New Edge of Haze Interview!
Posted on 12/12/2014 1:29:39 PM by Frank Hill

Finnish group Edge of Haze offer up "Illumine", an eclectic, esoteric heavy metal album full of twists and turns. Formerly known as Damage, Edge of Haze are a band that are very hard to define. With influences ranging from doom to progressive to black metal, the band almost runs the gamut on "Illumine". Greg Watson had a chance to talk about the band beginnings and their haunting new album that is so atypical from what we've all come to expect...[Full Interview Link]

New Interview with Death Legends--Brutality!
Posted on 12/4/2014 10:09:33 AM by Frank H.

It's been twenty years since Florida death metal legends Brutality have release a full-length studio album. That is all set to change now that the band have signed on with stalwart Danish label Mighty Music. Guitarist Don Gates talked to writer Eric Compton about the band's signing, the new album and a brief look at the band's storied career thus far...[Full Interview Link]

New Column--Heavy Metal Therapy: Part Deux
Posted on 12/3/2014 4:29:36 PM by Frank H.

Think back for a moment about the first time you heard your first note of heavy metal. Remember the feeling it gave you, that euphoric lift that rose from the core of your soul and erupted out of you like a primal scream? For years, metal has evoked reactions of every sort from its dedicated followers. At any given metal show, chances are good you'll see someone crying or someone screaming along with the lyrics. Everyone's experience with metal as some sort of therapy is specific to that individual and is something that cements that person's relationship with metal that much more. What follows is my story of abuse, death, and "Heavy Metal Therapy". Read Greg Watson's story here...[Full Column Link]

New Interview with Amoral!
Posted on 11/21/2014 5:29:39 PM by Frank H.

Having lived in Finland for almost 3 years I have been fortunate to be placed into a position to meet a lot of the metal bands this country is known for throughout the world. One such band is the prog/classic rock band Amoral who I was fortunate enough to see live last summer in Helsinki at the famous Tuska Metal Festival. I found the band to have a strangely unique and entrancing sound and their new album 'Fallen Leaves and Dead Sparrows' is a great listen that just a lover of music in general would enjoy. Having a career that has spanned 10 years with style changes, I find Amoral one of the more interesting bands coming out of Finland and also one the most talented.

Guitarist Ben Varon was kind enough to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule and answer some questions for Maximum Metal's TJ Fowler...
[Full Interview Link]

New Astral Doors Interview!
Posted on 11/21/2014 5:26:55 PM by Frank H.

For eleven years Sweden's Astral Doors have symbolized the bold essence of traditional heavy metal. With a sound reminiscent of our forefathers like Sabbath, Deep Purple and Rainbow, the band has achieved global success through seven full-length albums. The band's newest, "Notes from the Shadows", is another treasure in the band's illustrious career. Troy Cole spoke with Nils Patrik Johansson about the new album and the group's storied success...[Full Interview Link]

New Interview w/ Jason McMaster of United Evil, Dangerous Toys, Watchtower, and Ignitor
Posted on 11/14/2014 3:38:51 PM by Frank H.

The industry deems Jason McMaster the King of Texas metal. I think that epithet rings loud and clear considering the man's work in and out of the Lone Star. Whether fronting the iconic Dangerous Toys, where he cut his teeth in 1987, or a host of metal bands and projects like Watchtower and Ignitor, Jason McMaster is easily recognized and identified through his charismatic voice. That talented skillset is on full display with McMaster's newest work, the sophomore album from Texas band UNITED EVIL. Troy Cole and I had the pleasure of speaking with Jason about the new album, 'Honored by Fire', and his storied history from the late 80s until now...[Full Interview Link]

The Power of Trower: New Road Report on Robin Trower
Posted on 11/14/2014 3:02:01 PM by Frank H.

It's not often that I get surprised by music these days...after more than a decade of reviewing music, attending concerts and interviewing rock stars, it takes something pretty incredible to stop me in my tracks.

That's exactly what happened at 8:15 pm November 4, 2014 in the lobby of the Carolina Theater, Durham, NC. Running late after an hour and a half drive, I was anxious to get to my seat but the sound of a guitar poured out into the lobby and I was stopped by its simplicity and perfect execution.

The performer? The legendary Robin Trower...

Read Maximum Metal contributor Kim Thore's road report with photos...[Full Column Link]

Anthrax Added to Tuska Open Air Gallery!
Posted on 11/7/2014 2:01:02 PM by Frank H.

To go with our update from yesterday, seventeen metal pics from the madhouse of Tuska Open Air Fest have been added from contributor TJ Fowler. These ain't no simple cell phone images. Check out his awesome pro shots...[Full Gallery Sets]

  Archive Features >>>

With Christmas just one week away, French label Klonosphere Records decides to celebrate the holiday season by offering a free sampler of new music from 14 bands. Featuring brand tracks from Trepalium, Lizzard and Dwail as well as an unreleased track from recent signing Soundcrawler, this new compilation is now available as free download [Link]

Maximum Metal Magazine - Halloween Issue!
Denim and Letters - Pieces of A

?nbsp;Star Insight - Messera?nbsp;Bjarm - Imminence
?nbsp;Black Trip - Goin' Under?nbsp;Avatarium - All I Want EP
?nbsp;Divine Circles - Oblivion Songs?nbsp;Foul Body Autopsy - So Close To Dehumanization
?nbsp;Invidiosus - Malignant Universe?nbsp;Wolf - Devil Seed
?nbsp;Riot - Unleash the Fire?nbsp;Soilwork - Beyond The Infinite
?nbsp;Freakings - Gladiator?nbsp;Below - Across the Dark River
?nbsp;Engraved Disillusion - Eternal Rest?nbsp;Kissin' Dynamite - Megalomania
?nbsp;Evergrey - Hymns of the Broken?nbsp;Blodsrit - Diktat Deliberi
?nbsp;Texas Hippie Coalition - Ride On?nbsp;Johnny Touch - Inner City Wolves
?nbsp;Berserkers - Berserkers?nbsp;Midnight Sin - Sex First
?nbsp;Burden of Grief - Unchained ?nbsp;Blood God - Blood Is My Trademark
?nbsp;Aghast! - All the Rage?nbsp;Schammasch - Contradiction


Spiral of Deception

American Dog

Death Penalty
Death Penalty

Captivity and Devourment

Anaal Nathrakh


Grand Morbid Funeral

Animals as Leaders
The Joy of Motion

Born of Fire
Dead Winter Sun

Jesus Crost

Deadly Alliance

The Invocation


Ace Frehley
Space Invader



Gregg Fox - Renaissance Rock Orchestra
"I find that people have lost touch with a sense of melody,..."

Jonas Haagensen - Aphyxion
"When we played Wacken and we're the youngest band ever to play there. It was the biggest thing ever."

Niklas Sundin - Dark Tranquillity
"Living for weeks on end in a bus can be a bit taxing at time, especially for a bunch of forty year old guys...but this is what we do."

"I concentrated pretty much just doing good heavy metal songs and they turned out to be more evil than usual..."

Jamie Brooks - Desolator
"I think we managed to capture our live energy onto the album and people can hear that."

Sahil Makhija - Headbanger's Kitchen
"I get to be artist and mad scientist at the same time. It's good to be a little bit of everything!"