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Inconsistent members, misrepresentation and the doldrums of answering interview questions with an assembly-line frame of mind have led to the dissembling of Candlelight Records’ most prolific band Abigail Williams. One question that founder and mastermind Ken Sorceron scorned was “tell me about your band name?” Abigail Williams was one of the accusing girls in the Salem Witchcraft trials. The group’s dark ambiance and orchestrations aptly describe a style of black metal that conjures images of superstition and witch burnings. Unfortunately, these ideas were not clearly expressed in their early marketing plan.
These mishaps are some of the reasons Sorceron is closing this chapter of his life. However, music is in his future plans. Metal Underground.com climbed into his van parked outside Beerland in Austin, Texas to find out more about Abigail Williams’ final hour and what the future may bring.
Canadian black/death metal act Auroch has been on a whirlwind ride these last few months, wrapping up the Canadian Abomination Tour, getting signed to a label, and now gearing up for the official release of debut full-length album "From Forgotten Worlds."
Amidst all the momentum, I got in touch with Auroch's Sebastian Montesi to see what he had to say about the band's recent success, as well as to discuss the dark cosmic horror at the center of the group's music. In the full interview below you can find Seb's thoughts on translating the Cthulhu mythos into musical expression, the best representation of the mythos in movies and games, and the band's excitement to begin touring internationally.
Swedish melodic death metal merchants Zonaria had been quiet in their camp up until late. In the years after 2008's "The Cancer Empire," the band took time out to reflect on how they wanted things done. Zonaria's last album was rushed to make the release date schedule, something the band wishes it had more time with. On 2012's "Arrival of the Red Sun" on Listenable Records, the group gave itself all the time it needed in the production process to release an album with no misgivings.
Once again the band enlisted Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry, whom it had went with on the first album. Now in the midst of filming a video for the track "Silent Holocaust," (a song which is streaming over at this location), Zonaria took the time to give us a brief chat about the band. The band's bassist Max Malmer, who was a sessionist until joining full time recently, shared his thoughts on Zonaria's path with the new album.
Because Obituary has a history that dates back a quarter-century, few will dispute their legacy as siring death metal's progeny. Considering how early this Tampa, Florida band planted its roots, it’s a bit ironic that two of its members—John and Donald Tardy—bear an adjective in their last name that denotes late arrival. Obituary didn’t come to the party, they hosted it. The group has left such obvious signs of impact--from John’s savage snarl to Trevor Peres’ mid-paced groves—that it doesn’t take a private dick to reveal the bloody prints they left on the face of modern metal.
Modern is hardly a term used for a band over twenty years old, but it still applies today, and not just in death metal. Metalcore and deathcore surely borrowed a few tricks of the trade from the Tardys’ and crew. As the group prepares to write its ninth studio full-length, promoters and fans still demand the classics. According to Tardy, upcoming European tours may feature set lists culled primarily from their first two recordings,” Slowly We Rot” and “Cause of Death.”
Three years have passed since Obituary released their last recording “Darkest Day.” The group has been too busy playing gigs to settle down and make a new album. There is a gap of information in these three years. In the following phone interview, John Tardy happily updated us on subjects such as past and future tours, the Tardy Brothers’ solo record and lineup changes.
2012 has been a stunning year for new metal. In particular, the Italian scene has seen an explosion of quality material whether you talk about Luca Turilli's Rhapsody or Sound Storm and even those the world has not yet heard such as Wind Rose and Hollow Haze. The pressure was on for Vision Divine co-founder Olaf Thörsen (born Carlo Andrea Magnani). Carrying the distinction of bringing Labyrinth back to its legendary status at the top with the 2010 release "Return to Heaven Denied, Pt. II - A Midnight Autumn's Dream" upon his own return, he "set his destination" back to Vision Divine to dream up the new concept LP "Destination Set to Nowhere." With co-founder and Rhapsody of Fire vocalist Fabio Lione back in the fold since the 2009 release "9 Degrees West of the Moon," the dynamic duo returns with a seventh stunning progressive masterpiece (see Metal Underground.com's review at this location).
Granting interview time, Olaf Thörsen now set his destination for Metal Underground.com where he tells the whole story of "Destination Set to Nowhere": its concept on human nature, how it was written, what it was like to work with the world's best vocalist and just how much it meant to him to NOT have his music compared to generic power metal. What follows turned out to be one of your author's most enjoyable conversations.
Stealing Axion's debut full-length album "Moments" is due to drop through InsideOut Music in only a handful of days, and the band's music will have the opportunity to speak for itself as Stealing Axion officially breaks into the metal scene.
If you can't wait until the release date to find out more about "Moments," guitarist/vocalist Dan Forbrich is more than happy to walk potential fans through the sound and recording process for the album. Check out our interview with Dan below, and be sure to catch Stealing Axion on tour with Jeff Loomis, Vildhjarta, and Monuments this coming Fall.
In 2011, Australia’s Dragonsclaw made its mark on the traditional metal scene with the debut release “Prophecy.” However, coming from near geographic isolation, the band has faced an uphill climb to make a name for itself, even in the band’s own country. Through all the adversity, the band launched an internet campaign to release “Prophecy” and has seen steady worldwide attention since. Now, they are set to release an extended single this fall (“Judgement Day”) and a following up with the sophomore full length release in 2013.
Your author was afforded the opportunity to hear the demos for the upcoming EP and what they present is a more mature and progressive sound that builds on the successes of the first release. Singer Giles Lavery still hits the rafters, but introduces a lower end that really shows the true range of his vocals. The songs are longer, more progressive, but never lose sight of the band’s overall sound of traditional metal. Where “Judgement Day” retains the direction of “Prophecy,” “Eternally” and “Fear” are the most complete songs the band has written, incorporating keyboard work and epic themes giving the band an early Crimson Glory feel.
Vocalist Giles Lavery spoke with Metal Underground.com to unveil some of the details of what is in store for Dragonsclaw this fall and in 2013. The band is ready to dig in its claws, determined to leave a bigger impression on the metal scene.
When your band's initials are T.H.C. and you've got an album named "Rollin," it's pretty clear what direction your music is heading towards. But no one could mistake front man Bid Dad Ritch and his Texas Hippie Coalition as actually being a hippie commune out to spread the love, as new album "Peacemaker" is just as much about being an outlaw as it is about the sex and drugs - but more importantly, it's about the rock and roll!
Whether you want to call it "red dirt metal," "Southern fried Texas rock," or just "something to listen to while smoking up," T.H.C. combines a little of everything for a rock/metal melting pot that garners fans from across the musical spectrum. To find out more about the new album, what T.H.C. will be doing to celebrate the month of April 2020, and the band's "rough" process for writing new songs, check out the full interview with Big Dad Ritch below.
Whether working, playing shows or simply hanging out, The Blood Royale’s battle-ax wielders JT Smith and Tim Corken are omnipresence at Austin metal venues. Normally, Corken is in front of Beerland working the door, but on this Thursday night he was part of the entertainment. Although The Blood Royale has been kicking southern Texas in the shins for five years, Smith has more followers in his other band, Dixie Witch. Their big-belt-buckle, whiskey-brain, southern/stoner rock sound seems more closely related to Texas culture than The Blood Royale, but punks and thrashers come out of the wood work for the type of d-beat-downs that The Blood Royale offers. Keep in mind: this is the home of Chaos in Tejas festival.
The Blood Royale is a sonic cocktail of d-beat punk, grind, speed, thrash and the eyes and ears of politicians. Yes, they continue the time honored tradition of anti-establishment messages conveyed in punk rock, but they don’t consider their selves anarchists, which allows them to smell much sweeter than the gutter punks around town. There is certainly more to the group than a middle finger aimed at the mainstream, so Metal Underground.com met with Smith and Corken to dig deeper into the lyrics on their self-titled, debut CD, while finding out more about the bands history and upcoming live blood splatters. Surfs of the music world bow before The Blood Royale!
Now in their twenty third year as a band, Northern Ireland's, Therapy? are still going strong having released one quality album after another. Their latest record, "A Brief Crack Of Light" will be hitting the shelves in North America next month, and MetalUnderground.com had the chance to speak with frontman Andy Cairns about the album, as well as when fans can expect them to cross the Atlantic, plans for the future and Prime Minister David Cameron.
Diamond Oz: First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to answer these questions. I’d like to start with your new album, "A Brief Crack Of Light" which will be released in the United States next month. Can you explain the meaning behind the title?
Andy Cairns: Hi, thanks for the interview, we're really excited that this album is getting a release in North America.
The album title comes from a quote by the Russian writer, Nabokov "the cradle hangs above an abyss and common sense tells us our existence is a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness". We felt the title fitted in with all the existential themes on the album. Watching life in all it's little dramas and absurdities all played out in such a short time span.
Diamond Oz: The album has been available in Europe since February. Why did it take so much longer for the record to be released in North America?
Cairns: We had to get the right people to put it out. We wanted to make sure that our North American fans could get a chance to be aware of the record and get their hands on it. A few of the people we talked to earlier didn't understand the band so we held off.
Chicago's Dirge Within is hungry to take the metal scene by storm, getting its music out there to as many people as possible across every conceivable platform. The band's latest assault comes in the now released form of "There Will Be Blood," which is the follow-up to "Force Fed Lies" (reviewed here).
With the album out Dirge Within had planned to spend the summer touring with the Shockwave festival, until the unfortunate last minute cancellation of the run. With some extra time now on the band's hands, I caught up with guitarist Shaun Glass to find out what's going on in the Dirge Within camp.
Our full interview is available below, in which he discusses the ill-fated Shockwave Tour, getting songs on the Rock Band Network, the recent Randy Blythe debacle, and witnessing two fans going at each other during a live show.
Wes Borland is best known as the eccentric guitarist for rap metal outfit Limp Bizkit, but he also splits his time as the frontman for Black Light Burns. The band released the well-received “Cruel Melody” in 2007. After a few years on hiatus, the band is gearing up to release their sophomore effort, “The Moment You Realize You're Going To Fall.” A heavier affair compared to their debut album, distorted bass and an abrasive guitar sound drives most of the songs. I had the chance to speak to Borland about the band starting up again, writing in isolation, and the differences between touring with Black Light Burns and Limp Bizkit.
Turin (Torino), Italy is more than a city that was the focus of the 2006 Winter Olympics. It is a city rich in history, best known as the home of the “Shroud of Turin,” which has been the subject of religious debate for years. The language (“piemontese”) is still steeped with the Celtic verbiage of its ancient inhabitants (“The Taurini”), who were destroyed by the Romans. A cultural, literary and cinematic center, Turin was the birthplace of chromatography and the Italian cinema. Ironically, this culture has been infused into the city’s symphonic metal scene with acts like Aevum, Phenris, Venice In Vain, and most notably Sound Storm.
Sound Storm was established back in 2002 as a traditional/classic metal band playing covers of Iron Maiden, Manowar and Savatage. At the end of 2003, the band began composing original material resulting in its 2005 demo “The Storm is Coming...” and successor 2007 EP “Northern Wilderness.” In 2009, the band started to define its sound with the stellar debut release “Twilight Opera,” through Rising Works. Once released, the band would begin its epic journey of evolution and now stands at the precipice of releasing one of the finest symphonic records ever, “Immortalia” (see Metal Underground.com’s review at this location). With the sophomore LP backed by Scarlet Records and scheduled for an August 28, 2012 drop, guitarist Valerio Sbriglione spoke with Metal Underground.com to give the entire low down on a release that should become immortal in the hearts of symphonic metal fans.
On July 6th, Nashville was doomed, so to speak. Impending Doom had arrived in town for a show at Rocketown that night, bringing with them a handful of other bands: Within The Ruins, The Plot In You, Erra, and To Each His Own. Despite having the smaller of the two Rocketown venues for their show, their performance was fitting of the scope of their band name.
Before the show, I caught up with Impending Doom vocalist Brook Reeves, along with his bandmates on the tour bus, for a video interview. The band is known for confrontationally Christian lyrics, constantly involving Us-Versus-Them scenarios. For example, in the title track to their third album, Reeves says, “For the unbelievers who repeatedly try to retain their belief in humanity, I promise there will be violence.”
I got them to elaborate on their message, talk about their latest album and modern production styles, as well as detail their songwriting process and their past.
Earthen Grave guitarist Jason Muxlow explains that his band mates, “all love Black Sabbath’s ‘Black Sabbath.’ That’s the first song on the first record by the first heavy metal band.” It indeed was the first heavy metal song. It was also the track that laid the floor plans for what would become doom metal. Those diabolic trichords first picked and hammered by Toni Iommi comprise much of Earthen Grave’s spirit, but unlike many genre-specific bands, those notes only comprise, to quote Holzner, a piece of the pie.
There is no mistaking the imprint left by bassist Ron Holzner’s former band, Trouble, but Muxlow adamantly stated Earthen Grave doesn’t share Trouble’s stoner rock tendencies. Still, there is an element of that hard rocking swagger on the track “Titled World.” In the end, Earthen Grave is about six musicians coming together to infuse their own influences and inspirations—including the classical violin virtuosity of Rachel Barton Pine and the epic, blackened doom metal progressions of Muxlow’s The Living Fields—in a superbly written album of myriad moods.
After giving their fans a few months to digest their album, Earthen Grave drove south to play a couple shows just to find out one the shows, the New Orleans show, got canceled. Seeking out another place to play, the group booked a show in Austin, Texas. Metal Underground.com gathered all its members, minus Pine, to talk about these shows, writing and recording their album and how they brought unique visions to covers of Witchfinder General and Pentagram songs.
After the release of 2009's "Through My Dog's Eyes" (reviewed here), Ephel Duath was to go on hold while mastermind Davide Tiso headed off into solo territory. But much like the band's music, the unexpected will happen and change will come, and now Ephel Duath has relocated from Italy to the U.S. and comes with a newly revamped lineup.
Featuring drums by Marco Minnemann and bass by Steve DiGiorgio, the band's newest output is the three song dirge "On Death and Cosmos," to be followed soon by a new full-length album. With the North American release date just on the horizon, I had the opportunity to chat up guitarist Davide to discuss how this EP and album combo has been coming together, what it's like to work with his wife in a band, and how the metal scenes differ between his previous and current locales.
Cover bands rarely sign to prominent record labels, much less the one that issued Metallica’s first record. That is exactly how Fozzy got its start when Jonny Z of the infamous Megaforce Records signed them in 2000. Jon Zazula didn’t exactly discover a diamond in the rough, though. At the time, the group’s core writers—singer Chris Jericho and guitarist Rich Ward—had already made a name for their selves in their prospective industries.
In 2000, Jericho was a famous wrestler. Rich Ward was part of Century Media Record’s best selling artist Stuck Mojo,, an important piece to the history of rap rock and nu metal. Even though Fozzy’s members were veterans in their fields, the group had yet to find its own voice. Their first two recordings, “Fozzy” and “Happenstance,” were mostly covers. The third album “All That Remains” marked the first recording of entirely original material. “Enemy,” now a classic in the band’s discography, was used as the theme song on WWE’s pay-per-view “No Way Out” and the band played Download festival in England. Fozzy had arrived.
Fozzy released “Chasing the Grail” next and embarked on numerous tours, including a stint as part of Europe’s travelling Sonisphere festival. Soon, Fozzy will hit the road again for another travelling festival, Mayhem Energy Drink’s Uproar Festival. This tour coincides with the release of their fifth recording “Sin and Bones” on August 14th. Running the gauntlet between soft and supple and hard and heavy, “Sin and Bones” brings together southern metal, classic metal and hard rock with Stuck Mojo’s urban groove. Jericho promises its Fozzy’s best material. Read on to find why the ripped front man considers this recording such a masterpiece.
During the whirlwind of music and mayhem at this years Tuska Festival, Ari Koivunen and Ben Varon were kind enough to take a few minutes to talk to us at Metal Underground! Following their recent performance at SXSW, and an upcoming European tour with Ensiferum and and Profane Omen, these guys have been very busy this year! After the release of their last album "Beneath" this past October, in many ways the band has blown up, and its certainly exciting to hear and see what is next to come for the Helsinki based band! In the meantime, we had a chat about what's up in the world of Amoral, the real reason Ben wants to see Detroit again, and whats on the to do list next!
Munich thrashers Dust Bolt, newly signed to Napalm Records, are a rising force on the scene ready to take on the thrash world with new album "Violent Demolition." The band hopes to help inspire a new era of the thrash genre, starting by turning Bavaria into the European equivalent of the Bay Area.
With only a day to go until the album's European release, Dust Bolt vocalist/guitarist Lenny B. got in touch with us to explain the inner workings of the band and what's going on in the German thrash scene. Check out Lenny's views on the subject, along with info on the band's latest music video and live shows, in the full interview below.
The Company Band will release its “Pros & Cons” EP on July 31st through Weathermaker Music. Legendary rockers Clutch own the label and their front man, Neil Fallon also sings for The Company Band. Most fans can only hear the group in their cars and home systems because the group primarily works from the studio. However, they scheduled rare appearances in the Northeast to promote “Pros & Cons.” In a way, a The Company Band recording is a corporate retreat from their full-time gigs in Clutch, Fu Manchu, CKY and Fireball Ministry. This time the group’s five members met in Venice, Italy.
Now the group has put down their paddles, wiped away the marinara sauce from their chin and is ready to get down to business. The said album is for all those who have kept their radio knob on Classic Rock stations for the past twenty-five years. Guitarist Dave Bone spoke to Metal Underground.com about this “basic, meat-and-potatoes hard rock and heavy metal” album and served up a heaping portion of history about the band and himself.
Metal bands formed below the Equator rarely find an audience in North America. Other than Sepultura, Sarcófago and a few cult, underground black metal bands, most metal fans in the USA can’t count enough South American bands on their fingers to fully expose both palms. In same ways, being located so far south of Los Angeles and New York City has resulted in bands being cut off from MTV and other mainstream music outlets.
Colombia’s Witchtrap never felt the pressures of pop metal. They still proudly wave the flag of true heavy metal with a serious nod to Germany’s architects of power metal and thrash and the spirit that encompasses the term “metal.” Colombia doesn’t boast the economy of the US, so Witchtrap’s twenty-year existence has been one of strife, which really highlights the group’s dedication. Read onward to find out more about the group’s latest recording “Vengeance is My Name” and the group’s ongoing battle to crush South American audiences with a thousand pounds of sonic dynamite.
Baroness are about to be celebrating their tenth year of taking over sludge metal. The Savanah-outfit are one of the most well-known metal bands due to their mass-appeal, although their sound does not have to be compromised to intrigue listeners. Baroness just released their double-album "Yellow" and "Green." I had a chance to talk to bassist Matt Maggioni about the albums, their color scheme, and touring.
For over a decade, Hammers Of Misfortune has been a prime example of an overlooked gem. Each of their albums, from their 2001 debut “The Bastard” to last year’s “17th Street,” has always delivered the musical goods. Their sound, which pulls from enough influences to write a novel about, is broad and jammed with variety. That is possibly one of the reasons why they haven’t been as embraced as they should be, but “17th Street” was the first sign of that changing. The band is gearing up for a brief U.S. tour, which starts this week (dates can be found here), and I had the chance to speak to guitarist John Cobbett about the tour and the band's current position in metal.
Two years after "Assassins: Black Meddle Part II" (reviewed here), U.S. act Nachtmystium is shedding much of the psychedelic and experimental vibes from the previous two albums to bring back the harsh black metal sound for impending release "Silencing Machine."
The new album hits North America at the end of July, which will be preceded by a short run of live shows and a stop at the Gathering of Shadows fest. While the group gears up for the impending festivities, Nachtmystium front man Blake Judd took out some time to check in with us and discuss the new album. Check out the full interview below to see what Blake had to say about the changing sound on this new release, the guest musicians present on the album, and his distaste for the band Ghost.
Starting with debut full-length "By Honour" (reviewed here), Sweden's Ereb Altor has been on a journey of musical discovery as the band breaks away from the doom sound of primary act Isole and heads into faster, more black metal influenced territory. While sophomore effort "The End" was originally meant to cap Ereb Altor's activity, inspiration struck again and now the band has released a third album, "Gastrike."
With the third release out now, Ereb Altor's Ragnar granted an interview to Metalunderground.com to discuss how the group's sound has evolved, why a new album happened at all, and how the band recently changed from a duo to a trio. Check out the full interview below.