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Crowned By Fire Interview Live @ The Rail Club Ft. worth, Texas
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February 28, 2012 06:52 PM PST
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http://www.crownedbyfire.com

http://www.facebook.com/CrownedByFire


Vocals: John Fitterer
Guitar: Justin Manning
Bass: Chris Breedlove
Drums: William Liermann

Los Angeles
Record Label
Digital Media Records

Boris Karloff once said; “Nature is just as content to destroy as it is to create” and Crowned By Fire are “Prone To Destroy”everything in sight, all in the name of creation!

Crowned By Fire ignited in early 2006 in Northern Los Angeles by founding members vocalist, John Fitterer (owner and operator of Southern California’s Just Passing Thru Body Piercing) and guitarist, Justin Manning, former guitar tech and personal assistant to the burliest guitar god ever to strap on a 6 string battle axe, Zakk Wylde. Musically, the band is tight and punchy like Slayer, brutally loose like Black Flag, with enough early Sabbath doom riffs to wipe out your enemy planet. Lyrically, think Motorhead’s Orgasmatron and Black Sabbath’s Symptom of the Universe while throwin’ back a cosmic cocktail with Aleister Crowley during a Charles Bukowski bar fight.. In early 2011 bass player, Chris Breedlove and drummer, William Liermann came aboard to fill out the lineup.

In 2007, Crowned By Fire released their self produced Ep ‘As The World Burns.’ The Ep not only defined their sound, it gained the band international acclaim and set up their full length debut, Prone To Destroy. The band spent 5 weeks in the Tuscan Hills of Florence, Italy recording the debut album at the prestigious Larione 10 Studios. Opening with the blinding, "I Spit On Your Curse", it's immediately evident that Crowned By Fire deliver a no-holds-barred, rip-your-head-off brand of metal not meant for the weak of heart. "Witch In The Window", is the album's groove oriented lead off single and is a tribute to classic horror films, the unknown and taboo. The Black Sabbath oriented, "Get Under The Dirt" predicts post apocalyptic doom - the futuristic age of existence and the post extinction of man. The riff heavy, "Shake The Bag" reflects years spent surviving in Hollywood from a bruised and blurred musicians eye and the album's title track, "Prone To Destroy" recalls nature’s continuous creation through destruction in all it’s glory, according to vocalist, John Fitterer.

2010 saw the band’s music being featured in the horror movie The Devil Within. Fitterer recalls how that came about: “Producers Tom Milo and Matt Dean contacted me to inquire about using my piercing shop, Just Passing Thru, as a location for a tattoo shop in the movie. They also, rented out my next door unit which I was using as storage and CBF rehearsal lockout. While the movie crew took over my building for a day, I talked to Matt Dean about Crowned By Fire and told him we’d be perfect for a horror movie

The band signed with upstart label Digital Media Records in June 2011 with Prone To Destroy being released shortly afterward. Album artwork was done by master dark-arts sorcerer Sam Shearon. "Being fans of Sam's work already we came across him on Facebook when he was promoting his new cover layout contributions for A Pale Horse Named Death,' relates Manning. "We contacted him and he almost immediately responded with an interest to collaborate with us. Since then we've become good friends. How much better does it get than that?"

CROWNED BY FIRE has been invoking the metal gods by way of intense live performances and by brutal studio recordings. Their upcoming release is due out in 2012 which will be produced by infamous Texan producer Sterling Winfield (Pantera, King Diamond, Hatebreed, Rebel Meets Rebel etc…) and vows to be their most diverse and heaviest recording to date… Some live highlights thus far have been headlining several Body Art Expo’s both in So-Cal and San Francisco, co-headlining 2010’s Seattle Doom Festival alongside Tad’s Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, destroying the stage at 2011's Doom In June Festival in Las Vegas and sharing Hollywood stages with doom legends Saint Vitus and Trouble…

Interview w/ the Legendary Bass Player RIK FOX of WASP, Steeler, SIN & Surgical Steel
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February 13, 2012 04:56 PM PST
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www.facebook.com/pages/Rik-Fox/107712792582771

Early life

Fox was born in Amityville, New York, on Long Island, and raised in the Polish neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. While in high school, Fox was interested in rock music and photography, choosing as his subjects the flashy personalities of the New York glam scene of the early 1970s. He photographed the New York Dolls and KISS among many others, performing on the N.Y. city club scene at such famous locales as Max's Kansas City and CBGB, clubs he was later to perform in also with a group he joined during the height of the N.Y. club scene, The Martian Rock Band. During this period, he dated a younger sister of original KISS drummer Peter Criss. Fox and Criss became friends and Fox witnessed the formation of legendary rock band KISS from the very beginning, including the addition of lead guitarist Ace Frehley.
[edit]W.A.S.P.

After moving to Los Angeles, California in March 1982, Fox played bass-guitar in several bands, including Steeler, SIN and W.A.S.P.. Although he was only briefly associated with W.A.S.P. for several months, and recorded a 'live' three-track cassette demo, he came up with the name "W.A.S.P.". The idea occurred to him after he stepped on a wasp in the courtyard of the house where he lived with band leader Blackie Lawless. The story of W.A.S.P. is retold in the book Bang Your Head: The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal by David Konow, where this is confirmed by W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper as well as in several online interviews with guitarist Piper.[1] On the other hand, some who witnessed the formation of W.A.S.P. explain that Rik Fox participated in the band after drummer Tony Richards showed up in the scene; according to Richards, the name was not Circus Circus when he joined the band.[2] Fox contends that to his recollection, the band was named Sister when he joined. In an attempt to save face and fuel the controversy, Lawless finally admitted Fox's involvement after many years of being asked about this subject, confirms that Rik Fox had indeed played with the band but, backpedals by subjectively claiming 'only for a couple of rehearsals', which is not the accurate truth, since Fox spent some 4 months rehearsing and writing with the band. In fact, Fox contributed to the W.A.S.P. song 'Master of Disaster', found on their original early demo. The entire second verse's lyrics and half-time break was written by Fox which preceded the guitar solo, and was eventually cut-up and re-used by Lawless in the W.A.S.P. hit song 'Wild Child'. Additionally, as photographer Don Adkins Jr. among others, can validate, and who watched Fox at the W.A.S.P. rehearsals at Pipers' studio, all Fox's claims and preponderance of evidence to be in fact, true. Fox is also shown in early band photographs taken by Don Adkins Jr. during the band's first photo session. Both Lawless and Richards allege that 'Rik Fox couldn't do it in the band, his playing was just not right', again, a subjective back-pedal-face saving gesture, so they 'let him go in a very short period of time', which comes off as plausible, because Lawless is in a better position to be believed, yet it is Fox's bass tracks found on the 'original' W.A.S.P. 3-track demo recorded at Pipers' studio which, as further evidence do not lie; so his playing ability was 'not' as some contend, the actual reason for his departure from the band.[3] The band was actually called 'SISTER' when Fox flew out from N.Y., but with several other bands using the term 'Sister' (White Sister, Twisted Sister, et al.) Lawless claimed he 'was looking for something entirely different'; at Fox's suggestion of the name W.A.S.P., Lawless 'lit up' and loved the name). It's still not clear why Piper (and others) stand by Rik Fox's evidence, while some others are in opposition in this affair since; clearly, sides have been drawn on this controversial issue.
[edit]SIN

Fox did play quite successfully, with his band SIN, which found the band being voted 'Top drawing heavy metal/rock band of Los Angeles' according to an L.A. Music Magazine, and performing in dozens of packed-house concerts and shows, including the annual 'Los Angeles Street Scene' before some 5,000 people, and the band recorded a master demo in 1985, just before the bands' chemistry took a downturn. Fox also spent several months in the late 1980s, rehearsing with Niji Management's band BURN and then several more months recording and performing with local Arizona heavy metal band SURGICAL STEEL, with apparently, no 'playing issues' at fault claimed there either, especially with Fox successfully recording with Mick Brown, drummer of the band Dokken for the Surgical Steel sessions. (The band lost its financial backing and the recording fell through).
[edit]Moving On

Fox actually received a lot more mileage from his time with Steeler, after his tenure with W.A.S.P., and contends that Steeler was one of the cornerstones of the Hollywood rock scene in the early 1980s, laying integral groundwork for many of the bands yet to follow, such as Poison and Guns N' Roses just as the MTV era was being introduced to Rock music. Steeler acquired the services of a young, up-an-coming Swedish guitar-whiz Yngwie J. Malmsteen, which rocked the band to much-garnered attention, selling our venues and opening for the likes of Quiet Riot at a high-point in their respective careers. Unfortunately, Steeler changed their line-up several more times before calling it quits and re-forming as Keel.
[edit]Going Solo With SIN

Meanwhile, Fox was now 'on the map' and had a bankable reputation and sizable following, enough to now attempt to sell out clubs on his name alone. This happened when he formed a band and referred back to the band name he used back in his New Jersey club days going back to 1977-SIN. Fox's first L.A. line-up began to sell out clubs rapidly drawing attention, following on the heels of his popular notoriety from Steeler. However, within one year, the band members began to entertain ideas of kicking Fox out of his own band and replace him. Things came to a head during recording what would have been their first album when Fox stormed out of the session after apologizing to the producer Bill Metoyer. Fox quickly re-formed another line up using 3 members of the New York band ALIEN, and outstandingly outdid his previous band's accomplishments, finding themselves being voted in a Los Angeles Music magazine's poll for 'The top drawing rock/metal band cumulative for 1984.' Doors were now opening for Fox and SIN, and they entered Encore Studios in 1985 to record master album demos, which got the attention of the record companies. However, bad luck struck again and the line-up fell apart despite Fox trying desperately to keep it all together.
[edit]New Band Life

Fox was quickly approached by NIJI managed band BURN, who shared the same producer, and was accepted into the band. Not long after the band eventually removed their singer, Fox approached friend and fellow New Yorker, former Anthrax lead singer Neil Turbin to offer him the gig, which Turbin turned down in favor of his own project. During a break in rehearsals with BURN, Fox flew to Arizona to scout potential gigs for BURN when he was approached to join Surgical Steel, which led to recording an album with them and opening for Lita Ford band. Unfortunately, the financial backing fell through for Surgical Steel to finish the album and Fox left the band, returning to Hollywood.
[edit]1990’s

Not one to stand still, Fox's music career took a turn, but never entirely ended, after he abandoned his last band, Thunderball, in the early 1990s. He changed his 'pretty-boy look' and played in a local, low-key Hollywood band Wiseguys, (not 'The Wiseguys'), radically camouflaging himself into a rather incognito image that better fit the band Ministry, than the more Glam-looking bands he created or performed with.
Rik Fox has had shared the stage and performed with some of Rock’s Legends the late Ronnie James Dio and rock comedian Sam Kinison, Ozzy Osbourne drummer Randy Castillo, as well as KISS Mark St. John, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Mighty’ Max Weinberg, Roseanne’s John Goodman, producer Jean Beauvoir, as well as Warrant and others at various all-star jams, or jamming with the likes of Steppenwolf's legendary guitarist Michael Monarch.
[edit]New Interest

After having served five years in the California State Military Reserve as a radio operator/communications NCO, his interest moved on in all things military which brought him to working in the film industry as an assistant property master, and weapons handler, working on direct-to-video lower budget films and on the television series Air America, featuring Lorenzo Lamas, and the late Scott Plank, with whom Fox became close friends. Fox also dabbled in acting and took several film roles. He worked on the film Surface to Air with Chad McQueen, Melanie Shatner, and Michael Madsen. Fox worked/acted briefly on the television soap opera General Hospital, acting directly with series anchor 'Luke'-Anthony Geary. Rik was also one of the interviewees for the VH-1 Cable series 'Driven' for the episode "The Rise of Motley Crue" being a close friend of the band and recommended to VH-1 producers by former Hollywood booking agent Vicky Hamilton (music executive).
[edit]Renaissance pioneer

Through acting, he eventually became involved with the Renaissance Faire scene, where he actively sought to bring the noticeably absent Polish history into the forefront. Fox has been referred to by many Polish media correspondents and others as a 'recognized pioneer' in this venture, of creating the first representation in the U.S., of the Polish winged hussar cavalry of central Europe which, apparently, is a part of his ancestry. Apart from being a 'rock star' musician, he is the first Polish-American of Polish noble ancestry, to 'formally', represent the Polish Winged Hussar cavalry in U.S. history. Among other accomplishments, Fox had been nominated as the vice-president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Polish American Congress, in which he served a 4-year term and stepped aside for family-related reasons.
[edit]Recently

Fox is also involved in co-promotion of the European and Japanese market release of The STEELER Anthology with former band mate Ron Keel. A discussion of a possible STEELER reunion performance has been left open-ended so far. Although he has not left the music field entirely, in recent years, Fox has taken a new interest in learning the field of natural horsemanship through his wife Tarrah, (married on October 1, 2009 in a small private ceremony), and they train their (rescued) horses, while he continues to work on his pursuit of raising Polish historical awareness and culture and military history with their winged hussar group. Fox still dabbles in music. Through Shrapnel Records producer Mike Varney, Fox has recently re-connected with fellow Steeler band-mate and drummer Mark Edwards. Renewed interest is being shown to Steeler, by renown DJ SHADOW who expressed interest in using some of Steeler's music for a new project, which will possibly revive an interest in Steeler once again for the next 'Metal Generation' to come as well as previous fans who still listen to their classic album. There is an interesting after-note, that the Steeler album is the first and only independently released Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album to continue to sell, since its release in 1983, and possibly, has gone well-past the point of being certified as Gold status for such a release of its kind.

Interview w/ Iconic Rock Vocalist MILI of 'STEELHEART'
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February 01, 2012 11:29 AM PST
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www.steelheart.com

https://twitter.com/SteelHeartband

STEELHEART BIOGRAPHY:

Steelheart is a band fronted by Miljenko Matijevic. Mili’s powerful voice and multi-octave range has become the heart and soul of the band. Although they began as a glam band in the early 90s, Mili has recently reformed the band and turned it away from the glam scene. Steelheart's new sound is modern and edgy while still retaining overtones of Miljenko Matijevic's roots. Writing, producing, Matijevic has Fused his past, present and the future together, creating an undeniable piece of art . “A modern day led Zeppelin” (Mitch Lafon BW&BK).

Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990. It sold 33,000 albums on its first day in Japan alone, and quickly hit platinum status. The ballad “She’s Gone” which showcased Matijevic’s incredible vocal range hit #1 on the International Charts, staying there for 17 weeks. The second single “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)” reached #14 on the billboard charts, and was MTV’s 2nd most requested video. The album reached #40 on the billboard charts, making it (albeit just so) officially a ‘hit’. “Everybody Loves Eileen” and its accompanying video also garnered much success. The song “Can’t Stop Me Lovin’ You” further showcased Matijevic’s vocal range, but this time, lead guitarist Risola’s guitar skills were also noticed. The accompanying video was another of the band’s hits.

Steelheart’s next effort, “Tangled In Reins” was a much more mixed combination than the debut, with songs like “Sticky Side Up” to smooth ballads such as “Mama Don’t You Cry”. Also, the song, “Steelheart”, featured Matijevic hitting his highest note of the three albums. The ballad "Mama Don't You Cry" charted #1 in many East Asian Countries, including Hong Kong, prompting their Asian tour in September, 1992. Nearing the end of the “Tangled in Reins” tour, Slaughter asked Steelheart to perform one last show which would occur in Denver, Colorado. The show took place on Halloween night, a night which will forever be remembered by Steelheart fans. While performing, “Dancing in the Fire”, a hit from the “Tangled in Reins” album, Matijevic decided to climb a lighting truss, which was improperly secured. Matijevic tried to evade the massive rig, but without success. The 1000 pound truss hit Matijevic on the back of the head, driving one of the greatest vocalists of all time, face first into the stage, breaking his nose, cheekbone, jaw and twisting his spine. Matijevic miraculously found the strength to walk off the stage and he was immediately taken to a hospital. “Steelheart” ended that night.

Four years later, Matijevic formed a new version of Steelheart with Kenny Kanowski (guitars), Vincent Mele (bass) and Alex Makarovich (drums) to record and release the album “Wait”. The album was very different to the previous two albums. The single “Wait” went #1 in many Asian countries; however that was the main area of the album’s success, the grunge invasion causing the American European markets to be near closed to classic rock. Original member James Ward joined Steelheart on the tour supporting the album. Also on the “Wait” album, “We All Die Young”, the first track, was in the motion picture, “Rock Star,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.

Interview w/ Heavy Metal Vocalist Sean Peck of 'CAGE'
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November 29, 2011 08:52 AM PST
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www.cageheavymetal.com

www.facebook.com/cageofficial

NEW CD OUT NOW...'SUPREMACY OF STEEL'

The Band:

Sean Peck – Lead Vocals
Dave Garcia – Lead Guitars
Garrett Peters – Lead Guitars
Steve Brogden – Bass guitars
Norm Leggio – Drums

Discography:

Unveiled – 1999
Astrology – 2001
Darker Than Black – 2003
Hell Destroyer – 2007
Science of Annihilation – 2009

In the summer of 1992 CAGE formed out of the ashes of 2 of San Diego’s premier metal bands NOMAD and CRUSHER with the sole purpose of creating head banging heavy metal that would make the grand masters proud! In 1999, CAGE released their debut cd UNVEILED, which surprised everyone by delivering a pure heavy metal record that struck at the heart of the alternative, grunge movement, impaling it with its’ metal magic. This garnered them major attention and fans of the German ROCK HARD magazine voted them as the best unsigned band of 1999. As a result of winning the competition, CAGE was invited to play at the prestigious DYNAMO Open Air Festival in Holland being headlined that year by the mighty METALLICA.

In 2001, their astonishing 2nd cd ASTROLOGY was released, which seemed as if it was CAGE 10 years later. Such rapid development had seldom been seen and the fans and metal media alike embraced CAGE for their unequaled ability to combine the classic heavy metal feel with a new millennium identity all their own. The band saw them playing shows as special guests to legendary bands such as IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, DIO and DOKKEN among many others. Touring in support for the cd, saw CAGE playing at the world famous WACKEN Open Air Festival in Germany and the METAL DAYZ Festival in Switzerland, in addition to other festivals / shows throughout the United States.

In 2003, the band released their 3rd cd DARKER THAN BLACK and an all time metal classic was bestowed upon the masses. Featuring guest appearances from legendary guitarist / producer Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON – ROB HALFORD – ROB ROCK – HELLOWEEN) and guitarist Joe Floyd (WARRIOR), fans and media worldwide swarmed to hail the cd as a masterpiece – heavy metal classic that many said could never be topped. As usual, CAGE won dozens of CD of the Year and CD of the Month awards all over the world, especially being ranked as the #1 cd in the sound check chart of the prestigious monthly HEAVY magazine in Germany. Touring in support for the cd, saw the band playing high profile worldwide festivals such as the BANG YOUR HEAD / EARTHSHAKER Festivals in Germany; BRAVE WORDS 6 PACK WEEKEND / MILWAUKEE METALFEST / BANG YOUR HEAD USA and the LA GATES OF METAL festivals in the United States; the inaugural MONTERREY METAL FEST in Mexico and special guest support slots to IRON MAIDEN / ARCH ENEMY and SCORPIONS / TESLA concerts at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California; in addition to many other festivals / shows throughout the United States and Mexico.

In 2007, CAGE shocked everyone once again with their epic end of the world concept 4th cd HELL DESTROYER. The critical acclaim for the new cd from the metal media worldwide was even more immense than before, as an entire new legion of fans discovered CAGE from all of the attention that this ultimate tale of Heaven versus Hell received. Once again, CAGE won dozens of CD of the Year and CD of the Month awards and for a 2nd time ranked as the #1 cd in the sound check chart of HEAVY magazine in Germany. Live support for the cd, saw the band playing their 1st ever European headlining tour which included appearances at the KEEP IT TRUE X festival in Germany; the UP THE HAMMERS III Festival in Greece and multiple shows in Germany; in addition to high profile festivals such as NIGHTMARE METALFEST in the Unites States; multiple MAGO DE OZ FEST arena dates / XTREMO 7 and MEXICALI METAL FEST I & II festivals in Mexico; in addition to many other festivals / shows throughout the United States and Mexico.

May 2009 saw CAGE releasing their 5th cd SCIENCE OF ANNIHILATION with the band retaining all of the classic CAGE heavy metal sounds fully intact, while pushing the metal musical boundaries in every department. With the addition of former PSYCHOTIC WALTZ drummer Norm “The Legend” Leggio, CAGE turned up the energy level to 200% to put the POWER back in POWER METAL. Once again, CAGE continued winning dozens of CD of the Year and CD of the Month awards and for an unprecedented 3rd time, ranked as the #1 cd in the sound check chart of HEAVY magazine in Germany, an honor only matched by the mighty KIND DIAMOND. Current live support for the new cd so far, has seen CAGE play their 2nd European headlining tour which included a co-headlining slot at the MERCENARIES METAL MEETING festival in Germany; headliners of the ELEMENTS OF ROCK Festival in Switzerland and other shows in Germany – Holland – Belgium - Czech Republic and Slovakia. In addition, the band has played other high profile festivals such as the legendary and prestigious PROG POWER USA X Festival / NIGHTMARE METALFEST / BINGHAMTON AREA METALFEST in the Unites States; multiple MAGO DE OZ FEST / XTREMO 7 and MEXICALI METAL FEST I & II festivals in Mexico and other festivals / shows throughout the United States and Mexico.

In early 2010, original bassist Mike Giordano and lead guitarist Anthony Wayne McGuiniss exited the band honorably after many years of being true to their steel.

Coming in at supersonic speed are CAGE ‘s newest band members in the form of monster bassist Steve Brogden (shredding guitarist / vocalist for the aggressive power thrash metal band HOWLER) and 6 string lead guitar maniac Garrett Peters (guitarist forthe black metal band CLIMHAZZARD and punk metal band SAYAKA), who finally bring to fruition the deadliest and to be reckoned with best CAGE band line-up ever. Now that the new lineup deemed CAGE 2.0, is in full swing the reviews have been great as the new lineup dons their wireless gear and runs crazy all over the stage. Into the next decade we ride and a new DVD, tour, and cd looms large!

2010 touring activities will see extensive and far reaching worldwide CAGE festival / tour dates in United States, Europe, and Mexico.

Interview w/ Drummer Simon Wright of Dio's Disciples, DIO, ACDC, UFO & Rhino Bucket
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November 14, 2011 06:19 PM PST
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http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1500638831

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simon-Wright/249771951733892

Wright began his career with local band Tora Tora (not to be confused with the American glam metal group), before joining Manchester group A II Z, a New Wave of British Heavy Metal band founded in 1979 in Manchester, England by guitarist Gary Owens. The full line-up consisted of David Owens (vocals), Gary Owens (guitar), Gam Campbell (bass), Karl Reti (drums). They rapidly acquired a local following in Manchester, and were quickly snapped up by Polydor Records, eager to cash in on the exploding NWOBHM boom. A single live album, The Witch of Berkley, followed in 1980. Reti was subsequently replaced by Wright. The band then promptly disintegrated and Wright went on to perform in Tytan[1] and recorded on their full-length debut album Rough Justice,[2] however; that band also dissolved shortly before the release of the debut.
Wright joined AC/DC after their drummer, Phil Rudd, was fired in 1983 (reinstated in 1994). AC/DC recorded three albums with Wright in the mid-late 80s; Fly on the Wall, Who Made Who and Blow Up Your Video. Wright then left the group in 1989 to join Dio, and was replaced by Chris Slade. Simon Wright joined Rhino Bucket when he wasn't working with Dio to replace the departed Liam Jason for their third album, 1994's independently released Pain. In 2007, he reunited with the band and is featured on their latest album The Hardest Town.
Wright has had two stints with Dio, 1990–91 and 1998–2010. With the band he has recorded four studio albums (Lock up the Wolves, Magica, Killing the Dragon and Master of the Moon) and two live albums (Evil or Divine - Live In New York City and Holy Diver - Live).
His drumming can also be heard on albums by UFO, Michael Schenker Group and John Norum.
In 2005, Wright participated on a tribute album to Heavy metal icons Iron Maiden. It was his second time doing a tribute disc; the first experience being in 1998 on an AC/DC tribute album titled Thunderbolt.
In 2006 Wright is credited in the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" on the album Butchering the Beatles, a heavy metal tribute.
In August 2009, Wright teamed up with Joe Lynn Turner, Phil Soussan and Carlos Cavazo as part of the Big Noize project, playing shows in Iraq and Kuwait

Interview w/ Crowned By Fire at The Rail Club Ft. Worth, Texas
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November 14, 2011 05:54 PM PST
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http://crownedbyfire.com/

http://www.facebook.com/CrownedByFire

CROWNED BY FIRE BIOGRAPHY

John Fitterer - Lead vocals
Justin Manning - Guitars
Chris Breedlove - Bass
William Liermann - Drums, percussion

Boris Karloff once said; “Nature is just as content to destroy as it is to create” and Crowned By Fire are “Prone To Destroy”everything in sight, all in the name of creation!

Crowned By Fire ignited in early 2006 in Northern Los Angeles by founding members vocalist, John Fitterer (owner and operator of Southern California’s Just Passing Thru Body Piercing) and guitarist, Justin Manning, former guitar tech and personal assistant to the burliest guitar god ever to strap on a 6 string battle axe, Zakk Wylde. Musically, the band is tight and punchy like Slayer, brutally loose like Black Flag, with enough early Sabbath doom riffs to wipe out your enemy planet. Lyrically, think Motorhead’s Orgasmatron and Black Sabbath’s Symptom of the Universe while throwin’ back a cosmic cocktail with Aleister Crowley during a Charles Bukowski bar fight.. In early 2011 bass player, Chris Breedlove and drummer, William Liermann came aboard to fill out the lineup.

In 2007, Crowned By Fire released their self produced Ep ‘As The World Burns.’ The Ep not only defined their sound, it gained the band international acclaim and set up their full length debut, Prone To Destroy. The band spent 5 weeks in the Tuscan Hills of Florence, Italy recording the debut album at the prestigious Larione 10 Studios. Opening with the blinding, "I Spit On Your Curse", it's immediately evident that Crowned By Fire deliver a no-holds-barred, rip-your-head-off brand of metal not meant for the weak of heart. "Witch In The Window", is the album's groove oriented lead off single and is a tribute to classic horror films, the unknown and taboo. The Black Sabbath oriented, "Get Under The Dirt" predicts post apocalyptic doom - the futuristic age of existence and the post extinction of man. The riff heavy, "Shake The Bag" reflects years spent surviving in Hollywood from a bruised and blurred musicians eye and the album's title track, "Prone To Destroy" recalls nature’s continuous creation through destruction in all it’s glory, according to vocalist, John Fitterer.

2010 saw the band’s music being featured in the horror movie The Devil Within. Fitterer recalls how that came about: “Producers Tom Milo and Matt Dean contacted me to inquire about using my piercing shop, Just Passing Thru, as a location for a tattoo shop in the movie. They also, rented out my next door unit which I was using as storage and CBF rehearsal lockout. While the movie crew took over my building for a day, I talked to Matt Dean about Crowned By Fire and told him we’d be perfect for a horror movie

The band signed with upstart label Digital Media Records in June 2011 with Prone To Destroy being released shortly afterward. Album artwork was done by master dark-arts sorcerer Sam Shearon. "Being fans of Sam's work already we came across him on Facebook when he was promoting his new cover layout contributions for A Pale Horse Named Death,' relates Manning. "We contacted him and he almost immediately responded with an interest to collaborate with us. Since then we've become good friends. How much better does it get than that?"

CROWNED BY FIRE has been invoking the metal gods by way of intense live performances and by brutal studio recordings. Their upcoming release is due out in 2012 which will be produced by infamous Texan producer Sterling Winfield (Pantera, King Diamond, Hatebreed, Rebel Meets Rebel etc…) and vows to be their most diverse and heaviest recording to date… Some live highlights thus far have been headlining several Body Art Expo’s both in So-Cal and San Francisco, co-headlining 2010’s Seattle Doom Festival alongside Tad’s Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, destroying the stage at 2011's Doom In June Festival in Las Vegas and sharing Hollywood stages with doom legends Saint Vitus and Trouble…

"Crowned By Fire are essential Heavy Metal that crosses over everything that is great in metal from Traditional HM sounds to Doom to Sludge to classic Hard Rock. I love this band and seeing them live was a magical experience." -Ed, DOOMMANTIA

Interview w/ Extreme Vocalist/Guitarist Hal Sinden of 'talanas'
Explicit
November 07, 2011 02:23 PM PST
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www.talanas.org

www.facebook.com/talanasband

www.twitter.com/talansband

Genre
metal / progressive

Members
HAL SINDEN - vocals, guitar
EWAN PARRY - guitar
MARK 'DUFF' DUFFY - bass
JOE BUTTERWORTH - drums

Hometown
london / south coast

Record Label
Eulogy Media Ltd.

'the waspkeeper' NEW ALBUM now available via www.talanas.org

biography:
After over 3 years of existence as signed artists, in September 2008 UK industrial metal act interlock officially disbanded following their final appearance at Offset Festival. Having released 2 albums and an EP with international distribution, having aired songs on MTV, MCM TV and BBC Radio 1 alongside touring the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe extensively, interlock’s demise left a significant basis of expectant fans eager to hear the follow-up to the album ‘crisis//reinvention’ (released through Anticulture Records). interlock’s vocalist *Hal Sinden+ & drummer *Joe Butterworth+ decided to maintain the momentum and formed talanas, pursuing musical styles more personal to them.

Both founding members of talanas come from performance-based backgrounds, Hal Sinden trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art (as also attended by his grandfather, veteran actor Sir Donald Sinden CBE), appearing as an actor in several films & theatrical performances and as a model in a number of television adverts & printed publications. Aside from his work in interlock, he has performed in and made guest appearances for acts such as Leech Woman, Dām, Worms of Sabnock & Meads of Asphodel and is presently a guitar student of Akercocke’s Jason Mendonça.

Studying under the likes of Gregg Bissonette (Joe Satriani, Dave Lee Roth etc.) Keith Leblanc & Mike Sturgis, talanas drummer Joe Butterworth was educated at the ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) in Guildford & the Freddie Gee Drum Academy and eventually receiving qualification through Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Eastleigh College and from the ACM itself, he currently teaches drums at the Winnall Rock School in Winchester. Endorsed by companies such as Paiste Cymbals & Axis Percussion, Butterworth holds the status of having the single largest custom drumkit that Mapex UK have constructed for any of their endorsed artists.
The band also features Mark ‘Duff’ Duffy on bass and Ewan Parry on guitar; a qualified sound designer who is personally responsible for the YouTube video sensation ‘Death Metal Rooster’, featuring music he’d penned for ‘the waspkeeper’, which has received over 5.4 million views and appeared on numerous talk shows, blogs & radio programs.

As ‘children of the eighties’, the four band members have inevitably drawn from the more compelling musical elements of that decade such as the work of David Sylvian, Tears for Fears & Fields of the Nephilim, to provide an understanding of song structure and a rich melodic basis through which to channel the brutality of extreme metal, as influenced by renowned acts including Neurosis, Decapitated & Morbid Angel.

Gravitating towards more classical literary inspiration and presenting lyrical themes centring around sadism, betrayal & insanity combined with their own characteristic take on extreme metal, talanas are poised to stand amongst other distinctly British musical exports such as My Dying Bride, Porcupine Tree & Akercocke.
To date, the reaction to the band’s output has been considerable, with the mainstream rock & metal press providing encouraging critiques to the debut ‘reason & abstract’ EP (released August 2010) and their readership confirming this with voting talanas into varied positions at the end of year polls.

Similarly, online zines, blogs & radio stations have taken to talanas with a warm reception, with the group appearing in several ‘top’ lists, playlists, podcasts and digital compilations (in particular the Combat Nasal Volume 1 release which has now been distributed worldwide).

Perhaps most significantly (spanning as far as Brazil, Norway & Australia) the fans of talanas are vocal and enthusiastic, establishing a firm demand for live shows and new material. Online discussion about the band is fervent and continuous, in some cases with talanas being compared with the likes of Ihsahn, Opeth and even heralded as “the new Akercocke” (YouTube).

Having quickly earned the support of many of their influences & peers (including producer Russ Russell, members of My Dying Bride & Akercocke etc.), the London four-piece are now set to answer this attention with a series of live bookings in 2011, with discussions already in place for a UK tour in late Autumn.

Interview w/ Bass Guitarist Johnny Rod of W.A.S.P. & King Kobra
Explicit
October 03, 2011 04:05 PM PDT
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The Official King Kobra is Carmine Appice, David Henzerling, Mick Sweda, Johnny Rod, & Paul Shortino... New CD Coming in January 2011!!!

KK
King Kobra is a glam metal group founded by drummer Carmine Appice after his tenure with Ozzy Osbourne in 1984. The band during the time of their first two albums included four relatively unknown musicians: vocalist Mark Free, guitarist David Michael-Philips, guitarist Mick Sweda, and bassist Johnny Rod. After two albums on Capitol records (Ready to Strike - November 9, 1985 and Thrill of a Lifetime - 1986), Appice decided to dissolve the band and join guitarist John Sykes on his Blue Murder project in 1989.
In 2010 a new King Kobra emerged with Carmine Appice on drums, Paul Shortino taking over vocal duties, Michael Sweda on guitar, David Henzerling (aka David Michael-Philips) on guitar and Johnny Rod on bass.

W.A.S.P.

The original lineup of W.A.S.P. was formed in Los Angeles, California in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, Randy Piper, Rik Fox, and Tony Richards. The band became notorious for its raunchy and, at times, shocking live shows. Lawless was known to tie semi-naked models to a torture rack, and to also hurl raw meat into the audience. The band's debut single, entitled Animal (Fuck Like A Beast), and its cover were equally controversial.
The first lineup didn't last for long, as Rik Fox was let go and went on to join the band Steeler with (then unknown) vocalist Ron Keel and guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. He was replaced by Don Costa. Shortly afterward, Don Costa also left the band and his position on the bass was filled by Lawless. At the same time, guitarist Chris Holmes joined the band.
W.A.S.P. signed to Capitol Records for their debut album, W.A.S.P., released on August 17, 1984. The debut was at one time planned for release with the title Winged Assassins. The band's first single "Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)" was omitted from the album in the United States to prevent it from being banned from major chain stores.
"L.O.V.E. Machine" and "I Wanna Be Somebody" helped the album sell, and set the band up for "Blind In Texas", a song written in St. Paul, Minnesota, by Blackie Lawless. The song was released on their next album The Last Command on November 9, 1985. The Last Command is still W.A.S.P.'s highest charting album, peaking at #47 on the Billboard album chart. "Blind In Texas" is perhaps their best known song, more than 20 years later. The Last Command was also the first album with new drummer Steve Riley. The former Keel drummer replaced Tony Richards at the beginning of the 1984-85 tour.
After The Last Command tour, guitarist Randy Piper departed the band. Former King Kobra bassist Johnny Rod joined W.A.S.P. as Lawless went back to playing rhythm guitar. With the lineup changes made, they recorded their third album, titled Inside the Electric Circus. It was released on November 8, 1986. The album was a big hit with W.A.S.P. fans. Critics, on the other hand, dismissed it as "7th-grader rock".[citation needed] Songs like "Shoot From The Hip" and the minor hit single "95-N.A.S.T.Y." helped the band live up to the reputation of one of the possible meanings of their band name, "We Are Sexual Perverts". However, Blackie Lawless himself, known to be a harsh critic of his own work, cited in the albums re-release liner notes that Inside the Electric Circus was "[a] tired record by a tired band". Ultimately it was an unfavorable critical review of the single "95-N.A.S.T.Y." that convinced Lawless to take some time off and reconsider the band's creative direction.

Interview w/ Guitarist Robert Sarzo of 'HURRICANE'
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September 29, 2011 11:23 AM PDT
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For Guitar Lessons on Skype w/ Robert or Production work e-mail Robert at
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General Manager
Robert Sarzo Jr. - sarzomanagementgroup@gmail.com
Booking Agent
Raymond Freeman - Raymond@Raethoven.com

BIOGRAPHY:
Hurricane is a powerful hard rock band from Los Angeles that formed in 1984 by Guitarist Robert Sarzo, and Bassist Tony Cavazo. Cavazo, former Quiet Riot and Snow bassist, was introduced to Sarzo by the late Quiet Riot frontman, Kevin DuBrow in the early 80ʼs. DuBrow suggested they put a band together and they did just that. Cavazo and Sarzo being the siblings of the classic Quiet Riot lineup guitarist and bassist Carlos Cavazo and Rudy Sarzo, decided to create a monster. They recruited singer Kelly Hansen and drummer Jay Schellen and hit the ground running.

The band gained world wide acclaim with the release of their first album,Take What You Want. The album and constant touring led to the band getting a major label deal with Enigma Records and the release of their chart topping album, Over The Edge. Over the Edge was Hurricaneʼs most successful album. Propelled by a powerful, yet melodic hard rock sound, the album charted in the top 100. It featured a cover of Alice Cooperʼs “Iʼm 18” as well as the band's most successful top 40 hit, "I'm on to You" in 1988. The title track, “Over the Edge” was also released as a single.

Hurricane toured the world with Cheap Trick, Iron Maiden, Stryper and The Michael Shenker Group. Releasing the albums: Take What You Want (1985), Over the Edge (1988), Slave to the Thrill (1990).

Hurricane disbanded in the early 90ʻs and are now reborn in 2010. Cavazo and Sarzo have reunited with new but equally potent members, vocalist and guitarist, Andrew Freeman, and drummer, Mike Hansen.

Andrew Freeman has done double duty as a singer and guitarist for several notable bands. namely The Offspring, Lynch Mob, BulletBoys, Thirty Stones and worked with famed producers Bob Rock, Simon Philips and Zuess.

Mike Hansen has toured and recorded with George Lynch of Dokken/Lynch Mob fame, Paula Abdul, The Pointer Sisters, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather (Toto), George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic. He has worked with famed classic rock producers Bob Ezrin (Kiss), Eddie Kramer (The Beatles), Simon Phillips, and Andy Johns.

Hurricane will be touring and releasing a new CD in 2011.

Interview with Guitarist Nikki Dick of 'CREAMPIE'
Explicit
September 05, 2011 06:51 PM PDT
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New EP "UNSIGNED' OUT NOW!!!!!

LINE UP:

Rachel O'Neill - Lead Vocals
Nikki Dick - Rhythm and lead guitars, vocals
Phantom - Lead and rhythm guitars, vocals
Michael Drake - Bass guitar, piano, vocals
Brian Kent - Drums, vocals

Biography:

Cream Pie is an Italian rock band since 2005.
In 2007 they recorded their first live 4-songs demo called "Live Crime".
In 2008 Cream Pie recorded the first self-produced full-lenght album called "Dirty job" featuring 11 songs.
In march-april 2008 Cream Pie toured the United States through Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee promoting "Dirty Job" and then they went back in Usa may to august 2009 where they played 8 gigs in Florida and 1 gig in Alabama.
In 2010 they recorded a new self-produced EP called "Unsigned" featuring 6 songs and available for purchasing on the official band's website www.creampierocks.com and more than 20 online music stores including: cdbaby, napster, itunes, nokia, amazon, verizon, rhapsody, myspace, last.fm, zune.

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