“Thrashy riffs, awesome breakdowns, and a catchy chorus” with Dylan Newhouse of Monument Of A Memory

New Jersey metal band Monument Of A Memory premiered the music video for “Cold Eyes” with Loudwire. Watch the music video below, directed by Eric DiCarlo (Squared Up Studio), The song is the lead track off of the band’s most recent EP Ex-Mortis, which came out this past January.

New Jersey’s Monument Of A Memory pride themselves on making eclectic, heavy, and original music. Taking inspiration from a variety of genres, from thrash to modern day metalcore, the band melds it together with a modern, vigorous edge. The band blend’s their various influences of artists such as As I Lay Dying , Trivium and Parkway Drive, while managing to find their sound and keep it consistently exciting. Monument Of A Memory is Tommy Gehringer (vocals), Kevin Chapilliquen (guitar), Eren Guney (guitar), Joshua Correa (bass), and Dylan Newhouse (drums). We recently spoke with drummer Dylan Newhouse.

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Sergio Medina of Royal Coda “I’m trying not to be so chaotic with my song structures.”

Alt-rock trio Royal Coda had partnered with Substream for the exclusive premiere of their new track, “Breathe Correct”. Fans can listen to the track below. This this the third single off of the bands forthcoming self-titled debut album out April 27th via Blue Swan Records.

Formed in Sacramento, Royal Coda features Kurt Travis (Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds), Sergio Medina (Stolas, Sianvar, Eidola), and Joseph Arrington (A Lot Like Birds, Sianvar). This is Travis and Arrington’s first project together since Travis’ departure from A Lot Like Birds. Now, along with Medina, they have come together to create the dream alt-rock supergroup.

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Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez of Exmortus “Expect your mind to be blown. To melt from all the shredding.”

Los Angeles based neo-classical shredders Exmortus, founded by guitarist and vocalist Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez, have racked up achievement after achievement. From appearing in a national TV commercial for Virgin Mobile to being played constantly on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal, from appearing on the first Ozzfest meets Knotfest in San Bernadino to touring with heroes Children of Bodom and Marty Friedman. However it’s probably the band’s 5th album, The Sound of Steel, that Conan will be most proud of. It’s his most personal album, an album forged together after a bit of a setback but also one that given his upbringing could never have not seen the light of day.

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Steve Tucker of Morbid Angel “Death Metal without Trey is like Rock n Roll without Eddie Van Halen”

In the video below Steve Tucker of Morbid Angel talks mindset when recording Gateways To Annihilation, individuality differences between Europe and U.S.A., the importance and contribution of Morbid Angel’s Trey Azagthoth to death metal in general and more with Aldo Guzman of Capital Chaos TV.

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Jason Keyser of Origin reminisces about the Albany hardcore/metal scene and hammers in the pit.

In the video below, Jason Keyser of technical death metal giants ORIGIN talks old Albany hardcore/metal scene, new technology, downside of streaming, love of Brujeria and more Aldo Guzman of CAPITAL CHAOS TV. ORIGIN hit the road this April with MORBID ANGEL. The band is touring in support of their latest album Unparalleled Universe. Remaing dates are as follows..

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Jeff Martin of Blasted To Static “I wish offended people would react like fainting goats and quietly tip over.”

Headed up by the incendiary vocals of Jeff Martin (Racer X, Badlands, UFO, MSG) and fret-melting wizardry of Stu Marshall (Death Dealer, Empires of Eden), with the rhythmic talents of Rev Jones (Michael Schenker) on bass and session demigod Clay T. on drums, Blasted to Static represents an uncompromising and intense odyssey from veterans of the metal scene.

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

I came from a family of seven, everyone listened to music or played it so I was surrounded by the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Cream. I started out playing to 8 tracks and cassettes that my brother had tons of stuff. I do believe “Tales of Brave Ulysses” off of Disraeli Gears from Cream was one of my first learn songs. Vocal wise I didn’t start till later. Not getting laid enough as a drummer had a lot to do with it. Later hearing Ian Gillan’s voice and of course Rob Halford made me want to be a singer but I really did love Tom Jones.

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Aggressor of Aura Noir on Spelling and Gaffer Tape

A band geared towards thrash connoisseurs with active minds and mean spirits, Aura Noir stand at the fore of metal’s definitive genre in an age where the underground is utterly besodden with bands. These Norwegian thrash stalwarts don’t so much tread the line between savagery and sophistication as stomp upon it, showering dirt in the faces of lesser acts with each smoldering crater of an album. Continue reading “Aggressor of Aura Noir on Spelling and Gaffer Tape”