Fear Factory Guitarist Talks About ‘Demanufacture’ U.S. Tour & More

By Andrew Bansal

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Los Angeles-based Fear Factory have been a highly influential musical entity in the industrial/modern metal genre over the years, and have stayed relevant through a 25-plus year career. Now, even as they continue to release hard-hitting new material such as the latest album ‘Genexus’ (2015), they are also revisiting their seminal years by performing the iconic ‘Demanufacture’ (1995) in its entirety for the first time on a full US tour this Spring. They’re taking out Swedish melodic death metal group Soilwork as support act on this run. Last Wednesday March 16th 2016, guitarist and songwriter Dino Cazares spoke to Metal Assault to discuss this tour, Demanufacture, the latest album, playing the ‘non Dino era’ material, and more. Enjoy the conversation below and catch Fear Factory on the Demanufacture tour. Continue reading

Napalm Death Frontman Discusses ‘Savage Imperial Death March’ Tour & More

By Andrew Bansal

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British legends Napalm Death are pioneers in more ways than one, not only musically spawning several generations of grindcore/extreme metal-inspired musicians that came after them, but also carrying a reputation of presenting entertaining concepts and ideas, and taking uncalculated, out-of-the-box steps along their career path. To that effect, Napalm Death are now ready to embark on the ‘Savage Imperial Death March’ North American tour with Melvins and Melt Banana, for what promises to be an intriguing event for fans. Frontman Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway took the time to speak to Metal Assault last Friday March 11th 2016 to discuss this tour, the band’s recent gigs with Faith No More, the latest album ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ and music videos, among other things. Enjoy the conversation below, and catch Napalm Death on the upcoming tour. Continue reading

Between The Buried And Me Bassist Talks About ‘Coma Ecliptic’ & Upcoming Tour

By Andrew Bansal

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Tackling the seemingly insurmountable challenge of topping their two ‘Parallax’ releases that surfaced in 2011 and 2012, Raleigh, North Carolina progressive metal titans Between The Buried And Me took themselves to even higher altitudes with their seventh full-length album ‘Coma Ecliptic’, a concept-based, rock opera style 68-minute magnum opus of all things prog. Following the July 2015 Metal Blade Records release of the album, Between The Buried And Me began the touring cycle with headline run in the States, and are now ready to embark on yet another, with Enslaved, Intronaut and Native Construct as opening acts, for what promises to be the prog event of the year. On November 11th, I spoke to bassist Dan Briggs to talk about ‘Coma Ecliptic’, the ’70s prog influence, songwriting, the upcoming tour and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Pepper Keenan Discusses Return To Corrosion Of Conformity

By Andrew Bansal

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In 2015, Raleigh NC veterans Corrosion Of Conformity resurrected their four-piece incarnation with the return of Pepper Keenan as guitarist/vocalist, and revisited their stoner rock/sludge metal era. Following highly successful tours in Europe and the US, C.O.C. signed a deal with Nuclear Blast and will begin work on a new album soon. Now, they are about to embark on a North American headline tour with support acts Brant Bjork And The Low Desert Punk Band, Saviours and Mothership, and the trek includes a gig at the Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on November 17th. On November 11th, I spoke to Pepper Keenan about all things C.O.C. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

In Conversation With DragonForce Guitarist Herman Li

By Andrew Bansal

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Mega-influential power/speed metal veterans DragonForce have been in existence for more than a decade-and-a-half and besides entertaining audiences with their exploits in the studio and antics on stage, they’ve inspired a generation of fans to become musicians. In 2011, they went through a major change with singer Marc Hudson replacing ZP Theart, but during the past four years they have emerged out of that transition to be actively touring again. The second leg of their North American tour with Kamelot begins on November 13th 2015, and follows the recent Metal Blade release of their debut live DVD/Blu-Ray ‘In The Line of Fire … Larger Than Live’. On November 9th, I spoke to guitarist Herman Li about the Kamelot tour, the transitional phase, the live DVD, Japan, crazy fans, the power/speed metal genre, and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Satan Guitarist Steve Ramsey Discusses Band’s Comeback, New Album ‘Atom By Atom’ & More

By Andrew Bansal

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English band Satan emerged as the comeback kings of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal with the 2013 full-length album ‘Life Sentence’, their first in 26 years. Making up for lost time, they quickly recaptured the imagination of old-school metal fans worldwide with sold-out shows everywhere, including their first ever US tour in 2014. On the strength of this rekindled fire, Satan released a follow-up album called ‘Atom By Atom’ via Listenable Records in October 2015, and are now plotting for even greater global dominance. Last week, I spoke to guitarist Steve Ramsey to discuss the band’s comeback, the new album, the collaboration with Angel Witch’s Kevin Heybourne, touring, the NWOBHM genre and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading