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

Zodiac drop in on this week’s show

The birthplace of classic rock giants the Scorpions to the thrash metal Teutonic trio Kreator, Sodom and Destruction; Germany remains one of the most heavy metal countries in Europe and the source of many a band. However, this week’s guests are somewhat removed from a purely heavy metal lineage and share more in common with psychedelic, spacerock and blues bands of the 1960’s and 1970’s, Amon Düül, Ash Ra Tempel and contemporary peers Colour Haze and Samsara Blues Experiment. I am joined this week by frontman Nick Van Delft of psychedelic blues rock outfit Zodiac.

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Starting the band in 2011, Zodiac made waves in a short time with their eponymous debut EP and their first album release “A Bit Of Devil”. It wasn’t long before Napalm records soon snapped up the band and released album “With A Hiding Place” closely followed by the huge success of album “Sonic Child”  which made it’s way up the German charts. With all that said, there is much anticipation for their upcoming fourth album: Grain of Soul (released 29th July).

Tune in this Wednesday via Totalrock.com and  Tunein – 8pm GMT, 9pm CET, 3PM EST and 12pm PST

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1. Rebirth By Fire
2. Animal
3. Follow You
4. Down
5. Faithless
6. Crow
7. Ain’t Coming Back
8. Get Out
9. Like The Sun
10. Sinner
11. Grain Of Soul

Bonus 10 Inch Single:
1. Shore
2. Dying Done

zodiac-grain-of-soul-tourZODIAC + RAVENEYE + HONEYMOON DISEASE – European Tour 2016
16.09.16 DE – Hamburg / Molotow
17.09.16 DE – Dresden / Beatpol
18.09.16 DE – Rostock / Mau Club
19.09.16 DE – Hannover / Lux
20.09.16 DE – Kassel / Schlachthof
21.09.16 DE – Jena / FHaus
22.09.16 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
23.09.16 DE – Köln / Underground
24.09.16 DE – Essen / Turock
25.09.16 DE – Nürnberg / Hirsch
26.09.16 DE – München / Backstage Club
27.09.16 AT – Salzburg / Rockhouse
28.09.16 AT – Wien / B72
30.09.16 DE – Stuttgart / Keller Klub
01.10. 16 DE – Saarbrücken / Garage
02.10.16 FR – Nancy / Chez Paulette
03.10.16 FR – Paris / La Fleche D’Or
04.10.16 FR – Strasbourg / Laiterie
05.10.16 FR – Lille / La Peniche
06.10.16 NL – Leiden / Gebr. De Nobel
07.10.16 NL – Eindhoven / Tuchthuis
08.10. 16 DE – Osnabrück / Bastard Club

For More Info Visit:
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Valient Thorr on this week’s show

Crash landing in North Carolina, the boys from the Morning Star were birthed on the Earth on the eve of Easter 2001. Soon after hitting the stage the band vowed to their first audiences that they would take over every major city on Mother Earth. They stayed true to their word! Known to earthlings as Valient Thorr, the band have created untold havoc on the eardrums and underwear of this planet’s inhabitants for the last 15 years. Behold their magnificence and tremble foolish humanoids!

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This week I manage to capture leader and frontman Valient Thorr himself to discuss the latest musical creation ‘Old Salt’.
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Old Salt:
1.Mirakuru
2. Lil’ Knife
3. Cut and Run
4. No Count Blues
5. The Trudge
6. Worm Up
7. Spellbroke
8. Linen Maker
9. The Shroud
10. Looking Glass
11. Jealous Gods

 

 

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Be sure to check out the guys out on the road in Europe:

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European show details below;

 

 

Orchid drop in on this week’s show

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In the words of Jim Morrison… “The West is the best!”. As the birthplace of the hippie movement, San Francisco was at the epicentre of the cultural revolution. With the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin, it isn’t hard to see that this influence has transcended through the generations. The fashions and sounds of that era resonate powerfully within this week’s guests Orchid.

Forming in 2007, the San Francisco based band Orchid have found themselves at the forefront of a 60’s/70’s rock revival. The band’s first release in 13319783_10153688076127496_848345218934623768_n2009 “Through the Devil’s Doorway” E.P. not only saw them cut their teeth in the industry but also rapidly built them a following. By 2011 the first album “Capricorn” was released which finally brought them to European shores.

It wasn’t long before record labels took an interest in the band. Nuclear Blast released the second album “The Mouths of Madness” and most recently last years EP. “Sign Of The Witch”.

With another new album in the works, I catch up with the guys at a one-off hometown show to chat about progress in the studio, the recent addition to the band and the next chapter for Orchid.

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Track list
01. Helicopters
02. John the Tiger
03. Sign of the Witch
04. Strange Winds

 

 

 

 


Nervosa join this week’s show

Listen hereFrom a self produced video to being signed to Napalm records. The short life of Nervosa has been somewhat of a rollercoaster ride. Conceived whilst in previous bands, the members gave up everything to form Nervosa. nervosab2Born on the South American road, Nervosa were soon picked up by Destruction frontman Schmier who took the band under his wing and showcased their music video via social media. Within a short time the video had gathered tens of thousands of views on youtube, earning them a great deal of noise throughout the world.

Their blinding debut album release “Victim of Yourself” sent shockwaves throughout the metal industry gaining the Brazilian trio the credibility they so richly deserve. Nervosa are now back with a second album “Agony“.

 

What the label says:

Brazil`s meanest power trio has returned: Nervosa indulge in relentlessly raw all-female thrash metal on their second studio album Agony that almost effortlessly merges the energy of the glorious 80s with the refined aggression of this millennium. Played even more on point and precise than debut Victim of yourself (2014), it definitely enriches the Nervosa sound having transferred the production to the USA: the South American riff tornado is in flawless shape! Nods to Kreator, Slayer etc really are just the tip of the iceberg here, and the Brazilian squad continues to drag its fans down into a malicious maelstrom full of old school darkness…

 

Currently on tour in Europe I catch up with Bassist/ vocalist Fernanda Lira via telephone to chat about her musical journey and life in Nervosa and what’s next for the thrasher trio.

Live on Totalrock.com, July 6th, 8pm GMT~ 12pm PST ~ 9pm CET

Repeats: Friday 9am GMT ~ 1am PST ~ 10am CET

Podcast

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Agony

01    Arrogance
02    Theory Of Conspiracy
03    Deception
04    Intolerance Means War
05    Guerra Santa
06    Failed System
07    Hostages
08    Surrounded By Serpents
09    CyberWar
10    Hypocrisy
11    Devastation
12    Wayfarer (Bonus Track)

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