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An Interview With Guitarist Jussi Heikinnen of Soulgrind

Since being signed to Femme Metal Records in late 2008, Soulgrind have gone from strength to strength and are just a few months away from playing the Femme Metal Fest in Southend-On-Sea. Soulgrind Guitarist Lord Heikkinen talks about touring, performing and their upcoming album.

AvernaX: What are you most looking forward to about playing the Femme Metal Fest?

Jussi Heikkinen: Yeah, sure. New things, new songs and a fun trip. I hope everything goes alright.

AvernaX: Have you ever played in the UK before?

Jussi: No, but I have been there several times. In Newcastle, Southampton, Nottingham, London...

AvernaX: Where do you most enjoy playing gigs?

Jussi: Festivals, for sure. We haven’t done those that much, but all experiences have been great. You meet metal people from bands, hang out and drink like bastards :) And usually the stage is big enough and sound is okay... overall, yes, festivals are the best. I don’t like sitting in tour busses for long times, so that way those suit me as well. I hope we could do festivals like Wacken, Bang Your Head, Bloodstock etc... maybe someday.

AvernaX: What has been your best live show to date?

Jussi: Maybe it is the Rotonde Festival in France, not playing vice, but the feeling was pretty intense. We made the gig even that there were pretty huge difficulties. The best gig with faultless (haha) playing would be one at the club here in Helsinki, On The Rocks. Or then this old cathedral which is a metal club nowadays. Can’t remember the clubs name then, today it is called Dante’s.

AvernaX: Your 9th album is out soon- what can fans expect from the latest Soulgrind offering?

Jussi: I think it should be out in January 2010 or so. We have just started the recordings and that I heard, drums have been played. Nine songs of melodic yet different metal coming. There are very sad and pretty songs and there is that harsh riffing also, you shall hear. I think it shall be the best album so far from us. Sounds cliché, sure. But it just is. The album shall be called "The Tuoni Pathway" with such titles as : "The Call Of Dancing Waters," "The Song Of Tomorrow," "My Sweet Thought Of Death," "Vuoret Ja Metsänmaa," "Tulikannel," "Among The Graves," "March Butterfly," "Pilgrim Of The Shadows," "Farewell To Misery" and "The Tuoni Pathway."

AvernaX: Any tours coming up?

Jussi: Dunno, we are working on them. Hopefully.

AvernaX: What plans do Soulgrind have for the year ahead?

Jussi: We want to promote the album with as many gigs as possible. the best would be, if we could get some festivals, those are the most fun. Also a video is in the works, so I hope that it shall be out at the same time as the album.

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