“Live Albums give you an Imagination that Studio Albums Don’t”: A Candid Conversation with Marty Friedman

To readers of this site, the name Marty Friedman needs no introduction. The legendary metal guitarist is releasing his new live album One Bad M.F. Live, his 14th solo album overall,this Friday October 19 via Prosthetic Records. Recorded at Centro Cultural in Mexico City on April 14 2018, this album is the rawest, purest representation and celebration of Marty’s career, as well as the sheer brilliance and class of his band, comprising Kiyoshi (bass), Jordan Ziff (guitar) and Chargeeee (drums). To celebrate the release, Marty Friedman and band will be playing a very special intimate concert at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on October 21. Marty recently spoke to Metal Assault to discuss the new record, his band, his favorite live albums, his memories of the Viper Room, and an obscure solo project from the past. Enjoy the candid conversation below. Continue reading ““Live Albums give you an Imagination that Studio Albums Don’t”: A Candid Conversation with Marty Friedman”

Three Decades and Counting: Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes discusses band’s 30th Anniversary

British band Paradise Lost not only originated a unique cross-section of sub-genres of heavy music, they stayed with it and kept refining it, and have now been doing so for 30 years. Based out of Halifax, West Yorkshire, Paradise Lost combined their inspirations and influences from the worlds of death metal, doom metal and gothic rock to formulate their own signature style and over the years, have given heavy metal enthusiasts a lot to absorb and cherish, releasing as many as 15 studio albums till date, touring around the world many times over, and showing no signs of stopping any time soon. This Fall, Paradise Lost is launching their 30th anniversary tour with a North American headline run, also featuring support acts Solstafir and The Atlas Moth. Vocalist Nick Holmes recently spoke to Metal Assault in a highly insightful, in-depth chat, discussing the band’s 30-year career and lots more. Enjoy the conversation below. Continue reading “Three Decades and Counting: Paradise Lost vocalist Nick Holmes discusses band’s 30th Anniversary”

Featured Music Video: Los Angeles based Acid Doom group Old Blood unveils new single, “Enjoy. The Devil”

Since the release of their self-titled debut full-length album in 2016, Los Angeles CA based band Old Blood has emerged as one of the most fascinating perpetrators of psychedelic heavy rock. With compelling studio recordings and mesmerizing live performances, this band has all it takes to strike the right chord with fans of the genre. Old Blood first caught our attention with a spellbinding show at an obscure event at the Prospector in Long Beach on a fine September evening in 2017. Since then, we booked them on two of our events, and have tracked their progress closely. It came as no surprise to us that in 2018, the band got signed to Wright Records, an imprint of Sony Music. Last Saturday October 13, Old Blood unveiled their new single “Enjoy. The Devil” through a beautifully haunting and provocative music video. Watch it below, and be on the lookout for lots more from your new favorite acid doom band! Continue reading “Featured Music Video: Los Angeles based Acid Doom group Old Blood unveils new single, “Enjoy. The Devil””

Playing to Win: In Conversation with Striker guitarist Tim Brown

In this day and age, perhaps no other heavy metal band is as prolific and powerful as Canadian group Striker. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, this traditional/power metal band was formed in 2007, and has already released five fantastic studio albums in the last 8 years. They are now gearing up to unveil their sixth full-length, Play to Win, set for an independent release on October 26. Guitarist Tim Brown spoke to Metal Assault recently during the band’s ongoing North American co-headline tour with fellow Canadian band Unleash The Archers. Enjoy the conversation below and make sure to pick up a copy of the new album, because every Striker album is satisfaction guaranteed! Continue reading “Playing to Win: In Conversation with Striker guitarist Tim Brown”

“We Want Rock n’ Roll to be Dangerous Again”: In Conversation with Bewitcher bassist Andreas Magus

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, “Satanic speed metal” trio Bewitcher has become a major force to reckon with in the US heavy metal underground since their 2013 inception, and after the 2016 release of their self-titled debut full-length in particular. Known for their relentlessly fast and violent tunes and off-the-chains ritualistic live performances, Bewitcher looks all set to conquer the metal underground and rise above the surface in the foreseeable future. As of right now, Bewitcher is getting ready to embark on the “Western Blasphemy” US West Coast mini-tour. Bassist Andreas Magus spoke to Metal Assault recently about the tour and all other things Bewitcher. Enjoy the conversation below, and join the Satanic speed metal cult! Continue reading ““We Want Rock n’ Roll to be Dangerous Again”: In Conversation with Bewitcher bassist Andreas Magus”

Warming the Metal Hearts: German titans Accept deliver Legendary Performance in Pasadena

September 29 2018, The Rose, Pasadena CA: It is the year 2018, and in the world of hard rock and heavy metal, being a “legacy” act is a popular trend. These are bands that have been in existence for 30+ years and are going around playing shows wherein they merely cash in on the casual fans wanting to hear a handful of “radio hits” or “classics”. In a lot of cases, most of the original lineup of the band is not even part of it, and it is nothing more than a glorified cover band. German classic metal titans Accept first started out more than 40 years ago, but are one of the very, very few bands of their lifespan to be defying the norm. Last Saturday, they played a show at the Rose in Pasadena as part of their ongoing touring run, and showed how it should be done.  Continue reading “Warming the Metal Hearts: German titans Accept deliver Legendary Performance in Pasadena”

Album Review: Alizarin – Cast Zenith

Alizarin is a brand new, fresh-faced band based out of Los Angeles, California, that has just released their debut album. One thing that brings such a fresh sheen to this band is their easy to understand, yet still in-depth approach to prog rock. Alizarin is composed of three members alongside a keyboardist who performed on the debut album, Cast Zenith. One thing that really pushes Alizarin’s prog approach to the forefront is the constant emotional payoff sown into each and every song across the album. Even with the extreme technical prowess there isn’t an overt focus on technical mastery, instead Alizarin allows the technical work to channel and express powerful emotional content. Continue reading “Album Review: Alizarin – Cast Zenith”

Exclusive Premiere: Silver Talon – Speed of the Night (Lyric Video)

As they say, when one door closes, another opens. Same applies to the world of heavy metal, as bands break up and fans mourn, but members of the broken-up bands move on to newer, greener pastures. The latest such case comes from the traditional heavy/speed metal scene of the great music town of Portland, Oregon. Continue reading “Exclusive Premiere: Silver Talon – Speed of the Night (Lyric Video)”

Speed Metal Thunder: Road Rash guitarist talks about Insane Live Shows, Upcoming Tour & more

Based out of Vancouver BC, Road Rash is one of the worthiest flag-bearers of traditional speed metal to have emerged in the last few years. Already making a name for themselves with their high-octane live performances and compelling studio recordings, Road Rash is gearing up for their first US West Coast tour. Rhythm guitarist and designated hype beast Sheldon Byer recently spoke to Metal Assault about all things Road Rash and more. Enjoy the conversation below, along with a taste of the band’s music, and make sure to catch them on their tour which includes a free show at the Slidebar put on by Metal Assault! Continue reading “Speed Metal Thunder: Road Rash guitarist talks about Insane Live Shows, Upcoming Tour & more”