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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!…
Gear Review: The Grayces Discuss Their Instruments and Usage on New Album 'Westing'
Comments Gear Review » by: Chris Gonda on Oct 20, 2014
The Grayces are a three-piece rock band from Nashville, Tennessee who, on October 14, 2014, released their latest full-length album titled, Westing. Featuring 12 gritty, Southern-tinged rock songs, the new recording demonstrates members Iz Stone (voc…
Interview with Scott Ian; Anthrax Guitarist Discusses in Detail His New DVD 'Swearing Words In Glasgow'
Comments Artist Chats » by: Bruce Moore on Oct 20, 2014
Scott Ian is easily one of the most recognizable figures in the heavy metal world. Everyone is familiar with his work with the groundbreaking thrash act Anthrax, but they might not be aware that he also does public speaking engagements around the wor…
...And Justice For Art: An Interview with Nick Micho Discussing His Heavy Metal Band Renditions
Comments Artist Chats » by: Ramon Martos Garcia on Oct 16, 2014
For many years Nick Micho had two clear passions: heavy music and visual arts. Eventually, he decided to merge them. The result of that enterprise is, currently, one of the most enjoyable visual projects in the underground scene. The Canadian artist…
Tattoo Talk: Sister Sin Bassist Strandh Discusses Fan Tats, Broken Ribs, and Dick Ink!
Comments Gear Review » by: Chris Gonda on Oct 16, 2014
Gothenburg, Sweden's Sister Sin are dropping their newest heavy metal masterpiece, Black Lotus, on October 28, 2014 via Victory Records. The follow up to 2012's Now and Forever, and their fifth studio album to date, skillfully injects elements of cla…
Purely Provocative: Miss May I Guitarist BJ Stead Speaks About Spitting on Fans, Arrests, and Losing His Virginity
Comments Purely Provocative » by: Chris Gonda on Oct 14, 2014
Miss May I, the Troy, Ohio-based metalcore quintet, released their fourth studio album, Rise of the Lion, on April 25, 2014 via Rise Records. Boasting a sick mix of thrash, groove and various other metallic elements, Rise of the Lion is a metal recor…
Purely Provocative: Nim Vind Mastermind Chris Kirkham Offers Up Hilarious Answers to Some Twisted Interview Questions
Comments Purely Provocative » by: Chris Gonda on Oct 14, 2014
Chris Kirkham aka Nim Vind is a solo musician from lovely Vancouver, Canada who today, October 14th, 2014, has released his brand new full-length album Saturday Night Seance Songs. We're offering up an exclusive stream of the recording in its entiret…
Quick & Dirty: Ides Of Gemini Guitarist J. Bennett Talks Road Trip Essentials, Werewolves and Wile E. Coyote
Comments Artist Chats » by: Chris Gonda on Oct 14, 2014
Los Angeles, CA-based trio, Ides Of Gemini (Sera Timms, J. Bennett, and Kelly Johnston), released their latest musical masterpiece, Old World New Wave, on September 16, 2014 via Neurot Recordings. Loaded with the band's Slavic-tinged, doomy black met…
Purely Provocative: Castle Freak Guitarist Zak Carter and Vocalist Andrew Gigan on AIDS, Pet Peeves, and Pro Wrestling
Comments Purely Provocative » by: Curtis Dewar on Oct 13, 2014
Old school death metal band Castle Freak just released their debut EP Still Rotting on Tridroid Records this past week. While the band may not yet be a household name, Still Rotting is definitely one of the best death metal EPs released in recent mem…
Gear Review: Rabbits Guitarist and Vocalist Joshua Hughes on His Fender Mustang Guitar
Comments Gear Review » by: Chris Gonda on Oct 10, 2014
Rabbits... cuddly woodland creatures or loud, ear-piercing rockers from Portland, OR? Technically both are accurate, but we only really care about the latter. This pulverising trio of metal/punk/hardcore/noise musicians released their latest offering…
Gear Review: The Haunted Guitarist Ola Englund on His Randall Satan Signature Amplifier and Washburn Solar Signature Guitar
Comments Artist Chats » by: Chris Gonda on Oct 02, 2014
Clocking in at just over 44 minutes, :Swedish shredders The Haunted released their latest album, the 14-song Exit Wounds, on August 25, 2014. Loaded with exactly what you'd want to hear, and expect, from this band, with the new album the Swedish deat…
Quick & Dirty: Orange Goblin Vocalist Ben Ward Talks Guilty Pleasures, Dean Martin, and Vampires
Comments Artist Chats » by: Chris Gonda on Oct 01, 2014
London, England-based heavy metal/hard rock quartet, Orange Goblin, are set to release their latest offering, Back From The Abyss, on October 7, 2014 via Candlelight Records. The 12-track recording is, per usual, an addictive and punishing affair tha…
Quick & Dirty: Internal Bleeding Guitarist Chris Pervelis Discusses Cigars, Red Twizzlers, North Korea, and Robert De Niro
Comments Artist Chats » by: Chris Gonda on Sep 30, 2014
Forged in Long Island, New York circa 1991, Internal Bleeding has come a very long way in the past 20+ years. A staple in the death metal scene, the group is once again preparing to pummel their fans with new content. Due out today, September 30, 201…
Gear Review: Oecist Founder and Multinstrumentalist BJ Dierkes on His Peavey 5150 II Amplifier and Marshall Cabinets
Comments Gear Review » by: Chris Gonda on Sep 29, 2014
Oecist is a band that the vast majority of you haven't heard of before today. Not your fault though, the post-metal solo project is quite underground and only the true savants know of Oecist. At least, until now. Founded by San Antonio, Texas-based m…
Gear Review: Islander Guitarist Andrew Murphy on His Orange 4x12 Cab
Comments Gear Review » by: Bruce Moore on Sep 29, 2014
I recently sat down with guitarist Andrew Murphy, of the metal act Islander, to discuss the one piece of gear he just can't live without; the piece of gear that gives the band their signature sound as found on their latest album, Violence & Destructi…
Tattoo Talk: Osmium Guillotine Lead Guitar Lance Steele on His "Eddie" Tat, Band Logos, and Full Sleeve
Comments Tattoo Talk » by: Chris Gonda on Sep 11, 2014
Heavy metal troop Osmium Guillotine released their debut self-titled album on June 6, 2014. Featuring 11 songs loaded with meaty metal, Osmium Guillotine was recorded and produced by Danny B at HVR Studios, Ipswich and released via MGR Records. You c…
Quick & Dirty: Whitechapel Guitarist Zach Householder Talks Pizza Toppings, Johnny Bravo, and Cigars
Comments Artist Chats » by: Chris Gonda on Sep 10, 2014
Extreme metal titans Whitechapel, the Top 10 Billboard charting metal act, will be returning to the road in October and November to support their fifth full-length disc, Our Endless War. The North American headlining tour featuring support from Upon…
Gear Review: A Bad Think front man Michael Marquart on His 1940's Western Electric Tube Summing Mixer
Comments Gear Review » by: Chris Gonda on Sep 09, 2014
Signed to Windmark Records, the Virginia Beach, Virginia-based band A Bad Think, are fresh off the June 17, 2014 release of their album, Sleep. Loaded with alternative and progressive rock, we wanted to delve into the recording's sound and as such po…