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YOUNG GUNS FEATURE: BLACK TIDE

Previously published in TOTAL GUITAR in 2008:

Line-up with Alex nunez (at the back)

Guitarist Alex Nunez was to quit the band shortly after this interview took place. Another notch here on the bedposts of I Am The Wolf! Bizarrely enough he was replaced by Austin Diaz of the hardcore band The Panix… and then Nunez ended up joining The Panix. A nifty little switch which did nowt to harm either careers.

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LIVE REVIEW: IRON MAIDEN

VENUE: Telenor Arena, Oslo

DATE: July 6th 2011

SUPPORT: Alice Cooper

Photo: Elin Hansson (dagbladet.no)

It was only a matter of time before Maiden would set foot on the Viking soil of Norway whilst on their epic Final Frontier Tour. With 40 countries under their belt, and a tour that started over a year previous you’d certainly expect a tired and worn out bunch of old cockneys with arthiritis in their knees. But this is Iron Maiden, and although cockney’s are rife, they really are the troopers they sing about:
The day before the show members of Maiden played their almost traditional football match against the Norwegian Opera House team! Joining Team Maiden and Steve Harris was none other than Satyricon’s lead singer himself Satyr, and appropriately they won 13-1. Stick that in your bonnet of Maiden football facts.

The following night they blew the fackin’ socks from the feet of Oslo’s Telenor Arena…

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LOST RAMBLINGS PART 1: SKINDRED

As with most interviews undertaken for a freelance article – you always end up with more words than it’s possible to whittle down. But whittle down you must, even if it means excluding what some fans might see as being the cream of the crop. So where do these cuttings end up? Usually at the arse end of the delete button.

But fear not fellow wolfmen! Sometimes things get saved, and today starts us off in a high spirited summer fashion. Fresh from their appearance at this years Download Festival, and the first in our batch of unreleased gems –  the ever-metal, ever-reggae, ever-growing, Skindred:

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ON MY IPOD: JORDAN WHELAN OF STILL REMAINS

Previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2007:

Ah! The good old days of Still Remains! What a damn shame that less than a year after this interview with Jordan, they decided to call it quits. Was it something I said? Perhaps… this happens more often than not.

Anyway, as interviews go it was of course short and sweet. Subject matter being pretty minimal and all that. I do recall asking Jordan about working with producer Logan Mader [ex-Machine Head, Soulfly and Medication], and he didn’t have too much to say. In fact he’d never even heard of Medication! It’s understandable and I forgive his ignorance on such a short lived band. I just wanted to chat about Prince Valium. Ah well…

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ALBUM REVIEW: EUROPE – ‘SECRET SOCIETY’

Album review previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2006.

EUROPE
SECRET SOCIETY (Sanctuary Records)

TG Rating: 6/10

Who they?
Forget Backyard Babies and Hardcore Superstars, Europe are Sweden’s most successful rock export thanks to their decade-defining hi The Final Countdown. The band somewhat died during the shoe-gazing 1990s, but are back after a 2003 reformation.

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ALBUM REVIEW: HONEYMOON SUITE – ‘CLIFTON HILL’

Album review previously published on ANTENNA magazine website in 2008:

HONEYMOON SUITE – CLIFTON HILL (Frontiers)

When modern parodies of the 80’s exist a la Grand Theft Auto: Vice City you imagine the creators must’ve looked at these guys for inspiration – mullets, bouffants, long jackets, neon decor, synths and DeLorean’s. Yes, Canadian pomp-rockers Honeymoon Suite were one of THE most 80’s bands around during their prime years. With songs in Lethal Weapon, The Wraith, and TV’s Miami Vice and top notch album production from legends Ted Templeman [Van Halen] and Bruce Fairbairn [Bon Jovi] it was a case of move over Loverboy, there’s a new kid in town.

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ALBUM REVIEW: AGAINST ME! – ‘NEW WAVE’

Album review previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2007.

AGAINST ME!
New Wave (Sire Records)

TG Rating: 8/10

Who They?
Folk-tastic rebellious indie punkers return with their much anticipated fourth long player – and if you’ve never heard them yet you’re in for a treat! Charismatic punk Tom Gabel’s diverse project started off with a self made demo in 1997, 10 years later and after a brief tenure with Fat Wreck Chords, Against Me! have struck gold with a major label release and production by the legendary Butch Vig.

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FEATURE: 10 Most Dangerous Gigs – THE STOOGES


Iggy Pop - the sacrificial lamb of '74

I was asked by Total Guitar to help write the feature ’10 Most Dangerous Gigs’. I wrote a little piece on one of The Stooges most infamous gigs. Put your slippers up and get stuck in with this little nugget, previously published in TOTAL GUITAR in 2007.

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INTRODUCING: A LIFE ONCE LOST

Previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2007:

FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK: A LIFE ONCE LOST

Genre defying monolithic metal heaviness. All they know is – they’ve come to destroy!

GUITARISTS: Doug ‘Snake Sustaine’ Sabolick, Rob Carpenter

Who are they and what do they sound like?
Take your Rocky montages with your cream cheese spread and stick them where the sun don’t shine, Philadelphia has some new heroes. They go by the name of A Life Once Lost and they’re pioneering the future in DIY metal. Destroying venues across America continuously, there’s been no let up in their steaming efforts. Injecting a punk rock swagger into an intense barrage of pent up polyrhythms and vicious deathcore. Tech metal? Who knows. Guitarist Doug Sabolick ponders: “I guess we’ll always be labelled that, but it’s no problem. I’d classify our shit now as: smoking bong rock metal! Just look for that section in the record store”.

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ALBUM REVIEW: LYNAM – ‘SLAVE TO THE MACHINE’

Album review previously published in TOTAL GUITAR magazine in 2006.

LYNAM
Slave To The Machine (DRT Entertainment)

TG Rating: 5/10

Who they?
‘This generation’s answer to Guns ‘N’ Roses!’ according to the press release. Disappointingly, they’re more akin to a latter stage Bon Jovi. A fairly unfamiliar youthful trio, Lynam would like to have formed on Sunset Strip. Instead, they formed in good ol’ Alabama, which may be the reason they’re also able to play country music.

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