To date, we have conducted 1302 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:
Baltimore based Dungeons and Dragons themed band Perverse Osmosis released their first album last year titled "Swarm, Kobold, Swarm!" The band will be playing their only live show of the year at the Baltimore Nerd Fest on Saturday, June 6th. Members Jonas and Mark spoke with me about the band's upcoming "choose your own adventure" album and shared their thoughts on music and D&D.
Eluveitie is a band from Switzerland known for their unique instruments and Gaulish vocals. In April they released their first acoustic album, "Evocation I," through Nuclear Blast, and are currently on tour throughout Europe. Labeling them is a difficult task, as founder and resident death growler Chrigel Glanzmann rejects some of the commonly used descriptors like celtic or pagan. But fans of those genres will find something familiar in the pipes, whistles, mandola, and even hurdy gurdy that Eluveitie uses in their compositions. I recently spoke with Chrigel about Eluveitie’s unusual style, and his work and interest in Helvetian history and the ancient Gaulish language.
Long running Finnish metallers Amorphis are set to release their upcoming album "Skyforger" on May 29th in Europe and later this summer in North America. The album is currently streaming in it's entirety at the band's MySpace page. Amorphis guitarist Esa Holopainen, who has been with the band since its inception in 1990, spoke with me about the new album and the band's plans for an upcoming DVD release.
Philadelphia based black metal band Woe is currently offering their latest album "A Spell For The Death Of Man" for download on a "pay what you want" basis. Woe mastermind Chris Grigg recently spoke with me about the band's absinthe origins and the upcoming vinyl release.
L.A. industrial band Skumlove is currently recording their new album "Church of the New Perversion" and has premiered a song from the album titled "Anti-American Idol" at the Metalunderground MySpace page. The group has also recently embarked on a U.S. tour alongside Static-X and Seventh Void. After the
Great Falls stop of the tour front man Skum and bassist DB spoke with me about the new album and their touring plans.
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: