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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...

Q & A With The Blank Standard

  XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Brandon: Well 2018 was a big year for us in that we finally finished and released our self-titled debut album. It was completely DIY and took a considerable amount of work, but we persevered and got it out! On the heels of this release we are continuing the search for a full-time vocalist to perform live locally and beyond. The only project on the horizon would be our second full length album which we are aiming for a late 2019 or early 2020 release.  Eric: The biggest news of late is the release of our self-titled debut album, available on all digital platforms, and on CD Digipak. More recently we have been adding to our line-up in preparation for live shows. We also plan on beginning recording for our next album early in 2019....

Q & A With The Native Howl

XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Matt Limberg: Jake and I have been playing as The Native Howl since 2013, and Josh and I have been playing together as Clean as Dirt since 2008. Alex: Josh and I also played with Chandler’s classic metal band Ancient Chaos multiple times in high school, so there’s plenty of musical history between us all. XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? The Native Howl: To use our music to bring happiness and relief to our listeners. XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Josh: It changes, day to day, honestly… writing new music brings emotional renewal, while playing live seems to bring spiritual renewal. XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in. Matt:...

Q & A With Jim Voelz, Vocalist For The Mound Builders

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Jim: 2018 was a big year for us. We've been working on a ton of new material and tracked our new record live at Earth Analog in Tolono, IL back in March. Since then we've put out a 7" split via Failure Records and Tapes and also re-released our EP Wabash War Machine which has been sold out.  Pre-orders are now available for the full length via Failure Records and Tapes (https://failurerecordstapes.bigcartel.com/) and CDs have started shipping. Digital copies will be available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, ect December 25th and the vinyl starts shipping January 25th. We've got a ton of shows planned for 2019 and have already confirmed Peru, IN / Indianapolis, IN / Tolono, IL / Bloomington, IL / Louisville, KY / and Saint Louis, MO   XS ROCK:...

Q & A With Trout

  XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Trout: We’re playing a pretty big local show here in Detroit with Chapstik in December 28th. They’ve been around for quite sometime but they also haven’t been together for years so this is a reunion show for them.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Trout: Our two year anniversary was a week ago on December 3rd.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Trout:It’s something I feel like we all have to do. Simply the best medicine for anything.   XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Trout: It really depends on where we are as a band. We’ve been slacking on the writing aspect lately but that’s okay...

Q & A With Break My Fall

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Darren: We are about to release our first single and video. We’re playing Trees Saturday December 22d and Rocklahoma in the spring of 2019.   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Jason: We have been together for about one year now but we’ve all known each other and been fans of each other prior to staring this band.   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band? Jared: Our motivation was seeing live bands and wanting to go out and perform.   XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience? Matthew: We try love both because they’re both totally necessary to do be a musician in a band. The studio is kind of like...

Q & A With Reid Rogers From Knightmare

  XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Reid: Right now, as far as Knightmare goes, we're hard at work on our fourth full length album, which we will announce the name at a later time. We're currently in the studio and have about 3 songs tracked for it and are expecting to release a single in the month or so, so be on the lookout! We're very excited about it and can't wait for everyone to hear it   XS ROCK: How long has the band been together? Reid: has been together about ten years. Anthony (bass player/lead singer), Jared (guitar) and myself formed it back in 2009 when we were fresh out of high school. I hadn't even graduated at the time we started jamming   XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for starting or being...

Q & A With Angel Rodriguez of Awaiting Sacrifice

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements? Angel:  We have been asked this quite a bit recently and I'm happy people are taking great interest in us. Right now we are not planning any live shows for the remainder of the year, the reason being is because we are still doing some behind the scenes work, we are gearing up with equipment as well as prepping for our very first music video for which we Extremely Excited to finally do. Plus we are also working on right now our next Album which will be Full Length, which we are also very excited about. Also, we are expanding our Merch Lineup with brand new awesome stuff. There is much more but it would take too much time to go into. We are very ambitious performers, we strive to give the...

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...

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