To date, we have conducted 1264 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:
A month ahead of the start of a North American tour with Pain of Salvation (sponsored by MetalUnderground.com), the Oklahoma-based prog metal foursome Vangough is in heavy rehearsal mode. With a few videos making their way to the band’s YouTube, an eager and locked-in beast is emerging and preparing to hit the ProgPower USA debut hard. Finding success through their ’Touring The Madness’ Kickstarter, which doesn’t end until the 21st of August, Vangough hope to be able to capitalize on the momentum and push for stretch goals. Lead guitarist/vocalist Clay Withrow caught up with MetalUndergroud.com after hitting the $3,000 band Kickstarter goal to talk about the band.
The Swedish all-female hard rock / heavy metal band Crucified Barbara is on the verge of releasing fourth full-length album "In The Red," due out September 10th via Despotz Records.
Vocalist Mia Coldheart was kind enough to connect with Metalunderground.com to discuss the new album, including tough issues like sexual abuse and gender roles in the metal scene brought up by the track "To Kill A Man."
Read on for the full interview where Mia talks recording in Gothenburg, shooting a music video, and digging deeper past the surface with song titles and lyrical themes.
The Danish melodic death metal troupe Illdisposed is now a full 12 studio albums in over a more than 20 year career.
Latest output "With The Lost Souls On Our Side" just saw official release last month, and to mark the launch of the new full-length disc, guitarist Jakob "Batten" Hansen checked in with Metalunderground.com for a new interview.
Below you can find Hansen's thoughts on negative reviews, discover the band's preferred method of recording, and see what he has to say about Illdisposed existing for an astonishing two decades.
xFiruath: Did you record this album again at Antfarm Studio and The Batcave? How long did the recording take and how did the process go this time around?
Jakob: That’s exactly what we did. It’s a winning combo. We started tracking the drums at the Antfarm Studio. There’s an empty swimming pool there that is perfect for drum recordings. It’s adding a great ambiance to the acoustics. The rest was recorded at The Batcave, which is my own place. We don’t have to rush things there, we can take the time we’ll need. When all recordings were done, Tue Madsen mixed and mastered the album at the Antfarm. All in all the process took five to six weeks.
xFiruath: What sort of lyrics are sported on “With The Lost Souls On Our Side?”
"The Flesh Prevails," the third album by San Francisco atmospheric death metal outfit, Fallujah, has an airy, dualistic quality. Guitar harmonies, synth, keyboards and even female vocals instill the record with angelic beauty. While the vocals harmonize with these light aspects, their guttural nature reveals a certain darkness beneath. Also, the guitars and drums are played at a speed that adds a hint of violence to these peaceful melodies. This speed and all the layers may seem chaotic at times, but there is a gentle finesse that helps the band maintain balance.
Fallujah's approach and ability has led to their garnering much accolades by fans and critics alike. Their placement this year on the extreme metal tour, Summer Slaughter, has increased their popularity while continuing to inspire an already built in audience (I noticed many Fallujah shirts). I caught up with vocalist Alex Hofmann after the group performed under scorching heat in Austin, Texas to talk about the Summer Slaughter and "The Flesh Prevails," which was released less than a week before this interview.
Longtime fans of the Swedish death metal powerhouse Entombed were recently shocked to see the band return with an unfamiliar moniker at the end - "A.D." - along with a lineup no longer including guitarist Alex Hellid.
After the initial announcements, Entombed A.D. became a recurring name in our weekly podcasts, and now that the shockwaves have faded and music from the band's forthcoming album "Back To The Front" has finally hit the digital airwaves, it's time to get the full scoop on this institution of brutal death.
For the inside story, we got in touch with Entombed A.D. member Nico Elgstrand to find out what was going on with all the changes and what fans can expect from the new release, due out in early August. See what Nico had to say in the interview below.
Three years after joining Norwegian black metal progenitors, Mayhem, Teloch put his first notes on wax. Emulating the sinister sounds by previous six-string surgeons Blasphemer and Eurynomous is no small task and Teloch admits his first show was a bit bumpy, but the former Gorgoroth live member found his footing writing the riffs for “Esoteric Warfare.” After getting off "their juicy asses," mainstays Hellhammer, Necrobutcher and Attila (back for third recording) joined Teloch to create another an album built on speed and experimental dissonance. In the following interview, Teloch recalls his inspiration writing the album and the larger cast involved in its creation. Additionally, he discusses making another Nidingr album.
Coming off the highly acclaimed 2012 album "Weather Systems," the metal-turned-melodic rock outfit Anathema has now released the follow-up "Distant Satellites" (reviewed here).
Having just wrapped up a string of acoustic shows, Anathema will soon be busy with further tour dates in both Australia and Europe through the end of the year. In a brief downtime for the band, Metalunderground.com got in touch with Anathema's Daniel Cavanagh to discuss the creation of "Distant Satellites." See what he had to say in the full interview below.
It's been almost a year since Carcass released "Surgical Steel" (reviewed here) — the band's first studio album in almost twenty years. The impact of this glorious recording, which mainly mixes within a modern context, classic elements from most of their past recordings, has been undeniable. This feast of relentless riffing/drumming, vicious vocals and provocative lyrics has even become a sort of new standard regarding how 'comeback' Metal albums will be judged in the future.
Given the global fascination "Surgical Steel" still produces, we decided to briefly interview vocalist/bassist, Jeff Walker. He helped us understand more in detail some particularities about the making of this extreme, 11-song metal marvel.
"Surgical Steel" has been labeled as a stylistic concoction of your past recordings. Certainly, it features familiar elements that could easily be part of albums like "Reek Of Putrefaction" or even "Swansong." Do you agree with that assertion?
Will the third time be a charm for Allegaeon? That's what fans have been asking themselves lately as these Colorado slingers of dizzying, technical, and melodic death metal prepare to catapult forth their new LP "Elements Of The Infinite" (reviewed here).
It's been a painstaking and sometimes agonizing process of due-paying for Allegaeon since 2010, the year of the stunning debut "Fragments Of Form And Function." Then came the even more ambitious "Formshifter" in 2012, and along with it, signs of a growing cult fan base.
But despite all the grassroots love and word-of-mouth acclaim, major industry recognition - and the touring opportunities it affords - continued to elude Allegaeon, right up to and beyond the departure of founding guitarist Ryan Glisan last year. It became clear that the time of reckoning was not far off, and for remaining members Greg Burgess (guitar), Ezra Haynes (vocals/lyrics), and Corey Archuleta (bass), it was fight-or-flight time.
Thankfully, the band chose the former, hiring new permanent drummer Brandon Park and keeping touring guitarist Mike Stancel in the ranks. The results are "Elements Of The Infinite" and a new lease on life in the music industry. I recently spoke to Burgess and Stancel about all this and more.
Much like nature, Vintersorg's music can take many different forms. Stylistically, it encompasses aspects of metal, folk and classical. The mood mimics the elements: one segment may appear soft like a spring breeze, while the next pushes through with hurricane force. His tongue may relate a woodsy, rustic tone or soar into the wonderment of the cosmos.
Just like the natural world, Vintersorg's music is constantly evolving and adapting. A cursory look over his discography reveals a change to his lyrical approach. He sang his first three recordings "Hedniskhjärtad," "Till Fjälls," and "Ödemarkens Son"-- in his native Swedish tongue. He sang the next three--"Cosmic Genesis," "Visions from the Spiral Generator" and "The Focusing Blur"--in English. Around the time of "Visions from the Spiral Generator," Vintersorg joined Norwegian black/folk/prog act, Borknagar, which were also sung in English. He came full circle in 2007 when he returned to his Scandinavian speech with the album "Solens Rötter," and stayed with this language.
Fast forward to the present time and Vintersorg has a new album, sung entirely in Swedish, titled "Naturbål" (Nature's Bonfire). The album retains the natural, organic elements of early works while done with the technical precision of his English-sung, progressive middle works. The album is the third part of a four-album cycle. In the following interview, I spoke with Mr. V on the telephone about the album's concept, its players, the band's longevity on Napalm Records and his love of nature.
Featuring 13 tracks of power-prog goodness, Voyager's new release "V" (reviewed here) is a testament to the dedication of metal fans.
Shattering its initial goals, Voyager funded the album through a Kickstarter campaign that beat all expectations and saw fans of the Australian band rally to ensure new music can continue to come out from this veteran outfit.
After listening through the new album, I got in touch with Voyager guitarist Simone Dow to find out more about his this latest release came together and discuss the business side of the metal industry. Check out our full interview with Simone below.
A personal confession: When "The Killing Gods," the fifth studio album from Baltimore, Maryland's Misery Index, was presented to me, I hadn't listened to more than a handful of the band's songs since 2003.
Stuck in my memory vault from that time were the brash, abrasive, punk-influenced deathgrind strains of yore - a style that, in my experience, has produced some notable hits and many more forgettable misses. But my reservations proved unfounded.
Over the past eleven years, Misery Index has evolved into a lean, fearsome, consummate death metal machine. Far from a simple, numbing blast beat extravaganza, "The Killing Gods" is a pure riff factory laden with groove, thrash, and teasingly melodic elements that represent the ultimate melting pot of influences and personalities.
At the forefront of this evolution is, and has been, guitarist Mark Kloeppel, who joined Misery Index in 2005 from a decidedly different geographic and musical background. His creative path, in convergence with his bandmates', led directly to what now may be a strong contender for 2014's "best-of" lists.
Mark recently made himself available for some questions over the phone. Here's what happened.
Now approaching two full decades of releasing albums, the Chicago-based outfit November's Doom is stoked to be officially unleashing latest monstrosity and ninth full-length "Bled White," which is due out July 15th (pre-orders are available right here).
You can read our review of the release at this location, and now front man Paul Kuhr himself has also teamed up with Metalunderground.com to explain the ins and outs of creating an album of this magnitude.
Read the full interview below to see what Kuhr had to say about changing up the lyrical perspective on "Bled White," bringing on a new drummer since the release of the band's previous album, and what's been happening with Subterranean Masquerade.
Between touring the world with Soulfly and preparing the upcoming Cavalera Conspiracy album, Brazilian Metal icon, Max Cavalera, found the time to release an album with the super group Killer Be Killed and finally unveil his long-awaited autobiography, "My Bloody Roots."
It's fair to say that this 44-year-old metal legend isn't resting on his laurels but striving for new creative heights. For him, stopping isn't an option.
We had the opportunity to talk with Max about his experience with Killer Be Killed (which also includes members of Mastodon, The Mars Volta and The Dillinger Escape Plan) and the process of putting together "My Bloody Roots" with author Joel McIver. We found him eager and excited to talk about these two new projects.
Do you remember how Killer Be Killed was put together?
Yeah. It was (vocalist) Greg Puciato’s idea. He wanted to do a project and he invited me to do it with him and we did some demos and it was really cool. We added a drummer, David Elitch. He was Greg’s friend, great drummer and we wrote more songs with him and then we ended up inviting Troy from Mastodon, to be the bass player and singer and having three singers. I think that’s really the coolest thing about Killer be Killed, the band has three vocalists. That’s so unique in Metal and made the record really cool and we practiced a lot.
We practiced and wrote songs in different phases and finally we entered the studio and sit down and did the whole record. I’m really excited because I think is a really good record.
You are very well-known guys in the Metal scene. On top of that, the band has three vocalists. Was this an advantage or a problem while writing/recording? Were there big egos clashing during the process?
The Tuscon-based genre mishmashers in Animus Divine are following 2011's "Sorrow" album (reviewed here) with the release of new disc "NOVO."
We previously had the pleasure of premiering the new track "Leonard Lawrence" online (check it out below), and now the band has also offered us a first-hand look into to the specifics of this new release.
Read on for a full track-by-track breakdown as well as the band's thoughts about ditching the Gorgonzola from this release, winning a Summer Slaughter showcase show, and more!
The Estonian band Metsatöll has another folk metal offensive on the horizon, as new full-length "Karjajuht" is about to drop via Spinefarm Records on May 27th.
Metsatöll's Lauri Õunapuu ("Varulven") was gracious enough to answer all of Metalunderground.com's burning questions about the battles, beer making, and ten-armed monsters that make up "Karjajuht." Read our full interview with Lauri below and discover the logistics of combining traditional folk instruments with electric guitars on stage, the mythology behind the "Külmking" music video, the distinctive look of each album cover, and much more!
Even though founding member, Mike Hill isn't sweating it, his group, Tombs has a lot to live up to since the release of "Path of Totality" three years ago. Said album was at the top of many journalists' lists including Decibel and Pitchfork. Hill doesn't give much relevance to publication awards and online promotions such as The A.V. Club's premiere of "Deathtripper." He would much rather talk about the events that led him to penning this song or working with famed producer/musician Erik Rutan's production.
Living up to a certain standard can increase the pressure on a group looking to step into a different direction, but "Savage Gold" is a return to the blackened experimentation that characterized the first two albums, although with more maturity. To say this album is better is a subjective claim, but its one more album under the proverbial belt, so it only makes sense that journalists would expect progression. Before "Savage Gold" drops on June 10th, I was able to get Mike Hill's insight on these ideas and much more in the following email conversation.
Sometimes, it's just not enough to have an album be heavy, innovative, and consistent. In fact, for the really good ones, it's got to be more. "It has to have some kind of vulnerability to get to me," says vocalist Henrik Fevre of the monumental progressive metal foursome, Anubis Gate. It has to be able to touch its listeners with sincerity.
Men of their word, the creative forces behind Anubis Gate have been consistently achieving that vulnerability from album to album while still being quite novel in their melodic choices. On their latest album, "Horizons" (reviewed here), the members stretch out in a few new directions, adding in nods to older rock and 80s pop, as noted in their earlier release of the "Sheep" EP, featuring covers of Pink Floyd's "Sheep" and Mr. Mister's "Broken Wings."
Speaking to Metal Underground, they opened up a little more about the inner workings of "Horizons."
The U.S. death metal monster Autopsy was slain back in '95, allowing a gore-soaked phoenix to rise from the infected ashes as Abscess took over, injecting a dirty punk vibe to the usual death metal mayhem.
2011 saw history repeat itself, but this time in the opposite order, as Abscess finally succumbed to internal rot and imploded. In a ritual involving headless zombies, brain-consuming metal fanatics, and self-mutilation, Chris Reifert managed to resurrect Autopsy from the pits of Hell, and since then the demonic musical manifestation has released a stunning three aural assaults on the mortal world.
With Autopsy recently being covered in our Sunday Old School column and new album "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves" out now, I braved life and limb (mostly limb - I mean just look at that album cover!) to speak with the necromancer/musician Chris Reifert and discover what foul magic has been enacted on this latest go around. Read on - if you dare - to learn the final fate of Abscess, the blasphemous imagery soon to hit the digital world from Autopsy's comic release, and how Reifert is getting out his punk urges with a new project.
In recent years, the glorious musical legacy of the late Chuck Schuldiner has been injected with a new burst of life. This has happened thanks to the the impressive Special Edition series that Relapse Records and Chuck's estate (Perseverance Holdings LTD) have been putting together. These albums (which include most of Death's, Control Denied's and Mantas' recordings) feature a plethora of new bonus tracks, remixes, remastering, and an outstanding overall packaging.
Death's iconic second opus, "Leprosy," is the latest entry in the series. Classics hymns like "Pull The Plug" and "Left To Die," among others, can now be enjoyed with a renewed, crystal clear quality thanks to remastering work courtesy of Alan Douches (Mastodon, Nile). Between that and Ed Repka's unforgettable cover artwork, the liner notes and extra photos, it's difficult not to feel that this is, indeed, a true labor of love.
We talked with Perseverance Holdings' master chief— and Schuldiner former manager—Eric Greif, about bringing this metallic gem back to life. He also made revelations about what's coming next for Death's recordings and the future of Control's Denied's unreleased opus, "When Man And Machine Collide". Greif's answers were, to say the least, extremely compelling.
Back in March, Century Media Records announced Angela Gassow would be stepping down as Arch Enemy's singer and taking on a management role. The voice of Arch Enemy for 13 years, Gassow lent her seething pitch to 6 albums. In addition her longevity, Gassow is seen as one of the greatest female vocalists in the realm of extreme metal. This being said, finding another female who can crush it like Angela seems a lofty task. She looked to Canada to find a pretty, blue-haired maiden named Alissa White-Gluz.
White-Gluz possesses the attitude, voice and experience the band so desired. She had released three albums with fellow Century Media artists, The Agonist. Her ability to growl certainly raised a few eyebrows including those of Angela Gassow. Gassow called her and asked if she could fill the spot, which White-Gluz obviously accepted. Since then, White-Gluz left Canada for Sweden to record the band's 9th studio album "War Eternal."
With just a month to spare before the album hits American shores, I called Alissa to get her thoughts on the new album. She was on vacation in New York, but still found the time to discuss joining the band and making this album.
The terrifying technical death metal force that is Archspire just released a new full-length album last month titled "The Lucid Collective." Matching the dizzying heights of technicality found in the instrumentation, the album's themes explore the concept of infinite parallel realities and all life existing in a state both living and dead.
Wanting to spread the word about the release, Archspire got in touch with Metalunderground.com for a new interview. The full text can be read below, which covers everything from how the band connected with Season of Mist, why the members are drawn to this style of death metal, and what's been happening with fellow Vancouver metal outfits lately.
When we hear about Iran nowadays, it is often in a heavy context wrapped around religious or political narratives. Iran is almost never associated with Heavy Metal - in fact, metal is barely tolerated in Iran, and is a subject aligned with devil-worship, ostracized to the fullest extent of human ability and political power.
However, where conflict and revolution percolate in response to perceived oppression and omission, a growing interest in all things forbidden, dark and heavy is born. Mist Within is just one example of Iran's youth seemingly corrupted and ruined by Western culture. Their hunger and passion for our literature, cinema and music - utterly nonexistent to Iranian eyes and ears just 50 years ago - has contributed to the emergence of a diverse musical underground rife with intensely talented men and women looking for a way to be heard.
Here, Mist Within vocalist Alireza Motevasel enlightens us on their upcoming album, the Iranian scene and what it is like to be a metalhead in one of the most controversial nations on Earth.
Before Cradle of Filth released its classic debut full-length "The Principle Of Evil Made Flesh," the band issued a 3-song demo appropriately titled "Total Fucking Darkness." When the group released this recording in 1992, it incorporated palm-muted guitar licks and hideously low growls. Keyboards added a cinematic touch to the Romantic slant Dani Filth gained from reading classic poets such as Wordsworth and Lord Byron. All these variants helped COF stand above a wilting crop of shitty death metal demo bands.
Now 22-years later, Cradle of Filth are set to reissue these raw recordings in the grand merchandising fashion we've come to know the band for. On May 5th, Mordgrimm will Records will release the recordings as a double LP and a double CD. It will also arrive in a very limited edition box set, which is already sold out. Remastered by Tim Turan (Emperor, Thin Lizzy) at Turn Studios, these versions not only sound better but fans will get a chance to hear previously unreleased tracks.
Mordgrimm owner, Frater Nihil not only appeared on these recordings, he was responsible for releasing COF's first two studio recordings. Dani and his band mates left Nihil's former label, Cacophonous Records nearly twenty years ago, and let's just say it was not an amicable departure. As filth tells us, though, time heals wounds, as Nihil and Filth, plus Paul Ryan have once again connected to bring their fans this multi-media experience. Conducted fittingly on the day of the witches Sabbath, Walpurgisnacht, Dani Filth talks about the original recording session and how this new, remastered version has moved out of the darkness (total fucking) and into the light.
A behemoth is something gigantic. The word also pertains to a hippo (a gigantic creature) being described in the bible. Both of these usages can be applied to Poland's black/death creation of the same name. Their music is large and lyrically looks to the Bible's antagonist, Lucifer, for inspiration. In terms of touring and selling albums, Behemoth has become a giant in the extreme metal market. Part of this can be attributed to touring. Part of their success can be attributed to their merchandise and on-stage visuals. Another facet of their success, obviously, is putting out good records.
In their early days, Behemoth played a major role in defining Eastern Europe's black metal scene. Midway through the band's career, they started moving into death metal territory in the vein of U.S. bands such as Morbid Angel and Deicide. The last couple of albums including recent hell blazer "The Satanist" showcase a black/death approach with a greater philosophical bent in the lyrics and epic transitions. I was fortunate to catch their act on the Metal Alliance tour. Their set was mired in theatrics--horned masks, face paint, fire and elaborate back drops. While the band has always wore costumes while performing, they bring so much more than the armor and corpse paint of the last show I caught in 2009.
Before playing in front of a 1,000 or so people at Emo's in Austin, Texas, I stepped onto Behemoth's bus to chat with bassist, Orion. In the following interview, he breaks down how the band worked on aspects of "The Satanist" such as working with artists and video production companies to get the proper visuals for the album art and forthcoming videos. He talks about the band's set list, touring cycle and making it in the United States.