To date, we have conducted 1221 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:
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.
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.