Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Joe Flynt of Asphalt Valentine On This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 454 - Asphalt Valentine

Holy crap didn't think the RSS feed was ever going to update this week. Been trying crap for about 24 hours the episode is finally available.
This week we talk with Joe Flynt from Asphalt Valentine. We follow that up with a chat with Mike Mostert the founder of GoGo Tuners.



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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Vinyl Revival: A Film About Why The Tables Are Turning Again (Wienerworld UK)

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   There's a great line from Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason in this about the importance of vinyl, he maintains "the vinyl record is the equivalent of whether you have a tea bag or the Japanese tea ceremony, the tea ceremony is the right way to approach music." Not a fan of streaming then is Nick and being honest neither am I. I've always been a physical product guy and am re-discovering vinyl again after many years listening to cds.

   This documentary attempts to explain why vinyl is making a comeback and more importantly why it hasn't gone away quickly like other trends. There are many interviews with small independent store owners, buyers young and old and musicians all extolling the virtues of the album. Collecting vinyl is a communal thing, there is ownership involved and a true love of not only the music but the artwork too. One of the people interviewed loves the smell of vinyl in a shop. There is passion from the contributors and a genuine sense of disbelief at times that the market is not only still there but growing.

   So what of the future? Independent shops could be in danger as bigger chain stores try to get in on the action and some contributors warn of openings with a poor business model and a "we love vinyl lets open a shop" attitude. This coronavirus sure won't help either and you have to wonder what the toll will be on stores when and if they re-open after a period with little or no income.

   Overall I did enjoy the documentary, very well put together and worth a viewing but at only 43 minutes found it a little short and the dvd had no extras. It did make me want to pick up film contributor Graham Jones books The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen and Last Shop Standing.

Richie.

https://www.thevinylrevivalfilm.com/

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Weekend Bonus Edition of Focus on Metal With Eric Martin Available


Episode 453 SE - Eric Martin Special Edition

We live in crazy fucking times but if we can do our part to make it better we’re gonna give it a shot. Lots of you have asked us to publish some extra episodes while the world hunkers down and social distances. This is our first response to that. Here’s an previously unaired interview from the FoM vaults with vocalist Eric Martin. Enjoy and stay safe.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Robin McAuley & RIchie Kotzen on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 453 - The R & R Show

Double R’s this week as we welcome back Robin McAuley and Richie Kotzen to the show. First we talk with Robin about the debut Black Swan album “Shake The World”. After that we talk with Richie Kotzen about his latest release “50 for 50” an epic collection of songs he released in celebration of turning 50.



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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dance With The Devil- The Cozy Powell Story by Laura Shenton (Wymer Publishing)

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   Amazingly this is the first biography ever written on Cozy Powell. For anyone who's been living under a rock Cozy drummed for the likes of Rainbow, MSG, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath and many many more. Or I could just say he's the guy on Rainbow's Stargazer arguably one of the greatest metal songs of all time.

   The book has a separate chapter on each band Cozy played with right up to his tragic death in a car accident in 1998. There's a lot on his session work pre-Rainbow and the graft he put in early on to become one of the most in demand drummers of the time. His technique, where he got his power and influences are all here. What the book reveals was a drummer who always put the music first, was never shy of sharing his opinion or standing up to anyone, didn't like the suits who ran the business of music and was a top professional who always put on a great show. There's numerous interview quotes from Cozy throughout the book from old publications and his take on things was pretty consistent. He liked whatever situation he was in at the time until he didn't and then he was gone.

   For anyone looking for current contributions from the likes of Coverdale, Blackmore or Schenker then there are none. The author decided not to contact anyone who worked with Cozy to share their stories. I found that decision more than a little puzzling and sometimes you need to take the fanboy hat off to gain a different perspective on how things might have gone down. Being more blunt just get these guys on the record now about Cozy before they can't. Jimmy Bain, Ronnie James Dio, Paul Raymond...

   I still enjoyed the book and hats off to Laura for writing it. If you want a detailed look at Cozy the musician then this is the book for you. He's played on a lot more then you might know. I interviewed Laura to help promote this and also former Rainbow road manager Colin Hart and a special episode on the great Cozy Powell will be coming soon.

Richie.

  https://www.wymeruk.co.uk/

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Bassist Greg Chaisson Talks Kings of Dust on This Weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 452 - Kings of Dust

This week we are joined by bassist Greg Chaisson formerly of Steeler, Sircle of Silence, Red Dragon Cartel and most notably Badlands. Greg has put together Kings of Dust with Michael Beck, Ryan McKay and Jimi Taft.
The band released their self titled debut last week and Greg will be discussing that as well as some throwback chat as well.



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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Author Graham Sharpe Talks Vinyl on This Weeks Focus on Metal



Episode 451 - The Vinyl Countdown

Change of pace this week as we do a bit of a look at the revival of vinyl. Being that we are physical product guys like most metal fans we thought this might be an interesting diversion. To go along with this we also talk with Graham Sharpe, the guy who wrote Vinyl Countdown. Next week we return to our usual content.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Silverthorne-Silverthorne (Golden Robot Records)

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You don't need me to tell you that Brian Tichy has played with a shitload of bands, chances are he's on at least a couple of cds in your collection or you've seen him beating the skins at a show. He's known mostly as a replacement band guy, a guy you bring in who nails it, the definition of a hired gun. A tremendous drummer who is always in demand. What's lacking in his resume are bands he's in from the ground up, Pride And Glory with Zakk Wylde is an example but they only did one album in the mid-nineties.

So now we have Silverthorne with Pete Shoulder on vocals/guitar, Daniel Spree on bass, Brian on drums and an ep of 5 songs. I had heard Pete's name before as a member of The Union featuring Thunder guitarist Luke Morley but in all honesty had never checked them out. I had heard the first Silverthorne single Tear The Sky Wide Open a few months ago when I interviewed Brian, I liked it a lot. I wanted to hear the rest. I'm really glad I did.

The music has been described as having a classic rock sound with a modern feel. Some of it sounds like Led Zeppelin especially closing track Haunted By The Dawn that is the first cousin of Achilles Last Stand with a vocalist who sounds at times like Chris Cornell, yes Pete is that good. Roll Me Back Again also has that Zep feel and a huge open drum sound. Black River Rising wouldn't sound out of place on Superunknown. Just when you think you have the band figured out Movin veers off into Red Hot Chilli Peppers territory. Please let this not be a one and done, there's so much promise here.

Richie.

http://www.silverthorneband.com/

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Kings Of Dust- Kings Of Dust (Shock Records)

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The last album I reviewed was the new Ozzy one that had all the bells and whistles studio trickery and fixing known to man. This is the complete opposite, it is 4 guys playing live together in the same room capturing the magic of the moment. The chemistry. Old school. Being a massive Badlands fan the one name I know in this is bassist Greg Chaisson who has assembled a kick ass rock and roll band around him featuring former Red Dragon Cartel member Michael Beck on vocals, Ryan McKay on guitar and Jimi Taft on drums.

The sound is deeply rooted in 70s classic rock with a touch of southern boogie and ZZ Top. If that's your fix then this will not disappoint. I love the groove on The Devil Made Me Do It, Ugly just flat out rocks, Ya That's Me reminds me a little of classic Thin Lizzy and has a great riff and Mama is the big slow building epic. There's some real tasty guitar playing from Ryan all over this album and Michael has the voice to pull it off. In an upcoming interview Greg revealed a lot of these performances were captured on the first take, a band has to have it's shit together for that to work. These guys do. I hope this leads to some live shows.The album is released on March 13th.

https://www.facebook.com/KingsOfDust/

Richie.

Jeff Scott Soto & Joel McIver guest on this weeks Focus on Metal


Episode 450 - Sons of Morbid

This week we talk with Jeff Scott Soto about the latest Sons of Apollo release MMXX plus everything else he’s got going. After that we welcome back Joel McIver to give us the story on his the new book he did with David Vincent, “I Am Morbid”. All that plus a lot of discussion on this weeks show.


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