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From The Zombitrol Vaults here’s an audition interview with vocalist Cristina Scabbia of Italy’s Lacuna Coil, where we delve into their latest, and surprisingly aggressive album, Delirium. Have a listen via SoundCloud below.

 

Lacuna Coil's latest release is The 119 Show - Live In London. You can watch the live video for “Nothing Stands In Our Way” below.


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I sat down with vocalist Tommy Vext and guitarist Doc Coyle (ex-God Forbid) from the modern American metal act Bad Wolves. The band has become known for their cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie,” which was originally conceived as a duet with late vocalist Dolores O'Riordan. The legendary Irish singer was in London to record with the band on the day she passed away.

I spoke with Vext and Coyle about their approach the song and video, as well their debut album Disobey, and how they function as a band despite differing political ideologies. Have a listen via SoundCloud below.

 

Bad Wolves’ Disobey is available on Eleven Seven Music, and you can watch the video for “Zombie” below.


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In my first interview with Jon Schaffer, guitarist/founder of the long-running and beloved American heavy metal act Iced Earth, we talked about why the band seems impervious to lineup changes, how their sound evolves from album to album, and why he’s not keen on his band being associated with power metal (which he characterizes as “cheesy”).

Schaffer has also gained a reputation for right-wing beliefs after appearing on divisive conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ InfoWars program, wearing a confederate flag bandana on stage, as well as the intense rhetoric found in the lyrics of his side project Sons of Liberty. I feel that it is without question that due to the timeless nature of the classic heavy metal style that Iced Earth plays, it can be said that Schaffer has fans from all walks of life. Based on that presumption, I wanted to know if he has any concern about alienating parts of his fan base who don’t share his views. Have a listen via SoundCloud below.

 

Iced Earth’s latest album, Incorruptible, is available on Century Media Records, and you can watch the video for “Black Flag” below.

 

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From 1989 to 1992 Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, Anthony "Abaddon" Bray, and Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan held the moniker of UK black metal founders Venom. Starting with the sinister riffs of Prime Evil, they diligently carried the Venom name out of the 80’s. Flash forward 25 years and the three were back together under the name Venom Inc, performing classics for hungry old-school fans and kids who only dreamed of hearing these tracks live. What began as an almost casual reunion turned into a full-fledged band, seemingly eclipsing the current Cronos-led version, with the new solid-as-hell Venom Inc album Avé being released last year on Nuclear Blast.

This weekend the band returns to Canada for four shows, beginning in Toronto this Sunday September 2nd at the legendary Coalition T.O. I had a chance to speak to Dunn and Dolan (who seem to prefer being called by their actual names, while Bray is only referred to by everyone as Abaddon) about how everything seemed to work out for the best, despite there being two versions of the same band, and how their reunion led to the creation of the new album. Have a listen with the SoundCloud player below.

 

You can catch Venom Inc at one of their four upcoming Canadian dates. Avé is currently available at all major outlets, and you can also watch their video for “Avé Satanas” below.

Venom Inc 2018 Canadian Tour Dates

Sunday, September 2nd - Coalition T.O. - Toronto

Monday, September 3rd - Mavericks - Ottawa

Tuesday, September 4th - Piranha Bar - Montreal

Wednesday, September 5th - L’Anti Bar & Spectacles - Quebec City