By Avinash Mittur
Throughout my stay in the bay area this summer, I’ve had the opportunity to attend many small shows featuring young, talented bands fighting their way to success in the heavy metal world. A few days ago I chatted with members from one such band, Speed. They are a new thrash metal band hailing from San Jose, a part of the bay known more for its contributions to metalcore and hardcore music than thrash. I talked with drummer Mario Diaz and guitarist Lenny Gray about the band’s beginnings, what makes them standout from the dozens of other young thrash groups, and their onstage chemistry among other topics. Listen to the interview below, and be sure to check out Speed’s facebook page to listen to their demo and receive news about their upcoming events.