The Demon In A Shell: Running Wild Frontman Discusses New Album ‘Rapid Foray’

By Andrew Bansal

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German veterans Running Wild released their sixteenth full-length studio album ‘Rapid Foray’ via SPV/Steamhammer on August 26th 2016, presenting a splendid set of anthemic old-school metal compositions delivered in a manner only they can. Founded in 1976, Running Wild have influenced and inspired bands across several generations, but led by vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Rock ‘n’ Rolf Kasparek, the band themselves have stayed consistent and relevant, and continue to create compelling new music for their legion of dedicated fans throughout the globe. On Tuesday September 6th 2016, Metal Assault spoke to Rolf Kasparek to discuss the album in detail. Enjoy the insightful conversation below. Continue reading

Rock N’ Roll Therapy: A Conversation With Mitch Malloy

By Andrew Bansal

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Nashville, Tennessee based singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Mitch Malloy has carved out a successful solo career for himself in the past 25 years. His latest album ‘Making Noise’, released August 26th 2016, presents his musicality in full, as he has written, recorded and produced all of it on his own, unlike on past albums wherein he collaborated with guest musicians. Malloy recently came into the mainstream spotlight like never before when a mini-documentary video surfaced in 2013, in which he revealed that he got the gig as Sammy Hagar’s replacement in Van Halen but eventually did not join the band. From rejecting a place in Van Halen to ‘Making Noise’, Malloy has come a long way but as he always has, he still lets his music speak for his talent. Metal Assault recently caught up with Mitch Malloy to discuss the new album, his adopted hometown of Nashville, the Van Halen association and more. Enjoy the chat below and get a taste of ‘Making Noise’. Continue reading

Summertime Groove: A Trip To ‘Fat City’ With Crobot Frontman Brandon Yeagley

By Andrew Bansal

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Pottsville, Pennsylvania hard rockers Crobot have taken the music world by storm in the last two years, since the release of their debut full-length ‘Something Supernatural’ and all the subsequent touring they’ve done on their own as well as with the likes of Motörhead, Anthrax and Saxon, making appearances on numerous high-profile European festivals in the process. People that attended the Motörboat 2015 cruise will most likely never forget Crobot’s antics as they gave the audience some great memories and made an everlasting impact. With groovy tunes and magnetic live performances, Crobot have mastered the recipe for continuous growth and success as a band, and they’re only going higher from here. Their second album ‘Welcome To Fat City’ is slated for release on September 23rd 2016 via Wind-up Records in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast in Europe, and soon, they’ll be busy serenading every town they set foot in. Metal Assault recently spoke to frontman Brandon Yeagley (vocals, harmonica) to discuss the album, the band’s new touring vehicle, lyrical themes, comic book projects, low-quality fast food, and more. Enjoy the chat below and get your groove on with some brand new Crobot tunes. Continue reading

Bonded By Thrash: One-On-One with Exodus Vocalist Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza

By Andrew Bansal

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In the eyes and ears of many, San Francisco Bay Area veterans Exodus wrote the blueprint for thrash metal, and in addition to inspiring multiple generations of thrashers over the past three-and-a-half decades, they’ve also stayed hungry and true to form, specially in the past 12 years. Steve ‘Zetro’ Souza, who replaced the then vocalist Paul Baloff in 1986 until the band broke up in ’94, then featured on the 2004 comeback ‘Tempo Of The Damned’, but parted ways with Exodus after that album, and perhaps in an unprecedented move for him and the band alike, Zetro returned for his third stint with Exodus in 2014. They released their tenth studio album ‘Blood In Blood Out’ that year and have been going strong ever since, despite guitarist Gary Holt’s busy schedule with Slayer and on-and-off involvement in Exodus shows. Now, Exodus are setting out on a three-show mini-tour as main support to Killswitch Engage which includes a gig at the Novo in downtown Los Angeles on Friday September 2nd. Last Friday August 26th, Zetro spoke to Metal Assault about all things Exodus. Enjoy the chat below. Continue reading

All About The Groove: In Conversation With Pentagram Drummer Pete Campbell

By Andrew Bansal

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Minnesota-based drummer Pete Campbell a.k.a “Minnesota Pete” joined legendary stoner doom band Pentagram in 2015, recorded the drum parts on their latest album ‘Curious Volume’, and has been holding the rhythm strong on stages worldwide since then. Coming off a US headline tour and a high-profile festival appearance, Campbell is currently home and besides his commitments to Pentagram, is plotting his next moves, one of which involves him joining Ventura, California nerd rock group Gygax, a band many readers on this site should already be familiar with. Last Monday August 29th, Pete Campbell spoke to Metal Assault about all things Pentagram and Gygax, plus his favorite band, biggest influences, other projects and more. Enjoy the chat below. Continue reading

Taking Metal Out Of Its Nightmare: An Interview With Enforcer Frontman Olof Wikstrand

Interview by Nathan Hernandez

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In the eyes and ears of some people, Swedish quartet Enforcer may be deemed throwback-driven with their denim-and-leather clad old-school heavy metal, but in the 12 years since their formation, they’ve brought high-class and deadly precise musicianship, to go with the kind of quality production that decorates some of the most celebrated timeless classics in hard rock and heavy metal history. But they’ve proven themselves to be far beyond mere revivalists, bringing an undeniable sense of freshness with their pristine, full-sounding albums and putting on live shows that exude captivating energy. No amount of praise is excessive when it comes to this band. Enforcer released their fourth full-length album ‘From Beyond’ via Nuclear Blast Records in 2015, and completed a highly successful North American co-headline tour with Warbringer last winter. They’re returning to the continent for a tour with Dark Tranquillity, and are gearing up to write the next album. Our writer Nathan Hernandez spoke to vocalist/guitarist Olof Wikstrand to talk all things Enforcer. Enjoy the chat below and make it a point to check out this band if you haven’t yet. Continue reading