Interviews Archive

INTERVIEW with FIGHT AMP; Performing in Syracuse, NY w/ EYEHATEGOD 4/21; CONSTANTLY OFF out now on Brutal Panda Records!

Don’t you just love a 3 piece? And for all you smart asses out there, i’m not talking about fried chicken. Jerks. Anywho, I’m glad to say i’ll get my first chance to catch Philadelphia, Pennsylvania power trio Fight Amp this week in my hometown. For those unfamiliar, these guys have been making a whole bunch […]

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Interview with Tim Williams from Vision Of Disorder @VOD_BAND ; STILL EP 20th re-release out NOW! @stvitusbar

On 11/26/95, I saw Vision Of Disorder, H20, IGNITE, and SICK OF IT ALL on the same bill for under $10. Try that one today. Though already a megafan of the latter 3, Vision Of Disorder were the new kids on the bill and had quite a bit to live up to. Within 5 minutes […]

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Interview with Zetro from EXODUS; Playing Albany, NY TOMORROW (11/25) with @SLAYER @OFFICIALSTIG @EXODUSATTACK

With more than 30 years in the scene and still running at full speed, Bay Area Thrash Metal legends Exodus are back with their first album in 4 years. More importantly, Blood In Blood Out (Nuclear Blast) finds vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza returning to the fold after 10 years away from the band. Exodus has […]

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Interview with Andy Lum from My Goodness; New album Shiver & Shake out NOW! @MYGOODNESSMUSIC

Seattle, Washing three-piece My Goodness, featuring Cody Votolato on Bass, recently dropped a record titled Shiver + Shake. Now available on Votiv Music, I caught up with Andy Lum via email to talk about the new release, their upcoming plans for the remainder of 2014, and a fun lineup they’d like to be a part […]

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Interview with Mark from Bridge Under Fire; New 7″ out on LRS Records/Orange S.L.S Records @bridgeunderfire @lrsrecords

How about a little love for my hometown, eh? Syracuse, NY 4-piece rockers Bridge Under Fire are proof positive that family, work, school, and life in general do not have to detract from having fun in a band. With 4 years under their belt, B.U.F. has maintained a fiercely DIY ethic, independently releasing their music […]

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INTERVIEW: Stephen Aaron Grey (djfreakyflow) releases first book “Ant Farm – A Novel About What Is Bugging Society””

  BUY “ANT FARM” HERE ——– http://amzn.to/1wQWhm6 Author Stephen Aaron Grey has recently published his very first fiction book. Why are we interviewing an author here at Live High Five? Well, he asked politely for one thing. That, and the fact that he introduced us to Drum and Bass way back in the 90’s definitely helped […]

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Drummer Spotlight Interview with John Longstreth (Origin/Gorguts) @ORIGINBAND @GORGUTSOFFICIAL

How do you tell if the stage is level?
 The drummer is drooling from both sides of his mouth. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately […]

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Interview with Blag Dhalia from The Dwarves; New record coming on Recess Records @thedwarvesband @recessrecords

Ahh The Dwarves! I don’t suppose there is too much I can say about The Dwarves that hasn’t already been said and committed to legend during their near 30 year tenure as a band. Their subject matter is lurid, their performances are bedlam, and their attitude is one of the most pure and unadulterated in […]

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Interview with Nat from Blacklist Royals; New album DIE YOUNG WITH ME out NOW @blacklistroyals

Nashville, Tennessee 4-piece Blacklist Royals are a wonderful example of how music can help overcome. Overcome uncertainty. Overcome anxiety. Overcome all the shit that life can throw at you without warning or cause. Music, when examined thoroughly enough, can occasionally be the best medicine a doctor could prescribe. If only more would do so. The […]

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Drive-By Drummer Spotlight with Paul Quattrone from !!! @ChkChkChk at @red_7 #ATX

Why did the drummer stare at the frozen juice can? Because it said, “Concentrate”. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or not the band […]

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Interview with Alex from Fallujah; New album THE FLESH PREVAILS out NOW! @earsplitpr @uniqueleaderrec

Bay Area 5-piece Fallujah have an interesting take on the ever-expanding genre that is Death Metal. While many bands within the Metal sphere look to rip the head off of everything in their path from the first note, Fallujah offers a more introspective landscape and swirly take on their compositions. Then, they rip your fucking […]

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Interview with Tanner; EP out NOW and “Come Alive” video below! @tannerbandmusic

  Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama and now proudly trying to sink his teeth into the abbatoir that is NYC’s Music Scene, I’d like to introduce you to Tanner. I had no idea who this young man was prior to a chance email from a colleague, but after a listen or 5, this young man comes […]

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Interview with SA Martinez from 311; Playing #ATX at Moody Theater on 7/29 @311 @acllive

311. I fucking love ‘em! You may already know that from my previous interview with SA Martinez back in 2012, but just in case you forgot, allow me to reiterate: I LOVE 311!!! As a 20-year fan and listener, it’s safe to say the band members, their infectious songs, and their positive vibes have burned […]

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Interview with Brian from Downset; Playing @TIHCFEST; One Blood drops this Summer @downsetla

West Coast Hip Hop over grooved out, crunchy Hardcore riffs?! HOLY FUCK, the 16 year old me was in love with Downset from the moment I heard the opening bass line under Rey Anthony Oropeza’s solo vocal intro to “Anger.” You know EXACTLY what I’m talking about, or else you wouldn’t be reading this interview […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Chris Vest from Framing Hanley; Playing K-Rockathon 8/2 @framinghanley @KROCKCNY

How do you tell if the stage is level?
 The drummer is drooling from both sides of his mouth. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST. Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately […]

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Interview with BIG DAD RITCH from Texas Hippie Coalition; Touring with @MAYHEMFEST NOW! @THCOFFICIAL

Texas Hippie Coalition are a 4-piece proudly hailing from the great state of (you guessed it) Texas. Denison, Texas to be exact. The group has the every ounce of the power groove and outlaw spirit you’d expect from a Southern Metal band, and they want you to know they mean business. Plus, vocalist Big Dad […]

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Interview with Paul from Cannibal Corpse @corpseofficial; Playing @Mayhemfest and 13th album coming soon!

Cannibal Corpse. You’ve undoubtedly been exposed to Cannibal Corpse in some form or another. Jim Carrey is a total fan. The (thankfully) defunct PMRC were decidedly not. But no matter… Next only to chicken wings, Cannibal Corpse is the best thing to ever come out of Buffalo, NY. One of Metal Blade Records’ finest acts, […]

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Interview with Ricky Ginsburg (Campfire Outdoor Adventure & Music Festival) @CAMPFIREFESTPA @BLPFAM

BUY TICKETS HERE!!! – http://bit.ly/1hsovC7 New Webster’s Definition of “Summer Camp” – A place that eager, overworked parents send their children for a week so they can be left alone to get laid and drunk ad nausem without interruption. Sound right? Strangely enough, many kids look forward to it for exactly the same reason. Isn’t it […]

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Interview with Ben from Goatwhore; CONSTRICTING RAGE OF THE MERCILESS OUT NOW! @METALBLADE @GOATWHORENOLA

What do you call a streetwalking Animalia Chordata Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae Caprinae Capra aegagrus hircus? GOATWHORE! Now that I’ve taken the crown for “Worst Joke in Metal Media Coverage History,” the long-running New Orleans 4-piece continue to unleash an onslaught of crippling tracks with their new album, Constricting Rage Of The Merciless. Dropping on July […]

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Interview with Mike Dean from Corrosion Of Conformity; IX available NOW! @earsplitpr @candlelightusa

Raleigh, North Carolina Metal legends Corrosion Of Conformity really know how to write a good Metal song. A shit-load of them actually. Though the group took a short (but entirely too long) hiatus a few years ago, the Southern stalwarts are back with yet another batch of crushing new tracks. Titled IX and produced by […]

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Interview with Eddie Hermida from Suicide Silence; YOU CAN’T STOP ME out in 7/15 & playing @MAYHEMFEST @suicidesilence

Riverside, California Death Metal band Suicide Silence is gearing up for a wild Summer. As happens with some of the more gifted and driven acts, I can recall from having zero clue who Suicide Silence was to being completely bombarded by stories of their performances and music in a matter of mere moments. Only special […]

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Interview with Jmann from Mushroomhead; Playing @ROCKSTARENERGY @MAYHEMFEST @FILTHYHANDSCO

Cleveland, Ohio’s Mushroomhead are a roving mob of a band. Just dropping The Righteous and The Butterfly, on Megaforce Records, their 8th and latest release is yet another theatrically metallic album, and definitely not something you can easily fit into a particular musical category. The ebb and flow of the tracks remain consistent, but this […]

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Interview with Ryan Neff from Miss May I; Rise Of The Lion out NOW & playing @MAYHEMFEST @MISSMAYIBAND

Metalcore superstars Miss May I are back at it once again. Actually, I take that back… The band never went anywhere, except EVERYWHERE, since the first time I spoke with them a few years back in Syracuse, NY. Europe, Asia, The States, they’ve done all of it. And wouldn’t you know it, they’re about to […]

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Max Collins (@Eve6) goes solo; Debut album Honey From The Ice Box available NOW! @MAXCOLLINSMUSIC @bigpicturenyc

Max Collins, of EVE 6 fame, has taken the plunge into Solo-Land. The long-time front man and guitarist has already spent half his life in the limelight with several highly regarded albums, international touring, and star studded grandeur most of us can only dream about. This time around, Max is placing his focus on the […]

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Interview with Erin Bowman; playing 93Q SUMMER JAM on 6/22 at Papermill Island @erinbowmanmusic @catalystgrouppr

I’m sure we can all agree that it’s great to have Summer in our midst (though writing this outside on a 60 degree day leaves something to be desired… smh.) And wouldn’t you know, budding Pop Princess Erin Bowman has written a danceable sing-a-long to help us bring in the times! I’ll second her sentiments […]

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Interview with Jeff and Amanda from Enabler; On Tour with EYEHATEGOD @enablermke @earsplitpr

Ohio’s Enabler are slowly but surely gaining critical acclaim in the metal underground. Still relatively young at 4 years of age, Enabler’s “Road-Tested, Headbanger Approved” brand of punk/thrash infused metal is solid, punishing, and provides a great emotional release. Bonus Points: Cute female bass player!

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Interview with Hank III; Playing Rochester tonight (6/11) and Syracuse 6/14. @hank_III @adrenalinepr

Hank Williams III, the “Tennessee Hellbilly” and one of Punk Rock’s most cherished and rebellious Country boys, is heading out on a 3-week run of East Coast dates this month. Needless to say,  I couldn’t have been more excited to speak with a man whose name and career exhibit more DIY Fuck-All than just about […]

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Interview with Mike Schleibaum from Darkest Hour; Playing @MAYHEMFEST and new album on Sumerian Records in 2014

Washington D.C.’s long-running metal stalwarts Darkest Hour are approaching the 20 year mark as a band. Metal is a difficult style to excel in, and it’s even more difficult to conquer, but Darkest Hour has paid more than just dues during their rise. The quintet’s consistently solid output and laudable performances have garnered them acclaim […]

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Interview with Mike IX Williams of EYEHATEGOD; New Album drops TOMORROW (5/27) and touring @earsplitpr

NOLA sludge legends EYEHATEGOD have to be one of the most enduring Metal bands ever willed into existence. In their 25+ year career, group has unrepentantly served up one of the most caustic and aggressive musical personas in the underground. But the sudden passing of drummer Joe LaCaze, wielder of one of the loosest grooves […]

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Interview with Daisy from FOXY SHAZAM; New album GONZO out now and touring!!! @FOXYSHAZAM

Very recently, Cincinnati, Ohio’s sextet Foxy Shazam dropped their latest album, GONZO, for free and on the total sly. The band, both baffling and happily amazing their rabid fan base with the release, managed to keep everything very quiet until the drop, but it may very well be how it was completed that is most […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Celine Derval from SCYTHIA @pearldrum corp #drums #drummers

What does a drummer use for contraception? 
His personality. But what’s with all the sexist talk? Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule (especially female ones!) We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Dave Witte @municipalwaste @trickpercussion @paistenation @witte_dw

What do you call a beautiful woman on a drummer’s arm? 
 A tattoo. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST. Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or not the band […]

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Interview with Jason Keyser from Origin; New Album OMNIPRESENT in 2014 on @originband @nuclearblastusa

Tech-Death! Nuclear Blast Records isn’t a label to mess around when it comes to brutal, mind-bending death metal… This much we know. But with a band like ORIGIN on their roster, they’ve pretty much set the benchmark standard for what every other band wants and wishes they could do.

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Interview with Viv from Viv and The Revival; New Album The Introduction drops 2/18! @vivtherevival

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Viv and The Revival is one of those musical entities you’ve probably found yourself bobbing your head to in recent years without even knowing it. In 3 years time, creative mastermind Viv Peyrat has dropped four (yes, four) EP’s, and had placements on just about every heavy hitting network on TV. Bud Light, […]

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Interview with Rich Fie from Caught In A Trap; New Album Goodnight New York drops 1/28/14 on Dead City Records!

NYC’s Caught In A Trap play tunes for the Working Man. You know the deal: Wake up and bust your ass for someone else’s dollar, deal with the ridiculousness of corrupt politicians (who have more money and power than you’ll ever have) all trying to tell you what is what, grinding out the days at […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Craig Anderson @eggnite from STRIFE & IGNITE @Strife_LA @IGNITE2 #drummers

How is a drum solo like a sneeze?
 You know it’s coming, but there’s nothing you can do about it. Well, maybe not in Hardcore. Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, […]

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Interview with Steven Tucker from WARFATHER; Debut LP Orchestrating The Apocalypse out 1/22/14 on Greyhaze Records

“Give me Metal, or give me Death!” Or how about just some Death Metal? But not any old thing… Gimme something that tears my head off and scares the bejesus out of me. Enter Warfather.

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Full Band Interview with The Ballroom Thieves; Playing NYC’s @CuttingRoomNYC 1/11 @ballroomthieves

Boston, Massachusetts three-piece The Ballroom Thieves are primed to make 2014 a banner year! Still a very young group (they’ve been around for about 3 years,) The Ballroom Thieves have exploded onto the rock/folk scene as a heavyweight contender for the crown. Dropping their first EP, The Devil and The Deep, as recently as January […]

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Interview with Sebastian and Harley from Noisem; Playing @a389recordings X Bash! @earplistpr

Baltimore, Maryland 5-piece brutalizers Noisem are primed to have a banner year in 2014. Not only are these hometown heroes set to destroy the stage at A389’s annual bash during the label’s 10th anniversary festival in January, but the group was just tapped to perform on the insane lineup that composes Decibel Magazine’s 2014 tour, […]

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Interview with Benny and Mike from The Venetia Fair; Covers EP out NOW! @thevenetiafair @switchbitchrecs

One of the best acts I discovered in the early months of 2013 was The Venetia Fair. The Boston based quintet made me a believer after a chance encounter on a boring Upstate NY Sunday afternoon, and infected my brain like a virus. I have zero doubts that many more will eventually succumb to their […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Dug “The Mouth” from Murphy’s Law; Album Reissues on the way! #nyhc

What do you say to a drummer in a three-piece suit?
 “Will the defendant please rise?” Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or […]

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Interview with Mike Eber from ZEVIOUS; Album Passing Through The Wall out NOW @cuneiformrecord

While anxiously awaiting Philadelphia’s Dysrhythmia to bless the stage (floor) of Gorham Brothers Music a few weeks back, I had the pleasure of catching NYC instrumental group Zevious. It makes good sense that the bands would tour together, as their aggressive, vocal-free leanings provided an excellent complement to each other (and since both bands share […]

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Full Band Drive-by CMJ Interview with The Phuss #DALLAS #TEXAS @thephuss @cmj

It’s never too late to celebrate the glorious spectacle that is CMJ! In dire need of coffee and cigarettes, I hopped off the Bedford L in the early afternoon and encountered Dallas’ THE PHUSS hanging out after a very long drive to their show at Spike Hill. They were cool dudes right off the bat, […]

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Interview with Weekend Nachos; Playing A389 X Anniversary Bash @a389recordings @earsplitpr

Tortilla chips, cheese, and salsa are great and all, but Weekend Nachos are the shit! The Chicago, Illinois 4-piece drops some of the heaviest jams out there right now, mixing the thrashy blasts we all know and love with a massive wall of sludgy riffs and breakdowns. The guys seriously make more than enough noise […]

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Full Band Interview with FLANNEL MOUTH; Pull In Your Horns EP out NOW @switchbitchrecs @flannel_mouth

Hailing from Glasford, Illinois, Switchbitch Records recording artist Flannel Mouth released their debut EP, Pull In Your Horns, back in March of this year. A hard-to-categorize yet solid listen, the EP takes the listener on an alt-punk/metallic-infused/ bounce-a-thon of complexity that is probably best left for the recipient to judge. I was never good at […]

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Drummer Spotlight with Claire Percival from DEAD LABEL (IRELAND) @deadlabelirel; @Zildjiancompany

Drummers always get a bum rap. Why is that? Ever seen a good band with a shitty drummer? No. Know why? BECAUSE THEY DON’T EXIST.  Drummers rule! We hit stuff, get peoples’ butts shaking, and ultimately determine whether or not the band is going to perform well. You CANNOT have a solid band without a […]

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Interview with NYC’s Ashley Allen; Debut EP drops TOMORROW 12/10/13 @itsashleyallen #pop #letsgo

Ashley Allen’s short and sweet description on her Facebook page goes a little like this: “Just a girl from New York City. Total Weirdo and totally okay with it.” Sounds perfect! How about a date, Ms. Allen?

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@CMJ Interview with Human Furnace from Ringworm @rngwrm13; New Album Hammer Of The Witch on @relapserecords slated for 2014!

Cleveland, Ohio’s Ringworm is one of the most chaotic hardcore metal bands on the market, and has been since their beginnings in 1991. All gaps in their performance history aside, the Relapse Records act continues to punish and pummel the eardrums and senses of their listeners with their trademark aural assault. There’s just something about […]

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Interview with Tom Hamilton from AMERICAN BABIES; Playing Syracuse, NY TOMORROW 12/7 @ambabes

Philadelphia, Pa. 4-piece American Babies is currently on the road supporting their latest album Knives and Teeth, via The Royal Potato Family. Philly has never been a slouch in the musical talent department, and American Babies boasts a very strong lineup with loads of recording and performance experience behind them, most notably guitarist Tom Hamilton […]

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Interview with Stef Jomphe from INSURRECTION; New Album PROTOTYPE out NOW

Canadian Death Metal band Insurrection recently dropped their new album of fury titled Prototype. In yet another ripper from the North, I for one am looking forward to a chance to see a bit more of all this this mayhem down here in the states. Not that we don’t have plenty of metal of our own […]

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