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Spineshank and the Long Road Back - A Conversation With Tommy Decker

You remember Spineshank? Almost a decade ago, they were on top, culminating with a Grammy nomination and critical acclaim. Shortly after that though, the band disappeared. Some nine years later, the original lineup is reunited, and the band is healthy, unified and ready to climb the mountain again inch by inch. Drummer Tommy Decker sat down with me to talk about where they've been, what it means to Spineshank to have "Anger Denial Acceptance" releasing right around the corner, and what it's like to persevere as a band.
M.DREW: The first question is the one that needs to be asked the most, which is: it’s been nine years since the last album with the full lineup. How does it feel to be back?

Interview with a Vampire? Words with Michael Vampire of Vampires Everywhere!

Ready to take on the world as part of the Warped Tour, Vampires Everywhere wants you to know that this is not the same band that released their debut album "Kiss the Sun Goodbye." This is a new act, a better act, a stronger act, and they want to introduce you to their new lineup and new sound. Frontman and self-proclaimed vampire Michael Vampire sat down and talked VERY candidly about where his band was, where they are now, what it means to be a vampire, why people are attracted to vampirism, and naturally, "The Lost Boys." Read on:
M.DREW: So, you’re doing prep for the Warped Tour, how amped are you to go out on that?
MICHAEL VAMPIRE: Man, we’re super excited to be on Warped Tour. It’s an honor to have them invite us to play, so we’re really excited about it.
M.D: Who are you most excited to share the stage with?

Album Review: Dr. Acula - "Nation"

This is not what I expected. Dr. Acula traditionally has presented listeners with wildly variable, scatter-brained music, embracing frayed edges and the pure nonsense that deathcore makes possible. I expected more of the same from "Nation," and was instead presented with a relatively cohesive, all-systems-go, straight ahead moshfest that not only sounds marginally out of character for the band, but is a solid improvement.

Album Review: Brume d'Automne - Brume d'Automne

Psychology has taught us many things about the human condition, few of which can be applicable to an examination of a black metal album. However, there is one phenomenon that is worth considering. We've learned, through studies, that humans are better able to differentiate between members of their own ethnic/racial group than those of other backgrounds. Likewise, fans of black metal will have no problem identifying Brume D'Automne from every other similar band, and can point to the qualities that make them stand out as a unique entity.

Album Review: Rhapsody - Ascending To Infinity

No great story can be told without drama. Uncomfortable though it may be, conflict is what keeps us engaged in the narrative, what makes us connect with the characters as they soldier on through their journeys. The life of a band is one of those stories, so many of them littered with lineup changes and shifts in direction, always searching for resolution. It is befitting that a band trafficking in epic sounds would have an equally grand story to tell, and such is the case for Rhapsody.

Album Review: Rise To Remain - City Of Vultures

Following in the footsteps of legendary talent is never an easy thing. It's a thankless task, one that ensures the person in question will spend an entire career failing to live up to the standard that was set before them. In that spirit, anyone who still decides to travel down the well-worn road should be commended for their courage, regardless of the end result of their efforts. For every Norah Jones, there are dozens who's careers are only notable for their name.

Album Review: Kreator - "Phantom Antichrist"

As Kreator hovers around thirty years in the game, it's tough to have new commentary about their efforts. What can be said about Kreator that hasn't been said before? The corollary question to all of this is "is there anything new that needs to be said?"

Album Review: Whitechapel - "Whitechapel"

This is not your father's heavy metal band. Whitechapel has always been labeled as a deathcore band, but there's more to it than that. They stem from a short-lived but extremely popular splinter of heavy metal that recalls the kind of brassy, grinding sound that dominated the years immediately following the change of millennium. This splinter gave rise to a burst of musicians such as The Red Chord, Nile and Converge, but then sank back into the background.

Music News Updates!

* The Smashing Pumpkins (which has become the epithet for Billy Corgan himself,) is soliciting fan-submitted art that evokes images pertaining to their new album "Oceania." Fans can tag and submit their art based on the album's 13 song titles through any number of social network and photo-sharing websites. For details on how and where to submit, we well as guidelines for the submissions themselves, check it out here. "Oceania" drops June 19th.

Album Review: Grand Magus & Electric Wizard Reissues

Having just released the excellent "The Hunt", Grand Magus sees two of their critically-acclaimed previous released reissued for fans who may have missed out on the band as they ascended to the top of the traditional metal ranks. The climb started with "Wolf's Return", the album that started to build a buzz around the band. Mixing elements of doom into a traditional metal framework, the album straddles the line between crushing riffs and the sound that would expand their horizons.

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