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Pentagram could be viewed as Black Sabbath’s next of kin. The band formed in 1971 just two years after the birth of Sabbath. Sure, bands like Trouble and Saint Vitus made their mark on the doom scene, but Pentagram came first. Perhaps these other bands are considered fathers of the doom genre along with Pentagram because the doom scene didn’t really take off until the ‘80s. It was the mid-eighties when Pentagram released its self-titled debut. Two years later the band released another classic full-length recording “Day of Reckoning.”
In 2012 the documentary “Last Days Here” chronicled the band's ups and downs and put the group in the public light like never before. And now, 44 years after their formation, the band has released its ninth studio full-length “Curious Volume.” Said album revisits the doomy sound the band is known for but with a greater emphasis on hard rock. Longtime guitarist Victor Griffin spoke with me on the phone about the making of this album, the band’s influence on the doom scene, the impact of “Last Days Here” and many more topics.
This day and age is perhaps the most difficult for a young band to "make it," but with a well received EP out for over a year and their reputation and skill earning them a slot at Britain's fastest growing metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, Bristol based progressive metal band Endeavour appear to be well on their way to becoming one of the bigger names in the British metal scene. I sat down for a chat with the band last night to discuss their Bloodstock appearance, plans for the future and how the hell grunge and prog can be fused so well.
Diamond Oz: I guess the first thing to bring up would be your recent performance at Bloodstock. How were you able to secure a slot at one of Britain's most popular festival?
Iain Davies (Guitar/Vocals): We entered the Metal 2 The Masses competition in Bristol. We had previously tried this in 2013 but we didn't have much of a fan base in Bristol then. 2 years on we've managed to gain a few fans who supported us through the competition.
Chris Hawkins (Vocals): Thanks to our awesome fans, we found ourself in the final. Our buds in Mortishead got the New Blood stage slot but we were very kindly offered the slot at the Jagermeister stage.
Diamond Oz: So was that kind of a runner up prize?
Chris: I don't know if it was an official 'runner up' slot but judge Rob Bannister is obviously a cool dude because he put us forward for the slot.
It should come as no surprise that Lychgate's "An Antidote For The Glass Pill" (reviewed here) offers a claustrophobic, disturbing experience considering the album's themes are based around prisons - both physical and of the mind.
The U.K. metal band's new album drops through Blood Music on August 18, with a digital version already available on a name-your-price basis via Bandcamp here.
Wanting to find out how Lychgate produced such an authentic and moody pipe organ sound across the album, we got in touch with the band for a new in-depth interview available below. Read on to find out about the band's new custom guitar, how Lychgate's sound translates to the live experience, and more.
For years, Tad Morose has been a mainstay on the Swedish metal scene, revered for the band's stellar combination of power riffs enveloped in progressive overtones. Albums like "A Mended Rhyme" (1997), "Leaving the Past Behind" (1993) and "Modus Vivendi" (2003) are only some of the critically acclaimed masterworks.
Over the years, the band has brought forth some of metal's strongest vocalists with Kristian Andrén (ex-Bloodbound/ex-Wuthering Heights) from 1993-1995 and Urban Breed (Serious Black/Project Arcadia) from 1995-2005 leading the way. From 2004 until 2013, the band activities were minimal and then with the addition of Ronny Hemlin (Inmoria/ex-Steel Attack) the band re-emerged from its slumber with a more stripped down metallic riff assault on 2013's "Revenant" (see review here).
Now less than two years later - and along that same path - the band presents its newest studio offering "St. Demonius" (available August 28th via Despotz Records). Metal Underground.com caught up with guitarist/songwriter Christer "Krunt" Andersson to talk about the new album and the meaning behind its ominous name.
Earlier this month we broke the news about Arizona outfit A Fall To Break hitting the road with Kobra And The Lotus for a string of U.S. shows.
With the trek still going strong (remaining tour date info and upcoming live activity can be found at the A Fall To Break Facebook profile), we also got in touch with the band to find out more about the tour, the progress of work on upcoming material, and the best way to drink ColdCock whiskey!
A Fall To Break is touring in support of latest album "Disaster, Destruction And After" (available at Bandcamp here). Before catching the band's latest live show, be sure to read our new interview with the group below.
Magister Templi hails from the cold, northern confines of Norway where black metal thrives. Although the band includes two members of the black metal group Svarttjern and the band delves in the occult, they are not a black metal band. The five piece plays grandiose heavy metal in the tradition of such greats as King Diamond and Rainbow. Magister Templi’s lyrics could be transposed into black metal songs, though.
The band writes about Western occultism, specifically Aleister Crowley. Their most recent album “Into Duat,” (reviewed here) available September 18th, is based on Egyptian Mythology—a critical part of Western occultism. Their penchant for the occult is analyzed in the following interview with Magister Templi members Abraxus d’Ruckus and Baphomet.
Metal Blade Recording artist Goatwhore has stayed busy over the past year. The group toured almost non-stop. Last summer they sweated out among some of today’s top death metal acts on Summer Slaughter. In the fall Goatwhore joined Glenn Danzig for a few dates with Samhain. In the winter the band traveled to the other side of the Earth when they went to Australia. Most recently the band headlined a tour with Black Breath, Ringworm and Theories. Now the band is gearing up for another string of dates on the road including Gwar B-Q
Much of Goatwhore’s tours were without longtime member, bassist James Harvey. Trans Am (ex-Hod, War Master) has filled in for James. I caught up with Ben Falgoust to see what the future holds in store for Harvey and TA. The gauntlet-clad front man also shared his thoughts on this past tours and expressed excitement regarding the upcoming tour.
Dead Horse’s musical style, imagery and sense of humor has led to their being one of the most popular bands in Texas’ heavy music scene. The group crosses over death metal with thrash, punk and even a hint of country. Also, as you’ll find in the following interview, their sense of humor has left a mark on the scene. The title of their first full length, released in 1989, relates a band that doesn’t take itself so seriously, “Horsecore: An Unrelated Story That’s Time Consuming.” In 1991 the band followed this recording up with “Peaceful Death and Pretty Flowers.” They released the “Boil(ing) EP in 1996 and then disbanded a year later.
During their hiatus, Relapse Records ensured Dead Horse’s music would still find listeners when they reissued their LPs in 1999, but the band would not play a show again until 2011. However, fans of the band could look elsewhere to hear its members when guitarists Greg Martin, Scott Sevall and drummer Ronnie Guyote joined Kurt Brecht of D.R.I. in forming the band Pasadena Napalm Division. In 2011, Michael Argo joined the band, which was the first time the band used a lead singer since Michael Haaga left the group around 1993. Since then the group has released the “Loaded Gun” EP and “Making A Dead Horse Live!” DVD.
Although the band doesn’t skateboard, they are heavily influenced by the music of skater bands, so to have their own skateboard was something special for the band. On the night of their skate deck release party, I caught up with Greg Martin, Scott Sevall and Allen Price to talk about the band’s resurgence, some of the shows they’ve played and music they’ve created the past couple of years, much of which is done in tone-and-cheek humor.
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).