Interviews


Without further ado, here's the chat:

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Opeth

Opeth
Opeth's latest record Heritage led to a little bit of a turmoil in the metal community. More jazz, more prog and - that's what a lot of people disliked most - no growls anymore.

So when the swedish death metal prog rockers came to vienna, we took the chance and had a little chat with their mainman: Mikael Åkerfeldt.

We talked about Mikael's love of the 60s and the 70s, Opeth's musical heritage and much more.

After having talked to him, I came to the conclusion that Mikael is a hippie - a very peaceful, obliging person. The only difference is, that he's still into Death Metal. So let's just call him a Death Metal Hippie.

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After our talk, Opeth played a phenomenal set - with no growls at all. The band's apperance, the light-show, the production and, of course, the music, almost made me feel like it actually was the 70s.

If you get the chance to witness Opeth, you should do so - you won't be disappointed.






DevilDriver
DevilDriver

One of the most relentless spearheads of neo-thrash came to town: DevilDriver!

The well-oiled touring-machine paid a visit to Vienna in support of the "Eighth Plague Tour" with Machine Head and others. And guess who was there to have a talk with Jeff Kendrick (Guitars) and John Boecklin (Drums) - you guessed right - we did.

The guys were kind enough to answer us some guestions regarding their future plans, Jeff and Mike's (Spreitzer, Guitars) AllAxess Guitar Community, meeting their idols and much more.

Watch the chat below:



DevilDriver - Dead to Rights official video



Machine Head

Machine Head

Being biased in a positive way before an interview is not the perfect setting. I know that. But in this case, I don't care. Why? Because I had the chance to talk to the mighty Machine Head!

Ok, so now I'm going to out myself as a total Machine Head (or Mushy Ned, if you will) fanboy. I've been following them for years, I even drove to Prague and Luxembourg for them, and I'll fly to London this year to see them lay waste to Wembley Arena.
For me, they are one of those "larger-than-life"-bands. Their music and especially their lyrics have been so inspiring for me, that, at times, it even was a little scary, as to how much I could relate to them.

They've helped me through some very rough times, and still continue to do so. The fact that I absolutely love their music only adds to that.

So yeah, I talked to Robb and Adam on 12th of November, when they were playing the Gasometer in Vienna. I gotta say, I've done quite a few interviews so far, and I thought I'd be somewhat self confident. But when Adam and Robb entered the room, I just couldn't keep things together. My first move actually was dropping my sheets...

The weird thing was, even when I hadn't seen them, I just could feel that they had entered the room. They have such an enormous presence. Yet, they are very nice and obliging. Considering what they've been through themselves, I respect them even more now.

So what did I ask them? I tried not to focus on things that have been asked yet, to keep it more interesting for the recipients. Here's how it turned out:



Machine Head - Locust (Video)


Trivium

Trivium 2011
Trivium was one of the first metal bands I listened to. Back in the days, I had already spun Ember to Inferno quite a few times, and I found it pretty good. So when Ascendancy was released, I figured I'd check it out. Oh if I had known how Ascendancy would blow me away. I was hooked.

Since then, I followed the band through their young career. My first real "metal-concert" was a Trivium show. Actually, there was a little gem supporting that night: Annihilator(!), with Sanctity opening.
The headbanging, the fist-pumping, mosh-pits and even a cirle-pit - those young guys from Orlando introduced me to all of that. I still remember thinking to myself how badass all of this was.

What's funny is, that Trivium actually introduced me to checking out YouTube guitar lessons and the sweeping technique, but I digress...

Naturally, I've developed quite a bit during all those years. I'm now drawn to different music, other things are important in my life. But somehow, Trivium has stayed. I still love listening to Ascendancy and thinking back to those "good old days" as they say.

So when In Waves was released, I bought it like the good citizen that I pretend to be. And I somehow rediscovered them. Their whole new approach to songwriting and the visual presentation - the out-of-the-box thinking - it all made them interesting for me once again.

So when the possibillity to interview one of my favourite bands came around, I got excited and nervous right away. What would I ask them? What could I ask them? Would they take me seriously? Would I be able to somehow hide my excitement?

Well, here's how it all turned out:

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Video for In Waves



Video for Built to Fall














Suicide Silence are currently headlining the Impericon Never Say Die!-Tour. The huge package tour stopped in Vienna too and laid waste to the legendary Arena.

After talking to Mark back in summer, when they were playing Szene Wien, we once again met up with Suicide Silence's shredder, who seems to be chill all the time. He even remembered us, and it was just as nice to talk to him as last time.

The guys seem to have no problem with random blogger dudes invading their backstage area and stealing their precious off-time.

The chat can be watched here:



After the interview, Suicide Silence played a phenomenal live-set which consisted mainly of their hits and a bunch of new songs. The crowd response was mind-blowing, but consequential to the band's relentless touring activities; the band played extremely tight and the sound was powerful all the way through.

Mitch Lucker, whose ferocious screams seem to get higher and higher, had the crowd in his hands and mobilized their energy after 6 bands and 4 hours of constant dancing, screaming and moshing.

For the last song, No Pity for A Coward, Suicide Silence had fans storming on the stage to perform the song together with them. And that's just another testimony to the band's connectedness with their fans.

March to the black crown / Wake up live @ Vienna, Austria



You only live once live @ Vienna, Austria
























The fifth All Austrian Metal Night had Austria's most successful and strongest metal outlet headlining: The Sorrow.

 After attempting to interview them at their show supporting Slayer, it finally worked out. Though the first attempt didn't go wrong because of the band, they were really sorry that it didn't work out. And that's already the first hint of the band's attitude. The rockers from Vorarlberg are such down-to-earth, obliging guys - they treated us like we were some old friends, who just happened to interview them.

After being a fan and follower of the band for a long time, I had quite a few questions ready for them. Tobi (Bass) and Mätze (Vocals, Rhythm Guitar) answered them thoroughly and tongue-in-cheek. Which goes to show how relaxed and refreshing The Sorrow approaches the whole music business, which, as we all know, can be very hard at times.

But, see for yourself: The Sorrow talks about overcoming hurdles, the austrian and german music scene, their relationship to vienna, the visual concept behind the band, touring-plans and much much more.

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The Sorrow

Is a metalcore band from Vorarlberg, Austria. Their debut effort "Blessings from a Blackened Sky" (Drakkar Records) got a lot of positive response from both press and fans and helped them gain popularity in the austrian and german metal-scene.

After touring relentlessly, the band released their third, self-titled record in 2010, which was a shift towards a more self-contained sound.

The band is currently in writing-mode and entered talks with different labels.

Catch the band live while you can!

The Sorrow - Farewells live @ Arena Wien






Between the Buried and Me

Between the Buried and Me
Prog masters Between the Buried and Me came to town and quess what - we were there to have a little chat with them.
Tommy and Paul were kind enough to answer me a few questions - some of them more, some of them less serious.
But let's keep this one short - see for yourself:

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Part 2



Between the Buried and Me

Or often referred to as BTBAM is a progressive metal band from Raleigh, North Carolina. They are known for their lengthy songs and unique sound.

They are currently signed to Metal Blade Records, where they released their EP entitled The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues.

The band is currently on a headlining-run through Europe. Catch them while you can!

As I Lay Dying


Right after our interview with A Pale Horse Named Death, I sat down with Nick Hipa from As I Lay Dying. I gotta say, I've been a huge fan of them for a very long time now. So I was really nervous when I was doing research and when I was preparing the interview. After we finished our talk with Sal, my heart started bumping really hard. I thought I wouldn't be able to do it.

But when I finally talked to Nick, all my excitement was blown away by Nick's obliging, humble and simply friendly character. We talked about his goals as a musician, his inspirations and his love for music.

Check the Interview out:

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As I Lay Dying

Is a metalcore-band from San Diego, California. They were founded by Tim Lambesis (vocals in 2000. They soon got very popular in the underground. As I Lay Dying is known for their high-energetic live-shows

Last year, they released "The Powerless Rise" via MetalBlade Records.


Cover Artwork



Video for Anodyne Sea


A Pale Horse Named Death



On Day 2 of Picture On Festival, we paid a visit to the small city "Bildein", close to the Hungarian border. Initially, we werea little bit pissed off because we missed The Dillinger Escape Plan. But after getting there, and talking to the festival organizers, all negative thoughts were erased. Picture On is a really relaxed festival with a diverse line-up and a nice location. The great weather made things even better.

And when we first met Sal Abruscato - known from such class-acts as Type O Negative and Life of Agony - our moods were brightened even more. I can't even begin to describe what a down-to-earth and humble dude he is. Considering how stuck-up he could be, given that he's a living legend and all.

Sal really took the time to answer our - sometimes intricate - questions thoroughly. I can't even thank him enough. So here's our in-depth interview with Sal about switiching to the guitar, Life of Agony and the follow-up record to "And Hell will Follow Me"

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A Pale Horse Named Death

Is a gothic-rock, alternative-band from New York. They combine elements of their previous bands: Type O Negative, Life of Agony and Biohazard.

The debut record "And Hell will Follow Me" was released via SPV records. The band is currently touring in Europe and is planning to return in autumn.

Cover Artwork


Find out more about the band here:
Homepage
Facebook







Deathcore-superstars Suicide Silence devastated Szene Vienna on June 19th.

They are about to release a new album on July 12th via Century Media Records. The title will be "The Black Crown."

Prior to their show, I sat down with Mark (guitar) to talk about recording the new record with Steve Evetts, the guest vocalists (Frank Mullen from Suffocation, Jonathan Davis from Korn), their new video and their contract with Century Media.

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Cover-Artwork for "The Black Crown"

Artwork by K3n
Tracklist for "The Black Crown"
  1. Slaves To Substance
  2. O.C.D.
  3. Human Violence
  4. You Only Live Once
  5. Fuck Everything
  6. March To The Black Crown
  7. Witness The Addiction
  8. Cross-eyed Catastrophe
  9. Smashed
  10. The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart
  11. Cancerous Skies
Suicide Silence - You Only Live Once live @ Szene Wien, 2011-06-19










    After the Burial are living their dream.

    Not only are they making a living making music, but they're also touring the world and taking metal to a next level. Combining djent with intricate melodic aspects, they seem to have found their own spot now.

    I sat down with Lee (bass) and Justin (rhythm guitar) just before their show at Szene Wien, Vienna.

    We did the interview in an empty-office with some fancy couches and mics. I think it's the classiest one we ever did.

    Justin and Lee were really laid back, simply humbled by the fact that they are playing in austria, and there is actually a number of people showing up solely for them.

    We talked about their new album In Dreams, their approach to songwriting, and soon-to-be Guitar Heroes.



    After the Burial

    is a metal band from Twin Cities, Minnesota. They were founded in 2004.

    Their debut record entitled "Forging a Future Self" was released through self-distribution in 2006.

    After signing to Sumerian Records, After the Burial released Rareform, which was re-released after vocalist Anthony joined the band.

    Their current record was released in the autumn of 2010.

    The band is popular for using 8-string-guitars, intricate rhythm-patterns and a ferocious live-show.


    After the Burial is currently on tour in Europe with Suicide Silence and Bleed from Within. Check them out when they are coming to a town near you!

    After the Burial - My Frailty Live









    After warming up with his second (awesome!) band Earthship, Robin Staps of The Ocean grabbed his whiskey-coke, had a little chat with me and off we went to a nearby hotel, to do a little video-interview.

    Robin is the mastermind of The Ocean Collective where he writes all the lyrics, has been writing all the music for most of the time and does samples. He also plays in Earthship, has a label (Pelagic Records) and works as a translator. I talked with him about how he motivates himself on shitty days , why the U.S. Tour with Between The Buried And Me has screwed the band financially - and way more of course!

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    Robin Staps


    Part 2


    The Ocean

    is a band consisting of a collective of musicians that started in Berlin, Germany.  The band is renowned for their complex musical mixture of slow, melancholy melodic parts and noisy, hardcore-influenced, fast-paced aggressive parts.

    The Ocean is furthermore known for writing concept records with complex lyrical themes. As "Precambrian" touches the origin of the earth. While "Heliocentric" and "Anthropocentric", the most recent records, dealing with the christian legacy.

    The Band has gone through a bunch of line-up changes, the most famous one probably being Nico from War from A Harlots Mouth and has found a steady line-up since the record "Heliocentric".
    The current line-up looks like that:
    • Robin Staps - guitars, samples, backing vocals
    • Loic Rossetti - vocals
    • Luc Hess - drums
    • Jonathan Nido - guitars
    • Louis Jucker - bass
    The Ocean is currently on tour with Intronaut, Red Fang and Earthship.

    Check out more about the band here
    Facebook
    MySpace

    U.S. Tour Blog Part 1


    U.S. Tour Blog Part 2


    Red Fang Interview


    You take a good portion of Black Sabbath, add a little bit of Kyuss to it, and top that thing with a dash of Black Flag. That gives you Red Fang! A relentless, yet relaxed heavy metal Band from Portland Oregon.

    Bryan, their guitarist and vocalist, sat down with us in a fancy hotel nearby the Arena in Vienna. We talked about touring in Europe, how they got a deal with Relapse Records, their Relapse debut Murder the Mountains and much more!


    Check it out!



    Notice the lighning during the interview? Well, vienna was hit with a thunderstorm, just like on the day of our interview with War From A Harlots Mouth. Seems like someone is against us interviewing bands.
    After the Interview we had to wait in the lobby of the hotel, as it was raining cats and dogs. Bryan told us hilarious tour stories. What a relaxed guy.
    Red Fang played a really cool show afterwards. Fists were pumped, heads banged, beers thrown - it was a blast.
    Check this band out, when you get the chance, you won't be disappointed.


    Red Fang

    Is a Heavy Metal band from Portland, Oregon. Their record Murder the Mountains was released via Relapse Records. It was produced by Chris Funk and mixed by Vance Powell.

    Red Fang is currently touring Europe with The Ocean, Intronaut and Earthship.

    They will be opening the Jägermeister Stage on this year's Mayhem Fest.

    More Info about the Band can be found here:
    Homepage
    Facebook
    MySpace

    Video for "Prehistoric Dog"








    A thunderstorm, cleansing the air, came to Vienna on May 12th 2011. Metaphorically and literally. War from a Harlots Mouth teared up Viper Room Vienna.

    Yours truly, Michael, was standing/moshing/dancing/shouting in front row, to give you an inside report of one of the most energetic shows I have ever witnessed.

    After a calm soundcheck on a nice and sunny day, WFAHM kicked off an earthquake of a show with "The Polyglutamine Pact". Nico (vocals) had the crowd in his hands within seconds. People were flying all over the location, Nico being one of them. He constantly interacted with the crowd and made everyone participate.

    Paule's insane polyrhythmic drumming let jaws drop to viewer's knees. Yet, Paule still manages to rock out. Daniel, Filip and Simon kept the energy at an all time high, jumping, running and shredding around the small stage.

    Even the band members from Winds of Plague and Iwrestledabearonce watched the show from the side of the stage. I saw them shake their heads more than once in awe.

    The show seemingly passed within 5 minutes. I was simply blown away. It was one of the most intense shows I have ever witnessed. Realizing that I was really battered, I went outside the venue. Catch some fresh air.

    But what I witnessed had me in awe once again: The weather had completely changed - it was basically raining cats and dogs. People scrambled under the entrance roof, some of them had put on their pullovers because it had gotten so cold.
    The guys in WFAHM told us, that there was no electricity on the bus, and that we probably couldn't do the interview...but somehow it all worked out. Check me out, freezing my ass off while interviewing Simon from WFAHM, being completely destroyed afer such a fierce show:

    Part 1 (with english subtitles)


    Part 2 (with english subtitles)



    To Age and Obsolete live @ Viper Room Vienna




    The Polyglutamine Pact live @ Viper Room Vienna





    War from a Harlots Mouth

    Is a MathCore-Band from Berlin, Germany. They combine elements of hardcore, black metal and jazz to create a chaotic, yet extremely intense form of music, that is unique for their neck of woods.

    Formed 2005 as Simon Hawemann's (guitars) side-project, they guickly got very popular after releasing their "Falling Upstairs" EP. Furthermore, the band's energetic live-shows quickly became a trademark in Berlin and soon all over the world as well.

    After finding a consistent line-up, the band released 3 full-lenghts:
    -Transmetropolitan (2007)
    -In Shoals (2008)
    -MMX (2010)

    And toured all over the world.

    Their latest effort entitled MMX was released last year via LifeForce-Records.

    Get the CD here 

    More Info about the band can be found here:
    Facebook
    MySpace

    Artwork for "MMX" by Joshua Andrew Berlanger



    Cancer Man / Recluse MMX (live @ NEVER SAY DIE 2010)





    Fuck BP!

    Technical madness over Vienna! A huge technical death metal package is on the road to destroy Europe. With the package, Beneath the Massacre came to town on May 15th and Freethinkers' Blog was there for you guys once again. Phil helped me out on this one, since I couldn't go. He did a great job.

    After simply devastating the "Arena" in Vienna, Dennis Bradley (Bass), Justin Rousselle (Drums) & Elliot Desgagnés (Vocals), took some of their time to answer us some questions.

    The band talks about their new EP entitled "Marée Noire", their follow-up album, the concept behind "Marée Noire" (black tide), being a political band, their music scene, the pros and cons of touring and waaay more

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    Part 2


    See for yourself, those guys are simply insane:


    "Anomic" live @ Arena Wien




    Beneath the Massacre

    Is a Technical Death Metal Band that originated in Montreal, Québec, Canada.

    The band was founded in 2004, to create music that combines Hardcore, Grindcore and Death Metal with an intense level of musicianship.

    They released their first EP entitled "Evidence of Inequity" via Galy Records, and are now at Prosthetic Records.

    So far, they have released two full lengths, with another one on the way:
    -Mechanics of Dysfunction (2007)
    -Dystopia (2008)

    Their latest EP Marée Noire can be bought here

    More info about the band can be found here:
    Facebook
    MySpace

    Catch the band on Tour!

    Cover Artwork for Marée Noire



    Video for "Society's Disposable Son" off of "Mechanics of Dysfunction"



    Kvelertak - Interview


    Rock 'n' Roll riffs, blastbeats, High-pitch-screams, ground-shaking bass and nameless amounts of beer and booze.

    Kvelertak came to town on the 9th of may, and we paid witness to their furious live-set. And while we where there, we asked the norwegian black 'n' rollers to answer us some questions.

    The day didn't start that well for the band though. Vidar (guitars) was injured and Maciek (guitars) had problems with his sense of balance. Kvelertak were also the only non-hardcore band on a hardcore billing. That means playing for a different crowd than usual.

    But when it was time to hit the stage, none of those problems showed. Their energy and hits totally made up for it. Needless to say that I was stoked.

    After touring for the whole year so far basically, those guys are still nice and easy-going, simply really awesome to hang out with.

    But enough of the praise, here's the interview:

    Part 1


    Part 2


    Part 3



    Kvelertak

    is a Black 'n' Roll band from Stavanger, Norway. Their music covers aspects of hardcore punk, black metal and rock'n'roll. Their lyrics are only in norwegian.

    Kvelertak's self-titled debut record was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge. The artwork was done by John Baizley from Baroness.


    Catch the guys on tour!
    Find out more about the band here:
    MySpace
    Facebook


    Artwork for "Kvelertak"

    Video for the song "Mjød"







    Ulver-Interview


    Track-by-Track review Wars of the roses

    Jørn and Daniel from Ulver were kind enough to do a review of their latest record entitled "Wars of the Roses", due 25th of April via Kscope

    Considering, that filmed interviews with the band are a rarity, we are very proud and grateful for the opportunity we were offered.

    On that same day (or night) the guys played an intense show with mindblowing visual effects. Their shows are definitely special, so go check them out if you get the chance!

    Here's the interview for you guys to check out:

    Jørn and Daniel about: February MMX, Norwegian Gothic and Providence



    Jørn and Daniel about: September IV, England and Island



    Jørn and Daniel about: Stone Angels which is a poem by Keith Wauldrop



    Jørn and Daniel about: general info on "Wars Of The Roses"



    Ulver is a band from norway. They started by playing Black Metal, but later on included trip-hop, ambience and industrial elements in their sound.

    Cover-art for Ulver's latest record entitled "Wars of the Roses" by Trine+Kim



    Try to catch the band, while they are still on tour!

    March 22 UK, London, Koko
    March 26 France, Paris, Le Trabendo
    March 27 Netherlands, Rotterdam, Off_Corso
    March 28 Germany, Hamburg, Uebel & Gefährlich
    March 29 Germany, Bochum, Matrix
    March 30 Germany, Karlsruhe, Substage
    March 31 Switzerland, Basel, Z7
    April 01 Germany, Munich, Backstage Halle
    April 02 Italy, Ravenna, Madonna dell'Albero
    April 03 Austria, Vienna, Szene
    April 05 Poland, Poznan, Eskulap
    April 06 Germany, Berlin, K17
    April 07 Slovakia, Bratislava, Majestic
    April 08 Germany, Dresden, Beatpol
    April 09 Belgium, Antwerp, Biebob
    April 10 Germany, Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal
    April 16 Norway, Oslo, Rockefeller
    April 21 Finland, Helsinki, Nosturi

    Check out more about the band here:
    MySpace
    Homepage


    Heaven Shall Burn Interview





    Maik, known as guitarist for the legendary band Heaven Shall Burn was kind enough to let us talk to him before their show at Posthof Linz, on 26th of March.

    As some of you might know, Heaven Shall Burn is one of the most inspirational bands for me. They were not only my introduction to more extreme music, but also to eye-opening topics such as Veganism, Straight Edge and Animal Rights.

    To see how humbling these guy's approach to the music business still is was mind-blowing. You have to kepp in mind, that those guys already hit #9 on the german charts with their latest effort "Invictus".

    Maik talked to us about Heaven Shall Burn's future plans, how they try to prevent being manipulated by mass media, their experiences in Reykjavik, Iceland and obscure hostilities via Twitter.

    Enough with the praise,

    Part 1



    Part 2



    Part 3



    Part 4



    Heaven Shall Burn is a Metalcore/Melodic Death Metal Band from Thüringen, Germany.

    Formed in 1996, the band took Old School Death Metal-influences from Bolt Thrower, combined it with Hardcore-Slam parts and by that, created a then unique sound, which was soon to be called Metalcore, and should become a huge trend.

    In 2004, the band released the now legendary record "Antigone" which helped them gain popularity in the underground scene.

    The band was known for their relentless live-shows and their Vegan Straight-Edge attitude.

    2008 and 2009, the band released the first two parts of their "Iconoclast-Trilogy" - Invicuts Part I: The Final Resistance (CD) and Bildersturm: Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance, DVD). Those two releases helped them gain mainstream popularity, which accumulated in 2010's release Invictus reaching #9 in the german charts.

    Yet, the band has also adopted the D.I.Y.-attitude and still tries to limit the label's say in the band whenever it is possible.

    Find out more about the band here:
    Homepage
    Facebook
    MySpace
    Twitter




    Kyuss Lives!-Interview





    "The best thing that could've happened to me was Kyuss breaking up."
    John Garcia

    As I again couldn't make it, my buddy Nik (Thanks again!) sat down with Kyuss Lives! right before their show in Vienna on 22nd of March.

    In retrospect, the guys talk about how returning after 15 years feels for them and how their fan-base has changed.
    They reveal their thoughts about their attitude in general and about touring, their appreciation for what they have, artistic integrity and how the ultimate Kyuss Lives!-show would look like.

    Part 1 of 3



    Part 2 of 3



    Part 3 of 3




    Kyuss was formed in the late 80s in Palm Desert, California. The founding members were:
    John Garcia - Vocals
    Josh Homme - Guitars
    Nick Oliveri - Bass
    Brant Bjork - Drums

    They are cited as one of the genre-defining Stoner Rock bands. Their mixture of very low, down-tuned guitars (even played through bass amplifications), fast-paced drumming and Black Sabbath-influenced songwriting made them a legendary band.

    The band recorded 4 legendary records:
    Wretch
    Blues for the Red Sun
    Welcome to Sky Valley
    ...And the Circus Leaves Town

    Those 4 records helped them gain huge popularity in the underground-scene and a legendary status as a live band.

    Yet, the appreciation the band would've needed to be successful didn't came until the band had already split up.

    Members of Kyuss have formed or played in such notable bands as: Quenns of the Stone Age, Fu Manchu, Mondo Generator, Eagles of Death Metal, Slo Burn, Unida, Hermano and Them Crooked Vultures

    At 2010's Hellfest in Clisson, France, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork joined John Garcia on stage, performing the Kyuss-Classics "Green Machine" and "Gardenia" - basically marking their re-union.

    Later that year, it was announced, that Garcia, Bjork and Oliveri would re-unite and tour Europe under the name Kyuss Lives! They added Bruno Fevery as a guitarist.

    Find out more about the band here:
    Homepage
    Facebook

    PS: Nice shirt Brant!


    Dying Fetus Interview

    "I really admire Hip-Hop & R'n'B-drummers"
    Trey Williams - drummer of Dying Fetus


    Actually that's a pretty standard phrase. But this quote is coming from Trey Williams, drummer for one of the most legendary Brutal/Technical Death Metal Bands: Dying Fetus.

    Trey was kind enough to talk to my partner in crime, Philip. He did the interview alone as I wasn't able to be there due to health-problems.

    See Trey talking about what still pisses him off, his opinion on U.S. politics, his inspirations, touring, and his down-to-earth opinion about the whole "Loudness-War".




    Dying Fetus


    Dying Fetus is a technical/brutal death metal band from Maryland.

    The band has released legendary, influencial death-metal records with Killing on Adrenaline (1998) and Destroy the Opposition (2000) - those records are now being re-released by their record label Relapse. Since then, Dying Fetus are renowned for their combination of extreme death metal music and politically and socially critical lyrics.

    With their current album, Descend into Depravity, the band has managed to raise their fanbase significantly.

    They furthermore were able to stabilize their line-up, as they had to go through a lot of line-up changes in the past.

    Dying Fetus are currently headlining the Bonecrusher-Fest, alongside Keep of Kalessin, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Burning the Masses and Angelus Apatrida.

    Band-Members:
    John Gallagher - Guitars/Vocals
    Sean Beasley - Bass/Vocals
    Trey Williams - Drums

    Video for the single "Your Treachery will Die with You"



    Video for the single "Shepherd's Commandment"



    Further Info:
    Facebook
    MySpace



    "I wouldn't want to make THE perfect record, cause then i'd have to stop"



    We sat down with Phillip Cope, vocalist and guitarist in the sludge-band Kylesa. Right after their soundcheck, and before their headline-show @Arena Wien, Kleine Halle.

    Phil was kind enough to answer us questions concerning touring in Europe, getting a good live-sound, a dream-come-true-tour, and their inspirations for songwriting:



     I'll be totally honest with you, i'm not really that satisfied with the interview, Phil didn't really seem to catch my drift, but he was really kind and appreciative. That's why I'm still positive about the interview. The live-show after the interview totally made up for my initial negative thoughts.

    Kylesa's show that same night was mindblowing to say the least. They had an impressive live-sound despite having to set up two drumkits, and getting two guitars, two vocalists, a bass guitar, keyboards, and two single drums, which shows how experienced the band already is.

    The live-energy of their set was intense, being supported by a really tight rhythm-section, which was enhanced by the two single drums, being handled by vocalist Phillip Cope and bassist Corey Barhorst.

     The crowd-reaction was great, which seemed to be reflected by the band. I'm still impressed as to how much Corey was rocking out the whole time.

    Kylesa's appreciation for Prog-music was being manifested that night: They played a great cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the controls for the heart of the sun"

    Kylesa are a must-see for every Sludge-, and Prog-fan.

    Kylesa are currently on tour with Okkultokrati in Europe.


    Kylesa Set the controls for the heart of the sun (Pink Floyd) LIVE Vienna, Austria 2011-02-16


    Kylesa Don't look back LIVE Arena, Vienna, Austria 2011-02-16


    Kylesa


     Find out more about the band here:
    MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/kylesa
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/kylesa









    "The Label has a lot to say....it is what it is..."

    Freethinkers' Blog conducted an interview with Born of Osiris's Lee McKinney and Ronnie Canizaro  right after their phenomenal high-energy show in Vienna on 2011/02/07.

    Hear what the guys have to say about touring in mainland Europe, label-control, excessive partying and their new Album, entitled "The Discovery".



    Born of Osiris


    Born of Osiris is a Deathcore/Progressive-Band from Pallatine, Illinois. They are renowned for a hybrid mixture of djenty, meshuggah-type riffs and poppy melodies and hooks.

    They formed as "Rosecrance" in 2003, with all the members still being in High School.

    They've been with Sumerian Records since the release of "The New Reign" which helped them gain popularity.

    In 2009 they released "A Higher Place" which led to a change in seasons, since they introduced more complex and technial material while adding more experimental song-structures.

    They recently finished recording their upcoming album "The Discovery", due March 22nd, at Bota Studios with the help of engineer Don "dB" Byczynski. You can listen to the new track "Follow the Signs" at Born of Osiris' facebook-page.

    Born of Osiris played the tracks "Recreate" and "Devastate" on their tour with Darkest Hour, Protest the Hero and Purified in Blood

    Here's the track "Recreate" recorded live @ their show at Arena Wien on 2011/02/07




    Official Video for "Open Arms to Damnation" from the Record "The New Reign"



    Official Video for "Now Arise" from the record "A Higher Place"