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July 15, 2015

Levi: How’ve you been?

 

Vinnie: Absolutely great, we’ve been on this Mayhem Tour and it’s been awesome. I’m playing with Slayer and King Diamond every night. Tonight’s a headlining show so we get to play about 15 songs.

 

Levi: You’ve been going 8 or 9 years with HELLYEAH, it seems like a fun band to be in. Great songs, lots beers and BBQ’s. Has it been a good time?

 

Vinnie: Its great man, things are awesome. We had to do a few member changes to get things back to being a solid foundation like what we started with. Bringing Kyle Sanders and Christian Brady on was really important to getting the band back and making...

July 9, 2015

Levi: You’ve only been in the band 2 years, can you tell us how you got the gig?

 

Lindsay: Well it’s actually been two and a half years now, I was hired in January of 2013. It feels like yesterday but it’s not. I actually got very lucky, my predecessor had left the band, she’d moved onto some other gigs. She did kind of leave Cradle of Filth in a tight spot, they had a world tour coming up. They found me on Facebook through a friend, I fit the description, they were looking for a female who could sing and play keyboards and I guess I kind of fit into the genre and had the look. They found me and they offered me t...

July 1, 2015

Rodney Holder is best known as the drummer from legendary Australian Prog-Metal band Alchemist. Besides just playing music he is also quite experienced in the business side of the industry, he has done everything from festival management to teaching and also runs the Music Business Facts website, which gives an in-depth look on the industry from the perspective of artists, managers and industry experts.

 

Excerpts from the podcast:

 

Why he started musicbusinessfacts.com…

 

“I teach at TAFE (music business studies), it’s a 12 month diploma. I think the students get tired of me giving my own personal opinions, I like t...

June 19, 2015

Levi: I just purchased a few of your songs on ‘Rocksmith’, it’s a lot of fun getting to play along to songs like “Broken” and “Remedy”. Do you play the game much? And do you ever try playing your own songs on it?

 

Shaun: Actually I played the game a long time ago when it first came out. I don’t really play games much, but if did that would be the one I’d play because you actually get to play an instrument, it’s an interesting approach.

I remember a few years ago RockBand and Guitar Hero were huge. But Rocksmith is sweet because you actually get to play an instrument.

 

Levi: You’re coming to Australia really soon, w...

June 18, 2015

SCORE:

Epic Scale: 11/11

Production: 10/11

Originality: 9/11

Album Art and Packaging: 8/11

 

OVERALL: 9.5/11

 

1."Still Echoes"  4:22

2."Erase This"  5:08

3."512"  4:44

4."Embers"  4:56

5."Footprints"  4:24

6."Overlord"  6:28

7."Anthropoid"  3:38

8."Engage the Fear Machine"  4:48

9."Delusion Pandemic"  4:22

10."Torches"  5:17

 

The albums opener “Still Echoes” is everything you expect from Lamb of God; intense guitar riffs, the instantly recognizable sound of Chris Adler’s precession drum blasts and Randy Blyth’s furious guttural battle cries.

 

The first few tracks don’t hold many surprises, just Lamb of God doing what they do best...

June 17, 2015

Levi: I was just re-watching your live DVD “Through the Looking Glass”, my favourite part is the end of the song “Valhalla” where the crowd continues to sing the song for a few good minutes. What is that feeling like when you get that kind of response from a crowd?

 

Hansi: It become a trend, is started with ‘Imaginations: Through the Looking Glass” when people picked it up. That show might not have been the first one, but since now many people have seen the video they repeat the same thing when they have the chance. It is a privileged feeling, knowing that I don’t have to sing a song like “Bard Song” for example....

June 13, 2015

Still as electrifying as he was in the 80's, Yngwie charged in and set the room ablaze with precision sweep picking, arpeggios and warp speed shredding. Even after all these years there are very few guitarist that can play on the same level as Yngwie.

The Maestro unleashed a greatest hit showcase, opening with the set 'Rising 'Force', then continued to burn through classics like 'Blitzkrieg', 'Far Beyond the Sun' and 'Black Star'.

 

Even though the show wasn't a sell-out it didn't stop Yngwie from bringing his full arsenal which included twenty three Marshall stacks and a rack-full of white Fender Stratocasters. Ro...

June 7, 2015

SCORE:

Epic Scale: 7/11

Production: 9/11

Originality: 6/11

Album Art and Packaging: 8/11

 

OVERALL: 7.5/11

 

1."Walpurgi's Eve"   

2."Yours Immortally..."   

3."Enshrined in Crematoria"   

4."Deflowering the Maidenhead, Displeasuring the Goddess"   

5."Blackest Magick in Practice"   

6."The Monstruous Sabbat (Summoning the Coven)"   

7."Hammer of the Witches"   

8."Right Wing of the Garden Triptych"  

9."The Vampyre at My Side"   

10."Onward Christian Soldiers"   

11."Blooding the Hounds of Hell"  

 

Right off the bat it's a throwback to pre Nymphetamine era fast thrashy symphonic Black...

June 7, 2015

 

SCORE:

Epic Scale: 8/11

Production: 11/11

Originality: 8/11

Album Art and Packaging: 7/11

 

OVERALL: 8.5/11

 

Tracks:

1."Dead Inside"  4:24

2."[Drill Sergeant]"  0:21

3."Psycho"  5:28

4."Mercy"  3:52

5."Reapers"  5:59

6."The Handler"  4:33

7."[JFK]"  0:54

8."Defector"  4:33

9."Revolt"  4:05

10."Aftermath"  5:48

11."The Globalist"  10:07

12."Drones"  2:51

 

Drones” continues the pop and funk influences we heard on "The Resistance" and "The 2nd Law", while still making throwbacks at times to their early sluggish industrial grunge sound. It's amazing how relevant and consistent Muse have remained over the years. Somehow they manage to...

May 31, 2015

Levi: The arrangements on the new album are amazing, how did you go about the production?

 

Luca: The production was one of the longest we’ve done. The only other Rhapsody album that took this long was the second album in 1998. At the time when we were composing that one we were putting note by note (the note of the composition into the keyboard), not the computer. So now we like to work with the maximum support from technology.

 

Levi: The album reminds me of ‘The Lord of the Rings’, I can picture an epic Viking battle happening when I listen to the songs. What goes through your head when you’re writing the music?

 

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May 29, 2015

SCORE:

Epic Scale: 11/11

Production: 11/11

Originality: 9.5/11

Album Art and Packaging: 9/11

 

OVERALL: 10/11

 

Tracks:

1."Nova Genesis (Ad Splendorem Angeli Triumphantis)"  3:08

2."Il Cigno Nero"  4:08

3."Rosenkreuz (The Rose and The Cross)"  4:34

4."Anahata"  5:03

5."Il Tempo Degli Dei"  5:03

6."One Ring To Rule Them All"  7:05

7."Notturno"  4:34

8."Prometheus"  5:06

9."King Solomon And The 72 Names Of God"  6:51

10."Yggdrasil"  6:00

11."Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall Part II: Codex Nemesis
I. "Codex Nemesis Alpha Omega"
II. "Symphonia Ignis Divinus (The Quantum Gate Revealed)"
III. "The Astral Convergence"
IV. "The...

May 22, 2015

Levi: You guys are touring Australia for the first time in June, are you pretty excited about coming down under?

 

Bradley: Yeah, absolutely. I’ve never been, I couldn’t be more excited to check out the culture and the vibe and do some shows.

 

Levi: You’ve got a new album called ‘Versus’, it’s the first album you’ve done with Emarosa, how did the recording go? Are the fans treating you well as the new front man?

 

Bradley: The recording was rough, there was a lot of pressure of what the group wanted to be and there was a lot of pressure from the fans, some were more kind than others. Their previous singer tended to b...

May 22, 2015

Levi: You guys have been around since 88, you’ve just released your 9th album “American Spring”. What’s been keeping you motivated this long?

 

Pat: We’re sort of addicted to music, we don’t really have other things that make us happy and as fulfilled as playing music. We don’t really have a choice, it’s just a thing we sort of have to do. If we don’t do it we just get frustrated and angry at our lives and the people around us. After a while the people that we live with who are our friends at home are like “you need to go on tour, you’re an asshole now”.

 

Levi: You don’t mind the lifestyle of being cramped into a b...

May 5, 2015

LEVI: I saw my first ever Opiuo show recently at 'Rabbits Eat Lettuce' really enjoyed it. How was the event for you? and how do outdoor raves compare to club shows?

 

OSCAR: Yeah I had a great time up there. People were super fun and loose, and didn't seem too bothered about the extreme mud and rain!

When it comes to outdoors vs clubs it's easy, I much prefer outdoors. Music sounds better outside (when done right). The environment is usually exponentially more interesting, and you have the freedom to experience the show from whatever angle or distance you want. I grew up going to outdoor parties so maybe I'm biased...

April 21, 2015

Levi: You've just released album number 14 entitled 'My God Given Right', there is so much energy and enthusiasm on the album. How do you still have this much rocket fuel after 30 years?

 

Markus: That is a strange question I can't really answer. How can I be inspired still? I'll be sitting on the toilet and all of a sudden a sound or a melody will pop into my head. But where did I get inspired from? Was it the birds singing outside? Sometimes I get ideas at the pub just when I'm drinking some beers, so I guess it can come from anywhere.

 

Levi: You've got a lot of albums, is it hard putting together a set list with...

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