To date, we have conducted 1249 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:
Ihsahn has been one of the figureheads of black metal for almost two decades. From his time with the mighty Emperor to his current solo project, the frontman has had a hand in some of the best albums in black metal history. On his third solo album, “After,” Ihsahn incorporates unfamiliar elements into his core sound, including eight-string guitars and saxophone melodies. I recently had the opportunity to speak with Ihsahn about the new album, illegal downloading, and the possibility of touring the US.
Croatian black metallers J.W. Pozoj are currently working their way through a concept trilogy dealing with birth, death, and renewal. The band recently released "Escape of Pozoj," the second phase in the cycle. Samples from the album can be heard at the band's MySpace page. J.W. Pozoj guitarist Filip Fabek and vocalist Ivan Borcic spend some time explaining to me the theme of their planned trilogy, the story behind their distinctive name, and what the world can expect in the future from this ambitious Croatian outfit.
Gene Hoglan’s drumming style adds a distinctive intricacy and complexity to Fear Factory, already evident in his other seminal collaborations: Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel, Death and Testament. The ever-present irony and humour of Hoglan’s style is reflected in his playing on the recorded albums of Dethklok from the series Metalocalypse, The intensity of Hoglan’s drumming is buttressed by the constancy and accuracy of his ferocious double kick rhythms, executed to blistering tempos. Touring Australia with Fear Factory, Hoglan reflects on the early influence of Slayer, working with Devin Townsend, blast beats and the satirical element of metal.
Long running New York hardcore act Killing Time, who have gone through a series of break-ups and reunions throughout their 20+ year career, have just released their first full-length studio album in over a decade. "Three Steps Back" hit stores on February 9th via Dead City Records, and a record release party is planned for February 27th in Brooklyn. The band is currently streaming several sample tracks from the new record at their MySpace page. Killing Time guitarist Carl Porcaro spoke with me about the aggressive and high energy new release, writing the album in their original jam session space, and their plans to tour in support of "Three Steps Back."
Who would ever thought that David Ellefson would return to Megadeth after the sour note in 2003? The music industry, and in particular the band member relationships, are very complex. The music industry can be forgiving, indifferent, and downright cruel at times. Fortunately, when it comes to Megadeth there is always the opportunity to rebuild the once burned bridges when it comes to band member relationships.
Epica lives up to their name, being a live powerhouse that few bands can compare to. It's obvious that this is a band that has a special chemistry together and love what they do. I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with guitarist and band founder Mark Jansen to talk about Epica, its future and the new project by a former bandmate of his.
Christopher Amott may be most well known for his heavy guitar work in Arch Enemy, but he also spent some time in the more melodic side of metal with his side project Armageddon. The band released three albums during its lifetime, but due to the nature of record contracts they only saw a limited release in Japan. The final two albums "Embrace The Mystery" and "Three" have finally seen an extended release as a double CD set in the U.S. and Europe. Samples of Armageddon's music are available for streaming at this location. Christopher took some time during his current tour with Arch Enemy to talk to me about the Armageddon albums and his upcoming solo release "Follow Your Heart."
Drummer Mike Smith has had a fundamental influence on the death metal genre by his idiosyncratic drumming. He has pioneered some of the most innovative drumming of the death metal genre known by fans as the "Smith Blast," which utilizes the bass drums, cymbals, and snare, all in unison. I would consider Mike Smith to be very versatile in the music industry because he has an eclectic catalog of musical talents. Indeed, Mike Smith is very talented. He can play drums, guitar, bass, vocals, and even is a producer and engineer. Even though he has contributed to Suffocation for twenty years, Suffocation still is awaiting for the opportunity to play on bigger tours like Mayhem Festival and more Ozzfests. Despite missing some of the bigger experiences, like Mike Smith says "Suffocation still bashes other bands know matter how big they are."
For the past 20 years, While Heaven Wept has kept some sort of presence in the metal underground. The mastermind behind the band is guitarist/songwriter Tom Phillips, who also used to do vocals and keyboard work on the previous albums. The band just recently released their third studio album, “Vast Oceans Lachrymose,” which has the band embracing their thrash roots and pushing themselves further away from the doom metal moniker that was stamped on the band in their early years. In a recent interview with Metal Underground, Phillips discussed the band’s new album, his negative views of the band being labeled power metal, the hardships that have been caused by illegal downloading, and much more.
Iowa metalcore act Dead Horse Trauma unleashed their new full-length album "Infestation" on November 6th, 2009. The band is currently streaming three sample tracks from the album via their official MySpace page. Dead Horse Trauma's vocalist Eric Davidson took some time to explain to me how the band came together, the meaning behind their distinctive name, and the themes in their music.
Anvil is finally getting what they deserve. Embarking an a US tour for the first time in years to promote their latest album "This is Thirteen," old fans and curious youngsters are flocking to their shows, hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the first metal bands ever. I caught up with the trio during their show in New Orleans where we talked about the movie "Anvil: The Story of Anvil" and how the newly found fame is treating them. A transcibed version follows.
Heavy metal quartet Mudvayne released their latest self-titled album and follow up to 2008's "The New Game" on December 21st, 2009. The album's cover features distinctive black light responsive artwork done by tattoo artist Paul Booth. Three sample tracks from the new album, titled "Scream With Me," "Beautiful and Strange," and "Heard it All Before," are available for streaming through Mudvayne's MySpace page. Mudvayne's bass player Ryan Martinie spoke with me about the album, the process of making the black light cover, and the group's plan to stay off the touring circuit for the near future.
Devin Townsend is a true artist when it comes to creating music. He is currently half-way through releasing a four-album series, each record with it's own identity, and planning the resurrection of our favorite coffee-drinking alien Ziltoid. Devin Townsend is on tour for the first time in years, and everybody is clammering for a chance to see him after his hiatus. I had the opportunity to sit down with him before his performance in New Orleans to discuss his numerous albums, getting back on the road and some strange plans for the future. A transcription follows.
Fozzy is one of the most unique bands going today. The band signed to the legendary metal label Metal Blade after performing only two shows and released their debut album in 2000, which mostly featured covers of bands they had grown up loving such as Scorpions and Judas Priest. The band created a unique angle for themselves by inventing a storyline which claimed they had actually written these songs and that all of these iconic bands had stolen their material. The storyline continued until 2005 when the band released their third album, "All That Remains." Fozzy has since developed a loyal fan base in countries as far reaching as Australia, Great Britain and Germany and have proved through their live shows that they can hang with the big boys. We were recently given the opportunity to interview the bands guitar player and co-founder Rich Ward (also of Stuck Mojo fame) which was a true honour. In this interview he talks about Fozzy's latest album, "Chasing The Grail" (which will be released through Riot! Entertainment on January 26th) as well as what the future holds for the band and himself.
Guitarist Shane Gibson has made a name for himself touring with Korn and backing Jonathan Davis for his solo material. Outside of Korn, Gibson works a wide range of projects from the Arnold themed comedy act Schwarzenator to the female-fronted DeFable. Most recently he recorded guitar tracks for the all-star group Northern Light Orchestra. The band includes such rock and metal icons as David Ellefson and George Lynch on their "The Spirit of Christmas" album. Sample tracks from the album can be found at the Northern Light Orchestra MySpace page. Shane spoke with me about the recording of the album and what his other bands have in store for the future.
Having published a book that delves into the music industry business and having a degree in business and marketing, I consider David Ellefson (aka “junior”) to be a jack-of-all-trades. After departing from Megadeth in 2004, Ellefson continued to search for new and better things such as producing and collaborating with other bands that were in need of a good bassist. Lately, David Ellefson has a new record coming out with Angels of Babylon that comes out this month.
India's contributions to the metal scene may not be the most well known in the world, but Inner Sanctum are on a mission to change that. The thrash tinged death metallers released their debut EP "Provenance" in September of 2009 and recently performed at the Deccan Rock Fest. The track "Quarantine" from the EP is available for streaming through Inner Sanctum's MySpace page. Guitarist Rajeev, bassist Michael, and vocalist Gaurav filled me in on the recording process for "Provenance" and the EP's lyrical content.
Czar is a new local band from Chicago. They have only released an EP so far, but I have to tell you, their EP is one of the best EP’s I have heard in my life. To put it in perspective, a lot of band's full length albums fail in comparison to this EP. I met Czar at a small time venue in Chicago called the Empty Bottle. They played alongside with two established local bands, Blood of the Tyrant and Chicago Thrash Ensemble. Czar is a three-piece band and the interview was done with all three members: Jason Novak (lead guitar and vocals), Brian Elza (bass), and Dan Brill (drums).
I recently had the chance to interview Jesse Leach and Nick Sollecito of The Empire Shall Fall, vocalist and bassist respectfully. This was my first e-mail interview and I thought it’d be much more difficult than it actually was. Fortunately, Nick and Jesse were very prompt and professional. Also, for those who do not know, The Empire Shall Fall is the experimental/metal band featuring former Killswitch Engage front man, Jesse Leach on vocals, Nick Sollecito on bass, guitarists Jake Davenport and Marcus de Lisle and drummer Jeff Pitts.
Due to recent allegations made by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Jeff Young finally spoke out after years of silence. In this exclusive interview, Jeff Young gives us his take on events and tells Metalunderground.com about events that he hasn't mentioned in the past 20 years.
Edit: Because of the distortion in the (stairwell when this interview took place some words were not translated right) I do apologize to Derek Kerswill for some of the misinterpretations so everyone can flame me instead of him. Keep in mind that we were in a busy stairwell and their was "noise" that interfered with the audio recording.
When we all think of metalcore, we tend to cling on to the bands that made this genre mediocre at best. People forget that the metalcore lies on a broad spectrum and bands such as Bullet for My Valentine would never be allowed to tour with Converge, God Forbid, or the Dillinger Escape Plan. One of the big names of the metalcore scene is a band called Unearth. Unearth has been around since the early 2000’s but never really got the full recognition that they deserved. There are bands like: As I Lay dying, All that Remains, and Trivium, and there are bands like Unearth. One of the major factors that separate Unearth from the rest of the metalcore bands perhaps lies within the original, crisp breakdowns they write.
I sat down with drummer Derek Kerswill at the House of Blues. He forewarned me that he was rather loquacious, and the interview was nearly a half hour but a lot of information was acquired as I can describe Kerswill as a man with strong convictions about his drumming.
Although he's probably most well known for his prank calling antics on the Howard Stern show, Richard Christy has also taken on drumming duties for a number of prominent metal bands. Acts as diverse as Acheron, Iced Earth, and Death have all included Richard's drumming prowess. Charred Walls of the Damned is his new pet project, which also includes such metal titans as Tim "Ripper" Owens on vocals, Steve Digiorgio on bass, and Jason Suecof handling the guitar. The band's debut full-length album will be released on February 2nd, 2010 via Metal Blade Records, and samples from the release can be heard at the Charred Walls of the Damned MySpace page. Richard recently spoke with me about the story behind the band's name and how the group came together, as well as several non-music topics such as his thoughts on the upcoming "Nightmare on Elm Street" remake.
Marduk is really a true contender for one of the best second wave acts of black metal. Having been around since the 1990’s, Marduk has been around for quite sometime. Their message of past ravages of war, blood, the Third Reich, and their fascination of the occult has sparked controversy, but does not hinder the share tenacity of their lyrics; overshadowing the majority of other black metal acts that try to model after them. When I missed them with Mayhem this year, I thought that the chances of me interviewing and seeing them live would be minuscule because of the visa incident that prevented them from playing in the United States. Fortunately, I found out that they were playing at Reggie’s in Chicago, so I could not pass up the opportunity to see them and ask some questions. Morgan "Evil" Steinmeyer Håkansson has a reputation for being really intimidating. Indeed, I can say his stare is very piercing, but the interview was a huge success, as I got to know one of the most renowned black metal guitarist/ philosophers of our time.
NJ's The Binary Code plays tech death with influences from all over the spectrum, from progressive to even a little jazz. They recently partnered with metal blog Metalsucks to digitally release their debut album, "Suspension of Disbelief." The band seems to be riding a wave of momentum, with a big US tour coming up this January with Revocation and Hypno5e. In an e-mail interview, guitarist Jesse Zuretti discussed the new album, how he approaches playing guitar, if the future of the music industry is in digital downloads, and much more.
There's something about frozen wastelands that just seem to spawn black and death metal bands, and that again holds true with Canada's Hoarfrost. The band recently released their aptly titled "The Cold Plains," and are soon to go into hibernation to work on new material. Hoarfrost's vocalist Ryan Suche, bassist Craig Peeples, and guitarist Brett Goodchild all shared their thoughts with me on their recent record release show in a church and the evolution of their sound.