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Cape Coral, Florida's unsigned dynamo, Ekotren, unleashed a firebrand performance on June 25, 2006 at the latest installment of the venerable Vans Warped Tour in Orlando Florida, clearly provideing the harshest of musical critics with all the proof they need to assess that this is a group of young musicians who are now clearly on their way to making a breakthrough in a metal genre that has seen it all before. Well, almost everything. They haven’t seen Ekotren.
“I dont know if fame and fortune is where we are going. If it comes, it comes. Both of those are not things that drive us. We are shooting for success, and if those come, then they come. But I don’t see them affecting us or our music. We live music and there is truly nothing I see getting in the way of us doing what we do,” offers Ekotren’s lead guitarist, Keith Finnell.
Now, that’s some true Rock N Roll spirit.
Initially founded in the Fall of 2000, Ekotren are passionate young artists that strive to put out a positive life message through their freshly offered hook-laden, melody driven songs. After having the usual band member shuffle occur, the band consists now of its most potent lineup to date with guitarist Keith Finnell, bassist Sean Fiene, Eric Pottle on drums, DJ/keyboardist Steve Chin and vocalist John Sheldon.
And while they certainly shoot more into the realm of Linkin Park's all out pop metal approach at times, this is a heavy music band that certainly offers its fair share of deep, brutal themes and a maturity level well beyond its years.
From the recent metalunderground.com review of their debut EP “The Tables Have Turned”:
"The Tables Have Turned," an independently released debut album from Cape Coral, Florida’s Ekotren is flat out one of metal music’s most original and fresh sounding recording’s for 2006. In a year that has seen the once darker themed Korn lose all its edge and every old thrash or speed metal group from the 80-90’s dusted off and put back on the road and into the studio for more of nothing new, Ekotren has thrown its hat into the ring with a simply smashing collection of seven radio-friendly but extremely, provocative-themed songs.”
No one can deny that the stage is set for Ekotren to take it to the next level.
I got some Q&A in recently with their drummer, Eric Pottle.
Los Angeles based metal band LEVEL-ZERO have been taking their own form of hardcore and melodic music to the diehard fans of the underground metal scene since making their debut in 2000. They have one main philosophy to the way they approach their audience: "We want to blow you away onstage," says vocalist Mike Sweigart. "Of the people, by the people, and for the people, we are!" Blending the lyrical and sonic genius of the Deftones with Dry Kill Logic's crushing, heavy hammer-driven sound, this critically lauded act is rounded out with bandmates, guitarist Keith Covert, bassist Todd Arostegui and drummer Jesse Billson. I am more impressed by the seemingly endless supply of band unity that is going on with this group, and I consider it an honor to have conducted this interview with their world class singer, Mike Sweigart.
Los Angeles, California's FALL TO GRACE have been been ripping it up throughout many top rock venues as of late and are getting ready to record their debut full-length album. This is a band that seems to have a real strong grasp on the best elements of metal music and also straight ahead Rock, because I hear all of it in their music. They have a real fret burner also doubling as the band's lead vocalist in John DiBattista. I got some Q&A in with him to learn more about this exciting unsigned heavy music act.
Norfolk, Virginia's thrash specialists Lofat have been causing quite the havoc this year on tour and in the studio. They are set to release their debut full-length album on Brickhouse Records at the start of August, and I for one cannot wait to hear the damage they have done. I decided I wanted to get more of the fat, so I hit up their sexy as all hell and down from the get-up guitar player, Simon, with some new questions.
Evansville, Indiana's great white hope Deliver Us From Evil is a band that only seems to continue gaining popularity in the deepest most toughest to penetrate inner circles of metal underground today. Whether it's through their 'pump your blood through the vein fast' sonic approach or just the energy and passion that each member gives off individually and then also as a team, Deliver Us From Evil is hands down currently one of the top unsigned metal acts in America. And at center stage for the band is a definitive artist and powerhouse on the microphone, Brent Vaughn, who I recently got some Q&A in with.
Detroit, Michigan's Soldiers Of Scrape started under the initial band moniker of Bowlscraper and after releasing a couple EP's, including an impressive debut full length, 2004's "Red Hair Revolution", are soon due to follow up their most recent release, "Scrape The Nation" a 4 song EP from December, 2005. They have begun to make everyone else around the underground metal scene take notice. This is band that is rolling hard and heavy from one local venue to the next with their deliberate thrash/stoner brand of high-octane music that even the most extreme metal fan will have difficulty shaking upon first listen. They are not your proto-typical metal band, though they certainly incorporate elements from many of the most available sub-genres, like thrash and hardcore. Soldiers Of Scrape seem to have found themselves at their own little private spot on a heavy metal island way the hell off in the Pacific somewhere, not concerned with any of the current trends and just purely doing what they do best, letting the energy and explosiveness of their unique form of heavy music do its own talking. Soldiers Of Scrape are one of the best kept and most refreshing secrets in the underground today. Their friendly lead vocalist, Mick, took some time to answer some of my questions. So enough of the introduction, let's scrape that bowl, shall we?
Bolingbrook, Illinois' death metal act, Life In Shadow, has a purely unique sound in a genre, much like black metal, that seems to have pretty much run its course at this point. The band consists of Scott Mills on lead guitar/backup vocals, Mark Ebbers on lead vocals, S810 on rhythm guitar, Mark Jenkins on bass/backup vocals and Josh Abbott on drums. They have been steadily creating quite a commotion this year on the true metal underground scene. They are being embraced by hundreds upon thousands of fans, be it on the road or on the web at their MySpace music profile and seem to be putting themselves in a very strong position now moving forward to climb to the top of their genre as one of death metal's hottest indepenent acts. I spent some time recently doing Q&A with their lead guitar player, Scott Mills.
In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the residents of Asheville, North Carolina may not know it just yet, but this wonderful place to live has bred Southern Cross, one of underground metal music's brightest new talents. Southern Cross is made up of Seth on vocals, Jenna on lead guitar, Ranke on bass and Maxfield playing the drums. They blend the obvious Southern flavor of bands like Eyehategod, Down and Soilent Green with the battering til your knocked out monster riff assault of Pantera and Corrosion Of Conformity. They are quickly gaining thousands of fans via Myspace in a frenzy that seems to have no slowdown in sight. They are working on their debut CD and have been stomping through venues all over their local area with other blazing underground acts, like Evansville, Indiana's Deliver Us From Evil. I wanted to get more in depth now with this rising act, and so I am pleased to present this discussion with their extremely gifted and highly outspoken singer, Seth Uldricks.
Long Beach, California and the Los Angeles Rock music scene in general, have birthed perhaps the closest band to Motley Crue in spirit and party atmosphere attitude with Heavenly Trip To Hell that this Rock journalist on the very scene has at least himself witnessed in recent years. And I was at Motley Crue's 1983 Shout At The Devil performance at the Santa Monica Civic, when most you pups reading this weren't even a dirty thought on your dating parents minds yet. This is a band that I feel is very important right now, in terms of being one of those acts to help get the Rock world back into the hands of the people who actually Rock. They utilize the fury-laden, Industrial-sonic attack of legendary Ministry, while having a steady metal foundation as its overall approach. The band is getting ready for a couple of exciting shows in basically the next week, including a record release party on July 1st at the infamous Whisky A Go Go here in Los Angeles. I am thrilled to have had the chance to get them to tell us more about their crazy ways, along with their socially and politically motivated songwriting stance. Drummer JD and bassist Sergio Natas join us for the conversation.
Paul Di'Anno better known as 'The Beast' was the second vocalist for the now legendary Iron Maiden band from London, England, having spent from 1977 to 1981 with the lineup. The very first singer to actually record with the mighty Maiden, he is featured on the now legendary Soundhouse Tapes EP, as well as the first two albums, Iron Maiden and Killers. Despite the fact that once he separated from the lineup and Maiden, along with Bruce Dickinson, would climb to superstardom across the world, Di'Anno has always remained an intriguing and colorful figure in the heavy music scene, touring with his own solo bands into areas of the globe that no western band has ever ventured. He has now newly released in America an original collection of material entitled 'The Living Dead' on Cleopatra Records and is still igniting the fire on every stage he sets foot upon to this very day. This is a man who does not hide from his much storied past, leaving the clearest of indicators to all that there is still much to come from one of Rock N Roll's all time great lead vocalists.
Formed in 2002, Santa Rosa, California's Killing Of Mind consists of Paul Nieblas on vocals, Niall Mulcahy on drums, Russell Mederios on guitar/vocals and Tony D'Orazio rounds out the talented lineup on bass/backup vocals. They have been playing their local scene hard and steady, making a big splash now on Myspace and generally seem to be moving in the right direction. Citing key influences such as Unearth, 3 inches of blood, Killswitch Engage and Soil Work, Killing Of Mind has a tight grasp on working hard at defining their music right now and really have all the potential in the world to make it far in the music game. I recently got in front of their bass player, Tony D'Orazio to learn more.
It's really amazing how the world works. I remember just months back for the very first time meeting Josh, the lead singer for Whittier, California's Al-Ce-Mi, in front of The Whisky A Go Go, sharing just a few words, and now here we all are linked up and working so closely together. I'm even prouder that this talented and dynamic punk/metal act is going to have its debut EP recorded by pretty much the best in the business in Ryan Green (Bad Religion, NOFX, Nerf Herder, The Dickies) and it seems like they are really about ready to start turning a major corner now in the music world. I think it's important for us to stay open minded, even being the diehard extreme metalers most of us are. A band like Al-Ce-Mi really does refuse to be labeled and I think that's why they are becoming more accepted in the harsher circles. I got some questions answered recently by the band's guitar player, Ray Mendez .
The Seattle, Washington music scene may be still a barren ghost town compared to the way it used to produce one big Rock band after the next, but what I find most satisfying is knowing that from the ashes of Cobain and Staley, now rises a downright sickening hardcore/thrash metal band like Burnt Shadows. This band sounds very Slayer-esque at times, yet somehow still manage to carve out their own brutal musical identity. They are quickly making a name for themselves in their local area and that momentum doesn't seem to be slowing down at all. I was able to get some questions in recently with one of their two guitarists, Craig Saner.
Glendale, California's progressive black metal band, Orcus has been making its mark on the local Los Angeles music scene with their dark and mysterious brand of heavy music. They are getting ready to release their debut album 'Birth' on June 26th and have recently opened for the likes of Obituary and My Ruin. I took some time recently to get some questions answered by their bassist, Karo Torosyan.
Evansville, Indiana may be home to the legendary retired New York Yankee great, Don Mattingly, but I believe it is going to become just as well known for a little metal band that is slowly but surely inching its way out of unknown status called Deliver Us From Evil. This is a band that came together in 2003 initially under the moniker Mutiny Rise. After changing that, it seems they have fully found their identity and true calling, now steadily offering up very technical, aggressive, and the truest metal music they can possibly create. They have also been playing by all accounts, some of the most dynamic live shows in their local music scene and are working hard right now to begin their climb for the national spotlight and worldwide stardom. I am happy to have gotten some conversation in with their lead guitarist, John Matheis.
New York City, New York's Dry Kill Logic has been one of the top underground metal acts since making its slamming debut with Darker Side of Nonesense in 2001 on the Roadrunner Records label. They have a solid legion of devoted fans now all throughout the world that seem to keep them moving closer and closer to achieving true legendary status in the world of heavy music. They are also one of the rare metal acts that have accomplished all these great things based solely off their music ability and not some fashionable image they needed to sell like so many others continue to do around them. With Dry Kill Logic, you always know you're in for some straight up, no holds barred, kick-you-in-the-mouth intensity and subject matter that speaks to the difficult times we live in. There is no sugar on top of your medicine with this band and that is why amid the sea of countless tens of thousands of metal bands that are trying to get to where they now are, Dry Kill Logic remains one of the King's of metal's true underground scene. I am very pleased again to share some new discussion with their drummer, Phil Arcuri.
Brickhouse Recording's growing underground metal sensation, Lofat from Norfolk, Virginia is a band on the serious rise. They have kept busy on tour and are working toward completing the highly anticipated new material of the fat. They seem to have really won over quite a few new fans via Myspace so far. I enjoy this band so much I think because they do metal with a fresh approach, a bit quirky at times, while mixing in a lot of the straight ahead old school hardcore punk/thrash sound. Roaches is their debut video that you can checkout on their site as well -- it's totally killer from my perspective. I have always said they had an immediate star in Simon on guitar... and the rest of the boys aren't chop liver themselves. Ha! But Simon on lead guitar for Lofat and Jenna from Southern Cross, who sounds like Dime's little sister, oh man...lol. They are both something else on the scene right now. Such great talent. Well, I tracked down Lofat's bassist DZL to answer some questions on how the low end is being held for the fat.
Many of you know by now that Cleveland, Ohio's all-female metal act Level-C has been signed recently to Crash Music Inc. for a two record deal. They have climbed quickly out of their local hometown scene, into the worldwide spotlight after having finished in the top ten on MTV's Battle for Ozzfest, and now securing a solid opportunity at really making their dreams come true in the dog eat dog music industry. Their lead vocalist, Christine Maynard is my final interview with the band, having now featured each bandmate here at metalunderground.com this year.
On Friday, June 2, 2006, I had the pleasure of interviewing Devildriver’s drummer, John Boecklin. John was a very nice, laid back guy with a great sense of humor. After the interview, he, along with the rest of Devildriver, allowed me to eat my dinner on their bus as it was raining out and there was no other place to sit and eat.
John and I discussed Devildriver’s current success, their new album, the music scene, past and present, and the band’s plans after the tour as that night was their last US tour date. The interview is as follows:
There's been so much drama going on lately in relation to I.R.A.T.E. (Infinite Rebellion Against The Establishment) from Los Angeles, who have recently concluded their 30 date Project Independent Tour, that I wanted to take a different route and have some fun with the bandmates and their manager, Jeff Totten of Celestial Entertainment, by conducting a basic follow-up with them. The very first Project Independent release "Brothers of The Same Struggle", for which I have written a review on here at the almighty metalunderground.com, is currently available at your local Tower Records music store. Fans of Century Media may also order through their catalog.
For those that have been following this metal news site over the last couple of months, you are surely to be aware of the controversial band name ownership dispute that has been raging between New York's long standing hardcore act Irate and California's I.R.A.T.E., who are skillfully managed by Jeff Totten of Celestial Entertainment for Project Independent. In my last interview, I gave NYC Irate a more than fair opportunity to speak their case before all of us and handle this heated situation in a civil manner, for their have even been threats of violence made against the west coast I.R.A.T.E., prompting the FBI to be informed of the escalating matter. I feel it is only right now to give Mr. Totten a chance to follow-up to what was said by NYC Irate, in concern with the overall debate. I personally think this is a strong lesson in the way the music business works and not how we want it to work for us.
Jerry Montano of Danzig and Nothingface is one of the rare metal personalities of today that seems to understand the true scope of metal music and its great history up to this point. He's never been one of those players that gives off one of the typical major rock star attitudes. And what's even more amazing with him being as in demand as he is, he has never played in a band just to try and get rich quick. This is what endears Jerry Montano to the hardcore metalheads like myself in the true underground scene. I have also yet to ever see someone that looks as downright ominous plucking away on the low end as Montano does. Whether he's played alongside the greats like Danzig or Dimebag Darrell, one thing you know you're always going to get with Jerry Montano is someone that is there because of the pure love they have for the music. I want to sincerely thank him for being even bigger than life by spending time on this interview with me. I don't know what better way to celebrate 6-6-6 and with that, I hold the devil horns high and proud.
Memphis, Tennessee is famous for being the home of the man with the dangerous hips and velvet-lined voice, Elvis Presley. I knew the first time that I came across Sacrum's music profile on Myspace that I was looking at the future of heavy music when listening to their down home, ass stomping brand of metal. They have now really started a serious buzz for themselves, and I'm not talking about their partying activities either. Sacrum has a lot of great people surrounding them at this point in time and the members of the band are some of the most intensely driven musicians I've ever witnessed. I have nothing but the utmost confidence in this group really staking its claim in metal over the coming years. This interview covers a lot of exciting ground and I'm pleased to be working as closely as I do with them.
Norfolk, Virginia's Lofat continues to make strong waves in the metal underground, having recently produced their first video for the song Roaches under the Brick House Records label. The video, directed by Fabian Rush, is quirky, dark and totally fresh in its approach. I have always felt that this is a metal outfit that simply will not wear the same uniform and clown makeup that most seem to think is a prerequisite for delivering heavy music today. I believe that this is their main strength, beyond the fact that they offer a very compelling mix of old school hardcore and the metal/punk vibe that Suicidal Tendencies became so famous for. I had the chance recently to get some Q&A in with their entertaining drummer, Zeus.
In the Fall of 2000, five young and hungry musicians out of Cape Coral, Florida formed as Ekotren, in an all-out pursuit to bring passion back to the game of metal. They have hung in tough and really started to make a name for themselves on their local club scene and now are scheduled in a short time to unleash their self-released debut album, entitled The Tables Have Turned. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the work I have done with this band up to this time, for it's rare to find such a talented bunch that are as well mannered and respectful as I have found Ekotren to be. I had some questions answered recently by their bassist, Sean Fiene.