ANDRE ANDERSEN of ROYAL HUNT (Interview)

ANDRE ANDERSEN of ROYAL HUNT (Interview)

Denmark-based progressive metal band Royal Hunt was first thought of in 1989 by Russian born Andre Andersen. Their first release was in 1992 Land Of Broken Hearts. With many line up changes, the band is back with their 14th studio album, Cast In Stone. The album releases February 7th, 2018 in Japan and February 21st, worldwide. I had the chance to collect a few questions for an email interview with founding member Andre Andersen. I found…

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Six Songs Perry Richardson Thinks You Should Hear – Ep304

Six Songs Perry Richardson Thinks You Should Hear – Ep304

Stryper bassist Perry Richardson returns to Decibel Geek this week to discuss his new gig and spin some great songs. In this episode, you’ll hear details on the circumstances that led to Perry landing the gig as well as future plans for the band. Additionally, Perry spins Six Songs that have a personal meaning to him. The stories that go along with his choices are, as expected, entertaining. Perry Richardson   In this Six Songs…

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Producer Panel with Michael Wagener and Toby Wright – Ep294

Producer Panel with Michael Wagener and Toby Wright – Ep294

This week we present a live recording of the Producer Panel with Michael Wagener and Toby Wright. This panel discussion, recorded on stage at the Nashville Rock n Pod Expo, has the two legendary producers sharing stories that span their career, recounting some of their favorite recording moments, and some discussion on the current state of recording today. Artists from throughout their career are discussed including Warrant, Skid Row, Alice in Chains, KISS, Dokken, Denman…

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The Return of Pixie Esmonde – Ep290

The Return of Pixie Esmonde – Ep290

KISSMAS in July gets even cooler this week with The Return of Pixie Esmonde! Pixie, former wardrobe manager for KISS (1979-1980), quickly became one of our favorite guests. Her quick wit and fantastic stories had us in stitches and we knew we had to have her back on the show. If you missed her first appearance, be sure to go HERE and check it out. We promise, you won’t regret it. Return of Pixie In…

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Bleeding Metal with DAVID T CHASTAIN (Interview)

Bleeding Metal with DAVID T CHASTAIN (Interview)

Due for release in August is a re-recorded version of the excellent Chastain album We Bleed Metal which I originally reviewed for Decibel Geek in November 2015.  Therefore, I jumped at the chance to speak to one of my guitar heroes, David T Chastain. I began by asking David the most fundamental question, namely what had prompted this re-recording of what is a great album and whether there was something specifically that he wanted to address?…

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Konversation with Gene Simmons Band – Ep288

Konversation with Gene Simmons Band – Ep288

KISSmas in July kicks off with an in-depth talk with members of the Gene Simmons Band. Guitarists Ryan Cook, Jeremy Asbrock, and Philip Shouse have been garnering rave reviews since their debut in March of 2017. Those names should be familiar to Decibel Geek listeners and readers as they’ve made numerous appearances on the podcast to discuss The Big Rock Show, Hair of the Dog, and Guitar Duos. They are also members of Thee Rock…

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CHRIS BOLTENDAHL of GRAVE DIGGER (Audio Interview)

CHRIS BOLTENDAHL of GRAVE DIGGER (Audio Interview)

Yet another Sweden Rock Festival has come and gone, and no doubt attendees took home memories that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Over the course of the four-day celebration, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with several of the event’s performers.  In one of my recent stories, I covered my revealing talk with Brian Vollmer of Helix.  For my second interview, I was afforded the opportunity to…

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Interview with PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017 – (Video Interview)

Interview with PICTURE at Sweden Rock Festival 2017 – (Video Interview)

At Sweden Rock Festival 2017 three geeks, Shawn “Animalize” Irwin, Rich “The Meister” Dillon and yours truly, Mikael Svensson, had the opportunity to speak to Dutch metal legends Picture. The band were sort of pioneers on the metal scene in Europe in general. The Netherlands in particular where things started to stir in the late 1970’s. There wasn’t really a Dutch metal scene at the time but things were happening across the English channel where bands…

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Conversation with Donnie Vie – Ep287

Conversation with Donnie Vie – Ep287

Donnie Vie appears on the Decibel Geek Podcast this week for a revealing conversation.  This long-form discussion covers a life and career of ups, downs, triumphs, rejections, celebration, turmoil and ultimately, rediscovery. Vie, known by many as the controversial front man for Chicago greats Enuff Z’nuff has churned out an impressive catalog of work. However, demons (both individually and collectively) seemed to overshadow the band at every step. Shifting musical climates,  substance abuse, changing members,…

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SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 – A Recap in photos

SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL 2017 – A Recap in photos

Sweden Rock Festival 2017 For the second year in a row, I was able to go to Sweden Rock. This time I was fortunate to see Canadian hard rock band Helix live in Sweden, along with Edguy, Aerosmith, Saxon, Lionheart and many more. I had a great time once again with my Decibel Geek brethren and hope to continue returning year after year to this awesome festival. Here is a recap of the bands I…

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