Harakiri for the Sky's Matthias Sollak talks amplifier worship, pandemic blues and picking up the black metal torch from Bathory

Harakiri for the Sky
Matthias Sollak (“M.S.”) (Image credit: Helsing Photo)

2020 was a hopeful year for Austrian melodic black metal band Harakiri for the Sky. The group – which, in its non-touring form, consists of two primary members, singer Michael V. Wahntraum (J.J.) and guitarist Matthias Sollak (M.S.) – was excited about the planned September 2020 release of its fifth record, Mære, the followup to its acclaimed 2018 offering, Arson

Tour dates were scheduled across Europe to promote the record, and the band was looking forward to performing in territories that until now had eluded them, such as the US and Brazil. And then… Covid. 

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Jeff Kitts

As a teenager, Jeff Kitts began his career in the mid ’80s as editor of an underground heavy metal fanzine in the bedroom of his parents’ house. From there he went on to write for countless rock and metal magazines around the world – including Circus, Hit Parader, Metal Maniacs, Rock Power and others – and in 1992 began working as an assistant editor at Guitar World. During his 27 years at Guitar World, Jeff served in multiple editorial capacities, including managing editor and executive editor before finally departing as editorial director in 2018. Jeff has authored several books and continues to write for Guitar World and other publications and teaches English full time in New Jersey. His first (and still favorite) guitar was a black Ibanez RG550.