To date, we have conducted 1234 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:
Oklahoma-based progressive metallers Vangough have announced that their forthcoming third album will be entitled, "Between The Madness," and will be released November 5th. Their fifth release overall, the album will come in a "badass 6-panel Digipak with booklet," according to vocalist Clay Withrow, who was able to take time out for an interview with Metal Underground's Frank Serafine. Withrow elaborates on the back-story of the album as well as their acoustic EP, and also talks about his time playing guitar for Pain of Salvation on their summer tour, as well as goofing off in the studio.
Withrow positively notes, "We didn't hold anything back for this release because we had no one holding us back."
The 2013 Summer Slaughter tour wraps up in a few days, but Revocation won't be sitting still for long, trekking to Europe in September and then heading out on a tour with Death Angel this coming October.
While Revocation was on the road, the band's new self-titled album officially dropped, and I called up guitarist Dan Gargiulo to see what he had to say about the release.
A transcription of our conversation can be found below, covering the writing and recording process, working with the band's new bassist, and recording a Metallica cover.
While this chat was short and sweet with only one member, be sure to also catch OverkillExposure's epic interview with the whole band from 2011 at this location.
Dez Fafara is very proud of Devildriver's new album "Winter Kills" (reviewed here) and he's not shy about sharing it, likening the album to a "killing stroke" that will make the rest of the scene stand up and take notice of the band.
"Winter Kills" drops on August 27th via Napalm Records, and now you can see what the frontman himself had to say about how this album was created, from song writing to artwork and onto visual representations like lyric videos.
In the full interview available below, Dez also talks about shooting a live DVD with no overdubs, the passion Napalm Records has for releasing the album, and how he hopes his lyrics can empower metal fans in the same way bands influenced him as a kid.
Swedish metallers Watain will embark on "The Wild Hunt" next month, as the latest full-length excursion from the black metal masters comes out August 19th/20th.
Contacting Metalunderground.com via phone, Watain vocalist Erik told us all about the coming release (review to be published soon), as well as how this album channels 15 solid years of the band's experiences into one eclectic offering.
Read the full interview below, in which Erik discusses getting a bit too much into the GG Allin spirit and breaking his leg in an altercation, the looming presence that spurs on his music ("It’s this thing that you know could devour you in an instant if it wanted to, but instead of devouring you it takes you and speaks through you") and a taste of the horror to expect at upcoming live shows ("People will either like it very much or they will run away in tears").
"Horizon," the latest full-length album from Fort McMurray, Alberta's Until Dawn, will see its official release this coming August 6th, 2013.
We'll soon be hosting a premiere of the album's title track, but in the mean time you can find out more about the band and coming release through our new interview with vocalist Adam Macleod. Adam delves into the recording process for the follow-up to the band's previous self-titled album, overcoming challenges and finding the strength to persevere, and much more in the full interview below.
Jucifer is a band that, until a few years ago, tangled with a split personality. Their studio albums were a schizo blend of pop, grind, acoustic, and upbeat metal, while their live show was literally a wall of sound (thanks to amps stacked to the ceiling). The difference between the two sides began to close in with 2010’s excellent “Throned in Blood,” and bends further towards each other with the band’s new album, which has a title in Russian and has been called by many fans "The Russian Album." A concept album about the Battle of Stalingrad during World War II and the land it was fought on, Jucifer completely overwhelms the senses over the course of 75 minutes.
They are one of the best live bands around today, thanks in small part to year-round touring that has taken them all over the world in recent years. They have also increased their profile thanks to a constant social media presence. A lot of that is done by the hands of vocalist/guitarist Gazelle Amber Valentine, who can go from a heavenly whisper to a bone-shaking roar in no time flat. I had the chance to send some questions to her via email. She sent me back detailed answers that go into the new album and get into some interesting territory, including the possibility of a covers record in the future.
Garden state metallers Gyre will see the official release of new EP "Second Circle" this coming July 23rd via Monolithic Records.
We recently had the opportunity to premiere a new track off the release (available below), and now we also bring you the words of guitarist Ian McCartney, who explains the EP in more depth.
Read the full interview below to find out about Gyre recording the new EP with Kevin Antressian at Backroom Studios, what's happening in New Jersey metal, and the meaning behind the band's distinctive logo.
Staging quite the comeback after "The Enigma of Life" was panned by fans and critics, Sirenia's newly released full-length "Perils of the Deep Blue" by contrast is seeing a much more positive reaction.
The new album ratchets up the epic level, with more metal and more symphonic elements intertwining with some truly stellar song writing this time around.
Band mastermind Morten Veland was excited to discuss the changes that took place on "Perils of the Deep Blue," seeing a re-energized band utilizing new instruments and upping their game on the vocal side.
See what Morten had to say about the construction of this album and when you can expect to next see Sirenia live in the full interview below.
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.