Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tim McPhate Author of “Odyssey, The Definitive Examination of Music From The Elder” Guests This Weeks Show.



Episode 313 - The Elder


So this week we go in an interesting direction, KISS. Our guest this week is author and kissfaq.com/ contributor Tim McPhate. Tim and Julian Gill recently put out  “Odyssey, The Definitive Examination of Music From The Elder”. This is a 500 page behemoth of a book and it surely lives up to the title. We also get into a bit of a Vinnie Vincent discussion as well.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

METAL BLADE RECORDS, SCORPIONS, AND THE RAINBOW JUST NOMINATED TO THE HALL OF HEAVY METAL HISTORY




Metal Blade Records (Celebrating their 35th Anniversary), Scorpions, and the Rainbow Bar and Grill have just joined the list of Metal Royalty who have been nominated for induction into the 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History. The All-Star Induction Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Anaheim Expo Center, Anaheim CA.  Television and Radio Legend Eddie Trunk will host the event. 

Performing at the Ceremony will be Dio Disciples featuring "Craig Goldy," "Simon Wright" "Scott Warren," "Bjorn Englen," "Tim 'Ripper' Owens," and "Joe Retta."  Ross "The Boss" (band), will also be performing, which features Iconic guitarist "Ross 'The Boss' Friedman," "Rhino (Formerly of Manowar)," vocalist "Marc Lopes," and "Mike LePond" (Symphony X).  Surprise artists will also take part in the event. Supporting bands include Budderside, and LA rockers Diamond Lane.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund (http://diocancerfund.com)

Sponsors include: KNAC.COM, Pepsi, TD Bank, Promark Drumsticks, D.A.D. Riola Design, and Modern Drummer Magazine.

The 2017 Hall of Heavy Metal History Inductees Include:

Ronnie James Dio "Rainbow" "Black Sabbath" "Dio" (With Wendy Dio accepting the induction)

Metal Blade Records (With Brian Slagel accepting the induction)

Scorpions (With Drummer Mikkey Dee accepting the induction)

Rainbow Bar and Grill (With Rainbow Bar and Grill owner Mikael Maglieri accepting the induction)

Lemmy Kilmister  "Motörhead" (With Manager Todd Singerman accepting the induction)

Ross "The Boss" Friedman formerly of "Manowar"

Rudy Sarzo formerly of "Ozzy Osbourne" and "Whitesnake." 

Frankie Banali of "Quiet Riot," (Along with a special 33rd Anniversary Induction of Quiet Riot, as the first band to achieve the #1 Heavy Metal Album status).

Vinny Appice formerly of "Black Sabbath" and "Dio."

Don Airey of "Deep Purple" 

Andy Zildjian President/CEO of "Sabian Cymbals"

Randy Rhoads "Ozzy Osbourne," (With the Rhoads family members accepting the Induction)
  
"The induction of Ronnie into the Annual Hall of Heavy Metal History is indeed an honor, and I know Ronnie would have been very proud," says Wendy Dio. "On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Ronnie James Dio Stand up and Shout Cancer Fund, we thank you for your support and donation. Every penny will go to cancer research and education, to hopefully one day find a cure for this horrible disease that takes the lives of so many of our loved ones." 

"Our family is so deeply honored to have Randy inducted into The Hall of Heavy Metal History," says Kathy and Kelle Rhoads." To think that after all these years since he has passed, he is STILL remembered and respected is totally awesome. His passion for music continues to inspire so many. It was always about the "Music" for him. He would be speechless about this award, and so would our Mom!!"

A press conference and General Admission entrance will commence at 6:30 PM. The Induction Ceremony will take place from 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM. A VIP Meet and Greet with the celebrity Inductees will take place after the Induction Ceremony. Ross The Boss Band, Budderside, Diamond Lane, and surprise guests will perform throughout the night.

Music fans can be a part of the most important night in Heavy Metal!! Tickets are $25.00 for General Admission, and $100.00 for combined General Admission and "VIP Meet And Greet" with the Celebrity Inductees. VIP ticket includes special VIP seating, Pictures and Autographs with the Celebrity Inductees, gift bag with an official VIP Pass, an official Event poster, an official Event T-Shirt, an official Event Program, and additional sponsor items. 

For tickets, please go to www.thehallofheavymetalhistory.org/store

For more information, please contact publicity@thehallofheavymetalhistory.org or 973-725-5150. 

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JUDAS PRIEST 10TH STUDIO ALBUM TURBO REMASTERED AS 3 CD REISSUE TO BE RELEASED FEBRUARY 3RD 2017




British metal legends Judas Priest announce the reissue of their 10th studio album, Turbo. 

The album has been remastered and will be released via Sony Music on February 3rd, 2017 on 3 CD (the original album and 2 bonus discs) as well as 1LP 150g vinyl.

Originally released in 1986, Turbo features all the hallmarks of classic Priest on tracks such as “Turbo Lover”, “Parental Guidance” and “Locked In”. 
Included on disc 2 and 3 of the CD reissue is, previously unreleased,  ‘Live in Kansas City’, a live recording from the band’s 1986 Fuel For Life tour in support of Turbo.

The band add “The 80’s is considered to have been the best decade for heavy metal – Judas Priest roared through it and at the half way point went into unchartered territory with ‘Turbo’.  Always believing that metal should have no boundaries, Priest challenged themselves taking on board new technical inventions to create fresh ideas and push their sound forward.  The combined songs show another side of Priest’s range of creativity that captures a theme and energy infused with the over the top sensibilities of that era.  The ‘Fuel For Life’ tour certainly encapsulated the decadence of the times! ‘Turbo’ remastered and accompanied by a pedal to the metal live recording from Kansas reveals Priest on high octane – Raising fists and devil horns to the next level.”

Track listing:

DISC ONE – TURBO: REMASTERED                    
Turbo Lover
Locked In
Private Property
Parental Guidance
Rock You All Around The World 
Out In The Cold
Wild Nights, Hot & Crazy Days
Hot For Love
Reckless

DISC TWO – LIVE AT THE KEMPER ARENA, KANSAS CITY 
Out In the Cold     
Locked In     
Heading Out To The Highway     
Metal Gods     
Breaking The Law     
Love Bites     
Some Heads Are Gonna Roll     
The Sentinel     
Private Property     
Desert Plains     
Rock You All Around The World    

DISC THREE- LIVE AT THE KEMPER ARENA, KANSAS CITY 
The Hellion     
Electric Eye     
Turbo Lover     
Freewheel Burning    
Victim Of Changes     
The Green Manalishi (With The Two -Pronged Crown)     
Living After Midnight     
You've Got Another Thing Coming     
Hell Bent For Leather     



Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Mike Fraser Helps Us Wrap UP The Little Mountain Sound Project



Episode 311 - Little Mountain Sound Part 11

This week we finally wrap up our Little Mountain Sound Studio Project. We started interviews for this project back in August of 2014. We ran the first part of the project back on FoM 224 back in March of 2015 and 27 months after we started this we are finally wrapping it up. 
This week our guest is producer/engineer Mike Fraser. I mean come on who else could we possibly have as the last guest for the project than the guy that was so helpful in getting us in contact with some of the amazing people from the studio. It’s always great to have Mike on the show as he is a wealth of information and this week is no different. 
Big thanks go out to Mike as this project would not have happened without his help.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Paul Shortino is Our Guest Once Again on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 310 - Rough Cutt

Last time we spoke with Paul Shortino was way back in July of 2013 on episode 138. At that time Paul was out promoting King Kobra II. Since that time Rough Cutt has had a rebirth and Paul is back to talk about that as well as everything else he’s been up to since we last spoke (paulshortino.com/).



Track of the week is from Pure Legend artist Lightning Strikes from their S/T release (lightningstrikesrocks.com/).



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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Paul Logue of Eden's Curse and Vocalist Frank DiMino Guest on This Weeks Focus on Metal.



Episode 309 - Eden’s Curse


We last spoke to bassist and all around nice guy Paul Logue way back in episode 163 when Eden’s Curse ( edenscurse.com/ ) released “Symphony of Sin”. This week Paul returns to FoM to talk about their latest one “Cardinal”. 

Here's the lead off single from the album

Also this week we welcome legendary vocalist Frank DiMino ( frankdimino.com/ ) to the show. Frank recently released “Old Habits Die Hard” under the DiMino moniker. Produced by Paul Crook and featuring such guests as Oz Fox and Jeff Duncan, Frank has plenty to talk about with this release.


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Scott Leach of Crystal Ball Returns This Week to Focus on Metal


Episode 308 - Deja Voodoo

This week we welcome back Scott Leach of Crystal Ball to the show. Those guys recently released their ninth album “Deja Voodoo” and I caught up with Scott to get the full story on it. These guys are out on tour now in 
Europe with Shakra so be sure to check their site for dates near you. 


Also this week we have Steve Dadaian from New York Prog Metallers Pareidolia on to tell us all about what’s up in their world.



Crystal Ball can be found the web at crystal-ball.ch and Pareidolia parks their site at pareidoliaband.com/

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Johnny Dee Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 307 - Johnny Dee

This week we welcome drummer Johnny Dee to the show. We managed to get Johnny on the line before he dashed off to Europe to rehearse for the upcoming European leg of Doro’s ”Love’s Gone To Hell” tour (doromusic.de/). Johnny has also been busy this year with Britny Fox (britnyfox.com/). We discuss all this and more on this weeks episode of Focus on Metal.



Track of the week is from Frontiers artist Pretty Maids from their latest “Kingmaker” (prettymaids.dk/).


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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Glenn Hughes Returns To Focus on Metal This Week to Talk About His New One "Resonate"



Episode 306 - Resonate

Glenn Hughes returns to the show this week to celebrate the release of his latest album “Resonate”. As always Glenn is insightful and candid about the creation of the album, perhaps his finest yet. 


Also on the show this week is vocalist Urban breed from melodic power metal band Serious Black. They just released their sophomore effort “Mirrorworld”.


Track of the week is from AFM artists Iron Mask from their latest “Diabolica”


The world of Glenn Hughes can be found at glennhughes.com/

Serious Black has the online presence at serious-black.com/

Iron Mask is available at iron-mask.com/

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Dead Daisies New Single and Short Film Unleashed Friday



Riveting Hard Rockers The Dead Daisies have lined up the release of their captivating new single ‘A Song And A Prayer’, for today, November 4th on Spitfire Music / SPV.

A short film, reflecting the poignant story behind the lyrics of ‘A Song And A Prayer’, the new single to be taken from The Dead Daisies’ much acclaimed new album ‘Make Some Noise’, which crashed into the album charts worldwide in August, was unveiled Friday at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDJu9I2zYkY&feature=youtu.be      

Says John Corabi: “This song turned out to have a special vibe to it, very accessible, which is really cool. But the lyrics are rather dark. In the end it's about hope, it talks about all the troubles we're all going through - and that you have to be hopeful, that you will come out of it. Always look on the positive side, that's the message.”

The Dead Daisies, who were recently special guests on KISS’ entire ‘Freedom To Rock’ US tour, have just played their first ever USO headline tour for Servicemen and –women in South Korea.
Today, November 4th, they commence performing with KISS on the Kiss Kruise in Cozumel, Mexico, until November 9th.

The Dead Daisies, a ‘must-see’ live act then fly in to the UK to perform sold out shows starting November 12th.


The Dead Daisies are: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).


Friday, November 4, 2016

Stu Marshall talks Night Legion on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 305 - Night Legion

The ever busy Stu “The Hammer” Marshall has a new band and this week he comes on the show to discuss all things Night Legion a killer new power metal band featuring Shannon Tipene on vocals. Their debut may still be months away but Stu was kind enough to give us a behind the scenes look at how things are shaping up. 

Here's some classic Death Dealer with Stu Marshall to tide you over until we have some Night Legion

Also on the show this week we bring you German live powerhouse Stepfather Fred. They just released “Dummies, Dolls and Masters” and we had most of the band on for a lively discussion.

Here's that great cover from the album


Track of the week is from AFM artists Brainstorm from their latest “Memorial Roots (Re-Rooted)”

Here's a little metal ditty off of Fire Soul

Follow Night Legion at facebook.com/NightLegionMetal
Stepfather Fred can be found at Stepfather-Fred.de 
and see whats up with Brainstorm at Brainstorm-web.net

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Keith from Shallow Ground on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 304 - Shallow Ground

It’s our Halloween 2016 episode and what better way to celebrate than to bring you our talk with Keith from Shallow Ground. We did this chat way back in January right after they released “Embrace The Fury” on Killer Metal Records. 


You can contact these guys at facebook.com/ShallowGround/ or become a fan at reverbnation.com/shallowground


Track of the week is fittingly horror themed from Helstar's latest release "Vampiro"

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Producer Bob Rock Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 303 - Little Mountain Sound Part 9


As we head into the home stretch with three parts to go on our Little Mountain Sound Studio project we bring you an interview we did With producer Bob Rock back in January of 2015. Bob is of course best known has the guy behind the boards for Motley Crue’s “Dr Feelgood” and Metallica’s hugely successful “Black Album” but Bob is also integral to the story of Little Mountain Sound. Big thanks go out to Mike Fraser for making this one happen.

Here's some more great stuff with Bob from thepunkmovie.com check out that site for more great insight into the Vancouver scene.


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Doro Pesch & Joey Vera Guest on This Weeks Episode of Focus on Metal



Episode 302 - Doro Pesch & Joey Vera

We are bringing you a damn fine metal double header this week as we welcome Doro Pesch and Joey Vera for episode 302. 
We spoke with Doro after a killer performance on her Boston area tour stop. 30 years in and she shows no signs of stopping and is still as passionate as ever about metal and the fans. Doro will be kicking off her European leg of the tour on 24-Nov. Head over to the official site to get all the dates. Also Doro let us know that they are five songs into the new album so be on the watch for that too. 

Here's the first track from the upcoming disc

Also make sure you pick up a copy of the latest Doro DVD. It's a seven hour epic celebration of her 30 years of making great metal. Here's a taste.

Doro’s official site is: doromusic.de/

Long time listeners know that Armored Saint is the unofficial band of Focus on Metal. That makes it very cool that this week Joey Vera makes his second appearance on the show as we discuss the Armored Saint Pledge Music campaign, Fates Warning, and other metal topics. If you haven't done so I would urge you to check out the campaign they have some sweet metal merch on offer. C'mon what metalhead wouldn't want their very own Armored Saint workshirt?

How bout' some Fates Warning

All things Armored Saint can be found at: armoredsaint.com/ and their Pledge Music campaign is HERE 


Track of the week comes courtesy of AFM artist Serious Black from their sophomore release “Mirrorworld”. Find em’ at serious-black.com/



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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Former Death Angel drummer Andy V Galeon Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 301 - Master of Puppets 2


We continue our 300th episode celebration and the 30th anniversary celebration of Master of Puppets this week by welcoming former Death Angel drummer Andy V Galeon to the show. Being on the scene back in 86 gives Andy a unique perspective on MOP. 

Although no longer with Death Angel Andy is still hitting the skins. These days besides teaching drums he also plays with The Butlers and The Devil in California. 

Find him online at facebook.com/andyvgaleon

Here's Andy on some classic DA

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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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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Just Posted: Rod Morgenstein on this weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 293 - Rod Morgenstein

This week our guest is drummer Rod Morgenstein. Rod is primarily known for his work with Winger however he’s active in several other bands including The Jelly Jam with Ty Tabor And John Myung. They just released their fourth disc “Profit” and are heading out on tour in support of it. 



Rob’s site is at RodMorgenstein.com The Jelly Jam can be found at TheJellyJam.com while you’re there check out their “Profit” bundles.


Track of the week is from AFM artist Paradox. It's the band's 30th year on the metal scene and they just released their 7th disc "Pangea"



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