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OZZY OSBOURNE and FIREWIND guitarist Gus G. (real name: Kostas Karamitroudis) was interviewed on the August 16-18 edition of Full Metal Jackie‘s nationally syndicated radio show. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

To see a full list of stations carrying the program and when it airs, go to FullMetalJackieRadio.com.

Full Metal Jackie: FIREWIND celebrated its 10th anniversary by releasing a live album called “Apotheosis – Live 2012” and it’s sort of an end of a chapter in the FIREWIND story. It’s an overview of the first 10 years of recorded music and a farewell to singer Apollo [Papathanasio]. So is now a good time to think of taking the band in different direction?

Gus: Good question. I haven’t thought of it, actually. I haven’t thought how the future is going to be for the band. Right now we are touring with our new singer, Kelly Carpenter, who is actually an American guy who lives in Belgium, so he’s close to Europe. You know, it’s going really good with him and we’ll see what happens. I can’t image that the next music we will put out will be somewhat different, but I guess it will be great, too. You have to keep your own identity somehow.

Full Metal Jackie: Gus, you formed the band and you’re one of the members from the beginning. Many people regard FIREWIND as your band kind of like your other gig where it’s Ozzy‘s band. What’s the most important lesson you have learned from him about being a leader?

Gus: Ozzy is a leader but he’s the best player and he makes everyone feel special. He gives everyone the spotlight. He’s a team player. He’s such a professional guy and it’s been amazing to tour with him. He’s the first guy to show up and the last guy to leave. You wouldn’t expect that, right? But he still does it and still has such a passion after 40-plus years.

Full Metal Jackie: Did you ever think in a million years that you would play in a band with Ozzy Osbourne?

Gus: Never in a million years; just like you said it. I mean, come on, you know being from Greece, you don’t even think about it, like even when I got called to do the audition and I was like, “I probably won’t get the gig, but…”

Full Metal Jackie: But at least you get to say you got to audition for Ozzy.

Gus: Exactly! I will have the coolest story for my friends and whoever for life. Like, hey I got to jam with Ozzy for a few songs. Little did I know.

Full Metal Jackie: How do you feel about the difference between the fans here and the fans out there in the U.K.?

Gus: I think it’s very similar. I mean, American audiences know their metal and love their metal. You know, it’s the same in the U.K. I mean, you’re from here, so you spot differences but for me I see a lot of similarities. They are both passionate and love going crazy at the concerts, that is for sure.

Full Metal Jackie: Gus, your formative musical influences are a wide range of styles from progressive infusion to classic rock. What has been invaluable from coming from a diverse background in terms of the music you make now?

Gus: What sums up my style is, I have such a love for hard rock and the ’70s and ’80s. But also blending it with the modern stuff. Obviously I’m from the newer generation. I guess that’s what I’ve been trying to do all these years; mix it up. Have that classic rock or classic heavy metal vibe into the stuff I’m doing now.

Full Metal Jackie: You had a solo record coming out. What are you working on?

Gus: I’m working on my first solo album. It’s going to be something completely different from what I’ve been doing with FIREWIND. It’ll be more on the classic rock vibe, or straightforward rock and roll. There’s going to be some instrumentals with some different singers on it; special guests. I’ve been out here tracking drums in L.A. Now I’m going to go home and start tracking guitars.

Full Metal Jackie: You’ve played with everyone from ARCH ENEMY to DREAM EVIL, IN THIS MOMENT and many others. How does being so active musically benefit what you bring to FIREWIND?

Gus: I don’t know. Does it bring anything? I guess for me, I would think of myself as a musicians who can adapt to different situations depending on whatever band I’m jamming with.

Full Metal Jackie: There’s got to be different dynamics in every band you’ve ever guested in.

Gus: There is. You can’t compare anything with a band like ARCH ENEMY with FIREWIND. Obviously, it was a much heavier band, more brutal stuff. But I think I’ve been learning from each band I’ve played with. That’s helped me shape my sound and my style. I think somehow I hope some of that reflects what I’m doing with FIREWIND. Although that falls into a different genre.

Full Metal Jackie: What are you plans for the rest of the summer and beyond?

Gus: We actually played a bunch of festivals over in Europe and we’ve been gigging, doing festivals since late April. Now July was a break for us but we’re going back to do a few festivals again in Europe; Bloodstock and Summer Breeze. Then I think there are talks about going to Australia. We had that tour but we postponed it, it was supposed to happen last April. So, I’m hoping we’ll be putting that back together and announcing some Australian shows at the tail end of the year. In between I’ll just be finishing recording my solo project.

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A Fire TV episode featuring behind-the-scenes footage from FIREWIND‘s appearace at the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 8-11 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom, can be seen below.

FIREWIND celebrated its 10th anniversary by releasing a live album on June 24 via Century Media Records in Europe. Entitled “Apotheosis – Live 2012”, the CD contains 17 songs recorded at special anniversary shows in Greece as well as all over Europe during the band’s “Few Against Many” tour in 2012. With a playing time of 69 minutes, the effort is a great overview of the band’s career so far, which consists of seven studio albums. It also marks FIREWIND‘s final release with singer Apollo Papathanasio, who decided to leave the group at the end of last year. He has since been replaced by Kelly Sundown Carpenter (ADAGIO, BEYOND TWILIGHT) as session frontman for all 2013 live activities.

The cover artwork for “Apotheosis – Live 2012”, which was released as a digipak in its first limited-edition pressing, was designed by FIREWIND‘s longtime partner in all design matters, Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, ANGRA, DREAM EVIL) based on live photography by Hans-W. Rock.

In a recent interview with Metal Assault, Gus G. stated about Apollo‘s departure: “People following the band for the past few years would know that we’ve had different session guys at the live shows even when Apollo was in the band because he just had to skip a few tours during the year. So whenever the schedule was getting too heavy for him and he would have to take care of stuff back home, we had to get other guys. So this time, he had to skip again and he was like, ‘You know, instead of holding you guys back, I might as well just quit.’ I think he did the right thing for him, for us as well, because we can only do that [getting session vocalists] so many times and we’re better off trying to find a new permanent guy instead of getting replacements for a tour. So at least now we know that we have to find somebody new, and in a sense it’s a bit sad, but at the same time it’s some sort of relief.”

Asked how Carpenter is doing as the touring replacement for Papathanasio, Gus told Metal Shock Finland: “He’s fantastic, this guy. Everybody who sees him perform live, their jaws are dropped immediately. They’re, like, ‘Wow!’ It’s amazing what this guy can do with his voice. And he’s such a nice guy, too. I mean, we started out with Kelly, ’cause we didn’t know him. And he really nailed it on the songs, he killed it. We hired the guy to go out with us and do the U.S. tour and the festivals, not really committing to further plans. We kind of take it day by day and see how it works between us, and so far it’s been really good. Right now, there are no plans for us to go back in the studio very quickly, so we’ll see when the time comes what will happen. But so far so good with Kelly. I hope it will continue.”

FIREWIND‘s latest album, “Few Against Many”, entered the official chart in Greece at No. 42 and in Germany at No. 90. Released in Europe on May 21, 2012 via Century Media Records and in North America on May 22 through DisManic, Inc. via eOne Distribution, the CD was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Sanford, Florida.

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GetYourRockOut conducted an interview with FIREWIND and OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. (real name: Kostas Karamitroudis) at the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 8-11 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

FIREWIND celebrated its 10th anniversary by releasing a live album on June 24 via Century Media Records in Europe. Entitled “Apotheosis – Live 2012”, the CD contains 17 songs recorded at special anniversary shows in Greece as well as all over Europe during the band’s “Few Against Many” tour in 2012. With a playing time of 69 minutes, the effort is a great overview of the band’s career so far, which consists of seven studio albums. It also marks FIREWIND‘s final release with singer Apollo Papathanasio, who decided to leave the group at the end of last year. He has since been replaced by Kelly Sundown Carpenter (ADAGIO, BEYOND TWILIGHT) as session frontman for all 2013 live activities.

The cover artwork for “Apotheosis – Live 2012”, which was released as a digipak in its first limited-edition pressing, was designed by FIREWIND‘s longtime partner in all design matters, Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, ANGRA, DREAM EVIL) based on live photography by Hans-W. Rock.

In a recent interview with Metal Assault, Gus G. stated about Apollo‘s departure: “People following the band for the past few years would know that we’ve had different session guys at the live shows even when Apollo was in the band because he just had to skip a few tours during the year. So whenever the schedule was getting too heavy for him and he would have to take care of stuff back home, we had to get other guys. So this time, he had to skip again and he was like, ‘You know, instead of holding you guys back, I might as well just quit.’ I think he did the right thing for him, for us as well, because we can only do that [getting session vocalists] so many times and we’re better off trying to find a new permanent guy instead of getting replacements for a tour. So at least now we know that we have to find somebody new, and in a sense it’s a bit sad, but at the same time it’s some sort of relief.”

Asked how Carpenter is doing as the touring replacement for Papathanasio, Gus told Metal Shock Finland: “He’s fantastic, this guy. Everybody who sees him perform live, their jaws are dropped immediately. They’re, like, ‘Wow!’ It’s amazing what this guy can do with his voice. And he’s such a nice guy, too. I mean, we started out with Kelly, ’cause we didn’t know him. And he really nailed it on the songs, he killed it. We hired the guy to go out with us and do the U.S. tour and the festivals, not really committing to further plans. We kind of take it day by day and see how it works between us, and so far it’s been really good. Right now, there are no plans for us to go back in the studio very quickly, so we’ll see when the time comes what will happen. But so far so good with Kelly. I hope it will continue.”

FIREWIND‘s latest album, “Few Against Many”, entered the official chart in Greece at No. 42 and in Germany at No. 90. Released in Europe on May 21, 2012 via Century Media Records and in North America on May 22 through DisManic, Inc. via eOne Distribution, the CD was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Sanford, Florida.

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Bloodstock Radio conducted an interview with FIREWIND touring singer Kelly Sundown Carpenter at the Bloodstock Open Air festival, which was held August 8-11 at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. You can now watch the chat below.

FIREWIND celebrated its 10th anniversary by releasing a live album on June 24 via Century Media Records in Europe. Entitled “Apotheosis – Live 2012”, the CD contains 17 songs recorded at special anniversary shows in Greece as well as all over Europe during the band’s “Few Against Many” tour in 2012. With a playing time of 69 minutes, the effort is a great overview of the band’s career so far, which consists of seven studio albums. It also marks FIREWIND‘s final release with singer Apollo Papathanasio, who decided to leave the group at the end of last year. He has since been replaced by Kelly Sundown Carpenter (ADAGIO, BEYOND TWILIGHT) as session frontman for all 2013 live activities.

The cover artwork for “Apotheosis – Live 2012”, which was released as a digipak in its first limited-edition pressing, was designed by FIREWIND‘s longtime partner in all design matters, Gustavo Sazes (ARCH ENEMY, ANGRA, DREAM EVIL) based on live photography by Hans-W. Rock.

In a recent interview with Metal Assault, FIREWIND guitarist/mainman Gus G. (real name: Kostas Karamitroudis) stated about Apollo‘s departure: “People following the band for the past few years would know that we’ve had different session guys at the live shows even when Apollo was in the band because he just had to skip a few tours during the year. So whenever the schedule was getting too heavy for him and he would have to take care of stuff back home, we had to get other guys. So this time, he had to skip again and he was like, ‘You know, instead of holding you guys back, I might as well just quit.’ I think he did the right thing for him, for us as well, because we can only do that [getting session vocalists] so many times and we’re better off trying to find a new permanent guy instead of getting replacements for a tour. So at least now we know that we have to find somebody new, and in a sense it’s a bit sad, but at the same time it’s some sort of relief.”

Asked how Carpenter is doing as the touring replacement for Papathanasio, Gus told Metal Shock Finland: “He’s fantastic, this guy. Everybody who sees him perform live, their jaws are dropped immediately. They’re, like, ‘Wow!’ It’s amazing what this guy can do with his voice. And he’s such a nice guy, too. I mean, we started out with Kelly, ’cause we didn’t know him. And he really nailed it on the songs, he killed it. We hired the guy to go out with us and do the U.S. tour and the festivals, not really committing to further plans. We kind of take it day by day and see how it works between us, and so far it’s been really good. Right now, there are no plans for us to go back in the studio very quickly, so we’ll see when the time comes what will happen. But so far so good with Kelly. I hope it will continue.”

FIREWIND‘s latest album, “Few Against Many”, entered the official chart in Greece at No. 42 and in Germany at No. 90. Released in Europe on May 21, 2012 via Century Media Records and in North America on May 22 through DisManic, Inc. via eOne Distribution, the CD was mixed by Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi at Audiohammer Studios (TRIVIUM, ALL THAT REMAINS, DEATH ANGEL) in Sanford, Florida.

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Here are the new heavy metal CD releases for this week.   For the most detailed and up-to-date schedule, check out our complete Heavy Metal CD Release Date calendar.

June 25, 2013
Abnormal Thought Patterns - Manipulation Under Anesthesia (Lifeforce)
Amon Amarth - Deceiver Of The Gods (Metal Blade)
Attila - About That Life (Artery)
August Burns Red - Rescue & Restore (Solid State)
Behexen - Rituale Satanum Re-Release (Debemur Morti)
Chthonic - Bú-Tik (Spinefarm)
Damned Spring Fragrantia - Divergences (Basick)
Dio - Magica Re-Release (Niji)
Firewind - Apotheosis: Live 2012 (Firewind)
From Hell - Heresy (Paper + Plastick)
Graveyard Of Souls - Shadows Of Life (FDA Rekotz)
Havok - Unnatural Selection (Candlelight)
Hesperian Death Horse - Mrtav (Play The Assassin)
Iliac Thorns - It (Inverse)
Imprecation - Satanae Tenebris Infinita (Dark Descent)
Insanity - Death After Death Re-Release (Hells Headbangers)
Lantern - Below (Dark Descent)
Lesbian - Forestelevision (Translation Loss)
Locrian - Return To Annihilation (Relapse)
Man’s Gin - Rebellion Hymns (Profound Lore)
Morality Crisis - Boats (Minnesconsin)
Moss Of Moonlight - Winterwheel (Cascadian Alliance)
Mouth Of The Architect - Dawning (Translation Loss)
Mumakill - Flies Will Starve (Relapse)
Necrotic Disgorgement - Documentaries of Dementia (Comatose)
Nosdrama - Gravity (Inverse)
One Inch Giant - The Great White Beyond (Soulseller)
Orphaned Land - All Is One (Century Media)
Palms - Palms (Ipecac)
Queensryche - Queensryche (Century Media)
Ramming Speed - Doomed to Destroy, Destined To Die (Prosthetic)
Scorpion Child - Scorpion Child (Nuclear Blast)
Send Me Home - The Struggle EP (Harbor)
Serj Tankian - Orca (Serjical Strike)
Sister Sin - Dance Of The Wicked Re-Release (Victory)
Skeletal Spectre - Voodoo Dawn (Pulverised)
Spirits Of The Dead - Rumours Of A Presence (The End)
Svartsyn - Black Testament (Agonia)
Toad - Endless Night (Comfort Point)
The Vein - Scouring the Wrekage of Time (Shadow Kingdom)
Viranesir - Fountain Of Uncertainty (Merdumgiriz)
White Wizzard - The Devils Cut (Earache)

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Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND, who feature in their ranks current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G., will celebrate their 10th anniversary by releasing a live album on June 24 via Century Media Records in Europe.

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Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND, who feature in their ranks current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G., will celebrate their 10th anniversary by releasing a live album on June 24 via Century Media Records in Europe.

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Greek metal act Firewind announced that the band will issue a new live LP “Apotheosis – Live 2012,” chronicling the band’s 10th Anniversary on the “Few Against Many Tour.” The recordings were captured from performances in Greece and all over Europe last year prior to the departure of singer Apollo Papathanasio (Evil Masquerade/Spiritual Beggars), who was temporarily replaced for 2013 live performances by Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Agadio/Darkology).

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Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND, who feature in their ranks current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G., will celebrate their 10th anniversary by releasing a live album on June 24 via Century Media Records in Europe.

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Greek melodic metallers FIREWIND, who feature in their ranks current OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G., will celebrate their 10th anniversary by releasing a live album on June 24 via Century Media Records in Europe.

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