To date, we have conducted 1144 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:
Skeletonwitch has now achieved a decade of music. The first ten years were nothing short of astonishing. Instead of hitting a sophomore slump, which many bands experience after concocting a must-listen formula, the group improved and found a much larger audience with Prosthetic Records when they released “Beyond the Permafrost” in 2007. Something about the Ohio-based group’s sound, a boney blend of thrash, black and melodic death with conspicuous European influences, commanded listeners’ attention. Over the years, their following has grown to the point where one can’t talk about the modern metal scene without mentioning the name Skeletonwitch.
Since their latest jaunt was a U.S. headlining tour with Havok, Early Graves and Mutilation Rites, Skeletonwitch has been home working on their fifth full-length recording. Heading into the group’s second decade of music, it seemed fitting that Metal Underground spoke to vocalist Chance Garnette at SXSW. As he states in the following conversation, Skeletonwitch last played SXSW around ’04 or ’05—an early point in the band’s career. As SXSW helped jump start the first ten years of their career, it has provided a platform to launch its second decade of music. Before hearing the band play a new track at the Van’s/Pitchfork’s SXSW day showcase at the Mohawk, Garnette aptly described what we would hear. Read on further for that description.
Zack Kinsey and Brent Hedtke are the masterminds behind the death/doom project Vulgaari. Starting out as a personal project that eventually found its way onto Bandcamp, the duo worked on collecting enough songs to put together a self-titled album late last year.
Both of them bring their own musical tastes to the band, and that makes for some fascinating dynamics at play. Hedtke’s lead work has a bluesy twist that clashes with Kinsey’s harsh background, and the harmonies the two guitarists engage in are never dull.
I had a chance to speak to both members of Vulgaari about the songwriting process for their first album and making the perfect set list for a live show.
Fenriz and Nocturno Culto (AKA Ted) may be iconic superstars in the eyes of many fans of Norwegian metal, but they also epitomize the underground and reflect the lives of many of the scene's enthusiasts (they both still work day jobs and never tour).
The duo, also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column, now has a new full-length album out and ready to be devoured by the hungry metal masses, fittingly titled "The Underground Resistance."
The Darkthrone machine defies expectations pretty much whenever possible and doesn't concern itself much with sticking to a genre label, traveling from black metal to punk and even other styles. Following 2010's "Circle the Wagons" release, "The Underground Resistance" (reviewed here) offers everything from power metal to '80s era Celtic Frost influences.
Take a trek into the mind of an unassuming metal titan and find out everything there is to know about this latest genre defying opus - from inception to recording to art - in our interview with Fenriz below.
Just bursting onto the scene and newly signed to Century Media, Illinois act Starkill is getting ready to drop a debut full-length album. "Fires of Life" is due out April 29th in Europe and April 30th in North America via Century Media Records.
This young act is already gearing up to assault the U.S. metal masses, hitting the road next month with Hypocrisy and Krisiun. With anticipation building and the band excited to take to the national stage, vocalist Parker Jameson checked in with Metalunderground to share Starkill's plans for metal domination.
Read our interview below to discover how the band came together, how the artwork for the new album was crafted, and what will be happening in the future for this rising act.
An eclectic slice of all things metal, Andy Winter's new album "Incomprehensible" (reviewed here) features an array of guest musicians from Europe and North America. The disc sees contributions from members of Madder Mortem, Starofash, Agalloch, Tristania, Novembers Doom, and more, making this a must-hear for fans of just about any style.
Excited to share "Incomprehensible" with the world, the mastermind behind the project conducted an interview with us, diving into how these tracks came together with musicians scattered across the globe working in tandem.
The verbose Winter discusses the tight-nit Norwegian musical community, how people will likely interpret the lyrics differently from one another, and his own history in the metal scene.
Channeling the very essence of the underground is Rashid of solo act Zebulon Kosted, who has put out over 100 releases and been a champion of his local metal scene for years. Covering everything from dark ambient to extreme black metal, Rashid's discography covers a wide swathe of the musical spectrum.
The latest in the Zebulon Kosted line of albums is now nearing release, bearing the unusually distinctive title of "The Corrupt Dictator Mobutu Sese Seko." In his typically a-typical fashion, Rashid recorded this album without writing a single note prior to entering the studio. Commenting on the gamble, he stated "I was very stressed about it the last couple of days before I went into the studio, but I was excited as well, it was a new personal challenge and test. The end result was a single 50 minute long black metal track that far surpasses my old releases."
Read on to see what's been happening with the band over the last few years, Rashid's new label Al-Hadid Records, and some interesting shows that can only be experienced with underground local bands.
A year after the rise of "Undead," the iconic deathsters in Six Feet Under are already gearing up for the sequel "Unborn." Pre-orders are now available through Metal Blade here, and the latest auditory assault from the band is due out March 19th, 2013.
For Six Feet Under fans who can't get enough and need to hear more before the album's release, we got in contact with the quintessential death metal vocalist Chris Barnes to hear what he had to say about "Unborn." Read on to find out how these latest two albums are connected and get an inside look at how "Unborn" came together.
The long-running Polish metallers in Hate dropped their latest opus "Solarflesh" (reviewed here) earlier this month. The death squad will also be hitting the road in Europe in March to support the album along with the legendary Hypocrisy.
Metalunderground.com got in touch with Hate guitarist "Destroyer" to find out what the band was up to between the "Erebos" and "Solarflesh" releases and what went into this new release. Destroyer shares his take on over-produced metal ("We were looking for a really raw and organic sound that would match the wilderness of ATF Sinner's lyrics"), and also discusses the album's themes of humanity being enslaved on multiple levels. Check out the full interview below.
Maryland rock maestros Clutch are so excited for you to hear their new material they aren't even going to wait for the album to drop before storming the world with "Earth Rocker."
The album may be coming March 19th (pre-orders available here), but the North American leg of the "Earth Rocker" tour kicks off March 8th. Check out a full listing of tour dates, with support from Orange Goblin and Lionize on the first leg and The Sword on the second leg, at this location.
With the wheels already in motion and the band gearing up to hit the road, bassist Dan Maines hit up Metalunderground.com for a quick chat. In the interview below Dan talks about the band's recent European trek, the imminent release of "Earth Rocker," and the other projects that Clutch's members are involved with.
Continuing to evolve in new musical directions, the ever-present Greek act Rotting Christ is now only a handful of days away from the release of new album "Kata Ton Daimona Eaytoy" (reviewed here).
Metalunderground.com will be hosting a full stream of the new album this coming Monday, March 4th, on the eve of its official U.S. release (Update: the stream is now available by clicking here).
In conjunction with the impending full album stream, vocalist Sakis Tolis connected with us to offer a track-by-track breakdown of the entire disc. Check out what Sakis had to say about each song below, along with his thoughts on the band's long running career and the album's artwork.
As a nearly identical long-haired brunette body double for actor Neil Patrick Harris, it’s not surprising that Theocracy vocalist and main songwriter Matt Smith gets noticed by everyone whenever he walks in the room. What is surprising, however, is how his charisma and vocal bravado is saved almost entirely for the stage, along with his leather pants and red button-down shirt. The soft-spoken and calm Matt Smith in front of me in jeans, Vans, and a sweatshirt in the upstairs backstage of The Rutledge on the 15th is telling me that he’s practicing vocal rest for the show ahead of him – a demanding one, at that.
He is about to lead the Theocracy boys in the performing of their sprawling 2011 power metal blowout of an album, “As the World Bleeds,” in its entirety that Friday night to a warm Nashville, TN crowd. A show report from the night can be found here. Moreover, the show is going to be filmed and streamed on a UStream feed to the rest of the world, as part of a “Sanctuary From The Streets” benefit show, with proceeds going towards buying meals for the homeless in Nashville. Despite his warning that he wouldn’t be very chatty that night, he made time before the show for an interview with me. He talked about “As the World Bleeds,” stacking vocal tracks in the studio, and the release of the re-mixed self-titled Theocracy debut, among other things.
Update: the North American tour discussed below has since been cancelled due to immigration issues with the band trying to enter the U.S. Check out the statement from the band right here.
The Filth is about to hit the road again, gearing up to devastate North American audiences with The Faceless, Decapitated, and The Agonist later this month (check out a list of tour dates at this location).
The British metal icons will be touring in support of "The Manticore and Other Horrors" (reviewed here), released last year, although front man Dani Filth confirmed to us the set list will include many cuts off previous albums.
In a recent chat with Dani, he discussed the varied nature of this tour's lineup, the band's recent trend in releasing albums every two years, his long delayed side project Temple of the Black Moon, and what's happening in the realm of horror movies. Read on to find a full transcription of the interview.
Guitarist/composer Jon Durant has teamed up with Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin for the new ambient project Burnt Belief. Now that the the project's self-titled album is unleashed, I got in touch with Durant to dive into the history between the two musicians and how this release came together.
Drawing inspiration from the book "When Prophecy Fails" and the idea of exploring how people react when their deeply held beliefs don't pan out, Burnt Belief is an introspective journey relying solely on instrumentation and photography to get its ideas across.
Check out the full interview with Durant below, in which he discusses the recently released "Semazen" music video, Harold Camping's failed apocalyptic rapture prophecies, and more.
Chicago’s Arbogast is not the kind of band that engages in the conventional nature of metal. Their sound is hard to pinpoint, sounding like a thrashy take on punk one song, and then a sludgy mess on another. Pulling their cues from many different influences helps them retain a sound that can be defined as their own. Arbogast makes the most out of it on their debut album “I,” which was released back in last December. It was largely overlooked, stuck in the space between end-of-year lists and building anticipation for 2013’s releases. I had the opportunity to speak to all three members of Argogast - bassist/vocalist Aaron Roemig, guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheid, and drummer Mike Rataj - about the creation of “I” and finding a balance between all the different styles the music pools from.
The occult metal troupe Lightning Swords of Death broke through "The Extra Dimensional Wound" (reviewed here) into our world back in 2010, and the group has spent the interim working on a proper invocation to Baphomet and the magical arts.
Newly released album "Baphometic Chaosium" is exactly what it sounds like, and Lightning Swords of Death vocalist Autarch wasn't shy about spreading its message. "The new one is pretty much a love letter to Baphomet," he stated during a recent chat with Metalunderground.com. Discussing the album, he went on to say "When one invokes Baphomet you are usually seeking a certain wisdom that will be left inside you after the ritual. That’s the feeling I wanted the CD to have. I wanted something to enter the listener for the duration of the playtime and then leave traces of itself within you."
With the album having just seen official release through Metal Blade, along with a music video directed by Autarch himself, black metal fans now have the chance to decide for themselves if that lofty goal was achieved. To get an inside look at what went into the creation of this new assault of occult heaviness, check out the full interview below.
The short film “Black Metal” aired at Sundance Film Festival 2013 in Park City, Utah. This was the second year in a row independent film company, Austin-based film production company, Candler Productions was nominated to play the indie film juggernaut. As the film’s title suggests, corpse paint and spikes are abound with bands such as Vesperian Sorrow and Horned Almighty supplying the soundtrack.
Black metal as a form of music was probably chosen because of its violent history. While Norway’s infamous BM bands show no remorse for various crimes, not all artists creating extreme music live in an abyss of personal agony. So when dark music influences a fan to commit a crime, how would the guilt of this tragedy affect the artists, especially someone with a family? Writer and Director Kat Candler explores the aftermath of such a tragedy and asks the question: Who is to blame? Who should take responsibility for such terrible acts?
Before taking “Black Metal” to Sundance, Metal Underground.com watched the film at a private screening. Afterwards, we talked to lead actor and producer Jonny Mars and fellow producer Kelly Williams about researching black metal and attending the massive indie film fest. Although the film is only nine-minutes, Candler said she plans to make the film a full-length feature. Before reading our Q and A, please watch the film embedded below.
Canadian progressive metal act Voivod is back with new album "Target Earth," which was released today in Europe and is due out for eager North American fans tomorrow.
Just a handful of days before the album drop, I chatted up Voivod's drummer "Away" (Michel Langevin) to find out what went into the album and how the recording process went with members "Blacky" and "Chewy."
In the transcription of the interview below you can also see what Michel had to say about the distinctive artwork he created for the album, what Voivod's tour plans look like over the coming year, and how the band has become a cohesive unit while playing early classic material at live performances.
Greece's symphonic maestros Nightfall are only a handful of days away from the release of latest opus "Cassiopeia," which follows on the heels of 2010's comeback album "Astron Black and the Thirty Tyrants."
As the January 22nd release date inches ever closer, Nightfall mastermind Efthimis Karadimas checked in with us to reveal the band's writing and recording process for "Cassiopeia." Learn about the background themes of this multinationally recorded effort and how it differs from the previous release in the interview below, along with some inside insight about the state of the Greek metal scene.
Ottawa's Chariots of the Gods is nearing in on the release of debut full-length album "Tides of War," due out this coming January 29th, 2013.
Metalunderground.com will soon be hosting the premiere of a new track off the album, but in the mean time you can see what the band itself had to say about the impending album, which aims "to deliver straight up, balls-to-the-walls, in-your-face heavy metal."
The interview available below features Chariots of the Gods guitarist Mat St-Amour discussing the mythology behind the band's name, gearing up to drop a first music video, and the best releases of 2012.
The metal queen Doro Pesch has kept busy this year, releasing an EP, a compilation, and the new full-length album "Raise Your Fist," which is an old school look at anthemic, fist-pumping metal meant to keep the energy running high.
Doro is gearing up to rock the sea-bound metal legions on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise, which will then be followed by a U.S. tour in February with Sister Sin. As the year is ending and the festivities are just about to kick off, Doro got in touch with us to chat about the new album and upcoming live activity.
Check out a transcript of our talk below, in which she shares her excitement for new live shows, discusses a track dedicated to the late Ronnie James Dio, and gushes with love for all things '80s metal.
New Jersey's Clamfight plays that type of music that just gets the heart pumping, the fist flying, and the heads nodding until the neck begins to cramp. They spent years working on their stoner metal sound before releasing their vastly-underrated debut “Volume I” back in 2010. This January will see the release of their second album, “I Versus the Glacier,” which is as vicious as their first album was, though with shorter songs and a more focused approach. I had the opportunity to get in an interview with drummer/vocalist Andy Martin to talk about the band’s long path to get to this point and what metal fans can expect from “I Versus the Glacier.”
The Nashville-based progressive metal band “Invicta” (featured in an edition of Unearthing The Metal Underground) has announced the debut of a new music video (see below) for the first single from a new album, due out in January of 2013. Along with the music video for “The Peripheral Sound,” the band also announced the addition of two new instrumentalists to the band in an exclusive interview with MetalUnderground.com’s Frank Serafine.
The band’s first album, “Split by the Sun,” was recorded in Cleveland by acclaimed producer Tony Gammalo (Chimaira, Drowning Pool, Misery Signals) and the band has since undergone several lineup changes with regards to their drummers, bassists, and second guitarists. Now solidified, the band looks to break through to a larger audience with an even more progressive sophomore release, detailed by vocalist and co-writer Mike Schii.
It would be a stretch to call Lord Worm a “controversial” figure in metal, simply for the fact that controversy requires a high degree of visibility, and mysterious anonymity is just the way the former Cryptopsy vocalist likes it.
That may change, however, with his return to the scene at the helm of Montreal black metallers Rage Nucléaire. Not two months after the release of the subtly titled debut “Unrelenting Fucking Hatred” through Season Of Mist, the band is already hard at work on new material. Worm graciously took time out from a Friday night jam session to chat with me about Rage Nucléaire’s background, current happenings, and hopes for the near future.
In an articulate and professorial manner befitting his English-teaching pedigree and wry sense of humor, Worm also quite frankly detailed the murderous thoughts and feelings surrounding his rather antisocial worldview, his excursions into the taboo of cannibalism, the gastronomical origins of his famed moniker, and more – proving that it’s not the theatrically costumed clown at center stage you should keep an eye on, but the reclusive figure lurking just within the shadows’ edge.
We pick up just after I introduce myself over the phone.
Championing orchestral metal, the mighty Therion has gone through quite a wild ride over its 25 year long career. From the death metal of “Symphony Masses” to the game changing “Theli” on to the fully symphonic “Vovin” and “Deggial,” Therion has been evolving along with the metal scene and continues to do so today.
The band’s latest output “Les Fleurs Du Mal” (reviewed here) is a collection of Therionized covers of what master mind Christofer Johnsson refers to as “French oldies,” which have been translated into a medium that metalheads and lovers of symphonic music can both enjoy.
“The achievement I’m most proud of is to get French metalheads to go to a metal show and head bang to France Gall,” said Johnsson during a recent chat with Metalunderground.
During our conversation he went to discuss the difficulties involved in getting the album released, which was passed on by Therion’s label. In the full interview below, Johnsson explains how negative comments going viral have actually worked better than press releases, with the album on track to become the highest selling Therion release with no advertising of any kind, and he reveals the band’s next big project will be a rock opera performed like a musical play.
Over a decade-plus career, New Jersey six-piece Ill Niño has achieved an impressive but underappreciated feat: escaped the Great Nu-Metal Collapse of 2003 relatively unscathed, and plowed ahead with a string of albums that explored, one by one, every corner of the band’s musical and cultural identity. Following a split with Roadrunner Records and a humble stint on the short-lived indie label Cement Shoes, Ill Niño released the fiery “Dead New World” in 2010 through Victory Records. The album encapsulated all the band’s prior adventures – groove, alternative, thrash, metalcore, and progressive – while replanting its signature Latin and tribal roots.
Brazilian-born vocalist and lyricist Cristian Machado spent his early childhood in Venezuela before moving to New Jersey as an adolescent, and so takes a broad, inclusive cultural view of heavy music – and questions the ways in which the genre and its subgenres are typically understood. This thirst for identity has never been more apparent than on “Epidemia,” Ill Niño’s newly released sixth album and next step in its partnership with Victory.
I recently seized the opportunity to phone Cristian on a day off from touring. I explored his thoughts on “Epidemia” and Ill Niño at large, his various outlooks on music, artistry, life, and much more – leaving no stone unturned.