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We were joined by our friend Bob from Relapse Records as well as Jake on this edition of the Livecast. Rob discussed attending the SiriusXM Metallica concert the night prior, as well as attending a screening of their 3D movie. Bob talked about his love of Prince and ICP. This music business ended up being …

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Patrick Prince of Powerline magazine recently conducted an interview with Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, JON OLIVA’S PAIN). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Powerline: Why wait all this time to do a solo album?

Oliva: It’s just that the time was right. After we lost Matt [LaPorte, JON OLIVA’S PAIN guitarist], it was a very difficult time. I didn’t want to think about a band at that time. I didn’t want to think about replacing one of my best friends. It’s like how I didn’t want to think about replacing my brother [Criss Oliva] when that happened. It just seemed like the right time. I got a real sense of urgency. After Matt passed away, I had these last few riffs of Criss‘ and I said I just don’t want to think about a band right now. I don’t know what I want to do. And I started working with my friend Dan [Fasciano] down in his studio. He was also very close to Matt. And I think it just started from a couple guys who had [experienced] loss. Dan just lost his mom shortly before that. Then we lost Matt. It was just a very traumatic thing, and I guess that everybody we knew was always busy during the day, except me and him, because I think we’re the only ones rich enough not to work. [laughs] So I would just come to his house at 9-10 in the morning before I had to go out to Adventureland — which is the TSO studio. I call it Adventureland. And I would have to 4 or 5:00 until I would have to be at that TSO session. So it just started, and Dan‘s a guy who a great writer and isn’t really a band guy, but had a lot of stuff that was really good. He asked me if I would listen to some of it and I did and I thought it was really good. What was really strange is I had a lot of stuff also that was unfinished and we kind of combined them. And once we brought Criss‘ stuff in there, there was a chemistry that definitely happened. We went on the writing spree. We wrote like 60 songs in two months. And I’m glad I decided to do it now. We were very happy with the way it happened but it was definitely a lot of work, you know.

Powerline: Sounds like serendipity. It just came together.

Oliva: It was weird. In certain instances it was a little creepy. Especially with Criss‘ stuff. When we were trying to put in Criss‘ riffs — where a lot of his riffs were only 20 seconds of something that I had on a cassettes … thirty seconds at the most. And there were just little pieces of things that he had. The riff that starts “Father Time”, that’s the second riff Criss ever wrote in his life. I mean, he was fourteen years old. The first riff he wrote was “Smoke On The Water” backwards. And it sucked. And I told him. I said, “Dude, that riff sucks.” And he goes, “Fine. Fuck you, man.” And he comes back the next day and said, “I wrote this other riff last night. Does this sound too much like RUSH?” And he started playing and I was like, “Fuck RUSH. That’s great. Let’s use it!” But we really never did anything with it until now, when I recently found it on those lost tapes of his.

Powerline: Was prog rock a main staple for you while growing up?

Oliva: I didn’t even know what it was. And then Paul O’ Neill [producer] said, “Well, you guys SAVATAGE were kind of like one of the first prog rock bands, whether you know it or not.” I’m like, “Were we?” I’m like, “What the fuck is prog rock?” And he’s like, “You know, progressive hard rock.” I just thought we were a rock band. I didn’t know any of that shit. The first time I heard the words heavy metal was when my friend brought over the MOTÖRHEAD album, “Ace Of Spades”. He’s like “These guys are fucking metal.” I’m like “They look like flesh and blood to me. I don’t see any metal.” [laughs] I didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about. And then: Oh, I see. It’s a new thing like punk was. Or disco. It’s just a new name. But what it really was, was just hard rock music. Rock music played with a harder edge of faster tempo. I still don’t get the “heavy metal” thing, but whatever. It sounds good.

Powerline: Do you need to do an anniversary thing for SAVATAGE?

Oliva: I think the thing with SAVATAGE, as far as anything goes, would be to do some studio stuff together, maybe. Because just the schedules … and the fact that the guys from SAVATAGE are still together. We just don’t call it SAVATAGE anymore. But the guys are still there but … to do something where you would harm the progress of TSO would be stupid.

Powerline: I mean, you can just celebrate it doing your solo stuff.

Oliva: Exactly. Like I’m going to do the 25th-anniversay of “Gutter Ballet” next summer in Europe. And I still fly the flag, you know. I love playing those songs and it’s a big part of my history, and I’ll always play them. But it’s like since SAVATAGE hasn’t done anything since … 2001. I thought people would finally get a clue [laughs] that not much is gonna go on.

Read the entire interview at Powerline.

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Norwegian grind act Beaten To Death today unveils another new track from second album “Dødsfest!,” which is for release via Mas-Kina Recordings on October 4th.

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Ben Smith of‘s Tuner recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Why do you think metal continually doesn’t get the respect it deserves?

Mustaine: You’ve got to look at a lot the participants in it. To their own demise, a lot of heavy metal performers act stupid. You know, “Hey bro, duh.” It doesn’t further our cause any. If you want to be treated intelligently, then act intelligent. I remember a lot of the opportunities that I’ve had to do coverage for different shows or stuff, with the whole political process. People forget that. You don’t have to be like, “Hey, F you, dude,” this kind of stuff to be cool. I think that rock ‘n’roll and heavy metal is about rebellion and if everyone thinks you’re stupid then rebel, be smart. A lot of the bands that were thrash and speed metal bands were anti-authoritarian, anti-establishment bands but there were also a lot that played heavy metal that were singing about mythology and taking it to the extreme with death and black metal bands. I have nothing against it. I just kind of think that’s where it started to spider web into all these different fragments of metal. Think about it, there are dozens and dozens of types of metal. To me, it’s all metal. It’s basically how you sing. The majority of these black and death metal bands have great players but people won’t take them seriously because of their lyrical content. I think if you want to appeal to the masses you have to talk about what’s happening in the real world or you have to address things that are happening emotionally with people that’s going on inside their own personal world. If not it’s like in “Purple Rain” when the guy looks at Prince and said, “The only person who understands your music is yourself.” That’s one of my favorite lines in any musical movie because you can very easily lose the plot. Growing up in the ’80s and listening to the thrash metal and hardcore bands, when one of those bands got any sort of acknowledgment from the greater, more commercial, music world, it was such a big deal because those bands mattered so much to the fans. I don’t see that as much today. Do new bands still matter like the way they did back then?

Mustaine: I think the whole thing is there isn’t that culture of community. It’s not just the metal community. It’s people in general. People in general have a sense of entitlement right now like people owe them something. We’ve been on tour and had several incidents where there’s been bands that were nobodies and acted like they should be headlining over us, and it’s like, bless your heart, that’s a great attitude to take but you know, don’t shit the bed. It’s kind of weird sometimes how people, because of the digital audio work stations and how easy you can make a song on a computer, lose sight of that fact that that doesn’t make you a musician. It means you know how to cut and paste. And if you can write a song and you’re a great musician, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got a great band. You can have 3 or 4 guys that play music and a musician and you can go and do stuff like these celebrities that have acting careers but are playing in a band with some schmoes. When you get into a band where there’s a bunch of musicians and a star, that’s when things start to happen. And if the surrounding members become stars themselves, it forces the leader to become more than that which is where you get into the elevation to superstar or legendary status. And the problems is everybody is so living in the moment with Instagram and tweeting and Facebook and everybody knows everything about everybody else. We’re profiling so much and it’s about our outsides. Because we compare our outsides to other people’s insides. And our insides to other people’s outsides. We’ll see somebody and think they’ve got it all going on but we don’t know what’s going on with them. You see some of these bands that think they’re entitled to this stuff, they want to be just like us. Well, you got to work for it. It’s called paying your dues. If you pay your dues and you deserve it people treat you with respect.

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Patrick Prince of Powerline recently conducted an interview with AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton about the band’s newly released “Rock For The Rising Sun” DVD.

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Patrick Prince of Powerline recently conducted an interview with former ACCEPT and current U.D.O.

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After posting the song “The Prince” online for streaming , Warfect has now released another track from new album “Exoneration Denied.” Give the album’s title track a listen in the player below. The “Exoneration Denied” track listing is as follows: 01. Exoneration Denied 02.

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Black Sabbath: back in black

Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has some big words for the new Black Sabbath album, and we interview the man himself – as well as Messrs Iommi and Butler – in our latest and most bodacious issue, out now.

“I’ve  not been this happy about an album in years,” says the Prince Of Fucking Darkness. “I’m not trying to sell my home – if this record was just OK, I’d fucking say it. But honestly, hand on heart, it’s one of the best things I’ve done in my entire life.”

Ozzy also offers some thoughts on the situation surrounding original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward, who ruled himself out of the band’s reunion last year.

“It would have been great to have Bill – all of us said that,” adds Ozzy. “But you can’t expect someone of Bill’s age to be as agile as he used to be. He’s had heart attacks. If he’d turned up and played like he used to, or nearly as well, maybe we’d have worked something out…But we decided that if we were ever going to do this fucking album, you’ve got to be on the case.

Black Sabbath reunited back in November 2011. Drummer Bill Ward has since left the reunion.

“It got to the point where we said, ‘Are we just going to sit and wait for him to get off his fucking arse or what?’ We had to decide – we couldn’t just keep the fans waiting any fucking longer.”

We have the world’s first full review of the new Black Sabbath album right here, and you can read that full Sabbs interview in the new issue, out now…

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Patrick Prince of Powerline recently conducted an interview with KINGDOM COME mainman Lenny Wolf.

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Patrick Prince of Powerline recently conducted an interview with Tom Keifer, best known as the singer/songwriter/guitarist of the Philadelphia-based blues-rock band CINDERELLA.

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