Category: Interviews

5Q5A – Prizehog (Vol. 2)

originally written by Erik Highter Back in April, before they started the first tour for their latest album, Re-Unvent the Whool, I reached out to Portland’s Prizehog to see what made them tick. They opened

5Q5A – Mortals

originally written by Kyle Harcott Mortals recently released their Relapse debut, Cursed to See the Future, to a rumbling boil of acclaim. The Brooklyn trio plays a churning, slightly-unhinged brand of metal that PR types

5Q5A – Beastwars

originally written by Craig Hayes New Zealand four-piece Beastwars has been on the receiving end of high praise at home and abroad since forming in 2007. The band’s steadfast maxim, “Obey the Riff,” might seem

5Q5A – Exordium Mars

 originally written by Craig Hayes The roll call of New Zealand metal bands finding fans offshore is ever growing. Bands like Vassafor, Ulcerate, Diocletian and Witchrist have led the charge, and in recent years, groups


5Q5A – Forest of Tygers – United In Devastation

Originally written by Jordan Campbell Forest of Tygers‘ debut EP, Bruises, is a brilliant bastardization. As Captain noted back in April, it’s a smoldering, streamrolling mass of a record, as furious as it is genreless. That

5Q5A – Dirge

  Let’s be real. The word “dirge” isn’t all that appealing. Setting aside it’s aethestic ickiness, it’s also a bit, well, literal, at least when applied to our little corner of the universe. While brothers

5Q5A – Brutally Deceased: Catching Czech Sunlight

Originally written by Ian Chainey Some bands love their influences. Then, there are the bands that live their influences, that are wholly shaped by their influences. Brutally Deceased, a collective of Czech grinders and growlers

5Q5A – Helcaraxë

Over the course of their decade-plus existence, New Jersey’s Helcaraxë has tooled around with their death metal formula here and there, but the one thing that has stayed constant is the bombast. Plain and simple,