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Domkraft Recontructs The World With "Seeds"

It's interesting to see all the various genres and styles which has influenced metal bands as time goes on. Sometimes it's the sub-genre right before and for some bands, it's delving into the past which produces the best results. Some groups take influence from different times, such as it is with Domkraft, the Swedish trio who blend sludge metal with psychdelic music to create a unique brand of heaviness.

On April 30th, the band will be unleashing their third full length album, "Seeds," a change in tone lyrically, but a record guaranteed to delight the fans they've already acquired. To find out more about the album, I caught up with drummer Anders Dahlgren to discuss the new release, themes, recording in Gothenburg and much more.

Diamond Oz: First of all, thank you for taking the time to speak with me and congratulations on your new album, "Seeds." What would you say makes it different from your previous album, "Flood"?

Anders Dahlgren: Thanks!

Apart from that we wanted it to feel really organic, and as close to a live recording as possible, the biggest difference would be that we used a different studio and recorded it with new people. The studio is called Welfare Sounds and is located in Gothenburg, on the west coast of Sweden. The recording engineers Per Stålberg and Kalle Lilja are awesome guys and contributed with lots of good ideas and had the knowledge to get the sound we were looking for.

And last but not least Karl Daniel Lidén, who did the mixing and mastering, is something of a wizard and really dialed in the big sound we were looking for.

Oz: Where did the title "Seeds" come from?

Anders: Our previous albums have mainly dealt with post-apocalyptic themes, but we felt that, given the state of the world even before the pandemic hit, we wanted to do something slightly different this time. So, the loose theme this time is about rebuilding and starting anew, and in that context, “Seeds” felt like a perfect title.

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Wednesday 13 On New EP, Covers And Friday The 13th

For as long as there's been heavy metal, it's stood side by side with shock rock. While Black Sabbath were making waves in the United Kingdom, a band across the pond by the name of Alice Cooper were delighting young rockers, outraging parents and impressing Groucho Marx and Mae West with their antics and lyrics. As time went by, both metal and shock rock evolved and in the mid 2000s, after the split of horror punk upstarts the Murderdolls, a vocalist named Wednesday 13 ventured out on his own, toured the UK and then released "Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead." The album was a success, helped largely by the single, "I Walked With A Zombie" and since then, the eponymous band has gone from strength to strength.

Fast forward sixteen years and Wednesday 13 is still as delightfully devlish as ever. With eight full length albums under their belts, a new EP, "Necrophaze - Antidote" is only two days away and fans are in for a treat with the short collection of songs. As well as originals, "Your Mother Still Sucks Cocks In Hell" and "Screwdriver 2 - The Return," it also features covers of "Films" by Gary Numan and the INXS track, "Devil Inside." It's sure to be a welcome stopgap before the ninth album is unleashed.

To find out more about the EP, I caught up with the man himself to discuss the EP, the choice of covers, creating a sequel to the Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 song, "Screwdriver," how the band is like the Friday The 13th franchise and much more. You can listen to it in full below.

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Marianas Rest Discusses New Album "Fata Morgana"

Since the turn of the millennium, Finland has become one of the world's biggest exponents for metal and rock music. We've seen such bands as Nightwish, Children Of Bodom and Korpiklaani emerge as global metal stars this century and there's always a steady stream of amazing music coming from the small nation to guarantee Finland's place as a metal home for years to come. Recently, a sextet from Kotka, the country's twelth biggest city, by the name of Marianas Rest unleashed their third full length album, "Fata Morgana" and praise has beeen coming thick and fast.

This leviathan of a record, deep and dark with plenty of atmosphere, may well be something of a "best of" for the band, combining the greatest elements of the previous two albums, "Horror Vacui" and "Ruins" to forge an extremely heavy slab of metal, which the group claims "embodies the Finnish melancholy." To find out more about the album, I caught up with the band and found out all the details behind, "Fata Morgana," its amazing artwork, the "Glow From The Edge" music video and what exactly "Finnish melancholy" is. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Endseeker: On Top With "Mount Carcass"

As mentioned in the introduction to our recent interview with Cannibal Corpse, death metal has remained a huge presence in the metal world ever since the likes of Obituary, Death and Morbid Angel gained attention. Its impact and popularity remains as strong today as ever and as such, we're still seeing new and awesome death metal bands emerge all over the globe. One such group is Endseeker, the Hamburg quintet who on April 16th will be releasing their third album, "Mount Carcass" into the world.

The five piece from Germany have already garnered praise for their previous albums, "Flesh Hammer Prophecy" and "The Harvest," but "Mount Carcass" could be set to eclipse them both if the single, "Unholy Rites" is anything to go by. To find out more about what could well be one of the most intriguing death metal albums of the year, I caught up with guitarist Ben Liepelt to discover the meanings behind the songs, the album artwork, how the pandemic affected the creation and recording of the record and much more. You can watch the conversation in full below.

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Cannibal Corpse Unleashes "Violence Unimagined"

Death metal is arguably the most popular of all metal sub-genres. While thrash metal may have done better commercially at a time, to this day, a new band is formed influenced by the vast range of groups from the extreme area. Much like practically every thrash band cited Venom and Motorhead as an influence, almost every death metal band points to Cannibal Corpse as one of their main inspirations. It's been a long road for Cannibal Corpse to attain such a status however, battling lineup changes, controversy and even outright bans in some countries, but the quintet are still going strong and judging by what the public has heard of the new album, "Violence Unimagined," they're more grizzly than ever.

The album in question is an important release for the band born from Buffalo, New York, as it marks their first album with Hate Eternal mastermind Erik Rutan as a full time member, though he knows them well, having produced every album since 2006's, "Kill." To find out more about the album, Rutan's influence, what seperates it from "Red Before Black," the ever gruesome artwork and much more, I spoke with drummer and co-founder Paul Mazurkiewicz, in an interview which can be seen in full below.

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Mork Discusses New Album "Katedralen"

It's a strange thing when it comes to black metal. While there's technically nothing stopping a person from recording a power, thrash or death metal album on their own, it seems that only black metal takes this idea and runs with it. Such bands as Taake, Nortt and Nattefrost (as well as some other guy who had something to do with Mayhem,) have become notable names in the sub-genre and in the past decade, another artist has emerged named Thomas Eriksen, whose project Mork has made him an ever growing name in black metal.

This year, Mork unleashed the fifth full length album, "Katedralen," which has already earned plaudits from fans and critics alike. To find out more about this opus, I spoke with Eriksen himself and discovered more behind the record, how Mork has come through the pandemic unscathed and much more.

Diamond Oz: Congratulations on the new album, "Katedralen." So far the album seems to be garnering some very positive reviews. What would you say makes it different than "Det Svarte Juv"?

Mork: Thanks. Yes, so it seems. That’s of course well and good and even more people will get infected, hopefully. It differs as it’s a natural progression onwards. Every album has been looser and looser, creative wise. The “rules” goes out the window a bit more for each album. I follow my feelings and intuition.

Oz: Could you explain the meaning behind the album title?

Mork: Not really, since the listener should take his or her own journey and take in it. The title is based on a old idea that I sort of dusted off and brought back. Not a concept album but I feel the tracks flows good throughout it all. The good old cliches, misanthropy, darkness, desolation, pain, anger and frustration endures.

Oz: You've once again used artist David Thiérrée for the front cover art. How well do you think the music is represented in the cover and what is it about his art that you feel is right for Mork?

Mork: The two times we’ve worked together it’s been perfect, in my mind. Some have pointed out that his works done for me seems a bit different from other things he’s done. That great. And it tells you what an talent he is as an artist. I tell him what I am after and he reaches down/in and pulls out these great visuals for my audible art.

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The Crown Guitarist Launches The "Royal Destroyer"

Death metal and Sweden go together like bread and butter, peanut butter and jelly or Boris Johnson and lies. The rich history of this extreme sub-genre in the Scandinavian nation has given the world such icons as At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity and Opeth to name a few and another band that has to be mentioned when discussing this litany of legends has to be Trollhättan's own, The Crown. Having started life in 1990, initially under the Crown Of Thorns moniker, the band released two albums before having to shorten their name.

Although they split in 2004, The Crown reconvened five years later and since then have continued to release stellar death metal, including their latest opus, "Royal Destroyer," which was unleashed only two weeks ago. To find out more about the record, its influences, being back on Metal Blade Records and much more, I caught up with guitarist Marko Tervonen. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Moonspell Vocalist Opens The Doors On "Hermitage"

It takes a lot to become a notable name in metal music. It takes even more to become successful enough that you're seen as your country's premier metal band, but there can be no question that when metal fans think of Portugal, they think of Moonspell.For nearly thirty years, Moonspell has proudly represented their country on the international metal stage, releasing such classic albums as "Wolfheart," "Irreligious," "Darkness And Hope" and "Memorial" and last month, the Iberian quintet unleashed their twelth full length opus, "Hermitage."

The album has already garnered high praise from critics, including a perfect rating from New Noise Magazine and will no doubt be seen as a key release by fans and the band themselves in the years to come. To find out more about the record, the creation process, title, art and much more, I spoke with the band's lead singer Fernando Ribeiro. You can watch the interview in full below.

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DVNE Guitarist On New Album "Etemen Ænka"

They say "good things come to thos who wait" and the old adage is certainly true when it comes to metal music. Sometimes as metal fans, it feels like we're forever waiting for our favourite bands to release another album, or for the promising up and comers will continue to build on their momentum. Such is the case when it comes to DVNE, the Edinburgh based quintet who in 2017 unleashed the fascinating, "Asheran." Finally, this week, the five piece will be treating the world to their sophomore full length, "Etemen Ænka."

Sure, three and a half years isn't as long as some fans have waited for new albums, but just think how much has changed in that time. As the world changes, so too do musicians and the evolution is clear to hear on "Etemen Ænka." To find out more about the album, it's beautiful artwork, filming music videos, signing with Metal Blade and more, I spoke with guitarist Dan Barter. You can check out the conversation in full below.

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Trollfest Assembles For "Happy Heroes" EP

It's been a year since live music was essentially cancelled and we're all missing it. Live music is generally a great night out, but some people were born for the stage and to create unforgettable memories. If ever there was a band made for the live setting, it would be Norway's own, Trollfest. The Scandinavian ennead have been bringing their brand of folk metal across the world for eighteen years now, with eight albums and several EPs under their belts and show no signs of going back to their cave any time soon.

Next week, the band will be unleashing a new, four track EP entitled, "Happy Heroes," featuring the original title track, as well as covers of artists like Bobby McFerrin, Pharrell Williams and Aqua (I use the word "artist" very loosely in the last case.) To find out more about what is sure to be one of the most fun metal releases of the year, I spoke with Trollfest frontman Jostein "Trollmannen" Austvik to discuss the release, progress on a new full length album, their use of animation in music videos and much more. You can listen to the chat in full below.

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Iotunn Guitarist Discusses Debut Album

As we've said a few times, 2021 maybe carrying on the gloom of the previous year, but there's already been so many amazing debuts. From Frozen Soul to Everdawn to the promising, upcoming Capra full length. Another band who's already grabbed a few ears is Copenhagen's own, Iotunn, who unleashed their mind bending first album, "Access All Worlds" at the end of last month. Adding to the ever growing stack of amazing Danish metal bands, this progressive quintet took inspiration from the cosmos to forge an album well worth your time and money.

To find out more about the album, the meanings behind it, its story, recording and much more, I spoke with Jens Nicolai Gräs, one of the band's guitarists, who shed light on this beautiful, if sonically punishing release. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Eyehategod's Mike IX Opens Up About New Album

Few bands are able to achieve their dreams of getting signed, releasing albums and touring the world. Fewer still forge a legacy and history which makes them a group really worth knowing, with a story that's passed on from metal fan to metal fan and music which resonates through generations. Though such bands are small in number, there is no band on Earth like Eyehategod. Formed in New Orleans in 1988, the band released their first album, "In The Name Of Suffering" two years later and went on to become a legendary name in the metal world, being credited as pioneers of sludge metal and putting on some of the most fierce live shows to have ever graced a stage.

Fast forward to 2021 and after a seven year wait, Eyehategod are on the verge of releasing their sixth full length album, "A History Of Nomadic Behavior," their first in seven years. Four songs have already been released and each proves that the quartet has lost none of their abrasiveness and are just as vicious as ever. To find out more about this eagerly awaited album, I spoke with vocalist Mike IX to discuss the record, the use of lyric videos, the gap in between albums, how the pandemic affected the recording process and much more. You can watch it in full below.

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Spelljammer Soars On An "Abyssal Trip"

There seems to be a recurring theme revolving around space in metal albums lately. Whether it be the thought provoking "A Pale Blue Dot," by Dreamshade, or the 1984 inspired space opera "Necro Sapiens" from Baest, the vast wonder of the cosmos appears to have struck a chord with musicians on the heavier side of the spectrum. So it is with Spelljammer, the doom/stoner trio from Sweden, who recently unleashed their second full length album, "Abyssal Trip," which features several galactic references and even an astronaut on the front cover.

To find out more about "Abyssal Trip," I spoke with Spelljammer frontman Niklas Olsson, to discuss why there was a five year wait between this and their debut album, "Ancient Of Days," artwork, the music video for "Lake" and much more. You can check it out in full below.

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Wolfheart Revisits The Winter War

Over the past decade, we've seen the rise of many bands. From new big names to cult favourites, everyone has discovered someone new to love in this time. One such band that has has a growing presence in the world of metal music is Wolfheart, which began as a solo project by Tuomas Saukkonen, formerly the frontman of Before The Dawn. Since 2013, Wolfheart has gone from strength to strength, releasing four full length albums and performing at such festivals as Wacken Open Air, Hellfest and 70000 Tons Of Metal.

Today sees another new release from Wolfheart, in the form of the EP, "Skull Soldiers." The four song record continues on from where their latest album, "Wolves Of Karelia," left off, focusing on the Winter War between Finland and Russia which began in 1939 and saw the small nation hold off the Soviet Union. To find out more about the EP, the album and the historical events that inspired the music, I was lucky enough to speak with Tuomas Saukkonen himself. You can check out the interview in full below.

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Capra Guitarist On Debut Album, Metal Blade & More

We've only just entered March and already we've been treated to some awesome debut albums from the likes of Everdawn and Frozen Soul. Of course, being so early on in the year, more debuts are on the way. One of the most exciting of these releases comes in the form of "In Transmission," the first full length from metallic hardcore band, Capra. Formed in Lafayette, Louisiana, this high energy quartet has already gained attention for their songs, "Torture Ship" and "The Locust Preacher," both a perfect blend of chaos and war cries.

To find out more about the band, the album and everything behind it, I had the pleasure of speaking with guitarist Tyler Harper. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Empyrium Mastermind Discusses "Über den Sternen"

Few bands can continue for nearly thirty years and continue to evolve as artists. Some find their style or niche and stick with it, others make unwise choices which costs them their fan base, but it takes a true artist to move away from early material and still retain their credibility. Enter Markus Stock, AKA Ulf Theodor Schwadorf, the man behind Empyrium. Since 1994, Empyrium has gone from a folk tinged doom metal band, to becoming one of Germany's most revered dark folk bands.

Last Friday, Empyrium released, "Über den Sternen," their first album in seven years. It's already earned positive reviews and a warm response from fans and to find out more about this fascinating work, I spoke with Markus Stock himself. You can read the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with me today. You're about to release "Über den Sternen" your first album in seven years. What was the reason for such a long wait?

Markus Stock: I am also the composer and “mastermind” of other projects such as The Vision Bleak and Sun Of The Sleepless and I am running a pretty successful recording studio. Also Thomas and myself have another project together – obscure 70s Rock inspired called Noekk. This are the reasons that we take a longer time for each album. We simply are involved in many other artistic endeavours. Besides being an active musician in all the aforementioned projects I am also a busy and successful producer with an own recording studio, a passionate photographer and family father.

Oz: What would you say makes "Über den Sternen" different from "The Turn Of The Tides"?

Stock: I think TTOTT was more of an experimental album while still being faithful to the Empyrium spirit. I am still content with „The Turn Of The Tides” and it was the right album for us at the right time. We couldn't have written an album like „Über den Sternen” in the period between 2010 and 2014. We were pretty inspired by Dead Can Dance and Brendan Perry's Solo Album at the time of working on TTOTT and as with everything in life, things and also music have their distinctive time. „Über den Sternen” and the return to our older form of expression feels in many parts absolutely right now in 2020/2021 but wouldn't have been the right thing for us back when we wrote TTOTT.

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Ad Infinitum: "We're Working On A New Album"

2020 may have been a pretty crap year for the world in general, but in the realm of metal music, we were still treated to the debuts from several excellent bands. The likes of Surma, Konvent and Calyces all unleashed their first full lengths and garnered plenty of attention, as did another band from Switzerland, one with a lot to offer and a fascinating blend of styles. The band in question is Ad Infinitum, led by the incomparible Melissa Bonny and featuring contributions from members of such bands as Follow The Cipher and Delain.

In 2020, Ad Infinitum not only released their first album, "Chapter 1: Monarchy," but also an acoustic version of the record, entitled "Chapter 1: Revisited." In December, the band announced that bassist Korbinian Benedict had joined the fold, replacing Jonas Asplind and that work on a new album was underway.

To find out more about Ad Infinitum, their forthcoming sophomore album, the status of Melissa Bonny's other band, Rage Of Light, her numerous guest appearances and more, I spoke with the singer herself. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Baest: "This Will Be Our Last Concept Album"

Over the past ten years or so, Denmark has produced a plethora of amazing metal bands, with a vast array of different styles. From Myrkur to Konvent, Demon Head to Cabal, Denmark is fast becoming a new home for metal music. One of the most ferocious groups to emerge from the Scandinavian country would be Baest, formed only six years ago in Aarhus, but already on the cusp of releasing their third album. The band has been quickly making a name for themselves, supporting such artists as Entombed A.D. & Aborted, as well as performing at some of Europe's biggest festivals like Copenhell and Brutal Assault.

Next week, the quintet will unleash, "Necro Sapiens," their third full length album, through Century Media, which promises to be just as vicious as their previous efforts, "Danse Macabre" and "Venenum." Like these albums, "Necro Sapiens" is a concept record, though very different from past works, telling the Orwellian story of alien races, tyranny and slavery.

To find out more about this fascinating idea, how the pandemic affected the album process, the band's relationship with concept records and much more, I spoke with vocalist Simon Olsen. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Nervosa Guitarist Talks New Album & Lineup Changes

It can be devastating for a band to lose a crucial member, much less two of them. Some groups never recover from losing a vocalist, but then, Nervosa aren't most bands. Formed eleven years ago in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Nervosa burst on to the international metal scene in 2014, following the release of their debut album, "Victim Of Yourself." The band were soon playing across Europe and supporting big names such as Brujeria, Sepultura and Venom and in 2016, released their sophomore full length "Agony," which earned them further recognition. After another two year wait, the trio released "Downfall Of Mankind," which featured a slightly more death metal orientation.

Last year however, Nervosa fans were shocked to learn that vocalist/bassist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto had left to form a new band, Crypta, with Burning Witches guitarist Sonia Anubis, leaving guitarist Prika Amaral as the sole member. Not one to give up, Prika assembled an amazing collective of musicians, including Abbath bassist Mia Wallace, vocalist Diva Satanica and drummer Eleni Nota, to create a multinational unit of metal. Early this year, the quartet released, "Perpetual Chaos," a truly stunning and ferocious album which has already garnered plenty of praise.

To find out more about the album, the lineup changes, guest appearances, the Revolta side project featuring Ratos de Porão vocalist Joao Gordo and much more, I spoke with Prika Amaral herself. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Slomatics Guitarist On New Split EP And Live Album

Northern Ireland tends to get overlooked when it comes to rock and metal music, but from Gary Moore to Sweet Savage to Therapy? and beyond, the small nation has had no shortage of great musicians and headbangers. Over the past seventeen years, another band has emerged which may not have reached the commercial highs as some of these aforementioned bands, but rock just as hard and have earned their place as one of Northern Ireland's fiercest trios. The band in question, as if there was ever any doubt, is Slomatics.

We're only two months into 2021 and already Slomatics is gearing up for their second release; a pulverising split EP with Ungraven of Liverpool (see Ungraven interview here.). With all new material, this marks the ninth split release from the band, who continue to give a platform to other talented artists while reminding us all of what a high quality band they are themselves. To find out more about the split EP, the live album, "Live At Start Together Studio" and much more, I spoke with guitarist David Majury. You can find the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today. You've three new songs on the upcoming split with Ungraven. Were these written specifically for the release or are they a taste of a new full length to come?

David Majury: They were written specifically for the release – we’d talked about doing something with Jon straight after our last album was out, so when we started writing again we had the split in mind. This tends to be how we work, as soon as one recording is done we are looking forward to the next project, whatever that might be. The songs were written to hopefully provide some light and shade, one of the things about recording 18 minutes of music is that it means the writing should try and cover as much ground as possible, so it was a nice challenge. We knew Ungraven would absolutely bring it too, so we tried our best to compete!

Oz: This is the ninth split release that Slomatics has been a part of. Why do you feel that this format works so well for you?

David: It’s a bit of a strange situation to be in having done so many – and we have two more planned for this year – but yes it is a format we like to do. There are artistic reasons, like it’s great to share a release with a band we really like, usually who are good friends too, and I’ve always liked how a split can give the listener a nice mix of music on one record. Splits are really common in the hardcore scene, or at least they were, and the whole Man’s Ruin series of splits was something we enjoyed a lot. Then there’s the practical side – releasing a split is fairly cost effective, particularly if you want to be prolific in putting music out. I think this year will mark our 19th physical release and we’d not have hit that milestone if we only made full albums. I like how writing for a split is different to an album too, so it keeps both processes fresh.

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Dreamshade Guitarist Talks New Album & Carl Sagan

Over the past hundred years, space has played a huge role in not only entertaining people, but fuelling wonder and a desire for knowledge. Though mankind has always been fascinated by the stars, the planets and what lies unknown in the vast black yonder, after Sputnik, our thirst to learn more intensified and men like Yuri Gagarin, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin fulfilled the dreams of our ancestors by leaving the very Earth itself. Space and astrophysics have continued to be popular subjects, thanks to the celebrity status of such scientists as Stephen Hawking, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Patrick Moore and Carl Sagan, who referred to Earth as "a pale blue dot."

Sagan's influence has spread not only across science and television, but to music too, with a Nightwish song named after him, as well as the touching Symphony Of Science electronic music project sampling many of his quotes. Now in 2021, his influence can be heard once more on the new Dreamshade album, appropriately named, "A Pale Blue Dot," which is set to be released on March 5th. Though originally Dreamshade attempted to sample the scientist as well, they instead took greater inspiration from his work to craft a vibrant album, filled with the same sense of experimentation and excitement that makes connects music with science.

To find out more about the album, including its breathtaking artwork, Sagan's influence and much more, I spoke with guitarist Fernando "Fella" Di Cicco and discovered a truly fascinating story behind the band's first full length album in five years. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Jon Davis Previews New Conan Album & Ungraven EP

Britain has a long and storied history when it comes to heavy metal music. Though most will say that the genre was born on the island, fathered by Black Sabbath, with other icons such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Saxon following suit, it never quite achieved the popularity and attention as it did in Germany, Scandinavia, or even America. Despite this, there has always been a steady stream of British metal bands and in 2012, the world was introduced to Conan, perhaps the best doom metal band from England since Electric Wizard.

Since then, Conan has established themselves as a vital part of the global doom metal scene and frontman Jon Davis has also extended his creative outlet by forming Ungraven, a more black metal laden affair. Though it started as a solo project, Tuskar's Tyler Hodges joined in 2019, before the lineup was rounded up with the addition of former Fudge Tunnel bassist David Riley.

To find out more about Ungraven and their upcoming split EP with Belfast bruisers The Slomatics, as well as the current status of a new Conan album and their new live release, "Live At Freak Valley," I spoke with Jon Davis and discovered some truly exciting things about both bands. You can listen to the interview in full below.

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Demon Head Vocalist Discusses New Album "Viscera"

There's certainly many ways in which the darkness of life and the cosmos can be represented. Whether it's through stories, paintings or most familiar to those of us on this website, music, the wickedness within existence doesn't go unrepresented. Last month, Danish quintet Demon Head unleashed their fourth album, "Viscera," a record which certainly lives up to its title, featuring a bleak atmosphere but overall, an effort with an underlying hopeful message.

To find out more about one of the most interesting albums of the year so far, I spoke with frontman Marcus Ferreira Larsen, who explained the role of depression on the album, the fascinating story behind the cover artwork, how his training in anthropology came into play and much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Frozen Soul Vocalist Opens The "Crypt Of Ice"

It seems that at the start of each year, a band comes along with a debut that immediately gets people talking. Last year, it was Danish death/doom quartet Konvent and this year, burning bright as the Texan sun, comes Frozen Soul, whose debut album, "Crypt Of Ice" has already got death metal fanatics' tails wagging. The quintet from Fort Worth released their first full length through Century Media last month and it's already being considered one of the best releases in the early stages of 2021.

To find out more about what promises to be the most exciting Texan death metal band since Devourment, I spoke with vocalist Chad Green. Among the subjects we discussed pertaining to the album was the engrossing front cover, designed by Velio Josto, the striking music videos released thus far, how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the recording of the album as well as it's release and much more. You can check it out in full below.

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Heave Blood And Die Guitarist Talks "Post People"

Metal music has never been a stranger to tackling serious issues. The likes of Sepultura, Megadeth, System Of A Down and Ministry to name a few have written plenty of songs about corruption, slave trafficking, genocide, the environment and the dangers of nuclear capabilities. Now more than ever, it's important to continue to speak up about the perils we face as a species and fortunately, a number of young bands are continuing this approach.

One such band hails from the culturally rich city of Tromsø in north Norway; Heave Blood And Die. Despite their somewhat grizzly name, their music combines doom metal with lush melodies and landscapes, in addition to superb musicianship and a philosophy which isn't afraid of stepping on some toes to get their point across.

Recently, I had the opportunity to put some questions to guitarist/vocalist Karl Løftingsmo Pedersen about the band's brand new album, "Post People," which is out now. You can read the interview in full below.

Diamond Oz: Congratulations on your new album, "Post People". What would you say makes this different from "Vol. II"?

Karl Løftingsmo Pedersen: Thank you! I think the main difference between the two records is that Post People is more unique, it brings on more experimenting with both the composition and the sonic adventure, it feels like a breath of fresh air for us.

Oz: The studio where you recorded the album looked very beautiful with great windows overlooking the outside. Did the natural landscape outside help shape the song writing on this album?

Karl: Being isolated with only music equipment on an island by the coast of the western part of Norway surely must have done something for the music, I guess the most important part for us when recording the album was to get away from the anxieties and stress of everyday life. I don't think it would have turned out the same if we recorded it in say Oslo.

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