Screamer Magazine was founded in Los Angeles, California in 1987 by David F. Castagno, Publisher/Editor. Screamer Magazine covers all Metal and Rock Bands big or small. Screamer Magazine now features interviews, reviews and news on bands from today and yesterday.
On January 23, 2018, Slayer announced that it would wrap up its 37 years together with one last tour around the globe. Before the band begins that final sojourn on May 10, Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph sat down and talked about all things Slayer.
SLAYER - Early Days: Episode 1 - YouTube
Leg One, North America of Slayer’s final world tour will feature Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament and starts May 10. The confirmed dates are below.
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, AL
20 Shaw Centre, Edmonton, AB
22 Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg, MB
24 The Armory, Minneapolis, MN
25 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Chicago, IL
27 Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre @ Freedom Hill, Detroit, MI
Bad Llama - Crooked Empire (Official Music Video) - YouTube
Bad Llama is a band with a distinctive individual style. Combining soulful diverse vocals, uplifting choruses, power house drumming, teasing guitar riffs, heavily funked up bass and an in your face live performance.
“Festival Worthy Anthems” – Guitar Superstore
“I love The Wolf you Feed! Seriously! Can’t wait to hear More!” -Kimberley Bayliss Vulturehound
“How can you not like a band called Bad Llama?” – Johnny Doom, Kerrang! Radio
Australian rock bassist Emma Anzai, who has climbed her way to eminence with her band Sick Puppies has become a substantial role model for female artists. When we interviewed the band in 2016, they were about to release their fifth studio album titled Fury which included their hit Stick To Your Guns, a song thatreached the number one added song on Rock Radio and the Billboard Charts for Billboard 200, U.S. Top Alternative Album and U.S. Top Rock Album.
As Bryan Scott (lead vocals, guitar), Mark Goodwin (drums, backing vocals) and Emma Anzai (bass guitar, backing vocals) begin the process of writing new material for their sixth studio album, we sat down with Anzai after her signing at the TASCAM booth during the NAMM 2018 Show to catch up. So much has transpired since the release of Fury and Anzai considers the positive outpouring of success and the strong bond they have a blessing. “Looking at what we had done before it was definitely our most advanced and successful album being able to continue to make music and write together. A lot of bands break up or what not over the course of time but we maintain a strong relationship musically and personally, and I think it is an advantage and it shows in the new music.”
In a male dominated industry, women are really beginning to push back and fight for equality in hopes more women will join bands and the scale can be balanced. Anzai opens up about her experiences as a woman in a man’s world. “I think it’s becoming more and more of a regularity. I remember when I first started it out you didn’t really see many women on the road who were touring or attending the shows, but nowadays it’s just refreshing to be able to see and hang out with other women. That’s actually an important thing when you are constantly surrounded by guys and working with guys to be able to have a bit of ‘girl time,’ I guess you would say.
Anzai began playing music at a young age but was first drawn to the guitar. “It was the easiest one to learn in the shortest amount of time. Once I decided I wanted to join a band I moved over to the bass.” Giving credit to fellow Australian band Silver Ships as her main source of inspiration in becoming a musician she confesses “they were the ones that really gave me the passion to want to pursue a career in music.” As many artists branch out in their careers, Anzai hasn’t given much thought to doing any outside or solo projects. Right now her loyalty is to Sick Puppies and their vision. With a talent like hers though, it is only a matter of time before that changes.
Anzai with Screamer Magazine’s Laura De Gaetano
As a musician it is important to stay true to your roots but equally important to continue to evolve and bring new elements into each new song, and each new album that ties into a band or artist’s classic sound. Anzai tells us “When you’re young you are very impressionable and you just want to learn everything at once. I think now as time goes on you tend to focus more on the dynamics and just get better at one thing. It goes in cycles. But, one thing I can say is once you know what you want to do you will always find a way to do it.” As an artist, you sacrifice so much to be on the road and as we spoke about earlier about being a woman in metal, it isn’t always easy. Anzai says “as with anything in life you just have to remember why you are doing it because it’s easy to get lost along the way. Even though I have been doing this for a long time it still happens but the key is to realize that it will happen and if you can’t be 100% passionate about something then you are going to more easily succumb to those obstacles. If you just keep your head up and stay on the path eventually you will get there. It’s an ongoing process.”
With Anzai being one of the most prominent female bassists in rock, it is good to know she couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Her key to success? “I had no plan B so I had to make plan A work.” That is the best advice we have ever heard.
The 2018 NAMM (The National Association of Music Merchants) Show at the Anaheim Convention Center has successfully been added to the history books, drawing in hundreds of thousands of musicians, celebrities and industry-driven attendees excited to check out state-of-the-art innovative products from wall to wall vendors that satisfied every consumer’s musical taste and needs. Companies such as Schecter Guitars, Hal Leonard, Yamaha, 108 Rock Star Guitars, SLT Strings, Rock n Roll Industries, Mack Kendrick Design, TASCAM and Ellefson Coffee Co held artist signings along with demonstrations of their current products. Additionally, NAMM featured a selection of courses as part of their NAMM U Sessions program highlighting the items not to be missed along with educational information about the industry in various facets such as lighting, audio science, networking events and more. Live music soared throughout the convention grounds and in the surrounding area from start to finish.
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Artists from all genres and walks of life can be spotted walking around from booth to booth between endorsements, media interviews and signings, and a few stopped to say a few words to Screamer Magazine.
The Ellefson Coffee Co booth, which was founded by Dave Ellefson of Megadeth and Metal Allegiance was a hot spot for those who wanted to sample his new coffee line. The booth created a comfortable atmosphere, so it was no wonder we ran into so many people there like members of Metal Allegiance, which amalgamates a community of metal artists that is considered to me more of a lifestyle than a genre when it comes to distinguishing who they are. Members Mark Menghi, Mike Portnoy, Alex Skolnik and Dave Ellefson have established a firm bond of brotherhood. The group incorporates an assortment of artists into their albums and performances such as Cristina Scabbia (vocalist, Lacuna Coil), Mark Osegueda (vocals, Death Angel) and Chris Jericho
(vocals, Fozzy) to bring an elite and powerhouse sound to metal fans. Having just performed a show at the Anaheim House of Blues, Portnoy expresses what an experience it was. “It was awesome but I’m feeling it now.” When we asked him about the next step for his band Sons Of Apollo, Portnoy tells us “I am looking forward to getting started rehearsing for our tour which will last four years but I am just excited to get back into it.” With the new Metal Allegiance album coming out in June and the upcoming Sons of Apollo tour, Portnoy says he is touching every side of the coin and there is so much to look forward to.
Having appeared as a guest performer with Metal Allegiance, Cristina Scabbia, vocalist from Italian Gothic Metal band Lacuna Coil was spotted with her co-singer Andrea Ferro. Scabbia had a few words for us between endorsements. “This is our first NAMM so we have been running around like chickens with our heads cut off. But it’s amazing! We have met a lot of people and endorsements and friends. We are a little tired but it’s better than walking around IKEA” Scabbia jokingly tells us.
Ellefson Coffee Co didn’t discriminate to having rock artists only and Daeg Faerch, who is most known for his role as the young Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s Halloween was there promoting his new music and clothing line. While Faerch is a rap artist, he is still one we can consider to be a bit “metal” considering his past working relationship with Zombie. Faerch explains he hasn’t stopped acting and has some upcoming films to look forward to but he had finally decided to do something with music. “I have a film on Amazon called Ditch Party that I was in and American Vandal on Netflix but I have always loved music. As a child I was playing piano, guitar, bass and drums and started producing my own music as well. Anything art related is always good in my eyes.” Wise beyond his years, Faerch credits life experience to being the inspiration for his lyrics. “Originally, I began writing as a sort of therapy and it went from there. People can check out my music on @greatdaeg on Instagram or on iTunes and will also find my clothing line called RapnDabs.”
Hanging out near the TASCAM booth and revving up for the release of their new single and video on February 23. 2018, Jimmy Wooten (drums) from Miami based hard rock band Gears accompanied by fellow bandmates Trip Six (vocals) and Jack Andrad (guitar) got us up to date on the latest news since we last spoke with them at NAMM 2016. “Corey Lowery worked with us on our album again and we are about 70% finished with it and still in the process of picking and choosing the songs we want to include. It’s a bit more progressive than our past albums but while there will be some differences, we are keeping the same Gears sound, or at least trying to. Then, we will be doing a mini tour in the spring but we don’t have any set dates yet. Just a lot going on.”
There are endless possibilities to what you will discover at NAMM. With each year, advanced technology is introduced into the music world. New and old artists come together with fans and merchants to bridge the gap and celebrate music. We can only imagine how next year will be since NAMM continues to outdo itself.
Legendary music icons are set to share the stage at The Rose in Pasadena on Friday, March 9th when Diane & The Deductibles team up with longtime friends, Missing Persons featuring Dale Bozzio (founder and lead singer) for a night of familiar hits and new songs sure to please all ages!
Diane & The Deductibles offer up ORIGINAL Rock’n, Pop-Blues music for today’s concert goers. Together, these five seasoned musicians bring soaring harmonies and bold guitar riffs with a trifecta of guitars, along with an epic rhythm section and anthem-style lyrics that have kept everyone in the audience on their feet since the bands inception in 2014.
Meet the Diane & The Deductibles Video:
Diane & The Deductibles - YouTube
• Diane Adams– lead vocals/ rhythm guitar • Robert Sarzo– lead guitar (Hurricane/ Queensryche GT) • Cliff Rehrig– bassist (Air Supply) • Keith Lynch– guitar (known for his work as MD with Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward) • Ronnie Ciago– national recording and touring drummer
Diane & The Deductibles have recently been recording and in a 3-day marathon finished tracking 12 new songs at Hybrid Studios in Santa Ana, CA with Hank Linderman. Now the mixing begins with Tyler Payne. The band is hoping to start releasing individual songs by March 2018. STAY TUNED!!!! For more information visit: http://www.dianeandthedeductibles.com
In the interim, friends and fans can continue to see Diane & The Deductibles perform live in and around southern California throughout this year!
British metal legends Judas Priest are set to release album 18, Firepower, March 9. The leather-clad legends are still cranking out new, heavy, valid metal. With a 40-year library of classic albums, not many bands can say they were part of metal’s formation.
Lightning Strike and Firepower are the first tastes of new electricity from the forthcoming 14 track release. The accompanying 25-date Firepower U.S. Tour starts March 13 in Pennsylvania.
Priest have trail-blazed like no other, screaming at father time with age defying fury, never running out of ammo.
Firepower starts hard, hungry and raw with guitars galloping with lightning, chiseling through granite with intensity. Lightning Strike pierces with energy and electricity from the heavens with heroic grandeur and bombast.
Evil Never Dies gives a hot, hellish delivery with damnation in the riffs, like a red hot iron prod rammed within. Lyrical possession by hell’s hierarchy with the always watching tempter and deceiver as Halford lets out a few high pitch screams during the conjuring.
Necromancer hits with old-school thrash and feelings of Painkiller, sinking teeth into decaying afterlife, sparking new life through sorcery, resurrecting voices from the grave. Flame Thrower’s chords ignite with fury like the wrath of the molten beast with a slow lyrical grind like hot embers at the fingertips.
Spectre summons nocturnal visitors as guitars play out dark, private thoughts and fantasies. It’s Alice Cooper in nature with shadows of Night Crawler, telling the gruesome tale of heavy breathing stalkers. Lyrics visualize the clothes and skin, peeling off, as guitars squeal out bloodlust.
Lone Wolf’s murky notes crawl through the dark woods like stalking claws. Sabbath in groove with a red-eyed glare through the darkness, it is creeping ravenous as one man stands alone before the beast.
Firepower is the newest entry into Priest’s continuing catalog of immortality.
It’s February 14th, Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. Nothing says “Be Mine” better than a Saint Valentine’s Day (Metal) Massacre from Anthrax and Killswitch Engage. The two aforementioned bands brought their Killthrax II tour to the Anaheim House of Blues with special guest Havok for an evening of in your face, no holds barred metal music.
Havok, a four piece outfit from Denver, Colorado warms up the crowd with a straight forward, no pretense assault. David Sanchez handles lead vocals and guitar. Reece Scruggs is the lead guitarist, who actively roams the stage, flinging his long red mane. Nick Schendzielos, bass and Pete Webber, drums comprise the rhythm section. Their six song set leaves no need to hold anything back, due to its length. They power through their time slot at a pace set to blistering.
Killswitch Engage, from Boston, Massachusetts assumes the stage next to put the “kill” in Killthrax. The band’s name belies their outward appearance, seemingly choosing to focus on the music, rather than an image of what they should be. Charismatic lead singer Jesse Leach can growl with the best of them. He also connects with the audience very well and keeps the audience engaged- no pun intended- throughout the set. Guitarist Joel Stroetzl and bass player Mike D’Antonio look like two guys out having a beer. Justin Foley on drums wears a t-shirt and shorts and is probably meeting Stroetzl and D’Antonio for that beer.
And then there’s Adam Dutkiewicz. It is rare to witness a guy dressed in athletic shorts, a plain colored sleeveless t-shirt, running shoes, a knee brace and a white headband on which is written TRASH play guitar like he does. Dutkiewicz bounds about the stage, frequently doing something akin to the P.A.G.A.N. goat dance from the 1987 Tom Hanks/Dan Aykroyd film Dragnet. All this, without missing a note. Why all the emphasis on Killswitch’s appearance? Appearances can be deceiving. This is one band for whom image doesn’t seem to be in the equation of what they do. Leach and Dutkiewicz enjoy having fun and making jokes with their audience. They make seriously hard, well-crafted music, while not taking themselves too seriously. Refreshing!
The room now anxiously awaits the arrival of Anthrax to the stage. There, in the front row, almost dead-center, is a young man named Dylan Castiglione. A musician himself, in attendance with his father, Dylan was fortunate enough to snatch one guitar pick from each of the two openers as they were tossed from the stage.
The stage lights dim, the PA plays the intro to the The Blues Brothers Briefcase Full of Blues concert album. With a sudden thunderous crash, Anthrax appears on the stage. The lights wash the stage in white as Scott Ian, rhythm guitar, founding member and possessor of what is likely the most famous goatee in rock n’ roll is center stage to greet the crowd with an emphatic strum of his red Jackson V-shaped guitar. The quintet, originally formed in New York City over 30 years ago rage into their set and immediately show the polish of a professional touring band. Charlie Benante, the band’s only drummer in their recording era. pounds out impeccable timekeeping. Perched behind his large drum kit riser, six steps above the rest of the band, he has an excellent vantage point from which to observe his band mates.
Joey Belladonna, their on again, off again lead singer who fronted the band during their pre-grunge heyday prowls the stage, wielding his baton style mic holder like the king’s sceptre. Bassist Frank Bello is a veritable wild man. Bello, the other constant in Anthrax since it began recording, appears to relish his role as crowd instigator. Relative newcomer, Jonathan Donais handle lead guitar duties adeptly. The four musicians mesh well together and experience on the stage is well evident. The relatively short, 11 song set list is well represented by tunes from the days when metal ruled the playlist on MTV. Mixed in is a cover of Joe Jackson’s Got the Time, which they recorded in 1990 for their Persistence of Time album. They also threw in as the penultimate number of the evening, their cover of Antisocial, from the French band Trust, which was on Anthrax’s 1988 release, State of Euphoria. Anthrax finishes their night with Indians, and the show concludes with no encore, leaving the audience feeling like the one kid in school who got no Valentine.