Northward: side project of Floor Jansen and Jørn Viggo Loftstad

Well, it seems last year wasn’t completely off the pitch last year for Floor Jansen. There is a musical side project she worked on, resurrecting some songs from 2008 with a chap from the band Pagan’s Mind. These sound like rock songs and I can’t wait to hear what they sound like. The project is called Northward, there is a Facebook page for it.


In progress: Amaranthe’s new album

I follow the lead singer of Amaranthe, Elize Ryde, on Instagram and back in January she made some mentions of being in the studio to record a new album. I’m excited by the prospect of more Amaranthe music to come. I enjoy listening to their albums but I don’t think I’ve yet heard the best from them. I think the next one will be something special!


Nervosa replace drummer


I heard this news the other week, the excellent all female Brazilian thrash band Nervosa have replaced their previous drummer Fernanda Terra with a new drummer Jully Lee. The only thing I’ve read about the change is that it was due to personal and musical differences, which doesn’t say anything really.

Addendum: OK, I got confused here, Nervosa did change drummer but Jully Lee had already been replaced by Pitchu Ferraz and this was old news from 2012 and I didn’t spot the dates. The news was that during 2017 Luana Dametto had replaced Pitchu Ferraz. 




Metal Hammer is saved

Yes, it seems that all is not lost. I don’t quite understand what the timescales are but it does seem that the previous owners of the magazines that Teamrock bought have bought back the magazines, at a bargain basement price. Good business deal.

So I hope that I receive the remaining magazines I have left on my subscription.

Arch Enemy announce live DVD

Good news for fans of Arch Enemy, like me, who have received the news that there will be a live DVD/Blu ray released in March of the band’s Wacken 2016 performance. It should be awesome quality considering the number of cameras involved and the sound is mixed by Andy Sneap. The film will be titled As The Stages Burn  and it will include extras like backstage footage and some songs filmed in concert in Japan. I will be pre-ordering it. A YouTube trailer for it is here.


Sad news for Team Rock Ltd

On Tuesday this week this message was posted on the Team Rock website about administrators being called in. I’ve been a reader of Classic Rock and Metal Hammer magazines for some time and have always enjoyed them. I heard that the staff were not aware of how bad the situation had got and were told on Monday that they no longer had a job and that they would not receive any severance pay. It’s a bad situation really, bad enough to lose a job but under these circumstances and so close to Christmas it’s even worse, I feel for them and hope that things work out quickly. If a new owner can be found to keep the magazines going that would obviously be the best thing but I say this more in hope than expectation.