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I Ain’t No Slacker! What I’ve Been Up To Lately

Posted in Cool News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2010 by zach-attack-shaw

I know what you’re thinking … WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN? It’s been a lloonngg time since I last wrote on this blog. But since I got back from my studies/trip to Luxembourg and all over Europe, I’ve been preoccupied with my internship at the Syndicate. It’s given me the chance to not only learn more about the radio/music industry business, but also the chance to do more work with Metal Insider (the site I’ve been writing and contributing news for beforehand).

You might be yelling at me since I’ve probably used that excuse for a while now. However, not only have I gotten to do a lot more work for the site but I’ve also gotten the chance to conduct more interviews!! On July 16, I got to interview Swashbuckle, Ted Aguilar of Death Angel and Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork during their stop at the Trocadero in Philly. Then last weekend (7/23) at the Mayhem Fest in Camden, NJ, I got the chance to interview Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall, Piggy D. of Rob Zombie’s band and Wednesday 13 of the Murderdolls. As if that wasn’t enough, I then got to conduct a phone interview with none other than Gus G., guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne’s band and Firewind. I am so stoked that I got the opportunity to conduct all of these interviews and speak to these amazing artists!

They are slowly starting to pop up on Metal Insider. In case you needed proof that I haven’t been slacking off, I’ve added links to the interviews in the names above (once each have been posted, I will add in a link). So go ahead and check them out. I hope you enjoy! If you’d like, I’d also recommend checking out a new column I’m taking part in for Metal Insider called the Headbangers’ Brawl, where me and Bram discuss two opposing sides of an issue. The first edition of the column has been posted online (sorry, had to do a plug).

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Trivium’s ‘Into The Mouth Of Hell We Tour’ Storms Through The Palladium

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on November 10, 2009 by zach-attack-shaw

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One of the best things about seeing a concert at the Palladium (in Worcester, MA) is that no matter where you stand in the small theatre, you’ll feel as if you are right in front of the band. So when Trivium brought the last leg of their fall tour, Into The Mouth Of Hell We Tour, to the Palladium this past weekend (November 6, 2009), you can bet that heads were blown straight off. With openers Chimaira, White Chapel and Dirge Within, fans were treated to a spectacular evening of metal up close and personal. Trivium’s performance was proof that they were ready to be our generation’s next metal icons.

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Megadeth’s Endgame Proves That The End Is Far From Coming

Posted in CD Review with tags , , on October 4, 2009 by zach-attack-shaw

megadeth-endgameIntense metal guitar riffs: check. Mind blowing guitar solos: check. In your face thrash metal rhythms: check. Dave Mustaine’s ravaged vocals: check. All the ingredients to a great Megadeth album are present in their latest release Endgame. Whether you can’t stop listening to past classics like Rust In Piece or Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying? or if you just want truly off the wall heavy metal, then you’ll love Megadeth’s new album.

Dave Mustaine, Megadeth’s singer/guitarist/head hancho, is back in a big way. With riffs meatier then ever, Mustaine’s guitar playing is as fast and tasty as ever, making songs like “1,320” and “This Day We Fight!” feel as if they could’ve been written in the band’s hay day. Just like his guitar playing, Mustaine’s vocals sound equally intense on songs like “How The Story Ends” and “Bodies”. However, Mustaine isn’t the only one stepping up to the plate on the new album. Drummer Shawn Drover and bassist James Lomenzo are back on board to give songs like “The Right To Go Insane” and “Bite The Hand” the groove that separated Megadeth from the rest of the thrash metal scene of the 80s. New guitarist Chris Broderick adds his own stamp to songs like “Head Crusher” and … well come to think of it, the entire album! In other words, Broderick proves his worthiness as a new member of the band.

Don’t call Endgame a “comeback album” for the thrash titans. The new album serves as a reminder that Megadeth are not just some washed up 80s metal band. With the album’s fast, heavy, and uncontrollable riffs, Dave Mustaine and company confirms that Megadeth will always be seen as the metal icons they truly are.
-Zach Shaw