To date, we have conducted 1137 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:
Swedish melodic death metal band Opeth just finished playing with Arch Enemy in the UK on the Metal Defenders of the Faith Tour and are currently touring the US alongside Dream Theater for the Progressive Nation Tour. Opeth has recently gone through several major line-up changes, switching out their drummer, adding on a full time keyboard player, and losing sixteen year member Peter Lindgren. Their upcoming album "Watershed" will be released in the US in early June. I sat down with front man Mikael Akerfeldt in their swanky tour bus on the Seattle stop of the Progressive Nation Tour and we talked about how he started in music and what’s currently going on with Opeth.
While catching up with Sick of It All in Philadelphia, we got the chance to meet Mei-ling Koller, Sick of It All guitar tech, a powerful woman in a male dominated profession. We snatched her away from the mayhem backstage, and found a quiet spot in the in the First Unitarian Church to talk. We explored her journey, from how she started to what it takes to be a female in such a ballsy profession. Being in such a tough profession is trying at times, but Mei-ling Koller has the inner and outward strength, and the fortitude, to excel.
New York hardcore band, Sick of It All was formed by brothers Lou Koller (vocals) and Pete Koller (guitar), Sick Armand Majidi (drums) and Rich Capriano (bass) in 1986. Hailing from Queens, New York, Sick of It All was formed alongside New York hardcore bands Straight Ahead, and Rest In Pieces, which both featured Majidi and current Sick of It All bass player Craig Setari. Majidi joined up with the Koller brothers and Rich Capriano to record the Sick of It All demo in 1986, after original bass player Mark McNielly and drummer David Lamb left. The band began to play Sunday afternoon matinees at legendary venue CBGB's, and soon after released a self-titled 7" on Revelation Records, which was later re-issued on the tenth anniversary of its release, in 1997.
Sick of It All is now touring off their latest release, "Death to Tyrants."
Roya Butler and Hannah Wagner sat down with frontman Lou Koller at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, to talk about "Death to Tyrants," touring, and their upcoming DVD.
Averse Sefira first darkened their way onto the black metal scene in 1996 and have since become one of the most popular black metal bands ever to come forth from the bowels of America. Twelve years later, they are one of the only black metal bands ever to perform on three continents - North America, Europe and South America - and continue to release intelligent melodic black metal while touring relentlessly and constantly experimenting with new sounds and lyrical imagery without alienating their fans.
The music of Averse Sefira combines bassist Wrath Sathariel Diabolus and guitarist/vocalist Sanguine Mapsama's black metal roots with the death metal influences that have developed and evolved within the music since the inclusion of The Carcass on drums in 2001. And, although the black metallers have only recorded four full-length albums since their 1999 debut "Homecomings March," including this year's "Advent Parallax," the songs are at once diverse and brutal without relying on black metal clichés.
Wrath, who admits his first musical interests lay in the classical - and cites DRI, Anthrax, Celtic Frost, Slayer, Sodom, Bathory and Iron Maiden as early influences - took some time to chat with Metal Underground.com about the band's latest album, touring and how illegal downloading has actually helped the band.
Skeletonwitch has been assaulting their hybrid of thrash, death and black metal to unsuspecting crowds since 2003. The Ohio natives are one of the hardest working bands in the underground and have won the respect of fans and critics alike. Now signed to Prosthetic Records, they recently released "Beyond the Permafrost" and will head out on tour with Hate Eternal in April. I recently spoke with Skeletonwitch vocalist Chance Garnette exclusively for Metal Underground.com anout about the band's history, his love for Howard Stern and his thoughts on the thrash metal resurgence.
Guitarist and song writer extraordinaire; we had the opportunity to chat with Sin Quirin, metal guitarist for Ministry and the Revolting Cocks. With this being Ministry’s final album and tour, Sin sheds some light on his future plans as well as giving us an insight into his musical career.
With their music self-described fast, old school hardcore. Mindset definitely sticks to their roots by playing hardcore the way it was meant to be played-raw, angst-ridden, brash, and unapologetic. Mindset is a band that doesn't back down. Growing up in Maryland, they've been playing straightedge hardcore for the past two years. I got a chance to ask Mindset guitarist, Drug-free Mike, questions about their lifestyle, background, and future aspirations.
Formed in late 2005, Centralia began attacking the New Jersey metal scene. The band quickly found a stable line-up and began to crank out heavy tunes with groove. They have rocked the stage with the likes of Anal Cunt, From A Second Story Window, Mensrea, Spur, and countless local metal/hardcore actts. Fast forward to 2008, and Centralia are in the midst of writing a full length album and planning many more shows. In addition, Centralia now have their own web domain, which you can check out centraliaburns.com. I caught up with Ken, one of the guitarists, via email.
Hailing from South Central, CT, Crackin epitomizes the best that hardcore has to offer with their new 7" release Stand Tall out on Refusal Records. Their music can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/crackinct.
Crackin singer Kilian Appleby was cool enough to take the time to answer my questions.
Hailing from Erie, PA, Stand Firm is a political hardcore band who believes in revolution and doesn't back down. Their current lineup is Shane Young (drums), Greg Waldron (bass), Aaron Martyr (vocals), Black Matt (guitar), and Bryan Elchynski (guitar). With musical influences such as All Out War, Subzero, Death Threat, No Retreat, Merauder, Fury of Five, their sound is tight and strong. Their music can be heard at on their MySpace page here.
I had the chance to interview singer Aaron Martyr and discuss politics, the straight-edge ideology, and what Stand Firm is doing to make a difference.
Bane is a hardcore punk band legendary for its high energy shows, sing-along anthems, kindness and honesty towards fans, and promotion of tolerance and unity within the hardcore scene.
The band began as a side project between Aaron Dalbec (then of Converge) and Damon Bellardo. Inevitably Dalbec approached Aaron Bedard (who had previously sung for the hardcore band Backbone) about singing for Bane.
They went into the studio in December of 1995 with a few friends and released a 5 song demo. The next year saw the release of their first EP, and many shows throughout central Massachusetts. Spring of 1997 saw the release of the Free To Think, Free To Be EP, where 1998 saw the release of the Holding This Moment 7" and CD collection, plus their first US Tour. In 2001 Give Blood was released and national/international tours followed.
In earlier albums Bane claimed straight-edge (lifestyle whose adherents abstain from alcohol, smoking, recreational drug use, and promiscuity) however it was never their main political focus. They still perform early songs with straight edge references, such as "Count Me Out" which includes the lyric "Just like this X on the back of my hand, I'm not going nowhere." However, the lyrics to the song "Wasted On The Young," on Bane's latest album, "The Note," can be interpreted as criticism of people who ignorantly claim straight edge too early in their life.
I sat down with Aaron Bedard upstairs at The Knitting Factory in New York City to get personal about their most recent album, "The Note," and experiences on the road.
San Diego's heavy metal rock band, Mower, has seen it's fair share of setbacks in the last few months. I had the chance to speak with one of the frontmen, Brian Sheerin, over the holidays to discuss their upcoming album and future plans for the new year. Some bands might have just given up, but not Mower. They plan to come out stronger and heavier in 2008. Currently Mower is seeking a new drummer and guitarist; so feel free to send them your info at email@example.com.
Hailing from Queens, New York, Full Blown Chaos is a hardcore/metal band well known for their songs of inner-strength backed with riffage that hug hairpin turns and a dynamite-triggering rhythm section. Touring with bands such as Hatebreed, Sick of it All, Terror, Madball, Himsa, Napalm Death and many others, Full Blown Chaos commands insane mosh pits with their intense stage presense and connection with their fans.
I had the chance to sit down with Jeff Facci, drummer of Full Blown Chaos; as he told me about his background, about the band, and their new album "Heavy Lies the Crown," released June 2007 on Ferret Music.
Metal music mixed in with a little bit of Spanglish, it's a band we call Ill Nino. Their Latino metal style has gotten them noticed around the world along with their amazing live performances. I had the chance to talk with Laz Pina, bassist of Ill Nino; as he told me about his background, about the band, and their new and upcoming album Enigma due out in January of 2008.
An experimental metalcore band, Horse The Band is well known for their achievement of an 8-bit video game-influenced sound, resulting in the band often being referred to as "Nintendocore." Their keyboardist, Erik Engstrom, uses the Korg MS-2000 and more recently, the Roland Juno-D synthesizer and LSDJ Gameboy cartridge to create their trademark sound.
Horse The Band's songs include Cut Man from Mega Man, although the song is spelled "Cutsman"; Birdo, one of the bosses from the NES game Super Mario Bros. 2, in the song "Birdo"; and the rabbit-like nemesis from The Legend of Zelda in the song "Pol's Voice". The song "A Million Exploding Suns" refers to the Marvel Comics character Sentry, a schizophrenic hero with this abundance of power.
2007's "A Natural Death" featured significant lyrical evolution into the concepts of nature and mortality while moving slightly away from the Nintendo metaphors. The song "Murder" is inspired by the Western novel "Lonesome Dove," in which a Native American named Blue Duck stalks and kills white settlers on the plains.
HORSE the Band is known for their tremendously energetic live performances; their Halloween show at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia was filled with props and costumes.
Current band members include: Nathan Winneke (vocals), Chris Prophet (drums), David Isen (guitar), Dashiell Arkenstone (bass), and Erik Engstrom (Synthesizer/LSDJ)
I met up with Horse The Band in their van before their show, to listen to what they had to say about their tour and the new album.
Widely known for their single Down with the Sickness; Disturbed's frontman, David Draiman, took the morning off to give me a phone call to discuss their upcoming album and future plans for the band. Recording their fourth album, these guys have plans to come out stronger than ever in 2008.
Guitar riffs, killer bass, brutal drumming, grueling screams, and poetry that sticks in your mind for days; this is a band known as OTEP. I had my first experience with them on 2004's Ozzfest and have been hooked ever since. Here is my first interview with OTEP's vocalist, Otep Shamaya, as she talks about the backgrounds of where she grew up, a little bit about the band, and their new album that just got released on October 30, 2007 The Ascension.
Drowning Pool just kicked off their “This Is For The Soldiers” Tour Sept 3rd. I was able to get a phone interview with Stevie Benton, bassist for Drowning Pool. They were just getting ready for a show tonight but Stevie took time out of his busy schedule to give me a call. What can I say? These guys are fucking amazing!
Demon Hunter has helped to pave the way for younger Christian metal bands in the new decade. Having four albums released in the last six years, Demon Hunter continues to rock the metal scene throwing out inspirational messages to their fans. Their latest album, “Storm The Gates Of Hell”, was released in stores Nov 6th. I was able to speak with Ryan Clark, lead vocals and co-founder of Demon Hunter, on the phone.
Known for their single “Anger Cage”, Course of Nature was originally signed to Lava/Atlantic Records in 2001; experiencing label changes as well as band members. CON is back again in 2007. I was able to get a phone interview with founder, Mark Wilkerson (vocalist and rhythm guitarist). Not only a major artist with an upcoming album to be released Jan 22, 2008; Mark is also married to the beautiful Melissa Joan Hart.
On September 9th, 2007 I went to the Highline Ballroom in New York City to see the band Unexpect open for Epica. Before the show I took guitarist Syriak and bassist ChaotH aside to interview them. We ended up doing the interview outside, as many other places around were very noisy. At the time I didn't realize how much wind there would be. This made certain parts of the interview very hard to understand. However, the interview was very entertaining to do as theses guys have a good sense of humor. I hope you enjoy reading it.
Seeing these guys in concert was amazing! I was able to get a phone interview with Jeremy Spencer, drummer of Five Finger Death Punch. They were currently touring with Korn, Hellyeah, and Droid. Their album "The Way of the Fist" is currently in stores. Jeremy explained how the band was formed a few years ago and their current future plans.
Animosity is a deathcore band from San Francisco, California. Their debut album, "Shut it Down" was released on Tribunal Records in 2003. In 2005, they released their second album, "Empires" on Black Market Activities and toured the United States with Origin and Malevolent Creation. "Animal" was released October 2007, and produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge. I had the chance to sit down with Leo Miller, before their show at The First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia, and here's how it went:
Centralia, the hard hitting Trenton, New Jersey metal act has been hard at work over the past couple of months. They're preparing to release a full length album, playing shows around the tri-state area, and trying to put an East Coast tour together. You can keep up to date with the band at their myspace page and their website.
I talked to drummer Matt Cook via email for some metal Q&A.
Most people are no doubt aware of Necro's departure from the Sounds Of The Underground Tour over the summer, which is why when we received the opportunity to interview the man, we leaped at the chance. Since I am a Necro fan the task was given to me. I chose to not just to talk about SOTU 2007 but also Injustice (his early death metal band), his appearance at Donnington, and lyrical themes to show why metal fans should know Necro's name just as much as the hip hop crowd.
Here are the questions and Necro's responses: