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The Evolution of Mushroomhead - An Interview with Skinny and St1tch

It's been a long road for Mushroomhead, and while the band has run through hot and cold times, the solidarity of their core has led to a remarkable streak of consistency. Fresh off the release of their newest studio record and holding up a pillar Mayhem Fest, Mushroomhead remains a popular and capitvating live performance. As much as any of their contemporaries, the band are artists, blending their music with personal flair and inspriations far and near. Taking a few minutes out of their schedule to sit down, we talked with Skinny and St1tch about their band, balancing all the pieces and the state of horror cinema.
M.DREW: Let’s start at the beginning and set the stage. You’ve got a new record, go! What do people need to know, what does it mean to you, what should they take away from it?
RICK ‘ST1TCH’ THOMAS: They need to know to go to stores and buy it.

You Can't Stop Them - A Conversation with Suicide Silence

Picking yourself up off the canvas is never an easy thing. Losing a lead singer and band member is about the hardest thing a band can endure, nevermind losing a close friend. But, less than two years after the unfortunate passing of singer Mitch Lucker, Suicide Silence is back, unleashing a new record unto the world and starting their bold ascent back up the mountain. Here to share a few words about overcoming loss and starting again, is Mark Heylmun, on the road at Mayhem Fest.
M.DREW: I guess we’ll address the most sensitive topic first – how do you rebound after the passing of a bandmate?

Album Review: Ill Nino - "Till Death, La Familia"

What would a heavy metal album be without some crazy sub-genre label? Nu metal, alternative metal, metalcore, latin metal - these are just some of the genres used to describe New Jersey band Ill Nino. I'm going to use one word to describe their newest record; intense.

Ill Nino has just released their latest album titled "Till Death, La Familia". As I mentioned, their sound has been described as "Latin Metal" which intrigued me to say the least. This record is heavy on the heavy with some spectacular Latin percussion throughout.

Album Review: Fozzy - Do You Wanna Start A War

I've had a love/hate relationship with Fozzy, ever since they ditched the cover band gimmick and started writing their own material. With each passing album, I've seen a band that knows how to write some solid melodic rock/metal, but can't keep their focus all the way through. “All The Remains” had some great tracks, but ventured off into unnecessary rap metal. They then ventured off into unnecessary prog, and more beat-driven music, all of which brought down the solid songs that made up the majority of the records.

Album Review: John Garcia - "John Garcia"

At the risk of sounding like a press release, John Garcia has managed to carve himself out a unique niche in the music world solely by being among the progenitors of his chosen style. Beginning with Kyuss and continuing through Slo Burn and then with Vista Chino, Garcia is a prominent face on the Mount Rushmore of desert music, whether it be called desert rock or desert metal.

Album Review: Judas Priest - "Redeemer of Souls"

Resurrection is a funny concept and particularly ironic for a band with ‘Judas’ in the name. The idea of coming back from the dead is a totally alien concept in the general human condition, but in music it happens frequently and with reckless abandon. A veritable arsenal of artists have proclaimed their retirement only to find after a short time that the heart still burns with passion for the music, or as cynics suggest, the wallet still burns through dollars.

Album Review: Monuments - The Amenuensis

Recently, I was embroiled in a debate over the nature of progressive metal. What was at the heart of the discussion was the old schism between prog and Prog, a distinction that has never been fully sorted out. When spoken, and without the capitalization made apparent, we could be talking about music that either attempts to circumvent traditional structures by exploring musical boundaries, or music that is fully dedicated to playing technically challenging material. Both claim the mantle of progressive, but my mind can only legitimately give the title to one of them.

Album Review: Envenomed - "Evil Unseen"

When one thinks of Australian metal or rock, invariably AC/DC and Jet are the stereotype. Airbourne and some others are in there too, but everybody at this point knows exactly what’s being talked about. So when Envenomed was reportedly a melodic thrash act from the continent down under, there was a certain amount of cynicism that was probably to be expected. Why break the stereotype now, it’s been working so well?

Album Review: Channel Zero - "Kill All Kings"

When I say "channel zero", what comes to mind? Is it the Public Enemy song "She Watch Channel Zero"? Or maybe you think of a half-hour sitcom/sketch hybrid about a post-apocalyptic colony that broadcasts a pirate television station in the wastelands near what used to be Glendale. While both are good, and correct, answers the answer I was looking for is "Belgian thrash metal band who just released their latest album "Kill All Kings" on Metal Blade Records". Better luck next time.

Album Review: Goatwhore - "Constricting Rage of the Merciless"

Let’s face reality right off the hump – coming off the success of “Blood for the Master,” it’s all been on the upswing for Goatwhore, a band of that rare breed that still fervently believes metal is best as a DIY, furious experience. For Pete’s sake, their poster (albeit edited,) appeared in a SportsCenter commercial. To quote that network’s Stephen A Smith: That’s. Box.

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