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

An Interview With Tristan Shone, The Man Behind Author & Punisher

By Andrew Bansal

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San Diego-based Tristan Shone, better known as Author & Punisher, is a one-man industrial doom project and a true musical innovator that redefines the implications behind the word ‘industrial’, composing music through his self-created set of drone/dub machines. Although clearly portraying an eclectic blend of heavy music, Author & Punisher has garnered a fan-following in heavy metal circles, as evident from his newfound association with Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records, and the subsequent Housecore release of his latest album ‘Melk En Honing’, which was produced by Anselmo. Author & Punisher toured the US West Coast in September 2015 and played a show at Complex in Glendale that was exceptional even by his typically spellbinding standards in live performance. I recently spoke to Tristan Shone to discuss all things A&P. Enjoy the conversation below, and catch him on the second leg of his US headline tour this November. Continue reading

In Conversation With ‘InstruMetal’ Guitarist Extraordinaire Angel Vivaldi

By Andrew Bansal

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New Jersey-based instrumental progressive rock/metal guitar virtuoso Angel Vivaldi’s solo career has already lasted more than ten years, and on the strength of albums such as ‘Universal Language’ (2011) and ‘Away With Words: Part 1′ (2014), Vivaldi has earned several accolades in the realms of prog music and guitar playing. In October 2015, he embarked on his first full North American tour, wherein his band was promoted to the headline spot after co-headliners The Algorithm bowed out due to visa issues. Vivaldi and his band arrived in Los Angeles for a gig at the Mystery Box in the Arts District on October 27th, and enthralled a crowd of dedicated, enthusiastic fans with a sparkling exhibition of musicianship. Before the show, I spoke to him about the tour, his demographic, the live show, songwriting and future plans. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

In-depth Interview With Queensrÿche Singer Todd La Torre

By Andrew Bansal

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In the last three years, classic metal veterans Queensrÿche have enjoyed a resurgence like no other, rekindling the energy and exuberance with which they started out in the early ’80s and recreating that same impact on audiences worldwide all over again. The introduction of Todd La Torre as the singer has been one of main reasons for the metamorphosis of Queensrÿche, specially as a live band. But they are equally motivated as a creative force as well, following up the 2013 self-titled effort, the first to feature La Torre, with their 15th full-length studio album ‘Condition Hüman’ which was released on October 2nd 2015 via Century Media Records. The band also wrapped up a successful US arena tour as Scorpions’ sole support act, and have now announced the onset of the ‘Condition Hüman’ touring cycle with the first run of US headline dates set for January-February 2016. I recently spoke to Todd La Torre to discuss his journey with the band so far, the new album, the Scorpions tour, his opinion on shows versus festivals, the acoustic set they played at the Rainbow, and the possibility of him giving vocal lessons. Enjoy the conversation below, along with a taste of the new material. Continue reading

Alcest Mainman Neige Discusses Touring, ‘Shelter’ & More

By Andrew Bansal

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French atmospheric post-metal band Alcest released their latest full-length album ‘Shelter’ in 2014, and nearing the end of the touring cycle for it, they recently concluded a September-October 2015 North American headline tour with support act Emma Ruth Rundle, a run of dates that started in Mexico and included a Los Angeles stop at the Regent on October 7th. Before the show and straight after soundcheck, I sat down with Alcest mastermind Neige to discuss his first impressions of the Regent, the tour, the band’s experience in Mexico, the support act, his love of the sea, and the status of the next album. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading