If you've never heard the name Alestorm, chances are you've been missing out on the glorious world of pirate metal. This band embodies the raucous fun of metal sea shanties, and awesome folk/ power metal filled with lyrical tales of adventure and plundering. These piratical badasses hail from Perth, Scotland, and will be gracing our Australian shores this May. Ahead of the tour, we got the opportunity to chat with vocalist Christopher Bowes about their upcoming album, alcohol and wenches.
A Day To Remember never had any idea that their crazy mash-up of pop happy choruses and crushing breakdowns would see them elevated anywhere close to the heights they have now reached. Now almost a household name, the Florida 5-piece keep playing the music that they love to play and convert new fans with every release. Their upcoming Australian tour with Metalcore giants Underoath is looking to be a completely sold-out affair. In the lead up to their Australian visit, A Day To Remember's guitarist Kevin Skaff gave us 20 minutes of his time to talk Australia, album No.5 and Knuckles The Echidna.
As I Lay Dying are a band that need very little introduction. In just under 10 years they have pushed themselves to the forefront of modern metal music, growing stronger with each release. Today, they are are one of the biggest names in the genre and are coming to visit us very soon on tour with Disturbed and Trivium. Vocalist and founding member Tim Lambesis was kind enough to chat with us.
It's a testament to a band's ability when even after 20 years and eight studio albums, they are still converting new fans with every new release. Amon Amarth's last two albums have been some of the most important metal releases in the last decade, powerful, melodic and insanely aggressive, continually exploring the theme of Norse mythology and Vikings in lyrics and imagery. Now, with just-released Surtur Rising, they have bettered themselves again and have received unanimous praise from fans and critics alike. Vocalist and long-time member Johan Hegg sat down with us to tell us all about it.
Boston based pop punk band A Loss For Words are one of the hardest working bands in the genre right now. They have toured basically non-stop since the release of their debut album "The Kid's Can't Lose" in 2009, released a Motown Covers record, and have just announced that they have signed a deal with Velocity/Rise Records. The band will be entering the studio in May/June with producer Andrew Wade to record their new album for the label, and we caught up with the band's bassist Mike to discuss the band.
Australian alternative rock group Avalon Drive were one of Brisbanes finest rock offerings, after releasing three EPs, scoring tour support slots with big bands such as Fall Out Boy, Anberlin and Rufio, five headlining interstate tours and countless TV appearances and festivals. Avalon Drive are now reforming for one special Reunion show at the Hi-Fi Bar, before the show I got Damion Page to answer a few questions.
Melbourne Tarago Punx Anchors have recently capped off their debut studio album, entitled 'Bad Juju' and are fast approaching a spot at Melbourne's All Age Pushover Festival as well as some dates with international melodic hardcore superstars No Trigger. Pat from the band answered a few questions for us.