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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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

 

 

 

 


Destruction on this week’s BBB Show

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This week’s guest on the show is the infamous frontman Schmier of German thrash band Destruction.

Way back when thrash metal first began to surface around the globe, the Bay area, the East Coast and Brazil were producing some of the finest thrash in the world. However, in the black heart of Europe stood the Big Teutonic Four: Kreator, Tankard, Sodom and this week’s guests Destruction.destruction1

Starting out at the very genesis of thrash and a huge influence to many bands to follow them, Destruction has been religiously churning out what they do best recording after recording.

After taking some time out from the band the guys reformed back in 1999 and have since gone from strength to strength. Destruction have always remained earnest, hard-working and dedicated, regularly playing the festival and touring circuits whilst continuing to release albums.

The good old saying “If it ain’t broke, then don’t try to fix it” stands true with Destruction’s latest release “Under Attack”. The guys hit the studio with the intention to keep the sound as raw, live and analog as they possibly could. So much so that it has seen the guys change their writing and recording patterns and create a potent album that is already set to be their most success release to date.

Tune in this week as Schmier and I chat about the upcoming release, his musical influences and upcoming tour dates.

What the label say:

Iconic thrash metal band DESTRUCTION started the recording sessions for »Under Attack« after the summer festivals last year and have been recording segments in various studios between September 2015 and January 2016. So far they have completed the drum recordings with Martin Buchwalter at Gernhart Studios in Germany, as well as completing some basic recordings, mixing and mastering with VO Pulver at Little Creek Studios in Switzerland.

Mastermind Schmier states:
“We keep on doing our thing. The track ‘Under Attack’ stands for classic DESTRUCTION trademarks and the video will sure provoke the outdated & the backseat drivers. But global unity can not be reached with conservative & naive religious beliefs of any kind! Dear cosmopolitans, please keep your urge for freedom alive – otherwise soon there will be NO more rock ‘n’ roll !”

 

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Under Attack

Tracklist:

1 Under Attack
2 Generation Nevermore
3 Dethroned
4 Getting Used to the Evil
5 Pathogenic
6 Elegant Pigs
7 Second to None
8 Stand Up for What You Deliver
9 Conductor of the Void

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Genre: Thrash Metal

Grand Magus join this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch radio show

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Forged below the blackened skies of Stockholm, Sweden joining me on this week’s show is frontman JB from Heavy metal band Grand Magus.

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With countless fist pumping anthems to come out of the Grand Magus camp in the last sixteen years, in a time when heavy metal was deemed unfashionable, the Swedes have not only been flying the flag, but also paved the way for a new breed in the genre.

With breakthrough album “Hammer of the North”, and the follow up “The Hunt” gaining them further chart success, Grand magus have continued to soar up the ranks. Their most successful album to date “Triumph and Power” became a global success amongst heavy metal fans and critics alike.

As the metal masses wait with much anticipation, May 13th has been announced as the   release date for their eighth studio album “Sword songs”  via Nuclear Blast records.

Frontman JB commented:
“We put all of our sweat, blood and tears into this new album and I think that you can hear that. For me, “Sword Songs” is the best GRAND MAGUS album ever! The new songs are faster and more aggressive than on “Triumph And Power” – and we have also included some more extreme and harder stuff. I’m convinced that there are some future classics on the disc!”

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The tracklists are as follows:
01. Freja’s Choice
02. Varangian
03. Forged In Iron – Crowned In Steel
04. Born For Battle (Black Dog Of Brocéliande)
05. Master Of The Land
06. Last One To Fall
07. Frost And Fire
08. Hugr
09. Everyday There’s A Battle To Fight
Bonus Tracks (digipak only)
10. In For The Kill
11. Stormbringer (Deep Purple Cover)

Metal Church Mike Howe joins this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show 

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Originally rising from the infamous shores of the Bay Area of thrash, Metal Church would find their feet in Aberdeen, Washington. The swift move across North America gave the band the stable foundations to help create some of the most notorious thrash hits to come out of the era. With their eponymous debut album release in 1984, it wasn’t until singer Mike Howe came into the fold in 1988 that the most successful period for Metal Church was sparked.

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The band went on to release the classic albums Blessing in Disguise (1989), The Human Factor (1991) and Hanging in the Balance (1993). By 1994, Mike Howe decided to walk away from the music business altogether to focus more attention on his family.

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Over twenty years since his departure from the band, Metal Church have gone on to produce countless albums without him.  However, 2016 sees them not only release their eleventh studio album XI, but also welcome back Mike Howe on vocals once again.

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Track listing for XI:

01. Reset
02. Killing Your Time
03. No Tomorrow
04. Signal Path
05. Sky Falls In
06. Needle & Suture
07. Shadow
08. Blow Your Mind
09. Soul Eating Machine
10. It Waits
11. Suffer Fools
12. Fan The Fire (Exclusive Bonus Track)

 

Tune in this week as I catch up with Mike to chat about the making of new album XI, and the upcoming European tour.

Be sure to check out Metal Church on their upcoming tour:

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

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This week I am joined by founding member and mastermind behind the wondrous Psychedelia of Witchcraft; Magnus Pelander. The peerless band truly stand alone as a poignant part of Swedish rock music.

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With numerous stories surrounding their formation, the band pay homage to seminal bands such as Pentagram and Roky Erickson. Debuting with the track “No Angel or Demon”. 61x-mkxiblThe guys were soon picked up by Lee Dorian of Rise Above Records, with a three album deal with the label, which saw the band etch their sound into the 21st century rock scene.

However, it wasn’t until the release of their fourth album “Legend” through new label Nuclear Blast, that Witchcraft finally received critical acclaim for their unique sound. Now back with their second release on the label the new album ‘Nucleus’ see the band step back to their roots with undertones of their debut album and a side helping of pure Doom!
Tune in this week as I chat with Magnus about the new release ‘Nucleus’. Plus we discuss the past, present and what the future holds for Witchcraft.

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Track list
1 – Malstroem
2 – Theory Of Consequence
3 – The Outcast
4 – Nucleus
5 – An Exorcism Of Doubts
6 – The Obsessed
7 – To Transcend Bitterness
8 – Helpless
9 – Breakdown

 


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Gentleman’s Pistols drop in on this week’s Barnett’s Brutal Brunch show

Starting life as a three piece punk band from Bradford, England the guys of Gentleman’s pistols soon jumped ship to neighbouring town Leeds. Whereupon, they shifted themselves away from their cruder sonic roots to create a more significantly guitar driven sound with the addition of a fourth member.

From The Sweet to Deep Purple, James (Atkinson, vocals) had identified a sound that he wanted to give life to with the band, with a shared musical taste the guys soon put out a few 7 inch singles in 2006.

The following year saw Gentlemen’s Pistols release a self titled album through new label Rise Above records and quickly hit the rock headlines, sending ripples through a tired music industry in the UK.

With a second album ‘At Her Majesties Pleasure’ and the recruitment of Bill Steer into the band the four-piece from ‘oop North successfully toured around Europe, hitting the road hard with Scissorfight, Witchcraft, Circulus, Firebird, Leaf Hound and Saviours amongst others.

After a 4 year break Gentleman’s Pistols are back with a new record label (Nuclear Blast) and a brand new album ‘Hustler’s row’.

Released in October the album sees the guys move forward with not just melodic guitar hooks but genuine vocal power and prowess.

The first single from the album can be heard below. Tune in this week as I catch up with founding member and frontman James to chat about the new album and the development of Gentleman’s Pistols.

Hustler’s Row:

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Side A
01. The Searcher
02. Devil’s Advocate On Call
03. Time Wasters
04. Private Rendezvous
05. Stress And Confusion
Side B
01. Personal Fantasy Wonderland
02. Lady Teaser
03. Dazzle Drizzler
04. Coz Of You
05. Hustler’s Row