Return of The Empire: In-depth Interview with Vader frontman Peter Wiwczarek

Interview by Jason Williams

Polish death metal veterans Vader recently completed a highly successful North American headline run, in support of their latest album ‘The Empire’ (Nuclear Blast Records, 2016), and played to packed houses everywhere they went. Our man Jason Williams, who has followed this band for more than 15 years, knows more about Vader than possibly anyone on this planet. On the San Diego stop of the tour (following the Santa Ana show), Jason sat down with vocalist, guitarist and leader Peter Wiwczarek for an in-depth interview. Read it below. Continue reading “Return of The Empire: In-depth Interview with Vader frontman Peter Wiwczarek”

Conquering Black Horizons: In Conversation with Voices Of Ruin vocalist David Barrett

Interview by Jason Williams

Los Angeles based melodic death metal quintet Voices Of Ruin has been in existence for nearly a decade, and in that duration they have established itself as one of the most honest and hardworking bands in the Southern California metal scene. Not straying from their path and instead honing their skills in playing exactly the style of music they love and want to play, Voices Of Ruin have released two excellent albums thus far, and still have a long journey ahead. Most recently, they embarked on a successful North American tour with Vader, and Metal Assault is very pleased to welcome them home by having them on our Viper Room event Friday June 30th, also featuring Castle, Alien Satan and Malison. On June 5th, after their set at the Santa Ana show of the Vader tour, our man Jason Williams sat down with vocalist David Barrett for an interview. Enjoy the pleasant chat below, and join us at the Viper Room next week! Continue reading “Conquering Black Horizons: In Conversation with Voices Of Ruin vocalist David Barrett”

“We wanted to make Death Metal with a Street Attitude”: In Conversation with Internal Bleeding guitarist Chris Pervelis

Interview by Jason Williams

Long Island, New York death metal group Internal Bleeding has been in existence since 1991, and they are known as the ‘Gods of slam’, for injecting an unmistakable element of groove and slam into the genre they loved most as young aspiring musicians. In 2017, they are still going strong despite having recently undergone a change in vocalist, and the sudden and tragic passing of drummer Bill Toley, who died in April this year while on his day job as firefighter. Internal Bleeding recently concluded a North American tour as support act to Vader, and after the Santa Ana show at Malone’s on June 5th, our writer Jason Williams sat down with guitarist and founding member Chris Pervelis for a very open, honest chat about a variety of topics. Read it below. Continue reading ““We wanted to make Death Metal with a Street Attitude”: In Conversation with Internal Bleeding guitarist Chris Pervelis”

Psychic Visions: Beastmaker discuss New Album, Touring with Zakk Wylde & more

Interview by Jimmy Cabbs

Fresno, California horror doom trio Beastmaker has been on a rapid rise in the last year or so, releasing their stunning debut LP ‘Lusus Naturae’ in 2016 and quickly following it up with another stellar full-length called ‘Inside The Skull’ in 2017, both via Rise Above Records. The band has also engaged in a slew of touring activity throughout, and most recently they concluded a US tour supporting Zakk Wylde’s Black Sabbath cover band, Zakk Sabbath. The last show of the tour took place at the El Rey in Los Angeles on June 17th. Before the show, our man Jimmy Cabbs caught up with Trevor William Church (guitar/vocals), John Tucker (bass) and Andres Alejandro Saldate (drums) for an interview about all things Beastmaker. Listen to the 14-minute conversation below, and check out the music video for their song ‘Evil One’! Continue reading “Psychic Visions: Beastmaker discuss New Album, Touring with Zakk Wylde & more”

Tempest Of Doom: In Conversation with Graves At Sea vocalist Nathan Misterek

Interview by Jimmy Cabbs

Portland, Oregon sludge/doom quartet Graves At Sea recently concluded a short US run titled ‘The Cold Dead Hands Tour’, in support of their crushing 2016 debut full-length ‘The Curse That Is’ (Relapse Records). Besides appearances at 71 Grind Fest in Colorado Springs and Northwest Terror Fest in Seattle, Graves At Sea also played a handful of headline shows, including one at the 5 Star Bar in Los Angeles on June 7th. Our man Jimmy Cabbs caught up with vocalist Nathan Misterek to discuss the latest record, the tour and more. Listen to the 10-minute conversation below, and check out a Graves At Sea tune to bask in their righteously sludgy doom. Continue reading “Tempest Of Doom: In Conversation with Graves At Sea vocalist Nathan Misterek”

“I Pinch Myself sometimes, because I get to Do Exactly What I Want”: In Conversation with Devin Townsend

By Andrew Bansal

Canadian musician, songwriter and producer extraordinaire Devin Townsend continues to enjoy a sizable fan-following the world of heavy metal, but in reality has reached a point far beyond any genre limitations, as proven by the latest Devin Townsend Project record ‘Transcendence’, and his evolution to reach this state is evident from his past work. Devin Townsend is currently indulging in sporadic live performances and all the while plotting his next creative moves, but recently, he completed a short North American run including headline dates as well as shows supporting Opeth and Gojira. This run started at the Glass House in Pomona, California, and Devin sat down with Metal Assault to talk about a wide variety of topics, and hinted at what he has in store for the future. Enjoy the candid 13-minute chat below: Continue reading ““I Pinch Myself sometimes, because I get to Do Exactly What I Want”: In Conversation with Devin Townsend”