Building Tech-Death Shrines: In Conversation With Ulcerate Drummer Jamie Saint Merat

Interview by Jason Williams

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New Zealand-based technical death metal trio Ulcerate released their fifth full-length studio album ‘Shrines Of Paralysis’ via Relapse Records on October 28th 2016 and embarked upon a North American headline tour with support acts Zhrine and Phobocosm, starting with an LA area show at Complex in Glendale on November 2nd. This stage-shattering, skull-crushing band of three delighted extreme metal fans with their set, but before the show, drummer Jamie Saint Merat spoke to Metal Assault about the new LP, touring in the States, the state of metal in their home country, songwriting adventures, future plans and his thoughts on Patreon pledge campaigns. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

“I Almost Died Three Years Ago”: Glenn Hughes Discusses New Solo Album, Personal Battles

By Andrew Bansal

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Hard rock singer/bassist extraordinaire Glenn Hughes is no stranger to fans of the genre andthrough the past nearly five decades, as a solo artist and in various bands including Trapeze and Deep Purple, collaborations with the likes of Tony Iommi and Gary Moore, and projects such as Black Country Communion and California Breed, he has established himself as a living legend. On November 4th 2016, Glenn Hughes released ‘Resonate’,his thirteenth full-length solo album and first in eight years. Claiming it to be the first ever album he made all by himself, and calling it a very personal set of songs in their lyrical content, Hughes spoke to Metal Assault on the release date to dicuss ‘Resonate’ in detail, along with his personal battles, future plans and more. Read the conversation below. Continue reading

Rewriting The Extreme Metal Language: In-depth Interview With Gorguts Mastermind Luc Lemay

Interview by Jason Williams

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Canadian avant-garde/technical death metal group Gorguts released and EP called ‘Pleiades’ Dust’ in May 2016 via Season Of Mist, a concept-based 33-minute single composition with seven lyrical segments, created in a manner only Gorguts could, led by vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Luc Lemay. The band was formed in 2009 and with each album, helped inspire an innovative and forward-thinking approach to death metal. Gorguts recently concluded a North American headline tour with support from Intronaut and Brain Tentacles, and played a show at the Roxy as part of the run. Our writer Jason Williams caught up with Lemay for a detailed interview about all things Gorguts. Enjoy the conversation below, along with tastes of the new EP. Continue reading

Black Metal Storytellers: An Interview with Ardek of Carach Angren

Interview by Jason Williams

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Hailing from the Netherlands, Carach Angren is a symphonic black metal band that composes each of their albums based on a storytelling concept, the concepts and stories mostly horror-inspired. The band started out in 2003 but didn’t get to tour North America until very recently, and as soon as they did the first one in 2014 as support act to Deicide, the floodgates opened for them and the response from long-awaiting fans was instantaneously tremendous. They returned in 2015 with Fleshgod Apocalypse, and just concluded two legs of North American runs in 2016, first with Rotting Christ and then with Kataklysm. As part of the first leg, Carach Angren visited the Regent in downtown Los Angeles, and our writer Jason Williams sat down with keyboardist Clemens “Ardek” Wijers for an interview. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

“I Never Thought My Band Would Play With Black Fucking Sabbath”: In Conversation With Goatwhore Frontman Ben Falgoust

Interview by Jason Williams

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New Orleans, Louisana quartet Goatwhore is arguably extreme metal’s most rock n’ roll band on the face of the planet, as they’ve proven throughout their career, specially on their latest full-length effort ‘Constricting Rage Of The Merciless’, released in 2014 via Metal Blade Records. One of the most crushing metal bands in existence, both as a live act and on studio recordings in equal measure, Goatwhore are currently busy working on their seventh album, but still venture out for short tours in the US and Europe even whilst they do so. They just concluded their final US tour of the year 2016, a two-week run with support act The Blood Royale, revolving around their appearance at Ozzfest at San Manuel Amphitheater & Festival Ground in San Bernardino CA on Saturday September 24th, alongside the likes of Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Opeth, Suicidal Tendencies, Hatebreed and others. Goatwhore played one of the side stages in the afternoon, and after the set, singer Ben Falgoust took a break from selling his band’s merch to do an interview with our man Jason Williams. The conversation was about Ozzfest, Black Sabbath, touring, the next Goatwhore record, Soilent Green and more. Enjoy the chat below. Continue reading

Taking On The World: In Conversation With Geoff Tate

By Andrew Bansal

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After parting ways with Queensrÿche, veteran metal singer Geoff Tate has continued making music under the Operation: Mindcrime name, and has taken upon a massive undertaking of a concept album trilogy. ‘The Key’, the first album of the series was released in 2015, and the second part ‘Resurrection’ is now ready for release on September 23rd 2016 via Frontiers. Just like he did in Queensrÿche, Tate still focuses on the concept-based approach, but didn’t find the inspiration for this trilogy straightaway. In this candid interview with Metal Assault, Geoff Tate discusses how he came up with the concept, his love for hiking, live shows, performing old Queensrÿche material, future plans and more. Enjoy the chat below. Continue reading