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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:
St.Paul, Minnesota was on the eerily quiet hangover edge left by a freak storm that had raged the night before, another one brewing on the toxic green horizon turning to dusk beyond Station 4. The club is situated a block off the riverfront, is small, but is the only place in the Twin Cities where you can really catch a Real Metal Show. Ozzfest would be held an hour away in Wisconsin the following day, and I was thankful for the opportunity to see Taiwan’s Chthonic in such an intimate setting.
Obsidian droplets of rain trace a slow procession down the face of a midnight sky. The scent of moss and forgotten bouquets fill the air, spiraling in a Venetian waltz with the mist as it settles around the shroud of earth draping you.
You sink ever further into the oblivion of this landscape…only this is not your death, it is Evoken’s 11 minute masterpiece “The Last of Vitality”, from their late album Antithesis of Light, and one of the most provocative Doom compositions to reach our ears. With a new label and new album Caress of the Void soon to be unleashed, guitarist Nick Orlando let me into the scattered realm of his tortured mind to discuss his journey through the Metal Underground.
The Internet has been an obnoxiously attractive platform for the success of many metal bands over the last few years. My Space, last.fm and YouTube have all helped shape what is widely known as the New Media Explosion, lending itself in large part to the dreadful emo-rock phenomenon. Where MySpace is concerned, several metal and hard rock bands writhe for a spot at the top of the most played charts, yet few have managed to actually impress anything new upon the genre. Terror Syndrome have, against all odds, broken through in only a few short months. The hype started in April of this year with some raw mixed Mp3s and quickly evolved into five full album-ready songs. After much growth and cohesion, Terror Syndrome average hundreds of hits per day and are prepared to release the ultimate metal album in the form of Stupidity For All…At least according to Devin Townsend drummer and Terror Syndrome founder, Ryan “RVP” Van Poederooyen.
Unfortunately, we are living in an age when many metal fans are lamenting the dilution of the Gothenburg sound. Let's face it, Come Clarity is no Whoracle, Stabbing the Drama is no Predator's Portrait, and even Fiction (as awesome as it is) is no Mind's I. Fortunately, there are up-and-coming Swedish bands, like the Bereaved, who bring back the famed Swedish sound that has shaped the face of modern metal.
The Bereaved was formed in 1998 when bassist Mikael Nilsson and lead guitarist Henrik Tranemyr recruited drummer Tobhias Ljung and vocalist Jonny Westerback, adding keyboardist Tony Thorén later on. They released their debut album Darkened Silouhette with Black Lotus Records, before being released from the label last year and subsequently signing with Vic Records. The current incarnation of the Bereaved includes Denny Axelsson taking over vocals for the departed Westerback and Per Berquist on guitar.
Mikael took the time to answer some questions for me. Here is how it went:
Influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera, and Johnny Cash, Devildriver was started by Dez Fafara (former Coal Chamber frontman) and Evan Pitts. Released through Roadrunner Records in 2003, their self-titled debut album focused on death and thrash metal. Their second album, "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand," released in 2005, was greatly influeced by Scandinavian death metal, specifically in relation to the guitar work.
Touring the United States, Europe, and Australia in support of their album, DevilDriver played with headliners In Flames, Fear Factory, and Machine Head. They also headlined in the Burning Daylight Tour. "The Fury of Our Maker's Hand" was re-released as a Special Edition in 2006 with three additional studio tracks, three live recordings of previously released material, and a DVD of all of their music videos to date.
Their third album entitled "The Last Kind Words" was released mid-June in Austrailia and the UK, and will be released late July in the US. Devildriver promoted their album in the UK at the Download Festival, alongside headliners Linkin Park, Iron Maiden, and My Chemical Romance.
Vocalist Dez Fafara took the time to answer some of my questions.
On May 5 I had the pleasure of interviewing a member of one of the bands my friends and I grew up on and got into metal because of - Static-X. After ritually going to see them for my birthday with my friends for the past 3 years, I was finally able to meet one and talk with one of the members of Static-X, I was able to interview Tony Campos. Tony was fun to interview. He was watching "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" when I got on their bus and we talked about it a bit before the interview. During the interview I was partially star struck, as I could not believe that I was interviewing someone I grew up listening to and always dreamed that I would be in this situation! Although I stumbled through some of it, I hold it as one of my best interviews. My questions to the Static-X bass player are as follows:
Saturday May 9 I had the opportunity to sit down and get in the head of the frontwoman of one of the most politically active bands to date. I interviewed Otep Shamaya of the band that bares her name, the awesome Otep. The interview went very well, I discovered we share the same political views and that their new album is definately going to be their best to date. Otep was very down to earth, personabale, and overall amazing person to talk with. The interview is as follows:
Cleveland, Ohio's Chimaira is a metal band with genuine passion for their music; they are relentless in their pursuit to make each album and show better than their last. The band has gained much recognition, touring with legendary metal icons and releasing consistently solid albums.
The band is comprised of vocalist, Mark Hunter, lead guitarist Rob Arnold, rhythm guitarist Jason Hager, bassist Jim LaMarca, drummer Andols Herrick, and Chris Spicuzza on keyboards/electronics/ samples.
Signed by Roadrunner Records in 2001, Chimaria quickly recorded their debut album Pass out of Existence. Shortly after the album release, Jason Hager found he was going to be a father and made the tough decision to leave the band; Matt DeVries took over as rhythm guitarist. During their time at Roadrunner, drummer Andols Herrick decided to leave the band, replaced by Ricky Evensand, then replaced by Kevin Talley. After signing with Ferret Records/Nuclear Blast, Andols Herrick came back to record their forth LP, entitled Resurrection-their heaviest and most musically technical album to date.
It was amazing to sit down with Matt DeVries, along with my transcriber/photographer Bradley Hulett, to present to you this hearty interview.