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Imperium Dekadenz Dissects New Album

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.

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Azure Emote Talks Aliens And Avant-Garde Metal

If you love all things avant-garde and progressive and haven't heard the name Azure Emote before, get ready for this project to show up on your radar in a big way. The band features members who have been involved with Fear Factory, System Divide, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Vile, Monstrosity, and more, and is out now with second full-length album "The Gravity of Impermanence."

Metalunderground.com is now hosting a full stream of the entire release right here, which is a discordant symphony featuring bizarre industrial sounds, backing choirs, symphonic strings, and death metal brutality.

Before immersing yourself in the heavenly havoc, check out our interview with the band below, in which vocalist Mike Hrubovcak was kind enough to provide a complete track-by-track breakdown of the album, along with a full history on the band.

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A Discussion About Gaytheism

Portland trio Gaytheist is gearing up to burst out of the closet and onto the streets with "Hold Me...But Not So Tight." The rollicking good time and follow-up to "Stealth Beats" will see release through Good To Die Records this coming May 21st.

Intrigued by the name and sound, I got in touch with front man Jason Rivera to chat him up about "Hold Me..." and all things Gaytheist. Check out a transcript of our chat below, in which Jason discussed the multiple interpretations of the band's name, recording at Interlace Audio with "Stealth Beats" producer Stephan Hawkes, and the Portland music scene.

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Finntroll Discusses New Album "Blodsvept"

Following the 2010 release "Nifelvind" (reviewed here), Finnish folk metal outfit Finntroll is now out with new full-length album "Blodsvept."

We recently had the chance to chat up Finntroll vocalist Mathias Lillmåns (aka Vreth) to hear what he had to say about the creation of this new extreme folk mashup. Read on to find out about the band's difficulties in the studio, Finntroll's changing lyrical focus, and guitarist Skrymer working overtime on the album's artwork.

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Band Photo: Metal Church

Ronny Munroe Relives 70000 Tons Of Memories

The wind and rain was picking up about half way through Metal Church’s first set of the “Reunion at Sea” aboard 70000 Tons of Steel as the boat was rushing hellbound towards the Caribbean island of Grand Turk. That may have been the destination for some of the 2,000 passengers aboard the Majesty of the Seas, but not for old metal warhorses like me. You see, this cruise had little to do with sunshine and warmth. There were 80 shows to be seen and I was hellbound to see as many as I could, even if that meant sacrificing a day at the beach to catch up on sleep deprivation and drunken madness. The return of Metal Church was just one of those many highlights, as the first show set list consisted of the songs voted on by fans prior to the cruise. It was enough to bring a large guy to tears. Just before the Easter holiday, I spoke to Ronny Munroe to reminisce about the memories of that night in late January, as well as the future of the band, which includes a new album on the horizon. Read and listen along:

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Vattnet Viskar Interview at SXSW

Newly signed to Century Media Records, the name Vattnet Viskar has yet to be paired on disc with the popular label. However, the group has already made a name for itself on the internet. They sent a demo and a self-titled EP all around the internet, which eventually led to their signing with Century Media. Their name alone has found appeal with black metal and pagan/folk metal fans, particularly fans of atmospheric/shoe gazing bands such as Agalloch and Wolves In The Throne Room, although the group hails from the opposite side of the country—New Hampshire.

Metal Underground linked up with cinematic guitar master, Chris Alfieri at SXSW to talk about the band’s signing, their take on the festival and choice of band name. The following interview took place outside of the Mohawk bar during the Vans/Pitchfork showcase before the band played on the venue’s indoor stage.

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Anciients Talks "Heart Of Oak" Album

Blending together prog rock and metal, Vancouver's Anciients recently signed to Season of Mist and is now gearing up to release the "Heart of Oak" album.

What can fans expect from the disc? According to a press release, something truly spectacular: "Somewhere between sheer, apocalyptic heaviness and precise riffing, lays otherworldly Anciients - a rock juggernaut forging crushing heavy metal evocative of veterans High on Fire and contemporary sonic craftsmen, Opeth."

This coming April 16th you'll get the chance to find out if the band lives up that lofty pedigree (you can also check out an advance track below), and pre-orders are available through Season of Mist at this location.

With another two and a half weeks to go before the album's official drop, guitarists/vocalists Chris and Kenny corresponded with Metalunderground.com to explain how the band reached this point and what went into the creation of "Heart of Oak." Find out about the hardships and loss the group suffered during the writing and recording, along with a full track-by-track breakdown of the release, through the full interview below.

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Reign Of The Architect Preparing To "Rise"

An effort five years in the making, Reign of the Architect is now nearing the official release of "Rise" through Pitch Black Records. Based in Israel but featuring musicians from other parts of the globe, the multinational project will drop its debut album on April 16th (May 14th in the US).

To get a taste of the group's crazy death-prog-opera mayhem, Metalunderground.com will soon be premiering a sampling of songs off "Rise," so stay tuned for further details. In the mean time, guitarist and band mastermind Yuval Kramer go in touch with us to explain how the ambitious project came together.

Covering a wide range of sounds and styles, "Rise" features musicians giving their all in everything they do. While explaining how the album came together, Yuval said: "When we write music I always push myself and the musicians I work with to the truth. To that raw emotion, looking for the exposed nerve and let it scream for you. Letting each of us be honest, naked and exposed in front of the microphone. Some takes finished in tears, some in smiles, some with bleeding fingers and sore throats and without it, it's just not worth it.”

Putting saw raw emotion into an album necessitated some interesting setups in the studio, with Yuval commenting, “weird things happened here, not all of them were fully clothed.” Get the full scoop on "Rise" and the history of Reign of the Architect below.

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Skeletonwitch Discusses New Album At SXSW

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.

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An Interview With Vulgaari

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.

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Fenriz Dissects New Darkthrone Album

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.

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Starkill Talks Debut Album, Upcoming Tour

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.

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Andy Winter Explains The "Incomprehensible"

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.

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Zebulon Kosted Talks Upcoming Black Metal Album

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.

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Six Feet Under Brings Forth The "Unborn"

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.

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Hate: "Man Is Nothing But Enslaved Scum"

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.

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Clutch Talks "Earth Rocker" Tour And Album

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.

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Rotting Christ Offers Breakdown Of New Album

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.

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Matt Smith From Theocracy Opens Up In Nashville

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.

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Dani Filth Chats About North American Tour

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.

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Jon Durant Explains New Project Burnt Belief

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.

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An Interview With Arbogast

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.

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LSOD Invokes Baphomet On New Album

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.

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Interview with Makers of "Black Metal" Short Film

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.

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Voivod Discusses New Album "Target Earth"

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.

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