To date, we have conducted 1221 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:
South By Southwest (SXSW) is a festival for discovering new bands. The Skull is only three-years old and released their debut album “For Those Which Are Asleep” just last year. However, its members, Ron Holzner and Eric Wagner have a long history in the metal scene. The two formerly played in the highly influential band, Trouble, which is rooted as far back as 1979. The Skull took its name from Trouble’s second album, which Wagner lent his vocals to. The group also plays early Trouble songs live. I caught up with vocalist Eric Wagner before the band played one of three performances at SXSW. In the following brief interview, Wagner discusses the history of The Skull, its formation, members and lyrics.
The new age of doom is upon us as Horsehunter's "Caged In Flesh" will drop next month via Magnetic Eye Records.
If you love full volume amplifier feedback and low 'n slow doom riffs that crawl across your skull like a hazy psychedelic horizon, then you've nothing to fear from this dawning age, and fans of battering ram doom outfits like Batillus or Maegashira will be right at home with this impending album.
To give you a taste of what to expect, we just premiered the title track online, and also checked in with guitarist Dan Harris to discuss the doom metal scene in Australia, how Horsehunter went from Iron Maiden cover band to a devastating original outfit, and the many travails of recording a full-length album. Check out the full interview below.
Greg Anderson has carved a little niche into the annuals of doom metal. Best known for his droning guitar tones in Sunn O))) he has also lent his axe to bands such as Burning Witch, Teeth of Lions Rule The Divine and Thorr’s Hammer. Anderson’s latest band in the news is Goatsnake. Goatsnake is not as well known as Sunn O))). They don’t play nearly as often and haven’t released a full-length recording in fifteen years. Now all the band members have been able to get together to play a string of shows and release a new album titled “Black Age Blues.”
Goatsnake played a couple of shows last year, which afforded them opportunity to play some of the new album, which is due June 2nd. Goatsnake is billed to play a couple of festivals, Maryland Death Fest and South By Southwest, where they can showcase this new material to their fans. I talked to Anderson via phone in the following interview about these upcoming shows and the making of “Black Age Blues.”
For Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret “The American Dream Died” is the result of built up frustration of seeing greed and corruption go by unchecked. The album, Agnostic Front’s 11th full-length, serves as a vehicle for Miret to voice his opinion on current events like “Police Violence,” which the group compiled videos of police horrifically beating citizens. Other things that upset him include the housing crisis, war profiteering and corporations leaving America for a cheaper labor force. There is just so much anger building inside of this man that he got mad as hell and wouldn’t take it anymore. “The American Dream Died” is his outlet. It’s an outlet not only for his self, it's also gives a voice to the oppressed.
I called Roger at his home in Arizona to discuss these topics he feels so strongly about. We also talked about the legendary NYC hardcore band’s making of the album—the production and recording. Read further on to learn more about “The American Dream Died” available April 7 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Celebrating 15 years of existence, Byzantine is set to release fifth album "To Release Is To Resolve" in April. Forgoing even an indie label this time around, the U.S. group crowd funded the album and will be releasing through its own publishing company.
With the release date just a month off now, the members of Byzantine checked in to explain the process of funding and recording the album, and to discuss everything from the artwork to the diverse lyrics (covering topics from the West Memphis 3 to pain pill withdrawal and even on to alien/human interactions). Check out the full interview below.
A death metal outfit utilizing both harsh and clean vocals, Dysrider just dropped debut full-length album "Bury The Omen" through Tenacity Music.
Formed from the ashes of Trophallaxy, this Swiss group combines orchestral / symphonic elements with the aggression of death metal and is coming off a long live hiatus to support the debut with record release shows.
As the "Bury The Omen" launch festivities are just getting started, front man Jonathan Pellet checked in to share a little history on the band and discuss shooting music videos and the state of the metal scene in Switzerland.
Melodic / technical outfit Subversion is on the cusp of a major metallic takeover, preparing to drop the "Animi" full-length album this coming March 2nd in the U.K. and March 3rd in the United States.
After releasing lyric clips and official videos (available below) to tease the album, and sharing a mosh pit story with us earlier this month, Subversion's Kai Giritli has checked in with an in-depth interview chronicling the history of the band and creation of this new album.
See what Kai had to say below about learning the ropes of recording and producing in a home environment while still getting a stellar sound, how he ended up in Subversion through some major hair disasters, and find out how piss-his-pants excited he is to hear new music from Muse!
If you dig what you hear below, be sure to also support Subversion by pre-ordering the new album over here.
Morgoth’s first two recordings “Cursed” (1991) and “Odium” (1993) put Germany on the map for death metal. Both albums showed the band master mid-tempos in a similar fashion to early Death and Obituary. “Odium” was still mired in groove, but the band took a step into progressive territories, even playing some industrial parts. In 1996 the band released “Feel Sorry For the Fanatic, “ which showed them assume full-on industrial sounds. Just two years later, the group disbanded.
12 years later, Morgoth reformed and started playing shows. Last year the band released its “God Is Evil” EP. This was an appetizer for the band’s return to their death metal roots. Now, they are ready to release “Ungod”, their first full length in 19 years. Karsten "Jagger" Jäger of the band Disbelief assumes vocals over long-time growler Marc Grewe. I spoke to guitarist Sebastian Swart on the phone regarding this new material and the band's reformation.
The Austrian underground metal festival "Kaltenbach Open Air" (K:O:A) is celebrating it's 10th anniversary. Reason enough for Wolfgang Bartl (Rottinghill-webzine) to have a chat with K:O:A organiser Thomas Spiwak below.
Wolfgang: Hello Thomas, and thank you for taking the time for this interview! How are you?
Thomas: Hello Wolfgang, thanks for asking. So far so good and after the somewhat strenuous booking phase, it has become a little quieter again in the meantime . Preparations are rolling according to plan and we are confident that we will be able to deliver a great festival once again this year.
Wolfgang: What is currently going on in Kaltenbach?
Thomas: Currently, we mainly focus on promoting the festival but also the first hot phase of selling pre-sale tickets is gearing up already. Interviews are to be given, accreditation requests to be worked through, and also the first merchandise booths are getting booked. Concerning our infrastructure the first contracts are signed and our festival site is taking shape already virtually.
Wolfgang: Last year you appeared to be somewhat uncertain concerning the revival of the festival, whether and how well it will be received by the fans. In retrospect, how did it all work out in the end?
After unearthing the "Black Throne Of All Creation," the death metal explorers from Dehuman have now discovered the "Graveyard of Eden" (reviewed here), with the discovery set to be shared with the rest of the metal world in March.
Today we provided a sneak peek with an exclusive full album stream (still available right here). Along with that stream, Dehuman drummer Laye Louhenapessy and bassist / vocalist Andrea Vissol shared an extensive look at the album's creation and what the band hoped to achieve with this sophomore full-length release.
Andrea had this to say: "What 'Graveyard of Eden' is aiming for is to contrast with today's ultra compressed and generic material that our generation seem to have fallen into. Pure aggressive music, that shoots for creating the new, while not forgetting the old."
Read the the full interview below to find out how Dehuman's sound has evolved in recent years and get an inside view of the new album's major themes.
Forgoing the typical Satan worship or mystical allegory, Carach Angren prefers to tell straight foward and specific stories with a dark bent, from battalions lost at war to children stuck in horrifying home environments.
New album "This Is No Fairytale" (reviewed here) drops at the end of the month via Season Of Mist, with several advance tracks already available online to whet fan appetites (check out a few below).
Ardek - one third of the Carach Angren trio - also got in touch with us to explain the themes of this new release and discuss working with the likes of Peter Tägtgren while recording "This Is No Fairytale" as well as lining up new tour dates to support the release.
Christy Lee of "All Things Metal" has written an article on the metal scene and the society within the genre that we all know and love. She also had the opportunity to chat with George Misanthrope of the band, Monument of Misanthropy. Check out some excerpts below (read the entire interview HERE):
CL: How did you guys end up with Romain Goulon drummer of the band Necrophagist in your band?
GM: Romain is a very good and old friend of Jean Pierre Battesti. They were jamming together before Romain got famous for being the drummer of the technical death metal innovators Necrophagist. Unlike Necrophagist the stuff JP and Romain played at that time was pretty much brutal death metal with old-school death metal and grindcore elements- Brutal and fast but with some Napalm Death & Terrorizer groove in it. JP who already knew me from “Raising The Veil” one day asked me if I want to try out some vocals on some songs he had pre-produced with Romain. And I of course said yes, because I liked the brutality and straight in you face-punch of the songs. So for all of us in “Monument Of Misanthropy” the album is also kind of a tribute to the early days of pure, upright and unpretentious death metal, which defined the 3 of us as young musicians.
CL: How do you feel about how today’s society likes to categorize metal sub-genres?
GM: I think its human, which doesn’t mean it is ok or that I like it. People especially growing up kids long to be part of something they can or want to be identified with. It also has to do with insecurities during adolescence. Anyways what really matters is that someone really likes the music genre and it’s a message and ideals which he or she’s listening to. I never thought it was cool to be a thrash metal fan when I listened to thrash or later a death metal fan listening to death metal. I just liked the music and the people I met in metal record-stores (yes we had to buy our music at that time), clubs and at shows. But it has always been and probably always will be that people of one genre try to tell you that his genre is the best ever and that what you’re listening to is total crap. I never tried to persuade someone to any kind of metal genre. If a friend didn’t like what I listened to it was ok I kept listening to it. Best practice for dealing with metal elitist preachers: Ignore them, end of story.
CL: If you were to evolve heavy metal, how would you do so?
Thought dead since the mid-90s, Putrid Offal tore its way out of the grave to return to grinding duty with the "Suffering" EP.
Now a double-disc monstrosity is on the way, featuring re-recorded and re-mastered old material as well as new tracks to further add to the goregrind band's legend.
"Mature Necropsy" will drop next month via Katoxin Records, and we also just premiered the first disc online (give it a listen over here).
To go along with the resurrection and new album premiere, Putrid Offal bassist Fred Houriez checked in with Metalunderground.com to discuss the band's return, the changes in sound and recording processes after 20 years, and the guest musicians brought on to further brutalize the sound. Check out the full interview below.
Sweden's Watain is still riding high on the success of latest album "The Wild Hunt" (reviewed here) - which pushed the boundaries of black metal and experimented beyond what many fans were expecting.
Now the band has officially landed on North American shores to wage black metal warfare with Mayhem and Revenge (full tour dates here).
Just a day before the trek kicked off, we got in touch with Watain's front man E. (Erik Danielsson) to discuss the tour and upcoming activity from the band. While he was evasive about whether or not new material is in the works or if new songs would be played on the trek, E. had plenty to say about the process of coming to the U.S. for touring and how the media has reacted to the group's stage show. Check out the full interview below.
The following interview with Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch was a joint venture between MetalUnderground.com and Black Bird Productions. The guest interviewer is none other than Disforia/Judicator vocalist John Yelland, who worked with Kürsch (who appeared as a guest vocalist) on the Disforia track “The Dying Firmament” (from the band’s latest album “The Age of Ether” - see review here).
A lifelong fan of Blind Guardian, John approached me with the idea of interviewing Kürsch about the band’s upcoming new release “Beyond the Red Mirror” (see our review at this location), and knowing how interesting the interaction would be among musicians and friends, I quickly jumped at the idea. So please sit back, read and watch the interview (video appears at the end) with the legendary Hansi Kürsch presented by one of the best up and coming singers, John Yelland! - CROMCarl
On a chilly winter morning I had the pleasure of interviewing a legend, the master bard himself, mister Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian. I had worked with Hansi before on a song of mine in Disforia, “The Dying Firmament”, and have stayed in touch with him since. Intensely curious about the growing hype around Blind Guardian’s upcoming album ‘Beyond the Red Mirror’, I was fascinated to learn details behind the album’s story, concept, and creation. The interview which follows shines light on the aforementioned subjects, as well as everything from promotion, music videos, and the orchestral project, to beer and The Hobbit movies. Please, enjoy :-)
Silent Screams was supporting Japanese act Crossfaith on November 2nd at London's KOKO in Camden.
I sat with Ozzy and Joel before the show and learnt a lot about their next tour, and some very interesting tour adventures. Check it out below! Stay tuned for the transcript!
On November 2nd, Japanese act Crossfaith took to London's KOKO stage in Camden by storm. but not before an epic line up of support acts. I managed to sit down with Masato from Coldrain, another Japanese act, and get a very brief look into what's been going on for Coldrain before he had to run off for soundcheck.
Check it out below!
Please stay tuned for the transcript!
Reforming in 2010 after two decades of inactivity and dropping the comeback album "Heaven Sent...Hellbound" the next year, Indestructible Noise Command (I.N.C.) just dropped fourth full-length album "Black Hearse Serenade" at the end of the Fall.
We caught up with lead guitarist Erik Barath (who recently shared a pit story with us about an over-eager fan wearing nothing but a sock) to discuss the album, I.N.C. embarking on a tour with a band of a very different style, and what classic band he'd like to see reform.
The Swedish metal extremists from Bloodbath have been through their fair share of ups downs - from front men changes to one lengthy hiatus after another due to the main projects of each member - but they keep marching on to hold the death metal banner high.
Currently on its third vocalist following the departure of Opeth's Mikael Åkerfeldt, Bloodbath is now led by new vocalist Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost.
To go along with the vocalist swap, Bloodbath's latest album of dark and dirty death metal, "Grand Morbid Funeral," is out now.
Following the official release, we caught up with Bloodbath's Per "Sodomizer" Ericksson to find out how the new front man joined on, when we can expect the band to hit the live stage again, and gauge the likelihood of the band's former vocalists ever performing live with the group again.
The death metal hooligans from Cannabis Corpse are just about to embark on a hazy, smoke-filled trek across the U.S. supporting new album "From Wisdom To Baked" (reviewed here - and be sure to pick up your copy if you haven't yet at Bandcamp).
Metalunderground.com is (s)toked to be sponsoring the cross-country tour, which kicks off November 28th. Find full dates for the live incursion over at this location.
Before the festivities officially kick off, Cannabis Corpse checked in with us to explain the curious lack of weed-legal states on the tour itinerary, and discuss the recruitment of new member Brandon Ellis and the recording of "From Wisdom To Baked." Check out the full interview below.
Iron Reagan released its second full-length recording “The Tyranny of Will” in September via Relapse Records. This album continues their tradition of punk-thrash songs not far removed from Municipal Waste. Iron Reagan consists of half the members of Municipal Waste. Tony Foresta is still the hyperblast word architect while Phil Hall takes up the guitar in place of his bass. The album contains 25 songs done in just over a half-hour, but not as “cartoony” as Municipal Waste. Here is a band with something to say and they’ll instigate a circle pit in doing it.
Phil Hall and drummer Ryan Parrish spoke to me after a blistering performance on the Black Stage at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. The night before, the band played Red 7 as part of the festival’s Nites club shows. Their FFF daytime appearance marked the end of a North American tour, but the band was gearing up for another tour, this time with Napalm Death, Voivod, Exhumed, Ringworm and Black Crown Initiate. Read what the group has to say about these tours as well as their zany video for “Miserable Failure.”
By now, most of the metal world has probably listened to At The Gates' brand new, critically-acclaimed album "At War With Reality." With this relentless recording, the legendary Swedish band demonstrated that it was possible to live up to the hype and create something as imposing as the previous, highly influential opus "Slaughter Of The Soul."
MetalUnderground.com had the opportunity to interview vocalist Tomas Lindberg about the genesis of the album, how it developed in the studio and its importance for At The Gates' decades-long musical journey.
Oscuro: At what point, after your initial 2008 reunion shows, you decided not to be just a "nostalgia act" but to write/record a proper album?
Tomas: From the beginning of the reunion we had a really good feeling. We had fantastic feedback from the crowds, we really enjoyed playing together and we felt that musically we were better than ever before. As we kept playing more and more shows the feeling never wore off, so the creative urge slowly crept up on us. Once the rest of us heard Anders' first musical ideas it was a no-brainer, we just had to make this record.
“Obsolescence” is the fourth album released by modern death metal group Abysmal Dawn. Released in late October via Relapse Records, the album offers more than mere DM brutality and speed. The album reveals elements of black metal made obvious by the band’s cover of Dissection’s “Night’s Blood.” The band’s technical abilities recall Nile, while its use of melody and rhythm bring to mind Hypocrisy. Overall, the album’s European feel makes it almost seem out of place in America. Americans love Euro style death metal, though, and the band has received its largest contingent of fans opening for Deicide.
During the last night of their tour guitarist/vocalist Charles Elliott joined me in the alleyway behind Dirty Dog bar in Austin, Texas, the preferred area for interviews at said club. In the following interview, Elliott discusses the tour, which also featured Septicflesh, Inquisition and Carach Angren, and recounts writing and recording “Obsolescence.”
Heralds of the Canadian technical death metal scene, there was a time when Beyond Creation was an unknown metallic entity (even being covered in our look at the technical metal underground a few years back).
Rising out of obscurity and landing a record deal, the band just dropped new album "Earthborn Evolution" last month via Season Of Mist, letting the world know tech-death isn't even close to slowing down or going tame.
With a new full-length in stores and upcoming world tour dates lined up for Australia and Japan, we got the chance to check in with Beyond Creation and hear a first-hand chronicle of the album's creation. Read the full interview below.
Lich King's "Do-Over" Vs D.R.I's "Crossover": A Thrash homage goes wrong.
American old school thrashers, Lich King, recently announced the release of their new EP "Do-Over." According to vocalist/founder, Tom Martin, the idea behind the recording was to give a second chance to some of their old material. "The first two albums are horribly recorded—I did them myself," Martin says. "The 'when will you re-record those albums' was a question we got often. So this is just five old songs, one cover and a demo of one of the new songs on a goofy EP. No big whoop."
One of the attributes that has always characterized this American band is its irreverent brand of humor. Because of this, it's perfectly to understand their decision of giving the new EP's title and cover art, a sort of postmodern, pseudo-satiric treatment. Taking as reference D.R.I's now-classic recording, "Crossover," Martin created (via digital techniques) a look-alike version of that blue-dominated artwork for "Do-Over." He would opt to feature Lich King's mascot (an undead king) instead of D.R.I's iconic running man present in the original.