When is a review more than just a review?

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I’ve never been one to put a lot of stock in music reviews. Call me skeptical, but I rarely find myself feeling like the reviewer has truly connected with the music they’re reviewing. Subjective opinions are all well and good, but I feel like some music reviews attempt to box the song or album into […]

A Tribute to Our Influences

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Recently, we decided to make covers of some of the songs we’ve always loved. We had so much fun doing this, trying to capture the magic of the originals to the best of our ability, that we wanted to share this with our amazing listeners. Hopefully this wasn’t too ambitious – Nightwish songs aren’t exactly […]

One Moonlit Night

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Sometimes one pivotal moment can change everything.  When I got out of the hospital after that whole ordeal with my ex, I moved in with my aunt to help her take care of my elderly grandparents. Their house is old and kinda falling apart, but it was my childhood home for years after my mother […]

Chronic Illness Saved My Life

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I’ve written quite a few songs themed around the struggle between nihilism and hope, and how giving up often seems like the better option. It’s a struggle I know very well. Very few words have ever cut to my core quite like when my doctor said to me, “You’re gonna need to go on disability.” […]

“Symphonic Metal Is Dying,” They Said…

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I won’t beat around the bush here. I was told by a marketing executive of a very big label in metal – which had on its roster more than one of the biggest symphonic metal bands – that symphonic metal is a dying genre. For context, they were pushing us to change our sound to […]

Born Amidst The Purple Waterfalls…

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Music is like a time machine. It gives us the potential to re-connect to our past at a moment’s notice. There’s a Nightwish lyric that’s given me chills every time I’ve heard it for the last twelve years, and I can remember every single time – where I was, what I was doing, who I […]

Autumn Without Color

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The lyric, “Autumn without color, snow without footprints,” was the foundation of what might be the saddest song I’ve written, “Gravetender.” Adrienne legitimately cried a little bit while singing it – you can actually hear her voice break a little on the chorus line “longing to dream, there at least I have remembrance” – and […]

“No Drummer???” ¯\(°_o)/¯

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The number-one question people ask us is, “Why don’t you have a drummer?” Well, in order to answer that, it’s worth noting that we actually DID, at one point. When Chris and I (Kevin) first started in 2009, his brother actually picked up a super-cheap drum kit and joined us. He’d grown up with us […]

Of Sad Demons and Cruel Angels

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In some ways, I can barely remember what life was like before I joined Mute Prophet. Such incredible things have happened in the last five years, it almost feels like a completely different existence. It’s been like a rebirth. But it hasn’t always been easy – and I feel it’s necessary to do what isn’t […]

A Worthwhile Struggle

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Midwestern America is known for a lot of things, but y’know what it ISN’T known for? Metal music. Especially symphonic metal. A lot of metalheads – especially those who remember the pre-social-media days – can probably relate to that feeling that most people dislike or outright despise the music we love so much. But as […]

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