To date, we have conducted 1222 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:
Southern California black metallers Lake of Blood released their four song EP "Heed the Primal Calling" via Milkweed Records in the summer of 2008. The members of the band spoke with Metalunderground about the release and the other projects they are currently involved with.
Formed no more than two years ago, local death/prog metal act Abriosis began their story with only two members in the band: guitarist Taylor Lipton and singer Chris Mathis. They later released a self-titled EP and recruited drummer Robin Iwasiw and bassist Daniel Maidana. On a sunny Vancouver afternoon, I met up with the guys of Abriosis on Taylor's porch to ask them a few questions about the band. Here is how it went down:
On Monday May 4th, 2009 I had the pleasure of interviewing the pirate metal trio, Swashbuckle at the Blender Theater at Gramercy in New York City before their performance at Paganfest 2. I wasn’t sure what to expect, since pirates are hostile. These pirates were definitely just out to have fun. The band, though not dressed like pirates at this time, certainly acted and sounded like them from the interview. Enjoy.
“The sound of a Panzer tank rolling down your street and politely knocking on your door, then smashing your head in when you open it,” laughs guitarist James Genenz, as he describes what Jungle Rot's latest album sounds like.
“What Horrors Await” is the Wisconsin-based band's sixth studio album since 1996's “Skin the Living.” The Jungle Rot regime released the 14-track death metal unit across Europe May 4, 2009, and with May 19 scheduled for the record's North American invasion.
The female Russian black metal duo of Nocra recently released their first music video for the track "Enlightened by Death" as well as posting online a new song titled "Worship to Unholy." Front woman Lady S spoke with Metalunderground about the difficulty of running a black metal band in Russia and the status of her other ambient project Astra Autisma.
“We all grew up in the 1990s and love the big thrash and death metal bands like Sepultura, Pantera, Morbid Angel and Death. This, I would say, was the common denominator when we started the band nine years ago,” says guitarist Maik Matanovic, from German quintet Centarus-A.
“Nevertheless, we all listen to different music – both metal and non-metal genres – and today everybody has his own inspirations and brings in his own influences,” he added. “We love metal music, but we all have bit different tastes and diverse musical backgrounds, like alternative, indie, rock, ska, jazz, classical music, just to name a few.”
After sixteen years of limited activity death metal band Seance put out their latest album "Awakening of the Gods" through Pulverized Records in January of 2009. Guitarist Rille of the Swedish metal veterans answered some questions for Metalunderground about the band's long period of silence and the sound of their newest release.
Municipal Waste have been thrashing their asses off for 9 years now. A new album is on the way in August, and it's said to be "Massive Aggressive." I had the privilege of talking to frontman Tony Foresta in Lafayette, LA. He had just come back from trying crawfish for the first time, which he thoroughly enjoyed.
Spanish one man ambient black metal band Dryden Sagoth just recently recorded and self-released his first demo "Long Dark Corridors." Samples of the demo are currently streaming on the Dryden Sagoth MySpace page. The man behind the music spoke with Metalunderground about the lyrical themes of his demo and the metal scene in Spain.
After the legal dispute over the rights to the band name Gorgoroth former members Gaahl and King ov Hell are now continuing on their own band under the name God Seed. King spoke with me about the story behind the name, the recording of their upcoming as-yet-untitled album, and how God Seed's music will differ from the previous Gorgoroth material.
With the recent release of "Dark Hours" in late March, Swedish melodic metalers Lion's Share recently set out on their headlined Swedish tour. Guitarist Lars Chriss spoke with Metal Underground about the new album and the tour.
Post-grunge band Hurt made waves in 2007 with their critically acclaimed "Vol. II" release. With lyrics that read more like poetry, both "Vol. I" and "Vol. II" drew in audiences, despite little air time. As primary songwriter, lead vocalist, and composer and violinist since the age of ten, Jay Loren offers a unique outlook and personality to his fans. I recently spoke with Loren about Hurt’s new album, "Goodbye To The Machine," which was released April 7, 2009, as well as the changes in the band’s lineup, and touring experiences.
Florida death metallers Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky have signed to Nuclear Blast records for the release of their debut full-length album "The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry," which will be unleashed on the U.S. on May 5th. You can currently check out new songs from the album titled "The Tamogotchi Gesture" and "10,000 Sermons, One Solution" on their MySpace page. The band will also be supporting Goatwhore and Abigail Williams on the North American Conquer & Curse tour alongside Daath and Abysmal Dawn this June.
SWWAATS guitarist Ian Sturgill answered a series of questions for Metalunderground about the band's origin, the focus of their lyrics, and the band's future plans.
Argentina based progressive power metal band Auvernia released their debut full-length album "Towards Eternity" last year through Nightmare Records. Drummer Juan and vocalist/guitarist Fernando spoke with me about the new material they are working on and what the metal scene is like in Argentina.
Seventh Void, the newly formed band featuring Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative, are set to release their debut album "Heaven Is Gone" on April 21st via Big Vin Records. The band is set to go on tour in the U.S. alongside Static-X and Skum Love starting on May 11th. Kenny spoke with Metalunderground about the upcoming album and the odd recording environment that produced it.
New Jersey based two man black metal group Misanthropy Legion released their first full length album "Eidolon" last year after releasing three previous demos. The band's vocalist and guitar player Joe Aversario spoke with me about his feelings on the state of black metal, fans preconceived notions about the differences among sub-genres, and the new band he is now apart of.
Chimaira has been a New Wave of American Metal favorite since their conception in 1998. Their fifth album called “The Infection” will be hitting the stores shortly and the band is touring with Disturbed, Lacuna Coil, and Killswitch Engage on the Music as a Weapon 4 tour to promote it. I met with lead guitarist Rob Arnold during their stop in New Orleans, Louisisana, to talk about the buzz behind the new album.
Lacuna Coil eagerly awaits the release of their fifth studio album "Shallow Life." They are currently on tour along with Chimaira, Killswitch Enagage, and Disturbed for the Music as a Weapon 4 Tour. I caught up with lead guitarist Cristiano "Pizza" Migliore in New Orleans, Louisiana to talk about the new album and some other things.
Infamous Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth recently suffered a schism when vocalist Gaahl and bassist King Ov Hell attempted to trademark the band name and exclude guitar player Infernus, the only original member of the band remaining. Infernus spoke with Metalunderground about the recent verdict awarding him the trademark, the band's new lineup, and the upcoming album "Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt."
After releasing a number of EPs and touring regularly in their homeland of Ireland, guitarist Paul Shields, bassist Matt Gaynor and drummer David McCann, collectively known as Chosen, found themselves in need of a singer. In the search, the band relocated to Vancouver, Canada, where they recruited John Matter. After a Canadian tour this spring, the band will return to their native land to record their debut album at Komodo Studios with their new vocalist.
On the eve of the band's Chuck Shuldiner (of Death fame) tribute gig at the Cobalt, Paul took some time to answer a few questions. Here is how it went down:
Zakk Sandler wasn't a bass player when he signed on to fill in the low end for Black Tide, back when the band was still called Radio.
“They didn't have a bass player and I volunteered to do it temporarily until they found somebody who really knew how to play the bass,” Sandler confirmed. “When we got signed, I kind of looked at everybody and said, 'You guys know that I still don't know how to play bass, right?' And they were like, 'Yeah, we know Zakk.'”
California based black metal band Hæresiarchs of Dis released their debut album "Overture" in 2008. The band's front man Cernunnos spoke with me about the album's concept, his views on musical expression, and the plan for a new upcoming full length album.
Norwegian gothic metal band Sirenia recently brought on their new front woman Ailyn and released their latest studio album "The 13th Floor" on January 23rd. Guitarist and founding member Morten Veland spoke with Metalunderground about the latest album, the band's upcoming tour schedule, and his plans to release a side project.
Wisconsin based death metal band Face of Ruin released a self-titled EP in October of 2008 and are currently writing new material for a full-length release. Face of Ruin's guitarist Brian spoke with me at length about how the band's sound has changed since they started and what's going on in their local scene.
Until now, Steven Wilson has led a life of musical schizophrenia. Best known as the singer-guitarist-songwriter-producer of Porcupine Tree, a progressive metal band signed to Atlantic records, Wilson has multiple musical personalities -- and multiple bands to house them all. Bass Communion, for instance, is an outlet for Wilson’s love of textural ambient music. Blackfield, a collaboration with Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, affords Wilson an opportunity to showcase his pop forte in a rock context. And No-Man, a long-running project with singer Tim Bowness, creates ambitious art-rock soundscapes.
As Wilson puts it, “Some days I wake up and want to make drone music. Some days I wake up and want to make pop music. Some days I wake up and want to make progressive music or heavy metal.”
The British musician has finally found a way to reconcile his disparate identities: a solo album. The just-released “Insurgentes” (K-Scope) showcases Wilson’s uncanny knack for crafting memorable hooks even as it serves as a portfolio for Wilson’s wide range of influences. With one conspicuous exception, that is. The death-metal riffage of recent Porcupine Tree records is notably absent. “I don’t know why that is, actually,” muses Wilson, before noting, “There are heavy moments and it’s a very dark and twisted record.”