Anna Denejkina

Month: August, 2012

PRIMAL ROCK REBELLION Interview with Mikee Goodman (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 9, 2012

Six years in the making, it was kept under a self-imposed embargo throughout. SikTh and Iron Maiden are monikers that seldom appear collectively, but 2011 was the first year to bring the news of collaboration between Mikee Goodman and Adrian Smith, and the first year to finally sate the appetites of fanatics that have missed Goodman’s eccentric voice since SikTh’s totally and completely demoralizing hiatus…

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(The best song ever.)

 

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THE USED – Interview with Bert McCracken (AHM)

 Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 9, 2012

In 2004, The Used released their seminal, sophomore record, In Love and Death. They monumentally shake up the Australian emo-scene:  a walk-of-life we all remember, ’cause you were either one of them, or you made fun of them.

Cue sold out shows and mass devotion from fans. Front man Bert McCracken is extolled as a sex symbol, fashion icon, and role model for countless adolescent girls and boys. For these fanatics, The Used became the epitome and the beacon of a scene made popular by an emancipated façade of apathy and pensiveness, no matter how authentic, harmonised, or specious it really was…

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… ; here is something old, and blue.

PSYCROPTIC – Interview with Jason Peppiatt (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 9, 2012

It’s 2012, and Psycroptic’s career is officially a seventh-grader. Thirteen years, five albums and countless tours have made the Tassie four one of the most recognisable metal outfits spawned from Australia — and one that’s now admired globally.

With time, comes an awaited, tacit change. Yet the protective nature of fans, despite their professed open minds and ears, a change is not always wanted, welcomed, or understood. An adjustment becomes uncomfortable, unusual, and if the music is more – god forbid – digestible, then this change is absolutely unacceptable. Furthermore, if this change comes from tech-death wizards, like Psycroptic, well… be ready for an Internet flame war concentrated on diversity in opposition to ‘weaksauce’…

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GRAVEYARD ROCKSTARS – Interview with Ash Rothschild (AHM)

Written for Australian Hysteria Magazine

Originally published in Issue 9, 2012

“We’re the equivalent to watching a musical version of a horror movie,” is an ambitious description that is sure to raise eyebrows. Hearing that this band is the spawn from members of L.U.S.T, The Licks, Ink, Caligula and Neon Heart, raises that anticipation even higher. And in 2012, the spawn has come out to play in the form of the aptly titled Graveyard Rockstars.

Crawling out of Sydney’s woodwork is the brainchild of front-man Ash Rothschild, for whom the idea of a horror-rock troupe clad in an almost identical aesthetic loomed for a long time, before serendipity took hold, like it does with all attractive ideas…

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