INTERVIEW: Brandon Yeagley of Crobot

Three years have passed since we last heard new music from Crobot. But with a new lineup and label (Mascot Records), the Pennsylvania-based band hasn’t missed a beat. Its upcoming fourth album, “Motherbrain” (Aug. 23, 2019; pre-order here), is its best work yet, packed with the grooves Crobot fans know and love, but also sporting... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Alecia ‘Mixi’ Demner of Stitched Up Heart

Stitched Up Heart is taking a new approach to releasing new music. Its sophomore album, “Darkness,” is set to arrive in spring 2020, but three new songs—with accompanying lyric videos—already are available, including “Lost” featuring a guest appearance by Sully Erna of Godsmack. Vocalist Alecia “Mixi” Demner says the plan is to give each song... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Eric Harris of Gygax (July 2019)

Just 15 months after last year’s sophomore effort, “2nd Edition,” Ventura, California’s Gygax has returned with “High Fantasy” (June 21, 2019, Creator-Destructor Records), its third album of gaming- and Thin Lizzy-inspired rock ‘n’ roll (review). Instead of being a dramatic departure from what the band has done in the past, the record is a crystallization... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Matt Harvey of Pounder

Led by extreme metal veteran Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome, Expulsion), Pounder is what metal is all about. Using the classic sound of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal as a starting point, Pounder incorporates a wide range of metal and hard rock influences, all of which come through on its full-length debut, “Uncivilized,” released... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Jake Bowen of Periphery

With five full-length records under its belt and firmly established as one of the leading American progressive metal bands, Periphery struck out its own for album number six, releasing “Periphery IV: HAIL STAN” (review) on its own label, 3DOT Recordings. And it’s clear the quintet that originally formed in the Washington, D.C., suburbs of Maryland... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Shannon Larkin of Godsmack

After sticking mostly to the same angry, metallic sound through its first six studio albums, Godsmack took a bit of a chance with 2018’s “When Legends Rise” (review). Though the recording is unmistakably Godsmack, the slicker production and frontman Sully Erna’s increased vocal range paved the way for a more modern feel with big, melodic... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Mark Morton

Guitarist Mark Morton has achieved worldwide success with Lamb of God, one of the leading metal bands of the past 20 years. But it turns out there’s a lot more to him as a musician and songwriter—a side that often leans more toward rock than metal. So he took years of song ideas that would... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Tatiana Shmailyuk of Jinjer

2019 is shaping up as the year of Jinjer. After coming to North America for the first time in 2018 for tours with Cradle of Filth and DevilDriver, the Ukrainian quartet released the EP “Micro” (review) in January and already has completed a European tour with Soilwork and Amorphis. More shows in Europe, plus dates... Continue Reading →

INTERVIEW: Gabriel Guardian of Immortal Guardian

Drawing inspiration from a variety of styles of metal, Immortal Guardian, hailing from the great state of Texas, refuses to be hemmed in by genre or any other label. The band—guitarist/keyboardist Gabriel Guardian, vocalist Carlos Zema, drummer Cody Gilliand and bassist Thad Stevens—released its debut full-length, “Age of Revolution,” in September 2018 via M-Theory Audio... Continue Reading →

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