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

Mike IX Williams Talks About New Corrections House Album ‘Know How To Carry A Whip’

By Andrew Bansal

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Experimental/doom supergroup Corrections House features in its ranks prolific and revered heavy music luminaries Mike IX Williams, Scott Kelly, Sanford Parker and Bruce Lamont. They came together and started out as a group in 2012, and released a bleak, punishing debut full-length album called ‘Last City Zero’ in 2013. Following the release, the band orchestrated some mind-bending live rituals whenever their ever-busy members collectively found the time out of their main projects. Now in 2015, Corrections House have released the follow-up to the debut, the nine-track slab of dark despair titled ‘Know How To Carry A Whip’. A few days ago, I spoke to Mike IX Williams to discuss the album and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Jimmy Bower Discusses Superjoint, New Orleans & Other Projects

By Andrew Bansal

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New Orleans hardcore punk/sludge/groove heavy hitters Superjoint formed in the early ’90s and put out two albums in the early 2000s before splitting up, but are now back and rejuvenated with three original members Phil Anselmo (vocals), Jimmy Bower (guitar) and Kevin Bond (guitar), along with Stephen Taylor and Joey ‘Blue’ Gonzalez from The Illegals on bass and drums respectively. In 2015, Superjoint toured for the first time in more than a decade, first completing the ‘It Takes Guts’ summer headline tour with support act King Parrot and then the recently concluded ‘Blackest Of The Black’ run as main support to Danzig. Now, they are gearing up for their participation in the Housecore Horror Fest, slated to take place at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, Texas, November 13-15. The Danzig tour came to an end in downtown Los Angeles at the Microsoft Theater (formerly Nokia Theater) on Halloween night, and before the show I sat down with Jimmy Bower to discuss all things Superjoint, his other projects, life in New Orleans and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading