Profile: Randall Krieger and Robby Perry of Progressive Death Metallers Anisoptera

Anisoptera

Progressive metal bands place emphasis on technical complexity and push the accepted standards for song structuring with each new effort. When this is done under the guise of death metal there’s a fine line of coming off too technical or pushing the envelope too far, results at either of those points vary from fair to midland. California’s Anisoptera manage this fine line surprisingly well on their recently released full length Spawn of Odonata. Spontaneity and creativity collide face first with melodicism and brutality across the eight songs contained on this debut effort – it’s hard hitting AND memorable, can’t ask for much more than that on a debut. Armed with our set of Profile questions we recently sat down with guitarist Randall Krieger and vocalist Robby Perry to gain some insight into the band so head directly below to see what they had to say. Continue reading

Profile: Angus McFarland of Hessian

Hessian

Hessian‘s 2014 debut Bachelor of Black Arts is a fist-pumpin’ ode to late 70s and early 80′ heavy metal classics that paid close attention to guitar driven theatrics as much as it did colorful lyrical content. On their upcoming second full length, Mercenary Retrograde, the spirits of Priest and Diamond Head are alive in the guitar harmonies and old school vocals. True, the band did well on their debut but now they’ve stripped away any of the chaff in their sound and focus solely on nailing a raw, straight forward attack. This equates to an album that rocks harder out of the gate and sets its hooks deeper. We recently had the chance to ask mastermind and guitarist / vocalist Angus McFarland our set of Profile questions to get some inside info on the band and what makes them tick. Head directly below for that and don’t forget to grab your own copy from the links contained at the bottom. Continue reading

Profile: Blake Dellinger of Flummox

Flummox

Straight out of Tennessee comes a band that as their label put it in the description of Intellectual Hoolaganism, “You decide the description of Flummox???.” Can’t get much better than that. Seriously, there’s sounds in this album that no one would have ever thought to put together much less make an album’s worth of material with. And the best part, it RULES. Take extreme metal, jazz fusion, doo wop, progressive rock, funk — just to name a few of the double-digit count of different music strains here — and you’ve got something completely unique thats begs exploration. Along the way a funny thing happens, time slips and a spin is done but it’s not enough to even begin to take it all in. That is how Flummox gets you. Just ahead of the album’s release, later this week, we got the chance to ask bassist and vocalist Blake Dellinger our set of Profile questions and most answers are just as out of left field as their music. Don’t miss it and be sure to grab a copy from the links below. Continue reading

Profile: Brian Tarter of Brass Owl

Brass Owl

On Brass Owl‘s self-titled EP, released in June, this power trio shifts gears from stoner metal to jam band to southern rock to blues and back again over the course of seven songs — no matter what they slip into it’s cohesive, catchy and damn memorable. Simply put, hearing traces of Gov’t Mule alongside COC is never a bad thing. Mastermind and guitarist/vocalist Brian Tarter played with Steve Vai back in the 90s and having been in the music game for over thirty years he, obviously, brings a ton of experience and knowledge to the table that, along with his bandmates, shines through every note of Brass Owl. We had the chance to sit down with Brian for more information on him and the band so head below for his answers and click through the links contained within to show them some support. Continue reading

Profile: L.A.’s Psychedelic Heavy Hitters – Mountain Tamer

Mountain Tamer

If you think of that scene in the ’69 classic Easy Rider, when the group goes on a bad, bad LSD trip, every time you hear or see the word ‘psychedelic’ you’re not alone. I’m right there with you and evidently Mountain Tamer is as well. On their upcoming full length Godfortune//Dark Matters the band would be poised to do the soundtrack if said ’69 classic were to be made today or remade as so often is the case. This album is full of hefty fuzz, riffs for days and echoed vocals that trick your brain into thinking you’re already on a trip…somewhere……in outer space…….or something that involves a hit….of something. Seriously though, MTNTMR has impressed the hell out of me with their Floydish songwriting skills and satanic biker mentality. We recently sent them our set of Profile questions to learn more and now you get to join in the knowledge. Don’t forget to visit the links contained within to show them and their labels some support!  Continue reading