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Joel Gausten – Everything at Once: Exploring Skindred’s Surreal Musical World

Here is a sample of the interview Joel conducted with Skindred guitarist Mikey Demus: Veteran Welsh Metal/Rock/Reggae/Pretty Much Everything Else act Skindred are one of those glorious groups that defy musical classification. Easily one of the catchiest and most enjoyable albums released this year, Big Tings (without the ‘h’) effortlessly mixes AC/DC, Faith No More and Living Colour into an innovative formula that is reminiscent of the glory days of ’90s Alternative radio without succumbing to uninspired nostalgia. Unsurprisingly, Skindred’s infectious creations have earned the respect and attention of some…

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Joel Gausten – Forever Moving: Inside the Mind of Voivod with Michel “Away” Langevin (w/ Bonus Album Review)

Here is a sample of the interview and review Joel conducted with Away. I recently re-connected with drummer Michel “Away” Langevin (the subject of one of my most-read posts of 2016) to learn more about The Wake and Voivod’s enduring place as the most brilliantly odd band in Metal. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about Voivod is that no two albums have ever really been the same. Do you go into a recording project with a general creative goal in terms of sound and direction, or is it…

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Joel Gausten – Words from the Heart: Bill Ward Brings "Absence of Corners" to Los Angeles

Joel lets us in on his trip to L.A. to an event that focused one of his favorites, Billy Ward.  Here is a sample: “I feel uplifted tonight.” That was how legendary drummer Bill Ward described his evening spent in front of a packed house of fans and friends at his first-ever public poetry reading last Saturday. Held at The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles, the special event celebrated Absence Of Corners, the new art/poetry book-and-vinyl set based on Ward’s 2013 art series of the same name. Released in…

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Ghost Cult – Bad Wolves, Iced Earth, Massive Wagons, Shim Moore (Sick Puppies) And More!

Our friends over at Ghost Cult have sent us links to a bunch of different interviews they have posted recently. Check them all out. Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves Discusses unlikely stardom, how “Zombie” almost never was released, sobriety, old-school hardcore versus new bands, and more: Stu Block of Iced Earth talks longevity, being a beter singer and the future of the band:   Adam Thistlethwaite of Massive Wagons talks new album “Full Nelson” (Earache), SOS Festival, authenticity and more: http://www.ghostcultmag.com/interview-adam-thistlethwaite-of-massive-wagons-full-nelson-earache/   Darryl Palumbo of Glassjaw talks tour with Quicksand, why touring Europe…

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Joel Gausten – EXCLUSIVE: Dr. Chud Speaks!

Here is a sample of the interview conducted with with former Misfits drummer Dr. Chud. Chud’s clearly an active guy, but one thing he hasn’t done in a very long time is grant an interview. I’ve been friends with him for nearly 25 years, and I’m thrilled and honored that he agreed to do this on my site. You went to high school with Doyle. How familiar were you with The Misfits and what Doyle was doing with them back then? Did you attend many/any shows? If so, what did…

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Joel Gausten – “The Vultures Can Wait” Thoughts on Jill Janus

Here is a sample of an article posted by Joel on the passing of Huntress lead singer Jill Janus: “The vultures can wait.” Those were Jill Janus’ partings words to me when I interviewed her in 2015. In the five days since the announcement of her death began to spread, my interview with her has received more hits than it had in the 33 months prior to the news. I have very mixed feelings about that. While the piece now serves to offer insight into her struggles and offers at…

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Joel Gausten – Words for Jill

Here is a sample of the article Joel wrote after Jill Janus’ suicide: In 2015, I interviewed her about her struggles with schizophrenia and history of suicide attempts. She was nothing but a fighter – as those who combat those impulses typically are. It shatters me to know that the battle became too great for her. I wish we could all rise above our demons. Some of us can’t. It’s incredibly hard at times to find a reason to keep moving. My love and support to those who continue to do…

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Ghost Cult Magazine – Victoria Hungerford Talks Booking Bloodstock Open Air And More

Here is a sample of the interview conducted by Keefy for Ghost Cult Magazine: The biggest underground metal festival in the world, Bloodstock Open Air kicks off today. Headlined by titans of metal like Judas Priest, Nightwish, and Gojira, the festival has grown over the years from a small cottage enterprise to a huge undertaking. One of the lynchpins of the operation is Vicky Hungerford, as one of the four directors of the festival. She is directly responsible for booking the bands on the fest and attracting world-class talent from…

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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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