ELINE & ASTRID (INHUMAN)

We needed something short and catchy to accurately describe our sound; the heavy aspect of the tight riffs and the furious drums and the larger-than-life feel of the orchestrations.

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

LIV KRISTINE (COLDBOUND)

I am feeling blessed at this moment. COLDBOUND is a blessing, I have to say. Pauli and Meiju are wonderful, like a soul family, there’s a deep understanding and passion between us.

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

ALINA GAVRILENKO (EVERDAWN)

Many people in the metal scene know me as a Snowmaiden, as it is a moniker under which I perform as a solo artist. It is a nickname and persona I’ve embraced.

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

EMMANUELLE ZOLDAN (SIRENIA)

Yes, we took a new direction on this album, we wanted to bring a more modern and fresh sound to the songs but without never losing our identity.

By: Dimitris Kazantzis

JUSTINE DAAÉ (ELYOSE)

Big communication problems that lead to isolation, conflicts and hate… Everyone loses when we’re afraid to communicate because of the fear of judgement.

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

FIONA CREABY (FALLEN ARISE)

Until March, we had no clue this pandemic would come and decimate our 2020 plans. When it happened, we had a conversation with ROAR on whether to postpone the release or not.

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

SARAH WOLF (AFTERTIME)

We really felt drawn to the concept of leaving your home behind to pursue something greater and unknown. It’s a classic story, and yet we’ve managed to put our own twist on it.

By: Kira L. Schlechter

MAXI NIL (JADED STAR)

I’d like people to see their own story and relate to my lyrics, so telling exactly what the songs are about may ruin it.

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

MADELEINE LILJESTAM (ELEINE)

This album is both heavier and darker than previous releases. But still maintains that certain ELEINE sound. I think we got a good balance throughout the album.

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

ELINA SIIRALA & ALEXANDER KRULL (LEAVES’ EYES)

Hardrada’s conflicts were solved with a hand, so Hardrada was feared by his enemies and celebrated by his men.

By: Kira L. Schlechter

CAMMIE GILBERT (OCEANS OF SLUMBER)

We approach every album as if it could be our last, and treat every album as if it were our first; with just as much passion, focus and emotions tied into each one.”

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

MARGARITA DUNWICH (DUNWICH)

DUNWICH has been my creative pseudonym for quite a few years now. In turn, I borrowed it from the stories of my favorite writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft.”

By: Isabell Köster

ALIKI KATRIOU (EIGHT LIVES DOWN)

As a species we tend towards external perception, thinking and processing – we rely on peer groups to determine our behaviour, what we do will either align with other humans or go against them.”

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

ELISA BONAFÈ (REASONS BEHIND)

Project: M.I.S.T.’ is a story about a future where people who suffered severe injuries or disease are linked to a machine that helps them healing by making them living a virtual life in an interactive neuro simulation.”

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

JESSICA FROST (WINTER’S END)

Originally, ‘Winter’s End’ was just one of our song titles. As we were brainstorming ideas for a band name, we wanted to come up with something that represented who we are and the message we hope to deliver…”

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

BRITTNEY SLAYES (UNLEASH THE ARCHERS)

The story for both albums was written at pretty much exactly the same time. I knew right from the start that they would be called ‘Apex’ & ‘Abyss’.”

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

HEIDI PARVIAINEN (DARK SARAH)

Dark Sarah was born when I was writing the first lyrics for this band. The song was Save Me and there a woman in a wedding dress is walking in the woods and singing “save me”.”

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

KORINNA KÖNIG (CANTERRA)

In the moment the song ‘Heartmachine’ became a coherent picture, it was clear that ‘Heartmachine’ is not only an unusual and live extremely stirring song, but also a great album title.”

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

MELISSA PINION (STYGIAN CROWN)

Despite the fact that my musical background is mainly in traditional metal and hard rock, I try to bring authenticity to any genre thrown my way. I think the guys saw this too, particularly since they haven’t fired me yet.

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven

VICTORIA K

“Amy Lee is just an incredible songwriter and has written some of the most memorable amazing songs of all time. For me, to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Amy, is an honor and just incredibly humbling.”

By: Henk van Nieuwenhoven