WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM: Vitality and Power

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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.

HINAYANA: The Human Spirit

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Closing out the summer, Austin, Texas based Hinayana drops their Napalm Records debut and hotly anticipated EP, Death of the Cosmic—four driving, blood pumping tracks that squarely establish that the Nordic countries no longer claim an icy monopoly over authentic melodic death metal.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE: Fire From The Lion’s Mane

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Metalcore mainstays Killswitch Engage was born in 1999 out of the ashes of two prominent Massachusetts metalcore bands—bassist Mike D’Antonio from Overcast (which also included future Shadows Fall vocalist Brian Fair) and guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (who switched to drums) and guitarist Joel Stroetzel from Aftershock, as well as vocalist Jesse Leach from Nothing Stays Gold.

FAME ON FIRE: Making It Out of the Chaos 

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A lot rides on a band that wants to be more than a talented cover band on YouTube. “Going into the second release, Welcome to the Chaos, we belong to the rock community, are playing the festivals, going on the tours, and meeting all these bands. It all feels real now. I feel now like we have made it,” says vocalist Bryan Kuznitz

Between the Buried and Me: Interview with Tommy Giles Rogers, Jr.

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THE BANDS THAT WE STILL CELEBRATE DECADES after their debut are the ones that ignored the rules and the prevailing wisdom of their day and instead challenged listeners to reconsider all that music might achieve.

ANIMALS AS LEADERS: 10 Years

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It’s hard to think that Animals as Leaders forged its legacy only 10 years ago. The trio of musical geniuses still reigns today, but we can’t forget about the band’s powerful self-titled debut that will perpetually leave its mark on both metal and instrumental music history.

Monster Magnet: Interview with Dave Wyndorf

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There’s something perfect about Monster Magnet titling an album Mindfucker, and the recipient of this name is arguably one of the finest releases in their nearly 30 year career.

DEE SNIDER: Rocking Again

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Twisted Sister vocalist Dee Snider’s solo band is back with a vengeance. On Snider’s new blistering solo album, Leave a Scar, the iconic singer has the fire burning inside of him once again. Snider talks about getting back to rocking, Leave a Scar, his relationship with producer Jamey Jasta, and more.

BERRIED ALIVE: In Praise

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Berried Alive is taking the world by storm riff by riff and receiving global recognition from some of the biggest names in rock and metal. We spoke with guitarist Charles Caswell to learn all we can about Berried Alive and his crazy style of playing.

NAPALM DEATH: Caught in a Steel Trap

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Throes of Joy in the Jaws of Defeatism is another crowning achievement from the one band that continues to defy the notion that with age inevitably comes mellowing and that the best stuff is the early stuff. We caught up with vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway after his morning bike ride along the seaside to discuss relentless un-relentlessness, treating fellow human beings as human beings, and “doing the Swans.”

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