The guests for this episode are members of the Finnish melodic death/doom metal band Mariana’s Rest, vocalist Jaakko Mäntymaa and guitarist Nico Mänttäri. As they were still trying to find their sound, they feel like they are finally at that point with their newest album Fata Morgana, out now via Napalm Records. This album, which takes a journey into the realms of isolation, took on a new meaning as the band and the whole world went into quarantine as a global pandemic spread. During our conversation, we talked about the making of Fata Morgana and how this album represents a monumental landmark creatively for the band, along with diving into the culture of their homeland Finland and much more.
The guest for this episode is Prika Amaral, co-founder and guitarist of all-women thrash metal band NERVOSA. They have a new album Perpetual Chaos available now via Napalm Records. Originating in Brazil, Nervosa has a whole new line-up – featuring Prika along talented new members Diva Satanica on vocals, Mia Wallace on bass, and Eleni Nota on drums – all hailing from various parts of Europe. Nervosa has a series of videos on YouTube (shown below) to get everyone up to speed and introduce you to the new members. During our chat, we talk about the new album with a new lineup, being a role model to young women, and the realities living in Brazil, along with so much more.
The guest for this episode is Richard Sjunnesson, vocalist of the Swedish melodic death metal band The Unguided, and they just released their new full-length album Father Shadow via Napalm Records. We get into how the band functions, fine tuning their method of operation of writing and recording the new album after a history of lineup changes and The Unguided being birthed out of Richard and Roger Sjunnesson’s previous band Sonic Syndicate. With Father Shadow, The Unguided go back to their harder roots blurring the lines between a melodic death metal and metalcore sound. And for a treat to their old fans, they even did cover versions of their own classic Sonic Syndicate tracks “Jailbreak”, “Denied” and “Jack of Diamonds”.
For this episode, your host Kelly “K-Fresh” Frazier is joined by Eric Lauder, guitarist of the Detroit thrash/death metal band Plague Years, as we talk about their debut full-length album Circle of Darkness released September 18th 2020 via Entertainment One (or eOne). While the idea of the band has technically been around for about a decade now, the four guys of Plague Years only started to make it a serious band within the past few years with the release of two EPs, 2017’s self-titled EP and 2018’s Unholy Infestation EP. Eric shares with us the origins of the band, how they got signed to eOne, along with his vision for the band has the main songwriter going into making Circle of Darkness. We go track-by-track throughout the album, talk about the videos they shot, along with the album’s amazing cover artwork.
The guest for this episode is Larissa Stupar, lead vocalist of the Welsh death metal band Venom Prison. Last year, they released their second studio album Samsara via Prosthetic Records. This interview with Larissa was recorded at their Detroit stop at The Sanctuary during their tour last Fall. Larissa shared with us the progression of the band, the writing and recording of Samsara, touring in the states, and her own upbringing.
The guest for this episode is Steve Tucker, vocalist and bassist of the legendary death metal band Morbid Angel, who are currently about to embark on a month-long USA headlining tour still in support of their Kingdoms Disdained full-length released in 2017 via Silver Lining Music.
The guest for this episode is a return guest for me, but this time for the Breakin’ Recordz Podcast, mixer, engineer, producer, and guitarist, Will Putney, of the deathcore metal band Fit For An Autopsy, who recently released their latest album The Sea Of Tragic Beasts via Nuclear Blast Records
The guest for this episode is Derrick Vella, guitarist of the Toronto death metal band Tomb Mold, who have a new album Planetary Clairvoyance out now via 20 Buck Spin. This interview was recorded when Tomb Mold stopped at The Sanctuary in Detroit during their recent tour with Superstition. During our chat, we talked about the origins of the band, their new album, how they gained their fan base, and the Toronto music scene, among much more.