To date, we have conducted 1201 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 legend in the European metal scene, Dan Swanö has been involved in dozens of albums and projects on both the producing side and the performing side.
In years gone by, Swanö's musical credits included underground gems like Edge of Sanity and Nightingale, along with being involved with acts such as Bloodbath, Diabolical Masquerade, and many more. Over the last decade his focus shifted much more to a behind-the-scenes role, creating a build up of creativity that now finally sees its outlet: Witherscape.
Dan came together with Swedish multi-instrumentalist Ragnar Widerberg to form Witherscape, which will release debut album "The Inheritance" on July 29th in Europe and August 6th in North America via Century Media Records.
In our new interview with Dan Swanö, he explains the concept behind the album's story line, what it was like to switch from producer to musician, and how getting back into drumming and growling was a physically taxing experience. Read on to see Dan's thoughts on these issues and much more.
On May 16, 2013, I interviewed Tom Angelripper of Sodom and Onkel Tom. The interview focused on Sodom's new album "Epitome Of Torture" (see review at this location. The discussion happened just prior to the Teutonic Big Four show at Beastival, and Tom discussed his desire for a show or short tour in North America with Kreator, Sodom, Destruction and Tankard. At the conclusion, he shared his thoughts on the passing of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman.
The transcribed version of the interview is pending, but I present the audio version here:
On April 22, 2013, I interviewed Alexander Krull, the frontman for Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes. We discussed Atrocity's new album "Okkult" (see review over at this location), the first of a trilogy about historical stories involving occultism. The album marks the band's return to the extreme metal of its roots and away from the gothic/industrial side that has been prevalent over the much of the last decade.
Krull discusses the stories, the new video for "Pandæmonium," the opening track of the album (see video over here, and the band's return to its death metal roots.
The transcribed edition of this interview is currently pending, but now I present the audio version here:
Jon Oliva sat down to speak with me today to discuss his new solo record "Raise the Curtain." The audio portion of the interview can be heard below (transcribed version pending). In the interview, Oliva touched on a myriad of topics, including the upcoming Jon Oliva's Pain record, which will be "the heaviest record" he has ever done, which Oliva describes as "dark, twisted, but very musical." Tran-Siberian Orchestra is recording three albums simultaneously, including Romanov, based on a novel by producer/writer Paul O'Neill, which was at first intended to be a Savatage album after "Edge of Thorns," and then intended to be the first T.S.O. album. Of course, Savatage was touched on along with his appearance at the songwriting clinic at ProgPower USA in 2012.
With the transcription version pending, I present the audio portion here:
After a stint with Napalm Records for 2010 album "The Return of the Witch," Canadian death metal horde Necronomicon is back in the extreme metal scene with a new label home and a new dose of blasting heaviness.
The band just released fourth full-length album "Rise of the Elder Ones" earlier this month via Season of Mist, but was unfortunately hamstrung in promoting the release due to a series of show cancellations.
Despite the setbacks, Necronomicon is still working its dark magic on the metal masses, garnering strong reviews for the new release. Find out more about "Rise of the Elder Ones" together in our recent interview with vocalist/guitarist Rob "The Witch" Tremblay below. In the interview, Rob explains the role that Jean-Francois Dagenais of Kataklysm played in the creation of the album and its release through a new label, the Montreal metal scene, and more.
The name Infera Bruo might not ring a bell to some readers, but if you’re a black metal fan, it should. The band made a stir with their 2011 self-titled release. Though they retain the signature traits of black metal, they don’t maintain a conventional attitude towards their music. A full-time member is dedicated to synths and other effects, and melodic vocals pierce through the tremolo-generated noise. Infera Bruo is not held down by any standards, making their own waves and steering away from the norm.
The band is getting ready to release their second album, “Desolate Unknown,” in early July, which pushes their dynamic black metal sound against a more progressive mindset. I had the chance to send guitarist/vocalist Galen some questions via email about the new album, the importance of the lyrical content, and being an unsigned/independent group.
Solo metal act Autumns Eyes, which consists of sole member Dan Mitchell, is gearing up to cap the summer with the release of new EP "Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets," which follows last year's full-length album "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here).
The EP comes out August 6th and consists of instrumental re-imaginings of some of the project's earliest material, which has never before been officially released.
As we near the release date, Dan got in touch with Metalunderground to chat about "Broken Leaves and Haunted Streets," along with a nerdly talk about upcoming epic movies, anthology horror flicks, and movie scores.
Read the full interview below, and to get a dose of all things horror and metal, head over to the official Autumns Eyes website.
The aptly titled Civil War formed last year when four members of Sabaton decided to strike out on their own, releasing a debut EP that saw the new outfit nominated as the one of the best newcomers of 2012.
Now the band has the chance to establish itself with debut full-length album "The Killer Angels." The new record will drop on June 11th, 2013 and we already had the pleasure of premiering new single "The First To Fight" (check it out right here).
If you want to know more about this up and coming power metal force, read on to find our interview with keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr, who discusses the band's origins, how the music differs from Sabaton, and where fans can catch Civil War live in the near future.
An enigma in the metal scene, Israeli act Orphaned Land offers up a progressive take on heavy music that preaches a message of unity among disparate religions, countries, and political parties.
Continuing with that message, the band will release latest full-length "All Is One" on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records. This release follows previous album "The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR" (reviewed here).
Orphand Land front man Kobi Farhi recently chatted with Metalunderground.com to discuss the upcoming album and explain the changes in style and presentation this time around - including the decision to ditch all harsh vocals. Read on for Kobi's thoughts on Turkey's place in the Muslim world, the band's current label situation, and the large number of players involved in the creation of this new album.
Kylesa is a force in metal. Not only have they commanded the attention of most die-hard metal heads, they have garnered fans from all corners of the musical spectrum with their unique blend of metal, rock, psychedelic, prog, and about everything else you can imagine. Today ,their latest masterpiece "Ultraviolet" is released to the world, and it is sure to rock it to it's core. I caught up with guitarists Laura Pleasents and Philip Cope to talk about the album, influences, and gothic makeup.
We recently premiered the new music video for "Embryo's Orgasm" from Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot, and if you can't get enough insane gore grind in your day, now you can read all about the video's creation.
The band got in touch with Metalunderground.com to explain what's happening in the clip, and to share all things VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC - past and present.
Ever wonder how three guys from totally different backgrounds get into this kind of heavy expression? According to the band, "the taste for extreme music, black and sarcastic humour, the desire to travel, and Burger King unite us."
Read on to find out about the band's upcoming split with Teen Pussy Fuckers and even watch a bizarre acoustic goregrind show at the Vatican.
Finnish melodic death metal superstars Children of Bodom are on the verge of releasing an eighth full-length album via Nuclear Blast. "Halo of Blood" is due out June 11th, and in anticipation of the release front man Alexi Laiho was recently in the U.S. to talk up the album and the band's pending appearance on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival.
"Halo of Blood" is being touted as a return to form, echoing the atmosphere of early albums such as "Follow the Reaper" and "Hatebreeder," which are widely regarded as some of the band's best material.
I got the chance to ask Alexi himself about how the album stacks up to previous releases and how the band will continue its infamous trend of covering non-metal tracks. See what he had to say in the interview below.
The Maryland Deathfest (MDF) is arguably the biggest yearly metal festival in the United States. For four days over the course of a weekend in late May, over 50 bands and thousands of metal heads descend to Baltimore, Maryland. On its 11th year, the festival has grown into something that can rival the best that Europe has to offer.
This year features Venom, Ihsahn, Down, Pig Destroyer, and dozens of other noteworthy acts. For the past few years, MDF has been documented by filmmaker David Hall. He is preparing to release the final chapter of his MDF film trilogy just in time for this year’s festival. I had a chance to talk to Hall about ending the MDF film series and what the festival means to him.
No stranger to the world metal stage - having played drums for both Type O Negative and Life of Agony - Sal Abruscato earned new respect and a new legion of fans in 2011 when his own project, A Pale Horse Named Death, released debut "And Hell Will Follow Me."
Now, barely two years later, a second album titled "Lay My Soul To Waste" is about to be released through Steamhammer/SPV. Sal was kind enough to take some time out from his schedule to tap out some responses to MetalUnderground's questions.
Besides acting as the backing band for the legendary Ihsahn, the members of Leprous are becoming Norwegian prog metal icons in their own right, and now have another opportunity to bowl over the metal masses with upcoming album "Coal."
The band's third full-length album and follow-up to 2011's "Bilateral" is coming May 28th in North America and May 20th in Europe via InsideOut Music.
Keep your eyes peeled, because Metalunderground.com will also be premiering new music from the coming release soon, but in the mean time check out our interview with Leprous member Einar Solberg below.
Timo Tolkki………his name has become synonymous with power metal, and in particular Stratovarius, a band he joined in 1985 after its original creation under the moniker Black Water by then drummer Tuomo Lassila, then guitarist Staffan Stråhlman and then bassist John Vihervä. It was Lassila who invented the name “Stratovarius.” At the time Tolkki joined, he was both the guitarist and the vocalist. From 1989’s “Fright Night” to 2003’s “Elements, Pt. II.,” the band put out a prolific string of ten amazing albums, with so many classic songs they are too numerous to count. During that time, in 1994, Timo Kotipelto was added as the band’s vocalist, with Tolkki as the band’s composer and guitarist. 1995 saw the addition of famed keyboardist Jens Johansson and drummer Jörg Michael and the ousting of founder Tuomo Lassila and longtime keyboardist Antti Ikonen (who would later work again with Tolkki on his solo records).
It was in late 2003, after “Elements, Pt. II” was released that a bizarre string of events saw the band break up and reunify in 2005 for the release of the maligned self-titled album. Two very different sides of the story have been told over the years about the end times before the current incarnation of Stratovarius was formed. When the dust settled, the band and its back catalog were handed over to Timo Kotepelto, Jens Johansson and Jorg Michael and Lauri Porra.
A mainstay of the melo-death scene, Sweden's Dark Tranquillity is due to follow-up last album "We Are The Void" with new opus "Construct," which deals with themes of the constructs makind invents to justify bad behavior and bizarre beliefs.
"I wish we could be more honest with ourselves and see things more clearly and be more rational," said vocalist Mikael Stanne when I got the chance to chat him up about the impending album.
The "Construct" release is now only a month away, due out on May 27th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via Century Media Records. Mikael was eager to discuss the band's 10th studio album, explaining how this will be a different beast from previous offerings, as well as sharing some insight into the band's recent bassist split.
Check out the full interview below for a tease about upcoming North American tour dates, as well as a discussion on cruise festivals becoming more prominent in the metal scene.
The pride of Finland, Amorphis began in the earliest days of the extreme metal scene and is still going strong decades later. The band has weathered vocalist changes and gone through a series of major style shifts to reach where it is today with latest album "Circle" (reviewed here).
"Circle" is out now in Europe and due in North American shops on April 30th. Fans wanting to find out about the inner workings of Amorphis during the creation of the album can now get an inside view of the process courtesy of guitarist Esa Holopainen. Read our interview with Esa below to discover how the lyrical themes have changed, what's happening with music videos from the album, and how a few recording changes offered a different sound for this latest full-length.
Thrawsunblat’s first release, “Canada 2010,” was a blackened wonder, with the occasional folksy passage jelling with the blast beats and hasty shrieks. Featuring the late David Gold on drums, the album signaled the beginning of what could turn into a fruitful career.
After Gold’s passing, vocalist/guitarist Joel Violette continued on with the project, recruiting new members and working on “Thrawsunblat II: Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings.” Incorporating more melodic dynamics and stretching out above the fury of “Canada 2010,” this album fuels the claims of Thrawsunblat being one of the best underground Canadian metal bands out there today. I had a chance to discuss Thrawsunblat’s latest release with drummer Rae Amitay.
Earlier this year French act NecroWretch served up some devastatingly sacrilegious, old school death metal with latest album "Putrid Death Sorcery." The brutal debut is out now through Century Media, and vocalist/guitarist Vlad wasn't shy in sharing what he wanted to do with these tracks.
"The album sounds like a massive hammer smashed your face, and in the slow parts, your resurrection as an undead creature," Vlad gleefly explains. Check out the full interview below for a rundown on just what constitutes "Putrid Death Sorcery."
Original released in the band's native Australia, Thy Art Is Murder teamed up with Nuclear Blast for a European and North American release of latest album "Hate" earlier this month.
With the album drop handled and a label deal in the bag, the band is now gearing up to brutalize audiences on multiple continents, including an impending Summer trek with Cattle Decapitation. Find out all about upcoming live activity, what went into recording "Hate," and the filming of a music video in the interview below with Thy Art Is Murder bassist Sean Delander.
“Melodic death metal from Finland” may be one of the most commonly used phrases in the modern age of metal. With a slew of bands from the region with “similar sounds,” Damnation Plan have set its goals high with the release of the debut LP “The Wakening.” In what may seem easier than spiting into a hurricane force wind, the band employs the oft common “double vocalist,” however the more underutilized male/male (death/clean). Metal Underground.com caught up with the band’s Pakistani born vocalist Asim Searah to talk about the band’s approach, how hard it is to stay original in the face of genre tagging and the band’s plans to conquer the metal world.
Ohio's Arise the Titan has been busy lately, going through exciting changes and assaulting the live scene. The band recently welcomed new drummer Paul Bolin and dropped latest single "To Arise and Cast Out" (available for streaming below).
Fresh off the Southern Discomfort tour, we checked in with Arise the Titan vocalist Mike Leone to discuss the band's latest music, upcoming gigs, and a truly monstrous burger neatly put away by bassist Chaunce Martin. Check out the full interview below.
Eminence first played America last year when they stepped onto a boat to play a show with Prong as part of a CMJ/Metal Insider concert. The Brazilian band returned recently to play a few shows at Austin, Texas’ annual industry blow out, SXSW. The group played multiple times, including a South American metal band showcase featuring historic first American performances by three Cuban metal bands.
Eminence is approaching its 20-year anniversary, but the group is still under the radar in America. With a new album in the works, one that includes guest appearances by Sepultura’s Paulo JR, new video on the way and a different voice on the microphone—Eminence chose the ideal time to make a splash north of the Equator. Guitarist Alan Wallace and legendary Brazilian drummer Andre Marcio (Overdose, ex-Armmagedon) met with Metal Underground at their hotel to discuss these events and outline some of the band’s history.
Out now through Season of Mist, German black metal outfit Imperium Dekadenz's fourth and latest full-length album is "Meadows of Nostalgia," which can be ordered right here.
To let fans in on how this release came together and how the album compares to previous offerings, Imperium Dekadenz vocalist/guitarist Horaz got in touch with us for a brief interview. "We had the goal to improve the sound but also doing a step back to a more old school style," he comments while discussing the recording process, going on to say "It is harsher, wider, and more powerful. As nostalgia is the important factor on this album we wanted to sound epic but also rough and rusty."
Check out what Horaz had to say in the interview below regarding the album's artwork and a call for fans to put together lyric videos for the release.