Exclusive Interview: SIX OF SWORDS

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Toronto, ON’s Six of Swords are set to release their debut EP, Polar Vortex, on February 23 through Sorrow Carrier Records. It’s an exceptionally solid release, anchored with brutality, harsh intensity and bleak atmosphere, showcasing the band’s take on modern death metal, which fuses their classic influences with elements of doom, sludge and hardcore. Guitarist Steve Parkhill and vocalist Josh Gordon recently caught up with American Aftermath to discuss the EP and how Six of Swords have evolved over the past few years, as well as the impact of having straightedge members in the band, and more. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: MERDARAHTA’s Topon Das

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Canadians Merdarahta, featuring Fuck The Facts’ Topon Das and Melanie Mongeon, recently released their new album, As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, on January 20. The band also features members of The Sun Through A Telescope, Mekhaya and others, and combines experimental ambient noise with doom and drone. In an interview with American Aftermath, Das discussed how Merdarahta came to be and how much of a departure it is from Fuck The Facts, as well as the writing process for As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, the theme behind the album and more. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Antonio Marquez of SPINE

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SPINE are a hardcore group based out of Kansas City, MO and Chicago, IL, consisting of current and former members of Weekend Nachos, Harm’s WaySorryXExcuse, Blindside USA, Kicked In, Last Laugh and Keef Mountain. Despite maintaining a part-time status, the group have managed to enjoy a rich career since their debut in 2011. They’ve carved out a viable live reputation, released a split with legendary Chicago maniacs The Repos, have entered the lexicon of contemporary musician/stand-up comedians and have been part of plans by Mikhail Gorbachev to be sent to the moon. With the recent release of their debut LP, Time Has Gone, I had the opportunity to talk with their lead vocalist, Antonio Marquez about all of the above in addition to quips about the record, arm-wrestling with Zero Progress (R.I.P.) Matt “The Champ” Saincome, acting, socks, Pepsi, gwapes, communism, making the best of lyrical content and barbecue.

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Exclusive Interview: YOUTH FUNERAL’s Casey Nealon

See You When I See You, the new EP from New Hampshire’s Youth Funeral, is arguably one of the new year’s first great releases. In a mere 11 minutes, See You When I See You devastates everything around it. Complex, feverish bouts of instrumentation are woven together with emotionally-charged vocals to create memorable tracks that are challenging, heavy, immediate, melodic and melancholic. The songs echo that of Orchid, Pg.99 and the rest of the screamo archetypes, but rearrange it just enough to make it their own. American Aftermath recently caught up with Youth Funeral guitarist and vocalist Casey Nealon to answer a few questions regarding the new release. 

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Exclusive Interview: WARSAWWASRAW

Warsawwasraw‘s debut full length, Sensitizer, came seemingly out of nowhere this year. I was not aware of the French duo’s existence until Three One G label head Justin Pearson (of The Locust/Retox) shared their track “Hollowcost” on various social media outlets. As if the whole “chaotic hardcore” genre couldn’t get more…chaotic. The instrumentation is fast and intense beyond measure. The drumming is furious and bludgeoning. The guitars churn out riffs that are extremely complex, noisy and vicious. Sensitizer is a whirlwind of auditory insanity that aims to distance itself from being just another album that simply echoes the work of Botch or Converge. In short, the album is a good kick in the ass. I recently got in touch with the two masterminds behind Warsawwasraw to discuss the album and more.

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Exclusive Interview: WRECK AND REFERENCE

As the year draws to a close, music journalists and bloggers reflect upon what was released in order to construct their year-end “Best Of” lists. It can sometimes be quite a daunting task putting these silly little lists together. “Did I forget anything?” “Well, this album should be placed at number 10 and this one at 15.” “I’ve been staring at the same computer screen for three hours; my life is in shambles.” But luckily, there are certain releases that were so good that it makes the process a little easier. So good, that you just can’t not  forget to mention them. For me, one of those albums is Wreck and Reference‘s Want. The bleak, experimental noise/ambient duo’s sophomore full length is unsettling and memorable in the all the right ways. American Aftermath recently caught up with the two musical architects Ignat Frege and Felix Skinner to talk a little bit about the record, the band’s sound and origins, pasta and sadness. 

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Exclusive: THORR-AXE Interview And Song Premiere “Descent”

Thorr-Axe 1A few weeks ago I was introduced to a band called Thorr-Axe. This band smashed me in the face with their punishing doom crushing and I had to get in contact with them. I set up an interview with vocalist/guitarist Tucker Thomasson and I found out a little about the bands new album Gates Of Winter and the derivation of their name. Read on to learn the answers to these questions and more as well as stream a new track titled “Descent,” which happens to be Tucker’s favorite track on the album. Enjoy.      Continue reading

Exclusive: LAE Track Premiere + Interview

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After nearly a decade-and-a-half of silence, Montreal-based experimental rock act Lae will release their long-awaiting debut full length, Break the Clasp, on November 25th.

The band were initially active in the mid 1990s under the name Lae-Tseu and impacted the Quebec art and post-hardcore/emo/indie scenes and earned a solid regional fanbase. As they were preparing to recorded their debut full length, the band dissolved and was put on hold in 2001. Now, nearly 13 years later, the newly reformed Lae are ready to unleash these songs upon the world.

We here at American Aftermath are excited to bring you your first taste of Break the Clasp in the form of the album’s seventh track, “Sister”. The song echoes psychedelic progressive rock and post-rock but the overall picture is far more expansive. The song, as well as the album in general, is wholly unique and escapes categorization. Stream “Sister” for yourself and read a quick interview with Lae mastermind Marc Lucas Ablasou after the break.

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Exclusive Interview: OLD WOUNDS

Last week (September 16), New Jersey metallic hardcore warriors Old Wounds released their incredible new EP, Death Projection. The EP follows their highly praised 2013 debut LP, From Where We Came Is Where We’ll Rest, and sees the band maturing and further honing their sound, which is rooted in a distinct ’90s hardcore influence. In this recent interview with American Aftermath, drummer Brandon Gallagher discussed the new release, how it compares to their previous material and the band’s influences, as well as creating the Death Projection artwork and more. Continue reading