Monthly archives: December, 2014

An Interview With Shane Blay From Wovenwar

  Few bands in 2014 generated the comet-like momentum of San Diego’s Wovenwar, who, in less than 12 months, announced their formation, released their debut album, toured the US with Black Label Society, toured Europe with In Flames and still got home in time to finish their Christmas shopping. For guitarists Nick Hipa and Phil

The Depressing Truth About Playing Music

Today I published a story in Men’s Health about a recent survey that seemed to show that musicians — not just famous musicians, but all musicians — live an average of 25 years less than the average US population. I personally found the survey a bit frothy, somewhat biased and lacking certain key definitions —

An Interview with David Ellefson and Jay, of Johnny Wore Black

While Megadeth fans continue to flood the comment boards with speculation as to the band’s next move, bassist Dave Ellefson has been keeping busy with one of his more absorbing side projects — the cinematic voyaging of Johnny Wore Black, whose second album, Walking Underwater Pt. 2 , (HELLHOUND Music) was released last month. Together

Metal Hammer’s 2014 Albums of the Year

One of the highest privileges and most nerve-whittling duties in contributing to Metal Hammer is submitting your annual Albums of the Year list as the final weeks draw to a close. I begin compiling my list in January by creating a playlist in iTunes, so that whenever I come across a compelling new album, I

Coal Chamber Announces North American Tour

Back in October, I caught day two of this year’s Knotfest in San Bernadino and over the course of the day, I saw approximately fifteen sets. Volbeat, Exmortus, Five Finger Death Punch and of course, Slipknot all put on riotous sets but one of my favorite moments of that day was catching DevilDriver’s full set