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Fresh out of Long Island, New York, VileBorn is a  hard rock/heavy metal band. With an energetic and outrageous stage show, hard-hitting riffs, heavy grooves, brutal, chaotic solos, and crushing breakdowns.

Through aggressive touring, active social media, and of course, a healthy dose of notoriety, the band has been able to build a devoted fanbase.

Vileborn Interview

Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?

Vileborn: I am Z from the band VileBorn. I play drums.

Metal Empire: What is the band up to at the moment? Is there something you’re working on currently?

Vileborn: Well we just finished our EP so we’re out there promoting it, playing shows, and doing some radio stuff.

Metal Empire: You recently released a new EP called “Vileated“, can you tell us a little bit about it?

Vileborn: We consider “Vileated” our studio début. We had a demo out in 2012, but ignore that. We’re really proud of this one. We did it one song at a time because we really had no budget and it took a few months. I think it came out really nice.

Metal Empire: What made you name the EP “Vileated“?

Vileborn: Everybody likes a good pun.

Metal Empire: Do you have a favourite song from your new EP?

Vileborn: My favorite would have to be “Bastard”. It’s the angriest song on the album. “Terminal” is great too; we chose that as the “single” so we have a music video for that, and that came out really nice as well.

Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?

Vileborn: We’re all pretty conceptual people. We’ll come up with a theme or an idea that we want to express and then Viktor, Jeremy, or Tim will upload some riffs and motifs based on the idea and show us. Then we’ll get together for practice and build a song out of those riffs. Brandyn observes and listens until he comes up with something he can do vocally. He has a big book full of lyrics and he’s always writing more.

Metal Empire: What and who are some of your major influences?

Vileborn: Personally, I’d have to say The Who. They are my favorite. As a band though, we draw from a lot of classic rock and heavy metal from the 80’s. Pantera is also a huge influence, as well as Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and even a lot of those 90’s Nu-Metal bands that everyone loves to hate; Korn, Drowning Pool, stuff like that. We grew up on it so of course it helped shape the music we grew up to play.

Metal Empire: What do you enjoy about creating music and what inspires you to make it?

Vileborn: I’m compelled to create. It’s a compulsion. Everything inspires me. Same with all of us. Music is what makes sense to us and it’s how we express what’s on our minds. It feels good to make something, especially when people you don’t even know end up liking it.

Metal Empire: Can you tell us about any tours coming up, where and when can fans come out to see you live?

Vileborn: We’re doing an East Coast United States tour this summer to support the EP.

Metal Empire: Are you touring with any other bands that you are looking forward to?

Vileborn: Not that we know of, this is our first real tour so we really don’t have many details yet.

Metal Empire: Is there a show you are most looking forward to on an upcoming tour?

Vileborn: I’m looking forward most to our June 6th Date in Pennsylvania. We have some friends down there and we’re excited to see them. They’ve never seen us live before so they’re in for a treat.

Metal Empire: Is there any band or artist you would give anything to play a show with?

Vileborn: Led Zeppelin would be nice. If they’re not available, we’ll take the Rolling Stones.

Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?

Vileborn: We hope to soar as high as we can. By this time next year we’ll have another CD and a few tours under our belt. We hope to grow our fan base exponentially as this year goes on.

Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?

Vileborn: Our shows are pretty wild. We keep it loud and trashy and violent. We try to get a pit going whenever we can. Sometimes we’ll throw beach balls into the crowd and they’ll have a good time with that… The balls have blood inside them so if some asshole decides to pop it, he gets covered in blood. We’ve also been known to break bottles on each other, light things on fire, and destroy our instruments (there’s that Who influence). We often get a lecture before we go on. “Don’t smoke joints on stage this time guys”, “Don’t set anything on fire this time guys”. Always something.

Metal Empire: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?

Vileborn: We get a lot of fan mail, mainly on Twitter. Let me tell you, there are some weird people on there. We’ve had a lot of fans that turn into friends. Something crazy? Well, one time this kid posted a video on our Facebook of him cutting himself. That was pretty messed up. We were not amused. VileBorn does not advocate self-harm kiddies!

Metal Empire: Just for fun, if you had one day to live? What would you do with your last day?

Vileborn: I should probably repent! Haha just kidding, I’d probably party harder than I’ve ever partied before. I’d blow all my money on everything. Everything.

Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to Metal Empire about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?

Vileborn: Make sure you check out our Vileated EP available now on iTunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, Xbox Music, and so many more. Follow us on every social network. And stay Vile. It’s been a pleasure.


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Sweet Suicide is a heavy melodic female fronted rock/metal band made up of Cindy Parr, Greg Lane, Moses Wells and Jesse Jenkins. Metal empire caught up with them to talk about what they’re up to. After recently being showcased in a new book about ladies in the world of metal “Not Just Tits In A Corset” Cindy Parr was keen to share her thought about the bands latest endevours. Including the release of their new single “Stolen Innocence”.

Sweet Suicide Interview

Members have come from two totally different styles of metal music and have successfully come together to make their sound work.They have taken two broken bands a put together something new.

Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?

Sweet Suicide: My name is Cindy Parr and I am the vocalist for the metal band Sweet Suicide from Baltimore, MD – USA

Metal Empire: I hear you are planning to release a new EP this year can you tell us more about it?

Sweet Suicide: Our EP has been a long time coming! For about two years we have been talking about and discussing our EP and finally we feel like it’s the right time to begin working on it. We now feel like the songs we are writing are worth recording and putting out for people to purchase. It’s taken a lot of time and patients but I think we have finally “found our sound.” The first few songs we wrote were “OK” but definitely not the music we wanted to take the time to record and release, we were still learning how to work and write together and really trying to figure out where the hell we fit in this whole “Metal” scene. But after 3 years our sound is pretty much where we want it to be and it’s something that we are proud of and can stand behind.

Metal Empire: You have a new track out called “Stolen Innocence” can you talk a little about the song, what’s it about?

Sweet Suicide: Stolen Innocence is one of the most personal songs I have ever written. It’s the true story of a little girl who was molested when she was 8 – Me. The story and the lyrics come right from experience. I hid what had happened for so long and when I finally decided to let everyone know I choose to do it the only way that made sense to me…in a song. I want the audience to be a bit shocked or stunned with the lyrics, I want them to listen to the song and not just hear it and I wanted to evoke some kind of feelings – be them good, bad, sad or familiar. I just wanted people to feel something when they heard this song and I wanted to be honest. Figured, if I was going to write a song about such a sensitive subject I may as well be honest. I feel like Jesse (our lead guitarist) and I pulled off just that. When the chorus kicks in and the lyrics say “Killed by your own negligence” that’s also true. The person who did that to me is now dead – killed in a car accident, he was high. I wrote this song shortly after finding that out. Stolen Innocence isn’t the only Sweet Suicide song that written from real life – all of our songs are.

Metal Empire: You were recently mentioned in the book “Not Just Tits In A Corset” a book celebrating women in metal. How did that come about? How have you fans reacted to it?

Sweet Suicide: I would say that came about because I was in the right place at the right time. I was lucky enough to be invited to preform an all female fronted festival here in Baltimore called “The Flight of the Valkyries” and the author of the book was at that show! Shortly after the festival I received an email asking if I would be interested in participating in her new book that celebrated women in metal. After the initial shock of being asked I quickly agreed to be interviewed. Now that the book is out I keep having to pinch myself – I can’t believe that my name is in the same book as some of the most influential women in metal. Women whom I have looked up to all my life. It’s an incredible honor and privilege to be one of only a few women in the book who ARE NOT signed to a major label. As far as how our fans have reacted, I’d say that they are very excited for me and the band – granted most of our fan base now is family, friends and a few hard core fans but everyone who knows me and the band are very excited and proud of this accomplishment. As are we!

Metal Empire: Anything else crazy/awesome/interesting happen to you in the last 12 months?

Sweet Suicide: Something interesting – we played a gig last October where we got to share a bill with the band OTEP. I’m a fan of OTEP for sure, so it was great to see our bands name on the same flier as their name. Something awesome – I think we finally nailed our line up. Last month our very good friend Ronnie Ward joined us as our new rhythm guitarist. Ronnie, Jesse (lead guitar) and Moses (drums) played in a band a while back together so it’s nice that they are back together doing what they are suppose to be doing, making music. We are all very happy he agreed to join our band. Then of course being in the book is very awesome! As far as something crazy, Nothing yet, but I’d say we welcome anything crazy that comes our way!

Metal Empire: It can be a difficult task to describe one’s own artistic talents, but how would you describe your music?

Sweet Suicide: I would describe our music as honest and at times brutal. Jesse, Moses and Ronnie come from the “death metal” sub genera while Greg (bass) and I come from a more “industrial metal” sub genera. Some how we have come together to make it all work. Each of our songs are really individual. Some like Stolen Innocence are quiet for the most part but then the chorus rips in and Jesse melts your face with his guitar riffs and growls. Other songs like one called “Nameless” and another called “Kill You Now” are pretty much full force and in your face from the start. And I like that about us – we are a little unpredictable, which makes it hard to really put a label on us – if anyone asks what kind of music we play, I always say “Hard Rock/ Metal.” It’s the easiest way to describe us.

Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?

Sweet Suicide: Each members role in this band is very much defined. We call Jesse “The Talent” because he is the beginning and end of our song writing process. He pulls something from his riff bag and then everyone else just jumps right in. The good thing about us at this point is after 3 years we can definitely write a song with our talking much. Jesse and Moses have been friends since kindergarten so they know how each others musical brain works. Greg and I have been together for a long time and if anyone ask – Greg is the best bassist in Baltimore ( I may be a bit bias) but he’s one of those bassist that need NO direction. He doesn’t always follow the guitars and he always comes up with something great…and all he asks is that we “play it forever” until he figures it out. As far as they lyrics, I write my own lyrics and Jesse writes his. Once I latch on to a melody I just think of a topic and fill in the words then I hand it over to Jesse and he fills in his blanks. We all pull our weight when we write and it works for us.

Metal Empire: What and who are some of your major influences? Fans always love getting to know their favorite artists. Please give a few details about what you enjoy about creating music and what inspires you to make it.

Sweet Suicide: With out a doubt my biggest inspiration is Amy Lee from Evanescence. When that band came out and I heard “Bring me to life” for the first time I was like…YES that is what I want to do! I had finally heard something that spoke to me, a voice that was beautiful and sweet but accompanied by shredding guitars and thunderous drums. I knew from their first song that I was a fan for life! Our band as a whole draws inspiration from a very diverse group of bands – Greg is inspired by Deftones, I also really love Volbeat, Moses and Jesse’s roots are in hardcore death metal, bands like The Faceless and Slipknot. But there is one band that we all sing along to and that’s Stone Sour. We reference Stone Sour a lot during practice.

What I enjoy most about creating music is the freedom I get when I write. I say a lot of things in my songs that I would never be brave enough to say without my band behind me. Music is a safe place to say how I feel without judgment or too many questions. What inspires me to keep making it, is that I still have a lot to say! And as long as my bandmates are behind me I will continue to make music with them.

Metal Empire: What’s the worst/best venue or show you’ve ever played? What made it so good/bad?

Sweet Suicide: Oh man! Most venues stick out for the bad experiences we have had there, but my favorite place to play in Baltimore is The Ottobar and Baltimore Sound Stage. They are just real music venues! Big, awesome stages, great sound and usually a built in audience. I know when we are invited to play these venues that it’s going to be a good night and people want to come see us play there. Sound has a lot to do with whither or not our friends and fans will come see us. Being a band fronted by a women with a “soft” voice…If I can’t be heard most people wont come out.

Metal Empire: Is there any band or artist you would give anything to play a show with? If so, who are they and why?

Sweet Suicide: I would cut off a boob to share a bill with any of the following: Evanescence, In This Moment, Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, Stone Sour, Volbeat, The Faceless – Every reason I started playing in a bands started with Evanescence. Not to keep mentioning other bands but Amy Lee was the women who let me know that yes, I can keep my soft, airy vocals and still front a serious rock band – and be taken seriously as a women in metal at the same time. Sweet Suicide could learn so much from sharing a night with any of these bands. But for now we will just keep dreaming.

Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?

Sweet Suicide: As a general rule of life, I keep my expectations low and my hopes high. With our band I like to focus on what we are going to accomplish in the next month rather than the next year. Right now, we all just want to record, record, record. Get that EP out, have an EP release party, get more music up online and then start on a full length album. It’s our goal to play bigger and better shows here in our state as well as begin to branch out to surrounding cities. But hopefully in the next year we will be well on our way to releasing our first CD and if we are lucky get some really great opening gigs. That way we get a bit more exposure.

Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?

Sweet Suicide: For anyone who comes to a Sweet Suicide show we just want you to leave knowing that what we gave you was our best! We head bang, get lost in our music and hopefully inspire you to give lady fronted metal a fair chance. To be totally honest, we are working very hard on our “showmanship” and our stage presence. I think some of us get lost tying not to mess up and sometimes forget we have to also entertain folks! Except Greg – He is a rock star for real! He throws down and is often the best entertainment on stage.

Metal Empire: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?

Sweet Suicide: Unfortunately, we have never received any fan mail. However, I have had some “haters” and/or stalkers….Hey, I guess if they are bothering me they are leaving someone else alone! But, I look forward to future creepy fan mail.

Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to Metal Empire about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?

Sweet Suicide: Thank you for the interview! My final word would be, give us a chance! If you’re in or around Maryland come on out to a show! We would love the opportunity to meet you and melt your face. We work very hard to make this music and bring it to you and all we ask for is a chance and your ears.

Sweet Suicide – Stolen Innocence (Lyric Video)

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A few more exciting names have been added to the already bulging line-up for Download Festival 2014.

Heading into Donington this June are one of the most intense and erratic live bands we’ve seen in ages – Baby Godzilla. If the drum kit is still on stage by the end of their set we’ll be very surprised. Speaking to Metal Hammer, guitarist Jonny Hall said: “We’ve grown up seeing countless amazing bands playing over the road from us in Donington, in booking us they’ve obviously let their standards slip this time around. Fucking Download fucking yes!”

They’ll be joined by the noisy buggers in Cytota, the psychedelic funk machines Turbowolf and the rock ‘n’ roll legend that is Richie Sambora.

Also announced today are The Temperance Movement, Nothing More, Dead City Streets, Goldray and Drenge. These join the already stellar line-up of Download 2014 that we’re already packing our bags for. HURRY UP, DAMMIT! Check out the full line-up poster below.

Download 2014 takes place June 13-15 at Castle Donington, stay tuned for more announcements. Buy your tickets here.

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There’s a lot that cognac and country have in common: it’s about taste, and texture, and a fine vintage almost always trumps the newer stuff. Spend some time around Dez Fafara and it’s a fair bet you’ll get a generous dose of both. Lower those eyebrows. Sure, the erstwhile Coal Chamber frontman may have been the one-time poster child for the musical excesses of the 90s most maligned and oft-misunderstood musical development, but he’s long-since grown his hair and, as it happens, grown into the role of shamanic frontman of the riff-tastic Devildriver, a band that makes frequent appearances alongside words like ‘crushing’ and ‘ferocious.’ Those sweaty shows, infamous for their bone-snapping circle-pits and frenetic pace, seem like a million miles away from the shrine-like oasis to be found at the back of his tour bus.

Right now we’re tucked behind London’s Electric Ballroom rapping about freemasonry, Aleister Crowley, the joy of perils of big wave surfing, and his favourite poisons. As he’ll explain, there’s a point in life when your palate begins to register more than just sweet or sour. He offers a generously-poured glass of Hine, a tongue-prickling blast of rocket-fuel that can’t be sipped too slowly. He’ll proudly describe the vast stores he has back home.

California’s a long way from Nashville, you know.

“True, but I grew up on a construction site,” he says. “I was a bricklayer working with my father, working from four or five in the morning and country’s what dudes listen to. I know what it is to get up with the sunrise seven days a week. That’s why we tour as hard as we do. I don’t believe in days off.”

He spies a copy of Country magazine that’s been brought for just the occasion. “Dolly fucking Parton, man,” he grins. “I’m a huge fan. My old manager if responsible for her comeback, and something I got from her is that she writes every morning. Get up and write: it could be a song, or just a word, but always get something down. She is amazing. Jolene just destroys me every time. The pop country, the Keith Urbans – I’m just not into it, I can’t be that guy. If you want to talk about real country, you need to talk about Dolly, or Willie, or Waylon. There’s what they’ll allow on the Grand Ol Opry and the real stuff people shy away from, like Jamey Johnson who’s outlaw as hell. Taylor Swift? She’s glorified pop – let her do her thing, she’s pretty, she’s got a great voice, but… no.”
Here then, is what Dez describes as the real shit over a glass of the good stuff.

Jamey Johnson – The High Cost Of Living
“Jamey Johnson isn’t mainstream, he’s an outlaw cat – he hangs with Willie and Waylon, and I got turned onto him by my lighting guy, Scott. He’s just doing his thing, but the lyrics are just tremendous. His whole band is really into metal, actually, they’ll be wearing these Lamb Of God shirts on stage, but this is real outlaw country.”

Hank III – Thrown Out Of The Bar
“I’m real good friends with Hank, I’ve known him forever, he payed bass for Superjoint Ritual when Devildriver did our first tour with them. The world seriously needs to know this guy. You go to a Hank 3 show and it’s ornery – you get people hootin’ and hollerin’, he’s really punk rock.”

David Allen Coe – The Ride
“He’s probably written every good country song you’ve ever heard, he still loves to play and still does his shows. He’s one of those guys like Willie Nelson who started out with short hair, as a writer, and when he went out and realised people wanted to hear his voice, too so he went out.”

Johnny Cash – Cocaine Blues
“I grew up with Cash, so when I started collecting vinyl the first thing I did was get a box full of cash. It’s the meaning of country. Live At Folsom has to be one of the best live albums ever. I must have spent five years on stage wearing the same Johnny Cash shirt.”

Willie Nelson – Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die
“Willie Nelson is one of the original rebels, and it’s brilliant that he did this with Snoop Dogg. I guess it could be a weed thing, or maybe it’s Snoop’s love for country and he gets off on the lyrics like I do. Willie’s been out there supporting farmers and other charities for a lot longer than it was fashionable.”

Winter Kills is out via Napalm records now.

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It’s 25 years today since Sepultura’s stunning third album ‘Beneath The Remains’ woke the metal world up to a mighty force coming out of Brazil. In an exclusive Metal Hammer online interview, Max Cavalera looks back in anger…

“Believe it or not,” says Max Cavalera, easily the most metal human being ever to come out of South America, “a lot of the lyrics on ‘Beneath The Remains’ were inspired by U2’s ‘War’ album.”

“Before then,” he continues, “I’d been inspired by Black Sabbath and Motörhead, but I started listening to U2, who had really great lyrics. If you listen to the title track of Sepultura’s ‘Arise’ album, which came after ‘Beneath The Remains’, one of the main lines is ‘Under a pale grey sky’ which is taken directly from ‘Under a blood red sky’ on U2’s ‘New Year’s Day’.”

Not what you were expecting? Well, it’s fair to say that Max has never been predictable, even as far back as 1989, when he and his band of urban tearaways Sepultura hit the world stage with their Roadrunner Records debut ‘Beneath The Remains’. Sepultura – at that time also featuring Andreas Kisser (guitar), Paolo Jr (bass) and Max’s brother Iggor (drums) – never did anything by the book back then, least of all when it came to escaping the Sao Paolo ghetto where they lived. While their previous two LPs and an EP had received local acclaim, Max knew that Sepultura needed to act globally if they were to take the next step. His strategy took him to a different continent.

Monte Conner, now head of Nuclear Blast Entertainment but for over three decades the A&R chief at the legendary Roadrunner label, remembers his first meeting with Max.
“It was very difficult to communicate with Sepultura at the start,” he recalls, “because Max was the only member who spoke English. At Roadrunner we were very nervous about the fact that we had never signed a band from Brazil, so I took the contracts to the Brazilian consulate in New York and had them notarized to show that they were legal documents.”

Once the deal was signed, Roadrunner wasted no time in getting the band into a studio in Rio with Scott Burns, then a rookie producer..

“The budget for ‘Beneath The Remains’ was only $8,000 but we soon realised that was way too little to make a competitive-sounding record using an American producer,” remembers Conner. “I got [Roadrunner owner] Cees Wessels to approve a $13,000 budget, which was a very large sum for us at the time. It was supposed to be an eight-song record, but the band came to me at the last minute and told me that they had a strong ninth song. I asked Cees if we could increase the budget by another thousand dollars to allow for it. Luckily he agreed, as that final song, ‘Primitive Future’, became the ideal album closer.”

The finished album blew the minds of all concerned, not to mention legions of international metalheads: the sheer speed and aggression of the songs, coupled with Max’s bestial vocals, were a huge leap forward from anything Sepultura had produced before that point. Discarding his earlier lyrical obsessions of demons and warfare, Max addressed more personal topics of alienation and exploitation – themes that resonated with thousands of headbangers. Thanks to Scott Burns, the incredible power of the songs wasn’t lost in the mix, as had been the fate of previous Sepultura releases: the savagery of Max and Andreas’s riffing and the relentless power of Iggor’s drums stood out clearly, precision-engineered for maximum impact. Little wonder ‘Beneath The Remains’ went gold in several countries.

“It’s crazy that it’s 25 years since we made that record!” laughs Max. “It really doesn’t seem that long. I still love that album. It was a big step for us and a new direction. We had to record it at night, because we couldn’t have the studio in the day, and that affected the way the album sounded. I love the songs, though. ‘Inner Self’ is one of my favourite Sepultura tracks: I love those lyrics because they’re how I felt at the time. ‘Walking in dirty streets / With hate in my mind…’ The lyrics preserve that emotion. ‘Beneath The Remains’ itself is great, and ‘Stronger Than Hate’ is a killer track too.”
Asked why the album was such a progression for Sepultura, Max reasons: “We were so excited about being on a real label, and we knew we had to do something much more powerful than our previous records. It was death-thrash metal, I guess, because there’s influences from both those styles of music. ‘Mass Hypnosis’ has a lot of melodic riffs, but then you’ve got ‘Beneath The Remains’, which is death metal – very fast, brutal and in-your-face.”

All these years later, Max’s approach to metal hasn’t changed. “When I say I use music as a weapon,” he muses, “it’s not bullshit like it is when some people say that. A lot of my riffs are created to release anger, and there’s a lot of that on ‘Beneath The Remains’. You unleash your emotions that way. To this day, I’m still in love with fast music!”

Max Cavalera’s autobiography, ‘My Bloody Roots: From Sepultura To Soulfly And Beyond’, co-written with Joel McIver, is published by Jawbone Press on 15 April.

Written by: Joel McIver

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Anette Olzon has revealed she rejected the idea of having Floor Jansen stand in as Nightwish singer because she believed it would lead to her dismissal.

The argument arose when she asked for an Australian tour to be postponed during her pregnancy in 2012. Mainman Tuomas Holopainen suggested that Jansen should front the band on a temporary basis, but Olzon said no.

That’s one of the reasons she was sacked later in the year, with Jansen announced as stand-in, and later confirmed as permanent replacement.

Olzon tells BraveWords: “I would have been too pregnant to go to Australia so I wanted to push the dates back, but Tuomas didn’t want that. Discussions about a substitute came up, and at first I was like, ‘Yeah, well, okay.’

“But when they mentioned Floor it was an automatic ‘no’ from me. I didn’t think it was a good idea because I knew what would happen – I knew the fans would love Floor because she’s a metal singer and I’m a pop singer, and I wanted to keep my job.”

Olzon had already experienced a difficult time with Nightwish fans after being hired to replace Tarja Turunen, who was fired in 2005.

She says: “I received a lot of hatred against my voice and my persona. If I had been Tarja, I wouldn’t have been nervous about having Floor step in, because I’d know the fans would wait for me. They would have been saying ‘We want Tarja back.’

“If I’d agreed to Floor coming in I would end up thinking ‘This whole thing again?’ when I came back. I could see what would happen.”

Olzon is preparing to tour in support of her debut solo album Shine, launched last month – but she vows she’ll never perform a Nightwish song at any of her shows.

The vocalist says: “Tuomas is quite disturbed that Tarja is singing some of his songs, so out of respect I’m not going to do that. They’re his songs, and Floor is singing them now.

“I also don’t be a Nightwish singer for the rest of my life – because they have a new one.”

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Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has admitted he believed guitarist Tony Iommi was going to die when he was diagnosed with cancer.

The guitarist revealed his health battle in 2012 – but he’s gone on to receive successful treatment which, although lasting the rest of his life, appears to have got the disease under control.

Speaking on the band’s current North American tour, Ozzy tells the Toronto Sun: “I always think cancer means death.

“I didn’t know anybody who’d ever recovered. My wife recovered from colon cancer and that was the first person I ever knew.

“But he just accepts it and gets on with it. I mean, it’s got to be worrying – but he’s doing fine, I think. I haven’t had one of them dark phone calls so I presume he’s okay.”

The singer says he remains amazed at Iommi’s ability to fight against hardship. “Considering on his fret hand he’s got no fingertips,” he points out. “He plays with prosthetic fingers at the end. I’ve often said to him, ‘How the hell do you know when you’re touching the strings?’ It’s amazing.”

Ozzy remains open to the possibility of a successor to last year’s award-winning album 13 – and he’s writing material which could appear either on that or a solo record.

He says: “Everybody asks if there’s going to be a follow-up. All I can say is, ‘I never say never any more.’ If everybody agrees and we don’t take 500 years again, I’m up for it. I wouldn’t mind doing another Sabbath album.”

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