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RINGS OF SATURN Posts Album Teaser Video for Lugal Ki En; Month-Long North American Tour Announced

San Francisco Bay Area-based innovative death metal quartet, RINGS OF SATURN, has released a teaser for their impending Lugal Ki En LP, the album nearing release in one month via Unique Leader Records. Featuring a sampling of some of the music from the blistering, cutting-edge album, as well as the vibrant alien-based artwork, the five-minute-long trailer gives technical death metal-seeking enthusiasts a brutally diverse sampling of the beautifully progressive and downright savage tunes quarantined on Lugal Ki En.

Check out the Lugal Ki En album trailer now;

The bandtoday also announces their next phase of widespread touring in support of Lugal Ki En, with another massive trek confirmed. Following their recent headlining month-long Face Implosion Tour, and direct support placement on the subsequent Summer Slaughter The Canada Club Tour, the tour will see RINGS OF SATURN as special guest support for As Blood Runs Black for a five-week US run, also joined by Upon This Dawning, Elitist, The Convalescence and Those Who Fear for the majority of the tour. From October 23rd through November 29th, the thirty-city maelstrom will wind through the entire country and into Canada in a clockwise pattern, the mission beginning and concluding in California.


CORROSION OF CONFORMITY: North Carolina Crossover Legends Premiere New Video; Band Prepares For Live Run Supporting Gwar

North Carolina crossover legends, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, are pleased to unveil their latest music video for “On Your Way,” the sixth cut from their recently released IX full-length.

Crowned, “a triumph,” by The Obelisk and, “eccentric and engaging,” by Sputnik Music, the John Custer-produced IX thrusts forth nearly forty-five minutes of the band’s signature “…smoke-wreathed grooves and sludgy rushes of belligerence (The Onions’s A.V. Club).”

View the apocalyptic clip for “On Your Way” HERE;

In related CORROSION OF CONFORMITY happenings, the band will take to the streets again this Fall on a North American excursion supporting Gwar! Set to inaugurate on November 15th in Spokane, Washington, the massive trek — which follows the band’s recent run with Bl’ast!, Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band and Lord Dying — will stomp its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close on December 13th in Baltimore, Maryland. Additional support will be provided by American Sharks. See confirmed dates below.

w/ Gwar, American Sharks:
11/15/2014 Knitting Factory Concert House – Spokane, WA
11/16/2014 MacEwan Hall Ballroom – Calgary, AB
11/17/2014 Union Hal – Edmonton, AB
11/19/2014 The Venue – Fargo, ND
11/20/2014 Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
11/21/2014 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
11/22/2014 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
11/23/2014 The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
11/25/2014 The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
11/26/2014 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
11/28/2014 Tremont Music Hall – Charlotte, NC
11/29/2014 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
11/30/2014 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
12/02/2014 Exit/In – Nashville, TN
12/03/2014 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/04/2014 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
12/05/2014 Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
12/06/2014 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
12/07/2014 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
12/08/2014 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
12/09/2014 Opera House – Toronto, ON
12/10/2014 Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
12/11/2014 Upstate Concert Hall – Clifton Park, NY
12/12/2014 Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
12/13/2014 Baltimore Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD

PYRRHON: Experimental Death Metal Strategists Premiere New Video

New York experimental death metal strategists, PYRRHON, today unveil the official video for “Sleeper Agent.” The seizure-inducing new clip was directed by David Hall (Brutal Truth, Fuck The Facts) and comes by way of the band’s Ryan Jones – (Mutilation Rites) produced The Mother Of Virtues full-length, released via Relapse Records earlier this year.

And if you missed it, the quartet recently unleashed a play-through video for the track “Balkanized” via Gear Gods.


PRONG Kicks off North American Tour

New York Metal mainstays PRONG are hitting the the road beginning tomorrow September 10th in Los Angeles, CA through October 14th in San Francisco, CA. This is the band’s first North American headline tour behind Ruining Lives The tour. Many of the dates will see PRONG playing alongside thrash masters Overkill. Following a quick break the band will be taking part in Slipknot’s “Knotfest” October 25th in San Bernardino, CA.

“PRONG starts our U.S. / Canada tour tomorrow September 9th at the legendary Whiskey A- Go -Go in West Hollywood, CA. This is our first trip on this continent since our release of our Ruining Lives LP, after two successful European tours. We have a new 7″ single out “Remove, Separate Self” and will be selling it at shows as well as our first “Turnover” 7″. This is so cool because it reminds me of the old days when we sold our demo tapes and our initial EP “Primitive Origins” at shows. So please check out our dates at We are also excited about joining up with our old buddies OVERKILL on a good amount of our dates. So come on out and I’ll see you on the road.

Check out the band’s new video for “Remove, Separate Self” HERE.

SPV/Steamhammer has released a new digital single and will release a 7″ single of “Remove, Separate Self”. The digital single is available now on iTunes.

The standard version of the single will include the following tracks:

1. Remove, Separate Self (album version)

2. “Separate Self, Remove” inspired by and created from “Remove, Separate Self” by Prong (Matt Heafy de-mix)

Matt Heafy about the “de-mix” he created: “With “Remove, Separate Self” –


Unearth Debut New Single, “The Swarm”

UNEARTH has released a new single called “The Swarm,” the first bit of new music from their forthcoming LP today, exclusively via Revolver Magazine.

The band recently announced their all new LP Watchers of Rule to be released via eOne Music on October 28th, 2014. Mixed by Mark Lewis (WHITECHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER), this marks the band’s six full length LP in their decorated sixteen year tenure. Pre order bundles are now available from the band, seen here.

This time, the band is heading out with friends DARKEST HOUR on the Hell or High Wattage Tour with CARNIFEX, ORIGIN, I BREATHER and fellow label mates BLACK CROWN INITIATE in support.

1. Intro
2. The Swarm
3. Lifetime In Ruins
4. Guards Of Contagion
5. From The Tombs Of Five Below
6. Never Cease
7. Trail To Fire
8. To The Ground
9. Burial Lines
10. Birth Of A Legion
11. Watchers Of Rule

NECROPHAGIA stream “Reborn through Black Magic”

Horror-obsessed death metal maniacs NECROPHAGIA have released the second new track from their highly-anticipated new album ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’. The new track, titled “Reborn through Black Magic” is streaming now at Revolver Magazine.

NECROPHAGIA previously premiered the album track “Fear the Priest”. ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ is available for pre-order at the Season of Mist E-shop. The artwork and track listing for ‘WhiteWorm Cathedral’ can be found below:

Track List:
1. Reborn through Black Mass
2. ???
3. Angel Blake
4. Warlock Messiah
5. Fear the Priest
6. Elder Things
7. Coffins
8. Hexen Nacht
9. Rat Witch
10. March of the Deathcorps(e)
11. Silentium Vel Mortis
12. The Dead Among Us
13. WhiteWorm Cathedral

Formed in 1983, NECROPHAGIA were one of the very first death metal bands in the United States. Often considered pioneers in the “Horror Metal” genre, the band gained notoriety after cutting their teeth in the underground by staging ambitious live shows, chalk full of blood, guts and gore. The band went on to receive world-wide acclaim for their 1998 release of ‘Holocausto de la Morte’, the band’s genre-defining album featuring PANTERA frontman PHIL ANSELMO. Following the landmark album, NECROPHAGIA went on to release several well-received full lengths and EPs, including the highly-sought-after ‘Cannibal Holocaust’ EP (2001).

KING DIAMOND Announces Opening Act For North American Tour

KING DIAMOND would like to welcome Jess And The Ancient Ones as the opening act for the North American tour this Fall.

Jess And The Ancient Ones, personally selected by KING DIAMOND himself to be the openers on the trek, is an occult rock band from Kuopio, Finland. This seven-headed entity was given birth by Thomas Corpse and Thomas Fiend, its purpose being the exploration of magical realms beyond the mundane. The band’s lyrical concept is based upon the personal occult experiences of the writers, which combined with music, creates a strong mystical atmosphere. With the vocal talent, Jess, as their frontwoman and three guitars in the lineup, JATAO draw inspiration from heavy metal and rock groups of the classic era, such as Mercyful Fate, Roky Erickson, Iron Maiden and Abba. Watch their latest video for “Astral Sabbat”;

In other news, the Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles shows on the tour are SOLD OUT! Additionally, only a handful of tickets remain for the Seattle date. Get your tickets now before they are gone!


EXODUS Premieres New Track ‘Salt The Wound’ Featuring METALLICA’s Kirk Hammett

The wait is over! Today, Bay Area thrash metal pioneers EXODUS unleash their blistering new track ‘Salt The Wound, which features an intense guitar solo from none other than original EXODUS/Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett! ‘Salt The Wound’ is cut from the new EXODUS album Blood In, Blood Out, hitting stores on October 14, 2014 in North America via Nuclear Blast. Listen right now, exclusively via RollingStone.

Guitarist Gary Holt explains that Hammett was more than ready to play on Blood In, Blood Out. “Having Kirk play on the new EXODUS record kind of came about after I played so many shows with Metallica while touring with Slayer over the past four year. It started the same way most of these things do, as a lot of chatter while having a good time, but Kirk was more stoked to play on the new record than anyone. He never got to play on anything with EXODUS since the first demo despite being a founding member, so I think it really meant a lot to him. Coming full circle so to speak. So I chose the song “Salt the Wound” since I thought the rhythm section for the first lead was right in his wheelhouse, and he killed it! He came in and busted out several takes and his solo compliments mine perfectly. Then we drank beer and ate barbecue! Epic time!”



Due to a critical and immediate family emergency, Austria’s diabolical death / black metal giants BELPHEGOR have been forced to cancel their planned headlining North American “Voices From The Dark” tour with ROTTING CHRIST (Greece), BEHEADED (Malta), and SVART CROWN (France), which was scheduled to launch September 24th in New York City.

BELPHEGOR frontman & guitarist Helmuth Lehner has issued the following statement:

“After fighting many months now (the last 4 months have been terrible), my mother is at the end. Her body is decaying more and more and will not survive the next weeks (maybe days) or will fall in coma soon. I will not risk being away at this time.”

Conjuring The Dead – the band’s tenth studio album – was released last month and debuted at #13 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and at #58 on the Canadian Hard Music chart. Recorded under the direction of Eric Rutan (CANNABAL CORPSE, AGNOSTIC FRONT, MALEVOLENT CREATION), the album artwork was created by Greek artist Seth Siro Anton.

Watch the official video for the album’s title track, directed by Walter Fanninger and featuring German fetish/tattoo model Makani Terror, on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel:

CANNIBAL CORPSE: Legendary Death Metal Unit Unleashes “The Murderer’s Pact”

Following its premiere this past weekend on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated radio show, today long-running death metal behemoths, CANNIBAL CORPSE, deliver “The Murderer’s Pact” via empire sound portal, Loudwire.

“The Murderer’s Pact” serves as the sixth cut of sonic punishment from CANNIBAL CORPSE’s forthcoming A Skeletal Domain full-length, set for official detonation via Metal Blade Records on September 16th, 2014.


THE HAUNTED’s Ola Englund (guitars) launches play-through video of “Time (Will Not Heal)”

Ola Englund, guitarist of Swedish death-thrashers THE HAUNTED, has launched a new play-through video for “Time (Will Not Heal)”, one of the singles from the band’s new album, Exit Wounds;

THE HAUNTED released their 8th full-length, Exit Wounds, this week worldwide via



Fans can catch their first glimpse of footage from Swedish extreme metal deviants MESHUGGAH?s upcoming live DVD / Blu-Ray + 2-CD release, The Ophidian Trek, due out in North America on September 30th.

Watch The Ophidian Trek teaser;

Celebrating the band?s 25-year anniversary since the recording of their first EP with their second live release, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake has previously stated:

“It’s been 4 years since the release of ‘Alive’ and with the band celebrating 25 years, we felt that we just had to get another one of these puppies out there! Hope you guys dig it and here’s to another 25 (or maybe just a little less)!!’

Footage was shot in the U.S. & Europe during The Ophidian Trek tour and includes festival footage from Wacken Open Air 2013 in Germany. The live audio was processed & edited by MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, mixed by Daniel Begstrand (MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, BEHEMOTH), and mastered by Mats “Limpan” Lindfors (ROXETTE, OPETH, MANDO DIAO).

“We The People Of Wacken” Photography Book

What started as a ‘thank you’ from the W:O:A – Open Air organizers to the community which unflinchingly attends annually has become a huge critical success. We The People of Wacken, a photography book shot by award-winning photographer Pep Bonet and edited by renowned music journalist Steffan Chirazi, continues to receive wide-acclaim for capturing the unique community that is the Wacken Festival audience in a rousing series of unconventional, dynamic and story-laden images.

Shot by over three days at W:O:A Open Air 2013, Bonet traversed all corners of the Wacken festival site to bring unique views of a community which comes together to form its own state annually. Employing a sensibility that has seen him achieve World Press Photography awards for human documentation in the likes of Sierra Leone, Haiti, Chad and India, Bonet integrated with the people of Wacken to capture moments of action and emotion which present a unique view of this enormous festival. Complemented by an essay from Chirazi about the Wacken community, We The People of Wacken is a stunning portfolio which will appeal to anyone who enjoys fine photography and intriguing stories. Added to the stunning visual presentation is a 2 CD soundtrack of the bands who played the festival, allowing the reader a dual-immersion into the world of the Wacken community if desired.

Parallel to the publication of the book, there were already an exhibition of photographs of the book, which were displayed on large billboards, banners and screens around on the 25th Wacken Open Air 2014 festival.


AT THE GATES launches ‘At War With Reality’ album teaser, reveals track-listing

“Gothenburg style” melodic death metal pioneers AT THE GATES will soon release their highly anticipated At War With Reality comeback album, their first studio effort in 19 years. A first music teaser, featuring more of the stunning artwork designed by Costin Chioreanu ( for At War With Reality, can be seen here:

Due out October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records, At War With Reality features the band’s classic line-up from their latest masterpiece, Slaughter Of The Soul (1995).


Cover Artwork Unveiled for Upcoming Heavy Metal Art Book …And Justice For Art

Veteran Metal/Rock journalist, Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos ( METAL Magazine/ just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book …And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers.

This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artworks as iconic as Slayer’s “Reign In Blood,” Morbid Angel’s “Blessed Are The Sick,” Metallica’s “And Justice For All,” Black Sabbath?s “13,” Death’s “Symbolic,” Carcass “Heartwork,” Cormorant’s “Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.

These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music?s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) among many others. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by critically-acclaimed illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.


INTERNAL BLEEDING: Lyric Video From Fifth Full-Length By NYC Slam Instigators Now Playing At Skulls ‘N’ Bones

As Imperium, the first new album in more than a decade from institutional New York City-based death metal outfit, INTERNAL BLEEDING, is being prepared to see its official unveiling late this month, a lyric video from the release is now viewable via Skulls ‘N’ Bones.

The third of nine horrendously destructive hymns harnessed by INTERNAL BLEEDING under direction of Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studio in NYC (Suffocation, Dehumanized, Mortal Decay) and set to see release as Imperium, “The Pageantry Of Savagery” is an aptly destructive example of what the front-runners of the “slam movement” have conceived and delivered; an inexorable, enraged and yet focused album that yields no mercy. Reports IB vocalist Keith Devito on the song’s basis,



A very unfortunate situation has come to the attention of Bay Area thrash metal band EXODUS.

It appears 31-year-old James “Jamie” Evans, an EXODUS fan living in Greenville, Kentucky, has been arrested – and is currently being jailed – for alleged terroristic threats for posting the lyrics to the EXODUS song “Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)” from the band?s 2010 Billboard-charting album Exhibit B: The Human Condition.

No past or present member of EXODUS has ever promoted or condoned terrorists, threats, or bullying. Band members are baffled by what appears to be a violation of the right to Freedom of Speech, which is protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

EXODUS guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt has issued the following statement:


CANNIBAL CORPSE: American Death Metal Icons Debut “The Murderer’s Pact”

This weekend, death metal devotees will get to hear the devouring cadence of CANNIBAL COPRSE’s “The Murderer’s Pact” from their forthcoming new full-length, A Skeletal Domain, along with an in-depth interview with bassist Alex Webster, on Full Metal Jackie’s syndicated radio show!

Full Metal Jackie Radio is two hours of fist-pounding metal, hosted by renowned metal radio personality Full Metal Jackie (FMQB Metal Host Of The Year, four time winner), featuring regular interviews with many of metal’s biggest names, past and present. The show is syndicated on over seventy-five stations nationwide. Visit for more details, and a list of stations carrying the show.

The “The Murderer’s Pact” premiere comes on the heels of the release of CANNIBAL CORPSE’s thirteenth full-length. With A Skeletal Domain, the band has decidedly switched gears, opting to work with producer Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, DevilDriver) at Audio Hammer Studios, after having tracked their previous three outings (Kill, Evisceration Plague, Torture) with Erik Rutan. Boasting twelve ominous tracks in forty-four spine-fraying minutes, the result is a massive, belligerent, and deliberate aural attack that finds the band at their peak of their notoriously hyper-kinetic, meticulously executed brutality.

RINGS OF SATURN Lugal Ki En Approaches

As RINGS OF SATURN’s disparaging Lugal Ki En encroaches inundating the human population, this week preorders for the album via iTunes are made apparent, following the disbursal of links to the physical manifestation of the album in recent weeks.

RINGS OF SATURN recently dominated stages across the Americas on the month-long The Face Implosion Tour, immediately followed by the Summer Slaugher The Canada Club Tour, and with immense further tour plans imminent in conjunction with Lugal Ki En’s mid-October release, the outfit’s obvious focused on mass consumption of the human race becomes ever more apparent. A cataclysmic nearly forty-five-minute display of the most vicious, sci-fi obliteration from the band to date, Lugal Ki En fuses cosmic elements into a forward-thinking form of malevolent death metal/deathcore, through a lyrical concept in which the Aliens wage war on the angels and demons of the universe after having conquered humanity — the album title translated from ancient Sumerian cuneiform to mean “King Of The Earthlings, Lord Of The Cosmic World.”


HANK3 Announces Upcoming Central/West Coast Tour

HANK3, the most famous hellbilly rock n? roll outlaw of all time, will perform at 15 central and western U.S. tour stops this fall! The grand, four-hours-a-night, country/metal/punk HANK3 musical experience chugs on, beginning September 17th in Springfield, MO at Outland Ballroom. The tour will travel out to the southwest, ultimately making its way up north and stopping in Denver, CO at the Ogden Theatre on October 6th.


WOLVHAMMER: First Wave Of Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour Announced

Like rubbing battery acid into an open wound, WOLVHAMMER is now chasing the release of their grating new album, Clawing Into Black Sun, with live actions across the Americas, having just announced the initial leg of their multi-pronged Desanctifying North America 2014.

The newest incursion of performances will run the Northeastern US from late October through mid-November, seeing the Midwestern-based WOLVHAMMER cult headlining all dates in support of their Profound Lore-released third LP, Clawing Into Black Sun, with direct support from NYC-based Relapse artists, Mortals. Several more dates will be added to the currently booked two-week-long itinerary.


EXHUMED: West Coast Gore Hounds Return To The Road This Fall


West Coast gore hounds, EXHUMED, will take to the streets this Fall on another rash of live incursions with extreme metal technicians Carcass and manic death thrashers Noisem. Slated to kick off on October 24th in San Diego, the Inked In Steel Tour 2014 will trample nearly two dozen cities with additional sonic devourment from death metal legends Obituary and Macabre on select dates. From there the band will march overseas for more onstage devastation with Aborted, Origin and Miasmal. See confirmed shows below.

Comments Matt Harvey, he of the decrepit death rattle and repugnant requiems: “We’ve been enjoying a rare few months of quiet in the EXHUMED camp, but we’re finally emerging from the death metal equivalent of cryo-sleep to make some noise again. We’re totally psyched to be back out amongst all you mutants and maniacs again for some beers, laughs and our usual brand of heavy metal mayhem. It’ll be great to worm our way back into your little black hearts. We couldn’t ask for a better tour package than with Carcass and Obituary, and our solo dates will allow us to unleash a full spectrum of stuff onstage – more songs, more production, more Marshall cabinets. It’s gonna be a blast (beat). See you fuckers there! Bring beer!”

EXHUMED will be touring in support of their critically adored Necrocracy full-length. Released last Summer via Relapse Records, the record serves as the band’s most musically adept, sonically punishing and conceptually provocative recording of their mammoth catalog of chaos. Outburn gave Necrocracy a 9/10 score, noting, (more…)

Brandon Saller (drums, vocals) – Atreyu

In continuing with our AFTERSHOCK interviews, here we go with BRANDON SALLER from ATREYU. Putting this out on the same day as they put out their first new song in 4 years.

Q: Congrats on the return of ATREYU! How was the time away?

A: It was great. I started my other band HELL OR HIGHWATER. We basically toured and made music since Atreyu stopped. Obviously, that will continue still.

Q: How is ATREYU different today than 5 years ago? 10 years ago?

A: I think we’ve just grown up. We’ve learned about ourselves. What we want. What we need. How we want to create. How this business works.

Q: Is there anything you regret about ATREYU’s career?

A: No. I love every step we’ve made, even down to our hiatus. Even that brought me things that I never imagined.

Q: You’re playing Aftershock in Sacramento in September, what bands on the bill are you looking forward to seeing?

A: Stoked for awolnation, of mice & men, rob zombie. To name a few.

Q: Do you prefer Festivals or Clubs?

A: I love both. Nothing compares to a crowd that you can’t see the end of going nuts though.

Q: If you could create your ‘dream band’ for yourself, who would be the players with you?

A: Dave grohl drums. Josh home guitar. Brian May guitar. Joey Bradford bass. I’ll sing.

Q: What happens when the unstoppable force collides with the unmovable object?

A: Saxe?

Q: What are the 5 albums you need if you were the last person on earth?

A: Tom Petty -greatest hits, Kenna-new sacred cow, Soilwork-natural born chaos, Misfits-famous monsters, Jimmy eat world- bleed American

Mark Thompson

Unlocking The Truth (entire band)

In continuing our interviews for the AFTERSHOCK Festival in Sacramento, here’s our interview with UNLOCKING THE TRUTH

Q: Congrats on the record deal, how does it feel?

Jarad: Thank You! It feels great! To have a big supporter (Sony Red) who is helping to guide us to the top of the charts is exciting. They are also helping us with the recording of our first EP. I’m grateful.

Alec: It feels great to have a record deal at my age.

Q: Please describe UNLOCKING THE TRUTH for those that have not checked you out live or online yet?

Jarad: Unlocking the Truth is a custom Metal Band. We write & create our own music. We have different style of than what you would normally hear from the modern metal band.

Malcolm: How I would describe Unlocking the Truth is being different. We stand up for people who do things outside the box and we try to encourage kids to do things that they want to do no matter what anybody says.

Q: What is the lyrical focus for you?

Jarad: My lyrical focus is some of my life experiences. Though I’m twelve turning thirteen there are lots of new things I’m discovering about the world and myself. I also like to watch horror movies and think about the music I would’ve liked to hear for a/that certain theme or scene.

Q: You’re also playing Aftershock in Sacramento in September, what bands on the bill are you looking forward to seeing?

Jarad: One of my favorite bands to see would be Lacuna Coil! I really like that they are an Italian Metal Goth Band and I’ve been listening to them since I was eight yrs. old. Their music is very inspiring.

Alec: The bands I am looking forward to seeing at Aftershock in Sacramento are Lacuna Coil and Escape The Fate.

Q: Do you prefer Festivals (like Coachella) or Clubs?

Jarad: I prefer festivals like Coachella. The band and I had a great experience there. We met and talked to a lot of people of all races, and they were very welcoming to the band?s music. A lot of them said to be so young and in the game we rocked! We gave great performances both weekends. To me that was like playing at the Rock am Ring festivals in Germany! One day I wish to see that happen.

Alec: I prefer Festivals because at festivals the crowd seem more energetic there’s seem to be more of an appreciation for the music.

Malcolm: I like clubs better than festivals because when you’re in a club you can interact with the fans more and the fans are the people who motivate me to give a good performance. Big crowds at festivals are nice too but you can’t interact with the fans as much.

Q: If you could create your ‘dream band’ for yourself, who would be the players with you?

Jarad: Malcolm & Alec. I like how we are already expressing ourselves now, we collaborate and understand each other. We also know what we like to hear and each one contributes something to a song. There would be others I would like to see join the band but these are my true troopers.

Malcolm: I have been creating my own music at home and saving in on Logic Pro X but I haven’t found any members yet. I’m still in search of people, but I would also like Jeff Loomis, Corey Taylor (SlipKnot), Ghost (Motionless in White), Pablo (Chelsea Grin) and myself.

Q: What happens when the unstoppable force collides with the unmovable object?

Jarad: Well then I would have to find another route. Because I don?t want anything stopping me from doing what I love to do and that play music. Only way that I would stop playing is if someone cuts my hands/arms off. Other than that I?m unstoppable when it comes to my music.

Alec: When the unstoppable force collides with the unmovable object it’s a standoff.

Malcolm: When the unstoppable force and the unmovable object collide, they burst into million of pieces and those pieces become more unstoppable forces and unmovable objects.

Q: What are the 5 albums you need if you were the last person on earth?

Jarad: Jill Scott, Kelly Price, Anthony Hamilton, Memphis May Fire, & Lacuna Coil, Disturbed, Paramore and so much more. I know you said 5. But I love all kinds/genres of music. I sometime listen to jazz and opera too.

Alec: I don’t listen to albums, I listen to singles and these are the five singles I would need if I were the last person on earth Fade To Black – Metallica, In The End -Linkin Park, So Faraway -Avenged Sevenfold, Master Of Puppets – Metallica and One – Metallica

Malcolm: The 5 albums I would need would be Escape The Fate-Ungrateful, Disturbed-The Sickness, Disturbed-Asylum, Asking Alexandria-From Death To Destiny, and Asking Alexandria- Reckless & Relentless.

Q: Thanks for your time and answering the questions! Any final words for your fans?

Jarad: Yes to all the fans out there as we say be free. Express your thoughts either on paper or thru song. Always be You. Let no one take away your glory in what makes you happy. Look out for our EP coming to you real soon.

Mark Thompson

Hernan “Eddie” Hermida (vocals) – Suicide Silence

Driving on his way home from Sacramento back to the East Bay, SUICIDE SILENCE frontman HERNAN “Eddie” HERMIDA took a few moments, despite flakey cell phone service, to talk on a myriad of topics. Please read on for another of our interviews with KNOTFEST Bands.

Q: You ready to do this interview?

A: Yeah man! I’m just driving home from Sacramento!

Q: As long as you don’t crash it’s alright with me.

A: That’s why this Bluetooth is hooked up so we’re good!

Q: I’m not trying to be negative, but the last thing we need is another frontman of SS to leave us in an accident.

A: (laughs) and it would be all your fault!

Q: Why can’t we stop you?

A: Why can’t you stop me? Well, really, the lyrics were written by MITCH LUCKER so that’s an answer in itself. He’s still with us in death and is still with us in life.

a lot of cell interference happens right here

Q: You have an album out, it’s selling well, stepping away from your previous project (ALL SHALL PERISH), how did you approach that decision?

A: It was a plethora of things. The main one being I was really good friends with these guys for a really long time. It was situation whereas much as they lost a brother, I lost a brother as well. Not to the same extent. However, I’ve been friends with these guys for a long time and did my first national tour with these guys. When they came and asked me, it was basically something I couldn’t say No to. They told me I was the guy they were really stoked on and they felt I could knock the ball out of the park. It took some coercing but I did agree with them in the long run. They knew I could perform live and could bring it on the record. My only big concern was don’t make me quit my other band and they were all on board and they never asked me to step away.

Q: You guys are home right now, correct?

A: Yeah, we just spent two and a half months on the road. So it’s some long due chill time you know?

Q: And you have KNOTFEST coming up at the end of October?

A: Yes Sir! Very stoked at that! It’s going to be the tail end of this tour we have coming up with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. It’s a co-headliner with support from CHELSEA GRIN.

Q: When you’re approaching the live shows, do you have a say in the format of the setlist?

A: I’ve never been the dude that picks the set list. My taste in music is so far left field from what anybody else likes so when I pick a set list it’s my favorite songs and my favorite songs don’t tend to be the crowd’s favorites they end up being niche favorites so I’ve always kept my hands out of that pot. I let the guys decide. Mark is the dude that’s really in tune with the set list, he’s a really good DJ. Whenever we’re on road trips he plays most of the music that’s played on the bus. He has a good idea for the movement of each song and how they flow into each other.

Q: I read a quote somewhere where somebody asked RONNIE JAMES DIO how he has such a great voice night after night and his reply was something to the nature of, ‘you either got it or you don’t!’ What do you do to warm up, do you have a ritual?

A: Yeah, I have a ritual! I warm up, but it’s mainly for myself. In the end, being on stage, is kind of like looking in the mirror if you will. Your mind is going to see what it sees. If I’m down in the dumps, I feel like I don’t perform as well on stage. But then I watch videos and I crushed it. Truth is I don’t really need to warm up, but rather to get my mind centered and making sure I’m clear of any negative thought or anything in there that could fuck up the show. It’s like putting on your suit before going to work. You gotta put on your stinky band clothes. I have a ritual where I put on the same Spiderman socks for every show. It’s kind of gross, but it’s stuff like that.

Q: You said something earlier about your musical taste being so left field, if there was one band or album that you listen to that would surprise people, what or who is it?

A: I am a huge fan of MR. BUNGLE! The album Disco Volante is a very skud record. Most death metal fans, rock n roll fans, and punk fans want the Verse / Chorus / Verse / Chorus, they want something they can sing along with. The reality is that Mr. Bungle is the opposite of that on purpose, it’s not structured music, it doesn’t have choruses, you can sing along but that’s because MIKE PATTON is a musical genius and his lyrical depth has as much depth as you have. Which means that it’s true art. It’s out there for you to make your own interpretation. It’s just one of those things when you strive to be really, really different it makes for more entertaining music for me. I’ve grown up playing music, and grown up understanding the structures of how to build music for so long that I need something completely from out of that realm.

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Q: What’s your next year look like?

A: Dude, a lot of fucking touring! This record is highly important to us to get it out there and show the record label that we are worth their while. And once we settle down in 2015 I think we’re going to really focus and write another record, get out there, and push our own boundaries. We’ve talked about doing something different that will really set us apart as a band and it’s time to show people that Suicide Silence is always going to progress and move forward!

Mark Thompson

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