Exclusive Interview: AUTOPSY

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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

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Exclusive Interview: FLOOR

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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

Exclusive Interview: SEIZURES

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. 

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Exclusive Interview: MILK WHITE THROAT

MWTA 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.    
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Exclusive Interview: ENABLER’S Jeff Lohrber

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.

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Exclusive Interview: NUMBERS

Ryan MajorisI was recently introduced to a band called Numbers thanks to my buddy Jimmy Rowe (of HBIH) and the power of Facebook and, after listening to the bands latest album, decided to interview bassist Ryan Majoris. We discussed the bands new album, his current jams and what he does outside of Numbers. Check out the full interview after the jump and get up on this.     Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: CULT LEADER

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As a fan of Gaza, it was devastating to me when news broke of their split last year. Having developed a friendship with the members, it also hit me on a personal level. It was heartbreaking to see these fine people – who I had watched grow and develop as musicians over the years, and struggle through working their way up – have it all ripped away from them. However, this is what makes their rebirth as Cult Leader all the more inspiring, and the release of EP, Nothing For Us Here, even more eagerly anticipated. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: EPISTASIS’ Amy Mills

It’s seems as if New York has become (or perhaps always has been) a breeding ground for forward-thinking, experimental forms of heavy music. Only four months into 2014 and the state has given birth to riveting releases from the likes of Pyrrhon, White Suns, and Epistasis. The latter of which is the focus here. Epistasis’ unique blend of scathing black metal, technical riffing, and general avant-weirdness deserves to be taken note of. While only six tracks long, Epistasis’ Light Through Dead Glass is probably one of the more interesting releases you will hear this year. This is not a band you want to sleep on.

American Aftermath got a chance to speak to vocalist and trumpeter, Amy Mills, about the new EP and the band’s beginnings and evolution. 

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Exclusive Interview: CORRUPT MORAL ALTAR’s Tom Dring

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Corrupt Moral Altar are an amazing band that I have been a fan of since their inception. I have also struck a friendship with the bands drummer Tom Dring, who I have stated many times in the past is the owner of the best mustache in grindcore. I recently caught up with Tom to talk about his mustache, their recent signing with Season Of Mist and much more. Read on. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: RINGWORM

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Cleveland, OH-based metallic hardcore warriors Ringworm have returned with their soon-to-be-released sixth album, and Relapse debut, Hammer of the Witch. Featuring their classic combination of extreme metal and hardcore, Hammer of the Witch is a retrospective of their two decade-plus career. The album incorporates thrash grooves and old school punk/rock influences, while maintaining relentless, more vicious than ever, aggression throughout.

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Exclusive Interview: SO HIDEOUS’ Christopher Cruz

SoHideousWell folks, a few days ago it was announced that my boys in So Hideous has inked a deal with Prosthetic Records, which means that the distribution of their amazing new album would reach many more people. That’s amazing and I wanted to catch up with the bands bassist/vocalist Chris Cruz to see whats been up in the ranks of So Hideous as of late. Check out what he had to say.     Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: YAUTJA

Even before the release of their debut LP, Songs of Descent, Nashville, TN’s Yautja were already being lauded as the next greatest band in heavy music. Now that the record has had a chance to see the light of day, that assertion seems legit. Featuring members of Coliseum, Gnarwhal, Nameless Cults and others, Yautja amalgamate death metal and grind with intense, discordant hardcore and infuse it with elements of sludge and crust. Filled with crushing drum patterns, distorted low-end grooves, explosive guitar lines and gnarled vocals, Songs of Descent is simply captivating.

In this interview with American Aftermath, vocalist/guitarist Shibby Poole and drummer/vocalist Tyler Coburn discussed the album and how Yautja came to be, as well as their diverse sound, which they like to call “Heavy Metal Thunder.” Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: BIRD EATER’s Jon Parkin

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It would be an understatement to say that the sudden release of Bird Eater’s debut LP last week (February 11) came as a pleasant surprise. Despite the lack of promotion and shoddy planning by label Black Market Activities, the release hasn’t fallen on deaf ears. The highly-anticipated record from the Salt Lake City-based band, which features mega-talented members of Gaza, Day of Less and others, is everything that fans have been expecting. Following 2007’s Utah EP, Dead Mothers Make the Sun Set is an outstanding offering, which combines death metal with elements of doom and sludge, and is layered with country influences and dismal, eerie tones.

In this recent interview, vocalist Jon Parkin discussed the long-awaited record, the inspiring western deserts, as well as which Bird Eater members make “magic” together, and more.     Continue reading