie and more.
 
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Khemmis website & merch: khemmisdoom.com
 
Khemmis on Bandcamp: khemmis.bandcamp.com
Monique Pym from Reliqa: The Name of Your Destiny

Monique Pym from Reliqa: The Name of Your Destiny

October 15, 2020
Friends, Romans, Metalheads, lend me your ears.
 
Bad news charm h8rs, Monique Pym from Reliqa is charming AF.

In this installment the Reliqa frontwoman educates me on the difference between 'prog' and 'progressive', discusses the metal tradition and pitfalls of mispelling your band's name, and the meaning of Mr. Magic.

 
I also sound quite drunk during the interview.

Speaking of drunk, I also sound extremely drunk during the protracted waffling that bookends the interview. I don't even drink. I'd just consumed gallons of caffeine. Skip to 12:46 if you're just here for the actual quality content and not my terrible Australian accent, ramblings about petrol flavoured Pepsi and Scottish fighting.

 
Do I sound like this all the time?
 

Metal Empire is broadcast live on MetalNation.com/Radio, Wednesdays at 1300 GMT/0800 ET/1400 CET and repeated on Saturdays at 2300 GMT/1800PM ET and Midnight CET.

 
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Elize & Olof from Amaranthe: DEATH WOOF

Elize & Olof from Amaranthe: DEATH WOOF

October 2, 2020
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Prepare for one of my favourite interviews ever, a satisfying 30 conversation with Elize Ryd (singer, songwriter) & Olof Mörck (guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter) of the genre breaking power-death-dance-electro-pop-metal pioneers

Amaranthe.
 
While discussing the concepts behind their new album Manifest, we also confidently and intransigently barrel off topic.
 
MARVEL as Olof and I discuss our mutual history of adopting of Romanian street dogs!
 
THRILL as we extoll the virtues of audiobooks in an age of busy lifestyles!
 
CRINGE at my paltry attempts at death growl vocals despite excellent, canine-based tuition from Elize!

Metal Empire is broadcast live on MetalNation.com/Radio, Wednesdays at 1300 GMT/0800 ET/1400 CET and repeated on Saturdays at 2300 GMT/1800PM ET and Midnight CET.

 
All material apart from music copyright RJ Bayley 2020.
Music used with kind permission, thank you.
 
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Amaranthe website & merch: https://amaranthe.se/
 
 
 
Elize Ryd Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elizerydofficial
(Olof doesn't have a public Facebook page, I'm not playing favourites here)
 
Amaranthe's Twitter: @AmarantheMetal
 
Olof's Twitter: @MorckOlof
(Elize doesn't etc, etc.)
 
Brittney Slayes from Unleash the Archers: Batman, Prometheus and Murdered Bandmates.

Brittney Slayes from Unleash the Archers: Batman, Prometheus and Murdered Bandmates.

September 16, 2020
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In the most fatrick of bumbatricks yet, Brittney Slayes, frontperson of one of my very favourite bands, Unleash The Archers, joins me for a very off piste conversation.

 
If you're looking for a poe-faced, serious interview that discusses the plot of their new album Abyss for the 562nd time, this isn't it.
 
If you want to get to know Brittney's passions and opinions about things like

The Batman, internet dicks, the cool North and concerns about pissing off fans with synthesizers however, strap in for a very entertaining show.
 
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Unleash the Archers website & merch: https://unleashthearchers.com/
 
 
Unleash the Archers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnleashTheArchers
 
 
Unleash the Archers Twitter: @UnleashArchers
 
Brittney Slayes Twitter: @BrittneyPotPie (for some reason)
 
Unleash the Archers on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/unleashthearchers
Unleash the Archers on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/unleashthearchers/
 
 
Metal Empire is broadcast live on MetalNation.com/Radio, Wednesdays at 1300 GMT/0800 ET/1400 CET and repeated on Saturdays at 2300 GMT/1800PM ET and Midnight CET.
 
All material apart from music copyright RJ Bayley 2020.
Music used with kind permission, thank you.
 

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Helle & Evgeny of Ignea.

Helle & Evgeny of Ignea.

September 8, 2020

Friends, Romans, Metalheads, lend me your ears.

It just felt right to kick off the Metal Empire Interviews podcast with my first conversation with my friends Evgeny & Helle of IGNEA.

Usually record labels and promoters Reach Out to Touch Base™ with me and ask which of their artists I'd like interview. In this case though, I fell so in love with Ignea's first album, The Sign of Faith, that I sought them out myself for a recorded chinwag.

Listening back, the pair come across so well and it's a wide ranging chat about not only their music but further metal-relevant topics.

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Ignea's website: ignea.band

Buy Ignea merch (I have. It's great. I love my t-shirt and especially my hoodie): ignea.band/collections/all

Ignea on Spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/7E7V95LId9MPJ6anIK1qrM?si=Zurm1IvQS76i-Pl0CtbxLQ

Ignea's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCIVzbVm64h2LrkHpwq4nSOg

Helle's YouTube channel: youtube.com/channel/UC4hLdcViQ6yu6UBZlcYkYEA

Evgeny's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCFHt-yLSNwwFFi6y9oUvc7Q

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Music used with kind permission, thank you.

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