20 Questions with Hannes van Dahl & Chris Rörland of Sabaton

Interview by Rosie Walker

Swedish metal group Sabaton recently concluded a highly successful North American headline tour, playing sold-out shows all over the continent and bringing out their battalion of loyal fans in large numbers throughout. They visited Louisville, Kentucky as part of this trek, and that was where our writer Rosie Walker was able to sit down with guitarist Chris Rörland and drummer Hannes van Dahl to quiz them on 20 questions based on a wide range of topics. Listen to the entertaining chat below. Continue reading “20 Questions with Hannes van Dahl & Chris Rörland of Sabaton”

Wielding the Symphonic Metal Sword: In Conversation with Thorsten Bauer of Leaves’ Eyes

Interview by Jason Williams

German-Norwegian symphonic metal group Leaves’ Eyes recently completed a successful North American tour supporting Sabaton. The band went through a major lineup change in 2016 with Elina Siirala replacing Liv Kristine as lead vocalist, but are still making just as strong of an impact, and continue to work on material for the next full-length. Our man Jason Williams sat down with guitarist Thorsten Bauer for an interview in Anaheim on the recent tour, to discuss all things Leaves’ Eyes. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading “Wielding the Symphonic Metal Sword: In Conversation with Thorsten Bauer of Leaves’ Eyes”

“We’re Just Continuing the Venom Legacy”: In Conversation with Tony ‘Demolition Man’ Dolan of Venom Inc

Interview by Jimmy Cabbs

Venom Inc features Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan on bass and vocals, Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn on guitar and Anthony “Abaddon” Bray on drums, and was formed in 2014 as an extension of all things Venom. They not only perform all the Venom classics in their live shows which have been positively received worldwide, but they’ve signed to Nuclear Blast and are getting ready to release a new album later this year. In addition, they will embark on the ‘Blood Stained Earth’ North American headline tour with support acts Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust and The Convalescence in September. Most recently, they were part of the lineup for the Blackest Of The Black festival in Silverado, California, and our man Jimmy Cabbs sat down with the Demolition Man himself for a very insightful and entertaining interview. Enjoy the 20-minute conversation below. Continue reading ““We’re Just Continuing the Venom Legacy”: In Conversation with Tony ‘Demolition Man’ Dolan of Venom Inc”

Living Life Loud: HammerFall guitarist Oscar Dronjak discusses ongoing North American tour

By Andrew Bansal

Swedish power metal kings HammerFall have returned to North America for a full tour, after seven long years, and judging by their splendid performance at the Grove of Anaheim last Wednesday May 10th, it’s safe to say that they’ve made it worth the wait. Besides giving their fans much to cheer about, they’re on a mission to win over new crowds on this co-headline run with Delain, playing in front of an entirely different demographic every night. A few hours before the Anaheim show, guitarist and founder Oscar Dronjak sat down with Metal Assault for a candid chat. Enjoy the conversation below, and let the hammer fall! Continue reading “Living Life Loud: HammerFall guitarist Oscar Dronjak discusses ongoing North American tour”

20 Questions with Battle Beast bassist Eero Sipilä

Interview by Rosie Walker

Finnish metal group Battle Beast has come out all guns blazing on their first ever North American tour and are firing on all cylinders, opening for Sabaton and Leaves’ Eyes on this run. They’re touring in support of their 2017 Nuclear Blast full-length release ‘Bringer of Pain’, a stellar slab of ultra-catchy no-bullshit heavy metal. At the Louisville, Kentucky stop of the ongoing tour, bassist/vocalist Eero Sipilä accepted Rosie Walker’s 20-question challenge, and here’s the result. Enjoy the 10-minute conversation below: Continue reading “20 Questions with Battle Beast bassist Eero Sipilä”

The New Reality: Code Orange drummer/vocalist discusses band’s Big Tours and Rapid Rise

By Andrew Bansal

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metallic hardcore group Code Orange had been steadily building up their profile over the past eight years simply through creative musicianship and the willingness to do the hard yards on the road, and then came their third full-length album ‘Forever’, their first on Roadrunner Records. Released in January 2017, the album got critical acclaim as well as mass approval, and has enabled the band to make rapid strides since. Their headline run earlier this year played to sold-out shows in most American cities, and right now Code Orange find themselves opening for Anthrax, Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada on the ‘Killthrax’ North American tour. Last Thursday April 20th, while on the road, drummer/vocalist Jami Morgan spoke to Metal Assault about the ongoing run, the band’s rapid rise, and much more. Enjoy the conversation below, and if you’re attending a show on the Killthrax tour, arrive extra early to catch Code Orange! Continue reading “The New Reality: Code Orange drummer/vocalist discusses band’s Big Tours and Rapid Rise”