Interview with Mutiny Within: Sparks To Flame

My fellow Jerseyite AJ Jacobs from Mutiny Within called me the day after they played the House Of Blues, opening for Arch Enemy in Michigan. It was even colder there than it was in Jersey. AJ gave me a few minutes as the band was loading into their van from …

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Life Of Agony @ Starland Ballroom

SAYREVILLE, NJ—River Runs Red from Life Of Agony came out in 1993, when hair metal was on the way out when grunge was slowly infesting the metal scene. However there were some bands that were dominating the underground scene that didn’t fall in either of those categories. White Zombie, …

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Mayhem Fest @ Susquehanna Bank Center

CAMDEN, NJ—I spent a day at heavy metal summer camp recently. No, not Ozzfest, but rather Ozzfest’s replacement. The tour that is what Ozzfest used to be, full of amazing metal bands that people love with a small dose of bands that are new to the scene. No surprises like, …

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Interview with Lynyrd Skynyrd: Take It All In

I sat down with Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Rickey is best known as the frontman/guitarist for the southern rock band Blackfoot, but more recently, as a guitarist for Skynyrd. He was a member of Skynyrd for a brief time in 1970 as a drummer, then left the band. He …

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Interview with Rob Halford: Keeping The Doors Open

Rob Halford, best known as vocalist for Judas Priest, has moved into the world of film. His first solo band, Fight, are releasing War Of Words—The Film on Nov. 20. After 19 years, more than a dozen global concert tours and dozens of gold and platinum awards as the defining …

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Interview with Blackmore’s Night: Every Night Is Halloween

Ritchie Blackmore, most known for his work in Concrete God, who later changed their name to Deep Purple, has traveled through the world of music dating back to the ’60s. Naturally, Ritchie’s resume could kill an entire tree, fast-forwarding in the effort of thinking “green,” you’re going to embark on …

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Interview with Dream Theater: Flavor Of The Month

“It sounds like it’s fucking total madness, but to us it’s very methodically crafted,” described Mike Portnoy, the rhythmic mastermind behind the progressive metal progenitors better known as Dream Theater.

Propelled by a Number 19 debut on the Billboard Top 200, the group’s best start to date, these sleeping giants …

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Interview with Shadows Fall: A Personal Perspective

The long dread-locked singer for Shadows Fall, Brian Fair, called me as soon as he got home from rehearsing in the studio. Although he was a bit hoarse, he sounded nothing like the brutal vocalist for the band I’ve loved since the first time I heard their CD while working …

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Arch Enemy: Interview with Angela Gossow

Based in Halmstad, Sweden, Arch Enemy was formed by guitarist Michael Amott after his departure from Carcass in the 1990s. Johan Liiva, formerly of Carnage, was the original singer. The band’s debut, entitled Black Earth, was released in 1996. Michael Amott wrote all the songs himself on this album. …

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Lacuna Coil: Interview with Cristina Scabbia

The day after Italy won the World Cup, I was scheduled to talk with Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil. I somewhat followed the World Cup games and had my bets on Brazil, but nonetheless, I’m happy France didn’t win. And I think some fellow Americans might agree with me on …

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