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Many that watched Level-C on the MTV cable produced Battle For Ozzfest may recall seeing this female metal group out of Cleveland, Ohio make it all the way to the top ten out of nearly eight hundred bands in the entire competition. When I discovered them on Myspace and saw that they did indeed have a unique sound and hard rocking image, I expected that they would be signed by a label sooner rather than later. And sure enough, they have been recently signed to Crash Music Incorporated for a two album deal. In light of this, I had some of my new questions answered by the band's drummer, Misty Everson.
There's been a bit of an ongoing verbal war between the infamous hardcore thrash metal act from Bronx, New York called Irate and the west coast I.R.A.T.E. - over the ownership of well, the Irate group moniker. My past interview with Erik Ulrich of the latter mentioned I.R.A.T.E. - who are currently travelling across the country with The Project Independent Tour - stirred up literal blood dripping over the curbs into the streets from the anger and frustration expressed by the New York Irate's devoted legion of fans. I wanted to be fair and give both sides a chance to tell their story. Jeff Totten of Project Independent has already spoken on his band's behalf in concern with this over-heated issue and now I give that opportunity to the other Irate and hopefully we can finally bury this battle six feet under. I personally thank Nando and Nick from NYC Irate for being real standup and giving me the honor of discussing not just the name ownership situation - but also giving all of us true metalers a bit more history of their band and what is to come from them as they move forward in life. I respect both sides, for I am merely a rock journalist who loves metal music and at the end of the day on all of this, I hope that's what we walk away talking about: music not destruction. Maybe the White house could learn a thing or two from this themselves.
Killing of Mind hails from Santa Rosa, California and is made up of four members, including Paul Nieblas on vocals, Niall Mulcahy hitting the drums, Russell Mederios on guitar/vocals and Tony D'Orazio on Bass/backup vocals). Having released two independent cd's: "Self-titled" black EP (2002), and "Strings" (2004), they are one of the top unsigned metal acts in the underground at this point and seem to firing on all cylinders with their high energy live shows. The band took time out recently to give us all a better rundown on what makes Killing of Mind tick.
Of all the hundreds upon thousands of upcoming metal acts around the globe that I have checked out on Myspace this year, I can say that there is not one that has hit me dead smack between the eyes with its literal uncanny ability like Deliver Us From Evil has done. They incorporate with true gusto the best elements of metal from the past and what is most appealing today. They cannot be labeled very easy due to this. They are not another Lamb of God imitator, nor are they at all classifiable as NU metal. The band is made up of Jeff Thomas on bass, Alex Morgan on percussion, John Matheis playing lead guitar and one of the more talented screamers in the underground game today, Brent Vaughn on vocals. I wanted to provide everyone with more insight into this extremely gifted metal act's background and what can be expected in the future by conducting this inteview with their drummer, Alex Morgan.
Fall To Grace out of Los Angeles, California has quickly started the big climb to the top of the metal heap and doesn't seem to be letting up soon. This is a band that sidesteps playing down the extreme and instead plays up the beauty of a well-written song. I rarely find myself ever listening to a band that is frankly way too far from the brutal path, but I will be the first one to stand and defend the honor and accomplishment in the art that Fall To Grace is presenting to the music world. I went to their drummer, Kari Kane, in attempt to get into the mechanics of this impressive metal unit.
The bowels of Seattle, Washington have regurgitated up, Burnt Shadows, one of the more chilling and eerily death-sounding extreme metal acts in metal's underground today. It is an act that revisits the murder cry and blast beast of Acid Bath, while channeling the downright haunting thrash of Slayer. The band is made up of Brandon Eckert on vocals, Craig Saner on guitar, also including Dan Moore on guitar, Dave Moore playing bass and Tony Mitchell hitting the drums. They have made a serious impression on me from the first moment I heard their tracks on Myspace, and I am pleased to be taking a few moments with their extremely gifted singer, Brandon Eckert.
A couple of months ago, I was approached on Myspace by a Finnish 5-piece named Thales to check their music out. As a fan of most melodic metal, especially from Finland, I gave them a listen and found an incredible band that absolutely kicks ass. Anyone who likes technical, early-Dark Tranquillity-influenced Scandinavian metal should definitely check them out at their Myspace page or the official website.
Anyhow, I did an e-mail interview with the band. Guitarist Lasse Kristiansen, drummer Juuso Backman and bassist Juha Tretjakov took the time to answer the questions. Here is how it went:
There is a rare type of seed that is planted within the breeding grounds of the underground metal scene that can bloom into a true metal act with the ability to straight up show honor to the great extreme metal bands before it and still push the boundaries of heavy music as it now moves forward Post-Dimebag Darrell. Detroit, Michigan's hellspawn South Gate is just that very kind of band. A dangerous mixture of old Sabbath and Slayer, this group's been delivering now a very mean and death-grinding brand of old school thrash metal to metalers all throughout the currently thriving Michigan metal scene. They are right now clearly one of the top underground metal acts, and I jumped at the chance to interview their beer slamming and pick hand swolen bass player, Treadway.
The underground metal scene is home to one of Rock music's best kept secrets, Krell. This is a very dynamic and thought provoking Industrial metal band that I can only see shooting straight through to the top of the game sooner rather than later. They seem to understand that the best tag to have as a band really is one that's not clearly defined. They can hit you in the gut from so many angles at any moment with their demonic yet beautifully sweeping songwriting prowess, that I just have to believe in my heart that this band is going to achieve great things. Now besides saying I have traded Jag bombs with Krell's talented six stringer, Adam, I can say we've hammered out a really interesting interview that should win them over many more fans.
Prong has always been one of the more compelling hardcore metal acts since being formed in 1986 by singer/guitarist Tommy Victor. This is a band that has always delivered some of the meanest, pit-swirling songs around. And from a critical standpoint, Prong has amazingly kept its head way above water over the years, even throughout the stadium-filling eras of Guns N Roses and Metallica. Prong has always been refreshing in its experimentation by mixing elements of progressive thrash with electronica. This metal act will go down in Rock history as being one of the grittier, flat out well respected heavy music outifts ever. Even when you think you've heard the last from them, Prong's music somehow always manages to work its way back. I am so thrilled to have this chance to get some questions in with Prong's new bass player, Mike Longworth.
Underground metal music has a new hero in its midst. His name is Jeff Totten of Celestial Entertainment/On-Stage Management. He is the main man behind The Project Independent Tour, a nationwide music event, showcasing some of the top un-signed metal acts from all over the country. The band I.R.A.T.E. out of Los Angeles, California is the headliner and are supporting their new album release Brothers Of The Same Struggle, currently available at Tower Records. A second compilation disc is included, featuring many of metal's brightest new talents. Jeff is a real busy guy and I thank him for taking time out to give me this cool interview.
Los Angeles, California's Fall To Grace is a metal band that doesn't rely on any kind of formula. This is a band that seems to understand that at this point they really are onto something good here. Most bands on the famed Hollywood metal scene right now that try to do what Godsmack does or what Alice In Chains did, never quite seem to distance themselves from the original source of inspiration. FTG is a musical unit that flatout has the talent on stage and I see so much potential for success. I had FTG's guitarist, Silas Burke, answer some questions recently.
New Orleans, Louisiana's Outlaw Order is one of underground metal's most compelling side projects, spreading an almost more intensely anti-establishment message than the legendary Eyehategod itself, of which EHG bassist, Gary Mader, has swapped the four strings for six. Much like EHG, they have been working hard to pull themselves back up by the bootstraps since the Katrina Hurricane devastation nearly took NOLA out completely. They are planning to record a new album so they can do what they love the most, playing out live for their most loyal of fans.
Underground metal has a new sensation in its midst and it comes in the form of Glendale, California's progressive black metal act, Orcus. This group freshly mixes in extreme metal influences ranging from Opeth, Cradle of Filth, Devil Driver to Amon Amarth. They are a band, beyond its mutant-like musicianship and songwriting prowess, that has been truly blessed with one of the stronger vocal talents in black metal that I've ever heard in the affable John Paul Fernandes. He and I shared some discussion recently, traversing further down that chilling road of musical darkness that is Orcus.
Downriver, Michigan's local metal fave Mindrought has been unleashing its own unique brand of thought-provoking metal music with their very own private label of some of the heaviest and hooky, guitar-driven mosh-inducers that issue a bold tongue in cheek delivery, thus putting more of an exclamation point on the subject they rant about. This is a very exciting unsigned band at this moment and one to keep your attention on for sure. They are in production currently of a new full-length album release. I had some questions on this intriguing and face crushing metal act answered in good spirits by the band's lead vocalist, Gary Macey.
Norfolk, Virginia's Lofat is a young and determined thrash metal band that is now hooked up with Brickhouse Records. They have certainly yielded quite a bit of interest on the local Virginia music scene over the last year and are quickly making their name known in the underground metal scene through sheer force of will and yes, Myspace. Whether bringing the thrash ala Suicidal Tendencies or going for the monster grind Pantera-style, this band clearly shoots for the stars when it comes to how they represent metal's great legacy as it moves forward. I went to the guy who does Lofat's screaming, talented lead singer, Mishun, to see what the skinny is.
Founded in the Fall of 2000, Cape Coral, Florida's Ekotren are passionate young musicians that strive to put out a positive life message through their freshly offered melody-friendly songs. 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 has loads of talent and so many years ahead to fully define itself , and it's really only the members themselves who know what is in store for the rest of us. I recently was able to shoot some questions at their guitarist, Keith Finnell.
Orlando, Florida's AM Conspiracy is led by former Drowning Pool frontman, Jason 'Gong' Jones. He makes no bones about the fact that at this point in his life, he just wants to do what makes himself happy musically. This guy really is one of the rare singing talents that can effortlessly go from a soulful, bluesy-metal range to high-piercing screams that can even make Halford proud. Gong is now taking his music down a new road with a different set of bandmates. Ranging from Layne Staley'esque choruses to being able to growl with any other of metal's elite, the likes of say a Dez Fafara or Randy Blythe. Gong Jones convincingly continues onward in building his impressive rock legacy, more than ready at any point to show all of us another thing or two by pulling the ace card out from one of his tattooed arm sleeves.
On Tuesday, April 18, the metal act I.R.A.T.E. will be appearing at Torrance, California's Tower Records, celebrating their new album release entitled "Brothers of the Same Struggle", which will be a 2-cd set, featuring a compilation of twenty unsigned bands on the nationwide Project Independent Tour. This summer, with the support of MySpace, Jagermeister Music and Tower Records, I.R.A.T.E. will be embarking onto the nation's largest independent music campaign ever. I am so pleased to have had my questions answered by their lead singer, Erik Ulrich.
On Wednesday, September 14th I went to BBkings in New York City, NY to see Therion and Beyond the Embrace. Though it as been a while since the concert since I’ve been ill. I have finally been well enough and had the time to post this interview. I had the opportunity to interview guitarist and songwriter, Christofer Johnsson, of Therion. Talking with Christofer Johnsson gave me a lot of insight into my own song writing process. I felt such a musical connection I couldn’t provide much else to say except to stare and nod. He said things I think about all the time when I make music. In addition he gave me a different outlook on the purpose of creating music. I hope this interview gives some insight to you as a reader as it did for me as an interviewer.
Cleveland, Ohio's all-female metal act, Level-C, has been on a steady rise in the metal underground since first forming in 2002, having been one of the top 10 bands on the MTV series "Battle For Ozzfest". They're lead guitarist Christina Crago answered some of my questions recently to keep all of us current on the band's progress.
Cape Coral, Florida has spawned the radio friendly hardcore/metal outfit called Ekotren. Formed in 2000, the lineup consists of Guitarist Keith Finnell, Bassist Sean Fiene, DJ/Keyboardist Steve Chin, Eric Pottle on drums and standout Vocalist John Sheldon. They seem poised to make a serious run up the ladder in the music busness and appear to take what they do very seriously for such a young group of individuals. I had some time recently to ask John Sheldon some questions that I felt would help their audience get to know them a bit better.
Clearly not an easy metal act to put a label on, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Dawn Of Correction
has been on a recent warpath throughout the true metal underground. I find myself more and more entertained by their rare brand of full-throttle, kick you in your teeth heavy music, and I got the chance recently to get some questions in with their highly adept bassist, ECH.
There aren't many truly exciting things going on in the heavy music world today. Most of the older juggarnaut metal acts like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest are too worn out and out of touch with what's truly relevant anymore to peak any interest with their latest offerings. And when Nu-metal legends like Korn flatout decide to release a disco album it forces one to stand in a dark corner alone wondering what the hell is happening to your scene. I was recently turned on to Detroit, Michigan's South Gate, and I am very much blown away by their machine gun rattling form of heavy metal. I went directly to their platoon leader, lead vocalist, Ness, to find out more about the battle they wage.
I first came in contact with Josh Gregory of Al-Ce-Mi outside Hollywood's famed Whisky A Go Go on The Sunset Strip back in January of this year. I was there to review My Ruin and as we both dragged off respective cigarettes, I mistook Josh as someone waiting in line to buy a ticket, when in fact he was the front man for one of the opening bands. Al-Ce-Mi rolls it loc'd up straight outta Whittier, California. This act is a fusion of both the good vibe-type So Cal ska/metal/punk band like Sublime and the harsher street influenced Suicidal Tendencies. They offer lyrics that make you examine and go within yourself to find the truer self, and I think in an overwhelming sea of metal bands today that typically will go straight for playing the 'evil card' every time out, Al-Ce-Mi is a refreshing alternative and certainly a band of growing significance to the underground metal scene.