To date, we have conducted 1298 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:
California based on again, off again black metal act Ritual has recently reformed under the direction of vocalist/guitarist Ian Fleming, after the departure of Robert Nusslein, who did an interview with Metalunderground last year. Ritual's new lineup is set to release an album by the end of the month, and is also currently gearing up to take their brand of black metal to the live scene.
Describing Ritual's upcoming new full-length album "The Resurrection," Fleming stated "It’s been a long time so it’s going to be a lot different. The sound quality is going to be a lot better than the previous Ritual records. It’s not going to be a basement/garage recording sounding black metal, it will be a quality recording. There’s a really killer intro that starts the record off dark and depressing and it comes in full force. It’s going to be a really cool record." He also went on to explain the lyrics of the new album and the recent changes in Ritual.
Somewhat of a child prodigy, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal has been playing, writing and recording music almost since he could walk. Though he never graduated high school, he now teaches music at SUNY, when he's not busy touring with Guns n Roses that is. Between that and the re-release of "The Adventures of Bumblefoot" and his first hand-written tab book, Ron and I had a lot to discuss.
San Diego's dual guitar act Sicarus has been gaining force in the California metal scene, sharing the stage with the likes of Threat Signal, Napalm Death, and 3 Inches of Blood. The band's most recent release was the five track "Strength of All" EP, and two songs from the disc are currently available for streaming via the Sicarus MySpace page.
The band's "Mad Scotsman" guitarist Kenny shared the history of the band and how it has changed to move towards a more melodic sound with frequent clean vocal work. While explaining the idea behind the band's most recent EP, Kenny commented "Going to the title track, 'Strength of All' is basically saying that you aren’t going to succumb to all the crap life throws at you and you’ll overcome and prevail over that type of stuff. It’s giving a positive attitude towards life."
You can't go wrong with a lineup like this! Shane Embury of Napalm Death on bass, Silenoz from Dimmu Borgir and Jadar of Old Man's Child on guitars, Tony Laureano from Dimmu Borgir, Malevolent Creation, Nile, and Nachtmystium to name a few on drums, and Marc Grewe of Morgoth on vocals. Although the members span the globe and have extremely full schedules, they managed to get together to record their debut album "Shadowcast" that is straight up old school death metal. I got to speak with Marc Grewe while he was still on vacation to talk about "Shadowcast," possible touring, and the awesome story about how this supergroup got together.
After parting with Lifeforce Records, Massachusetts metallers Hell Within released their Thorp Records debut "God Grant Me Vengeance" on July 13th, 2010. Hell Within guitarist Tony Zimmerman spoke with me about the writing and recording of the band's third full-length album, as well as how the band splits apart the heavier and melodic segments.
"I’d say it’s some of the heaviest stuff we’ve done in some aspects, but then again also some of the musical stuff we’ve done. The vocal melodies and the harmonies I think really came out." stated Zimmerman. He also went on to explain working with Peter Rutcho in the studio and how he spurred the band on to produce their best possible material.
Malevolent Creation is still spreading their death metal straight out of Florida after two decades. The three founding members vocalist Brett Hoffman, guitarist Phil Fasciana and bassist Jason Blachowicz are going as strong as ever and put on a hell of a show that even the old school turned yuppies will come out to see and mosh to. Touring in celebration of their latest creation "Invidious Domain" produced by the illustrious Erik Rutan, I got to talk to Brett and Phil about this new record, touring relentlessly, and Jason's thriving touring tattoo business. A transcription follows.
"Asylum," the latest album from Chicago hard rockers Disturbed, is set to hit stores at the end of the month. In anticipation of the new release, the band has already launched a new music video for the song "Another Way to Die," and also just kicked off a North American tour. Prior to the start of the tour, Disturbed vocalist David Draiman checked in with Metalunderground to discuss the new album.
Commenting on the direction of the album, Draiman stated "There’s heightened levels of complexity and precision and it kind of showcases the abilities that we’ve learned over 10 years of songwriting and touring. It’s definitely everything that fans would expect from the band and a few things that they wouldn’t with a new level of maturation that I think is very evident over the course of the entire record." David also discusses the lyrical themes of "Asylum," extra songs from the recording session that will show up later, working with Todd McFarlane on previous ventures, and the infamous Richard Cheese rendition of the "Down With The Sickness" track.
Death Angel has been thrashing since most of you were kids (or not even born yet). After a long hiatus in the 90s, the band reunited and became mightier than ever. On the eve of their latest release "Relentless Retribution" and currently on tour with Soilwork Death Angel will be touring the US up, down, and back again for the next few months. I caught up with guitarist Ted Aguilar before their headlining show in New Orleans to discuss the new album, their busy tour schedule, and going on a sea cruise. A transcription follows.
Avenged Sevenfold recently hit a milestone in their career, landing at #1 on the Billboard top 200 chart with the band's fifth studio-album "Nightmare." After the passing of drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, Avenged Sevenfold tapped Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame to handle the drum recording duties on the album and fill in for touring duties.
Just prior to the recent release of the music video for the title track on the new album, Bassist Johnny Christ spoke with Metalunderground about the new album and the band's future. Commenting on the death of The Rev and how it influenced the album, Johnny stated "...when he passed it kind of took the record to a darker place than it already was. It’s definitely a heavier album than the previous ones. We had already planned on that, but obviously all of us are trying to make this more of a tribute to Jimmy. There are a lot of people out there who have lost somebody and we want to let them know they aren’t alone." He also went on to discuss how Mike Portnoy approached the drumming on the album and the distinctive artwork on "Nightmare."
3 Inches of Blood got my attention when I listened to Cam Pipes' Falsettos when my friend played “Deadly Sinners” in his car. Reminiscent of King Diamond, I could not help but fall in love with the fantasy motivated lyrics, the vocals, and the instruments. I got a chance to interview the guitarist, Shane Clark at Mayhem Festival. 3 Inches of Blood will continue to tour this year and is due to record another album earlier next year. They have a new deluxe edition out of “Here Waits Thy Doom” with a DVD and bonus tracks. I strongly encourage readers to check it out.
With the newly revamped lineup of Hydrogyn with ex-Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young, and bassist James Lomenzo, many fans were excited with the fourth coming album: "Judgment." Jeff and Julie Westlake and Jeff Young posted video updates weekly on youtube updating on the recording process. Then, slowly, the video diaries were become less frequent. What happened? In late July, it was announced that Jeff Young has left due to "creative differences." James Lomenzo landed another gig with Lynch Mob.
I talked to Julie about these departures and the future of Hydrogyn. Julie and Jeff Westlake to the contrary, remain hopeful on their future and confident that the new album: "Judgment", will be a huge success.
Even though Testament was not included in the “Big Four,” many have said that Testament are not only as good, but even better than the bands that made up that elite title. You can tell that Testament is at the forefront of the subgenre even more so today,when plenty of modern thrash bands will emulate older Testament riffs.
Chuck Billy has been with Testament from the very beginning with their debut album “The Legacy.” Spanning over twenty years, with nine studio albums, Chuck Billy has forever engraved his name as a top dog vocalist in the thrash hall of fame. Having the capacity to mix harsh vocals reminiscent of old school death metal to a more cleaner style of thrash, Chuck Billy definitely is one of the best vocalists in thrash metal.
“Every (album we write) is an entire spiritual journey, one which changes us both at a personal level, and as musicians. The more you get into such a generous field, it becomes clear how little you actually know. It’s a humble experience as much as it is fascinating,” says Negru, percussionist for the Romanian black metal band Negura Bunget.
Musician Jon Schaffer, best known for his work with Iced Earth and Demons & Wizards, recently launched a new solo project titled Sons of Liberty, which he has said was created to spread awareness about world issues. The band's debut album "Brush Fires of the Mind" was released on July 13th, and is currently available for streaming in its entirety at this location.
Explaining the theme of the album, Schaffer said "It’s all based on things I’ve learned since what I call my 'awakening' to what’s really going on in our country and with our government and the governments around the world and why we are headed to collapse." During our conversation, Schaffer also discussed the recording of the new album and went on to more fully explain the ideas behind the album's lyrics.
haarp (spelled with two a's, all lowercase, get it right!) is one of New Orleans' fastest-rising straight-up metal bands. With the support of their label Houscore Records and it's owner Philip Anselmo, they've got the go ahead to spread their metal to the masses. The band consists of vocalist Shaun, bassist Ryan, guitarist Grant, and drummer Keith. I had a chance to speak with haarp just before their show in Metiarie, Louisiana to discuess their debut full-length album soon to be released, what it's like to have Philip Anselmo as a boss, and Shaun's strange "stage" presence. View Part 1 of the interview. I've included videos of haarp's latest performance for those who aren't yet familiar with their sound. A transcription follows.
haarp (spelled with two a's, all lowercase, get it right!) is one of New Orleans' fastest-rising straight-up metal bands. With the support of their label Houscore Records and it's owner Philip Anselmo, they've got the go ahead to spread their metal to the masses. The band consists of vocalist Shaun, bassist Ryan, guitarist Grant, and drummer Keith. I had a chance to speak with haarp just before their show in Metiarie, Louisiana to discuess their debut full-length album soon to be released, what it's like to have Philip Anselmo as a boss, and Shaun's strange "stage" presence. A transcription follows.
While news of the retirement of non-traditional metal act Abscess was a blow to the scene, it also came on the heels of another announcement that got the death metal legions riled up and ready for destruction - the resurrection of Autopsy. Abscess came to its end just after the release of the "Dawn of Inhumanity", the band's sixth full-length album. Since then, Autopsy has already begun working on a new EP and full-length. Chris Reifert of Abscess and Autopsy took some time to explain the reasons behind the breakup and subsequent reactivation, and discussed the future of Autopsy.
With a laundry list of amazing and incredibly diverse bands on his rap sheet, Dax Riggs is soon releasing his second solo album and then heading on a tour of the U.S. Former Acid Bath/Agents of Oblivion/Deadboy and the Elephanmen vocalist has a legion of loyals, but attracts many different kinds of people with his mix of musics. I caught up with Dax before on the eve of his album release and tour to discuss "Say Goodnight to the World," what he believes his sound is exactly, and the BP Oil Spill Disaster that has affected his hometown.
North Carolina is certainly a city of sludge and Black Skies is one of the best from the southern state. Through struggles and hardship, Black Skies has perservered. With the recent addition of a new drummer, the trio is ready to take on anything that comes their way. I caught up with the band as they were having dinner at a fine restaurant in New Orleans just before their show to discuss a new album, touring, and what they classify their heavy music as. A transcription follows.
Swedish metallers Soilwork are currently on their eighth full-length studio album, entitled "The Panic Broadcast," which saw its release earlier this month. In a recent interview with Metalunderground, vocalist Björn Strid raved about the band's latest creation by stating he hasn't been as proud of a Soilwork release since 2002's "Natural Born Chaos." Björn also discussed how Soilwork was changed since the debut demo "In Dreams We Fall Into The Eternal Lake," the literal meaning behind the new album's title, and his upcoming new side project.
Burton C. Bell is a busy man. When he’s not on the road screaming/singing his lungs out for Fear Factory, he is working on various side-projects that show a limitless abundance of creative juices flowing through Bell’s mind. His latest project, City of Fire, is releasing their self-titled debut album in physical form at the end of August. The band aims for a hard rock vibe, one that may surprise fans of Bell’s aggressive side. While on the road to a Fear Factory gig, Bell spoke to me about City of Fire's debut album, the balancing act of having many distinct projects going on at once, and hinted at a potentially-major project he may be engaging in sometime in the near future.
Dark metal act Walking Corpse Syndrome recently saw the release of a second full-length album, entitled “Narcissist.” The members of the band spoke with me prior to the group’s show at the 406 Club in Great Falls, Montana. Walking Corpse Syndrome discussed the changes in the band between the two albums, their use of violin and dual drummers in live shows, and the recent passing of Ronnie James Dio. The first half of the video interview can be viewed below, and the second half (along with a text transcription) can be found after the jump.
Seattle's long running metal phenomena Nevermore launched the latest full-length album "The Obsidian Conspiracy" on June 8th, 2010, which debuted at #125 on the Billboard top 200 chart. Prior to the album's release, guitarist Jeff Loomis spoke with me about the direction of the new album, the dark theme of the music, and his own projects outside of Nevermore.
Commenting on the change in musical style on this album, Loomis stated "I wanted the songs to be a little more catchy. Peter Wichers, the producer, was a very big part of helping me out with that to make the songs much more easy to listen to and take in. That’s the real difference to me. I think a lot of people are probably going to freak out a bit." Check out the whole chat below.
New Jersey progressive metal band East of the Wall is currently on their Metalunderground.com sponsored US summer tour with Name. I was able to catch up with the band and ask them about their tour and debut album, “Ressentiment,” which will be released on July 20th, 2010.
Blending symphonic black metal, melodic death metal, and pure opera, the Russian group Arcane Grail has created a unique mix of sounds rarely found together in the same place. Arcane Grail unleashed a second full-length album titled "Arya Marga" last year, and just recently released the tracks online in digital format. The band's front man and male vocalist Demether explained the group's recent member shakeup, the distinctive mixing of various metal styles, and the story behind the lyrics on "Arya Marga."