March 2015

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The legendary sludge band Torche has hit the restart button. The results? A heavier, focused version of the band. Restarter marks a killer new album in the band’s discography, and the veterans are ardent about one thing: the pursuit of happiness. You’re welcome to join them, vocalist Steve Brooks says, but they’re going to pioneer their own trail.

All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte talks with Editor David Stagg about the band’s new album, the seventh in their collection, The Order of Things. After all these years and other flirting stints with bands like Killswitch Engage, Labonte has some quality advice to relay, starting with this: Write for yourself.

The punk rockers in Bayside come out swinging, and it’s with due reason. Managing Editor Collin Simula listens in as vocalist Anthony Renari speaks his mind about integrity in music, and why he’s so pissed off at other de facto role models of the scene.

One of the great performers in rock, RED has released Of Beauty and Rage, and bassist Randy Armstrong spoke with HM’s Jordan Gonzalez to talk about some of the happy musical accidents on the record, the story behind the album art and speaks to some of the standout, disparate tracks on the album. Hawk Nelson was under pressure, on the verge of a full-out breakup as band members’ outside interests began to take up the bulk of their time. But after careful consideration, the pressure turned them into Diamonds. Find out everything about the band’s latest release, and why they made the decision to fight on.

The Order of Elijah has retooled their lineup, but with vocalist Shannon Low refining his craft and course for the band, the band signed to a new label and has a new hope for 2015. Hip-hop’s Derek Minor is becoming a force to reckon with, and his latest album, Empire, proves it.

PLUS! Photographers Brooke Long and Jackie David-Martinez shoot two of the spring’s most popular shows, The World Tour, Part II (Sleeping with Sirens, Pierce the Veil, Pvris, Mallory Knox) and The Frozen Flame Tour (August Burns Red, Northlane and Fit for a King). Also, former Owner Doug Van Pelt reviews Soul on Fire, a biography of Type O Negative vocalist Peter Steele by Jeff Wagner, and the tragedy that befell his life.