Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bumblefoot from Art of Anarchy Guests On This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 324 - Art of Anarchy

Art of Anarchy just dropped their sophomore release “The Madness” and Ron Bumblefoot Thal dropped by to discuss it with us, Find out more about Bumblefoot at http://www.bumblefoot.com/in


Track of the week this week comes courtesy of Frontiers as we bring you a cut from Stephen Pearcy’s “Smash” album. 


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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Joel Hoekstra Makes a Return Appearance on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 323 - 1987 With Joel Hoekstra


Joel Hoekstra has dropped by Focus on Metal in the past. Most recently to promote the last Joel Hoekstra’s 13 release. This time around he dropped by to have a bit of discussion about some of the great metal releases that came out in 1987 with us as well as a bit of chat about the latest Monsters of Rock cruise. Find out more about Joel at joelhoekstra.com/



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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Death Angel's Ted Aguilar Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 322 - Death Angel

Death Angel is currently out on the road supporting their great release “The Evil Divide”. We caught up with them during their stop at the Worcester Palladium and sat down for a talk with guitarist Ted Aguilar. Ted has been with the band since 2001 and made his debut on “The Art of Dying”. Join The Pack at deathangel.us/



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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Jack Russell and David Reece Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 321 - Jack Russell & David Reece

No clever title this week just calling it what it is. First up we have Jack Russell talking about the new release He Saw It Comin’ from Jack Russell’s Great White. Get all the tour dates, merch, and other info on the band at jackrussellsgreatwhite.com/ 


After that we sit down with David Reece as we discuss his new band Sainted Sinners and their self titled debut release. Their official site isn’t up yet but you can hit them up at facebook.com/SaintedSinners/


Track of the week comes courtesy of AFM artist Nightmare from their latest Dead Sun.


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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Armored Saint enters Billboard charts for new live album, 'Carpe Noctum'; set to tour the UK/Ireland later this month



Armored Saint recently released their new live album, Carpe Noctum, via Metal Blade Records; for their efforts, the band has now entered the Billboard charts! See below for all positions: 

#35 Billboard Current Hard Music Albums (USA) 
#100 Billboard Independent Albums (USA) 

Having toured with Metallica, Whitesnake, Alice Cooper, The Scorpions, and many other artists since their inception in the early 80s, Armored Saint has always been a highly regarded live act - not only in their hometown of Los Angeles, but also around the world. The only official release to capture this, however, is 1989's live album, Saints Will Conquer - until now, with Carpe Noctum, which was recorded at the band's 2015 Wacken festival set, as well as their headlining show in Aschaffenburg, Germany. To preview and purchase Carpe Noctum, please visit: metalblade.com/armoredsaint 

Later this month, Armored Saint will return to Ireland and the UK (appearing in some cities for the first time!), before playing select USA dates in May. Joey Vera (bass) comments: "We're really looking forward to playing these select UK shows in March. We've never played in Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham or Wales, so we're super excited to play in these places - as well as in Belfast, which we'd played only once before. We get a lot of requests from our UK fan base and since we were offered the headline spot at Hammerfest, we decided to hit some of these other UK cities. So, here we go!" 

Armored Saint tour dates
Mar. 20 - Voodoo - Dublin, Ireland
Mar. 21 - The Limelight - Belfast, Ireland
Mar. 23 - HammerFest - Gwynedd, N. Wales, UK
Mar. 24 - The Rebellion - Manchester, UK
Mar. 25 - O2 Academy 3 - Birmingham, UK
May 18 - Route 20 Outhouse - Sturtevent, WI
May 19 - Q and Z Expo Center - Ringle, WI
May 20 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL 

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Journalist and film maker Xavier Russell guests this week on part 2 of our Kerrang! project.




Episode 320 - Kerrang! Episode 2


This week we continue our Kerrang! magazine project as we bring you a chat we had with Xavier Russell. Xavier had lots of great stories about his time working for Kerrang! and we think you’ll enjoy our chat. When he’s not continuing to write about metal or doing liner notes Xavier has quite the career editing for film and television. You can find out more about him at http://www.xavierrussell.com/

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Night Demon Announce Upcoming Release "Darkness Remains via Century Media and tour with Anvil





Ventura, California based Metal outfit NIGHT DEMON have proclaimed their epic return in 2017, which comes in the form of the band's upcoming full length studio effort, Darkness Remains. The new album is the follow up to their debut record, Curse of the Damned, and is primed for an April 21st release on Century Media.


In addition to the impending release of Darkness Remains, Night Demon is also pleased to announce that they will be embarking on a US tour supporting the venerable likes of Anvil. The tour begins on March 2nd in Boston and will conclude on April 9th in Cleveland.The band will also be announcing a special album release show in Los Angeles
for April 17th.

Preorder Here







TOUR DATES
03/02/2017 - w/ Anvil - Great Scott - Boston - MA, US
03/03/2017 - w/ Anvil - Putnam Den - Saratoga Springs - NY
03/04/2017 - w/ Anvil - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia - PA
03/05/2017 - w/ Anvil - Webster Hall - New York - NY
03/07/2017 - Headline Show - Dingbatz - Clifton- NJ
03/09/2017 - w/ Anvil - Riffhouse Pub - Chesapeke, VA
03/10/2017 - w/ Anvil - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
03/11/2017 - w/ Anvil - Reggie's 42nd St Tavern - Wilmington, NC
03/12/2017 - w/ Anvil - The Masquerade Atlanta GA
03/14/2017 - Headline Show - Churchill's Pub - Miami, FL
03/15/2017 - Headline Show - Kelly's Live - Sarasota, FL
03/16/2017 - w/ Anvil - Nighthawks - Jacksonville, FL
03/17/2017 - w/ Anvil - The State Theater - St Petersburg, FL
03/18/2017 - w/ Anvil - The West End Trading Co - Sanford, FL
03/22/2017 - w/ Anvil - Southport Hall - Jefferson, LA
03/23/2017 - w/ Anvil - White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX
03/24/2017 - w/ Anvil - The Korova - San Antonio, TX
03/25/2017 - w/ Anvil - Diamond Jim's Saloon - Arlington, TX
03/26/2017 - w/ Anvil - Grizzly Hall - Austin, TX
03/30/2017 - w/ Anvil - Lookout Lounge - Omaha, NB
03/31/2017 - w/ Anvil - Thunder Alley - Oklahoma City, OK
04/01/2017 - w/ Anvil - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
04/02/2017 - w/ Anvil - Gabe's - Iowa City, IA
04/03/2017 - Headline Show - The Mad Frog - Cincinatti, OH
04/04/2017 - Headline Show - Fubar - St Louis, MO
04/05/2017 - Headline Show - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA
04/06/2017 - w/ Anvil -Token Lounge - Westland,  MI
04/07/2017 - w/ Anvil - The Metal Grill - Cudahy, WI
04/08/2017 - w/ Anvil - Reggies - Chicago, IL
04/09/2017 - w/ Anvil - Grog Shop - Cleveland , OH
04/17/2017 - Record Release Party - TBA - Los Angeles, CA

Friday, February 24, 2017

THE DEAD DAISIES VITAL NEW ‘LIVE AND LOUDER’ CD / DVD / DOUBLE VINYL / BOXSET TO BE RELEASED MAY 19TH ON SPITFIRE MUSIC / SPV



‘Live And Louder’, The Dead Daisies’ highly-anticipated live outing, set for release on May 19th on Spitfire Music / SPV, perfectly captures the awesome vibe of their supreme, sweat drenched, roof-raising live sets, recorded on a heady high at the end of an unbelievable 2016.

The video trailer for Live & Louder can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/wzA51aA5XpQ

From the moment they dropped their first single ‘Long Way To Go’ ahead of their European Festival Summer in June, the hits just kept on coming. The 2nd single ‘Join Together’ ramped up the release of the third studio album ‘Make Some Noise’. The band were well underway touring the USA with KISS, a tour that finished with a sold-out headline show at LA’s prestigious Whisky A Go-Go. 

The next single ‘Song And A Prayer’, was released with an accompanying short-film, refocused attention and rang in the final, massive touring phase of the year which saw the band go to Japan for the first time, where they immediately became media and fan darlings and went down a storm at the world-famous Loud Park festival. A string of dates in Korea for the USO and, as the year’s grand finale, a massive UK & European Co-Headline Tour that played 30+ shows to sold-out venues.

The ‘Daisies’ as they are affectionately referred to by their fans, quickly became people’s favourite live band with their relentless energy, stellar musicianship and unabashed joy in bringing the rock back into roll. The big question at signing sessions after each show and on the band’s social media channels continued to be: “When will there be a live album?”. People simply could not get enough of them live.

Not to turn down a good opportunity, the band recorded a number of shows on the UK & European Tour and, with the team that already made ‘Make Some Noise’ blow speakers worldwide. The album was mixed by Anthony Focx (Aerosmith, Bad Company, Metallica, Santana) at Focxhole Studios and mastered by Howie Weinberg. They assembled a true monster in the vein of the great Live Albums of the 70s. You can feel the sweat drip from the ceilings, the energy of the crowd becoming one with the band, screaming, hollering and forgetting about the often mundane reality for a night of true Rock’n’Roll. Warts ’n all, ‘LIVE & LOUDER’ is a document of a band in their prime, a raw slice of visceral energy, an in-your-face assault on the senses. Simply: THE DEAD DAISIES in their element and at their best!

Lead singer John Corabi adds: “We’re extremely excited and proud of our new album ‘LIVE & LOUDER’!!! A lot of the fans have been writing to us and saying how much they LOVED our records but were even more blown away by the band live!!! So this documents our last U.K./European tour, and also shows the world how truly loud and supportive The Dead Daisies fans are!!!! Thank you and Turn It Up!!!!”

‘LIVE & LOUDER’ will be released in a number of different, exciting formats. Again, the band listened to what the fans wanted and added a spectacular vinyl as well as a limited-edition box set that features, among other cool trinkets, an exclusive 7” vinyl single recorded at The Zoo at Planet Rock Radio’s highly coveted London fan-only gig in November 2016.

“LIVE & LOUDER” Formats:

• DIGIPAK (Contains CD & DVD & massive photo booklet. The DVD features an exclusive “Live & Louder”-Documentary, a massive “Make Some Noise World Tour”-Documentary, all music videos of the “Make Some Noise” album cycle and a picture gallery)

• VINYL (Double 180g Multicolor Vinyl, Gatefold, Printed Inner Sleeves, 4-Page Booklet, CD in Paper-Sleeve)

• LIMITED EDITION BOX-SET (contains Digipak with CD & DVD, Double 180g 12” Vinyl, Exclusive Colored-Vinyl 7” Single, Poster, Sticker, Button, Patch, PhotoCard)

• DIGITAL DOWNLOAD & STREAM


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Thursday, February 23, 2017

PUNKY MEADOWS ANNOUNCES WEST COAST AND EAST COAST TOUR DATES


One of the most striking hard rock bands of the 1970’s was undoubtedly ANGEL - who sported costumes and a highly theatrical stage show only rivaled by KISS (their then-label mates on Casablanca Records). Despite ANGEL splitting in 1981, the group’s popularity and influence remain high - resulting in the return last year of their larger-then-life guitarist, Punky Meadows, with his first-ever solo release, ‘FALLEN ANGEL,’ and a striking video clip for the rocking track, “Straight Shooter”: https://youtu.be/pZVp6Y_k2CU

“I'm very proud of this song and album,” says Punky. “Every song kicks ass and is a winner. Danny Farrow and I have a great song writing chemistry so it's hard to to pick a favorite song because they're all good. ‘Straight Shooter’ was our first single and video. This band is killer with all talented players and a killer singer.”
















Left to right looking at the photo:
Felix Robinson
Bob Pantella
Punky Meadows
Danny The Farrow
Chandler Mogel
Charlie Calv


And in March and April, Punky will be performing in the US. From March 8th-10th, dates have been announced for Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Angeles, followed by Poughkeepsie on April 21st and NYC on April 29th. Joining the guitarist on stage will be a band comprised of Chandler Mogel - lead vocals, Danny Farrow - rhythm guitar, vocals, Charlie Calv - keyboards, and Bob Pantella - drums, while it will be decided closer to the dates if bass will be supplied by Felix Robinson (due to recent surgery). 

ANGEL was a headline act in the US, and was featured performing live in the 1980 cult classic film, ‘FOXES’ (starring a then-teenage Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, and Scott Baio), they were also one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970's in Japan. The group released six studio albums on Casablanca Records before disbanding in 1981, due to the demise of the label. During his career, Punky had been considered to join such well-known artists such as KISS, AEROSMITH, and the NEW YORK DOLLS. 

Upon the band’s disbanding, Punky occupied himself with a number of successful business ventures while continuing to play guitar and write songs. Through social media, fans let him know they missed him and wanted to hear new music. With renewed passion for recording music, and inspiration from close friend and fellow musician, Danny Farrow Anniello, they crafted 15 new songs together for ‘FALLEN ANGEL,’ which charted on Billboard at #6 on the Heatseekers Chart and #32 on the Independent Album Chart.

Also available is a special autographed edition of PUNKY MEADOW’S ‘Fallen Angel’ that includes a PUNKY MEADOWS GUITAR PICK, and two bonus tracks (one featuring original ANGEL vocalist FRANK DIMINO), exclusively on the www.mainmanrecords.com website. Otherwise, the regular 15 song edition is available everywhere else, including iTunes, Amazon, and all other music outlets.

Also available are a limited amount of meet and greets for each show. The meet and greet includes a personal photo with Punky and the band (with personal cell or camera) up to 3 autographed Punky or Angel items, and a free 8x10 to have autographed as well. Here are the links to the meet and greets (all but the BB KING meet and greet, which is on their website at checkout): punkymeadows.weebly.com/tour-dates.html

And soon, fans will get an opportunity to experience Punky and his band live on stage. “Can't wait to get on the road and play for all the fans again. We're coming to a town near you and we're going to tear the place up!! It's going to be one bad ass party, so don't miss it and let's rock!!

TOUR DATES:

March 8th -  Backstage Bar and Billiards (Las Vegas)
March 9th -  Brick By Brick (San Diego)
March 10th -  Whisky (Los Angeles) 
April 21st -  The Chance (Poughkeepsie) 
April 29th -  BB Kings (New York City)

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Producer Charlie Bauerfeind guests this week as we tackle more of the Saxon discography.



Episode 319 - Saxon mk V


This week we talk about Lionheart, The Inner Sanctum, and Into The Labyrinth. Yep we kept you waiting for 68 episodes before we finally got around to our next installment of Saxon. However we are making up for the wait by having none other than the producer of these three great albums (and Metalhead) Charlie Bauerfeind on hand for the discussion. Charlie has some great insight and stories to share with us on this episode of Focus on Metal.



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