Inside Metal – Cinematic Release

Posted in News on October 18th, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

This is a great movie regarding the L.A. hard rock and metal scene before all of the glam bands came to prominence. So if that’s not your bag, then cool because you’ll learn about all types of bands you may not have known about unless you grew up in that era and area. If you want to check out the movie in theaters here is your chance to do so, click on this link to find out where the documentary will be scheduled to play worldwide.

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Podcast Episode 92 – Tommy Victor

Posted in Audio, Feed, Interviews on July 1st, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

Tommy Victor is featured on the latest episode of Mars Attacks Podcast. During his interview he discussed the reality of how smaller labels work, how Spotify has affected the band, reteaming with Steve Evetts for Ruining Lives and what he brings to the band. He also goes into how his lyric style has changed for the album, Prong’s upcoming tour with Overkill, why Schecter guitars have become his instrument of choice. Tommy was also gracious enough to comment on three albums that will be featured during upcoming editions of our Classic Albums series. His comments are more like a history lesson, as he was there when some of the bands discussed were rising through the ranks. He also gives a brief rundown of new Danzig material that will be out at some point in the future.

To check out the Classic Albums Column based on Prong’s Cleansing, go here to read contributor’s comments, and or download the podcast based on the episode.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear music by Prong, which comes from not only their new album, but from various other classic albums by the band. Support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

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Podcast Episode 91 – Monte Pittman

Posted in Audio, Feed, Interviews on May 27th, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

The latest episode of Mars Attacks Podcast contains an interview with Monte Pittman. Among the items discussed during the interview include the writing and recording of his recently released album The Power Of Three, working with Flemming Rasmussen, and having Alex Skolnik and Chris Barnes guest on the album. How the album was signed to Metal Blade, clearing A New Level for Madonna, how he came to work with both Prong and Madonna, performing with Spinal Tap sandwiched between Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, taking lessons from Delores Rhoads, putting together his signature model guitar and pickup, as well as becoming an ESP endorser.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear music by Monte Pittman, Prong and Mustasch. Support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

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Podcast Episode 90 – Michael Angelo Batio

Posted in Audio, Feed, Interviews on May 1st, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

During this episode we interview guitarist extraordinaire Michael Angelo Batio. We discuss his latest album Intermezzo, how he was able obtain the services of guitarists such as George Lynch, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley and Guthrie Govan (among others) to work on his album. If there were any guests that got away, why work with guests, if he would consider doing an album with guest vocalists, his approach to other another artist’s music, and his Dean signature series, among other things.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear music by Michael Angelo Batio, Monty Pittman and Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel. Support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

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Podcast Episode 89 – The Member Switch

Posted in Audio, Cast Iron Ring, Feed, Interviews on April 18th, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

This episode we discuss bands that switch members, those that get a pass, and those that are taken to task by their fans. Guests during this episode include Scott Thompson from Focus On Metal and Chris Czynszak from the Decibel Geek Podcast

Throughout the episode you’ll hear music by Shandi’s Addiction, John Norum, and Motorhead among others. Support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

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Podcast Episode 88 – Erik Kluiber of Gypsyhawk

Posted in Audio, Feed, Interviews on April 9th, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

The latest episode of Mars Attacks contains an interview with Erik Kluiber of the band Gypsyhawk. For those keeping track, Erik aka Ron Houser has been a good friend of the podcast since its inception, and has come on multiple times to discuss the various bands he’s been involved with over the years. During this episode we take sort of a story tellers approach, and discuss tracks from his previous bands Overloaded and White Wizzard, as well as a track off of Gypsyhawk’s latest release Revelry and Resilience. Afterwards we discuss the new material they’re in the process of writing and playing live. Whether crowdfunding is the way of the future for the music industry (the band has taken part in several campaigns). His switch to Dean Guitars, an interview former guitarist Andrew Packer did with The Great Southern Brainfart regarding his departure from the band. And Gypsyhawk’s switch to their new guitarist Bryant Throckmorton, and what that means to the new albums song writing process.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear music by Gypsyhawk, Overloaded and White Wizzard. Support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

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Podcast Episode 87 – Bands Becoming Brands

Posted in Audio, Cast Iron Ring, Feed on March 28th, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

The latest episode of Mars Attacks contains a chat with fellow Cast Iron Ring member Scott Thompson from Focus On Metal. During the episode we discuss bands reaching the brand status. You know those bands who’s t-shirts you see at every show, or on some celeb that appears on TMZ, unsuspecting teens, etc. How about the merch you find at your local superstore or mall, who would have thought 30 years ago that you could find a band t-shirt at your local supermarket?

We all know these kinds of bands, and we’ve been fans for years. Scott and I discuss the importance of bands reaching a point where all of the extra accoutrements that are on the market are just as important as the music or tour the band is on. The importance of having a name, symbol or logo that is recognized even outside of the metal community. Taking things one step forward and becoming a brand.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear music by Led Zeppelin, Ramones, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Motley Crue and Iron Maiden. Support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

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Podcast Episode 86 – Vinny Appice

Posted in Audio, Feed, Interviews on March 25th, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

The latest episode of Mars Attacks contains an interview with legendary drummer Vinny Appice. During the interview he discusses his recent separation from Kill Devil Hill, recording new music with Last In Line which features remaining members of the original Dio line up plus Andrew Freeman on lead vocals. How he feels the Dio legacy is being handled after the passing of Ronnie James Dio, and what it was like working on the upcoming tribute album to Ronnie, This Is Your Life. Being part of Rock N Roll Fantasy camp, jamming with Zakk Wylde and Rudy Sarzo, and his opinion on Zakk’s recent comments regarding Dio fronted Sabbath. His thoughts on the Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame, and if there was ever any talk of him or Ronnie being inducted into the hall as part of Black Sabbath. Appearing in Dave Grohl’s Sound City Documentary, and finding out what his exact involvement was, and whether or not he recorded a track for the film. Upcoming Drum Wars dates with his brother Carmine, and his involvement in a project called WAMI, which features him along side of a teenage guitarist from Poland named Iggy, Doggie White and Marco Mendoza.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear music by Black Sabbath, Dio, and Kill Devil. Support the bands you love and help support the podcast at the same time, go to our Amazon store and pick up any of the albums featured during this episode here.

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Cool tracks from 2013

Posted in News on March 21st, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

Better late than never, just never got around to posting:

Oh yeah, and these are my favorite releases of 2013, still plenty of albums that I was not able to check out.

1. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks
2. Queens Of The Stone Age – Like Clockwork
3. Black Sabbath – 13
4. Alice In Chains – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
5. Killswitch Engage – Disarm The Decent
6. Trouble – The Distortion Fields
7. Soilwork – The Living Infinite
8. Generation Kill – We’re All Gonna Die
9. Ghost – Infestissumam
10. ASG – Blood Drive
11. Black Cowgirl – Black Cowgirl
12. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen
13. Avenged Sevenfold – Hail To The King
14. Filter – The Sun Comes Out Tonight
15. Havok – Unnatural Selection
16. Anciients – Heart Of Oak
17. Mustache – Sounds Like Hell, Looks Live Heaven
18. Newsted – Heavy Metal
19. Iron Man – South Of Earth
20. Artillery – Legions
21. Spiritual Beggars – Earth Blues
22. Kill Devil Hill – Revolution Rise
23. Queensryche – Queensryche
24. Oliva – Raise The Curtain
25. Holy Grail – Ride The Void
26. H.I.M. – Tears On Tape
27. Monster Magnet – Last Patrol
28. Deafheaven – Sunbather
29. White Wizzard – The Devil’s Cut
30. Carcass – Surgical Steel
31. Korn – The Paradigm Shift
32. Huntress – Starbound Beast
33. Alter Bridge – Fortress
34. Clutch – Earth Rocker
35. IWRESTLEDABEARONCE – Late For Nothing
36. Hey! Hello! – Hey! Hello!
37. Death Angel – The Dream Calls For Blood
38. Megadeth – Super Collider
39. A Pale Horse Named Death – Lay My Soul To Waste
40. Protest The Vest – Volition
41. Cathedral – The Last Spire
42. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer
43. The Winery Dogs – The Winery Dogs
44. Deep Purple – Now What?!
45. Airbourne – Blackdog Barking
46. Church Of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum
47. Satan – Life Sentence
48. Red Fang – Whales And Leeches
49. The Ocean – Pelagial
50. Anvil – Hope In Hell
51. Evile – Skull
52. Kvelertak – Meir
53. Satyricon – Satyricon
54. SpiralArms – Freedom
55. Vista Chino – Peace
56. U.D.O. – Steamhammer
57. Jolly – The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2)
58. Krokus – Dirty Dynamite
59. Chimaira – Crown Of Phantoms
60. Motorhead – Aftershock
61. Queensryche – Frequency Unknown
62. Sepultura – The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart
63. Stone Sour – House of Gold & Bones Pt. 2
64. Scorpion Child – Scorpion Child
65. Coney Hatch – Four
66. Sofy Major – Idolize
67. Suicidal Tendencies – 13
68. Howl – Bloodlines
69. Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose
70. Saxon – Sacrifice
71. Sevendust – Black Out The Sun
72. Intronaut – Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
73. Pro-pain – The Final Revolution
74. Six Feet Under – Unborn
75. King Kobra – King Kobra II
76. Device – Device
77. Place Vendome – Thunder In The Distance
78. The Black Dahlia Murder – Everblack
79. Devil To Pay – Fate Is Your Muse
80. Cauldron – Tomorrow’s Lost
81. Bobaflex – Charlatan’s Web
82. Dark New Day – Hail Mary
83. Turisas – Turisas
84. Kobra And The Lotus – Kobra And The Lotus
85. Stryper – No More Hell To Pay
86. Coven 13 – Destiny Of The Gods
87. Hatriot – Heroes Of Origin
88. Benedictum – Obey
89. Flotsam And Jetsam – Ugly Noise
90. Butcher Babies – Goliath
91. Diamond Plate – Pulse
92. The Devil’s Blood – III: Tabula Rasa or Death And The Seven Pillars
93. Mutation – The Frankenstein Effect
94. New Years Day – Victim To Villain
95. 77 – Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll
96. Memory Garden – Doomain
97. Death Dealer – War Master
98. Boston – Life, Love & Hope
99. Mutation – Error 500
100. Drowning Pool – Resilience

Some EPs that I dug that came out in 2013

1. STP – High Rise
2. Heaven Bellow – Sleeping Giants
3. Anthrax – Anthems

Non-hard rock or metal albums that I enjoyed:

1. Depeche Mode – Delta Machine
2. Lady Gaga – Artpop
3. Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
4. The Mission – The Brigtest Light
5. Lorde – Pure Heroine

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Podcast Episode 85 – Kiss, Kiss and More Kiss

Posted in Audio, Feed, Interviews on March 17th, 2014 by Victor Ruiz

The latest episode of Mars Attacks contains three separate discussions regarding Kiss, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, a hypothetical theory regarding Iron Maiden and the hall, and why fans see their inclusion in a different light than Kiss. The first segment contains comments from long time Talking Metal Forums poster Zman discussing his take on Kiss and the rock hall, and why Gene and Paul should do whatever they want. Chris Czynszak from delves into the subject further, and explains how discussing Kiss is now grouped in with politics, and religion as things he doesn’t want to touch on Facebook. That is, until after the band’s induction.

Finally, for those listening to the Talking Metal Digital on Friday night’s you may have already become accustomed to hearing Mark Strigl, and this very podcast’s Victor M. Ruiz discuss a wide variety of subjects. The third segment is the “lost” TM Live episode from Friday February 28th, 2014. You’ll hear Mark discuss the hall, VH1 Rock Honors, Wendy O Williams, wigs, etc.

Throughout the episode you’ll hear music by Doro, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Frehley’s Comet, Wendy O. Williams, Union, and of course Kiss. Support the bands you love, and help the podcast out at the same time. Go to our Amazon store, and purchase any of the albums whose music is featured during this

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