Two big interviews on today's Metal Meltdown - tune in live at wruw.org from 5-7pm Eastern. First up is a conversation with David Ellefson of MEGADETH, who just released his autobiography, My Life with Deth. Then you'll hear from Gareth Murdock of ALESTORM, who came through Cleveland this week on their first headlining tour of the US. Song requests for either band (or anything else) can be submitted at the Facebook page.
Steve Williams (ex-Power Quest) and Paul Logue of Eden's Curse will join me on today's Metal Meltdown from 5-7pm Eastern (23:00-01:00 CET). Tune in live at wruw.org or WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland to hear this interview and several songs from the new album, Symphony of Sin, now available on AFM Records. Submit your requests for today's show on Facebook.
After stints in Overkill and Annihilator working on some great albums, Joe Comeau has joined forces with Duskmachine, lending his vocals for their new self-titled release. Liege Lord has reformed, too, with plans to record their first album since 1988's Master Control. Joe and I talked about both bands and a little bit about his history in metal. It was also very interesting to hear about his day job and how it relates to his music, as you don't often hear musicians talk about what they do to pay the bills. There's some good stuff in here.
Check out the full audio or text highlights below.
Having seen and heard dozens of interviews with Chris Jericho, my hope was to ask a few questions I hadn't heard elsewhere after making sure to cover the basics. He's a very bright and quick guy, certainly one of the most articulate I've spoken to in the metal scene over the years. It's impossible to achieve any kind of real depth in a conversation in 13 minutes, and it's often maddening to be thrown into that situation, but I did my best and hope to have more time in the future. I have a lot of respect for the way he is involved in so many aspects of the entertainment business, all while keeping a steady presence in the metal scene. Remember that Fozzy will be on tour with Saxon in North America this fall, and their new album is Sin and Bones.
Check out the full audio of our conversation below, along with a few typed highlights.
Phil Anselmo has embarked on a new project with the album Walk Through Exits Only and is currently on tour in the States. I had 15 minutes (literally) to catch up with him and ask as much as I could. In the end, I think I succeeded in balancing questions about his new band with those about Pantera in the short time we had.
I've typed out some highlights below, but you'll also find the full audio there as well.
As a long-time fan of Power Quest and Steve Williams in particular, it was a sad day when Steve announced his intention to call it quits this year. He agreed to do this interview following that announcement, and we talked as he was in the midst of preparing one of the last shows the band would do. Since then, of course, Steve has joined Eden's Curse, who will release a new album later this year.
Having interviewed him on my show several times in the past, I can say that he ranks up there as one of the best guests ever. Unlike many musicians, he is never afraid to share his honest, thoughtful opinions about not only himself and PQ but also other bands and the music business in general. I will truly miss Power Quest and what they brought to the metal scene over the last decade or so.
The full audio of our conversation can be found below, including some highlights which I have typed.
Lanvall is the keyboardist, composer, and a founding member of EDENBRIDGE, who just released The Bonding. What immediately stands out about the album is the big sound of ORCHESTRA KLANGVEREINIGUNG, which works perfectly with the beautiful voice of Sabine Edelsbacher. While it's nothing new for a metal band to work with an orchestra (and they've even done it themselves), I consider it one of the best pairings I've heard in recent memory. It's a great album, and I was excited to talk to Lanvall about everything involved in creating one of the standout releases of 2013.
Full audio and text highlights can be found below.
I recently caught up with Alex Staropoli, keyboardist and co-founder of Rhapsody of Fire, to discuss the band's double live album. The album was designed to show off the current lineup following the split with Luca Turilli, and so much of our discussion revolved around this release and the future of the band. As you'll hear, work has already begun on a new album studio, and so Alex gives us an idea of what to expect as far as the sound, lyrics, and narration. It's a thorough discussion and one that should satisfy any fan of Rhapsody of Fire.
The full audio as well as text highlights can be found below.
I had the chance to catch up with Roland Grapow just as he and Masterplan were preparing to play at Bang Your Head in support of their latest release, Novum Initium. In Latin, the title translates to 'a new beginning', an appropriate choice given the addition of 3 new members to the band, including Rick Altzi on vocals. Calling in from Slovakia, where he runs his own recording studio, Roland and I had a great conversation that covered most of his career, including Rampage, Helloween, Masterplan (of course), his solo albums, and his work as a producer.
There's some great stuff in here, and I think Roland did an especially good job at taking us behind the scenes in the studio and in the music industry here.
Full audio and text highlights are below.
Shortly after launching my radio show in late '97, I received my very first package in the mail at the station, a package which contained two CDs sent by a generous listener. One of them was Tourniquet's Crawl to China, and I've been a fan of the band's work ever since. When they resurfaced with Antiseptic Bloodbath, their first release since 2003, I figured it was about time to seek out an interview. And so it happened that I found myself having this conversation with Ted Kirkpatrick, drummer and mastermind behind Tourniquet. He's an interesting guy who certainly didn't hold back in sharing his opinions on heavy topics such as animal welfare, and I found that honesty pretty refreshing. If you're interested in the connection between Tourniquet and animal welfare (for example, Ted's recent work to protect a turtle and her eggs), check out The Tourniquet Ark on Facebook. Check out the interview in audio and text below.