To date, we have conducted 1214 interviews. If your band is available for an interview, feel free to contact us and we'll see what we can do. Here are our latest:
A few years back our readers may recall a Canadian band releasing "Thirteen Arcane Hymns" (reviewed here) a little under the radar... and then disappearing for quite some time.
We're very pleased to announce that The Unravelling - consisting of duo Steve Moore and Gustavo De Beauville - is now back and ready to plow forward full steam ahead.
Following a battle with cancer, Moore recently reconnected with De Beauville to begin crafting new material, resulting in the two singles "Revolt" and "Master Drone" seeing digital release, but that's just the beginning, as full-length albums and live shows are on the horizon.
We've now got a new in-depth interview with the twosome, in which they discuss a shifting focus and changing musical influences (or as Gustavo puts it, he's "had a few years to clean the great Maynard James Keenan’s jizz stains out of my hair"), the labels people needlessly apply to themselves, and the many regrouping classic metal outfits these days. Check out the full interview below (photos courtesy of Ryan Donnelly).
After eleven years, Finnish masters of funeral doom, Shape of Despair, have returned with their fourth album “Monotony Fields.” Said album revisits the atmosphere heard on their first three albums. Rhythms drone on while female vocal harmonies and synth create a tranquil ambiance. While new vocalist Henri Koivula brings a another dimension to the band in his clean vocals, male vocals are primarily the abysmal growled type. These vocals are a harsh contrast when paired with Natalie Koskinen’s delicate voice. Each song is a bleak soundscape into realms of misery and tragedy.
Henri Koivula talked to Metalundergroun.com via email about “Monotony Fields.” With the help of guitarist/keyboardist Jarno Koivula tells us about such aspects as recording the album, why there was such a long wait between albums, delves into some of the lyrical themes and tells us about a special upcoming concert.
Arcahaea's "Catalyst" will see an official physical release this coming August 28th, and we recently had the pleasure of premiering the "Silhouette" single online (available below).
With the release pending, we chatted up the members of the Gothenburg-based death metal group to discuss the trials and tribulations of home recording, the band's favorite cut off the album, best and worst live shows, and more. Read on to dive into the collective minds of a Swedish melodic death metal band.
Black Sabbath’s first devilish tri-tones on their namesake track gave birth to the doom metal riff in 1970. However, the ‘80s was the decade that truly defined doom. Trouble, Candlemass, Saint Vitus and Pentagram all debuted with monumental full-lengths in the mid-Eighties. Greatness had already been achieved and ideas used. When Cathedral emerged in 1989 they weren’t trying to reinvent the wheel. The band sought to recreate the sounds of the bands they loved, doom bands.
Cathedral is heavily influenced by Black Sabbath, but the group is far from being a cover band. Gary “Gaz” Jennings has a signature guitar sound. His guitar speaks its own language. Also, Cathedral expanded the conversation on metal bands for how slow a band could get. They took the rhythms of doom bands and slowed them down even further. Not that these paces were always expected of them. Fans of Napalm Death did not expect the newest band from Lee Dorian, one of the singers on Napalm Death’s debut “Scum,” to sing such so slowly.
Lumbering riffs, psychedelic space jams and Dorian’s slow and low gruff voice made this band a new favorite in the still blossoming doom scene. The group released nine albums, influenced countless acts and played all over the world, often with bands they idolized like Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus. They released memorable videos like “Ride” and “Hopkins (Witchfinder General).” Above all the group was having fun. When they stopped having fun was when they decided to call it quits.
Cathedral has been on hiatus since 2013, but their music lives on. Lee Dorian has a place to re-release the band’s albums on his label, Rise Above Records. One such release was the band’s demo “In Memoriam.” While drone and funeral doom bands of today play even slower tempos than “In Memoriam,” the demo was at the time hailed for being excruciatingly slow. I spoke with founding member and guitarist Gaz Jennings about this reissue. He reflected on the band’s early days, its eventual demise, and brought us up to date with his new projects Lucifer and Death Penalty.
Power metal fans rejoiced when Crystal Ball returned last month with new album "LifeRider," which has seen the release of several catchy music videos and will soon be supported by summer festival appearances.
With the melodic metal opus out now via Massacre Records, we caught up with guitarist Scott Leach to discuss the band recording "LifeRider" with Stefan Kaufmann and bringing on Battle Beast vocalist Noora Louhimo for a guest appearance. Read the full interview below.
Massachusetts outfit Carnivora is about to release a new EP titled "The Vision," which we'll be premiering a full stream of in the coming days.
To get you properly prepared for these four tracks of groove-infused death metal, we also chatted up guitarist Cody Michaud about the release - check out the full interview below, in which we discuss the ghosts of angry witches and hitting small markets on tour that are starved for metal.
If you missed it, be sure to also read Carnivora's recent entry to our growing roster of Pit Stories in which the band ended up in a brawl with a crowd of hardcore dancers.
Years after the release of "Lunatic," someone set the pitbulls loose in the nursery again and managed to record the whole affair, which has now been unleashed under the "Equanimity" title via Klonosphere Records.
Mixing together proggy, technical death metal with some melodic guitar work and clean vocals, the album is a complex and multi-faceted release worth multiple spins. If you haven't heard it yet, the full album is available below along with our new interview with vocalist Tersim Backle.
During our interview, Tersim made a point to champion local, underground bands (stating "if you don't know where to go, look where you come from"), explained what's been happening with the band in the nine years since the last album, and what fans can look forward to next from Pitbulls In The Nursery.
Back in 2009, following guitarist/composer Jani Liimatainen’s departure from Sonata Arctica, a “supergroup” consisting of Liimatainen, keyboardist Mikko Harkin (Mehida/ex-Symfonia), vocalist Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius), Jukka Koskinen (ex-Norther/Wintersun) and drummer Jani Hurula (Silent Voices) was formed as Cain’s Offering.
Liimatainen was the sole writer of the music and lyrics that would appear as on the debut release “Gather the Faithful.” With other commitments coming into play since its release, Liimatainen came out in the summer of 2014 and announced that writing was underway for a sophomore effort, which would be released via Frontiers Records. For fans of the debut, the long wait was over.
“Stormcrow” was issued back in mid-May and Liimatainen took out some time to answer a few questions about how it came to be and whether the band will ever play live.
“Duende” is a term derived from Spanish mythology, which represented a fairy like creature. It basically means “having soul” – or a heightened state of emotion, expression of authenticity.
“Discord” is defined as a “lack of agreement or harmony” or a “combination of musical sounds that strikes the ear harshly.”
“The Great Discord” is a band from Linkoping Sweden that has a style and a name that are very much in accord. With elements derived from bands like Meshuggah and Opeth with a touch of Voivod, there is a soundscape of wonder that waits on the smash debut album “Duende.” With a deliberate inharmonious approach that keeps the listener on his/her toes, one can never predict where each song takes you. Imbalance, disharmony, discordancy, disunion are all words that describe the mix of sounds on “Duende,” all which center around the strong vocals of Fia Kempe to create a beautiful work of art.
Co-founders Fia Kempe (vocals) and Aksel Holmgren (drums) took out some time to answer questions about how the band got started and exactly what is at work on “Duende.”
Ryan McCombs suffered from a stroke only days after finishing a headline U.K. tour last October (2014).
7 months on, touring as support to Coal Chamber, McCombs and the crew are back on the International Road of Rock, proving that stroke does not stop a hardcore musician like him!
Also, temporary drummer Mitch has now been made a permanent addition to the band, and sits in with me and Ryan on a quick catch up (and another ridiculous challenge) over the last few days.
Instru-metal lovers mark your calendars: the U.S. wizards of instrumental metal will help you reach "Altered States of Consciousness" next month with a new full-length album release.
Breaking out of its typical comfort zone, the band actually brings on vocals on one track this time around with a guest spot by none other than Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried and Me (who also goes by Thomas Giles in his solo material).
If you need an Abnormal Thought Patterns fix before the album drops, check out our interview below with guitarist Jasun Tipton, who discusses the album's guest spots, writing compelling instrumental music, and the current status of related band Cynthesis.
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein is best known for playing guitar in the Misfits. This is where he partially found his look, at least the long bangs called devil locks. Doyle also played in Kryst the Conqueror, Gorgeous Frankenstein and has toured with Danzig performing Misfits songs.
Doyle most recently branched out to create his own solo project. Last year Doyle released its debut album “Abominator.” Said album is a mix of punk and metal that will appease both Danzig and Misfits fans. The album featured Alex Story of Cancerslug on vocals, Dr. C.H.U.D. of the Misfits on drums, and Left Hand Graham of Gorgeous Frankenstein on bass. Since its release, Doyle has experienced lineup changes. While on the second day of his headlining tour, I caught up with Doyle to discuss these lineup changes. In the following interview we also talk about the making of “Abominator,” Doyle’s label, Monsterman Records and his brand of hot sauce.
Nightrage's latest album "The Puritan" just saw official release today, filled with heavy riffs, emotional melodies, and brutal vocal hooks.
Marios Iliopoulos checked in with us to discuss the ins and outs of the album, from writing to recording at Dug Out Productions and on to shooting a series of music videos for the album.
Summing the theme of the new disc succinctly, Marios comments, "No matter what happens, always following your heart in life, in ups and downs, never stop fighting, believing in yourself and on your ideals. Even if the whole world is against you, you need to be able to stand up and fight for yourself."
Read on for the full interview with the Greek guitarist, along with music taken from the freshly released full-length.
When Metal Underground.com last spoke with Striker the band had just released its full-length album “City of Gold.” CROMCarl spoke with guitarist Adam Brown who was their latest had just joined the band. The two also discussed a tour with Onslaught and Artillery that Striker later cancelled. Fast forward a few months later and the band is experiencing many of the same things. I talked to Dan Cleary about the cancelled tour and how the group eventually stepped out on the road with Artillery, a tour that is taking place at this very moment. Now that “City of God” has been on shelves for eight months, we were able to discuss how critics and fans view the album. In the following interview we also discuss new guitarist Trent Halliwell who replaced Chris Segger.
Sworn Enemy was a fixture in the hardcore scene of the ‘00s. The New York City group released an album of streetwise hardcore about every other year in the first part of the ‘00s. “Total World Domination” was their last release of this period in 2009. The band did not release another album for five years due to lineup changes. That album came in the form of “Living on Borrowed Time,” which was released last year.
Now the group has a stable lineup and recently released a video for the song “No Mercy.” While touring as part of the No Mercy No Surrender Tour, the group stopped off in Austin, Texas to play the Texas Independence Fest. Four of the five members gathered around me in the courtyard to discuss this video, tour and creating “Living on Borrowed Time.”
Sweden's upcoming moody and reflective album "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" is set to drop on April 21st through Season Of Mist, which you can pre-order physically here or digitally at this location.
The band just wrapped up a festival appearance in Canada to support the impending release, and front man Niklas Kvarforth graciously checked in with us to discuss the show and album. For those who have long awaited a Shining live show in the United States, Kvarforth claims it may finally be happening next year for the band's 20th anniversary.
Find out what he had to say on the subject as well as what's happening musically and lyrically on "IX" in the full interview below.
A "Second Storm" is on the horizon, ready to officially break into a melodic metal squall on April 10th through Despotz Records.
After several music videos have dropped and the album is just now on the cusp of official release, we checked in with Lancer vocalist Isak Stenvall to find out what the band had to say about this album's creation.
Read on for more info on the impending full-length, which covers everything from killer robot ostriches to Sodom and Gomorrah in its nine killer tracks (and if you haven't yet, pre-order your own copy right here).
God Damn is a hard band to describe by way of single genre terms. The band has elements of hard rock, hardcore, stoner, thrash, noise and alternative. They are heavy. They are light. What makes their diversity even more astonishing is that this is all created by two members. The duo recently made the trip from the UK over to America for the first time. Their tour led them to SXSW to play the widespread festival. After failing to connect with the group, they were cordial enough to answer a few of my questions via email. In the following interview, the band discusses their time in America and the SXSW experience as well as giving us details about the history of the band and what to expect from their forthcoming debut album “Vultures,” due to hit American stores on May 12th via One Little Indian Records.
South By Southwest (SXSW) is a festival for discovering new bands. The Skull is only three-years old and released their debut album “For Those Which Are Asleep” just last year. However, its members, Ron Holzner and Eric Wagner have a long history in the metal scene. The two formerly played in the highly influential band, Trouble, which is rooted as far back as 1979. The Skull took its name from Trouble’s second album, which Wagner lent his vocals to. The group also plays early Trouble songs live. I caught up with vocalist Eric Wagner before the band played one of three performances at SXSW. In the following brief interview, Wagner discusses the history of The Skull, its formation, members and lyrics.
The new age of doom is upon us as Horsehunter's "Caged In Flesh" will drop next month via Magnetic Eye Records.
If you love full volume amplifier feedback and low 'n slow doom riffs that crawl across your skull like a hazy psychedelic horizon, then you've nothing to fear from this dawning age, and fans of battering ram doom outfits like Batillus or Maegashira will be right at home with this impending album.
To give you a taste of what to expect, we just premiered the title track online, and also checked in with guitarist Dan Harris to discuss the doom metal scene in Australia, how Horsehunter went from Iron Maiden cover band to a devastating original outfit, and the many travails of recording a full-length album. Check out the full interview below.
Greg Anderson has carved a little niche into the annuals of doom metal. Best known for his droning guitar tones in Sunn O))) he has also lent his axe to bands such as Burning Witch, Teeth of Lions Rule The Divine and Thorr’s Hammer. Anderson’s latest band in the news is Goatsnake. Goatsnake is not as well known as Sunn O))). They don’t play nearly as often and haven’t released a full-length recording in fifteen years. Now all the band members have been able to get together to play a string of shows and release a new album titled “Black Age Blues.”
Goatsnake played a couple of shows last year, which afforded them opportunity to play some of the new album, which is due June 2nd. Goatsnake is billed to play a couple of festivals, Maryland Death Fest and South By Southwest, where they can showcase this new material to their fans. I talked to Anderson via phone in the following interview about these upcoming shows and the making of “Black Age Blues.”
For Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret “The American Dream Died” is the result of built up frustration of seeing greed and corruption go by unchecked. The album, Agnostic Front’s 11th full-length, serves as a vehicle for Miret to voice his opinion on current events like “Police Violence,” which the group compiled videos of police horrifically beating citizens. Other things that upset him include the housing crisis, war profiteering and corporations leaving America for a cheaper labor force. There is just so much anger building inside of this man that he got mad as hell and wouldn’t take it anymore. “The American Dream Died” is his outlet. It’s an outlet not only for his self, it's also gives a voice to the oppressed.
I called Roger at his home in Arizona to discuss these topics he feels so strongly about. We also talked about the legendary NYC hardcore band’s making of the album—the production and recording. Read further on to learn more about “The American Dream Died” available April 7 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Celebrating 15 years of existence, Byzantine is set to release fifth album "To Release Is To Resolve" in April. Forgoing even an indie label this time around, the U.S. group crowd funded the album and will be releasing through its own publishing company.
With the release date just a month off now, the members of Byzantine checked in to explain the process of funding and recording the album, and to discuss everything from the artwork to the diverse lyrics (covering topics from the West Memphis 3 to pain pill withdrawal and even on to alien/human interactions). Check out the full interview below.
A death metal outfit utilizing both harsh and clean vocals, Dysrider just dropped debut full-length album "Bury The Omen" through Tenacity Music.
Formed from the ashes of Trophallaxy, this Swiss group combines orchestral / symphonic elements with the aggression of death metal and is coming off a long live hiatus to support the debut with record release shows.
As the "Bury The Omen" launch festivities are just getting started, front man Jonathan Pellet checked in to share a little history on the band and discuss shooting music videos and the state of the metal scene in Switzerland.
Melodic / technical outfit Subversion is on the cusp of a major metallic takeover, preparing to drop the "Animi" full-length album this coming March 2nd in the U.K. and March 3rd in the United States.
After releasing lyric clips and official videos (available below) to tease the album, and sharing a mosh pit story with us earlier this month, Subversion's Kai Giritli has checked in with an in-depth interview chronicling the history of the band and creation of this new album.
See what Kai had to say below about learning the ropes of recording and producing in a home environment while still getting a stellar sound, how he ended up in Subversion through some major hair disasters, and find out how piss-his-pants excited he is to hear new music from Muse!
If you dig what you hear below, be sure to also support Subversion by pre-ordering the new album over here.