WEREWOLVES: Bestial, Muscular, and Hairy
Set your stopwatches boys and girls because Australia’s Werewolves are breaking all accomplishment records with the same land speed quickness as a suicidal Fun-E car pilot tearing up the Bonneville Speedway Salt Flats powered by a combination of nitrous oxide and Usain Bolt’s fast-twitch muscle fibers. It’s not that the band (drummer Dave Haley, guitarist Matt Wilcock, and bassist/vocalist Sam Bean—with umpteen years of combined experience playing in the likes of Akercocke, The Senseless, The Berzerker, The Antichrist Imperium, Ruins, King, Abramelin, and more) was able to…
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM: Vitality and Power
Wolves In The Throne Room, whose mesmerizing blend of Norse black metal and gripping atmospherics has cast them as vanguards of modern metal, has released Primordial Arcana, its seventh and most ambitious outing yet. We spoke with Aaron Weaver to discuss their experiences through the pandemic, the challenges they overcame on the new album, and the deep spiritual energies that flow throughout its music.
EMPLOYED TO SERVE: Perseverance
Now with their fourth full-length album out on Spinefarm Records, vocalist Justine Jones speaks about the new album Conquering, being in a band with her significant other, and running the successful Church Road Records.
BURNING WITCHES: Pure Witchery
Swiss all-female, classic heavy metal quintet Burning Witches has been on a tear lately by releasing four full-length albums in six years. On the band’s newest Norse mythology themed opus, The Witch of the North, the band executes some great storytelling and tight compositions on its 14 tracks.
ESCAPE THE FATE: Fate and Legacy
Escape the Fate has had many ups and a few downs over the years, and now with the band’s strongest and most solid lineup yet, the quartet is celebrating 10 years of This War Is Ours.
BIG|BRAVE: A Different Experience
Montreal’s BIG|BRAVE has been making waves in the heavy music world for the better part of a decade. Guitarist Mathieu Ball and vocalist/guitarist Robin Wattie talk about the past, present, and future of BIG|BRAVE, touching on the recording process, inclusion in the music community, and plans for the coming months.
THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Black Dahlia Murder
THROWBACK THURSDAY: The Black Dahlia Murder from OUTBURN #51 (2009) The Black Dahlia Murder closed a chapter in its history with the critically acclaimed and fan beloved Majesty DVD. After capping a period that saw the release of three blazing displays of melodic death metal (Unhallowed, Miasma, and Nocturnal), you knew that their next album would be a blockbuster.
CALIBAN: Ghosts from the Past
Caliban has emerged from a planned, self-imposed hiatus with Zeitgeister. We caught up with the frontman Andreas Dörner via Zoom to discuss feeling uncomfortable with one’s native language, the perils of being your own version of Google Translate, and being haunted by songs.
ZEAL & ARDOR: From Stranger Fruit to the Stage
AT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MIX THE MUSIC of slave spirituals with black metal and give it a satanic twist? Originally conceived as a challenge to combine two vastly different genres of music, Zeal & Ardor quickly went from an internet sensation to a critically acclaimed band atop countless best-of lists, performing at almost every major festival across the world.
WOLFHEART: The Winter War
Wolves of Karelia sees the Finnish quartet notch exhilarating new heights with a blazing clutch of melo-death bangers that deliver equal parts ferocity and deep, heartfelt emotion. We caught up with guitarist/vocalist Tuomas Saukkonen to discuss the new album, the effects of the pandemic, and how fans can support bands during these exceedingly difficult times.