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The Answer – Interview With Paul Mahon & Michael Waters

April 1st, 2014

The Answer Interview

With Paul Mahon & Michael Waters

At Sub 89 Reading

9th March 2014

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

The Answer have kindly spared some time to talk to us today, in tonight’s gig venue Sub 89 in Reading as part of their massive UK club tour. Which was been a vast and what sounds like an enjoyable journey for the band. We managed to catch up with very lively pair from the band;  bassist Michael Waters and guitarist Paul Mahon.

The answer

The answer

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Toxic Holocaust – Interview with Joel Grind

April 1st, 2014

Toxic Holocaust Interview

with Joel Grind

at The Underworld, London

25th February 2014

Interview by Lily Randall

Photos by Ashlinn Nash

As soon as Joel Grind and Matt Harvey walk into the bar to an influx of journalists awaiting their arrival, it’s apparent just how great these two bands get on. After already spending an entire US tour together, Toxic Holocaust and Exhumed are starting their trail of chaos in London. We were lucky enough to pry Joel away from Matt while he’s still fresh faced to discuss touring, their latest album and side projects.

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

It’s been a while since you were over here touring in the UK. Would you agree that the UK is the home of heavy metal and therefore do you love coming over here to play?

I would completely agree. I think it’s essential for me because there are so many bands from America but here it’s such a smaller place and there’s such a large variety of music. There are so many legendary bands and I think about it and I’m like ‘How do all these awesome NWOBHM bands come from one place?!’ All the punk stuff too.

You have released your latest album ‘Chemistry of Consciousness’ since the last time you were over here. How do you feel that album differs from your previous stuff?

I would say this new record went a little more in the punk direction.  I wanted to do something a lot more to the point, right off the tap. I wanted to do something that was straight up. It was definitely a chosen way to go in that direction.

Was the process any different? How do you usually go about writing and recording?

It was kind of the same. I can’t really write when I’m on tour because you never have enough time. There are either long drives or tight schedules, or talking or partying so it’s hard to just sit down with a guitar and write music. So I just wait until we’re off tour to start writing and with this album the only real difference was that I knew I wanted it to be really short songs. I wanted something that you could play over and over again rather than waiting for the fucking thing to be over you know? That’s the thing with a lot of music; it’s whether you actually listen to it again after the first time.

The album artwork for this album is totally different to previous ones. Was there a reason for that?

Yeah it’s really psychedelic right? We wanted it to coincide with the lyrics. The lyrics are a little more…trippy; there are a lot of subjects about how the mind works with substances and mind altering things too.  I sound like a drug advocate but I’m really not! I’m interested in the whole history and use of psychedelics and things to explore your mind rather than frazzling it.

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

 

No chance of a stoner metal album then?

No no!

It’s been out quite a while now, have you been happy with the responses so far?

Yeah actually, it’s probably been the best received record we’ve had. I didn’t expect that at all, I actually thought that there would be a big back lash because we tried to really simplify and I thought people wouldn’t like that but in a way it actually worked in our favour which was cool. The main part of being in a band is being able to please yourself and others and it’s always the case that I don’t want to let our fans down but I don’t want to put out records that aren’t me.

Totally. Especially with thrash albums released last year, it felt as though they were really running out of ideas, even the likes of Sodom.

There were no huge curveballs with us and we brought something a little different to the table at least. Even lyrically, there’s not many thrash bands singing about this stuff.

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

How much of this album are you playing on the tour?

Right now we’re playing three songs. Yes, we’re promoting a new record but I know being a fan of bands, when a band only plays stuff off their new record it really bums me out and I don’t want to be one of those bands. I mean I get it, you don’t want to play the same old songs but it’s a big reason people are coming out to see you, because you have a catalogue of cool tunes and you’ve got to respect the old fans.

Toxic Holocaust are now working with Relapse Records. Obviously this is a large label but I know you guys try and stick with the whole DIY attitude. How has it been balancing the two?

When we first signed with Relapse there was a bit of a back lash from a lot of our diehard fans, like super underground people that didn’t like that but those people go away after a while.  They clearly aren’t your true fans if they’re more interested in bands being obscure instead of what they’re actually putting out. So I’m kind of happy that happened but to be honest it’s just as DIY as ever working with Relapse. They have been really good to us because they give us a lot of freedom; they never have said ‘you can’t do this or that’. It’s definitely like a partnership and we give each other ideas of things to do that we really like. It doesn’t feel like a business relationships which is cool.

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

You also bought out your debut solo album last year. How do you compare Yellow Goat to Toxic Holocaust?

I did it more as a little bit of a throwback to when I first started Toxic Holocaust. The thing with getting more known as a band is there is a lot more responsibility and I wanted to do something where I didn’t have to think about any of that. I just booked a rehearsal room for two days and recorded the whole album. I played all the instruments, everything. It was just a pure labour of love and so fun to do. I was really on the fence about releasing it but I showed it to a couple of friends and they were like ‘You have to get this out!’, so I did and people really loved it. I released it myself too. I like that it came out at the same time as ‘Chemistry of Consciousness’ because it really shows our progression over the years from the demos and stuff.

Are you planning to do a follow up?

I definitely want to do another one! It was so fun to do and when I finished writing the first one, I was thinking of all this other stuff I could’ve done so I still have a lot more ideas!

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

You’re currently on this tour with label mates Exhumed. We’ve already seen your bromance with Matt (Harvey, frontman) so this is a bit of a silly question but how is it going with those guys?

We did a US tour together right before this one, seven days in between then we played a show in Mexico too without Exhumed. It’s been nonstop with those guys and it’s been so much fun, they’re great to tour with. I love all those guys. It’s one of those bands where we all click together and on this tour we’re all riding the same bus.

So if we were to sneak on said vehicle what would we expect to see going on?

The other day the Exhumed bass player Rob, he was really wasted the night before and  he was asleep but he was in like the kneel position in a chair and it looked like he was praying. And then we all tried to wake him up but no one could, so they carried him out, there was like three of us taking him down the stairs and this was when we had to leave, it was so funny. We’ve still got four weeks to go so who knows what will happen!

Toxic Holocaust

Toxic Holocaust

And finally, with festival season coming up, who are the top 3 headliners of a festival run by Toxic Holocaust?

Venom, Sodom and Hellhammer!

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Overkill – Interview with Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth

March 23rd, 2014

Overkill Interview

with Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth

at O2 Islington Academy, London

13th March 2014

Interview by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs

Photos by Graham Hilling

BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH

BOBBY ‘BLITZ’ ELLSWORTH

“I’m not sure what the fuck is going on here with these lights!” laughs Bobby, as we board the Overkill tour bus, which does appear to be operating some pulsing disco light setting. “This is like day one for me. I dunno if it bothers you or not – I feel like I’m doing a porn!” He laughs again.

Hang the lights. We got things to discuss. Especially as given that Overkill’s forthcoming new album has been delayed, and with it the rest of the European tour, we’re lucky we’re here at all. With the band about to take in a handful of dates throughout the UK, including a headline spot at Hammerfest, we grab a few moments of frontman Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth’s, one of heavy metal’s nicest guys, time to talk about the new record (It was probably the hardest one to make for me…), the music industry (But for some reason there’s always a want for this stuff. There’s always a need….), seizing opportunities (You know take that chance and if you can and succeed more times than fail you can string days into years and into decades…), and pie…

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In Solitude Interview

February 23rd, 2014

In solitude Interview

at Kentish Town Forum

10th February 2014

Interview by Ashlinn Nash

Photos by Jo Blackened
Altercarnated Photography

In Solitude Interview

In Solitude Interview

With the excitement of tonight’s gig flourishing around back stage the commotion is apparent with constant band members running up and down the stairs with crew on hand too clad in spiked gauntlets, ash tinted corpse paint and contrasting jeans and a T-shirt alike, tonight is set to be a rich display of industry greats with a bit of every metal sub-genre on hand.
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Atrocity Interview @ The Garage, London

February 2nd, 2014

Atrocity Interview

@ The Garage, London

19th January 2014

Interview by Ben Spencer

Photography by Graham Hilling

Alex Krull - Atrocity

Alex Krull – Atrocity

After walking past the band’s sound checking on the stage of the main venue, it was time to meet Alexander Krull (vocalist from Atrocity) in the side bar, where fans could be seen queuing outside through the window.

After setting up our equipment it was time grab a sofa and learn more about the progressive Death Metal band’s extensive career in the music scene.

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Carpathian Forest Interview @ Camden Underworld, London, 14 December 2013

January 25th, 2014

 Carpathian Forest Interview

at Camden Underworld, London

14th December 2013

Interview by Ben Spencer

Photography by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography


Having arrived at Camden Underworld early to witness the bands on tonight’s bill sounding checking, it was time to meet Black Metal veterans Carpathian Forest and learn more about their story and what’s to come from their eagerly awaited return to the UK shores. After pulling up a table and setting up our equipment towards the front entrance we were joined by front man Roger Rasmussen, better known to the masses as Nattefrost.
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Chron Goblin Interview

September 22nd, 2013

Chron Goblin Interview

Interview by Jarod Lawley

http://www.chrongoblin.com/

Chron Goblin Interview

Chron Goblin Interview

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Five Finger Death Punch Interview

September 20th, 2013

Five Finger Death Punch

http://www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/

Ivan – Vox
Zoltan – Guitars
Jeremy – Drums
Chris – Bass
Jason- Guitars

Interview held on 29th August 2013
London, United Kingdom

Interview by Anna Dumpe

Photography by Graham Hilling

Five Finger Death Punch Interview

Five Finger Death Punch Interview

On the 29th of August, we had the chance to join Jeremy Spencer (drums) and Jason Hook (guitar) from Five Finger Death Punch to chat about their new albums The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell, Volume 1/2, live performances, future plans and music in general.

Both Jeremy and Jason come across as really laid back, welcoming and funny dudes who are an absolute pleasure to hang out with.
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WATAIN Interview with Erik Danielsson

September 11th, 2013

Watain Interview

with Erik Danielsson

http://www.templeofwatain.com/

By Joffie Lovett

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Jettblack Interview

September 1st, 2013

Jettblack Interview

Interview by Rowena Lamb

Photo by Jo Moolenschot

Video by Vlad Borlea

http://www.jettblackuk.com

Jettblack Interview

Jettblack Interview

Straight after their ‘invite only’ London roof top gig to promote the release of their latest album ‘Black Gold’, we managed to have a quick chat with the guys…
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WARDRUNA Interview

August 13th, 2013

Wardruna Interview

With Einar Kvitrafn Selvik [Founder and Composer]

http://www.wardruna.com

http://www.twitter.com/wardruna

http://www.vimeo.com/wardruna

Kvitrafn (Einar Selvik):
Founder of Wardruna, who writes all music and lyrics, sings and plays most of the instruments

Lindy Fay Hella- Vocals

Gaahl – Vocals. Conceptual contributions

Erlend Gjerde – Drums and percussion

Interview by Joffie Lovett

Wardruna Interview

Wardruna Interview

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BOMBUS INTERVIEW

July 27th, 2013

Bombus Interview

25th July 2013

Interview by Jane Playdon

 http://www.bombusmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bombusmusic

http://www.reverbnation.com/bombus

 Bombus are a metal/rock quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden who received excellent reviews for their self-titled, self-released debut album in 2010, making it to number 12 in the Swedish review charts. Their sound is mostly based around classic rock, metal and punk influences (Motörhead, Metallica, Melvins, Poison Idea, WASP), which is then built upon with a mix of eclectic contemporary sources.

Their new album, The Poet and the Parrot, is due for release on 26 August. Feffe, one of the lead vocalists (there are two) joined us by phone from Sweden to talk about the creative process, what happens when you scream for too long, and the importance of having enough length to your guitar leads!

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Interview

October 30th, 2012

Devin Townsend Interview

by Ashlinn Nash

Photos by Jo Blackened

Altercarnated Photography



Devin Townsend is a musician prized for his wizardry and creative integrity.

With a back catalogue ranging from the extreme metal influenced Strapping Young lad, to experimental craziness with his self release “Devlab”, right upto the soft and melancholic album “Ghost” . The variations from the Canadian, are somewhat of a creative collage, making Devin one of the most hard working and busiest musicians to date.

I managed to catch up with Devin in Century media’s London office for an exclusive face to face interview in time to question him about Epicloud and the upcoming projects as I tried to unravel the maze behind the magicians’ mind.

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3 INCHES OF BLOOD Interview with Shane Clark (Lead Guitar)

October 30th, 2012

3 Inches Of Blood

Interview with Shane Clark (Lead Guitar)

@ O2 Islington Academy

Interview by Joffie Lovett

Photography by Michelle Murphy



Before seeing the awesome thrash metal legends Overkill live at London’s 02 Islington Academy tonight, we had the pleasure of speaking to the direct support act of the night ‘3 Inches Of Blood’ and sat down for a brief moment with Shane Clarke, to talk all things Metal from the Old School to the now and even a little bit about Hellraiser too, whilst a long line of other enthusiastic interviewers queued behind us. 

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THERION Interview with Christofer Johnsson

October 16th, 2012

THERION INTERVIEW

with Christofer Johnsson

From the “Flowers Of Evil” Tour / 25th Band Anniversary

Interview by Rhiannon Marley


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