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After 22 years on the Grindcore scene, Phobia is still pushing forward. With a new album released and a tour on the horizon, they are as ruthless as ever. Front man and founding member Shane “The Pain” MacLachlan took time to speak to The Blacktooth about the album, the industry, and life in the band.
Caliban, a metal band from Essen, Germany recently released their new album “I Am Nemesis” and The Blacktooth had a chance to talk to vocalist Andy Dörner about the band and the album. It took the quintet more than 10 months to perfect the new album, but was well worth the time and wait with it’s brutal sounds and intense social messages.
German metalers Unisonic released their debut studio album, which is self-titled, for the US in May 2012. It includes 11 original tracks plus a bonus live version of Helloween’s “I Want Out.” Unisonic features ex-Helloween members Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen as well as Dennis Ward and Kosta Zafiriou previously of Pink Cream 69 and Many Meyer of Krokus.
Travis “The Hurricane” Reddinger is a professional MMA fighter, training out of The Academy, in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Travis is a ferocious competitor, fueled by ambition and metal music. On any given day you can see Travis in the gym preparinghis self for battle and listening to metal music.
In 2009, The Veer Union made the top ten of the charts at #7 with their single “Seasons” from their first album Against the Grain. In March, 2012 their sophomore album Divide the Blackened Sky was released and they are currently touring to support the new album. The Blacktooth had the chance to interview vocalist, Crispin Earl, the night after the opening show of the tour.
Italian metal band Hopes Die Last’s newest album “Trust No One” hit the stores on February 14. After getting a sneak preview of the album, The Blacktooth had the opportunity to interview frontman Daniele Tofani about the new music and the upcoming tour.
If you’re a metalhead that has been around for a while, since before MMA fighting and clothes featuring skulls and wings were mainstream, you’ll remember what it was like to be a rebel when you stepped away from the norm and wore nothing but black concert shirts. As the image of being aggressive and rebellious has become more attractive to the masses, so has the style of clothing that we have been donning for years. This causes a sharp confusion on a blurred line between those that are truly rebelling and those who are trying to be different like everybody else.
Sometimes it is hard to find new and distinctive metal bands, but sometimes they just fall into your lap. This is what happened when I heard an up-and-coming metal band at a show which had a unique combination of sounds including technical and death metal.
What Dwells Within has emerged on the scene in Iowa as a progressive new sound that embellishes on the hardcore and metal sounds. Though their influences are very apparent in their music, these guys are giving a new flavor to hardcore music.
Being a fan of good music in all its forms, especially metal, I often get annoyed with the "heavy" debate. For so many it's about BPM (beats per minute) and volume, to me it's about content. I never like to feel pressured as an artist to deliver a continuous stream of up-tempo, "heavy" tracks. I like to define heavy within the DYNAMICS of a track/album and most importantly through its content. I can't deny that there is nothing like a killer, driving riff fueled by a thundering double bass drum and low end. What I can deny is that that alone defines heavy music or is any defining factor for that matter.
After 20 years, MACHINE HEAD continues to bring their powerful vocals, brutal guitars, and drop-tuned, hard grooves. The Eighth Plague tour creeps its way across the United States, and this quartet finds themselves at the head of the heavy metal chimera. With hundreds genre tags being thrown onto every band on the scene; metalcore, hardcore, sreamo, black, death, sludge, folk, you name it; MACHINE HEAD has stayed on the outside of the status quo and continued to evolve their unique sound. “In metal there is a status quo about what you can and can’t do, but that’s pretty limiting, and we’ve never liked that,” explains Robby Flynn, vocals and guitars.