• “We Like to Hang, Man!” An Interview with Fister

    Fister are the kind of doom metal band who reflect the blackened fucked up magic of the genre. These Saint Louis maniacs understand the pain of existence and there is something almost existentially terrifying about what Fister do. When I saw them in New York City it felt like we were about to die, drowning under crushing waves of sound. I got a chance to sit down with them before the show, shoot the shit and dig into the existential and demented magic of the genre. Catch them now on their West Coast tour with Un!

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    November 18, 2016 • Interviews • Views: 646

  • Between Thought and Instinct: An Interview with Enslaved‘s Ivar Bjørnson

    Enslaved has been active for over 25 years, formed by guitarist Ivar Bjørnson and bassist/vocalist Grutle Kjellson in 1991 as a raw black/Viking metal band among the Norwegian second wave. Since that time, the group has taken its place at the forefront of heavy music by nurturing an increasingly progressive and eclectic set of influences. They have developed a sound that is entirely unique and constantly evolving without forsaking the aggressive roots or inspiration from Norse lore. I was able to speak to guitarist Ivar Bjørnson as Enslaved prepared to perform a sold-out gig in Paris. We discussed their newest album, a compilation of two rare EPs titled The Sleeping Gods – Thorn, his thoughts on the band’s history and creative process, and the ongoing celebration of a quarter century of metal with the New York by Norse event on December 9th and 10th. Continue Reading

    November 14, 2016 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 861

  • Getting Heavy With The Body And Full Of Hell

    For a pair of fucked up bands, who collaborated on a super fucked up records, The Body and Full of Hell‘s respective frontmen, Chip and Dylan are surprisingly chill dudes. In an interview that was lighthearted and nowhere near as bleak as I think anyone could have anticipated we picked apart the groups collaboration and found out that there is still more to come!

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    November 11, 2016 • Interviews • Views: 760

  • Bringing Home The Motherlode with Nick Forkel of Turbid North

    Turbid North is a band not unknown around this here Toilet. Last year’s Eyes Alive, received full marks with 5 out of 5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell and since then, their name has circulated here on a regular basis. With the prospects of a new album and on the coattails of a large tour announcement, I chatted with singer/guitarist Nick Forkel to get the lowdown on everything that is Turbid North. Click play on Eyes Alive and take this journey with us! Continue Reading

    November 9, 2016 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 1461

  • Into the Storm: The Re(Inter)view

    A review. An interview. Sludge. Doom. A song that may or may not be about having bees in your mouth. This post has everything.

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    November 3, 2016 • Interviews, Reviews • Views: 752

  • Mothership Are Making America Great Again With Rock And Roll

    Mothership are one of the most exciting rock and roll bands to come up from the hard rock scene in the last few years. These Ripple music signees have made a name for themselves with heavy touring and a brutal dedication to their genre. This is a band who capture the inherent magic of a world many of us have forgotten and make us want to dive back into the power of rock and roll time and time again. This is a band who could very well end up saving the world.

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    October 28, 2016 • Interviews • Views: 3119

  • Kayla Dixon Of Witch Mountain on Lyrics, Theater and the Importance Of Live Music

    Kayla Dixon of Witch Mountain may not be into going whoring, but she can write some top notch lyrics. Fresh off her premier release with the Portland doom outfit, she graced the stage at Psycho Las Vegas with an absolutely stunning performance. She is a woman who has been through quite a lot in her twenty-one years, and it was a pleasure to get to pick her brain and find out more about the mind behind one of doom’s most prominent modern forces.

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    October 26, 2016 • Interviews • Views: 512

  • “The goal was to make it sound more cruel.” An Interview with Loïc of Autokrator and N.K.V.D.

    After witnessing the surprising inclusion of N.K.V.D.‘s “Hakmarrja” in the recent Blair Witch film, I was curious about how these two seemingly incongruous works of art came to be intertwined. So, I sought out the mysterious figure behind both N.K.V.D. and Autokrator, Loïc LF, and found him both affable and gregarious despite the subversive nature of his work. Get the scoop on Loïc’s views on history, The Blair Witch, dealing with jabroni bloggers, and maintaining your sanity in the face of extreme music.

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    October 25, 2016 • Interviews, Metal, New Stuff • Views: 887

  • The Swedish Are Coming! An Interview With Tombstones

    I first met Tombstones when I was 18 and living in Paris. Before Psycho Las Vegas I hadn’t seen them in years. When I did, the band’s frontman Ole’s first reaction upon seeing me was, “Matt, you’ve grown up!” Suffice to say – it was great getting to reunite with these old friends. Tombstones are one of those doom bands who truly get it and who I feel never get the attention they deserve, especially not outside of Europe. Things are changing, though, and now we must all wait for their triumphant return to the States!
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    October 24, 2016 • Interviews, Metal • Views: 450

  • Yob Is Love: Cats, The Cure, and Depression with Mike Scheidt

    Mike Scheidt is kind of my hero. By kind of my hero I mean that both my wifi name and password are Yob-centric. Any chance I get to sit down with this great man is an honor and this interview was no exception. Put together at Psycho California I got to have my most in depth interview with Mr. Scheidt in years where he was incredibly honest and gave us a look into some of the darker sides of his reality. As biased as I might be in his favor, I feel like this is one of the better interviews I’ve done in recent years.

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    October 21, 2016 • Interviews • Views: 2054