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Q & A With Dark Station

In the spring of 2018, five Southern California musicians came together, leaving their respective projects behind, to form a new band. A band with the ability to seamlessly transition from crushingly heavy riffs to unforgettably haunting melodies and lyrics. With inspiration drawing from the top late 90's and early 00's rock bands, there's a certain familiarity to the music that's refreshing and yet evolved into what can only be described as Dark Station. Set to release in 2019, the debut album "Down in The Dark" is poised to cement the band's name as a commendable force in the rock world. With rock on the rise, Dark Station has risen to the challenge of aiding in rock's revival. This is the new age. This is Dark Station.   Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Nathan: We won't be doing shows until...

Q & A With Christian Lawrence From Dead By Wednesday

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Christian: Well, we just released our brand new self-titled Dead By Wednesday album out now worldwide in stores & online via Combat Records. We are currently out on tour with the legendary Flotsam & Jetsam as direct support for a 30 date cross country tour helping promote & push our new release. So far, so good! The band has been great to us & we feel nothing but honored.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Christian: DBW has been together since 2006 but is virtually a brand new outfit at this point. The only two remaining original members are me (Opus on drums) & the bassist Mike Modeste so basically the OG’s are the rhythm section which is very cool because most bands foundation is that. But with...

Q & A With Luke Keating From Blacklist Regulars

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Luke: Our debut record, ‘Through The Blast,’ is coming out on June 14th with Pavement Entertainment and we are super excited for our fans to hear it! We have support dates on Flaw’s U.S. tour coming up on June 11th,12th and 13th which we can’t wait for and our live album release will be in Chicago at Livewire Lounge on June 20th to kick things off. We have more dates in the works and a national tour coming up too, which we hope to be able to share more details about soon.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Luke: The band has been together in this lineup for a little over two years.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or...

Q & A With Tommy From Baker’s Dozen

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? TOMMY: We just dropped our debut album "Cake and Chaos" through Pavement Entertainment and we are excited to see what come next, meanwhile we've been staying busy writing new shit and playing shows here locally in Las Vegas.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? TOMMY: Baker's Dozen was formed on a dark and stormy October 31st, 2016. So three years give or take.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? TOMMY: We'd all played in different bands with each other. One afternoon Dave and I were on the phone and I mentioned  to him that Zach and I were looking to start something original, on our own (we were in tribute bands at the time) and would that be something...

Q & A With Damon From Of Virtue

Born and bred in Michigan, Of Virtue has given a new meaning to the word "homegrown". Starting as any band, locally, then touring regionally and eventually nationally within a short two years - Of Virtue most recently began their conquest of spreading their music beyond the United States and has now reached almost 25 countries, just two years after their first time on foreign soil. During the lifetime of the band they have since released two LPs and two EPs ... it wasn't until their single Ghost Town, released in 2017, that the band truly found what they were looking to do. After announcing the addition of two new members, Tyler Ennis (vocals) and Kyle Pruehs (drums, in addition to founding members Damon Tate on (guitar), Michael Valadez (guitar), and Jon Fox (bass) Of Virtue have found themselves stronger than ever and prepared for 2019 as they partner with SharpTone...

Q & A With Jake Adkins From Wake Up Hate

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Jake: We just released our debut EP "Deep Sleep"! And we have awesome merch bundles available on our website.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Jake: We've been together since December 2018.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Jake: Matt and I have been ghostwriting together for rock and metal bands for a long time. That's kinda where the idea of creating a band came from. We got so good at writing together, we figured we might as well see what kind of music we could make for ourselves.     XS ROCK: What is your music background? Jake: Prior to this band our guitarist Matt was in a group called Exotype. Triston and I...

Q & A With Blake Burns From Hell & Hollar

Hell & Hollar draw from their many influences that span the areas of blues and heavy stoner rock, they are developing a brand of rock all their own. Their heavy yet inviting sound is a refreshingly straight forward rock music that anyone can have a good time with. This force to be reckoned with has an old school heavy rock vibe with an open eye on the future. XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Blake Burns: We are getting ready to head out on our Why The Hell Not Summer Tour. We will be in Johnson City TN on June 26th at The Hideaway, Summerfest in Milwaukee WI on June 28th, Raleigh NC on July 2 at The Pour House, and Atlanta GA on July 4th at Smith's Old Bar. We might be adding a couple of dates...

Q & A With Eric Cobb Of Cold Black River

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Eric: Cold Black River recently released “Tales of Death & The Devil” on CD. It’s a 9 track doom rock scorcher with some fun twists and turns throughout. We’re thrilled to announce we’ve been picked up for “Day of Doom” in Chicago this year as well as “Wisconsin Doomed and Stoned” in November. June 15th we’re playing “Riff Raff Fest” here in Madison with a ton of heavy locals like Droids Attack and subatomic.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Eric: We came together winter 2013 and played our first show at The Wisco May of 2014. It was funny because Jeremy (guitar), Aaron (drums), and I (vox/bass) had been diligently rehearsing in this small studio for months prior to the gig, not having much room to move around....

Q & A With Silver Devil

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Silver Devil: Right now we are rehearsing for release gig on the slaughterhouse in Stockholm on June 5th. We will play with a band called Skraeckoedlan who released his latest album at the same time as us.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Silver Devil: We started in 2005, but with a different setup. Bass player and a guitar player have been replaced during the trip. But with current members since 2011.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Silver Devil: Mostly just for having fun, and taking the opportunity to be creative. In today's society, I find it difficult to find time for oneself and their own interests beyond the everyday work.   XS ROCK: What is your music...

Q & A With Blind From Summoner’s Circle

Summoner's Circle is a six-piece theatrical metal band that blends elements of doom, death, black and progressive metal into what they refer to as simply Epic Metal. For the band, every song in an incantation, every live performance is a Summoning, and everything they do is tied intrinsically to the mythology, or lore, they have created.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? BLIND:  We have just come off the Hexed North American Tour with Children of Bodom, Swallow the Sun, and Wolfheart.  Now we're gearing up for the label release of our debut full-length album, which has been re-named 'Become None'.  The album will be released on Pavement Records, worldwide, on May 17th, 2019.  We have a coinciding album release show on May 24th, at The Concourse in Knoxville, TN, with our good friends in Warclown and...

Q & A With Dan Kinnaley From Burial Party

Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Our first release, a 7" titled "Please, Electric Move Slow" will be out on July 12. We'll be playing shows around the Midwest through the end of the year to support it.   How long has the band been together? Burial Party started in August of 2017, so it's coming up on two years.    What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? We just wanted to make noise and have a good time.   What is your music background? My parents had an upright piano in the house when I was a kid, and I taught myself how to play a little, nothing special and mostly with one hand. From there I moved on to playing trombone in the school band and picked up a guitar as a teenager....

Q & A With Rich Mendez of FireWalkWithMe

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Rich: Latest band news is that we just finished tracking, mixing and mastering our album "The Eternal Black Rainbow" and we are setting up to campaign the F**K out of it.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Rich: The band has always been myself and the idea and concept for this band came to me while on tour with Trail of Dead (as guitar tech) in October in Europe in 2012. in 2015 I decided to try and bring the band to life with Jason Reece from Trail of Dead. So we did.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Rich: In this particular project I'm involved with now I'd have to say Trail of Dead. Trail of Dead has...

Q & A With Shawn Perry

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Shawn Perry: We just dropped a new and Lawnchair and rad new music video for it and we will be hitting the studio at the end of the summer to cut a few more for y'all. https://youtu.be/v5cXT4X5-Go XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Shawn Perry: Since 2015 although Corey Linden and myself have been playing together since 2010     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Shawn Perry: I am a maniac that likes to wear ridiculous clothes and command seas of humans like Freddy Mercury... Maybe one day I will dye my stash' black and take it to the next level, I already have white pants and lots of capes.     XS ROCK: What is your music...

Q & A With The Hyss

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? The Hyss: Our warm-up gig before the release of our EP Hound is May 19 at Crown Liquors in Logan Square here in Chicago. More gigs TBD locations in Joliet, near north side, west burbs this summer. Hopefully back in the studio in the fall.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? The Hyss: Almost 8 years, since November 2011   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? The Hyss: I have a life goal to remain musically active, always. Also, there’s a deficit in melted faces. I need to do my part.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? The Hyss: I mostly grew up watching Kurt Cobain kill the 80s metal scene by strangling the neck of his guitar....

Q & A With The Northmen

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? ⁃At the moment we just have a video we are pushing for our first single ever called “forevermore”. Other than that we are getting all our ducks in a row for a serious move towards the industry. We can say that we’ve started working with Paul Crosby and Derrick Pichon of 434 management. They opened a lot of doors for us and we are doing everything in our power to make this a career. Until then- anything we would promote is getting nice and warm in the oven ⁃for the rest of 2019 we have a string of summer shows. We will be all along the east coast with an awesome Metallica tribute band called “fade to black”. We have a few big local events like the Watertown block party and Black...

Q & A With Forever Autumn

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Autumn Ni Dubhghaill:  As you know, we just released the new album; 'Howls in the Forest at Dusk'.  We are setting up some summer tour dates with Canadian band Deep Dark River, and a plan is coming together to re-imagine, from a contemporary perspective, the very first Forever Autumn release from 2001 with a hopeful release in 2021 as a 20th-anniversary record.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Autumn Ni Dubhghaill:  The band has been together since late 2000, but to be fair it was just me, Autumn Ni Dubhghaill, at that point.  It wasn't until about 2005 when I began to add more people to the band.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Autumn Ni Dubhghaill:  I am...

Q & A With Tom Kelly From Black Dawn

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Tom: Our new album “On Blackened Wings” will be released via Pavement Entertainment on Friday, May 3, and the album release party will be at Starland Ballroom on May 4 when we open for Skid Row!     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Tom: The band has been in existence since the early 1990s when I started it.  I am one of the members since the inception, along with Matt and Enzo.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Tom: It was something I just knew I always wanted to do.  I have always dreamed of releasing the kind of albums and playing the kind of shows and doing the kind of things that we are now...

Q & A With Gabriel And The Apocalypse

Hailing from the colorful and music inspired streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota comes the unique blend of Metal/Rock/Industrial that is GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE. The band delivers a fierce yet beautiful array of female fronted aggression that will give their predecessors a run for their money. The brainchild of vocalist Lindy Gabriel, GABRIEL AND THE APOCALYPSE independently put out 2 releases which were backed by numerous national support tours around the United States. Their intense and professional style videos also paved the way for the group to become an underground sensation. The bands upcoming creation “Alpha Bionic” sets a new standard for Gabriel and the Apocalypse. Set to be released in early 2019 this full length album features a new look and sound for the band. To kick off the promotion of “Alpha Bionic” the band will be hitting the road for a full scale U.S. tour. XS ROCK: Tell me...

Q & A With Lukas Vitullo From As Within So Without

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Lukas Vitullo: Well, less than a month ago we dropped our new album Into Oblivion and it has done way better than we had anticipated. We are playing shows all around the north east and currently working on some things right now that we can’t really talk too much about right now. But the wheels are turning and we’re very excited.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Lukas Vitullo: As Within, So Without was formed in 2014 under a different name, eventually there were lineup changes and we rebranded to what we are today. We had a rocky start in the beginning but things have been smooth sailing since 2017.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a...

Q & A With Blind Scryer

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Blind Scryer: Album release March 29th, 2019 @ Odeon Louisville with Archarus and Shi.  Lucifer & Spell March 19th @ Cosmic Charlie’s Lexington. Ride the Sun Tour March 26-30th.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Blind Scryer: 3 years   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Blind Scryer:  Love of the riff. To play loud music we like - stoner rock.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Blind Scryer: All members have played in various local music scenes over the years in Louisville and elsewhere. Blair comes from the WV scene.   XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Blind Scryer:  Something in the realm of fortune telling, apocalyptic omens, doom of mankind, dystopian future, etc....

Q & A With Christian Ayala of Avandra

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Christian Ayala: First off, thanks for providing this space for us! As far as band news, we are releasing our sophomore album on April 26 via Blood Music (label). We have a scheduled show for April 13 and have the release show of the second album on the 5th of May. We are currently looking into doing a short 2 week tour through the U.S. and will have more news on that soon, sjo be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up!   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Christian Ayala: The band started out as a solo project of mine in around 2011. At that time, it was just an idea with some loose riffs here and there. I was learning how to record from scratch...

Q & A With Ritchie Randall From Gravehuffer

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Ritchie Randall: Nice! Right out of the gate we have all kinds of shit going on! 1st off we have an vinyl EP on pre-order through NoSlip Records here: https://nosliprecords.bandcamp.com/album/demon-face-stalingrads-cross-ep We are also on a double vinyl compilation called Doombanomicon through Black Doomba Records that will be released in May here: https://blackdoombarecords.bandcamp.com/album/doombanomicon Our list of live shows is right here: Mar 09 Blackthorn Pizza & Pub Joplin, MO - our 11 year anniversary. Apr 20 420Fest TJ Leland's Pittsburg, KS - celebrate 420 yo. May 17 Fubar St Louis, MO - our 1st time in St. Louis. Jun 22 Bad Ass Renee's Tulsa, OK - love playing B.A.R. Aug 03 Traumafest Iola, KS - cool outdoor fest. Sep 14 Bullshittin In The Backyard New Albany, KS - BMX competition with us providing the...

Q & A With Sol Williams from Artwork for the Blind

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Sol: New projects wise, we're writing and recording material for a new full length. It's sounding great so far. We're been talking to a director about doing another vid in support of our latest EP A Dying Breed and the Living Proof.  Show wise we've got some home town shows coming. Watch our media outlets for those. We're playing MurderFest in Tampa, Fl. at the Brass Mug, August 17th. We're working on booking an Autumn tour. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Sol: We got together in 2012. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Sol: We wanted to make a band playing heavy music. We wanted to make a forward thinking band that also keeps it true to the roots of...

Q & A With Mikey Lopez, Guitarist For 9Electric

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Mikey: Our new record ‘Megalith’ comes out Friday 3/29!     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Mikey: This lineup of the band has been together for about a year - we like to think of 9Electric as a new band with the new lineup.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Mikey: My love for music and entertaining!     XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Mikey: It conveys a deep love and appreciation of music.     XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals? Mikey: Right now, our main focus is getting our new record ‘Megalith’ into as many ear holes as possible!     XS ROCK: Which do you...

Q & A With Antony Quinn From Hosemen

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Quinn: Our album is finally going to be released on April 19th along with a do it yourself music video for our song Hollow Man. We have a couple of small gigs coming up, one at Garcias in Port Chester NY on April 18th   XS ROCK:How long has the band been together?  Quinn: has been together for about 2 and a half years now!   XS ROCK:What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Quinn: There's absolutely no better feeling in the world then creating music with other people and actually being good at it! It's just something we have to do!    XS ROCK:What is your music background? Quinn: Brien (bass) has been playing guitar since 6th grade after listening and being inspired by Metallicas Kill...

Q & A With Echo 2 Locate

XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Rhiannon Neagle : Me and our drummer (Mike) created the band almost two years ago. We ended up getting our new members Clarke (guitarist) and Will (bassist) about a year ago.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Rhiannon Neagle: I just have always wanted to be able to help people in the way music has always helped me.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Rhiannon Neagle: I started playing piano at a very young age. I ended going through school playing the clarinet and later switching to the bass clarinet. I started learning guitar when I was seven, however it was hard for me to be able to learn from somebody else because I’m left handed so I decided to teach myself. By the time I was twelve,...

Q & A With Tim Swisher From Eyes Of The Living

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Tim Swisher: We’re excited that our album “War on Dead – More Dead” will be Released worldwide through Pavement Entertainment on March 15, 2019. We have a bunch of dates line-up through March, April and May across a few states. Our show schedule can be seen here: https://www.eyesoftheliving.com/shows   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Tim Swisher: Eyes of the Living originally started as a past-time studio project between myself and the Bass player Chris Moore back in 2012. We invited Mike Straiton to come in a lay down guitar solos not too long after that, it was intended to be just for fun and lacked focus and was often shelved for months on end. In 2016 as some songs were becoming more complete, we realized...

Q & A With Shaheena Dax From She Made Me Do It

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Shaheena: We’ve just released our new EP ‘Drenched’ and the video for one of the tracks called ‘Bones’. We’ve just filmed a video for another track on the EP called ‘Broken Morning’ and we have some gigs lined up in the U.K. and in Europe over the next few months.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Shaheena: About 5 years - we were both in the rock band Rachel Stamp for many years and Will and I started writing new songs - She Made Me Do It is the epic result of our songwriting collaboration.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Shaheena: We were writing lots of songs then started rehearsing and developing them and it all...

Q & A With Blake Bedsaul From SAUL

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Blake: We have some tours in the works. We recently hooked up with an amazing roster at Artery Global. We just released our EP AEONS on March 1st. You can get it on all music platforms. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Blake: and I have been in a band together since we have started playing instruments. Being brothers and best friends made it easy to always jam and write. We had a rebirth when we got William McIlravy on bass and Joe Nichols on drums. Truly brought the whole thing together. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Blake: The music... the music is what inspired us to be in a band. We were heavily influenced by bands like TOOL, Black...

Q & A With Michael Fonseca of Huelga

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Michael: I'm releasing a cassette EP on March 31st and starting out with 200 copies.  I probably won't make anymore because if the demand is there, I will put it out on vinyl.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Michael: I started writing tunes for this project around 2006. A lot of things occurred in between that kept me from finishing the songs.  I joined a bunch of bands that ultimately went nowhere.  I went to grad school which took 2 years to prepare for and 2 years to complete.  I lost a lot of finished music to broken hard drives. I also had someone lined up to play guitar and bass but he ended up moving away. I now feel like I hit my stride and with the advent of solid state drives I feel unstoppable....

Q & A With Kevin Connelly From Iron Age Mystics

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Kevin: Our debut CD is coming out right now in four parts until the final release date May 19, 2019.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Kevin: 10 years in various forms.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Kevin: From when I was a kid, I knew that music could reach people in ways that nothing else could. I wanted to reach people in those ways.     XS ROCK: What is your music background? Kevin: The lead singer, lyricist, and songwriter for New Regime; Son Of The Sun (solo); Burn (solo double disc); Life On Mars; Mercuretto; and Iron Age Mystics.     XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Kevin:...

Q & A With Marty Hill From Roaring Truth

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Marty: We are promoting our current self-titled EP, “Roaring Truth”. It’s ROARING with melodic hooks and scorching riffs. If you like groovin’ metal- we’re a band for you!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Marty: Our current roster came together in May 2018   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Marty: We are all big fans of music. We could all sit around and talk about it for hours. It’s a passion of the heart not only to listen to it, but play it as well.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Marty: None really, I know enough music theory to be dangerous, LOL! Music comes naturally for me and is birthed in my heart. The...

Q & A With ZFG

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?    Josh: We are getting all geared up to go out on our first ever tour together, supporting Adelitas Way across the US. We're stoked, it's going to be a lot of fun!   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?   Josh: I think we started writing and recording the odd track here and there in January last year (2018), more or less just for fun, then I think we made it official in August 2018! So we haven’t been a band long, but for me personally, the musicianship in this band and how easy Trev, Sam and Jules make it to play with, it sounds like we’ve been jamming for years. It's a complete pleasure!   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in...

Q & A With Morey Straus From Atomic Kavemen

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Morey: Now that we have a full set, we’re really focused on getting as tight as we can be for gigs. We probably will start releasing new songs again this summer.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Morey: Six months.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Morey: Seemed like a sure fire way to make a lot of money.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Morey: I played clarinet as a child. I later picked up the bass, and quickly set it back down. I’ve just concentrated on singing since then.     XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys? Morey: A shambling, semi-humanoid figure, rising up from the urban landscape.  ...

Q & A With Mark Sugar From Black Sites

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Mark: I'm sure glad you asked about that! We have a new album called "Exile" that is coming out on April 19th.    XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Mark: Black Sites started in early 2016, although a few people have come and gone since then. The current lineup has been together about a year.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Mark: At the time, I had no other skills that were of any use to society. I still don't, which is why I'm still in a band.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Mark: I'm pretty much self-taught, other than a semester of music theory and some singing lessons later on.  Everything else, I learned from listening...

Q & A With Ross Blomgren From Becoming the Lion

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Ross: We are super excited to be playing March 30th with American Arson. They’re just a solid rock/punk type band from Detroit. After that we are hoping to jump right back in for the next EP. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Ross: This project has been around for 8 years now as a solo project of mine. It has been only really in this last year that I’ve had the opportunity to expand and rethink what this project could be. In the beginning it was about how to write and record songs in my bedroom, now it’s about how to take those ideas and grow as a band and build a community around them. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?...

Q & A With George Gutierrez Of Worldwide Panic

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? (GG) Thanks for having me. Our latest single, a re-imagining of 90’s anthem “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette, just dropped on 2/8 on all streaming platforms. We are also on the Madness and Mayhem Tout with Mushroomhead, Hellzapoppin and Ventana from 2/15 thru 3/17. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? (GG) This current iteration of Worldwide Panic has been together since 2016, I joined in 2017, and our lead guitarist, George Patmas, joined in 2018. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? (GG)I started getting into music as a teenager, in the heyday of the nü-metal movement. I had a few friends that played guitar and I thought it was the coolest thing so I dropped hints to my parents that...

Q & A With Dethonator Bassist Adz Lineker

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Adz: Our latest release is a brand new LP called Race Against The Sun: Part One. It was released on February the 1st, through Pavement Entertainment. This record is our most diverse and colourful record so far.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Adz: The current line up has been together since 2014. We became Dethonator in 2009, and there was a fair bit of cutting teeth and honing craft before that under different names as well.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Adz: When much younger, I discovered Iron Maiden by accident, on the soundtrack to a computer game. After early years of playing classical and listening to popular music it was like a piece of...

Q & A With Grass

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Grass: First of all thanks so much for XS Rock for giving us the opportunity to do this. We have the physical CD release of our debut Fresh Grass EP coming out on February 23rd which we’re all excited about. It was released last October on digital and streaming but we wanted to give it a proper hard copy release. We’re also currently writing some new music for a full length that we hope to record this upcoming spring or summer. We’re all really happy with the new music we’re writing as well which is awesome. As far as shows go we have one up in Boston on February 22nd with some good friends of ours, a band called Heavy Hands and they’re great. This will be our first show outside of...

Q & A With May Undead From Torture Squad

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?   May Undead: Hello XS Rock, it's a pleasure to be here bringing good news! Our Highlight for 2019 are our appearance in Rock in Rio , the biggest music and entertainment event in the world . Chuck Billy, Testament vocalist, will be our special guest in a Jaming with us and Claustrofobia., on the same date, the World Stage will have Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Megadeth and Sepultura. also invite all headbangers to come with us to this important Latin American music festivals : In June 16 we arrive to Honduras for BACKLINE FEST  we represent Brazil besides 19  bands from countries like Spain, Argentina, Honduras and more in 2 days Of pure metal. November 30 we return to cental america  for MEXICO METAL FEST, for this eddition the festival have a extreme and exclusive line-up, we will share the...

Q & A With Snake Bite Whisky

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Jay: We released our debut album, “This Side Of Hell” via Pavement. The first video, “Down In The Dirt” is out on Youtube and that single is getting picked up by lots of radio stations . We have just announced an Australian tour and will be announcing tours for Europe and the U.K soon and looking at US dates so a lot going on! D.A: The next few months are gonna be massive for us. We've got This Side Of  Hell out on the 25th of Jan, Our album launch on the 2nd of Feb at the Woolly Mammoth In Brisbane, kicking off our Aus/NZ tour, our super secret project later in May, and we're working on 2 international tours. And that's not even including my day job as a stripper. I'm...

Q & A With Dan Tyrantor, Vocalist For Usurper

USURPER have recorded 5 full length albums, 1 mini album, 1 rarities CD and toured 17 different countries around the world. USURPER'S blend of 80's inspired thrash metal, classic heavy metal anthems, over-the-top chaos and hints of dark, melodic atmosphere have been a trademark of the band since day one. USURPER doesn't preach any political/religious ideologies, or sing about any socially relevant topics. Topics such as: werewolves, monster folklore, alien invasions, ancient civilizations, ancient battles, cryptozoological creatures, hauntings, prophecies, time travel, and the paranormal in addition to their trademark 'Metal Anthems' are the essence of Usurper's words, which when combined with the music, and artwork create a strange fantasy world of dark heavy metal horror.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? DT: The new Usurper album, Lords Of The Permafrost, will be coming out in March on...

Q & A With Rev Jones

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Rev: I have a new album called "Bakwash" that was just just released in November 2018. It is my first solo album. It features myself (Rev Jones) on Vocals & Bass, Jim Dofka (Dofka, Leather Leone) on guitar, and Jeff Martin (Badlands, MSG, Racer X) on drums. This album is full of heavy rock songs with catchy riffs, intense vocals, pounding drums, and lots of Insane over the top bass & guitar soloing.  I'm very pleased with it, and I think everyone that is into music from Rock to Metal should give it a listen, there's a something for pretty much everyone on this album. You can stream my new album at https://revjones.hearnow.com You can purchase the album at one of these: Available on CD (USA and CAN) = http://revjones.bigcartel.com/ Digital Download (world wide) = https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bakwash/1438599660...

Q & A With Mike Connors Of Unendlich

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Mike: We had a EP, "Misanthropic Sedition”, come out 12/15/2018 and our LP, “Thanatophobia”, will be out 2/1/2019.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?  Mike: 9 years total. 8 years as myself and 1 year with Anthony.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Mike: For it to be an outlet for a lot of negative energy in me.     XS ROCK: What is your music background?  Mike: None, self-taught.     XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?  Mike: Death and Misanthropy     XS ROCK: What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)  Mike: Plays some shows and write more material when inspiration strikes.     XS ROCK: What are...

Q & A With Bravo Delta

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Brandon: We have a new album, our first full length, coming out February 1st, 2019. This album is three years in the making and features our best material yet. The meaning behind Unbreakable is about struggling and getting kicked to the ground, finding the will to get up and fight, and learning from those experiences. The first single (and title track) is already on all streaming services and stores, and the official video is on our Youtube channel.   https://youtu.be/ih3P7W9rV3o   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Brandon: Coming up on 7 years.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Brandon: To be able to create. To share ideas, open minds, and leave a positive legacy on this planet.   XS...

Q & A With Wicked Garden

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Dominick: Our album, Post Dystopian Leisure Music, will be released in February. After that we plan on making videos and touring behind it.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Dominick: Well the original lineup was formed in 2011. The current lineup has been together since 2016.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Dominick: Honestly to play songs no one else will play. We started as a cover band doing 90s music. Everyone else in Vegas was playing 80s hair metal and we were bored with it. For me, I wanted a way to express myself. I have a lot of nervous energy and it seemed like the best way to let it out. Troy: I would jam with friends when I was a...

Q & A With Align The Tide

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Danny: We had a line-up change late 2018 and with the addition of Nikki it’s gonna help us proceed and advance in many new things, material and touring wise. As for shows, we’re currently in talks for some cool tours around Europe and maybe also the states again. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Danny: Align the Tide has been around since late 2015, me being the founder was a bit of a pain in the ass to find the perfect band members for you to be safe to call family. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Danny: I’ve always wanted to be in a band just to follow my dad’s footsteps, so yeah considering Kyle & I have...

Q & A With Madame Mayhem

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Madame Mayhem: Just released my new single “Broken”. I co-wrote the song with Keith Wallen (Breaking Benjamin). Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Ray Luzier (KoRn) are playing on the track as well. I am really excited about it and hope everyone has a chance to take a listen to it!  It was also just announced that we are playing ROCK USA festival on July 19, 2019.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Madame Mayhem: I have been doing this for a while now.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Madame Mayhem: It’s what I’ve always wanted to do.   XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Madame Mayhem: I love...

Q & A With Blackstar Republic

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Petey: We are getting closer to finishing up the mixing process of our new album entitled, Humanatti with Josh Johnson at Great Interstellar Studios. We just acquired a new member on guitar, Cameron Murrell, and we are excited to have him in the band, he has helped with this new album and will be on it too. We just released our newest music video for our single, Nuclear Hollywood. It was shot, produced, and directed by Todd Jenkins, which you can find him on the MacGyver TV show. Todd Jenkins also wrote, produced, acted, and directed in the movie Cherokee Creek (found on most digital video outlets) which features two of our songs, Sick Smile and of course Nuclear Hollywood.     XS ROCK: Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Petey: We just released our newest music video...

Q & A With O.D.D.

Born from the desire to make an indelible mark on the world of rock and metal, O.D.D. was formed in 2013. Their collective desire to write heavy groove oriented songs combined with a melodic vocal layer is one thing that sets this crew apart from the hordes of others trying (but failing) to make a mark. Based out of Atlanta, GA, O.D.D. is a no frills, in your face act providing an arena-like experience to audiences everywhere. Compared by music critics to Kings-X, vintage Metallica, and early Motley Crue, this band reigns true to the 80’s fun and energy mixed with today’s heavy modern standards in a sound that will have audiences out of their seats with fists in the air! With their last EP, “The Disorder,” reaching #228 on the North American College & Community Radio Char and impressively having licensed their music by The Discovery Network, MTV, and...

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