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.

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.

GOST: Industrial Rites

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On his new album, Rites of Love and Reverence, Gost continues the path his band began to forge on 2019’s Valediction—much more in line with artists like Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, and Ministry. “I’ve been trying since the last record to incorporate more of my influences,” Gost says from his home in Texas.

SEPULTURA: Still Growing

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The band’s latest release, SepulQuarta, is a 15 track album of classic reworked Sepultura songs recorded during the pandemic. Derrick Green talks about the band’s weekly quarantined video web series, the new album, why Sepultura fans are so opinionated, and future touring plans.

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.

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