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2008 into 2009: Five Finger Death Punch

December 29th, 2008

Is nu-metal making a comeback? Well, if the 250,000 copies of Five Finger Death Punch’s debut album that America bought this year are anything to go by, then it’s certainly giving it a go. We caught up with Hungary-born guitarist, Zoltan Bathory, and found out just how much damage you can do to your bandmates with a paintball gun…

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What was your highlight of 2008?
The Rockstar Mayhem Festival http://www.mayhemfest.com/ was all-metal, which for the US is pretty awesome. Having almost 10,000 people in front of the stage for 3 months, that was pretty amazing for us.

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Interview: Suicide Silence: “Every night is full of violence”

September 23rd, 2008

Can you think of a metal sub-genre that splits opinion quite like Deathcore? No, didn’t think so. Who better to grill about it then, than Mitch Lucker, frontman of the crown princes of the genre, Suicide Silence?

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This interview was originally published on MusicTowers.com. It is re-printed here with their full permission.

Mitch Lucker’s leg is jiggling. Vocalist with rising Californian deathcore stars, Suicide Silence, Lucker is sitting on a small sofa backstage at the Islington Academy – well, below stage actually, the bowels of the building constituting the dressing room area – about an hour before his band takes the stage to headline the Summer Slaughter tour. The vocalist is visably agitated about something.

“I stress over everything,” he reveals. “I’m a germaphobe, I count things compulsively, I over-think things constantly. The less that’s in here,” he says, tapping the side of his head, “the less I have to stress about.”

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