The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world
HARD ROCK METAL AND BLUES INTERVIEWS 2014

 

 

 































INTERVIEWS 2015
The Rockpit prides itself on it's interviews and we bring you more than any other site - over 120 so far this year alone from the world's biggest hard rock and metal acts as well as local bands worthy of your attention. 2015 continues with even more so check back each week for new interviews.



MORGAN ROSE - SEVENDUST
The band have released a super successful album with 'Kill The Flaw' and are also due to tour Australia in 2016 so we had a chat about all things new with Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose as well as what is on his playlist lately - December 2015


DANI WINTER-BATES - BURY TOMORROW
UK metalcore band Bury Tomorrow are about to release their new album "Earthbound" in January 2016, which according to vocalist Dani Winter-Banes, feels like the distillation of everything they have ever wanted the band to be about - December 2015


MAGNUS PELANDER - WITCHCRAFT
The band are about to release their latest album "Nucleus" in January so Steve had a chat to vocalist Magnus Pelander to discuss the new songs and the thought process behind the music - December 2015


CHRIGEL GLANZMANN - ELUVEITIE
The folk metal heroes just announced a headline tour of Australia in May 2016 so we caught up with founding member Chrigel Glanzmann who just came off the stage in Norway to chat about the tour and more - December 2015


CHRIS MOTIONLESS - MOTIONLESS IN WHITE
We spoke to vocalist Chris Motionless to discuss the Big Ass tour in Australia with The Amity Affliction and A Day To Remember and how the band plan to use this tour as a stepping stone for bigger things to come - November 2015


RAVN - 1349
1349 are bringing their brand of black metal to Australia for the very first time so we caught up with vocalist Ravn to discuss the tour, their latest album "Massive Cauldron of Chaos" and more - November 2015


JOHN CONNOLLY - SEVENDUST
Sevendust were last in Australia in 2011 for Soundwave Festival but it's been a while since they did a headlining tour. That will change come March 2016 when the band come down for a tour in support of their latest album "Kill The Flaw". We had a chat with guitarist John Connolly to talk about the tour as well as how things have changed over the years since the band first started - November 2015


CRISTIAN MACHADO - ILL NINO
Ill Nino are making their way back to Australia for Soundwave Festival for a third time where they will perform their first album "Revolution Revolucion" in it's entirety. We spoke to vocalist Cristian Machado about that album and what fans can expect at Soundwave - November 2015


MARK KNIGHT - SOLO ARTIST
We caught up with Mark to talk all about his new eponymous solo album, just after it hit the streets. A mixture of fine tunes right from the heart it's an album that is surprisingly personal and resinant from the ex-Bang Tango man - November 2015


CHERRY GRIND (video)
Adelaide's finest up and coming hard rockers, have just released their stunning debut record 'A Room With a View' produced by Bob Daisley. It sounds like the start of very good things to come - November 2015


LINDSAY MCDOUGALL - FRENZAL RHOMB (audio)
Recently added to the Soundwave Festival lineup for 2016, Frenzal Rhomb are pretty much an institution in the Australian music scene having been around for over 20 years. We chat to Lindsay about Soundwave as well as work on the new album - November 2015


DAN DONEGAN - DISTURBED
Just recently announced as headliners for Soundwave Festival next year, Disturbed return after a 4 year hiatus with a brand new album titled "Immortalized" so we caught up with guitarist Dan Donegan to discuss the new songs, coming back from a long break and what fans can expect at Soundwave Festival in 2016 - November 2015


DAN HAWKINS - THE DARKNESS
It was a dark and stormy night when we caught up with The Darkness’ Dan Hawkins somewhere in the depths of the land of our star-spangled cousins, ostensibly on tour but also quite possibly assembling fiendish plans of world domination through the power of rock - October 2015


DAVE DAVIDSON - REVOCATION
Andrew chats to Revocation guitarist and frontman Dave Davidson about the upcoming re-release of "Empire Of The Obscene" and how the debut album kick started the career of the band - October 2015


ARYA GOGGIN - SKINDRED
Skindred's new album 'Volume' is just about to drop, and it could well be the closest the band has got yet to capturing their incendary live sound on record... We talk to skinsman Arya Goggin about picking the live set, the upcoming tour and mashing up Pantera with Spandau Ballet... - October 2015


ALEX LASKA - KINGSWOOD
Kingswood is an Australian band going places and with the songs and the attitude to get there the future is looking bright. Just announced as the local support act for the Australian leg of the AC/DC Tour, we check in with Alex Laska to talk about slide guitar and the meaning of life - October 2015


'FITO' DE LA PARRA - CANNED HEAT
Not many bands have been active as long as Canned Heat, the band that was named after a 1928 song by Tommy Johnson song hit 50 this year, and an awful lot has changed in the world of music since they famously were helicoptered into Woodstock… - October 2015


MARTIN LARSSON - AT THE GATES
It was only just recently that we spoke to frontman Tomas Lindberg so it was an absolute bonus to have a chat with another member from At The Gates, this time with guitarist Martin Larsson - October 2015


ZAKK WYLDE - BLACK LABEL SOCIETY
Always a barrel of laughs and always ready to answer whatever you throw at him, this time around we caught up with the axeman to discuss the upcoming Australian tour as well as his work on the upcoming Book Of Shadows 2 - October 2015


BIFF BYFORD - SAXON
The band have released their latest offering "Battering Ram" which some say is some of their best work to date so we caught up with Biff to discuss the new songs and much more - October 2015


RYAN VAN POEDEROOYEN - DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT
We talk to drummer RVP about the Australian tour with Devin Townsend Project as well as his drumming masterclasses where there will be much more than just talks on drumming techniques - October 2015


JOHN CORABI & MARCO MENDOZA - THE DEAD DAISIES (video)
The Dead Daisies are currently on a tour with the monsters of rock that is Kiss, touring around the world and now in Australia in support of the band's latest album "Revolucion" which has been met with huge success. We caught up with John Corabi and Marco Mendoza before the first show in Perth to chat about the album, touring with Kiss and their experience in Cuba which was captured in a documentary - October 2015


DEVIN TOWNSEND - DTP (audio)
It was only 2 years ago that we saw The Devin Townsend Project tour the country and now they will be back in October for an east coast tour that will see the band perform tracks from an extensive back catalogue as well as their latest work "Ziltoid 2". We caught up with the legendary musician himself in the middle of a busy schedule for a quick chat about the tour and what keeps him on the road - October 2015


TOMAS LINDBERG - AT THE GATES
The band hit Australia in 2012 as part of the reunion shows but this year they make their way back with a set of new songs in tow so we chatted to Tomas about the new album "At War With Reality" and how the band are doing in 2015 - September 2015


ANDREW HUDSON - HARLOTT
Melbourne thrashers Harlott have just released their second album "Proliferation" which is a blazing album of thrash tracks and the band are also set to tour Europe starting this week with Canadian legends Annihilator so we caught up with guitarist/vocalist Andrew Hudson just days before leaving Australia to discuss the new album, the tour and a little about the thrash scene in Melbourne - September 2015


MICHAEL MONROE (audio)
Michael Monroe, the voice of Hanoi Rocks and a solo artist now since the eighties, is a survivor; he’s still here with us making music that sounds like it should. It’s still exciting, still elemental and still wild and on latest album ‘Blackout States’ he’s found that perfect balance where the past collides head on with the present and makes a beautiful noise… - September 2015


MR LORDI - LORDI
The band will finally make their first appearance in Australia at Soundwave Festival so we had a great chat with Mr Lordi himself to talk about their debut shows in Australia as well as news on the next album - September 2015


JOHN SANKEY - DEVIL YOU KNOW
With a new album coming out "They Bleed Red" and the recent announcement of their upcoming appearance at Australia's Soundwave Festival next year, there was much to talk about as we caught up with drummer John Sankey to discuss the new songs, Soundwave Festival and an interesting cover version of a very well known song! - September 2015


PAOLO GREGOLETTO - TRIVIUM (audio)
This year could well be the big one for Trivium who are on the verge of releasing their new album 'Silence in the Snow'. There's a feeling at The Rockpit that this may just be the big one: Trivium's 'Black Album'... - September 2015


JOEL HOEKSTRA - WHITESNAKE (audio)
Earlier in the year we heard Joel's first contributions to Whitesnake as their new guitarist along with Reb Beach on 'The Purple Album'. Who would have thought that a few months later he'd be releasing what may well be one of our albums of the year - Joel Hoekstra's 13's 'Dying to Live' - September 2015


AARON STAINTHORPE - MY DYING BRIDE
Musically the band are known for their moody and melancholic sound but as we find out from singer Aaron Stainthorpe, it's not all doom and gloom with their 13th album "Feel The Misery" being released as we chat about the new songs and how it all came together - September 2015

BRAD SINSEL - ANGELS OF DRESDEN
We all love Brad's work with former bands TKO and War Babies, we got the chance to catch up with him to talk in depth about his new project Angels of Dresden - September 2015

JAKE SPROULE - WHORETOPSY
Currently they are on a headlining tour around Australia in support of their latest album "Never Tear Us Apart" so we caught up with drummer Jake to chat about the shows, the new songs and touring with their favorite bands - September 2015

LUKE MONKS - GAY PARIS (audio)
We caught up with the frontman ahead of an upcoming national tour across Australia to speak about the new Gay Paris album and what the tour may hold for the fans - September 2015

MARK MENGHI & ALEX SKOLNICK - METAL ALLEGIANCE
Metal Allegiance is a new metal project comprised of some of the biggest names in metal and rock today and with a debut album set for release, we spoke to both founding member Mark Menghi and Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick about the band and how it all came together - September 2015

NERGAL - BEHEMOTH
Behemoth will be touring Australia in September/October with Watain and Bolzer and we were lucky enough to catch up with Behemoth frontman Nergal to discuss the tour and the band's latest album "The Satanist" - September 2015

DAVE LOMBARDO - PHILM
We talk to ex-Slayer drummer and current Philm member Dave Lombardo to discuss his drum clinic tour in Australia as well as his current work with Philm, his work with Grip Inc and much more - September 2015

DAVID SANDSTROM - REFUSED
Refused were the 4th band announced for the 2016 Soundwave Festival in Australia so we talked to drummer David Sandstrom about the big news as well as the band's first album in 17 years titled "Freedom" and what it was like to have the band active again after so many years - September 2015

THE MISFITS - JERRY ONLY (audio)
We catch up with Jerry in the U.S. to talk about revisiting the classic albums 'Earth A.D.' and 'Static Age'; an invite to Dracula's Castle and the new music on the way from The Misfits - September 2015

SHAWN DROVER - ACT OF DEFIANCE
Andrew talks to Shawn about his departure from Megadeth, his new band Act Of Defiance with Chris Broderick and their debut album "Birth And The Burial" and how he got into music in the first place - September 2015

OSCAR DRONJAK - HAMMERFALL
Hammerfall are heading downunder for their very first show in Australia ever and if you are wondering why only one show, we find out the reasons as well as what to expect at the very exclusive show in Melbourne in October. We also discuss their latest album "(r)Evolution" and a little story about an unfortunate incident some years ago - September 2015

JOE HOTTINGER - HALESTORM
HALESTORM just might have released the album that breaks them new ground and raises them up to the place where we’ve always know they belonged. They are also on their way to Australia for the very first time. We caught up with guitarist Joe Hottinger to get to the bottom of ‘Into the Wild’ life which I picked up with a free T-shirt that actually fitted me over here in the US.… - September 2015

PADGE - BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
They did it – new album ‘Venom’ charted at number one in Australia upon release. And Bullet For My Valentine never sounded better. After last times experimental ‘Temper Temper’ some wondered what the new album would hold for Wale’s finest sons of Metal, and after a line-up change last year, unannounced till earlier this year things have changed but the sound thank the lord is just as relentless. We caught up with Padge somewhere in America late one night… - August 2015

JONATAN LAROCCA-RAMM - GRAVEYARD
Hailing from Sweden, Graveyard are a classic rock band with strong blues influences who have been hitting the rock scene around the world for almost 10 years now and are set to continue their success with their latest album titled "Innocence & Decadence". We caught up with guitarist Jonatan Larocca-Ramm to discuss the new songs and what the band have planned for the rest of the year - September 2015

AMOS WILLIAMS - TESSERACT
Amos Williams from UK progressive rockers Tesseract talk to us about the Australian tour in support of their newest album "Polaris" which continues the band's evolution with a stronger melodic sound than ever before - August 2015

ERIK DANIELSSON - WATAIN
Watain are set to return to Australia as part of a tour with extreme metal legends Behemoth and Swiss black/death metal band Bolzer so in anticipation of the tour, we got vocalist Erik Danielsson to answer 10 questions for The Rockpit - August 2015

NUCLEUST (video)
We caught up with the Perth metal band at their rehearsal studio to chat about the video for the new song "Faith By The Sword" and the upcoming video launch show - August 2015

JOHN McLAUGHLIN - GUITARIST
As far as musicians go there are some you love, some you hate and then there are those that you admire and those that you are in awe of. Over the years John McLaughlin has created a body of music that no one man has a right to – from playing with Miles Davis to founding the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Shakti, whilst pioneering Jazz Rock and fusion: he has kept us enthralled by, as I find out, simply still being in love with his guitar after all these years - August 2015

BJORN "SPEED" STRID - SOILWORK
The band are set to return in August with a brand new album titled "The Ride Majestic" so we speak to "Speed" about the new songs and what the band have been up to since the last album - August 2015

ALEXI LAIHO - CHILDREN OF BODOM
Recently announced as supporting act for Megadeth on an Australian tour in October, we discusss the new album "I Worship Chaos" and touring as well as some interesting and funny stories on the road - August 2015

TOM HUDSON - PULLED APART BY HORSES
Pulled Apart by Horses creates music that makes you feel alive, pure and simple and they're coming back to the land downunder to treat us to another sonic battering in October. If you haven't heard them - whereon earth have you been! We caught up with singer/guitarist Tom Hudson to find out what Leeds' finest are up to - August 2015

GLENN "DYSIE" DYSON - CLAIM THE THRONE
We speak to the guitarist, better known to most as "Dysie" and who is also the owner of Soundworks Touring and Prime Cuts Music in Australia, about the band's upcoming tour, 10 years as a band and what's in store for the future - August 2015

VINCENT CAVANAGH - ANATHEMA (audio)
Anathema are hitting Australia with a special acoustic set on their second ever headlining tour in the country so we caught up with singer and guitarist Vincent Cavanagh to discuss what the fans can expect on the tour and how the band has the freedom to explore and do different things - August 2015

MIKE MUSHOK - SAINT ASONIA
Mike Mushok may be best known as the guitarist for Staind but as of now, he is currently in Saint Asonia, a new band that also features Three Days Grace frontman Adam Gontier. We talk to Mike about how Saint Asonia formed, the debut self titled album and what the band have planned for 2015 - August 2015

LEVI BENTON - MISS MAY I
Vocalist Levi Benton talks to The Rockpit about the new album "Deathless" and the fustrations the band felt which inspired the new songs, plus we discuss touring and musical influences - August 2015

TONY ASTA - BATTLECROSS
We caught up with guitarist Tony Asta just before their appearance at Heavy Montreal to discuss the new album "Rise To Power" as well as some of his influences and how the band have gotten to where they are now - August 2015

J.D. CRONISE - THE SWORD
We chat to J.D. about the band's new album "High Country", the new sound and a little about some of his influences - August 2015

DINO CAZARES - FEAR FACTORY
We talk to Dino about the new album "Genexus", the band's appearance at Soundwave Festival and also what we could expect the world to be like with the advancement of technology - August 2015

MAX CAVALERA - SOULFLY
Max speaks to The Rockpit about the new Soulfly album "Archangel" and how his family is involved on the album plus we discuss heavy metal music and the many changes it has gone through over the years - August 2015

KYLE SANDERS - HELLYEAH (audio)
We talk to new Hellyeah bass player Kyle Sanders about the upcoming Australian tour as well as touring in general and joining the band - August 2015

SEBASTAIN BACH - SOLO ARTIST (Ex-SKID ROW)
We catch up with Sebastian on the eve of his latest Australian Tour to talk about what's been happening since he was last here, his upcoming book, Kings of Chaos, the meaning of life and running in Kings Park - July 2015

PAUL WAGGONER - BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
Guitarist Paul Waggoner chats to us about the band's new album "Coma Ecliptic" and a little about the song writing process in general during their tour in North America - July 2015

KARL SANDERS - NILE
We catch up with Karl Sanders from death metal legends Nile to discuss the brand new album "What Should Not Be Unearthed" as well as the upcoming Australian tour - July 2015

KEITH NELSON - BUCKCHERRY
Keith talks to The Rockpit about the stunning new album 'Rock N Roll' (out 21 August), capturing the 'live' sound in the studio and why we have AC/DC to thank for the band setting out on the road to deliver us some of the best Hard Rock of the last 20 years - July 2015

SIMON MELI - WHOLE LOTTA LOVE / THE WIDOWBIRDS
Simon Meli has one of our favourite voices in Australian Rock and this year he's back again with the 'Whole Lotta Love' Led Zeppelin tribute show as they hit Sydney and the Central Coast in August. And if you love soulful classic rock his band the Widowbirds also has a new album and European tour on the horizon - July 2015

CHRIS THEMELCO - ORPHEUS OMEGA
We spoke to guitarist Chris Themelco about the new album "Partum Vita Mortem" and the changes the band went through in the last 2 years as well as the upcoming Australian tour - July 2015

MICHAEL CALLE - COLOSSVS
Michael talks to The Rockpit about the band's most recent success including touring with his heroes and releasing their debut album "Unholy" last year - July 2015

SAM RILATT - DAEMON PYRE
This Sydney metal band have been steadily rising in success with a string of shows and their self titled debut album. We chat to frontman Sam Rilatt about the band, touring and work on a new album - July 2015

BEN WEINMAN - DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
We talked to the band's founding member and guitarist on what the fans can expect on the headlining tour in Australia and also a little about some upcoming things that he is currently working on - July 2015

RUSSELL ALLEN - SYMPHONY X
We had the pleasure of speaking to singer Russell Allen about the new album "Underworld" and how the band keep things progressing forward - July 2015

DAVE DAVIES - THE KINKS
Dave Davies, legendary guitarist with The Kinks talks to The Rockpit about the December London date, the possibility of a Kinks reunion and what continues to inspire him as a musician - July 2015

GARRY JENNINGS - CATHEDRAL
Doom metal legnds Cathedral are releasing a special 25th anniversary of the band's first demo recordings called "In Memoriam" so we caught up with Gaz to talk about the legacy of Cathedral and the upcoming release - July 2015

MARKUS GROSSKOPF - HELLOWEEN
With the new album "My God Given Right" having just been released, we caught up with Helloween bass player and original member Markus Grosskopf to discuss the album, touring Australia and a little about bass playing - June 2015

THE TUBES - FEE WAYBILL (audio)
Fee talks to The Rockpit about everything from the upcoming UK tour to the possibility of new Tubes material, classic Tubes albums, Polo and the meaning of life - June 2015

JAKE BOWEN - PERIPHERY (audio)
Jake talks to us about touring with Devin Townsend in Australia as well as Periphery's latest double album release "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega" - June 2015

MARK TREMONTI - TREMONTI
We had a chat with Mark to discuss the new album "Cauterize" and to also talk about some of his influences and how he got into music in the first place - June 2015

VINNIE PAUL - HELLYEAH
We catch Vinnie Paul during a brief break from touring to chat about their upcoming tour to Australia in August as well as the "Blood For Blood" album and a little about the legacy of Pantera - June 2015

JOHN HUMPHREY - SEETHER
We talk to the drummer about their Australian tour and the band's latest album "Isolate And Medicate" - June 2015

MARK MORTON - LAMB OF GOD
Andrew talks to Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton about the new album "VII: Sturm Und Drang" and how the new songs came together - June 2015

GARY MESKIL - PRO-PAIN
We caught up with founding member and frontman Gary Meskil to chat about the new songs and how the album came together as well as what they have in store for the near future - June 2015

DANI FILTH - CRADLE OF FILTH
The Rockpit talks to Cradle Of Filth frontman Dani Filth about the new album "Hammer Of The Witches" and the longevity of the band - June 2015

DAVE STEPHENS - WE CAME AS ROMANS (video)
The band hit Australia supporting In Hearts Wake ahead of their upcoming self titled album due out July 24th. We caught up with vocalist Dave Stephens at their first of 2 shows in Perth to chat about the tour and the new album - June 2015

GLEN DROVER
We had a chat to Glen about Metal For Hire, his love of session work and what he is currently working on - May 2015

DAVY VAIN - VAIN
Davy talks about songwriting, a new Vain album and some rare West Coast dates - May 2015

MARK KNIGHT - AND THE UNSUNG HEROES (video)
Mark Knight talks about his new album for The Unsung Heroes and the Bang Tango documentary at his studio in California - May 2015

PAUL SHORTINO (video)
We speak to Paul Shortino backstage at Las Vegas' best musical "Raiding the Rock Vault" - May 2015

DEREK DAVIS & ROB REID - BABYLON A.D. (video)
Derek Davis and Robb Reid talk to The Rockpit about the new album, 25 years as a band and playing the high seas - April 2015

MATT GOOD - FROM FIRST TO LAST
We had a chat with guitarist Matt Good to talk about the band's break and the new songs that the band worked on - May 2015

RICHIE FAULKNER - JUDAS PRIEST
Steve Wilder talks to the newest member of Judas Priest about Rock On The Range, touring and life with the legendary British heavy metal band - May 2015

TREVOR STRNAD - THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
The band are set to return to Australia ahead of a new album currently being finished so there was much to chat about when we caught up with the frontman - May 2015

DEZ FAFARA - COAL CHAMBER / DEVILDRIVER
We had a chat with frontman Dez Fafara who was at home in the California weather to discuss everything about Coal Chamber, the new album and the latest with his other band, Devildriver - May 2015

SLATTS - KING PARROT (audio)
We caught up with Slatts to discuss the tour, their experience in the U.S. and what it was like working with Pantera/Down vocalist Phil Anselmo on the new album - April 2015

DIRK VERBEUREN - SOILWORK
We talk to the Soilwork drummer about his drum session work with various bands, teaching students for drum lessons and a whole lot more - April 2015

ANDI DERIS - HELLOWEEN
It's 30 years for Helloween this year and there was bound to be some great stories to be told from all that time so we caught up with frontman Andi Deris to chat about the new album "My God Given Right", touring and his true passion in music. - April 2015

THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD - KAMELOT
We talk to Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood about the brand new album "Haven" and what the fans can expect on the upcoming tour around the world - April 2015

JARKKO AALTONEN - KORPIKLAANI
Korpiklaani have a new album coming out titled "Noita" so we caught up with bass player Jarkko Aaltonen to discuss the band's new album and the stronger folk music direction of the songs - April 2015

NIILO SEVANEN - INSOMNIUM
Insomnium are heading to Australia with The Haunted and are touring on the back of their latest album "Shadows Of The Dying Sun" so we caught up with vocalist Niilo Sevanen to chat about the tour and new album - April 2015

JOHN GALLAGHER - RAVEN
John chats to us about Raven's new album "ExtermiNation" as well as the production values of today's music - April 2015

MORGAIN BAIN
We talk to rising blues and soul artist Morgan Bain about the West Coast Blues & Roots and his upcoming tour around Australia - April 2015

BIFF BYFORD - SAXON
Biff fills us in on writing for the new album, some new inspirations and looking forward to the the U.S. portion of their tour including Rock On The Range. - April 2015

DREW FORTIER - ATTACK OF LIFE: THE BANG TANGO MOVIE
The Rockpit talks exclusively to the film-maker about his latest documentary which focuses on the hard rock band Bang Tango and the music scene in Los Angeles in the late 80's and early 90's.

DAVID SULLIVAN - RED FANG
The Rockpit talks to David Sullivan from Red Fang about their headlining tour in Australia, performing on David Letterman's show and the rising success of the band - April 2015

ASHLEY DOODKORTE - VOYAGER
We talk to the Voyager drummer about the band's upcoming tours in Australia and North America as well as a chat about drums - April 2015

MIKAEL AKERFELDT - OPETH
Mikael talks to the Rockpit about the latest album "Pale Communion", the band's musical direction and the upcoming tour to Australia - April 2015

JOHN CORABI
Mark catches up with new Dead Daisies vocalist John Corabi to talk about recording the new album, touring, solo projects and the value of making good coffee... - March 2015

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
Ragdoll guitarist Leon Todd chats to the guitar virtuoso about his upcoming tour to Australia - 2015

OLA ENGLUND - THE HAUNTED
We discuss the new songs, being in the band and what we can expect on their upcoming tour to Australia - March 2015

SHANE EMBURY - NAPALM DEATH
We catch up with longtime Napalm Death member Shane Embury to chat about the new album and the Australian tour with Carcass - March 2015

OLOF WIKSTRAND - ENFORCER
The Rockpit discusses the latest album from Enforcer with the founding member of the band - March 2015

BILL STEER - CARCASS
Bill chats about the Australian tour with Napalm Death and looking back on "Surgical Steel" - March 2015 

ROBIN STAPS - THE OCEAN (audio)
We talk to Robin about their upcoming Australian tour and what the band have planned for the year - March 2015 

CRONOS - VENOM
Andrew corners Cronos to talk about the new album and ends up talking about the glory days of this genre-defining band - March 2015 

THE BATTERY ELECTRIC
We check in to talk about the new sublime album "The Heart And The Thrill". These guys should be on everyone's radar who loves good music - March 2015 

VINNIE MOORE - UFO
Vinnie talks new album, European tour, heading back to the USA and the meaning of life - March 2015 

DAVE HALEY - PSYCROPTIC
Dave catches up to talk about the Australian tour with Goatwhore which kicks off this week - March 2015 

ALEX MARKHAM - SHAFT OF STEEL
Alex catches up to talk about the new EP, what rock really means these days and the meaning of life - March 2015 

GUY MARCHAIS - SUFFOCATION
We talk to the Suffocation guitarist about the Australian tour with Decapitated, the world of extreme metal and his musical influences - February 2015 

JACOBY SHADDIX - PAPA ROACH
We caught up with the Papa Roach frontman during the Soundwave Festival tour to discuss the shows as well as touring and being on stage - February 2015 

DHANI MANSWORTH - THE TREATMENT
DHani catches up to talk about the latest album "Running With The Dogs" as well as the Soundwave Festival in Australia - February 2015 

LEON TODD - RAGDOLL
Ragdoll is one of the finest rock bands in Australia at the minute but being from the world's most remote city isn't always easy. We talk touring and the road to Rocklahoma - February 2015 

MICHAEL SCHENKER - TEMPLE OF ROCK
Michael checks in to discuss the new Temple Of Rock album "Spirit On A Mission", how paths cross for a reason and touring - February 2015 

CORMAC NEESON - THE ANSWER
We talk about the amazing new album "Raise A Little Hell" plus a planned trip downunder and much more - February 2015 

JOEY VERA - MOTOR SISTER
We discuss the new Motor Sister project as well as the latest with Armored Saint and Fates Warning - February 2015 

SCOTT GORHAM - BLACK STAR RIDERS
Scott discusses the new Black Star Riders album "The Killer Instinct" as well as everything about the band, Thin Lizzy, touring and much more - February 2015 

ASHMEDI - MELECESH
We catch up with Ashmedia to chat about the new album as well as a little history on Melecesh and the music scene in Jerusalem - February 2015 

VOGG - DECAPITATED
We discuss the Australian tour with Suffocation and a little about their latest album "Blood Mantra" - February 2015 

JACK BLADES - NIGHT RANGER
Jack talks about the London show plus a little history and touring - February 2015 

IVAR BJORNSON - ENSLAVED
We spoke to guitarist Ivar Bjornson about the new songs as well as his new project at the Roadburn 2015 festival in the Netherlands - January 2015 

MICK BOX - URIAH HEEP
One of the orginal "big 4" of the 70's, we chat about the band and their Australian tour - January 2015 

BROCK LINDOW - 36 CRAZY FISTS
"Time And Trauma" is the latest effort from the now 20 year veteran band and we caught up with the vocalist to discuss the new songs and what the band has been up to - January 2015 

MATHIAS JABS - SCORPIONS (audio)
We talk about the new album "Return To Forever", 50 years of the Scorpions, the final tour, the chances of a tour down under and much more - January 2015 


RYAN PEAKE - NICKELBACK
We talk to Ryan about the new album, Nickelback haters, the Australian tour and where it all began for the band - February 2015 

SCHUYLAR CROOM - HE IS LEGEND
We chat about the new album as well as their appearance at Soundwave Festival in Australia - January 2015 

EICCA TOPPINEN - APOCALYPTICA
Eicca discusses the band's new album and their upcoming appearance at Soundwave Festival - January 2015 

ERIK OLSON - LORD DYING
Erik chats about the new album "Poisoned Altars" and the music scene in Portland - January 2015 

DAVE ELLEFSON - MEGADETH
We chat about his spoken word show and the latest with Megadeth - January 2015 

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