Author: Melanie Falina

Anthrax: Interview with Scott Ian

  Anthrax: The Zombie You Know – An Interview with Scott Ian of Anthrax Zombie photo source: It’s been a hell of a year for Scott Ian.  Not that the previous years have been uneventful – by far.  But 2011 has given birth to two new ‘babies’ for Ian.  The first being his actual first born with singer Pearl Aday; a son – the second is, of course, Worship Music, Anthrax’s long-awaited first studio album in eight years. While Anthrax geared up to hit the road with supporting heavy hitters Testament and Death Angel, Scott Ian took a...

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Charred Walls of the Damned – Interview with Richard Christy

Seeing Beauty in a World So Cruel – Charred Walls of the Damned An Interview with Richard Christy conducted February 2010 by Melanie Falina Richard Christy has come a long way from using cow feed buckets for makeshift drums and installing electrical conduit. A true jack of all trades, Christy is a musician who’s played in the bands Acheron, Death, Control Denied, Burning Inside, Iced Earth, The Elite, and Leash Law. He’s also a stand-up comedian, an actor, director, and a radio personality for the Howard Stern Show. His latest project, Charred Walls of the Damned, has just released their self-titled debut. And Christy’s selection of the cast of characters to join him for this supergroup packs one hell of a punch. Bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament), guitarist and producer – Jason Suecof (Trivium, All That Remains), and on vocals, the larger than life Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Yngwie Malmsteen). “At first when I was just writing riffs a few years back I was just doing it for the love of playing guitar and the love of creating music. I didn’t really think much beyond that.” explained Christy about the beginnings of Charred Walls of the Damned. So how then did DiGiorgio, Suecof, and Owens become part of this passion? “Once I had several full songs written and realized that things were coming together great, that’s...

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Pure, Raw Thrash Metal: An Interview with Dave Lombardo of Slayer

Interview conducted August 2010 By Melanie Falina Slayer had a rocky start in 2010. After breaking in the new year with a stellar new album receiving rave reviews and a tour scheduled with Megadeth, Slayer had to postpone all their upcoming shows due to vocalist Tom Araya’s need for back surgery. Araya had the necesarry operation and then things quickly got back on track, Megadeth and Slayer rescheduled their cancelled dates – and the heavy metal carnage began just a few short months later. In the midst of the American Carnage Tour with Megadeth, Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo reflects on Araya’s recovery: “He’s doing really good,” says Lombardo proudly, “he doesn’t have any more numbness in his fingers; they definitely took care of the problem.” Despite the urgency for the operation expressed by Araya’s doctors, the decision to reschedule the entire leg of a tour must have been a heady decision for Araya. “It really was but that shows just how serious it was,” explains Lombardo, “It wasn’t something that was petty. It wasn’t something that for whatever reason anyone would take off like that or the reason a musician would cancel a tour – this is real, this is something that was very serious. So what I’m glad is now that everything’s taken care of we don’t have to worry about it and we can go ahead and...

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The Force of Black & Roll – An Interview with Ben Falgoust of Goatwhore

Interview conducted in 2009 by Melanie Falina Orleans, Louisiana, the town black and rollers Goatwhore hail from, is a heavily Catholic town. And if you’ve even been there during their summer-time (about six months out of the year as opposed to the two and a half months that most U.S. cities have) then it will all become clear why because that immense heat and humidity will make almost anyone begin to pray for relief. Goatwhore, however, have their own ideas. Having just released their forth studio album, Carving Out The Eyes of God, it’s obvious they’re not too worried about religious rituals or beliefs. While on the road in support of their new release, Goatwhore vocalist Ben Falgoust had the opportunity to chat about the new album, all things Goatwhore, and that Louisiana heat. “I guess you just learn to deal with it. Like when I’m at home I work in a warehouse and it gets pretty fucking hot in the warehouse – but you just go with it, that’s how it is. Just like the people that live in Canada who deal with the snow everywhere.” On this particular day on their tour the guys had just crossed the boarder from Canada back into the U.S. and – as usual – had to deal with a few raised eyebrows when they gave their band name to the boarder...

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Sacred Metal – An Interview with Lita Ford

Interview Conducted with Lita Ford in June 2009 By Melanie Falina It’s been a decade and a half since metal mistress Lita Ford has been on the scene. During her hiatus she got married, started a family, moved to the Caribbean, and gave up wearing shoes. In 2008 Ford resurfaced at Rocklahoma and since then she began working on a new album – the first in almost twenty years – and metal fans couldn’t be happier that she’s returned. “Oh, you know, I’m getting such an overwhelming response, it’s amazing,” exclaimed Ford in earnest. “We just did a press conference in Sweden and I walked out in front of all these people and they just stood there with their mouths hanging open. It’s really weird, it’s almost like people are in shock, I just appeared out of nowhere.” So did Ford have any idea just how much she was being missed? “No, I really didn’t. I really didn’t, I literally live on a deserted island – we’re talking no Wal-Mart, no K-Mart, no Federal Express, no fast food restaurants, I mean there’s nothing where we live. When you walk the beach your footprints are the only ones in the sand; it’s really desolate. And we wanted a good place to raise our boys, we have two boys, and we wanted to teach them to live off the land – so...

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