Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mike LePond is Back Again on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 364 - Pawn and Prohecy


Yep, you guessed it we have yet another returning guest this week. This time we welcome back bassist Mike LePond. Most of you may know Mike from Symphony X but he also heads up a little metal outfit called Mike LePond’s Silent Assassins. They just put out their second release “Pawn and Prophecy” and we’ll hear all about it. 


Also this week we’ll bring you a chat with Rob Evan. Rob has been a big part of TSO and now he’s bringing his voice to Broadway as a creator and performer with Rocktopia. Rod will give us the scoop on the upcoming show due to open on March 20th at the Broadway Theater.



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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ty Tabor Makes Another Appearance on Focus on Metal This Week



Episode 363 - Alien Beans

Another returning guest this week as we once again sit down with guitarist Ty Tabor. Ty just released a double disc solo extravaganza entitled “Alien Beans”. Disc 1 contains new tracks while disc 2 has rerecordings of older solo material. Also this week we discuss the impending demise of Slayer.



Pick up a great bundle package for Ty’s new release at: Rat Pak Records


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Adrian Vandenberg Returns To Focus on Metal This Week.



Episode 362 - MoonKings MKII

As promised we are back and this week we bring you another chat with guitarist Adrian Vandenberg. Vandenberg’s MoonKings just released their sophomore effort MKII and this week Richie talks with him about it. Also we couldn’t come back without a little discussion on the whole reappearance of Vinnie Vincent deal.



Track of the week is from upcoming guest Mike Lepond’s other band Silent Assassins off their latest “Pawn and Prophecy”.


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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Jeff Scott Soto from Sons of Apollo on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 361 - Sons of Apollo


We’re ending 2017 with a double header. First up we bring you Jeff Scott Soto discussing “Psychotic Symphony” the debut release from Sons of Apollo a killer new band featuring former Focus on Metal guests Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy, and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal as well as Dream Theater alum Derek Sherinian and of course Jeff on vocals. Don't just put these guys on the prog shelf based on the members. These guys turned out an album that seamlessly blends elements of prog, metal, classic rock and hard rock into one killer debut album. Did I mention this a band not a project? Look for these guys to be out on tour in 2018.


Check em' out at: SonsofApollo.com/

Also up this week we have a talk with guitarist Stuart Smith about his band Heaven & Earth’s fourth release “Hard to Kill”. These guys have cooked up a nice brew of classic inspired hard rock loaded with tasty hooks.


Get more info and merch at HeavenandEarthband.com/

Don't forget after this episode we'll be taking our annual winter break but we'll be back to bringing you new episodes in February!!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Michael Sweet Guests Once Again on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 360 - Unified

I’ve lost count of how many times we’ve had Michael Sweet on the show but this week, you can another appearance to his total. Sweet & Lynch just released “Unified” and Michael is on this week to give us his insights into the album. He also gives us an update on what’s going on in the Stryper camp.
Find out more at: MichaelSweet.com and at facebook.com/SweetLynch/




Track of the week is from Pink Cream 69 from their great new release “Headstrong”
Here's another great track from the album:

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tom Keifer Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 359 - Tom Keifer

Tom Keifer just rereleased “The Way Life Goes” as a deluxe edition. This week we have Tom on the show to talk all about the release as well as what’s up with everything else in his world of music. As a bonus we even get some cool insight to his working with Andy Johns on the Cinderella classic “Night Songs”.

One of the bonus tracks on the new edition is a duet with Lzzy Hale on a Cinderella classic. Here it is live.


Track of the week is from one of our favorites, Primal Fear from their new compilation “The Best of Fear”. Excellent two disc release. Disc one is 4 new tracks plus some great ones from the last ten years. Disc Two features some epic and long tracks from the band.



And if that wasn't enough we also bring you new stuff from Madam X, Jeff Scott Soto, and IronSavior.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rich "The Duke" Ward from Fozzy Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 357 - Rich “The Duke” Ward

Fozzy put out their seventh release “Judas” via Metal Blade back in October. This week we have guitarist and band founder Rich Ward on the show to tell us all about it.

Here's The Title Track

Get more Fozzy including the latest tour dates at: FozzyRock.com


Track of the week is from AFM artist Shakra from their new release “Snakes & Ladders”


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

James Kottak Continues His Career Rundown on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 356 - Kottak Part 2

Last week we left the James Kottak story off at the 1999 “Eye II Eye” release from the mighty Scorpions. We pick up the story this week as we look at the Kottak band as well as James’ remaining years with the Scorpions. And even though he’s no longer with the Scorps he’s not done yet as we find out when he talks about a new Kottak release in the near future. All this and more on this weeks Focus on Metal


Keep up with James at: JamesKottak.com



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

James Kottak Gives us a Career Rundown on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 355 - Kottak Part 1

Last month we did a two part career retrospective on Doug Aldrich. This Month we’re at it again and this time the subject is James Kottak. Yep it’s full on Kottak Attack on Focus on Metal. This week we’ll run through early days up to the 1999 release “Eye II Eye” from the Scorpions. Next week we’ll continue from 1999 to what James is up to today.


Keep up with James at: JamesKottak.com



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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Shawn Drover from Act of Defiance Guests on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 354 - Act of Defiance

Back in September of 2015 we spoke with Shawn Drover about the debut release from Act of Defiance, “Birth and The Burial”. Two years later A.O.D. has released their sophomore effort “Old Scars, New Wounds” and once again we are privileged to have Shawn back on the show to talk about it.














Track of the week is from AFM artist Nocturnal Rites from their new release “Phoenix”


As promised here's the trailer for Bob Nalbandian's upcoming documentary that he's working on with Cleopatra Films, "Band vs. Brand"


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