Heavy TO 2012 brought back Slipknot, and Toronto was more than ready to welcome them. We got to a chance to speak with the ever so outspoken Shawn "Clown" Crahan before their show. Our new interviewer Julie got Clown to open up about the passing of their co-founder and bass player, the arrest of their Lamb of God friend, Knotfest, and so much more. We learn much more about his other projects, and life on the road these days. A candid interview with honest moments from a talented and masked Grammy winner.
Currently on tour with My Morning Jacket, Band Of Horses will play a run of headlining dates in September followed by dates alongside Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson and John C. Reilly on the Railroad Revival Tour. Band of Horses fans now also have the option to purchase the limited edition deluxe version of their new record Mirage Rock, featuring five bonus tracks as well as access to exclusive behind the scenes footage of the band and producer Glyn Johns creating the record.
Cloudscape is a melodic power metal band with progressive touches from southern Sweden. Their compositional ambitions have always bridged progressive metal and straightforward melodic rock/metal, creating music accessible to a wider audience by virtue of its intense melody, but with enough complexity to satiate the ears of casual and serious music enthusiasts. New Era, the band's fourth album is without a doubt the band's crowning accomplishment to date. The record was produced and mixed by Micko Twedberg.
Next year will mark the twentieth anniversary for the German band Donots. In that time they have established themselves as one of the top punk bands in Germany as well as Europe. Donots have received a lot of attention recently since opening for Green Day on all the German dates of their 2010 tour. Their latest release, their ninth studio record, is called Wake the Dogs. The album marks the second release for the band in the U.S., with the American version including two bonus tracks that do not appear on the German version.
Take One Car is a group of good friends and family, from Upstate, New York, brought together by some collective desire to make music. They've spent the last four years performing, traveling, writing and recording in some form or another. In February, they released their second full-length album, It’s Going To Be A Nice Day. The group has spent the last year working, pretty much non stop, on making their album as good as it could possibly be. It was one of the hardest and most rewarding periods the band has been through.
Underwater Tiger is a melodic alternative rock band from the Southern Tier of upstate New York. The five-piece is made up of two sets of brothers in their young twenties. In just under two years of existence, the band has recorded and distributed a full-length album, produced four music videos, and performed in most major cities in New York and Pennsylvania. On March 27, 2012, the band released its debut album Where Miles Become Meaning.
Reverse Order is a dynamic pop rock band from New Jersey that combines powerful lyrics with driving guitars and infectious melodies. Their unique blend of two lead vocalists sets them apart from most bands in their genre. Formed in 2008 by brothers John and Cruise Russo the four-piece band has made a huge impact. Thriving through over 600 self-booked shows highlighted by two Bamboozle appearances, a Vans Warped Tour appearance, 3 national tours, and constant features on Local and National TV, Reverse Order is taking the music industry by storm.
Following up on 2010’s breakout album Trails Out of Gloom, Fen return to their heavier roots with the brand new album, Of Losing Interest! Once again recorded at Creativ Studios with longtime producer, Mike Southworth at the helm, the band have crafted themselves an album that perfectly balances the technical virtuosity of heavy metal with the more down to earth tones of the early 90’s alternative rock movement.
U.K. progressive black/death metallers De Profundis have released their first music video for the track "Twisted Landscapes." The song comes off the band's third album The Emptiness Within released by Kolony Records in May 2012. The video was filmed in London and Peterborough, U.K. under the watchful eye of director Phil Berridge of Creative Junkie Media.
Originally from New York City, The City and Horses received much acclaim on their debut record I Don't Want to Dream which garnered them comparions to Teenage Fanclub, Jonathan Richmond, The Velvet Underground and Orange Juice. Rather than seek the spotlight, the band would prefer to remain in the shadows behind their meaningful and melodic songs. The City and Horses are now set to release their second album We Will Never Be Discovered on Paper Garden Records.
Drawing inspiration from likeminded artists such as Thrice, Underoath and As I Lay Dying, The Overseer delivers hard-hitting, uncompromising hard rock that belies the members’ young age. Showing they’ve got the work ethic as well as the talent it takes to make it in the musical big-leagues, The Overseer have proven themselves to be completely devoted to the rock and roll life, even when it meant hitting the road for 400 grueling days in the last two years as an unsigned band. The relentless push to connect with fans around the country has been a dynamic and rewarding experience for the band - if not always glamorous.
Kyoto Drive is a four piece pop rock band from the West Midlands, UK formed in 2008. Having toured all over the UK & Mainland Europe the past 18 months, the band have just released they're brand new mini album The Approach (Produced by Matt O'Grady - YM@6/Deaf Havana) through I Am Mighty Records. 2011 saw the band tour with and support the likes of The Starting Line, Mae, The Morning Of, Hit The Lights, Young Guns to name but a few and with a busy touring schedule planned for the rest of the year Kyoto Drive are looking to make 2012 one to remember.
Swedish death metallers Zonaria have released a video for the song "Silent Holocaust," from their newest offering, Arrival of the Red Sun. Released on August 14th in North America by Listenable Records, Arrival of the Red Sun is the band's strongest material to date. The album features performances by recently added members Caleb Bingham (guitar) and Max Malmer (bass), both formerly of Five Finger Death Punch, and was recorded by Jonas Kjellgren at Abyss Studios and mixed by Ronnie Björnström at Garageland Studios.
Flyleaf have been hard at work on writing and recording their new record since last year and now they are set to release their third studio album titled New Horizons. They just premiered the video for the record's first single, the title track on September 4th which also happens to be lead singer Lacey Sturm's birthday. No release date has yet been set for the album, but expect to see it before the end of the year.
UK based metalcore powerhouse Bury Tomorrow have released the music video for the song “Knight Life”, which comes off the band's brand new release The Union Of Crowns. The band recently scanned 1,062 copies of their new album in its first week of sales in the United States according to Nielson Soundscan. The album debuted at No. 25 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
With much anticipation surrounding their new record, This or the Apocalypse has debuted a brand new single, "In Wolves." This will be the band's first release since Haunt What's Left, produced by Josh Wilbur and Lamb of God's own Chris Adler in 2010. Produced by Kevin Lankford and engineered by Andreas Magnusson, Dead Years is some of the band's most aggressive material to date. This or the Apocalypse will be shooting a music video for the tracks "Hell Praiser" and "Hate the Ones You Love" with famed director David Brodsky (White Chapel, As I Lay Dying).
It Lies Within is a life-long group of friends who decided to form a band in 2008. They made quite a name for themselves in the midwest U.S. entirely on their own, selling over three thousand copies of their record Fears of Yesterday with no help from a label. The band really burst out in 2011, playing a ton of shows, many of them sold-out with bands like All That Remains, Times of Grace, War of Ages, Straight Line Stitch and Carnifex. The group's latest album Chrysalis just came out and has received high praise from media thus far.
A couple of members of the rapidly growing in popularity heavy metal band IWRESTLEDABEARONCE took a few minutes out of their day to talk to PureGrainAudio's Mitch Lafon at Heavy MTL on August 12, 2012. They talked about how the band makes their music, playing Heavy MTL and what it's like being on the road so much.
Stone Sour are back with their fourth studio record House of Gold & Bones Part 1 and the first single "Gone Sovereign/Absolute Zero!
After touring the country relentlessly for 5 years, the singer of a Pennsylvania hardcore band decided to stop everything, lock himself in his basement and turn a new page. Armed with a 4 track and a life long obsession with Neil Young, Black Flag and (of course) Sabbath, he re-emerged two days later with the blueprint of what would become Backwoods Payback. In the Spring of 2011 Backwoods Payback released their first full length for Small Stone Recordings and hit the road with the machine behind them for the first time in their lives.