INTERVIEWS

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LIGHT THE TORCH

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs, what band would it be, what song would it be and would it be in your style or their style?

 

FA - Oh dam that's hard, it's a great question, it is one that requires a bit of thinking. Do you know what, I love Deftones, I think I would like to hear one of our songs done by them and in their style.

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HELLOWEEN

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be, what song would it be and would it be in your style or their style?

MG - Mabey Iron Maiden covering a Helloween song, of course they would drive it up to what Iron Maiden would sound like, with the Galloping and the bass stuff. It would be very interesting to hear Bruce trying to cover three singers at the same time, I guess he would be able to do so.

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HJELVIK

TM - you've also toured with bands such as Metallica Slayer and Anthrax so how was that?

HK - It was great, Metallica are awesome guys and took care of us took us. They took us out to dinners and parties and that's awesome of them to do. We got to go to the World wired tour with them and did four parts of touring. It was over 7 months or something like that, so it was awesome to see them play every night. I don't know how many shows so that was cool. It was the same with Slayer and Anthrax, we toured with them with my old band Kvelertak. They were nice to us to and it was a lot of fun. It was really fun to do Jager shots with Kerry King backstage after the show, he is super friendly and great guys it was a lot of fun.

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SEETHER

TM - What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?

DS - I have a couple of great memories. I was a music fan first and that's the great part about this job, you get to play with bands you're a fan of and you get to watch music you love from the side of the stage. I have a top 3 that are seen live and they are not all rock music. 

I don't want to say I take it for granted but you see so many rock shows and non-rock shows. A stand out for me is Elton John's red piano in Las Vegas, It was amazing. I took my parents to see it in 2009. 

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JEFFERSON STARSHIP

TM - What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?

JS - When I was younger the San Francisco music scene was so prevalent and there were so many great bands to come out of San Francisco. Probably early Carlos Santana when he had the Santana Blues Band, they were amazing.

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ROBYN FERGUSON

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be what song would it be and in your style or their style?

RF - I'm influenced by so many different genres. I would love someone to take it and put them to reinterpret my song. Probably anyone, but I would probably have a minor heart attack if Devin Townsend did something with one of my songs.

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AVERSIONS CROWN

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be, what song would it be and would it be in your style or their style? 

 

JM - I would love to hear Meshuggah play one of the songs in there style because I think it would be a wild ride. Or maybe BabyMetal that would be sick.

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DESTRUCTION

TM - What was your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?

 

S - The first time I saw Saxon live back in 81 on the " Wheels of Steel" tour. It was my very first concert and I remember everything. I went to the front row and was surprised how well the base punched in my belly. The first one is always the best. I have seen a lot of bands and go to a lot of festivals. I have so many great memories, Judas priest is great as well.

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ARMORED DAWN

TM - What's your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?

 

TK - I think the most memorable show I have ever seen was in 1983, I got to see DIO in his very first tour, the Holy Diver tour. I was standing in front of the stage, it was cool I wish I got to tour with them.

 

We also played on the Motorhead cruise before Lemmy died.

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DEVILSKIN

TM - What's your favorite memory of watching someone else peform live?

 

PM - We toured through Europe with Halestorm last year and we got on well with Arejay the drummer. They are nice guys and every night I got to help play the drum solo which was nice of them.

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KADAVAR

TM - What was your favourite memory from playing Hellfest?

 

L - Hellfest is probably one of my favourite festivals in Europe. We meet people from all over the world at Hellfest and that is a very interesting festival to play.

 

TM - What is your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?

 

L - I saw Nick Cave live in Spain a couple of years ago and he is amazing, he really gets your emotions out of you. I have never felt that connected to an artist at a show before.

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BURNING WITCHES

 L- I went for my audition as the singer and they said we might keep you but you have to prove yourself. They wanted to be sure that they trusted me. They told me, we are going to play Waken and I had never played there but I had always wanted to. It was a dream come true, we were official openers for the festival and the tent was super crowded. It was my birthday so it was a great day.

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SUICIDE SILIENCE

TM - What was it like filling the huge shoes of Chris Olivia (R.I.P) with his stint in SAVATAGE and would he be part of a SAVATAGE reunion if it was to ever happen again?

 

AS - It was a huge honour but a sad occasion. I wish he didn't have to be cold to do that but it was an honour to do that. I was a fan of Savatage from the very first recordings and it was a huge honour to play Chris's part. I can't really answer if the band would reunite it hasn't happened but a lot of us thought it would of happen since so many bands are reuniting. Testament is most of the original line up but I think it's definitely up to the founder. Jon Oliva and I haven't been in touch lately so I'm not sure where his head is at. I know if he wanted to do it it would definitely happen.

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SYLOSIS 

TM - Your drummer Dave came back from Machine Head, how did this come about?

 

TM - That would be awesome have you seen them live?

JM - Yeah, in 2013 Metallica hosted a barbecue for all the bands that were playing Soundwave. I have seen them more then any other band. Lars was walking around at the barbecue but I kind of hid because I was too worried about being a nerdy fan so I didn't meet Lars. I meet James side of stage watching Ghost.

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CYHRA

TM - What can fans expect from your new album No Halos In Hell?

JE - A album that has lots of Melodies In courses that will stick in your brain after you listen to it. An album you can listen to and sing along to in your car.

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be, what song would it be and in your style or their style?

JE - A band called mirrored and they could cover any of pur songs.

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THE SISTERS OF MERCY 

TM - What's your favorite memory watching someone else's perform live, can you tell us a story? 

 

BC - The first concert I ever went to was AC/DC when I was ten years old. I remember seeing Angus Young running around everywhere. That was so memorable and so influential for me. That concert influenced me to play the guitar. I always find it fascinating there must be so many other kids at concerts, where that was the defining moment, where they decide they want to be a singer, bass player or drummer. What is it about certain personality types that draw you being in a certain part of the band. I find it fascinating.

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THE DARKNESS

TM - What's your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live? 

 

RT - I watched Red Hot Chili Peppers a couple of years ago on the side of the stage and I was watching them smashing the s*** out of everything. He accidentally hit himself in the lip and his lip blew up and started bleeding everywhere.

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MICHAEL SCHENKER

TM - You worked with Kirk Hammet on a song, what was it like working with him? 

 

MS - He is a fan and we became friends. One day I said "Hey Kirk, do you want to do a song on our album" and he said, "Ok Michael, let's do it". He came to a show our first leg of the United States show and jammed with us it was good fun.

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THE 69 EYES

TM - That sounds interesting. Can you tell us a story?
 
JYRKI 69 - Years ago we were at a festival in Finland and so was Cradle of Filth. We had a drinking competition and they won. We got carried away because we were so drunk.

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ANCIENT SINS

TM - If you could have any band perform one of your songs, which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or there style?

WES - That is a tough one, I think I would like to see bands that helped get the fire started for me cover a song. Most likely either Alter Bridge, Hammerfall, Nightwish, and or even Tremonti. The song would most likely be either Cause of My Distress, Riptide, Beneath the Surface, or Never Back Down. It would be great to see it covered the way in which we recorded any of the songs, but it would also be pretty cool to see something covered in their style of playing.

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BLACK STAR RIDERS

TM - If you could collaborate with any artists who would it be and why?

BSR - Ace Frehley has been my idol since I was a child and I was able to play on an album and last year. The other day I was listening to some Danzig albums and I thought I would love to do something like this. Hopefully, I'll be able to do something with them sometime.

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SONATA ARCTICA

TM - What can fans expect from your new album Talviyö?

TK - I would like to think it's in line with the other albums. The production is slightly different, it is more organic mostly because it was recorded with the drum and bass at the same time. This album has a more old school style, you can hear the difference in the Rhythm Section because we are playing together in the studio.  

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DARK ANGEL

TM - How is your tour going in with Testament? 

 

GH- It has been a great tour. I have some time off right now so I'm back in San Diego and back on tour on Tuesday. We played a bunch of festivals like Grasspop and Hellfest, it was awesome. We played on the same day as Slayer. I normally go and help the video directors with the slayer set and it is pretty fun. I know all of the slayer music and where the solos are in the set, so it makes it easy to choose the camera I want to use. I can also go online after and check out my work, which was pretty cool. 

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DESTRUCTION 

TM - What can fans expect from your Album "Born To Perish"?

S - This time you can expect something different because we have a new lineup. We have a new drummer and a new guitarist so there is more shredding on this album. We have composed the whole album to fit two guitars, it creates a little extra rush and thrill on this album. It is brutal, loud and has a lot of details, especially in the guitar compartment.

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HED PE

TM - What was your writing and recording process for your new album?

JG - lots of ideas were recorded while I was in Europe. I recorded them on my MacBook and a lot of the ideas started 2 years ago. I have been writing on this record for two years. Some stuff was recorded in Detroit Michigan and California and all over the country. All the videos were recorded in Idaho and we mixed it in Burbank. I'm really stoked about this record and there are a lot of good messages and good beats!

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RHAPSODY

TM - What can fans expect from your Australian tour?

LT - We are really excited to come to Australia and it is our first time in 20 years. It has been our first possible opportunity to come over there. It is going to be amazing and incredible. The country is incredible and the landscape gives us the inspiration to write lyrics of mother nature, natural landscapes, and creation. I have made whole albums about these subjects. When we come over there we really have the feeling of being in heaven and it is amazing. The fact that we get to meet our fans and play our music on top is just incredible.

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SABATON

TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?

 

PS - I like the band Apocalyptica and I think they have a really cool take on the songs they cover. They have already done one of our songs. Apocalyptica had the day off and when we playing in Madrid, so I went down to see them and asked them to cover one of our songs and they did it. They had a lot of ideas for it. I think our fans will be looking forward to seeing them at Sabaton open-air festival.

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ANBERLIN

TM - What is one of your favourite memories from touring?

NY - I will never forget the time we went to Singapore, and I thought there were only going to be 50 people at the gig. I thought to myself if there are 50 people it would be mind-blowing. We walked out on stage there were thousands of people, it was mind-boggling. We couldn't stop smiling on stage and it was insane as there were so many people.

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KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD

TM - If you could have any band perform one of your songs which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style all their style?

 

KWS - There is one of our songs that recently got recorded by Five Finger Death Punch it is called Blue on Black. We did a collaboration where they recorded a song and I did the guitar on it. A country artist, Bailey Gilbert sang on it. They also got Brian May from Queen to play guitar on it. That was really cool and unexpected.

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KORPIKLAANI

TM - What are you most looking forward to doing in Australia?

TR - Last time I was there it was a great experience. I am crazy about sailing old wooden boats and I found the guy that has an old wooden sailing boat from Sweden. I contacted him and said I would like to see the boat and he invited me on a race on a Thursday. I saw the city from sailing into the harbour in Sydney, it was one of the best tours I have ever been on.

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HAKEN

TM - How did you come up with the idea for the song "The Good Doctor"? 

RJ - The good doctor is set in the 1950s in a psychiatric ward, the album is set in that time. We looked at all the experiments that they use to do on people back in those days. The good doctor was based on that stuff.

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WITCHERY

TM - What's your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live?

PJ - I'm old enough to have seen Metallica on the Master of Puppets tour and as he would probably know Cliff Burton died on that tour. They went home for a month found Jason Newsted and went back on tour. Metallica was scheduled to play in Gothenburg on January 10th the following year but it was so cold that the band made it to Sweden but the fairies were canceled from Denmark so the show was canceled and moved to the very last date of the Master of Puppets tour.

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A NEW REVENGE

TM - You play with "Night Ranger" what have you learnt from playing with them?

 

KK - The guys are great, they have written some great songs and they are great musicians. "Night Ranger" have been playing together for forty years, they use to have another band called "Rubicon". The band has great chemistry, great musicians and great guys and it's a blast playing with them.

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SETMEONFIRE

SMOF - Signature questions? Now we're fucking getting somewhere! This might just be the best interview I've had for this album cycle so far! 

 

To answer your question: caution: thieves. They're this really cool band from Melbourne who have clearly listened to far too much Alexisonfire and Circa Survive, but I think they'd be able to reimagine our songs into early-2000's post-hardcore songs that don't suck. I think they'd do Creature really well. Not as good as us, though, of course. We send it so well. 

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THE ETERNAL

TM - What advice would you give to any up and coming bands?


MK - Just to understand the industry is very different these days, not many labels do artist development anymore, smaller ones expect you to have an almost complete product these days, so you need to work hard, be professional and most of all do it for the love of music.

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JOHN CORABI

TM - You added the 10,000 mile track off your Japanese record, what inspired you to add it to the record?

 

JC - We need an encore because we needed to present the whole Motley Crue record in its entirety so it seemed like a good one to do and that night. We had some people yell out for that song you played it recorded it and I said you know what let's put it on the record as well.

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OBSCURA

TM - what's your favourite memory from playing Europe?

SK - SummerBreeze is my favourite festival in Europe is not too far from my place only 2 1/2 hours and that's the second biggest festival in Germany, after Waken Open Air. OPETH were amazing there playing live it's only 30 thousand people not as big as Waken or Hellfest.

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MAX AND IGGOR

TM - You sold your very first KISS collection when you were 15 to get a dragon tattoo, what made you want to get a tattoo?

 

MAX - I was just trying to be a rebel and that is a rebel thing. I sold my kiss collection and got a tattoo but this tour there was a girl that bought me the whole kiss collection and gave it back to me it was really nice of her I was speechless.

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IN FLAMES

IF - The first show they had a seated audience, we just walked out and did our thing head banging and all that type of stuff. I don't think they were really ready for it, as soon as we were done with it we went into our dressing room and someone opens the door and walks in Ian Gillan from Deep Purple and he said to us that was brilliant guys f****** it I don't know what that was but it was f****** great.

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1000MODS

We had a 2 slot in the afternoon and it was a very hot day, we didn't know what to expect because it was really early and we were the second or third band. The place was packed there are around 7000 or 8000 people. We did a 40 minutes set from the first song to the last there was a circle pit in the crowd it was insane.

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JUNKYARD

DR  -The Monsters of Rock cruise is pretty wild it's a non-stop floating party, it is kind of cool because the fans have access to you 24/7 and it's also scary at the same time because fans have access to you 24/7. I like getting out and talking to people, there was one night that was really rough and the boat was moving around. Faster Pussycat we're playing poolside the water was washing up all over the deck. I thought the whole band was going to get electrocuted.

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FASTER PUSSYCAT

FP - We have toured with LA guns so many times they are like our brothers. Tracy has even used my band I remember in 2001 we were going to Canada and they turned us away we didn't even get to go into Canada. He had to go back to Detroit they were trying to find drugs and they couldn't find them mystic they couldn't understand

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TRAPT 

CB - Once we were performing on stage live and I said throw whatever you want up on stage, everyone started throwing all these fast it waddles then the drummer of saliva came on stage to play and someone threw a glass bottle at his face it busted his lip open.

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HELLOWEEN

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be what song and, in your style, or their style?

 

MW – Oh, I would love Judas Priest, but you know they are British and we are German, and it's like we have a lot of things in common. Like they're from Birmingham and we are from Hamburg, so if you put that together you have a lot of ham and we could at least agree on that, and I wrote that song to for myself because I wanted to write myself my own Judas Priest song. I actually had a dream about where I was going with a tape or a cd and I wanted to show Rob Halford. I was going yes, a track of mine and I say  “I would love if you perform this” and he was already gone and I woke up, and was in my bed and a cup of coffee next to me and no Rob Halford. It was a sad turn of events so I don't know if they would do it necessarily.

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BUCKCHERRY

JT - "Hellbound" is exactly what I asked for. I said I wanted an AC/DC is sounding riff, fall on the floor rock song musically and they came back with that song. I went back home back to the hotel and wrote the lyrics and melody and it came together very quickly, it was a great one.

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AMARANTHE

TM - I will ask you our signiture question, If you could have any band pkay one of your songs, which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or their style?

 

ER - oh, well we did a cover of Sabaton, so it would be awesome to hear Sabaton to do a cover of one of our songs. Our song Drop Dead Cynical. We also love Rammstein, so I would die to hear them do a cover of our songs. 

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KATAKLYSM

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be, what song would it be and would it be in your style or their style?

KM - I am so open-minded when it comes to music. I would like to write with someone completely out of the box. A mix of Kataklysm meets Radiohead and come up with something trippy. I would love something like that. Or something completely different folk or Blues like old school. The 40s or 50s types of Blues and mix some of my music with that, I think I would love to make that as well.

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BLUE PILLS

TM - If you could collaborate with any band who would it be and why?

BP - It has always been a bit of a dream to collaborate with Jack White or have as a producer. The reason I guess is that when I first started playing music when I was 14 or 15. That is when The White Stripes got big and that was a huge influence for me to start playing music. I picked up the guitar and then I learnt Seven Nation Army and for me, that was such a cool song and it was so easy to play. It got me excited and it felt like the first moment that I wanted to be in a band. He has always been such a hero from the very beginning.

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ASHENMOON

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be, what song would it be and would it be in your style or their style?

TR - Radiohead cover a song from our new album in their style. Thom Yorke voice sounds amazing, it would make me emotional.

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DEAD LAKES

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs, what band would it be, what song would it be and in your style or their style?

 

DL - I would love to hear "Now, Now" take on "SMS Happiness" that would be awesome. I would like to see "The 1975" do "Language" because I think they will knock it out of the park.

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KHEMMIS

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs, what band would it be, what song would it be and in your style or their style?

 

ZC - I would like King Diamond to do one of our songs in his style. I am a huge King Diamond fan and he's still going. I would also like to hear something from Thin Lizzy.

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PARADISE LOST

TM - What is your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live?

 

PL - My best memory of seeing a band Live is Metallica When I was 13 years old. I had never seen anything like it before in my life, so for a 13-year-old boy, it was the best experience I have ever had. It was the original line-up. Cliff Burton was there and it was only 4 pound 50 into the concert. Just to hear thrash metal guitars through a PA system, no one had heard that before. I remember, James Hetfield had broken his wrist and they had a stand-in guitarist, I think John Marshall was standing in for him.

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IRIST

TM - What is your favourite moment with your fans?

 

PD - The day we recorded this album, we took a ferry to France and drove to Belgium and played a show. The bar that was packed out. We made a lot of friends that night and the beer was delicious, everything worked out really well that night. That is my memory with our fans.

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EXCITER

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs what band would it be what song would it be and in your style or their style?

DB - I would like to see Judas Priest doing our song pounding metal in their Style.

We were talking to Judas Priest at Sweden Rock a few years ago and we talked to Rob Halford. He knew exactly who we were we got our name from one of his songs.

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GOTTHARD

TN- If you could collaborate with any artists who would it be and why?

NM - I would probably choose AC/DC because that's the type of music that made me get into hard rock. Ir was the first found I went crazy about and got me doing what I'm doing now.

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TESTAMENT

TM - What was it like filling the huge shoes of Chris Olivia (R.I.P) with his stint in SAVATAGE and would he be part of a SAVATAGE reunion if it was to ever happen again?

 

AS - It was a huge honour but a sad occasion. I wish he didn't have to be cold to do that but it was an honour to do that. I was a fan of Savatage from the very first recordings and it was a huge honour to play Chris's part. I can't really answer if the band would reunite it hasn't happened but a lot of us thought it would of happen since so many bands are reuniting. Testament is most of the original line up but I think it's definitely up to the founder. Jon Oliva and I haven't been in touch lately so I'm not sure where his head is at. I know if he wanted to do it it would definitely happen.

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SACRED REICH 

TM - Your drummer Dave came back from Machine Head, how did this come about?

 

PR - We were looking for a new drummer and were wondering who it might be. We always loved Dave and had a great experience with him. He was in the band so I reached out to him and he was interested in doing it. Everything just worked it out as good as we could plan it. He wasn't considering leaving Machine Head but overtime he decided to. We are very happy to have him back in the band and he is a great great drunmer and a great guy.

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SAINT ASONIA

AG - We choose a label that has the same ideas and goals as us. They are passionate about the band and a smaller label.

TM - You played with Disturbed in 2015, how was that?

AG - It was great, I would get up every night and do Killing In The Name Of by Rage Against the Machine with Disturbed.

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REFUSED

TM - What's your favorite memory watching someone else perform live, can you tell us a story? 

 

DL - One of my favourite memories is seeing The Stooges and both the Asheton brothers were still in the band. My old band played at a festival with them in Italy. They started off their set with "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and Iggy was down in the crowd and the drummer comes in wrong so the song goes in a weird backbeat. Everyone in the crowd was saying, This sounds super weird and the bass player looks absolutely terrified because he knows this is the way it's not meant to sound. The Asheton keeps playing like, This is the best thing we have ever done.

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FLESHGOD  APOCALYPSE

TM - It would definitely be a great show. What Is your favorite memory watching someone else perform live, can you tell us a story? 

 

FP - I think Rammstein is the most impressive act I have ever seen. It's something you can't explain, it's perfection, it's great. The songs are great and the live show is unbelievable.

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OPETH

TM - What is your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live?
 
FA - I remember, when I was a kid I saw Iron Maiden and it had a massive production. He had a Glaring jacket it was really cool. I remember seeing the Vulgar Display of Power tour when Pantera was at their Peak, that was super brutal tight and well played.

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COMBICHRIST

TM - If you could have any band play one of your songs, which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or theirs?

 

AL- He can play any of my songs. I never meet him, except I would love David Bowie to cover one of my songs. I have been listening to a lot of Gojira, at the moment. I would like to work with them on something.

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LA DISPUTE

JD - One of my favorite memories from my life in music is in 2005. I went to see a band from Japan called Envy on a whim and it was $10. It was two blocks away from where my friends and I were hanging out and they played with a band called The Day I Wake. There was a translator who translated the police into English and it resonated with me.

It was such a powerful emotional experience, it was a wonderful experience. I felt a connection to the music that I have never felt in my life. It was spiritual and a few years later we supported them on tour and then a few years later they came on tour with us.

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ORCHESTRA OF DOOM

WC - That is a great question, I am friends with the whole band. A week before the show I get a call in Verona from Jack Osbourne, Ozzy's son. He said "Hey, How you going?" and I said "What's up brother". He goes, "Hey Bro, mom wants to send you something". I asked him what it was and he said "I'm not telling you" and I said "Is it bad?". I gave them my address and a box came in the mail. Inside was all this incredible Black Sabbath merchandise and a note saying stuff that Ozzy Osbourne uses to get ready for his show. There were things like a special thermas for his tea and there was a letter Ozzy wrote and the whole family signed the letter.

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EQUILIBRIUM

TM - What's your favorite memory of watching a different band perform live? 

 

RB - I use to watch a lot of different bands when I was younger and I have a different experience with every band. In the early 2000's I listened to a Finnish folk metal band called Finsterforst and they came to Germany, I saw them for the first time and I got Goosebumps. I think it was a very intense moment. When you are a fan of a band and see them for the first time, it is exciting. A couple of years ago I went to scooter, it was a different experience it was cool as I grew up listening to their music.

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IMMOLATION

TM - I saw you were on Hellfest this year, you put on a great show.  

 

RD - Yeh we were and we also played it a couple of years back. It is an amazing festival. I cannot wait to go back and play. I was there for all three days and it is like an amusement park for metal, it is amazing. How awesome is it's set up.

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BACKYARD BABIES

D - AC/DC. We opened for AC/DC in Europe in 2001, we did about 38 shows together.

TM - That is Awesome. Can you tell us a story from that?

D - The first show the AC/DC Crew covered all the monitors with bags. We said "what are you doing?" and they said "all the AC/DC fans don't like the support bands and they normally throw up bottles of beer on stage. There was never one bottle of beer thrown up on stage, so I think it was a good combo.

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NONPOINT

TM - What is your favourite memory with Fred? 

 

ES- My favourite memory with Fred was the monumental moment of the rebranding of the quote on quote video. We first started in this band before Fred became involved. There was a particular video that we all spoke about and everything was compared to that video. 

 

It got to a point where it was like, "Hey, is it as bad as The Video" and he would say yes or no. That would determine that you were willing to look at any meme or video clip that they were willing to show you. 

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BUCKCHERRY

TM - What is your favourite memory of watching someone else perform live can you tell us a story?

 

SD - The reason I got into the car when I was a kid was to watch Ozzy Osbourne and Randy Rhoads on stage. They would just crush guitar solos. I was in the impressionable stage of my life and I enjoyed watching what he could do. They were playing songs and that was moving everybody. It was at that point, I knew it was what I wanted to do. 

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THE ORIGINAL WAILERS

TM - What is your favorite tour memory?

 

AA - We got to play in the Milan Arena and there were 130000 people there who are crazy for Bob Marley fans. They booed all the other bands off the stage until Bob started performing.

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MAJESTICA

TM - What's your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live?

CD - One of my favourite artists is Glenn Hughes from Deep Purple. The first time I saw him I wasn't that big of a fan, I just thought I would go and check him out. He played a song called mistreated which is a really famous truck. When he did his vocals I was thinking, what are you doing that's totally insane. He was an amazing singer.

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AVANTASIA 

TM - Can you tell us a story from playing at the Rumrunner?

BC - We were the resident band at the Rumrunner from 1972 to 1975 and we were called Magnum but not The Magnum We are known as now. We started off as a cover band for people to dance to but that changed when we left the Rumrunner and wrote our own songs.

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THE TEA PARTY

TM - what is your favorite memory from that concert and who was your favorite band?

SC- Well the best band hands down was AC/DC, because their music has been designed to play in stadiums. It has simple catchy bass lines and Powerful drums.

My favourite moment was meeting The Stones before they went on stage. Keith Richards came over to talk to me and he tripped, and I had to catch him, so I saved the show (laughs). 

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AT THE GATES

TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?

ML - Holy Terror who have not done a record science 1988, that would be interesting. I would have them cover an At The Gates song but the singer is dead and he was a big part of the sound.

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LOUDNESS

TM - What is the story behind your song Crazy Nights?

 

MM - Akira wrote that song and that is ok because it is a simple Rock and Roll song. We thought it was too simple but the producer liked this song a lot and it became a smash hit. The record company also wanted a simple song.

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ARRIVAL OF AUTUMN

TM - You started off your band learning two Metallica albums back-to-back has that influenced your writing Style?

 

JF - Yes, I think so they know how to structure a long song really well that it keeps your attention. We haven't been able to structure a song as long as one of their songs but they are Masters at metal music and they will be a lasting influence.

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ENFORCER

TM - Since 2005 you have played every single instrument in the band what made you settle on playing guitar and being the lead singer?

 

OW - Guitar was my main instrument so there was nothing strange about that. There was a time early on in the band in 2005 and I did everything, that is why I am listed as a drummer and bass player. Since we formed a real band I have been guitar and vocals.

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NE OBLIVISCARIS

TM - How did you get yourself on the European festival map?

 

XEN -  We did a crowdfunding campaign for a world tour so that gave us the leg up to get overseas the first time we went over to Europe we ended up doing about 13 festivals so without our crowdfunding campaign we would probably still be in Australia.

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POP EVIL

TM - You played download UK and Rock and Ring what was your favourite memory?

PE - Ever since I was a kid I wanted to play Rock And Ring. I watched Limp Bizkit live from Rock and Ring and I had a dream of playing those festivals, now it's a dream come true. I have never seen so many people, I would love to play Hellfest too.

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FOREVER STILL

It was a bit odd for this one because when we started writing this album we didn't have a place to live and our apartment was being renovated. We had to rent this small place we just brought the essentials, a drum machine, a microphone and their guitar. We have a very basic setup but it kind of work because that lettuce concentrate on good old song writing but not the whole production surrounding it some of the recordings we did ended up on the final album.

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DEVILSKIN

TM - We saw you play at Slash Myles Kennedy and The Contortionist and yes it was amazing can you tell us any stories from the road?

DS - It was a great too and we spoke to Slash every now and then. We got to see him without the top hat and sunglasses which a lot of people don't get to see. The band was really nice and I wish we were playing longer.

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CELLAR DARLING

AN - It is a concept album, it is something we have never done before so it's pretty unique for us to work on in this way. We wrote the music according to a story, the story is based on the myth of the death and the Maiden which is Renaissance art. I created my own story of this a girl falls in love with the personification of death and we follow her as she tries to reconcile with him but fails at every test. 

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DELAIN

DN - This album is different to the way we usually do it. The new upcoming album was written by Martijn, Chris and myself. I wrote the lyrics, Martijn arranges and produces the tracks. The other two songs were written by our other two guitarists, they wrote and produced the tracks. I came in for the vocal lines which is different because they took the front seats in producing those tracks which is new and pretty cool.

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JETBOY

BR - I've been into building guitars since I was a kid. I always tinkered and did stuff with my guitars when I was growing up I built a guitars. When I was in high school and years later I just got back into it for fun and one thing led to another and it turned into my company rock and roll relics.

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AENIMUS

AS - There are two reasons, one is we could all agree that it is something that we all loved. We all love horror movies and the books behind them too and we wanted to write about the concept that the metal community would all enjoy. Horror and metal has always gone hand-in-hand.

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LIGHT THE TORCH

TM - What can you tell us about your writing and recording process for the new album? 

 

HJ - We blocked off a lot of time and get pretty obsessed over our work. We were going through a lot of things, and that gave us something to focus on. So we put all that emotion into the album.

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MAJESTICA

MA - Yeh it sucks, with Sabaton we had a lot of touring plans that we had to cancel this year. Almost three weeks in Russia and the festivals in Europe. We were planning on going to America together with Judas Priest. We were the planning to go to Australia as well but that was postponed till next year. We had some shows with Majestica planned that we needed to cancel as well, that sucks.

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HEATHEN

TM - What's your favourite festival you have played and why?

HN - I would have to say, all the festivals we have played have been awesome and they take such good care of you. I think my favourite was when we did RockHard in 2008. That one special because we are friends with the guys from the magazine. We have known them since we have been growing up in this business, so it was a real honour to be at that festival.

We have friends who played it as well and the day we played UFO and Saxon played, so that was awesome. UFO is one of my favourite bands of all time and they played after us.

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PHIL X

Tm - if you could have any band play one of your songs, which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or theirs?

 

Phil x - wow, man, that's a tough one and i have never heard that question ever. 

 

Phil x - that is different, because do you get someone who is kind of like you to do it or do you get someone who is completely different. I am just trying to think of who. 

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PRIMAL FEAR

TM - If you could collaborate with any band who would it be and why?

 

MS - I'm very satisfied in the direction I'm going. We have a show called Rock Meets Classic every year, for the last 12 years. It is a symphony orchestra. We invite classic rock bands, the legends from history and we have been doing this tour for the last 12 years. I have played with Alice Cooper, Thin Lizzy, Toto, Paul Rodgers and Status Quo. I'm ok with that. I'm looking forward to my next tour in April 2021, there will be Joey Tempest of Europe and many many more and my fanboy heart is fine with that.

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 ORANSSI PAZUZU

TM - What's your favorite memory on tour?

JH - Roadburn Festival was really good, we played to 3000 people. The following week we played in a small German town with no PA and no lights and there were 50 people there but thats all the venue could hold. At that point you can only rely on you your music and your band, you can't rely on the lights or the PA you have to go with the motion.

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HOLDING ABSENCE

TM - Both videos are awesome, everyone should check them out. What is your favourite memory of watching a different band perform live?

 

JJ - My favourite band when I was Growing up with a band called Stick To Your Guns. They were headling a festival and I got to meet them and become friends with them. I got to go up on stage and do a song with them, it was an amazing moment.

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VADER

JS - I had just joined Vader when the festival season had started up and I got to see a lot of bands for the first time, including Exodus and Judas Priest. I got the opportunity to see all these bands. I had never seen these bands because I was always busy. It was cool because the first time I got to see all these bands got to see them from the side of the stage and it's just a blur. I got to see so many killer bands and getting to see almost every band I wanted to see was awesome. I went to brutal assault and that was pretty cool. Seeing Kreator or Trypticon and meeting them after the show solidified the experience.

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TESTAMENT

TM - Since we are talking about KISS I have a question from one of your fans. What is your favourite KISS album?

CB - My favourite KISS album is probably KISS Alive. When you are that young and see that album cover you just take it in and that's it. They had a bunch of great songs and the production on the album was killer.