BEAST IN BLACK INTERVIEW
Beast in Black are a five-piece metal band from Helsinki, the band was founded by Anton Kabanen soon after he had parted ways with BATTLE BEAST in 2015. The international line-up consists of Yannis Papadopoulos (vocals), Mate Molnar (bass), Sami Hänninen (drums), Kasperi Heikkinen (guitar) and Anton Kabanen (guitar and vocals).
In 2015 Beast In Black played their first gig as an opener for Nightwish without even having their debut album out yet. They quickly followed with their second show with Sabaton.
Beast In Black signed a deal with NUCLEAR BLAST almost immediately after the completion of their first album titled "BERSERKER". Beast In Black is ready to release their new album Beast In Black From Hell with Love on February 2019.
We got to speak to Anton Kabanen about his up coming album and more.
TM - What can fans expect from your new album From Hell With Love?
AK - Good music, it will be clear in three weeks when it is out. Everyone should get the CD and have their own opinion and give feedback and hopefully, everyone likes it l. It is melodic 80s heavy metal with melodic Tunes and great guitars and vocals.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for From Hell With Love?
AK - We wrote a bunch of songs and selected the ones we liked. The lyrics are a bit different this time because it was the first time I co-wrote with a friend of mine. He helped write 5 of the songs on my album for the writing process. The schedule was very tight and challenging before our tour last year we wrote it there was no social life for me so it was just gigs and studio work.
TM - Who Designed your Album cover for From Hell With Love?
AK - It was a draft that at first and it ended up being the album cover. Usually album covers are open to their own interpretation of what it means but we had a different idea for our album cover but chose this one.
TM - what was your other idea for your other album cover?
AK - It was more like a fire and ice type of thing two elements confronting each other.
TM - Do you write on the road or only in the recording studio?
AK - I normally write when I am at home alone the recording studio is more for producing.
TM - You opened for Nightwish in 2015 as your very first gig how did that come about and what was your favorite memory from that show?
AK - Nightwish asked us to be the support act, the whole day was magical and the atmosphere was so real for us the show was over in the blink of an eye.
TM - You signed with Nuclear Blast can you tell us the story behind getting signed?
AK - It was when 2012 ended and the debut album of Battle Beast was released through nuclear blast. I already knew the guys and our management knew the guys. I remember when I departed from Battle Beast and the guys from Nuclear Blast said Anton when can we hear some demos from you. I never presented the demos I did the album and a video and presented the package and they liked us so we got singed.
TM - You open tab Sabaton after you open dream Nightwish what was it like opening with them in such great succession?
AK - It was something totally unexpected and that means that these bands want to give chances to new bands you always have to be professional and show that you want something it's always 100% or 0% we always give our all.
TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?
AK - Judas Priest or Manowar because they don't have that much keyboard but they are classic heavy metal.
TM - If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
AK - James Cameron the movie director I love all his films and he's a really unique person and amazing artist I'm a movie geek.
TM - what's your favourite Movie?
AK - Titanic, I know it's a surprise coming from a Metalhead but it's true but if I had to choose a different one it would be Jurassic Park from 1993.
TM - That is sweet, it is definitely a surprise and I wasn't expecting that. I am into action and comedy movies.
TM - Who inspired you to play music?
AK - I remember being a kid and lighting the opening sound rats and themes for cartoons for instance the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song is great. There was something in that music that spoke to me and my grandfather gave me my first guitar. My Dad showed me the first Chord on how to play and I really liked it. Science day 1 and soon after my dad bought me my first Deep Purple album slaves and Masters and ever since then the old school music from the 80s and 90s has been growing with me.
TM - That is awesome, Deep Purple are fantastic live, they put on a fantastic show at Hellfest.
TM - What's your favourite memory of watching another bands play live?
AK - The first time I saw Judas Priest in 2005 in Helsinki, it was great it was my first real heavy metal concert and I really enjoyed it. I also sawManoWar it was great from d starts to the Finish the setlist was great and there were no unnecessary moments.
TM - Judas Priest are sweet live, I saw them this year at Hellfest. Have you listened to their new album Fire Power?
AK - I have listened to their new stuff, it is good. Except I love their old stuff, that is what got me into Judas Priest.
TM - I think their new album takes them back to the roots.
TM - Anything else you want to announce to your fans?
AK - Thanks for checking out this interview can't wait for everyone to hear our new album and we always have something new.
TM - Thank you for this interview. We can't wait to hear the new album and hopefully you come over to Australia soon.
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