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Interviews

To date, we have conducted 1378 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:

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Enslaved Frontman On New Members And Vikings

Few bands from the Norwegian black metal scene transform themselves into a more complex entity. Emperor would of course be one example but it doesn't get any more progressive, complex and introspective than Enslaved. Since the band's debut, "Vikingligr Veldi," the band has evolved constantly and become one of the most revered Norwegian metal bands performing to this day.

At their recent show in Bristol, England with High On Fire (see interview here,) I had the pleasure of sitting down with frontman Grutle Kjellson to discuss their latest album, "E," the recruitment of new keyboardist Håkon Vinje, when we can expect new material and how he sees modern depictions of Vikings in movies and TV shows like "Valhalla Rising" and "Vikings." You can listen to the interview in full below.

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High On Fire Frontman Heralds The Electric Messiah

Very few musicians make it so far as to form an influential band, let alone two. But since Sleep's debut, "Volume One" in 1991, metal fans have been treated to the awesome might of Matt Pike's guitar sound and in 2000, listeners have become familiar with his distinct voice, as High On Fire released their debut, "The Art Of Self Defence." Over the course of this nearly thirty year period of releasing records, Matt Pike has come to be seen as a modern metal legend, with fans often comparing him to Motorhead frontman Lemmy, something he modestly refutes.

Before their show in Bristol yesterday, I was lucky enough to sit down with the man himself to discuss his career, the new albums from both High On Fire and Sleep and the meaning behind the awesome "Electric Messiah" artwork. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Voivod Drummer Explains "The Wake"

After a five year wait for a new full length album, Quebec's legendary thrashers Voivod are back with "The Wake." A concept album telling the science fiction story of a great event which changes humanity forever, the record has everything fans love about the band and still manages to surprise listeners. To promote the album, the band are currently on the road in Europe and at their recent show at The Underworld in Camden, North London, I had the opportunity to meet up once again with the band's drummer, co-founder and resident artist, Michel "Away" Langevin to discuss "The Wake," the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise, the fate of humanity and more. You can watch the chat in full below.

Diamond Oz: The new album, "The Wake" is finally out and it's a very ambitious album. I suppose the first thing to ask is about the story, could you tell us a bit about that?

Michel "Away" Langevin: I could but Snake is probably the guy to ask about that. But as soon as started working on it, Snake mentioned that he wanted to write a long story and then Chewy thought about bringing back musical themes but re-arranged. So we wrote the album and the lyrics together and I know that at first, the story involves an undersea disaster which triggers a big revelation that changes all the systems, religious and social and if you look at the album it becomes it's very introspective. In the end it's totally intergalactic, so I think Snake wanted to touch on all the subjects that he was interested in and it's related to this planet and the state that it's in but in the typical, post-Apocalyptic, sci-fi Voivodian way.

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A Neighbourly Chat With Okilly Dokilly's Head Ned

Many of us have areas of pop culture, history or science which we become obsessed with. For most of us on this site, heavy metal music would be one of them of course, but there are many bands which focus on specific areas such as Ex Deo singing exclusively about the Roman culture and empire, Nile and their focus on Egyptian history or the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and their unhealthy feelings for California. One band which has grabbed the attention of people across the spectrum in recent years though, is Okilly Dokilly, the metal outfit from Phoenix, Arizona who focus solely on the friendliest neighbour in the world, Ned Flanders of The Simpsons fame.

Being a Simpsons fanatic myself (a true one that hates everything after a certain point,) I jumped at the opportunity to meet up with the band's frontman and founder, Head Ned, where we discussed the concept behind the band, as well as his feelings on more recent episodes, Futurama, Disenchantment and what we can expect from the band's second album, which currently goes by the working title, "Howdilly Twodilly." You can watch it in full below.

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Vodun Ready To Ascend To New Levels

With the rejection many of us have to the more mainstream rock and metal bands today, it's always refreshing to find a band which keeps the original flame alive, quite literally in this case. As I mentioned in my report on their show in Bristol, London based power trio Vodun are a band quite unlike any other, combining Sabbath like grooves with African rhythms and mysticism. The three piece has just released their sophomore album, "Ascend," and before their show at The Crofters Rights, I was able to sit down and talk with all three members of the band about influences, "Ascend" and more.

Diamond Oz: Straight into then, this tour is to promote your new album, "Ascend," which has only just been released, is that right?

Oya: The seventh of September, so about three weeks now.

Diamond Oz: Lovely, have you had much in the way of reviews and feedback so far?

Marassa: Quite a few reviews trickling in so far. Everything seems to be positive, everybody says it's a step up, the textures are thicker than "Possession"...

Oya: Yeah, good reviews, positive. People seem to like the dynamics of the songs and the war cry aspect of it in what we're talking about.

Diamond Oz: I'm not surprised they're liking it, I've had "Spirits Past" in my head all day!

Oya: Well we're playing it tonight so you'll soon be sick of it!

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Acid Reign Frontman Talks First Album In 29 Years

British thrash metal was truly a law unto itself. While the thrash scenes in the United States and Germany produced some mega stars of the genre such as Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, along with cult heroes like Kreator, Exodus and Destruction, the United Kingdom gave the world a small treasure chest. While the British contribution to the sub-genre was never as recognised, some stellar material from the likes of Onslaught, Sabbat and Xentrix proved influential, while those who were around at the time or dig deeper nowadays can tell you, bands like Re-Animator, Lawnmower Deth and of course, Acid Reign have just as much quality to offer as many of their American and German counterparts.

A sense of humour was always there among British thrash, many of whom acknowledging the sometimes silly world of heavy metal and its image, while also often containing social messages. Acid Reign was perhaps the best example of a band with plenty to say but not all of it too serious, as evidenced by their opening track on "The Fear," "You Never Know (W.T.N.W.S.)" and "Obnoxious" closing track, "This Is Serious," while dealing with such topics as anxiety ("You Are Your Enemy,") racism ("Blind Aggression") and free expression ("Creative Restraint".)

After a lengthy absence, the band returned in 2015, with only vocalist Howard "H" Smith in the fold from the original lineup. They've since released two singles, "Plan of the Damned" and "The Man Who Became Himself" and are currently in the studio recording their first album in twenty nine years. Before his excellent one man show in Camden, North London, I had the pleasure of meeting up with H in a pub across the street to discuss the return of the band, new material, his comedy career and much more. You can check it out below.

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Angry Anderson On Life, Legacy And Politics

There are very few bands whose impact is so great that they're not only important in their own field, but culturally significant. The Rolling Stones are as much a part of British culture as tea and chip shops, everyone thinks of Rush when they think of Canada and the good nature but toughness of Australia can be summed up by the legendary rockers, Rose Tattoo. Led by charismatic frontman Angry Anderson, the band has achieved commercial success, influenced countless bands at home and abroad, been covered by the likes of Guns N Roses and along with AC/DC, are one of the biggest rock bands to ever emerge from Australia.

Anderson himself has become a popular and much talked about figure in Australia, having had a solo hit with the ballad "Suddenly," embarked on a successful career as an actor and presenter and in recent times, become active in Australian politics, running as a candidate endorsed first by the National Party and then by the Australian Liberty Alliance.

At the band's recent show in London, the final date of their sold out tour of Britain with Girlschool, I had the pleasure of meeting Angry Anderson to discuss the legacy of the band, his storied and amazing life, how "We Can't Be Beaten" was written and so much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Raven: "A New Album's Coming!"

The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal produced and shed light on some of the most beloved bands in British rock music, many of whom are still going today. While some were flash in the pan or found success short lived, others not only experienced longevity but have been cited by peers and younger generations as a strong influence. One shining example of the latter is the legendary Geordie trio, Raven. Since their debut album, "Rock Until You Drop" in 1981, they've been praised by the likes of Anthrax, covered by such bands as Kreator and even took Metallica out on their first tour.

This month, I sat down with the band's vocalist/bassist John Gallagher, who along with his brother Mark (guitars) has been the driving force behind the group for over four decades. In the interview, we discussed new material, the use of crowdfunding, the legacy of the band and more. You can watch the conversation in full below, while an excerpt regarding new music reads as follows:

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Brainstorm Guitarist Discusses "Midnight Ghost"

Today marks the release date of "Midnight Ghost," the twelfth studio album from German power metal veterans Brainstorm. Over the course of twenty plus years, the band has developed a sound of their own, separating them from contemporaries like Blind Guardian and Hammerfall with a much darker tone, helping them to become a favourite of power metal fans.

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Brainstorm guitarist Torsten Ihlenfeld in Shepherds Bush, West London to discuss the "Midnight Ghost" album, as well as the history of the band, artwork, achieving a number one single and more. You can check out the interview in full below.

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At The Gates Already Looking To Next Album

At this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, I had the privilege of speaking with guitarist Martin Larsson, of one of death metal's most respected names, At The Gates. Now on their second reunion, the band recently released their sixth album, "To Drink From The Night Itself" through Century Media Records, to follow up the well received 2014 effort, "At War With Reality." While speaking with Larsson, the musician revealed that the band are already looking ahead to their next album, while also shedding some light on "To Drink From The Night Itself" and the legacy of Swedish death metal. You can check out the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: The new album, "To Drink From The Night Itself" is out now. It's a very worthy successor to "At War With Reality," very strong and very dark as well. What made it such a dark album?

Martin Larsson: I'd say just the way of the world in general. These are pretty bleak times we're living in. Good times as well, but let other people write about the good times.

Diamond Oz: And where does the title come from?

Martin: There was a line from the last album that we used for the title. The general concept is inspired by a German writer called Peter Weiss, he wrote a huge novel called The Aesthetics Of Resistance, which is the main inspiration for the album concept.

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Orphaned Land Sheds Light On Latest Album

Heavy metal may have been born in the midlands of Britain but over the course of nearly five decades, it's become a global phenomenon, spreading across the world and finding homes in the most unlikely of places. It's also empowered musicians and activists to use this heavier and more aggressive music to spread their messages. Nowhere is this more pertinent than Orphaned Land, the veteran metal outfit from Israel whose goal of peace in the Middle East and indeed throughout the world.

At the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year, I had the opportunity to speak with vocalist Kobi Farhi and drummer Matan Shmuely to discuss their latest album, "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs," their first album in five years, as well as artwork, the issues affecting their homeland and more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Exhorder On Reunion, New Material And More

Last month, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Bloodstock Open Air festival in Derbyshire, one of the United Kingdom's most prestigious heavy metal extravaganzas. While there, I was able to not only see an assortment of legends, cult heroes and up and comers but meet some of them two and I was delighted to be able to talk with Kyle Thomas and Vinnie Labella of the massively influential Exhorder. Now back and with big plans, the duo discussed why Exhorder has returned, if there will be anything new for fans to look forward to and finally being able to tour Europe. You can check out the interview in full in the video below.

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Power Trip On Thrash, Trump And Gerrymandering

There are many reasons to still be a metal fan, no matter how long you've been around the scene or the genre. From seeing reunions from bands you'd thought would never be in the same room again to visiting festivals across the globe. The main reason however, will always be the discovery of new and up and coming bands. One of the groups which has captured the attention of headbangers of all ages the world over is Power Trip, the crossover thrash quintet from Dallas, Texas. The band has been going from strength to strength in recent years, particularly since the release of their second album, "Nightmare Logic" last year.

At this year's edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival, the band took to the main stage on Saturday morning and blew the crowd away with their ferocious brand of thrash. Afterwards, I had the pleasure of meeting up with vocalist Riley Gale to talk about the band's growing success, their home state of Texas and the dangers of gerrymandering in the modern political climate. You can watch the chat in full below.

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Soulfly: "I Don't Think There'll Be More Nailbomb"

Over the years of doing interviews for Metal Underground, I've had the pleasure and honour of meeting some of metal's true legends. From Udo Dirkschneider to Geoff Tate and all manner of heroes in between. Last night, I was granted the privilege of speaking with one of Brazil's most famous muscians, Max Cavalera, whose catalogue stretches from Sepultura to Soulfly with a number of projects such as Cavalera Conspiracy, Nailbomb and Killer Be Killed along the way.

Capping off a successful tour of the United Kingdom and with the details of their upcoming new studio album, "Ritual" now out in the open, there was plenty to talk about with Max Cavalera including the new album, the future of Nailbomb and Killer Be Killed and what it's like having your son in your band. You can watch the interview below.

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Paradise Lost Guitarist On "Medusa" And More

There are many sub-genres of heavy metal music these days. Often they can be traced back or attributed to only a handful of bands. In the nineties, the word saw the rise of groove metal, with many fans pointing to Pantera and Exhorder as the originators, as well as what we now call, black metal, with the Norwegian scene including Immortal, Emperor and Mayhem credited with spawning the style. It also saw the rise of gothic metal, which while built up from a variety of groups, is often attributed to British band, Paradise Lost.

Over the course of thirty years, Paradise Lost has gone from death/doom metal to the Gothic style they pioneered, to electronic music and everything in between. Last week, the band supported another of metal's more Gothic figures, Danzig in Brixton, London and I had the opportunity to sit down with guitarist Aaron Aedy to discuss the latest album, "Medusa," the band's thirtieth anniversary, the re-issues of the controversial albums, "Host" and "Believe In Nothing" and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Rapper DMC Discusses His Love Of Heavy Metal

After eleven years with this site, I've had the privilege of speaking with all kinds of musicians about heavy music. While this is, and always will be, a heavy metal website, it's always interesting to hear a view on the genre from an unexpected source, which is why last month, I took the opportunity to sit down in Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott hotel in London overlooking Hyde Park, to speak with one of the first stars of hip hop, DMC, of the legendary group Run DMC about his love of metal and rock music, his collaborations with the likes of Aerosmith, Myles Kennedy and Slaves On Dope, his new EP, "Back From The Dead" and much more. You can check out the interview in two parts below, while some excerpts are as follows:

On the importance of "Walk This Way":
"It was so cool that we did it with them (Aerosmith.) We could have just remade it alone but it wouldn't have had the impact that it had. Their fans were like, 'Why are they with the rap guys!?' and our fans didn't know any better and thought, 'Why are they doing a record with The Rolling Stones!?' When Steven Tyler took the mic stand and put it through the wall, it's exactly what happened. Rock and rap breaking barriers and coming together."

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Therapy? Bassist Discusses New Album, "Cleave"

For such a small nation, Northern Ireland has produced some truly amazing contributions to rock over the years. From the guitar wizardry of Gary Moore to the catchy teenage encapsulated output of The Undertones to retro thrash metal favourites Gama Bomb, Northern Ireland has a lot to be proud about. One band that they should treasure however hails from the market town of Larne and have always been one of the most leftfield bands in alternative rock/metal.

I could only be talking about Therapy? and this past month, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Therapy? bassist Michael McKeegan to discuss that night's acoustic show, the upcoming new album, "Cleave" and why "Troublegum" is still such a special album twenty four years later. You can check out some excerpts as well as a video of the full interview below.

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Psychostick Reveals More About Upcoming Video Game

Comedy in rock and metal has always been a touchy subject, even if it's nothing new. From the days of Spinal Tap and Bad News to Tenacious D, metal fans have often been split between those who take themselves too seriously and those who can laugh at themselves. At the moment, Tempe, Arizona's own Psychostick must surely be hailed as one of the most popular and funniest bands in the "comedy metal" genre.

At their recent show in London, I had the opportunity to sit down to talk (and laugh) with guitarist Josh "The J" Key, drummer Alex "Shmalex/The Boy" Dontre and bass player Matty J "Moose" Rzemyk to discuss the use of crowdfunding, their own video game, "Pluhquest" and what Americans and British people think of each other.

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Melechesh On New Music, Comics And Jerusalem

Black metal is a sub-genre which, like most, has plenty of stereotypes and cliches. Typically, when one thinks of the term, images of snow covered mountains and corpse paint spring to mind. However, black metal reaches far beyond Scandinavia, from the rainy streets of Newcastle, England to the cultural hive that is Athens, Greece and beyond, black metal can be found challenging all aspects of society.

In June of this year, I had the privilege of speaking with perhaps one of the bravest men in extreme metal, Ashmedi, who formed the black metal band Melechesh in the holiest city on Earth, Jerusalem. Prior to witnessing a standard stellar performance from the band at their show with Belphegor, Ashmedi and I discussed when how far along Melechesh are with new material, the graphic novel based on his life, "Emissary Of The Anunnaki: The Tale Of The Fire King" and what he thinks of the American embassy being moved to Jerusalem.

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Eyehategod Frontman Speaks On New Music And More

Eyehategod are a band which sums up the phrase "a law unto themselves" if ever there was one. Throughout their thirty year history, the group has fought through addiction, financial difficulties and even the death of drummer Joey LaCaze in August 2013. At their recent show in Bristol (see review here,) I sat down with frontman Mike IX to discuss how one survives such a turbulent career, when we can expect new music and recent tours with Black Label Society. Check it out below.

On new material:
"We've demoed some new songs and we're probably going to record in September. We need to write some more songs. So far we've demoed seven or eight songs but without vocals, just the music and we'll see what we like, what we'll change and what we'll throw away."

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Discharge Discusses Legacy And Broken Bones Split

A few months back, I had the pleasure of seeing punk icons Discharge in London (see review here.) Not only did I get to see the rejuvinated legends put on an explosive show in the capital, but I was fortunate enough to sit down and speak with guitarist Anthony "Bones" Roberts, drummer Dave Caution and new frontman Jeff "JJ" Janiak. On the second anniversary of their latest album, "End Of Days," we talked about the album and how it fits in with their catalogue, the single "Broken Law" and its controversial video and whether protesting really works. You can check it out below.

On the "Broken Law" video :
"The truth often is controversial. It's that harsh reality that people don't want to face. You might upset some people along the way but you can't deny facts. Funnily enough, I know a cop who loved it. He played it for his cop friends in the gym and they weren't too impressed by it."

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MaYaN Discusses New Album, "Dhyana"

In April of this year, I had the pleasure of witnessing a unique show at the Tufnell Park Dome in North London here, which was headlined by Leaves Eyes and opened by Almanac (click on the names to see interviews with these bands.) Sandwiched in the middle and performing their first show in the United Kingdom (something I was not aware of coming into the venue) was MaYaN, the Dutch symphonic metal band which among other musicians includes Mark Jansen and Ariën van Weesenbeek of Epica.

Before the show took place, I was able to sit down with Jansen, as well as guitarist Frank Schiphorst and keyboardist Jack Driessen, to discuss the project in greater detail, their forthcoming third album, "Dhyana," which will be released on September 21st through Nuclear Blast and more. You can check it out below.

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Leaves Eyes Discusses "Sign Of The Dragonhead"

A few months back, I had the pleasure of witnessing a superb show in north London, which featured Almanac, MaYaN and fresh off their latest album, "Sign Of The Dragonhead," Leaves Eyes (see review here.) Before the show began, I was fortunate enough to sit down and speak with each one of these bands and discuss all manner of subjects. In the video below, I speak with Leaves Eyes co-founder and Atrocity frontman Alexander Krull about the new album, as well as plans for the future, new Atrocity material, how new vocalist Elina Siirala is settling in and much more.

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Almanac On History, Guitar Heroes And The USSR

In 2015, fans of German metal band Rage were left disappointed after it was announced that guitarist Victor Smolski had parted ways with the group. Later that year however, Smolski returned with a new project of his own, Almanac. They released their debut album, "Tsar," a biography of famous Russian monarch, Ivan The Terrible, the next year and in 2017, they unleashed their sophomore effort, "Kingslayer." Touring Europe as the opening band for Leaves' Eyes and MaYaN, they had much to prove but delivered all the goods and more. I was able to catch up with Smolski and Readman at the show in London, where we discussed the band, the guitarists' status in the metal world, teaching and how it was to find metal music growing up in Soviet Belarus.

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Crowbar On Influences, New Music And Phil Anselmo

Over my eleven years with this site, I've had the pleasure and honour of meeting some of my favourite bands and some true legends of metal. On a recent trip back to England, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with another of the genre's most revered musicians, Crowbar frontman Kirk Windstein, who has also garnered attention for his role with bands such as Down with Phil Anselmo of Pantera and Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity and Kingdom Of Sorrow with Hatebreed frontman, Jamey Jasta.

During the interview we discussed a wide range of topics from the return of bassist to Todd Strange, to the possibility of a new Kingdom Of Sorrow record to the influence of Phil Anselmo. You can check it out below.

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