The esoteric side of heavy metal has been around since the very start. The strange, the magical, and the fantastical have driven songwriters to great heights for the genre’s history, and one of the current masters of the weird is here right now to do an interview. The Great Kaiser, aka Derek DiBella, is perhaps best known for his years with Demon Bitch, but is also the driving force behind White Magician, Isenblåst, and more.
Not many heavy metal bands have, unbowed, stood the test of time without breaking up or falling apart quality-wise. For every hallowed name that’s kept their quality level up since the start, scores more have fallen- but not Twisted Tower Dire. A venerated name in the heavy metal scene, Twisted Tower Dire have been going strong since 1995, and their newest album, Wars in the Unknown, comes out in just a few weeks. In support of the album, I asked guitarist Dave Boyd some questions.
Ancient witchery is alive in America. Boston is more known for its punk scene than its metal one, but there’s always an exception, and Malleus are one of Boston’s best right now, playing primordial black metal noticeably inspired by groups like Hellhammer, Bathory, Sodom, and Venom.
Though the band is fairly new they’ve made waves in the underground, and fresh off the release of a new two-song mLP titled Night Raids guitarist The Hammer has agreed to do an interview with me to talk a bit about the band.
England’s Lethean started as the solo project of multi-instrumentalist James Ashbey and after a scrapped EP they’re finally set to debut their first album, The Waters of Death, on Italian label and heavy metal powerhouse Cruz Del Sur Music. To get a feel for their music you can read my review of The Waters of Death here, and Marco’s review of it here. As a note before I get into it, at the band’s request this interview was conducted in a cut and paste format. Without further ado, I’ll start the interview here.
Read the interview on Ride Into Glory. Published on November 8, 2018.
Heavy metal is the law and Sacral Rage are the masters at playing at playing it. Fast, technical, and with gloriously soaring high vocals, they’re the current masters of their style, and have a new album out now on Cruz Del Sur Music. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, you can read my review of it here. I’ve been a fan for a few years now; with the release of Beyond Celestial Echoes I was curious about a few things, and the band were kind enough to answer some questions for me. Though I spoke directly with Sacral Rage’s vocalist, Dimitris, all of the band worked collaboratively to answer the questions for me. As readers may be able to tell we started this interview before the album came out.
Read the interview on Toilet Ov Hell. Published on November 2, 2018.
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.