Interview: Joel Violette of Thrawsunblat on “Great Brunswick Forest,” Musical Reinterpretation, and How to Spot a Moose in the Wild

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Over the course of three albums and a handful of EPs, Thrawsunblat have carved a space for themselves in the genre of black metal by integrating the Maritime folk of their home province of New Brunswick, Canada. With their newest album Great Brunswick Forest, which is out October 19, the trio of Joel Violette, Rae Amitay and Keegan MC immerse themselves and their listeners wholeheartedly into that Maritime folk. Careful listeners of the band’s discography should recognize the familiar elements that make Thrawsunblat what it is, and yet this does feel like a big step forward. We reached out to Joel to talk about the creative process for the new album, his fascination with re-interpreting songs and also a bit of Maritime tourism. Continue reading

Profile: Genre Defying Metallers Wills Dissolve

Wills Dissolve

Texas based Wills Dissolve are on the cusp of releasing their extravagant full length debut The Heaven’s Are Not On Fire… and it’s another shining example of what can be accomplished in the progressive metal arena. I say extravagant for two reasons: one – it’s a concept album based on a devastating meteor shower in 1833 and two – the music contained within is a cohesive amalgam of post-metal, death metal and extremely controlled chaos. They even went as far as making the song titles form a sentence taken from the concept. So yea, extravagant fits the bill nicely. Ahead of the October 26 release date we had a chance to ask the band our set of Profile questions so stick around to see what they had to say and hit the links to grab a copy while you’re at it. Continue reading

Profile: The Ever Prolific Scot, Tommy Concrete

Tommy Concrete

Tommy Concrete has been involved with many projects over the years such as The Exploited, Man of the Hour and even had his hands in writing a horror book based on tape trading. And that’s not to mention his solo works which wildly pole vault across genres inside and outside of metal and punk but have always been forward thinking and diverse in approach, experience it for yourself here. His upcoming album Unrelaxed (first of two halves) is no exception and dives deep into into the highly personal topic of mental illness. Since Tommy was extremely gracious in his answers to our Profile questions, we won’t spoil it any further as he will tell you all about it immediately below. Don’t forget to click the links contained within to score your own copy. Continue reading

Profile: Brandon Howard of I Am the Law

I Am the Law

Anyone fancying a southern metal fix more in the vein of latter day Pantera meets Maylene and the Sons of Disaster than Weedeater and Eyehategod would do well to check out Tennessee’s I Am the Law. The band released their sophomore EP Hymn of the Vulture digitally back in February but are set to release it on CD format this week through Junecrow Media so if you missed out the first time, now’s your chance if the physical format is something held dear. This EP is five tracks of groove and shred that pulls from a bevy of influences but is at all times an aggressive kick to the jaw. We recently had a Profile chat with vocalist / guitarist Brandon Howard to get a behind the scenes look at the band so head below to see what he had to say. Continue reading

Profile: Kalki Avatara of Piah Mater

Piah Mater
Piah Mater

In metal, when I see Brazil as a band’s locale my brain automatically goes to blood curdling death metal or chants of ‘ROOOOOOTS.’ And because of that I’d never associate it with a powerfully progressive death metal band sporting a hint of black metal and veiled in rock regalia but Piah Mater have officially changed my reaction on this matter. If you’ve listened to their solid debut Memories of Inexistence I’m sure you’re already aware of their proximity to Opeth and Enslaved (not a bad place to be). On their upcoming second album, The Wandering Daughter, they won’t be shedding those comparisons but as much as they’ve grown musically since 2015 they can stand tall as a band that ACTUALLY pulls this marriage off. And does it extremely well I might add. Comparisons alone don’t tell the real, or whole, story but the thought provoking and ingenious songwriting, extremely talented chops, and impressive vocal range do – and a beautifully memorable story it is. Just ahead of the October 5 release date, we had the chance to ask drummer Kalki Avatara our set of Profile questions, read on to see what he had to say and don’t miss the links contained within to grab your copy. Continue reading