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Anyone listening Bloodsimple’s Red Harvest for the first time and expecting a run of the mill heavy metal record is about to be hit with a bombshell. With the release of their sophomore effort this Long Island, NY based quintet, which formed out of the ashes of metalcore pioneers Vision of Disorder, has crafted their most musically ambitious album to date. From eerie…

Guitarist Bobby Burns has been around the world and back. Rising to stardom in the late ’90s as the brains behind the alt-metal act Primer 55, Burns and company quickly developed a following from sold-out tours alongside Fear Factory, Disturbed, Taproot and a stint on Ozzfest 2000. Much has happened since then for example, in 2001 Primer 55 returned with their sophomore effort The New Release and shed their…

One of the most punishing new bands to emerge onto the metal scene is Streetsboro, OH’s Forever In Terror. Their Metal Blade debut album, Restless In The Tides, is a punishing display of technical brutality that fans of Lamb of God, Chimaira and Shadows Fall will freak out for. All this from a group of ambitious youngsters that were signed to Metal Blade Records when they were still in High School! We caught up with…

Very few punk bands crack into the mainstream and even less of them do it with a political message. Chicago’s Rise Against have screamed for political activism and social responsibility since 1999, but it wasn’t until the release of their major label debut, Siren Song of the Counter Culture, that they did it on a mass scale. The album sold in excess of 500,000 copies and introduced their viewpoint and ideals to a whole new audience.

For over a decade frontman Jason C. Miller has been determined to make his Washington, D.C. based band Godhead, a household name. The band was the first band signed to Marilyn Manson’s ill fated label for their 2001 album 2000 Years of Human Error, which landed them a hit with their eerie cover of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” The band returned in 2003 with Evolver, but quickly faded from the limelight when their record…

36 Crazyfists’ frontman Brock Lindow looks out the window of his snow covered home and smiles. In addition to being back home in Alaska for the holidays, Lindow and 36 Crazyfists have finally put two years of record company politics and delays behind them. Furthermore, they also finally released their explosive third album, Rest Inside The Flames.

Editors Note… Please note that the translations in the following may not be accurate as certain nuances and answers may not translate well into English as the members of Dir En Grey do not speak English and their answers required translation. Not since the German industrial metal outfit Rammstein released the smash single “Du Hast” from 2000’s Sehnsucht, has a hard rock/metal band bridged the language barrier and made a…