Q & A

Q & A With The Artists

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...

Q & A With Akadia

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Keith- Oh man! We have lots going on right now! We just released our first single titled Turn Away along with it’s music video. Our radio campaign for Turn Away just launched and we’re hearing good things so far. We’re really hoping this song catches fire and people all over fall in love with it the way our fans have. We are getting ready for our performance tomorrow July 14 in Mansfield, Ohio at the Inkarceration Festival. We are all very excited about this! We also just finished our website www.akadiaofficial.com     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Guy- Akadia’s current lineup has been together since March 2, 2017.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Nate- It’s in my blood. My dad...

Q & A With Maya From Weather King

Formed in 2016, Weather King came together for their love of alternative and progressive rock bands like The Mars Volta, Queens of the Stone Age, and Radiohead. This group of five teenagers from DFW are constantly pushing the envelope with merging new generation music and alt rock reminding us of how music reflects life. Together, they have enjoyed being part of the growing music scene in the DFW, and surrounding areas, sharing the stage with such artists as Jimmy Eats World, Janet Gardner of Vixen, and Switchfoot. Recently, they released an EP “33” with five original songs written and recorded at SG Studios, Fort Worth, Texas. The songs from the EP have been received with great reviews, gaining radio play on several rock stations around the U.S. Weather King is currently playing shows and are working hard at writing new songs they plan to for release sometime later this year. XS ROCK: Tell...

Q & A With City Of The Weak

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? STEF: We just released our first album 3 weeks ago, it's called "Pulling Teeth." We will be out on the road the majority of the year! We have a headlining show in Mankato, MN July 21st ; August 8th in Grand Junction, CO w/ Red Sun Rising ; Rochester, MN August 10th, & then we are going on tour with Super Bob in mid-August which will take us to mid-September.      XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? STEF: In 2012 I started forming what would become City of the Weak. So that would make us roughly 6 years old.      XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? STEF: I've always been artistically inclined, ever since I was a young child. As I grew up, I got...

Q & A With VRSA

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Sure, we have a new EP available this summer called "Cvlt of Machina".  Its some what of a concept album about a cult that worships a devise that creates self sustaining, perpetual energy that they create with instructions from an extraterrestrial source. so there's that. lol   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Cvlt of Machina is the bands 4th release over ten years.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Inspiration and the need to create. Also the comradery of experiencing the process, from the beginning of an idea for a song to being on the road traveling around sharing what we created with the world.   XS ROCK: What is your music background? All the members of the band...

Q & A With Shani Kimelman

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Shani: There are two main things that are going on right now. The first one is the release of my debut EP “Escape Velocity” as part of my solo project. I released it last week (June 21st) and it’s available on all the downloading and streaming platforms so you should really take a few minutes to listen. I’m super happy with the result and so far the comments are awesome and heartwarming. https://youtu.be/EeIi_21wB6A   The second thing is my upcoming tour with Paradise Kitty (an all girl Guns N Roses tribute band) as rhythm guitarist (playing Izzy Stradlin’s parts). The tour will start in the middle of July (kick off show is July 6th at The Canyon Club in Sana Clarita, CA) together with Faster Pussycat and Don Jamieson, and all the dates are already published on Facebook, the...

Q & A With Titti And Enrico From Kantica

Kantica is an italian Symphonic Metal band, raised from the ashes of the previous band Keeper of Time. The project was born around 2014, from the idea of Matteo‘Vevo’ Venzano, who searched for musicians to play start a band which could bind Heavy/Power Metal sounds to the orchestral parts of the classical music.  XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? TITTI: In the last months we played at some festival like Milady Festival, Rock in Park(Milano) and Wings of Bea(Santhia). We are also thinking about new songs, we hope to release our new album as soon as possible     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? TITTI: The band was founded since 2014 by the rhythmic guitarist Matteo Vevo Venzano, the band at that time called Keeper Of Time. Than some members changed and only...

Q & A With Vinny Mancuso From My Secret Circus

My Secret Circus (MSC) mesh together Alt' metal, rhythm and catchy vocals to create a distinctive sound. Taking you on a ride of energetic anthems, this Melbourne, Australia rap/rock outfit are now about to launch their new music to the world. The forth-coming recorded music has been a work in progress, and after a few abbreviated starts MSC have evolved and are excited to continue the process that have brought them to this point Developed over the course of a few years, the band also worked with names such as Marcos Curiel (P.O.D), DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit), Matt Sorum (GNR / Velvet Revolver) and Producers Brandon Friesen, the late Kato Khandwala, and at home with Australian Ricki Rae. XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Vinny: Yes, we are releasing our ep in the next few months. We'll hopefully get touring to promote it soon.   XS ROCK: So how...

Q & A With Cris and Damn From Carved

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? First of all, thank you so much for opportunity and precious time for talking about our music project. We really appreciate the great work of webzines and fanzines are able to do for the musicians! Yes we are in a significant time of our path; we have just successfully ended up a crowdfunding campaign on MusicRaiser for the production of our third upcoming new studio album, that we’ll release, as soon as possible, with the title of THANATOS!     XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Since 2007, few changing in line-up, two full-length, a lot of gigs, sweat, adventures and roads!     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? The greatest and pure motivation  is the relationship with...

Q & A With Living Machines

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Quinn McGraw (Drums/Vocals): Well, Living Machines is a concept band, and the story we tell musically is all based on the comic book series I’m writing called Gemini: A Tale of Future Earth. I’m currently in a waiting period to hear back from publishers about whether or not anyone wants to bring the series to market. If we don’t land a deal, we’ll just go DIY until we build up more momentum with the project.  That aside, we have a CD fundraiser show coming up in July with No Liars, Youth Fountain, and The Carbons. We’re also putting together a Western Canada tour that we’ll be announcing with some killer bands in the coming months!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Robin Fussell (Guitars): The 3 of us (Quinn, Mason & I) have been writing...

Q & A With Tiran

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Tiran: Since "Apocalyptic Tales" release, we pay attention to its promotion during more than half a year already, we're making an interviews, getting some reviews and preparing to some tours for support the album, not only in Russia, but in the other countries, too. Beside of it, some weeks ago, we presented a video for one of our songs, that will be included in our next release. Now the video for "Witchflight" is available in the internet and it's actively getting more and more watches.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Tiran: TIRAN was found in 2005, so we're in underground about 13 years. 13 long but happy years!   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Tiran: TIRAN...

Q & A With Christian From De La Muerte

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Chris: Hi there, it’s Christian from De La Muerte, thank you for your interest in our music!  Well, we have a lot of news at the moment! In addition to the songwriting process, that continues as always,  we’re busy with the live activity. We just had a gig in Rome and on the 22th June we’re going to play in Pula (Croatia) at the Goathell Metal Festival beside great bands such as Jinjer, Sinister and many others.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Chris: the band was formed in the first months of 2014 by Gianluca Mastrangelo and Gianluca Quinto.  After few weeks, and a couple of good tunes to work on, I joined them and in few months we had 10 tunes ready to be recorded. So we involved Claudio Michelacci...

Q & A With Rome In Monochrome

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Valerio: Hi, mate. Well, latest news…hmm. We are promoting our latest album “Away from light”, which came out in march this year, trying to play live as much as possible and we have started to write and arrange the new album: the mood is the same, desperate and resigned, but the songs have more space and a wider range of influences. It will be great, I swear. Soon we’ll share the stage with our friends Witches of Doom and Sonic Bong in our hometown, we will play at Agglutination Festival with Pestilence, Death SS, Necrodeath, Folkstone and many more this summer and at Armistice Doom Festival in Belgium in November with Marche Funebre, Pantheist and Svartheart. This is it, but things are moving, there are more news to come.   XS ROCK:...

Q & A With Alessandro Scorrano From Serial Vice

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Alessandro: Thank you for the question. We are currently busy about concluding the last album promotion phase. Then, starting from next year, we will definitely start to compose new stuff for a new record! We will try in the near future to promote our album with new shows. After the album release we got a long break - interrupted only by a live showcase in the last February - and now we'll see what will happens in the second part of 2018, when we'll finally promote our album on the road! We're still alive!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Alessandro: The idea to establish a band was born in 2011 from Alessandro Scorrano (drums) and Andrea Donaera (guitar). After some line-up changes, in 2013 another guitarist,...

Q & A With Al Cordner Guitarist From Allfather

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Al: Between us we have a few projects on the back-burner but Allfather takes president. Aaron actually drums for another band doing covers and stuff, it keeps him supplied with beer money so he’s happy, haha! I have a side projects with other members of Allfather and friends. We’ll have to see when they get recorded! We’ve got a couple of live shows coming up How long has the band been together?  Al: Coming up for around four years. What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Al:  Chicks, fast cars, couple of mansions.... the desire to play really fucking heavy riffs and have a lot of fun doing it!! No cliche nonsense, just loud fun. What is your music background? Al: I grew up on Madonna, Michael...

Q & A With Dylan Volmert of DEGRAVE

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Dylan: We're about to release our new self titled album here soon. It's coming out on July 27th. We're really excited about this one. Our album release show will be here in Jefferson City at The Mission the day the record comes out.      XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Dylan: Degrave has been rolling for about 4 years now. Me and Clyde started jamming under the name Degrave around 2014. This lineup though has been together about a year and a half.     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?  Dylan: At the time, I was in middle school and Clyde was in high school, and we we're the only two metalheads in the whole damn place. We both loved...

Q & A With Phoenix Rising

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?  Things have been popping lately!  We are releasing our Debut EP “IGNITE” on July 29th, we released 4 music videos on our YouTube channel for the EP release, we made our own comic book, and we were named “BEST NEW ARTIST” and “BEST METAL BAND” for the state of Texas by the 2018 MXD Mag Awards show. We are currently recording our next 2 music videos, and will be flying out to Los Angeles to record a well known cover.  We are lining up tour possibilities for the Spring of 2019.  Also, we are working on finishing our debut album.   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? We launched PHOENIX RISING at the tail end of 2017 and released our debut video “Do You Know” on YouTube.   XS...

Q & A With Jim Gregory Of Solium Fatalis

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Jim: We have a 4th album coming out October 13 “Genetically Engineered to Enslave” that features guests like Phil Tougas of First Fragment, and Matt McGachy of Cryptopsy that kicks ass.     XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Jim: 5 years     XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? We all love metal and wanted to play in a kick ass death metal band and of course have a good time doing it, which we do!     XS ROCK: What is your music background? Jim: We all have varied background, most of us are self taught, Ryan Beevers is our musically educated member though we all have been involved in other bands and music through our whole lives.     XS...

Q & A With Craig Broomba From Filmspeed

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Craig: Hey all!  Latest and greatest is prepping for our Mid-August tour with our OC buddies Glass Radio. We're doing a whole bunch of SoCal dates and then swinging around to Phoenix and Vegas, it's gonna be a riot!   XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Craig: In this current line-up, about 2 years.  Oliver (Drums) is the latest piece of the group, and as a trio, it's way more important than you'd imagine.  At the core though, Nick (bassist) and I (Craig/ Guitar) have been friends-bandmates since about 2004.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Craig: Because I'm not good at anything else, haha!  I've been writing songs since I was about 13. I like things really,...

Q & A With The Last Seed

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Neideck: At the moment we’re working on our next release. I’ve finished the recordings of the guitars, drums and vocals a few weeks ago. Now I’m waiting for Arges to do the bass and the synthesizers. Arges: Apart from that, our first album "Hellboy" has just been released via Nihilistische Klangkunst. XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together? Neideck: We’re making music together since 2006, but we’ve founded “The Last Seed” in 2017 after the recordings of “Hellboy”. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band? Neideck: I started with music when I was 17 years old, but back then it was more industrial like Nine Inch Nails. But what was the main motivation…? First of all, it was fun. Later on...

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