Interview With Striker Vocalist Dan Cleary

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Canadian band Striker formed in 2007 and have already played their part in waving the flag of classic heavy metal through some excellent music and a solid amount of touring across Canada and Europe, presenting songs filled to the brim with righteously old-school metal and decorated with enjoyably cheesy lyrics. Their third full-length album ‘City Of Gold’ is set for release in North America on September 9th via Napalm Records, a set of tunes that sees the band blend thrashier elements along with the signature classic style they’ve portrayed over the past seven years. Last week, I spoke to vocalist Dan Cleary to discuss the new album, Canadian metal, touring, lyrical themes, great vocalists and other things. Read the conversation below. Continue reading

Nik Turner Delves Into ‘Space Ritual’ & Lots More

By Andrew Bansal

Known for his multiple stints in seminal English space rock group Hawkwind, Nik Turner has been an innovator and an inspirer in the genre, and still continues to deliver the Hawkwind experience to fans and curious observers who didn’t exist to witness his original tours with Hawkwind back the late 60s and early 70s. Focusing primarily on the ‘Space Ritual’ album and its corresponding live show, Turner puts forth a mind-blowing exhibition of rock and psychedelia, just like he did at the Viper Room in West Hollywood last week, on the second show of his ongoing North American headline tour which he started off by playing a gig on his 74th birthday in Oakland CA. An hour before he took the stage with his backing band Hedersleben, I sat down with Turner to firstly smoke a joint and then do an interview. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

In Conversation With Nathan Carson & Rob Wrong Of Witch Mountain

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, doom metal band Witch Mountain are preparing for a major change with the imminent departure of singer Uta Plotkin, but they’ve delivered one final treat to fans before doing so, in the form of their fourth full-length studio album ‘Mobile Of Angels’ which is set for a September 30 release via Profound Lore Records. Currently they’re out trekking across North America on their final tour with PlotkinĀ as support act to Nik Turner’s Hawkwind, presenting this new material. The second show of this tour was at the Viper Room on August 27, and a few hours before they combined with Turner for a truly mind-bending show, I sat down with drummer Nathan Carson and guitarist Rob Wrong for a detailed chat about touring with Nik Turner, the new album, future plans, van tips and lots more, Enjoy the conversation below and catch Witch Mountain on this unmissable tour. Continue reading

Ex-DevilDriver Members Discuss New Band Bellum

By Andrew Bansal

Santa Barbara, California based metal quartet Bellum comprises former DevilDriver members Evan Pitts on guitar and vocals and Jonathan Miller on bass, along with Alex Chantes on drums and Andy Villasenor on guitar. The band has been around for a number of years but began in earnest with this lineup and has completed work on their debut album ‘Kill The Man’, slated for independent release later this year. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to Miller and Pitts about the formation of the band, the musical style, the DIY approach, future plans and the DevilDriver past. Read the conversation below. Continue reading

In Conversation With Behold! The Monolith Vocalist Jordan Nalley

By Andrew Bansal

Los Angeles-based stoner doom metal band Behold! The Monolith won the respect and admiration amongst supporters of LA’s local and underground scene with their 2009 self-titled debut full-length and the crushing 2012 sophomore effort ‘Defender, Redeemist’ to go with their sonically destructive live performances since starting out in 2007, but they suffered a massive setback in mid-2013 due to vocalist/bassist Kevin McDade’s sudden and extremely tragic passing as a result of a fatal car accident. But guitarist Matt Price and drummer Chase Manhattan wanted to keep the band intact, and have now successfully transcended Behold! The Monolith into its next chapter with the recruitment of two new members to fill the gaping void left by Kevin McDade. Bassist Jason Casanova of Sasquatch joined in late 2013, and vocalist Jordan Nalley of Fractalline (a band featured on Metal Assault earlier this week through this detailed interview) completed the last remaining piece of the puzzle, playing his first show with them at the Five Star Bar last July. On August 23rd, I had a chat with him about his joining the band, songwriting for the next album, his grasping of a scene and sub-genre entirely new to him, and the local metal community. Enjoy the conversation below and LA folks are highly encouraged to catch Behold! The Monolith live with Fractalline, Vampire Squid and others at Loaded Hollywood tomorrow, Wednesday 9/03. Continue reading

Rotting Christ Frontman Talks Bangalore Open Air, North American Tour & More

By Andrew Bansal

Over the past 25-plus years of their revered existence, Greek band Rotting Christ have succeeded in creating and nurturing their own unique signature brand of mystical black metal, and now, they themselves are about to embark on a journey that will bring them an experience they’ve never had before. Rotting Christ are all set for a short South-East Asia tour which will include their first ever gig in India at the Bangalore Open Air festival on September 13th alongside German thrashers Destruction, Italy’s Cadaver Mutilator and local support from The Down Troddence, Threinody, Armament and Girish & The Chronicles. Following this excursion, Rotting Christ will also do a North American run as main support to Belphegor, their first in more than three years. Last week I spoke to frontman Sakis Tolis to discuss Bangalore Open air, the North American tour, latest album and future plans. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading