ALL Artist Chats

If you’ve been following the metal scene for the past few years, there is no doubt that you are familiar with the 80’s thrash renaissance. Legions of young bands from one side of the world to the other have pledged their allegiance to the groups who ruled the underground circa 1988. These new bands have more in common with Flotsam & Jetsam and Death Angel than they do with Disturbed or even, Every Time I Die.
on Mar 29, 2008
I was able to catch up with Silverstein guitarist Josh Bradford just prior to the band getting onstage for their headlining date at a sold-out Kool Haus in Toronto, ON. In fact, the entire Canadian leg of the tour featuring Protest the Hero, illScarlett, and The Devil Wears Prada had capacity crowds. We talk in the band’s tour room while illScarlett plays to a seemingly hyped crowd. Josh is very welcoming, and all smiles. Thanks go to him, the band’s tour manager Shawn, and my homie Shelby at Victory Records for their hospitality. Read my thoughts on the night here.
on Mar 25, 2008
This is how the band Psyopus’s bio describes their brand of music. Let me tell you this is one very different record. From the very first song the listener is assaulted by in your face guitars and vocals that are just... unbelievable and possibly indescribable. This is a record you just have to hear to appreciate, nothing can accurately describe what awaits the listener when they first hear the bands newest offering…
on Mar 17, 2008
Minnesota six piece, Epicurean incorporate the best elements of symphonic, prog, death and thrash metal into an original sound that has caught quite the buzz in the underground as of late. The hard-working band has been consistently gigging throughout the Midwest for last few years, selling thousands of copies of their demos in the process. Legendary label, Metal Blade Records signed the band in 2007 and…
on Mar 13, 2008
Although they’ve been together for a few years now, the members of Fate are barely of legal drinking age (at least in Canada) and have already garnered a significant following and a recording contract with Metal Blade Records. The group has been steadily developing their sound and musical maturity to the point that they are just set to release their debut album on Metal Blade titled Vultures.
on Mar 11, 2008
Anyone listening Bloodsimple’s Red Harvest for the first time and expecting a run of the mill heavy metal record is about to be hit with a bombshell. With the release of their sophomore effort this Long Island, NY based quintet, which formed out of the ashes of metalcore pioneers Vision of Disorder, has crafted their most musically ambitious album to date. From eerie...
on Mar 10, 2008
With the release of their sixth studio album Day and Night Driving, the band have solidified their status as true storytellers. While the musical approach is a bit different from previous releases such as the platinum American Standard, the songwriting remains strong. Each track is a story in itself, expertly crafted to draw the listener in. Day and Night Driving is well-produced and very well-written and will be a record that…
on Feb 25, 2008
The Atlanta, Georgia quintet, Collective Soul, was (and continues to be) not only a great band, but also one of the most successful rock acts of the last fifteen years.
on Feb 19, 2008
With the Re-release of their album Black Roses on Nashville based Severe Records, Painkiller Hotel are looking to take their music to a greater audience. Pure Rock and Roll with no gimmicks, these guys prove they can rock with the best of them. Catchy melodies with rock sensibilities are what these guys are all about. Painkiller Hotel know how to rock! Guitarist/vocalist Kevin Presbrey spoke with me about the band…
on Feb 04, 2008
The Toronto scene always has new bands popping up and coming through for a visit. Sons & Lovers, though not a new band, are starting to make a name for themselves in and around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Many things are soon to come for this North Ontario band, some of which I herein discussed with bassist Josh Hogan. If you haven't heard them yet, check 'em out and read the interview.
on Jan 30, 2008
Following up their critically acclaimed 2005 release Aeolian, The Ocean have released an unprecedented dual disc set on Metal Blade Records entitled Precambrian. This is not your typical Metal release though; it is an epic both musically and thematically. On the music side of things Precambrian encompasses orchestras, electronic and instrumentation as well as grinding guitars and thundering drums.
on Jan 28, 2008
If you’re looking for one badass band then you’ve come to the right place with Brainstorm. These guys have been in the metal scene now for almost twenty years and are still going strong with the release of their brand new LP titled Downburst, a fierce collection of metal songs that will be sure to please any metalhead. Written and produced with the strong production team of Sascha Paeth and Miro, Downburst is…
on Jan 24, 2008
Guitarist Bobby Burns has been around the world and back. Rising to stardom in the late '90s as the brains behind the alt-metal act Primer 55, Burns and company quickly developed a following from sold-out tours alongside Fear Factory, Disturbed, Taproot and a stint on Ozzfest 2000. Much has happened since then for example, in 2001 Primer 55 returned with their sophomore effort The New Release and shed their…
on Jan 16, 2008
“We try and let people think whatever they want to about it because, honestly, the story I would tell you would be no where near as interesting as the meaning you make up yourself.” Those are the words of Adam Johnson, guitarist for the New York based band God or Julie. No matter what meaning you give to the name you will be blown away by their brand of rock and roll. They have shared the stage with artists such as Buckcherry and…
on Jan 13, 2008
Who’s one of the best guitar players in rock and metal music today? If one of the first names that came to your mind wasn’t John 5 then what the hell have you been smoking? John 5 is none other than Rob Zombie’s current guitarist and Marilyn Manson’s former guitar head, an impressive resume to say the least. John’s most recent musical work is his latest solo album The Devil Knows My Name which came out last spring and was…
on Jan 07, 2008
On August 23, 2007 Go it Alone made their debut appearance in Toronto on their last tour as a group. In June of 2002 two friends wrote twelve songs and recorded six of them. The result was the Go It Alone. They called the demo Hollywood North. No shows were played, about 100 demos were mailed out and the friends went their separate ways for the better part of the year lured by world travels and other core-based projects. In February…
on Dec 17, 2007
Ever heard the term “post-grunge” used to describe your favorite band? Over the years, this term has become quite common to describe the wave of alternative rock bands that came along in the mid-1990s and the early part of the twenty-first century after the grunge craze of the early 1990s led by the likes of Nirvana, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden. Without a doubt one of the most prominent post-grunge outfits has been…
on Dec 11, 2007
Straight out of the prairies of Canada, Saskatchewan’s “The Holly Springs Disaster” is making quite the impact on the hardcore scene in the East. The have been here three times over 2007, during which time the group released their first full length album, Motion Sickness Love. The CD is jam packed with melodies and riffs that almost take your mind to a whole different place using solid breakdowns capable of knocking every picture…
on Dec 09, 2007
Eve To Adam have built a reputation and a strong following through constant gigging and making themselves accessible to their fans whether after a show or via their strong presence on the internet and sites such as MySpace. With the release of their debut CD Queens to Eden, Eve to Adam have set out on a mission to bring their brand of rock and roll to as many people as possible. The CD rocks with the best of them and the band…
on Dec 03, 2007
After nearly twenty-five years in the business, theatrical metal band Lizzy Borden are once again back at it! The release of their newest offering, Appointment with Death, proves they can still rock with the best of them. A host of guest musicians such as John Lynch and Dave Menketti, have helped Lizzy Borden craft a masterpiece with death as the overriding theme. True to form Lizzy Borden has put together a full theatrical package…
on Nov 20, 2007

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