To date, we have conducted 1302 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:
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.
Evil Army is quickly becoming well-known in the realm of thrash. Their angry and aggressive music has captured the attention of many bands like Down who they toured with last year. But the young band has encountered a lot of bad luck recently with deaths and the vocalist/guitarist Rob Evil's incarceration. I've been writing to Rob Evil to talk about the struggles Evil Army has been through and the future of his band. At his request, I asked some strange questions.
Italian melodic death metal act As Memory Dies recently released "Transmutate," a disc that blends beauty and savagery and adds some definite progressive sounds near the end, with a mind-blowing three-song arc that blends heavy metal with Christopher Marlowe's "The Tragical History Of Doctor Faustus," which was written in 1604.
I recently had a chance to trade e-mails with As Memory Dies singer Fabio Caruso, who talked about what inspired the band to record such a unique trio of songs, and how they managed to compose the music around those 400-year-old words.
Caruso said he had admired the play since high school, and when he shared the idea of recording the portion that comprised Faustus' last hour with the rest of the band, they got excited about it as well. But it wasn't easy to record, by any means. Caruso said, "We knew in advance that it would be very difficult to compose the perfect musical melodies in order to stress the different moods and nuances of Faustus’ last hour and to find the proper vocal lines due to the prose nature of the play, so we decided to be done with all the other 'Transmutate' songs before starting to compose it."
Caruso said the three-song suite took four months to record, but that the band is so pleased with the result that it isn't ruling out composing "another huge dramatic suite like this in the future."
We also talked a lot about some of the band's history and future plans, as well as other tracks on "Transmutate."
Danish modern metal act Mnemic has dealt with quite a bit of change throughout its history, seeing the band's vocalist position changed out three times over the course of four albums. Vocalist Guillaume Bideau has now performed on two albums with the band, including the latest release "Sons of the System."
Speaking on taking up the front man responsibilities he commented, "Well the most important thing for me was to stay myself and not be another Michael. We have a few vocal similarities but we are very different. The music, and only the music, tells me what and how to sing." Both Guillaume and guitarist Rune Stigart took some time to share the band's history and discuss the recording of the new album, which was handled in Mnemic's own studio.
Guitarist and vocalist Chris Reifert has been involved with such lauded death metal acts as Death and Autopsy. His current band Abscess just saw a new release in the form of "Dawn of Inhumanity," a punk influenced album with a raw production that many fans of old school death metal crave. Speaking on the new album Reifert commented, "Our goal was to have it be like one piece and you want to hear the whole thing. Each song lends itself to the one before and after at. We wanted to get the full album experience instead of having people just put one or two songs on their iPod and forget the rest." A transcription of my conversation with Chris about the new album and the band's history can be viewed below.
Having known the vocalist of Deus Absconditus for the past year, an interview was inevitable. For those no in the know, Deus Absconditus have just recently released and EP and become one of the biggest bands in America despite being on a no-name label. Their brand of death metal meets everything else has taken the world by storm to the point where everyone who goes on Metal Underground now knows who these five brave souls are.
Goatwhore has been relentlessly touring since the release of their amazing album "Carving Out the Eyes of God." Off of the DevilDriver Tour and about to begin the Behemoth Tour, Goatwhore played one night in their hometown of NOLA, where I was able to have a chat with the incredibly enertic vocalist Ben Falgoust, and we discussed working wiht Erik Rutan, having fun with Suffocation and the Who Dat Nation. A transciption follows the videos below.
Call it Celtic, folk or black metal; whatever you label Primordial, there is no doubt about the sheer creativity that has come out of the Irish metal band since the early 90’s. The band is one of the few that doesn’t rush out a new album, taking its time to craft each album with attention to details. 2007’s “To The Nameless Dead” was another stellar release from the band and now the band is celebrating the release of their first-ever live DVD, “All Empires Fall.” Vocalist Alan A. Nemtheanga recently spoke to me about the DVD, the pressures that come about from filming a live show, an update on the new album, and the band’s involvement in the re-releasing of past Primordial albums.
Exodus has been thrashing the brains out of the skulls of metalheads for over 30 years and show no signs of stopping. Currently on the Rust in Peace Tour with other legends Megadeth and Testament, the California thrashers did a one-off show in New Orleans with local but infamous black metallers Goatwhore. I had the chance to talk to drummer Tom Hunting before the show to discuss their new album and the thrill of performing for their fans. A transcribed version follows.
The Black Dahlia Murder are currently touring for "Deflorate," their best album since their 2003 debut "Unhallowed." Having recently finished a US tour and being right about to hit Japan and Australia, there doesn't appear to be much that can stop this band and their even increasing legion of fans. They're not only one of the most important bands of the past decade but one of the best live bands ever assembled. A Black Dahlia Pit is not just in the center of the venue, it is the venue and you're going to be part of it, whether you like it or not.
Metal Underground was lucky enough to be able to talk with frontman Trevor Strnad.
Unlike most newer thrash bands, Lazarus A.D. isn't afraid to be original. While they still wear their influences on their sleeves, they would still rather invite controversy than repeat the accomplishments of others and have managed to break new ground in thrash metal when for years cynics thought it would be impossible.
Having toured extensively for their debut album The Onslaught, Lazarus A.D. has proven to be the true saviors of thrash, sounding far too mature than a band that only has one album to their name should. The new decade has it's new metal saviors and you're either with them or against them.
Finding myself lucky to catch up with guitarist Dan Gapan, an interview was inevitable.
Voivod has been one of the most important names in thrash since their 1984 debut War and Pain. Now touring for their final studio album with original bassist Blackie, Metalunderground.com had the opportunity to talk to drummer Away about Voivod's history and the band's upcoming performance at the 2010 Wacken Open Air.
Act of Destruction is a local technical death/thrash band from Chicago Illinois. I had the opportunity to see them play live at the Bottom Lounge with an Israeli metal band known as Orphaned Land, and at the Pearl Ballroom in Moneka Illinois with folk Metal’s Alestorm and Tyr. Lead guitarist John Bravo got it right when he said that no two songs by them sound the same. In this day of age, when there are plenty of bands competing for a record label deal, having the versatility in their songwriting will most certainly make Act of Destruction stand out from the competition. Currently, Act of Destruction is in a time of transition, as they are seeking a new guitarist. Any and all information can be found on their MySpace.
Hard partying rock icons Keel have come back together for a 25th anniversary reunion to rock the world again in a string of festival appearances. Not content to simply rehash the past however, the band has also put out an entirely new album "Streets of Rock and Roll." Front man Ron Keel commented on the creation of the album, "Immediately after the first couple of rehearsals we started coming up with some songs. The energy was flowing and the excitement was there. It felt like 20 years had just melted away. We thought we had a few songs that could be the foundation for a strong album and that’s when we decided to pull the trigger and make a new album."
Ron and I spoke at length about the new album and the re-released version of their flagship album "The Right to Rock," which features fans singing with the band on the title track. We also discussed the long history of the band, Ron's other projects, and his thoughts on rock and roll parody/tribute act Steel Panther.
The Alien Blakk doesn’t just have a unique and experimental sound, they have a unique outlook on making music. “There may have been a few third takes on the album but it wasn’t due to playing it was due to technical situations. I don’t really believe in doing it too many times. If you can do it you can do it, if you can’t you shouldn’t be there” says band founder and front man Joshua Craig. Their second album "Bekoming" is soon to be released, which was an endeavor three years in the making featuring musicians from bands such as CKY, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Megadeth. During my chat with Joshua we discussed the making of "Bekoming," the stellar guest appearance from Mark Hamill of Star Wars fame, and the two cover tracks on the album.
Remember those classic metal days when clean vocals and production that was just right ruled the metal industry? Whatever happened to the classic sounds like that of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabboth, WASP, and other of the essentials? Fortunately, this particular sound has gained some uprising again. Icarus Witch is a classical metal/rock band from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I sat down with Bassist Jason Myers, who is also the tour manager as well. Icarus Witch continues to tour with Paul Di'Anno the original vocalist for Iron Maiden.
It has almost been thirty years since the completion of one (if not the most important) metal albums in history. When you listen to modern Iron Maiden music, then listen to anything from the first two albums, you can tell right away that there is a completely different tone. Indeed, Paul Di’Anno has always regarded himself as “Punk.” Inadvertently though, Di’Anno back then, set up a bridge between an unprecedented blend between punk and thrash in this New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This has influenced all modern day thrash bands way before the explosion of eastern thrash metal.
One of the tightest and most innovative bands from the Chicago scene, Blood of the Tyrant, is set to conquer the Midwest. From playing House shows in Dekalb to co-headlining at The Empty Bottle, Blood of the Tyrant has established themselves as the biggest name in progressive metal within the city of Chicago. Having already encountered Chris in person on four separate occasions, I felt that it was time to conduct an interview.
Swiss metallers Eluveitie are the new kids on the folk metal block, but they've already made a big impact with releases such as "Slania" and their recent all-instrumental disc "Evocation I - The Arcane Dominion." The band has now released a new Celtic themed death metal experience in the form of "Everything Remains As It Never Was." While the album keeps up the epic folk elements, it focuses more on the human tales behind the stories of legend.
Front man Christian "Chrigel" Glanzmann explained, "When you are dealing with history you get hard facts like this war started then and ended then, end of story. Stuff like that is very dry but I think you should always keep in mind that in the end its people like you and me who stand behind such historical incidents and write history. That is the strong focus of the lyrics." Chrigel recently spoke with me about the many different recording studios used for the album, their recent use of an electronic bagpipe for live shows, and his own surprising taste in music.
After taking his leave of wide reaching and influential act System of a Down, Serj Tankian went it alone for his debut solo album release "Elect the Dead." In the man's own words, "With Elect the Dead, in retrospect, I ended up making the rock record I’ve always wanted to make." A new symphonic live version of the album performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra was also recently released.
While System of Down remains on hiatus for the foreseeable future there is still plenty of music coming from the band's former front man. Besides "Elect the Dead Symphony" he is currently putting together a musical based on the play "Prometheus Bound" and is also hard at work on a second solo album. Serj recently shared his thoughts with Metalunderground about the direction of his solo career and his upcoming tour plans.
Not only does Hypno5e have a tough name to pronounce, but this French experimental Metal band writes some pretty challenging music - as far away from Power Metal as it gets. Taking this type of metal on the road can be challenging for both bands and fans, but Bassist/vocalist Gredin Le Fourbe assures us that it was well played and well received. He recently took the time to answer some questions about their recent Metal as Art Tour, their music and how the band name is really pronounced.
Murder, mayhem, legions of darkness, and bathing in snakes. Sounds like a recipe for a blistering death metal experience, which is provided by recent Nuclear Blast addition Annotations of an Autopsy. February saw the release of the band's sophomore full-length album "Reign in Darkness," and the coming months will send the band on the road to both Europe and North America in support of the catastrophic hate as the band tries to bring civilization to its knees. A taste of the new reign of darkness can be had at the band's MySpace page. Annotations of an Autopsy guitarist Jamie Sweeny filled me in on the details of their second album and their evolution in sound from their debut release.
Created by drummer Daniel Flores and fronted by vocalist Angelica Rylin, newly formed Swedish act The Murder Of My Sweet just released their debut album “Divanity." Several tracks from the album can currently be heard through the band's MySpace page. Commenting on the name of the album and the sound of the band Rylin stated, "We wanted a name that could capture the elements of the sound and the lyrics and the film noir vibe that we want to create and so we came up with this hybrid of words like diva, divine, and vanity, simply Divanity." Rylin explained to me the process of recording the album in Daniel Flores' own studio, the sound of their music, and discussed writing a new song with former In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad.
19 years after their last album, “Victims Of Deception,” Bay Area thrashers Heathen return with “The Evolution Of Chaos.” The album shows the band drawing heavily from their earlier sound, with a few modern touches here and there. Loaded with guest musicians and brimming with intensity, Heathen’s third studio album is an early candidate for many “Best-Of” lists at the end of the year. I recently had the opportunity to speak to vocalist David White about the new album, how it felt to write new material after a long hiatus, and the most underrated Heathen song.