HJELVIK: From Start to Finish

Hjelvik quietly cut ties with the band he was a co-founding member of and after a spell of downtime has returned with Welcome to Hel, the debut album by his eponymously named project. To say Erlend cut ties with Kvelertak is a bit of an understatement, though.

MACABRE: Pogo On A Stick

When it comes to the formation of extreme metal, Macabre undeservedly might be one of the overlooked bands. Formed in 1985, Macabre has reigned for 35 years with their unique, brutal, and a touch of humor sound, focusing their entire discography around serial killers—a genre that has been dubbed “murder metal.”

FATES WARNING: Don’t Say Goodnight

Fates Warning once again turns a new musical chapter by adding another expansive soundscape by releasing its 13th full-length album, Long Day Good Night. Jarzombek talked about the new album, how he prepares for the studio, his early days with NY rockers Riot, and why he plays drums barefoot.

SAMMI DOLL: Anomie Theory

Despite the tragedies of 2020, musicians are finding that their creative juices continue to flow as they create new artwork for the world to enjoy. Sammi Doll is one such musician, taking this year by storm in releasing her debut solo song, independent of all of the other musical endeavors she has lent her talent to. We had the pleasure of picking her mind and diving deep into “AN OM IE.”

ALTER BRIDGE: Optimism Abounds

Just like every musician, artist, and band during this pandemic, melodic hard rockers Alter Bridge had to get creative with its normal band activity after the cancellation of their entire 2020 touring schedule. Mr. Kennedy spoke with us about the new EP Walk the Sky 2.0, his upcoming solo release, his appearance in the 2001 Mark Wahlberg starred movie Rock Star, his writing sessions with Led Zeppelin, and more.

THE OCEAN: Explosions and Extinctions

We spoke with Robin Staps, founder and guitarist of progressive metal titans The Ocean (also known as The Ocean Collective), to learn how he and the band are doing now that they’ve released their latest record, Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic. Staps shared the writing process behind the record, the band’s plans amidst the pandemic and for next year, the inner workings of the record label he founded, Pelagic Records, and more.

VESSEL OF LIGHT: Taking a Ride

Vessel of Light has been quite prolific, releasing several records in its short time of existence. On its third full-length album, Last Ride, the fearless foursome has created 10 spine-tingling, Sabbathian-esque doom metal gems. If you’re a fan of heavy, sludgy doom metal, you need to get to know this band.

JEREMY SAFFER: Capturing Beauty and Evil

The duality of beauty and evil is wonderfully captured by professional photographer Jeremy Saffer in his massive coffee table photo tome, Daughters of Darkness. The 288 full page, full color photo book features hundreds of models, celebrities, actresses, and musicians from all over the world—wearing nothing but corpse paint.

INSPIRIT: Indefinite Definite

We jumped at the chance to talk with vocalists Evan Pharmakis and Chris Preece on a call together where they break down the return of the band with INSPIRIT and the journey behind dissolving Vanna in the first place, as well as how all the members came back together. The two of them give the inside story on what INSPIRIT has been up to and what they hope is to come.

SEVENDUST: Blood from Dust

Lajon Witherspoon recently spoke with us about Sevendust’s new album, the October 23 live streaming event, his long awaited solo album, and the band’s future plans amidst the ongoing pandemic.