For a few years now Wrathblade have been one of my favorite active heavy metal bands, and last year’s devastating God Of The Deep Unleashed just solidified that. Though they’ve been around for fifteen years now, they’ve only put out a handful of releases, and their relative lack of activity made me want to know more. For the uninitiated, Wrathblade play pounding epic metal the old way, bringing plenty of influence from classics like Brocas Helm, Manilla Road, Manowar, and more. There’s not really a bad place to start with their music because all of the band’s material rules.
At the band’s request, the interview was conducted in a cut and paste format- if any of the flow of the conversation comes across as awkward, it’s probably because of that. Responding members of the band are Giannis (drums) and Nick (vocals).
Read the interview on Toilet Ov Hell. Published on August 24, 2018.
New York City’s Ordeals came blazing into existence in 2011, but didn’t release anything until 2016’s Apotheosis,which was a malignant piece of black/death released originally as only a run of less than a hundred cassettes on a small German record label. Now they have their first release out since then, a split on much larger label Blood Harvest Records, but the sound has changed to a very out-of-vogue old school melodic death metal sound more akin to Intestine Baalism. Following a triumphant appearance at Covenant Festival in Canada, Zealous Hellspell (shortened through the interview as ZH) has been kind enough to answer a few of my questions about their past, their future, and their ongoing ascent to greatness.
Read the interview on Toilet Ov Hell. Published on May 21, 2018.
Ironflame came out of nowhere early this year from
the mind of Andrew D’Cagna, shocking the world with potent riffs, catchy
choruses, and gorgeous melodies. Despite
having already played Legions of Metal fest in Chicago and having been
invited to play Keep It True next year, not too much is known about the
band at this point, so I asked Andrew some questions about it.
Read the interview at Toilet Ov Hell. Published on October 11, 2017.
One of my favorite parts of the metal
scene is how the passion of genuine diehards has led to various
splintered microlabels across the world (according to the venerable
metal-archives, there are tens of thousands of the things).
A lot of those labels put out a
single release or two and crumple under the responsibility or financial
commitment, but sometimes a collective survives to destroy the world
under the weight of the riffs that they put out.
NVNM belongs to a special category of label which serves solely to exist as a way for co-founders and masterminds TG and Joe Aversario to unleash their morbid creations upon the world; they don’t take submissions (as I found out when I tried to get them to put out material from one of my bands some months ago), don’t search for new bands to release on the label, self-record their music, self-produce their music, and dub most of their releases themselves- essentially, NVNM is the pure, concentrated essence of DIY; given that prior to forming the collective TG and Joe played together in a deathgrind band, this is somewhat unsurprising.
Read the interview at Toilet Ov Hell. Published on October 9, 2017.