Ancst released their 13-song album, In Turmoil, on August 13th, 2014. The new disc, as the band notes on their Bandcamp page is a "compilation of...out of print tape releases from 2012 - 2014. It contains all [their] songs from The Humane Condition EP, the splits with Hiveburner and Smuteční Slavnost, [their] first demo and one unreleased new track. All songs have been remastered." Loaded with some brutal, anti-fascist blackened death metal, we checked in with guitarist "Tom is the Bastard" to talk gear.
Texan's Giant of the Mountain recently unleashed their new album, Moon Worship, upon the masses. Calling themselves "Blackened Progressive Sludge Death Metal," the band's music will appeal to a broad spectrum of metal fans. While you can check out a stream of the album's epic title track below, you can also check out a cool chat with front man Cody Daniels wherein he discusses his Marshall DSL100H Tube Head.
Australian hard rockers, Airbourne, release their rip-roaring album, Black Dog Barking, worldwide on May 21, 2013. Now, over a year into the touring and promotion cycle thereof, the band continue to wow audiences with their raging brand of rock. Recently, we nabbed some time with guitarist David Roads who in turn, gave us the low down on, among other things, his Wizard Modern Classic amplifier.
The Bay Area, San Francisco, California two man noise machine known as Black Cobra released their Southern Lord Recordings offering, Invernal, on October 11, 2011. The 8-song offering is loaded with the band's signature brand of doom and sludge metal, metal that seems impossibly thick and loud to be coming from just two men. Black Cobra have their tricks though, as many bands do, so we asked vocalist and guitarist, Jason Landrian, about the secret to his sound found on the recent Kurt Ballou-produced (God City Studio) album.
Rockville, Maryland-based Avant-garde/alternative metal group, Dog Fashion Disco, formally disbanded in 2007 and, after scattered reunions, returned to form in 2013. Armed with a brand new album, the band would release their 13-song album titled, Sweet Nothings, on July 22, 2014. The disc runs just shy of an hour in length and is packed to the brim with DFD's signature metal. Recently we were able to chat with lead guitarist Jasan Stepp about some of the gear he used when writing and recording this new release.
Jordan Turnbell, Guitarist for the Toronto, ON-based metal band Where Giants Once Stood, recently took a moment to answer a few questions about his favorite piece of gear. The group recently completed work on their sophomore release, Live Above, which will be released on September 2nd.
With some gnarly photos thanks to Luke Mouradian, we managed to chat with Enabler vocalist and guitarist, Jeffrey Lohrber, about not only the band's latest album, La Fin Absolue Du Monde (released May 27, 2014), and show off what gear he holds dear! Melding metal, hardcore, punk, and crust, this Ohio-based 3-piece is loud as hell and ready to rip ya a new one!
The industrial-tinged, female-led indie, alt-rock band Stroamata, is making vaves in and around their hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Always busy writing and recording new music, the quartet recently released their new song "Get You Good". We chatted recently with the band's drummer, Alexander Markowitz, about some of the key gear they use when making their music.
If you thought you knew heavy music and you're not yet familiar with Anagnorisis, then you just may have to alter your definition thereof. This is an unsigned Louisville, KY-based Black/Death Metal quartet that pushes sonic boundaries in every way. Their latest album, 2013's Beyond All Light, boasts music akin to the recording's title, dark as shit. We caught up with lead and rhythm guitarist Zak Denham in order to get a better idea of how the band's sound comes to be.
Call them progressive rock, experimental metal, post-metal, it doesn't really matter. What does matter; however, is that regardless of how one classifies the Keyport, NJ-based quintet, Seth Rheam (drums), Matt Lupo (guitar, vox), Greg Kuter (guitar, vox), Chris Alfano (bass, vox), and Ray Suhy (guitar) all came together to form some killer music, as perfectly evidenced by their October 29, 2013 10-song release, Redaction Artifacts. The album is a stunning display of both musicianship and songwriting, and fortunately for us, so as to better appreciate the album, Chris Alfano (who is also in Argonauts, and runs GearGods.com) took a moment to shed some light on his key gear and how it impacted the recording.
The Los Angeles, California trio Kyng is doing nothing but making waves with their new tunes. We recently scored a bit of time with Eddie Veliz to chat in brief about some of his key gear.
Simply called Self-Titled, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based trio Secret Cutter (guitarist Evan Morey, drummer Jared Stimpfl, and vocalist Ekim), released their 10-song slab of dirty-ass metal on February 10, 2014. Loaded with a lethal concoction of sludge, doom, grind, and more, Self-Titled has an incredibly rich sound considering this is the work of a three piece band. As such, we hit up Evan Morey to better understand how these guys conjure up their wicked, thick tones and music.
Columbus, OH-based cinematic rock band, Starset, teamed up with Razor & Tie to release their debut album, Transmissions, on June 3, 2014 and ever since, have never looked back. The 14 track recording is loaded with powerful, sweeping rock and features the hit singles "My Demons" and "Carnivore", which have been tearing up active rock radio.
When he's not busy writing a sick track ("Meth Lab Zoso Sticker") for a Martin Scorsese blockbuster like The Wolf of Wall Street, guitar virtuoso Joie Calio is tearing up stages with his musical partner Phil Leavitt in the rock band 7Horse. While Calio also provides backing vocals to Leavitt, it's his fret work that truly allows him to shine. Just how does he get those crazy tones and bad-ass rhythms you ask? Dude, he has SO much gear that he'll have to tell you himself!
Birmingham, UK alternative/electro rock quartet, This Burning Age, self-released the first in a series of four EPs on April 28, 2014. Titled Supplication, the first recording features 3 unique tracks that run the gamut from driving hard rock to soft, piano-lead passages. So as to learn more about this up-and-coming band, we asked frontman Friday (vocals, guitar, synths) some questions about his gear. Check it out...
As stated on their Facebook profile, Denver/Fort Collins, Colorado-based quintet Allegaeon are a "Modern Melodic Death Metal... NOT METALCORE, DEATHCORE or any other CORE." That said, it's exactly true and nothing less or more than what you'll encounter on the band's soon-to-be-released Metal Blade Records effort, Elements Of The Infinite. Due out on June 23rd, Allegaeon are in top form with this new release, as easily evidenced by their new single, "1.618." Recently we got the opportunity to exchange emails with guitarist Mike Stancel who was kind enough to tell us about his Maxon OD808 overdrive pedal and some of the recording behind Elements Of The Infinite.
Swedish folk power metal quintet, Falconer, released their acclaimed new recording, Black Moon Rising, on June 10th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records. The new album, the band's eighth to date, contains 11 original songs led by the soaring opener and lead single, "Locust Swarm." Rather than bore you with other facts, we managed to score some time with guitarist Jimmy Hedlund who, in discussing some of his gear, helped us to better understand how the album came together.
Baltimore, Maryland death metal miscreants, Misery Index, dropped their latest slab of beefy beats dubbed, The Killing Gods, on May 23rd via Season of Mist Records. Reviews have been pouring in and praise remains high for this quartet's newest slew of tracks. Recently, we were able to email some questions to guitarist and vocalist, Mark Kloeppel, in order to get better visibility into what gear he considers to be key, and how it was used during the recording of The Killing Gods.
Call them progressive rock, experimental metal, post-metal, it doesn't really matter. What does matter; however, is that regardless of how one classifies the Keyport, NJ-based quintet, Seth Rheam (drums), Matt Lupo (guitar, vox), Greg Kuter (guitar, vox), Chris Alfano (bass, vox), and Ray Suhy (guitar) all came together to form some killer music, as perfectly evidenced by their October 29, 2013 10-song release, Redaction Artifacts. The album is a stunning display of both musicianship and songwriting, and fortunately for us, so as to better appreciate the album, Matt Lupo spent some time talking about some of his gear key.
Composed of four talented musicians - Zach Allen (vocals), Harrison Marcello (guitars), Zak Gross (bass), and Jimmi Kane (drums) - the New York-based rock group, Tempt, like their music like their women... dirty! OK, well we have NO idea how they like their women, but when it comes to their brand of rock and roll, Tempt take things back to a time when glam ruled the airwaves and everyone and their mother was headbanging to songs JUST like these! With their new single, "Under My Skin," turning heads Tempt is a band that will light up many a solid, backward party this Summer. We caught up with guitarist Harrison Marcello to learn about his key gear and how it impacted the band's new album.