Between The Liner Notes: An Interview With Larry Mills

Although Larry Mills has worn many hats in the music industry, his career has always focused on the success of independent artists. At age 22 he founded Atlanta based Steam Records which issued early releases by Lisa Loeb and Rusted Root. He then expanded his reach by founding Autonomous Records, helping bands like Sister Hazel and Creed penetrate markets throughout the southeastern United States. Next, he entered into music licensing as VP of Marketing and Partnerships for the trailblazing music licensing company Pump Audio...

Interview With Masterplan Frontman And Ex-Helloween Roland Grapow

Roland Grapow started playing guitar at the age of 12, his teacher told his father that he wouldn’t be a good guitarist, but as nobody can read the hand writing of destiny, Roland said NO and he made it. He is leading one of the best active power metal bands, MASTERPLAN, and also he was a part of legendary power metal generators HELLOWEEN for 12 years. A very successful and shining career is the result of that saying NO and his determination to continue. Metal Shock Finland‘s Chief Editor Mohsen Fayyazi has recently conducted an interview ...

Martina McBride - Chatting With A Country Music Icon

Martina Mcbride was introduced at a CMT awards presentation as “one of the greatest voices ever created by God.” While debatable that her voice may be the result of divine creation, her high octane soprano is one of the most beautiful and powerful in music. She has become an iconic figure and a lock as a future member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Her latest release, Eleven, is her most personal to date. Most everything about the record is unorthodox starting with its launch via train tour. Twenty years into her career, she severed ties with the long ...
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Smashing Pumpkins Pt. 2: Guitar Tone

Last week, we ran Part 1 of the interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder, featuring guitar talk about the band’s choice Les Pauls. This month, we continue with Part 2, offering a glimpse into what Corgan was looking for in a guitarist when he brought Schroeder into the fold and how to get that classic Smashing Pumpkins tone. Check out the interview below, and go here to read Part 1 of our chat. Smashing Pumpkins’ current album, Oceania, is available now.

Fan Q & A With Jim Martin Formerly of Faith No More

After a silence of over a decade, Jim Martin agreed to a Q&A session with fans via a British based fan site. A set of 15 questions were selected by administrators of the fan site from over 500 submissions by fans eager to hear from Jim. What follows is a Q&A session with Jim Martin, former Faith No More guitar player, songwriter, and producer, and fans of Faith No More. “Some weeks ago, the FNM “fan club guy” was asking about how to contact me, he wanted to talk to me about the fan page. After several exchanges via email...

Sick/Sea Interview and Acoustic Performance of Parasite

Texas-based alt-rock/pop band Sick/Sea recently sat down with Dan Harr prior to their performance at The Drunken Unicorn in downtown Atlanta, GA., and talked about their new EP, "Moral Compass," their current tour and more. Made up of brother/sister duo Audrey and Cameron Scott, along with bassist Miguel Morales and Jonathan Garza on lead guitar, Sick/Sea is on the road celebrating the release of their new EP. After the interview, they performed a raw, uncut version of the song Parasite from Moral Compass.

The Many Sounds Of A.J. Croce

It promises to be a special night of music on Friday, November 16 at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center. A.J. Croce will bring his unique melting pot of musical fare to the stage, and the singer is excited to return to a place where he once called home. “I can’t wait, honestly,” he told MNN. “I lived there for about three years. I left about a year ago, and I miss it all the time. I’m really looking forward to seeing a bunch of friends. TPAC is a great place...
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Billy Corgan and Jeff Schroeder Talk Guitars

Over two decades after the Smashing Pumpkins first brought their amalgamation of psychedelia, dream pop, shoegazer and hard rock to the masses, Billy Corgan is on his eighth studio album with the Pumpkins, Oceania. With Corgan, guitarist Jeff Schroeder, bass player Nicole Fiorentino and drummer Michael William Byrne in the fold, the Pumpkins have fashioned a lush, assertive, sensitive opus in Oceania, with distorted guitars, rousing melodies and, of course, lots singing Gibsons. Hours before the band’s Detroit stop of...

Interview With Mahyar Dean of Angband

Iran (aka Persia) is a country with about 3000 years of civilization history. Iranian people are so proud of that, their culture and their art too. Unfortunately metal music is illegal in Iran but it doesn’t mean that Metal is not alive there. ANGBAND is a Persian power metal band, formed in 2004 in Tehran by talented musician Mahyar Dean, who also is known for writing books about the bands Death and Testament. METAL SHOCK FINLAND’s Chief Editor, Mohsen Fayyazi has recently conducted an interview with Mahyar and asked him several questions about his band...

Exclusive Soundcheck 'Night Train' Tour Concert & Interview with Country Music Superstar Jason Aldean

Country superstar Jason Aldean recently taped an exclusive interview and concert with Soundcheck. The current chart-topper performed special live versions of songs from his #1 new album, 'Night Train,' including current hit single 'Take a Little Ride,' plus plenty of fan favorites too. Jason also speaks openly about how the new album came together, his sold-out tour, Nashville and much more during our revealing sit-down interview.

Interview with Randy Rhoads’ Biographer

For 30 years, Randy Rhoads fans have been left to ponder what the beloved guitarist might have gone on to achieve, had he not died tragically in a plane crash in 1982. Andrew Klein can’t answer that question, but he can authoritatively address nearly any other subject related to Rhoads’ life and career. Working with veteran music scribe Steven Rosen and former Rhoads guitar student Peter M. Margolis, Klein has just published a 400-plus-page coffee table book — titled, simply, Randy Rhoads — that teems with insights from those who knew Rhoads...

Interview With Paul Bibeau - Founder Of Spitfire Records

Paul Bibeau created Spitfire Records in New York in September 1998. He developed the company from his bedroom to become one of the premier independent record labels worldwide. DIO, TESTAMENT, Zakk Wylde, Alice Cooper, Sebastian Bach and EUROPE are just a short part of a big list of artists and bands who dealt with Paul’s company. In 2005 he successfully negotiated a partnership with Eagle Rock Entertainment (Eagle Vision), a London, England based audio and visual company. And all of this was just a little part of his successful career.

KISS’s Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on “Monster”

Strange to think that KISS went a full decade – 11 years, in fact – without releasing an album of new material. Even more remarkable is the fact that when KISS did hit the studio again – to make 2009’s Sonic Boom – their return to form was spectacular. Monster, the band’s just-released follow-up, provides conclusion proof that KISS’s comeback was no fluke. Packed with full-throttle rock and roll, the album distills the spirit of KISS to its no-frills essence. “There are no symphony orchestras, no boys choirs, no keyboards, no outside producers...

WOLF: Discussing New Material, India, Illegal Downloads and “WOLF’S BLOOD”

Blackdiamond from METAL SHOCK FINLAND caught up with Viper, Raptor, Tornado and Demon (A.K.A. Niklas, Richard, Anders and Simon) at The Corporation in Sheffield this week and conducted an interview with three of the four “Wolves.” The show was extremely heavy, extremely loud with excellent metal tunes which left my ears ringing well into the following day! Below are some excerpts...

Skindred - In The Studio And Excited

London-based SKINDRED is totally unique and remain without peer in music today. The quintessentially British band is the only one to have combined elements of punk, rock, metal, reggae and electronic music with such success. 2012 has so far seen Skindred headline a Sold out Brixton academy show (5000 capacity) and at Download Festival and a number of other key festivals globally, the future looks red hot for Britains most exciting Live act. Recently Metalshock Finland‘s Tarja Virmakari had a chance ...
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