Interviews



An Interview With THANE FARACE Of Rabid Assassin, Pillbilly & Toxic Rabid Films

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Thane Farace is a wild man! At least that is the impression I get anyway and yes, while it is true that I have never met Thane in person, there’s enough stuff out in the cybernetic realm to come to that conclusion. He’s an integral member of Pennsylvania-based, oldschool heavy metal-influenced Rabid Assassin along with being a co-conspirator in the Pillbilly project alongside Dave Sherman. He is the head honcho and multifaceted force behind the independent film company Toxic Rabid Films whose very name gives you a distinct impression as to what type of cinematic greatness they create. Thane is clearly a creative dynamo that more than capably multi-tasks with a plethora of irons in the fire, juggling projects and undertakings like a skilled entertainer tossing one into the air while grabbing another elsewhere. He adroitly balances them and handles his biz like a man possessed, each endeavor a feat to be accomplished and then unveiled to the public to witness and experience. From the blistering thrash ‘n groove of Rabid Assassin to the outlaw country-fried southern rock of Pillbilly or his own ongoing solo musical artistry currently in the works, Thane Farace delivers the goods time and time again. With an exclusive endorsement through Epiphone Guitars as a shredding guitarist or the Coldcock Whiskey sponsorship of Rabid Assassin, countless people and companies recognize what a truly talented entity Mr. Farace is as do I. So, recognizing that he was someone we could all learn a thing or two from, I contacted the man and was eventually able to pick his brain about all the stuff he has going on. That includes three separate musical projects with albums in production, the films and other items planned via Toxic Rabid Films and God only knows what else so..no more hype, let’s jump right into The Metal Nexus Interview With Thane Farace!
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Interview With Seventh Calling Vocalist/Guitarist: Steve Handel

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Seventh Calling is:

Steve Handel – Lead Vocals/Lead/Rhythm Guitars
MikeBassWalkerWalters – Bass Guitars/Backing Vocals

Chad Pliska – Drums/Percussion/Backing Vocals

Hailing from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Seventh Calling is a Hard Rock/Metal outfit that has been dishing out their signature brand of music since their debut album, Monuments in 2007 on Melissa Records. Tinged with the old-school influences of Thrash and Traditional Metal, they are equally noted as having one of the best stage shows around which has continued their success with Prelude of Madness (2009 – Heaven and Hell Records), Epidemic (2010 – Heaven and Hell Records) and last years killer independent release of Battle Call. Thanks to Online Metal Promo, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to interview vocalist and guitarist Steve Handel! Please sit back and enjoy what this long standing Metaller has to say!

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The Underground, Inc. Documentary Presents: An Interview With RON HOLZNER Of Trouble / The Skull Fame!

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I have recently reported news and updates about the upcoming “Underground, Inc: The Unsung Story Of Alternative Rock” documentary currently in the works. The documentary is a huge undertaking by Australian director Shaun Katz (Sleeping In Blood City) and those primarily assisting him such as Co-Editor/Co-Producer and Animator JB Sapienza, Writer/Producer Adam Lovett and musical collaborators Peter Mengede (Helmet, KRS-One, Handsome), Alex Newport (Fudge Tunnel, Nailbomb) and Mark Barbridge. The cinematic project centers on an in-depth dive into the Alternative Rock/Grunge/Heavy Metal scenes of the 1990’s, the effects of the music then and the resulting aftermaths of it up unto this very day. The bands and artists either interviewed or somehow spotlighted is a rather mind-blowing roster that’s a legitimate Who’s Who of the music world and includes past or present members of Primus, Helmet, Queens Of The Stone Age, Failure, White Zombie, Stone Sour, Bad Religion, Ministry, Quicksand, Jawbox, Filter, A Perfect Circle, Down, Revolting Cocks, Corrosion Of Conformity, Clutch, Red Fang, The Sword, Sugartooth, Trouble, producer Steve Albini, Only Living Witness, Sepultura, Agnostic Front, Biohazard, Killing Joke, producer Matt Wallace, Monster Magnet, Downset, Fishbone, Cop Shoot Cop, Course Of Empire, Skrew, The Skull and many more.

Imagine my excitement when director Shaun Katz reached out to me and offered Metal Nexus the opportunity to converse with several of the iconic musicians and people involved with Underground Inc.! I instantly jumped upon the possibility of interviewing the legendary Ron Holzner of such famed bands as U.S. doom stalwarts Trouble, Earthen Grave, and his current labor of love, The Skull. I saw Ron perform with Trouble in the late 90’s and then again with The Skull at the inaugural Maryland Doom Fest in 2015, managing to even share a breakfast with him the following morning at the hotel we both happened to be at. It was then that I discovered how cordial and down to earth Ron is and how much he truly appreciates his fans so needless to say, it was a no-brainer to grab the shot at shooting the bull with Ron in conjunction with the Underground Inc. documentary. So without further ado, Metal Nexus, in partnership with Underground Inc., proudly presents you all my Interview With Ron Holzner!

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The Underground, Inc. Documentary Presents: An Interview With Failure Drummer Kellii Scott!

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Inspired by the underground music of the 90’s, award winning Australian Director/Producer Shaun Katz (Sleeping in Blood City) has set off on a huge undertaking to document this historic musical era in the upcoming Underground Inc: The Unsung Story Of Alternative Rock. With the help of Co-Editor/Co-Producer and Animator, JB Sapienza, prize winning Editor/Co-Director of the documentary, My Name Is Jonah, regular collaborator, Writer/Producer Adam Lovett (also of Sleeping in Blood City notoriety) and the combined musical genius’ of Grammy nominated Peter Mengede (Helmet, KRSOne, Handsome), Grammy nominated record producer Alex Newport (Mars Volta, Bloc Party, At The DriveIn) and Mark Bardridge covering the documentary scoring have their dreams set on bringing Underground, Inc. to fruition. Interviews on what promises to be one of the most important music documentaries of this decade will include members of Queens Of The Stone Age, Failure, White Zombie, Stone Sour, Primus, Helmet, Bad Religion, Ministry, Quicksand, Jawbox, Filter, A Perfect Circle, Down, Revolting Cocks, Corrosion Of Conformity, Jets To Brazil, Rocket From The Crypt, Clutch, Red Fang, …Trail Of Dead, The Sword, Sugartooth, Steve Albini (producer – Nirvana, Pixies), Matt Wallace (producer – Faith No More, Deftones), Only Living Witness, Alex Newport (producer – At The Drive In, Bloc Party), Public Image Ltd, Sepultura, Agnostic Front, Biohazard, Texas Is The Reason, Killing Joke, Monster Magnet, Handsome, Stegosaurus, Brad, Cop Shoot Cop, Course Of Empire, Fishbone, My Head, Sense Field, Trouble, Downset, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Skrew and many others!

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An Interview With CLOUDS TASTE SATANIC’s Steve Scavuzzo [Audio]

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Clouds Taste Satanic's Steve Scavuzzo

Clouds Taste Satanic‘s Steve Scavuzzo


In their relatively short existence, N.Y.’s Clouds Taste Satanic have built such attentive momentum that they are now skyrocketing upward through the heavy music underground. People everywhere continue to discover the amazing occult-oriented, psychedelia-centered Instrumental rock band which, in no small part, is due to their trio of stellar album releases..two of which I have reviewed myself. It all began with 2014’s “To Sleep Beyond The Earth” which was followed by 2015’s “Your Doom Has Come” (review) and this year’s amazing “Dawn Of The Satanic Age” (review). Clouds Taste Satanic recently played Day 2 of the inaugural Doomed And Stoned Festival in Indianapolis where they utterly astounded observers with the visually stunning presentation of their unique music. They were definitely one of the main bands I was eager to see live for the first time at the event, which I did and was just enthralled by seeing and hearing them pull off their amazing music onstage. It is because of their phenomenal talents and rapidly growing popularity that I asked rhythm guitarist and Clouds Taste Satanic‘s main driving force Steve Scavuzzo (band roster completed by Sean Bay – Bass, Greg Acampora – Drums, & Brian Bauhs – Guitar) to sit down and discuss some things with me. That is exactly what we did too and here’s your chance to check it out:

Grim Reaper’s Steve Grimmett Gives Us Some Of His Thoughts!

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Man! What an honor and a privilege! When I was told that I had the opportunity to interview you, my breath completely failed me. I cannot tell you how much Grim Reaper has meant to me over the years. If you read my review of “Walking in the Shadows” (Grim Reaper), you get a taste of exactly what I mean by this (I wanted to give some insight to our readers on what my long history means with Grim Reaper as perspective for the review). All of your work has been a staple in my listening library for over thirty years now and remains some of my favorite music. As a preamble to the interview, I just want to personally thank you for your gift of music that you share and has had such a profound affect on me. As I stated in the article, Grim Reaper, in many ways, saved my life at the ripe old age of 14. At 47, I simply cannot shake the feelings that your music still invokes. Thank you! You guys and your music means a metric tonne to me! Great to have you on board with us!

Not every day you get to interview a childhood hero!

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An Interview With Borracho’s STEVE FISHER

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BORRACHO

The Washington, D.C.-based badasses in Borracho are riding high into the new year of 2017 as their recently released Kozmik Artifactz album, “Atacama” (review here), continues to garner great praise as it’s also placing well on numerous Best Of 2016 lists..including my own. All the hoopla is well deserved too because Borracho ain’t no flash in the pan, flavor of the minute fly by nighters. No, the trio of guitarist/vocalist Steve Fisher, bassist Tim Martin, and drummer Mario Trubiano are closing in on the band’s tenth anniversary and everything is looking good for the guys at this time. After one critically acclaimed release after another including 2011’s “Splitting Sky“, 2013’s “Oculus“, and numerous splits, 7″s, and 10″s offerings, Borracho are poised for further global domination. The constant flow of positivity toward the band, especially in light of Fisher’s only recently assuming vocal duties in Borracho, is just compiling validation that the trio is on the right path. I too step foot on that path awhile back with my unwavering support for Borracho and their music and so it was with great haste that I recently contacted the band’s frontman/axeman Steve Fisher who, by the way, also officially joined the much anticipated Serpents Of Secrecy project. We were able to nail down an exchange of dialogue that I am now presenting to you as The Metal Nexus Interview With Borracho’s Steve Fisher so here you go..start the new year with a new read.

Steve Fisher

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An Interview With DEAD WITCHES’ Virginia Monti & Mark Greening

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DEAD WITCHES (L-R: Geary, Greening, Monti, Elk)


With the arrival of each new calendar year also comes the expectation of what new bands will make their presence known in the months ahead. Every music fan has been harboring interest in a newly announced project or some new effort planned to come to fruition with the new year and that’s pretty much the case here. This past year brought news of a new band’s formation, Dead Witches, and the duo responsible for bringing it to life, Virginia Monti and Mark Greening. If those names sound familiar to you, well, they should as Virginia has established herself as the sultry singing enchantress that fronts Psychedelic Witchcraft, another newer band that is also quickly on the rise right now. And Mark..well Mark’s resume is a jaw-dropping one that includes his being a founding member of the highly revered Electric Wizard and from there, an integral component of Ramesses, 11 Paranoias, and more recently, With The Dead. One a powerful, relatively new artist that draws more and more people to her with her down to earth demeanor and always cordial pleasantry to others, all while singing her heart out like some mystical banshee. The other a well-seasoned veteran that has been involved in creating some of the heaviest music to bombard the planet and together, the duo are a force to be reckoned with. With Mark drumming and Virginia singing, they rounded out the Dead Witches roster with bassist Carl Geary and guitarist Greg Elk (the latter which sadly passed away recently) and they began their trek to create some fantastic, eeriness-emanating occult rock ‘n roll. They quickly progressed in writing songs and it wasn’t long before they’d inked a deal with Heavy Psych Sounds for the February 10, 2017 release of the band’s full-length debut, “Ouija“.
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An Interview With SPIRIT DIVISION’s Chris Latta

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SPIRIT DIVISION

Indianapolis’ Spirit Division are one of Indy’s up and coming standard bearers for that region’s explosive Doom scene and make no mistake, the band does channel full throttle Doom through and through. 2016 was a really good year for Spirit Division too as they issued their sophomore full-length, the highly praised “No Rapture” this year which I myself heaped some respect on too (here). Then, in late November the guys kicked off Day 2 of the inaugural Doomed & Stoned Fest being held at their home base Indy as well and did a damn fine job in representing their city along with some other fine acts from the region and nation. Spirit Division themselves currently consists of bassist/vocalist Chris Latta, guitarist Andy Bowerman, and drummer Jace Epple but the band has used live drummer Christian McCall for some recent shows. After their impressive D&S set, I spoke to Chris about us doing an interview. Chris is no stranger to such as he himself is a regular contributor to the Indy Metal Shows site where he, like me at Metal Nexus, does his best to champion the bands and artists of the underground music community. So, the two of us fired some e-mail exchanges off between us and the result is the following dialogue between Metal Nexus and Spirit Division‘s Chris Latta!

Spirit Division’s Chris Latta

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An Interview With NEGATIVE SKY’s Tom Fitzgibbon!

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  New Jersey natives Negative Sky have just recently put the final touches on their upcoming release ‘Placid Black’. They also released a video for the hard hitting and aggressive track “The Dark Unknown”. The band certainly carries with it a ton of influence from the New York Hardcore scene, but they also add differing elements that really sends their music to a new level. From the very first listen to this new track I was immediately drawn to their music. Beware of your surroundings when you first listen to “The Dark Unknown” because it will make you want to start a circle pit 30 seconds into the song. We were fortunate enough to speak with Negative Sky drummer Tom Fitzgibbon and get some info on the bands formation and what their plans are for the future. Continue reading