Friday, January 9, 2009

Interview with Hellyeah and ex-Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul

In our podcast interview with Hellyeah drummer, ex-Pantera legend and brother of the late, great Dimebag Darrell, Vinnie Paul Abbott talked about how he put together the book "Dimebag Darrell: He Came to Rock!" the legacy of Pantera, how label reps used to try to convince Pantera and their producer Terry Date to integrate alternative and industrial styles within their songs and how Damageplan were misunderstood for most of their short career. Vinnie also recalled the time Dime met Eddie Van Halen, and he broke the news about an upcoming Nick Bowcott book about Darrell and Pantera. Click here to listen.

Interview with Whitechapel Guitarist Alex Wade

Unlike most deathcore groups, which rely on a rigid two guitar assault, Whitechapel have three axemen to carry out their orders of annihilation, providing more of a layered point-counterpoint dynamic to their songs. We recently hooked up with guitarist Alex Wade during some well-deserved time off the road and asked him about the history of the band, the popularity of deathcore, the influence of Jack the Ripper and other serial killers and how Whitechapel often get mistaken for Christian metal. Wade also told us about the creation of their latest album This Is Exile, plans for its follow-up and what awaits on the road in 2009. Click here to listen.

Interview with Sepultura Guitarist Andreas Kisser

We recently tracked down Sepultura guitarist and longtime band member Andreas Kisser at his Brazil home to talk about the band's new record A-Lex, a concept record about "A Clockwork Orange." During our conversation, Kisser addressed the joy of recording concept albums, the inspiration of Anthony Burgess and Stanley Kubrick and the new insights he developed about one of his favorite stories. Kisser also talked about the departure of former drummer Igor Cavalera, the addition of new drummer Jean Dolabella and why he's uninterested in a Roots-era Sepultura reunion. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Interview with God Forbid Guitarist Doc Coyle

Just days after God Forbid premiered their new single “War of Attrition” on their MySpace and Web site, we hooked up with guitarist Doc Coyle to talk about the creation of the band's upcoming album Earthsblood, the metal public’s prejudice against melodic vocals, the difficulty of staying faithful on the road and how being forced to work day jobs might have inspired God Forbid to write such a killer record. Click here to listen.