HAMMERFALL & GAMMA RAY
ATHENS, RODON CLUB Oct.13, 1997
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HAMMERFALL & GAMMA RAY
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Santa Barbara, CA. Tuesday, April 8th, 11 PM. The Emerald City.
May 24, 1997 Nissan Pavilion Bristow, Virginia
Ozzfest ’97 review / Date Reviewed: 19 Jun 1997
Reviewed by: (Gary M. Gettier)
Ozzy Osbourne – Worcester, 1/20/96
By: Eric German
From the Road: Anthrax
Here is a submitted review of an Anthrax concert that took place in England at the Wolverhampton civic hall sometime in the winter of 1996.
Interview with Lars L?fven of Defleshed
Interviewed in March 2000 by EvilG
Defleshed are one of the few newer EXTREME metal bands that I’ve gotten into recently. Their two CD’s that I’ve had the pleasure to hear - “Under the Blade” and the newest, “Fast Forward” combine thrash and blackened death metal. This is quite the potent mixture and is not for those searching for “happy” music or “melodic” metal. This is pure brutality played tightly and with riffs that would make even Slayer jealous.
Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth / Demons & Wizards
Interviewed in March 2000 by EvilG
To me, Iced Earth are like the saviors of American METAL. They, and a small but growing handful of bands from the US, are playing what I consider to be REAL METAL. The latest piece of excitement for all Iced Earth and Blind Guardian fans is the much hyped (and deservedly so) collaboration of Jon Schaffer and Hansi Kursch called Demons & Wizards. I was given the opportunity to talk to Jon about this band and about what’s in store for us with regards to Iced Earth.
Marco Nicosia of Hexenhaus / Fifth Reason / Hemisfear / Seventh Key
Interviewed in Feb. 2000 By Noel
’90 – Hexenhaus – The Edge Of Eternity
’91 – Hexenhaus – Awakening
’97 – Hexenhaus - Dejavoodoo
?97 – Fifth Reason – Psychotic
’99 – Fifth Reason – Within or Without
Hexenhaus is a Swedish technical thrash group formed from the ashes of a group called Manninya Blade. Hexenhaus is musically complex technical metal with great vocals, riffing, and drumming. The band has folded and reformed a couple of times, but is currently disbanded. Mike Wead and Marco Nicosia have since formed a new band called Hemisfear, who have signed to Heathendoom Records. Wead is also the current lead guitarist for Mercyful Fate. Will now talk to Marco who was and is involved with Fifth Reason, Hemisfear, Seventh Key, Memento Mori as well as Hexenhaus.
Interview By Arto Lehtinen / Transcription by Blake Wolfe
Overkill is definitely and without any doubt one of the longest running and the most hard working touring thrash bands around today. The legendary New York thrash metal squad haven?t slowed down any inch. They just keeping on thrashing year after year. Even though our Canadian collegue Lord Of The WasteLand did a real massive in-depth interview with the frontman of Overkill Bobby Ellsworth, but I couldn?t turn down an opportunity of doing another interview with Ellsworth who politely answered a few questions.
Esko Salow of PATHOS
Interviewed in Feb. 2000 by Noel
Pathos are a creative band from Sweden. As the name indicates this band describes emotions in their music with heavy breaks and beautiful harmonies. A lot of people are trying to put PATHOS in various genres of metal, everything from doom to death metal. But the members of the band has decided to call it Open Mind Metal. Consisting of Stefan Carlsson – vocals, Daniel Antonsson – rhythm lead and bass guitar, Lennart Specht – rhythm guitars and Esko Salow – drums. Pathos have released the following albums:
PATHOS – ‘UNI VERSUS UNIVERSE’ (1998)
PATHOS – ‘HOVERFACE’ (1997).
Bj?rn Eilen of WARHEAD
Interviewed on February 22, 2000 by EvilG
Warhead are a fairly new band from Germany. Unlike many of the better known German bands, Warhead do not play power metal but just straight-up aggressive METAL. They have elements of thrash metal and traditional metal in their sound. I had the opportunity to speak with Warhead’s vocalist/guitarist, Bj?rn Eilen, just one day after the European release of their new concept CD “Beyond Recall.”
Kelly Shaefer of ATHEIST
Interviewed in Feb. 2000 by EvilG
Thanks to Nathan Robinson for helping out with the questions!
Atheist are one of the more influential yet under-rated technical death metal bands of the early 90′s. Unfortunately, the band dissolved in 1994 and now ten years after the band’s first release people are just starting to get it now. In the coming months Atheist’s three CD’s – Piece of Time (1989), Unquestionable Presence (1991) and Elements (1993) will be re-released. The vocalist for Atheist, Kelly Shaefer, recently spoke with with us at length concerning Atheist and to a lesser degree about his new band Neurotica which was formed in 1994 as a (then) side-project.
Ron Jarzombek of Spastic Ink / WatchTower
Interviewed in February 2000 by Noel
Spastic Ink is a solo project of former Watchtower guitarist Ron Jarzombek. Watchtower dissolved due to physical aliments and certain members other commitments. Ink Complete specializes in super-complex instrumental fusion metal. Jarzombek’s distinctive style is in top form here. There are few other bands that possess such technical and musical prowess. Completely brilliant in it’s complexity and unique original thought. Currently the line-up seems to be Sean Malone (ex-Cynic), Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus/Testament), and and none other than former Watchtower vocalist Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), and drummer Richard Christy (Death/Control Denied) but that is yet too be determined. So be prepared too dive into a glimpse within the Watchtower Past and Spastic Ink Future.
Interviewed Jan.29, 2000 by EvilG
GODLY!! That was my reaction upon hearing Kamelot’s latest offering “The Fourth Legacy.” This CD has everything – the fast aggressive double kickers, excellent lead guitars, great vocals, the melodic, the gentle, the thoughtful. Upon first listen it’s understandable to assume this is a European band. However, the band are based out of TAMPA, Florida, USA! They are getting excellent push from their label, Noise Records, for this, their second CD to be released in North America. So some of us have some catching up to do. Fans of power / melodic bands should do themselves a favor and check this band out today!
I was given the honor to talk with Kamelot’s guitarist – Thom Youngblood.