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BIG BIG TRAIN’s Members NICK D’VIRGILIO and DAVID LONGDON Talk Upcoming “Common Ground” Album: “We Were Able to Do Something A Little Bit Different, It’s Fresh and That’s What We Needed.”

For the past decade-plus, Big Big Train have increasingly grown their fanbase and the size of their band. Almost on the verge of becoming a supergroup, the membership was so chock full of talent that it was continuously on the verge of tripping over itself. The pandemic and other factors brought some changes to the [...]


Comedian and Actor GARRET JAMIESON Talks Recent “Heavy Metal Hitchhiker” YouTube Series: “I embodied SpongeBob While Performing as the Series Main Character”

Contrary to popular belief, metal bands and fans do not walk around with frowny faces all the time, looking like they want to murder someone. In fact, humor and metal have walked hand in hand since forever. From Ozzy‘s stage antics and weird facial expressions with Black Sabbath, to Spinal Tap, S.O.D. and Steel Panther, [...]


YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Talks Creative Process of Upcoming Album “Parabellum”: ‘I Don’t Follow Trends, I’m Very Clear About My Vision of Where I Want to Go”

The name of Yngwie Malmsteen has always stood for uncompromising excellence. In a career that now spans more than 40 years he has proven himself to be a unique artist. You can try to categorize him in any way you wish. But the manner in which this supreme Swedish craftsman has continually developed his music makes Malmsteen sublimely [...]


Legendary Canadian Artist BEN MINK Discusses His Lengthy Musical Career, Reflects on Working with RUSH, HEART, FM and Many More

Ben Mink has surely cast a wide musical net throughout his career. From the early performances with the rock/country group Mary-Lou Horner, he went on to be the violin player of Canadian prog rockers FM, and collaborated with artists such as k.d. Lang, Rush, Barenaked Ladies and many more. As a producer, his credits are [...]


KK DOWNING Talks Upcoming KK’s PRIEST “Sermons of the Sinner” Debut Album: “My Heavy Metal Days Are Far From Over”

K.K. Downing is a legendary name and figure in the history of metal. He helped found Judas Priest some 50 years ago and scaled the heights of rock ‘n’ roll as that band developed through the ‘70s and finally achieved its signature sound in 1980 with the groundbreaking album “British Steel.” Downing’s rough and tough [...]


DENNIS DEYOUNG Reflects On Recently Release “26 East Vol. II” Final Album: “This is The Last One, I Just Don’t Want to Do It Anymore”

On June 11, Dennis DeYoung released his most recent—and supposedly final—album, “26 East, Vol. 2.” It’s the culmination of more than 50 years in the music business, one that has seen some incredible successes, especially with his former band Styx. At age 74, DeYoung has nothing left to prove. But he had some more arrows [...]


JEM GODFREY and JOHN MITCHELL Talk Recent FROST* Album “Day and Age”: ‘We Were a Little Bit Nervous That Perhaps We’d Gone Off Too Far in A Strange Direction. But Now We’re Feeling Very Vindicated and Relieved’

Frost* came onto the scene in 2006 with their acclaimed debut album “Milliontown”. Comprised of a formidable group of musicians, it was primarily led by Jem Godfrey with John Mitchell (Lonely Robot, Kino, It Bites) closely in tow. These two have weathered several changes in the band during the intervening years and, accompanied by longtime [...]


INTERLOPER’s Guitarist/Frontman ANDREW VIRRUETA Talks Band’s Debut Album: “We Discovered the Level of Organic Sound Development We’re Capable Of”

The development of progressive pioneers INTERLOPER has not been an instant nor mundane process to say the least. On the contrary, it has procured particular expertise in creating endless layers of transcendent sound. Initially set as the title of one of the album’s most vibrant tracks, it quickly became obvious that the feel of “Search [...]


SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE Singer DAVIDAVI DOLEV Talks Just Released “Mountain Fever” Album: “There Was Always Another Idea Waiting Around the Corner While Working on This Record”

“Shai is a lobster.” This is the regard in which new-ish Subterranean Masquerade front-man Davidavi Dolev holds his bandmate, keyboardist Shai Yallin. Lobsters, you see, have evolved an impressive pair of eyeballs that not only enable them to see just fine several hundred feet below salty sea surfaces, they also have a 180° field of vision. But that’s not what “Vidi” is talking about. [...]


BLACK SABBATH and ROB ZOMBIE Drummer TOMMY CLUFETOS reflects on the debut of TOMMY’S ROCK TRIP: “I took this album as a challenge to myself”

Tommy Clufetos has already carved his name in the history of rock and metal by working with reputable acts such as Rob Zombie, Ted Nugent and Alice Cooper. The cherry on the cake of such an illustrious touring career was being handpicked by Ozzy to join his band and to replace Bill Ward in Black [...]


RIOT V Vocalist TODD MICHAEL HALL Talks “Sonic Healing” Upcoming Solo Album: “This Album Was Inspired by the Music I Grew Up Listening to”

Todd Michael Hall of Riot V will be releasing a solo album entitled “Sonic Healing” on May 7th via Rat Pak Records. Todd and Kurdt Vanderhoof of Metal Church collaborated on the songwriting, and Kurdt also produced the record. With thought provoking lyrics and rock solid guitar riffs, “Sonic Healing” delivers all the power and punch that [...]


JEFF PILSON Reflects on The Sophomore THE END MACHINE Album: “Having to Work Remotely Helped Us Keep the Material More Direct”

The staying power of 80’s hard rock is undeniable. After its rise to fame and being almost completely erased from the airwaves by grunge, there seems to be a resurgence of the genre, and many of the same bands who were part of the “first wave” are still around. Granted, the days of filling stadiums and [...]


JANE GETTER Talks Recent Studio Album “Anomalia”: “I Chose this Album’s Name Because of the Eclecticness of The Music On It”

Rock, metal, jazz, songwriter material, progressive rock, finger style guitar – Jane Getter does it all, including vocals. On her new album “Anomalia” with her musical project Jane Getter Premonition, she employs all of these styles with her all-star band and a few choice special guests. The result is a devastatingly hip recording which will [...]


AMORPHIS’ Guitarist ESA HOLOPAINEN Reflects On His Upcoming Solo Project SILVER LAKE: “I Wanted to Have a Proper Project Name and For it to Be Someway Connected with Nature”

Guitarist Esa Holopainen has been making music with Finnish melodic death metal act Amorphis for over 30 years. Thanks to the metallic and melodic beauty of such classic albums as “Tales from the Thousand Lakes”, “Elegy” and “Skyforger”, Holopainen‘s magnificent abilities to create enchanting atmospheres and innovative riffs have become widely known within the worldwide [...]


TOM FRAYNE of THE STRANGER Talks Just Released “Kaleidoscope” Album: ““I Love If Someone Is Getting Something Out Of Our Music, That Is The Point Of Songwriting””

Over the years, the Australian progressive metal scene has brought much joy to fans of the genre throughout the world. In recent years, the frequency of appearance of exciting and innovative bands has accelerated, and the quality has remained at a very high level. On April 9, the Brisbane-based progressive metal band The Stranger released their [...]


Guitarist RUFUS MILLER Reflects On Keeping Himself Busy During Lockdown: “I Used the Pandemic to Reconnect with My Musical Roots”

Talent surely runs in the family when it comes to Rufus Miller. His interest in electric guitar came from his father Dominic, an accomplished musician with several solo albums, who has been collaborating with Sting since 1991. Slowly but surely, Rufus started to learn basic chords and to play grunge songs, which to this day [...]


MEGADETH’S Basist DAVE ELLEFSON and DREW FORTIER Reflect on Their Collaboration on Books, Movies and Music: “We Really Found a Collective Voice Together”

One of the most enduring metal acts on the planet, MEGADETH has been recording a new album in the last few months, and updates have been given by their main-man Dave Mustaine from time to time. While the new songs are being honed in the studio, the band’s bass player, Dave Ellefson, aka “Junior”, is [...]


RONNIE ROMERO Reflects on His Involvement in SUNSTORM’s “Afterlife” Album: “As Musicians We Always Try To Prove Ourselves, and I Took This Record As a Challenge”

The new chapter of SUNSTORM is here! Originally designed to showcase a musical style similar to singer Joe Lynn Turner’s Melodic Rock/AOR roots, the band now has a new face on the front-man’s seat, in the form of LORDS OF BLACK and RAINBOW singer Ronnie Romero. His debut with the group, “Afterlife” was recently released [...]


GEOFF TATE Talks SWEET OBLIVION Sophomore Record: “The Whole Album Concept Deals with the Relentless March of Time”

Very few people who are called an “icon” in the metal community deserve such title, but Geoff Tate is surely worthy of that denomination. Tate fronted the prog metal pioneers Queensrÿche from the band’s inception through the peak of their success with albums like “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Empire”, all the way to a controversial exit [...]


HUMAN FORTRESS Singer GUS MONSANTO Reflects On Recent Compilation Album: “A Good Singer Is Like an Artist ,You’ve Got To Be A Good Storyteller”

Coming from Hanover, Human Fortress has been flying the flag of power metal and taking no prisoners since their inception in 1997. After several lineup changes and eight albums, things seem a little bit more stable since Brazilian singer Gus Monsanto joined them in 2013. The band recently put out an album entitled “Epic Tales [...]