Today I talk to Dirk Sauer- guitarist for German Power Metal band, Edguy. The band are releasing ‘Monuments’ a massive new package of 22 songs , mostly pulled from the bands vast back catalogue, but including 5 brand new songs & 1 previously unreleased, as well as a live DVD performance and music video clips.
‘Monuments’ is due for release on the 14th of July 2017 worldwide, and I have no doubt would be fantastic for longtime Edguy fans, as well as those new to the band.
Today we have Riccardo Ball, vocalist for Auckland Thrash Metal band, Just One Fix, talking about the release of their brand new single ‘DEATH IN THE FAMILY‘. You can check it out via reverbnation: https://www.reverbnation.com/justonefixnz or through the bandcamp player below:-
The band were particularly active during my spell on radio, in the late 2000’s, early ’10s, with three albums released to date; The Price of Sellvation (2007), Blood Horizon (2010), Let them Hate… So long as they Fear (2014).
Alongside Riccardo, there’s founding member & guitarist Sharne Scarborough, Ant Ward is back on Bass, and relative new comer Warren Kelly on Drums. Their sound is a Thrash Metal rapid-fire, pounding percussion, precision guitars and growling vocals.
Today I have my interview with Michael Keene from The Faceless, talking all about their upcoming New Zealand and Australian tour during May 2017, as well as mention of their new album and as a special treat- Michael, with his expertise both behind the recording console and on the stage weighs in on the recent Suicide Silence backlash.
Regarding touring NZ again for the first time since 2009: “… it was a gorgeous experience & we got driven down to Piha Beach … and all around it was a great time…”
Regarding setlist (for concert goers): “… definitely be playing a little bit of everything, probably not much from the very first record, maybe a song… but from there on forward there will be a strong mix of everything… we’ll be playing probably two new songs off of the new record…”
Regarding new album: “… it’s mixed and the masters are being turned in, in the next few days… on this record I told them no deadlines… when I’m happy with the mix I’ll give it to you [the label] and you can set a date at that time… finally I have a mix that I’m really, really proud of… I think I’m going to give some guys like Andy Sneap and [Jens Bogren] [a run for their money…]… I think people will be pretty impressed with how the record sounds, soncially, along with the material. It’s also the most musically diverse record that we’ve made yet…”
Regarding, how having a ‘diverse’ sounding record relates to the recent Suicide Silence release: “…I might get myself in trouble here, but I’ll be brutally honest… I have no problem with bands changing their sounds, if it’s for the better or … even if it’s just for the difference but it’s still good and I certainly have nothing against clean singing in metal… I prefer it vastly over screaming, but if you can’t sing- you shouldn’t do it… I’m sorry and I love you Eddie [Hermida, Suicide Silence vocalist] but you cannot sign and you shouldn’t sing in your band… I can tell you exactly what went wrong- Ross Robinson is what went wrong, telling him he can sing when they should have had a producer in there going, “Hey buddy, this isn’t going to work, we need to try something else because you can’t sing. Sorry.” Hate to be so brutally honest because those guys are my buddies but that’s the reality of the situation. I on the other hand have confidence in what we’re doing… I’m not afraid of that particular backlash.”
Regarding writing music for the upcoming film, “American Satan”: “…I wrote four songs… the movie is obviously about a band… the songs that they’re playing, a handful of them are songs that I wrote & recorded & played myself, they’re pantomiming what I played… I was writing music… with the spirit of what the band is supposed to be in the movie… which is a lot more mainstream than what I would be writing for The Faceless…”
Aussie dates (with The Black Dahlia Murder, Putrid Pile, Whoretopsy & Unravel): (tix & info: www.soundworkstouring.com/tour/111)
May 9th: Badlands- Perth.
May 10th: Fowler’s Live- Adelaide.
May 11th: Max Watts- Brisbane.
May 12th: Manning Bar- Sydney.
May 13th: Corner Hotel- Melbourne.
Due to our recent move to a new place (and not having anywhere proper to record) the show ran a little late to be posted…
On this episode of the show I feature my interview with Devin Holt from Pallbearer, cover some news about a Metal Gig being shut down at the Kings Arms due to noise complaints, International tour news, as well as going on about Soulfly playing the full Nailbomb album on their upcoming tour.
I have some wicked NZ music thanks to Fallen Order, Scizerac and Grey Skies Over Rapture, and settle in to my segments: RECORD LABEL ROUND UP, FROM THE EMAILS.
STEEL PANTHER- That’s when you came in
OCEANO- The Great Tribulation NZ Music
FALLEN ORDER- Sign your life away www.facebook.com/FallenOrderBand
SCIZERAC- Steam Train Hangover www.facebook.com/Scizerac
GREY SKIES OVER RAPTURE- Between worlds www.facebook.com/GreySkiesOverRapture Interview with Devin Holt from Pallbearer
PALLBEARER- Thorns Record Label Round Up
WARBRINGER- Remain Violent
BODY COUNT- Civil War
GOD DETHRONED- On the Wrong side of the Wire
THE MOTH GATHERER- The Providence of Bones From the Emails
ORDOXE- We are Eternal
TERRIFIER- Nuclear Demolisher News[?]
NAILBOMB- Sick Life
PROTEST THE HERO-Blood Meat