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Interview: Warbringer Guitarist John Laux Talks Touring, New Album

One of the most promising bands to have come out of the American metal scene in recent times, Warbringer has just released their third studio album, Worlds Torn Asunder, by far their strongest effort yet.

Interview: The Sword Guitarists Talk About Opening for Guns N' Roses, Touring With Kyuss Lives!

On the back of three hugely impressive studio albums and a massive tour with Metallica, The Sword, and Austin, Texas-based sludge metal quartet, have been growing in popularity and gaining new fans with every move. They are on a North American tour as main support to Kyuss Lives, which is proving to be another feather in their hat.

Interview: Opeth's Frederik Akesson Talks Heritage Tour, Vinyl Collection, Early Influences

With every new album, Swedish progressive metal masters Opeth have always come up with something new and different, and quite often, something that takes everyone by surprise. The latest album, Heritage, falls in this category and with it, Mikael Akerfeldt & Co. have proven once again that there are no bounds to their creativity.

Interview: Lazarus A.D. Frontman Jeff Paulick Talks About Tours, New Material, Gear, Burgers and More

Kenosha, Wisconsin, has to be the unlikeliest source of heavy metal, but we all need to thank this town for producing Lazarus A.D., an absolutely killer band that started out of there around six years back. Their music can be described as a blend of thrash and groove metal, with elements of traditional heavy metal thrown in for good measure. Their debut album, The Onslaught, was released in 2009, and they were on tour with Testament not long after that.

Interview: Katatonia's Anders Nystrom on Touring with Opeth, Possibility of New Bloodbath Album

Swedish metal band Katatonia are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. It's been a career that has seen eight excellent studio albums, through a journey that has seen various changes in musical styles. Their latest album "Night Is The New Day" came out in 2009, and as they prepare to work on new material, they embarked on a North American run of dates as support act to fellow Swedes Opeth.

Interview: Toxic Holocaust Mainman Joel Grind Talks Musical Direction, Gear

Toxic Holocaust is a punk-influenced thrash metal band that has been around for about 12 years, and enjoys a stronghold in the underground and mainstream metal scenes. The Joel Grind-led trio from Portland, Oregon, does not believe in putting out the same album twice, and the musical progress on each of their four full-length studio albums is proof of this fact. The latest offering, Conjure And Command, came out last July and showcases the latest step in the band's musical journey.

Interview: Saxon Frontman Biff Byford Talks About New Album, Recording Techniques, Old School Audio Formats

One of the pioneers of the legendary New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement of the late '70s and early '80s, Saxon have been consistently unleashing one solid album after another and have played a major role in keeping the spirit of traditional metal alive over the years.

Interview: Catching Up With Holy Grail Guitarists Eli Santana and Alex Lee

If Holy Grail's music doesn't make you bang your head and raise your fists, I doubt anything else ever will. The Pasadena-based traditional metal quintet started out in late 2008 and released their debut EP, Improper Burial, in 2009. With this EP alone, they simply blew me away and turned into one of my favorite bands.

Interview: Catching Up With Nate Garnette and Evan Linger of Skeletonwitch

The blackened thrashers from Ohio believe in expressing themselves as a truly brutal band through the sheer force of their music, and not through the use of gimmicks like corpse paint and stage props. Their music possesses a crushing amalgam of death, black and thrash metal, music that has the power to make heads bang and minds explode.

Interview: DevilDriver's Jeff Kendrick Talks About Touring With Arch Enemy, "All Axess" Website

California-based heavy metal outfit DevilDriver has enjoyed a healthy fan following over the years. Their music can be described as a blend of melodic death metal and groove metal, but despite being associated with those terms, their latest album "Beast" is more of a death metal album than anything else, and I consider it to be the heaviest among the five studio albums they have released till date.