To date, we have conducted 1275 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:
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."
In one of his final film appearances, legendary metal icon Ronnie James Dio pops out of a wall poster to convince a young would-be rocker (through song of course) to head out on an epic quest to form the world's most awesome band. "The Pick of Destiny" co-star Kyle Gass, also of the bands Trainwreck and Tenacious D, worked closely alongside Dio during the filming of the movie.
Kyle Gass took some time off his recent tour with Trainwreck to discuss the loss of Dio, who passed away due to stomach cancer in May. Gass also touched on subjects ranging from his currently inability to perform a full cock push up, to the upcoming third Tenacious D album.
Featuring members of Killing Time and Uppercut, Kings Destroy seems like the ultimate wet dream for any hardcore music fanatic. However, the band is as far away from their roots as possible. With a groovy stoner metal sound and some sneering attitude to boot, Kings Destroy will leave some scratching their head in confusion.
Thankfully, the band seems more than capable at playing at a slower tempo if their show in Philly on June 25th supporting Starkweather was any indication. While it was only their fourth live show, they gelled well as a unit and put on an effective performance that featured songs from their upcoming debut album scheduled to be released later in the year. In-between their set and Starkweather’s, I had the opportunity to speak to vocalist Steve Murphy about the band’s latest 7-inch, plans for the debut album, and how important storytelling is to their songwriting.
German melodic death/metalcore group Heaven Shall Burn launched the band's latest album "Invictus" in North America on June 8th, 2010 via Century Media records. "Invictus" is the third act of the "Iconoclast" trilogy. Guitarist Maik Weichert recently discussed the themes behind the album and the band's decision to make a trilogy of interconnected releases.
Discussing the history of the band, Weichert shared "We are doing the same as we did twelve years ago when were founded. We’re five friends playing together, meeting twice a week and rehearsing and playing a show once in awhile. Just the record sales changed. The way we do things and the way we are didn’t change." Weichert went on, with a good dose of self-deprecating humor, to discuss topics such as the band's choice of cover songs, the recent rash of metal musician deaths, and the way war has affected the world.
Los Angeles, California's thrash tinged metalcore act Silent Civilian recently released a new album titled "Ghost Stories" while out on tour with Fear Factory and Prong. "Ghost Stories" is the second full-length release by the band, which was formed by vocalist Jonny Santos after departing Spineshank.
Jonny Santos spoke with me about producing the album to get a more raw feel and his departure from the political themes of the lyrics on the band's debut release "Rebirth of the Temple." Commenting on "Ghost Stories," Santos said, "It’s heavier and dirtier. For lack of a better term, I want to say the word 'dangerous.' You don’t really hear that term applied to music anymore, but that’s kind of what I feel like."
Vancouver progressive metallers Quartered recently sat down with Metal Underground to talk about their recent tour of the Philippines, playing in front of 25,000 people, opening for Lamb of God and Testament, the recording of their new album “Walks Like A Ghost” and their beginnings in the varied Vancouver metal scene.
Portuguese technical death metallers Canchroid are currently celebrating the release of their debut EP, "The First Slaughtering," which has so far gained a small internet following. Band leader Dead Meat Grinder has thankfully had the time to chat with Metal Underground about the release of their debut album and where you can catch him online.
Vocalist Chad Ackerman has been around the metalcore block, providing vocals for iconic act As I Lay Dying as well as Arnold impersonations for the governator themed band Austrian Death Machine. For the last three years Chad has been working full time with Destroy the Runner, which was in the process of recording a third full-length album and follow up to 2008's "I, Lucifer." The band then unexpectedly broke up after a period of relative quiet, leaving the fans wondering what happened and what the fate of the new album would be.
Chad took some time to discuss the breakup and the recording that had been done so far on the third album. An audibly emotional Ackerman commented, "It was just sad how everything went down. I really wish we could release that third album or even just a song or two to say goodbye to fans, like a farewell to let them know how it sounded. Everyone went through a lot of work and it would be awesome to give those fans who were there from day one something to part with." He also discussed his reactivated band Chapter 14 and the circumstances behind the band's decision not to release the new Destroy the Runner album.
Italian band At The Soundawn is an extremely tough band to peg down, which defaults them to genre titles that could mean anything, such as "Post Rock." The group's latest jazz and rock influenced hardcore outing "Shifting" hit stores in North America on April 27th through Lifeforce Records.
At The Soundawn's Andrea Violante shared the story behind the band's recent changes and the work they put into making "Shifting" into a single stream of sound. Andrea commented, "We would like the songs to be fluent and there should be a constant flow you follow. It’s not always easy to do it. Sometimes we have to do the sudden changes, but our aim is to do a slow composition." Andrea also went on to explain in detail the concept of the lyrics and the difficulties in playing the band's local scene.
Since the early 90’s, Norway’s Madder Mortem has been delivering atmospheric metal with a progressive touch. They have been labeled a gothic metal band for years, but with the lack of cheesy lyrics and awful make-up, that seems like an unfair branding. The band has been chugging along for a while under the radar, maintaining a small but dedicated fan base both overseas and in the states. While they have yet to do a full-scale tour of the states, the band’s latest album, “Eight Ways,” left an impression on many in the U.S. In a recent interview with Metal Underground, guitarist BP M. Kirkevaag talked about the band’s latest EP for single “Where Dream & Day Collide,” future plans, and the status of new material.
Veteran NOLA sludge metallers Eyehategod are finally releasing an album after ten years of turmoil. Making appearances at European festivals like Roadburn and playing some shows on the American coasts, Eyehategod is heading out for a proper tour to promote the album coming out this year. I had the chance to speak with guitarist Jimmy Bower a few days before the band plays with Pentagram in their hometown and then heads off to Maryland Death Festival and the rest of thier tour. A transcribed version follows the video.
Dutch act The Devil's Blood has more in common with Blue Oyster Cult than with Emperor, yet somehow this Satanic rock and roll band has managed to grab the attention of fans of the most underground extreme metal. The group's first full-length celebration of the left hand path, "The Time Of No Time Evermore," saw its North American release this month, and The Devil's Blood is currently gearing up to bring their unholy sermons to the European festival circuit.
Discussing the recording process for the album, main song writer and guitarist SL commented, "A lot more time was available for us to explore the furthest depths of the material and to make sure there would be no detail unpronounced. It was a grueling schedule but that is exactly the type of situation you need to translate damnation into art." SL went on to discuss the truth behind every fan's interpretations of the album's lyrics and shared some thoughts on major occult figures.
Connecticut band Desert Storm Mafia are one of the most chaotic bands to have ever come from the state of Connecticut. Having only been assembled for a year, the band has already established a small but loyal internet following. Metal Underground has had the pleasure of talking to the band's drummer Andrew Dellarco.
Italy's most successful metal export has undoubtedly been Lacuna Coil. The band is currently part of a tour alongside bands such as Hellyeah and Drowning Pool before departing to headline their first ever tour of South America. I was lucky enough to be able to chat with both of the band's two vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro during a one-off date headlining in Chicago.
A constantly evolving band, the U.S. based act Nachtmystium is set to release another progression in the form of the upcoming "Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. 2" on June 8th, 2010. Starting out as raw black metal and moving into a more psychedelic sound, the new album has been described as "black metal disco" by front man Blake Judd. Commenting on the persistent transformation in style, Judd shared "I think everyone was expecting another psychedelic record, and that’s what people would have understandably expected. We wanted to throw a curveball and do something different and not repeat ourselves. It would have been really easy to do that and re-record the last couple of albums..."
Judd spoke with me at length about the personal themes of addiction and consequences on the new album and his tastes in less extreme music. He also discussed recent events in the band, such as the members unexpectedly being stranded due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland.
For more than two decades Sick Of It All has been championing the New York hardcore scene, sticking on track to release a new full-length album every few years. After four years of touring the band recently set loose "Based On A True Story," their latest fist-pumping, mosh-inducing foray into hardcore. Commenting on the new album, vocalist Lou Koller stated: "This one is definitely a combination of all the stuff we’ve done in the past. I think we’ve matured enough that it’s more focused and our writing is way better. We’ve written more memorable songs..."
Lou spoke with me about the lyrics on the new album, the recording of the music video for "Death or Jail," their recent tour dates with unlikely allies AFI, and his love of Manowar. These topics and more can be found in the transcription of the interview below.
Combining forces from brutal bands like Rigor Mortis, Gammacide, and Demonseed, Warbeast is here and ready to thrash you in oblivion. Warbeast has just released their debut album "Krush the Enemy" (reviewed here) on the illustrious Housecore Records run by Phil Anselmo, who made an appearance at their CD release show in Fort Worth, Texas, last weekend. I caught up with vocalist Bruce Corbitt, guitarists Rick Perry and Scott Shelby, bassist Alan Bovee, and drummer Joe Gonzales to discuss the musicians' incredible history, plans tp conquer the world, and their already infamous new album. A transcription follows.
Italian black metal duo Laetitia in Holocaust, which consists of vocalist/guitarist S. and bassist N., saw the release of their first full-length album "The Tortoise Boat" last year. The band exudes the misanthropic outlook that has made black metal so infamous, with S. stating "Our music is the tentacle of some negative moments, feelings and thoughts, not the soundtrack of a good evening."
Taking the hostility up a notch, he also went on to reveal his thoughts on performing live, commenting that "The only show we would like to do is a show where people are eaten by sharks in a shiny dawn, in the quiet waters of the Pacific." S. shared his thoughts on the extreme metal scene and gave a brief taste of what fans can expect from Laetitia in Holocaust's upcoming album.
What do you get when you take Tenacious D and add an element of System of a Down and even more metal? You get a whole new genre, "Humorcore," and a band named Psychostick. Despite being a comedy metal band, Psychostick is very much a band that is to be taken seriously despite unable to come up with a formal title for their first album. I had the pleasure of interviewing them at Chicago’s Reggie’s Rock Club on State Street.
New York's DesDemon, who were recenlty highlighted in our "Unearthing the Underground" column, are an exciting new addition to the female fronted metal arena, including echoes of power metal and other genres outside the traditionally Gothic style.
Vocalist Mistress Tina, who started in pop and worked her way into metal, and drummer Dan Rhodus both explained to me the themes of the band's music and their collaboration with Aspera keyboardist Nickolas Henriksen on the latest DesDemon EP "The Awakening." Read on to find out about the band's history, the story behind their name, and their upcoming activity.
Nashville Pussy is out touring again, this time headlining the Parental Advisory Tour, and they have along supporting acts Green Jelly and Psychostick. Known for their good-time-lovin’ ways, Nashville Pussy is a self-described “rolling party.” Guitarist Ruyter Suys generously took some time out of listening to the new Airborne album in the van to chat with us via phone about touring, Nashville Pussy’s music, and a couple other random tidbits. One important thing to note is that this transcript is no substitute for the twenty minute flow of rollicking fun Ruyter gave me.
If you want to get a little closer (but not too close), check out Nashville Pussy’s Twitter Feed. Everyone has access to post pictures, and Ruyter is worried it will result in blackmail in the future, but they are going with it for now. And if you want the full experience, check out their upcoming shows.
Spanish gothic metal act In.Verno saw the release of their debut full-length album "Realscapes" last year, and is also currently in the process of writing a follow up release. Mixing clean female vocals with deep death growls, the band straddles the line between light and dark, beauty and evil. The band has posted several songs from the album online, which can be heard here.
While discussing the band, drummer Jorge García shared that "In.verno doesn’t follow political or religious ideas, but tries to describe human experiences that anyone of us could feel in any moment. Metal is a powerful, shocking and direct style, and fits in a very good way with the expression of messages condemning many injustices of the daily world." Read on to see what the rest of the band members had to say about In.Verno's history and their writing process.
Jon Oliva’s Pain is the solo project of former Savatage vocalist Jon Oliva. While his former endeavors have stuck with the vocalist to this day, Oliva has shown over the years that Jon Oliva’s Pain isn’t just some random band that he plays with on the side. Oliva has released three albums so far with the band since its formation in 2003 and the band recently released their fourth album, “Festival,” featuring a return to more fantasy-based themes. I recently had the chance to speak to Oliva over the phone about the personal lyrical touch of “Festival,” his interesting habits at live shows and the filming of a live DVD in October.
After the release of their debut EP, Montana based metal act Throne of Malediction is currently hard at work on a full-length album tentatively titled "Seasons of Death." Throne of Malediction is fronted by husband and wife duo Eric and Jessica Horner, who also work on a side project together titled Irreverent Soul.
The entire band sat down with me for a video interview at a live show in Great Falls, in which the members discussed their musical influences, receiving permission from Carpathian Forest to include a cover song on their album, and their addition to an "Anti-Christmas" compilation album.