Islander has been having an incredible year, seeing success on the critical level and commercially, with their songs lighting up the radio. The band has toured with a number of heavyweights (including P.O.D., RED and Papa Roach) and major festivals like the Mayhem, Welcome to Rockville and Rock on the Range, but the band is currently on one of the most sought-after tickets of the year: Opening alongside Suicide Silence for Korn, who is playing their 20-year-old debut self-titled album in its entirety.

HM Magazine’s Johnny Bravo met with Islander vocalist Mikey Carvajal last week to take some inventory after the Greenville, S.C. band performed at Stubb’s in Austin, TX. Carvajal shares some early insight into his band as he opens up about his first show ever (and how it made him fall in love with music), what some of his favorite lyrics he likes to perform are and an inspirational story about birds.

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Gaerea

Trapped in Limbo

Black metal may not be the first thing on your mind when you think of Portugal, but GAEREA is here to change that. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt sat down with GAEREA to discuss the band’s music, their mysterious name and image, and how office work can be art.

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Imperial Triumphant - 2021

Alphaville’s Metal Renaissance

With influences that span Miles Davis and Stravinsky to Geddy Lee and Les Claypool, jazz metal force Imperial Triumphant is the epitome of genre-bending. HM contributing writer Andrew Voigt spoke with the band about their unique style, the massive bass presence in their music, and the rise and fall of civilization.

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Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.

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