To date, we have conducted 1221 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:
Russian electronic metallers Illidiance, who refer to their particular brand of sound as "cyber black metal," are currently working on their third full-length album. The band has had their music appear in a variety of online and magazine exclusive compilations and have shared the stage with the likes of Behemoth and Rotting Christ. Illidiance guitarist Dmitry "Xyrohn" Shkurin shared with me the history of the band, his thoughts on their blending of genres, and their plans for the future.
One of the most extreme and best-known metal bands is currently on the Decimation of the Nation 2 Tour. Cannibal Corpse have been bloodying the world for 20 years and have gained a large, devoted following while offending and revolting "sophisticated" people. Many of us grew up with their horrifying messages in our ears and their incredible art in our eyes. Vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher sat down with me while the tour played in New Orleans for a long discussion of politics, tours and WOW. A transcribed version follows.
California's Guilt By Association have existed in one form or another for nearly 10 years before releasing their EP "Chapter 1: End Of Story." Despite lack of a supporting label they've managed to take their blend of hard rock and metal on tour through most of the U.S. and even into Mexico. Guilt By Association's drummer Jake and bassist Britt talked with me about what the band has done in the past and where they are going next.
New Jersey thrash veterans Overkill are gearing up to unleash their latest album "Ironbound" in January 2010 through E1/Koch Records in North America and Nuclear Blast Records throughout the rest of the world. The band will soon be celebrating their 25th anniversary of releasing albums, having put out their debut full-length back in 1985. Overkill vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth shared with me some of the experiences he's had over those 25 years and how they've all culminated into "Ironbound."
“We don't count on getting signed in order to ‘make it.’ For us, ‘making it’ means giving the power back to the fans, playing shows anywhere and everywhere, and putting out a lot of good music.” Says Walking Corpse Syndrome drummer Noktis. Their underground philosophy shows through in their music, which has loads of energy even if it lacks the slick polish of a big name group. Walking Corpse Syndrome released their debut full-length album “Forsaken” back in 2008 and are currently working on a follow up. Both guitarist Bile and drummer Noktis filled me in on the band’s history, how they ended up with two drummers, and the recording process for “Forsaken.”
After watching their superb performance at the Femme Metal Fest, I caught up with Kieren, Kat and Cris of hAND to talk about the experience of playing the festival.
Only a couple years ago there was this unheard of group of kids from the virtually unheard of town of Temple, TX that loaded up in a van and headed out to RCA Records in New York City in the hopes of being signed. RCA may have passed on the then Passerby, but it wasn’t very long until Octane Records signed the band and Flyleaf was born. Their second full-length album, "Memento Mori," has just hit stores and expectations for this group that has experienced what can only be called a whirlwind of success are high. I recently spoke with Flyleaf bassist Pat Seals about "Memento Mori" and the history of this small-town Christian band, and discovered that not only is he very down to earth, he may just be sitting on a budding career as a comedian.
Egyptian themed technical death metallers Nile recently released their latest album "Those Whom The Gods Detest" on November 3rd in North America. Two samples tracks from the album "Utterances of the Crawling Dead" and "Permitting the Noble Dead to Descend to the Underworld" are currently streaming at Nile's MySpace page. Nile front man Karl Sanders filled me in on the themes of the albums' tracks and the band's upcoming European and U.S. tours.
Long running Swedish metallers Katatonia will release their new full-length album "Night is the New Day" in the U.S. on November 10th through Peaceville Records. Katatonia is a staple of the Swedish metal scene, having started out as straight forward death metal and evolving into a more rock oriented band with heavy doom influences. Katatonia's guitarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström, who is also involved with Bloodbath and Diabolical Masquerade, spoke with me about the band's upcoming album and their plans to hit the ground running on full headlining tours.
Skeletonwitch has been touring relentlessly this year. Only the best of badasses can top them when Skeletonwitch comes to town. Before touring Europe with Goatwhore in December and to promote their new album “Breathing the Fire,” the band is tearing up the States, making sure there are no survivors before they leave. I caught up with guitarist Scott Kendrick and vocalist Chance Garnette when they played in Metairie, Louisiana, to talk about “Breathing the Fire” and just how fun it is to tour with Children of Bodom. A transcribed version follows.
Mastodon is one of those bands that emerges very rarely. You know how big they are about to become when you listen to them. After listening to their latest album, "Crack the Skye," I was blown away by the musical effect it had on me. Just listening to "The Czar" with the lights turned off, right before I go to bed, evokes this mystical atmosphere and hypnagogic hallucinations right before I go to sleep.
When I heard they were touring with High on Fire and Converge, and co-headlining with Dethklok, I could not pass up the opportunity to get tickets and try to get an interview with Bill Kelliher, the rhythm guitarist. Needless to say, the interview went off without a hitch, and their performance was mesmorizing as they played the whole "Crack the Skye" album without a moment's pause and also with the out-of-body images projected to create a truly memorable experience.
Sanity Falls have gone from strength to strength in the two and half years they've been together, and have received critical acclaim from the likes of Femme Metal Magazine and Tunnel Radio. Here they talk about the Femme Metal Fest, which they will be playing on Sunday 8th November.
Without question one of the most iconic names in the rock and metal scene, Rob Zombie has had a huge impact on the musical landscape. Between working with the legendary White Zombie, moving on to a successful solo career, directing gore-heavy horror flicks, and getting to see Sherri Moon Zombie perform strip teases on something other than a TV screen, Rob lives most metal fan’s dream life.
Rob has been a busy little zombie of late directing “Halloween 2,” releasing the animated film “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto,” and preparing to unleash his new solo album “Hellbilly Deluxe 2.” I recently had the opportunity to take part in a press conference with Rob Zombie where he answered a series of questions about the new album and his plans for upcoming movies.
Blackened death metallers Belphegor are no strangers to controversial subject matter dealing with sexuality and the occult, as can be seen just by looking at the cover of an album like "Lucifer Incestus." Their new album "Walpurgis Rites - Hexenwahn" continues the themes of witchcraft and keeps up their particular brand of melody infused metal. The disc dropped in the U.S. on October 20th via Nuclear Blast Records, and was accompanied by a new music video for the track "Der Geistertreiber." Belphegor's vocalist Helmuth spoke with me about the new album, video, and the band's tour starting in November 2009.
Stumbling out of the smoke are the young men of death metal crew Cannabis Corpse. Promoting their new album "The Weeding," the band hit the road with Ramming Speed to preach the word of Bud and metal to the masses. Cannabis Corpse descended on New Orleans the same day that the President did and discussed with me very important issues. The interview was cut short by an altercation that spilled into the street from the bar. A transcribed version follows.
On September 13th, 2009, I had the pleasure of interviewing the vocalist, Sean Peck, of the San Diego metal band Cage. I had a lot of fun conducting the interview. Sean Peck used a good deal of sarcasm and delivered his answers in a very improvised humorous way based on our situation. In this interview Sean Peck discusses the secret to his incredible vocal ability, future plans for the band, and why being unsigned can be more helpful than signing to a label.
Winter In Eden have had huge success following their first UK tour and now plans turn to their debut album. Here the band talk about playing live and their up-and-coming slot at the Femme Metal Fest in November.
With the Femme Metal Fest and the Rock of Ages Festival in the pipeline, Winter Storm are throwing themselves full pelt into the UK festival circuit. Hannah, Jason, Dan, Wayne and Dani take some time out from recording their first album (due out 2010) to discuss the Femme Metal Fest, flying drum sticks and Jason's odd perception of what he'll be up to five years from now...
Belgian horde Enthroned is a group that has clung limpet like to the potent barrel of old school black metal since their inception in 1994. However, unlike many of their peers who faded into dusty carbon copies of the quintessential second wave black metal sound, Enthroned continued to taper and weld their lethal assault utilising tight execution and razor sharp technicality to create an aural barrage of ear drum pricking astringency. Recently, I caught up with Nornagest to probe deep into the new album, "Pentagrammaton," set for release early next year on Regain Records.
With new vocalist Samantha Smallwood settled into the band, Apparition are looking forward to recording new material with their latest addition. Here they talk about playing the Femme Metal Festival and their hopes for the coming years.
Swedish metallers Hypocrisy, fronted by death metal legend Peter Tägtgren, released their new album "A Taste Of Extreme Divinity" in Europe on October 23rd. The album will be released in North America on November 3rd via Nuclear Blast Records. A track from the album titled "Hang Him High" can be heard at the band's MySpace page. Hypocrisy's drummer Reidar Horghagen filled me in on the details of the new album, recruiting Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom for their upcoming tour, and his history in music.
Just a few weeks away from playing the Femme Metal Fest, Scarecrown are preparing for their first ever UK gig, and after the success of 'Letters From The Darkness', they're in for a warm welcome from UK fans. Antonella, Andrea and Grave discuss gigging, recording and the success of 'Letters...'.
Newly formed Finnish death metallers Barren Earth are set to release their new EP “Our Twilight” on November 9th in Europe and November 17th in the US through Peaceville Records. The group consists of current and former members of Swallow the Sun, Amorphis, Moonsorrow, and Kreator. Samples from the EP and more information on the band can be found at their MySpace page and mini-website. Barren Earth’s bassist Olli-Pekka Laine spoke with me about the new EP and the group’s plans for touring in support of their upcoming full-length album.
Gothic metal band Sirenia's latest album "The 13th Floor" is their first album with singer Ailyn, and long-term Sirenia fans have happily welcomed their new sound lead by Ailyn's beautifully melodic voice. Here she talks about "The 13th Floor," gigging and playing the Femme Metal Festival in November.
In March 2008, four musicians got together for a one-night show, to recall a few musical memories from times past at club in Vancouver, B.C.
The band was Caustic Thought, and the show was a reunion through songs of an earlier decade.
No one expected what would happen next.
They wrote a few songs, laid 'em down in a couple studios in their hometown, and mixed and mastered them. They built the MySpace page, added their friends and released the album online and hoped someone was listening. Seems like just another group of independent artists proactively using the technology and resources that are so readily available these days, waiting for a band with a little business sense to take advantage.
But these aren't any ordinary musicians.