Taking On The World: In Conversation With Geoff Tate

By Andrew Bansal

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After parting ways with Queensrÿche, veteran metal singer Geoff Tate has continued making music under the Operation: Mindcrime name, and has taken upon a massive undertaking of a concept album trilogy. ‘The Key’, the first album of the series was released in 2015, and the second part ‘Resurrection’ is now ready for release on September 23rd 2016 via Frontiers. Just like he did in Queensrÿche, Tate still focuses on the concept-based approach, but didn’t find the inspiration for this trilogy straightaway. In this candid interview with Metal Assault, Geoff Tate discusses how he came up with the concept, his love for hiking, live shows, performing old Queensrÿche material, future plans and more. Enjoy the chat below. Continue reading

All For Rock N’ Roll: An Interview With Airbourne Drummer Ryan O’Keeffe

By Andrew Bansal

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Australian hard rock quartet Airbourne have been around since 2003 but have been a breakthrough band in the genre over the past six years, since the release of their second album ‘No Guts. No Glory.’ in 2010 and the worldwide touring that accompanied it. They made an indelible impact on American audiences through their appearance on the touring Uproar Festival the same year, and have not looked back. They followed it up with a strong third record ‘Black Dog Barking’, and are now ready with their newest full-length effort ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’, due for release on September 23rd 2016 via Spinefarm Records. Led by brothers Joel (vocals, guitar) and Ryan O’Keeffe (drums), Airbourne enthrall with sheer energy, whether it be the studio recordings or the live show, and this new set of tunes might be the best embodiment of their ethos. As the band gets ready to embark on an absolutely must-attend North American headline tour, Ryan O’Keeffe took time out last Wednesday September 7th to talk to Metal Assault, and his answers to the questions were just as precise, fun and hard-hitting as Airbourne songs. Enjoy the chat below. Continue reading

Viva Brujeria: In Conversation With Juan Brujo

By Andrew Bansal

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For nearly three decades, Los Angeles based extreme metal/grindcore group Brujeria have conveyed their politically charged tragicomic messages through songs sung in Spanish and an image portraying themselves as Latino drug lords. Initially a studio-only project because of the high-profile list of metal musicians involved, Brujeria soon began touring and expanded their fan-base. 16 years after the release of their third studio album ‘Brujerizmo’, Brujeria have finally ended the wait for their fans, and are ready with their fourth full-length ‘Pocho Aztlan’, coming out on September 16th 2016 via Nuclear Blast. They are also about to embark on a US headline tour with support acts Cattle Decapitation and Pinata Protest. On September 1st, Metal Assault spoke to vocalist and sole original member Juan Brujo to discuss the album, the lyrical themes, the band’s lineup and plans in detail. Enjoy the chat below. Continue reading

Designed To Piss You Off: Peter Tägtgren Discusses New Pain Album

By Andrew Bansal

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Swedish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer extraordinaire Peter Tägtgren is heralded as an extreme metal legend based on the strength of his work in Hypocrisy, a band he formed in 1990. While Hypocrisy continued to crush skulls and stages (and still does so), Tätgren also started an industrial metal project called Pain in ’96, and released albums under that name as regularly as he could, to present a different facet of his musical creativity. Five years after the previous effort ‘You Only Live Twice’, the eighth Pain full-length album ‘Coming Home’ is slated for release on September 9th 2016 via Nuclear Blast. Metal Assault recently spoke to Peter Tägtgren to discuss all things Pain. Enjoy the chat below and get a taste of the new music. Continue reading

Metal With A Bluegrass Twist: A Conversation With Steve ‘N’ Seagulls

By Andrew Bansal

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As traditional and underground it always has been, the world of heavy metal has been no stranger to experimentation, whether it be in blending other genres to form strange fusions, or the style of playing metal covers. Enter Steve ‘N’ Seagulls, a Finnish quintet that puts their own twist on hard rock and heavy metal classics with bluegrass and Finnish folk flavors. Thanks to the YouTube generation, they got recognition rapidly through their videos, and here they are, ready to release their second album, ‘Brothers In Farms’, out September 9th 2016 via Spinefarm. Metal Assault recently spoke to Tomi ‘Remmel’ Tajakka (vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin) for an interview about the album, the history of the band, future plans, song arrangements and more. Enjoy the chat below. Continue reading

Psychedelic Round Table: Delving Into The Minds Of Mars Red Sky

By Andrew Bansal

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Hailing from Bordeaux, France, Mars Red Sky comprises the trio of Julien Pras (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Kinast (bass) and Mathieu Gazeau (drums) and started out in 2007 as a psychedelic heavy rock band, purely out of a musical experiment, not knowing the impact they would make on stoner/psych rock fans worldwide. They released their self-titled debut album in 2011 and landed on our radar, followed it up with an equally stellar album called ‘Stranded In Arcadia’ in 2014, and this year, took themselves to new altitudes with the release of the third full-lenth ‘Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul)’ via Listenable Records. Pivoted on their appearance at the Psycho Las Vegas festival, Mars Red Sky recently completed a North American headline run, and visited the Los Angeles area for a show at the Viper Room on August 30th 2016. We had been hyping up this band all year and the moment had finally arrived to witness them live, and they exceeded sky-high expectations with a captivating performance. Before the show, Metal Assault had a detailed chat with Julien, Jimmy and Mathieu about all things Mars Red Sky. Enjoy the conversation below, along with a taste of ‘Apex III’. Continue reading