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HUNTRESS Holds “Virtual Yard Sale” to Raise Funds for Mayhem Fest Tour

Thrash metal band Huntress has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the upcoming Mayhem Fest tour.

Among some of the prizes for contributing to the campaign are: the sword prop used in the “Eight of Swords” video, vulgar drawings by singer Jill Janus, and guitarist Blake Meahl’s custom van.

They created this humorous commercial to promote the yard sale.

“Eight of Swords” music video:

Huntress’ sophomore album, Starbound Beast, will be released in the US July 2.


Interview with Warhead

Warhead is a Phoenix-based classic thrash metal band who pull influence from the likes of Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden. Over the past few weeks, TBOS has been collaborating with them on a set of videos, chronicling the history of the band up to the release of their debut album, “Death Row”.

Here are some excerpts from the interview.

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Sam Bollard, bass guitarist. Photo by Alec Damiano.

The Blog of Shredding: What inspired you to pursue music in the speed metal genre?

Sam Bollard (bass guitar): It’s what we write. It’s just what we write. We don’t write anything else.

Nolan Castles (lead vocals & guitar): Like yeah, it’s totally natural. It’s not like we’re going like for speed metal, or thrash, death, whatever. You know what I mean? It was just like, we got together, wrote some songs, and that’s what it came out to be.

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Cody Bailey, lead guitarist. Photo by Alec Damiano.

TBOS: What moment made you realize, “I wanna pursue music for the rest of my life?”

Cody Bailey (lead guitar): Definitely watching a lot of live videos of just bands that I liked.

Dane White (drums): Metallica.

Cody Bailey: Yeah, I definitely just wanted to be in their position and get them the hell off the stage and put me there.

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Drummer Dane White. Photo by Alec Damiano

TBOS: What differentiates you from the rest of the Phoenix metal scene?

Dane White: Our stage show is probably one of the (things). I mean, music is one thing for us, but we have electricity when we play that I don’t really see in a lot of other bands when I look at other local bands. No offense to any of them, but I feel there’s definitely a stronger performance chemistry we have when we play together, and I think the audience notices that too. So I think that’s one of the things that sets us off from the others.

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Nolan Castles, lead vocalist and guitarist. Photo by Alec Damiano.

TBOS: How do you get your hair to be so fabulous?

Nolan Castles: To be honest, my hair is all-natural.

Sam Bollard: Head and Shoulders.

Nolan Castles: I wash my hair with dirt, shampoo. Hopefully someone leaves some regurgitation in the sink here.

Dane White: Oh God! (laughs)

Sam Bollard: We wash our hair with brew, take showers with dirt. (others laugh) And that’s about it. We’re thrash. We eat pizza. We drink. We f——- party and we get 45 seconds of sleep and we do it all over again!

Dane White: We literally do none of those things! (laughs)

Nolan Castles: Yes, we party hard. And then when we’re all done, we all go home for dinner.

Sam Bollard: We have a curfew.

Nolan Castles: “Two minutes to midnight” (in reference to the Iron Maiden song of the same name).

Sam Bollard: The f—— thrash curfew!… (laughs) Then we have to “hit the lights” (in reference to the Metallica song).

Warhead will perform at the Nile Theater in Mesa, Ariz. on April 18. Their debut album, “Death Row,” will be released May 16. They will also be interviewed on RockDefRadio Friday, April 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

You can hear their cover of Megadeth’s “Take No Prisoners” below.


Welcome to Warhead

Warhead is a speed/thrash metal band based out of Phoenix, Ariz. Their songs are written in the vein of the Big Four of Thrash Metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer). They look like they got time-warped into 2013 straight from the 80s, and they sound like it too.

TBOS got the opportunity to interview Warhead and film them as they were rehearsing for their upcoming show. You can also hear their song, “Death Row,” in the video below.

Tomorrow March 15, they will perform at the Rocky Point Cantina in Tempe, Ariz. Other bands on the bill include: Hemoptysis, Scattered GutsExistence AD, and Fail to Reason. The show is all ages and tickets are $5. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Warhead will be touring in May in support of their debut album, “Death Row”. The full-length interview and more concert footage will be posted on TBOS closer to the album’s release date.

Warhead "Death Row" Album Cover

Warhead “Death Row” West Coast Tour 2013:

May 16 –  Phoenix
May 17 –  San Diego
May 18 – Los Angeles
May 19 –  San Francisco
May 21 –  Sacramento
May 22 – Eugene
May 23 –  Portland
May 25 – Seattle
May 26 – Boise
May 27 – Salt Lake City
May 28 – Las Vegas

For more updates, visit their Facebook page.


Interview with Frosthelm

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Frosthelm is number one on the ReverbNation metal charts in North Dakota. They will be working with Ralph Santolla (Death, Decide, Obituary), and are in the process of recording their first full-length album, which will be mixed by Grammy winner Matt Hyde (Slayer, Skeletonwitch).

TBOS got the chance to speak to bassist and co-founder Jim Cherry. You can hear the full chat below!

Their EP, “The North Winds Rend Flesh,” is available on iTunes.

CORRECTION (3/5/13): Ralph Santolla will be working on Frosthelm’s next album. Matt Hyde will be mixing and mastering the current album, not producing it.


Ex-Anthrax Guitarist Rob Caggiano Joins Volbeat

Today, Danish groove metal band Volbeat announced that former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano has joined their band.

Caggiano onstage with Anthrax. Photo courtesy clintjcl on Flickr.

Caggiano onstage with Anthrax. Photo courtesy clintjcl on Flickr.

The guitarist announced his departure from Anthrax exactly one month ago. Caggiano wished to focus on a career in music production and was in Denmark to producing Volbeat’s latest album, “Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies,” when vocalist Michael Paulsen asked him to join the band.

Caggiano was a member of Anthrax from 2001 to 2005 and again from 2007 to 2013.

 

 


Testament, Overkill and 4ARM Live in Tempe, Ariz.

  1. Mere hours before the show began, Testament guitarist Eric Peterson held a meet-and-greet at the Tempe Guitar Center.
  2. Here at the Tempe @guitarcenter waiting for Eric Peterson of @testamentband! http://twitpic.com/c051tr
  3. Peterson signed memorabilia and took pictures with his fans.
  4. Me with Eric Peterson! Time to haul butt to the Marquee now. http://twitpic.com/c05bxd
  5. Metalheads congregated at the Marquee Theater.
  6. Opening band 4ARM played a six-song set that left headbangers’ necks sore.
  7. 4ARM just finished up their set. My neck already hurts. http://twitpic.com/c05w87
  8. Sound check for Overkill. The drums resonate in your chest! THIS is how a thrash band is meant to sound. http://twitpic.com/c05zak
  9. As the crowd waited for Overkill to take the stage, “Walk” and other songs by Pantera were blared over the P.A. system to get the fans pumped.
  10. Overkill played an impressive set to a destructive crowd. The charismatic frontman Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth strutting across the stage.
  11. Overkill just finished their set. INSANE crowd. Just got crushed by 2 crowd surfers.
  12. Bobby Blitz is one hell of a frontman. One of the best I’ve seen.
  13. Headliners Testament thrashed to a 15-song setlist, heavily composed of tracks from their latest album, “Dark Roots of Earth” (2012).
  14. Overall, the event was great but fans were left wanting to hear more classic material from the headliners.
  15. Testament put on a hell of a show, even though I was expecting “Electric Crown”. http://twitpic.com/c079qt