Published August 2009

Shooting for the Moon - An Audience with Rich Ward of Fozzy and Stuck Mojo

Rich Ward - rock star, rock lover and rock n' roll songwriter showed Metal as Fuck some good ol' southern hospitality, talking about Fozzy's new record, Australia and the elusive musical "moonshot" on location in Atlanta, GA.

Standing outside the Jan Smith Studio in Atlanta, GA, sweat drips from my brow.

Defueld - Defueld (SoundPollution/Riot)

Defueld offer their debut album full of classic heavy metal with a fresh twist that will have you wanting more.

I have a strong belief that the Scandinavian water holds some special ability to bring out the power of metal to the bands that form there. The best thing about these bands is that&n

Coalesce - Ox (Relapse/Riot)

Coalesce are by no means the world's most prolific band, but their fan-base is considerable and with the release of fourth album Ox, I suggest that their following is set to increase.

You get no warning with Ox.

Daemonicus - Host of Rotting Flesh (ViciSolum)

I haven't been addicted to an album with such intensity as this since I first heard Steel Panther's release Feel The Steel. The difference is that this is otherwise a middle-of-the-road death metal release. The reason for my addiction took some figuring out.

 

In the Spotlight: Blunt Force Trauma

Perth band Blunt Force Trauma were the lucky winners of our first lesser-known band spotlight: nominated in, and voted for, by the public. By the sounds of things, if you haven't heard of these guys yet, you probably will soon: they're focused and driven, and working really hard.

I spoke with Damien and Andy – who had been in bands together prior to Blunt Force Trauma, and played several festivals both locally and int

Arkona - Vo Slavu Velikim (Vic/Riot)

To many people pagan/folk bands pretty much sound the same, though they may come from Ireland or Azerbaijan. You can't listen to Arkona and mistake their Russian origin, however. And with one of the best female metal vocalists, Arkona is an act to watch out for...

To many people pagan/folk bands pretty much sound the same, though they may come from Ireland or Azerbaijan. You can't listen to Arkona and mistake their Russian origin, however.

Vader - Necropolis (Nuclear Blast/Riot)

With 25 releases, twenty-odd years under their belt and a name inspired by a man with a black plastic penis hat and chronic asthma, Polish deathsters Vader had to produce something pretty nasty to live up to the reputation of their namesake.
Release Date: 
21 Aug 2009 (All day)

Bizarrely, Devilizer opens Necropolis with the same drum roll as Michael "Moose" Thomas opens Bullet For My Valentine's Scre