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 Plotkin 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

In-depth Interview With LA Extreme Metal Band Fractalline

By Andrew Bansal

Los Angeles based technical death metal band Fractalline formed in 2010 and after an initial surge, the band went through a three-year period of lineup consolidation but are now back with a new album called ‘Polymath Theory’ and are playing shows in the LA area again. They’re set to take the stage at Loaded Hollywood next Wednesday September 3rd with Behold! The Monolith, Vampire Squid and others. A few days ago on August 23rd, I sat down with vocalist Jordan Nalley, guitarist KP Krishnamoorthy and bassist Vimal Ramesh for a detailed interview. Check out the conversation below along with some of their new music. Continue reading

Belphegor Frontman Talks About Recovery & New Album

Interview by Jason Williams

Over the past three years or so, Austrian blackened death metal horde Belphegor had been forced to put their activities on hold as a result of vocalist/guitarist Helmuth Lehner’s serious illness, but with his recovery they’re now back with their tenth studio album ‘Conjuring The Dead’ which came out on August 5th via Nuclear Blast Records, and are gearing up for a North American headline tour with support acts Rotting Christ, Beheaded and Svart Crown. Earlier this week, our extreme metal specialist Jason Williams conducted an insightful interview with Helmuth to discuss his recovery, the material on the new album, future plans and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading