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I See Stars are a band that are barely legal in their hometown of Warren, Michigan, but have two full-length studio albums, a deal with Sumerian Records and a collaboration with Bone Thugs N’ Harmony’s Bizzy Bone under their belt. Pretty impressive, right? I got a chance to talk to lead guitarist Brent Allen and bassist Jeff Valentine about their latest release End Of The World Party and what the band is currently up to.

Alternative/nu metal band Red has been a familiar face within the Christian rock scene for years. They’ve entertained fans of all ages worldwide hitting charts and being twice nominated for Best Rock Gospel Album at the Grammys. Red are now back with their third CD, Until We Have Faces, and first release as a four piece band.

“Song 1” is the first music video from Los Angeles grunge/punk rockers Phathom, in support of their new release, ‘The New Piracy’. The album represents a call to arms for musicians and artists to take back the radio waves and other forms of mass media through any means necessary. Formerly known as Section 8, Phathom has committed themselves to extensive touring of North America, resulting in a large and growing audience, anxious to help spread their message.

Canadian musician KO opened up over the phone regarding the context of his music, his past, his journey to where he is now, and his plans for the future. He’s keeping busy, and sending out his message strong; hard drugs are detrimental, stick to the herb! His music deals with some very hard-pressed and personal issues that his fans can relate to. Here’s how it went.

Although Norwegian band Ulver began its recording career as a black metal band, the outfit has evolved so much since its 1995 debut album, Bergtatt—Et eeventyr i 5 capitler, that the only accurate way to classify it would be if there was a genre called “chameleon.” Its sound defies description, not just because it doesn’t fit neatly within musical boundaries, but because Ulver’s albums are meant to be experienced, not just listened to.

‘From Man To Dust’ is an 80 minute journey through the deepest chasms of grief in a post-apocalyptic wasteland of nuclear fallout. The war inside is responsible for the war outside. Beneath Oblivion trudges onward through the 8 tracks that make up the album in an utterly ferocious manner. Crushing all preconceived notions of “devastation” as they bludgeon ahead amidst all the contempt and misery we’ve all caused one another.

I admire a musician who takes on a solo project, one that gives him the freedom to create his own style of music. Manahil’s keyboardist, Mathieu Fiset, did just that with his recent classical piano project, demonstrating his playing skills in a new light. The pianist recently self-released his album, From Deep Within which altogether consists of 10 compositions.

Shai Hulud guitarist Matthew Fox has been busy touring in support of the band’s latest album, Misanthropy Pure. Recently I hung out with him in Oshawa, Ontario where I got to ask some questions about touring, metalcore and how the writing is going for the next Shai Hulud album.

Set to release their upcoming third studio album ‘The Oracle, What Was, Is And What Could Have Been’ August 19th, the Canadian metalcore force of All Else Fails has posted the season 5 premiere of their series “Studio Spaces” online. The webisode follows the band during their headline show at the Boonstock Festival in Gibbons, AB on July 1st with behind the scenes clips and a live performance of their track “The Burden Of Life” while Five Finger Death Punch vocalist Ivan Moody hands the band beers.