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Deep within Durham Region, five young musicians came together to create a band under the name Anathema’s Blessing. A few years later, this power metal outfit wrote and recorded their first release under the same name Anathema’s Blessing. Now this young band is ready to mature, going to new places and new heights.

John Gallagher, lead vocalist and bassist from the legendary metal band Raven spoke with me recently about the band’s new release, Walk Through Fire. I grew up listening to these guys and it was with great pleasure and anticipation that I received their new disc. Walk Through Fire is an album that showcases the band in top form. This is metal the way metal was meant to be played; hard, heavy and visceral.

After a ten-year absence from the music scene Armored Saint are back with a new CD, La Raza. Bassist Joey Vera spoke with me at great length about the CD and the writing process behind it. Armored Saint is one of the bands that I grew up listening to as a kid so having the opportunity to conduct this interview was especially cool for me. La Raza is a really good record from top to bottom and should be a welcome…

Skullage is a tour de force DVD that provides incredible insight into one of Metal’s most enigmatic axe shredders. Zakk Wylde started his career playing with Ozzy and indeed, for many years now he has been the driving force behind the legendary madman. However, Wylde has also been the heart on soul of his own project, Black Label Society, a straightforward…

How many bands tour the world via their own customized plane these days? Less than you can count on two hands? Well, legendary English metallers Iron Maiden did just that in 2008. Flight 666 is the film which documents the band’s “Somewhere Back In Time Tour” which totaled 50,000 miles and five continents in 45 days doing 23 shows. The means of transport for this trek was Bruce Dickinson’s very own customized Boeing 757, Ed Force One. This plane carried the band, crew and 12 tons of stage equipment while being piloted by none other than its owner and the band’s vocalist, Bruce Dickinson.

During these harsh economic times, fans may lack the financial resources for purchasing their favorite bands’ albums. In an effort to save on both cash and shelf space they may opt to buy digital music instead of the hard copy. Enter Edguy’s solution, The Singles, a compilation album compressing three of Edguy’s EPs into…

When you’re talking about the top five metal bands of all time, most people would probably agree on a few key names, Judas Priest, Metallica, Megadeth and Testament. Although not as commercially popular as the other three aforementioned bands, Testament is widely considered one of the true innovators of thrash metal that has influenced so many metal bands today. After…

On April 16th, in Toronto, Canada, Metal Monsters Slipknot dug in and played a ridiculously amazing set incorporating a seizure-inducing light show and a crisp sound unlike that heard in larger arenas. Obviously this band needs no introduction and as such we’ll simply say this… While Trivium tore up the stage and hyped the crowd for the aforementioned music juggernauts, we managed to grad Slipknot DJ and member #0 (aka Sid Wilson) in a relatively sound-proofed room for a quick interview. In full gear and with his remote controlled mask buzzing and whirring, PureGrainAudio asked questions pertaining to touring, their new wardrobe and more about the force that is the ‘Knot.

Early Man is an old school metal band, formed in 2003. The band is comprised of Mike Conte on guitar/vocals, Adam Bennati on drums and Pete Macy on guitar. They are originally from Columbus, Ohio. Early Man signed to Matador Records in 2003, releasing one EP Early Man and one full length Closing In. Early Man signed to The End Records in 2008 and have since released the EP Beware the Circling Fin.

Who is the biggest metal band in the world right now? If you said Metallica then you better go back to the 1980s. Over the last five years, Slipknot has become one of the biggest and most popular rock bands in the entire world. The guys rose to international prominence upon the release of 2004’s Vol. 3 (The Subliminal Verses) and have managed to keep it up with their fourth studio album All Hope Is Gone released last summer. Currently the band is getting set for some Canadian tour dates before some dates in the U.S. and then a run through Europe. Recently, we were fortunate enough to catch up with Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, otherwise known as #2, to talk about what the band’s up to and the latest album. Paul is without a doubt one of the coolest and nicest musicians I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with; here’s how it went.