Gygax frontman drops in on this week’s show

This week’s band Gygax was formulated out of more than just a passion for music but science-fiction, fantasy and more specifically the works and the designs of their namesake Gary Gygax a co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons in 1974. Gygax-D&D.jpg

Ventura, California based bassist and frontman of Gygax Eric Harris is no stranger to the music industry. With time spent in bands Skeletonwitch, Holy Grail and most recently Gypsyhawk. In the seven year existence of Gypsyhawk they produced two albums Patience and Perseverance (2010) and Revelry & Resilience (2012) released through Metal Blade records. However relationships within the band began to fray and the group split in 2014.

Regrouping with Bryant Throckmorton former guitarist for Gypsyhawk the guys started working on what was to be Gygax’s debut album “Critical Hits”. The thirty minute masterpiece was released in January 2016 through Creator-Destructor Records. This absolutely killer album has once again proven the musical talents of Eric Harris and co.. The songs combine myth and magic with a side helping of Thin lizzy guitars and UFO riffs.

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Currently shredding up the highways of North America with Huntress on their two month tour with Sabaton and Trivium ,  I catch up with Mr. Harris over the phone to chat about life on the road, what’s next for his latest creation Gygax and news on possible tour dates and their upcoming second album.

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Critical Hits

1. Lesser Magick -04:24
2. Worldbreaker -03:42
3. Draw Breath -04:16
4. The Rope of Shadow -03:23
5. Dirge for a Deposed Duke -01:07 instrumental
6. Chain Lightning -02:44
7. Demons -04:06
8. Liliana -04:16
9. The Hunter’s Heart -03:34
Album length -31:32

Barnett’s brutal brunch show live 12th October 2016 – 8pm GMT- 9pm CET -12pm PST – 3pm EST only on Totalrock.com

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Criminal drop in on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

This week I am joined by Chile’s finest thrash export Criminal. Tune in as the driving force and original member Anton Reisenegger chats about the history and the future plans of the band. Live On Air 8pm GMT Wednesday 9th March 2016 Totalrock.com

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From the get go, Criminal have been a force unto themselves. With heavy political unrest in Chile the band forged a name for themselves during the rebirth of their country in the early nineties. Quickly selling a thousand copies of their promo EP in a matter of days, the band were noticed by the big chiefs at Sony Music. Featuring on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball South America and supporting a series of well known thrash bands, Criminal would soon see themselves supporting Megadeth, opening for Metallica and even the mighty KISS.

With a strong body of work the guys are about to release their eighth album on Metal Blade records. Titled ‘Fear Itself‘ it sees Criminal return to their roots and produce some killer classic metal anthems. With ‘Down Driven’ being the first single followed by ‘Animals to Gods’ it isn’t hard to fall in love with this band all over again.

 

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Tracklist – Fear itself

  • 1.Intro
  • 2.Down Driven
  • 3.False Flag Attack
  • 4.Shock Doctrine
  • 5.The Needle And The Knife
  • 6.Scream Of Consciousness
  • 7.Summoning The Apocalypse
  • 8.The One Who Speaks At Night
  • 9.Animals To Gods
  • 10.Deep In The Rot
  • 11.Wasted Youth
  • 12.Carne Molida

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Ram drop in on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

Following in the footsteps of a long line of heavy metal predecessors, this week’s guests on the show are Swedish leather clad outcasts RAMbyMagnusLindgren_01-1024x893

Tune in as front man Oscar and I chat about the formation of the band, it’s continual inspirations and their latest fist pumping album Svbversvm.

Released October 2015 the album is seen as a rebirth for the band, Oscar and I go into depths about the the new album and the writing process for what is being named their most critically acclaimed work.

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1. Return Of The Iron Tyrant
2. Eyes Of The Night
3. The Usurper
4. Enslaver
5. Holy Death
6. Terminus
7. The Omega Device
8. Forbidden Zone
9. Temples Of Void
10. Svbversvm

 

Wednesday 18th November 2015 – 8pm GMT / 12pm PST only on Totalrock.com

Armored Saint on this week’s Barnett’s brutal brunch show – Podcast available

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Out there in the vast genre of metal, there sit’s a band named Armored saint. Hitting the scene in the 1983, they were a force unto themselves, not fitting into the conventional movements of glam metal nor thrash metal at the time.  ARmored saint earlyArmored Saint hit the metal circuit with full force playing with everyone from Ratt to Metallica. Undeterred by their unclassifiable metal music, the band would release a string of albums Delirious NomadRaising Fear, live album Saints Will Conquer and their most successful release Symbol of Salvation in 1991.Symbol of salvation-front-cover

In their eight year existence, the loss of a band member Dave Prichard and with an extremely difficult tour for their most successful album,  Armored Saint decided to call it a day.

With the job offer of fronting Anthrax, John Bush jumped ship and carved a unique sound into the existing Anthrax regime, partly for his involvement in the writing process, but also his unique vocal sound that brought life into a somewhat tired thrash legacy. The release of albums Sound of White NoiseStomp 442Volume 8: The Threat Is Real and the critically acclaimed album We’ve Come for You All in 2003 would see Anthrax reach new heights in their career. AnthraxBut with that said, Anthrax members made a commitment to making a new Storm troopers of doom record, this would see John’s time with the band soon fizzle out. The prospect of Joey Belladona presence in the Anthrax was on the cards.  With the ‘Spreading the disease’ line up booked for the 20th anniversary tour, it would also seal the deal for the upcoming Ozzfest tour. This would then instigate the departure of Bush.

With John’s extensive voice over work, the release of Armored saint’s Revelation (2000) and the covers album Nod to the Old School (2001) all slowly ticking away in the background while the Anthrax members work on other projects, it wasn’t until John’s departure from Anthrax that saw the album La Raza (2010) and a full commitment from both him and the other members to officially reform Armored Saint.

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With another significant break from their last release, the boys are now back and raring to go with a brand new album Win hands down. Tracks ‘Mess’ and the title track ‘Win hands down’ gaining considerable play on social media sites, the album is already becoming a successful hit for the Los Angeles based band.armoredsaint-winhandsdown (1)

With just days after their outstanding appearance at this year’s Hellfest, I caught up with the John to chat about his past and present outlook on his career, the new album and it’s chart topping success in Europe, plus I get an inside scoop on what’s next for these heavy metal Titans.

Be sure to check out the Armored Saint on the road. Appearing on the main-stage at this year’s Bloodstock festival and out on the road in the North America with Saxon this fall.

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