UK exclusive interview with Abaddon of Venom Inc. on this week’s show

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Following on from their exclusive North American appearance at this year’s first ever Blackest of the Black festival (Glenn Danzig’s festival) I caught up with Abaddon in California to chat about the latest tour announcement with Goatwhore, new signing to Nuclear Blast records and the much anticipated release of what will be Venom Inc’s first studio album…

So let’s take it back to the beginning, Newcastle-upon-Tyne is where it all began. The gathering of Anthony “Abaddon” Bray, Jeffrey “Mantas” Dunn and Conrad “Cronos” Lant. What would follow, would be one of the most iconic and significant albums to mastermind the movement known as black metal….yes I am talking about none other than Venom.

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At the height of their career both Abaddon and Mantas were part of the albums Welcome to Hell (1981), Black Metal (1982), At War with Satan (1984) and Possessed (1985). This would mark the most successful period for the lads and put them at the forefront of influencing such heavy metal luminaries as Metallica, Testament, Megadeth and many more.

Following numerous changes within Venom, in 1989 Demolition Man (aka Tony Dolan) was fronting the band when they produced the album “Prime Evil”. However, by 1993 Demolition Man and Mantas had left for pastures new. It wasn’t until a chance meeting with Tony backstage at Bloodstock festival that I heard about his then new band Primevil (later to become M-pire of Evil). In 2015 at the Keep it true XVIII festival in Germany the drummer Abaddon returned and the current reunited Venom Inc. lineup were first sighted together.

Since that date in 2015, Venom Inc. have been inundated with show requests and have been flown all over the world to play numerous festival dates.  With all the noise surrounding them, it was only a matter of time before heavy metal label giants Nuclear Blast soon heard about the rebirth and wanted a piece of the action.

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With a scheduled album release still yet to be announced, the first single is set to hit the airwaves this July.  It’s with a United Kingdom exclusive that I am able to bring you this interview with Abaddon.

To hear the interview, tune in to Totalrock.com this Wednesday 8pm UK – 12pm PST

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Warbringer frontman on this week’s show

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Currently sweeping the US nation supporting German thrash legends Destruction I catch up with founding member and frontman John Kevill of Warbringer.

Just back from Europe extensively touring their latest release ‘Woe to the Vanquished’, I find out more about the latest release and news on new additions to the band.

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I first came across the band last year when out on the road with Enforcer, they were trying out a new line-up consisting of guitar player Conan from Exmortus and bassist Jessie Sanchez. Following on from that tour, Warbringer hit the studio to record what would be the band’s 5th studio album entitled ‘Woe to the Vanquished’ (released March 31st via Napalm Records). The album shows a stronger side to the band and also highlights the talents of new members guitarist Chase Becker and Sanchez.

What the label say;

Warbringer has continued to evolve throughout its 4 albums into the most lethal band in thrash, and delivers a monumental  5th record in Woe to the Vanquished. Taking the more progressive and ambitious leanings of Empires Collapse and tempering them with pure, unrelenting violence. The result is a unique hybrid strain of thrash and extreme metal that ranges from all-out speed assaults such as “Woe to the Vanquished” and “Shellfire” to the biggest song the band has ever done, the 11-minute “When the Guns Fell Silent.” Warbringer makes a triumphant step forward on this record, it’s an absolute must for anyone into metal today.

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Woe to the Vanquished track listing;

1 Silhouettes

2 Woe to the Vanquished

3 Remain Violent

4 Shellfire

5 Descending Blade

6 Spectral Asylum

7 Divinity of Flesh

8 When the Guns Fell Silent

Warbringer Tour Dates 2017

Date Venue Location
May 30 Mod Club Toronto, Canada Tickets & More
May 31 L’Astral Montreal, Canada Tickets & More
Jun 01 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY Tickets & More
Jun 02 Montage Music Hall Rochester, NY Tickets & More
Jun 03 Emerson Theater Indianapolis, IN Tickets & More
Jun 04 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA Tickets & More
Jun 05 Haven Lounge Orlando, FL Tickets & More
Jun 07 Grizzly Hall Austin, TX Tickets & More
Jun 08 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill Dallas, TX Tickets & More
Jun 09 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM Tickets & More
Jun 10 Joe’s Grotto Phoenix, AZ Tickets & More
Jun 11 Regent Theater Los Angeles, CA Tickets & More
Jul 07 Resurrection Fest Viveiro, Spain Tickets & More
Jul 09 Kulturzentrum K19 Cassel, Germany Tickets & More
Jul 10 Kulturfabrik Esch Sur Alzette,Luxembourg Tickets & More
Jul 11 LA Cafe Cham, Germany Tickets & More
Jul 12 Das Bach Wien, Austria Tickets & More
Jul 15 Devilstone Festival Vilnius, Lithuania Tickets & More
Jul 16 Live & Loud Sofia, Bulgaria Tickets & More
Jul 18 Live Palma Tuzla, Bosnia And Herzegovina Tickets & More
Jul 19 Flying Circus Cluj Napoca, Romania Tickets & More
Jul 22 PMK Innsbruck, Austria Tickets & More
Jul 23 Club 007 Prague, Czech Republic Tickets & More
Jul 26 Metaldays Festival Tolmin, Slovenia Tickets & More
Jul 29 Vaudeville Lindau, Germany Tickets & More
Aug 01 Hirsch Nuremberg, Germany Tickets & More
Aug 04 Little Devil Tilburg, Netherlands Tickets & More
Aug 06 Baroeg Rotterdam, Netherlands Tickets & More
Aug 08 Slade Room Bilston, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 09 Audio Glasgow, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 10 Hobo’s Bridgend, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Aug 11 The Underworld Camden London, United Kingdom Tickets & More
Sep 06 O’Malleys Margate, FL Tickets & More
Sep 07 The Haven Winter Park, FL Tickets & More
Sep 08 Orpheum Tampa, FL Tickets & More
Sep 09 1904 Music Hall Jacksonville, FL Tickets & More
Sep 10 The Underground Charlotte, NC Tickets & More
Sep 11 Motorco Durham, NC Tickets & More
Sep 12 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA Tickets & More
Sep 13 Fish Head Cantina Halethorpe, MD Tickets & More
Sep 14 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY Tickets & More
Sep 15 The Gramercy Theatre New York, NY Tickets & More
Sep 16 The Palladium Worcester, MA Tickets & More
Sep 17 Foufounes Electriques Montreal, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 18 Mod Club Toronto, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 19 Token Lounge Westland, MI Tickets & More
Sep 20 The Forge Joliet, IL Tickets & More
Sep 21 Icon Lounge Sioux Falls, SD Tickets & More
Sep 22 The Cabooze Minneapolis, MN Tickets & More
Sep 23 Park Theatre Winnipeg, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 24 Exchange Regina, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 25 Dickens Calgary, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 26 The Starlite Room Edmonton, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 28 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, Canada Tickets & More
Sep 29 El Corazon Seattle, WA Tickets & More
Sep 30 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR Tickets & More
Oct 01 Slim’s San Francisco, CA Tickets & More
Oct 02 Whiskey A Go Go West Hollywood, CA Tickets & More
Oct 03 Brick By Brick San Diego, CA Tickets & More
Oct 04 Club Red Mesa, AZ Tickets & More
Oct 05 Tricky Falls El Paso, TX Tickets & More
Oct 06 Fitzgerald’s San Antonio, TX Tickets & More
Oct 07 Trees Dallas, TX Tickets & More
Oct 08 Southport Hall Jefferson, LA Tickets & More

Life of Agony join this week’s show

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Joining me from “the other side of the river” (New York) this week I chat via phone with Alan Robert bassist and founding member of Life of Agony. With a 12 year gap since their last release, the much anticipated album ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ was released last month. Tune in as Alan and I chat about the start, the middle, the hiatus, then middle again and the future for Life of Agony.landingpage_kopie_6

Let’s take it back to the beginning shall we… The Summer of 1989 with Hardcore and thrash music dominating the New York scene, Life of Agony decided to mix all those elements along with a nice helping of groove metal to form their own band. Sitting out there on their own they, the band, just averaging 21 years old, put together the album ‘River runs red’ in 1993, which conquered that year’s music charts, that’s for sure and projected the guys into the rock n roll lifestyle. The album sent shock waves throughout the metal music scene and became one of Roadrunner’s best selling albums of all time.

By 1995 the release of ‘Ugly’ followed by the 1997 ‘Soul Searching Sun’ were released, but cracks began to form within Life of agony. After a lengthy hiatus the band bounced back in 2005 with the album ‘Broken Valley’, but issues with the record label and personal pressures, soon saw the band again break away from the business.

Now back with a brand new studio album and a completely new lease of life, the band have put together a monumental new release ‘A Place Where There’s No More Pain’ . Now signed to new label Napalm Records, the album hits the shelves April 28th.

What the label say; The drive and intensity these ten blistering new tracks possess, surpass all expectations that built up in the past 12 years – a cathartic Sturm & Drang experience for the listener that matches the ferocity of River Runs Red with gut wrenching rock melodies. Raging guitar riffs, heartfelt lyrics and killer grooves mark the return of LOA’s signature sound and turn A Place Where There’s No More Pain into a passionate, soul-searching affair.

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1. Meet My Maker
2. Right This Wrong
3. A Place Where There’s No More Pain
4. Dead Speak Kindly
5. A New Low
6. World Gone Mad
7. Bag of Bones
8. Walking Catastrophe
9. Song For The Abused
10.Little Spots Of You

Royal Thunder drop in on this week’s show

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Currently out on a North American tour in support of their latest album, this week I catch up with Mlny Parsons and Josh Weaver from Atlanta, Georgia’s finest, Royal Thunder.

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With the release of their third album ‘Wick’ just days before Royal Thunder’s current US tour, I wanted to chat with the band about its formation, inspirations, life on the road and the latest release.
Back in 2004 Josh Weaver and a few friends formed a band which would later take on a series of twists and turns and finally evolve into what we are presented with today Royal Thunder!
Following countless years of extensive touring Royal Thunder paid their dues and perfected their craft out on the road (with an EP, a broken second-hand van and a bag full of homemade merch), the band were picked up by Relapse records in 2010.
The critically acclaimed CVI (Roman numerals for 106) the band had a few more line-up changes and then put together their second album ‘Crooked Doors’. With this album it was clear to see some significant changes in sound however the voice of Mlny still remained as haunting as ever. Royal Thunder’s most recent album ‘Wick’ released April 7th via Spinefarm records continues yet another transition between the albums, and a definite shift in songwriting.
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WICK TRACK LISTING:
1. Burning Tree
2. April Showers
3. Tied
4. We Slipped
5. The Sinking Chair
6. Plans
7. Anchor
8. WICK
9. Push
10. Turnaround
11. The Well
12. We Never Fell Asleep
Foreword; Since I gained my full hearing back at age five, I have heard many things over the years that have moved me emotionally, it’s rare that a single track can have such affects ; ((Iron maiden – Phantom of the Opera, Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing like the latest track April showers, the first single to come off Royal thunder’s latest album….. with a rumble hitting my radar on the ‘Crooked Doors’ album it was the emotionally charged vocals and atmospheric grit from Royal Thunder that propelled me to want to see them live. What I experienced in their live set is nothing I have witnessed before, a band that holds so much passion and belief in what they do, travelling some 12 years now out on the road playing gig after gig these guys have really perfected their craft and ability to understand what (in this case of this night) a support band can bring to fresh eyes.
What the band says:
“WICK is different, a bigger jump as far as our sound goes. But it’s still us — it’s just the sound of Royal Thunder’s evolution,” said Weaver.
“Out of all of the albums, WICK was the hardest one to make. It was a fight, but to hear it now, to see it finished, is so gratifying. Finally, it’s over, it’s amazing to be done with it. I’m looking at it, going, ‘We’re done, it’s over, be free,’” said Parsonz.

Matt Harvey of Exhumed / Gruesome & Pounder on this week’s show!

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Joining me on this week’s show is none other than Death metal virtuoso: Matt Harvey of Exhumed, Gruesome and his latest band Pounder.

It’s been two years since I caught up with Matt napalmdeathvovivodtour2015new_638for an interview. Last time he was out on the road with Voivod, Napalm death and Iron Reagan on the ‘Through Space and Grind’ Decibel magazine tour, promoting the Exhumed album Gore Metal Redux: A Necrospective. Since then so much has happened musically for Matt that I can barely keep up with the pace.
Back in 2015 I asked Matt about Gruesome which at that point was little more than a plan and a few demos. With the release of Closed Casket and then Hideous the noise around the band quickly blew up. Encapsulating the sound of the Florida Death metal band Death. Gruesome wanted to be tribute to Death using inspiration from each album to create their own albums.

With the debut release of Savage Land in April 21, 2015, no one knew how well the band would go on to do. With a second pressing being made by relapse it was safe to say that the band was going to be producing even more music.
Last year the EP “Dimensions of Horror” gave us yet another slice of what they can do as a band but also it would see the band inspired by the album “Scream Bloody Gore”.
A third EP “Fragments of Psyche” is set to be released on March 31st via relapse records. The EP sees the band take on a different form of Death, considering the album Human but also the appearance of Sean Reinert former Death drummer. Details of a new album have also been announced. Tune in for more…..

The Pounder chapter….

With news on the underground erupting up to the masses about Matt’s new band and the announcement that they are set to 16487573_1261022280633678_4204256853494803421_odebut their first live show at this year’s annual “Frost and Fire” festival in California. I was curious to know more
from Matt about his latest musical creation…Pounder! With a more traditional heavy metal sound/ NWOBHM the band are formulated out of Matt’s love for the genre.
Pulling together long-time friend Alejandro and ex-Angel Witch/ ex- Crowning Glory guitarist Tom Draper the lineup was complete. A brand new track was released 7th March 2017 listen to it below.

The Exhumed chapter

Now as far as Exhumed are concerned, their last release was in 2014 and there is news on a new album and also a headlining tour. Again tune in to find out more.

Podcast now available below.

Links:

Gruesome;
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gruesomedeat…
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gruesome_de…
Bandcamp: https://gruesomedeathmetal.bandcamp.com

Pounder;
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pounderheavymetal
BandCamp: https://pounderheavymetal.bandcamp.com/

Exhumed;
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExhumedOfficial
Bandcamp: http://exhumed.bandcamp.com/

Horisont join this week’s BBB Show

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With haunting 70’s sounds harking back to the time when rock n roll ruled the world, Horisont immerses the listener into a timewarp. High on a plane of Deep Purple drumming, the momentary sound of the classic twin guitar harmonies could lead you to believe this is some obscure cut from Thin Lizzy back catalogue. But oh no, these swedish boys called Horisont know their heritage and craft their knowledge wisely. Now 10 years in the game they have tapped into a world where NWOBHM and the Scandinavian retro-rock revival still runs wild. Live-evil and Muskelrock festivals shed light on the denim clad nation that is rising up from the underground.

Finally appearing on my radar late 2015 with the album ‘Odyssey’, their second album ‘Time Warriors’ (2013)  has been on heavy rotation this past year.

With their recent departure from Rise Above Records the new signing to Century Media records sees the Swedish quartet release the new album ‘About Time’ February 3rd 2017. Scheduled for more tours and another appearance in the US due April/May 2017   it looks like there is no stopping Horisont.
Out on their first tour on US shores, I  catch up with the boys at the sold out Starline Social Club in Oakland, California. Tune in to hear us chat about Horisont’s first time to the states, plus news on their new album ‘About Time’ and upcoming tour dates.

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“About Time”

Track list:
01. The Hive
02. Electrical
03. Without Warning
04. Letare
05. Night Line
06. Point of Return
07. Boston Gold
08. Hungry Love
09. Dark Sides
10. About Time

Release date: February 3rd, 2017.
Formats: CD/LP/Digital
Label: Century Media Records

The new album ‘About Time’ is out now via the following outlets;

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