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Ep # Date Duration Title Description
347 09/20/2017 01:04:44 Lita Ford Last time Lita Ford graced our microphone was was almost five years ago on Episode 96 when she released “Living Like A Runaway”. We tried to get her on again when she was promoting her autobiography but no luck for that one. Fate however decided to finally give us a break and Richie was able to connect with her recently for an exceptional chat on the past, present and future for Lita.

For all your Lita info and social media links head to: LitaFordOnline.com and be sure to catch her on her current run of tour dates.

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346 09/13/2017 01:10:20 Projected - Ignite My Insanity Sevendust & Projected guitarist John Connolly joins us this week to talk all about the new release from Projected “Ignite My Insanity” which was released via RatPak Records. Projected, which also consists of Vinnie Hornsby (Sevendust), Scott Phillips (Alterbridge), and Eric Friedman (Tremonti) went all out and released a double album of great new music and John’s here to give us the inside track.

Get a great deal on a Projected bundle at: RatPakRecordsAmerica.com

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345 09/06/2017 01:00:59 Stand Your Ground This week we have bassist Ned Meloni and guitarist Jack Starr from Jack Starr’s Burning Starr joining us. They just released “Stand Your Ground”, an album of classic metal. Jack and Ned talk all about the album as well as Burning Starr history and plans for future world domination.

Track of the week comes to us from Masterplan off their latest on AFM Records “PumpKings”.

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344 08/30/2017 59:08 Vinnie Moore Two great guests this week. First up Richie talks with from UFO about their new covers album “The Salentino Cuts” due out in September and after that I had the pleasure to talk once again with Urban Breed as power metallers Serious Black bring out their third release on AFM entitled “Magic”.

Find UFO online at UFO.band for tour dates with Saxon and plenty of UFO merch
Hit Serious Black up at Serious-Black.com and you’ll find their tour dates and other great stuff.

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343 08/23/2017 01:08:19 Kerrang! Episode 7 Our Kerrang! project continues this week as we bring back journalist Sylvie Simmons. Yep, Sylvie had so much great stuff that we couldn’t fit it all in one episode so we brought her back for more (you can thank us later). If you liked her on Episode 341 you are really gonna like this one too.

Find out everything she’s up to at SylvieSimmons.com

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342 08/16/2017 01:08:51 Billy Sheehan Bassist extraordinaire Billy Sheehan graces us with his presence this week as he calls in to talk about the latest from Mr BigDefying Gravity” and Winery DogsLive in Santiago”. Also this week we have Oli Brown from UK band RavenEye calling in while on tour here in the states for their release “Nova”.

Track of the week is form our friends in Broken Teeth, off their latest EMP release “4 On The Floor

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341 08/09/2017 59:52 Kerrang! Episode 6 Our Kerrang! project continues this week as we bring you a discussion with journalist Sylvie Simmons. Sylvie wrote for Sounds and Creem in addition to being the L.A. correspondent for Kerrang! and these days you can find her writing for MOJO Magazine. Sylvie had so many great stories that this is just the first part of what she related to us. Find out everything she’s up to at SylvieSimmons.com

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340 08/02/2017 01:06:04 Riverdogs Riverdogs just released their latest “California” and this week we have Nick Brophy on the show to give us the complete story. Since we’ve had a few weeks off we also do a bit of discussion on a few shows we went to during the break.

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339 07/12/2017 01:04:08 Defying Gravity Mr. Big just set loose their latest upon the world with ”Defying Gravity’. This week Richie sits down with Pat Torpey to discuss the new album, touring, Mr. Big History, and what the future holds for Pat.

Track of the week comes to us from perennial FoM favorites Primal Fear off their new live set Angels of Mercy - Live in Germany.

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338 07/05/2017 01:08:24 Kerrang! Episode 5 Our Kerrang! project continues this week as we bring you a discussion with Derek Oliver. Derek was best known as the melodic metal guy back in the day. These days Derek is still making a mark in music. First with his label Rock Candy Records which reissues some great lost gems and as of late he is also the guy behind the new Rock Candy Magazine.

See what Rock Candy Records has to offer at: RockCandyRecords.com and also be sure to check out the new Rock Candy mag which carries on in the fine tradition of Kerrang at: RockCandyMag.com

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337 06/28/2017 01:00:00 Noise Records Great show this week as we bring you a chat we had with David E. Gehlke the author of ”Damn The Machine - The Story of Noise Records”. This is definitely one metal story that must be told and David does it in style with a massive book that’s a must for any metal fan. It’s summer reading time so if you want to get yourself a copy direct from David head to DeliberationPress.com or you can always head to Amazon or also it’s carried by SPV in Europe via Nuclear Blast

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336 06/20/2017 59:59 Derek Shulman This week we bring you a chat with Derek Shulman. Who, many of you are asking. Well if you liked the eighties then Derek is one of the guys that help define that decade. Just go down the list of bands he signed as an A&R guy with Polygram and it becomes readily apparent that where he went everyone else followed. However, his influence didn’t stop there as he also went on to champion bands like Dream Theater and Pantera and even today he’s still got the golden ear for bands as he’s also recently brought us bands like Inglorious.

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335 06/14/2017 59:59 We The People Adrenaline Mob just released their third full lengther ”We The People” and this week we have none other than Mike Orlando on the show to talk about that and more. Check out AdrenalineMob.com for upcoming tour dates and more. Also on the show this week we welcome vocalist Austin Dickinson from As Lions (AsLionsBand.com).

Burning Witches. Check out their campaign at Pledgemusic.com/BurningWitches

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334 06/07/2017 01:09:19 John Corabi - Live & Louder On May 19th The Dead Daisies released their first live album “Live & Louder”. 16 tracks of great originals sprinkled with some classic covers recorded during their 2016 through the UK and Europe. As listeners know we really are big supporters of the band and it was great to get John Corabi back on the show to give us the rundown on the album and what else is in store from the band. Along the way John does give us some other teasers on some other stuff he’s been involved with too.

Wanna get more info and perhaps some Dead Daisies swag including the new disc? Head to TheDeadDaisies.com

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333 05/31/2017 01:00:39 Warrant Hot on the heels of the release of Warrant’s latest “Louder Harder Faster” we bring you talks with both Erik Turner and Robert Mason. These guys are out on tour right now and if ya want all the tour info and more head to WarrantRocks.com

Track of the week comes from Sweden in the form of Crazy Lixx and one off their latest release Ruff Justice. Get your Lixx at CrazyLixx.com

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332 05/24/2017 01:04:44 Metal Demon A double header this week as we bring you a chat with Kurdt Vanderhoof as Metal Church releases “Classic Live” via RatPak and also we talk once again with Jarvis Letherby as Night Demon sets loose their latest “Darkness Remains”.

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331 05/17/2017 01:02:42 Jimi Bell House of Lords just released “Saint of The Lost Souls” and this week we have guitarist Jimi Bell on the show to give us the whole story on the album. Jimi also regales us with some great stories from the eighties including a great Ozzy recollection. Get more info at HouseofLordsBand.com

Track of the week is from our buds in Wolfpakk from their new one on AFM “Wolves Reign”. Find em’ at Wolfpakk.net

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330 05/10/2017 01:12:28 Kerrang! Episode 4 This week we continue our Kerrang! magazine project as we bring you a chat we just had with Howard Johnson. Howard had a wealth of great stories for us and we are sure you’re going to enjoy everything he has to say. These days Howard is involved with the great Rock Candy Mag. They just put out issue 1 and you can get yourself a copy by going to RockCandyMag.com

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329 05/03/2017 59:42 McAuley Returns Vocalist Robin McAuley returns to the show this week. We haven’t talked to Robin since late 2015 but as usual; the guy stays pretty busy. Besides the relaunch of Raiding The Rock Vault Robin has also been doing dates with Michael Schenker as part of Schenker Fest. In fact they just did a multi format release of the Tokyo show in late March. Keep track of Robin at his site RobinMcAuley.com

See if the Schenker Fest is coming near you at MichaelSchenkerHimself.com

Get all the Rock Vault and tix at RaidingTheRockVault.com

Track of the week is from past FoM guests Helker from their new one on AFM “Firesoul”. Find em’ at Helker.net

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328 04/26/2017 01:12:05 Overkill Overkill recently released their latest “The Grinding Wheel” on Nuclear Blast. The band just finished the US run of their Killfest tour and are getting ready to make their way to Europe in June. Richie caught up with the band at their second to last US date in Worcester Mass and had a chat with Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth.

Find all things Overkill over at their official site: WreckingCrew.com

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327 04/19/2017 01:10:43 dUg Pinnick Rat Pak Records just released the sophomore effort from KXMScatterbrain” This week we have bassist and vocalist dUg Pinnick as our guest to discuss the release as well as give some insight into future plans with King’s X.

Keep up with dUg at: dUgNation.net

Order up your own copy of “Scatterbrain” at RatPakRecords

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326 04/12/2017 01:00:00 Kerrang! Episode 3 This week we continue our Kerrang! magazine project as we bring you a talk we had with Steffan Chirazi. Stefan had lots of candid stories about his time working for Kerrang! and we think your gonna like them. These days Steffan is best known as the editor of “So What” and for his continued work in metal journalism.

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325 04/05/2017 54:45 Night Ranger On March 24th Night Ranger released “Don’t Let Up” via Frontiers Records. Brad Gillis gave us a call to talk about the new release and what’s up for the coming year with Night Ranger. Find out all the info on the band at NightRanger.com
Track of The Week is From Sinner off their latest “Tequila Suicide” on AFM Records.

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324 03/29/2017 52:23 Art of Anarchy Art of Anarchy just dropped their sophomore release “The Madness” and Ron Bumblefoot Thal dropped by to discuss it with us, Find out more about Bumblefoot at Bumblefoot.com. Track of the week this week comes courtesy of Frontiers as we bring you a cut from Stephen Pearcy’s “Smash” album.

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323 03/22/2017 01:09:28 1987 With Joel Hoekstra Joel Hoekstra has dropped by Focus on Metal in the past. Most recently to promote the last Joel Hoekstra’s 13 release. This time around he dropped by to have a bit of discussion about some of the great metal releases that came out in 1987 with us as well as a bit of chat about the latest Monsters of Rock cruise. Find out more about Joel at JoelHoekstra.com

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322 03/15/2017 01:01:14 Death Angel Death Angel is currently out on the road supporting their great release “The Evil Divide”. We caught up with them during their stop at the Worcester Palladium and sat down for a talk with guitarist Ted Aguilar. Ted has been with the band since 2001 and made his debut on “The Art of Dying”. Join The Pack at DeathAngel.us

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321 03/08/2017 01:17:14 Jack Russell & David Reece No clever title this week just calling it what it is. First up we have Jack Russell talking about the new release He Saw It Comin’ from Jack Russell’s Great White. Get all the tour dates, merch, and other info on the band at JackRussellsGreatWhite.com After that we sit down with David Reece as we discuss his new band Sainted Sinners and their self titled debut release. Their official site isn’t up yet but you can hit them up at Facebook.com/SaintedSinners

Track of the week comes courtesy of AFM artist Nightmare from their latest Dead Sun.

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320 03/01/2017 01:00:48 Kerrang! Episode 2 This week we continue our Kerrang! magazine project as we bring you a chat we had with Xavier Russell. Xavier had lots of great stories about his time working for Kerrang! and we think you’ll enjoy our chat. When he’s not continuing to write about metal or doing liner notes Xavier has quite the career editing for film and television. You can find out more about him at XavierRussell.com

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319 02/22/2017 01:00:39 Saxon mkV This week we talk about Lionheart, The Inner Sanctum, and Into The Labyrinth. Yep we kept you waiting for 68 episodes before we finally got around to our next installment of Saxon. However we are making up for the wait by having none other than the producer of these three great albums (and Metalhead) Charlie Bauerfeind on hand for the discussion. Charlie has some great insight and stories to share with us on this episode of Focus on Metal.

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318 02/15/2017 1:00:00 Heavy Fire Black Star Riders just released their third album “Heavy Fire” and this week we sit down with Ricky Warwick to discuss it. I know, usually we have Jimmy DeGrasso on to discuss such things but change is good and it’s nice to get a new perspective on all things BSR.

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317 02/08/2017 01:03:49 Inside Metal This week we sit down with journalist, filmmaker and all around good guy Bob Nalbandian. Bob is just finishing up work on the third part of his Inside Metal trilogy with Inside LA Thrash. That’s on it’s way this summer. Besides that Bob is involved in several other metal and music docs and of course his long running Shockwaves Hard Radio podcast and we get the rundown on all that and more this week.

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316 02/01/2017 1:01:34 McIver Alive VI Author Joel McIver makes has sixth appearance on Focus on Metal this week. We always like to have a year end wrap up discussion with Joel and we finally managed to schedule that this week.

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315 01/25/2017 59:37 Kerrang! Episode 1 This week we kick off our special project for 2017 and this year we turn our attention to the venerable Kerrang! magazine. Our first guest on the project is the legendary rock and metal writer Malcolm Dome. Malcolm spent quite some time with Kerrang! and gives us some great insight into his years there.

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314 01/04/2017 55:50 Can't Stop KIX Steve Whiteman from KIX returns to Focus on Metal this week to talk about their new CD/DVD release “Can’t Stop The Show: The Return of KIX”. It’s a great package well worth picking up and after hearing Steve talk about it we’re sure you’ll agree. Also this week we do a bit of music discovery with some artists from the past putting out new material.

Track of the week is from Hammer King off their sophomore release “King is Rising”.

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313 12/28/2016 01:17:13 The Elder So this week we go in an interesting direction, KISS. Our guest this week is author and KISSfaq.com contributor Tim McPhate. Tim and Julian Gill recently put out “Odyssey, The Definitive Examination of Music From The Elder”. This is a 500 page behemoth of a book and it surely lives up to the title. We also get into a bit of a Vinnie Vincent discussion as well.

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312 12/20/2016 01:19:55 Little Mountain Sound Episode 11 This week we finally wrap up our Little Mountain Sound Studio Project. We started interviews for this project back in August of 2014. We ran the first part of the project back on FoM 224 back in March of 2015 and 27 months after we started this we are finally wrapping it up. This week our guest is producer/engineer Mike Fraser. I mean come on who else could we possibly have as the last guest for the project than the guy that was so helpful in getting us in contact with some of the amazing people from the studio. It’s always great to have Mike on the show as he is a wealth of information and this week is no different. Big thanks go out to Mike as this project would not have happened without his help.

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311 12/14/2016 Little Mountain Sound Episode 10 This week we swing back to an artist perspective on our Little Mountain Sound Studio project as we bring you Richie’s interview with Blake Sakamoto. Blake played keyboards for The Dan Reed Network and was present for all their early recording including two albums that were done at Little Mountain Sound. Blake has a wealth of stories and has some cool memories of working at LMS.

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310 12/07/2016 58:22 Rough Cutt Last time we spoke with Paul Shortino was way back in July of 2013 on episode 138. At that time Paul was out promoting King Kobra II. Since that time Rough Cutt has had a rebirth and Paul is back to talk about that as well as everything else he’s been up to since we last spoke (PaulShortino.com).

Track of the week is from Pure Legend artist Lightning Strikes from their S/T release (LightningStrikesRocks.com).

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309 11/30/2016 01:04:19 Eden's Curse We last spoke to bassist and all around nice guy Paul Logue way back in episode 163 when Eden’s Curse ( EdensCurse.com ) released “Symphony of Sin”. This week Paul returns to FoM to talk about their latest one “Cardinal”. Also this week we welcome legendary vocalist Frank DiMino ( FrankDiMino.com ) to the show. Frank recently released “Old Habits Die Hard” under the DiMino moniker. Produced by Paul Crook and featuring such guests as Oz Fox and Jeff Duncan, Frank has plenty to talk about with this release.

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308 11/23/2016 01:07:07 Deja Voodoo This week we welcome back Scott Leach of Crystal Ball to the show. Those guys recently released their ninth album “Deja Voodoo” and I caught up with Scott to get the full story on it. These guys are out on tour now in Europe with Shakra so be sure to check their site for dates near you. Also this week we have Steve Dadaian from New York Prog Metallers Pareidolia on to tell us all about what’s up in their world.

Crystal Ball can be found the web at Crystal-Ball.ch and Pareidolia parks their site at Pareidoliaband.com

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307 11/16/2016 59:45 Johnny Dee This week we welcome drummer Johnny Dee to the show. We managed to get Johnny on the line before he dashed off to Europe to rehearse for the upcoming European leg of Doro’s ”Love’s Gone To Hell” tour (DoroMusic.de). Johnny has also been busy this year with Britny Fox (BritnyFox.com). We discuss all this and more on this weeks episode of Focus on Metal.

Track of the week is from Frontiers artist Pretty Maids from their latest “Kingmaker” (PrettyMaids.dk).

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306 11/09/2016 01:07:23 Resonate Glenn Hughes returns to the show this week to celebrate the release of his latest album “Resonate”. As always Glenn is insightful and candid about the creation of the album, perhaps his finest yet. Also on the show this week is vocalist Urban breed from melodic power metal band Serious Black. They just released their sophomore effort “Mirrorworld”.

Track of the week is from AFM artists Iron Mask from their latest “Diabolica”.

The world of Glenn Hughes can be found at GlennHughes.com
Serious Black has the online presence at Serious-Black.com
Iron Mask is available at Iron-Mask.com

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305 11/02/2016 01:04:51 Night Legion The ever busy Stu “The Hammer” Marshall has a new band and this week he comes on the show to discuss all things Night Legion a killer new power metal band featuring Shannon Tipene on vocals. Their debut may still be months away but Stu was kind enough to give us a behind the scenes look at how things are shaping up. Also on the show this week we bring you German live powerhouse Stepfather Fred. They just released “Dummies, Dolls and Masters” and we had most of the band on for a lively discussion.

Track of the week is from AFM artists Brainstorm from their latest “Memorial Roots (Re-Rooted)”

Follow Night Legion at Facebook.com/nightlegionmetal Stepfather Fred can be found at stepfather-feed.de and see whats up with Brainstorm at brainstorm-web.net

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304 10/26/2016 01:07:03 Shallow Ground It’s our Halloween 2016 episode and what better way to celebrate than to bring you our talk with Keith from Shallow Ground. We did this chat way back in January right after they released “Embrace The Fury” on Killer Metal Records.

You can contact these guys at Facebook.com/ShallowGround or become a fan at reverbnation.com/ShallowGround

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303 10/19/2016 58:45 Little Mountain Sound Episode 9 As we head into the home stretch with three parts to go on our Little Mountain Sound Studio project we bring you an interview we did With producer Bob Rock back in January of 2015. Bob is of course best known has the guy behind the boards for Motley Crue’s “Dr Feelgood” and Metallica’s hugely successful “Black Album” but Bob is also integral to the story of Little Mountain Sound. Big thanks go out to Mike Fraser for making this one happen.

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302 10/12/2016 01:08:44 Doro Pesch & Joey Vera We are bringing you a damn fine metal double header this week as we welcome Doro Pesch and Joey Vera for episode 302. We spoke with Doro after a killer performance on her Boston area tour stop. 30 years in and she shows no signs of stopping and is still as passionate as ever about metal and the fans. Doro will be kicking off her European leg of the tour on 24-Nov. Joey Vera makes his second appearance this week as we discuss the Armored Saint Pledge Music campaign, Fates Warning, and other metal topics.

Doro’s official site is: DoroMusic.de
All things Armored Saint can be found at: ArmoredSaint.com and their Pledge Music campaign is HERE

Track of the week comes courtesy of AFM Records artist Serious Black from their sophomore release “Mirrorworld”. Find em’ at Serious-Black.com

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301 10/05/2016 58:56 Master of Puppets 2 We continue our 300th episode celebration and the 30th anniversary celebration of Master of Puppets this week by welcoming former Death Angel drummer Andy V Galeon to the show. Being on the scene back in 86 gives Andy a unique perspective on MOP. Although no longer with Death Angel Andy is still hitting the skins. These days besides teaching drums he also plays with The Butlers and The Devil in California. Find him online at facebook.com/AndyVGaleon

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300 09/28/2016 01:15:02 Master of Puppets Another milestone passes this week as we roll out episode 300. We taken this opportunity to use this episode to celebrate another metal milestone that turns 30 this year, namely Metallica’s landmark release “Master of Puppets”. Released on March 3rd 1986 MOP changed the thrash game forever. This week we talk with author Joel McIver and MOP producer Flemming Rasmussen about the album and next week we’ll have original Death Angel drummer Andy Galeon continuing our MOP discussion. Stay tuned later in the year as we speak with MOP mixer Michael Wagener to wrap this one up.

Joel, as always can be found at JoelMcIver.co.uk or check out his other gig at BassGuitarMagazine.com
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299 09/21/2016 1:07:10 Seventh Calling Who knew you would find some killer metal in South Dakota, but we did with Seventh Calling. These guys have been around since 2007 and just released their latest“Battle Call” a few months ago. I thought they were perfect for the show so I asked the main dude Steve Handel to come by for a chat. Wanna know more you can find Seventh Calling on Facebook at facebook.com/seventhcalling

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298 09/14/2016 1:10:50 Texas Metal Underground As promised we are back from our break and ready to bring you your weekly dose of metal. This week we dig into the vault of audio and bring you our talk with Scott Fulwiler the owner of Texas Metal Underground Records. TMU is a great label bringing us stuff from Texas metal history that those of us outside of the state would probably never hear. You can find their website at TMUrecords.com

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297 08/24/2016 1:00:00 Michael Sweet - One Sided War Our annual summer break is upon us but before we take a few weeks off Michael Sweet returns to the show once again this week to talk about the imminent release of his latest solo album “One Sided War” due from Rat Pak on August 26th. He also talks about the upcoming Stryper 30th anniversary “To Hell With The Devil” tour and we even manage to fit in some gear talk too. Enjoy our talk with Michael and we’ll be back the week of Sept 12th with more metal goodness.

Michael can be found on the net at MichaelSweet.com and the latest Stryper news and tour dates are at Stryper.com

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296 08/17/2016 59:35 Cristina Scabbia No drummers this week instead we bring you a chat we had with Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil, who recently released “Delirium” their 8th studio album. You can find out more about the band at LacunaCoil.it
Also this week we have Andrew Whiteman from Red Tide Rising. They are at RedTideRising.com

Track of the week is from Elm Street, off their new one on Massacre records, “Knock Em Out With A Metal Fist”.

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295 08/10/2016 1:11:35 Wild Mick Brown Our summer of drummers continues this week as we talk with Wild Mick Brown. Need I say more?

Connect with Mick at facebook.com/WildMickBrown

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294 08/02/2016 1:00:00 Cowboy Song Something a little different this week as we feature a discussion we had with rock biographer Graeme Thomson. He recently wrote “Cowboy Song: The Authorized Biography of Philip Lynott” and this week we’ll talk all about it.

Read Graeme’s blog at GraemeThomsonWrites.wordpress.com

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293 07/27/2016 01:12:32 Rod Morgenstein This week our guest is drummer Rod Morgenstein. Rod is primarily known for his work with Winger however he’s active in several other bands including The Jelly Jam with Ty Tabor And John Myung. They just released their fourth disc “Profit” and are heading out on tour in support of it.

Rob’s site is at RodMorgenstein.com The Jelly Jam can be found at while you’re there check out their “Profit” bundles

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292 07/20/2016 1:11:56 The Dead Daisies We caught up with Doug Aldrich just days before he was heading out with The Dead Daisies touring in support of their new one “Make Some Noise” due out any day now.

Head to TheDeadDaisies.com for tour dates and other info and point your browser to DougAldrich.com for news and merch from Doug.

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291 07/13/2016 59:50 Mike Portnoy After several missed connections we FINALLY were able to get an interview with the always busy Mike Portnoy.The guys currently in six bands so we gotta cut him some slack.

The best place to keep up with all things Portnoy is at MikePortnoy.com

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290 07/06/2016 01:57:37 Carved In Stone Widow just released “Carved in Stone” via Pure Steel Records and that means it’s time for Chris Bennett to do another guest host stint on Focus on Metal. So that’s what’s on tap this week as Chris and I discuss the new release as well as a ton of other metal topics. Settle in cuz as usual when Chris and I get talking this one’s a long one.

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289 06/29/2016 01:00:24 Little Mountain Sound Episode 8 In case you lost track this week we are back to an artist view on Little Mountain Sound and we welcome Jaime St. James to the show. Black ’n Blue recorded their second album “Without Love” at Little Mountain back in 1985 with Bruce Fairbairn in the producers seat, Bob Rock engineering and Mike Fraser as second engineer. Lots of great stories from Jaime this week and we hope you enjoy part 8 of our Little Mountain Sound project.

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288 06/22/2016 1:24:49 Paul Gilbert It’s a very guitar-centric show this week as we bring you Paul Gilbert and Tyler Morris. Paul Just released his latest “I Can Destroy” and he’ll tell us all about it. I hear ya asking, who’s this Tyler Morris guy. Tyler is an up and coming player that’s shared the stage with the likes of Vai and Malmsteen and the dude’s only eighteen. Plus we’ll spin some great guitar tracks for you.

Find out more about Paul at PaulGilbert.com
Tyler can be found on the web at TylerDMorris.com

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287 06/15/2016 01:45:58 Flotsam And Jetsam Long known as the band Jason Newsted came from, Flotsam And Jetsam has continued to make great music and their latest S/T release on AFM Records proves that the fire is still there. Guitarist Steve Conley gave us a call and gave us an update on the band and the album. I also got the chance to talk with John Adams from Houston based Love N War, another great band you need to know about.

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286 06/08/2016 1:33:06 On A Mission A couple of returning guests this week. First off we had the pleasure of talking with Michael Schenker again right before he heads off to do Michael Schenker Fest at Sweden Rock. We discuss guitars, the future, the past, and of course the great new Temple of Rock release “On A Mission. Live in Madrid”. Also back this week is Fang VonWrathenstein from Lords of The Trident giving us an update on all things LOTT.

Track of the week Static Renegade is from the new release “Lost in The Volume” from past guest 3D in Your Face

Keep track of Michael at his site MichaelSchenkerHimself.com
All things Lords Of The Trident can be found at LordsofTheTrident.com
3D in Your Face hang out at 3DinYourFace.com

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285 06/01/2016 01:36:44 Stick It! Making his third appearance on the show this week it’s Carmine Appice. Carmine just published his autobiography “Stick It!” and he came on to talk about it as well as other stuff he’s got going. Also this week we have Houston based Azrael’s Bane. They just did a nice rerelease of “Modern Day Babylon” and they are working on new stuff right now. I had the whole band on and we had a damn fine metal chat.

Keep up with Carmine at CarmineAppice.net and find out more about Azrael’s Bane and get yourself a copy of “Modern Day Babylon” at AzraelsBane.net

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284 05/25/2016 01:38:37 Tramp He’s back…recurring guest Tracy G returns this week to discuss many things including the new Tracy G Group release “Tramp”, the anniversary of “Angry Machines”, and other tales from the Dio days. We also talk about the oddness of lead singers and why Mike Beatty, the vocalist for the Tracy G Group, breaks the mold. You can score your own copy of “Tramp” and more great Tracy G music at TracyG.com

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283 05/18/2016 01:17:20 Hanging With Jarvis Richie hit the road and came back with two chats. First up is a talk he had with Jordan Rudess before DreamTheater’s Boston show for “The Astonishing”. A few days later he spent some time before and after Night Demon’s Boston date on the Final Curse Tour talking with Jarvis Leatherby.

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282 05/11/2016 01:26:41 Wicked Maraya I guess the theme of this one is “comeback”. First up we’ll talk with Falco from Wicked Maraya a band we haven’t heard new music from since 1998. They just dropped “Lifetime in Hell” via Massacre Records and Falco will give us the rundown. Also this week we have special guest Lee Aaron. She just released “Fire And Gasoline” and it’s her first “rock” record in quite a while. It might not be Metal Queen 2016 but it’s an honest take on where she is now.

Track of the week is off the second release from Lords of Black which contains 12 tracks of awesome metal goodness brought to us by Frontiers Records.

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281 05/04/2016 01:40:03 Savage Master It’s a triple threat of metal this week. First up is Stacey Savage from Kentucky’s own Savage Master. Stacey will talk up their latest release “With Whips And Chains” and a whole lot more. After that we have bassist Chris Van from Outlaws & Moonshine a band that’s putting a bit of country into metal and vice versa. We wrap it up with a chat with everyone from Jessikill. They just released a sampler EP ”Metal Knights” and for an EP it’s packed with great metal.

Track of the week comes off “Apocalypse Again” the latest release from Thunderstone.

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280 04/27/2016 01:15:31 Master Creator This week guitarist Flo Laurin returns to the show to give the story on the new one from Sinbreed “Master Creator”. Also this week we have Dr Danny Mann from Sorizon, They just released “End of Entrapment” and Danny will tell us all about it.

Track of the week comes to us direct from Italy from the band Rain off their latest “Spacepirates”

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279 04/20/2016 01:25:32 Inglorious Two great guest vocalists this week. First up is Nathan James from Inglorious, followed by Heather Michele from Helion Prime Both bands have recently released the self titled debuts and we have the full story from both.

Track of the week is from Boston based band Versa Mynor

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278 04/12/2016 01:26:03 Mike Howe Returns Mike Howe has returned to Metal Church after 20 years and the result is the incredible Metal Church “XI” which was released on March 26th via Rat Pak Records. We were fortunate enough to be able to sit down with Mike and get his take on this momentous occasion. Also this week we sat down with Brian Blake of US power metal outfit Eternal Voyager.
Track of the week is from AFM artist Human Fortress off their latest “Thieves of The Night”.

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277 04/06/2016 01:18:32 Last in Line 2 So back in ep 274 we spoke to Vivian Campbell about Last in Line and this week we hop on the line with Andrew Freeman to further expand on all things Last in Line. We also had a brief chat with Michael Weikath from classic German metallers Helloween while they were on their brief US tour.

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276 03/30/2016 01:05:54 Glenn Hughes I think the title pretty much says it all. This week we welcome Glenn Hughes to the show. We dig into several topics including the Hall of Fame induction, the upcoming tour and more Glenn Hughes music on the way. Tap into all things Glenn at GlennHughes.com

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275 03/22/2016 01:11:52 Harry James On tap this week is a discussion Richie did with Harry James, the rhythmic engine behind the UK bands Thunder, Magnum, and SnakeCharmer. Also we do a bit of GnR discussion and throw in a track of the week from the new self titled release by Sarasin.

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274 03/16/2016 01:15:38 Last in Line Vivian Campbell joins us this week to talk about "Heavy Crown" the debut release from Last in Line. Also this week we chat with The Metal Warrior Rayman James bassist and founder of midwest power metal band Malice.

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273 03/09/2016 01:17:34 Angerhead & Flames Of Fury We are featuring two great bands this week. First up we talk with Paul Hastey from West coast thrashers Angerhead (Angerhead.net) then we swing over to the East coast to talk with Angelica Valkyrie from New York's own Flames of Fury (FlamesOfFury.com).

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272 03/02/2016 01:19:00 Shadow King 25 One of Richie's favorite albums, the self titled (and only) release from Shadow King, turns 25 this year. To mark that milestone he talked drummer Kevin Valentine into making an appearance on the show. After Shadow King Kevin went on to work with Cinderella and Donnie Iris as well as some uncredited work with KISS. Also this week we have a bit of discussion on some new metal releases.

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271 02/24/2016 01:06:28 Sean Peck Returns Sean Peck returns to Focus on Metal this week and talks about making "Satan's Tomb" with Denner/Shermann. Death Dealer's sophomore effort "Hallowed Ground", and of course Cage and their latest masterpiece "Ancient Evil".

Track of the week is from Frontiers artist Inglorious from their S/T debut.

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270 02/17/2016 59:08 JB Frank This week Richie goes solo as he chats with bassist JB Frank from Kingdom Come. JB dropped by to talk with Richie about all things Kingdom Come including the early days and whats in store for the future.
Track of the week is from the new one from AFM artist Brainstorm, "Scary Creatures" (Brainstorm-web.net).

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269 02/10/2016 01:08:34 Primal Shakra We have two guests this week. First up Ralf Scheepers makes a return appearance on the show to promote the latest release from Primal Fear, "Rulebreaker". After that Mark Fox the vocalist from Shakra comes aboard to give us the details on his bands brand new one "High Noon". Find Primal Fear at PrimalFear.de and Shakra is on Facebook

Track of the week is the title track from Rhapsody of Fire's latest release "Into The Legend".

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268 02/03/2016 01:17:13 Little Mountain Sound Episode 7 This week we go back to a behind the scenes guy, the very important Ron "Obvious" Vermeulen. Ron was deeply involved in making Little Mountain the powerhouse it became and almost everyone we talk to says we have to talk with this guy so, we did. Ron's still active in music and you can track him down at DragonflyMobileRecording.com

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267 01/27/2016 01:01:48 Resurrection Kings On tap this week is an exclusive interview with bassist Sean McNabb. Besides his gig in Lynch Mob Sean is also part of the new band Resurrection Kings which just put out their S/T debut on Frontiers Records.
Looking for more info, hit up Resurrection Kings on Facebook and keep up with Sean on Twitter

Track of the week is from Rulebreaker, the latest release from metal legends Primal Fear.

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266 01/20/2016 1:00:04 Voodoo Circle Returning once again to Focus on Metal is guitarist Alex Beyrodt. Alex is well known as one of the guitarists in German metal powerhouse Primal Fear but he also keeps busy doing other projects including his long standing band Voodoo Circle. Voodoo Circle just released their fourth studio album "Whiskey Fingers" via AFM Records and this week we get the lowdown on it. You can immerse yourself in the work of Voodoo Circle at VoodooCircle.de Also this week we engage in a bit of discussion and pay our respects to the legendary Lemmy Kilmister. For those interested there's an official condolence page at Facebook.com/LemmyKilmisterForLife

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265 01/13/2016 01:02:34 OMP Music Special I thought we would start 2016 with another music discovery episode and what better way to do that than to feature some great bands from the compilation disc "Metal of Oz" we did late last year with Online Metal Promotions and Maric Media. So this week we have fifteen great tracks off that compilation for you to check out as well as an extra bonus track that's not on there but I just felt like spinning it. Big thanks to Ben over at OMP and Chris Maric from Maric Media for bringing this all together. If you want to download your own free copy of the disc head to FocusOnMetal.net and click the big banner ad or go to FocusOnMetal.blogspot.com and click the ad in the right hand pane.

Check out what Maric Media has to offer at MaricMedia.com.au and you can find OMP at OnlineMetalPromo.com

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264 12/29/2015 01:28:22 McIver Alive V Joel McIver helps us wrap up 2015 by making his fifth appearance on Focus on Metal. Joel chimes in on his thoughts on the year in metal and also lets us know what's going on in the land of McIver. Find out what he's up to at JoelMcIver.co.uk Besides his fine books Joel is also a driving force behind Bass Guitar magazine which you can find on the web at BassGuitarMagazine.com

Big thanks to all of you for a great 2015 and we look forward to a most metal 2016

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263 12/23/2015 58:11 Little Mountain Sound Episode 6 So much for wrapping up this project this in 2016. But speaking of wrapping, just in time for the holidays we bring you the sixth installment on Little Mountain Sound featuring none other than our bud James Kottak. We actually did this interview back in August of 2014 and was one of the first we did for the project, so if some of the things James talks about sound dated that would be why. Find out what James is up to these days (besides the mighty Scorpions) at JamesKottak.com

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262 12/16/2015 01:06:10 Like A Storm This week our guest is guitarist Matt Brooks from the band of brothers known as Like A Storm. Hailing from New Zealand these guys have forged an impressive little empire for themselves. They recently released their sophomore effort "Awaken The Fire" via Another Century Records. The band is currently on their Didgeridoo Destruction Tour and Matt called in from the road before their show in Kansas City at the Riot Room. Find out more about the band at LikeAStorm.com and while you are there be sure to peruse their very comprehensive selection of merch.
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261 12/09/2015 01:06:30 Robin McAuley This week our guest is vocalist Robin McAuley RobinMcAuley.com . Most metal fans know Robin from his work with Michael Schenker, but he's done much more besides that and he continues to bring the rock to audiences weekly through his shows with Raiding The Rock Vault RaidingTheRockVault.com. Robin also just released a rerecorded version of the MSG single "Anytime" and it's available on iTunes. We had a great chat with Robin and I think it should be an enjoyable episode for all.
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260 12/02/2015 01:12:40 Swords & Tequila Back once again this week is author and devout metalhead Martin Popoff. Martin just published a new book on Riot entitled "Swords & Tequila, RIOT The Classic First Decade". So of course this week involves a lot of great Riot discussion. You can get this book as well as all of Martin's other books at MartinPopoff.com You can continue to support the Riot legacy by checking out Riot V, the latest incarnation of Riot. For more info go to AreYouReadyToRiot.com

Track of the week is from past FoM guest, Death Dealer. They've just unleashed their sophomore release Hallowed Ground it's yet another slab of classic metal. Check em' out at DeathDealer.co

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259 11/25/2015 01:28:38 Van Halen Rising Van Halen Rising, How a California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal. That's the claim laid out on the cover of the new book by author Greg Renoff. A pretty ballsy statement to be sure but this week Greg stops by Focus on Metal to defend that statement. It's an excellent and well researched book on the origins and early years of Van Halen and we highly recommend it. You can swing by VanHalenRising.com and check out some great early VH pics and also score yourself some cool swag. It's an all VH week this week so strap yourself in and prepare to head back to 1978.

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258 11/18/2015 01:23:46 We Bleed Metal This week we continue with our stream of returning guests. First up is Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Masterplan, Allen,Lande). Magnus (facebook.com/MagnusKarlssonsFreeFall) just released his second Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall release "Kingdom of Rock" via Frontiers. He dropped by to discuss the album and how one goes about gathering an amazing cast of top ranked guest vocalists. Speaking of top ranked vocalists, our second guest this week is Chastain front woman Leather Leone. Leather has graced our show several times and we always welcome her visits. This time around she's promoting the brand new Chastain release "We Bleed Metal". Check out more at WeBleedMetal.com

Track of the week is from Inverse Records (Inverse.fi) artist Simulacrum off their new one "Sky Divided". Check out more about this breaking band from Finland at Simulacrum.fi

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257 11/11/2015 01:11:02 Whip & Mayhem So this week we have two great guests on tap. First up is Madame Mayhem, a great metal vocalist from NYC. She just released her first album "Now You Know" helped by some stellar folks including Billy Sheehan, Russ Parrish and Ray Luzier. Check out her story at MadameMayhem.com. Next up is returning guest Michael Wilton. Whip checked in to talk all about the new one from Queensryche, "Condition Human". He also talks about the Scorpions tour and the upcoming headlining tour which kicked off Nov 6th. Keep up with the Ryche at QueensrycheOfficial.com

Track of the week is from Heaven & Hell Records artist Dogbane. This one is from their second release "When Karma Comes Calling". Get that one and all your Dogbane needs at DogbaneBand.com

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256 11/04/2015 01:06:45 Fallen Not sure at this point how many times the prolific Michael Sweet ( MichaelSweet.com ) has appeared on Focus on Metal but he's back again this week. Stryper just released their 11th (and heaviest) full length studio album "Fallen" via Frontiers Records ( Frontiers.it ) on October 16th and so far it's been getting very solid reviews. Michael will give us the full lowdown on the album as well as what's going on with all his other projects.

Track of the week is from High Roller ( hrrecords.de ) artists Ambush from their second release "Desecrator". Ambush hail from Sweden and can be found at facebook.com/Ambushsweden

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255 10/28/2015 01:34:14 Halloween 2015 Focus on Metal has been around since 2010 but surprisingly we've never done a Halloween episode. This week we aim to rectify that. First up we have Count William Jannusch the voice behind the bands Witchcross and Ravensthorn. I had a damn fine conversation with the Count about both bands. We follow that up with Matt Cuthbertson from Canada's own Untimely Demise.

Find out more about Witchcross and grab a copy of "Crypt of The Undead" at Witchcross.com
Catch up with Ravensthorn on Facebook
Get your fill of Untimely Demise music at UntimelyDemise.bandcamp.com/

Track of the week is from AFM artist and past FoM guest Gama Bomb. This one comes off their latest, "Untouchable Glory". Catch up with Philly and the boys on Facebook

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254 10/21/2015 01:04:56 Love & Scars The last time we spoke with King's X drummer Jerry Gaskill ( facebook.com/JerryGaskill ) he was just starting on a solo album. Now it's done and as promised he's back to talk to us about it. On October 30th Jerry will release "Love And Scars" on Rat Pak Records. You can order that right from the label or use the link on FocusOnMetal.net. Also this week I welcome Roch, one of the hosts of Radioactive Metal ( RadioactiveMetal.org ). It was great to finally get him on the show to do a bit of metal discussion. Track of the week is from Thundermother ( Thundermother.com ), a hard charging group of ladies from Sweden who just released their second disc "Road Fever".

In case ya missed it Focus on Metal is now part of a new network The Blast Syndicate. So point your browser to BlastSyndicate.com and Get Blasted!

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253 10/14/2015 01:02:23 Joel Hoekstra Night Ranger, T.S.O., Whitesnake and now a killer new solo album guitarist Joel Hoekstra ( JoelHoekstra.com ) continues to notch up some impressive career credits. This week Joel hooks up with Focus on Metal to talk about hie new album "Dying to Live". Which also has a solid rhythm section in the form of Vinny Appice and Tony Franklin and some vocals courtesy of Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen. Of course while we had him on the line Richie couldn't help throwing out some Whitesnake questions too. Also this week we feature a track of the week from Frontiers artist Voodoo Hill ( DarioMollo.com ) which has the not too shabby Glenn Hughes on board. We round it off with a special treat from our friends in A Sound of Thunder ( ASoundOfThunderBand.com ). They gave us the green light to roll another track from "Tales of The Deadside" for you. All in all, a pretty packed episode this week.

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252 10/07/2015 01:00:46 Little Mountain Sound Episode 5 It's already October and we are only up to the fifth installment in our Little Mountain Sound series. I think we might be a bit behind schedule. Anyways, this week we bring you great talk we had with Bob Brooks back in October of 2014. Bob was initially the manager at LMS and eventually along with his wife was the owner of the studio. Bob, in my mind, is the architect of the modern era of Little Mountain sound. Bob is still in the recording business and you can out what he's up to and read his whole history at BrooksSound.com

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251 09/30/2015 01:09:56 Saxon Part 4 Finally, after who knows how many requests and delays we have managed to put together the fourth installment of our Saxon album series. This time we look at Unleash The Beast, Metalhead, and Killing Ground. Hopefully it won't be another two year gap until the next installment. Find all things Saxon at Saxon747.com and be on the lookout for their upcoming release "Battering Ram" in stores October 16th.

Track of the week is from Massacre Records artist Stormhammer. This one comes off their latest, "Echoes of a Lost Paradise". Catch them on Facebook or hit up their shop at StormhammerShop.de

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250 09/23/2015 01:11:56 Jeff Pilson We decided to celebrate our 250th episode with a career retrospective of bassist and producer Jeff Pilson. Jeff's been a great friend to the show and I can't think of a better way to celebrate this milestone. In this one we'll go through Jeff's entire career and he as usual regales us with some great stories.

Take in Jeff's blog at JeffPilson.wordpress.com or his page on Facebook and last but not least ForeignerOnline.com

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249 09/16/2015 01:07:03 Metal Defiance A packed episode this week. First up we have Alex Skolnick giving us the latest on Metal Allegiance ( MetalAllegiance.com ) then we have Shawn Drover talking about the debut release from Act Of Defiance "The Birth and The Burial" ( facebook.com/ActOfDefianceMusic ).

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248 09/09/2015 01:07:25 Mike Lepond A bit of prog this week as we welcome bassist Mike Lepond to the show. Mike will of course be talking about the latest release from Symphony X, "Underworld". He also gives us some insight into his solo venture Mike Lepond's Silent Assassins. Also this week a bit of discussion on some timely metals topics and of course a track of the week. Our track of the week this week "Mad As Hell" comes courtesy of Frontiers Records from Frank Dimino's latest one "Old Habits Die Hard". Nice to see he hasn't lost anything since his days in Angel.

Get your prog fix at SymphonyX.com Hook up with Mike on Facebook and of course find out about all the latest metal release from Frontiers at their site

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247 09/02/2015 01:10:24 Tremonti We have two guests on tap this week. First up is Mark Tremonti. Fresh off the release of "Cauterize" Mark is making the rounds and getting the word out. We had a quick chat with Mark about all things Tremonti as well as what's up with his other gig Alter Bridge. After that we have a talk with guitarist Scott Leach one of the founders of Swiss melodic metal band Crystal Ball. They recently released their 8th studio effort "Liferider" via Massacre Records.

Track of the week comes to us from indie rockers On Top from their EP "Topless".

Learn about all things Tremonti at fret12.com/mark-tremonti
Crystal Ball can be found at Crystal-Ball.ch
Get your own copy of Topless by visiting toilinc.com

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246 08/11/2015 01:29:07 Tales From The Deadside I do believe that A Sound Of Thunder may have the most appearances on this show and this week they solidify that by dropping by once again. Yep our favorite band from Virginia is once again deep into another Kickstarter campaign in order to continue to bring the music to heavy metal music. Their latest project is Shadowman: Tales From The Deadside. It's their first true concept album and it is shaping up to be one hell of a release. So join me this week as I talk with Josh, Jesse and Chris from ASOT. Did I mention we have some exclusive content from the new album? Yes. Yes we do.

Get all your ASOT info and merch at ASoundofThunderBand.com

You have until August 17th to get in on the Shadowman campaign at Kickstarter

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245 08/05/2015 01:09:30 Kara And The Dam Band This week we welcome Kara Stevens and Chad Austin from Kara And The Dam Band. KATDB have been gaining a lot of attention for their live shows back in their home state of Texas and with the release of "Alone in the Dark" they hope to take their brand of rock and metal to a wider audience.
Find KATDB online at KaraAndTheDamBand.com on Facebook or follow on Twitter

Track of the week is from Strangelet off their debut "First Bite". Find out more at Strangelet-band.de

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244 07/28/2015 01:19:14 The V At long last the wait is over, Veronica Freeman (aka The V) has finally released her first solo outing "Now or Never". As long time listeners know we are heavy duty supporters of Benedictum here on FoM and part of that is due to the vocal firepower of Veronica. This week we are pleased to have The V making her third appearance back on FoM. Don't miss this one folks as the always outspoken Veronica didn't disappoint and of course you'll also get to her some samples of what to expect on "Now or Never". So sit back and enjoy a healthy dose of vitamin V.

Find The V at her new site VeronicaFreeman.com , on Facebook or follow her on Twitter

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243 07/22/2015 01:14:31 Little Mountain Sound Episode 4 This week we bring you the fourth installment in our Little Mountain Sound Studio series. Our guest this week is none other than bassist and all around cool guy, Tony Franklin. Tony has played with an impressive list of artists including Gary Hoey, Marty Freidman, Ripper Owens, Doug Aldrich, and Whitesnake. Did I mention the guy has also played with Jimmy Page in The Firm? Jimmy Freaking Page! Of course he was also a big part of Blue Murder with John Sykes and Carmine Appice. So yeah, I think this guy knows his way around a studio so he's a perfect guy to talk about his time at LMS. These days when he's not enjoying his Ninja blender Tony is playing with Rated X and Heart of Storm with Doug Aldrich.

Find Tony online at TonyFranklin.net or Facebook and follow him on Twitter

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242 07/15/2015 01:17:55 Indestructible House of Lords has been making albums since 1988 and Richie has been waiting about that long to talk to the voice of the band, James Christian. This week he gets his wish and does a bit of a House of Lords retrospective with James. In case you don't know HoL has also released a new one "Indestructible" via Frontiers records.

Track of the week comes to us courtesy of Massacre Records. Massacre has just released "A Light in The Black" an excellent 2 CD tribute to Ronnie James Dio. This week we are featuring Love.Might.Kill's cover of the Dio classic Stand Up And Shout.

Find James Christian at JamesChristianMusic.com. Love.Might.Kill is on the web at LoveMightKill.com

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241 07/08/2015 01:09:51 Headbanger Carl Canedy has been playing drums with The Rods since 1978 and shows no signs of quitting anytime soon. In fact he is still so into metal music that late last year he released his first solo album "Headbanger" which features some metal luminaries as guests. This week we sit down with Carl and talk about the new album and also what's in store for Rods fans in the near future.

Track of the week is from Blackwelder off their debut "Survival of The Fittest".

Your source for Rods news and mercy is at TheRods.com and you can hook up with Blackwelder on Facebook at facebook.com/BlackwelderMetal

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240 07/01/2015 01:10:03 Jason McMaster This week we are joined by Jason McMaster. Considering how busy the guy is it's surprising he could fit us in the schedule. Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Ignitor, we could just keep listing them. So sit back and enjoy the conversation from a true metal veteran. Also this week we have Crazy Tomes from LA metallers GunDriver who just released their second album "What's Inside".

Jason can be found on the web at JasonMcMaster.net and you can find out about Gundriver at Gundriver.com

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239 06/24/2015 59:49 Trixter's Steve Brown Last year Kix put out a great "summer" disc and this year apparently Trixter has taken on the challenge. C'mon no matter how much you like thrash or NWOBHM sometimes you need that upbeat disc to crank in the car on a summer day. Guitarist Steve Brown joins us to talk all about "Human Era" the latest release from New Jersey's own Trixter.

Track of the week comes to us via the legendary Raven off their latest metal masterpiece "ExtermiNation"

Trixter can be found at TrixterRocks.com and Raven is on the web at RavenLunatics.com

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238 06/17/2015 01:07:21 Mark Zavon This week is a bit unusual. Yes we have great guest, Mark Zavon from Kill Devil Hill and although we spend a bit of time talking about what's up with KDH we spend a ton of time talking about NAMM. Yes believe it or not Richie willingly took part in a gear related conversation. In fact he initiated it. We also have a quick check in with Seeb from Orden Ogan about their latest, Ravenhead.

Kill Devil Hill can be found on the web at KillDevilHillMusic.com

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237 06/10/2015 01:20:57 The Fang & Joey Show Another double header of massive metalness this week. We kick it off with returning guest Fang VonWrathenstin, vocalist of show favorites Lords of The Trident. We follow that up with the one and only Joey Vera from Armored Saint. Unless you live in some isolation bubble you known that Armored Saint just released a brand new album on Metal Blade, "Win hands Down" and Joey will be talking all about it it. So sit back and enjoy the ride.

Get all your Lords of The Trident news and merch at: LordsoftheTrident.com or on Facebook
Armored Saint can be found at ArmoredSaint.com or on facebook

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236 06/03/2015 58:51 Blasted to Static Our guest this week is Jeff Martin. Most of you may know Jeff as the vocalist of Racer-X. Others may know him from filling the drum seat in Badlands, MSG, or Dokken. One thing's for sure the guy keeps busy. Now Jeff is fronting a new band Blasted To Static which also includes Stu Marshall, Rev Jones, and Clay T. Jeff will give us the lowdown on the new band as well as touch on a bit of his past on this weeks show.

Keep and eye out for Blasted to Static news at BlastedToStatic.com or facebook.com/BlastedtoStatic

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235 05/27/2015 01:29:52 Little Mountain Sound Episode 3 This week we bring you the third installment in our Little Mountain Sound project. Our guests this week are engineers Roger Monk And Mike Plotnikoff. Roger was chief engineer at Little Mountain for 17 years. You can now find him at Dick & Rogers Sound Studio. Mike started at Little Mountain as a runner and has gone on to engineer and produce some of the most well known artists including Aerosmith, Saxon, and Scorpions.

No music on this episode but there's plenty of great insight from two great guests about what made Little Mountain what it was.

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234 05/20/2015 01:00:04 Maxxxwell Carlisle This week Maxxxwell Carlisle makes his second appearance on Focus on Metal. Back in February he released "Visions of Speed and Thunder" a star studded solo release that ought to be in every metal heads collection. Besides putting out great solo stuff Maxxxwell has also been holding down the lead guitar spot in the legendary Hellion. So between Hellion and his solo work Maxxxwell has plenty to talk about this week. You can find Maxxxwell at Maxxxwell.com while you're there grab some great Maxxxwell merch. You can keep up with Hellion at Hellion.us.

Track of the week is from the UK's own Furyon off their latest release Lost Salvation. Furyon can be found at Furyon.net.

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233 05/13/2015 59:18 Bit o Maiden Discussion on a podcast, what a concept. Yep, this week is all discussion and it's a favorite subject around here, Iron Maiden. So settle back with a Trooper beer and enjoy the rare all discussion episode.
Track of the week is from Hammer King off their "Kingdom of The Hammer" release on Cruz Del Sur Music.

Feed your Maiden addiction at IronMaiden.com and enter the Kingdom of The Hammer at Hammer-King.com

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232 05/06/2015 01:10:08 Shred Force 1 We welcome back Michael Angelo Batio to the show this week to discuss hie new release on Rat Pak Records, "Shred Force 1". Michael can be found on the web at Angelo.com. You can order great "Shred Force 1" packages right from Rat Pak Records
Also this week we talk with Richie Cavalera the voice behind thrash upstarts Incite. Contact Incite at facebook.com/Inciteband

Track of the week is from Wisconsin's own warriors Lords of The Trident off their latest CD "Frostburn". Get the disc and all your LOTT merch at LordsofTheTrident.com

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231 04/29/2015 01:18:28 Joe Holmes In the the last few years we've seen several great artists return to active duty after being away for several years (sometimes decades) and this week we have one of em', guitarist Joe Holmes. Joe has been out of the music biz for quite a while but he's made a strong comeback with his new band Farmikos. On this weeks show we'll talk to Joe about the genesis of Farmikos and their self titled release as well as his past history with Ozzy and David Lee Roth. Go to Farmikos.com to find out more about what Joe is up to these days.

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230 04/22/2015 01:20:19 Impellitteri This week, to commemorate the release of their brand new album Venom, we welcome not one but two members of Impellitteri to the show. First up is guitar legend and all around nice guy Chris Impellitteri to talk about the making of this album as well as some very cool guitar talk. Next up is vocalist Rob Rock. Rob is going to give us the vocalist's perspective on the new release. Gotta say Venom may be their best outing yet. Although the band does not have any official websites you can reach Chris on Facebook at facebook.com/ChrisImpellitteri and Rob Rock has a site at RobRock.com

Track of the week is from Kiske-Somerville from their new one City of Heroes out now on Frontiers Records. This one also features Primal Fear's Magnus Karlsson and Matt Sinner. Amanda Somerville can be found at AmandaSomerville.com. Get in touch with Michael Kiske at Michael-Kiske.de

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229 04/15/2015 01:05:45 Moon Kings Rising So we did this interview with Adrian Vandenberg way back in January and we were going to run it a few weeks back but after the Reb Beach and Doug Aldrich episodes Richie felt we were a bit Whitesnake heavy so we opted to wait a few more weeks. So here it is a great chat we had with guitarist and all around nice guy Adrian Vandenberg about his current band Moon Kings as well as some delving into his past history.
Find out more about Vandenberg's Moon Kings at MoonKingsBand.com or be social at facebook.com/MoonKingsBand or twitter.com/MoonKingsBand

Track of the week is courtesy of our friends at AFM Records. Wolfpakk just released their third album "Rise of The Animal" and this week we feature a great track off of it. Find Wolfpakk on the net at Wolfpakk.net

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228 04/08/2015 59:26 Carmine Appice We had Carmine Appice on the show way back on episode 137 and we are happy to welcome him back this week. Carmine is never one to sit still and this week you will find out just how much stuff this legend of the skins is currently involved in. Keep up with Carmine at CarmineAppice.net or facebook.com/CarmineAppiceHimself

Track of the week is from South African rockers Dead Lucky from their latest release "Sons of Lazarus".
Find out more at DeadLucky.co.za or at DeadLuckyRocknRoll

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227 04/01/2015 01:11:33 Little Mountain Sound Episode 2 So this week we continue with our Little Mountain Sound project. This time we swing the mic over to someone with an artists view, John Corabi. John recorded the self titled Motley Crue album at Little Mountain with Bob Rock. John has some great memories of that album and his time and Little Mountain.

Catch up with John Corabi online at: JohnCorabiMusic.com or facebook.com/JohnCorabiMusic
Also be sure to grab a copy of his latest release "Unplugged" on Rat Pak Records at: RatPakRecordsAmerica.com/John-Corabi

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226 03/25/2015 01:09:33 Kottak Attack This year marks the 50th Anniversary of The Scorpions. To mark the occasion they have just released their 18th studio album "Return To Forever" as well as embarking on a celebratory world tour. For those you that want the scoop on this years Scorpions plans (and who doesn't) we have a guy with the inside scoop, drummer James Kottak on the show this week. James called us direct from tour rehearsals and graciously gave us a nice chunk of time out of his very hectic schedule.

You can find James on the web at: JamesKottak.com
The Scorpions park their site at: The-Scorpions.com while you are there check out the tour dates and maybe buy yourself some tix.

And of course be sure to grab a copy of "Return To Forever".

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225 03/18/2015 01:41:07 Martin Sails Away One of our favorite guests, Martin Popoff makes yet another appearance on the show this week. Always the veritable fountain of metal literature Martin continues to unleash books you need to know about. The focus of this weeks talk are his latest books on Whitesnake and Megadeth. Of course while we have Martin on the phone we also talk about a few other books he's done since we last talked and also a preview of what he's got coming up next.

Also this week we have Cameron Taylor the vocalist of Secret of Boris. These guys have just released their debut "Your Ghost" on Cabo Records and we took the opportunity to discuss the band and the release.

Get your fix of Martin Popoff's literary might at: MartinPopoff.com
Secret of Boris can be found at: SecretofBoris.net

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224 03/11/2015 01:14:07 Little Mountain Sound Episode 1 Finally, this week we begin airing the episodes for our big 2015 project on Little Mountain Sound Studios. Fittingly we kick it off with a talk with Miles Ramsay one of the founders of the studio. Miles is a fountain of knowledge on the history of the studio and he shared a lot of it with us on this episode. This is just the first of ten episodes we will run this year on Little Mountain so stay tuned for some great stories from both staff and artists who were there in the heyday of this classic recording facility.

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223 03/04/2015 01:26:18 Focus on Reb Beach Another in our series of career retrospective episodes, our guest this week is Whitesnake/Winger guitarist and all around good guy Reb Beach. We talk with Reb and go through a brief history of his career through a bunch of bands and catch up with what he's up to these days as well. Reb doesn't usually go these type of things so it was very cool of him to allow the Focus on Metal team to put him under the musical microscope. We hope you enjoy what he has to say.

Visit Reb's official site at: RebBeach.com you can also get him on Facebook facebook.com/RebBeach or follow him on Twitter twitter.com/realrebbeach
Visit Whitesnake's site at Whitesnake.com or Winger's at WingerTheBand.com

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222 02/25/2015 01:00:33 Revolution Saints The new release from Revolution Saints drops this week and Doug Aldrich returns to the show this week to give us all the lowdown on it. Doug also gives us some insight into his decision to leave Whitesnake as well as an update on what's going on with Burning Rain and his hometown gig with Raiding The Rock Vault.

In keeping with the theme this week, track of the week is from Swedish melodic metallers Eclipse off "Armaggedonize" which was released via Frontiers this week.

Get social with Revolution Saints at facebook.com/RevolutionSaints or with Doug at facebook.com/DougAldrich.official
The official website for Doug is DougAldrich.com
If you are heading to Vegas all the info for Raiding the Rock Vault is at RaidingTheRockVault.com
Eclipse can be found online at EclipseMania.com

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221 02/17/2015 01:03:59 Night Demon Century Media artist Night Demon have just released a killer old school NWOBHM influenced disc entitled "Curse of The Damned". Richie was so psyched about the release that he went on a mission to get someone from the band on the show. The result is this weeks talk with bassist/vocalist Jarvis Leatherby. It's pretty apparent these guys live and breathe classic metal. We also engage in a quick discussion about the current state of AC/DC and give some thoughts about their latest release "In Rock We Trust".

Track of the week is another great one from our friends at Massacre Records. This week we feature a track off "The Judgement" the first release in thirteen years from German metal machine Scanner.

Get all your Night Demon info and merch at NightDemon.net and be sure to check out their awesome tour poster gallery while you're there. They are also on social media at facebook.com/NightDemonBand
Check out the latest AC/DC news and all the world tour dates at ACDC.com
Scanner can be found at Scanner4u.de or facebook.com/Scanner.Heavy.Metal.Band

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220 02/11/2015 01:07:11 Focus on Black Star Riders While almost every media outlet out there has been talking with either Ricky or Damon we've managed to score a talk once again with drummer extraordinaire Jimmy DeGrasso. Jimmy returns to Focus on Metal this week to talk about the upcoming Black Star Riders release "The Killer Instinct" which comes out Feb 24th. As always Jimmy brings us a wealth of stories and info on what's going on in the BSR camp as well as some insight on the upcoming tour. This chat was conducted on Jan 21st and we have fast tracked it into your waiting ears.

Get all your BSR info as well as tickets and tour dates at BlackStarRiders.com you can also contact them at facebook.com/BlackStarRidersOfficial

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219 02/04/2015 01:27:33 Sweet & Ada Wha? No, there's no new band called Sweet & Ada. This week we have Michael Sweet back on again. This time he's promoting the new Sweet & Lynch record that he just did with George Lynch, James Lomenzo and Brian Tichy. It's called "Only To Rise" and we'll get the lowdown on that and a few other things from the always busy Michael. If that wasn't enough we also feature a talk I did with Ada Flechtner from Voices of Destiny about their new one "Crisis Cult" out now on Massacre Records. Oh yeah Richie also has a bit of rant about "supergroups" too.

Track of the week is from Level 10 the latast metal project from Frontiers. Combine the voice of Russell Allen with the core of Primal Fear and you get Level 10. The debut is called "Chapter 1" and it's out now.

Hook up with Sweet & Lynch at facebook.com/SweetLynch you can also take part in the pledge music campaign at PledgeMusic
Get your fill of Voices of Destiny at Voices-of-Destiny.com or on social media at facebook.com/VoicesofDestiny
Level 10 info can be found at Frontiers.it you can buy the album while you're there too.

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218 01/28/2015 01:11:37 The Return of Zephaniah Once again this week we feature a band we think you should know about. This time it's Zephaniah, a metal band that's returned after being out of action for several years. I was able to sit down with guitarist Justin Zych and find out the whole story as well as the scoop on their upcoming release "Reforged". Richie and I also manage to get in a bit of a rant, I mean discussion as well.

Track of the week is also from a band that has returned after a long hiatus. Messiah's Kiss has just released "Get Your Bulls Out" on Massacre Records this week. The last time we heard from these guys was 2007 and this new one is well worth your metal dollars.

Hook up with Zephaniah at: facebook.com/ZephaniahMetal
You can find out about Messiah's Kiss at: MessiahsKiss.com or hit them up at facebook.com/MessiahsKiss
Be sure to check out all the great metal releases from Massacre at: Massacre-Records.de

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217 01/20/2015 01:11:16 Corners of Sanctuary This week we bring you some traditional heavy metal direct from Philadelphia with Corners of Sanctuary. We managed to get bassist James Pera and vocalist Frankie Cross on the line. These guys have been around as COS for a few years now and have been putting out material on a pretty regular basis. We are talking straight ahead metal done old school. We think you are gonna like these guys. Check them out online at CornersOfSanctuary.com or at facebook.com/CornersOfSanctuary

Track of the week is from the debut release by Serious Black entitled "As Daylight Breaks". This one was just released this week on AFM Records. They can be found on the web at: Serious-Black.com

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216 01/14/2015 01:01:23 Chris Violence This week we welcome vocalist and metal radio show host Chris Violence to the show. Chris dropped by to talk about his latest release American Ripper. We also talked about metal radio and in particular his show "The Brother Chris Violence Traveling Damnation Show" You can find out more on Chris and get your own copy of American Ripper at ChrisViolence.com

Track of the week is from symphonic power metallers Voices of Destiny from their latest Massacre Records release "Crisis Cult". More info can be found at Voices-of-Destiny.com

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215 01/07/2015 01:11:50 Crimson Reign This week we bring you Crimson Reign, genuine Power Metal straight from Phoenix Arizona. The band just recently announced James Oylen as their new vocalist and we are fortunate to be his first official interview as a member of the band. Not only did we score a talk with James but we were also able to get guitarist Titus Medina and bassist Darren Tuchawena on the line as well. So sit back and prepare to know all things Crimson Reign. We think you are gonna like the metal these guys are delivering.

Keep up with Crimson Reign at their website as well as on Facebook

Track of the week is AFM Records artists Bloodbound from their new awesome new release Stormborn. Get in touch at: facebook.com/BoodboundMetal

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214 12/24/2014 01:06:01 Trans-Savatage Focus Just in time for the holidays our prodigal cohost J decided to drop by and he brought a rather timely topic idea with him, Savatage and TSO. I thought it would make a great holiday episode so I went with it, So this week we discuss TSO and Savatage as well as going in several other rambling directions. Yep. it's an old school FoM episode for sure. Sorry in advance about the voice, it's still not back yet.
Keep up with Savatage at: Savatage.com
Learn about all things TSO (tours dates, merch, news) at: Trans-Siberian.com

Track of the week is from Michael Hannon and his cohorts in American Dog, a little alcho-holiday ditty from their holiday EP. Watch the vid and pick up a copy for yourself at: AmericanDog.us

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213 12/17/2014 01:11:22 Kansas City Metal I always thought of K.C. as the place where all the styles of American BBQ come together into a stellar taste experience. Who knew that they are also churning out some amazing metal there too. This week we feature two K.C. bands that you need to know about, power metallers Alsatia and classic metallers Vanlade.

Hook up with Alsatia at Facebook.com/AlsatiaKC
Check in with Vanlade at facebook.com/Vanlade
Grab the latest free compilations that feature both bands here.

Track of the week is from our friends Lords of The Trident. Download a free copy of their holiday EP at LordsOfTheTrident.com

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212 12/10/2014 01:06:44 Into The Black Hot on the heels of "Birth, School, Metallica, Death" the first volume of their Metallica bio Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood have unleashed "Into The Black" the second volume of the Tallica story. Our guest this week is co author and former Kerrang! and NME writer Ian Winwood. Ian is considered one of the U.K.'s foremost music writers and he agreed to give us the scoop on the next chapter in the Metallica saga.

Connect with Ian on Facebook at: facebook.com/ian.winwood.3

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211 12/03/2014 01:02:01 Joe Lynn Turner Joe Lynn Turner has gone Rated X. That's right JLT has a brand new band with Carmine Appice, Tony Franklin and Karl Cochran called Rated X and their debut release is out now on Frontiers. We gave Joe a call to discuss the new album and the new band and the results are what's on tap for this week.

Keep up with Rated X at: facebook.com/RatedXrocks
Stay in touch with Joe at: JoeLynnTurner.com
Help Karl on the road to recovery at: RocknRecovery.net

Track of the week is from Frontiers artists Allen-Lande. "Down From the Mountain" is a track off their fourth release "The Great Divide" Get more info at: Frontiers.it

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210 11/26/2014 01:12:00 Tsangarides Pt 2 This week we continue our conversation with producer Chris Tsangarides. We pick up right where we left off last week. Be warned there's a point in the conversation where Chris and I go full on gear geek-out but be assured there's some great non gear talk after that including some tales from Painkiller.

Track of the week "Skin and Bones" is from AFM Records artist Lyriel from their latest release "Skin and Bones" which came out Nov 4th. Get more info at: Lyriel.net

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209 11/19/2014 01:14:08 Tsangarides Pt 1 This week is part one of a two parter featuring longtime hard rock and metal producer Chris Tsangarides. The guy has been involved in the industry since 1975 and has had a huge part in forging the sound of modern metal and classic metal. That being said you know that this guy has some great stories to share, and share he does right here on Focus on Metal.

Track of the week "The Irish Brigade" is from Pure Legends artist Wolfen from their latest release "Evilution". Get more info at: Wolfen-Metal.de

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208 11/12/2014 01:02:58 Raven Nation We celebrate week two of metal month by having a chat with the one and only John Gallagher of Newcastle metal pioneers Raven. The band is currently on tour in the states while concurrently running a Kickstarter campaign for their new album "ExtermiNation". We were lucky enough to snag a rare on the road interview with John as they were heading from Vancouver to their gig in Seattle. Enjoy the words of metal wisdom from John and be sure to head to up to Kickstarter and support these metal legends.

Check out the ExtermiNation campaign at:Kickstarter.com
Check out all the tour dates and Raven news at: RavenLunatics.com

Track of the week is "Queen of The Galaxy" which is the title track from the latest release from Dire Peril. Get more info at: facebook.com/direperil

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207 11/05/2014 01:10:52 Global Metal Hale Besides a bit of discussion our good friend, photographer Bill Hale returns once again to Focus on Metal. This time Bill is here to tell us all about his new book project "Thrash Metal: The Global Metal Movement!". Unlike his first two books this one is going to be self published and he needs the global metal community to lend a hand. Bill is currently running a campaign on IndieGoGo to raise the needed capital to make this book a reality.

Check out the campaign at: IndieGoGo.com

Track of the week "Megalomaniac" is from Massacre Records artist Helldorados from their second release "Lessons in Decay" which is out this week. Get more info at: Helldorados.com

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206 10/29/2014 01:05:55 Strange Highways Exit 8 - Mike Tramp This is the eighth and final installment of our Dio Strange Highways series. This time we turn our attention once again to the band that supported Dio on the European leg of the Strange Highways tour, Freak of Nature. We talked to Jerry Best on the sixth installment but we were lucky enough to get the vocalist of FoH Mike Tramp as a last minute addition to the project. In this one Mike talks about touring with Dio, the demise of White Lion, and what he's doing now.

For the latest info on Mike Tramp head to: MikeTramp.dk

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205 10/22/2014 01:47:29 Metal Enlargement Freshly back from worshipping at the altar of the Priest we stop praising the Redeemer tour long enough to take a look at a few bands that should be bigger but aren't. There's lots of bands out there like this but we thought that American Dog and Texas Hippie Coalition were two great examples of hardworking road dogs that just aren't getting their due. Our guests this week are Michael Hannon from American Dog and Big Dad Ritch from Texas Hippie Coalition.

Grab your copy of "Ride On" and get all your THC info at: THCOfficial.com
Snag a copy of "Neanderthal" and keep up with American Dog at: AmericanDog.us
Our track of the week is from our friends in Versa Mynor from their "Bloodlines" EP. Get your copy at VersaMynor.bandcamp.com

Help bring LA Metal history to the world at: MetalRockFilms.com
You can help Bill Hale bring Thrash History to the metal masses at: IndieGoGo.com

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204 10/15/2014 01:50:99 Jimmy DeGrasso Our guest this week is Jimmy DeGrasso, the man currently occupying the coveted drum seat in Black Star Riders. After a career playing in a ton of legendary bands it looks like Jimmy has settled in nicely in BSR. Jimmy regales us with tales of his storied career and gives us some insight into the new BSR album currently in production.

Get your fix of all things Jimmy at: JimmyDeGrasso.com
Updates on Black Star Riders including tour dates can be found at: BlackStarRiders.com
Jimmy's San Jose Pro Drum shop is at: SanJoseProDrum.com

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203 10/08/2014 01:16:10 Joe Perry This week Joe Perry's autobiography "Rocks: My Life in And Out of Aerosmith" finally hits the shelves. To celebrate that we have none other than Joe Perry himself on the show this week. Joe has so much to talk about that this week will be one of those rare shows with no music, just talk.

Joe will also be doing a limited book signing tour and the schedule for that can be found at: JoePerry.com

Support the Inside Metal project at: MetalRockFilms.com

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202 10/01/2014 01:47:36 Inside Metal We've had all sorts of folks on the show but never a director. This week we remedy that with our guest Bob Nalbandian the director of Inside Metal: The Pioneers of Los Angeles Hard Rock And Metal. That's right Bob is now an actual director and his first film is a smash. Also this week we have another returning guest Michael Wilton to talk about the new Soulbender II release.

Support the Inside Metal project at: MetalRockFilms.com

Find out more about Soulbender and get your own copy of Soulbender II at:RatPakRecords.com
Keep up with Michael Wilton at:MichaelWilton.com

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201 09/24/2014 01:03:29 Jerry Gaskill On this very special edition of Focus on Metal we FINALLY run the interview we did with Jerry Gaskill of Kings X back in 2013. Apparently it took a heart attack to get us off our asses in respect to running this one. Thanks again Jerry for a great chat and get well soon.

Keep up with the world of Jerry at: JerryGaskill.com

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200 09/17/2014 01:08:47 Blind Rage Are you ready for a massive Accept fix? This week we bring you an exclusive interview we did with Accept's Mark Tornillo. Yep while everyone else got to speak with Wolf we managed to score a one on one with our fellow East coaster. Mark gave us his very candid views on the new disc "Blind Rage", Accept's tour plans and his thoughts on the band now that he's three albums in as the "new guy".

Keep up with all things Accept at AcceptWorldwide.com

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199 09/10/2014 01:34:18 A Sound of Awesome This week A Sound of Thunder release their latest slab of awesome "The Lesser Key of Solomon" like Solomon you would be wise to grab yourself copy of this one. To get the word out Josh, Chris and Jesse make a return appearance on the show this week to talk about all things ASOT as well as give you damn good idea of how much you need to get this release.
Want more ASOT? Head to ASoundofThunderBand.com or Facebook or Twitter

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198 09/03/2014 59:39 Electric Ronny Once again Ronny Munroe has put out another excellent solo release. This week we sit down with returning guest Ronny to talk all about "Electric Wake" his best solo effort so far.
Check in with Ronny at: facebook.com/RonnyMunroefb or RatPak Records and of course Twitter

Our track of the week is from Johnny Touch who just released their debut "Inner City Wolves" on Shadow Kingdom Records JohnnyTouch.com

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197 08/27/2014 01:20:33 Jeff LaBar & Diamond Lane Jeff LaBar puts out his first solo release this week and we have him right here talking about "One For The Road". If that's not enough we also have Brandon Baumann from Diamond Lane talking about their latest release "Terrorizer".

Get Jeff's new release at: RatPakRecords.com
Get your Diamond Lane fix at: DiamondLaneRocks.com
Download your copy of the "By The Grace of US Metal" sampler at this location

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196 08/20/2014 01:11:30 Summer Metal Mash Up This week we mix it up bit. We go from America to Sweden, veterans to debuts. First up is Steve Whiteman from Kix, who have just released "Rock Your Face Off" the first disc of all new material in 19 years. Also this week we have Tave Wanning from newcomers Adrenaline Rush who are releasing their S/T debut on Frontiers.

Hit up Kix at: KixBand.com and Adrenaline Rush can be found at: AdrenalineRush.se

Track of the week is from our new buds American Dog from their latest Neanderthal. Become one with the dog at: AmericanDog.us

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195 08/13/2014 01:05:08 Strange Highways Exit 7 - Atomic Opera This is the seventh installment of our Dio Strange Highways series. This time we turn our attention to the band that supported Dio on the American leg of the tour for the Strange Highways album, Atomic Opera with our special guests Frank Hart and Jonathan Marshall.

For more info on Atomic Opera head to:FrankHart.com

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194 08/06/2014 01:08:21 3D In Your Face Who knew that the 80s metal revival was going to start in Nebraska but our guest this week is witness to the fact that indeed it is. This week we sit down with Sam Spade bassist with Nebraska's greatest 80s tribute band 3D In Your Face. Thing is this band is so much more. These guys have been around since 1999 and have released three independent records of ORIGINAL material, play out constantly, and put on a hell of a show and that's what sets these guys apart..

Point your browser to:3DInYourFace.com to find out more and while you're there grab yourself a copy of their latest "Midnight Devils".

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193 07/30/2014 01:13:59 Unbreakable Remember when you used to eagerly await the release of the next Scorpions album? Thanks to the vision of Herman Rarebell that experience may have returned. Herman got heavily involved with a young German band Unbreakable and the result is an amazing debut release Knockout. This week we sit down with Al Crespo the vocalist of Unbreakable to get the whole story.

Find out more about Unbreakable at: Unbreakable-music.com. While you're there be sure to check out the video for their lead single "Rock The Nightlife" featuring a cameo from "ze German".

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192 07/23/2014 01:16:06 Terry Date Our guest this week is yet another great metal producer, Terry Date. Now I know most people associate him only with Pantera but the guy has done a ton more than just that. If you didn't know that, after this week you will appreciate that Terry is a true master of metal and he continues to produce great metal as evidenced by the latest Soullfly release. Check out what he's doing at: TerryDateRecording.com

Our track of the week is from Italian metalheads Hells Chopper from their debut release "First Ride". Learn more about the band at: HellsChopper.com

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191 07/16/2014 01:33:12 The Raskins So this week we have a bit of discussion on a few key guys leaving bands and then we take a giant left turn with our guest Logan Raskin of The Raskins. The Raskins have been given the coveted opening slot on the Crue's final tour. Beyond that they represent a great example of how bands with the right combination of savvy and talent can break out without a major label deal. There's a lot of similarity to what Logan and his brother have done to what our friends in A Sound Of Thunder have done. They may not be our typical "metal" guest but Logan weaves a cool story that's well worth hearing. The Raskins very cool web site can be found on the net at : TheRaskins.com

Our track of the week is from past FoM guests Varga from their latest release "Return Of The Metal". Learn more about the band at:VargaHQ.com and follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/VargaHQ.

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190 07/09/2014 01:14:35 Nightmare France may not be known for it's immense output of metal but there is one French metal band that is legendary and that is Nightmare. We are joined this week by David Amore the drummer of Nightmare as we talk about their latest release on AFM Records "The Aftermath". Nightmare can be found on the net at: Nightmare-Metal.com and at facebook.com/NightmareOfficial

Our track of the week is from GoldenCore Records artist Kill Ritual from their sophomore release "The Eyes of Medusa". Learn more about the band at: KillRitual.com and at facebook.com/KillRitual.

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189 07/02/2014 01:54:08 Talking With Tom As an A&R guy and then as a top ranked producer Tom Werman has been a key influence in the history of metal. This week we sit down with the guy behind the desk for some of metal and hard rock's best selling releases..

Our track of the week is from Massacre Records artist Gun Barrel from their sixth release "Damage Dancer". Learn more about the band at: GunBarrel.de or at facebook.com/GunBarrel.

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188 06/25/2014 01:19:44 McIver Alive IV Making his fourth appearance on FoM it's author Joel McIver. Joel recently worked on an autobiography of Brazilian metal legend Max Cavalera "My Bloody Roots from Sepultura to Soulfly and beyond". So of course we will be digging into that and as usual we will also have a great discussion about other metal topics.

Our track of the week is from Pure Underground artist CHAINREACTION from their first full length release "A Game Between Good And Evil". Learn more about the band at:facebook.com/ChainReactionMetal.

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187 06/18/2014 01:47:29 Johnny Kelly & Steve Blaze No clever show title this week, just straight up who we have on. First up is Johnny Kelly the newest member of Kill Devil Hill, replacing Vinny Appice on the drum throne. From there we head off to a talk with Steve Blaze from Lillian Axe. They just released "One Night in The Temple" a live recording of an intimate acoustic performance.We talk about that as well as Steve's thoughts on the current state of music.

Our track of the week is from 80's metal devotees 3D in Your Face from their fourth release "Midnight Devils". Learn more about the band at: 3DinYourFace.com.

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186 06/11/2014 01:29:50 Triple Threat of Metal This week it's like a world tour of metal. First off we sit down with guitarist Ethan Brosh at his release party for "Live The Dream". After that we touch base with James Rivera before he sets out on tour supporting "This Wicked Nest" the latest from Helstar. Finally we wrap it up with a talk with Johnny La Bomba the vocalist for Germany's own Gloryful as they launch their second album "Ocean Blade".

Our track of the week is from French metal legends Nightmare from their new AFM release "The Aftermath"..

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185 06/04/2014 01:38:58 Focus on Keith Olsen With the release of Dave Grohl's documentary on Sound City this weeks guest has become a household name. It's about time, the guy has been part of recording history since the seventies and has had a hand in some of the biggest albums in rock and metal history. I'm speaking of course of the legendary Keith Olsen. This week Keith takes us through the stories behind some of his recorded work.

Our track of the week is from Metal Inquisitor from their new Massacre release "Ultima Ratio Regis".

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184 05/28/2014 01:11:32 The Joe & Marty Show Guitar, guitar and more guitar this week as we bring you Joe Satriani and Marty Friedman. Joe just released his biography "Strange Beautiful Music" and Marty has just released his first domestic release in a long time, "Inferno".

Our track of the week is from Maxxxwell Carlisle from his release "Speed Force". Get yourself a copy at : maxxxwell.com

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183 05/21/2014 01:23:32 Strange Highways Exit 6 - Jerry Best It's been four years since we lost Dio and it's a tribute to the man that the metal community still holds him in in the highest regard. In honor of Ronnie, this week we are running the sixth installment of our Strange Highways project. This time we talk with Jerry Best who played in Freak of Nature, the opening band for the Strange Highways European tour. Jerry also went on to play in the Dio band for the Angry Machines album and tour.

Find out more about Jerry Best at: JerryBest.com

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182 05/14/2014 01:04:45 Rubicon Cross & Sinbreed Two ends of the metal spectrum this week. First off we talk with CJ Snare about the debut self titled release from his new band Rubicon Cross. We follow that up with a metalside chat with Flo Laurin of Sinbreed about their new one "Shadows"

Find out more about Rubicon Cross at: RubiconCross.net
Find out more about Sinbreed at: Sinbreed.com

Our track of the week is from Existance from their new one "Steel Alive". Find out more at : artistecard.com/existanceband

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181 05/07/2014 01:21:05 Focus on Mick Hutson Our talks with the behind the scenes people tend to be some of our most popular shows. With that in mind, this week we sit down with photographer Mick Hutson. Mick has some great stories and also some great advice for those of you thinking of taking up rock photography.

Buy yourself a Mick Hutson original at rockcityart.com/mickhutson

Track of the week is from Exorcism off their debut "I Am God". Find out more at: exorcism13.com

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180 04/30/2014 01:40:12 Geek to Guitar Hero Alex Skolnick is our guest this week. Besides his tenure in Testament and his other musical excursions into the world of jazz Alex also took time to write a very insightful autobiography "Geek To Guitar Hero". We sat down to discuss the book, Testament, and much more on this episode of Focus on Metal.

Get insight into all things Alex at: alexskolnick.com
Alex is also heavy user of Twitter. Follow him at: twitter.com/alexskolnick

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179 04/23/2014 01:12:54 Maxxxwell Call it a double shot of Hellion. Last week we talked with Ann Boleyn and this week we sit down with Maxxxwell Carlisle. Of course Maxxxwell is more than just the new axe slinger for Hellion. The guy has four solo albums under his belt and a new EP "Full Metal Thunder" that just came out. Get all your Maxxxwell news and music at maxxxwell.com

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178 04/16/2014 01:42:18 The Return of Hellion On this weeks show we bring some classic American metal along with a dose of German power metal. First off we feature a chat with Ann Boleyn of Hellion and we follow that up with a talk with Piet Sielck of Iron Savior.

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177 04/09/2014 01:22:43 Kip Winger & Nick Menza This week is a real mix of metal. Richie brings Kip Winger to the show and I have Nick Menza back. Add in some German Viking metal and some NWOBHM and you've got a good idea of what's in store this week. Some metal schizophrenia, that's what.

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176 04/02/2014 01:19:07 Skinner This week we sit down for a lengthy talk with Norman Skinner. Why lengthy? Cuz the guy is involved in a shit ton of metal. Norman was the long time vocalist for Imagika but from the ashes of that band comes Skinner. Besides that he also finds himself fronting Dave Garcia's Hellscream, Tramontane and sci fi metallers Dire Peril.

Keep up on what Norman is doing at NormanSkinner.net

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175 03/28/2014 01:53:53 King's X Special All of us at FoM are psyched to bring this exclusive talk with Ty Tabor in which we go through the entire history and studio output of King's X.

Keep up with the band at KingsXrocks.com
Keep up with Ty and get all your King's X merch at MolkenMusic.com

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174 03/26/2014 01:14:38 Focus on Sean Peck Finally we have managed to get Sean Peck on FoM, This week we sit down and talk to Sean about his longtime band Cage and his new band Death Dealer. Either way you can't lose with these two great metal bands. Make sure you pick up a copy of the debut Death Dealer release "War Master" it's a relentless metal assault.

Enter the realm of the Death Dealer at DeathDealer.co

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173 03/22/2014 01:05:54 Guitarist Special #1: Kiko Loureiro The backlog of audio continues to build and in response we decided to roll out another special episode. This time we turn our focus to guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

Find more on Kiko at kikoloureiro.com.br

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172 03/19/2014 01:28:14 Hatriot & Lords of The Trident No clever show title this week. I admit I could not come up with something that highlighted both our guests this week. So this week we present a double header of two very different but very metal vocalists. First up is returning guest Zetro to talk about the second Hatriot release "Dawn of The New Centurion". After that we sit down with Fang VonWrathenstein from Lords of The Trident.

Keep up with Hatriot at HatriotMetal.com
Hook up with Lords of the Trident at LordsofTheTrident.com

Track of the week is from Skinner. Check them out at NormanSkinner.net

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171 03/12/2014 01:25:13 Focus on Hellscream Richie returns to the cohost seat this week as we feature a talk with Dave Garcia guitarist and founding member of Cage. Dave has also just launched a brand new solo band Hellscream and has just released their debut "Made Immortal". Any way you look at it Dave has some serious metal creation going on.

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170 03/05/2014 01:59:00 Bennett Returns This week Chris Bennett from Widow takes over the cohost seat for the longest FoM ever. This is one long and winding metal chat. So if you miss hanging down the pub talking metal with your metal brethren than this one will make ya happy. Be sure to catch Chris and Widow on the road with Destruction and Krisiun this month.

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169 02/26/2014 01:12:24 Strange Highways Exit 5 - Scott Warren This is the fifth installment of our Dio Strange Highways series. This time we talk with Scott Warren. Dio fans know that Scott was a large part of the Dio legacy but most people don't know that he actually played on Strange Highways. On this episode we aim to set the record straight.

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168 02/24/2014 51:58 Melodic Metal Special # 3 Yes another FoM special episode. This time we sit down with Todd Wolf and Dirk Liehm of Human Fortress. Fresh off their fourth and latest release "Raided Land" Dirk and Todd spent some time talking to us about all things inside Human Fortress.

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167 02/19/2014 01:09:08 Enter The Metal Bands come and bands go, and sometimes bands come back again. That's the theme of this weeks show. First Richie and talk Crue. Are they done for good, only time and money will tell. Then we talk with Dan Fila the drummer from Varga. Varga have been gone from the scene for years but they are back and they created a kick ass album "Enter The Metal" to announce their return. You can grab yourself a copy at vargahq.com , on iTunes or at Amazon.

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166 02/12/2014 01:14:04 Strange Highways Exit 4 - Mike Fraser This is the fourth installment of our Dio Strange Highways series. This time we turn our attention to the albums producer Mike Fraser.

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165 02/05/2014 01:05:19 Ring of Fire This week Richie lays down the law about all things "Hall of Fame". In addition vocalist Mark Boals makes an appearance to talk about Ring of Fire's latest epic "The Battle of Leningrad" which hit the shelves at the end of January.

Our track of the week is Polaris from a great up and coming band Versa Mynor.

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164 01/29/2014 01:14:07 Primal Force We are on a roll so far this year, hot on the heels of last weeks giant size Michael Schenker episode we bring you more metal from Germany. This week we have Ralf Scheepers from Primal Fear and Alex Beyrodt from…well from lots of stuff including Primal Fear but this week he's on the show talking about the return of Silent Force.

Our track of the week is from Holy Cross from their latest "Place Your Bets" on Pure Steel Records.

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163 01/25/2014 39:11 Melodic Metal Special #2 So much metal, so little time. In a sense it's a good problem to have except when you start getting behind in getting the word out. That's the story behind this off cycle melodic metal special episode. We've been sitting on this great interview for months and more stuff just keeps coming in so here it is Paul Logue from Eden's Curse giving us the scoop on their latest AFM release "Symphony of Sin".

Keep up with Paul and Eden's Curse at Eden's Curse.com.

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162 01/22/2014 01:56:37 Focus on Schenker After an all too brief two week break we are back with a vengeance. We have two guitarist guests this week. Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker and in another edition of the Shred Chronicles we have Ethan Brosh. If that wasn't enough Richie and I also discuss the return of Jake E Lee.

Catch up with the latest Schenker news at:michealschenkerhimself.com

Get Ethan's music at:ethanbrosh.com

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161 01/01/2014 01:15:38 Yellow And Black Attack This week we feature a talk with returning guest Michael Sweet. Michael is out promoting the latest Stryper release "No More Hell To Pay" the first new release to feature the original 80's line up now that Tim Gaines has returned to the fold. This one shows that these guys are clearly not some nostalgia act. This release ranks right up there with their earlier classic albums and in many ways surpasses them.

Our track of the week is from NWOBHM legends Salem off their new release on Pure Rock Records "Forgotten Dreams".

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160 12/25/2013 01:09:24 Rhapsody of Leather Another double header of metal this week. First off we talk once again with Leather Leone about the latest Chastain release Surrender To No One. Yes, you read that right. After that we have a discussion with Alex Staropoli from Rhapsody of Fire hot on the heels of their latest .

Our track of the week is from Iron Mask off their new one Fifth Son of Winterdoom.

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159 12/18/2013 01:02:29 The Rÿche Stuff This week we sit down for a long overdue talk with Queensrÿche founder and guitarist Michael Wilton in addition Richie and I also have a bit of a discussion on the current state of the Rÿche.

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158 12/11/2013 56:30 Strange Highways Exit 3 - Vinny Appice Back again with another episode in our epic Strange Highways project. This time we sit down with drummer and longtime Dio collaborator Vinny Appice. Vinny was cool enough to give us an hour of his time before he had to hit the stage with Kill Devil Hill on the third stop on their US tour supporting their second release Revolution Rise.

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157 12/04/2013 01:33:12 Focus on Benedictum December is upon us and we are kicking it off with a metal spectacular. This week we have one of our all time favorite guests back on the show. That would be Veronica Freeman the take no prisoners vocalist for Benedictum. They have just released their fourth disc Obey! on Frontiers and Veronica tells us all about it. That would have been a killer show all by itself but Veronica upped the ante by getting us an exclusive talk with the one and only Pete Wells too. So call this one a Benedictum Double Header.
Keep up with all things Benedictum at Benedictum.net

Our track of the week is from Epysode from their latest on AFM Records, Fantasmagoria. Hook up with them on Facebook

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155 11/27/2013 01:16:15 Hands Without Shadows It's the final week of metal month and this week we bring you an exclusive talk with Michael Angelo Batio. He has just released his latest insane blast of guitar work entitled "Intermezzo" and he gave us the low down on it's creation as well as some great stories from his past.

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156 11/22/2013 40:14 Focus on Harry Hess (A melodic metal special) What do you do when you have so much audio that you can't put it all out in time. In our case you decide to start doing extra shows. That's the case this week as we bring our talk with Harry Hess about the new Harem Scarem release Mood Swings II. So enjoy this special shorter format episode of FoM.

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154 11/20/2013 01:28:47 Strange Highways Exit 2 - Tracy G Week 3 of Metal Month has arrived and to celebrate we are rolling out another part of our in depth look at Strange Highways. This week we sit down for two talks with guitarist Tracy G.

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153 11/13/2013 01:34:00 The Rex & Ronny Show Week 2 of Metal Month is upon us and we briefly hop off the Strange Highway to bring you two metal legends with two great releases that you need to know about now. In round one we have the one and only Ronny Munroe talking to us about the new Metal Church release Generation Nothing and in round two we have legendary bassist Rex Brown chatting up the new Kill Devil Hill release Revolution Rise.

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152 11/06/2013 01:00:46 Strange Highways Exit 1 - Jeff Pilson Metal Month is upon us and to celebrate we are finally debuting our massive and in depth look at Dio's Strange Highways. This one will unfold over a large number of shows. This week we start off with talking with bassist Jeff Pilson. We hope you enjoy the journey down Strange Highways.

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151 10/30/2013 01:15:11 German Masters We are doubling up on the metal again this week with a pair of German metal masters, Michael Voss and Matt Sinner. Matt joins us hot on the heels of the new Sinner release "Touch of Sin 2" and Michael has just released the second one from Wolfpakk entitled "Cry Wolf".

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150 10/23/2013 01:25:03 Ellefson Speaks There's a double header of metal goodness this week. We kick it off with our talk with Dave Eleffson about his upcoming biography My Life With Deth, among other things. Consider this the companion piece to our talk with author Joel McIver. Also up this week is my call with Eike Freese from Dark Age hot on the heels of their latest AFM release "A Matter Of Trust".

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149 10/16/2013 01:12:51 Focus on Zetro This week we sit down with thrash legend Steve "Zetro" Souza for a talk on all things metal including what's up with his latest band Hatriot. Need we say more?

Our featured track this week is from Germany's WolfPakk from their new AFM release Cry Wolf.

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148 10/09/2013 01:31:28 McIver Alive III One of our favorite guests is back again this week, metal author extraordinaire Joel McIver. Joel just finished up writing Dave Ellefson's bio "My Life With Deth". It's a great read and we hope that this show will encourage you to get yourself a copy. Of course we can't resist hitting some other current metal topics with Joel as well as getting some sneak previews of upcoming books.

Our featured track this week is from Germany's Stainless Steel from their new release Metal Machine on Pure Underground Records

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147 10/02/2013 01:53:21 Richie Kotzen This one is gonna be long one.
This week our featured guest is Richie Kotzen, currently with The Winery Dogs. We also have chat with Joe from the Brooklyn based band Jolly.

Our track of the week is from Boston based prog metallers Lattermath. Check them out at facebook.com/lattermath

thewinerdogs.com
jollyband.com

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146 09/25/2013 01:22:38 That Focus on Metal Show We have managed to cram a whole host of metal into this weeks episode. By host I mean that this week we talk to Eddie Trunk, Eddie has a new book out Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock And Heavy Metal Volume II and we dive in and discuss it with him. We also have our first long form Track O' The Week this week when we bring you a talk with guitarist Nige Rockett from Onslaught as we feature their new AFM release VI as our featured bit of metal.

Keep up with Eddie at EddieTrunk.com and stay tuned into all things Onslaught at Facebook.com/Onslaughtuk

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145 09/18/2013 01:24:47 Producer Beau Hill One of the chief architects of the eighties metal scene, producer Beau Hill is our guest this week. Richie is pretty psyched since he gets to discuss some of his favorite albums with the guy who steered the ship.

Check out a fair chunk of Beau's work at Beau Hill Productions

Our Track of the week is from Nightmare Records artist Siren's Cry and we bring you a track off their debut full length release Scattered Horizons.

Find out more at SirensCry.com

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144 09/11/2013 01:04:27 Focus on Nick Menza This week we bring you an exclusive interview with former Megadeth stick wielder Nick Menza, Nick has a new book coming out this year Nick Menza: Megalife and he choose FoM as the first place to talk about it and some other stuff he's currently working on.

Check out Nick's Site at menzajamz.com

Our Track of the week is from Heaven And Hell Records artist Dark Design and we bring you a track off their debut release Prey For The Future.

Hit them up at facebook.com/darkdesignband

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143 08/21/2013 01:11:07 Metal Masterplan This week we talk with Roland Grapow one time replacement for Kai Hansen in Helloween. Roland has been manning the helm of metal powerhouse Masterplan for the past 10 years and in that time they have put out some great releases. Their latest on AFM Records Novum Initium may be their finest release yet. So check out what Roland has to say about Masterplan in 2013 and the future. By the way AFM Records just revised their online store and to celebrate they have some great deals in some cases up to 60% off.

Masterplan site
AFM Records Site

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142 08/14/2013 01:06:12 Almighty Aldrich For this weeks show we sat down with Doug Aldrich to talk about all the various guitar playing he's doing right now. In particular we focused on the domestic releases of Burning Rain both the the first two and their new one Epic Obsession and we delved into a bit of the Snake while we were at it.

Our track of the week this week is from Mahogany Head Grenade off their Return to The Point of Departure release. This marks our first instrumental track of the week.

Doug's site
Burning Rain Site
Mahogany Head Grenade on Facebook

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141 08/07/2013 01:07:06 Magnus Karlsson This week I talk with guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) about his solo release "Freefall" on Frontiers. This is a great release and besides Magnus he also brought aboard some other great vocalists and it has made for a solid release.

Our track of the week this week is Italy's own Infinita Symphonia from their self titled second full length release.

Magnus on Facebook
Infinitasymphonia.com

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140 07/30/2013 01:21:41 Oliva This week I had the chance to talk with Jon Oliva who has just put out his album "Raise The Curtain". Jon and I had a long chat about the release as well as a deep discussion about all things music. Richie and I also get around to discussing the latest Megadeth relese.

Our track of the week this week is from Zodiac Ciphers from their EP "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder" This band from Sweden is destined for great things in the thrash world.

Jonoliva.net
Zodiac Ciphers on Facebook
Zodiac Ciphers on Soundcloud

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139 07/24/2013 01:45:23 Marco Mendoza Once again we have an episode that is right up Richie's alley. The guys been a long time fan of Thin Lizzy so he's been psyched about the new Black Star Riders release "All Hell Breaks Loose". So the guy went out and got us an interview with BSR bassist Marco Mendoza.
Our track of the week this week is from Pure Steel artist Hellish War from their new one "Keep It Hellish" This one is sure to please fans of classic metal.

MarcoMendoxa.com
BlackStarRiders.com
Hellish War site
Hellish War on Facebook

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138 07/16/2013 01:08:28 Shortino One word says it all Shortino. Yep this week we finally sit down with Paul Shortino, to talk about King Kobra II and all the other stuff that Paul is currently doing. Our track of the week of the week is from Gregory Boyce, a one man metal assault. We think you are gonna like this one off his first release Boyce. All that and more on this weeks Focus on Metal.
PaulShortino.com
facebook.com/boycepage.

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137 07/10/2013 01:15:50 King Carmine This week we have a talk with heavy hitter Carmine Appice as King Kobra releases their new one King Kobra II via Frontiers Records. We also feature Brazilian metallers Woslom. Their new one Evolustruction is an awesome slab of pure thrash goodness.

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136 07/03/2013 01:04:42 Steelhammer Sabbath There's two tons of metal packed into this one. We kick it off with a track from Sufosia. You owe it to yourself to check this band out. After that Richie and I discuss Black Sabbath's "13". If that wasn't enough that's followed by a chat with the one and only Udo as we talk about his bands latest release Steelhammer.

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135 06/24/2013 01:36:14 Robot Lords of Tokyo This week we welcome special guest Rick Ritzler from Robot Lords of Tokyo. Rick along with partner in crime Paul Jones have just released their their third disc "Virtue & Vice" and like the prior two it kicks some major groove metal ass.

Track of the week is by Angels of Babylon from their latest "Thundergod" which was just released by Scarlet Records.

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134 06/19/2013 01:23:13 Focus on Michael Sweet This one absolutely is back to the eighties and firmly in Richie territory. First Richie and I discuss this list of hair band albums that I found online. I knew Richie would be all over this one. We round the episode off with an interview with Stryper's Michael Sweet fresh off the Second Coming release.

Track of the week is by Iron Kingdom from their latest "Gates of Eternity". Hit them up at https://www.facebook.com/ironkingdom or http://www.iron-kingdom.com/

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133 06/12/2013 01:38:57 Focus on A Sound of Thunder A Sound Of Thunder has just released their third full length release "Time's Arrow" and you need to know about it. To that end this week we sit down with all four members of the band to talk about the new release and all things ASOT.
Track of the week is by Frontiers artist The Poodles from their latest "Tour de Force".

asoundofthunderband.com
www.poodles.se

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132 05/29/2013 01:28:23 Focus on Timo Tolkki I've been a fan of Stratovarius for years so I was stoked when the opportunity arose to be able to talk with Timo Tolkki. Timo put together Timo Tolkki's Avalon and their first release "The Land of The New Hope" was just released via Frontiers. Soon this episode we talk about the new release as well as Timo's approach to recording and producing. Some great Timo quotes in this one. My favorite is probably "Expression excludes thought". In addition Richie and I have a bit of a discussion before hand as well.
Track of the week is by Pure Legend artist Soulhealer, from their latest "Chasing The Dream".

tolkki.org
soulhealermusic.com
Soulhealer on Facebook
Pure Legend Site

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131 05/21/2013 01:11:04 Focus on The Fan So Richie sent a cryptic email about fan clubs and Kid Rock and said it would all make sense once we started doing the episode. So here's the episode and hopefully it all makes sense. I'm still not 100% convinced that does but we rolling with it anyways. If nothing else you get some metal talk and some great metal tunes. Speaking of which the track of the week this week is "Unbroken" off of the Wolfen release Chapter IV. A damn good release and well worth getting.

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130 05/14/2013 01:19:00 Once And Future Metal Seems like the next few months are going to be witness to some really great metal releases. With that in mind Richie suggested we discuss a few of the bigger upcoming discs due any day now. By the time you are listening to this some of Richie's picks will have hit the shelves while others are just a few weeks away.
The track of the week this week is "Time To Die" from the latest release from Satan, "Life Sentence" on Listenable records.
Listenable Records
SatanMusic.com
Satan on FaceBook

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129 05/07/2013 01:00:01 Thrash The Lightning In respect of Jeff Hanneman's passing we thought that this week we would put ourselves firmly in thrash territory. To that end besides some talk about Jeff we look at back at one of the seminal thrash albums Metallica's sophomore effort "RideThe Lightning"
Sticking with the thrash our featured band this week is Ireland's own Gama Bomb. This week we play a track off their latest release on AFM entitled "The Terror Tapes". Get more info about Gama Bomb at facebook.com/gamabomb

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128 05/01/2013 01:08:46 Double Live Popoff This week we continue our discussion with author Martin Popoff. last week we focused primarily on Ted Nugent and this week we turn our attention to Martin's new book on the mighty Scorpions "Top of The Bill".

This weeks featured track is from Freedoms Reign from their self titled release on Cruz Del Sur. This is an amazing release. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.

martinpopoff.com
freedomsreignrocks.com
cruzdelsurmusic.com

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127 04/24/2013 01:13:10 Epic Martin This week we have none other than Martin Popoff returning to the show. Like our discussion with Joel McIver this one is so massive it will span two episodes. As always Martin is always releasing some great books and that includes his latest ones on Ted Nugent and the Scorpions. If you are a fan of Martin you'll like this episode and if you're new to the Popoff phenomenon you'll be be well versed after the next two weeks.
This weeks featured track is from classic Detroit metallers Halloween from the rerelease that Pure Steel just did of their 1991 disc "No One Gets Out" on both CD and vinyl.
martinpopoff.com
halloweentheband.us
puresteel-records.com

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126 04/17/2013 01:12:30 Incura We as metalheads always try to classify metal into genres and sub-genres. Sometimes you run into a band that you just can't neatly be put into a bucket and that's what this week is all about. Here at FoM we often get stuff from labels that just don't fit well into a particular episode but they are pretty cool and we think you should know about them. To that end, this week we give you a taste of Thabu and Warnot. In keeping with the theme we also bring you a talk with Kyle Gruninger from the up and coming unclassifiable band Incura. Don't be fooled these guys are well steeped in metal. As Kyle says in the interview "Fear Factory was my childhood".

Our track of the week is another Scarlet Records artist. This week it's WildeStarr from their new one " A Tale Tell Heart".

For more on these weeks artists:
www.incura.net
WildeStarr.com
facebook.com/ThabuProg
facebook.com/warnot.band

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125 04/11/2013 01:13:25 McIver Alive II This week we finish up our talk with author Joel McIver right where we left off last week with the subject of Slayer.
Our featured track this week is "Mother of All Lies" off the new Pretty Maids release "Motherland" on Frontiers Records.

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124 04/03/2013 59:54 McIver Alive I This week we sit down with metal author Joel McIver for a discussion of all things metal. This also marks this first time that Richie gets in on the action. This was such a good discussion that we need to break into two separate episodes.
This weeks featured band is Heimdall as we play a track from their latest release Aenid. Check em' out at their site or Facebook
Heimdall is on a pretty awesome label from Italy, Scarlet Records. Check out more at Scarlet Records

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123 03/27/2013 01:14:25 SteelRaiser On this one we finally hook up with supreme Italian Metalheads SteelRaiser to talk about their latest release on Pure Steel "Regeneration". In addition we celebrate the North American release of "Sacrifice" the new one by Saxon by featuring it as out track of the week. If you haven't got either of these releases yet then you need to rectify that situation.

Find out more about SteelRaiser on their FaceBook page

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122 03/21/2013 01:13:01 Royal Focus This week legendary vocalist DC Cooper drops by to talk about his career and also the new 20th Anniversary release by Royal Hunt out now on Frontiers. We also have blast from the past with an unreleased Scrap Metal segment with J.

We are doing a double track of the week this week with a track from Valor of their new one on Pitch Black Records "The Yonder Answer" and then we decided to toss in a new one from Pure Steel artist Space Vacation off their second release "Heart Attack"

Find out more about Valor at the Pitch Black Records site
Find out more about Space Vacation at their Facebook page

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121 03/13/2013 01:23:42 Big Metal Ramble 2 Sometimes as a metalhead you just have a lot to talk about and this week that describes Richie. The Irish one showed up at Bedlam Studios with a lot on his mind. So this week we hit three topics in quick succession.

Our track of the week is from Guns of Glory from their debut release on Pure Rock Records "On The Way To Sin City". To find out more about this Finnish powerhouse head to their official Facebook page

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120 03/06/2013 01:03:32 Saxon III Back on Episode 108 we ended our look at the Saxon catalogue with Destiny. This week by popular demand we pick up with Solid Ball of Rock, Forever Free, and Dogs of War. This time we end on a high note for the band. On a future show we will continue on with our review of the catalogue as we head into some of their best releases since the classic NWOBHM days.

Our track of the week is from COLDSTEEL from their first release in twenty years "America Idle". Check out more about the band at their website or on their Facebook Page

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2 03/04/2013 Cast Iron Ring: Episode 2 - A World With Heroes In this special episode of the Cast Iron Ring podcast, we talk to rock journalist Mitch Lafon about a very special project. He is spearheading a special tribute CD that celebrates the 40th Anniversary of KISS. What makes this a very special and different project is that the proceeds will go to charity and it is being funded through PledgeMusic. The song selection will span the entirety of the KISS catalog. He's got an awesome lineup of artists that includes members of GUNS N' ROSES, DOKKEN, ACCEPT, SLAUGHTER, LA GUNS, WHITESNAKE, GREAT WHITE and more. New artists and tracks are added regularly! So sit back, listen to this episode, and go pledge a few dollars to help a great cause!

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119 02/27/2013 01:14:57 Focus on Helker A Metal Chat with Diego Valdez Most metalheads will agree that some of the most passionate metal fans in the world come from South America, but what about the bands. This week we get to sit down with Diego Valdez the man behind the mighty voice of Helker. They just released their third disc "Somewhere in The Circle" and it's time the whole world heard from this band. Find out more about Helker by visiting their website.

Our track of the week is from Seven Kingdoms from their latest release "The Fire Is Mine". Check out more about the band at their site or on Facebook You can get Seven Kingdoms for yourself atthe Nightmare Records store.

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118 02/20/2013 01:23:19 EP 118 - Snakecharmer A Metal chat with Adam Wakeman What do you get when you mix two parts of the original Whitesnake with parts of Thunder and Wishbone Ash and also throw in a singer best known for AOR in the UK and ice the whole thing with the son of a legendary keyboard player? Snakecharmer, thats what. This week we get to talk with Adam Wakeman about Snakecharmer as well as his other two high profile gigs as the keyboard player for Ozzy and Black Sabbath.

Our track of the week is from Ion Vein from their second teaser release "V 2.0". Check out more about the band at IonVein.com or on Facebook. You can get Ion Vein V 2.0 for yourself on iTunes.

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117 02/13/2013 01:34:43 Metalosophy Metal and Philosophy, might seem like strange bedfellows but Bill Irwin has proved otherwise with his latest book "Black Sabbath and Philosophy" This week we get to talk about that and other metal topics with author Bill Irwin himself. We think that you'll want to pick this one up for yourself after hearing this.

Our track of the week is from Mad Maze from their first full length release "Frames of Alienation". Check out more about the band at madmazethrash.com or on Facebook

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116 02/06/2013 01:26:58 Verdict Grunge Did Grunge really kill metal? The long held opinion here in the states is a resounding YES but what about the rest of the world. This week Richie weighs in with the opinion from across the pond.

Our track of the week is from Pure Steel artists Steel Raiser from their second release "Regeneration" which was released this week. We think you are gonna like these guys. This is a solid slab of pure metal goodness direct from Italy. Check out more about the band on MySpace or Reverbnation or the ever present Facebook

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115 01/30/2013 01:18:33 Accidental Focus WTF does that mean? Well Richie and I sat down to talk about one thing and as is the case with metal fans we ended way down another path. Ya know that's part of what a metal show should be just hanging out and talking about metal with no real agenda. I think we covered that on this one.

Our track of the week is from Klaymore from their second release "It's Alive". Check out more about the band and get the album for yourself at klaymore.bandcamp.com

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114 01/23/2013 01:19:48 Tales From The Focus vol 1 As everyone knows at this point Richie and I read a metric shit ton of metal books. One of the coolest to come out recently is Michael Toney's "Tales From The Stage volume 1" Besides a discussion of the book, this week we are also joined by Michael Toney and he gives us the whole scoop on the book. Order the book for yourself or just find out more and enjoy some great vids and pics at:
talesfromthestage.com
tales from the stage on YouTube

Our track of the week is from Kasomos from their self titled EP. Check out more about the band at Kaosmos on Facebook or Kaosmos on MySpace
or follow them at twitter.com/KaosmosMetal

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113 01/16/2013 01:32:34 Focus on Shok Paris - A metal chat with Vic Hix This one's a very strange tale. Who would think that when two knuckleheads call out a legendary vocalist on some podcast that they would ever hear a peep. Imagine our surprise when an email from legendary Shok Paris/Aftershok vocalist Vic Hix rolled in and he wanted to come on Focus on Metal and let the world know what they've been up to. The timing couldn't have been better as Shok Paris is getting ready to release some new music upon the metal world. So get ready for a hearty dose of Vic

Our track of the week is from Arctic Flame. They just released their fourth full length album "Shake The Earth" and we want you to hear a bit of it.
Check out more about the band at http://arcticflamemetal.com

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112 01/10/2013 1:20:44 Focus on APD What's APD. Take three guys from Labyrinth and mawww.facebook.com/APDband

der-metal.de">www.stormrider-metal.de

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111 01/02/2013 1:32:04 Best of 2012 Part 2 So if you listened last week you know that we just plain ran out of time. So this week we continue with our wrap up of 2012 and we also have a special guest (a true metal head) weighing in on his picks for 2012.
This weeks track of the week is some old school thrash direct from Canada with Terrifier and is from their release Destroyers of the Faith. Be sure to hit them up on Facebook www.facebook.com/terrifierthrashers

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110 12/26/2012 1:21:44 Best of 2012 This week Richie and myself, along with some very special guests look back at the best metal of 2012.
This weeks track of the week is from Alltheniko. This one is from their fourth release and first for Pure Steel "Back in 2066"
Get mote info at www.alltheniko.it
109 12/19/2012 1:25:36 Mob Rules This week we sit down with Markus Brinkmann bassist for Mob Rules another great German metal band on AFM Records. Based on the great response we had after playing a cut on our power metal episode we knew we had to have someone from Mob Rules on the show
This weeks track of the week is From Swiss metallers Pertness and is from their third release Frozen Time which came out on Pure Steel in November.

www.pertness.ch
mobrules.de

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108 12/12/2012 1:17:34 Saxon mkII Back on episode 100 Richie and I covered the first 4 classic Saxon releases. This week we head into Saxon history from their 1983 release Power and the Glory to 1988's release Destiny. Some troubled years indeed for the mighty Saxon.
This weeks track of the week is some killer thrash from Sacred Reich's Live at Wacken which just came out on Metal Blade.
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107 12/05/2012 1:26:05 The Return of KIX This week have a talk with Mark Schenker the bassist for Baltimore legends Kix about their latest release "Live in Baltimore" plus Richie and I discuss other bands from the 80's that are now returning with new releases.
For info on Kix head to: www.kix-band.com

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106 11/28/2012 01:08:53 Sledge Leather & Joe Stump I confess I couldn't come up with a snappy double bill title for this weeks show. This week we are joined by Sandy and Leather from Sledge Leather to talk about their Kickstarter campaign and if that wasn't enough we also have Joe Stump telling about his great new release Revenge of the Shredlord. Also check out our pick of the week, the new one from Bloodbound.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sledgeleather/sledge-leathers-reply-toinsert-large-ass-metal-lab
joestump.com
bloodhound.se
105 11/21/2012 01:03:37 Focus on Axehammer Continuing our celebration of Metal Month this week are joined by Kleber Mandrake and Jerry Watt of Pure Steel recording artists Axehammer. They recently released an epic slab of classic metal tiled "Marching On" that you need to hear so this week we are gonna make sure you do. If you like what you hear, either from the guys or from the music make sure you support the band and pick up a digital copy or a CD or even one of the limited edition vinyl editions that comes highly recommended by Jerry.

Thanks to Axehammer and the fine metal heads at Pure Steel for making this one happen.
104 11/14/2012 01:22:58 Focus on Orden Ogan This week we are joined by Seeb Levermann from Orden Ogan. In case you don't know they have released their third disc "To The End" and it kicks some serious power metal ass. While we're at it Richie and I delve into a bit of that genre and feature some great music that we have gotten lately from our label partners. Also From AFM we have Mob Rules and from Nightmare Records we have Prototype and Cloudscape.

For more info or to get some great metal head to:
http://ordenogan.de/
http://mobrules.de/
http://www.afm-records.de/
http://www.nightmarerecords.com/

Next week we will be talking with Pure Steel artist Axehammer about their new release "Marching On". It will be a 100% nothing but Axehammer show.

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103 11/08/2012 01:13:02 Metal Book Mayhem The number of metal related books released in the last few years has been unprecedented. Being that November is Metal Month we thought we would look at something that doesn't get talked about too much in the mainstream. Usually it's all about the music (which isn't a bad thing). In this episode Richie and I discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of the current trends in metal publishing. So go buy a good metal read, crank up the latest metal releases and celebrate metal month in style.
102 11/01/2012 01:16:26 Focus on Reverence This week we are joined by Bryan Holland one of the masterminds behind Reverence. An incredible new band of metal veterans who just released their first album "When Darkness Calls". If the name Bryan Holland sounds familiar he was formerly with Tokyo Blade. All the other guys in the band also come from esteemed metal bands. Wanna know the whole scoop well listen to the episode and you will know all there is to know about Reverence.

Be sure to head to reverencemetal.com to grab your own copy of "When Darkness Calls"
101 10/17/2012 01:01:05 Baloff Would Not Be Happy This week we take a quick look at the Steve Harris solo release "British Lion" and then we venture onto our topic at hand. Has our metal culture been usurped and diluted by the money hungry media and retail industries? We think it has and we think it sucks. It used to be that if it looked like a metal fan it probably was a metal fan. Now you have people that don't know Xciter from the X Factor wearing metal t-shirts. I'm sure Paul Baloff would not be amused if he was still alive to see this.
100 10/12/2012 01:13:12 Saxon Invasion What better way to mark hitting 100 episodes than to talk about the first four Saxon albums. At one point I was considering some ran show about the entire Saxon catalog but that's crazy talk talk. In the end we decided to break it down into chunks that represent different eras of the band. I consider the first four albums with Pete Gill to be Saxon MK1. This wold also allow me to delay having to discuss Destiny for bit. Okay, I know lots of shows do some kind of best of or some other celebratory deal to mark the occasion but I guess I'm going to use this as an excuse to talk about one of my favorite bands.

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99 10/03/2012 01:33:20 Knight Focus This week we have a double header of metal mayhem. First up, we introduce a new cohost to the team. Direct from Ireland and ready to headbang it's our new cohost Richie. It's a story straight out of metal lore. A onetime listener rises up to take the cohost seat. Maybe they'll make a movie about it starring Mark Walberg. If that's not enough I had the opportunity to talk with virtuoso guitarist Chris Sanders of Knight Fury. If you haven't heard of Knight Fury you won't be able to say that after this one.
98 09/26/2012 01:02:27 Lords of Focus As promised last week on this episode we take a look at the the redemption of Manowar via their new release The Lord of Steel. After a few debatable releases the band has produced a disc that harkens back to their earlier sound.
97 09/19/2012 01:15:31 Massacre Revisited Okay this week J is really back. As promised the episode that was originally slated to be aired last week is finally here. I hope everyone took the opportunity to take part in A Sound Of Thunder's Kickstarter project after last weeks show. The good news is that they made their goal and the project will receive the funding.
This week J and I look back at Metal Massacre 1 and muse on what happened to those bands and what that albums place is in metal history. For those that were there I we hope it brings back memories and for that weren't we hope it gives you a few more bands to explore.
96 09/12/2012 01:04:27 Lita Ford & Kickstart for ASOT This week we are joined by everyone in A Sound Of Thunder. That's right the whole band and for a damn goos reason. We are down to the wire on their Kickstarter project and we need to make that last mile push. With that in mind, what better way to help than to spread the word through FoM and the Cast Iron Ring. After you hear what they have planeed for the new disc be sure to head over to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/asoundofthunder/a-sound-of-thunders-new-album-times-arrow and make a pledge.

Also this week we have great talk with Lita Ford done by our partner in crime John Katic and we round it out with a track from the vaults.

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95 09/05/2012 01:01:32 Music Discovery 3 Hard to believe but it's been 30 episodes since our last music discovery episode, so here it is MD 3. Hopefully everyone will find something they like on this one.

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94 08/30/2012 01:23:28 Power Theory Part 2 This episode we continue our discussion with Bob "BB" Ballinger of Power Theory. If you haven't heard the heir new release have a listen to the episode and we're pretty sure you will want "An Axe To Grind" added to your metal collection.

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93 08/22/2012 01:07:31 Power Theory Part 1 Power Theory, the name almost sounds like some radical new physics hypothesis. Don't be fooled though Power Theory is a killer band from the Philly area and they are all about bringing metal to the masses. We were fortunate enough to hook up with Bob "B.B." Ballinger founder and guitarist of the band hot off the release of their second release "An Axe To Grind" for a great discussion. If Bob has his way Philly will become the next metal destination so stay tuned to the next two episodes as we get down to the metal with BB Ballinger and Power Theory.

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92 08/15/2012 01:05:31 Focus on Sledge One word says it all…Sledge. She is the Sledge in Sledge Leather and has held her own in the male dominated world of metal drumming for own simple reason. She's that good. Now Sandy Sledge has reunited with Leather Leone and the results are incredible. Last week we talked to Leather and this week it's all focus on Sledge.

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91 08/08/2012 01:19:24 Leather Returns WE'RE BACK…

As we alluded to in episode 91 we have a great show for episode 91. Legendary metal vocalist Leather Leone has made her return to the scene after being away for far too long. Her new band Sledge Leather has a killer release "Imagine Me Alive' out right now and it's not to be missed. Leather will talk about the new disc, her past history, and what's in store for the future.

Next week will be part two of the Sledge Leather double header as we welcome Leather partner in crime, Sandy Sledge to Focus on Metal.

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90 06/20/2012 01:08:15 Big Vocal Showdown J likes to say "when a singer leaves a band, I'm done". Fine, but what about the singer and his solo career. Who's had a good one. We threw out three big guns and talked it out. After this one we'll be taking a break for a few weeks. Hey, we've been doing this weekly for 90 weeks straight I think we earned a few weeks off. So what's up for episode 91? Well if all goes as planned we'll be back with a legendary female metal vocalist that we haven't heard from in about 20 years. She's back and we'll have her right here on FoM.

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89 06/13/2012 01:19:23 KissThraxTallica When we got together for this episode THIS was never the intention but sometimes the best things in metal aren't planned so why not just go with it. I wasn't sure we had anything here but when I went back to start editing I found that actually had a pretty good discussion from Kiss to Anthrax to Metallica. Hell we even took a left into Pink Floyd WTF!

With all that we still managed to include some tunes from Tokyo Blade, Order of Nine, Crimson Cult and Kvikksolvguttene. Yeah that last one is a real band. Enjoy their great cover of I Love It Loud.

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88 06/06/2012 59:07 Ellefson, The Other Dave With a few notable exceptions (Steve Harris & Steve Dawson to name two) bass players in metal bands are usually not "name" players. They go about their business holding the whole thing together with little fanfare. Dave Ellefson is another name player. Arguably THE name player in classic thrash. I'm sure that Slayer fans would argue that point but Araya is known more for his vocals than his bass playing. Ellefson stand out in metal. Look at it this way. Here's a teenager with his primary influence being metal and he has to play with Gar Samuelson and he makes it work incredibly. That's no small feat and from there Dave has only continued to inspire fellow bass players and metal fans.
Still want to argue the point? Ask a metal fan for the best known bass riff in metal and more than likely they're gonna say the opener from Peace Sells, Nuff said

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87 05/31/2012 01:08:07 MetalTV J is back in the cohost seat this week as we discuss MTV. Did it help or hurt metal? Well this week we sat down to discuss that very question.

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86 05/23/2012 01:02:47 MegaHale Bill Hale returns to talk about his new book Megadeth Another time, A Different Place

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85 05/16/2012 01:16:18 A Sound of Thunder Finally, the long promised interview with somebody from A Sound of Thunder. In this case we got guitarist Josh Schwartz on the line to discuss all things ASOT.

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84 05/09/2012 1:31:45 Big Metal Ramble This one clearly got away from us. Ever get so into a discussion that you forget what the original intent of the conversation happened to be. That's this show in a nutshell. We talk new releases, old releases and play some great metal in between.

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83 05/02/2012 1:24:51 Setlist Challenge In episode 82 J laid down the setlist challenge, make a setlist for 6 classic metal bands that embraced the whole catalogue and wasn't the same old song and dance. Seemed pretty easy at the time. Wrong!! When it comes to some of our favorite bands it's damn hard to come up with a 20 song set.

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82 04/26/2012 0:58:01 Same Old Song And Dance Another listener inspired discussion, this week we tackle setlists. Why do a lot of bands lean on the stuff they have played for years and not take the opportunity to roll out some other songs in the set? Maiden may take heat for doing entire tours of almost all new material but I think they show some considerable metal balls in sticking to their guns about not being a nostalgia act.

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81 04/19/2012 0:59:39 Focus on Truth It's been awhile since we did a segment based episode but the Focus on Metal train rolls on. On this one J and I discuss the new release from Van Halen and what it all means, rollout a new one from guitar great Patrick Hemer, and even find time for a scrap metal segment.

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80 04/12/2012 1:03:40 Thrash Francisco This year is shaping up to be a killer year for metal books. This week we turn our focus on Murder In The Front Row. This one is a must buy book for metal fans. Authored by Harald O and Brian Lew and published by Ian Christie, this is one is totally by true metal fans and not some bandwagon jumping book.If you want to see the birth of thrash through the eyes of guys who were a part of it, then pick this puppy up.

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79 04/04/2012 1:05:01 Focus on 1982 I suppose it would have been more clever to wait until episode 82 to do a show on 1982 but we're not that clever. So here it is a look back at 1982, the year in metal. Having lived it I knew it was good year for metal but looking back at it now I see that it was a major year in the growth of metal.

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78 03/28/2012 1:18:56 Widowed Again Chris Bennett of Widow is back again this week as we wrap up our discussion about Life's Blood the new release from the band as well as anything else Chris wants to talk about in the world of metal. I have to warn ya we kick this one off with a foray into Chris's favorite bits of gear.

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77 03/21/2012 1:16:00 Focus on Widow We continue on the NWOBHM path this week. This time we go in deep with Chris Bennett guitarist and songwriter for North Carolina metalers Widow. On the heels of the release of their latest (and perhaps greatest) release Life's Blood Chris joins us to talk all things Widow, the new album, and the state of metal in general.

Where's the NWOBHM part? Chris and the guys are heavily influenced by NWOBHM and it shows all over the new disc.

Like their t-shirts say, If you don't like us, you don't like metal. We at FoM like Widow and are all about spreading the word.

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And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
76 03/14/2012 1:05:43 Focus For Muthas (vol 1) March is shaping up to be NWOBHM month here at FoM. This episode I delve into the seminal NWOBHM compilation Metal For Muthas. Sadly there's so much cool stuff on this comp that I didn't have time to go into volume two, BUT that means I get do another whole episode on that one in the future.

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75 03/07/2012 1:25:20 The New NWOBHM So J had his "fun metal" episode and now the focus turns to a resurgence of bands that follow in the footsteps of the great NWOBHM bands. On this episode we will hear from Steelwing, Bullet, Skull Fist and Widow and that's just for starters. So sit back and enjoy the new NWOBHM

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74 02/29/2012 1:05:10 More Steel & Fire Damn, there was so much great metal to cover from Steel & Fire that we needed to do one of those rare two parters. This week we wrap up our look at Steel & Fire Records and their compilation release "True Metal Never Rusts Vol, 1". Here's hoping that they put out a volume 2 in the near future. Speaking of the near future, stay tuned for more labels to be the subjects of a label spotlight episode and more new metal to be discovered.

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73 02/22/2012 1:02:15 Focus on Steel & Fire Records Once again the listeners have come through with a great idea, put the spotlight on some of the great small metal labels out there.

So this episode we kick things off with a look at Steel & Fire Records and there great old school compilation "True Metal Never Rusts Vol 1". This comp is , as they say, all killer no filler as you will hear on this weeks show.

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72 02/15/2012 1:06:16 Focus on Don Jamieson When John Katic from Iron City Rocks let us know that there was interview with fellow metalhead Don Jamieson available for air we jumped at the chance to run it. So this episode we present John talking with Don as well as me doing a bunch o' talking by myself.

Plus we throw in a scrap metal segment and some other great stuff.

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71 02/08/2012 0:54:34 Big 4 Undercard Everyone can usually agree on the Big 4 but what about those great bands that have always been considered contenders? That's usually where the real discussion between metal fans lies. Everybody has their own take on who belongs in that pantheon right below the Big 4. and J and I are no different. We had total agreement on a few but in true metal tradition we had to thrash out the final spot.

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70 02/01/2012 1:07:18 Hair Strikes Back WARNING - This episode may cause you to choke on hairspray.

Nostalgia is not what it used to be. J and I have noticed a recent trend in metal releases. There appears to be two metal revivals bubbling to the surface and coincidentally one is making J happy and the other is making me happy. This episode we focus on J's.

Always one to appreciate the fun parts of metal (which is why he's a big Anthrax fan) J has been happy to see a lot of new bands unabashedly displaying their eighties hair metal influences. So this episode we explore some of these bands. Call em' hair, sleaze, or glam these guys are gaining traction without a boost from major labels.

Stay tuned for an episode in the near future where we will delve into the revival of NWOBHM and classic metal…UP THE IRONS!

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69 01/25/2012 0:54:47 Forging A Road To Metal Way back about thirty episodes we asked for your gig travel stories. One of our listeners answered the call and so this episode was inspired by some great European road stories. The take away I got from all this is that metal fans will go to great lengths to see their favorite bands. I doubt that Bieber fans ever crossed a continent for a show, but for metalheads the journey as they say can be the reward. What the hell am I talking about? The metal at the end is THE reward.

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68 01/18/2012 0:51:08 Ride The Relevancy The words were tendered…Tallica no longer relevant! Being a long time fan I had to disagree. I figured I would toss it out to J he was going to agree with one of the views and either way it would make for great discussion. I almost expected him to go against my opinion, knowing his reaction to the Black Album but to my surprise he stood firmly in the relevancy camp.

Judging by the incredible anniversary shows they just rolled out at the Fillmore I think we made the right decision. Playing a week of shows with no songs being played more than once. If that wasn't enough the band also rolled out pretty much everyone ho ever played with them including the mysterious Hugh Tanner, Lloyd Grant, Ron McGovney, Mr Newsted, and of course mega Dave just to name a few.

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67 01/12/2012 0:54:40 Psyched About Sykes John Sykes one of hard rock and metal's quintessential journeyman guitar players. Whitesnake, one of metal's great hopes of 1987. The question arose, did Coverdale screw the proverbial metal pooch when he sacked the band that really played on the 1987 album. That's the topic of this weeks episode…along with the usual unplanned rambles along the way.

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And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
66 01/04/2012 0:59:30 The Black Metal Episode What??? No, not that Black metal. This episode was inspired by two things. A suggestion from J and a comment from Doug Pinnick on "That Metal Show". So we thought why not tackle the subject this week. The roots of metal are tied directly to American blues and the pentatonic blues box. If that's the case why are there not more black folks in metal? It's not like there are not some great examples in metal right now, why aren't there more. I'm not sure if we came away with an answer but the discussion was pretty good anyways.
65 12/28/2011 0:59:31 Music Discovery II Time once again for one of our more popular shows, music discovery. It's been a few months so why not get the word out about some great releases. Hopefully you ill hear some must have tunes and go out get them for yourself. That's a wrap for this year. Next up in 2012 is the mysterious Black Metal episode.

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And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
64 12/21/2011 1:09:36 Satan Claws is Comin' To Town Time once again for us at FoM to spread some holiday cheer. So for your consumption here's our second annual holiday/year end episode. J and I discuss the past year and throw out a few wishes for 2012, all with a healthy dash of metal clad holiday tunes.

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And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
63 12/14/2011 0:59:34 Final Score on the Big 4 So we have talked about two of the latest release from the Big 4 in the last few episodes. In this episode J and I look at the latest recorded output from all of the Big 4 and give our current ratings on who comes out on top.

We also have a contribution from Cast Iron comrade John Katic as he talks with Jonny from Art Of Dying and finally J and I do our first Scrap Metal revisited as we look at the latest release from Riot.

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62 12/07/2011 1:09:30 Drummer Roundup Part 2 So here's part 2 of the roundup of some of our favorite drummers this weeks episode is capped off with an interview with the legendary Andy Parker from UFO humbly submitted by one John Katic. If you haven't caught John's show head over to castironring.com and follow the link to Iron City Rocks. Be sure to check out all the other great shows there as well.

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61 11/30/2011 0:59:31 Drummer Roundup Part 1 So far on FoM we have talked about singers and bassists. We talk guitarists on pretty much every episode, although I would expect that they will get their own roundup in the future. However the next two episodes of FoM are all about the skin pounders.

The original concept was that J and I would each bring a list to the table like our artwork episode. In this case it didn't quite work out so well. This time J came up short on the list but what the hell, ever forward. That's metal !!!!

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60 11/23/2011 1:28:50 Focus on Worship Music Okay, so we aren't the first metal podcast to do a breakdown of the long awaited Anthrax release "Worship Music" but what the hell we are gonna do it anyways. This week J and I discuss the new disc and J also waxes a bit on the new Megadeth release too.

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59 11/16/2011 0:59:20 Focus on Th1rt3en It's been a Mega month. The new Gigantour lineup was announced and on the same day Mustaine and co released their new disc on Roadrunner fittingly titled Thirteen. In this episode of FoM we assess the Gigantour tour and do a track by track rundown of the new disc.

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58 11/09/2011 0:59:28 The Countdown Winds Down The countdown winds down…WTF?

This weeks episode drops within days of the reveal of The Cast Iron Ring. Head over to http://castironring.com/ and watch the seconds tick by until all is revealed on
11/11/11

In the meantime have a listen to this weeks episode as J and I wrap up our discussion of music delivery past, present and future. I'll also given update on what former FoM guests Benedictum are up to and roll some great metal tunes including a NWOBHM blast from the past.

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57 11/03/2011 1:09:32 Focus on John Petrucci Okay maybe John Petrucci is only part of the podcast but would you have been as interested if it said Focus on Formats Part 1. I didn't think so. So first up this week J and I will be delving into the formats we bought metal on both past and present. We had a lot to say so this puppy will be divided among this weeks show and the one to follow.

Then, we get to John Petrucci. Cohost John Katic caught up with Petrucci fresh from the release of the new disc "A Dramatic Turn of Events". JP talks about the new disc, tour plans, and some of his solo stuff too.

This weeks brings us less than two weeks from the launch of the Cast Iron Ring. Stay tuned for more.

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And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
56 10/26/2011 0:59:54 A Black Tide of Drummers For some reason, with no intent beforehand, this one turned into a drummer episode. First up is MVP drummer Scot Coogan the man behind the skins on the latest Lynch Mob disc as well as the stick man for Ace Frehley (among others). We catch up with Scot right before the Lynch Mob show in Pittsburgh. I know what you're saying, MVP. Hey the guy's a local boy so I gotta give him props.

Next up is a sit down with Steven Spence from upstarts Black Tide. Fresh off the sophomore release and some killers tour stuff, including opening two local gigs for Iron Maiden, Steven talks all things Black Tide.

We also open the vault and give you a taste of now defunct NYC metallers Sinful.

And as always metal tunes for your headbanging pleasure.

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And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
55 10/19/2011 1:14:25 Focus on Christian Metal Christian metal, white metal, unblack metal whatever you want to call J and I don't know much about it so that means it's a perfect topic for Focus on Metal. Apparently Christian metal has a huge following and that really peaked our interest her on the show. Ya we know about the obvious bands but it's surprising just how many bands are out there in this genre. Probably the biggest scene for this type of metal right now is in metalcore. It's amazing how many metalcore are christian focused and yet have a large fan base in both the secular and non-secular communities.

So with all that in mind J and I hunkered down into our metal libraries searching for examples of this genre and we were surprised at what we found. We call this one The Godcast…enjoy.

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54 10/12/2011 0:59:31 Nick Catanese, Focus on the Evil Twin Nick Catanese has got to have one of the best gigs out there. Faithful sidekick to Zakk Wylde and the anchor for Black Label Society. Nick is the man and our man with the interviews John Katic caught up with Nick for a little chat. As usual when to Pittsburgh boys get together there's gonna be some honest smack talk going on and in this installment Nick lays out his thought on several topics. Nick does tend to have a bit of a Star Wars obsession goin on so we will have to forgive him if he goes of a bit on the sci fi.

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53 10/05/2011 1:03:06 Focus on Phil Soussan Phil Soussan, the guy is a true journeyman bass legend. He's the guy behind Ozzy's "Shot In The Dark". He's worked with Jimmy Page and tons of other folks. So this week on Focus on Metal it's all about Phil.

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52 09/28/2011 0:59:59 Artwork Summit Pt. 2 This week we present the second half of our metal album artwork discussion. If your usual two metalheads discussing their picks wasn't enough we decided to let a third metalhead give their opinions too, in a special guest feature.

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And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
51 09/21/2011 1:04:28 Artwork Summit Pt. 1 Long talked about, we finally devoted an entire discussion to metal album artwork. This week and continuing next week we bring you the first F0M episode solely focused on artwork. Yes we actually were able to stay focused on topic for an entire discussion. I brought the vinyl and J brought the CDs and we had at it.

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And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
50 09/14/2011 1:38:40 Focus On Manowar I know a lot of shows make a big deal out of getting to episode 50 but ya know we do a weekly show so 50 isn't really that much of a milestone. So with that in mind we decided that this week it was time for the Manowar Super Special. Strange choice? Maybe, but J had suggested it awhile back and I thought, why not. So this week it's Manowar and nothing but Manowar. I think that's how they would want it, right. So if your a fan of Rob and the boys then hopefully this will be a great episode. And if you aren't really familiar with them then this will serve as an excellent guideline to the band. And if you don't like the band then this episode will probably...

For more Manowar news visit the Kingdom Of Steel at www.Manowar.com

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49 08/31/2011 1:23:46 Metal Mantra This week on FoM we delve into J's mantra "when a singer leaves a band, I'm done". It's a long and winding road but I'm still gonna try and convince him that some singers can be replaced. Plus lotsa classic metal tunes and another round of Six Degrees Of Steve Harris.

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48 08/24/2011 1:28:41 Martin To The Max This week on FoM we bring you master metal author Martin Popoff. Few authors can lay claim to the track record of this guy. 34 books on hard rock and metal. He is probably the all time king of album reviews, coming in just shy of 8000 reviews. Add his time with Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles and all the liner notes and other stuff he's done and it all adds up to an unbeatable track record of metal authorship. So being a long time buyer of Martin's books I was psyched to have him on the show. We discuss his latest two books "Black Sabbath FAQ" and "The Deep Purple Royal Family" both of which I highly recommend. Of course when two old school metal heads with the same kinda music background get together we talked about a whole bunch of other stuff too.

Plus J and I talk a bit on the Sabs and of course there's your weekly dose of classic metal.

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47 08/17/2011 1:27:03 Metal Music Discovery 1 How do ya follow a George Lynch episode? Dunno, but here's what we're gonna do. There's been a load of great classic flavored metal releases this year and it's about time we publicized some of them. J and I realized that we just don't have enough time in a regular episode to keep everyone up to date on the great stuff out there so here's our shot at rectifying the situation. We looked at what has come out so far this year, picked some of our favorites and put em' all into this show. Hopefully you will find some worthwhile stuff in here.

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46 08/10/2011 1:28:35 Lynched George Lynch. Need I say more? Hard to believe that three episodes ago we were talking about Winger and this episode it's Mr. Scary himself George Lynch (courtesy of our cohost John Katic from Iron City Rocks). So George will be talking about the new album as well as the gear that makes his tone. J and I will set the stage will bit of chat on the whole Eddie versus Randy deal. Long story short if it smells like it, it probably is. As usual we will play plenty of metal including some tasty treats from George's latest release "Kill All Control"

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45 08/03/2011 1:28:32 Scrued It's been a hot summer so far and this week J and I got a bit lazy. So this one's a bunch of talk about a bunch of stuff all adding up to nothing (except some amusing conversation). Sometimes a hot summer day will do that to ya, but we still put out a show and that's what counts.

Plus we throw Killer Dwarfs on the scrap pile and round it out with an interview with shredder Rob Balducci (courtesy of Iron City Rocks). And of course a bunch of great metal for your listening pleasure.

Fear not though, next week we get Lynched. That's right the master himself George Lynch will be the featured guest on the show and I'm sure I'll be driving J nuts with guitar talk.

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44 07/27/2011 1:23:02 Iron Woman As promised this week on FoM we have one of the coolest vocalists in metal today, Veronica Freeman from Benedictum. If you are unfamiliar with Benedictum we aim to change that this week. Veronica and I sat down for a chat about the band and their latest release Dominion. Veronica is the female version of Dio. Not only because of her incredible pipes but also because she his just as personable and down to earth as Ronnie was. In fact if you want to hear her sing some Dio pick up a copy of Benedictum's first release Uncreation. To kick off the show J and I had a chat about the changing face of women in metal and look back at some of the well known and lesser known women who have made in impact in metal.

Looking to round out your metal collection. Century Media has put together an excellent collection of essential metal releases on their store. Go to Century Media and shop away.

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43 07/20/2011 1:00:00 Hey Beavis... It's Winger. I know, I know. I could just blame this one on J but he has a point, Winger is a pretty damn good group of musicians that kinda got the shaft by a friggin cartoon. So on this episode J and I toss around the Winger talk. To back up the viewpoint we toss out a few tunes from the last two albums which, although having some semblance of earlier stuff, is headed in a heavier direction. Then we follow that up with a chat with Reb Beach brought to us by contributing cohost John Katic. John and Reb will talk Winger and Whitesnake plus some of Reb;s possible upcoming solo stuff.

We also play a dedication for recently departed Motorhead guitarist Michael "Wurzel" Burston.

And to make sure you don't think we're heading down the hair band rabbit hole we play some brand new Seven Witches for ya.

Next week is the long awaited chat with Benedictum's killer vocalist Veronica Freeman so stay tuned for FoM # 44 and I do believe that there's some George Lynch in our very near future too.

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42 07/13/2011 1:18:06 Metal Merch To The Max Merch the hallmark of every metal head. For many it's the first indication that that other weird dude is a metal head too. On this episode wistfully discuss metal merchandise of the past as well as the current state of the metal merchandise machine. Head back to yesteryear where back patches and classic concert tees roamed wild in the streets.

We also managed to cram in a great interview with Michael Wilton from Queensryche. Whip discusses the new disc, their summer 30th anniversary tour plans, the Epitaph run with Judas Priest and even some of his own merchandise that's out there.

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41 07/06/2011 1:15:02 Beer, Spatula and Death In this strange and oddly paced episode recorded at four different occasions that took two months to complete, we learn about some bizarre news events and follow a few oddball online happenings. The episode happens to close a chapter of a specific Focus on Metal division. Get ready for the unexpected, get a cold one and crank it up. Oh, and stay focused. \m/

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40 06/29/2011 1:22:59 Rokken with... C'mon you know you are a Dokken fan. Just admit it and prepare to bask in the metal goodness of classic era Dokken. On this episode Scott and J delve into the first four releases from the George, Don, Mick And Jeff (and Juan if you wanna be technical). Up for examination are Breaking The Chains, Tooth and Nail, Under Lock And Key , and Back For The Attack. We also make a brief stop with the Nightmare on Elm Street EP and since we are known to go down roads we don't intend to go, we also end up discussing briefly the catalog in the nineties after the "classic era" releases.

In addition to that we have a quick rundown of some new metal releases for your summer enjoyment and of course the usual dose of metal tuneage.

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39 06/22/2011 1:24:48 Two Tickets To Metal Paradise? The concert experience, is it better, worse, the same? Are fans a better audience in Europe or North America? Every metal head knows South American metal fans totally know how to have a concert experience. So It ain't even worth discussing. As far as the other questions J and Scott spend this episode dissecting and dissertating upon those very questions.

Also up, we throw Shok Paris on the scrap pile and wrap it up with a chat with none other than Ricky Warwick. Former leader of The Almighty but nowadays better known as the new frontman for the legendary Thin Lizzy.

And if that ain't enough metal goodness we also debut a brand new segment, The Tape Trader.

The music on this one is of a decidedly NWOBHM bent as we hear from the likes of AIIZ, Girlschool and Picture to name but a few.

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38 06/15/2011 1:27:15 A Pair Beats An Ace There's many ways to stock your band with guitar slingers but is one way better than the other? J and Scott kick this question around on this episode of Focus On Metal. Drawimg on past experience and personal bias the discussion is as usual lively and guaranteed to drift into other areas. Also on this episode a Deep Cut from Riot in honor of Mark Reale's birthday. And we top it all of with a quick rundown of some releases including what may be the first playing of anything from the new Saxon disc on a podcast.

As usual there's plenty of metal tossed into the mix including Arch Enemy, Testament, Anvil, Hammerfall and more.

Stay tuned next week for a visit by Ricky Warwick of Thin Lizzy.

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37 06/08/2011 1:25:44 Return of The Blade Part 2 Tokyo Blade was one of the original NWOBHM bands. Recently the release their first new music in what seems like forever. Thousand Men Strong is one of the strongest releases the band has ever had. The new disc contains all the elements of classic NWOBHM but with some modern touches. As if that wasn't enough the band is composed of the classic 1984 line up of the Blade with the inclusion of their brand new vocalist Nick. Andy Boulton one of the founders of the band and the only remaining original member sat down with Focus On Metal to discuses all things Blade. On this episode you will hear Andy discuss all his current gear as well as great stuff he has used in the past and his gear plans for the future.

In addition to that we have another installment of Six Degrees Of Steve Harris, A Deep Cut, and a whole metal load of killer Tokyo Blade tunes from the past as well have stuff from the new album.

Want More of the Blade :
www.TokyoBlade.com is the official site for Tokyo Blade. Get all the latest news, sign up for the email list, and buy all your Tokyo Blade mercy including the new disc.

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36 06/01/2011 1:25:56 Return of The Blade Tokyo Blade was one of the original NWOBHM bands. Recently the release their first new music in what seems like forever. Thousand Men Strong is one of the strongest releases the band has ever had. The new disc contains all the elements of classic NWOBHM but with some modern touches. As if that wasn't enough the band is composed of the classic 1984 line up of the Blade with the inclusion of their brand new vocalist Nick. Andy Boulton one of the founders of the band and the only remaining original member sat down with Focus On Metal to discuses all things Blade. On this episode you will hear Andy discuss the past, the new disc, the new singer, the music and concert industry and much more.

And of course you get to hear samples of almost all the tracks off the new disc.

This is part one of my talk with Andy and part two will roll next week in episode 37 which will focus on all the great gear that he is currently using.

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www.TokyoBlade.com is the official site for Tokyo Blade. Get all the latest news, sign up for the email list, and buy all your Tokyo Blade mercy including the new disc.

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35 05/25/2011 1:44:01 The Ronnie and Bob Show May 16th marked the one year anniversary of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. As anyone who has listened to past episodes of FOCM know some of us here as huge Dio fans. Join us on this special episode of Focus on Classic Metal as we pay tribute to the mighty RJD. J and Scott have a brief talk about their thoughts on Ronnie and then we turn this episode up to eleven as we welcome perhaps the best metal podcaster out there…Bob Nalbandian. If you aren't familiar with Bob, he is the host of the Shockwaves Hard Radio podcast as well as the Shockwaves Skull Sessions podcast. Bob was also the founder of the Headbanger fanzine and has worked with some major metal publications. If you like what Bob has to say please subscribe to his shows, you won't be disappointed. There's not a lot of music in this episode BUT we think that all the great stuff from Bob more than makes up for it.

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34 05/10/2011 1:34:53 Overdrive Deep Dive K.K. leaving the Priest. WTF!!

We do our first ever new release deep dive. We gave Overdrive's new disc Angelmaker the full FOCM treatment and came away with a four horns up rating.

Listen to the show and decide for yourselves. If you agree…buy it.

Also on this episode we roll out our first listener submitted metal. Be sure to check out a great track from Virginia's own The Omega Point.

And if that wasn't enough we toss in a classic live metal morsel from one of our favorites Angel Witch.

Visit FocusOnMetal.net for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.

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33 05/04/2011 1:28:36 Hate To The Max Focus shifts from monologue to abundance of interviews. This week, while you visit the Psycho Dungeon, you get treated to three of them. Max Cavalera and Marc Rizzo of Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy plus Jade Simonetto of Hate Eternal. They all talk about their newest albums. Hate Eternal drops "Phoenix Amongst the Ashes" on May 10 via Metal Blade, while Cavalera Conspiracy's "Blunt Force Trauma" has been out since late March via Roadrunner. We also discuss Marc's solo album, find out what Max thinks of the end of the run for the world's most wanted fugitive (who also gets a song dedicated to him and can now sing along in hell). Dario talks about the Big Four, Dream Theater drummer drama and reveals details of a fun contest that he won and thus saved you from being tortured by an out of context song. email at shout@focusonmetal.net. iTunes reviews and rating are always welcome and appreciated. Thanks to John at Iron City Rocks for his help.

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32 04/27/2011 1:31:06 Metal Mental Overload This one kicks off with a discussion about the huge amount of new metal choices available every week. Is it making these new songs disposable compared with the classic albums? Will new metal fans have the same connection with these songs years from now like some of us do with the first albums that brought us into metal's glorious embrace. As long as we are talking releases we may as well throw in a new releases update. So we did.

But wait there's more, John Katic talks with Kingdom Come main man Lenny Wolf, Wargasm hits the scrap pile, and it's time once again to play "Six Degrees of Steve Harris"
Metal Overload indeed.

And remember…Focus On Metal, Everything else is insignificant.

On a sad note…
22-April K.K. Downing announced he was retiring from Judas Priest. For all the detail hit Focusonmetal.blogspot.com
For those of us on the classic team, this was indeed sad to hear. K.K. has always been the unsung heart & soul of the Priest.

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31 04/19/2011 1:47:50 Psycho Dungeon Focus on Metal Network adds one more show to its roster.
Welcome to Sycco Dungeon. We shift focus from dialogue driven show to Dario's monotonous monologue broken up by all types of interesting guests. Despite being alone, somehow Dario is surrounded by girls who make a few unexpected appearances on this inaugural episode of Psycho Dungeon. We introduce you to incredibly talented guitarist Gretchen Menn as we discuss her involvement with a few tribute bands and the launch of her solo career. We hear a sneak peek from her upcoming debut album. We also dig into Focus on Metal Vault to bring out an educational ear opening topic as well as some killer tunes from Slayer, GWAR and Cavalera Conspiracy. Find out Dave Mustaine's favorite Slayer song (which he claims he recently discovered) and get totally shocked to learn how many (or few) sold albums it takes to get into Billboard 200 these days. Dario does one of his usual rants with an unusual twist and wraps up the show with an Extreme Classic from 1988.
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30 04/13/2011 1:42:01 Listing Towards A Ramble Listing Towards A Ramble, what the hell does that mean? Well this episode of Focus On Classic Metal started off as a discussion of metal "best of" lists and quickly dissolved into all matter of rambling discussion. Somehow Julien managed to wrest control of this one and sometimes ya gotta just roll with it. That being said we did manage to pack in some great metal tracks for your head banging enjoyment. Some NWOBHM form Avenger. Fifth Angel hits the scrap pile. Sonic Force gives us a deep cut. But wait there's more. To find out what other tracks are in store for your listening pleasure you'll just have to listen to the whole damn thing.

We have gotten lots of great show ideas from the listeners (as well our own personal favorites) and there's plenty of great episodes yet to come from the Focus on Classic Metal team. .

So remember…Focus On Metal, Everything else is insignificant. .

One final word.
If you like Glen Drover's guitar work make sure you check out the new release Metalusion which hit the shelves on April 5

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29 03/30/2011 1:31:06 Silver Metal Edition On this episode of Focus On Classic Metal we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Slayer's Reign In Blood as well as 1986 as a pivotal year in classic metal history. If that wasn't enough we also check in with Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee and find out what's going on in the world of Lemmy and company. It wouldn't be Focus on Classic Metal without the music and this show includes some great tracks from the likes of KIng Diamond, Slayer, and Fates Warning just to name a few.

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28 03/23/2011 1:47:35 Mountain of Doom While saving Dario's liver from excessive drinking and your ears from vulgar display of unfunny stories, Mandy, the core of the Extreme Pear rejoins her sidekick Dario and the Extreme Metal Podcast churns out another brutal episode. After getting stood up twice, the third date with AMON AMARTH results in a cool albeit brief interview with Johan Sv?derberg, the guitar player. Johan talks to us about the new album, his influences and much more and the Extreme Pair summarizes "Surtur Rising" and plays a couple of premiere AMON AMARTH tracks from the upcoming release. We also review a black metal documentary "Until the Light Takes Us", dig into our own closets in search of the most unextreme skeletons. We find Stryper, but nobody claims that one. Another hot episode of Focus on Extreme Metal turns brutal when we attempt to launch a dual-channel synchronized fartburp. We also play some music as picked by our listeners, deliver the metal news with new releases and tour report followed by birthdays and we end the epic return to offbeat form with a third installment of the now classic Extreme Pair outtakes. Our new episode also features a brand new track from PROTEST THE HERO's new album Scurrilous as well as music from GWAR, DEICIDE, DEATH TOLL RISING, VILE, HATE, BURZUM and much more.

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27 03/16/2011 1:29:44 Words From Drover On this episode of Focus On Classic Metal, Scott talks with Glen Drover about his upcoming release Metalusion due to hit shelves on April 5. If that's not enough metal guitar goodness, this weeks guest host is Dave Reffett who comes on board to give a NAMM show recap. Metal Church comes up in the scrap yard plus a bunch of new metal and old metal for your weekly dose of the heavy.

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26 03/09/2011 1:45:02 Extrement All The first (and hopefully last ever) episode of Focus on Extreme Metal featuring Dario exclusively features an interview with SCALE THE SUMMIT guitar player Chris Letchford. Chris talks about the new album "The Collective", the dark nature of the album and it's creative development as well as the dream come true tour with Dream Theater. The new episode of the Extreme Pair (without the vocals of the better half) also concentrates on instrumental music of the extreme variety. The bands featured on the show come from all aspects of extremeness, some brutally technical, some more proggy, while some are totally deranged and devoid of any scales with heart stopping time signatures. Some of the bands heard on the episode include Behold the... Arctopus, Spastic Ink, Sleep Terror, Blotted Science, Cloudkicker, Exivious, Abolishment of Hate and Gordian Knot. Some of the music presented should come with a health warming label. Dario also presents an unofficially licensed from the Bonebat Show "Pisses Me Off" segment. Our new episode also features a brand new track from Lifelover's new album Sjukdomers.
Keep it hot and keep it brutal.

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25 03/02/2011 1:28:38 No Escape From Alcatrazz On this episode of Focus On Classic Metal, Scott & Julien discuss guitar based gaming and it's contribution to the spreading of metal and it's possibilities as a new music distribution paradigm. If that wasn't enough we present an in depth interview with a vocal legend, Graham Bonnet about his past, present and future. The guy stepped in Dio's shoes. How many singers can say that? Besides singing for Blackmore he has also fronted with Yngwie and Steve Vai in Alcatrazz and has 7 solo discs to his credit. Also in this episode, some new album release news, a deep cut from Rage and plenty of "classic" metal.

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24 02/23/2011 1:40:34 70,000 Tons of Filth This episode starts off cold with the darkness of Cradle of Filth, featuring and interview with guitarist Paul Allender. He talks about his musical influences growing up, his hiatus from the band when Cradle rose above underground and he also talks about the new album, Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa. We then switch scenery, because we find a need to escape a cold winter snap that brings sickness and despair to the Extreme Pair. We take this opportunity to warm up and talk exotic metal with Rob Cranny (Northern Storm Records) who has been to four Wacken Open Air festivals as well as the newest and coolest fest, The "70,000 tons of Metal", a four day cruise that took 2,000 lucky metalheads and 40 metal bands on a journey nobody is likely to ever forget. We talk to Rob about the experience of sharing a large cruise ship with devoted metalheads and non-stop music coming from three stages on board of 70,000 tons of metal. Our new episode also features Metal Swapping (featuring Into Eternity and Canvas Solaris), New Releases, Tour Report, Metal Birthdays and much more including music from Cradle of Filth, Hatriot, Rob's label representatives Profaner and a brand new track from the new Deicide album. As always, we are looking for bloggers and other content providers to join our team, we also appreciate your iTunes reviews and ratings.
Keep it hot and keep it brutal.

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23 02/16/2011 1:22:06 Mega Poland On this episode of Focus On Classic Metal, Scott talks at length with former Megadeth axe slinger Chris Poland. We find out what Chris is doing now, hear some of his new material and go over what gear he is currently using. Also Julien and Scott discuss Chris's influence on the first two Megadeth albums and also debut the Crushed Metal concept. As you may have guessed there's quite a bit of Megadeth to be heard on this one headbangers. On a sadder note R.I.P. Gary Moore.

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22 02/10/2011 1:48:58 The Reek of Carcass Mandy and Dario had a great chat with a pioneer of the second wave of extreme metal, Bill Steer, known for his work with Carcass and Napalm Death. Bill talked to us about his latest Firebird album, tough times surrounding the last Carcass studio album, and an even more difficult process of reuniting with the band. Bill spends a bit of time discussing Heartwork and talks in depth about its impact on the band. For us it is always a pleasure to talk to such an influential individual such as Bill. Mandy and Dario also dress the upcoming episode with Carcass music, and typical features of Focus On Metal, such as news, new releases, tour report, and the return of metal birthdays. Episode 22 of Focus On Metal is feature-packed with many surprises. Naturally, with off the wall humor you’ve come to expect from the Extreme Pair.

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21 02/02/2011 1:29:25 Joe Stump Special Here we are with another episode of Focus On Classic Metal. On this episode Scott talks with metal guitar master Joe Stump. Joe is a solo guitar virtuoso as well as the guitarist for Holy Hell and Reign Of Terror. If that wasn't enough he is also the metal guitar guru at the prestigious Berkeley School of Music and an all around pretty cool guy. Also on this episode Julien and Scott dug through the metal scrap pile and came up with Kick Axe plus the premier of two new FOCM segments and the new release report. As usual there is a whole bunch of great metal too. It's 90 minutes of classic metal by metalheads for metalheads. \m/

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20 01/26/2011 1:25:40 Remastering Rudy In this bonus Focus On Classic Metal episode a bit of breaking metal news, J and Scott talk on the subject of metal remasters and reissues and John Katic from Iron City Rocks delivers a killer interview with all star bassist Rudy Sarzo. If you ever wanted to know about Rudy you need to listen to this one.

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19 01/22/2011 1:42:51 Keepers Of The Flames In this episode the classic metal team kick off the new Focus On Classic metal podcast. Features include a killer interview with guitar god Dave Reffett the man behind Shredding The Envelope.

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18 01/12/2011 1:48:27 Taste of India Let the initiation begin! In our debut episode of Focus On Extreme Metal, Dario and Mandy get exotic! We take a trip to India to check out the exotic India metal scene and speak to Madhav Ravindranath of Roadcrew Records and Headbangers India. We talk 2011 predictions & which new releases we are salivating for. In a new segment, Dario & Mandy swap albums from Celestiial & Nachtmystium. This episode features plenty of music, featuring Gyibaaw, Vital Remains, Inner Sanctum, Skrypt, Theorized, Undying Inc, Blind Image, Heathen Beast, and Gruesome Malady. We love to hear from you. Connect with us at www.focusonmetal.net. Shout@FocusOnMetal.net.

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This one was only up for a few days before a mishap killed it from the RSS feed. Well worth a listen.
17 01/05/2011 1:22:44 Extremely Classic Julien and Scott discuss all things Savatage and predictably go off topic and down several other avenues before returning to the topic and hand. This was a discussion that was recorded for the holiday episode but due to space considerations was bumped to this episode. Also on this episode John has a great discussion with David "Rock" Feinstein on his new release and his memories of Ronnie. And as always a boatload of classic metal music including a double shot of Annihilator. Email: Shout@FocusOnMetal.net

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16 12/28/2010 1:48:50 2010 in a Can We sum up the year and feature an interview with Steve Seabury who baked us a delicious cookbook, "Mosh Potatoes". We add a ton of music from the best albums of 2010 as per last week's guests on our show. We also share top news stories from the last 12 months and Mandy and Dario talk about their favorite releases and concert experiences, all drenched with their distorted sense of humor. Put your headphones on, buckle up and as usual, expect the unexpected. Heavy New Year and Cook Out With Your Book Out.
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15 12/22/2010 1:43:25 Extreme Holidaze Dario & Mandy call around the world and find out what were some of our metalhead friend's top picks of 2010 and wish them all happy holidays. Hear some metal holiday music and have a safe & happy holiday season from all of us at Focus On Metal.
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14 12/15/2010 1:43:13 Classic Holiday Show The Classic Holiday show. We interview Chris Caffery (Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Scott and Julien team up to bring you their Classic Holiday Special as they wrap up the year with music and summaries and we also bring you the classic Focus on Metal Hits in form on New Releases, Tour Report and Metal Birthdays.

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13 12/08/2010 1:40:52 No Ordinary Joe John talks to the man, the myth, the legend: Joe Satriani about his latest album, Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards, we also find out what's next for Chickenfoot, and Joe talks about his videocast promotions of his projects and how they got started.
We've launched a brand new segment called Scrap Metal, with a spotlight on an older and forgotten release that likely slipped past you. Dario does his first really angry segment! Find out what ticks him off. Don't miss the news, tours, and the shredfest of guitarists celebrating their birthdays.

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12 12/01/2010 1:36:44 Hale the Emperor Scott & Julien talk early metal days with author and photographer Bill Hale, John talks to Samoth (of Emperor, Zyklon, and so many more) about his current musical project The Wretched End. Our birthday segment is back along with the news, tour announcements, and new releases!

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11 11/24/2010 1:37:58 Dissecting the Corpse Dario and Mandy welcome Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster to the show and dicusses tour, what's to come, and about meeting album cover artist Vincent Locke for the first time. Dario doesn't believe Mandy's mom is a fan too, and calls to quiz her. Episode is packed with favorite Cannibal Corpse songs and our usual metal news, tours, new releases and Mandy gives recipe for her Cannibal Corpse inspired shot.

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10 11/17/2010 0:00:00 Ironing The Maiden It's the missing episode. On this one J and Scott skewer Maiden's new release "The Final Frontier". If you happen tio have this one let us know at shout@focusonmetal.com
9 11/10/2010 1:34:34 Guitar Merry Go Round Table Guitar great Tommy Merry talks in detail with Dario and Scott about his music, filmmaking, and guitar gear. A must not miss interview! An unexpected phone call to Dario as he wraps up the show changes the face of the Metal Birthdays segment forever. We also bring you the latest news and tour announcements.

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8 11/03/2010 1:25:32 Book, Bass and Boards First installment of Focus on Books features an interview with author Mark Eglinton. He talks about his book, "James Hetfield: The Wolf at Metallica's Door". Dario and Scott discuss the least popular instruments in metal, bass and keyboards. This episode's music is used to illustrate samples of metal's most influential bass guitar heroes. Most of our regular segments are here for your enjoyment as well.

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7 10/28/2010 1:28:39 Accept and Reunite In this episode, we talk to Wolf Hoffmann of recently reactivated legendary Accept. He talks about the reunion, growing up in Solingen, Germany and the type of impact that had on the Accept sound, he also speaks of his photography endeavors. Accept's reunion prompts us to discuss metal reunions in general with focus on most recent ones as well as hypothetical returns of bands no longer with us. We also bring you our usual dose of metal news ranging from new releases, tours and metal birthdays.

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6 10/20/2010 1:27:09 GWAR on Metalcore Oderus Urangus pays us a visit and slays us with his insane sense of humor. He talks about the Bloody Pit of Horror, upcoming tour and drenches us with crazy stories only his off the wall mind can master. Mandy and Dario trained a full week to be able to talk about metalcore, subgenre of metal that has taken off and left them wondering why it is so popular. We also bring you the latest news, tour report, new releases and birthday announcements.

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5 10/06/2010 1:30:20 To Metal or Not To Metal Metal can mean different things to everyone, but we all have to agree that while it is nice to sound heavy, without the right attitude, all you are is a poser! This week we Focus on an interview with Doro Pesch and discuss her long spanning musical career, we also interview famous guitar player Eric Johnson. We still manage to deliver our usual segments into a jam full 90 minutes which happens to be our major league debut on Pure Rock Radio. Special thanks to John at Iron City Rocks.

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4 09/29/2010 1:27:42 Triptych of Tom G. Warrior Tom Gabriel Fischer is a very influential musician. He may not agree with that, but extreme metal beginnings started with this mastermind's visions. We talk to Tom from his Swiss home and get an insight on his current musical endeavours with Triptykon, past work with legendary Celtic Frost as well as his creative collaboration with famous surrealist painter Giger. In the very first episode hosted by the "Extreme Pair", Dario has a bit of fun with trying to identify the 14 most influential extreme metal bands of the 80s as picked by Mandy. If he correctly identifies at least 10 out of 14, Mandy promises to bake him something metal and forever immortalize the process with video. Scott introduces us to his new Home Recording Tips segment and we all benefit from learning about the latest news, new releases, tour announcements and birthday celebrations. Let the insanity begin

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3 09/20/2010 1:22:54 Battle of Big Two During episode 3 Scott and Julien focus on a retrospective look at Metallica's Death Magnetic and compare that album to Megadeth's End Game. Because of their long standing disgruntledness, Dario and Mandy were disqualified to join in on that conversation but managed to throw in their two cents. Focus on Metal rounds up the latest new releases, tour report, metal birthday celebrations as well as an album review, music and more

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2 09/14/2010 1:08:33 RoadRunner Records This week we Focus on the history and past and present line up of artists under contract with RoadRunner Records, we also bring you metal news, album releases, tour report, metal birthdays, great music and more.

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1 09/07/2010 1:06:23 Focus on Metal begins with Orion Focus on Metal officially launches off with an interview with Orion of Behemoth and Black River. We also introduce you to our regular segments such as tour report, upcoming new releases, metal birthdays and album reviews. Sit back, grab a cold one and enjoy. This is episode 1 of many. Subscribe and send us your feedback.
Remember, we Focus on Metal. Everything else is insignificant!

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0 09/04/2010 1:07:12 Inevitable Intro There rarely is a metal album without an intro. Same can be said about a podcast that focuses on metal. While we are still putting the finishing touches on the first episode, let us introduce you to Episode 0. The one that starts the Focus on Metal insanity begins with the introduction of your hosts. We are a dedicated metal team consisting of four members coming from two different countries and three time zones. We introduce you to the metal beginnings of Scott, Julien, Mandy and Dario. Stay tuned for more episodes to follow. Our next show will focus on Orion of Behemoth as he updates us on the condition of Nergal and reveals a lot more about himself than you thought you knew.
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--- 08/26/2010 0:02:14 Welcome to Focus on Metal Premier global metal crazed netcast called Focus on Metal featuring dedicated and knowledgeable fans is coming soon. This fast paced show will feature interviews with metal's most important personalities, latest news headlines and in depth news analysis, interesting topics, great music, reviews of the latest releases and plenty of segments from contributing metalheads. The show you've all been waiting for is just around the corner.
We Focus on Metal. Everything else is insignificant!

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