Photos and review by Scott Brown
A rare treat was had on February 7, 2015, at a concert hall just outside of Pittsburgh. Machine Head is out on their “An Evening with Machine Head” tour in support of their chart-smashing album, ‘Bloodstone and Diamonds,’ which debuted at #21 on the Billboard Top 200. Impressive for a metal band, in today’s music industry which is ruled by Pop and R&B. Mr. Smalls, the venue, is a reconfigured church, which was the perfect setting for a metal show.
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At the age of 64, legendary heavy metal vocalist, Biff Byford, is still creating some of most intense and profound metal music ever recorded. As the leader of the 80's British band- Saxon, Byford has remained true to his original vision, and never compromised his musical integrity for anything; not then, and certainly not now. Although Saxon wasn't the most popular metal band during the 80's, they certainly left their mark with some great metal anthems, such as, "Denim & Leather," "Princess of the Night," "747 (Strangers in the Night)," and "Motorcycle Man." Byford, with Saxon, helped pave the way for heavy metal music, and influenced many up and coming bands along the way.
Currently, Saxon is one of the most respected and highly regarded bands in metal. Every record that they have released in the past two decades has been top notch; they truly get better and better with every release. In 2013, Saxon put out what many consider their most solid record: the epic metal masterpiece, ‘Sacrifice.’
Saxon just finished up a successful tour of the UK, and will be playing North America this spring and summer. They are a band that you do not want to miss.
What follows is an exclusive RMS Interview with one of metal's MVPs- Biff Byford.
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The alternative, Christian rock quintet, Flyleaf, is a reinvigorated band on a mission to once again be a relevant force in the modern rock world. After a tumultuous year in 2012, in which the Flyleaf's dynamic singer/songwriter, Lacey Sturm, surprisingly decide to leave the band that she co-founded in 2002, Flyleaf is now back with a talented new lead singer, Kristen May. While many long-time fans had difficultly accepting Sturm’s departure, May has stepped right in, and has brought an exciting new element into the band.
Late last year, Flyleaf released their fourth studio release, 'Between the Stars,' on the Loud & Proud record label. This 12-track record debuted at #33 on the Billboard charts.
Currently, Flyleaf is headlining this year's Snocore tour, which also features ADELITAS WAY, Framing Hanley, and Fit For Rivals.
What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with Flyleaf's guitarist- Sameer Bhattacharya.
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Vinnie Moore has always been a hard-working and passionate musician. During the mid 80s, Moore was regarded as one of rock music's most innovative guitarists; with his lightning fast fret board skills and melodic riffs. He released several impressive instrumental solo records during that time period on the guitar shredder-oriented label, Shrapnel Records. In 1991, Vinnie Moore released his break-out 'Meltdown' album, as the title track became a critically acclaimed masterpiece, getting huge radio play and being one of the very few instrumentals, to not only have a music video shown on MTV, but to be put in heavy rotation on the fan favorite show, "The Head Bangers Ball."
After a short stint as part of Alice Cooper's touring band in the early 90's, in 2003, vocalist Phil Mogg of the classic rock band, UFO, offered Moore the position of lead guitarist when he was looking to continue UFO, and needed a guitarist to replace the legendary Michael Schenker. Mogg ultimately decided that Moore would be the best fit for the band. It was a dream come true for Moore; he was a big fan of the band since childhood.
Presently, Moore is working harder now than ever before. The 50-year-old guitar virtuoso is currently co-headlining the ‘XG Extreme Guitar tour,’ with ex-Scorpions guitarist, Uli Roth, and the Black Knights Rising, which is a band consisting of Craig Goldy, Vinny Appice, Elliott Rubinson, and John West.
Moore is also involved with an amazing power trio, Red Zone Riders. This band consists of veteran musicians Kelly Keeling on vocals/bass and Scot Coogan on drums. They released their debut record last year and plan on doing some touring this year.
In addition, UFO will be releasing a new CD entitled, 'A Conspiracy Of Stars,' which is the fifth studio record that Moore is doing with the band. UFO will also be kicking off a world tour on Feb 20th.
What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with Vinnie Moore.
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