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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Welcome to the Theater Of Dimensions! An Email Interview With XANDRIA

Welcome to the Theater Of Dimensions! An Email Interview With XANDRIA

I had the chance to see Xandria headline recently at The Garrison in Toronto. I wanted to sit down and talk to Xandria about their new album and first headlining tour of North America. With bad timing, things didn’t work out but the next best thing is having the band answer our questions through email. Thanks to Gerit, Philip, and Dianne to take time out of their busy schedule and answer our questions. 1 – Theater Of…

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Albums Unleashed – TUFF What Comes Around with Stevie Rachelle

Albums Unleashed – TUFF What Comes Around with Stevie Rachelle

Stevie Rachelle joins the guys this week for Albums Unleashed – TUFF What Comes Around Goes Around. In this long-form discussion, Stevie discusses the circumstances that led to him fronting TUFF. Originally from Wisconsin, Rachelle was bitten by the bug early and headed west to Los Angeles in search of fame. However, it’s not instant success. In this talk, Rachelle reflects on his audition with TUFF, what led to his hiring, and the band’s rise…

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DARIO LORINA of Black Label Society Discusses his New Solo Album “Death Grip Tribulations” (Interview)

DARIO LORINA of Black Label Society Discusses his New Solo Album “Death Grip Tribulations” (Interview)

Dario Lorina, the newest member of Black Label Society, has made quite a name for himself in the shred guitar and metal community. He took the time to speak to us about the pathway that led him to sharing the stage with Zakk Wylde every night, his music writing process, signature model guitar, and of course, the release of his second instrumental solo album, Death Grip Tribulations. Rachel Leigh: This is Rachel Leigh from Decibel…

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LIV SIN – her new band, writing process and more! (Interview)

LIV SIN – her new band, writing process and more! (Interview)

Liv Sin, former frontwoman of Sister Sin and current frontwoman of Liv Sin, sat down with us to discuss the debut album Follow Me from her new band. She shared with us her writing process, the inspiration behind the new songs, and plans for future tours. Rachel Leigh: This is Rachel Leigh from Decibel Geek and I’m here with Liv Sin, how are you today? Liv Sin: I’m very well thank you! Rachel: Now your…

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Talking to ALEX KRULL of LEAVES’ EYES (Interview)

Talking to ALEX KRULL of LEAVES’ EYES (Interview)

After naming their last album his #1 of the year, Decibel Geek staff writer/photographer Shawn “Animalize” Irwin finally had the chance to see Leaves’ Eyes recently in Toronto. He was also able to sit down with Alex Krull to talk about the current North America tour with Battle Beast and Sabaton, as well as the most recent music and what we can expect from the band in the near future. Alex Krull also touches on the…

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KOBRA PAIGE of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Talks Writing Process, Touring and More (Interview)

KOBRA PAIGE of KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Talks Writing Process, Touring and More (Interview)

I’ve been a rock n’ roll fan my entire life, and a guitarist for half of that, so getting the opportunity to do my first-ever interview with a musician was extremely exciting for me, and also nerve wracking! But not to worry – my first interview was conducted with a very sincere and down-to-earth rocker – Kobra Paige of Canadian metal band Kobra and The Lotus. It was very interesting to get to talk to…

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