Rival Sons' Scott Holiday and Jay Buchanan Delve Deep into Their Primal New Album, 'Feral Roots'

Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday in action (Image credit: Rick Horn)

It’s been two long years since Rival Sons released their last album, Hollow Bones — a lifetime ago for the normally prolific band. They had a legitimate excuse, though. Black Sabbath, the godfathers of metal, wanted them as support for the entirety of their year-long historic farewell tour, and what truly righteous group is gonna say no to that? Certainly not these hardrocking Sons.

But as soon as the tour wrapped, they knew they had to get down to business — and the stakes were high. After years of building a solid reputation on the independent label, Earache, the band signed to Atlantic, the major label that gave us legends like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Bad Company and Rush. It was time to step up… but not before they took a step back.

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Brad Tolinski

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Brad was the editor of Guitar World from 1990 to 2015. Since his departure he has authored Eruption: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen, Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page and Play it Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar, which was the inspiration for the Play It Loud exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City in 2019.