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Interviews with some of the most interesting people in heavy metal with you mildly tolerable, semi-competent host

Metal Empire Interviews RJ Bayley

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Interviews with some of the most interesting people in heavy metal with you mildly tolerable, semi-competent host

    Simone Sim(m)ons from Epica: Indiana Jones & the Emerald Tablets

    Simone Sim(m)ons from Epica: Indiana Jones & the Emerald Tablets

    Friends, Romans, Metalheads, lend me your ears.

    No 30 week wait betwixt episodes this time. In this installment I'm in conversation with actual Simone Simons from actual Epica. Or is that Simmons?

    Of course we chat about the latest album Omega, as well as her evolution as a singer, what makes her cringe to listen back to and her desires to make a movie soundtrack.

    Thank you to Simone for being such a warm, fun and personable interviewee.

    All material apart from music & station ident copyright RJ Bayley 2021.
    Music used with kind permission with thanks & also under fair use policy for documentary/illustrative purposes.
     
    Is there anyone you'd like me to interview for Metal Empire Interviews? 
    Contact me on Twitter @RJBayley, Instagram robertjbayley or on the Metal Empire Facebook page.

    Please leave a review on iTunes or where you found this.

    Find my other podcast: Bayley's Bookshelf season 1: The War of the Worlds through my Linktree: https://linktr.ee/rjbayley

    Support Metal Empire on Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/metalempire
     
    Simone on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SimoneSimons
     
    Simone on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simonesimons/
     
    Simone's blog: http://www.smoonstyle.com/
     
    Epica website: https://www.epica.nl/
     
    Epica on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5HA5aLY3jJV7eimXWkRBBp?si=s9iIU-GZRnukoYEdXznvIg&dl_branch=1
     
    Epica on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/epica

     
    Epica on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/epicaofficial/
     
    Epica on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/epica

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Andi Deris from Helloween: This Shit Is On Fire

    Andi Deris from Helloween: This Shit Is On Fire

    Friends, Romans, Metalheads, lend me your ears.

    Metal Empire Interviews is back, and what an absolute barn-stormer of an interview to resurrect it. A near hour of Helloween chat with the Andi Deris, lead singer of the iconic band since 1994's Master of the Rings.

    Skip to 19:27 if you want to bypass all my waffling.

    Thank you to Andi for being such a funny, warm, friendly, candid and talkative guest. I felt like I was Skyping an old friend.

    All material apart from music & station ident copyright RJ Bayley 2021.
    Music used with kind permission with thanks & also under fair use policy for documentary/illustrative purposes.
     
    Is there anyone you'd like me to interview for Metal Empire Interviews? 
    Contact me on Twitter @RJBayley, Instagram robertjbayley or on the Metal Empire Facebook page.

    Please leave a review on iTunes or where you found this.

    Find my other podcast: Bayley's Bookshelf season 1: The War of the Worlds through my Linktree: https://linktr.ee/rjbayley

    Support Metal Empire on Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/metalempire
     
    Helloween website: https://www.helloween.org/
     
    Helloween on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4pQN0GB0fNEEOfQCaWotsY?si=7KfyjWWuRoi_dJmjxymxdg&dl_branch=1
     
    Helloween on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/helloweenofficial

     
    Helloween on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/helloweenofficial/
     
    Helloween on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/helloweenorg

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Fabienne Erni from Illumishade: The More Cheesy the Better

    Fabienne Erni from Illumishade: The More Cheesy the Better

    Friends, Romans, Metalheads, lend me your ears.

    On this episode we're dipping back into the...pond... of time(?) to an interview that seems a lifetime ago, thanks to the intervening plague, but was in fast just earlier this year.

    This is a conversation with Fabienne Erni of Illumishade and it's one I did before the Fatrick Bumbatrick style really solidified, so you might notice my staying slightly more on topic than these days. To be honest I cringed a bit listening back to it, but Fabienne was such a relentlessly happy and enthusiastic guest she carries the whole thing and you probably wouldn't notice if I hadn't told you, but I have now, and I haven't written all those words just to delete them. Stream of consciousness intros, stream of consciousness outros and now stream of consciousness show notes too, apparently.


     


    All material apart from music & station ident copyright RJ Bayley 2020.
    Music used with kind permission, thank you.
     
    Is there anyone you'd like me to interview for Metal Empire Interviews? 
    Contact me on Twitter @RJBayley, Instagram robertjbayley or on the Metal Empire Facebook page.

    Please leave a review on iTunes or where you found this.

    Support Metal Empire on Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/metalempire
     
    Illumishade website: www.illumishade.ch
     
    Illumisade merch: www.illumishade.ch/store
     
    The Tribe Quiz: www.illumishade.ch/tribe-quiz
     
    Illumishade on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Jjf1JZMQZeXyrZAfKEMcg?si=NWZ6tRR0Q1O_ylTH9OKlcg
     
    Fabienne on Facebook: facebook.com/fabienneerniofficial

     
    Illumishade on Facebook: facebook.com/illumishade
     
    Fabienne on Instagram: instagram.com/fabienneerni/
     
    Illumishade on Instagram: instagram.com/illumishade_official/

    • 57 min
    Wolf Hoffmann from Accept: Mum's Biscuits

    Wolf Hoffmann from Accept: Mum's Biscuits

    Friends, Romans, Metalheads, lend me your ears.
     
    In an effort to mollify the furious public, here's the second Metal Empire Interviews podcast in as many days. See? Still knocking them out, those real life events were really real.
     
    Here I had the pleasure of chatting with the founder & guitarist of metal titans Accept. 
     
    Among the topics we touch on are the meaning(less) of the band name, the additional unofficial member for the past decade, going meat free, getting their career backwards and biscuits. 

    Wolf is the kind of guy I'd love to hang out in the back garden with on a hot, starry Nashville night, chowing down on vegan BBQ and slurping alcohol free beer. Just really relaxed, warm, friendly and very easy to talk to. It's a great way to spend some time if you're looking to de-stress.
     
    All material apart from music & station ident copyright RJ Bayley 2020.
    Music used with kind permission, thank you.
     
    Is there anyone you'd like me to interview for Metal Empire Interviews? 
    Contact me on Twitter @RJBayley, Instagram robertjbayley or on the Metal Empire Facebook page.

    Please leave a review on iTunes or where you found this.

    Support Metal Empire on Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/metalempire
     
    Accept website & merch: acceptworldwide.com
     
    Accept on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3JDIAtVrJdQ7GFOX26LYpv?si=ZVipqIooQ7qfcFCjhdaNDQ
     
    Wolf on Facebook: facebook.com/wolfhoffmannofficial

     
    Accept Facebook: facebook.com/accepttheband
     
    Accept's Twitter: @accepttheband
     
    Wolf on Instagram: instagram.com/wolfhoffmann/
     
    Accept on Instagram: instagram.com/acceptworldwide/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Phil Pendergast from Khemmis: Pee Poo Pee Poo

    Phil Pendergast from Khemmis: Pee Poo Pee Poo

    Friends, Romans, Metalheads, lend me your ears.
     
    This is where it all started. This is where the fatrick bum batrick interview style commenced, quite unexpectedly. Phil Pendergast, singer and guitarist of Khemmis, was such an absolute joy to talk to, that I just let the 15 minute interview, turn into 20 minutes, then into 30 and then sod it, a full three quarters of an hour 45 minute monstrosity. 
     
    It was all so good I couldn't bear to cut any down, so the citizens of the Metal Empire had the full thing thrust upon them, and they loved it. 
     
    So, join Phil and I for a very delightful conversation about facial hair, developing a story with album art, the interplay between visuals and the genre, coffee table book goals, David Bowie and more.
     
    All material apart from music & station ident copyright RJ Bayley 2020.
    Music used with kind permission, thank you.
     
    Is there anyone you'd like me to interview for Metal Empire Interviews? 
    Contact me on Twitter @RJBayley, Instagram robertjbayley or on the Metal Empire Facebook page.

    Please leave a review on iTunes or where you found this.

    Support Metal Empire on Ko-Fi: ko-fi.com/metalempire
     
    Khemmis website & merch: khemmisdoom.com
     
    Khemmis on Bandcamp: khemmis.bandcamp.com

     
    Khemmis on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Dejhd4zYKEUm6q1FLr1ik?si=_FgiznNMTLWkjzkp_zQP8Q


    Khemmis Facebook: www.facebook.com/khemmisdoom/
     
    Khemmis' Twitter: @khemmisdoom
     
    Khemmis on Instagram: www.instagram.com/khemmisdoom/

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Monique Pym from Reliqa: The Name of Your Destiny

    Monique Pym from Reliqa: The Name of Your Destiny

    Frontwoman of progressive metal explorers Reliqa, Monique Pym, joins RJ for a chat about mispelled metal names, the definition of 'progressive' and the meaning of Mr. Magic.

    • 1 hr 15 min

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