In-depth Interview With Legal Tender

By Andrew Bansal

Los Angeles’ very own heavy metal band Legal Tender formed five years ago but following the independent release of their debut EP ‘Lust In Demons’ in 2013, they rose to prominence in the local scene with a string of undeniably impressive live performances. They also incorporated newer songs into the live set and kept enhancing it further. Going through a few lineup changes in the formative years but finally settling down into their current incarnation in 2014, Legal Tender got a small taste of tour life this year and with a new EP coming soon, they are not only poised to conquer the LA scene along with some of their peers, but are also ready to kill on a nationwide level, and beyond. A few days ago, I sat down with vocalist/guitarist Jonah Nimoy and bassist Sam Harman at the In-N-Out burger joint in Hollywood for a detailed chat. Read the conversation below and check out some of their music. Continue reading

Leaders Of The Atomic Cult: An Introduction To Morbid Eclipse

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from Orange County, California, Morbid Eclipse is a space-themed extreme metal force that emerged earlier this year. Playing their first show in August and few since then, the band has already captured the imagination of those in Southern California that truly support the local and underground. With a blend of face-melting musical elements and visuals based on science fiction themes, Morbid Eclipse have the potential to reach out to a much larger audience and induct large sections of earth’s population into their self-created ‘atomic cult’. A few days ago, I sat down with vocalist/guitarist Zach Friedberg, guitarist Andy Hicks and drummer Chris Vega at the In ‘N Out burger joint in Hollywood to talk all things Morbid Eclipse. Enjoy the highly insightful and entertaining conversation below. Continue reading

In Flames Guitarist Björn Gelotte Talks Touring, Gear & More

By Andrew Bansal

Swedish melodic death metal veterans In Flames released their eleventh studio album ‘Siren Charms’ earlier this year, and are currently on the ‘Communion Of Sirens’ North American co-headline tour with their fellow Swedes and longtime friends in Opeth. On this tour, In Flames are presenting a hefty chunk of the new album along with selections from their long career, all encapsulated within a duration of 75 minutes, in an attempt to please not only their own fans but also those of Opeth. The tour came through Los Angeles for a gig at the Hollywood Palladium on December 9th 2014, and a few hours before the show I sat down with In Flames guitarist Björn Gelotte to discuss the tour, their relationship with Opeth over the years, gear and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Catching Up With Red Fang Drummer John Sherman

By Andrew Bansal

Portland, Oregon riffmongers Red Fang are currently on a North American tour with two bands that sound nothing like them, Opeth and In Flames, and are on a mission to expand their fan base by performing a concise, high-impact 30-minute set in front of the biggest audiences they’ve ever seen, on some of the biggest stages they’ve ever stepped on in this country. The tour came through Los Angeles and delivered a memorable gig at the Hollywood Palladium on December 9th 2014, and a few hours before the show, I sat down with Red Fang drummer John Sherman for an interview. Check out the pleasantly candid conversation below, and catch Red Fang at show near you. Continue reading

In-depth Interview With King Parrot Frontman Matt Young

By Andrew Bansal

Australian grind/punk outfit King Parrot have been converting large gatherings of first-timers into instant fans on their current North American run as opening act on the ‘Punk Rock But Kinda Not’ tour with Down, Orange Goblin and B’last. The tour visited Los Angeles for a gig downtown at the Wiltern on December 6 2014, and King Parrot’s performance stunned the audience into complete submission. A few hours before he lost his mind and pants on stage, I caught up with vocalist Matt Young to talk about this tour, the Phil Anselmo inspiration, Pantera, touring vehicles, America, future plans, amongst a whole lot of other things. Enjoy this in-depth conversation below and do yourselves a favor by checking out King Parrot the next time they play in a town near you. Continue reading

In Conversation With Pallbearer

By Andrew Bansal

Presenting material from their sophomore full-length effort ‘Foundations Of Burden’ which is being unanimously regarded as one of the best albums of 2014, Little Rock, Arkansas doom quartet Pallbearer are currently on a US headline tour along with support acts Solstafir from Iceland and Mortals from Brooklyn NY. Pallbearer brought their brand new set to Los Angeles to mesmerize a packed Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on Friday December 5th. A few hours before they took the stage, I sat down with three-fourths of the band, Brett Campbell (vocals, guitar), Devin Holt (guitar) and Joseph Rowland (bass) to discuss the tour, the new album, doom, and lots more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading