Sahg

Interview with singer and guitarist of Sahg Sahg is a Psychedelic Doom Metal outfit featuring some of Norway finest collection of musicians. Recently released “Firebird” yet again on Indie Recording, provides a different approach to their “I, II, III” catalogue. Spoke to mainman Olav Ivernes on song writing process, creative direction and the mystery behind…

Kylesa

Interview with Philip Cope of Kylesa ‘Spiral Shadow’, has been extolled throughout the music press and has pushed Kylesa ever closer to becoming a household name. Now, three years later, the time has come for them to produce a sixth album, and the pressure’s on as these guys have been consistently impressing critics and fans…

Darkthrone

Interview with Ferniz of Darkthrone They formed in 1986 as a death metal group in Kolbotn, Norway. After embracing the black metal style in 1991, they became a driving force in the Norwegian black metal scene. For most of this period Darkthrone has consisted of just two musicians; Fenriz and Nocturno Culto. They claim to…

Ephel Duath

Interview with experimental maestro Ephel Duath The project Ephel Duath was created in February 1998 in Padova, Italy, with the precise intent of experimenting in the sphere of extreme music. At the root of the group’s name lies the concept of a dark and fleeting sound: Ephel Dúath is in fact the mountain range that…

Hellbastard

Interview with Malcolm “Scruff” Lewty Hellbastard seem to be very much back in action, tighter, more powerful and still annoyed. Hellbastard bring socially aware lyrics and an unclassifiable form of punk/thrash metal music to the international stage. Founding vocalist/guitarist Malcolm “Scruff” Lewty saw fit to reform the ‘Bastard in 2008. Over the past five years,…

Chrome Division

Heavy Music Artwork catches up with infamous Dimmu Borgir front man Shagrath Tonight headline is at Maratona Rock with side project Chrome Division. Current lineup consists of him on rhythm guitar, along with Eddie Guz from The Carburetors as the vocalist, Ricky Black on lead guitar, Björn Luna on bass guitar and Tony White on…

Dragged Into Sunlight

Music Misanthropist Dragged Into Sunlight The elusive Dragged Into Sunlight are a UK extreme metal act, with a collective of members, of whom some have maintained their involvement with profiled acts throughout the preceding decade. The band have carved a unique sound established in 2006 and an underground following akin to a vast spread of…

Autopsy

Raw Death Legends Autopsy With their sixth full-length “The Headless Ritual” released on the 24th of June on Peaceville Autopsy return to continue their brutal assault on the metal scene. Vocalist and drummer Chris Reifert gives us the lowdown on the album, talks art, gore and the “underground resistance”. HMA: “The Headless Ritual”… what a…

Impiety

Warlord Shyaithan of Impiety speaks to HMA Google the blackened thrash masters of the east and try not to find a review that doesn’t, at least once, use ‘artillery’ as an adjective in their descriptions of them. Listening to Impiety for any war veteran may result in murderous flashbacks as the sporadic machine-gun blasts of…

Devin Townsend Project

Interview with Canedian chameleon DEVIN TOWNSEND After recording more than twenty albums with different projects and artists, Canadian singer/multi-instrumentalist/musical genius Devin Townsend still has a lot to say. He is perfectionist and relentless but also let his muse and instincts to guide him to new, unexplored sonic worlds. The most recent proof of this is…

Rotting Christ

Interview with Sakis of Rotting Christ The Greek band was founded as early as 1987 by guitarist and vocalist Sakis Tolis together with his brother Themis on drums. They started out playing Deathgrind, but had already turned to darker paths by the time their debut full-length “Thy Mighty Contract” (1993) was unleashed. On the following…

NunSlaughter

Anti nunnery Nunslaughter Q&A Nunslaughter was formed in 1987 by Don of the Dead (bass) with Jer the Butcher (guitar), Gregoroth (vocals) and Behemoth Bill (drums). NunSlaughter began spewing forth the sonic vomit known as death metal. Taking lessons from the learning experience of their earlier bands Death Sentence and Bird of Prey, they shunned the…

Ashent

Interview with Alessandro and Gian from Ashent ASHENT was formed in 2001 by two Italian brothers, Gianpaolo and Onofrio Falanga who play bass and guitar respectively. After few months, the keyboards player Paolo Torresani, the singer Max Zhena, the guitar player Thomas Giro and the drummer J.C. joined the band. The guys worked extensively during…

Adept

Interview with Metalcore Adept April this year has seen the release of Adept’s third album which has been making some tsunami sized waves so far in the Swedish metalcore scene. In the wake of their newest effort comes a winning formula crafted from a fresh look at their approach to song writing. Having had the…

Sinister

The end of Carnage Interview with Aad of Sinister Sinister play straightforward Slayer-esque death metal, a tried and true but still effective and popular style that has largely relegated Sinister to second tier status. They’ve neither had the originality nor the musical chops to favourably compare to other, similar Continental death metal bands such as…

Atrocity

Interview Alex, Tosso, Sander of Atrocity Long running German Atrocity, with 25 years on their back release the impressive “OKKULT” and there a sense of a ‘real treat’! We spoke with  vocalist Alexander Krull and guitarist Thorsten “Tosso” Bauer about their new CD and their experience with the artwork and Atrocity ‘treasure hunt’. HMA: Thanks for…

Omnium Gatherum

Omnium Gatherum Jukka Pelkonen Interview Hailing from Finland, Omnium Gatherum is a band playing fierce death metal with breathtaking melodies and progressive originality for people in the metal field looking for something different that still is catchy. A band that truly walks it’s own path proudly and shows some new exciting sides on identifiable character. A…

Unholy Grave

Japan’s Unholy Grave’s Takaho Interview Japan Unholy Grave play political and mind shattering grindcore. Taking their name from the song “Beyond the Unholy Grave” by Death. Their lyrics mainly focus on political and social issues. A common phrase appearing on the artwork of their releases is “Grindcore Against Terrorism!”.  HMAW: Greetings! Heavy Music Artwork promotes Heavy…

The Secret

Michael Bertoldini of the Secret speaks to HMA The Secret are one of the heaviest and most extreme bands to ever crawl their way out of Italy. Born and shaped in 2003, The Secret come to life as an output for rage, darkness and negativity. The band combines elements of crust/grind, primitive black metal, dark…

Satan’s Wrath

Tas Danazoglou of Satan’s Wrath Interview During the 80s there was panic amongst the good Christian people of the western world. A new, heinous entity was fast becoming a prevalent force in popular culture and was spreading in the form of music, corrupting the social fabric of our youth and driving them towards a godless…