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An Interview With Drummer Baal-Thamor Of Gothmog

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.

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An Interview With 16 Drummer Jason Corley

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.

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An Interview w/ Buddy From Senses Fail

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.

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Interview With Obscura Guitarist Christian Muenzer

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.

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An Interview With Maegashira Vocalist JJ Koczan

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.

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An Interview With Joe Cocchi of Within The Ruins

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.

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Interview with Mushroomhead Band Members

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.

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An Interview With Jess Margera Of Viking Skull

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.

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Interview with In Flames Guitarist Bjorn Gelotte

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:

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An Interview With The Members Of Drowning Pool

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.

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Interview with Battlelore's Jyri Vahvanen

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.

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Interview with Amon Amarth's Johan Söderberg

"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.

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Interview With Metallica Tribute Band Battery

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:

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Interview with Mike IX Williams from EyeHateGod

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.

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Interview With Psycroptic Drummer Dave Haley

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.

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Interview with Frank Watkins from Obituary

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.

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Interview With Gary Holt Of Exodus

The renowned Bay area thrash band Exodus have been pumping out albums since 1985 amid numerous line-up changes, record label issues, a full scale break up, and even the death of a vocalist. Despite all the problems the band is continuing on at full speed without skipping a beat, and is set to release a re-recording of their classic first album "Bonded by Blood."

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Interview With Mongrel Guitarist Adam Savage

If punk, metal, and rock had an orgy, Mongrel would be the bastard love child. A fusion of edgy and raging guitar, anthem-like vocals with heavy drums, Mongrel is an example of cross-genre at its best. Based out of New Hampshire, high-energy Mongrel has gained quite a reputation, building a fan base from the US to Australia, gaining radio play, touring non-stop and opening for acts like The Misfits, Otep, The Exploited, and All That Remains. Their album, “Fear, Lies, and Propaganda” was picked up earlier this year by Screaming Ferret Wreckords for re-release. I caught up with Adam Savage, guitar, and talked about Mongrel’s beginnings, playing cross-genre music, and playing live. Be on the look out for these guys, they are onto something.

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Being Justin Broadrick

I don't feel particularly special, I just feel really lucky. – Justin Broadrick

Final. Napalm Death. Godflesh. Jesu. Starting his music career at the age of 11, releasing his own demo for Final, signing up with Napalm Death in 1985, forming Godflesh in 1988, and Jesu in 2003, Justin Broadrick has had his hands in the metal scene, being a member of some of the most influential groups to grindcore, industrial metal, post-metal, and alternative metal. Turning down offers to join Faith No More and Danzig and producing for Pantera, Isis, Pelican, Earth, Knut, Justin Broadrick has earned the respect of musicians and fans alike. With the much anticipated release of "Why Are We Not Perfect" off of HydraHead this week, Justin Broadrick has once again proven that he can test the waters, push the limits, and continue to evolve.

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Interview With Scott Kelly of Neurosis

When you mix twenty-two years of playing music together with the determination to own the music and make it for them, you get one of the most influential bands since Discharge. Neurosis have catapulted themselves to a band that no one knew what to do with to a band to be respected and their unique sound - a mixture of post-metal, doom metal, a pinch of punk, and tribal-like drum beats - have both awed fans and inspired musicians with their sheer intensity of their recorded output and their notoriously devastating live performances. Add incredible visuals that both move and terrify and Neurosis leaves its mark wherever they go.

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Scott Kelly, vocalist and guitarist of Neurosis, about their music, their legacy, and the UFC.

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Suspyre Guitarist Gregg Rossetti Interviewed

Forward-thinking fans of metal should have Suspyre on their musical radar. The New Jersey outfit specializes in the kind of tech-heavy sounds bands like Spiral Architect and Watchtower helped put on the map. After releasing two critically acclaimed full-length albums, Suspyre is about to unveil "When Time Fades..." on prog-metal powerhouse, Sensory Records. Lead singer, Clay Barton has one of the most powerful yet tuneful voices in metal going today, so even though the band's arrangements fly all over the place, there are enough melodic hooks to keep you reeled in. Metal Underground's Carlos Ramirez had a chance to talk to guitarist Gregg Rossetti about their new material, their intricate songwriting, and his favorite prog-metal albums of all time.

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Interview With Jon Schaffer Of Iced Earth

American metal legends Iced Earth are finally finishing the legacy of their Something Wicked storyline began ten years ago with the album "Something Wicked This Way Comes." The culmination of the story, titled "The Crucible of Man," will be released this September just before the band goes on a headlining tour across North America. Founding member and guitarist Jon Schaffer recently answered some questions about the upcoming album and the Something Wicked storyline during a phone interview from his studio.

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An Interview with Testament

Thrash metal legends Testament have been a subgenre titan for over 20 years now. With the original lineup mostly reformed and their critically acclaimed new album "The Formation of Damnation" released earlier this year, they have embarked on a massive touring campaign in support of their new album. I had the opportunity to sit down with guitarist Alex Skolnick and drummer Paul Bostaph at the Chicago leg of the Metal Masters Tour (also featuring Judas Priest, Heaven and Hell and Motorhead).

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Interview With Bjorn Luna Of Chrome Division

Chrome Division is a hard hitting rock and roll band with a heavy metal edge that focuses on all those things that make rock music so much fun, namely Booze, Broads, and Beelzebub, which just happens to also be the name of the band's latest album. Although the band is composed of members from more extreme outfits such as Dimmu Borgir and The Kovenant, Chrome Division has its own distinctive style that has been crafted specifically to get people taking shots and singing along. The band's bassist Bjorn Luna recently answered some questions about Chrome Division and their new album.

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"The Atomic Clock" Gene Hoglan Interviewed

Branded the most brutal metal drummer of our time, Eugene "Gene" Victor Hoglan II, has been consistently acclaimed for his creativity in drum arrangements, including usage of odd devices for percussion effects and his trademark lengthy double-kick drum rhythms. His highly technical precision of playing increasingly fast and challenging tempos, with extreme accuracy, earned him the nickname "The Atomic Clock." He is best known for his works with the bands Death, Strapping Young Lad and Testament.

Completely self-taught, Hoglan got his first drum kit when he was 13. He began his music career in the early 80s, playing drums during concert sound checks for legendary metal band, Slayer, and working as their lights engineer on tour. He also formed the well known thrash band, War God, with Michelle Meldrum. At the end of the same year he was asked to drum for the thrash metal band Dark Angel, and wrote most of the lyrics for their next three albums. He achieved even greater notoriety during the 1990s playing with Death, recording an album with the thrash metal band Testament, and making the acquaintance of Canadian multi-instrumentalist Devin Townsend, forging a lasting friendship. He has since recorded several albums with Townsend, both as part of the speed/industrial/death metal band Strapping Young Lad and Townsend's solo albums.

Hoglan recently played on "The Dethalbum," for Adult Swim's animated TV show, Metalocalypse. "The Deathalbum," debuted at #21 in the Billboard 200, making it the highest charting death metal album in history. He just finished touring with Dethklok, selling out shows in every city. Hannah and I got to sit down with Gene and discuss the Dethklok tour, various percussion instruments he's created, and the recent loss of his dear friend Michelle Meldrum.

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