Posts Tagged ‘Interview’
Monster Truck interview with Jeremy Widerman (Guitar)
Interview by Anna Dumpe
Photography by Inty Malcolm
Monster Truck is a hard rock band from Hamilton, Ontario fresh off tour with Slash and currently hitting the road across Canada. A month ago, sometime in November, while Monster Truck guys were touring around Europe, we got to virtually catch up with their guitarist Jeremy Widerman and talk about what the band is up to at the moment, their plans for the near future and rock’n’roll in general. Here’s what went down…
7th November 2014
Interview by Victoria Fenbane
Metal Rules UK Team member Victoria Fenbane, grabbed an interview with Chen Balbus, guitarist for Israeli oriental metal act Orphaned Land , before they took the stage at The Dome in Tufnell Park, London. They discussed the band’s musical influences from home, the inevitable politics questions and how the band ended up becoming associated with the metal fusion belly dance phenomenon.
Interview with Naut of Ethereal
@ Camden Underworld
19th November 2014
Interview by Ben Spencer
Video by Jo Blackened
After travelling to the Camden Underworld and stumbling into a sound check by one of tonight’s band’s it was time to set up our recording equipment and get the latest from one of the UK’s most promising Black Metal band’s Ethereal.
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Ahab Interview with Christian Hector
1st November 2014
Interview by Caitlin Smith
Nautical themed doom giants Ahab may be making a name for themselves on the doom scene, and have been enjoying unparalleled success since their latest full-length masterpiece ‘The Giant’ hit the shelves in 2012. Returning this year for Damnation Festival, it is only the 2nd time these doom titans have set foot on UK soil. Sitting down the bassist Christian Hector at Damnation, we chat about their recent venture into charity work, the new album and their love of good literature.
A Forest of Stars Interview with Curse, TS
Kettleburner and the Gentleman
1st November 2014
Interview by Caitlin Smith
A Forests of Stars may have been simmering below the surface of the British black metal scene now with their unusual mix of black metal and progressive, all brought together by the downright strangest of minds, but it wasn’t till the release of their latest record A Shadowplay for Yesterdays back in 2012 that this band really made some serious headway out of the underground. Arriving suited and booted in their finery and bringing with them a healthy dose of dark humour, we sit down with Curse, The Gentleman and Mr TS Kettleburner to get to grips on what really makes this group of time travelling musicians tick.
Tags: A FOREST OF STARS, A Shadowplay For Yesterdays, black metal, Caitlin Smith, Curse, Damnation Festival, Interview, progressive, The Genleman, TS Kettleburner
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Interview with Vulvatron of Gwar
Interview by Monika Deviat
November 15, 2014
Since Vulvatron appeared on stage with Gwar by travelling backwards in time, I have realized how extremely pathetic our understanding of physics is here on Earth. If you have been paying attention to interviews and press releases regarding this new member of Gwar from the year 69000, you will know she is brilliant and that her knowledge of physics and engineering surpasses that of any human.
I was able to arrange an interview with Beefcake the Mighty about the current Gwar Eternal Tour which you can read here. But I had a different theme for the questions I wanted to ask Vulvatron. From her previous interactions with humans I knew she had a sharp mind and wit and some of her comments about herself piqued my scientific curiosity. I could not get away from my day job of uselessly pushing buttons, occasionally writing some combination of numbers and Greek letters into meaningless patterns and looking at pretty colored lines on grids to set up a phone call with Vulvatron on her tour schedule. However, she agreed to answer a few of my science related questions via email.
Skid Row Interview with Snake
28th October, 2014
Interview by Caitlin Smith
Photos by Inty Malcolm
Whether you know the name for the urban street down in LA, or the tumulus rock back that came swaggering out of the late 80s, everyone has heard the name somewhere. While both may be still ageing thoroughly disgracefully, there’s something about them both that remains timeless.
In Solitude Interview with Pelle Åhman
Interview by Jarod Lawley
Photos & Video by Jo Blackened
15th October 2014
@ Underworld, Camden London
In Solitude are one of the most exciting and innovating bands around. In the middle of an enduring European headline tour, we managed to catch up with vocalist Pelle Ahman before their astonishing performance in London’s Camden Underworld.
Interview with POWERWOLF Guitarist Matthew Greywolf
By Victoria Fenbane
Arch Enemy Interview
with Michael Amott and Alissa White-Gluz
Interview by Öna Helveti
Photos by Ashlinn Nash
We join Alissa White-Gluz and Micheal Amott in the Century Media Records offices in Camden Town, right by the Camden Lock in London, UK, and just a bridge away from arguably the most frequented metal bar in the area. The setting is pleasantly metal on a tranquil spring afternoon.
Arch Enemy has received a lot of publicity lately, following the announcement in March that Angela Gossow will be stepping down as a vocalist. Plus their new album, War Eternal (2014), is on its way out. We are curious to find out more.
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.
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.
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.
No chance of a stoner metal album then?
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.
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.
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!
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!
And finally, with festival season coming up, who are the top 3 headliners of a festival run by Toxic Holocaust?
Venom, Sodom and Hellhammer!
with Bobby ‘Blitz’ Ellsworth
at O2 Islington Academy, London
13th March 2014
Interview by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs
Photos by Graham Hilling
“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…
In solitude Interview
at Kentish Town Forum
10th February 2014
Interview by Ashlinn Nash
Photos by Jo Blackened
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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