Interview with Jesse Ketive of Emmure

Jimbo Patton of Capital Chaos TV and vocalist of Central Valley Death Metal maniacs Incisus sat down with Jesse Ketive lead axeman of Emmure on their recent Oakland, California appearance with Volumes, Sworn In, Gideon & Thy Art Is Murder.



Jimbo: Alright, What’s up guys? I’m Jimbo from Capital Chaos TV, and I’m here with Jesse from Emmure, how’s it going today man?

Jesse: It’s going good man, doing good, just hanging out here at the venue (Oakland Metro Operahouse) just bullshitting. The guys are doing a little workout outside, feeling a little under the weather so I’m just hanging out right now. Taking it easy.

Jimbo: Sounds good, so have you guys played here before?

Jesse: We were here definitely one other, maybe two times, but I’m gonna definitely say one time. I remember we pulled up, I remember the supermarket place, or the tool place across the street, I remember some key things. I had some friends hit me up, so I was like now I remember.

Jimbo: Awesome, so it brings back memories

Jesse: Yeah it was a good show, I remember seeing a good sized place. I wish all medium sized venues were like this. Some are layed out like to the left, and it’s weird and makes things awkward, but this is great.

Jimbo: Yeah it’s a really cool place, it’s my first time being here, so it’s really nice to be able to catch a show here.

Jesse: Yeah I’m pretty stoked on it.

Jimbo: Definitely, So how’s the tour going for you guys so far?

Jesse: Umm, it’s been great, it’s been like 90%/85% selling out al the shows. A lot of like B market C market smaller places, little places on the map, but there’s enough people that want to come see all the bands you know, it’s a great line up, it’s a slamming deal so tour’s been going really good. We got like maybe more than a week left, or 10 days, maybe 11, maybe I’m counting too fast

Jimbo: Nice, any particular dates you’re looking forward to, or any that you just played that stood out as really good show?

Jesse: Denver was, but Denver is always amazing we play there a lot. But Denver this time was over the top, it was like a sporting event. It was crazy. California is always really good ever since we’ve been coming here since like 2006 or 7, ’06 was our first tour, so ever since then it’s been love and love and love, so the whole West Coast is a good time, so these next few shows, you know Arizona, California, the whole West side, I’m excited for that too.

Jimbo: So any word on the new album coming out, it’s coming out here pretty soon right?

Jesse: Yes, next month April 15th, so less than 3 weeks out. We got two or three songs out there that they released you know on iTunes that we got on the internet, and we’ve had a really good response, really excited. My personal opinion is that those songs are awesome and nothing can compare to that. The rest of the album is 15 songs, it’s so much, I’m really pumped on that, good stuff.

Jimbo: Nice, I’m really looking forward to hearing that. You playing a bunch of the newer stuff here tonight?

Jesse: Uhh, we do one song “Nemesis”.

Jimbo: Oh the one you guys had released right?

Jesse: Yeah, we do it on tour, the response has been great, it’s exciting, it’s good to know that people are still excited. With six full-length albums, you never know what to expect.

Jimbo: Yeah, it definitely looks like it’s going to be awesome though, I heard Nemesis it was good, so it looks good so far.

Jesse: Thank you.

Jimbo: No problem, so any particular songs that you guys just really like to play live , or any songs that seem to stand out in your mind?

Jesse: It’s weird, I think Children Of Cybertron is my favorite because when we first wrote it and put it out we rolled the dice thinking, “Alright, it’s pretty heavy, let’s see”, and people loved it, people still love it. Then usually at this point, not to give it away even though you can find it right on youtube, but you know at this point in our career we play that towards the end of our set. So at that point we’re sweaty, drunk, whatever, and it’s like exciting, it brings you back and you’re just bouncing around. It’s definitely one of the most fun to play live at this point.

Jimbo: That’s awesome. So I saw you guys have an upcoming tour through Canada with Upon A Burning Body I believe?

Jesse: Oh yeah the mini one.

Jimbo: Yeah I think it was four or five dates, have you guys played in Canada before?

Jesse: Oh yeah, we’ve been to Canada so many times. Canada is like a home base number two because it’s so close to home, yet so far you know. It’s a six hour or eight hour drive to the border. In Montreal we recording our EP, our first EP. We have just done a lot of Canada dates, we have a nice fan base there. Toronto, Montreal, all the surrounding places, you know the whole belt that’s going up there from Buffalo, pretty much we’ve played since 2006-7 you know. It’s gonna be a lot of fun, those guys are really cool too.

Jimbo: Oh yeah, Upon a Burning Body those are some sick guys, those are definitely going to be some sick shows. Are there any particular bands you really like to tour with, or that you’re really good friends with or anything?

Jesse: Oh man it’s tough because you with homies I like to walk up see what the guys are doing, and I’m always the dude like ya come on let’s smoke it. You know when we’re together everyone just hangs, but there’s so many bands that I’ve made friends with in the past, I would feel bad to start naming some, and leave some out by accident. But so many homies I have, anyone we’ve toured with I mean. We have so many friends on tour, so many times, dudes like After The Burial, and Suicide Silence, just so many bands I can’t even begin. We’ve toured with them you know  3,4,5,6,7,8 times.

Jimbo: It kinda becomes like a family right?

Jesse: Yeah, so for all my homie’s out there.

Jimbo: Anyone you want to give shout out to, or anything you want to say to any up and coming bands out there or anything?

Jesse: I mean yeah, shout out to the fans, all the people that will watch this, and um leave positive and/or negative comments. I think I spoke pretty well, he spoke pretty well, so hopefully all positive comments. And everyone that’s been coming out to The Mosh Lives Tour, everyone that’s gonna come see us in Europe this summer, all the festivals. Anything else in the future for us, we really are happy to be doing this for 10-11 years now. The fans keeping it going when we’re at our lowest and want to go home and want to see our family after weeks straight of touring, we get to go home for four days, then back on tour. It’s those people that come out to those shows, that let us know you know what that was a sick show. You know thank you to our family and friends, and definitely fans.

Jimbo: Well we’ll wrap this up here, definitely looking forward to seeing your guys set, and hope everyone goes out and picks up “Eternal Enemies”.

Jesse: Yeah sweet this was fun thank you so much.

Jimbo: No problem, thank you

Jesse: Thank you so much

Emmure keep it simple and straight-forward, but this coupled with vocalist Frankie Palmeri’s brutal openness and honesty connects to people on a level that few others can. Everyone has demons and dark sides to their lives, but this group shows that everyone deals with these types of issues and that there are productive ways to let it all out. Emmure have gained the loyalty of the metal community and legions of rabid fans, but make no mistake if you disrespect them you will be left sleeping with the fishes.

New live video from Exmortus live in San Francisco

3 camera edit of Exmortus performing “Triumph By Fire” and the Ozzy Osbourne classic “Bark At The Moon” 04/01/14 @ DNA Lounge – San Francisco, California also on the bill were Destruction, Krisiun & Hemotoxin #ozzyosbourne #exmortus

Hailing from Whittier, California, EXMORTUS are an entity unto themselves and their music, which is both complex and thoroughly hook-laden, refuses to lend itself to easy categorization. From the technical death-thrash riffage and surgically precise drumming to their neo-classical, twin virtuoso lead guitar attack, fans of death metal, thrash, prog metal, traditional heavy metal and all true metal sub-genres alike will enjoy having their craniums crushed by the fury of EXMORTUS.

New live video from Bay Area thrashers Hemotoxin

Hemotoxin perform 04/01/14 @ DNA Lounge – San Francisco, California also on the bill were Destruction, Krisiun & Exmortus.


Hemotoxin is a 4 piece Deathrash band from Pittsburg, CA. They play their own brand of Death metal mixed with Thrash. Their songs cover a very wide spectrum from straight forward aggressive thrash and heavy hitting metal to more complex songs that take you on a journey. Hemotoxin is fronted by Michael Chavez on Vocals and Guitar, Hunter Farrand on Guitar, Joshua Sumpter on Bass and Brandon Wilcox on drums. This band goes beyond what you would expect from a metal band, they take the limit and push it further and further. Inspired by such bands as Obituary, Death, Exodus, Immolation, Megadeth, Morbid Angel, Obscura, and Cancer. This band is sure to appeal to all metal heads every where!



After a triumphant return back on the rock scene last year, Black Sabbath are now thundering into Hyde Park to cast a night of darkness in what is set to be a bright summer. The legendary Ozzy Osbourne and his band mates Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi will be headlining the same stage that fellow rock legends The Rolling Stones presided over for two historic gigs last year.

Not content with just taking over the park, British Summer Time becomes Black Sabbath Time! Announcing their show with an impressive takeover of the Royal Park, the band will blaze onto the Great Oak Stage in Hyde Park for their first ever performance at the venue later this year.

Joining headliner Neil Young and Crazy Horse and special guests The National for Saturday 12 July are; Half Moon Run, Lucy Rose, Ethan Johns and a very special guest as second stage headliner to be announced soon. Alongside them will be The Webb Sisters, Jack Savoretti, To Kill A King and Hero Fisher.

In what promises to be a truly spectacular event for everyone on Sunday 6 July, The Vamps, Lawson, Five, Neon Jungle will join the UK’s #1 pop supergroup, McBusted and US pop sensations Backstreet Boys creating an unforgettable experience in Hyde Park. Elyar Fox, Ollie Marland, George Barnett, Joel Baker and Mike Dignam have also been announced.

This fantastic line-up really shows Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park is the place to go to watch the most talented musicians performing live today, showcased in the glorious setting of the world famous Royal Park. See the full line up so far for both days below:

Friday 4th July

Main Stage
Black Sabbath
Faith No More

The Barclaycard Theatre
Kobra and the Lotus
Broken Hands
The Bots

Village Hall
Bo Ningen
The Graveltones
Hang the Bastard
A Plastic Rose

Summer Stage
Rise to Remain
Blitz Kids
The Struts
The First

Sunday 6th July

Main Stage
Backstreet Boys
The Vamps
Scouting For Girls

The Barclaycard Theatre

Village Hall
Neon Jungle
Elyar Fox
Ollie Marland

Summer Stage
George Barnett
Joel Baker
Mike Dignam

Saturday 12th July

Main Stage
Neil Young and Crazy Horse
The National
Tom Odell
Half Moon Run
Lucy Rose

Barlcaycard Unwind Theatre
Caitlin Rose

Village Hall
Ethan Johns
The Webb Sisters

Summer Stage
Jack Savoretti
To Kill A King
Hero Fisher

New videos of Carcass live in San Francisco

Carcass perform “Buried Dreams” & “Incarnated Solvent Abuse” @ Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, California also on the bill were The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts & Repulsion #carcass #decibelmagazinetour

Wintersun interview and Oakland live footage

First time interviewer Jacob Grant chats with Jukka Koskinen of Wintersun @ Oakland Metro – Oakland, California
Wintersun is a metal band from Helsinki, Finland and was originally created by guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, songwriter and vocalist Jari Mäenpää as a side project to folk metal band Ensiferum, for whom he was lead singer and guitarist. In 2003, Mäenpää began pulling together songs that he had been working on since 1995. These songs followed specific themes described by Mäenpää as majestic, “spacy”, and melodic. Wintersun is known for epic harmonies, fast tempos and both harsh and clean vocals. While Mäenpää planned to perform and record each instrument for the first album himself, he still required a drummer. He sent demos to Kai Hahto, former member of Rotten Sound, who agreed to perform the drums.

On 16 March 2012, Wintersun announced via their official homepage that they would headline the Heidenfest Tour in October 2012. The band also stated that the mixing of their new album, Time, was going well and that a release was planned for late summer of the same year; they also stated that Time would be split in two albums. On 18 July 2012, Wintersun announced on their official homepage that part I of “Time” would be released on 12 October 2012; however, “Time I” was actually released on 19 October 2012. In support of the new album, Wintersun embarked on their first tour of North America, supporting Eluveitie along with Varg, starting in late November.

Mixing for Time II began in early 2013. The band stated the album “will continue where ‘Time I’ left [off]” and will include seven guitar solos. The album is expected to be released in early 2014  In August 2013, Wintersun embarked on a second North American tour. Support was provided by fellow Nuclear Blast artists Fleshgod ApocalypseArsis, and Starkill, with Wintersun headlining.

New live video of Wilderun in Oakland

Wilderun @ Elis Mile High Club – Oakland, California

Produced & edited by Capital Chaos TV

Wilderun was conceived in 2008 by vocalist and guitarist Evan Berry, but only recently came into fruition in early 2012, when guitarist and orchestrator Wayne Ingram, bassist Dan Müller, and drummer Harding Teachey joined forces with Evan.

Wilderun set out to record their first full length album “Olden Tales & Deathly Trails” in May. Between May and June, the album was completed at More Sound Studios.

“Olden Tales & Deathly Trails” was released on September 21st, 2012.

Wilderun completed an east coast and midwest tour in the summer of 2013, alongside NC folk metallers Aether Realm, and plans to tour again early next year