Tombs Frontman Mike Hill Talks ‘Savage Gold’, Artwork & More

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Tombs is a band that has successfully experimented with a combination of musical styles in varying degrees ever since starting out in 2007. They expanded and diversified their sound more and more with each one of their studio efforts, and they’ve just released their third full-length album ‘Savage Gold’ via Relapse Records, emphatically their heaviest, most crushing and extreme metal-inspired album till date, and one that will firmly put them on the map as a metal band this year. To coincide directly with the album’s release, they’re currently on a short US West Coast run as support act to Pelican, and plenty more touring will follow for the quartet. Last Friday June 13th, the tour came to the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and a few hours before Tombs destroyed the stage, I caught up with guitarist/vocalist Mike Hill for a detailed conversation about the new album and a variety of other topics. Read it below. Continue reading

Corrosion Of Conformity’s Mike Dean Discusses New Album + More

By Andrew Bansal

Raleigh, North Carolina’s longtime heavy metal purveyors Corrosion Of Conformity are ready to release their ninth full-length studio album, simply titled ‘IX’, via Candlelight Records on June 24th, continuing on with the rejuvenated three-piece ‘Animosity’ line up of Mike Dean on bass/vocals, Woody Weatherman on guitarand Reed Mullin on drums, which released the band’s comeback self-titled album in 2012 and toured extensively in support of it. Even as Mike Dean found himself occupied with other projects in the past couple of years, the trio managed to maintain their creative flow and have delivered yet another compelling slab of heaviness that’s quintessential COC but at the same time offers something new. A week ago, I spoke to Mike Dean to discuss the making of the album in detail, among other things. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Interview With The Winery Dogs Bassist Billy Sheehan

By Andrew Bansal

Following the unanimously positive response to last year’s self-titled debut, The Winery Dogs recently released two more editions of the album, a 2-disc special edition comprising of the ‘Unleashed In Japan 2013′ CD which consists of live recordings from the band’s Japan tour along with a new track previously unreleased in the US, and a ‘Dog Treats: The Winery Dogs Deluxe Special Edition’, being sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats and including DVDs and other bonus items. Now, the band is getting ready to embark a short run of US West Coast dates and are all set to invade the Los Angeles are with two shows, on Friday June 27th at the Saban and Saturday June 28th at the Canyon. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke to bassist Billy Sheehan about the band’s journey so far, future plans and more. Enjoy the chat below. Continue reading

In-depth Interview With DevilDriver Guitarist Jeff Kendrick

By Andrew Bansal

Los Angeles modern metal stalwarts DevilDriver are in the final week of their late spring/early summer North American touring run with co-headliners Whitechapel and support acts Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers Of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy in an altogether crushing lineup that put on a killer show at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip on May 20th. The prolifically touring DevilDriver are out promoting their latest album ‘Winter Kills’ and based on that performance in front of their hometown crowd, the quintet appear to be at the peak of their powers as live musicians. A few hours before the House Of Blues gig, I sat down with gutiarist Jeff Kendrick to discuss the tour and to get his thoughts on a variety of topics such as DevilDriver’s AWOLNATION cover, the band’s major markets, festival shows in America, cannabis, All Axess, and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

In Conversation With Whitechapel Guitarist Zach Householder

By Andrew Bansal

Knoxville TN’s six-piece extreme metal force Whitechapel released their fifth studio album ‘Our Endless War’ via Metal Blade Records earlier this year and embarked on a North American co-headline spring/early summer tour with DevilDriver, along with support from Revocation, Carnifex, Rivers Of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy. The new album sees Whitechapel progress further into breaking out of sub-genre boxes and becoming more and more wholesome as a metal band, and it was even more evident upon experiencing the live renditions of these new tunes when put together with older material in the set. Whitechapel and the rest of the touring party visited the House Of Blues Sunset Strip two weeks ago, and before the show I sat down with guitarist Zach Householder for what turned out to be a pleasant conversation. Read it below. Continue reading

Interview With Revocation’s Dave Davidson & Phil Dubois

By Andrew Bansal

Hailing from Boston MA, Revocation have been infiltrating minds, devastating stages and winning fans with their brand of technically skilled thrash metal, and have been highly regarded as one of the finest bands to have surfaced in recent years. Four albums deep into their career, they begin a new chapter with their signing to the prestigious Metal Blade label, under whom they’ll release a new album soon enough. Currently, they’re on a North American trek as support with DevilDriver, Whitechapel, Carnifex, Rivers Of Nihil and Fit For An Autopsy, and visited the House Of Blues Sunset Strip recently as part of the tour. A few hours before they put on yet another excellent performance, I caught up with guitarist/vocalist Dave Davidson and drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne for a chat. Read the conversation below. Continue reading