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



Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us On Demand everyday on Platinum Rock Radio by going to this link

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
Pure Rock Radio & Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

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


Get the this episode from the Focus on Metal SiteThe Focus on Metal RSS feed, or on iTunes.

You can hear us On Demand everyday on Platinum Rock Radio by going to this link

You can hear us every Wednesday on these great stations:
Pure Rock Radio & Metal World Radio

Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.

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: