Comic Book Review – Slayer ‘Repentless’ #1

By Andrew Bansal

In the year 2017, there are numerous bands that have sustained themselves successfully for three decades or more, but very few can claim to be more than just bands. Some go on to become brands, broadening their horizons beyond mere music to produce and sell various types of merchandise. Slayer is, without doubt, one such entity, and in addition to everything else they stand for, they are about to venture into a whole new territory: comic book land. Yes, Slayer is putting out a series of comic books via Dark Horse. ‘Repentless’, based on the band’s latest full-length release of the same name, and more so on the music videos created in support of the album, is a graphic story told through a trilogy of issues. Issue #1 is set to hit shelves worldwide on January 25th 2017. The album itself was a mixed bag, to say the least, but the corresponding comic book seems to be an entirely different animal. Continue reading “Comic Book Review – Slayer ‘Repentless’ #1”

From The Archives: An interview with original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans

By Andrew Bansal

In this week’s ‘From The Archives’, we revisit our interview with original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans. This interview was conducted on September 22nd 2011 and originally posted as audio. During this time, Evans was doing press to promote his autobiography ‘Dirty Deeds – My Life Inside & Outside of AC/DC’. In this interview, he gave us a taste of some of the things he writes about in the book, and we thought you would enjoy reading an excerpt from the in-depth conversation here. Continue reading “From The Archives: An interview with original AC/DC bassist Mark Evans”

From the Archives: An Interview with former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno

By Andrew Bansal

Paul Di’Anno @ Key Club 2011 – Photo by Stephanie Cullen

Here’s one from the Metal Assault archives, which many of you folks currently following the site may not have come across when it was originally posted in video form. To start off this new series wherein we will revisit and transcribe some of our old interviews that were published as audio/video, we rewind to January 6th 2011, the day after former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno had played a show at the Key Club in West Hollywood, as part of a tour with Pittsburgh metal band Icarus Witch, who were both his backing band and support act. We sat down with Paul to discuss a whole variety of things, and the honest, straightforward man that he is, he answered our questions candidly. We hope you’ll enjoy this throwback. Delve into Metal Assault’s conversation with Paul Di’Anno below. Continue reading “From the Archives: An Interview with former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno”

Best Emerging Bands Of 2016

By Andrew Bansal

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While we support and keep track of the older, more popular bands, discovering and unearthing new, hidden talent is our thing. The music listener stuck in decades past would tell you there are no good new bands, but I’m here to tell you otherwise. Here are my picks for the top 20 emerging artists of the year, i.e. bands that released a killer debut album/EP, did their first successful tour, broke through to get noticed after a few years of obscurity, or created an indelible first impression in any other way, shape or form. Continue reading “Best Emerging Bands Of 2016”

Show-Stealers Of 2016: 7 Support Acts That Outperformed Their Headliners

By Andrew Bansal

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Around this time of the year we celebrate the best albums, shows and new bands of the 12 months gone by, but also equally deserving of the recognition are bands that not only played in front of audiences that were in attendance to see someone else, but ended up superseding the efforts of their respective headliners and stealing the show. I witnessed many such instances in 2016, as the habit of going to shows early enough to catch all bands on the lineup (and never caring or asking for set times) is deeply ingrained in me. Here are the seven best show-stealers of the year, in chronological order. Continue reading “Show-Stealers Of 2016: 7 Support Acts That Outperformed Their Headliners”