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Stallion – Rise from the Dead

…it turned out that vocalist Pauly would not be available for our interview- but his co-founder, guitarist Äxxl would be there to answer these questions. Which was just as well – beyond being friends they are also roommates, so he would have plenty to share regarding the beginning days of the group – the furious activity that took place once solidifying their final lineup, and the reasoning behind the longer wait time between records. In the inter…

Excalion – Bringing the Dream Alive

…f people in a short time. I’ve also noticed that when we check in for a two-week or three-week period, the likes on Facebook we have 200-500 more people that like our pages. On that point, I don’t know if it’s important. The social media when it comes to Instagram and Facebook, the magazines and papers are dying slowly but surely. It’s a hard question to guess how important labels are next to social media. It’s a 50/50 situation if I answer this s…

Serious Black – Delivery of Magic

…in the best way. To always give, not 100% but 150%. It’s really exhausting- we’ve toured a lot- the two support tours for the first album, we did them actually for free because we wanted to grow. We’ve played nearly 100 concerts already and I’m very proud of it- we’ve played a lot of festivals too. We’ve done a lot more than some bands in their complete history- in two and a half years. We can be proud of our booking agency – and hopefully the US…

Portrait – Burning with Steel

…ends- putting out split vinyl with fellow Metal Blade band RAM for instance- while releasing three full-lengths to date that appeal to multiple generations. Their latest album Burn the World expands on the template established previously – being more aggressive when necessary, faster at times, but also digging deeper into establishing melody and hooks that are mandatory for elevated headbanging. If there’s a blast beat necessary, they’ll do it. Ev…

Trigger – Churning the Waters

…. Each city in Australia seems to have its own strength as far as subgenres- Melbourne is a bit more thrash-oriented, Sydney is a bit more power metal oriented, over in Brisbane that is a little bit more metalcore, it’s all different depending where you go at least in terms of the strength based on the genre. Melbourne is quite eclectic and a scene that I am very proud to be a part of. Dead Rhetoric: You play in this band with your father as the t…

Karkaos – Toppling the Colossus

…t with Karkaos after three years in the band. We were able to connect over Skype to discuss how she came to be in the band, line-up issues, the ins & outs of Children of the Void, and more. Dead Rhetoric: How were you recruited into the band? Viky Boyer: It was really unexpected. In 2014, I was living in Germany and teaching French there. I knew I had to come back to Montreal because I knew my visa was ending but didn’t go back to university so I…

The Unity – Steady and Strong

…on in comparison to Gamma Ray. Gamma Ray is a pretty busy band, that’s true- but even if you are in this band, while touring and doing records- there is a lot of time left during the year where you can do other things rather than doing nothing. So we thought it was a good idea to form a new band and go in this musical direction. Dead Rhetoric: Considering you recruited most of your bandmates from Love.Might.Kill, is this the logical continuation o…

Novembers Doom – Continual Growth Part II

…Cianide, and Contagion, Usurper, Sindrome- and you are seeing all these 19-year-old kids in the Phillipines talking about his favorite band being Cianide. What? It’s amazing- and that’s largely due to the globalization of the internet. Overall I think it’s a good thing. Dead Rhetoric: What worries you most about the world that we live in today? Roberts: Oh my god! Where the hell do I even start with that. You say this mere hours after we just bom…

Kobra and the Lotus – Prevailing Onward

…the foundation becomes in our relationship. So that took a lot of exploring- just being with myself and saying ‘okay- what is the truth and what is belief’. That is massive, so many times its belief- there’s no truth in what I’m thinking, there’s no truth in speculating. It really diminishes a lot of the power of the negative emotions and interactions if you can pull yourself out of that. It’s a constant struggle daily, we are all humans and we ca…

Pyramaze – Hunger for Contingency

…rted to put together the keyboards it was coming out very cinematic and sci-fi-ish I would say. Mainly because of all the stuff I’ve been inspired by recently. Since the music started coming out in that direction, we tossed around ideas for the lyrical content or if we would do a concept record. We haven’t done a concept record since Legend of the Bone Carver. What we landed on is Contingent- which is not really a concept album per se, it’s not te…

MindMaze – Commitment, Determination, and Resolve Part I

…. I understand that if we are playing locally, there will be another chance- but we just announced this 19-date tour that is taking us to the West Coast, and we are playing in Oakland, California- which is right across from San Francisco, and somebody who lived in San Francisco said ‘I wish you were playing in S.F. instead of Oakland’. There’s a sense of entitlement with certain people who think every band in the world should play in their backyar…

Persefone – Spiritual Evolution

…bum with a lot of music. Our first album was a little bit shorter, about 43-minutes, but after that each album has been 60-70 minutes because we know we don’t release an album every year or two. We like people to have a lot of music to listen to in that time. I think that they appreciate that. They know we don’t release as much music, but when we do, we take very good care of it. Dead Rhetoric: Was it a challenge to be without founding member Jord…

Without Waves – Limitless Creativity

…guess I never really thought about that. It must! We definitely are Chicago-ians- I love Manhattan, but I am born and raised in Chicago. That has to be a factor, but I’ve never quantized it in any ways. Even with our small knit, metal community in Chicago – we do have our own sound and scene. If I lived somewhere else in the mid-west and I was completely oblivious to Yakuza for instance, they are a bigger name in our scene and they are more experi…

Crystal Viper – The Witch is Back

…steadily releasing a crop of albums that give hope to those who miss multi-octave melodic vocals, strong power riffs, elevated lead breaks, and hooks that can capture the feel of the early to mid-1980’s. Coming back after a prolonged three year plus absence, their sixth studio album Queen of the Witches continues the conceptual theme the band prefers for the past couple of records, serving up a variety of speed/power offerings, mid-tempo fist ban…

Hemina – Thinking Forward Part I

…chool some of my friends were playing some of the early pop/punk rock stuff- Green Day, Blink 182- and that’s the stuff that really got me into music again and really appreciating it. I was born in 1988, so you can only imagine what I was listening to at 11-12 years old compared to discovering this stuff in high school. Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, that was the music for the kids at my age. I remember going to guitar lessons with a teacher, an…

Light & Shade – Bend to the Will

…ut! Dead Rhetoric: How did you get the chance to join Secret Sphere in 2008- replacing long-time member Paolo ‘Paco’ Giantotti? And how do you feel about the work that you’ve done so far with the band, what are some of your happiest moments with the group- I would imagine playing Wacken Open Air in 2013 has to be one of the major highlights? Pastorino: Probably the highlights are playing at Wacken and the first tour playing with the band in Japan….

Allegaeon – Proponent for Change

…nds had done – and what Ne Obliviscaris had done. We watched this TED-talk/Skype-style thing that he had done, which was like an hour long, that took place down in Australia. He explained the situation – being a touring band and trying to come back and find work…the things that have been talked about by everyone in touring bands. As soon as you see it, you just say, “Yeah, that’s what we are doing.” Beyond that, at this point in Allegaeon’s career…

Chiasma – Progressive Yet Human Elements

…of bands getting exposure on YouTube now. I would say, within the last six-to-eight months we’ve been trying to do more video associated with what we are putting out. Even scrolling through your Facebook feed, all you see is videos. I feel people are more apt to listen to it if they see a visual with it. That’s what we have been focusing our media stuff on right now. Dead Rhetoric: So do you have any plans to do any other videos at the moment? St…

Red Cain – A Progressive Juxtaposition

…to focus on different things. We are a bit more melancholic, a bit more big-picture as well as self-deprecating about ourselves and generally about our experiences, and I think that comes from history. I think overall it’s a very positive place to live, especially in terms of my ability to create just because there’s so much freedom in what’s able to be done. Practical opportunity as well- I don’t think I’d be able to afford the same equipment I h…

Herman Frank – Metal for the Team

…ing and songwriting with Schmier’s voice on top. I loved the record I wrote- I did 10 out of the 12 songs. I can’t go on with this though- it was maybe a one year project wonder. Dead Rhetoric: How do you feel about your different times being in Accept during the 1980’s and when the band was resurrected in 2009-2014? It just seemed very strange that you and drummer Stefan were let go for scheduling and other conflicts beyond their control, as you…

Hammerfall – Standing Tall Part I

…l comfortable working this way. This time though was a little bit different- we normally have a six-month period where we write songs, and that’s all we do. This time I didn’t have that luxury because we were doing tours every month throughout that whole period. Normally when I write songs I want to be home, calm and relaxed. That’s when I do the best stuff- if all I’m thinking about is songwriting, I can really put all that I have into it- but if…

Destrage – The Importance of Challenge

…of ideas. We put all the ideas out on the table and wrote them down on post-its. We put them on the wall and drew columns and each column was a song. What we did later was to try to make sense of the puzzle and taking each post-it and put it in a song to see what could fit the song. After you do that, you have to spend endless hours to build the view, so it doesn’t feel like a mesh-up. It can sound weird sometimes – a few times on Kidding it’s lik…

Kryptos – Wield the Iron Fist

…d libraries that would get Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, and all these magazines- but they would come 3-4 months later. There was still the need and the desire to go to the library and find your favorite picture in the magazine, photocopy it and paste in on your wall. The romance is gone from music today. I’m old and from that era. In hindsight, if you look at things today, I would not be able to talk to you otherwise if it wasn’t for this technology….

Amaranthe – Limitless Potential

…bout your own name at this point, I know that you have released Elize Ryd t-shirts. Are you trying to build up your name independently in addition to being part of Amaranthe? Ryd: That was actually because I’ve seen a lot of fans that have made their own t-shirts and they asked if I could make those shirts. I was getting requests all the time, so that’s why I did that. So know I can tell people that I have my own shirts. There are a lot of things,…

Delain – Hungry for Success

…lot of time because we are so busy- you don’t want to hear ‘yeah, thank you- but we don’t like it- bye!’ (laughs). But what happened is Brian May personally e-mailed us, he checked out the band and really liked the band. He gave us his permission upfront already, so that was a big honor. The only thing managers and publishers can do then is follow if the songwriter gives his blessing. So that’s what we did, so we tried to have respect for the song…

Deadlock – On Perseverance

…ntail in terms of what was going on within the band? Gahlert: It’s a behind-the-scenes look, but there’s a lot of emotion. The interview parts were all recorded at that time. We didn’t go back afterwards to discuss what was going on – it’s all in the same timeline. It’s like a snapshot from that particular moment in time. After watching the DVD and hearing the album, everyone will have a very detailed view of how strong the connection is between o…

Dust Bolt – Smash Through the Confusion

…and clean vocals for “Exit” – but their blend of Euro-finesse and American-ized power still reigns supreme. Fighting through at first a less than ideal Skype connection, bassist Bene M. discusses the decade that has passed within Dust Bolt, special memories meeting Anthrax and touring with Obituary, as well as the passion he believes metal fans have for the genre at hand… in addition to picking up skateboarding as a new hobby. Dead Rhetoric: Dust…

Heaven’s Cry – Duality with Symmetry Part I

…. I’m a sucker for those kind of stories. Heaven’s Cry has that sort of sci-fi tension- from Food for Thought Substitute, that “Out of Me” song where you have the clean voice and the voice of distortion- sort of like the duality between those in power and those without power. In the new album with “If I Only Knew” there’s also that same kind of image where you’ve got the dictator giving all those rules and in the chorus you have the more melodic v…

Mortillery – Shifting into Overdrive

…words to describe their home area, not mine) to good use, firing off a self-titled EP and two full-lengths while playing shows wherever they could. Shapeshifter is the band’s third album, distinctly much sharper in focus and attack. Thanks to the help of Toxic Holocaust main man Joel Grind, cuts like “Bullet” and “Torture” take no prisoners and leave everything out there as far as quality thrash is concerned. Reaching out by Skype to one of the ba…

Iron Savior – Hovering In Another World

…tempo anthems and faster, double bass oriented arrangements as well as sing-a-long choruses with a lot of German power, Iron Savior maintains their consistency record to record. Fortunately on this press go around our Skype connection with Piet would work. So enjoy this half-hour discussion about the band’s discography, learning from the dissolution of running your own record label, and his thoughts on current events from AC/DC to refugees enterin…