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Dragon

INTERVIEW: Todd Hunter – Dragon

  Iconic band Dragon are back after a raft of sell-out Countdown performances throughout 2016 with round two of the popular tour. Countdown Oz Chartbusters will see Dragon celebrate the best of the Australian charttoppers, […]

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Desecrator

INTERVIEW: Riley Strong – Desecrator

  Melbourne thrashers Desecrator have become one of the top metal bands to come out of Australia in recent years thanks to a ton of touring and the fun energy of their live shows. It’s […]

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INTERVIEW: Eric Mårtensson – Eclipse

ECLIPSE is one of the best modern rock bands out there at the moment, tag them how you will, they manage to combine a real sense of melody and power, have a song-writing prowess that […]

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INTERVIEW: Dan Hawkins – The Darkness

The Darkness is about to descend upon Australia again in what is getting to be a thankfully pretty regular occurrence these days. This time though it’s looking like it might be extra special with the […]

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Memoriam

INTERVIEW: Karl Willetts – Memoriam

  When Bolt Thrower drummer Martin “Kiddie” Kearns passed in his sleep on September 14th, 2015, the members of Britain’s longest standing death metal band were absolutely bereft. Three weeks after, bassist Frank Healy, of […]

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The Darkhorse

INTERVIEW: The Darkhorse

  Hailing from the muddy fields and pig sheds of Northamptonshire, The Darkhorse are a 4 piece metal band with the heart of doom and sludge but with the lungs of a hardcore band, drawing their […]

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Protest The Hero

INTERVIEW: Rody Walker – Protest The Hero

  Canadian progressive metal rockers Protest The Hero tour Australia in April in support of their latest release “Pacific Myth”, an experimental idea released via a subscription-based serial distributed through the online music subscription service […]

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Xandria

INTERVIEW: Steven Wussow – Xandria

  German Epic Symphonic Metal maestros Xandria have found lineup stability with singer Dianne van Giersbergen and are ready to take things to the next level with their seventh studio album Theater of Dimensions. We get a few words […]

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Dragonforce

INTERVIEW: Herman Li – Dragonforce

  It wasn’t too long ago that I had spoken to Dragonforce axeman Herman Li about the possibility of getting the band to tour Australia again in the near future, this during the time when […]

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INTERVIEW: Marcie Free – Unruly Child

If you crave lush melodies, a golden voice and a swathe of great songs then you are probably already familiar with UNRULY CHILD, if not then welcome to one of the best bands in Melodic […]

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INTERVIEW: Jack Russell – Jack Russell’s Great White

Great White was one of the best bands to surface out of the 80’s hard rock explosion, forming in 1977 as Dante Fox they released their first EP as Great White: ‘Out in the Night’ […]

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VINTAGE INTERVIEW: Night Ranger – Kelly Keagy 2014

Sadly to some outside the US Night Ranger has always been ‘just’ the band that did ‘Sister Christian’ Kelly Keagy’s monster ballad from 1984. Now that is where you’ve all been missing out because over […]

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Emmure

INTERVIEW: Frankie Palmeri – Emmure

  Metalcore heavy-hitters Emmure released their new album, titled “Look At Yourself”, on March 3rd 2017. The band’s follow up to the 2014 full-length “Eternal Enemies” is their first with SharpTone Records and will see […]

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INTERVIEW: Mark Heylmun – Suicide Silence

  Deathcore giants Suicide Silence recently released their most controversial album to date, a self titled effort that consists mostly of clean vocals which is something the band have never done before and which has […]

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INTERVIEW: Aaron Keylock

UK Blues sensation Aaron Keylock talks to The Rockpit about his sizzling debut album ‘Cut Against the Grain’ We find out why UK Blues Rock is in safe hands…     Check out our review […]

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INTERVIEW: Brian Young of Beau Nasty

Over the next few months the Rockpit will be talking to the bands of the 80’s that should have been huge, bands who simply never got the breaks or never even got the deal. In […]

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The Angels

INTERVIEW: Rick Brewster – The Angels

  Legendary Aussie rock band The Angels are gearing up for a tour guaranteed to smash the speakers and get venues rockin’. Announcing their 2017 4×4 Across Australia tour, the band will be digging through […]

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A Breach Of Silence

INTERVIEW: Blair Layt – A Breach Of Silence

  Brisbane powercore metal pioneers A Breach Of Silence are about to release their third studio album titled “Secrets” on February 24th 2017 via Eclipse Records. Produced by Fredrik Nordstrom (Bring Me the Horizon, Arch […]

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INTERVIEW: Craig and Mark from Maverick

You always remember the great ones, like that first time you dropped the needle on ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’ or ‘ZZ Top’, the very first time you heard ‘The Black Crowes’ or the time ‘Mountain’ came on […]

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Eric Gales

INTERVIEW: Eric Gales

  Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre and is out to blow your mind and expand your musical horizons, in fact Joe Bonamassa calls him “One of the best if […]

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Battle Beast

INTERVIEW: Noora Louhimo – Battle Beast

  Finnish heavy metallers Battle Beast are about to release their latest effort in “Bringer Of Pain”, a groove oriented classic metal record with ties to the hard rock music of the 80’s. Singer Noora […]

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Mother's Cake

INTERVIEW: Jan Haussels – Mother’s Cake

  Austrian psychedelic, progressive trio Mother’s Cake have been producing their explosive blend of psych, indie, blues and space rock since their formation in 2008 and have developed into a phenomenal live act. They will […]

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Fallujah

INTERVIEW: Alex Hofmann – Fallujah

  Fallujah finally make their way to Australia for the first time ever in 2017 coming over as support for Killswitch Engage making the tour all that much more special for fans of the heavier […]

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INTERVIEW: Danny Bowes – Thunder

In my humble opinion THUNDER is the UK’s greatest Rock band of the 80’s and I’ve been a paid up member of the ‘Thunder Channel’ ever since I saw them supporting AEROSMITH back on the PUMP tour. […]

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Moreland and Arbuckle

INTERVIEW: Aaron Moreland – Moreland And Arbuckle

  Guitarist Aaron Moreland—co-founder of the groundbreaking Kansas-based trio Moreland & Arbuckle—describes their music as “gritty blues and roots rock from the heartland.” Moreland, along with harmonicist/vocalist Dustin Arbuckle and drummer Kendall Newby, electrify raw […]

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Six60

INTERVIEW: Six60

  Since New Zealand rockers Six60 emerged in 2008, they have traversed tens of thousands of miles throughout Australasia, Europe and The USA, following the success of their quadruple platinum selling self-titled debut ‘SIX60’, which […]

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Overkill

INTERVIEW: Bobby Blitz – Overkill

  Overkill return with yet another killer abum “Grinding The Wheel” which wears it’s influences on it’s sleeves proudly. 35 years on and the band show no signs of wear and tear musically, we speak […]

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Opeth

INTERVIEW: Fredrik Akesson – Opeth

  Swedish metal titans Opeth are returning to Australia for another headline tour which will also include a sold out show at the Sydney Opera House. With a new album out, “Sorceress” and a worldwide […]

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Aversions Crown

INTERVIEW: Mark Poida – Aversions Crown

  Brisbane’s Aliencore monsters Aversions Crown released their brutal new album Xenocide on Friday January 20th. We spoke to frontman Mark Poida about the new songs and how the band approached the song writing.   […]

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INTERVIEW: Ricky Warwick – Black Star Riders

  Black Star Rider’s third album HEAVY FIRE already could be the album of 2017, building as it does on the sound they honed on their impressive debut and even more impressive follow-up. Indeed it […]

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INTERVIEW: Damon Johnson – Black Star Riders

  BLACK STAR RIDERS ‘HEAVY FIRE’ INTERVIEW ONE –  with DAMON JOHNSON The Black Star Riders was born not exactly out of the ashes of Thin Lizzy but certainly out of that great band just a […]

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VINTAGE INTERVIEW: Danny Bowes of Thunder

THUNDER the UK Hard Rock band is just about to make their first visit to Australia after 30 years! We will of course be catching up with the band shortly but in the meantime check […]

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Periphery

INTERVIEW: Misha Mansoor – Periphery

  Six piece progressive metal juggernaut, Periphery will be returning to Australia next February in support of their new album Periphery III: Select Difficulty. We talked to guitarist Micha Mansoor at the end of last year to discuss […]

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INTERVIEW: Floor Jansen – Nightwish

  NIGHTWISH is one of THE great ‘Live’ bands with a sound and production that fills the senses and compliments and augments the bands huge sound rather than overwhelming it like some big productions can. […]

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Kreator

INTERVIEW: Mille Petrozza – Kreator

  It’s been 5 years since Kreator released their last album “Phantom Antichrist”, the longest gap in their career to date. That album was a huge success as they hit the road for a lengthy […]

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Code Orange

INTERVIEW: Jami Morgan – Code Orange

  Comprised of Jami Morgan (Drums / Vocals), Eric Balderose (Guitar / Vocals), Reba Meyers (Guitar / Vocals) and Joe Goldman (Bass), Code Orange have gripped listeners and press around the globe with their visionary […]

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Sepultura

INTERVIEW: Andreas Kisser – Sepultura

  Sepultura are one of those metal bands that have fans divided when it comes to certain eras of the bands history. The albums the band made with Max and Igor Cavalera are considered classics […]

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Lou Koller - Sick Of It All

INTERVIEW: Lou Koller – Sick Of It All

  Sick Of It All are celebrating 30 years together in 2016 and are as potent and focused than ever. With the Koller brothers leading the charge and their latest album 2014’s The Last Act […]

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INTERVIEW: Patty Walters – As It Is

  Since the release of their highly-praised 2015 debut album Never Happy, Ever After, Brighton, UK’s As It Is has garnered an ever-growing, devout fan following with their sincere and relatable lyrics, charged with energized […]

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Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin Masters

INTERVIEW: Vince Contarino – Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters

  Led Zeppelin Masters returns to the Sydney Opera House in January 2017 to, once again, rock the house to its core and give the heaviest symphonic salute to one of the great rock bands […]

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Dubioza Kolektiv

INTERVIEW: Dubioza Kolektiv

  They’re non-conformist and a little rebellious. Their music is exuberant and their lyrics tell it exactly how they see it. They are known for their “kick ass” live shows. Oh, and they give their […]

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Wednesday 13

INTERVIEW: Wednesday 13 (Unplugged Tour)

  Horror punk/rock act Wednesday 13 returns to Australia again in March 2017, less than a year from when we saw him last on their headline tour in support of his latest release “Monsters Of […]

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Once Human

INTERVIEW: Logan Mader – Once Human

  Logan Mader is a name who will be familiar to metalheads not only for his production and mixing work on records from the likes of Gojira, Fear Factory and Devildriver, but also as the […]

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The Jensens

INTERVIEW: The Jensens

  Since their formation in 2013, Brisbane five piece The Jensens have provided us with rage-worthy tunes that have been played long into the early morning all over the country! With their unmistakable sleek vintage […]

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Revocation

INTERVIEW: Brett Bamberger – Revocation

  US metal warriors Revocation return to Australia in 2017 after a blazing supporting tour with Thy Art Is Murder in Australia 2 years ago, this time supporting Aussie legends King Parrot and Psycroptic on […]

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Nuclear Assault

INTERVIEW: Danny Lilker – Nuclear Assault

  One of the most iconic bands of the US Thrash Metal movement, Nuclear Assault, will be coming to Australia for their first and last time in February 2017. Leaving behind a legacy that has […]

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Killswitch Engage

INTERVIEW: Justin Foley – Killswitch Engage

  Iconic metal giants, Killswitch Engage, will be returning to Australia in March 2017, in support of their seventh album Incarnate. The Massachusetts powerhouse will be bringing along the atmospheric, boundary-pushing metallers Fallujah for their […]

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Pretty Maids

INTERVIEW: Ken Hammer – Pretty Maids

  ‘Kingmaker’ is Pretty Maids’ highly anticipated follow up to 2013’s critically and commercially successful release ‘Motherland’, a record that continued the “revitalized” path that the band set out upon with the now classic album […]

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Destroyer 666

INTERVIEW: KK Warslut – Destroyer 666

  Few bands channel the true spirit of Metal; Dangerous, Rebellious, Confronting, Unrelenting. Destroyer 666 not only embody this spirit, they live, breath and bleed it. This November will see them return home to their […]

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Chasing Ghosts

INTERVIEW: Jimmy Kyle – Chasing Ghosts

  Five years is a long time between drinks and few know it better than Melbourne punk troubadour Chasing Ghosts. 2011 saw the release of Confessions From A Phone Booth, an unexpectedly intimate record from […]

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Katatonia

INTERVIEW: Katatonia

  Swedish progressive metal band Katatonia are returning to Australia for their first ever headlining tour of the country in December. With a new album ‘The Fall Of Hearts’ which continues their progressive evolution even […]

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The Troggs

INTERVIEW: Chris Britton – The Troggs

  I’ve long believed that the real direct spark for Hard Rock came from two songs – The Kinks’ ‘You Really Got Me’ and The Troggs ‘Wild Thing’. This year ‘Wild Thing’ is 50 years […]

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Beth Hart

INTERVIEW: Beth Hart

  Beth Hart has probably just released the album of her career to date. ‘Fire on the Floor’ should be the album that makes everyone, who isn’t already, sit up and listen. We caught up […]

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The Answer

INTERVIEW: Paul Mahon – The Answer

  Acclaimed Irish rockers the Answer released their latest album “SOLAS” on October 28 via Napalm Records. As the press release says: “While some may see this as a departure for the band, this album […]

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Arkive

INTERVIEW: Mitch Burgess – Arkive

  Melbourne Djent/Progressive Metalcore outfit Arkive formed out of the ashes of a previous band, picking up a new vocalist and a new sonic direction – and after a short period of rehearsal, their 2015 […]

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Testament

INTERVIEW: Eric Peterson – Testament

  Bay Area veterans and one of the titans of thrash metal, Testament are about to release their latest offering in “Brotherhood Of The Snake”, a 10 track album chock full of the very best […]

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Testament

INTERVIEW: Alex Skolnick – Testament

  Bay Area veterans and one of the titans of thrash metal, Testament are about to release their latest offering in “Brotherhood Of The Snake”, a 10 track album chock full of the very best […]

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Testament

INTERVIEW: Chuck Billy – Testament

  San Francisco thrash legends Testament are back with a new album, 4 years after their successful “Dark Roots Of Earth” album came crashing into the hands of their fans. With a world tour in […]

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In Flames

INTERVIEW: Bjorn Gelotte – In Flames

  The legendary Swedish melodic metal band In Flames returns with a new album and heads back to their long time label Nuclear Blast. The result is a total slammer of an album “Battles” which […]

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Suicidal Tendencies

INTERVIEW: Mike Muir – Suicidal Tendencies

  Suicidal Tendencies has been a band that I have listened to since I was kid, one of the very first punk/thrash bands I ever got into. Speaking to Mike Muir was a dream come […]

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Death In Bloom

INTERVIEW: Arron Parker Richards – Death In Bloom

  Filled with hate, made of terror; Death In Bloom are a quintet risen from the ashes of Melbourne’s metal core heavyweights past with their debut album ‘A Means To Disappear’ which was released independently […]

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The Dandy Warhols

INTERVIEW: Courtney Taylor-Taylor – The Dandy Warhols

  The Dandy Warhols return to Australia in support of their latest album, Distortland. The album was first recorded in frontman, Courtney Taylor’s basement on an 80s cassette recorder with the band putting on the […]

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Corners Of Sanctuary

INTERVIEW: Mick Michaels – Corners Of Sanctuary

  Hailing from the city of Philadelphia, New Wave Of Traditional Heavy Metal band Corners Of Sanctuary have wasted no time since their inception 5 years ago with several releases including their latest album “Declaration […]

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Tyketto

INTERVIEW: Michael Arbeeny – Tyketto

  After five years of relentless touring that included playing on some of the most prestigious stages on the planet, Tyketto took their revitalized energy in to the studio in the spring of 2016. The […]

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Flames Of Fury

INTERVIEW: Anjelica Valkyrie – Flames Of Fury

  New York based female fronted melodic power metal band Flames Of Fury bring together a traditional based brand of metal that harks back to the days when bands like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest […]

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Hardline

INTERVIEW: Johnny Gioeli – Hardline

  Hardline are set to release their new album “Human Nature” October 14th via Frontiers Music and front man Johnny Gioeli took time out to talk to the Rockpit about the album we think is […]

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Clowns

INTERVIEW: Stevie Williams – Clowns

  Melbourne hardcore/punk rockers Clowns are enjoying some great success right now on the back of their latest LP ‘Bad Blood’. The band recently returned from a second European tour which saw the band gain […]

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Dire Straits Experience

INTERVIEW: Chris White – The Dire Straits Experience

  Due to popular demand from Australian fans and following a hugely successful concert tour of UK & Europe the world’s greatest Dire Straits show returns to Australia in October 2016 to perform the incredible […]

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Osaka Punch

INTERVIEW: Brenton Page – Osaka Punch

  After returning from a 2 year stint in the UK, Brisbane based multi-progressive rockers Osaka Punch have come out with a new EP titled “Death Monster Super Squad” which quickly follows the full length […]

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Queensryche

INTERVIEW: Todd La Torre – Queensryche

  I’ve travelled overseas a few times in recent years to see particular bands and being based out here on the West Coast of Australia we even have to make that long trip over East […]

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Airbourne

INTERVIEW: Joel O’Keeffe – Airbourne

  Aussie hard rockers Airbourne release their fourth album “Breakin’ Outta Hell” on September 23rd, the first full length to actually be recorded in Australia with the help of Bob Marlette and Mike Fraser on […]

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Immolation

INTERVIEW: Ross Dolan – Immolation

  Immolation have been delivering some of the most unique, and creatively dark, death metal the underground has witnessed for over 25 years. Spewing forth unrelenting, chaotic and twisted sonics while continuing to push the […]

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Brujeria

INTERVIEW: Juan Brujo – Brujeria

  Their legend has proliferated for nearly three decades. When Brujeria first emerged from the sunbaked hellscape of Los Angeles in 1989, the city was on the brink of chaos. Daryl Gates ruled the LAPD […]

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Monte Pittman

INTERVIEW: Monte Pittman

  There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles. With his fourth full-length, Inverted Grasp Of […]

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Enter Shikari

INTERVIEW: Rory Clewlow – Enter Shikari

  Enter Shikari will return to Australia this September to sweep the fans mind and assault their senses on a five-date tour around the country with support from fellow UK band Hacktivist and Sydney’s Stories. […]

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Stormtide

INTERVIEW: Rueben Stone – Stormtide

  Melbourne symphonic/folk/death metal band, Stormtide will release their debut album, Wrath Of An Empire on August 1st, an intricately woven, nine part epic tale of ruin, heroism and dark deeds centred around the adventures […]

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Sabaton

INTERVIEW: Joakim Broden – Sabaton

  Swedish metal heroes Sabaton recently released their latest effort “The Last Stand” which continues with the war themes and the big sound that Sabaton is known for. The band are hitting the road in […]

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From The Jam

INTERVIEW: Bruce Foxton – From The Jam

  The Australian public will be getting what the public wants, with the announcement that classic British punk / mod-revival act From The Jam will be returning to for a national tour of Australia in […]

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Cryptopsy

INTERVIEW: Flo Mounier – Cryptopsy

  True pioneers in extreme metal; Cryptopsy push, bend and smash musical boundaries with their unique style that is distinctly their own. Their latest offering “The Book Of Suffering – Tome 1” is nothing short […]

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Enslaved

INTERVIEW: Ivar Bjornson – Enslaved

  Norwegian progressive black metallers Enslaved are returning to Australia in October for a special 25th anniversary tour that will see the band lay out 2 special sets of old material and new material spanning […]

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Nucleust

INTERVIEW: Shannon Marston – Nucleust

  Perth’s cerebral metallers Nucleust will release their new EP “Resistivity” on August 26th and embark on their first interstate tour in support of it with shows in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney this September. Earlier […]

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The Mission

INTERVIEW: Craig Adams – The Mission

  It’s been almost 30 years since I last spoke to Craig Adams, long ago in another country, it seems like another world. The Mission were new, we were both considerably younger and now we’re […]

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Soilwork

INTERVIEW: Bjorn ‘Speed’ Strid – Soilwork

  Even though visionary Swedish metallers Soilwork are still heavily supporting their most recent masterpiece, “The Ride Majestic”, the sextet compiled a must have for every fan out there. The special collection of rarities under […]

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Meshiaak

INTERVIEW: Jon Dette – Meshiaak

  Made up of power house, seasoned musicians, Meshiaak have delivered a savage and crushing slab of metal the way it used to be done. The twin guitar attack of Danny Camilleri and Dean Wells […]

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Sodom

INTERVIEW: Tom Angelripper – Sodom

  Along with Kreator, Destruction and Tankard, Sodom is considered one of the “big 4” of Teutonic thrash metal and that’s all you really need to know when considering the legacy of the band. Over […]

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In The Now

INTERVIEW: Kris – In The Now

  For a place so remote and relatively small in size, Perth in Western Australia manages to put out some fine Hard Rock, the latest band to catch The Rockpit’s attention is ‘In the Now’. […]

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Apocalyptica

INTERVIEW: Eiccca Topinen – Apocalyptica

  Cello metal masters Apocalyptica were one of the highlights at Soundwave Festival last year, their brand of classical metal truly a unique and awesome experience to watch. Still touring in support of their latest […]

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L7

INTERVIEW: Donita Sparks – L7

  L7 blew the doors wide open for female rock bands in the 1990’s at a time when the glam rock scene had died down and grunge was the big thing. They weren’t necessarily an […]

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Suicide Silence

INTERVIEW: Eddie Hermida – Suicide Silence

  Suicide Silence return to Australian shores this September for a headline run around the country, 2 years after their last tour for Soundwave. Frontman Eddie Hermida talks to Steve ahead of the tour to […]

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Raised Fist

INTERVIEW: Alexander ‘Allie’ Hagman – Raised Fist

  Blunt, brutal and relentless – the only way to describe Sweden’s hardcore powerhouse Raised Fist whom are heading back down under this December for their first tour in over four years to support their […]

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Toxicon

INTERVIEW: Wayne Clarris – Toxicon

  Victorian metallers Toxicon are about to release their debut album “Purge” on August 1st with a series of shows that kicked off in Adelaide on Saturday night and continuing into September around Australia. The […]

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Despised Icon

INTERVIEW: Alex Erian – Despised Icon

  It’s been 7 years since Canadian deathcore band Despised Icon last released an album, “Day Of Mourning”. The band called it quits after a number of years touring and recording in 2010 but despite […]

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Billy Talent

INTERVIEW: Ian D’Sa – Billy Talent

  We last saw Canadian rockers Billy Talent at Soundwave Festival in 2013 and now 3 years later, they return for a headlining tour in support of their new album “Afraid Of Heights”. We talk […]

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INTERVIEW: Stu Marshall – Blasted To Static

  Blasted To Static is a relatively new band that initially began as a side project for many of it’s members who are well known in the wider circle of classic rock and metal. Featuring […]

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Love N War

INTERVIEW: John Adams – Love N War

  It’s true what they say, that rock n’ roll never dies. In whatever form it may come in, from melodic rock to thrash metal, the resurgence of what is known as classic rock and […]

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Revocation

INTERVIEW: Dan Gargiulo – Revocation

  After speaking to Dave Davidson, the frontman for Boston technical metal masters Revocation last year to discuss the re-release of their now classic debut album “Empire Of The Obscene”, it further cemented my interest […]

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Sydonia

INTERVIEW: Adam Murray – Sydonia

  Hailing from Melbourne which seems like the metal capital of Australia right now, Sydonia are enjoying a lot of success with their explosive shows that have even caught the attention of some bands like […]

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The Dead Daisies

INTERVIEW: John Corabi – The Dead Daisies

  With a new, and we reckon their best album so far ‘Make Some Noise’ about to drop on August 5th The Dead Daisies are set to embark on a three month European and US […]

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Elm Street

INTERVIEW: Ben Batres – Elm Street

  Melbourne rockers Elm Street have been enjoying some great success over the years since their inception over 10 years ago, touring with the likes of Iced Earth and opening for legendary acts such as […]

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King Of The North

INTERVIEW: Andrew Higgs – King Of The North

  KING OF THE NORTH is just about to release their second album ‘Get out of Your World’ and it’s a ripper. We caught up with Andrew Higgs to talk about the new album, Hendrix, […]

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Carnifex

INTERVIEW: Scott Lewis – Carnifex

  California based metal outfit Carnifex will be releasing their latest album “Slow Death” on August 5th through Nuclear Blast and vocalist Scott Lewis recently spoke to our resident metal writer Steve about the new […]

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Tempt

INTERVIEW: Zach Allen and Harrison Marchello – Tempt

  Tempt’s Zach and Harrison talk to The Rockpit about the stunning debut album ‘RUNAWAY’ and how 19 year olds can be making some of the best melodic hard rock out there this year. Many […]

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Dragonforce

INTERVIEW: Herman Li – Dragonforce

  Power metal speedsters Dragonforce are poised to release a comprehensive career-spanning ‘Best Of’ titled “Killer Elite: The Hits, The Highs, The Vids” – the first time the UK band has presented this kind of […]

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Lamb Of God

INTERVIEW: Mark Morton – Lamb Of God

  Lamb Of God are no strangers to Australian shores having toured the country extensively multiple times over the years, most recently at the final Soundwave Festival last year which was before their latest album […]

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Volbeat

INTERVIEW: Rob Caggiano – Volbeat

  Danish rock n’ rollers Volbeat have just released their latest album “Seal The Deal & Let’s Boogie” which has charted successfully worldwide. With the impending further success of that, we talked to guitarist and […]

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Jack The Stripper

INTERVIEW: Luke Frizon – Jack The Stripper

  Since forming in 2007, Melbourne’s Jack The Stripper have been assaulting audiences everywhere with their fierce and innovative brand of chaotic hardcore, a relentless work ethic and an atypical, ferocious on-stage prowess. They will […]

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Black Stone Cherry

INTERVIEW: Chris Robertson – Black Stone Cherry

Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry have concluded their first ever tour to Australia supporting glam parody rockers Steel Panther which ended up being a great tour as we found out ourselves (review here). We caught […]

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Doro Pesch - Photo by Guido Raschke

INTERVIEW: Doro Pesch

Legendary singer Doro Pesch celebrated 30 years of her music career on the 2013/2014 tour with a series of concerts which were documented for a new live boxset release which captures an extensive career. Amongst […]

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Despised Icon

INTERVIEW: Eric Jarrin – Despised Icon

  It’s been 7 years since Canadian deathcore band Despised Icon last released an album, “Day Of Mourning”. The band called it quits after a number of years touring and recording in 2010 but despite […]

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Angry Anderson

INTERVIEW: Angry Anderson – Rose Tattoo

  If you think Aussie Rock and the bands that had most influence outside our fine borders – three names come to mind immediatley – AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and The Angels. Sadly we’ve lost two […]

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Make Way For Man

INTERVIEW: Make Way For Man

  Perth 6-piece Tech Metallers make Way For Man, featuring members of Saviour, Sparrow and This Other Eden have announced a tour taking in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne in July 2016 in support of their […]

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Blues Pills

INTERVIEW: Dorian Sorriaux – Blues Pills

  Ever since we first saw Blues Pills live in Perth 3 years ago, we have been entranced by their bluesy retro style of music led by the amazing voice of Elin Larsson. Fast forward […]

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Steel Panther

INTERVIEW: Stix Zadinia – Steel Panther

  WORLD EXCLUSIVE: STEEL PANTHER’S STIXX ZADINIA REVEALS HE HAS NO INTERESTING STORIES ABOUT EITHER STEEL OR PANTHERS AND THAT IS OFFICIAL… (DID WE MENTION THAT THEY TOUR AUSTRALIA IN JUNE?) STEEL PANTHER continue their […]

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Black Stone Cherry

INTERVIEW: John Lawhon – Black Stone Cherry

  JOHN LAWHON TALKS TO THE ROCKPIT ABOUT A LOVE OF MOTOWN BASSLINES, CACTUS AND TOM HAMILTON INTERRPUTING A CALL TO HIS WIFE TO CHAT TO THE BAND IN THE RAIN AT THEIR FIRST UK […]

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Black Stone Cherry

INTERVIEW: John Fred Young – Black Stone Cherry

  BLACK STONE CHERRY are on their way to Australia for the first time ever, and not only that they have just released what we think is their finest album to date – KENTUCKY. We […]

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Symphony X

INTERVIEW: Michael Lepond – Symphony X

  After 22 years, progressive metal titans Symphony X finally tour Australia in October. With a career spanning 9 albums including their latest effort “Underworld”, Aussie fans are in for a real treat as we […]

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Helhorse

INTERVIEW: Aske Kristiansen – Helhorse

  Danish sludge/stoner rockers Helhorse have just released their latest album, a self titled record that captures some of the best aspects of what the band are about. Originally named Dodning, this 5 piece outfit […]

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Without Mercy

INTERVIEW: DJ Temple – Without Mercy

  Without Mercy are a Canadian metal act that first formed over 10 years ago and have now released an EP titled ‘Mouichido’ which is a re-recording of their 2014 EP ‘Reborn’. With a change […]

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Whitechapel

INTERVIEW: Zach Householder – Whitechapel

  Deathcore giants Whitechapel are about to release their 6th album on June 24th titled “Mark Of The Blade” which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the band. We talk to guitarist Zach Householder about […]

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Devildriver

INTERVIEW – DEZ FAFARA – DEVILDRIVER

  DevilDriver took a short hiatus last year after touring relentlessly for years since their inception in 2002, churning out album after album in a series of successful runs. 2016 brings the band back into […]

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Destruction

INTERVIEW: Marcel Schirmer – Destruction

  As one of the Big Teutonic 4 of the European thrash movement, Destruction have always been at the forefront of thrash metal. 33 years in and their latest album “Under Attack” shows no sign […]

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Mayday Parade

INTERVIEW: Alex Garcia – Mayday Parade

  American rockers Mayday Parade are no strangers to Australia having toured the country a few times now. Come October the band return for a headline run on the back of their latest album “Black […]

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Death Angel

INTERVIEW: Rob Cavestany – Death Angel

  Death Angel released what became The Rockpit’s favorite metal album of the year in 2013 with “The Dream Calls For Blood” and chatting to guitarist Rob Cavestany about those songs was amazing to say […]

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Coheed And Cambria

INTERVIEW: Coheed And Cambria

Coheed And Cambria recently toured Australia for a run of headlining shows around the country and showcasing their guitar driven melodic riffs and infectious hooks. Their final show on the tour was in Perth and […]

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Randy Hansen

INTERVIEW: Randy Hansen – Hendrix Revolution

  Born in Seattle in 1954, Randy Hansen is a legendary guitar player in his own right who is the biggest tribute act to Jimi Hendrix. Having been on the music circuit since the 1970’s […]

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Angelus Apatrida

INTERVIEW: Guillermo Izquierdo – Angelus Apatrida

  Spanish thrash metallers Angelus Apatrida are touring Australia for the first time ever and as a fairly underground kind of band who stick to the very core of what makes thrash metal so good, […]

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Nails

INTERVIEW: Todd Jones – Nails

  California metal band Nails have been steadily rising in success and gaining a reputation as a no comprise band who relentlessly put out some great music. Their third album “You Will Never Be One […]

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Primal Fear

INTERVIEW: Mat Sinner – Primal Fear

  German metallers Primal Fear are about to embark on their very first trip to Australia in their almost 20 year career as a band. Too long if you ask any die hard fan but […]

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B-Lo - Metalix

INTERVIEW: B-Lo – Metalix (radio show)

  As a big supporter of local underground music, I always love chatting to anyone who is into the same stuff. Whether it’s with musicians and artists, friends, co-workers and even radio personalities and other […]

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Saint Diablo

INTERVIEW: Tito Quinones – Saint Diablo

  Latino hardcore/metal band Saint Diablo recently put out their latest album “Devil Horns And Halos” late last year and are currently on tour with Ill Nino in the U.S. The band may seem fairly […]

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Rage

INTERVIEW: Peter ‘Peavy’ Wager – Rage

  An amazing 22 albums fill the back catalogue of German metaller’s Rage going all the way back to the mid 1980’s and their latest album “The Devil Strikes Again” will be released June 10th. […]

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Dan Reed Network

INTERVIEW: Dan Reed – Dan Reed Network

  Frontiers Music will release Dan Reed Network’s brand new record “Fight Another Day” on June 3rd, 2016. The new album marks the anticipated return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to […]

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Kvelertak

INTERVIEW: Erlend Hjelvik – Kvelertak

  Norwegian rockers Kvelertak are only 3 albums in but already have made an impression on many people around the world with their brand of rock, their 3rd album “Nattesferd” continuing on from where they […]

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Ragdoll

INTERVIEW: Leon Todd – Ragdoll

  Ragdoll release their debut album “Back To Zero” in June after a string of critically acclaimed EP’s – The Rockpit spoke to Leon Todd about the creation process, how it feels to finally get […]

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INTERVIEW: Claudio Sanchez – Coheed And Cambria

  Coheed And Cambria are more than just your typical rock band, they have progressive tendencies and a knack for poppy hooks and catchy melodies, along with their well known conceptual stories which has been […]

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Metal Church

INTERVIEW: Mike Howe – Metal Church

  The return of Mike Howe on vocals in Metal Church was a big win not only for the fans but for the band as well. Their latest album “XI” charted the best since 1993’s […]

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Queensryche

INTERVIEW: Michael Wilton – Queensryche

  QUEENSRYCHE is on their way back to Australia for the first time with new vocalist Todd La Torre. Michael tells us all about the new lease of life for the band, his favourite albums, […]

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Black Sabbath

INTERVIEW: Geezer Butler – Black Sabbath

  BLACK SABBATH IS ON THEIR FINAL TOUR… Fittingly titled ‘The End’ Geezer Butler took time of of his busy tour schedule to answer our questions and look back on a career like no other. […]

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Lacuna Coil

INTERVIEW: Andrea Ferro – Lacuna Coil

  Lacuna Coil are one of those bands that appeared on the music scene as a unique band with a female singer in Cristina Scabbia at a time when it wasn’t that common. Still one […]

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INTERVIEW: Lee Aaron

  We talk to Lee all about the new ‘Fire and Gasoline’ album and why she chose 2016 to make a comeback. It’s all here – from creating new music and cool new videos, to […]

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INTERVIEW: Bruno Ravel – The Defiants / Danger danger

  Guitarist Bruno Ravel talks all about his new band The Defiants who have their debut album out as we speak, we also talk about Danger Danger, creating new music, playing live, influences & the […]

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Jaime Page

INTERVIEW: Jaime Page

  We catch up with Perth guitarist Jaime Page to discuss her debut solo album, a history in music and her recent transgeder revelations and how that journey influenced her work.   If you only […]

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INTERVIEW: Dino Cazares – Fear Factory

  Does there need to be any introduction at this point? Fear Factory are pretty much a part of the Australian music circuit at this point having toured the country numerous times, most recently at […]

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INTERVIEW: Burton C. Bell – Fear Factory

  I’ve been fortunate enough to speak to the legendary frontman of Fear Factory a few times now and he always comes across as super friendly and generally happy to chat about whatever. The band […]

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Massive

INTERVIEW: Brad Marr – Massive

  Melbourne hard rockers Massive will release their new album ‘Full Throttle’ on April 22nd and are hitting the road with The Screaming Jets in May. We caught up with vocalist/guitarist Brad Marr ahead of […]

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Drowning Pool

INTERVIEW: Jasen Moreno – Drowning Pool

  Drowning Pool finally return to Australia after having last toured in the country in 2002 and the band bring a brand new record out called “Hellelujah”. We talk to the super relaxed Jason Moreno […]

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Cherie Currie

INTERVIEW: Cherie Currie (The Runaways)

  No one needs to be reminded what a groundbreaking band The Runaways were in so may ways and it was Cherie Currie holding centre stage flanked by the likes of Joan Jett and Lita […]

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Hatebreed

INTERVIEW: Jamey Jasta – Hatebreed

  Hardcore legends Hatebreed return with a new album titled “The Concrete Confessional”, a fiercely aggressive and somewhat political album that touches on what’s happening in the world around us. We speak to frontman and […]

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Crisix

INTERVIEW: Crisix

  Spanish thrash metallers Crisix may be under the radar to some people out there but if you love thrash metal, this band is for you! Their third album “From Blue To Black” has just […]

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Graphic Fiction Heroes

INTERVIEW: Chris Gibbs – Graphic Fiction Heroes

  Chris Gibbs is one of Perth’s most respected musicians, playing in a variety of bands over the years he now produces material for two bands: ‘Graphic Fiction Heroes’ and ‘Chris Gibbs and the Transmission’ […]

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Deftones

INTERVIEW: Frank Delgado – Deftones

  Deftones have been one of those bands in the rock and metal scene that have made a tremendous impact among their peers and their fans, “White Pony” still regarded as one of the best […]

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Shotgun

INTERVIEW: Zinny Zan – Shotgun

  Shotgun Messiah was surely one of the coolest names for a Rock band ever, and not only did they have the music and the looks they delivered live too. But after just one album […]

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Al Jourgensen

INTERVIEW: Al Jourgensen – Surgical Meth Machine / Ministry

  Ministry called it a day in 2015 with their final tour in support of their final album “From Beer To Eternity” which was released in 2013 and Australia was one of the lucky places […]

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Millencolin

INTERVIEW: Erik Ohlsson – Millencolin

  With 20 years experience behind the band, Millencolin are not looking to stop any time soon. Helping to forge the skate punk sound all those years ago while continuing to shape today’s genre, the […]

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Ne Obliviscaris

INTERVIEW: Tim Charles – Ne Obliviscaris

  The state of the music industry as it stands in 2016 is as many people are very aware, in a bit of a unique position which many will say is a bit of a […]

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Filter

INTERVIEW: Richard Patrick – Filter

  It’s 5am when I make the call to the legendary Richard Patrick of Filter so I am basically half dead and still unsure as to what is going on as I try desperately to […]

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Asking Alexandria

INTERVIEW: Ben Bruce – Asking Alexandria

  UK metallers Asking Alexandria have been on a bit of a wild ride lately with the introduction of a new singer in Denis Stoff after original singer Danny Worsnop departed early last year. The […]

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Five Finger Death Punch

INTERVIEW: Jeremy Spencer – Five Finger Death Punch

  Five Finger Death Punch released their latest album “Got Your Six” to much critical and commercial success in September last year, hitting number 1 on it’s first week release making it the most successful […]

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Epica

INTERVIEW: Simone Simons – Epica

  One of the trademarks of Epica’s sound is the voice of Simone Simons, who brings her melodic touch to the band’s sound together with guitarist Mark Jansen’s more growly vocals. It’s that combination that […]

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Reckless Love

INTERVIEW: Olli Herman – Reckless Love

  Reckless Love is a band that you simply can’t ignore. Larger than life, full of fun and energy; their live shows could just be the best party you’ve ever had. This month the band […]

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Caligula's Horse

INTERVIEW: Jim Grey – Caligula’s Horse

  Queensland rockers Caligula’s Horse have been streamrolling through in recent times, having toured with some of the greats like Opeth and Tesseract and now just coming back from a European tour which the band […]

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Brian Posehn

INTERVIEW: Brian Posehn

  If the name Brian Posehn sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because you have seen him in countless TV shows and films like Just Shoot Me, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Sarah Silverman Program, The […]

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The Black Queen

INTERVIEW: Greg Puciato – The Black Queen / Dillinger Escape Plan

  The Black Queen is the latest project from Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato which also features sometime Nine Inch Nails and Puscifer member Joshua Eustis and former Dillinger Escape Plan, Nine Inch Nails […]

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Caliban

INTERVIEW: Marc Gortz – Caliban

  German metalcore act Caliban have a new album coming out on March 25th called “Gravity”, their latest in a long line of albums that go back to the late 90’s when the band first […]

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Black Stone Cherry

INTERVIEW: Ben Wells – Black Stone Cherry

  KENTUCKY is BLACK STONE CHERRY’s Best album so far, the band went all the way back to their roots to put together a searing slab of Southern-tinged rock. It may just be the album […]

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From Ashes To New

INTERVIEW: Matt Brandyberry – From Ashes To New

  From Ashes To New are about to release their debut album “Day One” on February 26th after exploding unexpectedly onto the music scene with a couple of EP’s that have gotten the band some […]

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Coheed And Cambria

INTERVIEW: Josh Eppard – Coheed And Cambria

  Coheed And Cambria surprised fans last year with the release of their latest album “The Color Before The Sun” where the band took a new direction away from the concept of the Amory wars […]

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Magnum

INTERVIEW: Tony Clarkin – Magnum

  For years Tony Clarkin has guided Magnum to become one of the great British Rock bands. We caught up with him to talk about the new album ‘Sacred Blood, ‘Divine’ Lies’ – an album […]

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Anvil

INTERVIEW: Steve ‘Lips’ Ludlow – Anvil

  Thrash metal veterans Anvil have had quite a career in their 35 plus years of existence, a lot of highs and a whole lot of lows but ever since their documentary “Anvil: The Story […]

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Between The Buried And Me

INTERVIEW: Paul Waggoner – Between The Buried And Me

  Last year we spoke to guitarist Paul Waggoner about the concept of the latest album from Between The Buried And Me, “Coma Ecliptic” which conceptualizes a story weaved into the music. Come end of […]

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Drowning Pool

INTERVIEW: CJ Pierce – Drowning Pool

  Drowning Pool return in 2016 with a brand new record called “Hellelujah” which captures the vibe and sound of this collection of songs. With Jason Moreno settling in as their singer since 2012, the […]

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Anthrax

INTERVIEW: Joey Belladonna – Anthrax

  Joey Belladonna is one of those guys that seems to have a ton of fun when playing a live show, his interaction with the crowd and general stage presence is one of the great […]

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Kings Destroy

INTERVIEW: Steve Murphy – Kings Destroy

  New York doom laden brethren’s Kings Destroy are heading to New Zealand and Australia for the first time, touring alongside psych rockers Radio Moscow in what should be a brilliant tour combination. With only […]

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Polaris

INTERVIEW: Rick Schneider – Polaris

  The 5 piece metalcore band from Sydney known as Polaris has had a stellar start to the year already with their new EP “The Guilt & The Grief” hitting number 1 on the Australia […]

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Temple Of Lies

INTERVIEW: Si Shaw – Temple Of Lies

  t’s one of the best feelings in the world when you discover a band in the underground that just blows you away from the moment you hear the first riff. Temple Of Lies is […]

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Wednesday 13

INTERVIEW: Wednesday 13

  The combination of horror and heavy metal has always been a perfect mix, both are the darker types in their respective field and always on the more extreme side. While the likes of Alice […]

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Obscura

INTERVIEW: Steffan Kummerer – Obscura

  Obscura are a German technical death/extreme metal band whose intricate and mindbending riffs push the limit of musical complexity. With 3 albums in and a fourth, “Akroasis”, to be released on February 5th, some […]

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Terri Nunn - Berlin

INTERVIEW: Terri Nunn – Berlin

  For many Berlin will always be that band who produced that one killer song then disappeared from view, fans of the band will course know there’s a whole lot more to them than ‘Take […]

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Full Scale Revolution

INTERVIEW: Ezekiel Ox – Full Scale Revolution

  When alternative metal outfit Full Scale exploded onto the music scene in Perth in the late 90’s, it was in the middle of what some would say was a musical revolution in terms of […]

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The Sword

INTERVIEW: Kyle Shutt – The Sword

  Australia has been fortunate enough to catch Texas rockers The Sword a few times now, with the band supporting Metallica in 2010 and doing the Soundwave Festival twice after that. This time however, the […]

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Rotting Christ

INTERVIEW: Sakis Tolis – Rotting Christ

  Greek black metal band Rotting Christ has certainly caused some controversy over the years, with even Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine refusing to do shows with them and religious groups attacking the band over the satanic […]

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Dream Theater

INTERVIEW: Jordan Rudess – Dream Theater

  Dream Theater’s latest opus that is “The Astonishing” is going to take some time to really take in, it’s a very ambitious and challenging album that may divide some fans as to whether it’s […]

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Voyager

INTERVIEW: Scott Kay – Voyager

  Perth prog metallers Voyager have been on a hot streak of tours lately, opening for Nightwish just recently after a stint in the US last year and are now embarking on a tour with […]

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Amon Amarth

INTERVIEW: Johan Hegg – Amon Amarth

  Amon Amarth have been leaders of the melodic metal scene for a number of years now, churning out classic albums like “The Avenger”, “Twilight Of The Thundergod” and “Surtur Rising”. Dubbed ‘Viking Metal” for […]

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Prong

INTERVIEW: Tommy Victor – Prong

  Prong have been rocking out for 30 years and have been a hugely influential band on so many artists in todays metal, punk and hardcore world. While the band may not have had the […]

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Lost Society

INTERVIEW: Samy Elbanna – Lost Society

  Now with 3 albums under their belt, Finnish thrashers Lost Society are steadily gaining ground in the European metal scene and are becoming part of the great thrash metal resurgence of bands who are […]

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John Sankey

INTERVIEW: John Sankey – Legion Music Festival

  With the cancellation of Australia’s biggest rock and metal festival that is Soundwave late last year, the country was left high and dry for rock festivals. It left a lot of fans a little […]

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Buckcherry

INTERVIEW: Josh Todd – Buckcherry

  Few bands have, over the last twenty years, so consistently kept the fires of real Rock and Roll burning as brightly as Buckcherry. Part Hard Rock, part Punk, and brimming with attitude; the band […]

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The Temperance Movement

INTERVIEW: Damon Wilson – The Temperance Movement

  The Temperance Movement released one of the most critically- acclaimed Rock albums of 2013 and whilst it was picking up accolades from the likes of Classic Rock magazine and the mainstream press in the […]

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Stiff Little Fingers

INTERVIEW: Jake Burns – Stiff Little Fingers

  Stiff Little Fingers are one of those bands that have influenced countless bands that came after them, you can hear it in modern punk and ska bands to this day. A legendary band who […]

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Epica

INTERVIEW: Mark Jansen – Epica

  Epica have been around for over 10 years now and in that time have proven to be one of the better bands in the genre of symphonic and melodic metal. Their latest album “The […]

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Entombed A.D.

INTERVIEW; Lars-Goran Petrov – Entombed A.D.

  Entombed is a name synonymous with the extreme world of metal, a band that has a huge legacy that many dream to aspire to. Despite the legal battles over the name, the band continued […]

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Valdaway

INTERVIEW: Casey Grogan – Valdaway

  Valdaway are a local band from the South West of Australia who started out a little over 10 years ago playing their brand of alternative rock around W.A. and eventually across the country. Their […]

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Sevendust

INTERVIEW: Lajon Witherspoon – Sevendust

  We have had the pleasure of speaking to 3 members of Sevendust in recent times (see links at end of interview) including our latest with frontman LJ who sounded the most excited about coming […]

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Avantasia

INTERVIEW: Tobias Sammet – Avantasia

  As the singer for Edguy and Avantasia, Tobias Sammet is a musical adventurer who loves to create and perform music that is as epic and grand as it sounds. Currently promoting the new Avantasia […]

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VINTAGE INTERVIEW: Jeremy Aric – Run Devil Run (September 2009)

Interview with Jeremy Aric, lead singer of Run Devil Run Poets and Pornstars released one of my favourite albums of 2007, a beautiful slab of in-your-face raucous rock and roll, that sounded like the Bacchanalian […]

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VINTAGE INTERVIEW: Danny Vaughn (September 2009)

It is with great pride that therockpit.net brings you its first ever interview with one of our favourite artists- Danny Vaughn. We have a number of other exciting interviews lined up over the coming months […]

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VINTAGE INTERVIEW: Vince and Anthon – from White Flame (September 2009)

Sometimes I get very excited about music and this year the most excited I got outside of a live gig was the first time I heard the great new CD from Finnish rockers White Flame. Now […]

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