Everything Heavy Metal: 2012-08-26

Interview: Richard Medina from Occision

Band: Occision
Genre: Death Metal
Year Formed: 1991
Location: Arizona
Members: Richard Medina- Vocals
Charles Watson- Guitar, Vocals
Josh Cummings- Bass, Vocals
Jesse Johnson- Drums

Interview Though Email With Richard Medina


Why was this band started?
     "The band was started in 1991 by a group of good friends to create its own unique form of death metal. Of course, that is when death metal was really starting to come into its own and we were influenced by a lot of the bands coming out at the time, bands like Suffocation, Carcass, Immolation, Autopsy, etc. Being such good friends is the reason for the bands longevity and why we are still going at it harder than ever today, even more determined than we were in the early days. I mean, the band has had its different eras, so to speak, but the main core of the band has always been friends and has always been together.
     The original line up consisted of Charles Watson- guitar, Byron Watson- bass, Jesse Johnson- drums, and Shawn Brian- vocals, I joined the band in 1995 when the band amicably parted ways with Shawn. In the really late ‘90’s, the band went on hiatus for while and came back in the early 2000’s as a 3 piece with Charles, Jesse, and adding Josh Cummings on bass. I rejoined the band in 2010 and we have been working hard at it ever since, playing several shows and recording a brand new album “Defying Temporal Limits of Existence”. This is a new era for the band and we plan on doing whatever it takes to get our name back out there and be successful."

What is it like being signed to a label?
     "Actually, we are not signed long term to our current label, Anopsys/Inherited Suffering Records, we are just working with them on this new release for now, with the possibility of future releases. Our main goal is to get this new album out there and give ourselves a chance to possibly work with a bigger label that could get this band to where it wants to be. Anopsys fully supports this and will do whatever it takes to get our name back out there and promote, they have been great to work with and we certainly wouldn’t mind doing more releases with them in the meantime."

What is the overall theme of the bands music?
     "Well, being death metal, our main theme for a lot of years was murder, which is pretty typical of the music. It started that way with the first album “Creative Butchery”, then really went serial killer, in the first person, for the second album “Killing is Instinct, the Pleasure Lies in Murder”, but we have really grown throughout the years and have changed it up a bit, not so gory and little more story driven. I actually think that the name of our albums have really described our overall theme very well, so in this new era of the band, our new album “Defying Temporal Limits of Existence” really describes our current theme. Basically, human extinction and transcending death to become more than human, that sums it up pretty well. Of course, it will be ever changing as we like to keep things fresh, but the core theme, death, will always be part of it."

How do you feel about the bands last album "Defying Temporal Limits of Existence"
     "We are actually extremely proud of this new album, it is very different than anything we have ever done, and by far, the best production we have ever had on an album. I think that we really showed our versatility on this album, its not the straight up brutal death metal like it used to be, we have added different elements such as thrash, black metal, and acoustics, to go with the brutality. We have come a long way from our last album, we have matured a lot musically and believe that this album shows that we are capable of different things and that we will continue to grow."

How does that album differ from the music the band was making in 1991?
     "It is like night and day, we have grown so much over the years and are just writing better music now. Much like I said in my last answer, its not just about being as brutal as we can be, we are much more diverse now and are trying different things, incorporating different styles, giving the listener some variety instead of sounding the same every song. We have also incorporated multiple vocals, our guitar player Charles contributes his high vocals in nearly every song and our bass player Josh has also added his vocals to a few of the songs. In all of the previous albums, there has only been one vocalist, so that has also added to what we do now. I listen to our other albums and it doesn’t even sound like the same band, we are so happy with the direction the band has taken."

When should we expect some new music?
     "Right now we are working in a new second guitarist, so once he has learned all of the songs and we do a few shows, we will begin writing new music. We are already excited to start recording again, and we just finished this new album, we are talking about maybe doing an EP early next year with a few new songs, rerecording an older song off of our second album, and possibly a cover. That will probably lead to recording a brand new album as well, hopefully for a bigger label, if we just don’t do that anyway instead of the EP. So yes, we will definitely have new music out in 2013."

Doing any touring?
     "Right now, there are no plans of touring in the near future, but we certainly hope to be on the road sometime next year. We would like to try and find us a touring agent, which may come with a different label, as we haven’t had much experience in DIY tours, that way we can get on the road and promote our new albums. In the meantime, we will do local and out of state weekend shows, as well as getting on some of the festivals in our area."

Interview with Allos

Band: Allos
Genre: Christian Heavy Metal
Year Formed: 2003
Location: Belo Horizonte - MG
Members: Celso Alves
Júnior Oliveira
Edley Winderson
Wilmer Richard
Wallace Ryan

Interview Though Email

Why start a Christian Heavy Metal?
     "We are Christians for long time and when we were very young we used to listened bands like Petra, Acts II, Stryper, Stauros, Bride, and others. So when we had the idea of forming a band, the Heavy Metal style came naturally."

How spread Christian though your music?
     "Firstly, we want to create a musical identity with the listener and then propose to him the validity of our beliefs. Our lyrical inspiration is the Bible itself."

How would you describe the sound of the bands music?
     "Power Metal with classical influences and a bit of progressive metal."

The band has release the debut album "Spritual Battle" How do you feel about the release?
     "It was a Dream come true! The target was to make an album 100% with our identity. We're very happy to have reached our expectations in the whole album production."

What was the game plan going to record that album?
     "Initially we just wanted to record an EP in our home studio, but the compositions were being completed and we decided to record a full album in the studio WZ from Eminence band. The album was produced by the band along with Alan Wallace and Márcio André. Alfredo Ribeiro finished the audio, mixing and mastering the whole album."

When should we expect so new music?
     "We are already working on new songs but we don't know yet when we'll start the project for the next album."

LAMB OF GOD Announces Memorabilia Auction For Randy Blythe Defense Fund

While LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe is back home in America after five weeks in prison in the Czech Republic, his legal problems are far from over. Manslaughter charges are still hanging over Blythe and at some point over the next few months he will have to return to Prague and stand trial. Faced with continuing massive legal bills, LAMB OF GOD has decided to create an eBay auction of equipment and memorabilia to raise money for Randy’s legal bills. All equipment was either used on tour or in the recording studio or in a video. The auction features items provided by all five members of LAMB OF GOD.

In addition, a number of musicians have offered equipment to be used in the auction. Guitars have been donated by Machine Head’s Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel as well as Slash and Five Finger Death Punch. Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Five Finger Death Punch’s Chris Kael have each contributed a bass and the members of Five Finger Death Punch also have contributed a signed skateboard.

Justice Now, the site set up for donations, will remain open for those wishing to donate to Randy’s defense fund. The band appreciates all of the support Randy has received since his arrest on June 28th and is thankful for all of the donations that have been made in these tough economic times. As stated before, without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.

Click here for the link to the LAMB OF GOD Memorabilia site and here for the link to the Justice Now site

Original Site: http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/525/26126/LAMB-OF-GOD-Announces-Memorabilia-Auction-For-Randy-Blythe-Defense-Fund

Interview With Drakum

Band: Drakum
Genre: Death Epic Folk Metal
Year Formed: 2009
Location: Barcelona, Catalunya
Members: Conrad - Drums & choirs
 Jose Luis - Bass
Feni  - Guitar
Marc  -Guitar
Javi "Caleb" - violin
Javi - Voice
Paula - keyboard & choirs

Interview Though Email
On the band's Facebook page you describe the band's genre as "Death Epic Folk Metal" What is that?
     "It is a mere description, a label like any other, so that the public can get a previous idea of how it may sound and if the music is near their musical tastes.
     There are growls, so many people put it into the sack of Death Metal. There are epic lyrics, about fantasy, battles, glory... some people call these kind of songs 'epic metal'. And there are influences from traditional and folk music. Anyway, you may or may not agree with that labels, the only important is that you like the music when you listen it."

Why start a Folk Metal band?
     "Why start a band of any music style? Because we love it! And to have a violinist helps a lot, too."

What makes your band differ from other bands in this genre?
     "We are crazy, drink a lot, talk about trolls and stuff... no, we are the same shit as all the other bands. Please, don't listen to us. Never."

What is the overall theme of the demo "Around The Oak"?
     "Is not a conceptual work, but if you drink and dance while listening, then you've got the idea."

Do you have a favorite song off the album?
     "We are seven people with different tastes, and everyone has their favourite. But we enjoy a lot when the crowd goes wild with Around the Oak at our shows."

When should we expect some new music?
     "If all goes as it should, at the beginning of 2013."

Epica is Writing New Material

Dutch symphonic metallers Epica are currently working on new material. The band has already nailed down 11 tracks and will be hoping to enter studio sometime next year. The band had this to say: "Already about 11 new tracks have been written for the next album. We don't know yet when we'll record it (somewhere in 2013) but this material sounds killer so far! Wouldn't be surprised if many people gonna like those songs."

Epica is currently working on securing visas for their North American Tour. They are also scheduled to take part in ProgPower USA Festival XIII.

Cruelty's Heart Announces New EP

Cruelty's Heart has been working on the EP, entitled Rex Anglorvm Saxonvm and is due to complete recording sessions in September. The final tracklist will be:

1. Rex Anglorvm Saxonvm
2. The Blood of the Wyvern
3. Haraldr Sigurðsson
4. Over the Rainbow Bridge
5. A Ship Bound For Thule
6. In King Hroðgar's Hall

This will be released under Wodfreca Records.

In addition, Cruelty's Heart has recently completed the recording of the song A Dream of Ænglaland (which can be found on the band's youtube channel, CrueltysHeartUK) which will be released on 03/12/12 as part of the compilation album from Wodfreca Records, entitled 'Leoþhord I; Hƿit Ƿyrm Ariseeþ ofer Angelcynne'. Finally, Cruelty's Heart has recently agreed to record a cover of Forefather's epic song 'Steadfast' for the album 'Ealdgesegena - A Tribute to Forefather' which is due for release next summer.

CHICKENFOOT To Re-Release First Album With Bonus Tracks

Having established themselves in record time as one of the earth's premier rock bands with their Gold-certified self-titled debut, CHICKENFOOT will be re-releasing their self-titled, "Chickenfoot," as a deluxe double disc version on October 16th, 2012. Frontman Sammy Hagar comments:

"Chickenfoot 1 will always be special to me for exactly what it is. Our former label went out of business and the album had been discontinued. You could not find the album anywhere, which is crazy! We got the masters back and our new label will re-release the 1st album and we thought we should include some live tracks from 'Chickenfoot lll'.”

The release will feature live tracks recorded on the "Different Devil" tour this past spring while supporting their latest record, "Chickenfoot III."

Avienda Revolution
Soap On A Rope
Sexy Little Thing
Oh Yeah
Runnin Out
Get It Up
Down The Drain
My Kinda Girl
Learning To Fall
Turnin Left
Future Is The Past

Bitten By The Wolf
Lighten Up (Live in Chicago 5/12/12)
Big Foot (Live in Seattle 6/6/12)
Last Temptation (Live in Seattle 6/6/12)
Something Going Wrong (Live in Boston 5/16/12)

Original Site: http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/1225/26119/CHICKENFOOT-To-Re-Release-First-Album-With-Bonus-Tracks

Interview: Jorge from Conceived by Hate

Band: Conceived by Hate
Genre: Death/Thrash Metal
Year Formed: 2002
Location: El Salvador

Interview Though Email With Jorge
How do you feel about the band's first release "Pestilence Reborn"?
     "We feel great, we began to work on this record on 2007 but there was a lot of shit going on that delayed for years the release."
What is the overall theme of the album?
     "CbyH was formed in late 2002 after i quit working with my previous band called DISORDER, getting the correct line-up, gather the gear for the studio and also the money for the production, designs, etc., was a complete journey of sacrifices and perseverance; almost 10 years later we finally release our first full lenght with songs that have been ready for years; this record was originally conceived as the album that will mark our return to the metal scene, a reborn in a new band so that is why we called it "Pestilence Reborn". That was the original intention of the title eventhough we release an EP before it. This is not a concept album we got songs that talk about religion, personal issues, the business of war and how the ancient native culture of our region has been isolated since the colonial era."
Do you have a favorite song of the album?
     "All songs are special for me but songs as At The Gates Of Nowhere and Guardians Of The Ancient Wisdom could be at the top of my selection."
What are you doing to support this album?
     "Well, we are scheduling local live shows and also looking for promotion in other countries using the Internet.
     Why did the band name change from SPIRITUAL DEMISE to CONCEIVED BY HATE? It was changed because not all of the members felt identified with the concept of Spiritual Demise so in order to take in count all the opinion and in order to have all the members happy with the name i decided to change it. We felt Conceived By Hate was an original name that was not following any particular trend."
What is the future of the band?
     "By now we have almost 18 new songs for new releases. We plan to release a Split late this year and the second full lenght on 2013. We will continue to write honest songs and try to play live and put out new releases until we die! I would like to thank David Russ for the interest in our band and for doing this electronic interview, we send you all metalheadz a heavy metal cheerz around the world!" 

All That Remains - Another New Song Streaming Online

"Stand Up (Stand Up)", another new song from American metalcore band All That Remains is now available for streaming at Loudwire.com. The song will be featured on the band's upcoming effort entitled A War You Cannot Win, penned for release on November 6th. It will also be released as a single via iTunes on September 24th. More details about the album can be found here and here.


Interview: Justin Gizzi from Molasses Barge

Band: Moasses Barge
Genre: Doom Metal/Heavy Rock
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Members: Brian "Butch" Balich - Vocals
Amy Bianco - Bass
Justin Gizzi - Guitar
Ken Houser - Guitar
Wayne Massey - Drums

Interview Though Email With Justin Gizzi
What is the Metal scene like in Pittsburgh?
     "It's varied. Our last gig was the Lady Beast record release show, with fellow locals Zeitgeist. Wall to wall people in the back room of a neighborhood hole-in-the-wall bar (that I love) called Gooski's, here on Polish Hill. Lady Beast have a nwobhm sound, while Zeitgeist are a pretty stark sounding punk band. Two of my favorites, locally. Out of town crust-punks Murderess opened. The crowd response to each band was pretty rabid. We dig shows like that, a mixed crowd, with different sounding bands booked together.
     There are a couple of bands like us in the doom/stoner vein. A few grindcore bands. A few thrash/crossover bands. Some trad/epic metal bands. Many death metal bands. Quite a few bands with the sort-of "Lamb of Pantera" sound. Plus, several bands that mix the modern breakdown-oriented hardcore with technical death metal styles.
     Pittsburgh will always be a sports-first town. Attendance numbers at shows are generally decent to good. It's a bit over-saturated with venues here. It's usually not a question of if you're booked opposite your buddy's band the same night. It's more- how many of them, and how close to the venue you're playing. I handle most of our booking, so I try to steer away from that whenever possible by checking listings ahead of time. You can only do so much, though." 
You guys came out with an EP, Jewels, what is the overall sound of that album?
     "It breaches a few genres. Some pretty overtly doomy sounds, mixed with some heavy 70's sounding rock, with stoner and psychedelic stuff mixed in. Strong and soaring, to low and grim sounding vocals. It's available at www.innervenus.org."
Where can some one find your music?
     "The old, familiar places. MySpace, ReverbNation, there's some studio, and hacky live stuff on YouTube. The videos with "Iron Atrocity" tags sound pretty balanced. If you "Google us", you'll get a bunch of leads."
When should we expect a full album?
     "We're aiming for a Spring 2013 release. 8 or 9 songs."

Miss May I Releases New Lyric Video For "Ballad Of A Broken Man"

Rise Records metal act Miss May I has released a lyric video for "Ballad Of A Broken Man," which comes off the band's latest release "At Heart" (reviewed here). The Troy, Ohio based act released the album in June to strong Billboard charting positions, debuting at #3 in US Hard Rock, #5 Us Independent, and #12 US Rock. The clip is available below, or you can also watch the previously posted video for "Hey Mister" at this location.
The band recently wrapped up its summer on the Vans Warped Tour for the second straight year and will be heading out this fall headlining the AP Tour with The Ghost Inside, Like Moths To Flames, The Amity Affliction, and Glass Cloud. Dates can be seen after the jump.

10-16 New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place
10-17 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
10-18 Boston, MA @ Royale Night Club
10-19 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
10-20 Sayerville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
10-21 Baltimore, MD @ The Recher Theatre
10-23 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
10-24 Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend Music Hall
10-25 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10-26 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
10-27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10-28 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10-30 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10-31 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
11-01 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
11-03 Mesa, AZ @ The Nile
11-04 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
11-06 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
11-07 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
11-08 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11-09 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11-10 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
11-12 Salt Lake City @ In The Venue
11-13 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11-15 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
11-16 Sauget, IL @ Pops
11-17 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11-18 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
11-20 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
11-21 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
11-23 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
11-24 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

Original Site: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=83900

Gwar Issues GWAR-B-Q 2012 Recap

"Beyond our wildest dreams, and they can get pretty kinky, we were almost completely 100 % satisfied with this years GWAR-B-Q," said lead singer Oderus Urungus, reached at his Antarctic bungalo. "Everything went well, except that hottie from Attack of the Show didn't show up...but I suppose that is understandable. We did feed her to a worm last year!"

From everything to the weather (which was an enjoyable 85 degrees), to the authorities (who seemed to be enjoying themselves), to the bands (who all put on amazing sets), all conditions were in perfect alignment and the much-anticipated event went off without a hitch...well, almost.

Slave Pit spokesman Dave Brockie had this to say about the event: "The 'Meat and Beat' went great, and Oderus stayed in the area an extra three hours to make sure everybody got to hang out with their Lord and Master. It was a great line-up of great bands, and we got to see both Sleazy P. AND The Sexecutioner! It was a huge improvement over last year (when we didn't even manage to have it outside) - we made big strides this year and I am sure next year we will get even bigger and better. Rest assured any hiccups we had have been noted and will be sorted out for next year's event...so see ya at GWAR-B-Q 2013!"

See GWAR live on the following upcoming dates:
With The Casualties
9/13: Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
9/14: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue

9/15: Chicago, IL @ Humboldt Park and Congress Theater
With The Casualties
9/16: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
With DevilDriver, Cancer Bats and Legacy of Disorder
10/12: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
10/13: Worcester, MA @ The Palladium ("Rock and Shock")
10/14: Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
10/15: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
10/16: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/18: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
10/19: Ybor City, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
10/20: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
10/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
10/24: New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
10/25: Austin, TX @ Emo's
10/26: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/27: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/31: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
11/1: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
11/2: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
11/3: Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
11/4: West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
11/5: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/6: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
11/8: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
11/9: Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11/10: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
11/11: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
11/12: Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
11/14: Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
11/15: Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
11/16: Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre
11/17: Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Center
11/18: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
11/20: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
11/21: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
11/23: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
11/24: Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
11/26: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theater

Interview: Ragnar from Atrum

Band: Atrum
Genre: Extreme Metal
Year Formed: 2005
Location: Iceland
Members: Sigurður - Vocals and lead guitars
Ragnar - Drums and percussions
Úlfar - Rhythm guitars and vocals
Sigurgeir - Bass guitar and vocals

Interview Though Email With Ragnar

On the bands profile you put the band had to go though some line up changes, when some one leaves the band, for any reason, what does that do to the band?
     "It can have two effects. Sometimes it takes some key element out of the band and it quits altogether or morphs into something else. Sometimes though, and it is usually only when a band has a defined style and vision, a member leaving can leave space for fresh inspiration. Atrum has had some line-up changes but in the end the outcome has always been positive. Nobody who has been in the band has left without their mark on the band and our personas. I hope there need be no more changes from now on."

Also put that the band had to go though musical changes, can you describe what that means?
     "In the beginning the band was somewhat aimed in the direction of folk/black metal but later the band got more focused and more extreme. We have kept the classical inspirations to the songs and will keep on expanding that sound. We will not do anything to stop the music from evolving and will always play what we like to hear."

How has the band made an impact on the Icelandic metal scene?
     "We like to think that we helped inspire the new wave of bands to be more focused and professional in their attitude towards this really suppressed style of  music. On the other hand it is really hard for me to speculate on those things."

What was it like playing at the Wacken Open Air 2011?
     "It was awesome and we are still thrilled about it! Hopefully it will not have been the last time we visit that unique festival."

What was the game plan going to record the band's EP, Opus Victum?
     "We had recorded the Ep in various forms 3 times before and kept adding and kicking out songs. We did absolutely not want to release anything until we were 100% certain that we had all the ideas for the songs recorded in the way we imagined them. It took painfully long to get the final product but now it is done and we can keep writing music."

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