Thank You Scientist: Maps Of Non-Existent Places

The problem with writing a review of a Thank You Scientist record is that their sound is nothing short of preposterous—full of contradictions like jazz and metal, funk and gypsy, prog and pop. Even so, I’m not sure there’s a record to come out in 2012 that I will enjoy …

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Interview with Mike Flores from Origin: Brutality Without Pretense

At the forefront of the modern technical death metal movement stands Origin, a quartet who are among the most extreme and precise noise-makers on the planet. The band’s jaw-dropping chops and absurdly heavy compositions have surely discouraged just as many hopeful metal musicians as they have inspired, and they’ve induced …

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Interview with Misha Mansoor from Periphery: Central Focus

There is one band in every generation of metal acts that stands out for creating or popularizing a sound that inspires the music of subsequent artists. Despite being only one album into their career, Periphery is already one of the most influential bands in modern metal. Combining the crushing discordance …

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Interview with Brann Dailor from Mastodon: The Burl Of The Old Family Tree

Mastodon, one of the most successful metal bands in recent memory, is getting ready for a tour with Swedish metal icons Opeth as part of the Heritage Hunter Tour, one that is sure to make true the dreams of many a prog dude. It’s a worthy pairing, being that both …

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Tool/Yob @ Izod Center

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ—I feel kind of bad supporting Tool. Sure, as a prog dude I love their music, but they’re going on six years since their last album, 10,000 Days, and we haven’t heard more than a few rumors—cryptic at best—about any new music. That’s all well and good …

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Interview with Kevin Conway from East Of The Wall: Boiling Over And Being Considerate

As hard to describe as East Of The Wall’s music is, their chaotic brand of progressive sludge metal is way easier to define than their history. Even when guitarist/vocalist Kevin Conway discusses the band’s lineup, he sheepishly admits, “It’s kind of weird and complicated, as is everything that goes along …

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Interview with Valient Thorr: People Are Strange

“Right now, I’m abiding,” says Valient Himself, between bites of a sandwich, as he enjoys his first real break from touring in years at a brewery in New Orleans. Yes, that’s Valient Himself, not Valient himself. It’s his name. But it’s not so strange after you learn that Valient and …

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Interview with Chris Letchford from Scale The Summit

There is perhaps no better slogan in rock music than ‘Strings Are Voices,’ the maxim adopted by Texas-based instrumental prog outfit Scale The Summit, because it’s not easy to make it as an instrumental rock band. It is an extra special challenge to create concise and emotive rock songs with …

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Interview with Chuck Billy from Testament: Damned Dark Roots

One of the greatest thrash metal bands of all-time, Testament blew the music industry away with the reunion of their original lineup and the subsequent release of their 2008 opus, The Formation Of Damnation. That was 25 years into their career.

After that amount of time, most bands either …

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Interview with John Campbell from Lamb Of God: Heavy Decisions

There are few metal bands these days that aren’t looking up at Lamb Of God. The Richmond, VA-based band that long branded their style as “Pure American Metal” hasn’t lost a step in an increasingly competitive scene; they remain on top thanks to a stream of great albums and relentless …

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