To date, we have conducted 1283 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:
I met up with Mårten Hagström, rhythm guitarist of Meshuggah, as he pushed away his half-eaten plate of lukewarm chicken caesar salad. Too sick to eat, he'd been running a high fever and snoozing all day (though you couldn't tell by his rock-solid performance later that night) but in true metal fashion he took time out to converse with a fan. In this interview, we talked about the danger of over-analyzing Meshuggah's songs, the pitfalls of playing extreme music live, and how a solo album might be in the works.
Four-piece metalcore act The Acacia Strain have been moshing their way across the globe since releasing their latest album “Continent” last August. Amidst a heavy touring schedule, the band made a one-night only pit stop on Dec. 28, 2008 in their home state of Massachusetts to film a special show for an upcoming DVD release. While the exact details of the DVD haven't yet been solidified, frontman Vincent Bennett graciously answered a few of our questions about the DVD filming, the importance of visualizing music, and what lies ahead for the band.
Swedish two man metal act Horns of Anguish got signed to Kampas Records last year and saw the release of their first demo "Everlasting Apathy." The band is currently writing an upcoming full length studio album, as yet unnamed, and will begin recording at the end of March.
Danish symphonic black metal act Fairytale Abuse recently released their latest full length studio album "Perversions of Angel VI." The album revolves around the fictitious character "Angel VI" and has a strong horror vibe coupled with plenty of melodic sounds. Vocalist Simon Pederson took the time to explain the band's recent signing to Massacre Records and their latest activities.
Californa based Heathen metallers Hauk, whose name is drawn from their vocalist and guitarist Hauk, released their latest EP "To Hear The Trumpets Call" in May of 2008. The album featured two new songs as well as a remix and a re-record of an earlier track. The band's front man talked with Metalunderground about a wide range of subjects including the sound of the EP, different aspects of Heathenism, and the band's upcoming shows.
I had the rare opportunity to chat with each of the current members of Alestorm at Studio 24 in Edinburgh, Scotland, recently, before a small show they played for the locals. Vocalist / keyboardist Christopher Bowes and guitarist Dani Evans were most eager to spin yarns of their voyages, but Ian Wilson and a gentleman that I believe was their drum technician also contributed to the highly amusing and irreverent discussion that follows.
One half the supreme drone duo Sunn O))) and co-founder of Southern Lord Records, Greg Anderson has been creating monolithic walls of noise for more than a decade. With no sign of relenting, Greg was kind enough to answer some questions about the chemistry behind the bands and what's happening in the realms of the Southern Lord.
Charleston based hard rock and metal act Till Doomsday is currently working on recording their first self-released demo. The members of the band recently answered a series of interview questions for Metalunderground about their history, style, and take on the metal scene.
The Answer is rapidly becoming one of the hottest bands in the rock world today, securing support slots with the likes of AC/DC and Aerosmith and touring extensively. The band will be releasing their second album soon and we caught up with them to find out more about the new album as well as the origins of the band and what the future holds.
Spanish black metal band Gothmog, one of the more recent to come out of the growing metal hordes in Spain, just released their first full length album "A Step In The Dark" on January 1st, 2009 through Xtreem Music. Gothmog's drummer Baal-Thamor was kind enough to conduct an interview with Metalunderground to provide some insight into the Spanish scene and let us know about their debut album.
Los Angeles based down tempo metal act 16 have recently signed with Relapse Records for the release of their upcoming album "Bridges To Burn," which will be available on January 20, 2009 in the U.S. Two songs from the album are currently being streamed online and can be heard on the band's MySpace Page. 16 Drummer Jason Corley recently answered some questions for Metalunderground about the new album and the band's upcoming shows.
Senses Fail, the New Jersey based group, released their debut EP “From Depths To Dreams” in 2002. Their most recent release, “Life is Not A Waiting Room,” deals with many personal issues from coping with the aftermath of a breakup to spending time with a fan before he died from cancer. They have a cut on the Madden NFL video game and have been on the Underworld: Evolution soundtrack in 2006 with “Bite to Break Sin,” and “Bad Reputation” on the Bad News Bears soundtrack in 2005. Now they are part of the new soundtrack Punisher: War Zone. I had an opportunity to talk with James “Buddy” Nielsen for Metalunderground.com.
The German death metal outfit Obscura has just recently finished recording their new album "Cosmogenesis" which will be released on February 17, 2009 through Relapse Records. Obscura's guitarist Christian Muenzner shared some insight with Metalunderground.com into the recording process for the new album and what's in store for the band in the future.
New Jersey area doom metal outfit Maegashira have just recently hooked up with Spare Change Records to record their full length debut album, "The Stark Arctic," which will be released in January of 2009. Maegashira's vocalist JJ Koczan took some time to answer questions about the new album and where the band is headed next.
Massachusetts based metal band Within the Ruins just recently signed with Victory Records after years of playing together and putting out two EPs on their own. The band is currently recording their first full length album which is due out in February. Their guitar player Joe Cocchi shared with us some insight into the band's beginnings and their upcoming album.
On November 26th, 2008 Mushroomhead kicked off their North American tour to promote their latest DVD "Mushroomhead Volume 2" at The Rock in Tucson, Arizona. I caught up with Waylon, Jeffrey Nothing, and St1tch after the show for a Metal Underground exclusive interview regarding their new album and other projects involving members of Mushroomhead.
The UK based old school metal band Viking Skull just recently released their third full length album titled "Doom, Gloom, Heartache and Whiskey." The band will soon be embarking on a tour across the UK in support of their new album with their original guitar player Darren Smith. Viking Skull's drummer Jess Margera, who also plays in CKY and The Company Band, answered some questions about the band's newest album and what's going on with the various band members.
This Swedish band doesn't need much of an introduction. Since it's inception in the early 90's, In Flames has revolutionized the metal genre by pioneering the burgeoning Gothenburg metal scene, influencing countless bands worldwide along the way. 18 years and nine studio albums later, In Flames has sold more than two million records, won a few awards and become one of the biggest metal band on the planet.
While the band was in Vancouver, BC as part of their North American tour in support of their latest album, "A Sense of Purpose," my trusty sidekick, Sean, and I sat down with In Flames guitarist and self-proclaimed nerd, Björn Gelotte, to ask him some questions. Here's how it went down:
Dallas based group Drowning Pool are either considered famous or infamous for their hit song "Bodies," which has been the center of controversy over it's use in interrogations of suspected terrorists and reports that soldiers listen to it before going into battle. The band is currently on an extended tour alongside southern rockers Saliva, and at one of the tour stops the band shared their thoughts on their latest album and expressed that even though they occasionally write songs with strong messages, they really just want to play rock music and have a good time.
Momentous battles. Dragons. Epic journeys spanning across the Kingdom of Rhovanian and beyond. And no, we’re not talking about a certain Hollywood adaptation slated for a two-part release in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
This year’s Tolkien fix is from Battlelore on their latest full-length album, "The Last Alliance," their fifth through the Napalm Records label.
Hailing from Lappeenranta, Finland, Battlelore has stockpiled their own musical quest with lyrical imagery invoked by the many detailed works of a literary giant, while offering both a whistful and dramatic plain of fantasy metal.
Since their inception in 1999 and their 2002 major label debut "... Where the Shadows Lie," Battlelore has always been a band for the fans, whilst luring a steadily increasing number of would-be critics through sweeping soundscapes and atmospheric rhythms.
"I am the only one in my family who plays an instrument," says Amon Amarth guitarist Johan Söderberg of first picking up the guitar when he was a 19-year-old in Tumba, Sweden. "I was playing lots of Metallica riffs – James Hetfield was a big inspiration in the beginning – and Iron Maiden was one of the first bands I started to listen to. Also a big influence was the German band Accept. I was very into them when I was a kid, and I wanted to also play metal riffs."
Seven years later, Söderberg riffed his way into Amon Amarth, probably best known for their melodic instrumentation and Viking themes. "We friends since we grew up, and then one day they fired their old guitar player and they need to find replacement for their first tour. They asked me." After a successful stint on the road, Söderberg joined the band on a more permanent basis with 1999's "The Avenger," the second Amon Amarth album in the Metal Blade catalogue. Söderberg's guitar techniques have been an integral part of the band's sound ever since.
Currently invading North America on a headlining tour de force to promote their latest album "Twilight of the Thunder God," Amon Amarth has played to full venues in nearly every city. Before hitting the stage at their Montreal stop, Söderberg graciously took the time to fill us in about making "Twilight of the Thunder God," the band's future with Metal Blade Records, and life on the tour bus.
I was fortunate to catch up with Metallica Tribute band Battery on October 17th, 2008 at Magic City Music Hall in Binghamton, New York. Although I wasn't able to meet with all of the band because the drummer had to run across the street to guitar center and get "fog juice" as he put it, I was still able to meet with guitarist/singer Jason, lead guitarist Jay, and bass player Phil. Here's what they had to say:
When you think of New Orleans and the underground scene, one band stands out: EyeHateGod. The down-toned, doomy sludge produced by this band isn’t only responsible for defining a local scene, but for creating a sub-genre movement. Through arrests, hurricanes, and unfaithful labels, EyeHateGod recently celebrated their 20th Anniversary, sharing the date three yeas after Katrina’s impact, to a sold out show at One Eyed Jack’s in New Orleans that had their followers lined up two blocks long, staying long after EHG took the stage. I asked Mike IX Williams, vocalist, about EHG turning twenty, the NOLA underground scene, and where IX came from.
Out of the isolated realms of Tasmania, Australian tech-death act Psycroptic has made their presence on the scene known with 3 brutal albums of psychotically diverse vocals, unique rhythms and killer speed and technicality. Now with album number four due to be released worldwide on October 14th, Psycroptic is once again set to show the metal world the meaning of the phrase technical death metal.
Pioneers in death metal and a huge part of the Tampa death metal scene, Obituary has been keeping it fierce for nearly twenty years. Despite a seven year hiatus, Obituary has proven that they are as important to the scene now as they were when it first began. Now with release of “Xecutioner’s Return” and their tour with Unleashed and Carnifex to support it, there is no slowing down. With plans for their next album and tour already in the works, Obituary proves why they have been so important to death metal and why they have reached death metal legendary status. I recently caught up with Frank Watkins, bass, at the House of Blues in New Orleans on the second night of their tour.