When Kendrick Lemke isn’t slinging riffs in Cyclopean Blood Temple, he’s creating and selling his own handwound guitar pickups with his company, Valhalla Pickups. Lemke has been been putting his expertise to work since 2015 and his products have been used by the likes of Cattle Decapitation, Christworm, and more. With the release of Valhalla’s new Standard Series of models on the horizon, Lemke agreed to give Svbterranean the details on his upcoming products. In this special interview, Lemke speaks on his new line of pickups, as well as Valhalla’s beginnings and what sets his company apart from the rest.
Pennsylvania-based sludge/grind trio Secret Cutter (ex-Oktober Skyline) unleashed their acclaimed, super heavy self-titled effort over four years ago. Now, the impossibly intense band is set to release their crushing sophomore LP, titled Quantum Eraser, this Friday (July 6). The new release not only maintains their abrasive and begrudging tone, along with compelling and unpredictable songwriting, but it’s also tighter, more focused and somehow even heavier than their previous offering.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, vocalist Ekim, drummer Jared Stimpfl and guitarist Evan Morey discuss the origins of Secret Cutter and the making of Quantum Eraser. They also talk about combining the visceral aggression of grind with the harsh density of sludge (why is “grudge” not a thing yet!?), how they manage to achieve their massive sound as just a three-piece, as well as their approach to unique songwriting and more. Check it out! Continue Reading
Dark, dynamic and undoubtedly massive, Hemelbestormer is an unsung juggernaut within the sludge/doom/post-whatever scenes. Those whose have not experienced this Belgian act’s monolithic tunes are missing out on some truly devastating, forward-thinking “post-metal” that sounds like an environmental cataclysm in audio form. On their newest full-length recording, A Ring of Blue Light, the band continue to build upon their towering sound while incorporating new elements into the mix. The results: crushing as ever.
In this new interview we caught up with drummer Frederik Cosemans to discuss the new album and more.
With two stellar records released back-to-back, Hundred Year Old Man are making the most out of their 2018. From the shoegaze-drenched Rei EP, to the oppressive weight of Breaching, up seems to be the only place to go from here for this Leeds-based post-metal sextet. With their focus on creating atmospheres and walls of sound, dynamics, and crushing doom and gloom, Hundred Year Old Man brings a cinematic quality to post-metal that the genre has been lacking in recent years.
In this new interview we sat down with guitarist Tom Wright to discuss the creation of both records, post-metal and more.
In a mere 14 minutes Cyclopean Blood Temple’s debut release, Unholy Union, slaughters everything in its path. Weaving together furious grindcore with blackened sensibilities, elements of sludge, and all things gritty and grimy, this Floridian quartet is one of the newer acts to give the genre the ugly face-lift it deserves.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean we sat down with 3/4 of the band to discuss their new record, grindcore and more.
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Mike Stack is a guy who has carved out a significant portion of extreme music history with pure, unrelenting RIFF. Based in the 518/Troy area, Mike has written, recorded and performed since 1989 with some of Troy, NY’s best. Flat Broke. Execution Style. Politics of Contraband. Withstand. Dying Breed. When Jason Bittner (of Shadows Fall fame) decided to take a break in 2007 from the NWOAHM touring/recording circuit to revive his old death metal/hardcore band Burning Human, he recruited Mike Stack along for the ride. Moving beyond the metal-influenced hardcore of his youth, Mike started Of Old in 2004 to fully flex his metal roots, a project that soon became the progressive, technical death metal of The Final Sleep and his primary focus. And on top of all of that, there’s lost recordings, bands and projects forgotten by time and documentation. “Do you still have any recordings of Harbinger? Maybe.” It’s been a storied career for Mike, from the glory days of metallic hardcore at QE2 to fights with Madball to a rare stint on the 2000’s Van’s Warped Tour to fully swinging for the progressive death metal fences in today’s saturated metal market. I recently had the opportunity to speak to Mike about his entire career, his legendary run in defining Troycore and the culture and memories of that era, his experiences and influences in metal, The Final Sleep (!), the realities of promotion and recognition, gear, fried chicken and much more. Check it all out below, pick up The Final Sleep’s debut I here and be on the lookout for their sophomore effort soon! Follow The Final Sleep on Facebook here, on Instagram here and on Bandcamp here.
Additionally, stream and download the entirety of Dying Breed’s discography (minus an alternate version of “God’s Hate” on the Capital Punishment compilation) and the majority of Politics of Contraband’s tracks here!
With chaotic, apocalyptic instrumentation and seething misanthropy, Our Place of Worship Is Silence’s sophomore effort, With Inexorable Suffering, is currently one of the heaviest and unforgiving death metal recordings to be released in 2018 thus far. Delivering churning, cacophonous and unorthodox songs rife with complexity and dissonance, With Inexorable Suffering is a an exercise in sheer brutality that turns heads as well as crush them.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean the Californian duo sat down to discuss the new record, misanthropy, and modern death metal.
With their emphasis on atonality, claustrophobic tension, and unrelenting assaults of sound, Nightmarer crafts the very cacophony its debut album Cacophony of Terror suggests. Although it is less than 40 minutes in length, Cacophony Terror traps listeners in a seemingly endless barrage of disfigured instrumentation that churns and writhes as they are dragged further down into the abyss. It’s complex without being overindulgent and its use of spacing and atmosphere adds to its frightening presentation. As far as “technical metal” is concerned, Nightmarer stick out from the pack.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, we sat down with guitarist Simon Hawemann to discuss the new record and dissonance.
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With their monolithic guitars, melancholic melodies, and blackened atmospheres, Germany’s Phantom Winter create a devastatingly heavy and foreboding listening experience. Since the release of 2015’s CVLT, the prolific “winterdoom” outfit have been on a steady path to all things dark and dreary. Each subsequent release has seen the band become heavier and more dynamic while staying true to their roots. Their newest release, Into Dark Science, sits at the apex of this evolution and shows that the band’s creative fuels have yet to run out.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, guitarist and vocalist Andreas Schmittfull to discuss the new record, Sylvia Plath, and witches.
Baltimore-based musician Terence Hannum is probably best known within the extreme music community for his work with experimental metal outfit Locrian. But a lesser known fact is that Hannum has been publishing fiction over the last few years in addition to his musical endeavors. His newest novella, “All Internal”, was recently published by Dynatox Ministries and is available now. This bizarre, fever-dream of a story weaves together grotesque body horror with philosophical underpinnings and will pique the interest of fans of both Dennis Cooper and David Cronenberg’s body of work.
In this recent interview with Svbterranean, Hannum speaks on the inspiration behind his new work and its creation.