Category Archives: Interviews
Jed Simon is perhaps best known as the guitarist of Strapping Young Lad, but Jed is also active in Zimmers Hole and American Blood Cult and used to play with Tenet, Front Line Assembly and City Of Fire. With a resume like that, Jed has cemented his place in the olymp of heavy fucking metal.
When you’ve played with so many great bands, there is only one thing left to do… do an interview with Dose of Metal. That will certainly earn you a ‘Greatest human being… for a day’ award.
There’s not much else to say, but click ‘continue reading’ to read Dose of Metal’s interview with Jed fucking Simon.
An interview with Colonel Blast on Dose of Metal? What the hell is going on? Confused much? Not sure what I’m talking about? Well, let me give you a little background information before we get started.
In May of 2011, I was contacted by Condate Records’ PR agency. They sent me the Split Roast album, which included songs by Colonel Blast, Cancerous Womb, Diascorium, Magpyes and Dyscaphia. I reviewed said album a couple of days later.
I was very impressed with Colonel Blast’s contributions to the split, so I tried to get their debut album next to review it aswell. I was promised to get the album soon afterwards, but in the end nobody gave it to me, even though I was in contact with people from the PR agency, Condate Records and even the band. I decided to just buy the album instead and then write about it, which I did in July.
People from within the band apologized, for not giving me the album, a bit later on Facebook. Shit happens. I offered them an interview, and even contacted two seperate bandmembers about it. I never received an answer. That annoyed me a bit, so I moved on and tried not to talk about them on our site anymore.
Fast forward to Thursday of last week. I found out about This Is Turin, Darryl Jones’ (Colonel Blast vocalist) original band. I liked their songs, but wasn’t sure if I should or shouldn’t post about them. The incidents surrounding Colonel Blast and Condate Records (to which This Is Turin are also signed) were still in the back of my mind. I decided to write about them anyhow, with a detailed backstory as to why I was reluctant to write about them.
I was pretty open in that article, and Ben Whitfield took notice of said post. Ben is the mainman behind Condate Records and Colonel Blast, of which he is also the guitarist. He contacted me and we discussed the incidents of last year and patched things up. We agreed to do an interview and talk about it all openly.
This is where we stand today and, if you go on reading after the jump, everything will be explained. I’m ready to move on and close this chapter, and so is Ben. We discussed these past happenings and then moved on to talk a bit about Condate Records, their roster and finally Colonel Blast. Now click ‘continue reading,’ to… continue reading.
It’s time for the second and final part of our interview with Stefan Horn of Jack Slater and the Excrementory Grindfuckers.
Yesterday we mainly talked about ballz and Tooncraft, Horn’s flash cartoon work. Today we’re talking about his work in music.
Without further introduction, make the jump to read part 2 of our interview with Stefan Horn.
13 months ago I interview Jack Slater’s bassist Chris. Jack Slater have since then disbanded, and former members have started various other projects. Stefan Horn, Slater’s former singer, is probably the busiest of the bunch, so I asked him for an interview.
We talked about different topics and the interview turned out to be pretty long, so I decided to split it into two parts. You can read the first one by clicking the ‘Continue reading’-button below, and the second part will follow tomorrow.
Today’s part mostly deals with Horn’s flash cartoon project Tooncraft, and tomorrow you can read a bit more about his work in music, with Jack Slater and the Excrementory Grindfuckers, and more.
Due to our enormous influence on the metal scene, the uncanny negotiating abilities of our own Alex, and the kindness of Markus Jacob from Nuclear Blast, I’ve had the chance to bust my proverbial cherry and take my first interview ever. As luck would have it, I got to talk with one of the bands I like very much: Amorphis.
After stalking their tour bus and attracting several suspicious looks I approached them, taking advantage of the fact that they were basking in the late November sun and that their tour manager assured them I was harmless (a big thank you to Mr. Gerrit Wissdorf!). I warned them about DoM being an ubercool metal humor site, only to be warned back: “We don’t laugh. We are people from the dark North”. “Yep, I know, and you also don’t talk before breakfast”, I quipped. Witty comeback, huh.
Once all the kidding around finished and my persona was firmly established as a dork, we headed to the tour bus, where Tomi Joutsen and Esa Holopainen were more than accommodating hosts.
So, here goes the interview. I still wonder how tough these guys are, since they heroically resisted my assault of lame ass questions…
One more thing, all photos were taken by yours truly during the gig, while trying hard not to bust my camera with my own metal frolicking. You can click them for a larger version (that’s what she said!)