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Kryptos Explains Why They're A "Force Of Danger"

Since the turn of the millenium, metal fans have been able to discover more bands from all across the globe and in turn, groups have had the opportunity to be heard by more people than ever before. Perhaps one of the most notable bands to benefit from a global metal community would be Kryptos, the quarter from Bangalore, India who have become their country's most well known, and well loved metal export.

Keeping the spirit of traditional and thrash metal alive since 1998, Kryptos has to date released five albums, with a sixth, "Force Of Danger," set to be unleashed on October 1st through AFM Records. The band has been able to break down barriers and become heroes for young metalheads in India and with their new album displaying a fiercer Kryptos than ever before, their reputation will only become bigger and more positive. To find out more about "Force Of Danger," Kryptos' long relationship with AFM Records, how the pandemic affected them and what it's like to be a metal band in India, we caught up with vocalist/guitarist Nolan Lewis. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: The new album, "Force Of Danger" is out very soon. It’s definitely an appropriate title for Kryptos, given that the band has always been a high energy force…

Nolan Lewis: And we get a bit dangerous when we drink too much! (laughs)

Oz: Well, for you, what does the title mean?

Nolan: It doesn't really mean too much. It’s kind of inspired by eighties and nineties sci-fi action movies such as Escape From New York and things like that. So it's kind of like, when you hear all this ominous sci-fi music and you see the bad guys showing up with guns, that kind of sounds like a force of danger and that title always kind of stuck in my head. I thought, "I need to use this as an album title or for a song one day." We actually got the artwork before we named the album and once we got the artwork I was like, "Yeah, I need to put this title in there!"

Oz: Speaking of the art, it does look very cool. How satisfied were you with it and who came up with it?

Nolan: It was done by a good friend from Visual Amnesia. He did the initial art, which actually didn't really look like what it does now. He’s the one behind the figure, but he gave us a very plain background with blue sky and stuff, which was kind of weird, like the Terminator was going to a picnic or something! We were already working with another artist from Colombia, she was designing our booklet and sleeve and everything. So we just asked her if she could touch it up. She understood what kind of theme we were going for and she did the background, gave it kind of an 80s sci-fi finish. So it was a combination of both really.

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Necromantia: The Alpha And Omega

They say that all good things must come to an end and sadly, 2021 marks the end of one of Greece's most revered extreme metal bands. Necromantia was formed in 1989 and soon became known as one of the pioneering forces of Greek black metal. Their debut album, "Crossing The Fiery Path" is regarded by many to be a must have for any self-respecting fan of the genre and led by bassists Magus Wampyr Daoloth and Baron Blood, they forged a legacy of extreme music which few can match.

Tragically, in 2019, Baron Blood suddenly passed away after suffering a heart attack. Magus confirmed to fans that while Necromantia couldn't continue without him, he would nonetheless release a new EP in memory of his fallen brother. Due to the pandemic however, Magus was gifted more time and the EP has transformed into a final full length album, "To The Depths We Descend." To find out more about this album, the process behind it, the legacy of Necromantia and Greek black metal's differences to the Scandinavian style, we caught up with The Magus, who now fronts Yoth Iria. You can watch the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: Necromantia has always been held up as one of the premier bands of Greek black metal, which itself is highly regarded. Obviously with the passing of Baron Blood, it's an appropriate time to end the band. Why was it important to finish with one last album?

Magus Wampyr Daoloth: When Baron Blood departed two years ago, it was kind of a shock. Not because I lost a band member, I lost a friend. I knew him since high school. We were thinking about making another Necromantia album but we didn't have time to do it due to everyday obligations like family. So I felt obligated to do a final recording dedicated to him, it's like we continued where we left off. In the beginning it was going to be an EP with just a couple of songs; One for Baron Blood and maybe another one or some re-recordings, but due to the pandemic and the lockdown, I had more time on my hands. So it gave me the opportunity to concentrate more on that, because when we record a Necromantia album, we have to always be concentrating on it, otherwise it doesn't work.

The second most important thing is that I found a good team: George Emmanuel from Lucifer's Child on guitars and Yiannis Votsis on drums. So I had a good team, I had the time and I had the inspiration after all this time of, let's say inactivity, musically, to make an album and I think we kind of owed it to the people who have supported us over the years. A farewell album before the band stops forever.

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Rivers Of Nihil Vocalist Puts In "The Work"

There's plenty of new albums hitting the shelves today, but perhaps none are more intriguing than "The Work," the fourth full length output from Pennsylvania's technical death metal band Rivers Of Nihil. Once again unleashed via Metal Blade Records and with amazing cover art from veteran artist Dan Seagrave, this promises to be the group's most ambitious record yet, featuring more experimentation and variation than ever before.

To find out more about the album, we caught up with vocalist Jake Dieffenbach, who shed light on everything to do with the album, their lasting relationship with Metal Blade, plans for the future and much more. You can watch it in full below.

Diamond Oz: What can you tell me about the title, "The Work?"

Jake Dieffenbach: The title, "The Work," as far as I understand, basically represents everything that we've put into this band and the process of it. So I feel like it kind of connects to the creative grind of doing every single thing on every level that we do as a band. Through the writing process, the touring process, recording process, every aspect of it, we see that as a representation of the work. Putting time into something that transcends the wear and tear feeling of it but in the end it becomes something artistic. That's my interpretation of the title, but I mean, if you ask someone else in the band you might get a different answer. I know that on one level it represents all that we've done up to this point. Not just with this album but everything leading up to this point in our career as a band.

Oz: Yeah, sometimes the simplest of titles can mean the most. I've noticed a lot of comments on the "Clean" and "Focus" people are saying that you've changed your sound a bit but it's still Rivers Of Nihil, so the music itself really does encompass everything Rivers Of Nihil have been and progressed to being.

Jake: Yeah, it's definitely a bit different than I think most people would have expected. Even the first time I heard the title, I had to sit with it for a second until the meaning really registered with the personal relationships we have in the band and I think it works. (laughs)

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Rage Frontman Talks New Album "Resurrection Day"

Album titles are a funny thing. Sometimes they sum up the music within perfectly, sometimes they just sound cool and sometimes they're a fitting metaphor for where the band are in their career at the time. This is particularly appropriate for Rage, whose new album, "Resurrection Day," sees something of a rejuvination for the German veterans, following a mixed reaction to their recent output and a change in lineup. The album is comprised of the high energy metal which earned the band a loyal following and may well be their best album for decades, displaying traces of power, speed and at one point, even folk metal, painting a varied picture of what makes the genre so intriguing.

To find out more about this amazing album, the changes Rage have gone through over the past year and more, I caught up with vocalist Peter "Peavy" Wagner, the sole original member and driving force behind the group. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Criminal Frontman On New Album, Brujeria & Lock Up

When it comes to South American metal, most people tend to focus on Brazil, which has after all given the world such legendary names as Sepultura, Ratos de Porão, Sarcófago and Korzus. However, when one looks beyond the surface, there are so many bands of note across South America. Some may be drawn to Inquisition of Colombia, or Hermética from Argentica, but for the most part, people will mention Chile's own Pentagram (internationally known as Pentagram Chile) and their founder Anton Reisenegger, who would also go on to form another beloved South American thrash outfit, Criminal, along with guitarist Rodrigo Contreras.

Thirty years on from the inception of Criminal and the band is preparing to mark this milestone with "Sacrificio," their first album in five years, which is already promising to delight long time fans and thrill new ones. Recorded in the capital city of Santiago, the ninth full length output continues the band's signature blend of thrash and death metal, and even features a few grindcore influences, thanks in part to Reisenegger's time over the past decade as a member of grind supergroups Lock Up and Brujeria.

To discover more about "Sacrificio," (set to be released on September 17th through Metal Blade,) the social situations and politics in Chile which helped shaped the tone and outlook of the record, as well as more information on Lock Up's new album, "The Dregs Of Hades" and when the public can expect a new full length album from another beloved project he's involved in, Brujeria. You can check out the interview below.

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Wormwood Guitarist On "Arkivet," Armageddon & Art

The end of the world has long been a topic of discussion in metal music. From the early days of Black Sabbath and Judas Priest, to the NWOBHM, thrash, death and beyond, humanity's extinction has been an ever present theme in metal. In the modern world though, the subject is becoming much more prominent as we face global warming, a global plague, fires in the sea and even locust infestations. If anyone is qualified to give any insight into these frightening times, it's metal musicians (and scientists, I guess,) owing to the long study and fascination. At the end of the month, five such musicians from Sweden will release their album, "Arkivet," which may be the most grounded look at the apocalypse yet. So it is, we turn our attention to Wormwood.

Formed in 2014, Wormwood has released one EP and two albums, with a third full length, the aforementioned, "Arkivet" (Swedish for "The Archive") set to be unleashed on August 27th through Black Lodge Records. To find out more about the album, the background, concept, recording, why the record has barely any artwork and much more, we caught up with guitarist Tobias Rydsheim. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Wizardthrone Guitarist Discusses Debut Album

As Tenacious D once explained, punk, grunge, new wave and techno tried to kill the metal, but they failed. Over the past twenty months, it's been proven that COVID-19 can't kill the metal either, as bands are still forming and releasing debut albums, as is the case with the likes of Crypta, Cult Of Lilith, Frozen Crown and Vexed. Another group that's burst onto the scene during the Corona virus era is Wizardthrone, a supergroup comprised of members of Alestorm, Aether Realm and Nekrogoblikon among others to forge a new symphonic death metal band with some of the longest titles in recent memory.

Last month, the band unleashed their debut album, "Hypercube Necrodimensions," which boasts excellent musicianship, superb artwork and stellar songwriting. To find out more about the band, its formation, "Hypercube Necrodimensions" and more, Metal Underground spoke with guitarist Mike Barber. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Space Chaser Demands "Give Us Life" With New Album

Back in the early eighties, thrash metal exploded onto the scene, forging a blend of hardcore punk and New Wave Of British Heavy Metal influences. While it experienced strong commercial success in the decade, it would be damaged by the emerging grunge scene, before once again rearing it's head in the 2000s. Just as thrash had once been seen as the opposing force of glam metal, so it was in the new millenium that people once more flocked to the genre to save them from emo music and metalcore.

This of course meant that a new breed of thrash metal bands were born, with some such as Evile, Gama Bomb and Municipal Waste garnering a worldwide fan base. In Germany, where so many iconic names of the genre had been born, there was another collective who wanted to combine their love of thrash metal with the science fiction and horror movies. A quintet by the name of Space Chaser.

Formed in the beautiful capital city of Berlin in 2011, the band would release a few demos before their debut full length, "Watch The Skies!" was unleashed in 2014. A sophomore effort, "Dead Sun Rising" followed two years later, but then the band seemed to go quiet for a while. Faced with the struggles of touring and being an independent band with little backing, problems inevitable came their way. A decade on from their formation however, they're stronger than ever and their new album, "Give Us Life," which will be released through Metal Blade Records on July 16th is solid proof of this.

To find out more about the album, we caught up with drummer Matthias Scheuerer, who discussed the album, its themes, artwork and music videos, as well as why it took five years for a new album to be released, science fiction and much more. You can check it out below.

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Ophidian I Guitarist Reveals All About "Desolate"

It's a strange but definite thing in recent years that more and more metal bands seem to be emerging from the small nation of Iceland. With a population of just under four hundred thousand people, around half of whom live in the capital city of Reykjavik, it's surprising to see more and more bands such as Cult Of Lilith or Volcanova begin to gain fans across the globe. However, given its sparse landscapes, freezing temperature and Viking history, perhaps Iceland really is the perfect breeding ground for metal, given that it can feel so... desolate.

One band who feels that that word perfectly sums up their homeland would be Ophidian I, the Reykjavik quintet who in less than a week will release their second album, "Desolate," nine years after their debut. To find out more about this latest slab of technical death metal beef, Metal Underground caught up with guitarist Símon Þórólfsson, who revealed all about the album, including the meaning behind the title, the stellar artwork from Eliran Kantor and why it took so long to release a new album, among many other subjects. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Loch Vostok Guitarist Tells Us Of The "Opus Ferox"

Progressive metal is a strange thing. On one hand, many progressive metal bands sound very different from one another, but on the other, listeners will almost immediately recognise it when they hear it. Since such bands as Queensryche, Fates Warning and Crimson Glory burst on to the scene, the sub-genre has evolved and taken on a life of its own, becoming one of the more popular brances of metal in the modern world.

One such band which can both be pinpointed as a progressive metal band but has also grown and developed a sound of their own, would be Sweden's own, Loch Vostok. Combining Celtic and Russian words, the Northern European collective has gone from strength to strength over the last twenty years, releasing critically acclaimed music and garnering a fan base the world over.

Recently, Metal Underground caught up with the band's mastermind Teddy Möller, the founder and guitarist of the group who until last year, was also the vocalist. In this brand new interview, we discuss the band's awesome new album, "Opus Ferox - The Great Escape" and the story behind the record, new vocalist Jonas Radehorn, why Möller decided he didn't want to sing anymore and much more. You can watch the conversation in full below.

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Nanowar Of Steel Explains "Italian Folk Metal"

For almost as long as heavy metal has existed, there's been people around to make fun of it. Sometimes it comes from a place of love like Tenacious D or Steel Panther, other times it's comedians seeing a sub-culture and genre that's ripe for parody, as was the case for Bad News, Spinal Tap and even Richard Pryor on his television show. While a good chunk of fans tend to take offence to these send ups, most take it in good humour and appreciate that sometimes, the things we love the most can be pretty silly.

Enter Nanowar Of Steel, formerly known simply as Nanowar before changing their name to poke fun at countrymen Rhapsody Of Fire, who themselves had to change their name from Rhapsody. For almost twenty years, the Italian collective has been poking fun at metal music, particularly at those who take the genre extremely seriously. For a long time, the group did this independently and garnered a strong following. However today, the band releases "Italian Folk Metal," their first album through a record label, the ever growing Napalm Records.

To find out why now is the right time to sign with a label, what makes folk metal ripe for parody, the importance of food in their lyrics and much more, we caught up with bassist Gatto Panceri 666. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Hammer King Vocalist Discusses New Album

In a genre which has expanded and become more extreme as time has gone on, it's important not to forget the roots of metal. There was a time when heavy metal was focused more on fantasy themes and mythology than social issues, personal struggles and the like, and indeed, these ideas are still being carried on in the power metal sub-genre. Fortunately, there are still plenty of bands keeping the sounds and spirit of early metal music alive and a great example would be Kaiserslautern's own, Hammer King.

Led by former Ross The Boss vocalist Patrick Fuchs (AKA Titan Fox V,) the band released their eponymous fourth album just under three weeks ago through Napalm Records, their first record for the label. Six years on from their debut, "Kingdom Of The Hammer King," the quartet are now more prominent than ever, thanks in part to the stellar material on the album and awesome music videos, "Awaken The Thunder" and "Atlantis (Epilogue.)"

To find out more about the album, the progress of the band as well as the story behind the character of the Hammer King himself, I caught up with Titan Fox. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Crypta's Vocalist On New Album, Women And Brazil

When vocalist/bassist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto announced last year that they were leaving thrash metal trio Nervosa, many fans were not just upset, but unsure as to what the future held. Shortly after, the duo announced that they had teamed up with Burning Witches guitarist Sonia Anubis, who would leave the aforementioned band soon afterwards and fellow Brazillian Tainá Bergamaschi to forge Crypta, an all female force of death metal. For almost a year, fans were desperate to hear the material the quartet had been working on and finally, only a few weeks ago (June 11th,) the band unleashed their debut album, "Echoes Of The Soul."

The album has been receiving rave reviews from across the metal world since its release, owing to its modern take on nineties death metal music, excellent musicianship and extreme nature. To find out more about the album, I caught up with Fernanda Lira herself, with whom I discussed "Echoes Of The Soul," the variety displayed on the record, politics, women in metal and whether terms like "all female" or "female fronted" still fly today, her thoughts on the current lineup of Nervosa and much more. You can watch the in depth interview in full below.

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Born Of Osiris Answers, "Angel Or Alien"?

The evolution of metalcore and deathcore bands has truly been an interesting one. Though the genre had its fair share of detractors during its 2000s peak, several of the bands have become so much more, adding progressive slants to their music and incorporating different styles to help set them apart. One of these bands, who never conformed to genre restrictions to begin with, is the Illinois founded, Born Of Osiris.

In just ten days time, Born Of Osiris, will be unleashing their sixth full length album, "Angel Or Alien," once again through Sumerian Records. To find out all about this latest offering from one of metalcore's most fascinating bands, I caught up with guitarist Lee McKinney, who discussed the record's title, lyrical themes, art, music and inspiration, as well as their secret to their long relationship with Sumerian Records and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Fractal Universe On "The Impassable Horizon"

It's quite impressive how far death metal has come since its inception. From the thrash influenced stylings of Possessed to the groovier vibe of Obituary to becoming a common hub among the headbangers who prefer a more cerebral approach thanks to groups such as Cynic. Indeed, progressive and technical death metal has become very popular in recent years and bands like Obscura are starting to become stars in their own right. A new home for this complex take on death metal appears to be France, who have given the world such names as Beyond Creation, Benighted and now, Fractal Universe.

With two stellar albums under their belts already, expectations are high for their third outing, "The Impassable Horizon," which will be released in seven days time. To find out more about this intriguing output, I caught up with frontman Vince Wilquin to discuss the record, the effect of pandemic, artwork and much more. You can check it out in full below.

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Heavy Temple Singer Tells The "Lupi Amoris" Story

As mentioned recently in the introduction to the Hiraes interview, 2021 has seen its fair share of debut albums, a good number of them being very impressive. This week will mark another exciting emergence, as Philadelphia based psychedelic doom metal trio Heavy Temple unleash their first full length album, "Lupi Amoris." Combining Sabbath like heaviness with the bombastic rhythms of Vodun and an affinity for nature, Heavy Temple promises to be one of the most noteworthy doom metal bands to break through in the 2020s.

To find out more about the band, "Lupi Amoris," the story behind the album and the influence of the Little Red Riding Hood tale, I caught up with vocalist/bassist High Priestess NightHawk. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Hiraes Discusses Their Debut Album, "Solitary"

It's fair to say that over the past eighteen months, the world has been a lonely place. With gigs, bars and clubs being shut and measures in place to keep people apart, it's hard not to feel isolated. Yet in that time, we've still been privy to hear debut albums from the likes of Crypta, Surma, Cult Of Lilith and Volcanova, just to name a few and now, from the remnants of a past name, Hiraes is on the verge of releasing their very first album, "Solitary."

Featuring four out of five members of the recently disbanded Dawn Of Disease, this German quintet is rounded off by vocalist Britta Görtz, known for her time with Critical Mess and Cripper and on June 25th, their first release from Hiraes will be hitting the shelves. It's obviously an album seeped in both adversity and triumph, with much to offer fans of all sub-genres of death metal. It seems to be striking a chord already, as the music video for their first single, "Under Fire," already has over a hundred thousand views on YouTube.

To find out more about "Solitary," why Hiraes was formed instead of continuing Dawn Of Disease with a new vocalist, how Britta will balance her role in Hiraes with Critical Mess and much more, I spoke with both Britta Görtz and guitarist Lukas Kerk. You can check out the interview in full below.

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The Absence Drummer Explains Being "Coffinized"

Ask anyone where the home of American death metal is and everyone except people from New York will say, Florida. The state has a long history with the extreme music, birthing such bands as Death, Obituary, Morbid Angel and Deicide as well as housing the legendary Morrisound Studios, where death metal bands from the world over flocked to to record their albums. As time has gone on, Florida still produces some of the best bands in the field, one of which emerged in 2002, under the name of The Absence.

Since their inception, the band has released four albums, which have become known among metal fans for blending melodic death metal with thrash influences and now, on their fifth full length, "Coffinized," (to be released on June 25th,) the quintet even bring in some black metal sounds. To find out about this beast of an album, I caught up with drummer Jeramie Kling, who discussed the meaning behind the title, the artwork, why the police were called when filming the music video for the title track and much more! You can check it out below.

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Desaster Guitarist Opens "Churches Without Saints"

When it comes to thrash metal, there has always been two superpowers. Of course, there's the United States, with its legendary Bay Area and East Coast scenes and on the other hand, there's Germany, who produced some of the most iconic names in the genre such as Sodom and Kreator. Like any scene, it changes over time and introduces new names and one band of latecomers who made a name for themselves would be Desaster from Koblenz.

Since releasing their debut album, "A Touch Of Medieval Darkness" twenty five years ago, Desaster has become known as one of the most fierce thrash bands Germany had ever produced, mixing in elements of black metal to create a brutal and blasphemous sound which pierces the ears of all who listen and creating a worldwide fan base. This Friday, Desaster will release their ninth album, "Churches Without Saints," which already sounds as though it's going to be one of the most vicious albums of the Summer. To find out more about the record, we caught up with guitarist Markus "Infernal" Kuschke, to talk about what sets this album apart, German thrash metal, organised religion, blasphemy laws and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Bala Reveals All About New Album "Maleza"

Music has always has its prominent duos, but in recent years metal has started to see their own two piece stars emerge. The likes of Alcest, Mantar, Darkthrone and Satyricon have all achieved success while acts such as Blacklab and Kunz are on the rise. Another duo making waves would be Bala, a frenetic and intense pairing from the Galicia region of Spain, who two weeks ago released, "Maleza," their third full length and first through Century Media.

With "Maleza," now available worldwide, I caught up with both Bala members, Anxela Baltar and Violeta Mosquera, to discuss the record, signing with such a big label, why they feel they work best as a duo and much more. You can check out the interview in full below.

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Tetrarch Vocalist Discusses New Album And Nu Metal

As time passes, we inevitably see genres and sub-genres experience a renewed appreciation, or a "revival" if you will. Perhaps most notable was the 2000s thrash revival, which was something of a response to the popularity of metalcore at the time, and nu metal before that. However, these two categories have seen something of a comeback themselves in recent years, with younger bands citing the likes of Killswitch Engage, Slipknot and yes, even Limp Bizkit as influences. Whether or not these bands should actually be called nu metal or metalcore is up for debate, leading to the meaningless term "modern metal," but nonetheless, there's some extremely talented groups on the up and perhaps the most prominent of these is Tetrarch.

Hailing from Atlanta, this quartet has been grabbing ears since their debut, "Freak" was released in 2017 and now, finally, their sophomore full length, "Unstable" has been released through Napalm Records. To find out more about the album and the band itself, I caught up with vocalist Josh Fore, who revealed how long the band had been waiting to release the record, the meaning behind the band's name, the lyrics within and how the group feels about being labelled a nu metal band in 2021. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Vexed Vocalist Introduces "Culling Culture"

After fifty one years of heavy metal music, it's easy to think that we've heard it all by now. There's so many sub-genres and crossover styles that we often wonder if metal can keep expanding. But sometimes it doesn't need a total reinvention, or to be thrown in a pot with twelve other genres, it just needs a passionate collective of talented musicians, a sincere vocalist and drive and that's exactly what makes Vexed such a fascinating band.

Though heavily influenced by grime music, this quartet from the south of England have shown that they do what they feel is right for the song at hand, rather than follow a specific genre or trend. This is partly why their debut album, "Culling Culture," released in five days time (May 21st) one of the records to really watch out for this year. With its punishing music, deeply personal lyrics and eclectic sound, "Culling Culture" promises to be one of the most talked about debuts in metal this year.

To find out more about the album, the band, the importance of mental health and much more, I caught up with vocalist Megan Targett, who had plenty to reveal about the release. You can watch the interview in full below.

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The Catch Sinks Their Hooks Into The Metal World

Folk metal has come a long way over the years. From the folk influences on rock and metal pioneers such as Led Zeppelin, to the start of the sub-genre with the likes of Skyclad and Cruachan. It's even spawned several sub sub-genres such as Celtic metal, pirate metal, oriental metal and so many more. Today however, with the release of their debut single, "Sex Shark," a new sub sub-genre has been presented to the world named "heritage fishing metal" and the people responsible go by the name, The Catch.

With a very impressive list of collaborators (or co-conspirators) The Catch gifts the world something heavy, but also light hearted and frankly... Pretty damn funny. The lyrics to "Sex Shark" are probably best read when no one else is in the house and the video is just as crude and manky as the words that go with it.

To find out more about this bizarre new sub-genre, I was lucky enough to climb aboard the ship of Captain French, who granted me the world's first interview with The Catch.

WARNING: Contains some offensive and obscene language. Not to be taken 100% seriously.

Diamond Oz: So, I've been looking over the words to your debut single, "Sex Shark." I can certainly see why one would write a song about such a creature. Had you heard of the beast before you saw it?

Captain French: Well, it seems like such a long time ago but I feel like I've known sex sharks all my life as I grew up very close to a Catholic church. You see what I did there? I compared the sex shark to rapey priests hahahaha. Anyway, the sex shark is real and has plagued the dreams of my family since a few years after my death.

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Scar Of The Sun Keeps Moving With "Inertia"

A lot can change over the course of sixteen years. Just think how different the world was back in 2005, when George Bush and Tony Blair were seen as the "at least it'll never be worse than them" leaders and the metal community was waiting with baited breath for the new Slayer album where we could hear Dave Lombardo back in the fold at last. For one band starting out in the Greek capital of Athens, Scar Of The Sun, their journey was just beginning. Starting out in the mold of such bands as Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride, over time they themselves would cite new influences and forge a different sound along with it.

Fast forward to 2021 and Scar Of The Sun are only three days away from unleashing, "Inertia," their third full length album, which sees the Gothic and metalcore blend expanded even further. With its stunning artwork, socially charged lyrics and pulverising sound, "Inertia" promises to be one of the premier Greek metal albums of the year. To find out everything I could about "Inertia," how the band came to sign with Napalm Records, the effect of the pandemic and even the financial crisis which rocked Greece from 2008 until the present day, I caught up with vocalist Terry Nikas. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Artillery Guitarist Explains New Album "X"

Thrash metal has a long and rich history. The Bay Area, New York and German scenes were all massively influential and gave the world bands which to this day, still sell well and headline festivals and arenas. These weren't the only parts of the world to produce thrash stalwarts however. In Canada, Razor, Sacrifice and Exciter represented their country well, as did Onslaught, Sabbat and Acid Reign from the UK. Some countries seemed to have a particular band to carry the flag, such as Mortal Sin from Australia, Hermética of Argentina and of course, Artillery represented Denmark wonderfully.

With such classic albums as "Terror Squad" and "By Inheritance," to their name, Artillery are undoubtedly one of the most revered thrash metal bands to emerge from Europe. Formed in 1982, the band has bounced back from breakups and even death to remain strong today, as evidenced by the new album, "X." Out now through Metal Blade Records, "X" perfectly captures the excitement and variety of Artillery's catalogue. To find out more about the album, how the pandemic affected the recording process and much more, I caught up with guitarist Michael Stützer. You can watch the interview in full below.

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