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:
It's been five years since our Welsh blooded kings of chaos Hecate Enthroned graced the UK black metal underground with "Redimus," an immaculately matched, malignant hybrid of "Kings of Chaos" era death metal and the symphonic black gloss of "Slaughter of Innocence." After sensing an eerie quiet on the western front and hoping that they hadn't squirmed too far into obscurity Charlotte was lucky enough to catch up with Dylan and discuss the band's emerging plans for a new album.
Typically we think of female-fronted bands as being European, but like their varied music style, Echoes of Eternity doesn’t get pigeon-holed by tradition. This California based act that mixes thrash with symphonic and mainstream metal is spreading their wings with their second release, "As Shadows Burn." I recently talked with lead singer Francine Boucher about the new album, and discovered that though she is the main lyricist for the band, she’s actually a woman of few words, laced with a heavy dose of sarcasm and wit.
Formed in 1995, Darkest Hour is a melodic death metal / metalcore band from Washington, D.C.. In 1996, on Death Trunk Records, the band released its first EP titled "The Misanthrope." Then in 1999, on label Art Monk Construction, they released another EP, "The Prophecy Fulfilled." Since then, the band has gone through many lineup and label changes, solidifying the band and their sound. Darkest Hour was able to garner enough exposure to catch the attention of Victory Records. Their Victory debut, "So Sedated, So Secure," was released in 2001 and since then released four more albums on Victory. 2008 saw the addition of guitarist, Mike "Lonestar" Carrigan. With Lonestar officially on board the band is heading back into the studio to write and record with Producer Brian McTernan of Baltimore's Salad Days Studio, and in 2009 released "The Eternal Return." Roya Butler sat down with Mike Schleibaum, Darkest Hour guitarist, to talk about the 2009 Summer Slaughter Tour, and co-guitarist "Lonestar's" antics, including throwing human feces on cops.
Canadian melodic metallers Threat Signal just released their latest full-length album “Vigilance” on September 8th in North American and September 11th in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records. The band also had a headlining U.S. tour this summer alongside The Agonist, Flatline, and Thy Will Be Done. Vocalist Jon Howard, who also fronts Arkaea, talked with me about “Vigilance” and Threat Signal’s plans for the future.
Glam metal band Steel Panther both pays massive tribute to and also mercilessly mocks the various cock rock and glam pioneers of the '80s and '90s. Their new full-length album “Feel The Steel” saw its North American release on October 6th, and features a huge list of guest musicians from bands such as The Darkness and Avenged Sevenfold. Samples of the band's music can be found at their official MySpace page. Steel Panther front man Michael Starr filled me in on the band’s debauched lifestyle and their quest to have the best hair in metal.
Celebrating their 25th year as a band (at least on Earth), Gwar is tearing across the U.S., destroying this planet city by city. I was lucky enough to have a quick chat with vocalist Oderus Urungus about how he's dealing with this special tour and what he was going to do to me after the show. A transcribed version follows.
These cowboys sure know how to save the day! Job for a Cowboy has been rustling and wrangling naysayers to the ground, branding them with their logo and releasing them with a new found respect for an amazing band. I got a chance to hop on their mobile ranch and talk to guitarist Bobby Thompson about their latest album and what he thinks about people downloading it. A transcibed version follows.
Norwegian black metallers Saytricon saw the U.S. release of their last album “The Age of Nero” in January of 2009. The band is set to embark on an extensive set of North American and European tour dates throughout the next few months (tour dates listed below). Satyricon drummer Frost (Kjetil Vidar Haraldstad) spoke to me about the band’s most recent release, their upcoming tour, and plans to start writing new material.
The French progressive death metallers that form the monster Gojira has been astounding the people of Earth during their constant touring for the past five years. Gojira is currently on tour with Metallica and Lamb of God, playing headlining shows on the off-dates. I caught up with vocalist and guitarist Joe Duplantier on their stop in New Orleans to talk about touring and future plans. A text version of the interview follows.
Washington DC based metallers Fallen Martyr released their second EP “The Six Roots of True Will” in June of 2009. Samples of the tracks “The Man Becomes The Prophet,” “Reverse Metamorphosis,” and “All In” can be heard at the band’s MySpace page. Fallen Martyr’s guitarist Gabriel Luis shared with me the history of the band and their upcoming tour and recording plans.
Clawing their way up through the ranks of metal, Born of Osiris must have the power of the Egyptian god they claim as their father. Relentless touring across the U.S.A. has ensured that no person is left untouched by their crushing music. Born of Osiris's latest album "A Higher Place" has already proven it has the breeding necessary to make it to the top. I caught up with guitarist Lee McKinney and keyboardist/backup vocalist Joe Buras on their headlining tour where we discussed their rise to fame and future plans. A transcribed version of the interview follows.
Sleazy glam metallers Hardcore Superstar recently saw the release of “Beg For It,” their seventh full-length album and first through Nuclear Blast. Drummer Magnus "Adde" Andreasson, who has been with the band since their inception in 1997, discussed recording the new album and the sounds that have influenced their music throughout their career.
Since being signed to Femme Metal Records in late 2008, Soulgrind have gone from strength to strength and are just a few months away from playing the Femme Metal Fest in Southend-On-Sea. Soulgrind Guitarist Lord Heikkinen talks about touring, performing and their upcoming album.
3 Inches of Blood have unleashed an ungodly new album titled "Here Waits Thy Doom" that they will be touring for for the next few months to tell the world just wait awaits them. For years the traditional metallers have been relentlessly touring and spewing forth incredible albums. If you haven't yet heard of them, you must be living in a cave on some obscure island. But beware, this band will even find you and bring you to your knees. Vocalist Cam Pipes recently discussed with me his latest album and just what metal means to him.
On August 21st I went to see the Boston traditional/thrash metal band Ravage perform at Dingbatz. Supposedly doors were at 7 and the show was supposed to start at 8. When I arrived with my friends, the only people at the venue were the bands playing. They were waiting to load in. after about an hour of waiting for someone to let us in and socializing with Ravage, I decided to interview them outside the venue. It turned out that it was a 9:30 show and 9pm doors and it wasn’t posted on the website, nor was anyone really informed until last minute. It was the first time I’ve ever experienced this at the venue. In the end the show was amazing and well worth the 3 hours I had to wait until the first band, Ravage, took the stage. Though the whole band was present during the interview, mostly the singer, Al, and the guitarist, Nick, answered questions. Lots of humor was present throughout the interview, which made it a lot of fun. I hope readers can get a few laughs out of it.
Miasthenia is a Brazillian black metal four-piece made up of Hecate (vocals/keyboard), Thormianak (guitars), Mist (bass) and Hamon (drums). After the recent release of their third album "Supremacia Ancestral," Thormianak and Hecate talk about the pagan inspirations behind their latest album and their experience of live shows.
It may have all started with a simple idea, poking fun at the extremes in heavy metal music, but Dethklok has long since broken out of that simplicity and become a world-wide phenomena. The comedic antics of Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, Pickles, and William Murderface have already been explored in The Dethalbum, Metalocalypse Season 1, and Metalocalypse Season 2. That’s not going to save the unsuspecting masses from accidental death at the hands of the world’s seventh largest economy, however, as a new blitzkrieg of Dethklok is about to be unleashed.
Besides the upcoming “The Dethalbum II,” the bumbling musicians are coming back for more metal mayhem in a third season of Metalocalypse on Adult Swim. Dethklok will also be making the transition into interactive territory soon with its own video game. In addition to the Dethklok game, the track “Murmaider” will be appearing in the upcoming heavy metal themed video game “Brutal Legend.” To round out the deluge of new material Dethklok will again jump off the screen and onto the page with a new comic book series from Dark Horse.
Metalocalypse creator and Dethklok front man Brendon Small filled Metalunderground in on all the upcoming activity. Before getting to the latest material, Brendon spoke about how the show originally started.
Hailing from the City of Angels, Winds of Plague have been spreading their deadly brand of death metal for the last six years; killing the crowds with extreme brutality. The Bubonic Plague has nothing on this new disease! I caught up with mo-hawked vocalist Johnny Plague and drummer Art Cruz while the Decimation of the Nation Tour stopped in Lafayette, Louisiana to infect the heart of Cajun Country. The video of the interview is below, followed by the full transcript.
New York metallers Antares have recently seen the release of their debut demo "Different Light." All three tracks from the demo can be heard at the band's MySpace page. Vocalist and keyboardist Andrew Neary, guitarist Roy Sico, and drummer Charles Snyder all explained to me the recording process for the demo and shared their thoughts on writing music and their local metal scene.
Montana based black metal act Epitaph of Seikolos released their debut demo "Comes The Angel Of Death" in November of 2008. Samples from the demo can be heard on the Epitaph of Seikolos MySpace page. Guitarist and founder Eternal (Ryan Denzer-King) filled me in on the band's history and the existential themes present in their music.
Korpiklaani recently dropped their sixth full-length album "Karkelo," which includes the trademark beer drinking anthems that the metal world has come to expect from the Finnish folk metallers. Korpiklaani's bassist Jarkko Aaltonen spoke with me about the recording of the new album and the band's festival and tour schedule.
Montana metallers At Home In Hell had their first live show in seventh months on August 14th. The band raffled off B.C. Rich Warlock guitars and tattoos from local artists to raise money for the full-length follow up to their 2006 self-titled EP. Front man Ben and backing vocalist Chris sat down with Metalunderground.com's Ty Arthur (aka xFiruath) before the show to discuss their long absence from the live scene and their upcoming album "In Home Hell." A transcript of the interview can be found below the video clip.
Former Megadeth lead guitarist Mike Albert, who replaced Chris Poland during the 1985 "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good" US tour, has released a new album called “Afterlife” with his new group, the Mike Albert Project. This LP is being played on over fifty radio stations nation wide. Metal Underground had a chance to interview Mike about the new release and his experiences with Megadeth.
Canadian death metallers Augury released their sophomore album “Fragmentary Evidence” through Nuclear Blast on August 11th. The songs "Aetheral" and "Faith Puppeteers" off the album can be heard at the band's MySpace page. The album features seven guest vocalists from a wide range of other metal bands from Unexpect to Aborted. Augury’s front man Patrick spoke with me about how the band got signed to Nuclear Blast and their upcoming tour plans. Unsurprisingly for a band that includes so many diverse elements in their music, the conversation had a tendency to go off topic into such interesting territories as Indian pop music and Quebec’s separatist movement.
Formed in 2005, Gallows is an English hardcore punk band from Hertfordshire, England. Guitarist Laurent Barnard united with bassist Stuart Gili-Ross, and with the rest of their band mates released their debut album, "Orchestra of Wolves." The album caught the attention of Bad Religion's Brett Gurewitz, who released it in the US on independent label Epitaph Records with new tracks including a cover of Black Flag's "Nervous Breakdown." In an interview Gurewitz named "Orchestra of Wolves" as one of his favorite albums of 2007, praising it as being the best hardcore album since Refused's "The Shape of Punk to Come."
The band won the 2007 Kerrang! Award for best British Newcomer, and were recently signed to Warner Brothers Records.
Roya Butler sat down with guitarist Laurent Barnard during Warped Tour to discuss the tour, their album, and why every Gallows show leaves audiences begging for more.