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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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Band Photo: Therapy?

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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A Quick Chat With Danko Jones

Over the years, rock and roll has become a term thrown around all too liberally. Bands such as Coldplay get tagged with the label while the days of The Who, Little Richard and Motorhead seem to have passed. One man determined to keep the flame burning however, along with his eponymous band, is Canada's own, Danko Jones. I had the pleasure of meeting him last month as he was on tour with Skindred and CKY in Bristol, England where we discussed rock and roll, his latest album, "Wildcat" and what separates British audiences from others.

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Skindred Reveals "Big Tings" In Store

Back in 2006, at the tender age of sixteen, I went with two friends to see Soulfly at the Bristol Academy. Opening the show that night was a band from Newport, who were just about to re-release their debut album, "Babylon." Not too many had heard of them but they put on a show to remember and that album soon became a must have for all young fans of rock and metal and not one person there would forget their name. That band was Skindred and since "Babylon" they have gone from strength to strength, releasing six more albums, including, "Big Tings" last month and have become one of the country's favourite live bands.

Twelve years later, I had the pleasure of meeting Skindred frontman Benji Webbe at the same venue, where this time they were headlining and joined by CKY and Danko Jones. During our meeting, we discussed the new album, "Big Tings," working with Reef singer Gary Stringer, the "That's My Jam" music video, future plans for solo material and what the frontman thinks of today's reggae. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Ten Questions for Rockabul's Travis Beard

During Inferno Metal Festival Norway 2018, Metalunderground.com’s own Greekbastard interviewed Travis Beard, the director of the documentary, Rockabul. Check out what he had to say about Afghanistan’s first and only heavy metal band and the making of the film.

Greekbastard: In a nutshell, can you tell our readers the basic storyline behind Rockabul?

Travis Beard: Yeah, in a nutshell I was living in Afghanistan working as a journalist. I sort of stumbled on this music scene which is very, very small, but it was growing and one day, four young Afghan teenagers walked into my house and wanted a place to practice playing metal music. I had a practice room so I let them use it and at the same time, this is quite interesting, they’re playing metal in an Islamic republic. So, I just pressed record on my camera. I had no idea what I was doing and this is funny because, you know, it was recording and there we documented the birth, the rise to the peak, and the death of Afghanistan's only metal band, District Unknown.

Greekbastard: Rockabul is currently being screened at different venues around the world. When and how is the movie going to be released for public consumption?

Travis Beard: So we have a one-year festival circuit, which we're doing now and it'll include the U.S. Once it goes public our strategy, or our plan, is to go online. Probably something like Netflix or Amazon or one of these online platforms…you have iTunes and so forth. That's the reason for that because we're really interested in pushing this film as far as possible in regards to it's not so much about making money. You don’t make money on a documentary. And so by putting on one of these online platforms you can get a film, you know, put out across the world and we'll just do one global sale. There is a chance of a theatrical release as well. We're planning to maybe do a later-in-the-year one-day cinema release globally. That would mean that we'd have cinemas all around the world playing the film on one day and then kind of like an event in the sense throughout different countries and different cities.

Greekbastard: How long did it take to make the movie? Was there a time at any point that you felt not going through with it?

Travis Beard: Ah, that's a good question. The film took eight years make and that was directly because of money. I had some money in the start, but when I first started going, I didn't know what I was doing. I was very inexperienced. Um, but I had the subject matter so I just kept filming. Then of course, the money ran out and there was a good five years in between where I kept editing and I kept putting my own money into the film and I kept getting more and different producers and, you know, especially my, uh, my fist on the wall of people’s doors trying to get attention. There was a good five-year lull where I almost threw the towel in a half a dozen, a dozen times. My girlfriend at the time bore the brunt of all my frustrations.

It really got to a point where I thought I didn't have a good story. I thought that something was missing from my film. I questioned my own filmmaking skills and then I was very lucky that I met up with Brooke in Australia and she had some street credibility in regards to the film industry. She got the money for us through the Australian government and we got the money to finish the film.

And so what it proved in the long run was the film did have the capacity and it did have the quality it just needed to be seen by the right people. And now it's doing what it’s doing traveling around the world doing festivals. So yes, the answer is there was many a time when I thought I would never finish this film. I said to all my friends and different colleagues, if the film is not successful, I will never make another one. This will be my first and last film. Unfortunately, it is successful so now I'm going to make another film.

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Getting To Know The Bastard Sons

When making the trip to Shepherds Bush, West London (famous for being home to England's greatest football club, Queens Park Rangers, don't laugh,) I was able to head to the famous Empire venue to see a show headlined by the legendary Ugly Kid Joe. They weren't the only ones on the bill to be given this tag, as former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell was also there with his new band, Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons. I had the pleasure of meeting up with bassist Tyla Campbell (one of three sons of Phil Campbell who perform in the band,) along with vocalist Neil Starr to discuss their debut album, "The Age Of Absurdity," what it's like to play in a band with your dad and if the group will ever exist without Phil Campbell. You can see the interview in full below.

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Geoff Tate Discusses His Legacy And Future

It's not everyday one gets to meet a true legend of heavy metal. On the evening of April 17th, I had the honour of meeting up with former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate, now of Operation: Mindcrime, as his new collective strolled into London to perform at The Underworld with Brazilian power metal veterans Angra. Sitting on the tour bus, we discussed everything from the trilogy of Operation: Mindcrime albums, the influence of Spain on his life and what the future holds for Geoff Tate. You can check out the video interview in full below.

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Andrew WK On The Philosophy Of Partying

Back at the Kentish Town Forum in North London only a day after witnessing the Epica show, where I interviewed the band's composer Mark Jansen and Oceans Of Slumber vocalist Cammie Gilbert, I was excited to sit down and speak with one Andrew W.K., rock's ambassador for fun and the recognised President of party. During the interview, which began with the exchange of Party Rings biscuits, an essential part of any party in Britain, we discussed his latest album, "You're Not Alone," his appearances on Fox News and Aqua Teen Hunger Force and why it would have been ideal for him to perform at this year's Wrestlemania. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Oceans Of Slumber; The Next Big Thing?

On my recent trip back to England for a series of shows, I began with an outstanding night featuring Epica (see interview here,) Myrkur and Oceans Of Slumber. As mentioned in the review of the show, Oceans Of Slumber absolutely blew me away. The progressive metal group from Houston, Texas showcased a unique sound, haunting as it was beautiful.

I was so impressed by the band that when vocalist Cammie Gilbert passed by me, I had to take the opportunity to arrange a spur of the moment interview with her. During the interview, which mostly serves as an introduction to Oceans Of Slumber, we discussed their history, music, themes and success so far. You can check out the video below.

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Epica Guitarist On Music, Art And Technology

Since 2002, Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the most popular groups in their field and putting in a live show to rival anyone else. With their latest album, "The Holographic Principle" and the EP of songs that didn't make the album, "The Solace System," the sextet from Limburg have once again proved why they're one of the most cited and beloved bands in the ever expanding sub-genre of symphonic metal.

During a recent trip to the United Kingdom, I had the pleasure of meeting up with the band's main composer, Mark Jansen in London, where we discussed the ideas behind the album, the record's art work, the role of technology in the world today and how it feels to be in a band where the focus is shifted towards the singer. You can check out the video below.

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Anti Cimex Drummer On Legacy, Punk And Reunions

Metal as we know it owes a lot to punk and hardcore. After all, the key ingredients for thrash metal was punk, hardcore and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Since it began in the United States, spearheaded by the likes of The Stooges, The Ramones, Death, Television and The New York Dolls, punk has gone global and it's no surprise that Sweden was able to create some superb bands such as Disfear and of course, Anti Cimex. So what was it that made the latter so respected and how did punk come about in the Scandinavian country? For answers to these questions and more, I spoke with Anti Cimex drummer "Charlie."

Diamond Oz: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us. It's been twenty five years now since the release of "Scandinavian Jawbreaker". How has Anti Cimex resisted the temptation to reunite in this time, like so many of your peers have?

Charlie: Thank you for the interest in us! To reform you're supposed to be able to deliver. We couldn't do that. Lefty died and Jonsson was stuck in his addictions. And why reform something that was buggering you for some time? Nah, once dead youre supposed to stay dead. That is at least one thing we did properly! Still today we get offers to reunite, some involving quite impressive money offers, but no, we stay dead. Screw the corpse.

Oz: Most people outside of Sweden and Scandinavia have a very small knowledge about the country and its modern history. What circumstances led to you becoming a punk and to form the band?

Charlie: In 1976 we had a right wing government for the first time in 44 years. That's a perfect start for the punk movement! Add to that Thatcher, Breznev and Reagan and you have a perfect growing form for anti system, anti war and anti establishment songs. We had loads of inspiration and things to fight! Pretty much like the situation today! Expect a new wave of punk coming to a place near you in the next few years!

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Venom Inc. Carrying On Original Black Metal

Heavy metal has grown enormously from its humble beginnings in the late sixties/early seventies to encompass a wide variety of sub-genres. The origins of all these different takes on the genre are most often traced back to the early eighties when Michael Jackson's, "Beat It" made the British heavy metal charts thanks to a guitar solo from Eddie Van Halen and a young band from Newcastle decided that if that was heavy metal, they were something else. That band was Venom and their first three albums, "Welcome To Hell," "Black Metal"and "At War With Satan" would become monumentally influential, with the sophomore effort even spawning a genre of its own.

Fast forward to 2018 and the world now has two incarnations of the band. Namely; Venom, fronted by Conrad "Chronos" Lant from the classic lineup and Venom Inc. featuring the other two members of the legendary trio, Mantas and Abaddon, along with Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, the Atomkraft frontman who replaced Chronos for a time in the late eighties to the mid nineties. With a superb debut album, "Avé," under their belts, Venom Inc. are taking to the road with plenty to prove and a lot to offer. I had the privilege of speaking with Demolition Man and Mantas on the first stop of their Bloodstained Earth tour, which also included Suffocation and Nervosa to discuss their debut album, the progress of other projects including Atomkraft, Dryll and Mpire Of Evil and why, in a sense, Venom were always the only black metal band.

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Goatwhore Riding High On A "Vengeful Ascension"

At a recent show in Bristol, the first British stop on the 2018 "Machine Messiah" tour, I had the pleasure not only of speaking with Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kissser, but with Ben Falgoust, frontman of New Orleans blackened thrash metal veterans, Goatwhore and Soylent Green. During the interview, we discussed a range of topics, particularly regarding the band's latest album, "Vengeful Ascension,"the upcoming 20th anniversary of their debut studio album, "The Eclipse Of Ages Into Black" and what it is that makes New Orleans so special.

On the writing process for "Vengeful Ascension":

"A big element of our writing is 'Are we going to play this live?' A lot of bands put out records and only play certain songs and never play anything else from the record live and we like to be able to take pretty much every single song at one point in the duration of touring for that record and put it in a live experience. When we're writing we're not just writing to write, we're writing from the perspective of "How is this going to sound live?'"

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Sepultura Celebrates 20 Years With Derrick Green

The nineties were truly a dark time for metal music, with many bands breaking up, changing their sound or being swept aside after the explosion of grunge music. There were however a few bands who were able to break into public consciousness, such as Pantera, Machine Head, Type O Negative and, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sepultura. Over their thirty plus year career, the group has demonstrated a variety of different metal styles and helped pioneer some of their own, thanks to the experimentation with tribal music on the "Chaos A.D."and "Roots" albums. Co-founder Max Cavalera left the band at the end of 1996 and was replaced by American singer, Derrick Green, who made his recording debut with Sepultura on the 1998 album, "Against."

On the first date of their UK tour in Bristol, England, I was able to meet up with guitarist Andreas Kisser and singer Derrick Green to discuss the long, storied history of the group, as well as progress on the Sepultura documentary, their latest album, "Machine Messiah," why writing concept albums is like MacGuyver and whether Kisser has any plans to record another solo release soon.

On writing concept albums since 2006's, "Dante XXI":

"In a respect, all albums are like this. From The Beatles having love as a concept and "Sgt. Pepper's", which was possibly the first album to have a collection of songs become one thing, to Pink Floyd's, "The Wall" and stuff, to collect songs as a whole rather than just tracks, we like that very much. Even with 'Machine Messiah' some people are calling it prog!"

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