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  • Patrons of the Rotting Gate: The ToH Interview

    Last year, a little known band called Patrons of the Rotting Gate dropped one of the best black metal releases of the year to significant critical acclaimThe Rose Coil was a harrowing, enthralling, and frankly ingenious declaration of dark grandeur. After I described the album as pure Lovecraftian beauty, the mastermind behind POTRG found his way to our humble bowl. I connected with Andrew Millar, and he was kind enough to grant me an interview and allow us a deeper look into the mystique of Patrons of the Rotting Gate.

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    October 8, 2014 • Interviews • Views: 2042

  • Falls of Rauros: The Toilet ov Hell Interview

    Falls of Rauros have been like a slow-motion explosion in the world of underground metal. There’s no huge fireball that annihilates everything in its path in a matter of seconds, but a slowly expanding and utterly fascinating phenomenon that shifts and changes as you stand and stare, becoming completely engulfed before you know it. They have a fantastically diverse back catalogue that has developed considerably over the years, showing just what can happen when a band isn’t tethered by trends. Their most recent effort, Believe in No Coming Shore, perfectly satisfies the continuation of that growth we’ve come to expect of Falls of Rauros. Mixing their expansive brand of black metal with classic rock, folk, and atmosphere, this Portland, Maine quartet gives us a mountain to climb with this new album (spoiler alert: this will probably be one of my favorite mountains of 2014), but the arduous climb is worth every wandering step. Founding member Aaron Charles was kind enough to chat with me and Pagliacci is Kvlt at a seedy dockside bar where we had to fight off several vagabonds for a table by the window, and we had to shout over gunfire for the duration of the entire interview via email about a few topics including the new album that’s out now on Bindrune records.

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    October 6, 2014 • Interviews, Metal, New Stuff • Views: 1449

  • Teeth Into Red: Dead Congregation – The Toilet ov Hell Interview

    Few bands in extreme metal today can shoulder the crushing yoke of hype and expectations like Dead Congregation. Often compared with their forebears Incantation, Immolation, and Morbid Angel, and anointed kings of the contemporary death metal scene by many critics, peers, and fans alike, these Greek death metallers have their work cut out for them when it comes to living up to the hype and delivering the goods. Having to follow 2008’s monumental debut album, Graves of the Archangels (an album already considered a classic in the genre), would flatten many a musician, smothering any attempts at replication and extinguishing all creative verve. How did Dead Congregation answer this call? By flooring the metal scene at large with one of 2014’s greatest albums, the superlative death metal leviathan, Promulgation of the Fall. Pressure and expectations be damned. Dead Congregation are the real deal, and they prove it every time they hit the studio or the stage.

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    October 1, 2014 • Interviews, Metal, News • Views: 3502

  • Black Crown Initiate: The Toilet ov Hell Interview

    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so (probably working on your super raw atmospheric post-blackened crust album, nerd), you’ve been hearing plenty of buzz about Black Crown Initiate. They quietly slipped out the Song of the Crippled Bull EP in July of 2013, but it quickly caught on and spread like wildfire.

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    September 26, 2014 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 2306

  • Noble Beast: The TOH Interview

    Noble Beast is a band that we have unashamedly admitted our love for in the past. The band has erupted onto the scene with their self-titled debut to high praise and widespread acclaim.  Playing a larger than life style of power metal fronted by the bellowing voice of baritone Rob Jalonen, the band has swiftly carved out their own niche in the American and global heavy and power metal scenes. I was able to grab hold of Rob for a couple hours and ask him a few questions. We were able to discuss all sorts of cool things about the band, influences, and his thoughts on heavy music and their place in it.

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    September 22, 2014 • Interviews, Nerd Shit • Views: 1951

  • Interview with the Devil: Tovarish

    Recently I got to sit down with Dimitri Myshkin, Tovarish vocalist and friend of the Toilet. Tovarish is a dark ambient band melding blackened soundscapes, propaganda tracks, and droning instrumentation into a potent and spellbinding concoction. Presented here is my conversation with our striking comrade.

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    September 12, 2014 • Interviews • Views: 1866

  • ShadowStrike: The ToH Interview

    ShadowStrike’s debut EP Infinite Power was a minimal flusher and even managed to strike a chord with a few of the power-hating ToH regulars. I dug it so much that I asked guitarist/lead vocalist Matt Krais to answer a few questions for us. Check out the exclusive ToH ShadowStrike interview! Continue Reading

    September 10, 2014 • Interviews • Views: 1157

  • Primordium: The ToH Interview!

    When we first met Primordium, they stabbed us through the chest with their first song “The Incursion” from their upcoming debut EP Aeonian Obsolescence (out September 19th on Lacerated Enemy Records). We dug the track so much that I had to reach out to this Indianapolis tech death group to pump some more info out of them. Steele Sleight and John King, the creative forces behind Primordium, were kind enough to answer my questions. We proudly present this exclusive Toilet ov Hell interview with Primordium (the band’s first!).
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    September 8, 2014 • Interviews, Metal, Tech-Death Thursday • Views: 1574

  • Readers Sound Off: Ov Dust

    Sometimes our readers send us their music and sometimes we want to talk about it! Today we’re listening to Ov Dust.

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    August 13, 2014 • Band Submissions, Interviews, Metal • Views: 1424

  • Interview with the Devil – Stockhausen (Dischordia)

    Greetings, motherflushers, and welcome to a new column called Interview with the Devil. We love our little community, so we wanted to take an opportunity to shine the spotlight on some our awesome members. Today, I’m interviewing our dear old dead composer friend Stockhausen from the band Dischordia.

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    August 4, 2014 • Interviews • Views: 1153