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Joel Gausten – LIVE REVIEW – Poptone/Automatic: The Middle East, 6/26/2018

Check out a sample of Joel’s review: As previously discussed on this site, Poptone is a trio comprised of Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus/Tones on Tail/Love and Rockets and Haskins’ daughter Diva Dompe. Since April 2017, they have been regularly touring with a live set of material by all three aforementioned bands. Recently, they hit the Boston area for the second time in less than a year, this time in support of a live album recently released by Cleopatra Records (and recorded in conjunction with Los Angeles’ famed KXLU).…

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Joel Gausten – GG Allin: Still Dead, Still Hated, Still Missed

Check out Joel’s article on the late GG Allen. Five years ago, I drove to the sleepy town of Franconia, NH on a foggy night to witness an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of everyone’s most beloved musical outlaw/coprophagia enthusiast, GG Allin. Naturally, it was one of the most surreal and thoroughly entertaining nights of my life. On July 1 – less than a week after the 25th anniversary of the man’s drug-fueled demise, I again found myself stepping inside the Dutch Treat restaurant for another round…

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Joel Gausten – Remembering Anthony Trance & The Pipeline

Check out Joel’s article on Anthony Trance. It is worth noting that Anthony Trance of The Pipeline (Newark, NJ) died 20 years ago today. A person’s impact is rarely understood until they’re no longer around. Looking back, it’s clear that Trance’s passing represented a major change to the NJ underground music scene – and it never recovered from that loss. The Pipeline went on for a bit after he died, but it wasn’t the same. Although The Pipeline had already been around for years (and I played there as early…

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Joel Gausten – A Box of Bernie

Check out Joel’s post on Bernie Worrell: As anyone who regularly reads this site knows, Bernie Worrell was my favorite musician. In the summer of 2015, Bernie’s wife, Judie, posted on Facebook that they were in the process of moving to Seattle from their home in New Jersey. Unfortunately, they had boxes of Bernie’s CDs that they couldn’t afford to transport across the country. She asked fans if they were interested in making offers on those boxes before they were taken to the dump. These were difficult words to read.…

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Joel Gausten – VINNIE PAUL: 1964-2018

Here is an article by Joel about the recently deceased Vinnie Paul. In 1989, I became aware of a college radio station in Hackettstown, NJ called WNTI that had a Metal show on Thursdays nights. I often stayed up late and listened to every note that came through the speakers. It was a great experience for a 12-year-old kid, as it provided me a chance to hear a ton of bands that were new to me at the time. Testament, Exodus, Armored Saint, Laaz Rockit, Sepultura and New Jersey’s own…

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Joel Gausten – EP REVIEW – BPF (Big Paul Ferguson): Remote Viewing

Here is a sample of Joel’s review of the EP. From his humble beginnings on vinyl backing up Reggae singer Mataya Clifford (a.k.a. Mat Stagger) to his career-defining work with the incendiary Killing Joke, Big Paul Ferguson has always brought a unique vision to the world of drumming. His tom-centric performances on classic Joke albums (particularly 1981’s What’s THIS For…! and 1983’s Fire Dances) introduced a new standard for percussive expression that has since been regularly emulated but never surpassed. (Master skin basher Martin Atkins, who served as Ferguson’s replacement…

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Joel Gausten – The Real Shit: In the Septic Tank with Scott Carlson

Here is a sample of Joel’s interview with Scott: I recently touched base with Scott Carlson to discuss Septic Tank’s ongoing journey of brutality, Discharge and the enduring power of extreme music. This new Septic Tank album on Rise Above Records is the first one you’ve done in five years, and of course the last one was an EP and not a full-length. This whole Septic Tank thing has been around for decades at this point. Why was now the best time to finally come together and do a full-length…

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Joel Gausten – LIVE REVIEW: The Original Misfits/Suicidal Tendencies/Murphy’s Law/Harley “Cro-Mags” Flanagan: Prudential Center, 5/19/18

Here is a sample of Joel’s review of Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Murphy’s Law and Harley “Cro-Mags” Flanagan show: This was the show that mattered. For their fifth reunion show since reconvening in 2016, “The Original Misfits” (a.k.a. singer Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only with long-serving guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, second six-stringer Acey Slade and legendary drummer Dave Lombardo) finally touched down in their original home state of New Jersey for a sold-out show at Newark’s Prudential Center. Considering that most of the band’s classic material was written in…

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Joel Gausten – Still Grinding: The Glory of Rick Ruhl’s Never-Ending Nightmare

Every Mother’s Nightmare (EMN) were a great band at a terrible time. In 1990, the Memphis-based Hard Rock act were presumably on top of the world. Signed to Arista Records and championed by music industry legend Clive Davis, the band released a bulletproof eponymous debut album that made instant Headbangers Ball staples out of “Love Can Make You Blind” and the infectious “Walls Come Down.” Unlike the vast majority of bands that saturated the scene at the time, EMN boasted an arsenal of musical chops and a truly memorable frontman…

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Joel Gausten – #MeToo Goes Metal: Black Moth’s Harriet Hyde On Turning Rage Into Music

Check out Joel’s interview with Harriet. As previously discussed on this site, Anatomical Venus by UK Doom/Stoner Metal act Black Moth is one of the most intense – and essential – listening experiences released so far this year. If there’s ever a song worthy of serving as an anthem for the #MeToo movement, it’s the fiery “Sisters Of The Stone” – a track (and captivating promo video) that’s been turning heads since its debut earlier this year. I recently touched base with singer Harriet Hyde to discuss Black Moth’s new album…

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Joel Gausten – Another Sunrise: Jeff Pilson On Dokken’s Return To The East

Check out Joel’s interview with the bassist. I love the new studio track. What were the logistics involved in getting that song together? When we originally did our Beast From The East [live] album in 1988, we were going to record a new song live at the show along with the rest of the stuff and debut it on the live record. We did actually write a song, and we recorded it, but we weren’t happy with it when it got done. (laughs) We thought, ‘Okay, let’s try that again.’…

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Joel Gausten – EP REVIEW – Gang of Four: Complicit

“So… an EP with songs about sunshine and surfing, then?” That was my initial thought when I received an advance copy of Gang of Four’s upcoming EP, Complicit, and peered at its cover. First Daughter Ivanka Trump is pictured smiling in front of American flags, while the release’s title (and, presumably, its Russian equivalent) takes the bottom. Naturally, the image has received quite a bit of major press in recent days. Not only is it a ballsy move for Gang of Four (currently led by guitarist/sole original member Andy Gill)…

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Joel Gausten – Let It Scream, Watch It Burn: Looking Back (and Ahead) with John Corabi

Here is a sample of Joel’s interview with The Dead Daisies lead singer. We connected around this time last year to discuss the Daisies’ live album, and here we talking about the new studio record. You guys work fast, man! Yeah, it’s funny. I’ve been with the band for three years, and we’ve done four albums! That first year I was in, I really started working on the first record [with them], Revolución, in March. I believe it was March 10th, and we were done April 10th and went right…

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Joel Gausten – Rebel with a Cause: Michael Sweet on Christ, Critics and Keeping Stryper Alive (w/ Bonus Album Review)

Here is a sample of Joel’s interview with the Stryper lead singer/guitarist. Very few bands with a 35-year history get heavier as they go along, but there have been many times since the Reborn album when you have gone that way. Has that been an intentional direction shift or something that’s been happening naturally as you’ve been writing new material over the years? It’s certainly been intentional to some degree. What I mean by that is we like to involve and include our fans. I ask questions all the time,…

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Joel Gausten – Still Clawing: Kittie’s Morgan Lander on the Band’s New Documentary & Undying Resilience

Here is a sample of Joel’s interview with Morgan: Since 1996, Canadian singer/guitarist Morgan Lander and her drummer sister, Mercedes, have led Metal veterans Kittie through more than two decades of immeasurable highs and soul-crushing lows. Now, a years-in-the-making documentary film aims to tell the truth behind one of the most complex and emotionally charged narratives in music history. The result of a successful Indiegogo campaign launched in 2014, the just-released Origins/Evolutions traces the band’s history from their beginnings as eager high schoolers writing primitive tunes to their most recent…

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Joel Gausten – Surviving ‘Spit:’ Fallon Bowman on Life after Kittie

Here is a sample of the interview Joel conducted with Fallon. It’s 2001. Seventeen-year-old guitarist Fallon Bowman is on the road in support of Spit, the hit debut album by her band, Kittie. The group’s on rotation on MTV, hitting stages at Ozzfest and beyond and enjoying the perks that come from being a popular act on tour. But just as things are picking up substantial steam for the group, Bowman is looking to bail. “We were just diverging in terms of what I was interested in doing musically,” she…

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Joel Gausten – LIVE REVIEW – Judas Priest: Worcester Palladium, 3/23/18

Here is a sample of the review posted by Joel about his experience at the Judas Priest who in Worcester, MA: Judas Priest are living legends and among the forefathers of Metal, but nobody could have possibly predicted the level of success they are enjoying in 2018. Armed with their best album in decades (Firepower – reviewed here), Priest are ringing in their 49th year in the game by hitting the road with fellow Metal stalwarts Saxon and former Thin Lizzy guitarist/fellow ’70s survivor Scott Gorham’s current group, Black Star…

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Joel Gausten – More Thunder from the East: Inside Loudness’ New Rise to Glory

Here is a sample of the interview Joel conducted with the band’s lead singer. “We all love Metal,” Niihara says. “If you lose your edge, you’re not Metal anymore! Well, we’re physically rounder now, though!” While Niihara is quick with the puns, Rise To Glory is no laughing matter. The record’s sharp sonic attack is helped along by the fantastic playing of drummer Masayuki Suzuki, who stepped in following the 2008 passing of the great Munetaka Higuchi. Nearly a decade later, Suzuki is an indispensable part of the Loudness experience.…

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Joel Gausten – ALBUM REVIEW – Judas Priest: Firepower

Check out a sample of Joel’s review of the new Priest album: Firepower, the upcoming 18th studio album from Metal legends Judas Priest, is quite possibly the most critical release of their long and celebrated career. One year shy of their 50th anniversary (if you count the very first Al Atkins-led incarnation formed in 1969), Judas Priest’s current standing in the genre they helped build is being met with both adoration and apprehension. While nobody who loves Metal would ever dispute the band’s relevance and impact, more than a few…

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Joel Gausten – LIVE REVIEW – L.A. Guns: Tupelo Music Hall, 2/25/18

Here is a sample of the live review Joel has put together: “Let’s drink some wine. It’s 1989!” When L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis yelled the above words on stage towards the end of his band’s thunderous set at the Tupelo Music Hall, there wasn’t a single person in the sold-out crowd who didn’t believe him. For 90 minutes, the veteran Los Angeles group took their audience back to a time when long hair, loud guitars and leather jackets ruled MTV and the Sunset Strip was Ground Zero for commercial…

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Joel Gausten – Strays Come Home: Inside the Musical Minds of Dogtablet

Here is a sample of the interview conducted by Joel: Considering that Dogtablet describe their purpose as “creating and producing soundtrack and production music and the occasional commercial release,” it makes sense that the album’s overall mellow, Morcheeba-meets-The Orb vibe works extremely well as cinematic background music (or as an at-home chill-out playlist, for that matter.) Of course, it certainly helps when the people creating the tunes have such accomplished histories: King is a former member of British Industrial progenitors Test Dept, while Soave has spent time in The Associates,…

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Joel Gausten – From Punk to Ph.D. and Back Again: A Chat with Alfie Agnew of Professor and the Madman

Here is a sample of the interview Joel conducted with Alfie about Professor And The Madman. It really seems like this record is the one you’re pushing forward the most with the band. Why is now the time to really step up this project and focus a lot more attention on it? It’s kind of part of the whole evolution of the project. Sean and I hooked back up after a long time. We were in D.I. together; he and I overlapped [in the band] in the early ‘90s and…

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Joel Gausten – Too Ugly for Hollywood, Too Great to Quit: The Continuing Saga of Little Caesar

Here is a sample of the interview conducted by Joel: After an eight-year split, Little Caesar returned in 2001 and have been kicking ass ever since. These days, their core members – Young, guitarist Loren Molinare and drummer Tom Morris – are joined by bassist Pharoah Barrett (formerly of incredible ’90s should-have-beens The Four Horsemen) and former Bang Tango guitarist Mark Tremalgia. Despite lineup changes over the years, the integrity of the band’s output has remained intact. “We’ve been to Hell and back a few times in the last 30…

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Joel Gausten – War and ‘Peace:’ Phil Lewis & Tracii Guns Return to Rock

Here is a sample of the interview conducted by Joel: Can life offer you a second (or third) chance to get something right? Sure, it can; just ask L.A. Guns singer Phil Lewis. A little over four years ago, Lewis began the slow process of reuniting with L.A. Guns guitarist/founding member Tracii Guns. Those who have followed the group’s roller-coaster 35-year career know the significance – and utter surprise – of the two musicians joining forces again after years of splits, intermittent returns and public acrimony that tore the band’s…

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Joel Gausten – Rare Noise from London: Eraldo Bernocchi, FM Einheit and Jo Quail Talk “Rosebud”

Here is a sample of Joel’s interview wiht Eraldo Bernocchi: “FM Einheit is one of the reasons why I am doing music,” Bernocchi says. “His work with Einstürzende Neubauten deeply influenced me when I began to experiment with sound in the ’80s. Jo is an English classically trained cello player who is immensely talented. She shifts her gears from orchestra work, composing for strings and devastating eardrums with a large use of distortion pedals and whatnot. Plus, Jo and myself share a love for quite a few Metal bands. Both…

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