Category Archives: Interview

Blog Vs. Blog: American Aftermath Versus HBNBM

BvsBIf you’re into technical music and have been for a good amount of time, you must have stumbled across the acclaimed, yet not defunct The Apparat.us. This website led the way for technical metal bands getting their music heard and their fans being able to converse back and forth. It was on this site that I was introduced to one of its creators Keith Carlson. I had met him briefly on the Metal Injection Forums (which is also gone now) and he and I have maintained a friendship ever since.

More recently, Keith has become a writer for the up-and-coming metal/gaming website Headbang ‘n Buttonmash: where nerds and metalheads collide! This is Valhalla. I sat down with Keith to conduct my latest in the Blog Vs. Blog interview series. Check it out: Continue reading

Interview: LIONS OF TSAVO’s Ryan Chamberlain + Song Premiere

Ryan Of TsavoWell, folks, I posted about Lions Of Tsavo a few days ago when they released their new song “Tunnel Giant,” which destroys. If that wasn’t enough for you, I am beyond excited to let you know that we here at American Aftermath are premiering yet another radical track from the bands forthcoming album Traverser.

I also hit up Lions Of Tsavo vocalist/guitarist Ryan Chamberlain and asked him a few questions regarding the new album, so you can check that out after the jump and then listen to the bands new song “Berlahars!”     Continue reading

Invasion Of The Podcast Episode 2: Dank Shit – A Conversation With TRANSIENT

I have finally gotten around to doing another edition of Invasion of the Podcast after months of deliberating whether or not I wanted to continue it and just being broke. I attended a local grindcore oriented show this past week and hung out with the Portland grindcore aficionados, Transient, whose debut self-titled album is available now. We discussed the new record, vocalist Krysta Martinez’s involvement in Landmine Marathon, Scion, electric triangles, burning Christmas trees, and the list goes on and on. I sincerely hope you enjoy it. You can stream it below if you have a free half-hour on your hands.

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Exclusive Interview: THE HOWLING VOID

THV RyanI have been a fan of The Howling Void for a while now and I have loved each of their albums, so I figured it was about time I kick out an interview with THV’s only-man Ryan. He is an awesome guy and he gave some very intelligent insight into the creation and ideology of The Howling Void. Check out the interview after the jump as well as a teaser for the bands new record Nightfall, coming later this year.     Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: LOCUST’s and RETOX’s Justin Pearson

There are few people in the hardcore community who have done as much as Justin Pearson and done it their way. From all the bands he’s been involved with over the course of his 20+ year “career” to his label Three One G, Mr.Pearson has not only maintained relevancy in the minds of punks worldwide but he’s done it on his own terms. Plus he’s a swell guy, as evidenced by agreeing to be interviewed by a nobody like me. Read on after the break.

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Blog Vs. Blog: American Aftermath Versus That’s How Kids Die

BvsBWhile we currently do not have an international blogging convention or even an intermittent softball league, we bloggers do chit chat from time to time and some of us are even proud to say we are friends. I enjoy knowing that I have made friends in this business who are on my level and have the same ideals as I do, so I decided to do an interview series focusing on blogger Vs. blogger interviews.

This week I interrogated Josh Haun, proprietor of That’s How Kids Die. Don’t let the name of his blog deter you, Josh is a sweetheart and one hell of a blog-o-maniac. I really enjoyed this interview and I think you will too. Check it out:     Continue reading

Blog Vs. Blog: American Aftermath Versus Headbang Or GTFO

BvsBWhile we currently do not have an international blogging convention or even an intermittent softball league, we bloggers do chit chat from time to time and some of us are even proud to say we are friends. I enjoy knowing that I have made friends in this business who are on my level and have the same ideals as I do, so I decided to do an interview series focusing on blogger Vs. blogger interviews.

This week I questioned mi amigo Thomas Mergel, the owner and proprietor of Headbang Or GTFO. We talked for quite a while and some interesting things came up. Check it out:     Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: CARA NEIR’s Garry Brents

I have made many friends over the last few years and I am slowly trying to interview each one for the site. My most recent interview is with my pal Garry from the Texan black metal entity Cara Neir. Garry and Chris will be releasing Cara Neir‘s new album Portals To A Better, Dead World this Halloween through Broken Limbs Recordings and Halo of Flies and I wanted to talk to Garry a bit about preparing to release their new album as well as some personal chit-chat.       Continue reading

Blog Vs. Blog: American Aftermath Versus Heavy Blog Is Heavy

BvsBWhile we currently do not have an international blogging convention or even an intermittent softball league, we bloggers do chit chat from time to time and some of us are even proud to say we are friends. I enjoy knowing that I have made friends in this business who are on my level and have the same ideals as I do, so I decided to do an interview series focusing on blogger Vs. blogger interviews.

The first back-and-forth I had is with Jimmy Rowe AKA Alkahest, who has made his name on sites such as Heavy Blog Is Heavy and MetalSucks. He is a very rad dude and it was a pleasure doing this interview.    Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: AT OUR HEELS

Bay Area hardcore band At Our Heels are dark. And by dark, I mean that sort of dark where the blackness is so oppressive that you find it hard to breathe. The noise they perpetuate seems to just suck the air out of your lungs, leaving you panting and pleading for more. And it’s not just their sound, it’s their lyrical content. Misanthropy and Godlessness, the title of their LP, perfectly sums up what this band is about. But it’s not all doom and gloom, I’m listening to AOH as I type this and I can’t help but nod my head along to their infectious grooves and gang vocals. Alex, their singer and songwriter, agreed to answer some of my questions and they are as follows. Continue after the break.
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Exclusive Interview: LOCRIAN

Return to Annihilation is one of those albums that is so dynamic, detailed, cinematic in scope and highly detailed that it demands repeated explorations. When you can go back to an album repeatedly and find new things that you did not hear before, that is a sign of a well constructed piece of music. To me personally, this album is Locrian’s best work to date and possibly one of the more interesting releases of 2013. It’s dark and mysterious, even claustrophobic at times. Other times it is calming and enthralling. It’s a record that surprises you at every turn. I recently caught up with the Chicago-based trio to dig a little deeper into Return to Annihilation as well as the group’s other musical endeavors. 

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Exclusive Interview: VATTNET VISKAR’s Chris Alfieri

Vattnet Viskar’s guitarist Chris Alfieri is a very good friend of mine and he has done work with us in the past with year-end list, stellar mixtapes and even telling us why he no longer listens to The Black Album. He is an awesome dude and his band is one of the sickest, most bestest bands ever and I recently sat down to have a few words with Mr. Alfieri, my black metal brotha from anotha motha. Check out the interview after the jump.      Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: OLD WOUNDS’ Brandon Gallagher

Over the last few years I’ve become friends with the fine dudes in Old Wounds, especially drummer Brandon Gallagher. I interviewed him back in 2011 and we have been in contact many times since. He’s a great dude and I caught up with him recently to talk about the new split with Trenchfoot. After the jump you can check out my interview.       Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: SCALE THE SUMMIT’s Chris Letchford

I’ve been going on and on about the new album from progressive instrumetallers Scale The Summit for a while now and, after a bit of duration, I have finally sat down and exchanged a few words with StS’s lead guitarist Chris Letchford. Read on to learn all that you’ve been wondering about the bands new album The Migration, what Chris has been listening to and his favorite track on the new album.     Continue reading

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Exclusive Interview: John Hoffman of WEEKEND NACHOS

My first encounter with Weekend Nachos was an advertisement for the album, Worthless, on the side panel of prominent metal blog, Invisible Oranges. But it was just that, an advertisement. At the time, I was an ignorant fuckhead attempting to present myself as a sophisticated underground death metal hipster. Luckily, that transformation never fully occurred and in a move of self-rediscovery to reclaim all I had lost in my egotistical musings, I turned to hardcore. Aiding that transition back to the mosh was none other than Weekend Nachos, a band whose brash juxtaposition of the ridiculous with an inane amount of vitriol and hatred would lead them to become one of my favorite bands ever. I recently had the chance to interview John Hoffman, lead vocalist and prominent song-writer of Weekend Nachos, to talk about the band’s upcoming record, the Weekend Nachos theme park, Attack Attack, the one time John met Robert Englund, the ethics and function of labels and more. Check it all out after the jump. 

-Eric Nguyen, CrypticChasms

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Photo Credits to Reid Haithcock, http://bummercity.com

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