Interview with Under The Combine!!


Today I talked to the guys from Under The Combine if you have not seen them or have their new EP Automation its is hard hitting and will make you enjoy everything about heavy music. These guys are worth the drive to see and will just get in your face and spit in your face and you will still love them.

How did Under The Combine form?

UTC: “We’re all just old friends that decided to play some brutal music together….pretty simple really”

Who are your influences?

UTC: “Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, The Red Chord, Thy Art Is Murder, Will Smith with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Stevie Ray Vaughn and of course Marky Mark and the funk bunch”

How was recording your new EP Automation?

UTC: ” It was an awesome experience! Josh Palmer and Jared Collins at Zombie Takeover were very laid back and easy/fun to work with. “

How was inspiring Mr. Rodgers to smashing someone’s face?

UTC: “Well he’s dead isn’t he?… there’s your answer :

If you could fight one famous person who would it be and why?

UTC: “Tom Cruise…..because why not? He’s a douche “

What desired you to play heavy music?

UTC: “Because dude…..its fun as shit. To see people moshing and banging their heads to our music, there’s no better feeling,Metal is more than just a music genre…its a culture and we love it”

What would you like to tell you fans?

UTC: “First off we would like to say thank you. This wouldn’t be nearly as fun if we didn’t have you all to share our music with. We plan to release a full length next year and play shows in more areas in the very near future.”


Interview with Jessica Lynn!!!


Today I talked to the lovely talented Jessica Lynn she is a rising country singer with a mix of modern country and if you like a little bit of twang in your music she’s you girl. I wouldn’t doubt seeing her on either GAC or CMT sometime soon. Pick up her latest full length cd and give her a listen you wont be disappointed.

How did you get into music?

Jessica: ” Both of my parents are musicians and performers so I always had music around me ever since I was a little girl. They were a big influence and I have been singing for as long as I can remember. When I was about 10 I started taking piano lessons, and then developed an interest in learning other instruments as well and taught myself the guitar and drums.”

Would you say your music sounds like a older time country besides todays country?

Jessica: “My music is definitely a mix between traditional and modern country. I think it’s important to have something for every type of listener in each song!”

Who are your influences?

Jessica: “My biggest influences make for a very eclectic list : Shania Twain, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, No Doubt, Richard Marx, and the Beach Boys.”

What is your craziest stage moment?

Jessica: “My most memorable stage moment has to be when we played Headwaters Country Jam in Montana this year opening for Sammy Kershaw. The fans and the crowd at that show were so incredible and it was one of my favorite moments ever at that show to see so many people singing the words to my songs all the way across the country. It was a day I’ll never forget!”

How was playing Taste of Country Festival?

Jessica: “Taste of Country Festival was so much fun. The staff and crew at the event were incredibly nice and organized, and to share the bill with some of country music’s biggest names was really a dream come true. The stage was huge and it was so much fun to perform on one that size. The crowd was truly welcoming and we had absolutely beautiful weather.”

What do you do for a pregame before a show?

Jessica: “Before a show I always drink lots of water, do my vocal warmups, eat pretzels or wheat thins (lol), and try not to talk too much. I usually like to stretch too so I can warm up my body as well as my mind. I also believe that it is really important to take a few minutes alone before I hit the stage to collect myself and my thoughts so I can give the best performance possible!”

What would you like to tell your fans?

Jessica: “Thank you so much for being so supportive of everything that I do. You have made this year an unforgettable one for me and it has meant the world.”

Interview with Kris Xenopoulos from Carnage Carnival!!


Today WV Music Blog is going to South America that’s right I said it and I’m glad we discovered this band its full of dreads and badass music if you like old school thrash mixed with todays thrash you will wanna get what you can of these guys they are amazing sound and know how to work a crowd.

 How did Carnage Carnival form?

Kris: “We formed at a music college where most of us study. We are basically the metal reincarnation of a blues band that most of the original members were previously in.”

Who are influences?

Kris: “Early Mastodon, Pantera, Slayer, Dethklok, Black Sabbath and we actually take a lot of influence from Black Metal bands and 70s prog rock bands like Rush. “

How is it like being a metal band in South Africa?

Kris: “South Africa’s Metal scene is awesome but its not nearly as big as it should be. Its still growing and the potential here is actually crazy. More of the bands here should be getting internationally recognized but a lot of them end up getting stuck here and fading away. We have a bigger goal and as much as we love the South African Metal scene its not the only scene we want to be a part of. “

Tell me about the sound your going for?

Kris: “The sound we are going for is Thrash/Groove metal but with more of an extreme metal element than lets say Pantera.”

How about this new album your currently working on?

Kris: “We have been working on this album for nearly this whole year already. We are still working on it and it should be out some time around august but we cant promise anything. The album’s sound can be described as Blackened Groove/Thrash Metal.”

 How do you think your fan base in in America?

Kris: ” I think we have quite a few fans from America as we’ve been targeting Americans when we market the band on the internet but i think we will gain a lot more when we release the album.”

What shows you got coming up?

Kris: “We are going to be playing in The Wacken Metal Batlle South Africa coming up this weekend on the 14th of June and we are really amped for it!”

What would you like to tell your fans?

Kris: “We would like to say keep THRASHING and we will be releasing our first single of the album soon so watch this space!!

Interview with When Everythings Taken!!!


Today I talked to all of the guys in the band When Everything’s Taken if you like breakdowns then you will love this band they have some brutal breakdowns that would make you punch your grandma!! I hope you go out them and see them after reading this.


How did When Everything’s Taken form?

WET: “We started a little over a year ago. Josh and Quintin (our guitarists) were in a project together before and decided to start jamming some songs. There was a different drummer and a void of a bassist. Lyle and Josh work together at a music store and Josh invited Lyle to join up. Will and Josh have known each other for a long time and also have played together before. Will was a perfect fit for what we were looking for, so naturally, we brought him in. WET was instrumental for a little bit, going between vocalist ideas till eventually we found Alec about 6 months ago. Once Alec grabbed the mic in a rehearsal and played “Separation”, we all knew it was a perfect fit. We’ve been going strong ever since.”


Have you got a good response on your debut EP?

WET: “Yeah, I’d say so. We’ve heard a lot of good things from the fans. “


What made you guys wanna go with heavy guttural vocals to throw in some cleans?

WET: “I don’t think it was a conscious choice to do that. It’s a fairly common thing in modern metal to do a blend of styles. It just happened to fall into place like that. Alec does mostly screaming, so we were trying to find the best clean vocalist. Will could sing better than the rest of us. “


What shows you guys got coming up?

WET: “We’ve got one on the 14th in Oshkosh at the Reptile Palace. We’ve also got a couple near the end of the month and next month. We’re actually in the early stages of getting a small tour set up for August. Nothing is really set in stone, but we’re excited to get out there and show more people what we have to offer. Book us!”


Who are your influences?

WET: “I think this question is a bit different for each of us. I’ll list each individually for the sake of not leaving anything out.

Alec: Carnifex, Whitechapel (old), Korn Josh: AFI, Nine Inch Nails, Love and Death Quintin: All Shall Perish, Devil Driver (old), In Flames Lyle: Mudvayne, Victor Wooten, Thrice Will: Mesuggah, Lamb of God, Led Zeppelin”


What do you guys do when not making music?

WET: “Again, this is weird question for us to answer. We’re all totally different people. Nothing about this band should work. There are a few common threads between us, but we’re all pretty different. We’ve got a straight-edge drummer, a bassist who smokes too much, a guitarist who drinks too much, a power-lifter guitarist, and a vocalist who doesn’t fully fall into any of those categories. We all hang out together and do each of those respective things. It’s an interesting blend of people, so it makes for some interesting times. “


Can we expect another EP in this year?

WET: “Not an EP, but we’re probably going to release a single in the near future. We’ve got plans to put together a full-length which will probably be out around January or February next year. We’ll see what happens. For the time being, we’ve just been enjoying what this release is bringing us and hope it continues to grow as it has. “


What would you like to tell your fans?

WET: “Keep spreading the word about us and THANK YOU for all the support thus far. It means the world to us.

Interview with Chris Ojeda from Byzantine!!!


Today I talk to Chris Ojeda from the heavy hitting metal band to ever hit the mountain state Byzantine!! If you live in this state or a surrounding state and haven’t seen them yet you need lynched because this band is full of talent and have no signs of giving it up anytime soon!!!

 How did Byzantine form?

Chris: “Byzantine formed back in the Summer of 2000. I started the band with ex-guitarist Tony Rohrbough and ex-bassist Cid Adams. We played about 2 years without a drummer, using a drum machine to play live and record our first 2 demos with. We then landed Matt Wolfe on drums in 2003 and got signed to Prosthetic Records. Released our 1st album on that label in 2004.”


Who are your biggest influences?

Chris: “Our band has had many big influences on us such as Testament, Meshuggah, Opeth… Right now we kinda stay to our own sound. After 14 years we like to listen to alot of different music but try not to draw too much from anyone nowadays.”


How does it feel to be one of the ones carrying the torch of metal in WV?

Chris: “Well, we wouldn’t know! We feel like we are just another unsigned local band from Charleston, WV now, which is completely fine. Bands like Bobaflex and Karma to Burn are the ones who still tour and carry the torch. We hold steady jobs and raise kids most of the time.”

What can we expect in 2014?

Chris: “For the rest of this year, we will be writing and recording our 5th studio album, which should come out early 2015. So you can expect a news update in the next month stating which campaign platform we will be using to fund our album and a steady stream of updates and video blogs from the studio about the album. It will be a nice sneak peak into how we make a Byzantine album happen.”

Who is on local band you would like to take on the road with you?

Chris: “If I could take one local act on the road it would probably be John Lancaster. I think the surrounding states would love the music and live experience that band offers. Plus, they’re not huge partiers so we wouldn’t be making a bunch of horrible drunken memories.”


What do you like to do off tour?

Chris: “We don’t actually tour. We haven’t toured in over 6 years now. But when we aren’t gigging out, I like to spend time with my awesome 6 yr old daughter Mallory or bust my butt at work. I own my own business and love what I do!”


What was the first show you attended?

Chris: “First big concert I ever attended was Iron Maiden and Anthrax in Charleston, WV. This was possibly 1992-93. Changed it all for me.”


What would you like to tell your fans?

Chris : “Thank you for believing in our band and keeping our fire lit. We have had an up and down history but as long as we believe we can write and record world class heavy metal, we will be here for you!”

Interview with Jason from I, Revere!!!


Today I got to talk to a band that is high energy and I recommend people seeing them if you get the chance, They are a 4 piece band with a unique sound and did I mention they are fronted by a badass sounding chick with pipes of gold!!!

I, Revere is:
Pauline Pisano (Vocals/Keyboards/Percussion)
Billy Brancato (Guitars)
Jay Giacomazzo (Bass/Samples)
Jason Crawford (Drums/Keyboards/Samples)

How did I, Revere form?
[Jason] I, Revere formed in the winter of 2012. Bill, Jay G. and myself were playing together in a post rock instrumental band for a few months. We decided we wanted to take things a step further and began auditioning vocalists. Simultaneously, Pauline was playing solo shows as a singer/song writer and I was her session drummer. We had begun working on a side project (which still exists today) and decided to pull Jay G. in for bass/guitar duties. We wrote a few songs but after only a few rehearsals Jay suggested a merger. We scheduled a meeting, and within an hour of the four of us jamming in the same room together, there was a unanimous decision to pursue what is now I, Revere.

Who are your influences?
[Jason] We all come from VERY different backgrounds. Billy and I grew up in the Long Island hardcore scene. So a lot of the band’s “heavier tendencies” stem from our roots of seeing kids wearing metalcore t-shirts stage dive into an abyss of crew necks and crew vocals. Jay G. brings a little more of the soul to the band with his origins being punk, funk and hip hop. A lot of the song structures come from his tackle box of groove oriented bass lines. Pauline is our “siren”. She introduced this ethereal aspect that fills out the sound of the band. Her background of singer/song writer, dance, indie, and classical ties the eclectic mix of testosterone together. If Tori Amos fell down a rabbit whole and had a tea party, I’m sure you would find all five of the Deftones, Trent Reznor, and Casey Crescenzo sitting around the table.

What shows do you have coming up?
[Jason] We are playing East Islip Lanes on June 27th, Lit Lounge on June 28th in NYC, and The Hub on August 8th in Island Park. We left July open because we may be going on the road for a while but no official tour announcements have been made yet.

Describe your sound to me?
[Jason] The sound is an ongoing contrast. It could be described as heavy and atmospheric. Destructive yet beautiful. A lot of the tunes begin with a sonic exploration. We stumble upon a soundscape that grabs everyone’s attention, and then begin applying rhythms and dynamics. We try to remain visceral about things. Typically starting with an abstract wall of sound and then making the ideas tangible by applying concepts and formulas. Even though we’re far from being a shoegaze band, I would say 90% of our songs originate from “ethereal noises”.

Tell me about your EP The Lure Of A New Harbor?
[Pauline] The Lure of a New Harbor is a concept record loosely based on the story of Homer’s Odyssey, more specifically on the twelfth chapter. The hero, the siren, the 6 headed beast, and the sailors are all present and have a song of their own, at times sharing some as well. We used these characters as a representation of the demons buried within each and every one of us… our own personal shadows. For this reason each character was constructed with a protagonist point of view. After all if they live within you, they can’t be all bad right? The record follows the timeline within Homer’s work, but we leave the ending of the journey up to the listener to complete.

“For my hero and for my ghosts – for this I’ll hollow – for this I will…”

We find it important to engage and start the dialogue that comes from open endings. Everyone loves a “to be continued…”.

What do you do before a show to get pumped?
[Jason] We all have our own pre-show regiments. Activities include (but are not exclusive to) yoga, napping, listening to hardcore hip hop, Mexican take-out, and multiple shots of whiskey. It varies on the band member and the show we happen to be playing that day. Regardless… we stay pumped.

If you could cover one song what would it be and why?
[Jason] Cover songs have been dabbled with before, but nothing has left our rehearsal studio officially. We do have something special coming out in the next few weeks that we have been working on. We are all very excited for it. So stay tuned….

What would you like to tell your fans?
[Jason] We are overwhelmed by the outpour of support from family, friends, and our new family and friends that we’ve gained along the way during this journey. Thank you for listening to our music. Thank you for coming to shows. Thank you for being the beautiful you.