Originally formed under the name Khaossos between 2014 and 2015, Kval stands as a one-man atmospheric black metal act from Finland. With a handful of releases behind, the man known simply as Kval has signed a deal with Hypnotic Dirge Records to unleash the entity’s debut self-titled album. However, it’s not a simple follow-up to the previous entity’s 015 full-length Kuolonkuu, but rather a re-imagining of that very release. A rebirth, if you will. And ahead of it’s release I was given the opportunity to shoot some questions over to the mastermind himself, as well as debut the first song off said offering.
It’s been quite a while since we last heard from Chris and Robb of Zamboni. And, if the recent legal troubles were an indication, it might have been the last time. The NY/NJ crossover thrash act set their sights on relesing a debut full-length album, but had to change their name to Nuclear Hatred, which is now the title of said recording. I reached out to the duo to inquire about said woes, as well as what’s been going on in the group and other such inquiries about the new offering. Check out what they had to say below, and be sure to give the album a spin as well. If you like what you hear, you can pick up it up digitally through their official Bancamp account!
Germany’s The Fog may still be a relatively small upstart in the death/doom metal world, but it’s a group name that is becoming more and more known within the style’s underground since their 2014 demo Void Nexus dropped. Earlier this year, the band issued their debut full-length effort, Perpetual Blackness, through the indie Spanish label Memento Mori, only further solidifying their stake in the genre. Following my own review of the release, which can be read RIGHT HERE, I decided to shoot some questions over to the group to try to get a little more insight into how the album came to be. Below is what guitarist/vocalist V. Lord had to say!
There is no more stronger, mysterious, or angry a force for women in the hardcore and metal world than Otep, a group that has seen quite the storied success in the mainstream world. However, with each new release comes a new incarnation, this time focusing on the vast wasteland Otep Shamaya herself perceives this nation to be headed towards, especially with this upcoming presidential election. I was offered the chance to shoot some questions her way via e-mail, and Otep herself was kind enough to oblige by answering some questions about the album, the new outward appearance of the group, as well as Donald Trump. Check out what she had to say below, and make sure to watch the band’s video for “Zero”, which comes off their upcoming album Generation Doom, due out this April 15th.
When it comes to Stormspell Records, you can always count on them putting out some kick ass material. So when I saw the new Horrified album Of Despair was being handled by this underground powerhouse, I dove head first into the promo to check it out. It’s clear the album had a different direction compared to their debut, so I decided to make my first interview of 2016 count by lobbing some questions at long time member/co-founder, Daniel Alderson. Check out what he had to say, and make sure to check out the video for the track “Infernal Lands” included with this interview!
Canada’s hard working grindcore outfit Fuck the Facts are back with a brand new album, Desire Will Rot. After tearing through it late one night, I was given the chance to shoot some interview questions over to one of the important modern acts within the style. Check out what guitarist Topon Das had to say below.