Category Archives: Pure Metal/Interviews

Metal artist/band interviews.

Interview: METAL CHURCH (Mike Howe)

Mike Howe is very happy man these days and it shows. Having returned to Metal Church after a twenty year period gap, the Michigan-born singer has help Kurdt Vanderhoof and Co create in “XI” one of the most impressive comeback … Continue reading

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Interview: THE TANGENT (Andy Tillison)

Andy Tillison is a man I had the pleasure of talking to a couple of times in the past so when I was asked whether I would be interested in having a chat with him with regards the release of … Continue reading

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Interview: GRAVE DIGGER (Chris Boltendahl)

In my capacity as a music journalist, I have had the chance of meeting up and chatting with Grave Digger’s frontman Christ Boltendahl many times over the years and there’s never been a single occasion where I have found the … Continue reading

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Interview: ORDEN OGAN

ORDEN OGAN

GRTR! recently caught up with Orden Ogan’s Dirk and Seeb ahead of the band’s upcoming album, ‘Gunmen’ which is released on AFM Records on July 7. The ‘Gunman’ video is very good indeed and will the storyline be carried onto the next … Continue reading

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Interview: STEVE GRIMMETT

We catch-up with Steve Grimmett ahead of some South American dates and find out that there will be more from Grimmstine and the wonders of tea for singers… What can fans expect from the new album ‘Walking In The Shadows’? … Continue reading

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Interview: MICHAEL STÜTZER – Artillery

Artillery recently released their newest album, Penalty by Perception. The Danish thrash metal band have been together since 1982 and from then out have released 7 other studio albums and embarked on various tours. Here Dillon Grant talks to Michael … Continue reading

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Interview: BRIAN TATLER – Diamond Head

DIAMOND HEAD – Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, London, 18 July 2015

As Diamond Head begin to gear up, releasing yet another album we managed to catch up with lead guitarist Brian Tatler to ask him a few questions. Here Dillon Grant puts questions to one of rock and metal’s most influential … Continue reading

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Interview: EXUMER

Dillon Grant put some questions to Exumer’s founding member singer/bassist Mem V. Stein. The band has just released a new album, ‘The Raging Tides’, on Metal Blade Records. The new album, “The Raging Tides” is your fourth studio album and potentially … Continue reading

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Interview: HENRIK DANHAGE (Evergrey) – June 2015

Henrik Danhage - Evergrey

Five years ago Progressive Power metallers Evergrey looked as if they were heading nowhere, their towering front man actually contemplating calling it quits. Today, however, things could not have been any different as the Gothenburg-based quintet is a well-oiled machine, … Continue reading

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Interview: DENIS “SNAKE” BELANGER (Voivod) – June 2015

Voivod

Few bands have created music that has had such a profound effect of me like that of the Canadian Progressive Thrashers Voivod, so arranging an interview with the band’s front man Denis “Snake” Belanger on the early evening of the … Continue reading

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Interview: ERIC A.K (Flotsam And Jetsam) – June 2015

Flotsam And Jetsam

Few bands who have been musically active for a good three decades can claim to have been as daring, innovative and talented as the Arizona Thrash Metalers Flotsam And Jetsam, and a lot of that has to do with the … Continue reading

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Rock stars: ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN (The Gentle Storm) – interview, April 2015

ANNEKE VAN GIERSBERGEN

Polite, talkative, pleasant, full of positive energy…Anneke van Giersbergen is what most music journalists would describe as the perfect interviewee. Her passion for the music she’s involved in is such that getting her to talk about “The Diary”, her latest … Continue reading

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Interview with THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD (Kamelot) – March 2015

US Progressive Power Metallers Kamelot are a band close to my heart, my first contact with the band’s music having been back in 1999, via the mesmerising tunes of their fourth studio album “The Fourth Legacy”. Needless to say, conducting … Continue reading

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Interview with ANDY TILLISON (The Tangent) – April 2015

It’s been fourteen years since Andy Tillison first put together The Tangent and his Progressive Rock sextet has been going from strength to strength with every new release. Having been massively impressed by his latest offering “A Spark In The … Continue reading

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Interview with MICHALIS MOATSOS (Endless Recovery) – 15 October 2014

It may be true that Thrash Metal has been enjoying a revival of sorts these last few years, however, the passion and energy that characterised this great genre in the mid-80s has long been sacrificed in return for polished production … Continue reading

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Interview with MARCEL “SCHMIER” SCHIRMER (Destruction) – 8 October 2014

Fronting a band as legendary as the Thrash Metal trio Destruction for the better part of 31 years is probably not easy but Marcel “Schmier” Schirmer has managed to do so with passion and professionalism. Following a four year hiatus, … Continue reading

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Interview with TOM S ENGLUND & JOHAN NIEMANN (Evergrey) – 22 August 2014

Evergrey

Less than a year ago, following another unwanted line-up change, Evergrey were on the brink of calling it a day. A few months later, Evergrey welcomed back in its ranks two of its most important old members and with their … Continue reading

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Interview with NIGE ROCKETT (Onslaught) – 4 August 2014

Nige Rockett - Onslaught

British Thrash Metal combo Onslaught are a band I have been supporting since day one, so reviewing their London show and interviewing their long term guitarist Nige Rockett was something I was looking forward to. While the former was achieved … Continue reading

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Interview with MICHAEL BASTHOL DAHL (Artillery) – 20 July 2014

Michael Basthol Dahl - Artillery

Of the Thrash Metal bands that made their appearance in the early 80s, the one perhaps less deserving of the total lack of support provided by the music industry were the Danish quintet Artillery. Following a few well-documented break-ups and … Continue reading

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Interview with LARRY BARRAGAN (Helstar) – 12 June 2014

Helstar

Larry Barragan, guitarist and sole founding member of the American Power Metal institution Helstar, has been living and breathing Metal since the band’s inception back in 1982 and his passion and love for the said genre is certainly reflected in … Continue reading

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