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Philip H. Anselmo on all fronts


Just a few weeks after we published our interview with Phil Anselmo regarding Down’s latest EP, we were on the phone with the man again. The singer is everywhere lately. Shortly after completing a North-American tour with Down, he was ready to go back on the roads of the old continent with his solo band The Illegals.

Although he sounded tired, the man was also in a joking mood. When he picked up the phone (“Aahhh, yeah!”), we automatically asked: “Is this Philip Anselmo ?”, just to hear him reply: “No, it’s Gene Simmons!” Why did we even ask? This ballsy voice leaves no place for doubt: it’s the one we’re used to hearing on “I’m Broken”, “Walk”, or “Drag The Waters”. “Ah, busy as fuck, getting ready to head over to Europe Monday”, he said when we asked him how he was doing.

Since we’d already largely talked about Down and his solo band during our latest two interviews, we took this new opportunity to question him about more general subjects (especially the stage), and about his performance of Pantera songs alongside Kill Devil Hill and Black Label Society, precisely ten years after the death of guitarist Dimebag Darrell. A topic that led us to talk about his current relationship with Vinnie Paul, which he explains with great honesty…

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Killer Be Killed: the ways of collaboration


“I don’t understand why people in hip-hop and people in jazz they make records together, they collaborate often and in metal, everyone seems to be very concerned with hanging on to the success they already had and not really stepping outside the comfort zone.” This assessment pretty much sums up the reason Killer Be Killed was created. The project gathers together three big voices of metal: Max Cavalera (Soulfly), who’s used to all kinds of collaborations by now, Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), and Troy Sanders (Mastodon), accompanied by Dave Ellitch (ex-Mars Volta), a high class drummer. Every collaboration carries the risk of failure, especially when egos are involved, but this kind of experience is always rewarding and can even turn out to be very gratifying. The first Killer Be Killed album is a first step on a whole new path, where the singers had to learn to know one another as people before anything else.

Although he’s very impulsive and intuitive, Greg Puciato is also a highly intelligent man, as the (very) long and fascinating interview he gave us last year, when The Dillinger Escape Plan released their latest album, already proved. It is therefore with great pleasure that we talked to him about this new band and his desire for collaborations.

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California Breed on a bright, sunny highway


Glenn Hughes, aka The Voice Of Rock, is unstoppable and ineradicable. According to him, it only took him a week to get over the fact that Black Country Communion would not go on following Afterglow, owing to Joe Bonamassa’s inability (or lack of desire) to tour with the band. It was his encounter with a young prodigy, guitarist Andrew Watt, that truly prompted him to create California Breed with his rhythm buddy Jason Bonham. Three generations getting together in the name of rock – the symbol is strong, and the result is one of the most remarkable albums of 2014.

Glenn Hughes might be the oldest guy in the band, but the passion and the voice are still there. Few guys from his generation can pride themselves on being in such form. “anybody has to keep up with me”, he confesses. The future is bright for California Breed, and the highway that is stretching before the band isn’t blocked by a single obstacle.

Let’s talk about all that with Hughes in the following interview…



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Richie Sambora in tune with his heart


Richie Sambora has remained a passionate musician despite thirty years spent touring the world at a hectic pace with Bon Jovi. But these last few years, he realized how much he had missed in terms of family life, and he retired from the stage from April 2013 on, letting Phil X fill in for him. It apparently did him good: Richie Sambora is now on top form for his solo tour (which will stop by Paris on June 26th) with the divine Orianthi, with whom he shares a “magical” relationship, “a tremendous thing”. So magical, in fact, that their collaboration should give birth to an actual album.

We discussed all this in an interview with the talkative, relaxed, and very pleasant Richie Sambora. After reading it, you’ll know all about his story, his values, his musical experiences (his latest infatuation being Black Sabbath), and his love of guitar. As a bonus, you’ll even find a few confessions on the subject of Bon Jovi.

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Rob Zombie more alive than ever


Rob Zombie is unstoppable! Being both a filmmaker and a metal singer, the man is constantly working on new projects. His latest album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, was released only last year, but he’s already busy with its successor. Rob Zombie – the band – is in top form, and the singer intends to make the most of it. Their first live DVD, The Zombie Mad Mad Horror Picture Show, will soon see the light of day and immortalize what Rob deems his best line-up and his most impressive show to date. But that’s not all: Rob Zombie – the filmmaker – is currently working on his new horror movie, entitled “31”, about which information is sparse but which is already getting the fans excited. The film has taken priority over all his other screen-related projects, among which a movie on hockey, and a TV series in collaboration with American Psycho’s author, Bret Easton Ellis.

On top of it all, Rob Zombie and his gang – John 5, Piggy D., and Ginger Fish – are on their way to Europe. We will have the pleasure to see them in France on June 20th, for their second appearance at the Hellfest.

We called the tireless singer, one of the biggest shock rock icons, to talk about all these subjects.

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PHIL ANSELMO: DOWN, VIBRATIONS AND “A BREATH OF FRESH AIR”


Phil Anselmo seems to be omnipresent in the metal world these days – a bit like at Hellfest 2013, where he gave two concerts and joined Voivod and Accept on stage. A year after our last chat (at the time, he was still working on his solo album and Down had released their first EP just six months before), he’s back to talk about his band’s second EP, in a planned series of four.

This rather quick interview was limited to the basics, namely the line-up changes within the band, their state of mind at the time of writing, and the future of Down and his solo project with The Illegals.

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Epica: Simone Simons and Coen Janssen introduce their new baby


Sometimes, all it takes to upset one’s routine and force one to reconsider everything – often for the best – is a small unforeseen event. That’s more or less what happened for Epica, who had to change their plans after singer Simone Simons revealed she was pregnant (although the event was probably not as “unforeseen” for the Simons/Palotai couple as it was for the rest of the band…). For their new album, The Quantum Enigma, Epica therefore moved away from their usual way of doing things and initiated a more collaborative process, thus making the most of their time off the road. The result is an album with massive production, refocused music, and less frills.

We met Simone Simons and keyboardist Coen Janssen in Paris to talk about this very special conception phase and to dissect the new album, which will undoubtedly mark a new cornerstone in the Dutch band’s career. It was also a good opportunity to talk a little more about the singer’s pregnancy, which didn’t keep her from treading the boards well into her fifth month. Readers of the female persuasion will be thrilled…

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Edguy: free metal!


“It was 22 years of offending people from the record industry, and the press, everywhere.” – that’s how Tobias Sammet and his legendary sense of humor sum up Edguy’s career. The band is still a group of kids who get together to have fun “sans limites et sans frontières”, because that’s what heavy metal is about! It also happens to be the very tangible theme of a crazy song called “Space Police”: how to work in complete freedom, without any kind of police to tell you what to do and what not to do. Let’s face facts: sometimes (often?), the safe-proclaimed rebels in our musical genre are the first to act as the metal police. But Edguy acquired their freedom against all odds, and they like it more than anything – more than success, even. That’s exactly the spirit of their new album, Space Police: Defenders Of The Crown, which features a few eccentricities under the band’s trademark style.

We talked about all these subjects with the band’s loquacious leader, Tobias Sammet. In truth, it’s always a pleasure to chat with him and to dissect his albums – especially this one.

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Winger will see better days


Born at the end of the 80s and pretty successful from the get go, Winger was brought down in the mid-90s when Beavis and Butt-Head made a mockery of them and when Lars Ulrich used the band’s frontman Kip Winger as a target for a game of darts in Metallica’s video for “Nothing Else Matters” (at 2’55). “I think that the band is a very misunderstood band and we have a lot to offer people”, Kip tells us. He then goes on to explain that the band was nothing like the ersatz Bon Jovi is was made out to be. Talking to Kip Winger on the phone was a good opportunity to bring up these subjects, recall an era the band had a difficult time with, lay waste to the misconceived ideas people might have had about them, and discuss the duality of their music, all at once progressive and pop.

But prejudices belong to the past and Winger is now soaring up again. The band was reborn in 2006 with their album IV, but it was Karma in 2009 that made the headlines – and now Better Days are most definitely Comin’. Kip Winger is proud of the music he makes and of all the care he puts in it. Because to him, only music matters.

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Sebastian Bach keeps up his hectic pace


Sebastian Bach keeps releasing albums, and we, the public, always delight in his modern hard sleaze. When you think about it, it’s a bit like doing an interview with the former Skid Row frontman: you know he’s going to be passionate, generous, sometimes a bit over the top, but that’s precisely what defines him. But to be honest, in the following interview, Sebastian Bach seems to want to keep sensational statements to a minimum. He even takes care to not babble too much about people, whether it is his former guitarist, Nick Sterling (whom he fired), or Mötley Crüe (whom he says he auditioned for, which caused one hell of a media stir at the end of the past year). The same goes for social networks, where every single one of his statements, even those made as a joke, ends up as “the biggest headline in every website and every rock thing in the planet”.

Let’s be clear, though: the man still has the gift of the gab, and he never hesitates to talk about the music he passionately loves, to have a good laugh, or to express things some might consider cynical. For instance, according to him, there’s no need to get along with the musicians you play with on a personal level – and to prove his point, he even quotes a certain Rammstein song…

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  • Thursday, 21 August 2014 à 8:36
    Max Cavalera fosters his tribe of savages
    Sunday, 20 July 2014 à 22:08
    Avatarium: a new icon for the Temple of Doom
    Monday, 16 June 2014 à 16:53
    Philip H. Anselmo on all fronts
    Tuesday, 10 June 2014 à 21:51
    Richie Sambora in tune with his heart
    Saturday, 7 June 2014 à 13:02
    Killer Be Killed: the ways of collaboration
    Wednesday, 4 June 2014 à 13:31
    Rob Zombie more alive than ever
    Saturday, 17 May 2014 à 15:33
    California Breed on a bright, sunny highway
    Thursday, 24 April 2014 à 16:46
    Sebastian Bach keeps up his hectic pace
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