A Look at Metal Producer Peter Tagtgren
4/11/2014 2:01:15 PM by EC

Twenty-four years ago Peter Tagtgren helped pioneer the Swedish death metal scene. At the time there were a handful of Swedish acts getting their knuckles wet with brutality. Tagtgren traveled stateside to Florida and picked up the art from Malevolent Creation, Suffocation and Morbid Angel. He carried that sound back to Sweden and planted the seeds for a fruitful career both as a musician and producer. His band Hypocrisy combined the Floridan death metal sound with a European flavor. It was different than what Dark Tranquility and At the Gates were doing at the time because Tagtgren was not a heavy user of NWOBHM melody or riffs. Bands like Hypocrisy, Dismember, Entombed and Edge Of Sanity borrowed heavily from US thrash and death to breed their own wicked children. Tagtgren not only enjoyed success with Hypocrisy, a band that is still very active today, but also reached superstar status in Europe under his industrial-metal band called Pain. The talented Swede has also played in numerous black metal bands in Europe including his own called The Abyss.

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New Necrofile 44--KISS Meets The Hall Of Fame, Joey Jordison, March's Playlist
4/11/2014 1:57:25 PM by EC

For those of you that don't keep up with the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame happenings KISS is due to be inducted this year. Now while many people feel that this is long overdue, there is one little hiccup. KISS won't be playing together as the original lineup. Gene and Paul have made it clear that they will not be playing with any incarnation of KISS at all unless it's every member, past and present of KISS. Ace and Peter have taken a little exception to this. So because of that there will be no performance by KISS at the Hall induction.

Esteemed metal guy Eddie Trunk calls the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame the Hall Of Shame for a reason. This is NOT the proverbial "be all end all" of rock and roll glory that the name entails. This is not Cooperstown with its hallowed halls draped in hard work, dedication and a panel of colleagues and voters that respect what the athletes did both on and off the field. This is the Rock And Roll Hall of Shame because its committee is loosely based on an older generation of record executives (retired and active) and some Rolling Stone journalists that find trend and surface appeal way more valuable than actual talent...

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New Interview with Jocke Lundgren of Firegod Mountain!
4/4/2014 2:57:49 PM by EC

"Hellfueled – Volume One". Winter 2004. One listen and I concluded that deceit and treachery were knocking at the door. Ozzy singing for Pantera? How did I miss this collaboration? Little did I know that this colossal record was from a little known Swedish band. Furthermore, three more phenomenal offerings would follow suit: "Born II Rock – Volume Two" (2005), "Memories In Black" (2007) and "Emission Of Sins" (2009). The last album was five years ago?

Five long years.

What happened to the sensational Swedes? Well according to the band's former guitarist Jocke Lundgren: "People change, including me. That's just life".

Read about his departure from Hellfueled and why Firegod Mountain is giving away their music:

If an eight year old kid is born with a Macbook or iPad with Spotify in his hands and loves music there is no way the old generation is gonna tell him/her to pay for music like in the old days. Just live with it. This is the new time. Technology will never go back. Me personally, I think it's wonderful. It feels great to be maybe the last generation of "small bands" that actually got to release some CDs and make some proper money out of it. Then, of course, there is always the "big bands" that want more. The giants always want more, that's just the way giants work."

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"Chasing The Dream" With Skullfist
4/4/2014 2:07:45 PM by EC

Maximum Metal staffer Skullbone sat down with Jackie Slaugher of Canadian act Skullfist to discuss the group's new album "Chasing The Dream". This is the band's firstalbum in three years and first to feature former Aggressor drummer Chris Stephenson.

You can hear the full interview here:  (Jackie Slaughter of Skullfist).

The Necrofile - Issue 43!
3/28/2014 3:03:47 PM by Nailer

Dave Brockie, also known as, Oderus Urungus--lead vocalist for GWAR, just passed away at age 50. On March 23, 2014, he was was found dead by a band mate in his Richmond, Virginia apartment. Richmond police stated that while they do not suspect foul play, drugs or suicide, they will await a medical examiner's report before confirming the cause of death. I look back on my concert experience with the band and meeting Dave.

We also came up with the idea of offering a round table discussion for Maximum Metal staff. The format is rather simple with certain writers collectively discussing their thoughts on a random, new album. This issue looks at "Plagues Of Babylon", released this year by US metal greats Iced Earth!

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New Interview with French Thrashers--Deficiency!
3/19/2014 3:16:55 PM by Nailer

French thrash band Deficiency unleashed their sophomore album "The Prodigal Child" on the masses in 2013 and it's been slowly picking up converts to the cause across the world.

Max Metal's Chaoslord had a chance to speak with singer-guitarist Laurent Gisonna about the new record and the concepts within.

Says Laurent: We really wanted to have a professional approach with this album. The songs, the production, the artwork, the cover, the promotion...all these aspects had been entrusted to professionals. We felt that the songs were good, and wanted to give us every opportunity to defend our work and to spread the name of Deficiency everywhere.

I just based this story on my own interrogations. I've always wondered - and still wonder today - where humans come from; what is the origin of this singular race on this earth, what is its aim down there? Science or religion give some answers, but they are not satisfying and too restrictive in my opinion. I just wanted to let people think about this origin, because the most of us live our own life, and don't really care about this question. I give in "The Prodigal Child" some keys, some clues. And what if we are not what we think we are? What if we've been created by something else from outer space? This concept album has a Sci-Fi approach that really matters to me.

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The Necrofile #42!
3/7/2014 3:04:31 PM by EC

For Issue #42, EC, Chaoslord, and Nailer spread the word on what they've been spinning lately...

- February's Playlist
- 2014 Anticipations
- Decibel's Top 100 Black Metal Albums

The year continues to burn bright with so many new bands popping up. The month's anchor for me thus far is the new Ektomorf called "Retribution". It is out now on AFM and continues to the band's punishing legacy of scraping guitar grooves and harsh vocals. I picked up a new German band called Any Given Day and their self financed album "My Longest Way Home". This could be the heaviest album I have heard and compares to Parkway Drive or August Burns Red. I'm also spending some time digesting the new Behemoth called "The Satanist". This is the band's first album in five years and it is a triumphant return. I'm not completely sold on this genre but this is a good representation of what I do like about it. ....

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  Archive Features >>>

 Shrapnel - The Virus Conspires Shadowdance - Future Negative Fantasy
 Morbus Chron - Sweven Artillery - Legions
 Mean Machine - Livin' Outlaw Roarback - Echoes Of Pain
 Akissforjersey - New Bodies Soreption - Engineering the Void
 Scent of Remains - Under A Blackened Sky Fallen Fate - Into the Black
 Black Wulf - Time Traveler Lions Of The South - Chronicles Of Aggression
 Stryper - No More Hell To Pay Ice Nine Kills - Predator Becomes The Prey
 Doyle - Abominator Crystal Ball - Dawnbreaker


Lost Forever/Lost Together


The Prodigal Child

Iced Earth
Plagues of Babylon

Tad Morose

The Satanist


Primal Fear
Delivering The Black

Jocke Lundgren - Firegod Mountain
"This is just the freedom with Firegod Mountain that we love so much. We just do exactly want we want and nobody is questioning it."

Laurent Gisonna - Deficiency
"I've always wondered - and still wonder today - where humans come from; what is the origin of this singular race on this earth, what is its aim down there?"

Christer "Krunt" Andersson - Tad Morose
"Well, we were young and naive but a very happy bunch of eager guys. Back then we thought that if we wrote a song that we barely could play and that was very long we had wrote a good song."

Black Plague
"I think we're all able to learn something from each other and feed off of that. In the beginning it sounded like Pantera sort of with lots of screaming and heavy riffing but now we've been able to add versatility to what we're doing."

Dave Wyndorf - Monster Magnet
"Musically, there's stuff that made me happy as a kid—chords—there's a set of chords that everybody has in their brain that makes them go "ahhh huh huh"- There's the kind of stuff that makes you horny, makes you sad, it's amazing--music really is human magic. "

Doug Aldrich - Whitesnake
"I will say this; the most fulfilling times I have had since I have created music is with people—more so than creating music on your own—it's been very fulfilling"

"It's such a close and personal thing that it's hard to say how outside people are going to feel when they listen to the album. I hope it's something similar to what I myself had when I got into the first album. There's just something magical about it."