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Interviews

To date, we have conducted 1357 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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Orphaned Land Talks Music, Racism And Middle East

For many of us metal fans, getting the opportunity to meet and talk with our favourite musicians and bands is an incredibly exciting thing. Over my ten years with Metal Underground, I've been privileged not only to interview bands I love, but to meet some of metal's most interesting people, such as Ashmedi of Melechesh, who has been the subject of several television shows and a documentary and Overkill frontman Bobby Blitz, the man who's beaten death several times and still infects everyone with his sense of humour.

On the final day of my interview tour last year, I stopped in Camden, north London to witness an international display of metal from Voodoo Kungfu from China, Crisalida from Chile and Imperial Age from Russia (see interview here.) The gig was headlined by Israeli group Orphaned Land, who many cite as the fathers of "oriental metal," fronted by the charismatic singer Kobi Farhi. The band and most notably Farhi have been very vocal and outspoken about their belief in their cause to help unite all people in the Middle East, be they Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Atheist or whomever and it's this passion for unity which has seen them become one of the most talked about and important metal bands going today. They have been the recipient of several peace prizes and were even put forward by a petition to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. I was fortunate enough to meet with Farhi and discuss how much of a role music can play in the world today, the everyday battle with racism and religious intolerance and much more.

Orphaned Land will release their new album, "Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs" on January 26th through Century Media.

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Vader: "The Empire" Strikes Back

When undertaking my hectic schedule of interviews and shows last year, I was lucky enough to experience a great night of death metal at the Kentish Town Forum in London, which included Hate Eternal (see my interview with frontman Erik Rutan here) and Threat Signal among others. Headlining the evening was Polish legends Vader, in their only UK show of the tour (a planned show in Birmingham was cancelled.) I caught up with Vader frontman Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek and drummer James Stewart (who I had also interviewed earlier in the year) to discuss their latest album, "The Empire," what life was like in Communist Poland and more.

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Band Photo: Lacuna Coil

Cristina Scabbia Reveals The Concept Of "Delirium"

In November last year, Italian gothic metal heavyweights returned to the United Kingdom in support of their superb latest album, "Delirium." The headline tour, which included support from Danish up and comers, Forever Still, was a delight for fans and a roaring success. During their stop in Bristol, I had the privilege of sitting down with the band's co-vocalist Cristina Scabbia, where we discussed the concept behind "Delirium," mental health, Star Wars and which of the two big Milan football teams were better.

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Band Photo: Hate Eternal

Catching Up With Erik Rutan

While on my tour of interviews and shows last year, I was treated to a death metal extravaganza at the Kentish Town Forum in London. The show was headlined by Vader (who I also caught up with, video coming soon) and also included performances from the likes of Hate Eternal and Threat Signal. After some talking with managers and staff, I was able to sit down with Hate Eternal's respected frontman Erik Rutan, who not only leads one of the most brutal bands in death metal, but has also made a name for himself as one of heavy music's most in demand producers. Almost immediately after the Hate Eternal set, we sat down to talk about death metal's past and present, his storied career and more.

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Onslaught Looks Back On "The Force"

2016 marked the thirtieth anniversary of arguably the best album in the history of British thrash metal, "The Force," by the group who many consider to be the greatest band in British thrash metal, Onslaught. To celebrate this milestone, the band embarked on a lengthy tour, performing the album in full. When they rolled back in to their home city of Bristol last year, I was fortunate enough not just to witness a phenomenal performance (see review here,) but also to speak with Onslaught co-founder and guitarist, Nige Rockett. In the video below, I talk with Nige about the band's live reputation, hearing rare songs and what we can expect from their forthcoming seventh studio album.

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Imperial Age Discuss "Warrior Race" And More

Last year, I embarked on a lengthy string of shows and interviews in England, where I was privileged to meet many metal musicians from around the globe. The last show I attended couldn't have been more multicultural, as it featured Orphaned Land from Israel, Voodoo Kungfu from China, Crisalida from Chile and Imperial Age from Russia. I was very impressed by the last of these bands (as I was with all on the groups) and arranged a spur of the moment interview with them while they were at the merch stand. After a series of technical difficulties and delays, I am finally able to present my conversation with these innovative and highly skilled musicians Alexander "Aor" Osipov and Jane "Corn" Odintsova.

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Sitting Down With Entombed A.D.

In the autumn of last year, I had the pleasure of attending a show which featured Canadian progressive thrash legends Voivod and Swedish death metal favourites, Entombed A.D. (see review here.) Not only was I fortunate enough to see such a combination but I was able to sit down with members of each band and discuss a number of topics. Unfortunately, numerous problems had caused these, and several other interviews from the time, to be delayed, but now after a long wait, these interviews are being uploaded.

At the show, I spoke with both Voivod drummer, Away (which you can check out here) and Entombed A.D. guitarist, Nico Elgstrand. You can check out the interview with the latter below, in which we discussed the reason for the band's name, their latest album, "Dead Dawn" and where to go in Stockholm.

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Voivod Interview From 2016 Unearthed

In the autumn of last year, I had the pleasure of attending a show which featured Canadian progressive thrash legends Voivod and Swedish death metal favourites, Entombed A.D. (see review here.) Not only was I fortunate enough to see such a combination but I was able to sit down with members of each band and discuss a number of topics. Unfortunately, numerous problems had caused these, and several other interviews from the time, to be delayed, but now after a long wait, these interviews are being uploaded.

In the video below, I spoke with Voivod drummer Michel "Away" Langevin about their "Post Society" EP, plans for a full length album (which as yet has not been finished) and his artwork.

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Interview with Brock Lindow of 36 Crazyfists

I had the pleasure of interviewing Brock Lindow, lead singer of the Alaskan metal band 36 Crazyfists. The interview took place at The Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia on October 2nd, 2017. I've been a huge fan since “A Snow Capped Romance” debuted back in 2004. Brock is a huge Philadelphia Flyers fan and since I was born and raised in Philadelphia, it made me enjoy having that little bit of a connection with a band from the other side of the continent. We touch on everything from the tragedy in Las Vegas, Brock's passion for tacos and Thai food and even getting drunk with a Broad Street Bully. Take a peek at the interview below.

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Band Photo: Diamond Head

Diamond Head's Karl Wilcox loves Psycho Las Vegas

Diamond Head recently created a buzz at this year's version of Psycho Las Vegas by injecting the festival crowd with a much needed dose of New Wave of British Heavy Metal. MetalUnderground.com sat down with drummer Karl Wilcox after their set on August 19th, to bring us up to speed with the band and what to expect from them in the future.

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Empyrean Throne Strides Forward Into Chaos

You might recall the name Empyrean Throne from a Pit Story earlier this year all about the respecting the stage and the band's personal space while performing.

Fast forward a few months and this chaos-worshiping symphonic black metal horde has now released a devastating new album via rising star label M-Theory Audio.

With "Chaosborne" out now (grab your copy at Bandcamp here), we got in touch with vocalist Andrew Knudsen from this California crew to chat about signing record deals, recording albums, and a sad lack of metal venues.

Check out the full interview below, along with a smattering of music from the album, including some musings on that long-lost Dimmu Borgir album and the likes of Game Of Thrones (massive, world-shattering spoilers are found below if you aren't caught up with season 7) and indie Lovecraftian horror flicks.

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Auditory Armory Talks New Album

Florida alternative metal group Auditory Armory just dropped eclectic sophomore album "Dark Matter" this month.

Last week we premiered the entire album online to coincide with the release date, and now we've had the pleasure of picking vocalist April Rose's brain to discuss everything from the term "female fronted metal" to covering Type O Negative and even the shock and awe of opening for genre giants.

Check out the full Auditory Armory interview below, along with a sampling of tracks from the freshly released "Dark Matter."

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Moretta Tackles Election Cycle News With New Album

Just yesterday we had the pleasure of premiering the full "What's Left Means Nothing" album from Moretta a handful of days before the official July 28th release date.

Today we're checking back in with the Moretta guys to find out all about the album's recording, the band's evolving sound, and shooting videos for singles off the release.

Below you'll get a crash course in 16th century leather masks, porn stars, election fatigue, angering click bait headlines for ratings, three year olds singing tracks from Moana, and even some irrelevant farting noises just for fun. Dive in and have fun!

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UE: "If You Aren't Bleeding You're Doing It Wrong"

Some evolution is coming your way - and I don't mean through Pokemon or natural selection either! This transformation is instead of a rather more uncommon variety, brought about by heavy stoner rock from the rocky mountains and vast plains of Montana.

Freshly signed to Argonauta Records, Uncommon Evolution is gearing up to drop the "Junkyard Jesus" EP at the end of the month (pre-orders are online now).

Ahead of that release, vocalist / guitarist Briar Gillund got in touch with us to discuss everything from beards that are unquestionably majestic-as-fuck to having your wildest musical dreams come true, and we even took a couple little detours into current events and gaming. Read on for the full interview!

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Misamore: "It's All About Seeing A Band Live"

Last month we had the pleasure of premiering the innocence-shattering and symbolism-laden "Bloody Mary" video from Misamore.

After that clip came online, we wanted to find out more about this Sacremento trio and the "Monolith" album that spawned the video clip.

Below you can read our full interview with guitarist / vocalist Josh Amolsch, bassist Mike Dragony, and drummer Cameron Ellis in which they discuss the evolution of the band over time, how the new video came together, and a desire to play live as much as possible.

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Cydemind Digs Deep Into New Album "Erosion"

One of the most promising, well-rounded progressive releases of the year is about to drop from Cydemind! There's now less than two weeks to go until the official May 26th release date of "Erosion."

With that release date looming, we got in touch with the members of this violin-based metal mashup group to learn more about the distinctive blend of sends presented on "Erosion."

Below you can find the full interview, with pre-orders for this classically influenced prog metal opus online here and our full pre-release review of the album available at this location.

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Dead Label Discusses Download Festival

Dead Label is a heavy metal band from a town in County Kildare, Republic of Ireland. Founded in 2008, the band consists of Dan O'Grady's raw and brutal vocals, combined with some insane riff-age from Danny Hall and the blast beats of drummer Claire Percival.

The band has released two albums so far, "Sense of Slaughter" (2012) and new album "Throne of Bones" (2016), both illustrating their insane passion and talent for metal music.

Dead Label will be playing at the UK's Download Festival this June, so I spent some time chatting to Dan O'Grady (DG) about the upcoming Download Festival debut, their most recent album and some other bits.

Check out our conversation here!

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John Frum Talks Cargo Cults, Production, And More

Darkly psychedelic and utterly devastating death metal troupe John Frum has come out of nowhere to offer an incredibly offbeat musical excursion you can't possibly be prepared for.

Press releases for the impending debut album "A Stirring In The Noos" have described it as the "backdrop of a bad trip," and that's perhaps not too far off, but there's a lot more to this group than meets the eye.

For starters, John Frum features no one by that name, instead including the likes of Liam Wilson (Dillinger Escape Plan) and Derek Rydquist (Bereft, ex-The Faceless), who I got in contact with to discover more about this mysterious project.

In the interview below, they discussed the John Frum mentality of the world being a "cargo cult" always waiting for new cargo to arrive that seems magical or personally meaningful but is actually just outside our current understanding. From there we jumped from a preference for not jumping on the lyric video craze, to the very specific kind of production sought for this album ("We didn’t want something that seemed too modern, cold or antiseptic") and finally the duo left me with little nuggets of wisdom like "thrash hard or the terrorists win."

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Don Jamieson Discusses "Communication Breakdown"

Metalunderground.com is 1000% devoted to covering the best metal in the underground. Sometimes we even argue if something is fitting enough to be on the site. We rarely cover anything outside of the realm of music, but every now and then something like Don Jamieson “Communication Breakdown” comes out and we feel compelled to cover it.

Not only has Jamieson co-hosted VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, he is a big metal head and much of his stand up is devoted to heavy metal. He even has a Dave Mustaine riff on the album as a transition to and from the stage. He’s a funny guy who has a special talent of being able to bring two worlds: metal and comedy together, so it only seemed right for us to chat with him a bit about his new stand up album. Also, he’s a big supporter of the metal underground, so we feel it’s only proper to give him a little support.

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Dawn Of Ashes Discusses The Left Hand Path

The Dawn Of Ashes has arrived, and its being heralded with new extreme metal opus "Daemonolatry Gnosis!"

This symphonic black / death metal mashup officially arrives June 9th, 2017 via Metropolis Records and features 12 crushing tracks including a Mayhem cover and a guest vocal performance from Cradle of Filth's Lindsay Schoolcraft.

With the follow-up to last year's "Theophany" now on the horizon, I checked in with Kristof Bathory from Dawn Of Ashes to discuss the album and his devotion to the left hand path.

While prepping for the interview I was scrolling through the band's Facebook page and I both cringed and chuckled when I saw this wonderfully, ludicrously offensive meme. I immediately begin understand why the Dawn Of Ashes entry in our Pit Stories column went the way that it did... For those who love their offensive online memes, I also got a good laugh at this Easter post from the band. Memery aside, check out our full interview with Dawn Of Ashes below.

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Kingdom Of Giants Talks New Album

Despite having released several EPs and LPs in the past, Kingdom Of Giants is a name new to Metalunderground, and its one we're hoping becomes a household staple in the scene.

New album "All The Hell You’ve Got To Spare" will arrive via InVogue Records this coming May 5th, offering a blend of modern metal and melodic hardcore that shows off the best elements of the genre without giving up either the heaviness or the melody.

While the band is gearing up for a May tour in support of the album, we got in touch with this California-based crew to discuss the impending release and how it all came together, from a "Stranger Things" inspired video to taking chances with an eclectic song lineup. Check out the full interview below.

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Tygers of Pan Tang Discuss Self-Titled Album

Tygers of Pan Tang have been releasing albums for nearly 40 years. How does a band make it 40 years? Well, I guess they do it for the love, or they’re broke, either way, Robb Weir has managed to present one incarnation after another as Tygers of Pan Tang. He is the driving force, the band founder, and even though he has brought in various members and called them Tygers of Pan Tang, the band has remained truly a product of that moniker.

Yes, 40 years later and Tygers of Pan Tang are still Tygers of Pan Tang, regardless of the lineup. The lineup, in this case, is solid, though. Three of the members have been with the band for over a decade and the remaining two don’t seem to be going anywhere soon. Thus we have the band’s recent creative output, a self-titled album. Why do bands make self-titled albums so late in their career? I guess they do it to show they still have what it takes to put out a good album and call it by a legendary name, in this case, Tygers of Pan Tang.

Tygers of Pan Tang is a legend even though they’ve never been a standout act like Iron Maiden. Without the help of Metallica and Megadeth, many of the second wave of British metal bands, NWOBHM if you will, haven’t gotten much exposure. Still, even without the name recognition of Diamond Head or Iron Maiden, Tygers are able to release a video to over 100,000 raving fans. They’re doing something right. Read on to learn more about Mr. Weir’s latest music under the Tygers of Pan Tang name.

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Band Photo: Dragonforce

Dragonforce Comments on "Reaching Into Infinity"

There is technical and then there is Dragonforce. Listeners try to discredit the band, saying they use too many effects, but an effect can’t make your fingers move with the precision and speed the band possesses. Guitarist Herman Li has made a career out of complex notes. Don’t think Dragonforce is all flash and no substance, though, the band writes very “powerful” power metal songs. Sometimes they’re thrashy and fast, sometimes they’re melodic and slow—whatever the case it, Dragonforce is one of the biggest power metal bands in the world. Even though Mr. Li doesn’t want to acknowledge numbers, last year the band played in front of nearly 200,000 people at Woodstock in Portland, Oregon.

Now the band is gearing up to release another album, “Reaching Into Infinity,” which will drop on May 19. Shredder extraordinaire, Herman Li spoke with me concerning the album, playing live and about their being on another video game. Listen to the interview as you scroll down through the text.

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Season Of Arrows Is Keeping Stoner Doom Alive

Originally slated for release via Static Tension at the end of 2016, a label shift saw Nashville doom crew Season Of Arrows holding off on dropping new album "Give It To The Mountain" until this week.

Due out Friday, March 24th, via masters of all things heavy and slow - Argonauta Records - "Give It To The Mountain" is about to hit the metal world like a ten ton sludge hammer! Now just a mere handful of days from its official arrival, guitarist Dave Gates got in touch with us to chat about the album, joining Argonauta Records, and much more.

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Woe Talks Politics And Black Metal

Four years after going through some serious black metal "Withdrawal," U.S. group Woe has returned with stunning follow-up "Hope Attrition" (reviewed here), which officially sees release today - March 17th.

Corresponding with that release, I got the opportunity to hit up band founder Chris Grigg once again so we could reminisce about a full decade of unholy black metal expression, the project going from solo to a full band, and the state of a seemingly hopeless world.

Check out our full interview below, and you can also pick up "Hope Attrition" via Bandcamp here.

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