In Conversation With Symphony X Guitarist Michael Romeo

By Andrew Bansal

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American progpower stalwarts Symphony X have hardly put a foot wrong in their revered two-decade career thus far, and have released some tremendous material in recent years such as ‘Paradise Lost’ (2007) and ‘Iconoclast’ (2011). Four years later, the band unveiled their ninth full-length studio album ‘Underworld’ on July 24th 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records, and will be embarking on a potentially fascinating North American co-headline tour with fellow New Jersey veterans Overkill in September-October this year. A few weeks ago, I spoke to guitarist Michael Romeo about the new album and much more. Enjoy the conversation below: Continue reading

Former The Cult Bassist Chris Wyse Talks New Owl Album “Things You Can’t See”

By Andrew Bansal

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Longstanding Los Angeles-based experimental hard rock trio Owl, featuring former The Cult/current Ace Frehley band bassist Chris Wyse as the frontman on bass and vocals along with Jason Mezilis on guitar and Dan Dinsmore on drums, is getting ready for the release of their third full-length studio album ‘Things You Can’t See’ via Overit Records on July 28. The album witnesses further expansion and development of Owl’s seemingly boundless sonic landscapes, but maintains its signature hard rock groove. As part of a short run of shows, Owl will perform with Dave Lombardo’s equally experimental project Philm at the Whisky-A-Go-Go on Tuesday July 21. Two weeks ago, I spoke to Chris Wyse about all things Owl. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

In Conversation With Armored Saint Singer John Bush

By Andrew Bansal

armoredsaintwinhandsdownMuch to the delight of fans worldwide, Los Angeles classic metal veterans Armored Saint are back into fully active mode in the year 2015, with the release of their seventh studio album ‘Win Hands Down’ via Metal Blade Records, the recently concluded high-profile mini-tour with Saxon, and upcoming festival appearances in Europe. Boasting excellent songwriting and crystal-clear production, ‘Win Hands Down’ sees Armored Saint at their creative peak, doing full justice to their roots but at the same time venturing into newer elements to stay relevant in the modern era. I spoke to singer John Bush a few days ago to discuss the album in detail, among other things. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading

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