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Gear Review: Guitarist Extraordinaire Andy Wood Discusses His Custom Prototype 24 Fret Suhr T Guitar
Comments Gear Review » by: Bruce Moore on Dec 01, 2014
I recently had a moment to sit and chat with guitarist extraordinaire Andy Wood, about the gear he uses to achieve his unique and signature sound. Wood has just competed and released a new double album, Caught Between The Truth and a Lie, that contai…
Quick & Dirty: Chico Cas Tha Chix, One Half of Smacktown, Talks Booze, Werewolves, Tech N9ne and Antonio Banderas
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 28, 2014
Chico Cas Tha Chix of the Australian-based hardcore/hip-hop duo Smacktown, recently sat down and answered some of PureGrainAudio's "Quick & Dirty" questions. Since 2007 the pair has been blurring the lines of hardcore and hip-hop creating high-energy…
Interview with Aversions Crown; Vocalist Colin Jeffs Discusses New Nuclear Blast Album 'Tyrant'
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 27, 2014
We recently had the opportunity to speak with vocalist Colin Jeffs of the Australian metal act, Aversions Crown. The band has just completed work on their second full-length disc, Tyrant, and it will be released November 24th, 2014. Here is how our c…
Interview with Rise of the Northstar; Drummer Hokuto No Kev Discusses New Album 'Welcame'
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 26, 2014
Rise of the Northstar is a Japanese-themed thrash metal act that blends many aspects of Japanese culture into their full-on neck snapping assault. The band has just released their new disc, Welcame, and I was able to catch up with drummer Hokuto No K…
Gear Review: LAE Guitarist Marc Lucas Ablasou on His 1962 Fender Jaguar Guitar
Comments Gear Review » by: Chris Gonda on Nov 26, 2014
Marc Lucas Ablasou is the principle songwriter and one of two guitarists for the Montreal-based band, LAE. Combining elements of post-hardcore, punk, noise, prog, indie, metal, stoner, sludge, and so on, LAE have created a unique and appealing sound…
Interview with Joe Perry; Aerosmith Guitarist and Co-Founder Discusses His New Book 'Rocks: My Life in and out of Aerosmith'
Comments Artist Chats » by: Charlie Steffens on Nov 24, 2014
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has become a best-selling author, and for anyone who doesn't know about his backstory, Perry, just like his band mates, lived—or survived—a life of rock and roll excess. The well-publicized revival of Aerosmith in the mi…
Gear Review: American Heritage Guitarist Scott Shellhamer Discusses His Amps and Pedals in Detail
Comments Gear Review » by: Chris Gonda on Nov 23, 2014
Chicago's infamous American Heritage are set to release their latest piece of murderous metal, Prolapse, on November 24th via Solar Flare Records. The band's sixth full-length is whiplash-inducing and loaded with thundering tracks all ripe with guita…
...And Justice For Art: A Look at Dan Seagrave and Zbigniew M. Bielak's Latest Projects
Comments Artist Chats » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Nov 21, 2014
Dan Seagrave and Zbigniew M. Bielak are two well-known artists that have noticeable generational, cultural and stylistic differences. Despite this, there's a common denominator between them: both have lent their talents to the world of Heavy Metal. A…
Gear Review: Usnea Guitarist and Vocalist Justin Cory on His 1972 Ampeg V4 and 1980 RAT Distortion Pedal
Comments Gear Review » by: Chris Gonda on Nov 20, 2014
Usnea recently unveiled the full details of their second full-length LP (and Relapse Records debut), Random Cosmic Violence, a four-song sonic masterpiece that was recorded and mixed by Jared "Fester" See at Haywire Studios (Stoneburner, Rabbits, Dru…
Gear Review: Burnt Belief Guitarist Jon Durant Overviews His Guitar, Amp, and Pedal Set-up
Comments Gear Review » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 19, 2014
Guitarist/composer Jon Durant, of the band Burnt Belief, recently sat down to chat with me about his favorite pieces of gear. The instrumental progressive rock outfit has just completed work on their new album, Etymology, and it was released on Octob…
Interview with Pierce The Veil; Bassist Jaime Preciado Discusses New Album, Writing Process, and Touring
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 19, 2014
I recently had the chanced to sit and chat with Jaime Preciado, bassist of the San Diego-based rock act, Pierce The Veil. The band has just completed work on their to-be-released fourth studio album and is currently on the first leg of an extensive w…
Interview Sonata Arctica; Keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg Discusses the New 'Ecliptica - Revisited' (15th Anniversary Edition) Album
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 18, 2014
I recently had a chance to chat with Henrik Klingenberg, keyboardist with the Finnish power metal act Sonata Arctica, about the band's new project, a re-recording of their album Ecliptica - Revisited. More than fifteen years later the group has revis…
Purely Provocative: The Jazz June Frontman Andrew Low Discusses Fugazi, Lightning Strikes, the NRA, Bill O'Reilly, and German Fans
Comments Purely Provocative » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 16, 2014
Andrew Low, front man for the indie/punk act The Jazz June, took a brief moment out his schedule promoting the band's latest album, After The Earthquake (out November 11, 2014 via Topshelf Records), to answer some of our "Purely Provocative" question…
Interview with Flyleaf; Bassist Pat Seals Talks New Album, Kristen May's Transition, and Pastimes on Tour
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bobbi Kyle on Nov 16, 2014
At the beginning of September, Flyleaf released a brand new album featuring new singer Kristen May. Flyleaf fans had anxiously been awaiting the release of Between The Stars to hear how Flyleaf’s music was going to sound with the absence of founding…
Gear Review: Encoffination Guitarist and Vocalist Ghoat Discusses Amps, Guitars, and More
Comments Gear Review » by: Chris Gonda on Nov 12, 2014
Ghoat is a funeral director. He's also the guitarist and vocalist for the two-man metal band, Encoffination. His partner, Elektrokutioner (drums), and him released their newest album, III - Hear Me, O' Death, on October 21st, 2014. Loaded with death/…
Purely Provocative: Justin Symbol aka "The King of Negativity" Give Us the Dirt... and Man, He Gets Dirty!
Comments Purely Provocative » by: Chris Gonda on Nov 10, 2014
Just who is Justin Symbol? Well, sidestepping the long-winded existential philosophical elaboration, he is a unique electronic/rock/industrial musician who resides in Brooklyn, New York. Dubbed "The King of Negativity," Symbol is known for not only b…
Purely Provocative: Requiem Drummer Rick Siegfried on Projectile Vomiting, Swimming in Open Water, and Pirating Music
Comments Purely Provocative » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 09, 2014
Rick Siegfried, drummer for the hard rock act Requiem, recently took a moment out of his busy schedule to answer some Purely Provocative questions for PureGrainAudio. The band's first studio album The Unexplainable Truth was released on October 28th,…
Purely Provocative: Sunshine Riot Vocalist Jonny Orton Talks Projectile Vomiting, Strip Club Blood, and New Jersey Turnpike
Comments Purely Provocative » by: Chris Gonda on Nov 07, 2014
What the hell is a Sunshine Riot? Well for the uninitiated, it's a 4-piece band from Boston, Massachusetts that takes elements of country, blues and punk and twist them into their own rock Southern sound. Led by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Jonny…
Tattoo Talk: Solo Artist Nick Thomas (and The Spill Canvas Lead Singer) Discusses Some of His Tattoos
Comments Tattoo Talk » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 06, 2014
Released on June 24, 2014, the 10-song album Shadowars is Nick Thomas' debut solo LP. If the name sounds familiar, it should! Thomas has made a name for himself as the lead singer for the acoustic indie rock band, The Spill Canvas. Well, to help Thom…
Quick & Dirty: Wovenwar Guitarist Phil Sgrosso Discusses Shower Sandals, Pizza, Point Break and Baby Hippos
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 04, 2014
Phil Sgrosso, guitarist for the newly formed metal band Wovenwar, recently took a moment out of his busy touring schedule to answer some questions for the "Quick & Dirty" interview feature here at PureGrainAudio. Here is how the conversation went.
Interview with While Heaven Wept; Guitarist Tom Phillips Discusses New Album 'Suspended In Aphelion'
Comments Artist Chats » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Nov 03, 2014
American prog metallers, While Heaven Wept, are back with a vengeance. Their epic new album Suspended At Aphelion is a towering achievement of unsuspected magnitude. The unique mix of many musical influences into a sole, 40-plus minute track definite…
Interview with Sixx:A.M.; Lead Vocalist James Michael Discusses 'Modern Vintage', Writing and Recording Together, and Cover Songs
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bruce Moore on Nov 03, 2014
I recently had the opportunity to sit and chat with James Michael, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist (among other duties) for Sixx:A.M., about the band and their latest offering Modern Vintage. Here is how the conversation went.
...And Justice For Art: A Guide to (some of) the Best Metal Album Covers of 2014... so far (Part 4) - Feat. Judas Priest, Unearth, Polyptych, While Heaven Wept, Demonic Resurrection
Comments Artist Chats » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Oct 30, 2014
Visually, 2014 has been one of the most interesting years for Metal in recent history. We've had plenty of striking images fronting thousand of album covers. Surprisingly, most of them have showcased both technical finesse and conceptual relevance. I…
Interview with Philm; Drummer Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer) Discusses New Album 'Fire From The Evening Sun'
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bruce Moore on Oct 29, 2014
Virtually every metal fan around the world is familiar with Dave Lombardo and his work as the drummer of one of the "Big Four," Slayer. Since his departure from the group he has been keeping himself busy with many other projects, including the hard-k…
Interview with Senses Fail; Vocalist Buddy Nielsen and Guitarist Matt Smith Talk Anniversary Tour and New Album
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bobbi Kyle on Oct 28, 2014
Senses Fail hit the road on route to 27 different cities, celebrating their 10th anniversary tour of Let It Enfold You. We had a chance to meet up with vocalist Buddy Nielsen and guitarist Matt Smith to talk about the anniversary tour and rumors of a…
Interview with Carla Harvey; Butcher Babies Vocalist Discusses Her First Book 'Death and Other Dances' in Great Detail
Comments Artist Chats » by: Charlie Steffens on Oct 27, 2014
When she was a seven-year-old girl in Detroit, little Carla Harvey dreamed of being a showgirl. While generally not the career trajectory of most girls that age, Harvey's ambition might have been seen as normal, given the set of circumstances of her…
Gear Review: Valdrin Frontman Carter Hicks Discusses His Roland GR-20 Guitar Synth Pedal
Comments Gear Review » by: Curtis Dewar on Oct 26, 2014
Valdrin is a black metal band hailing from Cincinnati, OH. The group recently released their stunning debut, Beyond the Forest, on Blast Head Records to critical acclaim. The band's frontman (guitar and vocals), Carter Hicks, took the time to answer…
Gear Review: Twingiant Guitarist Tony Gallegos Discusses His Guitars, Tricks, and Techniques
Comments Gear Review » by: Curtis Dewar on Oct 25, 2014
Phoenix sludge monsters, Twingiant, are on a roll - they recently played an acclaimed set at Southwest Terror Fest and are now set to release their next album Devil Down in December, 2014. The band's guitarist, Tony Gallegos, recently took time out o…
Purely Provocative: Smile Empty Soul Frontman Sean Danielsen Discusses Parasites, Playing While Wasted, and Marijuana
Comments Purely Provocative » by: Bruce Moore on Oct 22, 2014
I recently had a chance to sit and chat with Sean Danielsen, frontman of the hard rock band Smile Empty Soul, who'll be releasing his solo EP Food Chain on November 4th 2014 (pre-order it on iTunes or Amazon.com today). Danielsen was a good sport and…
Tattoo Talk: Finch Drummer Alexander James Pappas Talks Pac-Man, M.C. Escher and Painful Ink
Comments Tattoo Talk » by: Chris Gonda on Oct 21, 2014
We recently checked in with Finch drummer Alexander James Pappas. Why you ask? Well it's pretty simple... the renowned rock band released their new studio album, Back To Oblivion, on September 30th via Razor & Tie and we want to help spread the news!…