Epica is the band that introduced me to the metal scene and even though I have a taste for heavier, sometimes darker music now, I’ll probably always follow this Dutch six piece. Their previous effort, Requiem for the Indifferent, is one of my favourites in the bands career. Now let’s see how their sixth full length, The Quantum Enigma, measures up to that.. Read all!
Eternal Enemies is the latest release by metalcore band Emmure. An extremely heavy album from a unique band that tries to stay away from the cookie cutter, mass produced garbage of the mainstream music scene. This is the follow up to the 2012 Album “Slave to the Game” and it is sure to please fans of the metalcore/deathcore genre.. Read all!
Reviewing this album is like an early Christmas present for me to say the least. Catacombs of the Black Vatican combines all the elements of past Black Label Society albums and adds much more to it, giving the listener an experience unlike any they have heard before. Zakk Wylde was involved in every aspect of this album, from song-writing, producing and even mixing. he sound quality and mix of this album is second to none.. Read all!
It has been nearly two years since Delain released their We are the Others album and the band has been busy in between. Not only have they released the mini album Interlude, but since then, they have been touring all over the world. Now, Delain continues their journey with the new effort The Human Contradiction in which they still adress the “otherness” issues that humans cope with on a daily basis.. Read all!
With its first full length called Vinteroffer, the Norwegian black metal band Vredehammer wants to crawl from the underground, break its way through the permafrost and present their music to the worldwide metal scene. Backed up by a label as Indie Recordings and a pretty good debut album, they should have no trouble taking the first steps to world domination.. Read all!
15-04-2014 – For the upcoming record, The Quantum Enigma (TQE), Epica has tried to modernize its sound. At the same time TQE is a classical Epica record with grand choirs, heavy guitars and contemplations about life. So, to about learn the ins and outs of TQE, Metal-Exposure had a chat with founder and guitarist Mark Jansen about refreshing Epica’s sound, living in the heart and his bucket list.. Read all!
21-03-14 - Just before the release of Delain‘s next studio album, they decided to give a big kick off party for “The Human Contradiction” with some surprise special guests. When we arrived at the venue, about two and an half hours before the doors would open, there already were some fans in front of the venue. That many people were already gathering outside, wanting to get inside as soon as possibe and conquer a spot near the front of the stage. Read all!
27/03/14 – Vera, Groningen (NL) – What do you do when the month has been uncommonly warm, there are little lambs gambolling around everywhere and you feel like your soul is just not as black as it used to be, like in winter? Yes, find a black metal concert. Luckily for yours truly this was arranged easily as the venue Vera had an evening planned with a bunch of soul defiling black metal bands: Koldbrann, Ondskapt and Endstille.. Read all!
It is time to get nostalgic.
The past year, metal-exposure has grown immensely compared to the years before and is still growing hard. Looking back down the road, I remember very well my first mile-stone; officially visiting a festival while representing metal-exposure. By now it shouldn’t be a surprise that this festival was the one and only Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkirchen (namely 2008). Read the entire preview
At the beginning of February, 22-year old Merel Bechtold was announced as the new, permanent guitar player of MaYaN, the symphonic death metal formation around Mark Jansen (Epica). So, it’s time to get to know this new face in MaYaN a little bit better!
The first instrument Merel Bechtold ever played was not a guitar, but a piano. After some years, she quit. “I don’t really know why I started playing the piano in the first place.. Read all!