“We Pressure Ourselves to Not Repeat the Same Record”: In Conversation with Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke

Interview by Jason Williams

Formed in 2010 and based out of San Francisco, California, Deafheaven is described as post-metal, shoegaze metal, atmospheric black metal or “blackgaze”, but genre tags aside, they are only rising further in heights of popularity, first catapulting into widespread success and acclaim with their 2013 sophomore effort ‘Sunbather’ and continuing to move in the right direction with the subsequent full-length release ‘New Bermuda’ in 2015. In 2017, they are set for tours across North America and Europe, but as a special treat for LA fans, on January 12th and 13th, they took over the Echoplex for two sold-out shows. Our man Jason Williams was on site for night #1, and before the show, sat down with vocalist George Clarke for a chat about all things Deafheaven. Enjoy the conversation below: Continue reading ““We Pressure Ourselves to Not Repeat the Same Record”: In Conversation with Deafheaven vocalist George Clarke”

“This Record is Not For Everybody”: John Garcia Discusses New Solo Acoustic Album

By Andrew Bansal

One of the finest voices in the stoner/desert rock realm for nearly three decades, John Garcia is known for his singing contributions to bands such as Kyuss, Vista Chino, Slo-Burn, Unida and Hermano, but he also launched a solo career with his eponymous debut in 2014. He is back with his second solo effort, but this time a fully acoustic one, ‘The Coyote Who Spoke in Tongues’, set for release on January 27th 2017 via Napalm Records. Aside from Garcia’s immaculate vocal delivery, the record also features Ehren Groban on acoustic guitar, Greg Saenz on percussions and Mike Pygmie on bass. Last Sunday January 15th, John Garcia spoke to Metal Assault to share his thoughts on this release. Enjoy the conversation below: Continue reading ““This Record is Not For Everybody”: John Garcia Discusses New Solo Acoustic Album”

“In order to Stay Creative, You Need to be Open-Minded”: In Conversation with Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza

By Andrew Bansal

German thrash titans Kreator have been unrelenting in their quest for global domination since their 1982 inception. This is not your average ’80s nostalgia act, and the band is just as relevant in the modern day as they were when they first broke through in the mid-80s. Even in recent years, they’ve been one of the fiercest live bands on stage and a highly dynamic unit in the studio, thanks to the creative direction of vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza. Kreator’s 14th full-length studio album ‘Gods Of Violence’ comes as eagerly awaited, five years after the previous effort, and is set for release on January 27th 2017 via Nuclear Blast. The band is also ready to scorch stages in Europe and North America. Mille Petrozza recently spoke to Metal Assault in a very candid conversation about the album and lots more. Enjoy it below: Continue reading ““In order to Stay Creative, You Need to be Open-Minded”: In Conversation with Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza”

Metal Healers: Grave Digger Frontman Discusses New Album & more

By Andrew Bansal

German old-school metal band Grave Digger have been in existence since 1980, but 35 years and 17 albums later, they finally did their first North American tour as support act to their fellow Germans in Blind Guardian, and gave their legion of fans in this content a taste of what they’re like as a live band. Amidst their two highly successful North American runs as well as tours worldwide, Grave Digger also completed their 18th full-length studio album ‘Healed By Metal’, releasing today, January 13th 2017 via Napalm Records. Metal Assault recently spoke to vocalist Chris Boltendahl, to discuss the new album and lots more. Delve into the conversation below and get healed by metal! Continue reading “Metal Healers: Grave Digger Frontman Discusses New Album & more”

“We Respect Our Past, but We Live in the Present”: In Conversation with Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser

By Andrew Bansal

When you think “metal” and “Brazil” at the same time, the first name that comes to mind is Sepultura. These stalwarts from Belo Horizonte have been in existence for more than 32 years, but unlike some of their peers from the global early-mid ’80s thrash movement, Sepultura are not only more diverse in their musical creations, but are not one to rest on the legacy of their past. They’re still releasing new albums consistently, each one coming with a clear sense of purpose. Their newest and fourteenth full-length effort ‘Machine Messiah’ is set to be released January 13th 2017 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, and we think it’s one of their finest albums till date. Guitarist Andreas Kisser recently spoke to Metal Assault to discuss the album and more. Enjoy the conversation below, as the ever-articulate and intelligent Kisser opens his mind and shares his thoughts on various subjects. Continue reading ““We Respect Our Past, but We Live in the Present”: In Conversation with Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser”

Still Restless and Wild: Accept Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann Discusses New Live DVD+CD

By Andrew Bansal

German group Accept have been nothing less than an institution in heavy metal over the past four decades, and a new incarnation of the band, fronted by vocalist Mark Tornillo, set out in 2010 to maintain and enrich the band’s legacy, creating fresh new music but with the same old classic Accept flavor fans love so much, and putting forth splendid live performances of old and new material worldwide. In 2015, they went through further lineup changes as they welcomed Uwe Lulis (guitar) and Christopher Williams (drums) into the fold. This lineup’s first show in Europe happened to be the ‘Bang Your Head!’ festival in their home country the same year, filmed for a potential DVD, and subsequent shows in Europe recorded for a possible live album. The outcome of this is the ‘Restless and Live’ DVD+CD package, ready for release via Nuclear Blast on January 13th 2017. Guitarist and founding member Wolf Hoffmann recently spoke to Metal Assault about this release and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading “Still Restless and Wild: Accept Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann Discusses New Live DVD+CD”