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Conducting From The Grave Discusses New Album

In October, California based melodic death metal act Conducting From The Grave dropped its second full-length album "Revenants," and follow-up to 2009's "When Legends Become Dust." Conducting From the Grave guitarist Jeff Morgan spoke with me about the band switching vocalists for this album, where the band's distinctive name came from, and the possibility of an upcoming music video.

While explaining how the new album differs from the band's earlier work, Morgan commented "I like to think the song writing is a lot more mature on this album. We’ve definitely progressed a lot over the years as musicians. A lot of stuff from the previous album 'When Legends Becomes Dust' was written over the course of five or six years...I think it’s a lot more of a cohesive sound for the whole album." Morgan also discussed upcoming tour dates with Arsis and the themes of the album's lyrics.

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Paul Mazurkiewicz of Cannibal Corpse (Video)

Cannibal Corpse brought their East US tour through Nashville, TN on November 9th, 2010 in support of their "Evisceration Plague" album. These titans of death metal have been around since 1988, as long as many of their fans have been alive for. Drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, one of the only two original members of Cannibal Corpse, took time before their Nashville show to be interviewed by MetalUnderground.com on the band’s tour bus. The interview was done on video, and can be seen below, as well as read underneath it.

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Interview with Beefcake the Mighty of GWAR

If you haven't heard of GWAR by now, then you must be living under a very dense rock. Still celebrating their 25th anniversary (although it's now their 26th anniversary), GWAR is currently touring with Mobile Death Camp, The Casualties, and Infernaeon. Their latest album " Bloody Pit of Horror" is newly released and GWAR will be murdering such people as Lady Gaga and Sarah Palin for your violent pleasure. I was lucky enough to have a nice, long chat with bassist Beefcake the Mighty. We discussed the new album, zombies, and other crazy things. The audio of the interview is available, but the camera lens broke when it saw Beefcake's face, so no image. A transcription follows.

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Getting Introspective With Viscera///

Italian act Viscera///, which was recently highlighted in our Unearthing the Underground column, has taken a new journey into experimental metal in the form of "2 - As Zeitgeist Becomes Profusion of the I." Viscera/// Vocalist Mike B. explains how the band's sound has changed over time since the 2008 album "Cyclops," why the "///" got added onto the band's name, and what's going on in the Italian metal scene.

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Jay Weinberg Discusses His Split With Madball

In September, Madball issued a surprise announcement that drummer Jay Weinberg would not be finishing off the "Through The Noise Tour" with Comeback Kid. Jay has since spoken with Metalunderground.com to explain his side of the story and discuss the circumstances of his departure. He also explained what he'll be doing in the world of music in the coming months, his role in writing and recording the latest Madball album "Empire," and even the show "Cake Boss."

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Steve Karp Talks Yuppicide Reunion

Dead and buried for a decade, New York hardcore punk act Yuppicide has been resurrected to release a double CD anthology spanning the group's career from '88 - '98 and to bring their live music to today's hardcore fans. Guitarist Steve Karp took the time to chronicle the band's history and explain how they decided to reform, as well to give a glimpse of what might be on the horizon for Yuppicide's followers. Karp also discussed how the New York hardcore scene has changed over the years and what the band members have been doing during Yuppicide's time of slumber.

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Chris Grigg Explains The Dynamics Of Woe

Recently signed to Candlelight Records for the release of the sophomore album “Quietly, Undramatically," Philadelphia black metallers Woe have not-so-quietly invaded the U.S. black metal scene. Front man Chris Grigg recently corresponded with Metalunderground to explain how Woe went from a solo project to a full band and getting a record deal with the legendary Candlelight.

Chris also tackled the issue of adding in clean vocals on the new album, stating "For a musician, selling out is defined by doing something that you would not normally do in the interest of selling records. To not follow my gut, to omit a musical idea that really worked just because I was scared of how people would react... That would be a sell-out move." Throughout the interview below he discusses leaving behind the band's direct European black metal feel, playing live shows, and even discusses his trip to Ken Ham's creationism museum.

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Quartered Discusses New Album "Walks Like A Ghost"

Vocalist Greggor Williams and guitarist Todd Sanft of Vancouver progressive metal act Quartered sat down with Metalunderground.com to catch up on its recent activities following the release of its new album "Walks Like A Ghost." You can read the Metalunderground.com review for "Walks Like A Ghost" at this location and find out what the band has been upto by reading the interview below.

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Sumerian Metallers Melechesh Discuss New Album

Sumerian-themed blackened metallers Melechesh launched "The Epigenesis" last month, which is their latest exploration of occult oriented extreme metal. Front man Ashmedi recently discussed the new album with me, explaining how everything from the lyrics to the guitar riffs to the promo shots are interconnected and chosen specifically to be in alignment. Ashmedi also recently posted a track-by-track breakdown online of the new album, which can be seen at the following links: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

Talking about how the songs flow, Ashmedi commented, "It’s not afraid to step out of the box in the sense that every song stands alone, just like a good healthy rock album or metal album." He also discussed the possibility of an upcoming music video and where the band will be touring in support of the new album.

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A Discussion With Lizard Skynard

Lizard Skynard sounds like a reject Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band, but behind the gimmicky name and eccentric frontman Erik Sprague, aka The Lizardman, is a legitimate force to be reckoned with. Their sound runs the gamut from blasts of hardcore fury to ambient space rock. Lizardman’s spoken word style has a Henry Rollins flavor to it and helps to make the band stand out from the rest of the pack. With their self-titled debut being released a few weeks back, guitarist Mossy Vaughn spoke to Metalunderground.com in early October about the new album, having a frontman like Lizardman around, and the dangers of vomiting during a live Lizard Skynard show

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Black Tide Discusses Upcoming Second Album

Black Tide has been making waves in the heavy metal scene, both because of the young age and talent of the band's members. The group was famously promoted to the main stage during Ozzfest of 2007 after being deemed too young to perform on the Jagermeister stage, and then went on to release the debut album "Light From Above." Black Tide is now back with a new single, along with a second full-length to be released next year. At the Seattle stop of the band's current tour with Bullet For My Valentine, guitarist/vocalist Gabriel Garcia filled me in on the details of the upcoming second album and how growing up in the metal scene has changed the band's lyrical content and outlook.

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Interview with Vanden Plas Guitarist Stephan Lill

When I was first approached about doing an interview with Stephan Lill, Guitarist of one of my favorite Prog/Metal bands, “Vanden Plas”, I was stoked to say the least. Not only am I a big fan of the band who possesses every studio album they have put out (with the exception of colour temple), I am also a huge fan of their lead guitarist. Now although personally I felt all their recordings had been nothing less than phenomenal, I was nevertheless skeptical to there ability to follow up their previous release “Christ O”, a very adventurous and epic album, and one of my personal favorites. A lot of bands when faced with the challenge of creating a follow up to a great album, buckle under the pressure, releasing lack lustered efforts at best.  Upon hearing the new album “The Seraphic Clockwork”  I knew that this was not the case for these guys.

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An Interview with Stephen Davis, Author of LZ-'75

Stephen Davis is the author of rock biographies "Hammer of The Gods," "Walk This Way," and "Watch You Bleed." His latest book, "LZ-'75: The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour" (reviewed here) takes the reader into the backstage world of touring with Led Zeppelin during their prime, highlighting the good, the bad, and of course, the decadent. Below is an interview with Stephen.

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T.N.O.B.M.P.S Speaks/Woods Of Ypres Interview

David Gold (Woods of Ypres) and Aaron Palmer (ex-Woods of Ypres, Arkayic Revolt) of The Northern Ontario Black Metal Preservation Society sit down with Metalunderground.com to discuss the formation of the project, the meaning behind its name, the recording of its debut 7" Vinyl "Future Northern Prosperity" (reviewed here) and its future going forward. David Gold also discusses the current status of Woods of Ypres, its signing with Earache Records and shares an interesting story from the road during the band's last tour stop in Vancouver.

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Journey Into The Instrumental Metal Of Odyssey

Spokane based instrumental metal act Odyssey bucks the trends of music by ditching the idea of a vocalist and letting the instruments do all the talking. Odyssey, which is composed of brother team Jordan and Lukas Hilker along with guitarist Jerrick Crites, recently released the "Schematics" EP and is soon to begin pre-production for the new album "An Abstract Existence." The band members took some time out to explain why they choose to go on without a singer, how they approach song writing, and taking a break from live shows to work on the new full-length album.

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Whitechapel On "A New Era of Corruption" And Tour

With some hot new Billboard chart positions for their latest record, "A New Era of Corruption," and a five-band headlining tour, Metal Blade deathcore act Whitechapel is riding a wave of success. On October 22nd, that wave brought them back to Nashville in their home state of Tennessee for their largest headlining show. Before the ear damage began for the night, the charismatic guitarist Alex Wade and down-to-earth frontman Phil Bozeman took some time out for an interview.

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Arjen Lucassen On Star One, Steve Lee, and Ayreon

The progressive metal force from the north, Netherlands-based guitar-player and songwriter Arjen Lucassen, has just finished up the second album for his project, Star One, which is set for the release date of October 26th for the US and November 1st for Europe. Arjen's been a busy man in the eight years between "Space Metal" and "Victims of the Modern Age." He's written, recorded, and put out several albums with Ayreon, Guilt Machine, Ambeon, and Stream of Passion -- Each one of them a banquet of musical styles, involving a lot of instrumentalists, vocalists, and musical talent. The man behind the helm of these projects took some time out for an interview to discuss these things, as well as the tragic death of Gotthard's Steve Lee, who had been a guest vocalist on the latest Ayreon album, "01011001."

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Interview with Adam Warren of Oceano

Oceano hasn't been around long, but has had their share of problems. Van crashes on tour and the resignation of both guitarists have made for plenty of headlines while they only had one album released. 2010 has been more kind to Oceano, though. New guitarists Devin Shidaker and Nick Conser have joined the ranks and the album "Contagion" is on the way, due out November 9th. I caught up with vocalist Adam Warren in New York as they were shooting the video for "Weaponized" off the new album to talk about the new happenings of the band.

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Forbidden Spreads The Despairing "Omega Wave"

After 13 years of near-silence, reactivated California thrashers Forbidden have dropped "Omega Wave," their new thrasterpiece heralding the coming of the apocalypse. Forbidden guitarist Craig Locicero clued us in on the themes of the album and how the recording process went, along with many other interesting insights ranging from the U.S. political process to his dream thrash lineup.

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Thomas Youngblood Discusses New Album And Tour

U.S. based power metal act Kamelot has had a run of mixed luck lately. Kamelot has seen some of the band's highest chart positions ever with the new album "Poetry for the Poisoned," but also had to cancel a North American tour due to the health issues of vocalist Roy Khan. After the cancellation of the tour, I spoke with guitarist Thomas Youngblood about the new album and what the band has planned for the future.

Commenting on how the new album advances Kamelot's sound, Thomas said, "I guess you could say, in my opinion, the new record is a bit more progressive and maybe more diverse. It’s another Kamelot album, another step in the direction we want to go in. With this album the direction we wanted to go was a little more progressive and darker. I think we achieved that." He also discussed the band's brief attempt at continuing the ill fated tour with Circus Maximus vocalist Michael Eriksen and working with Elize Ryd of Amaranthe.

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Interview with Byron Davis of God Forbid

I recently had the chance to conduct an interview with Byron Davis of New Jersey metal outfit God Forbid. The band was playing a gig at a small bar called Whiskey Tango that I frequented for the better half of a decade. So, before their set at the venue, located in the northeast section of Philadelphia, I was able to pick Byron’s brain a bit.

I’d also like to point out how gracious the guy was when setting this up. I literally e-mailed him about a day and a half before the show to set up the interview. He was quick to reply and quick to solidify details, something I’m not used to. After the interview, he was also kind enough to stand around and shoot the, well you know, with me for a while. It’s a nice change from being rushed doing some interviews to find the singer of this band just relaxed and polite. You can read the full interview after the jump.

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Interview With NRSV Vocalist Dean Miller

Since appearing in the New York Hardcore documentary movie in 1995, No Redeeming Social Value has become known to fans of the genre all across the world as a good time band who are as funny as they are a solid unit. I was recently given the opportunity to ask lead vocalist Dean Miller some questions and found that there was much more to the band than beer and hardcore...

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Freddy Madball Discusses "Empire"

Madball is undoubtedly one of the hardest working bands in the world of hardcore. Having start when lead singer Freddy Cricien (aka Freddy Madball) was only nine years old, they have made a name for themselves as true legends of hardcore music. I was lucky enough to ask Freddy a few questions lately about the new album, "Empire," the situation with drummer Jay Weinberg and what he thinks of the modern day hardcore scene.

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Kelly Shaefer Discusses The Return Of Atheist

Legendary progressive death metal act Atheist is about to release a new full-length album entitled "Jupiter," which is the band's first studio album since 1993. Atheist vocalist Kelly Shaefer recently spoke with me about the long hiatus between albums, what he's been up to since '93, the themes of "Jupiter," and other topics as diverse as the pope and Bill Maher.

"I think we knocked it out of the park with this one, it’s the perfect continuation with where we left off," Shaefer stated about the new album. He also went on to further explain, "We’d just sit down and write and whatever happens, happens. That’s how we set our template. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. I hate saying that, because everybody says that. If you are a fan of Atheist you are definitely going to love this record. It’s all over the place, and yet it’s right down the middle."

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Interview With Black Label Society's Drummer

Will Hunt is the new drummer for Black Label Society. Initially, he was only going to stay with the band as a session artist for their new record “Order Of the Black.” Since Hunt is between records with his main band Evanescence, he has continued his stay with Black Label Society on the Ozzfest tour, and now the Bezerkus tour. The question remains: does Hunt have enough time to become a permanent drummer for Black Label Society? After seeing him live at The Rave in Wisconsin, all I can hope is he will since his drumming was phenomenal!

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