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A wise man once told me, “You shouldn’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive.” So, maybe it was Ryan Reynolds in Van Wilder, and maybe he was telling Tara Reid, not me... but the man has a point. Having started out as a joke and naming themselves after a town that smells like fecal matter, Greeley Estates is a perfect example of how Van Wilder’s theory on life can lead you down the road to success. But don’t be fooled. Despite…
on Jul 07, 2006
Diversity in music has become a rare quality for many musicians, but what many bands lack, Between the Buried and Me has been making up for. This North Carolina based tech metal band has been putting out albums consistently for six or so years now, each one better than the last. The band’s fourth effort The Anatomy of, a follow up to 2005’s highly acclaimed Alaska, just dropped and consists of pure cover songs. I had the chance…
on Jul 03, 2006
Have any of you actually heard of Switched? Most of you probably haven't. Well for those of you who don't know, Switched is a Nu Metal band from Cleveland Ohio. Do any of you know who Mark Hunter is? Probably. He's the vocalist and screamer in one of metal's finest bands, Chimaira. Well Mark Hunter used to do the vocal duties for Switched, but he left and then Switched reformed. Now I know this is an interview, and…
on Jun 29, 2006
After a couple of years away, the band Hed Planet Earth (better known as Hed P.E.) are back with some brand new basics. The group has just released its latest album, aptly titled Back 2 Base X which was recorded live as a band to help capture the true rawness of their sound. Back 2 Base X also sees Hed P.E. lead singer Jared Gomes take on a new lyrical direction. Rather than his traditional party-time type lyrics, Jared focuses more…
on Jun 26, 2006
From the land down under comes the metal/hardcore quintet known as Parkway Drive. The band is just on the brink of becoming a household name all around the world...
on Jun 19, 2006
Hitting up the world with a dash of horrorbilly punk is Canada’s own The Creepshow. The band hails from the heart of Toronto and the GTA. For only a year and a bit The Creepshow have been around, but have a steadily rising fan base, and are usually found on tour. The newest album, Sell Your Soul has just dropped, after quite the delay I might add. But fans should all agree that the wait was well worth it. Sell Your Soul is…
on Jun 12, 2006
Mastery is an instrumental-only metal band based in Ontario, Canada. Their album Lethal Legacy was released May 16th, 2006 on Spinerazor records. The CD release party was held on April 14th in Toronto. In this interview guitarist Markus Armellini and drummer Kevan Roy describe how Lethal Legacy was created, their expectations of the album, and the possibility of acquiring a lead singer.
on Jun 07, 2006
At the moment, one of the most intense and brilliant metal acts in the world has to be Chimaira. Ironically, despite the fact that this the Cleveland, Ohio sextet is already touring in support of their fifth full-length studio release, they remain one of the most under-appreciated groups around. This my friends is what we in the music business call “fucking bull-shit.” For a band as freakin’ phenomenal as Chimaira to still be relatively…
on May 30, 2006
Never judge a book by its cover! Yeah I know, everyone’s heard this damn age-old adage before, but to actually live it out is something quite different from speaking it aloud. For me, it was during this interview with DevilDriver frontman and all-around Metal visionary Dez Fafara, that the truth behind this book cover theory couldn’t have been more apparent. You see, I was admittedly a tad nervous when I scored this gig. I mean, I’ve done…
on May 24, 2006
Rocking in the name of Satan is what the Matadors are all about. Don’t be fooled by the name though, the only kind of bull being fought off by these matadors is bullshit music that does not rock hard enough. Their album Horrobilly 9000 dropped on Tuesday, May 9th on Stereo Dynamite records and has been a long time in the making for these London, Ontario locals. This incredible album is now available across Canada…
on May 20, 2006
Death metal can reach people all over the world. Whether it’s a giant scene such as Gothenburg in Sweden, or a small hometown scene, there will always be those hidden gem bands... those certain bands which arise from the dirt and make something for themselves. Porphyria are in the process of becoming one these aforementioned bands. All of us locals in another country know about them already. And with only one EP that was released…
on May 19, 2006
The underground punk scene always seems to have quite a few kick ass bands. Bands come and bands go, leaving the local punks with many favourites. But for the past few years one band seems to maintain a large fanbase in the Toronto Area. This Newmarket, Ontario based band seemingly stands out from the rest with a style which is unique enough for appeal and yet similar to other bands allowing them to fit right in with your favourite…
on May 16, 2006
They say that the 3rd time is a charm. I'm not sure if it is, but my third interview was with the drummer from the Horrorpops! That's right! The drummer of this world famous band and myself stepped outside The Opera House in Toronto, Canada before his set the night of Wednesday April 19th, 2006 and conducted one of my favourite interviews yet!
on May 11, 2006
One of the most well respected names in all of popular music is the name Joshua Craig Podolsky. Joshua is a multi-talented musician who is not only a wizard on guitar, but also an excellent producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in rock and even pop music.
on May 07, 2006
She sings like Bif Naked. He calls himself Cactus... I don’t know why. Together with their fellow band members, they are Sinkin’ Ships, and they are everything a punk band should be – loud, fast, and occasionally destructive. Rumour has it that Naomi tends to break shit on stage... but that could just be a rumour. In any case, these guys are kickin’ it old school – playing as many shows as they can get, and putting out records…
on May 03, 2006
While you might think rickets is a medical term used to describe a child with a bulky head, it’s also a hard rock band. Rikets is a six-piece band originating from Cleveland, Ohio who is quickly gathering lots of attention in the hard rock community. The group’s debut EP Anything For the Devil has been receiving much praise since its release last year and the band has been hard at work promoting the disc for months now.
on May 03, 2006
There is nothing at all hasty with Haste The Day's brand of metal/hardcore/screamo influenced tunage.
on Apr 29, 2006
Remember the days of down and dirty, rebellious, hard hitting punk rock? Probably not since most of you likely aren’t old enough to remember the days of the Sex Pistols and their raw and sometimes violent redefinition of rock and roll in the late 1970s. A band that has resurrected some of that Pistols’ rawness and attitude in 2006 is the aptly named London band, The Towers of London.
on Apr 25, 2006
Picture it... Outside the Opera House on Queen Street in Downtown Toronto, there is a white van parked off to the side of the building. Inside this van sits two unsuspecting members of a hardcore band out of Tucson, AZ. The band? The Bled. The members? Bassist Darren Simoes and guitarist Jeremy Talley. What happened in the backseat of this van? A sweet interview...
on Apr 20, 2006
Another Silverstein interview? What? No, no it’s not. I mean, yes, it’s with Shane Told, and yes, he’s the frontman for Silverstein... but if you think that’s all this guy has to offer, you’re sadly mistaken. In addition to putting out albums and touring the world, Shane has also found the time to start up his own label, Verona Records. Yeah, exactly. You’re probably wondering the same...
on Apr 13, 2006

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