Thursday, November 21, 2019

Gravehuffer 7 inch on Noslip records! Buy One!!

Since their inception in 2008, Gravehuffer has crafted their sound into an other-worldly amalgamation of Crust, Punk, Metal, Grindcore, and unapologetic down-tuned Sludge-laden Doom.
From the remnants of former projects Initial Detonation, H.R.B., and Aether Bunny, Krom was formed. Krom evolved into what is now known as Gravehuffer.

Without ever making a conscious effort to do so, the Joplin, Missouri band proudly shuns the confines of genre confinements and so-called rules for the sake of the music itself and their collective creative output. Featuring James Hiser on vocals, Ritchie Randall on guitar, and a rhythm section comprised of Mike Jilge on bass, and Kasey Denton on drums, Gravehuffer steers clear of trends and limits by being themselves and letting the music take them where it wants to go. With an assortment of 28 original songs in their repertoire that showcase the vast array of influence the band pulls from and a fearlessness to never conform or compromise, Gravehuffer is in it for the sake of the songs and the art itself in a world where most are content to follow rather than lead.
Gravehuffer were signed on with Bluntface Records for a special vinyl release of their acclaimed Your Fault album, which features 2 bonus tracks and a guest solo by former Carcass lead guitarist Carlo Regadas.

They are now currently signed with NoSlip Records to release a 4 song vinyl EP in late winter/early spring 2019!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

BATTERY SERIES : Jason Borton / Treasonist

 1.What is your name and what band do you play for? 

Hi there, my name is Jason Borton and I primarily play with Treasonist

(, a death/grind band from Portland, Oregon. I also play or have played with Jungle Rot, Arkaik, Hand Of Fire, Thanatopsis, Velaraas, Where Lovers Rot, Throne Of Awful Splendor, Beyond The Red Horizon and many others. 

2.Who made you want to play drums and why?

  Well, there were a few things that factored into my decision to play, but namely it was my mother showing me the album ​Van Halen II ​ . I was eleven at the time, and I had never heard anything like that before; the musicianship was obviously second to none. When I heard Alex go sick with it on “Outta Love” and “Somebody Get Me A Doctor,” I was hooked. I mean, come on dude, don’t tell me that guy isn’t the greatest. 

3.When did you get your first kit? Tell us about it…

  The first kit was a Gretsch Catalina Maple 5-piece, red wine finish. You know, just a beginner-level thing. I told my parents I wanted to play, and they bought me that kit in 2000. I was listening to classic rock and hair metal, and all these guys like Vinnie Appice and Nicko McBrain had monster kits. I wanted one so bad, so I saved up money from mowing lawns and bought a huge Tama Rockstar kit in misty chrome finish, I ordered it in December of 2001 and it’s still the kit I use today. Yeah, it’s not an incredibly high end kit, but it tunes up very well and still looks amazing. Lesson of the day: take care of your gear!

4.Where your parents supportive of you and your loud / expensive new habit?

  My parents were and are incredibly supportive. There was never a single thing that they ever did in an attempt to dissuade me from playing, only encouragement and help from the beginning to the present day. My mother particularly is one-of-a-kind in this regard. When I was 13 years
old she bought me a second kick drum so I could be more like Stefan Kaufmann from Accept. Is your mom that cool, or just mine?

5.What drum performance on an album is perfection to you?

  Wintersun’s self-titled debut from 2004 probably takes the cake in that regard as one of the most well-rounded metal albums ever released in the drumming department. There is joy, vitality and inventiveness beyond words in Kai’s playing and that record is just a lot of fun!

6.Tell us about your current kit and set up in DETAIL.   As previously mentioned, I play a 2001 Tama Rockstar, Misty Chrome finish. Nowadays, it’s a 6-piece with two kicks, I just don’t have the patience to use all the rack toms anymore! Current setup is:

(2) 22” x 18” Kicks 10” x 9” Rack  12” x 10” Rack  16” x 16” Floor  14” x 6.5” John Tempesta Signature Snare 

  In terms of cymbals, I’ve always had a fondness for Paiste, really love the shimmering clarity they bring to the table versus something super heavy, dark and one-dimensional. Currently playing the Paiste Signature Series:

13” Power Hats 16” Thin China 14” Fast Crash  16” Fast Crash  10” Thin Splash  16” Full Crash  17” Full Crash  18” China  22” Stewart Copeland Signature Blue Bell Ride

  I’ve been an Axis Pedals player since 2009, I play the longboard series, black finish. I use Roland acoustic triggers run through a Yamaha TDK-20 and the kick trigger sound is insane. Gibraltar Hardware and rack system, and ProMark 5B nylon tip sticks. Most importantly, I use SKB cases. Don’t overlook that, it’s as important as your instrument!

7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL

  I’d love to have a Pearl Masters Series kit, there is no better option on the entire planet for a drummer than that. Customizable in every regard, that really says it all right there. Down to the
finish, the hardware, the bearing edge angle, they have every facet covered and it would be a dream owning one. Would it be huge and self-aggrandizing? Of course!

8.Name your top 5 drummers excluding Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy 

Alex Van Halen, 
George Kollias, 
Mikkey Dee, 
Kai Hahto
 and Vyl. 

9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?

  That depends on the situation, but with a great engineer, I’d say the studio. I put a lot of pressure on myself to perform at a high level of quality and accuracy, and in a live setting there is a lot that is out of your control in terms of the sound at the club and so on, which is frustrating. With a killer engineer who ​really ​ understands how to record extreme metal drums, it’s just so easy and pleasant to do. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing engineers, Juan Urteaga and Stephan Hawkes come to mind as two who are just unreal. Getting tones and microphone positions dialed in based solely on your comfort, punching in with no delays, really listening with a critical ear for minor missteps that can quickly be makes all the difference. 

10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?

  Of course we do, and they are always better looking. However, if there is one thing I’ve learned after twenty years of drumming and seventeen of working with guitar players, it’s that you can’t convince a guitarist of anything. So let’s allow them to live in ignorance! 



It was 2018 when the four musicians who would form Treasonist first decided to converge and create the most punishing musical conglomerate possible. From the dark heart of the Pacific Northwest, Treasonist was born, a band that combines the raw, visceral punch of grindcore with death metal's precision and technicality. The brainchild of both vocalist Pete Ponitkoff of 1990's powerviolence stalwarts Benumb, and ex-Jungle Rot skinsman Jason Borton, Treasonist's lineup was rounded out with the addition of 1913 shredder Andrew Goodman and bassist Brian Rush, previously of Blood Freak. The band promptly cut their Demonstration MMXVIII, which was mixed and mastered at Audiosiege Studios (Obituary, Pig Destroyer, Windhand) in Portland Oregon. Demonstration MMXVIII garnered the attention of Relapse's Mike Juliano, who released it via his Horror Pain Gore Death label. Shows with Enemy Soil, Antigama, Cognizant and Violent Opposition immediately followed the Demo's release before Ponitkoff announced his departure to focus on family. Realizing that Ponitkoff's unique and ferocious approach to vocals would be a difficult act to follow, Treasonist enlisted former Beyond The Red Horizon frontman Nathan Mote to fill the vocal position, and in doing so brought a whole new level of brutality to the proceedings. Early 2019 saw the addition of second guitarist Alex Johnson, previously in Reno, Nevada tech-death outfit Enslave The Creation, and writing soon began for Mechanical Perdition, a split with Nebraska grindcore maniacs Y-Incision slated for release in November. Mechanical Perdition adds an entirely new dimension of brutality to Treasonist's sound, seamlessly melding the raw heaviness of grindcore forebears Terrorizer and Napalm Death with the clinical technicality of Pig Destroyer and Misery Index. With Mechanical Perdition, Treasonist have managed to channel the greats of death metal and grindcore into an amalgamation of brutal heaviness.

Nathan Mote - Vocals

Andrew Goodman - Guitars
Alex Johnson - Guitars
Brian Rush - Bass/Vocals
Jason "The Machine" Borton - Drums

1.Tell us your name and the band you play for I’m Andy and I play for Treasonist.

2.Who made you want to pick up the guitar I always just wanted to make heavy, distorted noise so it wasn’t anyone in particular.

3.Are you self taught or did you take lessons? I had a subscription to Guitar World back in the day. That’s about it.

4. Can you read music, Can you read tab? I play grindcore. 

Take a guess.

5.Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone ?

 Yeah, but it’s constantly evolving. 

6.Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color ) 

I have a 1997 Jackson DKMG. It’s black. 

7.What about pickups? Passive or active ?

 Tell us about them I have active pickups in my Jackson; EMG 81 & 85. I go back and forth between passive and active pickups.  My favorite pickup is probably the Dimarzio D-activator. I would be running that, but the guitar it’s in is currently out of commission. 

8.Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc 

I run a Peavey 6505+ through a Randall cab that I bought for $50. Like I said, my sound is always in progress. 

9.Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy 


10..Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail….. 

Boss HM2 through my Peavey and a Vader Cab with a rack BBE sonic maximizer and maybe a noise-gate. I wouldn’t turn down and ENGL Powerball either…

11.What guitarist can you not stand? 

Jason Suecof. Wait… What was the question?

I12. Is tone more important or is technique?

 Tone above all. 

13. Name your top 5 guitarist In no order: 

Scott Hull,
 the Misery Index guys, 
the Nasum guy,
Cooper Bell.

14.Who is the most overrated guitarist 

 I’ll keep the negative thoughts to myself, buried deep under a pile of burritos and Jim Beam.  

15.Who would you like a one hour private sit down lessons with anyone dead or alive? 

Taking a lesson might mess up my vibe and teach me something useful. No thanks

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The Vault : Last Battle Interview Aug 31st 2014



1. Please introduce yourselves and tell us what you do in the band?

Justin Roberts, I sing and play guitar, Jeremy John is on bass and backs me up live with vocals,
and Daniel pounds the drums. 

2. How did you girls/guys end up coming together as a band?

I formed the band in 2007 and have been through numerous changes till around September 2013,
and that's when this line up became solid and has been since then. 

3. Do the core fans of the band have a particular song they really seem to have latched onto?

Hmm, I would say it's between one of our newer songs that we're going to be recording for our EP,
it's called Razor Ramon, has nothing to do with the wrestler but has a very good hook to it. Another
song people latch on is called The Switch, the song is really catchy. You can hear our music on we just put out a demo of one of our newer songs called Monsters. 

4,5. What is the concept behind the name of your album, "album name", what does that mean?
Who is producing "album name", and what has the experience been like so far?

We are currently working on an EP at the moment. We don't have a name for it yet. It should be
out sometime later this year. If there is a concept behind it, It's that it's us, as in it sounds like us.
We don't ever want to sound like we are trying to hard, because then it wouldn't be sincere. Producer?
We haven't made it official, but we have someone in mind. We've never had a producer before so it's
going to be something new, we'll see how it goes. 

6. When fans come to an "name of the show" show, what kind of show can they hope to see?

IF you come to Last Battle show, expect LOUD! We love to play as loud. There is only 3 of us, so we
really have to make up for the 4th member lol. But I think that is what gives us our charm. There is only 3
of us and we can make that much noise. Hopefully you catch us on a good night lol. You're either going
to get a really epic performance or a train wreck lol. Just being honest, but all our out of town gigs we
somehow know like "oh shit, we can't suck." And by some divine miracle we pull it off. So if you catch us
outside of our town, 98.9% it's going to be awesome!

7. Are you girls/guys generally considered to be a good live band?

I think we answered this in the previous question but generally. I think we're good live. We are not
polished, we are just raw. If we tried to be polished and hit every note perfect, and play our songs the
same every night, it would get boring for us. We like to keep the sincerity. 

8. Describe your typical fan.

Typical fan. I don't think I can describe that. We don't care what background you come from really.
As long as you like our music, thats fine with us!

9. What's the biggest show you have played so far and how did it go?

Biggest show. March 2014, the chemicals free tour with Hed Pe and Smile Empty Soul. This was
our second time opening for Smile Empty Soul. The first time was on St Patty's day 2009. But this last
time was just big because there was so many people there and a barricade. That's how you know a
show is serious when they roll out the barricade. But it was fun, we were really nervous, but everyone
was receptive to us that night and we sold out of merch. So that's a good sign right? lol. But it's just an
honor to play with bands that we grew up listening to. 

10. What's the worst experience you ever had while out touring with the band?

Worst experience was traveling back from Houston, we got no sleep and had to drive back the
same night to record a few demos, and we almost wrecked because of a bunny, and 8 energy drinks
aren't good for your kidneys lol. Let's just say that. 

11. When you're out there on the road, do you have an agenda to connect with people?

Yes, we actually do enjoy talking to people. Especially from other cities. People make or break a
night, and so far everyone has made our nights when we do play in uncharted territories. 

12. If you could put together the "perfect tour", what bands yould you pick to tour with and why?

Perfect tour: Chevelle, Seether, Smile Empty Soul. I think we would all fit together. Those are bands
that we look up to, and plus we'd get to watch them every night. 

13. What's your favorite band of all time?

I (Justin) favorite all time band, Nirvana. Jeremy's is Seether, and Daniel's is Metallica. 

14. What is your favorite album or song that you can't stop listening to right now?

Currently we've been jamming a lot of Psychostick, love those guys. Seether's new album Isolate
and Medicate, and La Gargola from Chevelle, still hasn't left my car stereo yet. it's been in there a good
4 or 5 months lol. 

15. What are your hopes for the future regarding "name of the band"?

Come whatever may! We just want people to listen to what we put out, and hopeully like it and tell
a friend. That's a really good feeling when a stranger likes your band. That's what we hope for, more
people to like our music 

16. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?

I don't even want to think about that. lol

17. Where are ya from?

We are from San Antonio, TX and Daniel is from Elmendorf, TX. 

18. Who is the primary writer of the song lyric's?

I (justin) mainly write everything, But lately we've all been throwing ideas around for songs, It helps
take the load off my shoulders. 

19. Do you prefer indoor or outdoor while playing?

We haven't played many outdoor shows. we'd love to play more outdoor shows, Indoors is all the
same. Just a different venue ya know lol.

20. Ultimate stage fantasy? What would you most want to happen?

Ultimate stage fantasy, Just have a giant crowd swallow the stage. That would look sick. But no one
get hurt! We hate that, we hate fights. We don't ever want to see that. I think music and fighting don't
belong together unless it's an organized event. I think people who go to concerts just to fight are so silly.

21. What is your hidden talents?

Jeremy is really awesome at the grill, he won't admit it lol. Daniel is pretty good on the xbox live.
Me (Justin), I'm pretty good at identifying Simpson episodes by a still frame. 

Thanks for interviewing us, what you do is really awesome! And it's awesome you let us do this. Thanks!

THE VAULT : Silvertonguedevil interview may 13 2018

    Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

We are a metal band (no sub genres, please) from Dallas, Texas that formed in spring of 2005. Inspired by the underground metal scene, as well as old school metal and punk, we write and perform songs with a unique sound and fury we call simply Devil music. Lyrics are an important part of the band, and we draw inspiration from the classical world, de Sade, Lovecraft, Poe, Baudelaire, Barker, Ketchum, and historical events from around the world. DIY (Devil It Yourself) in attitude, we have released three full length albums on our own All Devils Music label, toured extensively throughout the South and Midwest, been played on terrestrial radio all over the world, been on several renowned podcasts, create our own music videos, and book and promote shows for other touring bands as well. We also play and record with our related side project ACOUSTIC DEVIL, bringing manic energy to a new genre we call Acoustic Metal. New songs, new videos, and new shows are in the works, and we’re always on the lookout for new allies to help us dominate the world.
Silvertonguedevil is:
Craig Meinhart (vocals) - Aleks Speed (guitar) - John Tapia (bass & guitar) - Logan Mulligan (drums)
SECRET DEMONS 2009, All Devils Music
ORTHODOX HERESY 2015, All Devils Music

    What’s the origin of the band name?

A silver tongued devil is a person who has a clever way with words to such an extent that they are capable of great deception. It’s an older term, dating back hundreds of years, and ties in nicely with our lyrics. We spell the name as all one word, so it reads SILVERTONGUEDEVIL, while our fans often call us STD. We play around with that meaning by also having a song called Sexually Transmitted Devil.

    Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are the any local bands you could recommend?

We call all of DFW home, as we regularly play across Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth. We’re lucky to have a rich scene with a varied roster of great metal bands. There’s everything from old school heavy metal (DIESELBEAST), thrash (EXPLODER, CHEMICAUST, ELECTRIC VENGEANCE, MALDEVERA), death (INTERMENT, BLACK CHAMBER, DEMONSEED, KOMBAT, EMPTY SHELL), progressive metal (WROUGHT OF OBSIDIAN, MONOGAMIZER, DEI AEMETH), doom (CROPDUST), and black metal (WYRM CHASM, JUDAS GOAT). Plus there’s great punk and hardcore bands (HOODRAT, RAPID FACE), too.

    How would you describe your style?

Metal. We have lots of influences and try to craft our own sound that doesn’t fit neatly into any individual scene, so we’ll play shows with punk bands, death metal bands, trash bands; basically anything that’s loud and energetic.

    What have you release so far, and what can someone expect from your works?

We’ve self-released three full length albums so far (SECRET DEMONS, PORNOGRAPHIC SCRIPTURE, and ORTHODOX HERESY), and are currently at work on album number four. We try to sound like no other metal band, and bring a unique perspective to all that we do. We cover the sacred and the profane and all points in between, and if you’re adventurous you’ll find something to like.

    Do you have any new music in the works?

We are currently writing songs for both SILVERTONGUEDEVIL and ACOUSTIC DEVIL for a soon to be recorded album.

    How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Always. In the 13 years the band has been around we’ve never gone more than a month without playing live. The stage is where it’s at for us, and we regularly play across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and occasionally push out further to Detroit, Denver, and New Orleans. We are currently working on networking shows on both coasts.

    What plans do you have for the future as a band?

There’s no end in sight. We’re going to finish the new album, shop it to labels, work on tours throughout America, and do our best to get over to Europe and Latin America.

    Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can find our music on pretty much every music site there is. We’re streaming on Spotify, Pandora, Last FM, and Apple Music. You can buy our singles or full albums on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. And you can see our videos on Youtube and Reverbnation. For music services like Spotify look for Silvertonguedevil as all one word. For social media sites look for us as Silvertonguedevil666.

    What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

That you’re listening to a great fucking metal band. That’s all we really want, is for people to enjoy the music and the show. We work hard to be memorable.


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

THE DEEP END SERIES : Jamison Nes of Maxdmyz

Jamison Nes of Maxdmyz

1.Why Bass?
I started on drums but the parents wouldn’t invest in a whole kit so I grabbed the next best rhythmic instrument I could find..

2.Do you think it is unfair or just lack of knowledge bass gets so little credit?
It occupies a frequency that is less obvious to the average music consumer, more a lack of just listening to the dynamics of music. A lot of people really get it- it’s just not that frequency that is in your face, it’s in your rib cage!


3.What kind of bass do you use? Model , color , year , And why :
Musicman Stingray-sunburst five string. Musicman in my opinion are the best made basses in the world, their tone is exactly what I love and the build is one step beyond a Fender (which I also love). Their tone is unmatched and unrivalled in the bass world and very distinctive. They have always been a natural fit for me but I have also tried and owned many other basses as a gear head, such as Gibson T Birds, Vigier passion, Ibanez, Hohner, Peavey and Sandberg VM5.

4.Tell us about your amplification
 – Darkglass Microtubes 900. The tones this reproduces is amazing, without distortion it replicates a SVT pretty well and with distortion its one of the few overdrive effects that has not reduced the bass signal. It has balls across the board and clean punch. It is very light weight and has redefined bass heads in my opinion, I sold my ampeg SVT tube head as carrying all that weight no longer made sense.

5. With all of that being said do you feel tone is an important thing for bass?
 It’s an absolute must, a shitty tone detracts from the foundation from which all other instruments rely upon. It provides depth and groove, if it’s not occupying the correct frequency with a tone that accentuates the song, it will ultimately detract from everyone’s efforts.

  6.Do you prefer 5 strings over 4 string?
They are both fine. I grew up on 4 strings and am much more natural playing them, but this last year and a half adopted a five string for my current band and am not sure I could go back! It really has opened up my eyes to new sonic frequencies, improved my ear and as long as the neck is not to wide, such as the Stingray, I would prefer a five now.

7.Who is your favorite bassist?
Probably Flea for listening pleasure, but am more influenced by Geezer Butler, Jimmy Bain, Cliff Burton and Ben Shepherd.

8. Who is your least favorite bassist?
Fieldy of Korn.

9.Why do you think women seem to be attracted to playing bass?
No idea really, are they? I have only met one or two. I can’t imagine gender has anything to do with it.

10. What bassist dead or alive would you like a private lesson with?
Cliff Burton.

11. Bonus question
Bobby Doll , Nikki Sixx , Les Claypool , Billy Sheehan  which is more ridiculous and why

Probably Bobby, Poison was all about image and having fun not really a band of top notch musicians, but what they did they did well if you have ever seen them live at the height of their success.


THE BATTERY SERIES : Allan Bone Every Mother’s Nightmare

My name is Allan Bone and I play drums for Every Mother’s Nightmare

2.Who made you want to play drums and why?

I remember seeing Buddy Rich on the Tonight Show when I was really young.
I was blown away and I that’s when I got the itch. Then I discovered Kiss and
Peter Criss had the coolest kit.

3.When did you get your first kit? Tell us about it…

After 4 years of begging for a drum kit every Christmas and birthday I finally broke my
Mom down. My 14th birthday was coming up and a friend of mine had a little 4 piece kit he was selling for $50. I was like c’mon mom  it’s only$50 and it’s all I want. My dad wasn’t thrilled when he came home but it was a done deal. It was a Maxitone kit. I’ve never heard or seen another one. It was a blue marine pearl finish with an old zildjian ride and some no name hi hats. I saved my money and added a crash and a set of roto toms over the next year because back then it wasn’t cool to play a 4 piece kit.

4.Where your parents supportive of you and your loud / expensive new habit?

My parents quickly established a “no drums when they were home” rule. My dad just knew I would lose interest in a month or so.

5.What drum performance on an album is perfection to you?


Almost anything Bonzo played. “When the Levee Breaks” is a great example of how laying down a relatively  simple groove can be perfection. It’s all about time, pocket, tones, and feel.

6.Tell us about your current kit and set up in DETAIL


My current touring kit is a-special edition Ludwig Vistalite kit. It’s the kit they made for Jason Bonham when he did the Celebration Day show/dvd. The shells are yellow with black hardware and the classic Bonzo sizes. 26” kick, 14, 16, & 18” toms and it came with a 6 ½”x 14” chrome Supraphonic with black hardware which is my favorite snare drum. I play black dot heads on the batter side of the toms and kick because they really work with the acrylic shells. Clear emperors on the resonant side of the toms. On my snare I play the coated emperor X on the batter side. My cymbal setup is all Zildjian except for my ride, which is an old Paiste 20” color sound. I really love the bell on that cymbal and I’ve been playing it for a long time. Hi hats are 14”
Zildjian Mastersounds, and crashes are all Zildjian Rezo series; currently 19”, 18”, and 2 17”. 
Kick pedal is a DW 5000 double.

7.If you could have a dream kit tell us about it in DETAIL


I really love the kit I’m playing now but if I could build one I would stay with the same sizes and maybe go with a stainless or chrome finish.

8.Name your top 5 drummers excluding Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy
Top 5 drummers would have to be 

John Bonham,
Brian Tichy,
Deen Castronovo,
Tommy Aldridge, 
Eric Singer

9. Do you prefer Live or Studio?

I enjoy the writing and recording process but I’ll take being on the road and playing for a crowd any day. Live is where it’s at for me. There’s nothing like the energy you get when a crowd is digging what you’re doing.  It’s crack!

10.Do drummers really get all the chicks and if so how do we convince the guitarist?

I can only speak for myself, but I tend to do just fine in that department. No complaints here. If tour guitarist tries  to argue just pop him in the nose… or break his middle finger on his fret hand. Hahahaha 


Grinder New Album Interview : Intoxicate

1.Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Grinder! You have a new album out, Tell us about it!

It´s called “Cross Contamination” and consists of eight thrash metal-songs. We wrote, rehearsed, recorded, mixed and mastered this album during three years, so we are pretty excited that it´s finally released. We wanted to sound old-school and not create a production that has that disgusting modern plastic sound, but still to have way better sound than our previous recordings. And we are very satisfied with the result, both with the music and production. 

2.Where was it recorded? Is all the material new?


It was recorded in our rehearsal-room by ourselves here in Gothenburg and it´s actually mastered by Andy Laroque. All material is new except one riff in the track “Retention Rumba”. We wrote that riff in 1988 when we started this band and it´s ironically the best on the album.

3.What is the biggest difference between your last release and the new one?

This time when we wrote the music, we didn´t let anything pass through unless we thought it was more than good enough. Same with the sound. For the first time we are really satisfied with the production. And we have made our homework and are now better at building and arranging the songs.

4.Are you signed to a label? , If so which one and how did they help or support the process?

We can thank Downfall Records that this recording finally was released both digitally and on CD. We know how to play, but don´t know much about distribution etc, so it´s a great combo.

5.What has been going on with the band between albums? Did you tour?

We played some gigs, most of them here in Gothenburg but also had the chance to go to the Netherlands for three gigs. But most time has been spent writing and rehearsing these eight songs.

6.Do you have any new members?

Yes, one. We first started 1988 and when we re-united in 2014 we did that with four out of five original members. Tomas Eriksson switched from guitar to drums and Mattias Bolander came in as the new “stringbender”.   

7.Who produced the new album and how did they effect the album?

We recorded it ourselves, but decided that someone else with “new ears” should take care of the mixing. Anders Backelin, who is a former bassplayer in Lord Belial, did a great job and had a lot of patience with the five of us having different opinions in every detail. And as I said earlier, Andy Laroque who lives in the area and is a huge idol to most of us, took care of the mastering. To have his name on our CD is probably the nearest we will come to fame 😊.   

8.Some like to record naked or in the dark with candles , Did you have any strange studio practices?

Us being naked would be a horrifying sight, since we´re not very beautiful with clothes either. But a ritual we have is eating an enormous amount of snacks and drinking the exotic soft drink Passionfruit. (And it may happen that there is a connection to what I just wrote not being beautiful…)

9.Of course tell us where to pick up your album and how to learn more about you.

The CD is possible to order worldwide via Downfall Records and can also be found on Spotify and other digital platforms. We communicate via Facebook at

10.What is your plans now that the new album is out?

We don´t have any bigger expectations, but are really happy every time we got some attention (like this interview 😊) and are happy with the reviews we got so far. The album is really, really good, but isn´t a guarantee that people will find it anyway. So it´s both good and bad with internet. More easy to spread the music, but the amount that is already there is huge and it´s hard to stand out from the rest.

Would be great to get some gigs and see if the songs will work live.
And then start all over again with the funniest part, crawl back to the rehearsal-room two days a week and create new music to make an even better album. 


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Monday, November 18, 2019

Grinder New Album Interview Reign of Terror

1.Thanks for taking the time to talk to The Grinder! You have a new album out, Tell us about it!
Well ours isn't out just yet we're still putting the final touches on it, Guitars / drums / and vocals are finished, so just some bass guitar bits that should be done in week or so and then off to get mastered! While thats going on i'll pull out the paint brushes and start up on some cover art

2.Where was it recorded? Is all the material new?
It was recorded by JJ from the Eschatonic Records they've picked up a few bands here in Canberra Australia, all us evil with some wicked tunes in our own way. We play an old school mixture of thrash and death we like to call ”Beer Metal” . Its a blend of hard rock / venom / slayer / decide / priest and heaps of classic metal bands all fermented nicely into the package you see infront of you!

3.What is the biggest difference between your last release and the new one?
Basically its been a few years and im the only one left from that lineup so considering that not a lot has changed. Hopefully we're getting better at what we do, but I don't think this release with either upset anyone that liked us before or endear us with anyone that hated us before. From a production point of view its a little more advanced and we've taken a little more time than the last recording. Also with Mike on the bass guitar I've actually got another song writer on board, which hasn't happened since the ninties.

4.Are you signed to a label? , If so which one and how did they help or support the process?
We're sorting that out now. Its looking good that we may have a few people helping us out. Basically Eschatonic records has been awesome to us so we'll defs be working with them and hopefully in conjunction with a few other cool cats both here and overseas

5.What has been going on with the band between albums? Did you tour?
Yeah we don't tour as such, we do play gigs when we get them both locally and up the east coast of Australia. Its bloody expensive to tour here but if we just duck out for the weekened we can still keep our day jobs ya know what I mean?

6.Do you have any new members?
Yeah both the drummer (Danny) and Bass player (Mike) are new and they've definitley added their own stamp and style to the band! Love those c**ts!

7.Who produced the new album and how did they effect the album?
As mentioned Above JJ from the Eshcatonic Record label did it and I think he did a marvellous job, he knows his gear and more importantly knows how to pull a good sound out of us. He has great concentration skillz which made sure we played our best on all the takes.

8.Some like to record naked or in the dark with candles , Did you have any strange studio
There was an inhuman amount of beer and burbon consumed during the recording of this one.... some days we can't even remember what happened hahah but other than just the usual hahahh
9.Of course tell us where to pick up your album and how to learn more about you.
Easiest way will be to visit our website ( or facebook page ( and we can sort you out from there. We're hoping for a feb release or sometime around then!

10.What is your plans now that the new album is out?
Basically promote the shit out of it and hopefully go ona more extensive tour of Australia than we have been able to in the past!

The Axemen Series : Chuck Labossiere of VOTOV, PSYCHOTIC GARDENING, and IMMORTAL POSSESSION.

    Tell us your name and the band you play for.

My name is Chuck Labossiere and I am guitarist/vocalist in the bands



    Who made you want to pick up the guitar.

I think at first, it was Randy Rhodes but then James Hetfield came

about and the vocal while singing thing became what I wanted to do.

    Are you self taught or did you take lessons?

I am self taught.

4. Can you read music, Can you read tab?

I cannot read music, but I can read tab. In the band, we teach each

other visually or by ear.

    Do you feel like you have your own sound / tone ?

Well, I like a clean dryish overdriven distortion along with a noise

gate. I tend to roll off the bottom end with EQ, to accentuate the

bass guitar. As long as my intonation is good, and I’m in tune, I’m good to go.

    Tell us about your guitar ( brand ,model . year , color )

I’m known for playing BC Rich Ironbirds. I have a white and a black

1991 Platinum Series which I still use to this day. My main guitar is

a custom built design that I created as a dream guitar. It is one

piece, with one EMG, one volume knob.

    What about pickups? Passive or active ? Tell us about them.

I love passive pickups, but I play with actives because I just happen

to have them in there.

My white Ironbird is still passive, so I have recently retired it from

the flock. My sound is either designed for one or the other, so it is

currently designed for active.

    Lets get into amplification, Same drill brand , model , speakers etc.

I’ve never owned a tube amp, so most of my life I played a Marshall

Mosfet 100, but I really hate the Marshall tone, so I eventually played a

Crate Excalibur. It was an amazing sound being amp until it shit the bed. Then I bought a

Fender Mustang V and I love it! People laugh when they see it, then they

wonder, what the fuck?!! That sounded great, how did you do that with

that amp?!! I just play really tight and clean. Speaker preference is

Celestions, but I’ll play whatever.

    Do you have a pedal board? Tell us about that badboy.

My pedal board only consists of a Shure wireless/tuner, then my noise

gate. (Boss NS-2). I also

have a Boss sampler for the intros between songs.

    Now tell us your Dream Rig in detail…..

I would like to downsize as much as possible actually. I’d keep the

same wireless/tuner because it rules. I would like to try a Zuul noise

gate. I really want a Quilter Overdrive 200 amp! It’s amazing to me,

built realy well and sounds perfect for me! I want a 2x12 Mesa cab to

go with that. I would love a new BC Rich Ironbird with an Evertune

bridge and one bridge pickup, one volume know, input jack on front.

    What guitarist can you not stand?

I don’t think there’s anyone I cannot stand, but there is certainly

styles that I don’t enjoy. Really technical noodling bores me, I

prefer solid heavy riffs instead.

12. Is tone more important or is technique?

Both are important, but technique is more important in my opinion. I really hate sloppy playing and I especially hate noise in between songs! Ugh!!

13. Name your top 5 guitarist.

Randy Rhodes, James Hetfield, Terrence Hobbs, Priest duo, Hoffmann brothers

    Who is the most overrated guitarist?

Jimmi Hendrix

    Who would you like a one hour private sit down lessons with anyone

dead or alive?

Probably Peter Steele, not for lessons, but just so I can meet him.