To date, we have conducted 1304 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:
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.”
Brittain's Amebix is one of the first bands to blend anarcho-punk and heavy metal music. Formed in 1978, and split in 1987, they recently reunited as of 2008.
Crusties both young and old packed the Trocadero venues to capacity for the legendary hardcore punk band Amebix, uniting to go on tour for the first time in twenty-two years. This was a dream come true for punks young and old who have wanted to see the glory that is Amebix, live.
The heavily influential sound of Amebix laid the foundation for crust punk. It's hypnotic and haunting melodies merge the harsh cold brutality of metal with the raw punk edge of anger, calling out injustice. All over the US, punks united to witness their unforgettable shows. The venues were flooded with a sea of black leather and metal studs as the crowd sang along with Amebix singer Rob Miller, “Arise!”
We were honored enough to be able to interview vocalist, Rob Miller, from the island of Skye, after their highly anticipated US tour.
I had an opportunity to to interview the former guitarist of Mortiferia from Norway, Joakim Severinsen, about his current project Adyta. Here's how the interview went:
I caught up with Christofer Malmström, guitarist for Swedish melodic thrash metal band DARKANE, for an interview in the midst of their intense North American tour. On the road with SOILWORK, WARBRINGER, and SWALLOW THE SUN, they have been trekking through North America since January 30th in support of their latest album, "Demonic Art", released in North America on February 10, 2009 via Nuclear Blast Records. The North American version of the album contains a bonus track and a bonus DVD.
Swedish death metal outfit Tribulation recently signed to Pulverised Records for the release of their debut full length album "The Horror," which was unleashed on January 19th. Guitarist Adam Zaars let Metalunderground know about the musical direction of the band, their upcoming vinyl release, and their plans for the future.
Israeli metal band Amaseffer has wowed listeners around the globe with the first installment of their Exodus trilogy, "Slaves For Life." The band, known for its film score work on both films and video games, released "Slaves For Life" in 2008, and are already in pre-production for its sequel. "Slaves For Life" was deemed Best Progressive Metal Album of the Year, and front man Erez Yohanan, the band’s drummer and narrator on the album, promises that the sequel will be even better. I recently spoke with Erez about the trilogy, and the unique experience of being a musician in a small, but up and coming place like his homeland of Israel.
Swiss industrial/black metal band Samael just released their ninth full length album "Above" on March 6th. The band's front man Vorph chatted with Metalunderground about the musical direction of the new album, their upcoming U.S. tour alongside Carcass, and the band's influences throughout the years.
Blessed By A Broken Heart is finally back home after completing their Terminatour of the United States and Canada. The screamo turned hair metal band released their second album, “Pedal To The Medal,” in 2008, and since then have been on the road promoting the album. But it hasn’t been an easy trip. Arrests, stolen laptops, and a trip to the emergency room put a few kinks in the plans for these fun-loving musicians.
In fact, my original interview with bassist Tyler Hoare was put on hold when lead vocalist Tony Gambino was rushed to the hospital with what appeared to be meningitis. Fortunately, doctors determined Tony actually just had a bad reaction to antibiotics, and was released in time to finish the tour, and I finished up part two of my interview with him a few days later.
New York doom metal act Batillus has recently made their self-titled debut EP available for free download here. Batillus drummer Geoff explained how the band got together, what they're doing now, and his thoughts on subjects as diverse as vinyl records and the Opeth discography.
Nevada based death metal act I Built The Cross recently signed onto to Open Grave Records for the release of their debut album "Bridging The Gap Between Mind And Heart." Band members Reed and Garrett answered a series of questions for Metalunderground about their upcoming album and the message behind their music.
Sri Lankan "hela black metal" band Funeral In Heaven is currently hard at work on their debut full length album based on the ancient history of their country. The band has posted a sample of the first song as well as a fan created video accompanying the music at their MySpace page. Front man Chathuranga Fonseka gave Metalunderground an in-depth look at the Sri Lankan metal scene, some history of the nation, and what the band is currently up to.
New England one man band Autumns Eyes has recently started offering five albums for free download in celebration of the band's 10th anniversary. The project also recently shot a music video for the song "Feast of the Dead" in a classic slasher movie style. Autumns Eyes mastermind Dan spoke with me about the band's recent activity and his take on the horror movie genre.
The California-based classic hard rock act Snew has been riding a wave of success since the release of their debut album, "Snew You." They’ve been tearing up the music scene in Los Angeles, performing live at a multitude of clubs, and they have much bigger plans for this summer.
But it’s been far from breezy for the band, who opted not to go the traditional route of signing with a big music label. Instead, the band has developed Snew World Order, a combination fan club and promotion web site, and has relied heavily on the internet, independent radio and music stores, and fans to spread the word about Snew.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with singer Curtis Don Vito about Snew’s success thus far, their shows, and their upcoming plans.
The Eyes of a Traitor were all set to release their debut album on Feb. 2, until the distributor they had lined up fell through. Pinnacle Distribution – one of the UK's largest independent music distributors – fell victim to the rough economic times. But before disappointment had time to set in, Warner Brothers stepped up to the challenge and “A Clear Perception” will now hit store shelves Feb. 23 in the UK, with a North American release date of March 10.
Guitarist Steve Whitworth doesn't think the delay will have much effect on the Hertfordshire -based act's 10-track debut.
Montana based metal band Throne of Malediction just recently finished recording their first EP and are preparing for an upcoming full length album. The band's husband and wife duo Eric and Jessica answered a series of questions about their upcoming releases and how living in Montana has shaped their music.
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.