Acid Reign Interview – Bloodstock 2016

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The iconic line of this interview is as follows: “When you were playing, I wasn’t even a sperm in my father’s ballsack”

After a 25 year hiatus, Acid Reign have returned hard and fast. I spoke with Marc Jackson and Howard “H” Smith about what it’s like to be back, the future and playing the Sophie Lancaster stage.

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Psykosis Interview – Bloodstock, 2016

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Party-hard crazy motherfuckers Psykosis are the perfect cure for your sanity. Hitting it hard with  thrash-tastic metal madness, these guys are a force to be reckoned with.  I spoke with  Tony Corcoran (rhythm guitar), Jay Shaw (Bass) and Grant Walsh (lead guitar and vocals) about the essence of Psykosis and their debut album ‘Welcome to the Psykoward’. Hold on to your underwear people, you’re in for a ride!

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Interview: Pop Evil with The Rev, Heavy Montreal 2016

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The Rev of Too Metal For Church was at Heavy Montreal for Metal Nation Radio this year and had a conversation with drummer Hayley Cramer and bassist Matt DiRito of Pop Evil. The PR company had sent a list of recommended questions. We didn’t use it.  Continue reading

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The Heretic Order Interview – Bloodstock, 2016

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Spreading their gospel of abhorrence and horror, The Heretic Order rights the wrongs of man through their cynically laden lyrics combined with an unholy abomination of heavy metal. I spoke with Lord Ragner Wagner about their influences as a band and their new album.

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DevilDriver Interview – Diego ‘Ashes’ Ibarra.

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I’ll never forget the first time I went to the O2 Forum in Kentish Town; I was 15 going on 16 and waiting to see Dimmu Borgir. The queue was dead silent with metallers adorned in corpse paint grimacing up at the church that is conveniently situated next to the venue. I returned to this locale, the perfect setting for DevilDriver to interview their newest addition, Diego ‘Ashes’ Ibarra.

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Outright Resistance Interview – Bloodstock 2016

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Sip towards the Armageddon! You heard me. This sexy sentence was the first phrase captured on my dictaphone as I frantically downed a Red Bull to try to make myself resemble something more of a human being. The last day at Bloodstock was definitely taking its toll on me. It may have been the last, but my interview with Outright Resistance drummer Michael “Nelly” O’Neill was certainly not the least. This interview was overall pun-tastic. I challenge you to outright resist the urge to continue reading…

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Album Review: Ivory – Southern Cross

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Band: Ivory
Album: Southern Cross
Rockshots Records
Release Date: July 22nd 2016

From the wonderful city of Minsk in Belarus, Ivory has released an album of a conceptual trilogy based on the “Terra Nova” expedition of Robert Scott to the South Pole. The album called Southern Cross brings an innovative sound to the symphonic metal scene which is described as symphonic metal with elements of prog-power metal. Curious how this worked out? Continue reading and find out! Continue reading

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The Crawling Interview – Bloodstock, 2016

The Crawling Interview - Bloodstock, 2016

The Crawling: a doom-tastic band hailing from Northern Ireland, their music a bleak wretchedness set ablaze with phosphorescent soundscapes, diverse structures and intricate melodies. I interviewed Gary Beattie, Andy Clarke and Stuart Rainey to get an in-depth look at what makes The Crawling tick.

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Brutai Interview – Bloodstock, 2016.

Brutai Interview - Bloodstock, 2016.

Brutai: Neo-fashion porn metal inspired by rampantly shagging bunnies! Debuting their newest masterpiece Porn an album that is accompanied by the band’s new signature scent ‘Bunny’. Hurry – scents are limited to the first 100 purchases of the new album. Every 100th buyer gets a free Alexander Wang coat signed by the band.

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Vektor Interview – Bloodstock 2016

Vektor Interview - Bloodstock 2016

Sci-fi influenced progressive thrashers Vektor are all the rage at the moment with their well-received album Terminal Redux. I spoke with vocalist and guitarist David DiSanto about what it’s like being in a band in today’s world and why it has taken them so long to do a UK tour!

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Album Review: The Decent of Decency – Footprints in the Custard

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You’re all invited to The Descent of Decency! Lords of the obscene, Manchester-based Comedy Punk metallers Footprints in the Custard present their third tongue-in-cheek album that is sure to ruffle your truffle. If you like music about bodily fluids, getting wasted, or just like to party, then these are your guys.

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Orphaned Land Interview – Metal Days

 

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“The basic idea of religion is nice, the people destroy it.”

Read on for more quote-worthy statements from Orphaned Land vocalist, Kobi Farhi.

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Paradise Lost Interview – Bloodstock, 2016

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Heads up –  Paradise Lost are starting to write a new album! Read my interview with Waltteri Väyrynen who took over from the previous drummer Adrian Erlandsson just over a year ago, for updates.
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Festival Diary: Heavy Montreal Day 2 with the Rev

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Day two of Heavy Montreal promised a sprinkle of rain and a flood of non-stop metal from the awesome lineup including the likes of Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Killswitch Engage and headliners Disturbed. On tap for today were interviews with Hansi Kursch of the aforementioned Blind Guardian as well as guitarist Kamron Bradbury of Beartooth.   Continue reading

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Monte Pittman reveals details for new album

Monte Pittman reveals details for new album

Monte Pittman reveals details for new album, ‘Inverted Grasp of Balance’; launches first single, “Pride Comes Before the Fall”, online

There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp Of Balance, he has once again raised the stakes, delivering a riveting collection of full force metal that showcases his continuing evolution, undoubtedly expanding his devout – and ravenous – fan base. For a first preview of Inverted Grasp Of Balance (due out September 23rd worldwide), please visit: metalblade.com/montepittman – where the new track, “Pride Comes Before the Fall”, can be heard and the album can be pre-ordered in various formats.

To assert that Pittman has had a storied career is something of an understatement. His resume includes an ongoing and fruitful collaboration with multi-platinum selling artist Madonna, having recorded and toured with her extensively over a period of more than fifteen years. Then there’s his first band, Myra Mains, his stint in the metallic behemoth that is Prong, and collaborations with a broad spectrum of international artists. If his time with Prong did not fully communicate just how much metal flowed through his veins, with 2014’s Flemming Rasmussen-produced The Power Of Three – his first release with Metal Blade Records – he compellingly blended killer riffs, blistering leads and gigantic hooks to deliver an album that was equal parts anthemic grandeur and in-your-face attitude, making metalheads around the world sit up and take note. Continue reading

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