In the muddled quagmire of up-and-coming bands that is crowded with acts like Black Veil Brides and Motionless in White, there stands Lazarus A.D, an increasingly rare embodiment of the original tenets of American metal.

The dust has settled from the release of Lazarus A.D.'s sophomore effort, "Black Rivers Flow." After a tour that took the band all across the United States and Europe, the band has a little time off before striking out on a headlining tour in a couple weeks. Vocalist and bassist Jeff Paulick took some time out to talk with Bloody Good Horror. The refreshingly candid frontman gives us his thoughts on the band, their new album, Metallica, dance music, the state of heavy metal, the music business, horror cinema and sports allegiances in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Suffice it to say, we covered a lot of ground in our conversation.

As They Sleep couldn’t be more different from their namesake. Anything but a languid trip through tranquil dreams, the band’s new album “Dynasty” is a nightmare landscape of all-out sonic assault.

In the history of heavy metal, there have been many hotbeds of activity. New Jersey, New York, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the entire nation of Germany, and most of the Scandinavian states. In all that time and distance, no one has ever mentioned the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin.