Earlier this week (September 16) progressive metal act The Contortionist released their latest album, Language. Their third full-length and follow-up to 2012’s Intrinsic features a new line-up, with original members, Joey (drums) and Robby Baca (guitar), now accompanied by Michael Lessard (vocals), Jordan Eberhardt (bass) and Eric Guenther (keyboards). Along with the personnel change, Language sees the band delve further into experimental and atmospheric territory. In this recent interview with American Aftermath, Joey Baca discussed the new release, the member change and The Contortionist’s progressive sound, as well as the themes behind Language and more. Continue reading
Over the six years my band has been part of the Vancouver live circuit, one particular show stands out in my memory. Within thirty seconds of their set, the band onstage at the Patricia Hotel caused total chaos when their vocalist jumped into the crowd. I remember thinking to myself, “Who is this madman?” Not only did the vocalist have the crowd at his whim, the vocal sounds coming out were powerful. Turns out that man was Last Plague’s Heath Fenton. Along with Last Plague, Heath played in the bands Witness Protection Program and Angry. I got a chance to pick Heath’s brain and find out what’s going on these days with Last Plague.
How has the Vancouver changed from your days as an all age musician to the present day?
Heath Fenton (vocals): It has changed a bunch. When I first moved here in 1996 it was the music scene that brought me here. There were a shit load of wicked bands and there was tonnes of support for the scene. All ages shows would sometimes draw in the high hundreds for local shows. Amazing stuff. That’s the main difference. Unfortunately that scene fizzled out shortly after we moved here. For whatever reason. People growing up. Drug addiction was a major factor in it. The scene is healthy now. There are a number of places to play. And so many amazing bands. people really have got to pay more attention to what is going on with heavy music in this town. Another difference is, in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s there was really only a couple of venues that would house heavier type bands. So that has changed. There are at least a dozen right now. And crowd support seems to be coming around again. But nothing like it was in the mid 1990s. Maybe that will change, but I have no idea what the kids are doing these days. And the bar crowd is not getting any younger.
What Vancouver venue sticks out in your memory as being fundamental to your show going/playing past?
The venue that stands out the most to me over the years is obviously the old Cobalt. That and the Columbia, which is called 303 now. Both were run by Wendy13, and anything she does pretty much rules for the metal/punk community. When I was in my first real Vancouver band (Human Resistance Program) she ran the Columbia shows and always booked us. We played a shit load of awesome shows there that stand out in my mind. After that place closed then it was onto the Cobalt. I don’t think i need to explain anything about that place and the legendary status it achieved with in the community. It’s just too bad it ended.
It was recently announced that my homies in Old Wounds had inked a deal with Good Fight Music, which is a huge step forward for them and I couldn’t be more proud of them. Well, I caught up with my good friend Brandon, drummer for Old Wounds and I asked him four very important questions. It went a little something like this. Continue reading
Forever Becoming, Pelican’s fifth full length album, represents a turning point in the band’s 14 year existence. The album is the first to not to feature founding guitarist Laurent Schroeder-Lebec, who parted ways with the band roughly a year prior to the album’s release. But that didn’t stop the band from pushing through and creating possibly their most solid effort to date. The album retains elements of Pelican’s traditional massive sound while continuing along the more experimental and aggressive route touched upon on the Araraxia/Taraxis EP. American Aftermath recently caught up with the band to delve a little deeper into Forever Becoming, the band’s other musical endeavors and future plans and releases.
Earlier this week (June 2) Montreal, QC noisy sludge warriors The Great Sabatini dropped their latest album, Dog Years. The follow-up record to 2012’s stellar Matterhorn, and accompanying EP The Royal We, sees the band further honing their chaotic, diverse sound that seethes elements of doom, grind and crushing ’70s-style rock. In this recent interview with American Aftermath, guitarist/vocalist Sean Sabatini discussed Dog Years, their unique “swamp trench arithmetic” sound, as well as their musical influences, unusual album art and more. Continue reading
While they may have a pretty dedicated following in New York alone, Tiger Flowers are posed to take the heavy music world by the throat and choke it into submission. After a well-received EP in 2011, Tiger Flowers have finally released their debut full length upon the world. Dead Hymns jarring blend of off-kilter riffs and rhythms with post-hardcore melodies is sure to punish anyone who dares to let into their ears. American Aftermath recently caught up with frontman Jesse James Madre to discuss the band’s beginnings, the new record, and their penchant for blowjobs.
On Friday I posted my interview with the fantastic doomsters Godhunter and now it is time to release my interview with their upcoming tour mate, Clayton from Secrets Of The Sky. This band is also wonderful and I was stoked to interview Clayton. We talked about the tour, the bands new album and who has the best beard in metal. Check it out. Continue reading
When it comes to West Coast Grindcore, there is no way that you cannot think about ACxDC. This band has been crushing for years and they haven’t lost any of their integrity or drive along the way. The band recently released their debut LP Antichrist Demoncore and I had a chance to interview vocalist Sergio Amalfitano. We discussed the album, what Sergio has been listening to, what’s next for the band and more. Check it out. Continue reading
If the miscreants in Jar’d Loose haven’t crossed paths with your ears yet, then you are missing out. This Chicago-based four-piece are experts in all things heavy, noisy and eccentric. The driving rhythms that always have one foot deep in noise rock, and the barking and commanding vocals, all give Jar’d Loose their own unique persona. The band may have passed under a lot of radars in the past, but with the release of their second album just around the corner, they are sure to garner a lot of attention this year. American Aftermath was able to catch up with vocalist Eddie Gobbo and bassist Eva Bialecki to talk about the band’s beginnings, the new album Turns 13 and White Zombie cover shows.
No one does gore-soaked death metal quite like Autopsy. The legendary Bay Area band have been unleashing a slew of stellar releases since 2011’s Macabre Eternal, and their latest offering, Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves, is no exception. Their seventh full-length to date, the album sees drummer/lead vocalist Chris Reifert, guitarists Danny Coralles and Eric Cutler, as well as bassist Joe Trevisano carry on Autopsy’s classic gruesome sound. In this recent interview with American Aftermath, Reifert discussed the new record, their distinct sound, as well as the band’s 1995 disbandment (which I guess we all should stop asking about) and their well-received return. Continue reading
Armed with a tremendous low-end and an affinity for forward thinking metal, HUSH. may just be your new favorite sludge act. Their debut EP flew under the radar, but their forthcoming full length record is bound to make waves. Unexist is an intelligent and blisteringly heavy monolith that puts a lot of records in its class to shame. I recently caught up with HUSH. vocalist Charles Cure and eight-string bass wizard Jordan Cozza to discuss the new album, its themes, and more.
The anticipation for a new album from Miami, FL-based band Floor has been building since their welcomed 2010 reunion. Featuring Torche vocalist/guitarist Steve Brooks, along with guitarist Anthony Vialon and drummer Henry Wilson, Oblation is the group’s first new release in 12 years and it picks up right where their highly revered 2002 self-titled LP left off. In a recent interview with American Aftermath, Vialon discussed Floor’s return, the making of Oblation, the band’s unique set-up, and more. Continue reading
Since 2010, California’s Seizures have been crafting abrasive hardcore that could quite possibly level cities or, at the least, melt faces. With the release of their second full length, The Sanity Universal, the five piece have become a force to be reckoned with. The album marks a big stylistic jump from their previous efforts, opting for more unyielding chaos and experimentation. They take the blueprints from bands like Botch and Deadguy and mutate it into new forms. Basically, Seizures put the “chaotic” in “chaotic hardcore”.
American Aftermath got a chance to speak with vocalist Cameron Miller and bassist Ian Hodges on the new album, band beginnings, and future plans.
A while back, while listening to the weekly Metal Injection Livecast, I was introduced to a band from the UK who go by the awe-inspiring name Milk White Throat. The bands sound is intense and extremely hard to classify. I recently conducted an interview with Brian Thomas, singer/bassist of Milk White Throat and I learned a ton. This is one of the most informative musicians I have ever interviewed. We discussed the bands forthcoming album Death Of Beauty, the art of choosing a band name and what’s up next for MWT.
Enabler has since their formation in 2009 gained a sizable following by releasing a plethora of LPs, EPs, and splits showcasing their potent combo of punk,hardcore,thrash,grind, and crust. Following up on their critically acclaimed 2012 LP All Hail The Void, released on Southern Lord Records, will be La Fin Absolue Du Monde, a rawer ,even more intense exercise in brutality than anything else in Enabler’s discography.
Singer/guitarist/main songwriter Jeff Lohrber was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview via email. Read on after the break.