Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Michael Sweet Gives Us The Rundown of The New Stryper Release on This Weeks Focus on Metal


  Episode 473 - Even The Devil Believes

So this week we start off with some chat about drive in concert events and the new Rust in Peace book but we managed to rein in our metal chatter long enough to have another chat with Michael Sweet. Yep, Michael makes yet another appearance the show this week as we talk with him about Stryper’s latest release “Even The Devil Believes


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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Guitarist Bill Leverty Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal

  

Episode 472 - Divided We Fall


Firehouse guitarist Bill Leverty has just released his fifth solo release. It’s been 7 years since Bill released “Drive” but this year he finally rolled out “Divided We Fall”. This week we’ll talk with Bill about the latest release and also take the opportunity to get the story behind the 1995 Firehouse album “3”.


If you want to pick up your own copy of “Divided We Fall” head to Leverty.com


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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Producer Beau Hill Talks Twisted Sister & Ratt on This Weeks Focus on Metal

 












Episode 471 - Reach For The Suckers


This week we sit down once again with producer Beau Hill. The topic this week is a late 80s double header. First up we discuss Twisted Sister’s 87 effort “Love is For Suckers” and after that we delve into the stories behind Ratt’s 88 release “Reach For The Sky”.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

We honor "The Headmaster" Martin Birch on this weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 470 - The Headmaster


This week we opted to honor legendary engineer and producer Martin Birch. Of course we could have done some long discussion on his legacy but being FoM we had do something a little different. So we are going old school FoM with a full discussion episode as we compare what we think are the top five Martin Birch albums. Rest in peace Headmaster.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Dave Reynolds Guests Once Again on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 469 - Europe and The Rise of Melodic Metal


We had Dave Reynolds on as our guest for the final two episodes of our large format Kerrang! project. This week we have him back to talk about (of all things) Europe and the rise of melodic metal. Given his background and history of the bands he wrote about it seemed like a good fit.



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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mark Slaughter takes us through the making of "Stick It To Ya" on this weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 468 - Stick It To Ya


Yep after enjoying a good chunk of time off we are back with more Focus on Metal.

Little issue with the feed today BUT it's fixed and the latest episode is live.

January 23rd 1990 Slaughter puts out their debut album “Stick It To Ya” on Chrysalis. With three singles released in 1990 alone this album has become a classic. With 30 years under its belt We sat down months ago with Mark Slaughter to talk all about the story behind this classic release.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Armored Saint reveals details for new album, 'Punching The Sky'; launches video for first single, "End of the Attention Span"

 


On October 23rd, Armored Saint will release their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the album, a video for the new single, "End of the Attention Span" (directed by Robert Graves // ashadowbeyond.com), can be viewed at: metalblade.com/armoredsaint 

Bassist Joey Vera comments: "We've teamed up with video director Robert Graves for our first single, 'End of the Attention Span'. Robert got the lyrical content right away and together we delved into society's ongoing fascination with electronic devices and the insidious disconnect it creates. The irony is that most of us feel connected together through our phone and computer screens, but the reality is that we have created a wedge between ourselves. Our human interactions have been infected with an intense need for information. We're always 'looking' for more. The end result is a very damaged attention span." 

Pre-order Punching The Sky now at metalblade.com/armoredsaint in the following formats: 
- digipak-CD
- ltd. digibook-CD/DVD (incl. 3 bonus tracks) 
- 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive) 
- clear purple / white marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 500 copies) 
- dark violet marbled vinyl w/ 7" & patch (Kings Road exclusive - limited to 300 copies) 
- signal orange marbled vinyl (EU exclusive - limited to 200 copies) 
- white w/ purple & red splatter vinyl (EMP exclusive - limited to 200 copies) 
- purple / red melt vinyl (Kings Road exclusive - limited to 100 copies) 
- deep purple marbled vinyl (US exclusive) 
- lavender marbled vinyl w/ 7" & patch (US exclusive) 

Leaders and stalwarts of the American heavy metal scene since the early 80s, Armored Saint's Punching The Sky sees them returning hard. A diverse, attitude-drenched collection, it's everything the band's faithful have come to expect from them while pushing their signature sound forward. "The goal is to write really good music. I know I'm stating the obvious here but that's about the size of our agenda," says bassist Joey Vera. "We've been able to shed a lot of expectations that sometimes plague a band like ours that has been around a long time, and we've recently moved into a comfort zone with just being ourselves. We have this kind of freedom now that we didn't really have early in our career, and we can take some chances and make the kind of music that wewant to hear. This record is a reflection of where we are at, right now." Exploding to life with the crunchy, rousing "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants" and not letting up until the closing ruthless riff of "Never You Fret", the record is possessed of an urgency and vigor which very much places it in the right now, but could only be the work of Vera, guitarists Phil Sandoval and Jeff Duncan, drummer Gonzo Sandoval and vocalist John Bush. "When you're a band that began four decades ago, you really have to push yourself harder than ever when it comes to making a new record," states Bush. "The last thing you ever want is for it to appear as though you were going through the motions or that you're just putting a product out to do some touring. The records are immortal. They'll be here long after us. Every one needs to count in its own individual way." 

With Vera acting as producer, he recruited the same engineering team that worked on Win Hands Down with drums recorded by Josh Newell at El Dorado Studios in Burbank, CA, guitars tracked by Bill Metoyer at Skullseven studios in North Hollywood, CA, and vocals, bass and additional recordings by the bassist at his studio. "I like working with people that I trust and have a good personal rapport with. That same reason is why I hired Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Amon Amarth, Stonesour) to mix the record. It's important to be able to work with people who understand what the end goal is." The process of realizing the album was a lot of hard work, Vera admitting he took on too many of the tasks himself, but he states that overall it was a good experience and everyone brought their A-game to the table and the right attitude for getting things done. "At the end of the mixing stage, I always have a hard time walking away from the project we've been working on for so long. It's hard to let it go. The end result is good though. Everyone played and sang their asses off and it shows." The record also features a few guest musicians further expanding its sonic palette, the whole thing kicking off with the sound of Uilleann Pipes, Vera finding player Patrick D'Arcy in LA and recruiting him to the cause. Guns 'N' Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed also contributes, Vera giving both him and D'Arcy some general directions and letting them loose, both of them delivering strong performances. The band's own Gonzo Sandoval plays an American Indian flute on "Never You Fret" - a first for Armored Saint and their drummer. Also Jacob Ayala, the son of a childhood friend who is a drum major in high school, added some marching snare on one of the tracks, which really stands out. 

With the band's place in the metal scene firmly reestablished with Punching The Sky, they are staring down their four decade anniversary, which Vera reflects on. "Part of me feels like I can't believe we've been doing this for that long. It's kind of incredible. So I feel pretty damn lucky really, that we've been able to have the support from fans and our record company for all these years. Without this support, we really couldn't do any of this. So this is the big part of what has kept us going, and when I stop and look around, I am humbled that we've had this opportunity to make music and tour for such a long time. That's what our initial goal was back when we were just 18 years old." 

Punching The Sky track-listing
1. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
2. End of the Attention Span
3. Bubble
4. My Jurisdiction
5. Do Wrong to None
6. Lone Wolf
7. Missile to Gun
8. Fly in the Ointment
9. Bark, No Bite
10. Unfair
11. Never You Fret 

Armored Saint online:
http://armoredsaint.com
https://www.facebook.com/thearmoredsaint
https://twitter.com/thearmoredsaint
https://www.instagram.com/thearmoredsaint

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Metal Mike Rijswijk Talks Aardschok on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 467 - Aardschok

January 30th 1982, “Metal Mike” Rijswijk presented the first Aardschok festival. Like the launch of the long running magazine the festival was another major milestone in metal. The festival was last held in 1999 but the tradition in the Netherlands is carried on by Dynamo Open Air. Since none of us are going to enjoy any of the mighty festivals this year we figured we’d get “Metal Mike” on the show to talk about the history of the Aardschok Festival and it’s parent magazine.

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Adrian Vandenberg Guests on This Bonus Episode of Focus on Metal


Episode 466SE - Vandenberg 2020

May 29th marked the first release in 37 years for the band Vandenberg as they rolled out “2020”. In this episode We’ll talk with Adrian Vandenberg about the decision to relaunch his namesake band and the the ensuing album. Plus we’ll talk a little Whitesnake and Moon Kings too.



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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Talks With Mark Weiss And James Christian on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 466 - The Weiss Guy

Longtime photographer Mark Weiss just published his first book “The Decade That Rocked: The Photography of Mark “Weissguy” Weiss”. Mark is on the show this week to gives us his insights into the music scene and to talk about what inspired him to finally release a book that celebrates the decade that rocked. 

Get your own personalized copy of Mark’s book at: TheDecadeThatRocked.com

Also this week we talk again with House of Lords vocalist James Christian as they release their latest “New World-New Eyes”.

Here's the title track off the new album

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