In Conversation With Striker Drummer Adam Brown

By Andrew Bansal

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Canadian traditional power/thrash metal warriors Striker have waged the battle for the genre for more than seven years, in the process enhancing their country’s great reputation of producing old-school metal talent. Striker released their third studio album ‘City Of Gold’ in 2014 via Napalm Records, a righteous follow-up to the scintillating 2012 effort ‘Armed To The Teeth’. They’ve actively performed in Canada, Europe and other territories around the world but for one reason or another, never got a chance to tour the United States. This has finally been rectified, as Striker are currently in the final week of their first ever US run as main support to Danish thrash veterans Artillery. The tour started in Los Angeles with a gig at the Five Star Bar on April 10th 2015, and a few hours before they satiated the crowd, I spoke to drummer Adam Brown about all things Striker. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

In-depth Interview With John Gallagher Of Raven

By Andrew Bansal

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NWOBHM legends Raven are ready to release their thirteenth full-length studio album called ‘ExtermiNation’ via SPV/Steamhammer, and boasting a hearty 15-song serving of pure old-school delight, it’s their crowning achievement. The trio of John Gallagher (bass/vocals), Mark Gallagher (guitar) and Joe Hasselvander (drums) have carried the torch for the genre authentically for what seems like an eternity, and based on the strength of their new material and modern-day live show, it is fair to say that they will indeed rock until they drop. I recently had the pleaure of speaking with John Gallagher for an in-depth chat about the new album, their adventures in Europe and South America, the Kickstarter campaign, acoustic kitchen jams, future plans and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Enforcer Frontman Talks About New Album ‘From Beyond’ & More

By Andrew Bansal

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Over the past decade, Swedish traditional heavy metal band Enforcer have delivered music that has made a longlasting impact on lovers of the genre, and their fourth studio album ‘From Beyond’, already released in Europe and the UK and set for a US release on April 7th via Nuclear Blast, is another feather in their cap and serves up ten righteous new compositions that enhance and intensify the band’s ever-strenghtening musical arsenal. ‘From Beyond’ promises to be the ultimate heavy metal album of the modern era in every way imaginable. Last week, I spoke to vocalist/guitarist/primary songwriter Olof Wikstrand to discuss the ideas behind the music and artwork that eventually made it onto the album, his thoughts on the new generation of old-school bands, touring plans and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

In Conversation With Exodus Frontman Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza

Interview by Avinash Mittur

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In 2014, San Francisco Bay Area thrash veterans Exodus decided to fulfill the desires of a majority of their fans by bringing back singer Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza into the fold and releasing a new Zetro-fronted studio album called ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ via Nuclear Blast Records. Building on the strongly positive response they’ve received for the album and continuing on with their revivalistic phase, they are about to hit the road in North America with fellow Bay Area thrashers Testament. As part of this tour, they will perform at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip in Los Angeles on Thursday April 2nd. Last week, our writer Avinash Mittur caught up with Zetro himself to talk in detail about the upcoming tour, his return to Exodus, the prospects of performing ‘Legacy’ songs with Testament, his other bands, and other topics. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

Testament Frontman Discusses Retrospective Set List & More

By Andrew Bansal

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San Francisco Bay Area thrash giants Testament have enjoyed a resurgence as strong as anyone in recent years, with undeniably impressive albums ‘The Formation Of Damnation’ (2008) and ‘The Dark Roots Of Earth’ (2012). But for the sake of their younger fans who never had a chance to see them in their early years, Testament are revisiting their first two albums ‘The Legacy’ and ‘The New Order’ by playing them both in their entirety on the upcoming North American headline tour, plus selections from the third record ‘Practice What You Preach’. Testament are taking out fellow San Francisco thrash veterans Exodus as main support, and Texas metal six-piece Shattered Sun as opening act. The thrash extravaganza will hit Los Angeles on Thursday April 2nd, at House Of Blues Sunset Strip. Yesterday on March 26th, I spoke to vocalist Chuck Billy about this tour, the next album and more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

A Candid Conversation With Producer Tom Chandler

By Andrew Bansal

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The Los Angeles hard rock/heavy metal community has all kinds of characters, but only a few have the midas touch. Producer Tom Chandler is one such person, as is evident from the results he has achieved with every band he has worked with, be it Legal Tender, Diamond Lane or Desecrate. Having developed a genuine admiration for these three great local bands, it was only a matter of time before I reached the man behind the console. Last Friday, I sat down with Tom Chandler over some delicious food at Thai Patio in Hollywood and had a detailed and candid conversation with him about production, the LA scene and more. Enjoy it below, and come check out Diamond Lane and Desecrate at their next local gig at the Troubadour on March 21st, and Legal Tender at Loaded Hollywood on March 28th. Continue reading