Jimmy Kay and Alan Dixon recently spoke to Udo Dirkschneider about his upcoming U.D.O. album “Game Over”, which will be released October 22 via AFM Records.
When asked if the new album title ‘Game Over’ means and he will be retiring soon? ‘A lot of people were thinking, GAME OVER, is this my last album or my last tour? No it isn’t. The title of the album came during the recording session. The pandemic caused a lot of things. We could not work like we wanted to and we had to record in a different way. Then I don’t know who mentioned the words ‘Game Over’ but we said a great title for the album, so let’s do it.”
How did you work on this album during the pandemic? “We usually work face to face in a room with the producer but during the pandemic it was not possible. So that means we did everything over Zoom, Skype, Facetime and it took a little bit more time but of course in the end we had more time. This whole album for me was a band album effort. Everyone was really open minded. I had all these young people around me and they pushed me and they added some fresh ideas with a little bit more modern stuff.”
When asked about the musical direction “The whole thing is a really good mix up. A lot of different stuff going on, fast songs, mid tempo songs, up tempo songs, ballads, a lot of melodies, really good guitar work, what can I say I am happy.”
When asked if there will be DIRKSCHNEIDER & THE OLD GANG with Ex Accept Peter Baltes (bass) and Stefan Kaufmann album in the future? “We did the E.P. and people were saying is an album coming too? Definitely not at the moment. I would say if we have time, if we have enough ideas and we can do something in between. I would say maybe someday we can do an album together. But it would be more of a project and it would be more of a fun thing to do musically. So there won’t be that expectation that a new band is coming out. Also it would not be possible to go with this lineup on tour.”
Udo Dirkschneider, will release its new album “Game Over”, on October 22 via AFM Records.
Jimmy Kay from The Metal Voice interviews the first and original Iron Maiden roadie Steve ‘Loopy’ Newhouse who worked with the band from 1978 – 1984, from the Ruskin Arms to Powerslave recordings and wrote a book about his experiences.
Steve ‘Loopy’ Newhouse gives us an inside look behind the scenes of Iron Maiden in their Golden era. Loopy talks about growing up with Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno, his interactions with drummers Doug Sampson, Clive Burr and Nicko McBrain; to the replacement of Dennis Stratton with Adrian Smith; to the bands soaring success plus so much more…
All the details can be found in Steve ‘Loopy’ Newhouse book ‘Loppyworld’ The Iron Maiden Years https://loopyworld.uk/
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to KK’s Priest singer and solo artist Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens.
Ripper gave The Metal Voice a rundown of the upcoming KK’s Priest debut album, “Sermons Of The Sinner”, which will be released on October 1 via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records.
When asked should this new KK’s Priest album have been the follow up to Demolition “I don’t know. The thing about Judas Priest is they change and did whatever they wanted because they were Judas Priest. Every record sounded different except for ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ and ‘Defenders of the Faith’. Their last album was fantastic but it didn’t really sound like Judas Priest because they didn’t really write it. It was a great record but everything sounds different. What would have been next after Demolition I don’t know? This new record (KK’s) well could have been. I think what this record (KK’s Priest) shows is what kind of record K.K. wanted to make with Judas Priest because this is how he writes. This shows you why records become what they are. This new record shows just so much of K.K. Downing. KK wrote the record that he wanted to write and he wanted to write it for me to sing. “
When asked about some of the new songs musical style? “There are a lot of layers, there are a lot of epic kinds of songs is how I like to describe it. There is a lot going on. Actually it goes back to early Judas Priest listen to Rocka Rolla. Rocka Rolla was filled with that stuff and guess who wrote most of that album K.K. Downing. The song ‘Return of the Sentinel’ is one of my favorite songs off the new album, it is a little more musical in the classic Metal way. I think K.K. has taken ‘Sad Wings of Destiny’ and ‘Rocka Rolla’ influences and just brought it to nowadays.”
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to Exodus’ Guitarist Gary Holt about the bands upcoming Studio album “Persona Non Grata”, which will be released on November 19, 2021 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Holt also spoke about the band’s Legacy, Metallica early days and gave an update on Slayer.
Tell us what this new album “Persona Non Grata” sound like “The album to me sounds like 2020. It’s the musical equivalent to the shit show that last year was. Some of the stuff I was writing as I am looking at the TV watching the world burn, of course that had an effect on what I was putting down on paper. The song The Years of Death and Dying, Tom (Hunting) wrote as an ode to all the people we lost including a lot of close friends, on top of that a loss of our way of life, jobs and homes that were lost, not just all pandemic related. It was a bad year and we hope this album is something positive that comes out of it. This album has got some of the catchiest choruses we have ever come up with. When you can make something that super heavy and sing along to it I think you kind of accomplished something. Zetro also learned a couple of new tricks (death growls) in the past he didn’t think it was in his wheelhouse but he learned that he could do it quite well. Some of the songs demanded it.”
When you first saw Metallica did you think they were going to be as big as they are today “I thought they were great, we saw like a kindred spirit. We were both playing thrash metal, we didn’t know at the time another band did, it was kind of like looking into a mirror. No one knew they would be this big and anybody who says they did is a liar. They were crushing killer thrash made by guys like us, pimply faced kids with a total lack of social skills. No one knew James (Hetfield) would become the singer he did. No one knew they would write stuff like ‘Nothing Else Matters’. No one knew they would write ‘Sanitarium’. It wasn’t until Master of Puppets that I thought this band is going to do something massiv, cause I still consider ‘Master Of Puppets’ the greatest metal album ever made.”
Any updates on Slayer, perhaps a one off show or music? “No, Slayer is done, enjoy the memories, I know I do.”
“Persona Non Grata” is the follow-up to 2014’s “Blood In Blood Out”. “Persona Non Grata” was recorded at a studio in Lake Almanor, California and was engineered by Steve Lagudi and EXODUS. It was produced by EXODUS and was mixed by Andy Sneap.
Jimmy Kay From Canada’s The Metal Voice recently spoke to TRIUMPH‘s guitarist Rik Emmett about his upcoming book or poetry/Autobiography “Reinvention: Poems” via ECW Press , on September 14. Emmett also talks about the upcoming Triumph Documentary that will premiere on Friday Sept 10 at the TIFF.
Is this poetry book also an autobiography “It was a big part of it, I was trying to have this therapeutic thing that was going on where I started writing and trying to come to terms with getting older and all the rest of that. “
Why not just write an autobiography “The memoir is coming but in typical Rik Emmett style I decided I was going to Mish Mash a bunch of stuff and try to reach for aesthetic before I had to buckle down. Memoir stuff is more like people want the anecdotes, the stories and what it was like to have been there. There is almost a reporting angle in that. Whereas with poetry I felt like I had a lot more license to do and say things the way I wanted to try and say it. I just felt like I was going to take that step towards a world that’s more Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) and Leonard Cohen and just take a baby step towards that and not necessarily putting myself on that level. This is only my first attempt. Generally thinking I don’t think my poetry book is too hard to chew at but yes sometimes I am hiding a little bit behind the words or trying to make it so that instead of pissing and moaning about whatever. I am actually trying to say how do I get over to Virtue from Vice? How do I make that flip and I think in poetry it’s easier to do that than if you are just writing a standard autobiography memoir. The memoir is part of my book deal to come out in the future. “
In your book of Poetry/Autobiography you talk about being outvoted by Triumph members many times “In Triumph when we first started it was a trio and that is like a perfect little democracy, it’s as small as you can get and still have a perfect democracy. In the early stages there would be discussions, my voice would be taken seriously and we were building something. But once it got built to a certain point there was an imbalance that existed. Gil Moore was the general manager of the band, it was really his thing. Mike Levine was the guy that dealt with the record company, he did the marketing and the promotion. So then when there were musical direction talks, I was going, hang on for a second I think direction wise we should be doing this, then it was like sorry Rik you are getting out voted. And I was getting outvoted on too much stuff. I think the other guys wanted it to be a very metal/ hard rock kind of thing but I was the guy that was saying how about a little more progressive. And later on we weren’t even a hard rock band anymore because of what was happening at MCA/Universal. So there wasn’t even that integrity that metal/hard rock has and we were turning into a pop band. I don’t think any of us liked it but the other guys were going kind of like well this is where the bread is buttered and I was like I don’t care about butter.
How did Triumph have so much success on the business side of things and why did you leave? “Triumph we managed ourselves, so there wasn’t a big slice coming off the top like the 20% of the gross that is going towards a management company. So we didn’t need as big a pie as other bands did. There was money from merchandising, there was money from touring. In fact Triumph probably made more money from then that stuff then we ever did from selling records. In Triumph Mike and Gil were very astute business people they really knew from the get go what it was that they were trying to achieve on a whole bunch of levels. So there wasn’t an ignorance or a naivety to what was happening, no way, there was an awareness. I have learned a lot at the feet of those masters. I think at a certain point they were going to run the Triumph Rock and Roll machine the way they were going to do it and I went I got to go, see yeah.”
Tell me how you felt watching the upcoming Triumph Documentary? “Banger films have done it and they are very experienced and they are telling their perspective of the story. They have done their research and then they decided this is the angle we are going to take. So that is the first lense you are getting. The other thing is, it’s not my story, in fact I don’t actually own that brand. Gil owns that brand so you are going to get a little bit more of Gil’s angle of it then Rik’s and that is fine. I’m cool with that. In truth and in fairness I think people need to know that, that is what you are going to see. You are going to see something that has been passed through those filters. Is this ok? Have all three guys signed off on this? Yes.”
“Reinvention” is a largely autobiographical collection of poetry — a project that followed on the heels of Emmett retiring from a touring musician’s and college educator’s life in early 2019. Inside all of the slashes that define him — singer/songwriter/guitarist/rock star/teacher/columnist — writing has always been his strongest avocation, and the poetic style of “Ultra Talk”, in particular, offered a welcome spark for a songwriter’s freedom of expression. This creative license is organized under seven headings — The Humanities, Life & Death, There’s Politics in Everything, Double Helix, Soapbox Sermonettes, Time Time Time, and Ars Nova 2020.
TRIUMPH’s first-ever feature documentary about the band’s dramatic career, “Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine” (changed from the working title of “Triumph: Lay It On The Line”), will receive its world premiere on Friday, September 10 at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
On September 12, 2021, 2:00 PM EST, on Volume.com/metalhalloffame, Triumph members Gil Moore, Bassist Mike Levine and Guitarist Rik Emmett will be inducted into the Metal Hall of Fame Virtual Gala. During the ceremony Triumph will be Inducted into the 2021 Metal Hall of Fame by: Live Nation’s Head of Industry Relations Joey Vendetta Scoleri and Jimmy Kay, Editor-in-Chief of The Metal Voice.
Canada’s Metal Avenger Thor releases his new video ‘We Fight Forever’ featuring former Anthrax Singer and The Metal Voice Journalist Neil Turbin. Clips from the video were taken from an off set upcoming film ‘ Pact Of Vengeance’ which Thor will be co-starring in. Performance clips in the video were taken from a surprise secret set for invited fans on July 31, 2021.
“We Fight Forever” Vulcan Sky Entertainment Group Ltd Written by: Jon Mikl Thor / Kevin Stuart Swain Lead Vocals: Jon Mikl Thor / Neil Turbin Guitar – Lance Reegan-Diehl Keyboards – Darryl Hebert Bass – Kevin Stuart Swain Drums – Scott Young
Mixed by Scott Young Mastered by Achim Koehler
Video Credits Frank Soda – Guitar Kevin Stuart Swain – Bass Rick Fedyk – Drums
Videography: Jack Kao Editing: Kevin Stuart Swain Pact Of Vengeance scenes courtesy of Len Kabasinski and Killer Wolf Films
The album, Alliance, includes special guest appearances from Soilwork vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid, W.A.S.P.’s Chris Holmes, Raven vocalist John Gallagher, Danko Jones, Anthrax’s Neil Turbin, Ross “The Boss” Friedman and many more. It features stunning artwork from Timo Wuerz and is available on both digital as well as on CD in a digipak and limited-edition silver vinyl in a gatefold jacket.
“We Need Musclerock” feat. John Gallagher (Raven) “Niflhel (Realm Of The Dead)” feat. Björn Strid (Soilwork) “The Ultimate Alliance” feat. Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.), Ross “The Boss” Friedman (Manowar), Nina Osegueda (A Sound Of Thunder) & Fang VonWrathenstein (Lords Of The Trident) “Ode To Odin” feat. Dan Cleary (Striker) “We Will Fight Forever” feat. Neil Turbin (Anthrax) “Because We Are Strong” “Rock Around The World” feat. Danko Jones “Queen Of The Spiders” feat. Frank Soda (The Imps) “Power Hungry” “Bounty Hunter” feat. Frank Meyer (The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) & Dennis Post (Warrior Soul) “Battlements” feat. Trevor William Church (Haunt) “Thor vs. The Juggernaut (War Of The Gods)” feat. Sean Peck (Death Dealer) “Generation Now” feat. Joey Killingsworth (Joecephus & The George Jonestown Massacre) “After The Laughter” feat. Martin Gummesson (Thundermaker) “Good Stuff” feat. Al Harlow (Prism) “Congregate” feat. Joey Roads & Sheldon Byer (Roadrash) “We Will Fight Forever” (Reprise)