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.
'Fast' Eddie Clarke - 13 November 2016. Part of the celebrated Motörhead line-up that recorded the classic albums ‘Ace Of Spades’, ‘Overkill’, and ‘Bomber’, along with Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister and Phil ‘Filthy Animal’ Taylor, ‘Fast’ Eddie Clarkehelped steer the band to their greatest successes. We sat down for an EXCLUSIVE in-depth chat about the highs and lows of his Motörhead past, and what lies ahead.
Geoff Tate- 7 November 2016. As the lyrical mastermind of Queensrÿche, Geoff Tate is no stranger to ambitious concepts. Making a return to those epic pieces, Tate’s latest project; Operation: Mindcrime has just released ‘Resurrection’, the second part of a sprawling album trilogy. We caught up with Geoff for a chat about the new disc and the final days of his former outfit.
Joe Satriani - 1 November 2016. Released 27 years ago this week, Joe Satriani’s ‘Flying In A Blue Dream’ is now regarded as an all-time guitar classic. Recorded under a time of great duress, as Joe revealed exclusively to eonmusic in an interview published here for the first time, we caught up with ‘The Maestro’ in November 2015, at the Classic Rock Awards, to discuss the album, and his remarkable career.
Anvil- 31 October 2016. Canada’s Anvil saw an upturn in fortunes, thanks to the success of their infamous award winning 2008 Sacha Gervasi-directed documentary ‘Anvil! The Story Of Anvil’. Back in the U.K. supporting the release of new LP ‘Anvil Is Anvil’, we caught up with front man Steve 'Lips' Kudlow ahead of the band’s Cardiff show.
Barclay James Harvest - 28 October 2016. Formed almost 50 years ago, the original Barclay James Harvest were true progressive rock originators. Now split into two factions, singer John Lees' incarnation of the group are about to hit the U.K. for a series of dates in support of their‘North' album. We spoke to John about the band’s history, longevity, and future.
Testament- 26 October 2016. One of thrash metal’s most respected acts, Testament are true survivors. We caught up with singer Chuck Billy to chat about the difficult birth of new album 'Brotherhood Of The Snake', his unlikely audition for Sepultura, the ongoing beef of former bassist Greg Christian, and much more besides.
Kee Marcello - 13 October 2016. Best known as a member of Europe during their 1980s heyday, Kee Marcello was right in the eye of the storm when ‘The Final Countdown’ thrust them into the stratosphere. We sat down with the amiable Swede for an EXCLUSIVE in depth chat about getting even with grunge, and becoming a prisoner in paradise.
Trivium- 11 October 2016. Trivium are crusaders in their ascendancy. With news of a European tour scheduled for Spring 2017 in support of latest release ‘Silence In The Snow’, we look back at our chat with with bassist Paolo Gregoletto. “This is the very first interview for the new album cycle”, he told us excitedly in August 2015; “I can’t wait to get started!”.
The Mute Gods - 30 September 2016. The Mute Gods have come a long way since releasing their debut album ‘Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me’ in early 2016. Recently honoured at the Progressive Music Awards in London, we caught up with two thirds of the band in Nick Beggs And Roger King following their win.
Saxon- 29 September 2016. The loss of close friend and touring partner Lemmy Kilmister must rank among Saxon's most sombre of days. About to kick start the ‘Battering Ram’ tour once again, which ended when the Motörhead main man passed, we spoke to main man Biff Byford about the tour, and plans for a new album.