Q & A

Q & A With The Artists

Q & A With A.C. Hall of Night Vapor

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? A.C. Hall: New LP titled 1000 Miles of Mud, slated to be released December 14, 2018 on Corpseflower Records.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? A.C. Hall: Six years, but I officially joined in February of 2013.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? A.C. Hall: I was always a drummer but after having a conversation with John about potentially putting together a Captain Beefheart tribute band to play a Halloween show, for which I wanted to sing, he asked if I would want to try doing vocals in his new group instead, so I did. I had no real experience, but I figured it out, wrote some lyrics, and after a few trial practices, they asked me to join...

Q & A With The DOOD

The Distinguished Order Of Disobedience (The DOOD) are a stand out in the Florida metal Scene. The band has been steadily attracting fans over the last few years and have just released a new album. I had the opportunity to do a Q & A interview with Brian and discuss all things metal. XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?   BRIAN: We just released a new album- BUTTERCUP!!! at the end of October, very excited about it, right now we are working on a few videos from some of the cuts, and planning on starting a tour in the spring.  Looking forward to possibly extending our tour from the U.S. to some dates in Europe over the summer.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? BRIAN: The Distinguished Order Of Disobedience (The D.O.O.D.) has...

Q & A With Grayson Erhard

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Grayson: I just released a new EP called EARTHSHIP! It’s quite the departure from my previous material, but the fans seem to be loving it. I’m grateful to be able to make whatever kind of music I want whenever I want. I’m also working on a regional Colorado tour and a Midwestern tour with a band called The Airway in May.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together or have you been writing and performing? Grayson: As of November 2018, I’ve been writing and performing for 15 years. I’ve almost been playing guitar for 20, singing for 8, and lyric writing for 15.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Grayson: I honestly just couldn’t escape the pull to...

Q & A With LIVIDITY’s guitarist / screamer, Dave Kibler

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? DK- Hail XS Rock crew!! Thanx for the killer support, but damn... 23 questions?!! I hope you have enough memory in your computer to store my answers or cut down a big enough tree for all the paper you will need! If nobody has heard yet, we have a new album getting released November 30, 2018 through Metal Age Productions (Slovakia). As well as the back catalog on re issue through same label, all with vinyl and new sick cover art. Go to these links for all information on those and check them out https://metalageproductions.bandcamp.com/ http://www.metalage.sk/ We are planning a European Perversion Tour May 10-26, 2019 with Sacrificial Slaughter (US), Devine Defilement (Iceland) and Bastard Asylum (US) with a couple confirmed fests... Nice To Eat You Death Fest (Cz) and Rock The Hell Fest...

Q & A With Kevin Michael, Drummer For City Of Tyrants

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  We have a new album titled "Revelations" coming out on 11/16/18. It will be available everywhere including Spotify, Itunes, Google Music, and Amazon. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?  The bands have been together for about 3 years now. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?  We are all lifelong musicians and wanted to start a project where we could really be ourselves and write the music we wanted to hear. Our main goal has always been to have fun with it and not to let it become a job, per se. XS ROCK: What is your music background?  We all have different backgrounds. Some of us are self-taught and others professionally trained. We all had that moment at a...

Q & A With Joe Gagliardi III Of Martyr Art

How long has the band been together? Joe: Martyr Art has existed (in some shape or form) since 2004. Tell me about the latest band news. Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Joe: My new album ‘FearFaith Machines’ will see it’s worldwide release on November 22nd, 2019 (in physical and digital formats). Working on some really cool non-Martyr Art projects as well, but it’s a little too soon to officially announce anything at this time. What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Joe: Metallica. As a kid, I use to pour over all the Metallica magazines ('91-92' era). They were so cool, bad ass and I loved their music. I eventually rented the dual VHS copy of 'Metallica: A Year and a Half in the Life of...' and was blown away by everything. It was really my first true behind-the-scenes exposure to...

Q & A With Vulturic Eye

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Vulturic Eye: We are releasing our 2nd EP ‘Crucifixion of Hope’ this month. It is a statement of nihilistic intensity. Despite the utter futility of any of our endeavors (or anyone else’s for that matter), it remains a beacon of twisted light amidst the morass of insipid, uninspired dross that calls itself music.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Vulturic Eye: The band is new but the motivation to create is longstanding. This is just another withered branch on our complex and multi-layered musical tree. Despite its inherent futility, creating our own sounds is an itch that we cannot stop scratching.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Vulturic Eye: We have played music from the cradle, it is innate and...

Q & A With Stew

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Nicklas Jasson: Right now we’re writing and arrange songs for our forthcoming full-length album that we’ll start recording at the beginning of 2019.    XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?  NJ: Since early 2017.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?  NJ:  From the start, we just hooked up to jam but we noticed very quickly that we all drew our influences from the same kind of music and from there we shaped the band.    XS ROCK: What is your music background?  NJ: I and drummer Nicklas Dahlgren have played with each other in different bands for 15years, Singer/Bassist Markus Åsland played in other great bands before we started this band!    XS ROCK: What image do you...

Q & A With Bedlem Vocalist Mike Petrasek

Chicago based Metal Band BEDLEM, founded by ex TRIVIUM touring powerhouse PAUL WANDTKE,  has released their first single, "Epidemic," off of their upcoming debut LP BACK TO BEDLEM. Bedlem is a bombastic display of groove via Joey Brassal's catchy guitar style and Paul Wandtke's monstrous drum kit abilities complimented by Brian Ahern's bass lines. Their melodic hooks are stringed in with poetic lyric content via vocalist Mike Petrasek's lyrical vision. There's no doubt that this quartet from Chicago, IL is the next up and coming act from the Windy City.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Mike: We just finished our debut album, titled “Back To Bedlem”. It will be released October 31st.  We have an album release show November 16th in Braidwood at Top Fuel Saloon.  The focus has been the album, and now that that’s finished, we...

Q & A With Brigitte From Aboleth

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Brigitte: We have a big show coming up on November 15th at the Viper Room here in Los Angeles! You can get tickets for it on our website, abolethband.net. We’re also working on some new videos, planning the next tour, and we just started writing for our next release!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Brigitte: The current lineup formed in 2018, but I started the band in 2016 with a few past members. https://youtu.be/TCaLpVEuLFE XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Brigitte: We’ve all been playing since we were kids, and we’re all obsessed with music to the point where we can’t imagine doing anything else. So here we are!   XS ROCK: What image do you think...

Q & A With Katie Knipp

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Katie: On November 7th we're releasing the Blues Americana album "Take it With You" XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Katie: Only about a year, as I (Katie Knipp) have been a solo act for the better part of 20 years.  I have had the pleasure of working with different musicians in different areas of California on specific projects and we remain great friends.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Katie: To sing my high end off, write songs, and make people feel stuff   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Katie: I am a closet opera singer!  No joke.  I use it as sort of a vocal workout to sing my main style, which is blues/jazz/rock. ...

Q & A With After The Calm

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Jonathan Habermacher “The new music video that we just released, “Stuck on Repeat”, is the last release of the three different songs released this year. Our next big show is one that we threw together ourselves to raise money for the Arizona Humane Society and is our 3rd year in a row to donate to them. The show is on November, 10th and is over at Pub Rock Live.” Kody Rattler “We’ve released three new singles in the last few months, check those out on our YouTube! As for the next show, we’re hosting a benefit show for the AZ Humane Society. Tickets are $10 each and all proceeds will be donated to the shelter. This is our third year raising money for AHS and we’re hitting it harder than ever!  ...

Q & A With Nicolas Rocha From Deathkings

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Nick: Hey, thanks for taking an interest in us. Regarding upcoming news, we have a two song EP entitled "Ex Nihilo" being released on our Totenhaus Recordings label on December 7th, 2018. Soon after, we will begin pre-production on our third full length album. We have a few shows in LA coming up in (October 19 and December 2) so, if anyone's interested, they can check out facebook.com/deathkingsmusic for details.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Nick: We formed in the second half of 2011, so roughly seven years.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Nick: For starting this band, I was looking to find a new way to express the thoughts and ideas swirling in my...

Q & A With March In Arms

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Ryan:  We just played our last show for a while with Unleash The Archers and Striker.  It was an amazing show for us to be a part of as we have been following UTA for a few years now.  For the next few months we are focusing like a laser on the next album.  The studio session is booked for the end of November so now it’s a matter of going over and perfecting every facet of the new material.  In the meantime, we are reissuing our first album to include a couple live tracks recorded at a gig in our hometown of Sioux Falls as a thank you to our fans who have been so awesome to us these last few years.     XS ROCK: How long has the band...

Q & A With Tantric

Often when we do a Q & A interview, it's with a single member of the band, but recently we caught up with Tantric and the entire band answered our questions collectively. Tantric just released their 7th studio album Mercury Retrograde and are out on tour supporting this great album.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Tantric just released “Mercury Retrograde” (Oct 5 on all digital mediums, Walmart, FYE and Meijer store outlets on Pavement Entertainment). We are launching a new tour 10/10 thru 11/18 with Wayland, Talia and Paralandra. This is the Official “Mercury Retrograde” Tour with a release party 10/20 in Bradley IL at the Looney Bin.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Tantric has been around since the late 90’s. After Days of the New dissolved, those 3 guys...

Q & A With Chris West Of Crawling For Carrion

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Chris: Well, Crawling for Carrion is a brand new project. Rake and Roads is the first release under that name and comes out 9th November. Its 2 cover songs - Rake by Townes Van Zandt and Roads by Portishead, both done in a heavier sludgy style. I have plans to do more similar releases in the future but the next thing I'm working on after this is an ambient album which I'm halfway through writing. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Chris: Its not a band in the traditional sense but I started working on the arrangement for Rake sometime last year and Roads earlier this year. I asked various friends I'd met from bands over the years to help out with vocals, drums etc. The songs came together...

Q & A With Darin Wall Of Greyhawk

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Darin: Yes there is lots happening even though we are just getting Greyhawk off the ground!   We have our debut EP called RIDE OUT that is about to be released on October 18th, as well as sharing the stage with the legendary GRIM REAPER here in Seattle on that exact same day!  Pretty great way t o celebrate a release if you ask me.  We are also booking shows right into the new year in Canada, Oregon and various other places, so come see us when we are in your neighborhood.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Darin: Well myself (Darin) and Jesse got together and decided to write songs together in late 2016, but the band lineup as it is now has only been together for about...

Q & A With Never Us

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Steven Parent: We just released a new single entitled Retrograde, and it features Matt Good of the band From First to Last on vocals for a guest appearance. He also recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered the tune. We've got several other tunes we recorded with him that we're looking forward to releasing soon. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?  Kegan DeBacker: We have been a band for about 4 years now. We originally formed under the name Cordelia and spent all that time cultivating our sound and playing shows. Our original drummer, Austin Drolet left the band after about 2 years due to personal reasons, and Steven Parent has been writing drums ever since. With the exception of Austin, we have all stayed in the band since its...

Q & A With Below 7

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Our New album “Crashing Down” just released October 12th.   It is released through Pavement Since Halloween 2014, Todd and I, Eric Sheffield joined 2015, Lance Debord Joined Entertainment and Sony records. We also have a video out “Millennial” on YouTube, another completed to release near January, and working on more. We will be touring Early next year, announcement coming soon.  -Jarrod Evans     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? 2017, and Scott “Scooter” Moore 2018. Note that we all had played in other bands previously Todd Lance and Scott together previously in a few bands. When Lance joined us, in 2017 that’s when we really started as a band in the same direction -Jarrod Evans       XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally...

Q & A With Stephen Wilson From Swilson

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Stephen: Our latest band news is that we have a record coming out on Vanishing Point. A really cool Japanese label - maybe the best label in Japan. We also have a record release party at Hank's Saloon in Brooklyn on October 27th! Everyone should try to come!   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Stephen: This incarnation of Swilson has been together about 2 years. But Swilson has been an entity in one form or another since 2011.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Stephen: The easy answer is the drugs, the sex, the financial independence. The more difficult answer is to satisfy an existential longing for some kind of relief from life's eternal questions.   XS ROCK: What...

Q & A With Daniel of ERNIA

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Daniel: We have a few local-ish dates coming up and are working on booking more. The biggest news is the album release on December 7th, we’re gearing up for that and working out details to hopefully get some physical copies ready for then!   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Daniel: The band originally started during Christmas 2010/2011 (I didn’t join until August of 2011).   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Daniel: We all knew each other from school and shared similar interest musically, so it was the natural thing to do really. Initially the band was conceived as basically a very stupid Anal Cunt rip-off with lots of short songs and dumb inside jokes. We still have the jokes...

Q & A With Zardonic

An icon, a globetrotter, an innovator and an outstanding performer, Federico Ágreda Álvarez is a multi-talented award-winning keyboardist, DJ, composer, producer and remixer, best known for his Rock infused Electronic Dance Music one-man-DJ project Zardonic, seamlessly encompassing Glitch Hop, Breakbeat, Electro House, Dubstep, Drum & Bass and Hardcore Techno with shredding Metal guitars and commanding vocals. Check out my interview with him below:     XS ROCK: Hi Zardonic! What’s the latest news? We saw your new album “Become” is gaining a lot of traction! Zardonic: It’s been pretty interesting! I sure busted my ass to get that record done, but I struggled so much to finish it that I almost came to hate it when it was done and had zero expectations for it. To my surprise, it debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic charts in Russia (considering nobody buys music in Russia that is almost a miracle...

Q & A With Technical Damage

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? We just recently released our new album, The Introspect, on September 15th. We played a quintuple CD release show with other locals including Apprentice and Truent. Vancouver Island natives Forever Frost and Liberatia joined us and it was an absolute banger! The feedback we’ve heard about the show and the album has been tremendous. We have things lined up for the rest of 2018, including playing with a huge influence of ours, Neck of the Woods, on November 24th at the Astoria. Looking into 2019, we are organizing some shows in Vancouver in January and looking towards Vancouver Island in February.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? This band has been around for a long time but has existed in a variety of different formats. Peter and Michael brought Technical...

Q & A With Lost Tribes Of The Moon

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Jon: The latest news for us is that our debut album is now available on CD and digital download. You can order either format through our Bandcamp page at  https://losttribesofthemoon1.bandcamp.com/releases   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Jon: I started writing the material for what became the 3 main songs on our debut album in late 2015. Once I had the songs ready for a band, it actually took a while to settle on a lineup that could function as a live band and also move forward in a progressive state. We finally hit the stage in Sept 2017 and have collected quite a few gigs in that time. The current lineup Is the strongest one yet.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being...

Q & A With Neil Whittington Vocalist For NewClue

Sure, we all have our bumps in life, but NewClue has been through the trenches. As formed in the very late 80’s, (and after about 6 years) all disbursed and went their separate ways. Neil (the vocalist) almost died, when he slammed his motorcycle into a telephone pole back in 2000. With TBI, he had to learn to walk & talk (as well as sing) all over again. With the reformation of yesteryear’s "NoClue", the band rejoined into today’s "NewClue". The guys came back, full circle. Neil's heartwarming story, and his willingness to never give up on a dream, fueled the fire and sparked the embers for pure passion and the love for music.  "Here is the reason that he lived and what they have to give…" XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Neil: We are a “writing &...

Q & A With Luke Vavrek, Guitarist For The Darkest Hearts

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Luke: For The Darkest Hearts it’s been a year with globally getting people familiar with the “Mississippi Devil” single and recently the “Mississippi Devil” lyric video was released and can be found on YouTube, Vevo and Vimeo. On the horizon, The Darkest Hearts is currently in the studio writing and recording a new record for next year.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Luke: The Darkest Hearts released their first single “Disappear” in 2014 it wasn’t until late 2015 when the full live band emerged.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Luke: It seemed like one of the best ways to be creative, rebellious and have a voice with a chance to change the world.  ...

Q & A With Cherine, Vocalist And Guitarist For Massive Scar Era

Massive Scar Era is a band that kicked off in 2005 from the scenic seaside city of Alexandria, Egypt. Cherine Amr was driven with the idea of forming a metal band out of her passion for playing guitar and singing since she was a teenager. Due to her Family’s restrictions, she was only allowed to play music with girls, so the only way for her to play music was to form an all-girls band. After a few false starts at maintaining a cohesive band, she found in the violinist Nancy Mounir her musical companion. They clicked straightaway even with their distinct musical backgrounds. Influenced by both metal, classical and Egyptian music; the band started to garner interest from audiences who were absorbed by the fusion of all those elements. MSE kept on exploring that unique mix of influences and rehearse a diverse and large number of songs. The curiosity of...

Q & A With Ozzie Darden Vocalist For Children Of The Reptile

Three bright youths and a grizzled veteran have formed an elite team of reptilian metal maniacs in order to induce headbanging in no trifling amounts. That band is Children Of The Reptile....check out our interview with Ozzie Darden, vocalist and guitarist below: XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Ozzie: We just put out a full length record called “The End” which you can get at https://cotr.bandcamp.com/album/the-end. Got a few local gigs with some new friends, and beyond that, just working on new music for the next one.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Ozzie: We really got started in 2010, with some peaks and valleys in terms of activity. Had to replace a drummer, and it took a long time to find the right guy, over a year. Right now we’re on a big...

Q & A With Tommy Concrete

Tommy Concrete is a name that resonates within the metal and punk scene, both within his native Scotland and further afield. His resume is eclectic, from his time in legendary punks The Exploited to fronting Man of the Hour, playing with Jackal-Headed Guard of the Dead, publishing a horror novel based on extreme metal tape trading, and his own diverse solo work. It is in this last bracket that we turn our attention to, as his fifth album Unrelaxed is just around the corner - with a potent narrative driving it. Unrelaxed will be released via Howling Invocations, on digital platforms, and a run of 100 limited edition numbered digipack   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Tommy: My latest album 'Unrelaxed' is due to be released through Howling Invocations on October 19th 2018. It is part one of a...

Q & A With Joe Mills From Dayglo Mourning

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Joe: We currently have an album pressing with Black Doomba Records due out later this year.  Its a split album called Rope Enough for Two, with our first three recordings and an 18 minute suite by Bludy Gyres based on Jack and the Beanstalk. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Joe: We started playing together in May of 2017 XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Joe: Just a desire to collaborate in creating this form of metal that we all love and have the chance to perform it. XS ROCK: What is your music background? Joe: I fell in love with music when I was very young.  My parents got tired of seeing me air guitar and picked up one for...

Q & A With Lane Steel From Worldwide Panic

Based out of Los Angeles, Worldwide Panic is a hard rock/heavy metal band that started out in 2016 with the aim of writing heavy, catchy music and personal, meaningful lyrics. In a world mired with social and political controversies, Worldwide Panic offers a more relatable take on everyday life and overcoming the trials and tribulations the common man faces.   XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Lane: Hey Whats up guys! Thanks for allowing me to do this interview with you all.  Well we got a lot of stuff going on.  Mainly putting out a new single and music video and going on tour for a month with two titans of heavy rock, Flaw and Smile Empty Soul!  We are all really stoked with our product and can not wait to play it in front of the crowds...

Q & A With Greg Blachman of Static Tension

Static Tension draws upon influences stemming from classic rock, 90's grunge, and progressive metal to craft a unique musical blend best referred to as "Progressive Grunge." The Cincinnati, OH based band combines powerful riffs with melodic vocal harmonies, thought provoking lyrics, and intricate musical arrangements to generate their sound. Some influences include artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Tool, King’s X, Dream Theater, and Fates Warning. XS ROCK: So tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Greg: Our first full length album, “Ashes To Animation”, is set for release on January 11, 2019.  We’ve been working on this album for about a year and has consumed most of our energy.  We will be promoting that heavily over the next several months and have a cd release show planned shortly after.     XS ROCK:...

Q & A With Bridge To Breakdown

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  B2B: Well we just released our single "Rain" along with a lyric video, we are super excited to have that out and can't wait to start playing more shows to support it!     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?  B2B: 2011, we met in high school and have been working at it ever since     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? B2B: Taylor- To be honest I saw one of Gene Simmon’s shows and thought wow that looks cool! After learning I was awful at guitar my parents bought me a drum set and the rest is history. Growing up in a small town with “nothing to do" it seemed like we had two choices, do drugs...

Q & A With Nervosa Drummer Luana Dametto

Power trio female thrash metal from São Paulo, formed by Fernanda Lira (bass and vocals), Prika Amaral (guitar and backing vocals) and Luana Dametto (drums). Despite being part of groups of different styles previously, death metal and crossover, all the members see in the compositions of Nervosa a same passion: thrash metal. With strong influences coming from bands of the classic style school, the girls of the band seek to rescue the best in heavy music. From the city of Tapejara, Luana Dametto comes from a wave of drummers from the strong Extreme Metal scene in Rio Grande do Sul. She started playing drums at the age of 12 when she had the first contact with music through the internet. Being most of its influences coming from Death Metal, her most remarkable  characteristics in the drumming are the blast beats, always well marked bass drums and visceral drum fills. Check...

Q & A With Pete Wilde

Pete Wilde...Dashingly flamboyant with seemingly endless energy, Wilde’s musical persona beckons to a time when rock music was risqué and drenched in blackness. The California guitarist, singer and songwriter is a rock star in the truest sense of the term: from his cocksure strut to his charmingly devilish grin. XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Pete: Well, I have my next single, “Savior”, coming out on September 7th!   XS ROCK: What was your original motivation for starting a band? Pete: I’ve always wanted to be a musician for as long as I can remember. I don’t really remember what the main motivation was. I’ve just always loved it.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? Pete: Well, my stepdad is a professional touring musician and I grew up around a lot of legends. My first experience with music was...

Q & A With Sean Vermentor From Arcticcircle

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Sean: Well we just released our fourth full length, Where Ice Meets Ocean. Doing some cd release shows in our town and local area. I’m always recording at home for a my side project, Rosicrucian.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?  Sean: We’ve been going since 2001 as an actual band, but i started the name as a bedroom black metal project in 1999. So however you wanna look at it.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?  Sean: Just to rock hard, wild and free!!     XS ROCK:What is your music background?  Sean: Rock and metal. Grew up listening to dad’s records. Then my uncle introduced me to Kiss Alive! Then later on my cousin played me his...

Q & A With Weed Demon

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Weed Demon: All kinds of killer news to announce! We JUST had our vinyl release show on 07/20 with the almighty Bongripper and our good buds in Maharaja. The official U.S. release date is 07/27 and that is when pre-orders go out.  Decibel Magazine also just premiered our new 11-minute music video for “Sigil of The Black Moon” last week which was a huge win for us. Those guys are at the forefront of extreme music and we are humbled to have been featured on the site.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Weed Demon: We just had celebrated our 3-year anniversary in May of this year.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Weed Demon: Everyone in the band has...

Q & A With Saint Karloff

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Saint Karloff: Yes, our debut album "All Heed the Black God" is being properly released on the 27th of July. We have the album on YouTube and saintkarloff.bandcamp.com now, and people can preorder the CD’s, cassettes and vinyl’s from various places. On the 27th it will hit all the major and minor (not all the minor)streaming services and the CD’s will start shipping. Vinyl will ship a bit later, late August or September. On the 28th we're playing a show at a place in Oslo called Vaterland. It's a fairly new, but cool club for all who seek a bit of heavy listening when they go out. We are joined by Mother Trudy and Orbiter, both are cool Norwegian bands, on the 28th. Get to the airport and we'll see you all...

Q & A With Mike Cummings of Backwoods Payback

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Mike:** We are about to release our newest record “Future Slum” on August 3rd. The preorder for the vinyl is up now on our bandcamp. To gear up for its release we are hitting the road for a week later this month and traveling up and down the east coast for a run of shows through Ny CT MA NJ and PA.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?  Mike:** This year marks our 15th as an active living breathing band. Its wild to think about that!   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Mike:** Its just something that has always been in me. In some form or another I have always written and sang my own songs. I honestly cant imagine...

Q & A With Night Club

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Emily: Our new album Scary World will be out on August 24th, and we’ll be playing a record release party in Los Angeles the following night. We have a really exciting Fall tour that we can’t talk about for another few weeks.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Emily and Mark: 6 years.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Emily: Not wanting to have a boring job. Mark: That’s as good a reason as any!     XS ROCK: What is your music background? Emily: My dad was in a band called Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes back in the 70’s and 80’s so I grew up surrounded by musicians. I took guitar lessons in...

Q & A With Karl Bagnall From New Fiction

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? KARL: We just put out our debut full length record "Let It Destroy You", which we are really proud of. We will be on tour starting next week, like August 19th, for the remainder of August and the first half of September. We are hitting a good majority of the US and really looking forward to getting out and seeing everyone. XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? KARL:New Fiction has only been together for a few months now, but all of the members were in a band together before. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? KARL: We have all been playing music since we were little kids. We were all in our first bands in high school and from there it was...

Q & A With John Strickland From Lullwater

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? John Strickland: We are currently out with Starset and Islander for a short run in the Midwest. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? JS: Lullwater started in Athens circa 2008. Although members have changed throughout the years, we have been touring since 2010. Like every young band starting to tour, it was a grind and eventually touring with bigger acts began around 2012. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? JS: I feel like every young musician who loves performing and playing music wants to be in a band. Everyone in Lullwater starting being in bands in middle school/ high school. XS ROCK: What is your music background?XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?XS ROCK: What are your...

Q & A With Minority 905

Minority 905 is a pop-punk band founded by then-17-year-old John Aquino and former members of the band in August 2013. The name was inspired by Green Day's song "Minority" and Aquino's hometown of Mississauga, ON, Canada (its area code is 905). Aquino identified with the word "Minority" since he believed that the combination of his ethnicity, personality, and interests were rare in the punk rock scene. Aquino met former member Aidan Collins on YouTube, after Collins saw a few of Aquino's covers and contacted him. However, he did not join the band until early 2014 when the band needed a bassist. Collins joined and became the new bassist. Throughout the next few months, Minority 905 played as much as they could, wherever possible--birthday parties, house parties, local bars, and local venues. Eventually, they were noticed by local producer, Mason Dayot at a show they played in Brampton--which was also the...

Q & A With Modern Mimes

Modern Mimes is an American music artist duo from Fort Lauderdale, FL. The duo consists of Adi Elcida Hernandez on vocals/guitar/sampling and Ernesto Paez on the double neck guitar bass. Their music can be best described as "Future Goth," a term they coined in order to explain the fusion of alternative heavy guitar riffs, powerfully haunting vocals, subconscious provoking lyrics, electronic drums, and catchy pop melodies. After almost 3 years of quietly creating and crafting their sound, Modern Mimes released their debut album "Wake Up" in early 2017. Their single "Love Hate," premiered on Blank TV and their video, directed by Carla Forte, was selected at various film festivals. They followed up their debut album with a cover of Type O Negative's "I don't Wanna Be Me." The Goth Metal Legends not only approved of the cover but quickly promoted the single and video before it's release. " I Don't Wanna Be Me" has resulted in a successful 27k+ views...

Q & A With Dan Rivera Of Crucible Of Hate

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Dan: We are currently gearing up for our album release show on Sept 15th at King Avenue 5 in Columbus.  We have something special in mind for this show and cannot wait.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Dan: The band originally came together at the beginning of 2016, but we have gone through a couple of personnel adjustments.  We landed on the “final” version of Crucible of Hate in the latter part of 2017.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?  Dan: We are all metal-heads and we each enjoy playing music, hanging out, and drinking beer.  I guess we just decided to do all three of these things together.     XS ROCK: What is your music background?...

Q & A With H1Z1

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Justin By the time this comes out we’ll have done a show with Rivers of Nihil at the Miramar Theatre. But our next upcoming event is Project Mayhem festival in Rhinelander. We have a super secret announcement as well but details cannot be spared as of right now. We are, however, working on new material and are playing more and more new songs each show, so make sure to catch us!     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Patrick : 7 Years we’ve been together. This started out with Juan, Marq, and I forming as H1N1, went through some name and line up changes, and here we are today as the 5-piece metal band, H1Z1     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being...

Q & A With Reign Of Z

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Reign Of Z: We will be co-headlining the Whisky this Friday 8/10/18 with Black Valentine along with releasing our brand new single, Dysmorphia. We went in to Syracuse and recorded with Justin Spaulding and was overseen by Steve Sopchak who has worked with Ice Nine Kills. It was a great experience. We will also be launching our indiegogo campaign on August 20th for our debut EP, Mirrors and Memoirs.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Reign Of Z: The band has been together for just over a year and a half.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Reign Of Z: Music is our life and the art of self expression is cathartic. We just want to write music that...

Q & A With Images Of Eden

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? GORDON- Yes, plenty of band news right now!  We have been playing some high-profiles shows (Geoff Tate- 30 yr anniversary “Operation: Mindcrime”, The Iron Maidens, etc) and plan to continue to book as much as possible.  Most importantly right now, we will be releasing our 4th studio album, “Soulrise” on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.  This is our biggest/ most important release to date.  We will also be releasing our second video, “Harvest Day” around the same time.  Beyond that, we are playing with Stryper on Oct 25, 2018 in Tempe, AZ and also have some dates scheduled in Mexico in 2019 (specifically Exodo Fest).  So, things are going well.     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? GORDON- I formed Images of Eden as basically a “solo” project...

Q & A With Fernando Lima From Drowned

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Fernando: Hello! Thanks for interview.  In this time we preparing to the release of the album "7TH". We will play first in Brazil to divulge the album and after this maybe we touring some weeks in Europe. "7TH" will be release 15 june 2018 in CD by Greyhaze Records/Cogumelo Records and in all streaming service.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Fernando: The band was born in end of 1998, but this present team is together since 2009 when Rafael returns to band to play bass (he was guitar player before).     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Fernando: I forever was passionate for Metal, since I bought my first LP, "Killers" of Iron Maiden in 1987. But I ...

Q & A With Another Day’s Armor

“Another Day’s Armor (ADA) is ready to prove that rock n’ roll belongs at the top of the billboard charts.” Another Day's Armor is a Rock / Alternative Metal band from New York. Combining the huge, mainstream sound of arena rock with borderline metal instrumental work, the band started to create a buzz for themselves with debut singles "Reflections" and "Simple As Sin." Coming off the momentum of the previous two singles, the band has been working on their debut EP which is set to release mid summer 2018. Coming up in a time where very few bands put any emphasis into their image and persona, ADA pride themselves on standing out from the crowd both visually, and musically. With an image reminiscent of a time where rock was on top of the music world, Another Day’s Armor refuses to be just another “faceless” band, wanting their fans to feel...

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