INTERVIEWS

ROSS THE BOSS

TM - I was about to ask you about K.K. Downing, how was it performing with him at Bloodstock?
 
R - That was amazing, the whole thing leading up to it, the show was fantastic. We had a great time, it was really good. It was wonderful to see K.K. out there on the stage, I love playing guitar with him and we had a blast together.

SOILWORK

B - We have played some good club shows too. We played a show in Louisville Kentucky, it was sweaty and Crazy. There were people all over the stage and people having fistfights on stage. I felt like I was in a movie. It is on the crazy list.

We played with Children Of Bodom in Japan in 2003, and it was crazy. You could barely hear what you are playing because the crowd is so loud and they sing every word. 

BUCKCHERRY

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

 

JT - We went to the Rio hotel and Prince was performing there. I went there with my wife. They had a 1,200 people capacity. It was unbelievable, he is an extraordinary talent. It was one of those shows I'll never forget.

HARDCORE SUPERSTAR

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

 

JB - In 1995 I went to a festival in Sweden that was held in a forest and I saw Pantera for the first time. They were throwing monitors all over this stage. Then he said into the microphone, this microphone is f****** destroyed and threw it into the stage. My friends and I thought it was cool and then at midnight slayer came on stage.

LAGERSTEIN

HB - You are finishing up the European leg of your current tour, what was it like to play Wacken and Sabaton open air?

Jacob - Wacken is easily the biggest and best festival we've ever seen. You can tell they've been doing it for 30 yrs because everything is organized to a tee and the staff are all extremely friendly and love what they do. It was impressive and humbling to be a part of something so big.​

CRADLE OF FILTH

TM - That is cool man, I love your creativity. Can we expect a new album anytime soon? 

 

DF - Absolutely, we have been nibbling at that more than anything else. We have a few ideas on songs already and we have already written a few. As the Festival season finishes we will be at home writing and recording. Hopefully, we will have something released by September.

TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION

BDR - It is funny because I started this lie told everyone that we are going to open up for Black Label Society. Black Label Society had no clue who we were, except the tour, had been talked about so much that Black label society's manager rang my manager and said: "Hey, what's up with you guys and talking about how you are going to tour with us". We ended up doing eight shows with themBDR - It is funny because I started this lie told everyone that we are going to open up for Black Label Society. Black Label Society had no clue who we were, except the tour, had been talked about so much that Black label society's manager rang my manager ...

WEDNESDAY 13

 TM - What is your favorite memory of watching a different band perform live?
 
W - I got the honor of introducing the original Alice Cooper band at an awards ceremony in 2011, it was the original group that wrote "School's Out and No More Mr. Nice Guy". They performed together for the first time, in a long time, 1975 I think. 

MICHAEL SWEET

TM - You have had a lot of amazing artists play on the new album, Jeff Loomis played on it. 

 

MS - He did, Jeff is on a song called "Better Part Of Me", that is actually the song that we are going to release in the next few weeks. Oddly enough I have a lot of guitar players picked out for the album. Jeff reached out to me on Instagram and said check out your DM and I did. He said I'm a big fan of Stryper, I would love to play on your album and he did.

DEVILDRIVER

DF - This is about 12 or 15 years ago when they didn't have all the cameras installed. Me and my wife were on the tour and we snuck away. Let's just say we got some and we came back and joined the party. We were leaving and we got out the gate by the street, my wife's undies fell right onto the street. I said leave them by Elvis. I would like to think Elvis would be proud of me right now and especially of Anastasia, for leaving her panties on the street. He would be like "All right Mama".

PISSING RAZORS

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?

J - I would have had Damageplan  cover one of our songs, because of our Vinnie Paul and Dimebag Darrell connection. We knew them on a personal level and always had a good time with them. We always hung out with them.

RAVEN

TM - You gave Metallica and Anthrax their first shot, how did this come about?

 

JG - We were organizing a tour in 83 and Johnny, the promoter called us and said we have the biggest band in San Francisco to open for you. We said what Y&T are going to open for us. He said no, Metallica and we said who. we ended up getting the cassette for No Life 'Til Leather. We thought that  it sounded like Motorhead being played at the wrong speed. We thought oh ok that sounds cool and that happened to be their first tour.

DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT

TM - What is your favorite memory playing a show?

 

T - Maryland DeathFest, we stayed up all night and didn't get any sleep. We went on stage and we crushed the place. It was amazing to see the expressions on people's face. People appreciated how loud it was and how it was something completely different. When we turned the amps on, you knew it was going to be something completely different because you could feel every bone in your body rattling.

FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE

TM - You got to play Wacken Open Air, what is your favorite memory of playing it?


FP -  Every metal musician dreams to play at Wacken Open Air. When you play Wacken, you start to feel a little bit of pressure. Playing rock and roll so deep strong is emotional. I do not even remember it when I look at the videos and pictures I think "s*** I have done it". You realise it is only a starting point. We played Wacken after six or seven years of opportunity. 

AVANTASIA 

TM - You recently released 50 years on Earth, what made you want to release that and if bands haven't heard it what can they expect?

JORN - It was for my 50th birthday, it shows the journey I have had and how lucky I am to have had it. I grew up with more contemporary Style music, I felt like it was a good time to release it after doing so many albums and working in the heavy metal scene. I felt it was time to do something different. The singers I grew up with are always writing the same material, I wrote one album called heavy rock radio a few years ago. We did a cover of the song Hotel California by the Eagles, I also did your the voices in the box set.

ERIC BISCHOFF

TM - You got to induct diamond Dallas into the Hall of Fame, what was this like for you?

EB - It was a very rewarding experience, Diamond Dallas and I are very good friends, we have been good friends since the early 90s and to be part of something that was so important to him that's a great experience and I am grateful for that.

THE HAUNTED 

TM - What's your favorite memory from playing Gefle Festival?

MA - It's in Sweden so it is really organised and you can jump in your car and go home afterwards, which is a really nice thing. The Swedish crowd is like if you would have a musical police force, they are always standing in the back with their arms crossed saying I can do that better and faster that. That is what it is like if you're a Swedish band playing in Sweden.

DANKO JONES

TM - You have two podcasts so can you tell us more about them?

 

DJ - I have been doing The Danko Jones podcast since 2011, it is up to episode 192 and it is a weekly podcast. I also have a weekly podcast of the 1970 sitcom Three's Company, I do that with my cousin and we talk about each Three's Company episodes every week in chronological order.

POSSESSED

JB - I think it is one of our best albums yet. Possessed is a kind of love-hate band, some people love us some people hate us but that is the rate of death metal. Some people do not understand it, as the first death metal band not bragging. I want death metal to be a whole bunch of things, I believe in subgenres of death metal, the wider broader and more versatile sounds. It sounds a lot like our old stuff except it has elements of our new stuff and 2019.  I think people will be surprised, we moved the vibe forward and made it a more modern sound I think everyone will like it. 

36 CRAZYFISTS

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

CF - We have three days off in Adelaide before the Adelaide show. I'm not sure if there is much fishing there but I do know it's a coastal spot I will probably get a charter to do some deep sea fishing.

KATAKLYSM

TM - You do some Productions work with other artists, what inspires you to do this work and how does it affect your writing style?

JFD - I started this against my will when I was younger. The first band asked me to produce their work. The second band was in my area and they heard was doing production, they needed something done so I went in the studio and produce their album. I didn't really know what I was doing and it turned out decently.

CHILDREN OF BODOM

TM - What was your writing and recording process for Hexed?

HB - Alexi laiho writes the riffs and then we all normally work on the song from there, but this time it was a little bit different because we actually went back on the road now writing songs. We would have a few songs ready and then go on the road and then come back to the song as we had written it was actually quite refreshing.

FALLUJAH

We write and get all the stuff ready by ourselves then we record The guitars and bass guitar at our own studio and get all that ready. Then when we get that done and we take it to Mark Woods who has a studio in Nashville then he records drums and vocals and re amps the guitars. We have recorded and mixed and masters it took 3 months to do the whole album.

ANAAL NATHRAKH

AN - Absolutely, yes it's been a long road to get to this point. I don't mean just for us, there is a load of boring stuff that just has to get done, booking the flights getting all the paperwork it's almost here now and that's less than a week that we have to take off so finally coming there.

We were lucky enough to come to Australia in 2017 for one show so it's nice to come back do some watering and see some more of the country we are really excited.

ELUVEITIE


EV - Probably intensity that is our first impression the most intense album, that is what it feels like to ourselves. We also have musical developments, we grew as a band and the album is a result of what we did of writing the lyrics. This album is dealing with Celtic mythology and other albums.

ENSIFERUM

SAMI - I really hope we have some time because it is a really short trip. We are in the middle of a touring cycle so there will be no chance on having a holiday there, which would have been very nice. I am a weird person, I really like koalas. They are my spirit animals so it would be awesome to see some koalas.

ENUFF Z NUFF

EZN - All the rock stars came out for those shows, it is great out there everyone seems to root for each other. Ace would come in every day give me a hug ask me how I was. I'll see where my dressing room was then go to his dressing room it was a pleasure working with Ace and his crew and because of that tour, we ended up going on a tour with Jack Russells great white last year which was pretty successful.

GANG OF FOUR

It was interesting we got a image of her that was copyright free morning. I open my emails and get messages saying "Andy do you know you are in the Washington post today because they've written an article about a British post punk band who have Ivanka on the cover" and pretty much every single news outlets in America repeated that story in various ways I wasn't expecting that in any way.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.