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Interview: Clutch Guitarist Tim Sult Talks New Album, ‘Earth Rocker’

Maryland rockers Clutch released their long-awaited 10th studio album, Earth Rocker, March 19. The album, the followup to 2009's Strange Cousins From The West, was produced by Machine, who worked with the band on their Blast Tyrant album in 2004.

Interview: Eight Bells Frontwoman Melynda Jackson Discusses Her Writing Process, Fuzz Pedals and More

Portland-based musician Melynda Jackson has been a part of the heavy rock realm for a while now. Her previous band, SubArachnoid Space, released 10 studio albums over the past 15 years before disbanding in 2011.

Interview: Thom Beckman Discusses His Heavy Metal Mandolin Project, 'Shroud Of Spiders'

Seattle-based musician Thom Beckman has released his instrumental solo heavy metal project, Shroud Of Spiders. Beckman plays all the lead parts on an electric mandolin — as well as the bass and drums. Beckman recently released a self-titled EP to launch this project, which you can hear in its entirety right here.

Interview: Hypocrisy Mastermind Peter Tägtgren Talks New Album, Production and Gear

Swedish death metal band Hypocrisy, led by vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and producer Peter Tägtgren, have been going strong for more than two decades. Even among the plethora of extreme metal bands coming out of Europe, specially Sweden, Hypocrisy continue to maintain a steady fan base. They are now set to release their 12th album, End Of Disclosure, and will follow it up with a North American headline tour.

Interview: Incura Guitarist Royce Whittaker Talks Debut Album, Influences and More

Canadian theatrical hard rockers Incura released their self-titled debut album February 26 via Coalition Music and Warner Music Canada. As is evident from the lyric video of the song "Turning Blue" and the music video for “Who You Are,” the band brings a refreshing element of theatricality, which isn't common among rock bands. Their execution of the style makes it more than a mere gimmick.

Interview: Voivod’s Michel "Away" Langevin Discusses New Album, ‘Target Earth,' Artwork and Lineup Changes

Canadian progressive thrash metal veterans Voivod have released their long-awaited 16th studio album, Target Earth. The album, their first to feature guitarist Daniel "Chewy" Mongrain, also marks the return of bassist Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault, who hasn't recorded with the band since 1991's Angel Rat.

Interview: Hatebreed Guitarist Frank Novinec Discusses New Album, His Roots and Gibson Guitars

New Haven, Conecticut-based hardcore punk-influenced metal band Hatebreed released The Divinity of Purpose January 29 via Razor & Tie.

Interview: Brendon Small Talks WesFest 8 and the Live Debut of 'Galaktikon'

Dethklok and Metalocalypse mainman Brendon Small released a solo album last year under the project title Brendon Small's Galaktikon. What was supposedly a studio-only endeavor has become a massive undertaking as Small prepares for Galaktikon's live debut at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood on March 3. This will be part of Wesfest 8, an annual concert to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Endowed Scholarship at Berklee College of Music.

Interview: Owl Guitarist Jason Achilles Mezilis Talks New Album, Gear and More

Los Angeles-based hard rock trio Owl, fronted by the Cult bassist Chis Wyse with with Dan Dinsmore on drums and Jason Achilles Mezilis on guitars, released their self-titled debut album in 2009. Their followup release, The Right Thing, is set to hit the stores April 9 via Overit Records. The album, which has been in the making for a long time, offers a relatively diverse and experimental set of tunes.

Interview: A Life Once Lost Guitarist Doug Sabolick Talks Touring, Gear and 'Ecstatic Trance'

Philadelphia-based modern heavy metal band A Life Once Lost released their fourth full-length studio album, Ecstatic Trance, on Season Of Mist records late last year. To support the release, they did a North American touring run with Revocation. Now they’re gearing up for a short US headline run — dubbed The Man Machine tour — with support from Author & Punisher and Encrust.