In-depth Interview With Tommaso Riccardi Of Fleshgod Apocalypse

Interview by Jason Williams

Rapidly rising Italian symphonic extreme metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse recently concluded the ‘Conquerors Of The World’ North American tour, a co-headlining run with Greek extreme metal force Septicflesh and support acts Black Crown Initiate and Necronomicon. The band put on a typically fiery performance at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip last Tuesday July 8th, and our man Jason Williams was on site to cover the show for us. He sat down with vocalist/guitarist after the end of Fleshgod’s set for a detailed one-on-one conversation. Extreme metal fans, read the interview below and introduce yourself to the righteousness of Fleshgod Apocalypse. Continue reading

A Candid Conversation With Ted Nugent

By Andrew Bansal

Motor City Madman Ted Nugent has unleashed his 14th studio album ‘Shutup & Jam!’ via Frontiers Records, a assortment of quintessential classic rock ‘n roll. Nugent and his band are currently on a US headline tour, and are set to ignite the stage at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills this coming Friday July 11th, and for two nights at the Grove Of Anaheim on Sunday July 13th and Monday July 14th. Last Tuesday July 8th, on the US release date of the new album, I had a candid conversation with the man himself, to talk new music, performing live, and philosophy. Enjoy it below, pick up the great new album and catch Uncle Ted on tour this summer. Continue reading

In Conversation With Goatwhore Vocalist Ben Falgoust

By Andrew Bansal

New Orleans, Louisiana’s all-destroying extreme metal force Goatwhore have been spreading their onslaught for the past decade-and-a-half, and are following a tremendous exhibition of their musical intensity on the recent Metal Alliance tour, they’re ready to release their sixth full-length studio album ‘Constricting Rage Of The Merciless’ via Metal Blade Records on July 8th, perfectly encapsulating everything they’ve stood for over all these years with their most diverse and punishing record of their career. They hit the road tonight (July 5th) with a run of headline shows leading up to the massive Summer Slaughter tour, and a couple of weeks ago, I spoke at length to vocalist Ben Falgoust about the new album, the role of producer Erik Rutan, the emotions expressed through music, and the live performance aspect. Enjoy the in-depth conversation below and make sure you catch Goatwhore on tour this summer. Continue reading

Kobra And The Lotus Frontwoman Talks ‘High Priestess’, Touring & Artwork

By Andrew Bansal

Canadian female-fronted heavy metal band Kobra And The Lotus have followed up and success of last year’s self-titled album with their highly impressive new LP ‘High Priestess’ which saw its North America release on June 24th, and is undoubtedly one of the finest albums of pure metal to have come out this year, once again featuring the soaring vocals of Kobra Paige along with the scorching musicianship of her band mates. Currently, the band is on the road for a massive North American summer tour with KISS and Def Leppard, which is scheduled to hit LA/OC for two shows, 7/05 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine and 7/08 at the Forum in Los Angeles. Yesterday, I spoke to Kobra Paige over the phone to talk about the tour, the new album, its artwork and more. Enjoy the conversation below and catch KATL on tour this summer. Continue reading

Bumblefoot Discusses ‘Guitar Gods’, Solo Music & More

By Andrew Bansal

Aside from being primarily known as a member of Guns ‘N Roses and lending his musicality to that band on stages all over the world for the past eight years, guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal also has an accomplished solo career under his belt, which he’s currently attempting to revive by being part of the ‘Guitar Gods’ North American tour with Yngwie Malmsteen and Gary Hoey. His most recent solo material was released in 2011 and he’ plans to work on new music very soon. On June 25th, I did a phone interview with him to discuss Guitar Gods, the new music, and just about all other things Bumblefoot. Enjoy the conversation below and LA/OC folks can catch his solo act live at the Observatory in Santa Ana tonight (7/02) and/or tomorrow (7/03) at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Continue reading

Tombs Frontman Mike Hill Talks ‘Savage Gold’, Artwork & More

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Tombs is a band that has successfully experimented with a combination of musical styles in varying degrees ever since starting out in 2007. They expanded and diversified their sound more and more with each one of their studio efforts, and they’ve just released their third full-length album ‘Savage Gold’ via Relapse Records, emphatically their heaviest, most crushing and extreme metal-inspired album till date, and one that will firmly put them on the map as a metal band this year. To coincide directly with the album’s release, they’re currently on a short US West Coast run as support act to Pelican, and plenty more touring will follow for the quartet. Last Friday June 13th, the tour came to the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and a few hours before Tombs destroyed the stage, I caught up with guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill for a detailed conversation about the new album and a variety of other topics. Read it below. Continue reading