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Lacuna Coil Interview

Lacuna Coil

Lacuna Coil have released the new album Broken Crown Halo. It's the Italian band's seventh studio effort. I spoke with vocalist Andrea Ferro about the album and working with producer Jay Baumgardner, the recent exit of two longtime band members, chart expectations, social media and other topics.

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5 Questions With Gunpowder Gray

Saturday April 19, 2014

5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming band. Gunpowder Gray are an Atlanta group who just released their self-titled EP. Guitarist Chris Heffernan and vocalist Nate Godbee introduce us to their band.

Give us a brief history of Gunpowder Gray.
Chris: I had a bunch of rock riffs that were different from anything I had done in the past, but I had no idea what they would turn into. Gunpowder Gray started with myself, Joey O'Brien (Biters), and Charlie Southern (Sadistic Ritual) just jamming these riffs that I had been sitting on for at least a couple of years and it seemed like something we all wanted to pursue.

We brought Nate Godbee (Disfigurement) in to sing like Halford, and Sam Vaughan in to lay down the cool vibes. Charlie is a killer guitarist and stand up dude, but we decided to try out Adam Besserer (Disfigurement) on lead. He pretty much got the part because he looks like Slash.

Describe the songwriting and recording process for your self-titled EP.
Chris: Nate and I write songs in the warehouse that we live in on acoustic guitars at four in the morning hammered drunk. Recording of the EP was cut live except for the vocals and solos. Matt Washburn of Ledbelly Studios was really rad for putting up with us and for making Joey's drums sound straight beastly.

How would you characterize the style/sound of the album?
Nate: That's pretty tough. We didn't have some holy-grail band or era in mind when writing or recording the stuff. We just tried to make a record that sounds like something that we'd want to listen to, and I think it worked. Everyone hears something a little different in it, and that's what we wanted. You can't listen to it and say 'yeah, that sounds like so and so' and that's it, there's always a little something else there. You have to decide for yourself. That being said, I guess it sounds like a rock n' roll record, the way we think a rock record should sound.

What has been your most memorable Gunpowder Gray live show, and what are your upcoming show/tour plans?


The Unsigned Underground: April 2014

Friday April 18, 2014

At About.com Heavy Metal, we keep our eyes (and ears) on the underground for the genre's next generation. Every month we spotlight several unsigned bands. Check out the article, and check out the music from some great unsigned acts. If you're in an unsigned band, there's information on how you can submit your info for consideration to be included in the next Unsigned Underground column.

The Unsigned Underground: April 2014

The Oath Interview

Thursday April 17, 2014

A new band generating quite a bit of buzz is The Oath. With members from Germany and Sweden, their brand of doom metal and occult rock has drawn a lot of positive response so far. Vocalist Johanna Sadonis introduces us to her band, talks about the writing and recording of their self-titled debut album, her musical background, the metal scene in Berlin and other topics.

Read the complete The Oath Interview

(photo courtesy Rise Above Records)

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/15/2014)

Wednesday April 16, 2014

This week's collection of short reviews includes nearly 20 new releases, including the latest from Anubis Gate, Below, Dark Days Ahead, The Drip, Emmure, Enthroned, Erebus Enthroned, I Declare War, Mos Generator, Reality Grey, Sinbreed, Stoneburner, Teramaze, Thantifaxath, T.O.M.B., Words Of Farewell and Wormreich. Also check out several new full reviews.

New Heavy Metal Album Reviews (week of 4/15/2014)

Recent Full Heavy Metal Album Reviews:
Brainstorm - Firesoul
Gamma Ray - Empire Of The Undead
Sevendust - Time Travelers & Bonfires
Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

(album cover courtesy 7Bros Records)

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