Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Flemming Rasmussen & Joel McIver Celebrate Master of Puppets as Focus on Metal Hits Episode 300.



Episode 300 - Master of Puppets

Another milestone passes this week as we roll out episode 300. We taken this opportunity to use this episode to celebrate another metal milestone that turns 30 this year, namely Metallica’s landmark release “Master of Puppets”. Released on March 3rd 1986 MOP changed the thrash game forever.

The file icon came out so cool we had to share a larger version
This week we talk with author Joel McIver and MOP producer Flemming Rasmussen about the album and next week we’ll have original Death Angel drummer Andy Galeon continuing our MOP discussion. 
Stay tuned later in the year as we speak with MOP mixer Michael Wagener to wrap this one up.

Joel, as always can be found at joelmciver.co.uk/ or check out his other gig at bassguitarmagazine.com/
Flemming is online at facebook.com/flemming.rasmussen.35





Thanks for listening to FOM and here's to 300 more.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Episode 299 - Seventh Calling


Who knew you would find some killer metal in South Dakota, but we did with Seventh Calling. These guys have been around since 2007 and just released their latest “Battle Call” a few months ago. I thought they were perfect for the show so I asked the main dude Steve Handel to come by for a chat. We had a serious metal chat. Wanna know more you can find Seventh Calling on Facebook at facebook.com/seventhcalling



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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Texas Metal Underground Records on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 298 - Texas Metal Underground

As promised we are back from our break and ready to bring you your weekly dose of metal. This week we dig into the vault of audio and bring you our talk with Scott Fulwiler the owner of Texas Metal Underground Records.
TMU is a great label bringing us stuff from Texas metal history that those of us outside of the state would probably never hear. You can find their website at tmurecords.com/ also you can go here to get your FREE TMU Sampler


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Saturday, September 10, 2016

A Sound of Thunder reveals new album details, launches crowd-funding campaign



Heavy metallers A SOUND OF THUNDER will release their new album, "Who Do You Think We Are?" on Friday, December 16.  

The covers album will include 11 versions of metal classics originally by artists Alice Cooper, Rainbow, Mercyful Fate, Manowar, Tool, Black Sabbath, Wrathchild USA, Dio, Dan Fogelberg, and Deep Purple.

A crowd-funding campaign for the new album and an animated video was launched on the Kickstarter platform on September 2.  The initial $12,000 funding goal was reached in under 4 hours, and the campaign went on to raise over $17,000 in the first 24 hours. The band is offering fans an opportunity to have their likenesses animated into the new video, as well as a host of other exclusive offerings.  The campaign runs through October 10.  "Who Do You Think We Are?" is currently only available through the campaign.

Per the campaign description:
"We put every bit of effort into this full-blown studio album as we do into our original albums, and churned out some Thunderized versions of classics by Alice Cooper, Rainbow, Mercyful Fate, Manowar, Tool, Kansas, Black Sabbath, Wrathchild USA, Dio, Dan Fogelberg, and Deep Purple!"  

"Production was once again handled by the platinum awarded Kevin '131' Gutierrez (Shinedown, Raven, While Heaven Wept) at Assembly Line Studios, so you can expect the same punchy modern production as our previous albums but beefed up with even heavier guitars and some of the best performances we've ever captured."

"Recording is complete and was partially funded by "The Lesser Key of Solomon" Kickstarter campaign from 2013.  Funds from this new campaign will be used for manufacturing CDs & vinyl, paying the legally required licensing fees for the cover songs, and for new cover art from ASoT painter extraordinaire Dusan Markovic!  We expect a late-November or early-December release for this album!"

"Excess funds will be used on several projects that are currently in the works.  The most frequent demand we get from fans is to bring Udoroth back!  Well, we've started to do just that!  Animation is an expensive process, but we feel we have a video script that will be quite simply one of the most metal videos of all time, and that will hopefully allow us to turn Udoroth and the Queen of Hell into an ongoing series."

"The "Udoroth" music video is by far the most popular project we've ever done, with over 300,000 views and gaining about 1,000 views daily even 2 years after its release.  We have a killer expanded story revolving around Udoroth and the Queen of Hell that we are dying to share, and are ready to start bringing it to you.   But on top of just putting out something cool, the animation helps grow our fanbase which will make it possible for us to tour more and come play for all of you! The current financial reality is that we lose money if we travel any significant distance to play a show.  Therefore we can't afford to come to many of the places that you have asked us to play.  The expanded Udoroth and Queen of Hell story and universe can be the vehicle to get us out on the road to play for you, and if it happens, we'll promise you'll have some of the most badass, most metal animation every created!"

A SOUND OF THUNDER released their previous album "Tales from the Deadside" on September 25, 2015.  The concept album based on Valiant Entertainment's SHADOWMAN comic book series reached #16 on the Billboard Hard Rock Albums Chart, #8 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, and #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers - South Atlantic Chart.

Crowd-funding campaign link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/asoundofthunder/covers-album-and-udoroths-return


Australian female fronted power metal band NIGHT LEGION release free self titled advance track from upcoming debut album.



Forged in the fires of internationally acclaimed acts ranging from Death Dealer and Knightmare to Empires of Eden and Aussie metal royalty Dungeon, Night Legion unleashes razor-sharp power metal to make your ears bleed – in the best possible way.

In addition to songwriting and production credits on Blasted To Static, a recent release fronted by Jeff Martin (Racer X), Stu Marshall stepped off the stage of Motörhead’s Motorboat just over a year ago. His band Death Dealer – with Ross the Boss (Manowar) on guitar – was one of the headline acts on the cruise.
In Night Legion, Marshall reunites with bassist Glenn Williams, a crowd favourite on Dungeon’s large-scale tours, and Clay T, of Blasted To Static fame. Joining them is James Munro (4Arm/Knightmare) – a veteran of tours in support of Slayer – on guitar, with metal maiden Shannon Tipene (The Deadly) providing lead vocals.

But don’t be expecting any of that operatic mezzo-soprano wailing we’ve become painfully familiar with. With an uncompromising and aggressive style that echoes Doro’s greatest triumphs, or Ann Wilson’s trademark microphone abuse, Tipene’s voice cuts a blazing trail of destruction that is second to none.

When asked what inspired him to take a new direction in forming a band with a female singer, Marshall answers simply: “The power of her voice. Shannon and I have worked together on various mixing projects, and she sang on the last Death Dealer album [Hallowed Ground]. Ever since I heard her unleash on ‘Way of the Gun’, I’ve known she’s exactly what we needed to lead the Legion.”
Night Legion has recently begun work on recording their debut, slated for a 2017 release, and is in the early stages of exploring which label will offer the most suitable home for the album. This unconquerable touring animal also has its sights on Japan, Europe and possibly Australia in early to mid-2017.



For the latest band news, visit the official Night Legion website and Facebook page:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Michael Sweet Returns Once Again to Focus on Metal This Week



Episode 297 - Michael Sweet

Our annual summer break is upon us but before we take a few weeks off Michael Sweet returns to the show once again this week to talk about the imminent release of his latest solo album “One Sided War” due from Rat Pak on August 26th. He also talks about the upcoming Stryper 30th anniversary “To Hell With The Devil” tour and we even manage to fit in some gear talk too. Enjoy our talk with Michael and we’ll be back the week of Sept 12th with more metal goodness.

Michael can be found on the net at michaelsweet.com/ and the latest Stryper news and tour dates are at stryper.com/


And be sure to pick up your copy of "One Sided War" This Week.

Track of the week is from the new Metal Allegiance EP Fallen Heroes. Here's Alissa White-Gluz of Arch Enemy talking about making the track

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

THE DEAD DAISIES Make Some Noise new on multiple worldwide album charts and new video unveiled




The Dead Daisies’ hugely acclaimed new studio album ‘Make Some Noise’ racks up impressive chart positions in numerous territories worldwide:


‘Make Some Noise’ stormed the UK Album Charts at Number 35, the Swiss National Album Chart at Number 10, the US Hard Rock Album Chart at Number 11, debuted in the German National Album Chart at Number 22, on the Austrian Album Chart at Number 34, on the USA Top Hard Music Chart at Number 19, on the Swedish Hard Rock Chart at Number 15, on the Canadian Hard Music Chart at Number 42, and came in on the USA Billboard Top Current Album Chart at Number 93.

The album landed on a total of 23 official charts around the world.

John Corabi says: “We want to thank all of our fans & friends around the world for the AMAZING support of our new record "Make Some Noise"! We have entered all of these charts around the world because of YOU and we can't thank you enough!!!! Keep spreading the word and we'll see you on tour soon!!!! You guys are the BEST!!! We love you all!!!!”

As if that wasn’t enough, today sees the band release their brand-new Video for “Join Together” filmed at Europe’s biggest Open Air Festival, Woodstock Poland.

Watch it here: http://bit.ly/2b0BCxM

With an average attendance of over 625.000 people over the last four years, the festival is truly massive and the Daisies were welcomed by the giant crowd with open arms and left to thunderous applause – a true testament to how music makes people “Join Together”!

In July and August of this year, The Dead Daisies played the big European Festivals as well as a string of sold-out headline shows in Ireland, the UK and Germany. 

They are currently touring the United States with KISS on their “Freedom To Rock”-Tour. This is topped off by two exclusive headline performances in NYC and Los Angeles as well as an Acoustic Performance at Battlefield Harley Davidson in Gettysburg, PA. They also just recently performed at the coveted Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Later this year, the band will return to perform in Japan and South Korea for the first time, set sail on the KISS KRUISE and embark on an extensive UK & European Co-Headline Tour with The Answer.

Rock & Roll is alive and well!!

ALL Chart Positions below:

# 03   England - Hard Rock & Metal Charts
# 10   Switzerland - Album Charts
# 11   USA - Hard Rock Album Charts
# 12   Germany - Media Markt / Saturn Charts 
# 15   Sweden - Hard Rock Charts
# 18   England - Update Charts
# 19   USA - Top Hard Music Charts
# 20   England - Indie Charts
# 21   USA - Indie Charts
# 22   Germany - Album Charts
# 24   USA - Top Internet Charts
# 33   USA - Top Current Rock Charts
# 34   Austria - Album Charts
# 35   England - Album Charts
# 42   Canada - Hard Music Charts
# 48   USA - Album Core Genre Rock Charts
# 66   Canada - Indie Charts
# 93   USA - Top Current Album Charts
# 104 USA - Current Digital Album Charts
# 140 Sweden - Album Charts
# 145 France - Album Charts 
# 166 Belgium - Album Charts
# 187 Canada - Album Charts

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Just Posted: Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil on This Weeks Focus On Metal


Episode 296 - Cristina Scabbia

No drummers this week instead we bring you a chat we had with Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil, who recently released “Delirium” their 8th studio album. You can find out more about the band at lacunacoil.it/ 


Also this week we have Andrew Whiteman from Red Tide Rising. They are at redtiderising.com/


Track of the week is from Elm Street, off their new one on Massacre records, “Knock Em Out With A Metal Fist”.



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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Just Posted: Wild Mick Brown on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 295 - Wild Mick Brown

Our summer of drummers continues this week as we talk with Wild Mick Brown. Need I say more?


Connect with Mick at facebook.com/Wildmickbrown/


Track of the week is from Q5 from their new release "New World Order"


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Just posted: Epsiode 294 with Phil Lynott biographer Graeme Thomson


Episode 294 - Cowboy Song

Something a little different this week as we feature a discussion we had with rock biographer Graeme Thomson. He recently wrote “Cowboy Song: The Authorized Biography of Philip Lynott” and this week we’ll talk all about it.




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