To date, we have conducted 1227 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:
Formed in 2005, Birmingham, Alabama's VICTIM OF THOUGHT is as solid of a metal act coming out of the underground scene as you can get. They combine elements of razor-sharp Pantera riff domination with an Anselmo-esque howl cry vocal delivery breaking off at a level just about any extreme music fan is going to appreciate. Citing main influences such as Judas Priest, Stone Temple Pilots, Life of Agony, Corrosion of Conformity, Victim Of Thought have really started to make people take notice of them on their local club scene and judging from their increasing popularity on MySpace, I predict this is going to be a band that goes very far in the immediate years to come. I wanted to learn more about them, so I recently got some Q&A done with Eddie on lead guitar.
The great white metal hope out of the safe and friendly mid-west confines of Evansville, Indiana, better known to their diehard underground fan base as DELIVER US FROM EVIL, have not relented one nano-second in their all-out pursuit for heavy metal glory. They have been simply destroying each stage, even going as far to make sure that each new show they perform is a bit more destructive than the last. The impressive metal unit seems to run on mutant-type powers, in the mind's eye of this music critic. I have yet to see one other unsigned metal act, throughout the entire world this year, that can bring such a radical technical explosion and completely original approach to their songwriting. I recently was able to get some questions in with their bassist, Jeff Thomas.
Detroit, Michigan may be well known for churning out new automobiles off the assembly line but there is one mean steel machine running around called SOLDIERS OF SCRAPE that is making more noise out of the underground music scene than a Ford Pinto that should've been junked twenty years ago. Soldiers Of Scrape just took top honors for 2006's Monster Picks contest, a true testimony to just how popular this band is. They are to be featured in the upcoming Decibel magazine. This is a metal band that is for the people and of the people, like one of its main inspirations, Pantera. They are going to be turning the touring knob up to eleven here in September and October, so watchout for them throughout Michigan and Illinois. I took some time to get my Q&A on with their always bleary eyed bassist, Wayne.
On August 7th 2006, I saw the New Jersey progressive death metal band Divinity Destroyed at The Continental, a bar in New York City. Recently losing their keyboardist, Divinity Destroyed are still going out and playing shows. Nonetheless, I went with my friend Steven to see Divinity Destroyed put on a short and sweet set of about 20 minutes. There was a crowd of about 30 people, most of which have never heard them before, but were certainly enjoying the music. Regardless of small technical difficulties they had with their guitars early on, they put on a killer show with a lot of energy and headbanging and all out insanity. After their performance, I conducted the interview outside a bookstore around the corner of the venue.
The band is an eccentric bunch of individuals that I enjoy hanging out with after their performances. I constructed questions for this interview that would bring out this part of their natural personality that isn’t heard in their music, but can be seen on their website and Myspace page. The questions I asked also spurred a lot of spontaneous conversations, which made the interview fun. Unfortunately some of the silly irrelevant side conversation was hard to hear from the audio recording and some of the funny statements made were hard to hear because there were multiple people talking at once. Despite the complication with transcribing, the interview was very amusing.
Chicago, Illinois is the home to one of the hottest underground radio shows on the net called WYLDE RADIO on the Cygnus Internet station. The host is outspoken and truer to the heavy metal scene than most. His name is Tom Wylde and I wanted to give all of you a chance to learn more about the work that he does, so I tracked him down and got this interview done.
Los Angeles, California's FALL TO GRACE has just received word that they are moving into the semi final stage of the National Bodog Battle Of The Bands competition and are to perform the next round of the contest on September 12th at The Roxy club. They are currently at work on their debut LP and still remain unsigned, but it looks very promising for the hard rockin bunch. They have great stage performance and blend the key elements of metal with a literal 'throwback' Rock-style so well that I just don't see them not making it to the top here very soon. I took some time to get more info on the group with their bass player, Christophe.
Former HELSTAR guitarists, Robert Trevino and Larry Barragan, have formed a new metal beast entitled ETERNITY BLACK out of the very proud and legendary underground metal scene of Houston, Texas. These two clearly made an impact with their former band and are now sitting on top of a literal powder keg with the new one. I even venture out to say that they are at the helm of one of the baddest, meanest-sounding unsigned acts in the world. They will not bow down to the corpororate metal way-of-thinking as they move forward, ushering in the truest form of heavy music one can handle. I am really impressed by not only the guitars and percussion going on, but they have got one incredible vocalist in Ryan McKnight, who I shared some Q&A with recently. Getcha pull!
Bolingbrook, Illinois has a serious death metal act on its hands with LIFE IN SHADOW. This is a band that refuses to just go all out with the blast beat and takes extra careful consideration on their songwriting. They have been making some solid noise on their local club scene and seem to be gaining a pretty strong momentum right now. They have hands down one of the most talented young metal drummers out of the underground in young Josh Abbott, and so I am real happy to have a chance to interview this hard-hitter.
There really aren't any underground metal bands on the scene today made up mostly of twenty-one year olds that are making any kind of serious impression today. Cape Coral, Florida's EKOTREN is an exception. Scratch that, a major exception. With a recent successful performance on Van's Warped Tour 2006 and an increasing following picking up steam in the local clubs of Florida, Ekotren seems to really be holding their own against the crowds of band competition. They have also recently self-released their debut EP 'The Tables Have Turned', which this rock journalist gave an overwhelming 'thumbs up' in review. It's really turned into quite a year for this bunch. With as crazy as things have been going for them, I am pleased to have gotten some questions in with their talented man on the keys, Steve Chin.
Sounds of the Underground Tour came through Vancouver on August 10th and on the bill was Vancouver's very own 3 Inches of Blood. I took the opportunity to chat with Cam Pipes, the man behind the Rob Halford-esque vocals. Here's how it went down:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's DAWN OF CORRECTION have been throwing down the metal law all throughout their hometown area of Philadelphia and don't seem to be showing any signs of slowing up. A total throwback metal sound is what they are all about, fusing the best elements of Black Sabbath, Pantera, Slayer, Superjoint Ritual, Old-school Metallica, Savatage and Mercyful Fate. They have the 2006 Metal Fest coming up next put on by Praying Mantis Entertainment that features other great underground acts such as SWIFTKILL and DEAD UNTIL DARK which is set to go off on August 26th. I am happy to finally get the chance to interview D.O.C.'s drummer, Rich Tornetta.
Los Angeles, California's progressive metal outfit 33DEGREE has truly withstood the harshest tests that can be thrown at a band, including the stroke of their skin basher. They are a rock act that seems to have blurred the line between heavy music and spirituality, in my mind, which is what attracted me to them in the first place. The band is comprised of Liz on vocals, Jesus on bass, Blair on guitar and Mack on the sticks. They combine elements of TOOL and LACUNA COIL effectively to arrive at their edgy modern rock sound, yet still somehow they manage to maintain a musical distinction that is very much their own. And that says a lot when you look at all the other bands stuck in blast beast syndrome. They have just finished some recent touring with POWERMAN 5000 and are back in Los Angeles now to do a couple dates on the Sunset Strip soon. It only took me about four months or so to finally get Mack on drums to sit down for this much anticipated Q&A. I thank him and the rest of the group for being one of underground's truly important rock bands.
Asheville, North Carolina's SOUTHERN CROSS have begun to make a lot of people in the underground stand and take notice to their Pantera-influenced & Whiskey-soaked brand of metal. They have an endless stream of talent outpouring from all members and there seems to be no end in sight. They are currently working on new material and have been playing well received local shows, and I believe from the outpouring of interest going on at MySpace currently for them that this shows us only a small indicator of the big things to come. I am pleased to get some Q&A in with their bassist, Ranke.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's industrial/death metal act NINETAIL have just newly released this past June a full-length debut LP, 'The Process of Conversion' off the Level Nine Entertainment indie label and have been making one strong wave after the next with their live performances in the underground, opening for acts such as Marilyn Manson, Dry Kill Logic, 3 Inches of Blood & Metal Church. It's now blatantly apparent that this band is going major places. In my busy and hectic schedule, I have certainly wanted to find time to get to know the band better and now is the time. Chris Evan on rhythm guitar and backing vocals obliged me by taking time out to answer questions.
Whittier, California's Al-Ce-MI are an unsigned punk/metal act that are going to have their debut EP recorded by pretty much the best in the business in Ryan Green (Bad Religion, NOFX, Nerf Herder, The Dickies) and I can't wait to hear the results they come up with. I got some Q&A in recently with their bassist, Nyroh.
I don't think I need to make much of an introduction on these two lovely young ladies, for they are extremely well known among the most dedicated of metalers on the live scene or that are addicted to MySpace online like the rest of us. THE METAL TWINS, Megan and Stacy are Rock N Roll gorgeous, full of child-like energy and definitely on their way up as recognizable personalities in the heavy music arena for sure. I wanted to take some time and finally interview them inbetween their dancing on stage for the likes of CHIMAIRA or being killed at the hands of GWAR to try and help show others around what a true metaler is all about. I got real lucky with these hotties, a two for one, if you will, and easily the most down for the music I've ever witnessed.
Holland, Michigan's SHACKLE JACK is everything that you want in a straight ahead metal band. They seem to understand how to keep it heavy but melodic and even have a 70's throwback sound going for them, yet still managing the heavy handed skull-crush of PANTERA or BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. They have a new full-length album out, "Jack In Irons", available online and in select West Michigan Stores. The band is made up of Eric 'Buddha' Evenhouse on vocals/guitar, Jesse Davis on bass/backup vocals, Justin Glover on drums and Dustin Rae on lead guitar. They are loaded up with many live show dates throughout the remainder of the summer and seem to seriously have things rockin in the right direction for them. I broke out my trusty formula of questions for their extremely engaging front man, Buddha.
Glendale, California's ORCUS has been feeding the Los Angeles Rock scene a steady diet of its unique brand of progressive black metal music since originally forming back in 2003. They have quickly become a favorite to many diehard metalers, due to the fact that they pretty much 'out talent' most groups of musicians around them. They remain unsigned, but I see them becoming attached very soon, having opened for such well known acts as OBITUARY and MY RUIN, all the while easily managing to hold their own and in some instances, in moments of sheer sonic beauty, obliterating anyone else that unfortunately has to share the stage with them. They have a new self-released album out entitled 'Birth' and I am happy to have had a chance to interview their keyboard player, Andrew De Lange.
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.