To date, we have conducted 1309 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:
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.
Chicago's The Atlas Moth mixes the harsh tonalities of sludge metal with the layered synth work of early-era Pink Floyd to create a gritty psychedelic sound that is quite unlike anything out in modern-day metal. I had a chance to speak to guitarist/vocalist Steve before a recent show in New Brunswick, NJ about their new album, "A Glorified Piece Of Blue Sky," the advantage of having synthesizers and three guitarists in the band, his love of Pink Floyd, and much more.
Norway's Beyond the Morninglight are a band that toe the line between hard rock and metal. Despite the lack of direct brutality their dark atmosphere clearly puts them in a place to be appreciated by metal fans of nearly all stripes. Beyond the Morninglight are currently offering their entire debut self-titled album for streaming and as a free download through Misantrof Anti-Records. The band is composed of Andy and Runar, who both spoke with me about the band's rock roots and their upcoming album "Liberation."
Death metallers Hate Eternal have been thorugh some rough times, but nothing can stop them from continuing to rock the house when they play. Currently on the Decimation of the Nation 2 Tour alongside Cannibal Corpse and Hatebreed, the Floridians take the stage nightly and tear it up with crushing metal and techincal wizardry on their respective intruments. I had a chance to talk to Erik Rutan, guitarist and vocalist about the loss of bassist Jared Anderson, an upcoming album and how he got so damn good at guitar. During the interview, Hatebreed was on stage not far away, and the walls of the club were very thin. Fortunately, I transcribed the interview which is below the video.
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.