This week’s Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem on Tuesday 12th April is a special show starring guitarist Tomi Koivusaari from Finnish metal legends AMORPHIS. You will hear the recently recorded interview with Tomi conducted by our Senior Manager Alison Booth (who also has the radio show on TotalRock) at their recent show in Nottingham, along with specially selected tracks. The show also features another chat with Uri Dijk from Dutch metallers TEXTURES, also recorded in Nottingham.
New tracks coming up from KORPIKLAANI, HEAVENWOOD, LACUNA COIL, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM and more! Tune into http://www.totalrock.com from 6PM GMT!
For more information about Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem, visit the official Facebook page here, the official website here and past shows are available on Mixcloud at this location.
Metal Shock Finland Chief Editor, Mohsen Fayazi and Senior Manager Alison Booth have joined together in partnership with their respective other areas of work: Stargazer Consultancy and Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem.Stargazer was set up to be a useful guidance in the rock and metal music industry. Some of the services on offer include custom artist biography and press release writing, designing and licence negotiation. Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem is a weekly rock and metal show on UK radio station TotalRock.
Mohsen “Stargazer” Fayazi
Mohsen has built his career in the music industry over the last seven years, beginning by writing many music articles on the popular online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia, in 2009.
He then started working with renowned Middle Eastern metal webzine Jorzine in 2010 and began conducting the first of many interviews to come.
In 2011, Mohsen was invited by Metal Shock Finland President Tarja Virmakari to join the team. He was soon a major contributor in creating the well respected rock and metal news source that the online magazine is today and became Chief Editor.
During this time, Mohsen has forged strong relationships with record labels such as Nuclear Blast, Century Media and many more. A plethora of interviews have taken place over the years, with esteemed artists including Wolf Hoffmann (ACCEPT), Michael Weikath, Markus Grosskopf (HELLOWEEN), Jon Schaffer (ICED EARTH), Arjen Anthony Lucassen (AYREON) and Steve DiGiorgio (DEATH, CONTROL DENIED, TESTAMENT and more). Many thought provoking reviews and articles have been written.
Another area of work is designing high quality banners, posters and logos, some examples are all the headers and logos seen on the Metal Shock Finland website and social media. Posters have also been designed for metal legends ACCEPT, notably for Sweden Rock Festival in 2013, along with being official Ambassador for the band in Iran, as well as doing promotional work.
Mohsen has worked for two Iranian death metal bands in the role of agent and manager. He has been instrumental in spreading their names worldwide, as well as securing a record contract.
Mohsen created the specialist sister magazine to Metal Shock Finland, a quarterly production by the name of Metal Shock Times.
The magazine has focused on aspects of the music industry, reports, reviews and interviews.
Alison Booth (AKA Blackdiamond)
Alison’s career in the industry has been built over the last five years, starting in 2011 by initially joining Metal Shock Finland as an Author. This consisted of writing daily news articles, reviewing new albums and interviewing artists, then progressing to becoming Senior Manager and also Utilifests Project Manager; arranging partnerships with rock and metal festivals worldwide. Festivals supported include Wildfire, Metal Crowd, Brutal Assault and Devilstone.
In 2012 she joined the long running excellent English radio station TotalRock, presenting a weekly two hour show, Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem amongst a team of stellar DJ’s. Featuring bands worldwide, many guest artists have appeared for a chat on the show including Michael Schenker, Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN), Nigel Glockler (SAXON) and Glenn Hughes. As well as big named bands, Alison also supports new bands and frequently features their material on the show.
Alison also has built solid relationships with record companies, promoting their band’s music through her radio show and with press releases, reviews and interviews on Metal Shock Finland. She is an experienced writer, having had reviews published in AOR magazine.
Alison has worked with ACCEPT as Ambassador for the UK.
“We are excited to present our services to the rock and metal community as partners and look forward to taking our partnership forward.”
To find out more about Stargazer Consultancy and the services available, visit the official website here and the official Facebook page at this location.
For more news on Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem show, check it out every Tuesday from 6PM GMT on http://www.totalrock.com and find out more on the official website here. The official Facebook page can be found at this location. Past shows can be listened to on Mixcloud.
This week’s Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem on Tuesday 26th January from 6PM GMT will be an AVANTASIA special, featuring creator, composer and main man Tobias Sammet!
Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA are set to unleash their seventh album “Ghostlights” to fans worldwide on 29th January via Nuclear Blast and it is the sequel to 2013’s “The Mystery Of Time”. Tune into http://www.totalrock.com to hear an in depth chat with Tobi about “Ghostlights” and an insight into the album, as well as why the first single sounds so much like Meatloaf! Also including the huge forthcoming tour and their Eurovision entry, plus plenty more, along with an update on EDGUY. As well as all that, some epic new tracks from the album will be played!
The show also has great new singles from SABATON,MORTIIS (on the META(L)SCOPE), FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, CAIRO SON and more! Plus a couple of tracks dedicated to Jimmy Bain who passed away at the weekend.
For more information on Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem, check the official website here and the Facebook page at this location.
The first Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem of 2016 will be a Tribute To Lemmy Special Show on Tuesday 5th January, starting at 6PM GMT on http://www.totalrock.com. As well as many MOTÖRHEAD classic tracks to be played in memory of Ian Lemmy Kilmister, the show will also feature a chat with I.C.O.N drummer and huge MOTÖRHEAD fan Larry Paterson.
The META(L)SCOPE showcases three new tracks from the forthcoming album “Rulebreaker” by German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR. Also coming up on the show are new singles from FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE and WITCHCRAFT plus much more, see you there!
To find out more about Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem, check out the official Facebook page here and the official website here. Previous shows can be found on Mixcloud at this location.
Metal heavyweights ACCEPT are back on the road again with their “Blind Rage Part IV” tour, finishing on 16th December in Bulgaria. The stalwarts of the metal world have travelled the globe since the release of their current and 14th album “Blind Rage” in 2014, which hit number one in the charts in Germany and Finland, delivering dynamic performances over and over again to faithful fans, now spanning generations.
Metal Shock Finland Senior Manager Alison Booth also has a radio show, Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem, every Tuesday from 6PM on http://www.totalrock.com. She recently had a chat with Wolf, as part of the show’s third birthday celebrations, prior to ACCEPT‘s one-off UK show at The Forum in London on 7th December. Wolf spoke of the forthcoming tour and plans for the follow up to their last album “Blind Rage”. We already posted some news from this interview about Wolf‘s next classical album which you can read about here.
The full show will soon be online at this location and you can listen to the chat with Wolf on the audio player below.
Discussing future plans and when the next ACCEPT album will be unleashed, Wolf explained:
“We’ve been hitting it so hard these last five years. We could’ve already started, but it was so nice not to jump right into the studio after all this touring for Blind Rage.
In January Peter and I will lock ourselves away and the cycle will start again. It’s gonna be ready when it’s gonna be ready, but we’re trying to get something out next year, or something ready next year, recorded.”
Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem is back after the summer break with a brand new special show! The show on Tuesday 8th September, from 10AM on http://www.totalrock.com will feature an interview with keyboard player Santeri Kallio from Finnish melancholic metal masters AMORPHIS, along with three tracks from their newly released 12th album “Under The Red Cloud.”
Also on the show, the META(L)SCOPE will be showcasing US rock ‘n’ rollers HEMI DEVILS with three tracks from their debut EP “The Trilogy Of 6 – Volume I”, as well as the latest singles from GRAVEYARD, W.A.S.P, SOULFLY, METAL ALLEGIANCE, CATS IN SPACE and more!
For more information on Blackdiamond’s Metal Mayhem, which is also repeated every Saturday at 4PM GMT on TotalRock, check the official Facebook page here and the website at this location.