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Ancient VVisdom is not so ancient; the band has only been around since 2009. But in that time, the Austin, Texas, based band has grown to be well-known in the realm of metal. Ancient VVisdom doesn't rely on intense growls and extremely fast guitar playing to scare the devil into listeners; they have rather soothing music and play acoustic guitars. But they do invoke his unholiness and hail him a good bit. I got a chance to talk to mainman Nathan Opposition about their devilish lyrical material, a new album in the works, and what Satanism is to him.
DaiTribe offers a brand of modern metal that both scrapes and soothes. Their debut CD “Epochalypse A.D.” features singing and screaming; distorted and clean guitars and speed and groove. The band used Sterling Winfield, known for his work with Pantera, to mix their album. Although Winfield’s didn’t influence the band to sound like Pantera, the Cowboys From Hell seemed to have left a drop or two of Black Tooth Grin on “Epochalypse A.D.”
Since 1998, DaiTribe has been hard at work on the road and at home in the Chicago area gigging and gaining new fans. Even though the group released “The Second Coming” EP in 2005, “Epochalypse A.D.” is their first full-length. With the addition of singer Rich Collins, DaiTribe has entered a new “epoch” in their career. The band hopes to carve its own niche in an uncertain time in the music industry. Read on further to find out more about “Epochalypse A.D.”
The Swedish death metal vikings in Unleashed dropped new album "Odalheim" last month, which is preparing the metal masses for the coming changes after Ragnarök as the world is born anew.
If you haven't had a chance to hear the hymns of the new age dawning, or even if you've already taken the death metal beating offering by the album and risen again, drummer Anders Schultz dived into the creation of "Odalheim" with Metalunderground.com to let fans see further into the process.
In the full interview available below, Anders discusses recording the album at guitarist Fredrik Folkare's Chrome Studios, staying true to himself and his art over 20 years, the Swedish metal scene, and even the recent trend of releasing lyric clips over full music videos.
Once upon a time there was a band named Necrophagist...and there still is. One of its band members went on to Obscura and two others went on to form the German death metal machine known as Deadborn. Already on its second full-length release, "Mayhem Maniac Machine," Deadborn does things the old school death metal way - composing unadulterated, delivering non-stop power and energy with deadly force. Vocalist (and part-time guitarist) Mario Petrovic caught up with Metal Underground when he had a gap in his busy schedule of shooting a video and gearing up for ExtremeFest 2012 in Germany to give us some insights into Deadborn's new album and some of the band's interesting history, letting us know that these Teutonic thrashers don't plan on letting up on the steam anytime soon.
Forged in the fires of early Norwegian black metal and tempered by avant-garde projects like Peccatum, extreme metal icon Ihsahn will soon be releasing a fourth excursion titled "Eremita," which combines all his previous influences and takes the music on to the next level.
Fans still have a little over a month of waiting before getting to pick up "Eremita," so to tide over our readers and increase anticipation for the forthcoming release, I spoke with the band mastermind himself about what went into the creation of "Eremita." Over the course of our discussion, Ihsahn explained his creative process for making a new concept that eventually becomes an album, and shared his feelings on how fans should interpret the music however they want and make it their own.
Check out the full interview below, in which Ihsahn not only covers the upcoming new release, but also delves into his past to discuss projects like Thou Shalt Suffer, the fiddle experiment of Hardingrock, and working with his wife in StarofAsh.
Having just ended their first US tour for their newly-released 12th studio album, "Torture" (reviewed here), the members of Cannibal Corpse aren’t planning on resting long before touring again. MetalUnderground.com was on site for a show report on the band’s stop in Nashville, TN on April 30th and to catch up with drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz, who noted that Cannibal Corpse is going to Europe in June and coming back later in the summer to do the US Summer Slaughter tour. No stranger to video interviews, Paul discussed “Torture,” the songs he wrote on the album, staying fit through the brutality of aging, and professional sports with MetalUnderground’s Frank Serafine on video below.
The Portuguese Gothic metal masters in Moonspell have now released their latest opus "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here), which was conceived as a double album alongside the companion piece "Omega White."
Just prior to the album's release, I got in contact with front man Fernando Ribeiro and we had a candid chat about the change in direction on "Alpha Noir" from previous album "Night Eternal," as well as the four year gap between the releases. Discussing how fans have reacted to the band's music and why the group changes sound over time, Ribeiro commented, "With a band, the past is just one of your influences, and the spectrum is actually way broader. Moonspell is always provoking people to say what we did in the past was the best and that’s something we have to live with... The crowd sees from the outside and we’re seeing it from the inside, so I think we always try for every album to have a quality concept and a vision of a story to tell, and 'Alpha Noir' is another page in the book. This is a chapter in the book where the action goes a little faster and it goes to a different place, and that’s the way I see Moonspell."
Below you can find Fernando's thoughts on how European metal bands from the '90s tend to have a different outlook on music, working with new label Napalm Records, and creating the "Lickanthrope" music video.
Phobia has put the fear into grindcore since the early 80s. Phobia gained a reputation for having no problem discussing their views on politics and economics through their music; often having a controversial opinion. And although there is just one original member left, the band is still going strong and just about to release their latest album; almost a retrospective of the band's history. I caught up with founding member Shane Mclachlan to talk about why this album is so important to Phobia, the writing process, and why he just doesn't like gutterpunks.
The Chilean heavy metallers from Battlerage dropped their third full-length album "True Metal Victory" last year through Metal on Metal Records. After the release of the album, drummer Francisco Vera corresponded with Metalunderground.com to discuss the true metal horde's place in the world of heavy music and the overall metal scene in Chile. Check out the full interview below to find out about the creation of "True Metal Victory" and taking lyrical inspiration from the Robert E. Howard characters of Conan the Cimmerian and Thoth-Amon.
Death metal has had a progressive sub-genre for decades. Back in the early ‘90s, bands like Cynic and Atheist were getting verbally abused for being something other than tough-guy, Satanic-loving filth. Nowadays, this sub-genre is much more accepted, and one of the best rising bands from this area of death metal is NYC’s Hung. With a technical spin, and a prominent violin acting almost as a second guitar, Hung’s self-titled debut is not what one would call a predictable affair. I had the chance to speak to bassist Sam Roon about the band’s first album, their long history together, and the effect of having a female violinist on their public image.
Following my interview with Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont, I seized the opportunity to speak with one of his Brazilian countrymen in death metal trio Krisiun. Guitarist Moyses Kolesne reflected on the extensive North American tour then nearing completion, spoke of near-term plans, discussed Krisiun's latest album "The Great Execution,"  and even managed to weigh in on a death metal-related controversy with a refreshingly different opinion.
Prior to Sepultura's headlining show at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vermont, I was honored to sit down backstage with guitarist and songwriter Andreas Kisser for a discussion of the band's past, present, and future. A Sepultura mainstay since 1987, the classically trained Andreas has contributed vastly to the band's signature sound and handled lead songwriting duties since the 1996 departure of founding frontman Max Cavalera. Among the topics addressed was the persistent controversy over Max's replacement by current frontman Derrick Green, and what Andreas considers a stubborn unwillingness to move on from the past and accept Sepultura as it exists and thrives today.
As Boston-based metalcore veterans Diecast embarked on their current tour (sponsored by none other than Metal Underground), I was dispatched to cover the inaugural gig at Mill Street Brews in Southbridge, Massachusetts (report here). Following the band's set, I sat down with guitarist Jon Kita, frontman Paul Stoddard, and bassist Eddie Barton for a casual chat. For half an hour, we discussed all things Diecast throughout their fifteen-year history and beyond, including a taste of new music to come. No topic was off-limits, and we even explored an intriguing new moshing concept involving a piñata, which I expect to see in a Metal Underground Pit Stories column any day now. The conversation lasted until we were kicked out as the venue shut down for the night. The full transcript follows:
There’s something very nasty hiding within the confines of Occultation’s debut album “Three & Seven.” Inspired by bands like Black Sabbath and King Crimson, this trio based out of NYC has a doom-inspired take on progressive rock. Comprised of vocalist/drummer V, bassist/vocalist MAL, and guitarist/organist/vocalist EMM (of Negative Plane fame), Occultation is heavy on the metaphors and occultist themes, though not in a blunt manner like Ghost and The Devil’s Blood. Occultation has done a great job of making these songs both evil to the core, and catchy to the ears. I was able to throw a few questions via e-mail to the band, and V and EMM were gracious enough to answer in detail about the recording of “Three & Seven” and recreating these songs in a live setting.
7 Horns 7 Eyes' debut album has been creating quite a buzz already. The progressive death outfit is not unknown; it has already been around for five years. Throughout that time, the group got a deal with a big label, lost and gained members, released one E.P., and gained enough of a fanbase to make "Throes..." an anticipated release. I was able to talk to guitarist Aaron Smith about the lead up to this release, working with Nevermore's Jeff Loomis, and an upcoming tour.
Getting ready to release more melancholy darkness from Sweden upon the rest of the world, the guys from Katatonia are nearing the end of the recording process for a new album to follow "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here).
With only vocals on two songs left to record, I got in touch with front man Jonas Renkse to find out what fans can expect from the upcoming, as-yet-untitled release. During our chat, Jonas discussed how the new album will be more eclectic than the last few offerings, the expected release date, and working with Travis Smith to make the perfect accompanying artwork.
Read on to also find out what's happening with Bloodbath, how Jonas saw the change of pace in Opeth's latest album "Heritage" coming long in advance, and to discover how Per Eriksson ended up with the nick name "Sodomizer."
Opeth has tamed its savage beast on its latest album “Heritage.” The placidity of said album has rubbed off on the band’s live performance, which is currently on display throughout America on their “Heritage Hunter” tour. Although subdued for the moment, Axenrot believes this ferocity will be released once again. However, he is fine with the prospect of never again playing death metal with the Opeth camp.
Opeth’s progressive brand of metal keeps Axenrot from becoming bored. Even without growls and drilling kick drums, Opeth still conveys a massive amount of heaviness and darkness. Although he’s content with playing in a band bereft of these characteristics, Axenrot still LOVES to play death metal. Having played in many of Sweden’s most renowned extreme metal acts since 1995, he has literally made a career out of producing fast and barbaric drum beats.
Before the modern masters of progressive metal took the stage in San Antonio,Texas, Metalunderground.com boarded Opeth’s bus for an interview with the band’s rhythmic backbone. We discussed Opeth’s current direction, where they are headed and how the fans perceive Opeth in the year 2012. We also dove deep into Axenrot’s time before Opeth and his inception into the band. Read on further to learn more about one of Sweden’s most prolific metal drummers.
It's not a stretch to say that Adam "Nergal" Darski is by far one of the most important frontmen in metal today. Between his fight with cancer, his prosecution under Polish blasphemy laws and his headlining of the controversial Decibel Magazine Tour few can manage to stay in the headlines so consistently. Metalunderground.com had the opportunity to meet with Nergal in Chicago to discuss the very essence of what makes Behemoth the juggernaut it is today.
The Melvins are the longest running band of their kind, which is probably because they are the only band of their kind. Since the early 1980s, Melvins has been influencing metalheads with their heavy riffs and intriguing the avant-garde with jazzier sections and not one, but two very talented drummers. It's difficult to put them in any one genre, and their collective sense of humor likes it that way. I was able to talk to vocalist King Buzzo, his friend and artist Brian Wallsby, and drummer Dale Crover about their albums, the Melvins Lite, and other strange stuff. You can watch the interview below.
Dave Chandler has had thirty years to jump on band wagons to keep Saint Vitus relevant in the eyes of the ever-changing metal consumer. Being trendy and selling out was never part of the plan, though. He hates it when a band puts out a reunion disc that doesn’t live up to its namesake. “Lillie: F-65,” their first full-length in seventeen years, shows the band’s guitarist and mastermind still being guided by Black Sabbath’s hand of doom.
Not only has Chandler returned to the apocalyptic tri-chords and noisy guitar effects that characterize his cerebral style, he has rekindled a working relationship with vocalist Scott “Wino” Weinrich. Wino last played on the group’s 1990 effort “V,” and has since become one of the most prolific and traveled vocalists and guitarists in stoner rock and doom metal, playing with groups such as Shrinebuilder, The Hidden Hand, Place of Skulls, Spirit Caravan, Premonition 13, Probot and many others.
At the time of the interview, Wino was in Amsterdam at the Roadburn Festival preparing for a special show with “The Church Within” lineup of The Obsessed. Roadburn was to hold a special CD listening party for “Lillie: F-65.” Said album may prove to be the best seller of the band's career. As seen by many other groups, the absence of Saint Vitus has led to greater interest. Doom metal also seems a hot commodity these days. It is the perfect time for a band like Saint Vitus to reform.
The kings of Swedish black metal in Marduk will be unleashing another diabolical foray into the darker side of music this coming June with the new full-length album "Serpent Sermon."
With the new release on the horizon and Marduk gearing up to storm the world for another bout of live rituals, I connected with guitarist Morgan "Evil" Håkansson to hear how the band works its own breed of macabre sonic magic.
A full transcription of our chat is available below, in which Morgan discusses the band continuing the spirit of its core sound into a twelfth studio album, releasing the three song "Iron Dawn" EP, and working on a music video of the new track "Souls For Belial."
There was a time a few years ago that French technical metal band Outcast would get good natured ribbing from some metal fans, asking them if they composed "Hey Ya" or "Ms. Jackson." They took it in stride and even laughed back, knowing that their band name conjured up images of another entirely different group. These days, the comments are quite different. The metal community has taken notice of Outcast for the incredibly talented lot of musicians that compose this band.
Since "Self-Injected Reality" was released a few years ago, this French band is slowly gaining momentum with fans of progressive, dissonant metal. Fans of Gojira or Chimp Spanner, who like to be challenged when listening to heavy music, are taking notice of Outcast. Now with the release of "Awaken the Reason," Outcast has set out to prove they have the technical skills and chops to set the metal scene on its ear. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with the congenial bass player for Outcast, Clement Mauro, and this is what he had to say about the new album and Outcast's music in general.
The progressive rock band Eye takes a trip to the “Center Of The Sun” on their new album. Highlighted by the massive four-part, 20-minute title track, these guys are keeping to the spirit of some of the greats from the ‘70s, like Rush, King Crimson and Pink Floyd. Heavy jamming, floaty vocals, and spacey keyboards are all distinct characteristics of Eye’s sound. If you like long solos and psychedelic overtones, “Center Of The Sun” might be worth digging into. I spoke to drummer Brandon Smith about the new album and how these songs come off in a live environment.
It takes vast reserves of endurance and determination to attain worldwide relevance in the extreme metal genre - much less retain it for two decades - and Montreal's Maurizio Iacono is one of a relative few with the scars and success to prove it. The job is never done, however, and rather than cool his heels as Kataklysm officially celebrates its twentieth anniversary, Maurizio has chosen to plunge forward with his personal passion project Ex Deo. Comprised of a modified Kataklysm lineup with extra personnel, Ex Deo in 2009 released "Romulus," (reviewed here) a lyrical history of the foundations of ancient Rome set to rumbling, melodic, epic metal anthems. This year, the saga continues.
On Sunday, April 1st, Finnish Viking metallers Turisas boldly led the vaunted Paganfest tour to Montreal's Club Soda. Originally booked for the entire tour, Ex Deo had been forced to cancel all but a handful of dates in order to focus on perfecting the highly anticipated sophomore album "Caligvla." Tonight, surrounded by friends and adoring hometown fans, they were ready to rock. I caught up with Maurizio shortly before showtime, and he brought me up to speed on a host of topics concerning both his bands, his lyrical inspirations, his passion for history, and more.
When speaking to drummer Antton Lant, it is obvious one is dealing with a musician who has an extensive background in the metal community. He commands respect with his decade playing for Venom and other groups and brings a certain element of heaviness to any project he's been involved in. But Antton is not a musician who is content to rest on his past laurels. He created his band Def Con One years ago to be involved in a group where he could bring his own ideas of what a heavy metal band should sound like.
Def Con One is the group he always wanted to be a part of, and is now doing that full-time. He feels that a group should be fun and not some routine job, and that is what he and the members of Def Con One convey - pure energy. As the band plays countless gigs in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and other cities in his native Britain, Antton took to time to dish with me about his involvement in Def Con One and other areas of his past projects in metal bands.