In-depth Interview With Mike Scheidt Of Yob

By Andrew Bansal

Eugene, Oregon-based trio Yob have perhaps been one of the most unanimously appreciated bands in the stoner/doom realm in the last few years, through great studio albums capturing the doom genre and beyond, and powerful live performances to present this material in front of audience all over. Fast approaching the two-decade milestone in their career, the Mike Scheidt-led Yob are now ready to release their seventh full-length studio album ‘Clearing The Path To Ascend’ on September 2nd via Neurot Recordings, an hour-long sensory onslaught that’s grim, punishing and thought-provoking all at once. On August 8th, I spoke to Mike Scheidt about the making of this album, his thought process behind the songwriting and recording, the current state of the stoner/doom genre and his views on the possibility of a Roadburn-like doom fest in America. Enjoy the conversation below, along with a video of Yob performing the song ‘Unmask The Spectre’ off of the new album at this year’s Roadburn. Continue reading

In Conversation With Unearth Vocalist Trevor Phipps

By Andrew Bansal

Proudly representing the American heavy metal genre and wearing it on their collective heart and sleeve for the past 15 years, Massachusetts-based group Unearth celebrated the 10th anniversary of their seminal 2004 sophomore effort ‘The Oncoming Storm’ by playing it in its entirety on a North American headline tour two months ago, along with a taste of every other album and a little dose of new material. The quintet has completed work on their as-yet-untitled next album, slated for release later this year. This recent Unearth tour visited Los Angeles for a tremendously successful gig at the Whisky-A-Go-Go wherein longtime Unearth fans were reminded of years past. A few hours before the band took the stage, I sat down with vocalist Trevor Phipps for a candid chat about ‘The Oncoming Storm’, the next album, the metalcore genre and a few other topics. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Interview With Wings Denied Bassist Rob Moore

By Andrew Bansal

Washington DC based progressive metal quintet Wings Denied began merely two years ago but with the release of their stellar debut full-length album ‘Mirrors For A Prince’ this year, they have taken a giant stride towards staking their claim as a force to be reckoned with in this genre. Hands down the finest prog metal album of 2014 thus far, ‘Mirrors For A Prince’ was recorded under the expert guidance of producer/engineer Jamie King, who has worked with the likes of Between The Buried And Me, Scale The Summit and Tesseract, and the five members of Wings Denied along with a few talented guest musicians combined to create one of the catchiest yet musically proficient albums of recent times. Wings Denied successfully completed a US tour in June, and a week or so after their fantastic performance at the free-of-cost Metal Monday show at the Down ‘N Out bar in downtown Los Angeles, I spoke to bassist Rob Moore to discuss the tour, the album and more. Enjoy the brief but insightful conversation below.  Continue reading

Interview With Jarad Dawkins Of Teenage Metal Band Unlocking The Truth

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from Brooklyn NY, Unlocking The Truth is a three-piece teenage metal band that has gained praise and acclaim in their already seven-year long career. Playing at the Coachella Valley Music Festival, sharing the stage with Motörhead and Graveyard to put on an impressive performance at a sold-out Club Nokia in Los Angeles, opening for Guns ‘N Roses in two of their Las Vegas residency shows, touring with Queens Of The Stone Age, and partaking in Heavy Montreal are their achievements from the year 2014 alone, and besides, they’ve made numerous high-profile public appearances over the years. The band is now slated to go on a short run of tour dates with Living Colour. I recently spoke to drummer Jarad Dawkins about all things Unlocking The Truth. Check out the conversation below. Continue reading

Allegaeon Vocalist Discusses New Album, Lineup Changes & Lyrics

By Andrew Bansal

Based out of Fort Collins/Denver CO, technical death metal outfit Allegaeon released their third full-length album ‘Elements Of The Infinite’ in June 2014 via Metal Blade Records, undergoing two major lineup changes during its writing process but coping well and combining to create a solid slab of technically proficient heavy music. Having put on an impressive show at the Roxy in Hollywood on their headline run late last year, Allegaeon are currently out on the road with Chimaira for a North American tour, to be followed immediately by a tour of the same continent with Arsis and Exmortus. I recently spoke to vocalist Ezra Haynes to discuss the band’s lineup changes, the new album, his lyric writing process, and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Black Anvil Bassist/Vocalist Talks ‘Hail Death’ & More

By Andrew Bansal

New York black metal group Black Anvil released their third full-length album ‘Hail Death’ via Relapse Records earlier this year, one of the finest slabs of extreme savagery to have come out in 2014 so far. But there’s more to this Black Anvil album than in the past, with extended jams displaying an added touch of diversity and progressiveness. In support of this relentless 66-minute effort, Black Anvil will set out on a North American tour opening for Skeletonwitch and Ghoul. Last month, I spoke to bassist/vocalist Paul Delaney to discuss the making of the album and lots more. Enjoy the conversation below, pick up ‘Hail Death’ and check out Black Anvil on tour. Continue reading