NORMAN SKINNER (NIVIANE): “It Was A Complete Fluke Accident That I Became A Metal Singer”

Norman Skinner (Niviane)
Photo: Wilkinson Desiegn

American Power Metal to The Max

American Power Metal band Niviane is on the rise. With the release of their 2nd album Ruthless Divine, the band has shown a quick evolution in maturity and song writing that has them on the path to a bright future. With Covid restrictions easing, Niviane is looking to touring and recording their next album.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten had a great conversation with vocalist Norman Skinner of Niviane. Norman talked about how he fell into the job of front-man in his early youth, how the last album Ruthless Divine came together, about the wild wildebeest hunt, and a whole lot more.

Niviane Lineup

Norman Skinner – Vocals
Isaiah AR – Drums
Rick Stallkamp – Bass
Mark Miner – Guitars
Gary Tarplee – Guitars
Aaron Robitsch – Keyboards

Niviane band photo


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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1 Comment

  1. I like the details about the ever-evolving music business. Norman is a rare case in that he doesn’t hesitate to describe & categorize his music. I found the entire interview excellent!

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