Black Star Riders- 20 March 2017. Black Star Riders have been on a steady rise since morphing from the reactivated Thin Lizzy in 2013. Now three albums into their career, the five piece show no signs of slowing down. We sat down with guitarist Damon Johnson to chat about the success of 'Heavy Fire', and why there won;t be any more Thin Lizzy tours.
Gun - 13 March 2017. Bursting out of Glasgow in 1989, Gun’s flame burned brightly before fizzling out with their confusingly-titled, direction-shifting forth album a few years later. Making a comeback, the long standing Gizzi brothers Dante and Giuliano have steered the group to pastures new. We caught up with Dante to chat about the band’s ricochet.
Sepultura - 8 March 2017. Sepultura have been sharing their Morbid Visions since 1986. Splitting with founder member Max Cavalera a decade later, they regrouped with Texan Derrick Green in 1998 to release the ferociously defiant ‘Against’. We caught up with guitarist Andreas Kisser, for an EXCLUSIVE chat about their career, collaborating, and their tenacity.
Jethro Tull - 7 March 2017. Ian Anderson has taken Jethro Tull into a new musical pasture, teaming up with The Carducci Quartet to produce ‘Jethro Tull The String Quartets’; an album that sees staples of the Tull catalogue re-imagined. Translating effortlessly, it’s a project that Ian has been mulling over for quite some time, as he tells us in our EXCLUSIVE interview.
HammerFall - 28 February 2017. Sweden’s HammerFall are power metal monsters. Entering their twenty-first year, and returning with latest album ‘Built To Last’ in 2016, they show no signs of slowing down just yet. We caught up with bassist Fredrik Larsson to talk about the disc, and the band’s plans for 2017.
Anthrax - 23 February 2017. EXCLUSIVE: Currently on the road promoting the critically acclaimed ‘For All Kings’, as well as celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the breakthrough 'Among The Living', we caught up with bassist Frank Bello to discuss the new album, touring, and some seldom talked about Anthrax history.
The Raven Age - 16 February 2017. Featuring George Harris on guitar – the son of Iron Maiden founder Steve Harris, The Raven Age may have had a well-placed guiding hand, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t worked hard for their success. We caught up with George at the start of the band’s tour with Anthrax, to discuss all things Raven.
Thunder - 7 February 2017. EXCLUSIVE: Thunder are one of Britain’s best loved rock bands. The five-piece, led by school friends Danny Bowes and Luke Morley hit new highs with the release of comeback album ‘Wonder Days’ in 2015, and are preparing to follow it up with new album ‘Rip It Up’. We caught up with Luke to talk about the disc, his infamous guitars, and some storied Thunder history.
Armored Saint - 3 February 2017. EXCLUSIVE:John Bush has been on the march with Armored Saint since forming the band with his high school friends back in 1982. Along the way he’s been courted by Metallica, and fronted Anthrax, releasing four original studio albums with the New Yorkers between 1993 and 2003. We caught up with John to discuss all of the above, and more.
Amon Amarth - 30 January 2017. Amon Amarth have been steering their longboat through the metallic oceans for almost two decades. Now set to play their biggest ever UK headline slot closing the Friday night at this years’ Bloodstock Open Air festival, we caught up with guitarist Johan Söderberg, for a chat about inspirations, the new album, and of course, dragons!
Phil Rudd - 16 December 2016. EXCLUSIVE: Parting ways with AC/DC in 2015 after a well-publicised brush with the law, Phil Rudd is now concentrating full time on his solo band. And why not; “I played next to fuckin’ Malcolm Young for close to forty years, mate - I know how a guitar’s supposed to go”, he reasons. We caught up with Phil to discuss the solo band, their upcoming tour, and a little Acca Dacca history.
Vivian Campbell - 15 December 2016. Vivian Campbell has played with some of rock's biggest groups, including tenures with Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, and three decades plus with Def Leppard. Here, in the final part of our EXCLUSIVE two-part interview, Viv chats about the passing of Jimmy Bain, Def Leppard’s difficult navigation of the grunge era, and his influences.
Steve Harris - 13 December 2016. As the founder of Iron Maiden, it’s fair to say that Steve Harris has little left to prove. Returning to his pre-premier league roots, swapping Iron Maiden's Ed Force One 747 for life on a cramped tour bus with British Lion, we caught up with Steve to talk about the band, life on the road, and his famed ‘Hammers’ Fender Precision bass.
Vivian Campbell - 12 December 2016. One quarter of the original Dio band, Vivian Campbell has had tenures with Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy, not to mention over three decades in Def Leppard. Fresh from wrapping up a tour with his own Last In Line, we caught up with Viv for a chat about his illustrious history. Part one of an EXCLUSIVE two-part interview.
Blaze Bayley - 30 November 2016. Bursting onto the scene with Wolfsbane in the early 1990’s, Blaze Bayley is best known for replacing Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden. Now working on his eighth solo release, we caught up with Blaze for an in-depth chat about his career to date, the highs and lows of his time with Iron Maiden, and plans for a new Wolfsbane record.