2016
07.20

From Vice.com.

With tears and sold-out arenas as Mötley Crüe played their contractual final shows at the end of last year, and excited speculation and controversy as the definitive members of Guns N’ Roses spend the summer on a reunion tour, it’s fair to say that there’s a palpable resurgence of interest in ’80s-style heavy metal. Couple those headlines with the facts that satirical glamsters Steel Panther are headlining London’s Wembley Arena this autumn and that Reckless Love are helping to turn Helsinki into the new Sunset Strip, and it becomes increasingly apparent that people have a rekindled affinity with big hair and big riffs.

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2016
07.19

From Kotaku

For all its famous, medium-defining characters and franchises, Nintendo still manages to have uncelebrated stars outside of the limelight reserved for Mario, Link and Pikachu. The inclusion of Marth and Roy in Super Smash Bros. Melee helped introduce Fire Emblem to a Western audience sometimes bewildered by their origins, while the likes of Palutena and Shulk raise even more inquisitive eyebrows. Mother is another franchise undervalued to the point that, for the long-time fan, it’s almost surreal to see Ness and Lucas Amiibo on high-street shelves. While Ness is more recognisable due to a western release of his starring game, Lucas and his title Mother 3 remain largely limited to the Japanese market – and thus relatively unsung.

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2016
07.18

From Ultraje magazine, ahead of Ghost’s Lisbon show

No. No, no, no, no, no. Fuck no. That would have been delusional.”
These are the words of Ghost guitarist A Nameless Ghoul when asked if he would ever have expected the band’s unbridled success, which has seen them pick up numerous awards, enter countless top ten lists and be chosen for a tour with a little-known band called Iron Maiden this summer. It’s fair to say the last few years have been good to the Swedes. The most imminent matter, however, is a European headlining tour that will see them take on Lisbon’s MEO Arena – a modest upgrade from the Paradise Garage gig of two years ago, to say the least.

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