TOP 12 ALBUMS OF 2012

TOP 12 ALBUMS OF 2012

Support: I’m going to be sad when it’s like, 2041 and lists with titles like this will no longer make sense. In the meantime… 12. Ensiferum – Unsung Heroes Ensiferum took their time with this one, and it shows. 2012 didn’t see a whole lot of folk metal releases, but the few I got to hear were pretty great. 11. Grave Digger – Clash Of The Gods Grave Digger have proven that they are still relevant after 32 years in the scene. Clash Of The Gods sounds like it was ripped straight out of the ’80s, and brand new all at the same time. 10. Christian Mistress – Possession I was more excited than anyone I knew for Christian Mistress’s sophomore album, and it did not disappoint. Possession is fantastic from start to finish, and losing it in a hard drive crash was a low point in this otherwise great year. 9. Wintersun – Time I You knew it was coming. The Chinese Democracy of Finnish melodeath, Time I was hyped to the extreme and mostly delivered on its awesomeness. Forget about how the album was supposedly so complex that there are hundreds of track sper song and crashed Jari’s computer — it is an enjoyable album to listen to, and that’s all that mattered. 8. King Giant – Dismal Hollow 2012 was the year that I fully explored my stoner side (I discovered Red Fang and Dozer in late 2011). Dismal Hollow came along in January, which couldn’t have been a better time. If I had gotten it on tape, the magnetic strip would have been WAY worn...
ELUVEITIE – ANNA MURPHY INTERVIEW

ELUVEITIE – ANNA MURPHY INTERVIEW

Support: Recently HearEvil.com caught up with Anna Murphy (Hurdy Gurdy) from the folk metal band Eluveitie to tak about all that’s going on with Eluveite, as well as her solo projects and what’s next for Eluveite. Thank you Anna for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk about all that’s going on with Eluveitie with HearEvil.com, the heavy music social network run by women and directed toward women. Earlier this year Eluveitie released Helvetios. Can you tell us about the concept behind the album and how has the fan response been to the album? AM: “Helvetios” tells the harrowing chronic of the Gaulish war. But it’s not just a chronological account of this terrible war, the album tells the story from the viewpoint of the Helvetians, a Celtic tribe. This wasn’t a very simple task, since history is mostly written by those who triumphed in war which in this case was the Roman empire, Gaius Julius Caesar to be exact. Most of what we know about the Gaulish war nowadays stems from Caesar’s transcripts and that these do not convey the full truth is pretty obvious and also confirmed by historians. His scripture “De Bello Gallico” is political propaganda for his benefit to a great extent in which home and family defending Gauls become “belligerent barbarians” and sheer genocide over Gaulish tribes become “glorious battles” that were fought by Roman legions “heroically to protect the Roman people.” So you can see it’s not an easy undertaking to portray the Gaulish war as Helvetians (Gauls) would have. We still tried and cooperated with scientists to question historiography and let historical...
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