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HYPOCRISY

INFECTIOUS GROOVES - HYPOCRISY BASSIST MIKAEL HEDLUND SPREADS THE WORD ABOUT THE BAND'S NEW ALBUM 'VIRUS'

INTERVIEW: DAVID BORGIOLI-JONES

26 September 2005

HYPOCRISY’s 11th studio album in 13 years, 'Virus', marks an impressive achievement and shows the bands huge contribution to Death Metal since 1991. I recently spoke to bassist Mikael Hedlund just as 'Virus' is unleashed to cause global mayhem, and began by asking him how he felt about the album and recent line-up changes, adding Horgh of GRIMFIST on drums and guitarist Andreas Holma, a man with a Jazz background... READ MORE


STONER KINGS

"I'M LIKE JESUS!" SAYS STONER KINGS SINGER STARBUCK. METAL IS ABOUT TAKING RISKS … LIKE MOVING TO FINLAND AND CALLING YOUR BAND THE STONER KINGS …FRONTMAN STARBUCK TELLS ALL.

INTERVIEW: GARRY SHARPE-YOUNG

20 September 2005

Canadian native Starbuck fronts the STONER KINGS, an anonymous bunch of Finns who provoked more of a reaction than they had probably expected with their self-financed debut. Whilst the fans dug the music, the purist Stoner clique got their testes in a twist at the grandiose band title. Starbuck relates the journey so far ..... READ MORE


LIVING LOUD

HEAVEN AND HELL (PART 1) - BOB DAISLEY REFLECTS ON A CAREER THAT HAS SEEN THE VETERAN BASSIST PLAYING ALONGSIDE SOME OF ROCK'S LEGENDS

INTERVIEW: BETH PRICE

9 September 2005

Bob Daisley has been in the music industry for many years now. Playing bass with such greats as OZZY OSBOURNE, GARY MOORE, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, URIAH HEEP, BLACK SABBATH and many more. Throughout his career he has encountered many changes, seen people come and go, and recently been involved in a massive lawsuit with the Osbourne's... READ MORE


LIVING LOUD

HEAVEN AND HELL (PART 2) - BOB DAISLEY REFLECTS ON A CAREER THAT HAS SEEN THE VETERAN BASSIST PLAYING ALONGSIDE SOME OF ROCK'S LEGENDS.

INTERVIEW: BETH PRICE

9 September 2005

Bob Daisley has been in the music industry for many years now. Playing bass with such greats as OZZY OSBOURNE, GARY MOORE, Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW, URIAH HEEP, BLACK SABBATH and many more. Throughout his career he has encountered many changes, seen people come and go, and recently been involved in a massive lawsuit with the Osbourne's... READ MORE


JORN LANDE

DUKING IT OUT… NORWAY'S MASTER ROCK VOCALIST JORN LANDE RECENTLY BECAME THE SUBJECT OF SOME SURPRISING ALLEGATIONS. HIS RESPONSE, PLUS NEWS ON A NEW SOLO ALBUM…

INTERVIEW: GARRY SHARPE-YOUNG

3 September 2005

Jorn Lande is, as ever, a busy man. Renowned as one of the world's finest Rock vocalists, with a second MASTERPLAN album, 'Aeronautics', under promotion and recent, high profile, collaboration with SYMPHONY X vocalist Russell Allen, entitled 'The Battle', he is taking a short break before readying himself for release of a new solo opus... READ MORE


GOTTHARD

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE - VOCALIST STEVE LEE EXPLAINS WHY, AFTER 13 YEARS OF MAJOR LABEL SUCCESS IN THEIR HOMELAND, SWITZERLAND'S GOTTHARD HAVE DECIDED TO GO IT ALONE

INTERVIEW: BERNARD DOE

17 August 2005

It's been 13 years since Swiss Hard Rock combo GOTTHARD burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album. But whilst the band have enjoyed huge success in their homeland and its neighbouring territories, the name GOTTHARD remains somewhat of a mystery to the global music scene except for those most ardent Melodic Rock aficionados... READ MORE


IAN GILLAN

THE GREAT BRITISH PUB. AN INVITING HOSTELRY WHERE YOU RELAX IN FRONT OF AN OPEN FIRE AND QUAFF WARM BITTER SERVED BY BUXOM WENCHES WHILST LISTENING TO DEEP PURPLE ON THE JUKEBOX. WELCOME TO GILLAN'S INN…

GARRY SHARPE-YOUNG TALKS TO IAN GILLAN

13 August 2005

There are just three bands that provided the root inspiration for more than 90% of the bands you are reading about on this website – LED ZEPPELIN, BLACK SABBATH and DEEP PURPLE, Membership of the classic line-ups for any of this trio instantly puts each musician into a truly elite ranking and gives each a respect beyond mere words... READ MORE


HONCHO

BURNT OFFERINGS - NORWEGIAN STONER COMBO HONCHO PREPARE TO GET BACK INTO THE GROOVE

INTERVIEW: DAVID BORGIOLI-JONES

11 August 2005

HONCHO are world class musical talent trapped in Norway. The band plays a supercharged groovy Stoner Rock style of music and in 2004 released a new studio album titled 'Burning In Water, Drowning In Fire'. One year on, and I am speaking to bassist Steinar Knapstad and drummer Kenneth Andersson to see where the band is at? Here is what they had to say:... READ MORE


DEF LEPPARD

ROCK OF AGES. SOCCER MAD DEF LEPPARD DEFY CONVENTION AGAIN BY TAKING ROCK N' ROLL INTO THE BASEBALL ARENAS.

GARRY SHARPE-YOUNG TALKS TO JOE ELLIOTT.

7 August 2005

There has always been a healthy degree of fan camaraderie and industry bonhomie with DEF LEPPARD. Whilst the characteristically down to earth Rockers took on the world and won time and time again, the adversity of drummer Rick Allen's injury and losing guitarist Steve Clark just seemed to bring the global fan base together all the tighter... READ MORE


JETBOY

BILLY & THE JETS… HOLLYWOOD'S BIGGEST BAND THAT NEVER WAS? 5 August 2005

In 1984 JETBOY were undoubtedly one of the biggest draws on L.A.’s Live circuit. They courted gossip and controversy, could fill any club to the rafters with Glam-thirsty kids, and their singer had a huge blonde mohawk. What more did they need? Alongside a select few other acts, JETBOY can legitimately stake claim to creating a sizeable percentage of the huge buzz generated in the mid-80’s debauched thrall of the Hollywood Strip... READ MORE


ANDY FRASER

'NAKED…AND FINALLY FREE' HERALDS THE RETURN OF ANDY FRASER. THE WORDS 'LONG OVERDUE' ARE SIMPLY PITIFULLY INADEQUATE. AND YOU THOUGHT GUNS N' ROSES TOOK THEIR TIME? 13 July 2005

Can you write a lead in to an Andy Fraser interview without mentioning 'All Right Now'? No, so let's not even try. If ever there was an illusive superstar, then Andy is that man. Originator of one of the bona fide top Rock songs of all time, plus a whole host of tunes you would also instantly recognise Andy also holds the distinction of being a founder member of FREE... READ MORE


SINATE

4 FOOT SATIVA ANYONE? THE KIWI METAL BAND "MOST LIKELY TO" HAS JUST UNDERGONE A SPLIT IN THE RANKS WITH THE SHEPPARD SIBLINGS REFORMING SINATE.

DAVID BORGIOLI-JONES GETS FIRST LOOK AT THE NEW SEEDLINGS…

1 July 2005

8 FOOT SATIVA, arguably New Zealand's premier Metal band (if you count SHIHAD as 'Rock'…) has undergone major line-up changes over the last year. First, vocalist Justin left the band and was replaced with Matt, brother of drummer Sam Sheppard. Then, in May, Sam and Matt split to reform their original band SINATE... READ MORE


VANISHING POINT

BREAKING THE SILENCE - GUITARIST CHRIS PORCIANKO SPEAKS AS AUSTRALIA'S VANISHING POINT RETURN WITH THEIR FIRST ALBUM IN NEARLY 5 YEARS

INTERVIEW: BETH PRICE

17 June 2005

Touring Europe with SONATA ARCTICA and GAMMA RAY has been one of many highlights Australia's VANISHING POINT have had in their careers. Having just released their new album 'Embrace The Silence', VANISHING POINT's guitarist Chris Porcianko talks about the plans for the future. You have just released your third album 'Embrace The Silence', how well has it been received?... READ MORE


MONSTERWORKS

MONSTER TRACKS - IN 2003 NEW ZEALAND'S MONSTERWORKS RELOCATED TO THE UK IN SEARCH OF METAL GLORY. MAINMAN JON HIGGS REVEALS THE HIGHS AND LOWS

INTERVIEW: DAVID BORGIOLI-JONES

15 June 2005

Few New Zealand Metal bands have the drive to pack up and move overseas in search of wider recognition. And fewer still, travel as far as London, England to make it happen. But in 2003 that’s exactly what MONSTERWORKS did. In that year the band recorded their first UK album ‘M-Theory’ as a follow up to ‘Rogue’ (2002)... READ MORE


ALCHEMIST

THE LESS THAN CONVENTIONAL ALCHEMIST HAVE BEEN MAKING WAVES INTERNATIONALLY. IF YOU'RE AFTER SOME METAL THAT CHALLENGES, THESE AUSTRALIANS COULD WELL BE JUST YOUR THING.

BETH PRICE INVESTIGATES.

10 May 2005

Organizing Australia's biggest annual Metal festival 'Metal For The Brain' is only one of many things ALCHEMIST are involved in. Guitarist Roy Torkington talks about what it is like to juggle being in an ever increasing popular band, tour internationally and be heavily involved in the Australian Metal scene. You've been together for around 15 years now, seen many bands come and go,... READ MORE


AURA NOIR

STAY UGLY - THE RETURN OF NORWAY'S BLACK THRASH ATTACK AURA NOIR, BUT FOR HOW LONG?

INTERVIEW: BERNARD DOE

29 April 2005

In October 2004 Aggressor (a.k.a. Carl-Michael Eide), Apollyon (a.k.a. Ole Jørgen Moe) and Blasphemer (a.k.a. Rune Erickson), the Norwegian trio collectively known as AURA NOIR, released their third full-length album 'The Merciless'. It was the band's first release for the then recently launched Tyrant Syndicate Productions, the label formed by DARKTHRONE duo Fenriz and Nocturno Culto, and AURA NOIR's first studio album in nearly six years... READ MORE


HAMMERFALL

IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT - GUITARIST OSCAR DRONJAK SPEAKS AS HAMMERFALL CONTINUE THEIR HEAVY METAL CRUSADE

INTERVIEW: BERNARD DOE

9 April 2005

HAMMERFALL have not exactly enjoyed the best of fortunes since recording their 2002 'Crimson Thunder' album. In August of that year vocalist Joacim Cans was attacked at a club in the Swedish bands hometown of Gothenburg and required 25 stitches to a cut over his right eye. Then almost exactly a year later, guitarist Oscar Dronjak fractured his arm after he crashed his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, resulting in the cancellation of the band's 2003 Summer tour dates... READ MORE


MY DYING BRIDE

IF EVER YOU COULD POINT THE FINGER AT A BRITISH BAND THAT HAS NEVER ONCE EVEN HINTED AT COMMERCIAL COMPROMISE IT HAS TO BE MY DYING BRIDE. NEW MUSIC IS GATHERING, SO TIME TO QUIZ VOCALIST AARON STAINTHORPE. 25 March 2005

Suave, debonair and the ultimate in sixties refined chic, My Dying Bride mentor Aaron Stainthorpe is streaking toward the Highlands like a silver bullet in one of the most sophisticated pieces of British engineering ever to put wheels to tarmac. Her Majesty's Government has Agent 00666 on yet another mission to save the Western world... READ MORE


E-FORCE

LOOKING FOR SOME METAL THAT'S JUST A LITTLE OUT OF THE ORDINARY? WITH A BACKGROUND IN VOIVOD YOU KNOW THAT E-FORCE IS GOING TO CONJURE UP SOMETHING JUST THAT LITTLE BIT SPECIAL. FRONTMAN ERIC FORREST INDULGES IN SOME PROBING Q&A… 24 March 2005

Eric Forrest surprised many with the adventurous tones of his post VOIVOD outfit E-FORCE. Released on the French label Season Of Mist, the singer has relocated from Canada to France, the record recently got promoted by a lengthy string of Euro dates. However, not all went to plan... What the state of play with E-FORCE right now?... READ MORE


LEGS DIAMOND

UNDERGROUND KINGS - GUITARIST ROGER ROMEO TALKS ABOUT THE LATEST RETURN OF HARD ROCKERS LEGS DIAMOND

INTERVIEW: BERNARD DOE

22 March 2005

Strike up a conversation about American Hard Rock from the 1970s and most people will indulge you with views on, say, KISS, VAN HALEN, AEROSMITH, STYX, ALICE COOPER or JOURNEY. But to connoisseurs the genre went much deeper than that. The likes of ANGEL, STARZ, RIOT and LEGS DIAMOND may not have matched the aforementioned in terms of album sales, but for many these were the real gems in the pack and are now bands fondly viewed in cult status among Hard Rock aficionados... READ MORE

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