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Darkane: "We've Chosen Ten Songs For New Album"

Scandinavia and metal music goes together like bread and butter. Over the past thirty years, the world has seen so many respected and beloved bands come from Norway and Sweden, while Denmark has given us one of the most exciting bands in recent memory in the form of Volbeat. Sweden in particular has a reputation for death metal, having produced such bands as At The Gates, In Flames and Entombed to name a few.

One such band with a more thrash inspired take on death metal came not from Stockholm or Gothenburg, but Helsingborg and they go by the name of Darkane. They released their first album, "Rusted Angel" twenty years ago and now the quintet is celebrating this milestone by performing the album in full, as well as looking ahead to their next album, following a six year gap from their last release, "The Sinister Supremacy." Before their show in London, I caught up with guitarists Christofer Malmström and Klas Ideberg to discuss these and other aspects of the band. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Rotten Sound On "Drain," New Music And Nasum

Grindcore is a law unto itself. The name of the genre was coined by former Napalm Death drummer Mick Harris and has since gone on to include some of the best names in extreme music such as Carcass, Bolt Thrower and Brutal Truth, though the first two have always been a matter of debate. While North America boasted such names as Terrorizer, Discordance Axis and the aforementioned Brutal Truth and the genre was arguably started in Britain, it's in Europe where we can find some of the absolute best grindcore has to offer, with one of the very best coming from Vaasa, Finland. They're called, Rotten Sound.

For twenty six years, Rotten Sound has put out high quality releases and become one of the most beloved names in all of grindcore. At their recent show in London, I caught up with frontman Keijo Niinimaa to discuss what the band has in store for the future, the twentieth anniversary of their sophomore album, "Drain" and his time spent fronting Nasum on their farewell tour. You can watch it in full below.

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Endeavour On The Struggles Of Young Prog Bands

Progressive metal is something of an enigma. While some of the best in the genre have seen some of the most commercial success over the last twenty years such as Dream Theater and Anathema, others have been granted the status of favourites or cult legends like Opeth, Queensryche and Fates Warning. It's a sub genre which can reach areas of the soul other metal styles can't and provides a more uplifting stance than the likes of death or black metal.

But surely it must be very difficult to get such long songs and ambitious musicianship off the ground when most of us in rock and metal clubs are craving a bit of aggression and a chance to go mental? This past Saturday in London, I sat down with Endeavour vocalist Chris Hawkins and guitarist Iain "GT" Davies to discuss facing such an obstacle, as well as their own material and growing popularity. You can watch it in full below.

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Sonata Arctica Looking Ahead To New Album

Since the release of their debut album, "Ecliptica," twenty years ago, Finland's, Sonata Arctica has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the most beloved names in symphonic metal. Their latest album, "The Ninth Hour," is a prime example of their thought out arrangements and well researched lyrics, dealing with a number of subjects, while incorporating several different influences.

At their recent acoustic show in London, supported by Witherfall (with whom you can see an interview with here,) I caught up with keyboardist Henkka Klingenberg and bass player Pasi Kauppinen to discuss "The Ninth Album," progress on a new album and why the band has always been connected with wolves. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Flotsam And Jetsam Celebrates "The End Of Chaos"

American thrash metal is truly as much of a treasure chest as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. Just as the new NWOBHM had it's stars, so too did thrash and both contain so many excellent bands that don't get the recognition they deserve. One of the best examples in the case of thrash, is Arizona's own, Flotsam And Jetsam. The band's debut, "Doomsday For The Deceiver" was released in 1986 and has been hailed as a true classic of the genre by those who actually know what they're talking about. Since then, the band has released a plethora of albums, with mixed results, but always true to themselves, with their latest album, "The End Of Chaos" receiving critical acclaim and delighting fans across the globe.

This past Thursday, I had the pleasure of sitting down with the band's guitarist Michael Gilbert and new drummer Ken Mary to discuss the history of the band, "The End Of Chaos," the Arizona thrash scene and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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A Pale Horse Named Death Discusses An Undone World

Storming out of the stable and never to be tamed, A Pale Horse Named Death is a creature all of it's own. Fronted by former Type O Negative and Life Of Agony drummer Sal Abruscato, the band has crafted three superb works of concentrated misery, though each with an element of hope behind it. Their latest album, "When The World Becomes Undone," is their first release in six years and one which some fans thought they'd never receive. There was never a need to fear however, as despite the commitments and personal tribulations Sal Abruscato faced, he always had A Pale Horse Named Death in mind.

At their show in London this past Friday, the first date on their European tour, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr. Abruscato to discuss why the band had been away for so long, the "When The World Becomes Undone" album, mental health and stepping out from the drum kit to lead the cavalry. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Witherfall Talks About "Vintage" Material

There's quite a lot to get excited about in metal today if one looks for more than five minutes. One band which has begun to really make a name for themselves since making their live debut at the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in 2018 is LA's own, Witherfall. With a wealth of experience under their belts, including tenures with bands like Iced Earth and Sanctuary, Witherfall is a band which takes that pedigree and turns it into a completely different creation, crafting a style of metal which is not only heavy, but elegant and thought provoking.

At their recent acoustic show in Islington, London with Sonata Arctica, I had the pleasure of sitting down with vocalist Joseph Michael and guitarist Jake Dreyer, to talk all about their new EP, "Vintage" (which was released only yesterday,) their latest full length album, "A Prelude To Sorrow," the lush artwork which accompanies every release and the unbelievable story about their first gig among other things. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Overkill's Bobby Blitz Rides On "The Wings Of War"

Whenever the conversation turns to the subject of thrash metal, one name which simply can't be left out is Overkill. Unquestionably the great thrash export from New Jersey, Overkill has been going for almost forty years and at the helm every step of the way has been singer Bobby Blitz and bassist D.D. Verni, crafting a distinctive sound in tone and voice which may imitated, but never replicated.

Recently, the band embarked on their European Killfest tour, a fixture which thrashers in Europe always looked forward to as not only do Overkill always put on a stellar show, but they always bring some killer bands with them. This year they were joined by German thrash giants Destruction and Arizona veterans Flotsam and Jetsam, in what might be the best Killfest lineup yet.

Before the madness began, I had the pleasure of sitting down and talking to Mr. Blitz for the first time since 2016 to discuss their stellar new album, "The Wings Of War," new drummer Jason Bittner and whether there was any rivalry back in the day between American and German thrash metal. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Godsmack Discusses "When Legends Rise" And More

As mentioned in the recent live report (which can be read here,) Godsmack has gone from strength to strength over the past twenty plus years, selling millions of albums and headlining arenas across the globe. During their recent European tour, the band stopped off in the United Kingdom for a number of shows, including one at the Kentish Town Forum in London. Before the band took to the stage, I had the pleasure of meeting the group and discussing a number of subjects with frontman Sully Erna and drummer Shannon Larkin including their new album, "When Legends Rise," the hilarious music video for "Bulletproof" and how people have reacted to a slightly softer new sound. You can listen in full below.

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ENT On New Music, "Damage 381" And Vegetarianism

Recently, I was able to tick another band off my bucket list and finally see Extreme Noise Terror, the crust punk icons from deepest, darkest Ipswich. Formed in 1985, ENT pioneered the use of dual vocalists in hardcore, became a favourite of legendary BBC DJ John Peel and while rejecting the grindcore label, were able to appeal to fans of both punk and metal in the same way that the genre did.

Tragedy struck in 2011 when vocalist Phil Vane passed away but his replacement, former Gorerotted/The Rotted vocalist Ben McCrow has honoured the memory of the fallen frontman with his superb performances, which can be best be heard on the self-titled full length, released in 2015.

Before the band's recent show in New Cross, London, I was fortunate enough to meet up with the band and sit down with vocalist Dean Jones, the sole remaining original member, to discuss progress on new material, the era when Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway joined the band, following a case of trading places when Phil Vane briefly joined Napalm (see Barney's memory of the time here) and why he's no longer a vegetarian. You can check it out below.

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Pestilence Frontman Discusses New Album "Hadeon"

Death metal has become one of the music world's most famous sub-genre labels. It sometimes even eclipses the name "heavy metal" itself, like for instance in an episode of The Simpsons where Judas Priest were referred to as death metal, (a chalkboard gag the next week saw Bart Simpson writing "Judas Priest is not death metal" by way of acknowledging the mistake.) Yet death metal itself is a very broad spectrum. It features some very heavy and brutal works from the likes of Cannibal Corpse and Deicide, but can also be one of the best places to find superb musicianship and technical prowess.

The area known as technical death metal has boasted some of the genres best bands and continues to be influential today, particularly in such other sub-genres as djent. Bands that paved the way for this were the likes of Death, Cynic and Atheist from the United States, while Europe proudly pointed to one band in particular from the Netherlands. That band was Pestilence. After breaking up twice, Pestilence are now back and last year, released their first album in five years, "Hadeon," which is another crushing string to their impressive bow. At their show in London this week, I was able to catch up with the band's frontman Patrick Mameli to discuss the album, as well as the legacy of such records as "Consuming Impulse" and "Spheres," the departure of guitarist Patrick Uterwijk and more. You can watch the conversation in full below.

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Napalm Death Singer On New Music, Brexit And More

What more can be said about Napalm Death at this point? Formed over thirty years ago, the band has consistently released superb albums and retained their reputation as one of the best live groups around. Their debut, "Scum" is considered by many to be a classic album which introduced the world to grindcore, a genre they're credited with creating and ever since, they've continued to evolve, resulting in a rich catalogue of material.

Luckily for British fans, when the Persistence Tour rolled into London, the Midlands quartet had been added to an already impressive lineup for one show only and so when the opportunity to speak with Napalm Death's frontman Barney Greenway arose, it was one to grab with both hands. In the interview, Barney spoke about a number of subjects ranging from progress on a new album, the status of guitarist Mitch Harris, his time with Extreme Noise Terror, social issues such as Brexit and austerity, independent cinema and his beloved Aston Villa football club. You can watch the conversation in full below.

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Burning Witches Discusses "Hexenhammer"

It's always exciting to be there when a band performs in your country for the first time. Four years ago, I had the pleasure of welcoming Nervosa to the United Kingdom for their first performance on the island, supporting Brujeria and Cryptopsy. Fast forward to last month and at the very same venue (The Dome in Tufnell Park, London,) I was on hand to greet Swiss up and comers, Burning Witches.

Prior to their absolutely superb set supporting Grave Digger (see review here,) I sat down with guitarist Sonia Nusselder, drummer Lala Frischknecht and bassist Jeanine Grob to discuss their new album, "Hexenhammer," the origin of their name, the role of women in modern metal and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Municipal Waste Frontman On Thrash And Slime

This past month, many of the biggest names in hardcore, crossover and punk banded together to take part in this year's Persistence tour. Headlined by Sick Of It All and featuring the likes of Walls Of Jericho and Incite, along with Napalm Death at the London show, the trek rampaged across Europe before arriving at the English capital. One of the most anticipated bands on the bill was Virginia crossover thrash metal favourites Municipal Waste, who are currently promoting their latest album, "Slime And Punishment."

Before the show (a report on which can be read here), I had the pleasure of meeting up with Municipal Waste (and Iron Reagan) frontman Tony Foresta to discuss the latest album, as well as the band's extensive knowledge of thrash metal, collaborating with Agnostic Front's Vinnie Stigma and why the movie, Parole Violators is just awesome. You can check it out below.

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Grave Digger Drummer Talks "The Living Dead"

Recently, German heavy metal veterans Grave Digger returned to London for their first British concert in years. As mentioned in my review (which can be read here,) it was a true heavy metal extravaganza, filled with all the fun and excitement that makes traditional heavy metal so beloved. Before the show, I had the pleasure of meeting up with the band's drummer and keyboardist Marcus Kniep to discuss the new album, "The Living Dead" and more. You can watch the chat in full below.

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Kissin' Dynamite Riding High On "Ecstasy"

As time goes on, old things become new again. There are many bands, particularly in rock and metal, who take older styles of the genre and make it sound fresh once more. One such band is Germany's own, Kissin' Dynamite, who have taken the stadium rock and classic heavy metal style and made it sound exciting and new once again.

At a recent show in Bristol, where Kissin' Dynamite opened for countrymen Powerwolf and Swedish outfit, Amaranthe (see review here), I had the pleasure of meeting up with one of the band's guitarists, Jim Müller to talk all about the new album, "Ecstasy," covering a band they're touring with and how it feels to become successful so young. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Clutch Bassist Discusses "Book Of Bad Decisions"

For nearly thirty years now, Maryland rockers Clutch has made a name for themselves by putting out nothing but high quality music. With their mix of southern rock, heavy metal and good time attitude, they can perhaps best be described as "The world's greatest bar band." Their talent and popularity has led them to worldwide success, appearing at some of Europe's biggest metal festivals and selling out venues all over the globe.

One such sell out show occured in Bristol, in the south west of England last month, where Clutch were joined by duos Inspector Cluzo and The Picturebooks. Before the show, I caught up with the band's bass player Dan Maines to discuss the new album, "Book Of Bad Decisions," their reputation and legacy and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Lawnmower Deth On Christmas And New Music

British thrash metal never got the recognition that American and German scenes did. What Britain lacked in attention though, they made up for in tongue in cheek humour, bizarre names and lyrics and frankly, the tradition of taking the piss out of everything. Nowhere was this more obvious than one quartet from Nottinghamshire, whose name alone should set the tone; Lawnmower Deth. Beginning with a split alongside Metal Duck, the British metal underground got to hear some of the funniest music of the eighties, developed even moreso on their debut full length, "Oooh Crikey... It's Lawnmower Deth!"

Nine years ago, Lawnmower Deth returned to support Bullet For My Valentine and have since continued to perform sporadically, including no less than six performances at the Download Festival, the latest of which was released as their first DVD, "Unleashed In The East... Midlands." I've long wanted to see these fabulous metal bozo clowns and the Saturday before last, I got my wish granted when I came along to the Lawnmower Deth christmas show, where they were joined by fellow British thrash favourites Xentrix and Solitary. I also had the opportunity to sit down with vocalist Qualcast Mutilator (or Pete, to use his less metal moniker) to discuss the show, British thrash, working with pop princess Kim Wilde and the possibility of new material. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Solstafir On "Berdreyminn" And 2019 Tour Plans

We're in an interesting time for metal music. While previous eras were marked by glam metal, thrash, metalcore and a bunch of others, right now, there doesn't seem to be a style that's dominating the metal scene. What many people are being drawn to though, quite appropriately, are metal bands that don't seem to fit into one box, such as Iceland's own, Solstafir. People have been debating for years what they fall under: Black metal? Post metal? Progressive metal? Whatever you may call them, no can call them untalented.

At a recent show in Bristol, I had the pleasure of catching up with Sólstafir frontman Addi Tryggvason to discuss their latest album, "Berdreyminn," what makes a Sólstafir show so special and what fans can expect in 2019, including a possible live release. You can watch the interview below.

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Sumo Cyco Welcomes Us To Cyco City

There's been a lot said recently that rock is dead. This ironically cliche statement has been put out by vocalists Adam Levine and Oli Sykes of Maroon 5 and Bring Me The Horizon respectively, as well as Rammstein guitarist Richard Kruspe. With respect, more or less all of to the last name, I disagree. There's a lot of younger rock and metal bands around today that are putting out some truly excellent music, paired with original and creative ideas. One such band is Sumo Cyco, from Ontario, Canada. Led by charismatic vocalist Skye Sweetnam, the quartet has over the course of two full length albums, two acoustic releases and an extensive catalogue of music videos, developed a fierce reputation as a band that's as fun live as they are visually captivating and musically energetic.

At a recent show in London supporting CKY, I was able to sit down with Skye Sweetnam herself, along with drummer Matt Trozzi, to discuss the acoustic releases, Sumo Cyco live shows, the magic of visual media and much more. You can check it out below (a transcription will be coming soon.)

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Sodom Frontman On New Album And U.S. Tour Plans

Who'd be a metal journalist? You get to see some of your favourite bands, often meet them and hear all about their plans first. Oh well, there's always someone worse off I suppose! Sarcasm aside, last week in London I was treated to the Headbanger's Ball tour, a thrash metal extravaganza headlined by Exodus (see interview here) and also featuring Death Angel and Suicidal Angels, along with one of Germany's most beloved bands Sodom. Having seen and met Kreator and Destruction earlier this year, it was a real treat to complete the trilogy so to speak and sit down with Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper to discuss the new EP, "Partisan," progress on the new album and whether or not fans in the U.S.A. and Canada can expect to see them across the Atlantic any time soon. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: We're here with Mr. Tom Angelripper and for those of you that weren't here, they've just put on an amazing show.

Tom Angelripper: The crowd was brilliant. This is the first time we've played here at The Electric Ballroom. Years ago we played a couple of shows at The Underworld. It was the same crowd, a lot of punks, it was really sweaty, not a big stage but I like it like that because there's a lot of contact with fans and when people spit at me I can spit back.

Oz: Well of course one of the places to start with is "Partisan," which is out now, finally. You played the two new songs tonight which were both excellent, especially the title track.

Tom: Yeah that was a big question, if we would play the new songs or not, but we want to show the people what we're going to do next and the direction of the next album. It's always hard to choose songs for a one hour setlist.

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Exodus Drummer On New Music, Thrash And More

It could be argued that thrash metal was the first recognised sub-genre of heavy metal. The mix of hardcore punk and the sound of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal saw a huge wave of talent from the USA and Germany gain prominence with this new sound that broke necks and burst eardrums. At the forefront of this fresh new sound in the Bay Area was Exodus, who along with Metallica and Slayer, are hailed as one of the most influential Californian bands of the time and gained a fierce reputation for violent live shows and equally violent music.

This Winter, Exodus are back on the road in Europe, being joined by two other legends of thrash, Sodom and Death Angel, as well as one of the more impressive younger thrash bands, Suicidal Angels from Greece. At their stop in London, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Exodus drummer Tom Hunting to talk about the tour, as well as their latest album, "Blood In Blood Out," new material and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: This is the Headbanger's Ball tour, which is obviously kind of a blast from the past. Like an eighties revival if you like. It's you, Sodom, Death Angel and Suicidal Angels, which is like a wet dream for thrash fans...

Tom Hunting: And a nightmare for others!

Oz: How has it been going so far?

Tom: Tillburg last night was off the hook. You never know what you're gonna get with Holland but there's something going on in Holland because they were fucking maniacal last night.

Oz: And this is the only UK date?

Tom: Yup. We're in and out in twenty four hours. Catch us while you can, London!

Oz: Well it's also a dream come true for some people to get the fuck out of England as quick as possible! But, how did this lineup come about?

Tom: This tour was put together months ago, it just wasn't announced until we finished our last little Summer run. It was always in the works and it's a fun bunch and it's a kick night of metal. All four bands are bringing it every night and we're on the bus with our bros from the Bay Area, Death Angel and we're having a great time.

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Skeletonwitch Guitarist Connecting Jazz And Metal

Fifteen years after forming, Athens, Ohio's own Skeletonwitch has become one of the most beloved bands in the metal underground. After making the difficult decision to replace their vocalist, they released their first full length album with new singer Adam Clemans, "Devouring Radiant Light" in July of this year. While there will always be fans who are put off by changing the frontman, the heart and soul of Skeletonwitch is still very much there. The band is still a force to be reckoned with both live and when it comes to new material and will keep on thrilling fans who come out to see them.

At their recent show in London, I had the pleasure of sitting down with guitarist Scott Hedrick to discuss the changes in the band, the "Devouring Radiant Light" album, the influence of jazz on their music and how their appearance in the Get Thrashed documentary affected their career. You can listen to it in full below.

Diamond Oz: Straight into it, the new album, "Devouring Radiant Light" is out now. It's been quite a gap between this and "Serpents Unleashed." Obviously you've had the new vocalist come in but aside from that, why has it taken so long for a new album?

Scott Hedrick: Well, we've also done an EP, "The Apothic Gloom." That would be the biggest thing, changing singers, in between that we wrote and released an EP, then we wrote and released a record so it just took time to regroup, to figure out what we wanted to do and there's been an overhaul in the sound of the band too. You can hear it progress from "Serpents Unleashed" to the "Apothic Gloom" EP to "Devouring Radiant Light," I think if you listen to those three in a row, even with the vocalist change, you can hear the music going in the direction that it's currently in. But yeah these things take time, we just don't want to rush anything, we wanna make sure that we're happy first and foremost because we're doing it for ourselves, so if other people think that it took a long time then we don't really care!

Oz: Well, you can't rush quality! Like you said, this is your first full length with Adam, how was recording a full length album different from recording an EP?

Scott: It was great. There wasn't much of a huge difference between those two, more of a difference between him and the former vocalist. Adam listens to so much more music and has better taste and a wider variety of music that he listens to. Within metal and outside. So he's got more of a palette to work with and he knows more references, so I can reference non metal bands and if I'm talking about a certain part that we're working on. In addition to that, it's much easier to collaborate with him.

There was a time in the past where I was told, "I'm the singer, don't tell me what to do," when we were just trying to work together, which was something I feel we wouldn't do. It was kind of like: Write music, give it to the singer, he'll do what he does and there's not very much back and forth. With Adam it was completely different, he's open to working back and forth with ideas and he can handle constructive criticism and I think ultimately that's one of many factors which led to "Devouring Radiant Light" being, I think our most developed and mature album yet.

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Uriah Heep Guitarist Still "Living The Dream"

What can be said about Uriah Heep? After nearly fifty years, the band led by guitarist Mick Box is still going strong, regularly releasing new material and performing to fan all across the globe. This September they released their twenty fifth studio album, "Living The Dream" and it appears the group is still doing just that. With a solid new album and an upcoming tour in North America with fellow legends Judas Priest, there's a lot to be excited about for fans of Uriah Heep and indeed the band themselves.

I had the pleasure of asking the influential guitarist some questions about the album, the band's legacy and future and much more this week, as you can see below.

Diamond Oz: Your new album, "Living The Dream" was released this year. What would you say separates it from its predecessor, "Outsider" and how does it fit in with the rest of your extensive catalogue?

Mick Box: It is a natural extension of our ‘Outsider,’ album but with Jay Ruston as our producer and the luxury of some pre-production time, we felt we had delivered something special for the fans.

Oz: I really like the artwork for the record. It's simple but beautiful. Could you tell us a little bit about it?

Mick: It is a simplistic idea that lets everyone know that dreams are possible and to never stop dreaming, as that is what makes the world go around.

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Mantar Reveals The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze

Having formed in 2012 after fifteen years of friendship, the Bremen born duo of Erinç Sakarya and Hanno Klänhardt, better known to the world as Mantar, are now promoting the release of their third full length album, "The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze." Those who have heard it will testify that it's a vicious sonic assault, mixing elements of hardcore, black metal and all other extremities to create a wall of noise that puts the boot into your first nerve and doesn't stop kicking until it's over.

This Winter, the two have been on the road with Skeletonwitch promoting the record, although sadly they had to cancel the two British shows as Hanno has been taken very ill. While we wish him a very quick recovery, we were nonetheless delighted to sit down with Erinç to discuss the new album, as well as the history of the band, creating such a sound with only two people and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: The new album, "The Modern Art Of Setting Ablaze" is out now. Having seen you at Bloodstock, I'd say that it captures your live show really well too. How would you say the reception to the album has been so far?

Erinç Sakarya: Actually, our thing is to put the things we do to the extreme. When we're working on the songs, I kind of have the impression, that's it more like pop songs played in a heavy way. I was afraid that maybe we're getting too soft. When we work on the songs, we leave the vocals away and just concentrate on the music and the arrangements. I heard the vocals pretty late and that was the point when I thought, "OK, we are still Mantar." It's kind of like the way we always do it except this Hanno had some riffs ready and we made complete songs out of it. Usually we'll work on this stuff together but it's not so easy when he lives in Florida and I'm in Germany. But I must say, I'm really happy with the result. More than ever. We both think that we did a good thing here.

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