Profile: Zack Hembree of TORO

Toro
TORO

Atlanta, Georgia based TORO self-released their debut EP, Departure, back in March and in case you missed it, today you can rectify that. If you count the heaviness of Anciients, the prog approach of Crack the Skye era Mastodon and the crushing weight of doom metal as some of your favorite things then this EP should be in your ears, pronto. If anymore persuasion is needed, Matt Bayles manned the mixing. The doom/prog/rock concoction this five piece has put together is nothing short of amazing for a debut and truthfully the sky’s the limit moving forward. We recently had the opportunity to ask Zack Hembree (vocals) our set of Profile questions, read on to see what he had to say.

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Profile: Larry Brent of Contra

Contra
Contra

Does that band name ring a bell? It should, it was only one of the biggest selling games of its time. But also, if the riffs found within sound familiar but you can’t quite put your finger on it, think back to Sofa King Killer (say it slow and pay attention). Anyway, video game inspired Contra are soon to be releasing their debut full length album Deny Everything and in case you missed the reference above, this is a riff centered metal band kin to the likes of the groovier than ever Clutch and the doomy side of Down. Heavy but extremely catchy is this band’s trademark and their full length is chock full of it. Just ahead of the July 1 release date we got a chance to ask vocalist Larry Brent our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say.

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Profile – Haruspex of Selvans

Selvans
Selvans

April 21st of this year saw the limited edition cassette reissue of Lupercalia from Italy’s black metal band Selvans. The album was originally released in 2015 on Avantgarde Music but with the Folkvangr reissue, now is the perfect time for those who missed it initially to experience the band’s take on cults and folklore from their home country set to wildly expressive, expansive and — at times — epic music. We recently had the opportunity to ask Haruspex our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say and don’t forget to grab your copy before they’re gone. Continue reading

Profile: Stan Liszewski of Terminal Nation

Terminal Nation
Terminal Nation

Arkansas powerviolence/hardcore five piece Terminal Nation will be releasing their latest EP, Absolute Control, later this week. And while this effort still has the violent bones from their previous work, the band has greatly intensified their metallic hardcore sound which is now more reminiscent of Ringworm and Integrity, just to name a couple. As is the case with this brand of metal, the nine tracks offered click by in an instant but the slight new direction towards a more vicious overall sound is a successful one. We recently had the opportunity to ask Stan Liszewski (vocals) our set of Profile questions, read on to see what he had to say.

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Profile: Daz Rowlands of Space Witch

Space Witch
Space Witch
Beginning in 2007 the UK’s Space Witch have grown by leaps and bounds since their self titled demo and with a handful of releases under their belt the June 9 release of their second full length Arcanum will prove just how much they actually have grown. They’ve crossed lines with doom, stoner and sludge metal but this time the band makes the best use of prog/psychedelic elements to create their most multifaceted sound to date but heavy nonetheless. We recently had the opportunity to ask Daz Rowlands (Guitar, FX) our set of Profile questions — read on to see what he had to say.

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