Exhorder frontman Kyle Thomas joins ROTR contributor Justin Smulison to discuss upcoming tours of the U.S. and the EU and themes and select songs from the Louisiana-based thrashers’ crushing fourth LP, Defectum Omnium, available from Nuclear Blast on March 8. Visit Exhorder.com
We’re kicking off 2024 with an interview featuring Aaron Cravens, a stellar guitarist whose debut, Regenerate, released to wide acclaim. ROTR Contributor Justin Smulison spoke with Aaron about the themes and philosophies explored on this stellar instrumental album. Visit AaronCravens.com
Artillery celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2024 with various live offerings. The Danish thrash icons will release Raw Live (in Copenhell) via Mighty Music on Feb. 2. Bandleader Michael Stützer spoke with ROTR Contributor Justin Smulison about all-things Artillery. Visit Artillery online.
A Life Divided is an alternative-metal band from Germany who have been featured on ROTR. Their latest LP, is Down the Spiral of a Soul. ROTR Contributor Justin Smulison spoke with singer Jürgen Plangger about the songs and standout moments. Visit A Life Divided.
I’ll Be Damned is one of the best metal bands to emerge from Denmark in recent years. Singer Mark Damgaard and drummer Anders Gyldenøhr spoke with ROTR contributor Justin Smulison about joining the band ahead of their most recent studio LP, Cultureand Visit I’ll Be Damned.
The Sons Of Sounds are a German quartet who have produced a succession of outstanding hard rock and metal albums. The tradition continues with Seven. Guitarist Wayne Beselt spoke with ROTR contributor Justin Smulison about Seven, and the Fall 2023 tour with Nazareth. Visit SonsOfSounds.com
Michael Abdow is best known as a touring guitarist for Fates Warning and a frequent collaborator with Ray Alder. Abdow spoke with ROTR Army Contributor Justin Smulison about his new instrumental album, Séance In Black, available from Couch Cat Records. Visit Michael Abdow.
Italian thrashers Game Over return to the international metal scene with their newest album, Hellframes, available from Scarlet Records on Oct. 20. Guitarist Luca “Ziro” Zironi joins ROTR Contributor Justin Smulison to talk about the new album and preparing to tour. Visit Game Over.
Teutonic German thrashers Vendetta has returned with Black As Coal, now available worldwide from Massacre Records. Singer Mario Vogel spoke with ROTR contributor Justin Smulison about the aggressive new LP and its lyrical themes.
Singer Genevieve Roberts discusses with ROTR Army Contributor Justin Smulison the concept of Khaos Divine, how she keeps her voice healthy and distinctive in the classic metal tradition, and the band’s first tour of the UK/EU in September. Visit Temtris.com
dEMOTIONAL is a metalcore band from Sweden tearing up the international scene. One of the band’s two singers, Killian Power, joins ROTR Contributor Justin Smulison to discuss Scandinavian Aftermath, which received a worldwide release by AFM Records. Visit dEMOTIONAL.net
ROTR Contributor Justin Smulison is joined by Overkill’s iconic frontman, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth. They talk about Overkill’s 20th album, Scorched, s and the “Scorching The Earth” tour which starts July 13th in San Francisco. Visit Overkill.
ROTR Army Contributor Justin Smulison interviews his all-time favorite metal singer, John Bush of Armored Saint. They discuss his career highlights with Armored Saint and Anthrax, Punching The Sky, Metal Allegiance, lyrical inspirations and the Fall U.S. tour with W.A.S.P. Visit ArmoredSaint.com