Category Archives: Interviews

Interview: Yosuke Konishi of Nuclear War Now! Productions prepares to open Helios Press

Posted by on February 14, 2024

  Yosuke Konishi, the founder and owner of Nuclear War Now! Productions, is revered as a staple within the extreme music scene. With NWN!, Konishi has released and reissued content by bands, such as Blasphemy, Black Witchery, Morbosidad, Abagail, Diocletian, Beherit, Von, Sadistik Exekution, Carpathian Forest, Kat, Morbid, Nifelheim, etc. Top names opt to collaborate with […]

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Charting the course to 2024: reflecting on 70000tons of Metal 2023 Artist Spotlight: Vreid

Posted by on January 28, 2024

  We’re counting down to the 2024 edition of 70000 tons of Metal! This is by far one of our personal favorite metal cruises where every artist is a headliner. Metalheads from around the globe share an insane experience of four days with very little to no sleep of nonstop metal shows. From big pool […]

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Interview: Ryujin’s Ryoji Shinomoto on new album, band name change, collaboration w/ Matthew Kiichi Heafy

Posted by on January 19, 2024

  The samurai metal outfit Ryujin took everyone by surprise towards the end of 2023 by not only changing their name (formerly known as Gyze) but also announcing their new self-titled album, released on January 12th via Napalm Records. While our thoughts on the album were shared last week (read our review here), Metal Insider […]

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Paws, Pets, and Metal: Cabrakaän’s Marko Cipäktli’s reveals his cats’ new album artwork

Posted by on January 2, 2024

  Paws, Pets & Metal is Metal Insider’s newest column on bands with pets, discovering who watches them on the road, and more. Get to know more about these metal furbabies. We caught up with drummer Marko Cipäktli from Canada’s Mexican folk metal outfit Cabrakaän who discussed his cats also play music.   Tell us […]

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ICYMI: Metal Insider’s Paws, Pets, and Metal

Posted by on January 2, 2024

Paws, Pets & Metal is Metal Insider’s newest column on bands with pets, discovering who watches them on the road, and more. Get to know more about these metal furbabies. We’ve caught up with many bands since the start of this column discussing their pets of all kinds while sharing a charity that means most to them. In case you missed it, or want to check some out, here’s everything below:


Paws, Pets, and Metal: Foetal Juice’s pets consider their extreme metal career a hobby

Paws, Pets, and Metal: Yesterday’s Hero’s Tony Smith reveals his dog enjoys watching the band rehearse

Paws, Pets, and Metal: Hatred Reigns’ Jeffrey Calder on late dog Finnegan’s role in ‘Awaken The Ancients’ recording session

Paws, Pets, and Metal: Disorientation reflect on late cat Elsa

Paws, Pets, and Metal: Frogg’s Sky unveils the joy of his dog’s Instagram fame!

Paws, Pets, and Metal: Dissona guitarist Matt Motto’s toughest music critic is his own cat!

Paws, Pets, and Metal: Eshtadur vocalist/guitarist Jorg August’s kittens eager to learn the guitar

Paws, Pets, and Metal: Black Daggers introduced their Husky mix to the world of metal from day one

Paws, Pets, and Metal: Mindrazer’s Nick DeFuria shares dogs’ introduction to metal

Paws, Pets, and Metal: Hyperia’s Jon Power reveals his cat’s metalhead tendencies ince kittenhood

Paws, Pets & Metal: Display of Decay’s Brandon Siefert reveals his cat loves the band’s new album ‘Vitriol’

Paws, Pets & Metal: Waves in Autumn guitarist Lorenzo “Airon” Airoldi reveals his corgis howl to all music

Paws, Pets & Metal: Foreword’s furry crew: pet names pay homage to metal with a side of headbanging

Paws, Pets & Metal: Detachment guitarist Rob Folan’s Tuxedo cats unimpressed by new single ‘Choke(d),’ prefer chasing each other around

Paws, Pets & Metal: The Lion’s Daughter’s Rick Giordano’s dogs bite into Slayer shirts

Paws, Pets & Metal: Rockin’ Engine guitarist Ste Vy Leff’s dog barks out to Rockin’ Engine’s “Broken Angel”

Paws, Pets & Metal: Vantablack Warship reveal their tough dog is a cancer survivor

Paws, Pets & Metal: Fall of Earth’s Brodie Bauer named his cat after legendary Corpsegrinder of Cannibal Corpse

Paws, Pets & Metal: Orchid’s Curse’s dog prefers thrash and death over black metal

Paws, Pets & Metal: Kilmore reveal their photogenic husky is featured in their music videos

Paws, Pets & Metal: Hooker Spit guitarist Devin Link’s pets have to listen to metal because they have “nowhere else to go”

Paws, Pets & Metal: Phaeton’s Ferdy Belland reveals his cats purr out to Slayer, The Damned, and Voivod

Paws, Pets & Metal: Neolia discuss their high-energy creatures; few favor Opeth

Paws, Pets & Metal: Hexicon drummer Andrew Cox talks about his two rescue mutts

Paws, Pets & Metal: Vortex bassist Simon turns it up to eleven for his cat

Paws, Pets & Metal: Sunbeam Overdrive’s Karim Arnaout’s cat purrs to grunge

Paws, Pets & Metal: Ethereal Void reveal their cats singalong to recordings

Paws, Pets & Metal: Trailight’s cat Puma is more of a jazz enthusiast

Paws, Pets & Metal: Whythre bassist Eric Close reveals his dog barks out to Slayer

Paws, Pets & Metal: Sovereign Council’s python slithers to Gojira

Paws, Pets & Metal: Jon of Mars’ Barrett remembers his cat Venus who passed away in February in special metal tribute

Paws, Pets & Metal: Nomad’s Bretton reveals his pets with and without paws

Paws, Pets & Metal: Category VI’s Amanda Marie Jackman reveals her cat loves Black Sabbath

Paws, Pets & Metal: Hog Meets Frog’s Ariyan reveals his cats enjoy Behemoth

Paws, Pets & Metal: eOn guitarist Olivier reveals his cats are headbangers

Paws, Pets & Metal: Atomic Trip guitarist Gary reveals his cat Funky enjoys doom metal

Paws, Pets & Metal: Nothing Sacred’s pets enjoy listening to Car Bomb

Paws, Pets & Metal: Odinfist’s Tyler Anderson reveals his dog throws all paws for Judas Priest

Paws, Pets & Metal: CRS’ furbabies enjoy Death’s “Sacred Serenity”

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