To date, we have conducted 1040 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:
In an effort to catch up with some of the bands gearing up to tour on the Sounds of the Underground Tour, I sent some questions by email to From Autumn To Ashes. Frontman Benjamin Perri was kind enough to take the time to answer them. Here they are with his responses:
On May 30th, 2005 i went to BBkings in New York City, NY to interview the opening band for Deicide, With Passion. I walked into the nightclub and found the whole band, except for the drummer, hanging out back stage. We found a spot in a hallway back stage and proceeded with the interview.
The band are really cool guys and there were lots of laughs. I had to take out great deal of irrelevant side commentary by both me and the bands, which is cool since it allowed us to have the interview feel more as a more casual talk than an interview.
Friday evening (June 3), I got the chance to interview the guys from an unsigned local Vancouver band called Civil Ruin. This is how it went down:
This is an e- mail interview with The Esoteric's frontman Steve Cruz.
Gothique: The band features members of hardcore pioneers Coalesce and also Today Is The Day. How did you guys start playing together?
Steve: Cory, Eric, and Anthony (all the string players) have been playing as The Esoteric since high school, even through Coalesce and Reggie, The Esoteric were always together. While Marshal and I were in high school we were playing in a band as well. Marshal joined Today Is The Day and I moved to Lawrence and after stalking the "Eso" for a few years joined them. Marshal came to visit and he was into what we were doing, so after our previous drummer quit, Marshal joined and now here we are.
Yesterday (May 19) afternoon, I caught up with Seether guitarists, Pat Callahan and Shaun Morgan, after they filmed an acoustic version of "Remedy" for the TV show Urban Rush in Vancouver. Throughout the whole interview, both of them kept gazing out the big windows that overlooked the Burrard Inlet and the mountains. After naming the places they were staring at, I asked them a few questions about touring and the new album, "Karma and Effect," which hit stores next Tuesday (May 24).
They hail from Savannah, GA, and their sound defies all rules and regulations of style blending. I spoke to some of the members of Kylesa at the New England Metal Fest on April 22nd and here’s what Laura (vocals, guitars), Philip (vocals, guitars) and Corey (vocals, bass) had to say:
I caught up with Tony (vocals) and Henkka (keyboards) from Sonata Arctica at the New England Metal Fest on April 23rd. Here’s an account of our discourse:
Gothique: You were supposed to be the supporting act for Nightwish on their North American tour but due to their cancellation you had to cut short the previously announced dates. Good thing you didn’t cancel the whole tour.
I had the chance to attend the Mudvayne, American Head Charge, Life of Agony and Bloodsimple show in Philadelphia, PA. The show was on April 09th at the Electric Factory, a venue that holds approximately 3,000 people. I got to do an interview with the drummer of the band, Matt McDonough, prior to the show. So without any further delay, here is the interview:
Very few bands in recent years start off with a debut album which gains so much attention and media acclamation. Swallow The Sun are yet another marvellous Doom/ Death act from Finland and their first album, "The Morning Never Came", is an amalgam of mesmerizing sounds in the finest tradition of the meisters in the genre ( My Dying Bride, Katatonia).
As much as I wish to have seen them live and done this interview face to face, alas I had to resort to the electronic medium. Nonetheless, guitarist Juha and keyboardist Aleksi took the time to answer my questions about their forthcoming album, new video and... ballet.
I recently attended the Road Rage Tour 2005 and had the chance to do my first ever round-table interview and also at the same time too Zach from Still Remain was doing his first actual interview ever. This is how the interview transpired:
Shortly after interviewing Phil from All That Remains on March 29, I interviewed As I Lay Dying singer, Tim Lambesis, about the the band, their touring life, their upcoming album and music in general. This is how it went down:
On Tuesday, March 29, I got the chance to interview All That Remains vocalist, Phil Labonte, when they rolled through Vancouver with As I Lay Dying and Throwdown. Phil had problems with his throat and was advised to cancel all press but he was cool enough to let me ask him a few questions. As usual, I brought my sidekick Jen with me to help out a bit.
I had the honor to interview Tim Roth, the guitarist and songwriter of Into Eternity, on March 20th, 2005 before their show at BBkings in NYC. I conducted the interview in a small back stage dressing room. Overall, it was a fun interview with laughter, smiles, and agreement.
Some of my questions threw Roth off, but he answered them thoroughly with some added humor.
I had the chance to sit down with Ken Susi, the guitarist from Unearth, and do an interview with him. This took place at the Trocadero Theater, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; on February 28th. Here is how the interview went:
I couldn't pass up the opportunity to interrogate Behemoth's mainman Nergal after their blistering live performance in Worcester, MA last friday.
Gothique: First of all, tell me how's the tour been going?
Nergal: Very good so far. It's been our third, fourth tour in a row right now, so it's pretty much we jump from one tour to another so we got our reasons to be burned out but still. Today I was totally sick, I caught pneumonia with all this. I had an awful headache.
Gothique: You sounded very well on stage despite that.
Nergal: You know what- it's adrenaline and it's the people. My theory is that it's the people who make the show. And we just help them out, that's how it works. When you get such dedicated and extreme metal lovers you just can't suck, you know, you go totally mad. So that's what we did.
Wednesday last week, I had the chance to catch up with vocalist Randy Blythe of Lamb of God for a long-overdue phone interview. I planned to catch them in person on one of the last shows of their US tour with Fear Factory in Washington, DC, but got bumped for a gig they had with XM radio before the show (note XM no longer has a metal station - BASTARDS!). Lamb of God have been touring their asses off since Ozzfest last year and therefore most of my questions were about touring and their latest album on a major label. Here's how it all went down:
I recently did an interview with Magna-FI who was opening for SevenDust at The Plex in Charleston, SC on 12-08-04. All the members were present Mike Szuter (Vocals/Guitar), C.J. Szuter (Guitar), Rob Kley (Bass) and Charlie Smaldino (Drums). First of all I have to say that this was one hell of a show, these guys played there hearts out. And secondly, they kicked ass. If you don’t own there album, you need to get it. From Mike’s melodic vocals to Charlie’s heart stopping bass kicks and driving percussive beats, which command you to move. This band is definitely a force to be reckoned with.
I recently had the chance to sit down with Joel Stroetzel, guitarist, from Killswitch Engage. This was at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, PA on November 18th, which was part of the Jagermeister Fall Tour. Here's the interview:
When the Headbanger's Ball Tour hit the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC this past Wednesday (December 1), my friend Jen and I got the chance to speak with Cradle of Filth bassist Dave Pybus for about half an hour. We brought our friend Simon along because he's British, just like Cradle of Filth. Sarah, who does backup vocals for the band, was also in the room backstage but she was busy working on the laptop.
When Gwar was in Vancouver for a show on November 24, my friend Jen and I interviewed their singer Oderus (real name: Dave Brockie). It was really a ton of fun doing the interview with him and he just kept us laughing non-stop, even more so when he mocked Eddie Vedder.
I had the chance of talking to Arch Enemy's bass player Sharlee D'Angelo this last Saturday in Worcester, MA. As I've said before, I always have so much fun talking to Scandinavians and this time was no exception to the rule. Special thanks go out to Sharlee for being incredibly nice, their tour manager Notty for arranging the interview and Ragnar, a.k.a. Mannahnin for helping out with the questions.
On Saturday, Nov 6th, I spoke to Scott from Bleeding Through. He was really cool and accommodating and I had a great time talking to him because of his insight into the hardcore scene.
This interview was conducted on the evening of October 7th with all the band members of Kittie. The interview took place inside the Kittie tour bus, which was parked directly in front of the venue. The venue for the evening was Banana Joe's in Huntington, WV. The interview went very well. I walked away from this experience with a big smile on my face. The ladies of Kittie are truly the coolest to hang with. Thank you ladies! (Sorry it took so long to get this posted)
On October 26th, I had the pleasure of interviewing the bassist Henkka T. Blacksmith from one of my favourite bands, Finland's Children of Bodom. I brought my friend Jen along to sort of help out. And I gotta say Henkka was really nice and was cool enough to put up with our strange sense of humour, though he may have been weirded out a bit. My apologies if some of my questions may seem rather stupid and redundant but I've been suffering from major sleep deprivation due to the late-night cramming sessions.
Recently I had gotten the chance to interview one of my all-time favorite musicians/vocalists Max Cavelera of Soulfly. This was amazing to do since I’ve been a big fan of Max’s since way back when he was in Sepultura. I found Max and his wife both to be extremely nice and very down to earth as well. Anyway, without further adieu here is my interview with Max Cavalera: