Phil Anselmo Chats About His Latest Back Surgery And Working With Kerry King Of Slayer

“I’m about to undergo the second back surgery tomorrow [January 31] to clean up one more little nagging issue that has been dragging my ass down for the last decade,” he explains. “My sciatica has just been driving me fucking bananas ever since the nerves reconnected about four months after the main surgery. It’s a small surgery compared to the first one — no overnight stay at the hospital or anything like that — but once I get this done, we can start accepting shows and get back to fucking work again.”

“You know, someone shot me an email the other day saying there’s been murmurs online about me and Kerry jamming together. And you know everything you read on the Internet is always a hundred percent true. [Laughs] But the real truth is I haven’t talked to Kerry since Jeff Hanneman passed away. I will say this, though: I’m on the worst side of life expectancy now, so for me to close any doors would be just flat out foolish. [Laughs] If Kerry King wants to do a record and it sounds cool, my door is always open.” Read more @ Revolver

Obituary Announce North American Headline Tour with Pallbearer

Death metal legends OBITUARY have announced an early Summer North American headline tour with support from Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch and Dust Bolt. The tour begins May 2nd in Atlanta, GA and ends June 3rd in Miami, FL. A full list of confirmed tour dates is available below.

OBITUARY comments on the tour:

“We are stoked about our North American tour and super excited to be back at the headlining spot. We have been very fortunate to be a part of some killer tours for our last few US/Canada runs as support to Carcass, Cannibal Corpse and Kreator but that came with limits on time and production value. Now it’s time to bust out the Big Guns, dig deep into our musical pockets and pull out some oldies but goodies!!

With 10 studio albums and over 100 songs in our catalog these days, it’s never easy choosing a set list and always causes some serious discussions and arguments amongst the band members so we are turning to the fans on this one. We want to hear from YOU what songs we should play and since everyone has their favorites we are really looking forward to hearing what you guys think. This should be fun, entertaining and interesting so make sure to comment on our social media pages with your top picks……Ready. Set. GO!!!!!!!!”

— All Dates May 02 – June 03 w/ Pallbearer, Skeletonwitch and Dust Bolt —

May 02 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
May 03 Greensboro, NC The Blind Tiger
May 04 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
May 05 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
May 06 Boston, MA Sinclair
May 08 Toronto, ON Opera House
May 09 Montreal, QC Club Soda
May 10 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
May 11 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
May 12 Detroit, MI Majestic
May 13 Chicago, IL Metro
May 15 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s
May 16 Omaha, NE Waiting Room
May 18 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
May 19 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Music Hall
May 21 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
May 22 Seattle, WA El Corazon
May 23 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
May 25 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
May 26 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
May 27 Phoenix, AZ Club Red
May 29 Austin, TX Barracuda
May 30 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
May 31 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Jun 01 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
Jun 02 Orlando, FL The Haven Lounge
Jun 03 Miami, FL The Ground

Spider Rockets To Release Long-Awaited New Album, January 26th

New Jersey’s Spider Rockets are set to release their fifth full-length album ‘Along Came A Spider,’ January 26th via P-Dog Records.  Today, the artwork and track listing have been revealed. Check out the lyric video for the first single entitled “Sick”  streaming below.

“We have always done things our way and ‘Along Came A Spider‘ continues that tradition.  It’s our own brand of rock that evolves, twists and turns regardless of what the current trend is generating,” says lead singer, Helena Cos.
Spider Rockets hit the studio for their fifth full-length release, this time with producer Dan Malsch (Framing Hanley, Tantric, and Doro). ‘Along Came A Spider takes the group’s songwriting philosophy one step further with lush production coupled with the group’s distinct brand of unapologetic in-your-face sound and attitude.
Spider Rockets‘ previous release, ‘Bitten,’ was named one of the Top 10 Hard Rock Albums of 2012 by MetalOdyssey.com.  On rock radio cage matches,Spider Rockets triumphed over respectable heavy hitters like Five Finger Death Punch, Pennywise, Hellyeah, and others. Also, the group’s track, “Going Down,” became WWE darling, Charlotte Flair’s (daughter of the legendary Ric Flair), walk-out and victory theme song during her 2014 season.
‘Along Came A Spider‘ Track Listing:
1. Rip Your Heart Out
2. Love it When You’re Wrong
3. Adore
4. Drama Gore
5. Hey Hey
6. Burn
7. At Odds
8. Heartbreaker
9. Come to Me
10. Losing It
11. Sick

Valhalla Lights To Release “My Gracious Highway” April 6th

Valhalla Lights … are Ange Saul (vocals), George Christie (guitar), Brent “Badger” Crysell (bass) Deon Driver (drums). They are set to release their debut album “My Gracious Highway” April 6th in North America.  Today the artwork and track listing have been revealed.  Pre-order the album HERE.
Listen to the first single from the album “Hammer The Witch” streaming below.
George, Brent and Deon have been playing together for 17 years and were the backbone of legendary Australian stoner rock band FORT which appeared on the main stage of Splendor in the Grass festival where they played to 10,000 people, did national tours with Clutch (2x tours), Kyuss LivesFu ManchuBrant Bjork, Grinspoon, Nebula and shows with Monster MagnetHelmet, the Black Keys, COG, Shihad (NZ), Tumbleweed, and The Hard Ons.
Joining the powerhouse trio is vocalist Ange Saul who has played numerous festivals across the globe with her previous band The Black Lullaby.  Since Ange joined Valhalla Lights,  they have recently played shows with Sebastian Bach from Skid Row and Gilby Clarke from Guns n Roses
Valhalla Lights is all about quality vintage instruments and tube driven amps played at high volume, catchy riffs that stick in the mind, thumping drums and crashing cymbals, all put together to create a wall of sound…  and powerful and melodic vocals cutting through to sit over the top.
Hailing from the beautiful township of Byron Bay on the East Coast of Australia, a small surfing community and a place that is at the center of an extinct volcano and is known for its natural fresh air, stunning beaches, rich volcanic soil and dramatic landscape that has been gouged out by hot molten lava…  Valhalla Lights music can be summed up as. being… explosive, hard edged melodic rock… something that you might even call…   Volcanic Rock!  This Volcanic Rock has already received its fair share of radio airplay stateside with more to come!

THE DAMNED RELEASE FUTURISTIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘STANDING ON THE EDGE OF TOMORROW’

Legendary British band, The Damned have released a video today for new single, ‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ taken from their new album, Evil Spirits’, scheduled for release on Search And Destroy / Spinefarm Records on April 13th. Their first new album in a decade.

The single is “an optimistic song even though it is about a dark subject, in a world obsessed by ‘self’,” explains legendary frontman Dave Vanian, who also directed the video. “This is a cry for humanity to recognize its humanity, before it’s too late. There is a strong influence of Joe Meek here: ‘Telstar’ was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I’d like to think that ‘SOTEOT’ reflects a similar sentiment.”

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival​ ​Expands To Include Events Across The Western U.S

Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE) and Brew Ha Ha Productions are pleased to announce the expansion of the acclaimed Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito to include additional dates in Sacramento, Denver, Albuquerque, Tucson, Auburn, and Portland during April and May of 2018. Sabroso also returns to the scenic Doheny State Beach in Southern California on Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (VIP Entry at Noon). Each date of the 5th annual taco and craft beer celebration features a music lineup headlined by Orange County, CA-based The Offspring, along with SoCal’s PennywiseMe First And The Gimme Gimmes, The Vandals, Against Me!, Lit, Unwritten Law, Street Dogs, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, and more will perform on select dates. Visit www.SabrosoTacoFest.com for music lineup details.

Produced by California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions and premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), most dates of Sabroso will also feature craft beer tastings (until 4:00 P.M.) from some of the best breweries in the country. The region’s top chefs and restaurants will serve delectable tacos and attendees can enjoy Lucha Libre style wrestling, lawn games, contests, and more. Beer tastings will vary by city according to local alcohol laws and restrictions.

Dexter Holland of The Offspring said, “Tacos and craft beer are two of The Offspring’s favorite things! We’re excited to be bringing Sabroso to new cities in 2018! See you at the shows!”

Sabroso offers craft beer from some of the best, top-awarded breweries in the nation and pairs them with some of the tastiest tacos in the region. It’s truly an experience unlike anything seen before,” Sabroso co-producer Cameron Collins of Brew Ha Ha Productions said. “The festival will offer everything from savory carne asada and carnitas to delicious fresh fish tacos, and of course, craft beer favorites like IPAs, pale ales, stouts, lagers and more!”

During VIP early entry tastings (from Noon – 4:00 P.M.), and general admission tastings (from 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.), craft beer lovers that are 21+ can sample over 100 craft beers from the finest breweries in the nation. Tastings will feature tons of local favorites, with an initial list of well-known breweries including Avery Brewing, Pizza Port Brewing Company, Three Weavers, Abnormal Beer Co., Artifex, and Modern Times in Dana Point; New Glory Craft Brewery, Seismic Brewing Co., Heretic Brewing Company, The Bruery, AleSmith, and Avery Brewing in Sacramento; Oskar Blues Brewery, Melvin Brewing, Upslope Brewing Company, Renegade Brewing Company, Avery Brewing, and Great Divide Brewing Co. in Denver; Avery Brewing, Kaktus Brewing Co., Bosque Brewing Company, and Great Divide Brewing Co. in Albuquerque; The Shop Beer Co., Avery Brewing, Barrio Brewing Co., Crooked Tooth Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing Company, and Stone Brewing in Tucson; 7 Seas Brewing, Wingman Brewers, Avery Brewing, Harmon Brewing Co., Melvin Brewing, Silver City Brewery, and Wet Coast Brewing Co. in Auburn; and Modern Times, Avery Brewing, AleSmith, Ninkasi Brewing Company, Ecliptic Brewing, and 2 Towns in Portland.

At each festival date, the taco creations will compete for the coveted Sabroso “Best Of Show,” awarded by a panel of highly acclaimed and pre-selected food judges.

Attendees are also invited to sample all flavors of Gringo BanditoDexter Holland of The Offspring’s top rated hot sauce—during the event.

Lucha Libre style wrestling stars from across the globe will take to the ring battling for the title of Sabroso Champion. There will be multiple qualifying wrestling matches throughout each festival day and one final championship match at each show.

Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito runs from 1:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. (VIP Entry at Noon). Tickets for all dates of Sabroso go on sale Friday, January 26 at 10:00 A.M. local time at www.SabrosoTacoFest.com and start at just $29.00 in some markets and $39.50 in others. For each ticket purchased, $0.50 will be donated to a charity in the local festival market.

The VIP Lounge + Early Entry Ticket includes (1) festival admission ticket with craft beer tastings, music festival access, VIP entry lane with one hour early entry for craft beer tastings (21+), VIP lounge access with exclusive craft beer tastings and special taco vendors, VIP bathrooms, and VIP commemorative laminate.

The 2018 Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito dates are as follows:

Saturday, April 7 – Dana Point, CA – Doheny State Beach
Sunday, April 8 – Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo
Saturday, April 28 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sunday, April 29 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Saturday, May 5 – Tucson, AZ – Rillito Park Racetrack
Saturday, May 12 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
Sunday, May 13 – Portland, OR – Portland Meadows

The Offspring and Pennywise perform at every show. Support lineups vary by city.

At last year’s sold out Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA, 8,500 attendees gathered under the California sunshine for an afternoon of complimentary craft beer tasting with over 40 of the best breweries from Southern California and beyond, gourmet street tacos and more. Lucha Libre style wrestlers competed throughout the day as the waves of the Pacific crashed behind their beachside ring, and professional eaters, including world champion Takeru Kobayashi, took to the stage before The Offspring’s performance for the 7th Annual Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Challenge. While runner-up Molly Schuyller, European champion Jesse Pynnönen, and others devoured tacos at an astonishing pace, Kobayashi stole the show by downing 159 tacos in 10 minutes – shattering his own 2015 record of 144 tacos.

The festival producers encourage attendees to drink responsibly.

Sponsors for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito include Gringo Bandito, Avery Brewing, Rockstar Energy Drink, Chronic Tacos, Milagro Tequila, Cosmic Fog and many more.

Dead Meadow Announce New Album “The Nothing They Need” and Spring Tour

Dead Meadow are happy to announce they will be releasing a new album, The Nothing They Need (Xemu Records), on March 2, 2018. Today they share the album’s first single, “Keep Your Head” which perfectly exemplifies the band’s unique marriage of Sabbath riffs, dreamy layers of guitar-fuzz bliss, and singer Jason Simon’s melodic croon.

In support of The Nothing They Need, Dead Meadow will be touring the US with dates kicking off March 2 and hits, among others, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, and Chicago before concluding at Levitation in Austin, TX on April 26. Further, Dead Meadow will be playing in Los Angeles at Orpheum (Night on Broadway) on January 27. The full tour is listed below and tickets are on-sale now.

TOUR DATES
1/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum (Night on Broadway)
3/02 Tucson, AZ @ Flycatcher
3/03 Albuquerque, NM @ Sister
3/04 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street Collective
3/05 Ft Worth, TX @ City Tavern
3/06 San Antonio, TX @ Period Modern
3/07 Houston, TX @ White Oak
3/08 Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
3/09 Nashville, TN @ Springwater
3/10 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
3/11 Birmingham, AL @ The Firehouse
3/13 New Orleans, LA @ Santos
3/14 Pensacola, FL @ Chizuko
3/15 Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
3/16 Miami, FL @ Gramps
3/17 Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
3/18 Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks
3/20 Wilmington, NC @ Reggie’s 42nd Street
3/21 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
3/22 Raleigh, NC @ Kings
3/23 Washington D.C @ Black Cat
3/24 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
3/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
3/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
3/28 Boston, MA @ Sonia
3/29 Quebec City, QC @ la Source de La Martinière
3/31 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
4/01 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
4/03 Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx
4/04 Chicago, IL  @ Beat Kitchen
4/05 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
4/06 Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
4/07 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban
4/08 Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon
4/26 Austin, TX @ Levitation

Ded Unleash “Hate Me” Music Video

Ded have released a new horror-themed video for 3rd single “Hate Me”. To celebrate the release, the single is now on sale everywhere for just .69 cents. The clip finds the band playing inside a spooky looking house with a bit of a supernatural vibe going on as they deliver their energetic performance of the track.

Singer Joe Cotela says, “What’s up world! We’ve just released the video for our new single “Hate Me”! This song is all about self-empowerment. It’s about following your gut and being who you know you truly are, without being influenced by all of the bullshit around you. It’s about not succumbing to negative energy from negative people.”

LAMB OF GOD to Perform on North American Leg of Slayer’s Final World Tour

Internationally-renowned heavy rock leaders LAMB OF GOD will support metal legends Slayer on leg one, North America, of what will be Slayer‘s final world tour. The 26-date trek will begin on May 10 and visit several major cities – from San Diego to Toronto, Orlando to Minneapolis. Additional support will come from fellow metal heavyweights AnthraxBehemoth, and Testament. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday, January 26; log onto www.lamb-of-god.com for all ticketing info.

Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD says: “If you are lucky enough to be invited to play even just once with living legends like Slayer, it’s an incredible honor. Slayer gave LAMB OF GOD our very first two overseas shows. Slayer has subsequently taken us on several full-length tours, both at home and abroad. The guys in Slayer and their crew have also always been very, very cool to our band. It is irrefutable that Slayer helped create the genre of aggressive metal, and all modern bands of that ilk owe them a huge debt – I know we do. To be asked to be a part of their final tour – well, it just makes you stop and realize just how lucky you are. Hail Slayer! We’ll see you on the road…”

Dates for Slayer‘s final world tour, leg one, North America, are as follows:

MAY

10   Valley View Casino Center, San Diego, CA

11   FivePoint Amphitheatre, Irvine, CA

13   Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA

16   PNE Forum, Vancouver, BC

17   South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC

19   Big Four, Calgary, AB

20   Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB

22   Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB

24   The Armory, Minneapolis, MN

25   Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL

27   Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI

29   Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON

30   Place Bell, Montreal, QC

JUNE

 1    Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

 2    PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ

 4    Santander Arena, Reading, PA

 6    Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH

 7    Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH

 9    KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA

10   Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA

12   VUHL Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA

14   PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC

15   Orlando Amphitheater, Orlando, FL

17   Smart Financial Centre, Houston, TX

19   The Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX

20   Austin 360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX

Retched Founder David DerMinasian Interrogated

 

Originally from Fresno Ca. Retched has a classic hard metal sound with strong Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath roots. The band was formed in 1988 but soon after that around the end of the same year broke up due to very bad management.This new digital remastered version is now re-released to the world after years of many set backs.

How did you first get into music and who turned you on to rock and metal?

I got into music when I was a small boy I loved the guitar and always gravitated to the heavy guitar music. As I grew up my older sisters and brothers and friends turned me on to rock and metal.

How did you become a guitarist and a vocalist? Do you play any other instruments?

I became a guitarist and vocalist at an early age about ten years old is when I got my first real guitar my first guitar was just a stick that I would pretend to play when I was a kid. I also play bass and harmonica and some drums.

Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways?

When I was a kid we weren’t really forced to go but in the same time it was what we did on Sundays till I got older. Yes I did kind of get not so much forced but pressured into singing with the quire.

What was the local scene like in the beginning? Was there a particular band you aspired to be like? Favorite local bands back then? Favorite local bands now?

I always favored Iron Maiden in the early days of my playing. The local scene then was awesome back then and is also awesome now, My favorite local band back in the day was a band called Betrayel from Fresno ca. and my favorite local band now is WARBINGER and EXMORTUS from Los Angeles Ca. U.S.A.

How did the band form and how did the band name come about? How did the band meet and how long did it take to finalize the line up? How stable is the line up?

I formed this project 6 years ago it was difficult because I never had steady work to back up my musical plans I was doing it solo but last year I brought David Ezelle in to play the drums and sing. We met through my sister I was staying at my sisters a while and David Ezelle and his wife are the managers there so we met up and started playing and he decided to stick with it so far it is only us two guys and I’m taking care of all the other instruments and sharing vocals. After our new release is out we will be looking for a bass player so we can start playing live shows.

The Overlord Messiah came out in 2016, what has the reaction been like to it? Self produced and self released?

The Overlord Messiah was released towards the end of 2016 in November the reaction to our EP has been greatly surprising since it was first recorded in the year 1988 and it’s actually 30 years old but was never released till lately because we had a lot of problems with the management back then and finally disbanded. It was produced in a recording studio called Maximus Media Inc. in Fresno Ca. by Jeff Hall and when I released it, Studio Aspiotis in Athens Greece remastered it. The good thing was no matter how old it was it was still viable and originally I just put it on band camp just to see what would happen not even knowing there is a big revival in Thrash Metal and Old School metal so just by chance I feel into perfect timing, and that never happens in my world usually I’m either much too late or too early. So the even more amazing thing is we are currently growing our fan base a little each day and establishing a presence as we are working on our new Thrash Metal Full length album hoping to be released by November or December 2018 latter this year. No name yet but I can tell you it will be a pure in your face Thrash Metal album from the Old School.

So how was producing and putting this record together different than what you have done previously? What kind of obstacles did you have to overcome to get it out?

Well this was a whole new scenario on account of the digital age and me coming back to the scene after thirty years, it was like being frozen in time and coming back to life having to learn all over again, not that I Know a lot now but I learned a few things about how things work a little bit. The first obstacle was re mastering this EP. It was hell for our engineer George Aspiotis from Studio Aspiotis in Athens Greece he spent two whole months dissecting the 4th generation copy of the original cassette tape that was thirty years old. Wow He kicked ass on that man you can’t really tell. It sounds fresh he did a hell of a job I don’t know anyone who would do that but George Aspiotis did because he wanted to preserve our sound and because he is a fan of the Old School Metal. Mean while back at the ranch the label and I are trying to make my choice of artwork actually work with their artists you know this pictures too small and this picture is not the right file type and all this other crap that has to be of certain formats and pixel counts in order to be compatible with all the facets of the digital age. Then we had the same thing go on with our logo its simple but effective you can read it without having to stare at it for 30 minutes. These were all a crash course in how to produce your album. It was insane but I learned what to do now more or less.

What is the writing process like for you? How do you pick what you want to keep and release and what gets tossed aside?

The writing process is crazy for me I come up with new music all the time but it’s putting words to my music that stumps me a lot. Actually I’m getting better at writing lyrics these days but that has always been my weak point because I find it hard to put words into my rhythms it takes a lot of effort. I wish it was as easy for me as coming up with music I can randomly spit out riffs all day that are worth keeping but the lyrics they are the hard part for me. It is getting better though. So nothing really gets thrown away except the lyrics most of the time.

How soon can we expect new RETCHED music? Will it be a continuation of the last album? Will you be releasing it on cassette and vinyl? Do you own a cassette player, are cassettes silly? Will you be recording cover songs for the new album?

We are shooting for November or December of 2018 to release a pure in your face Thrash Metal album at least 10 tracks if it takes us longer that it just means it will be done when we are ready. This new upcoming release will not be anything like the first release or a continuation. I can tell you we will continue to be OLD SCHOOL THRASH METAL with all the modern bells and whistles for sure. We will continue to release our media on CD’s and Vinyl’s as we are already doing that now but, not cassettes although cassettes are ok I just think it better to stick with CD and Vinyl; although I do own a special Cassette deck to convert the cassettes I do have into digital or dub down copies. That’s what I used to get this last release out to the world literally. We will definitely not do any cover songs on this next record.

What other bands are you in?

I can only dedicate to one band and that’s RETCHED because I only have time for one and I still don’t have enough time at least how I would like it If I had my way I would spend 10 – 12 hours a day on my material if I could but I still have to work a job for a living or else nothing will work out because it takes money and nothing in this business is cheap.

Has there come a time when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band?

Never if anything they were a deterrent for us. To become successful in anything you do you need to have a clear focus.

What can we expect from a live RETCHED show?

Energy excitement and interaction from the band.

Is there any overall story or concept behind “The Overlord Messiah”?

Basically we were not intending to be conceptual but if you could put a label on it you might liken it to Dungeons and Dragons kind of a feel.

How would you best describe your sound?

The best way to describe “The Overlord Messiah” is it has older Iron Maiden / Black Sabbath and Judas Priest type sounds but it’s really up to the listener I’ve heard some interesting feedback from other record reviews which I never expected to hear although there hasn’t been any negative feedback yet that I have seen but like the reviewers have mentioned other sounds that I don’t really hear. I always say it’s up to the listeners because they actually pick up on many different things in a matter of opinion.

What are the pros and cons of pre ticket sales and pay to play?

I haven’t experienced that yet but I think as long as they keep the records straight and give the people what they pay for it will work out the problem comes like I’ve seen when someone go online and they get the VIP package then they get there and don’t end up with half the stuff they were promised.

Do you still buy CD’s or mostly use streaming sites? Which do you use?

I use both CD’s and iTunes and Band Camp downloads. You can’t beat a nicely recorded CD they are loud and clear the way they were meant to be heard, but equally I love the down loads too because I can keep my whole record collection in my phone and conveniently access it while I’m out and about.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?

I buy a lot of Thrash Metal and Blues too I love the Blues too.

Who have been some of your favorite bands you’ve hung out with and shared the stage with?

My favorite band I’ve hung out with is Warbringer they are one of my newest influences as well.

What kind of references or influences do take from other mediums? Is there any particular book, or other artist that you are inspired by?

My influences are Iron Maiden / Judas Priest / Testament / Violence / Municipal Waste / Warbringer / Iron Reagon / Death Angel / Goat Whore / and many more.

How much time do you spend on social media a day? Which do you hate the most but can’t live without? Which do you like and why?

I hated spending hours to connect and promote and I still hate it but it’s much easier now because we are known around the world in small circles now also I learned a few tricks on how to use it but I still only know a little. As far as promotions go: Social Media sucks!!!! Oh did I say that out loud?!! Any way yeah you’re better off using other real promotional campaigns like Radios because without radios who’s going to hear your stuff? After a while you get air play just let it keep playing and that’s how you will get more fans and also at your gigs too not to mention you will get royalties for being on the air. I guess the one that I won’t do without is the radios that’s your only real hope and it’s worth the money you pay to get hooked up also compared to how many thousands of useless promotions on social media I’d rather spend my hard earned dollars on real effective ways to be heard.

Could you please explain the title “BLACK LEATHER AND ME”?

Yes the Song is about the old metal days when it was all about spikes and studded gauntlets and the song is about a band any metal band in the world and the feeling we all get when we are almost ready to hit the stage you feel the power surging in the atmosphere all around you the excitement from the crowd and the raw power of the amplifiers pounding your chest. Raw energy!!!!!!!

Are there any political or social issues hidden in RETCHED songs?

No we are not a political band we’ll leave all that to the politicians. Social Issues there could be but not on our last release.

Who does the song writing for the band? Where is the inspiration found?

I write all the music and lyrics too along with drummer David Ezelle who will be helping me with lyrics. The inspiration is found all around us.

What is the writing process like and the putting of songs in order?

The process is a never ending juggling match of words and phrases and making them break down into the timing of the song and how say them sometimes I have a perfect word or sentence then I have to change it to make it work like in other words use a different word that has the same meaning. It’s always hard for me. I wish it was as easy for me to write lyrics as it is to write music then I’d be much further ahead. As far as the order of tracks I usually wait till the last track is done then I feel them out I may want to start out with hard hitting song or gradually work up to it but I do like putting my favorite tracks up last as a closing tune.

What keeps you passionate about RETCHED and Heavy Metal after all these years?

Well we aren’t going away anytime soon I’m going to thrash like it’s 1986 for all my days till my body won’t let me play anymore but I plan to be thrashing even at 90 years old. What keeps me going is the fact that I will keep producing music no matter what and releasing it what is happening now is the beginning you see there’s a lot left to do but we are almost there to the point where. It don’t matter if we get to actually live off our music, although that’s the goal the truth of the matter is the fact that we may never get to do that it depends on many factors one is the public one is the degree in which we choose to promote among about a thousand other factors, In short I’ll choose: Just to keep it real.

What are your top 5 albums of 2017?

Warbringer: “Woe To The Vanquished” / Dust Bolt / Municipal Waste / Exodus / Testament: “Brotherhood Of The Snake”

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?

At this time we don’t have the luxury of any endorsements but I’d like to have Peavey Amplifiers / Zilgian / Sure / Dean Markley guitar strings / Mackey / Jackson Guitars / ESP guitars / Celestion Speakers/ Tama Drums

Bands you would love to tour with?

I would like to tour with Warbringer I’ve met most of them and they are all a good bunch of folks.

What does Metal mean to you?

Metal is something I can’t describe but its good medicine to me.