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Audio Interview: Amorphis Guitarist Esa Holopainen Talks Gear and Live Performances

Finnish progressive metal band Amorphis released their 11th studio album, Circle, April 30 via Nuclear Blast Records in the US. It's refreshingly more guitar-oriented than any of the band's previous efforts, and it has producer Peter Tägtgren's signature touch all over it.

Audio Interview: Flotsam and Jetsam Guitarist Michael Gilbert Talks New Album, 'Ugly Noise,' Songwriting and Gear

Phoenix-based speed/thrash metal band Flotsam and Jetsam returned to Metal Blade Records for the release of their 11th studio album, Ugly Noise, which came out April 16 in the US. The album features the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums.

Audio Interview: In-Depth Chat with Vektor Guitarists David DiSanto and Erik Nelson

Based out of Tempe, Arizona, science-fiction-themed progressive thrash metal band Vektor have caught the attention of the genre's true fans. They could be called "the intelligent man's thrash band," and their sophomore album, 2011's Outer Isolation (Earache Records) supports that title.

Audio Interview: Catching Up with Cauldron's Jason Decay and Ian Chains

Guardians of the good ol' classic metal sound, Toronto, Canada-based Cauldron have been going places of late. Following the April 30 North American release of their third studio album, Tomorrow's Lost via Earache/Century Media, they toured with Diamond Head and did a headline run of their own, after which they made an appearance at Metallica's Orion Music + More fest in Detroit.

Audio Interview: Children Of Bodom Frontman Alexi Laiho Talks 'Halo of Blood,' His Guitar Playing and Future Plans

Finnish melodic death metal giants Children of Bodom released their eighth studio album, Halo of Blood, June 11 via Nuclear Blast Records, and it's exactly the kind of album the fans have been waiting for.

Gig Review: Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers Treat Los Angeles to a Memorable Classic Rock Show

As part of KLOS’ summer concert series at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, which kicked off with our recently reviewed Pat Benatar/Cheap Trick show, Steve Miller Band and the Doobie Brothers landed at the same venue June 20 for what promised to be another great classic exhibition of some of the most beloved songs in American rock.

Interview: Invadür Guitarist Sean Haidul Talks Gear, Analog Recording and Influences

Massachusetts-based hard rock/heavy metal band Ivadür, which got its start in 2011, released an impressive debut album earlier this year. This band’s simple goal is to play the kind of music they enjoy listening to, and their passion for all things classic is pretty clear when you listen to this album, which is — through and through — a 100 percent analog recording.

Gig Review: Pat Benatar and Cheap Trick Rock the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles

People paid good money for tickets, so expectations were high. And with these artists having been around for so many years, there was a degree of skepticism to go with all the excitement of witnessing such classic music in the glorious setting of the Greek, up on a hill in Griffith Park, providing a great view of the Hollywood Hills and LA to people in the higher seats.

Southern California-Based Metallica Tribute Act Damage Inc. Get Their Spotlight on National TV

There are tribute bands that perform as a full-time profession and convert it into a profitable business, even as their goal remains to pay homage to the original bands. Then there are bands that do the same thing but keep in local and underground. Southern California’s premiere Metallica tribute band, Damage Inc., falls into the latter category.

Gig Review and Interview: Katatonia Headline the Roxy in West Hollywood

The slow, thick chorus riffs got a majority of the crowd to bang their heads. I never imagined I’d head-bang so much at a Katatonia show. Set list-wise, they had four tunes from the latest album, Dead End Kings, of which "Dead Letters" sounded particularly strong. Besides, they had a selection of songs from the Night Is The New Day album and went further back into the catalog for the other tunes.