TesseracT

The dynamics of life and the universe Over the course of the last six years, TesseracT has been at the forefront of the ever-evolving metal scene. Originally formed as a studio project back in 2003 by Acle Kahney. The debut album ‘One’ received widespread critical acclaim, not least due to the album’s staggering six-part centrepiece…

Impellitteri

Venom: Vehicle to Tempation IMPELLITTERI is a heavy metal band based in Los Angeles California. IMPELLITTERI is one of the first bands to combine energetic heavy metal with shred guitar soloing, screaming vocals, strong melody, and big production. To date, the band has sold a few million records worldwide, played to audiences as large as…

Swallow the Sun

A slideshow of a cold, dark and desolate soul When Juha Raivio and Pasi Pasanen formed Swallow the Sun their ambition was no wider than writing a few tunes inspired by veterans My Dying Bride. “All I wanted is a channel to put these demons and make music that matters, who cares if its doom…

Tracer

Hard Rock for Thirsty Dogs Tracer, formed in Adelaide South Australia, has just released new album Water For Thirsty Dogs. ‘Water…’ is the third Tracer album and the first to feature new bassist Jett Heysen-Hicks alongside frontman/guitarist Michael Brown and drummer Dre Wise. The album was recorded at Echo Bar Studios in North Hollywood, LA…

Ugly Kid Joe

Back and uglier than they used to be Ugly Kid Joe have risen again from the Californian sunshine! They are back bringing you good vibes with their brand new album “Uglier than they used to be”, coming out on the 16th of October (via Metalville/UKJ Records). This is their first record in 19 years, containing…

Paradise Lost

The Gondoliers of Doom Fresh from winning Metal Hammer’s Best Album of the Year and embarking on their European Tour of that Album “The Plague Within”, HMA talk gothic mystery and new sounds avoiding a mid-life crisis with Aaron Aedy, rhythm guitarist of long-standing doom and metal merchants Paradise Lost. HMA: Welcome to HMA Aaron,…

Napalm Death

The Rules of Grindcore Napalm Death is a band that doesn’t need much introduction, they are without question the ruler of grindcore and they have been for more than 30 years. Their 16th album released this year (by Century Media) ‘Apex Predator – Easy Meat’ is loaded with brutal and extreme sounds and in your…

Danko Jones

Incendiary rock’n’roll fury to ignite the rebel heart Danko Jones is a Toronto trio of hotter-than-hell rockin’ rollers led by the shaven-headed Danko Jones, a man with so much stage presence and attitude you half expect him to run up to Ozzy during a performance and bite the Prince of Darkness’ head off. The band…

Gama Bomb

Ireland Thrash Untouchables Thrashers Gama Bomb formed in Newry, Northern Ireland in 2002 and set out their agenda immediately; NO ballads! NO clean sounding guitars! NO synths! They cut their teeth playing backroom shows on the UK punk and hardcore circuit and self-released their debut album (Survival Of The Fastest) in 2005. The band; Philly…

Brujeria

The hatred continues Brujeria is a Death Metal/Grindcore band hailing from Mexico. Their name comes from the Spanish language, meaning ‘Witchcraft’. Their extreme attitude involves the permanent use of urban militia masks, an old custom of refusing to perform live, and performing under pseudonyms to portray themselves as a band of Latino drug lords, and…

Church of Misery

Pre show chat with Tatsu Mikami Church of Misery is a Japanese doom metal band with a specific extra-groovy sound that is often described as “stoner doom” but the band tends to snub this term saying “We hate trend. We hate corporate attitude. We hate the word ‘stoner’. Death to false stoners!! Let there be…

Black Moth

Black Moth is a frantic musical force from Leeds, the UK formed in 2010. Filth, dirt and doom descend from its onyx wings. The recent arrival “Condemned to Hope” was produced by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Grinderman, The Cramps) takes their kaleidoscopic heaviosity and sepulchral style to a whole new plateau…

Desecration

Gore is just the beginning Desecration is a brutal death metal band from Wales. The band have been causing controversy since 1995 when their “Gore & Perversion” album was infamously seized and incinerated by the police due to its offensive content. The band was told to “tone right down”, but the band continued. Now, with…

Andrew W.K.

The Art of Partying Everybody likes a party. There are all kinds of them and they’re happening all the time. Some parties are formed of thousands of people in a field on drugs, some are based around food and intelligent conversation; what you might call a ‘dinner party’. Other parties aren’t quite so fun, for…

H.E.A.T

Swedish rockers raise temperature to a million degrees at this year’s Download Festival! In a blaze of golden light, stage smoke and to the music of one of rock’n’roll’s truly legendary bands, KISS, yet another Download Festival has come to a thunderous and epic conclusion. I can only presume that this year will leave a…

Insomnium

Shadows of Rebellion ‘Shadow of the Dying Sun’ is the sixth studio release from Finland’s melodic death metal scene Insomnium. They have come a long way in their musical progress since their Demo release in 1999. Insomnium creations are filled with obscure sounds and haunting melodies encompassed by very dark lyrics about pain, life, nature and…

Godsmack

Smacked by Sully Erna at Download! Godsmack is one of the heavy-hitters of metal music. Sporting three consecutive number-one albums and a worldwide fan-base, Godsmack have more than earned the respect of even the most high-brow rock/metal critic. It’s no surprise that so many of the people who attended the last day of Download were…

Arcturus

Guided by the supernatural Norwegian avant-garde metal Arcturus is finally back after a decade with the awaited new album “Arcturian”. Formed in 1987, the first full-length was released in 1996. Current cosmic crew consist of former Dimmu Borgir member ICS Vortex and Mayhem drumming master Hellhammer alongside ex-Ulver and ex-Mortem members. HMA catch up with…

Lordi

Dazed and Confused One evening in April five Finnish monsters came to invade Brighton, UK. Nothing to worry about, they were just here to play us some spectacular heavy metal. The band made history in 2006 by becoming the first, and still today the only hard rock act to win the Eurovision Song Contest. Since…

Blind Guardian

At the edge of the imagination With a musical career that started nearly 30 years ago, Blind Guardian is a cult to an incredible number of faithful fans. The year 2015 saw the release of their tenth studio album ‘Beyond the Red Mirror’ which delivers a flawless fusion of orchestral elements into heavy metal. A…