“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”

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”

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”

Into the Vojd: Joseph Tholl talks about continuation of Black Trip as Vojd

Amidst the limitless plethora that is the Swedish heavy music scene, there was a band called Black Trip, featuring two members of Enforcer, a group well-known among traditional metal enthusiasts all over the world. Guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Joseph Tholl led Black Trip to create two fantastic albums ‘Goin Under’ (2013) and ‘Shadowline’ (2015), musically much different from Enforcer and more in the vein of contemporary-sounding classic hard rock. But complications with the name led to Black Trip becoming Vojd. The first album under the new name is called ‘The Outer Ocean’ and is set for worldwide release on February 23 via High Roller Records. Joseph Tholl spoke to Metal Assault recently to discuss all things Vojd. Enjoy the chat below, listen to the single to get a taste of the new album, and be on the lookout for the best new musical offering from Sweden! Continue reading “Into the Vojd: Joseph Tholl talks about continuation of Black Trip as Vojd”

Interview + Ticket Giveaway: Enslaved

Norwegian progressive extreme metal giants Enslaved released their stellar 14th full-length studio album ‘E’ via Nuclear Blast Records in 2017, and are now gearing up to headline the 7th annual Decibel Magazine package tour across North America, the lineup also featuring Wolves In The Throne Room, Myrkur and Khemmis. Guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson recently spoke to Metal Assault about all things Enslaved, and was as insightful, candid and articulate as ever. Enjoy the conversation below, and enter the giveaway at the bottom of the article, for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Orange County stop of the Decibel Tour, Saturday March 10 at The Observatory! Continue reading “Interview + Ticket Giveaway: Enslaved”

Sci-Fi Death Metal Exploration: In Conversation with Artificial Brain vocalist Will Smith

Interview by Jason Williams

Long Island NY technical death metal group released a highly impressive sophomore full-length ‘Infrared Horizon’ earlier in 2017 via Profound Lore Records, and are currently on a North American tour supporting Cattle Decapitation, Revocation and Full Of Hell. As part of this tour, they played a show at The Regent in downtown Los Angeles, and our writer Jason Williams sat down with vocalist Will Smith for an interview. Check out the conversation below. Continue reading “Sci-Fi Death Metal Exploration: In Conversation with Artificial Brain vocalist Will Smith”

A Multi-Dimensional Legend: An Exclusive Interview with GWAR co-founder Hunter Jackson (Techno Destructo)

Interview by Lisa Burke

Hunter Jackson co-founded GWAR and portrayed the character Techno Destructo, which he created, along with a lot of other imagery that the band used. Now, 15 years since parting ways with GWAR, Hunter Jackson is preparing to open an art exhibit at The Thought in Hollywood. The grand opening takes place tonight Saturday September 9th, where Jackson will perform as Techno Destructo, and the exhibit will remain open for a month, displaying never-before-seen GWAR art pieces and much more. Lisa Burke sat down with him for a detailed, exclusive interview on wrestling, comic books, GWAR, art and more. Listen to it below, and if you’re in the LA area, do not miss the grand opening! Continue reading “A Multi-Dimensional Legend: An Exclusive Interview with GWAR co-founder Hunter Jackson (Techno Destructo)”

A Heartbreaking Tell-All: Lemmy’s Best Friend Scott Albanesius Presents Untold Story about Lemmy Statue and how he was Fired & Banned From the Rainbow

By Andrew Bansal

On the night of Tuesday September 5th 2017, I was contacted by Lemmy’s best friend, Scott Albanesius, via the Metal Assault facebook messenger. He said he read my article from last Monday and wanted to talk to me urgently, that he had a story to tell, a story he had never told before. I understand that a lot of the content in this interview can be outrightly deemed controversial, but before you proceed further, I must state that this is simply a transcript of what Scott told me on record. This is his version of the truth. Without further ado, here’s Scott Albanesius’ truth, about the Lemmy statue, the Rainbow, the Motörhead management, the Maglieris, and a whole lot more. (Full audio available at the end of the article). Continue reading “A Heartbreaking Tell-All: Lemmy’s Best Friend Scott Albanesius Presents Untold Story about Lemmy Statue and how he was Fired & Banned From the Rainbow”