Interviews

Welcome to the Interviews section of Deadtide.com, where you can read our interrogations of some of metal's more interesting characters. No censorship, no canned questions, just some light to shed on the sounds pouring out of your speakers.

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Amon Amarth : Masters of War
Amon Amarth : Masters of War

Interview with Fredrik Andersson

"Amon Amarth has reached such a legendary status in the minds of metalheads that not knowing of them would be akin to a blues fan not knowing who BB King is. The band is one of the few that has its roots firmly planted in the soil of death metal, but has the power and melody to cross over and garner the fancy of the more mainstream fans without the usual obligatory style change, which has earned them the ire of many an underground elitist. Love them or hate them, Amon Amarth, after over 16 years, are stronger than ever. On a bracing December day in Cleveland, Fredrik Andersson, percussionist extraordinaire for the band, gave me the chance to sit and discuss the band and other topics with him; the exchange follows....."
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Enslavement of Beauty : Out of Slumber
Enslavement of Beauty : Out of Slumber

Interview with Ole and Tony

"I don't have many favorite bands. On the contrary, I only listen to 10-12 bands on a permanent basis and am of the opinion that everyone who does not like the bands I like has shit for taste. This said, Enslavement of Beauty has been one of my favorites since I first heard Megalomania. A creation of two musicians, Ole Alexander Myrholt and Tony Eugene Tunheim, Enslavement of Beauty transcends genres. While the band's backbone is still firmly rooted in black metal, the band seamlessly combines Gothic metal and classical elements to create a musical amalgam that, while overly catchy and at times over the top, is unique. In 2007, after a six year hibernation, Enslavement of Beauty is back with Mere Contemplations, an album that has been in my playing rotation ever since buying a copy from a local music store. I urge everyone into melodic black metal to purchase Mere Contemplations, Megalomania, and the band's first album The Traces O' Red, and find out for themselves how great Enslavement of Beauty is..."
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Morgoth : Rise and Fall
Morgoth : Rise and Fall

Interview with Sebastian Swart

"Morgoth released several album for Century Media in the early '90s. "Cursed" - a brutal slab of '90s death metal - was their breakout, but it was their following album, "Odium" that cemented their place in death metal history. Where their early albums were all excellent executions of the Tampa / Death / Obituary mold, "Odium" broke all the rules and took things to a brooding, emotional zone that relied on slow builds and honest rage instead of calculated violence. Their swansong was "Feel Sorry for the Fanatic," which carried the evolutionary ideas of "Odium" even further and despite being a quality album, was just too much too soon for many of the band's death metal fans. Not long after the release of "Feel Sorry..." Morgoth called it a day. We caught up with Sebastian Swart bassist on Morgoth's three seminal albums for a look back on the band's peak years..."
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Napalm Death : The Ministry of Common Sense
Napalm Death : The Ministry of Common Sense

Interview with Barney Greenway

"The godfathers of grindcore, Napalm Death are entering their 27th year of blowing away listeners with brutal, fast and relentless metal littered with copious amounts of messages regarding anything remotely un-P.C. Despite the fury and power that goes into every N.D. performance, it would seem that our beloved grinding deities are as soft-spoken and genuinely grateful as the rest of us. Barney Greenway, the grunt-belting frontman of Napalm Death, was kind enough to give me some time to talk to him about (what there is) in the new album, Michael Moore, Richard Dawkins, and the Dillinger Escape Plan. If you blink, you might miss when he plays 'You Suffer' during the interview..."
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Rotting Christ : Keep the Horns Rising
Rotting Christ : Keep the Horns Rising

Interview with Sakis

"The vocalist and songwriter of a band of this style, it would be thought, would have to have an ego the size of Paris Hilton's cooch after a night on the town with two zebras and an elephant. But, as with so many of the men in metal, this is not the case. Sakis is man who radiates a disarming amount of magnanimity, a man seemingly as eager to meet and talk to fans as they are to meet him. Thoughtful and well-spoken would be added to the list of accurate adjectives, but the one defining characteristic of this man would be his remarkable dedication not only to the songwriting and performing aspects of the band, but the managing and planning as well. With a calm assuredness, Sakis awaited my questions..."
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Today is the Day : Beyond Supernova
Today is the Day : Beyond Supernova

Interview with Steve Austin

"My first taste of Today is the Day came in the summer of 1998, when two of my high school buddies and I took a five-hour driving trip to the West Coast of Florida to see a metal fest featuring Converge / Today is the Day / Dragbody / Morning Again. As Steve Austin and Co. geared to hit the stage, it seemed like the majority of 300 or so kids that were in the small Club Q in Davie, Florida, left and the only people that stayed inside the club were approximately thirty of the strangest-looking and smelling human beings, the three of us, and a dozen or so onlookers. I have been a fan ever since... Now, almost ten years later, the time is right for a Today is the Day interview. Steve Austin, the man behind the band and Supernova Records talks about life, music, and everything in between..."
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Ancient Transcriptions
3 Inches of Blood : Canada's traditional metal upstarts
3 Inches of Blood : The current (Canadian) state of metal
Abigail Williams : The bathrooms are pretty fucked up here.
Abysmal Dawn : A quick picking of the brain with one a band breathing new life into classic death metal
Aeternus : Out of the Darkness, Into the Light
Agalloch : Passing Wounds
Agalloch : A new chapter: Ashes Against the Grain
Amon Amarth : Masters of War
Anata : The most (un)important things
Animosity : Shut It Down
Antimatter : Lights Out with Duncan
Arch Enemy : Inside the Doomsday Machine
Arcturus : No End Near
Aria : An Elaborate Melody
As Hope Dies : Metal is the Way to Go
Asguard : Proud Sons of Belarus
Asmegin : From Blodhevn With Love
Behemoth : Past, Present, and Future
Between the Buried and Me : Metal Arsonists
Beyond The Embrace : Song of the Insects
Cadaveria : The Shadows' Madame
Cannibal Corpse : A quick chit-chat with bassist Alex Webster during their current Sounds of the Underground tour.
Carnal Forge : Swimming in Deep Rivers of Blood
Chad Walls : A talk with one of metal's busiest drummers
Chthonic : "Keep the same enthusiasm for music until death"
Converge : Weeded Out
Council of the Fallen : Revealing a Beast
Cryptopsy : Extreme Metal Interviewing 101 with Flo Mounier
Dark Funeral : It goes to 12.
Dark Tranquility : People are nuts, for all the wrong reasons.
Dark Tranquillity : One Amazing Night
Deceased : Not Missing a Beat
Demons and Wizards : Interview with Jon Schaffer, touching on Demons and Wizards and Iced Earth
Draugar : Beyond forever fuck off
Dreamscapes of the Perverse : Illin, yo. John's got the washboard.
Enforsaken : Acting the Part
Enochian Crescent : The Blood of Black Church
Enslaved : A Night of Open Paths
Enslavement of Beauty : Out of Slumber
Ensoph : Playing What's Right for Us!
Falkenbach : Revelations of the Past
Forest Stream : In Contemplation of Darkness
God Dethroned : 40 Questions With a Christhunter
Godless Truth : Rising Up With the Truth
Hammers of Misfortune : The Locust Years
Hatebreed : Supremacy
Hypocrisy : Spreading the Virus
In Flames : Soundtrack to Clarity
Incantation : The power of metal in our veins
Insomnium : "I'm just the bass player"
Ion : Art Reflecting Life
Jigsore Terror : Wherein Jigsore Terror is subjected to the horrors of my gibbering questions
Kampfar : Pagan Folklore
Kayo Dot : Outside the Box
Killwhitneydead : Bitterness is a Beautiful Thing
Kreator : 20 Years of God's Enemy
Kult Ov Azazel : Southeastern Satanism
Kult ov Azazel : Florida's Black Metal Elite
Master : Slave Rebellion
Mastodon : The Iron Tusks of Leviathan
Melechesh : Mesopotamian Metal Warriors
Melencolia Estatica : Ecstasy and Strength
Meshuggah : Sit down with the 8-string King
Misery Signals : Forever Means Everything
Morgoth : Rise and Fall
Municipal Waste : Face the Waste!
Naglfar : Pure aggression, with a touch of melody and atmosphere
Napalm Death : The Ministry of Common Sense
Nehemiah : Philosophy of a Breakdown
Noekk : In the Company of the Grimalkin
Obituary : Still Not Dead
On Trial : "Titties & beer!"
Opeth : One Amazing Night, Part 2
Pete Helmkamp : A chat with a metal legend
Primordial : We Are An Original Band
Rotting Christ : Keep the Horns Rising
Scarve : Business as Usual
Sepultura : 6-6-06 Power Lunch With Derrick Green
Serious Grind : Hatin' On Goth Kids
Soilwork : Hitting a Nerve
Solitude Aeturnus : Doomed for Life
Suffocation : The Kings Return
Tenhi : ... a sense of forgotten fury that seeks a way to flood
The Legion : On Swift Wings of Death
The Mass : I pitch The Mass some softballs, and they tear into them!
The Project Hate : Marching Towards Armageddon
The Vision Bleak : Secrecies in Darkness
Theory in Practice : Colonizing the Sun
Today is the Day : Beyond Supernova
Tvangeste : The Prussian Gods of Metal
Twilight : An unwanted ejaculation in the faces of critics and doubters
Tyr : The Vikings are Coming! The Vikings are Coming!
Unearth : One Step Away
Virgin Black : Sombre Romantic
Wehrwolfe : The new age of lycanthropy
Winds : Reflections of The I
Zao : The Emptiness Inside