JOHN 5: Everyone Is a Sinner

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“There’s a little sinner in all of us,” guitar maestro John 5 explained during a recent interview about the title of his newest solo instrumental album Sinner. On his tenth solo instrumental album, Sinner, he and his band The Creatures—featuring bassist Ian Ross and drummer Logan Miles Nix—perform a wide range of styles that encapsulates everything about his six-string prowess.

EVERY TIME I DIE: Radical, Rebirth, and 20 Years of Last Night in Town

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Keith Buckley has never been one to mince words, nor is he lacking in the creative output department. Frontman of hardcore meets metalcore luminaries and Buffalo’s favorite sons Every Time I Die, Buckley has seen the industry morph and change for the better part of three decades. On Every Time I Die’s ninth studio album Radical, rebirth is as much a buzzword as any descriptor surrounding the band since their humble underground beginnings.

LUCIFER: Image of Defiance

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Lucifer IV is an album you can imagine being played at everything from a seance and a 70s key party to being featured prominently in Mark (Grand Funk Railroad) Farner’s record collection and as the centerpiece of a stoner film soundtrack. We spoke with Johanna Platow-Andersson about the importance of proximity, growing up in Germany, and how to say fuck you to the patriarchy without actually saying fuck you to the patriarchy.

THE AGONIST: Death and Resurrection

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On the heels of its newly released five track EP, Days Before the World Wept, the band is still waiting to finalize a tour to finally start playing live again. During a recent interview, Vicky talked about the new album, lyrical inspiration, and her other musical projects.

ARCHSPIRE

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With their latest album, Bleed the Future, Archspire has carved out breathing room within tech death’s confines by upping the melody and infectiousness. We caught up with bassist Jared Smith and guitarist Dean Lamb to talk about musical catchiness, the relationship between cooking shows and tech death, and how Jason Momoa makes them nervous.

DED

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A lot has changed in the world since DED’s breakout debut album, Mis·An·Thrope, was released in 2017. We spoke with vocalist Joe Cotela to discuss “Kill Beautiful Things,” how to find your way when everything is crumbling, and DED’s second album, School of Thought.

CARCASS

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We tracked down Jeff Walker for a chat about the long awaited album Torn Arteries and ended up peeling back layers pertaining to music, lyrics, album artwork, provocation, and in turn discovered that the wait for this masterstroke has been longer than we—and even he—realized.

EMPLOYED TO SERVE: Perseverance

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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.

ABORTED: Raw Energy

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ManiaCult has all of the usual traits of an Aborted album—brutality, technicality, and absolute craziness. Even with some newfound diversity, Aborted is still a classic gore and guts band. We spoke with Sven de Caluwe about writing and recording the album during the pandemic, the sound behind ManiaCult, and his best music business advice.

SODOM: The Ultimate War

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Even if you’re not intimately familiar with the band’s discography and history, at the very least, the name Sodom should be familiar to extreme music fans. The German legends are celebrating 40 years of existence, and even if their stay on planet metal has been more understated than many of their cohorts, their influence and importance cannot be overstated.

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