VADER: Craziness of the World

On the eve of the release of album number 13, Solitude in Madness, we caught up with guitarist/vocalist/lone original member Piotr Wiwczarek via a one star worthy Skype connection to discuss shifting worldviews, how the need for speed translated into one of the fastest albums of the band’s discography, and looking at the bright side of a global pandemic.

HALF HEARTED: Light Bulb Moment

“It started as an internet project with all kids from Connecticut.” After going through lineup changes and unplanned sound adjustments, the band Half Hearted from Hartford has finally found its voice. They have gone from a local band to being streamed all over the country. Their short career has been quite a journey, but every part of those experiences is what makes them who they are today.

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…

WARBRINGER: Built for War

Coming off the heels of its magnificent 2017 comeback album, Woe to the Vanquished, California thrashers Warbringer have upped the ante with its sixth full-length album Weapons of Tomorrow, released via Napalm Records. After 2013’s underwhelming IV: Empires Collapse, Warbringer literally collapsed, leaving sole original member and vocalist John Kevill to rebuild the band.

THE USED: In Quarantine

The Used is one of the most iconic, prevailing bands of this generation. Before the outbreak of Coronavirus stopped the world in its tracks, 2020 was on course to be an explosive year for music and certainly for one of the giants of alternative rock. Though uncertainty now plagues every corner of the planet, the music industry included, The Used are still ready for this year to be their best.

JARBOE: The Journey That Stays With You

Jarboe was supposed to be ankle deep in a month long European tour in support of Illusory, but with everything being cancelled for the foreseeable future, Outburn—and yes, she still cherishes her ongoing relationship with the magazine/website, including a recollection of 1998, the year her birthday was the focus of a feature and she penned a guest editorial—rang her up to discuss fervid independence, rebellion by being incorrect, and the lasting impact of life in Swans.

ENTER SHIKARI: A Sense of Community and Beauty

Enter Shikari never stops moving. Even when the world is literally in lockdown, Rou Reynolds’ singular focus is forward. The St. Alban’s four piece is poised to drop their sixth (and first with Reynolds at the producing helm) record Nothing Is Real & Everything Is Possible, a title as layered as the band’s career itself.

HEAVEN SHALL BURN: Insanity of Our Days

Heaven Shall Burn guitarist Maik Weichert remains one of the best interviews in metal-dom. He’s always dripping with insight, has a riotous sense of humor, and never presents like it’s a pain in the ass to be yapping on the horn, even if it’s after a long day in the trenches at his legal eagle day gig or after bringing the sounds of melodic death infused metallic hardcore over the course of nine studio albums, including latest Of Truth and Sacrifice.

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.

AZUSA: Impact and Aftermath

Azusa is a special and unique band. Featuring Extol drummer David Husvik, former Extol guitarist Christer Espevoll, ex-Dillinger Escape Plan bassist Liam Wilson, and Sea + Air vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Eleni Zafiriadou, there is obviously no shortage of talent and experience comprising the Azusa’s lineup.