Last summer, I was hanging out in my backyard shortly after July 4th, listening to tunes, relaxing, and making S’mores with the kids when Skynyrd’s “Saturday Night Special” came on. My youngest son said, “Hey, Dad, you guys should play this song.” Initially, I thought this is not for Metal Allegiance and told him, “Son, we’re a thrash band.” As the song continued to play, I started to think if I were to play this song, what would I do? I immediately started hearing guitar parts, Hetfield-style riffing, and drum patterns. Coincidentally at the same time, Blitz and I were in the middle of one of our famous ball-busting text exchanges. I called to asked him his thoughts about covering a tune like “Saturday Night Special.” Before I even finished my thought, he said, “YES! I wanna do “Never in My Life” by Mountain, I wanna do a Cactus song called “American Made,” and that was it. Within five minutes, the seeds for BPMD were born, and the album was named. When he asked who would play drums and guitar, I said for the drums, “I know a guy.” I texted Mike Portnoy and asked him if he was down and then hit-up Phil Demmel to get his thoughts about playing guitar. We all had great chemistry within the Metal Allegiance ranks, so we all know each other as well our capabilities? In a few weeks, we all met at Mike’s house in PA to start arranging and recording.
Interview by Robert Cavuoto The powerhouse guitar-driven band, Alcatrazz, will release their long-awaited new studio CD, Born Innocent, via Silver Lining Music on July 31st. The heavy-hitting, melodic metal band lead by legendary singer Graham Bonnet throws down the gauntlet with a no holds barred powerful CD. It is the follow up to their 1986 […]
Amazing feedback is great as you never know, you work your arse off on all the songs and then you throw it in to the world and you hope that people appreciate it.
Anchor & Braille, the side project of Anberlin vocalist Stephen Christian, will be releasing his fourth solo CD, Tension, on May 22nd via Tooth & Nail Records. This new studio release is inherently personal and a departure from the music he has come to be known for with Anberlin. Tension explores the more pop-driven side of his songwriting and was born out of a creative time during the recent Anberlin reunion in 2019.
I didn’t want to make a copy of myself from album-to-album, so I stripped this one down. I tried to make it raw and powerful while taking a different approach from what I have done previously.
Inevitably, people will want to get back to a sense of normalcy. This thing has been a shocker and not to get into the political implications which I don’t like to get into; it’s been an extreme wake-up call.
After a 35 year hiatus, Vandenberg are back with new members and a new studio CD, Vandenberg 2020, due out May 29th via Mascot Records.
Sometimes, we go by a feel or vibe. In our process, we try to whittle things down to favorite songs, but we both have to agree that we like them to be on a CD. It’s not that we didn’t like these for some reason, they just weren’t as liked in our minds as the ones that went on the CD.
We had some tours planned but are now being canceled. We were supposed to go to Europe in late July but now waiting to find out if it will happen. It’s hard to say as it is so far away and things with the virus are evolving so quickly. We had planned to start touring the day the CD came out, but that is no longer in the cards for us. The songs would have been fresh to people; now, they have a chance to absorb the CD before seeing us.