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December 24, 2008


Talking Metal is offering a free MP3 download of thier cover of Slayer's "South of Heaven" on their new press webpage. Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy recorded the track with their friends Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Sebastian Bach, Painmuseum), Byron Davis (God Forbid), and Richard Christy (The Howard Stern Show, ex-Iced Earth).

Check it out here and Happy Holidays!


December 13, 2008


Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy would live to thank the visitors for voting Talking Metal the best music blog on Fuse's Top 40 of 2008!


October 25, 2008


Talking Metal hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy will once again appear as commentators on VH1's 40 Freakiest Concert Moments on Monday, October 26 at 3:30 PM and 4:30 AM. Mark and John join Ronnie James Dio, Zakk Wylde, Riki Rachtman, Eddie Trunk, and more to wax philosophically about the most outrageous onstage moments from artists including Motley Crue, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine, and Rammstein. Please see below for details.

Talking Metal on TV Tune-In Times:

Monday 10/26 at 3:30 PM ET/3:30 PM PT: VH1 40 Freakiest Concert Moments 40-21
Monday 10/26 at 4:30 AM ET/4:30 AM PT: VH1 40 Freakiest Concert Moments 20-1


October 11, 2008


Former Hades members Alan Tecchio, Dan Lorenzo, and Ron Lipnicki (who is now on drums for Overkill) have teamed up with Fuse TV's Talking Metal duo (John Ostronomy and Mark Strigl) to form Screaming Metal, a cover band. Screaming Metal have been jamming songs by Judas Priest, KISS, Metallica, Black Sabbath, and AC/DC during the last few months.

"Jamming these songs has brought back a lot of great memories, and at our age we can approach this with a more mature perspective" said vocalist Alan Tecchio. Guitarist Dan Lorenzo said, "I never wanted to be in a cover band, but I have to admit it's fun as hell to jam songs like, "Mob Rules" and "Walk All Over You" just like I did when I started playing the clubs in the early 80s".

For now, Screaming Metal will perform only one night - Saturday February 7, 2009 at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. Openers will include LowBuz who will be performing their last show ever.

Talking Metal's Mark Strigl said, "John and I feel honored to play with guys who's history helped define the genre. The songs we have been jamming on are more of the deep cuts, and most of these songs will not be found on the typical cover band's set list. I think this will make our gigs a real treat for the true hard rock and metal fans."

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July 15, 2008


Mark Strigl was recently spotted dining with former Hades and Non-Fiction guitarist, Dan Lorenzo, at the Milburn, New Jersey hotspot, "Basilico." They enjoyed good conversation and food with their wives. Mark drank a bottle of wine while everyone else had water. Mark and Dan also discussed the possibility of forming an all-star hard rock cover band.

In other news, Guns N' Roses members Bumblefoot and Frank Ferrer attended a barbecue at the Strigl's home in Maplewood, New Jersey on July 5th. The gathering included over 30 guests including John Ostronomy and C.C. Banana.


July 5, 2008


Talking Metal hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy will appear as commentators on VH1's 40 Freakiest Concert Moments on Friday, July 11 at 11:30 PM and 12:30 AM. Mark and John join Ronnie James Dio, Zakk Wylde, Riki Rachtman, Eddie Trunk, and more to wax philosophically about the most outrageous onstage moments from artists including Motley Crue, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine, and Rammstein. Please see below for details.

Talking Metal on TV Tune-In Times:

Fri Night 7/11 at 11:30 PM ET/11:30 PM PT: VH1 40 Freakiest Concert Moments 40-21
Fri Night 7/11 at 12:30 AM ET/12:30 AM PT: VH1 40 Freakiest Concert Moments 20-1


July 4, 2008



TALKING METAL celebrates the 4th of July with great YouTube clips of Zakk Wylde, Slash, Dave Mustaine, and KISS performing "The Star Spangled Banner."

Check out the videos above!

Video Captions:
Zakk Wylde performing "The Star Spangled Banner" at an L.A. King's hockey game
Slash performing "The Star Spangled Banner"
Dave Mustaine performing "The Star Spangled Banner" at a baseball game
KISS performing "The Star Spangled Banner" on the Revenge Tour


July 3, 2008



TALKING METAL hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy have appeared as "talking heads" on various VH1 programs including "40 Freakiest Concert Moments," "40 Least Metal Moments," and "100 Most Metal Moments." A clip of John (in full costume and makeup) commenting on Rammstein as well as a clip of Mark commenting on L7 are available on YouTube. Check them out above. (Please note that Mark appears in the second of two L7 moments contained in the clip.)

Video Captions:
John Ostronomy on VH1 "40 Freakiest Concert Moments"
Mark Strigl on VH1 "100 Most Metal Moments"


June 30, 2008


Credit: Courtesy of Gerhard Wimmer &

KISS bassist and co-founder, Gene Simmons, risks his life each night while on tour with KISS during both the both fire breathing and flying segments of his performance. A fan shot video from KISS' March 18, 2008 appearance at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Austrailia has been posted on YouTube that shows a malfunction that occcured with Gene's flying rig.

After Gene made it safely back to the stage, he exclaimed, "We risk our lives for you motherf**kers...every year, every night, for thirty five f**kin' years..for you! Check out the video here.

Photo Caption:
Gene Simmons breathing fire in Prague on KISS' Alive 35 World Tour


June 29, 2008


Credits: Courtesy of Talking Metal, Nick Mucha, Bo Cohrt, & Faith Fleeser

Talking Metal's John Ostronomy has caught up with listeners and viewers at numerous locations everywhere from concerts and auctions to shopping malls and birthday parties.

Check out these photos with listeners and viewers from Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, and Texas.

Photo Captions:
JohnOstronomy with Shane & friend at the Galleria Mall in Johnstown, PA
John Ostronomy with viewers outside the Nokia Theater in New York, NY
John Ostrosky with the Talking Metal Forums' Nick "Mooch" Mucha & his brother at an Ace Frehley concert in New York, NY
Mike Lincoln & John Ostronomy with Lee Vladimirsky, Vitaliy Anastasiadi, & friends in Brooklyn, NY
John Ostronomy with a viewer at the Music Rising auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York, NY
Bumblefoot & John Ostronomy with viewers at the Music Rising auction at theHard Rock Cafe in New York, NY
Bo Cohrt from Texas & John Ostronomy at 3 of Cups in New York, NY
John Ostrosky & Faith Fleeser from episode 7 of Talking Metal on Fuse with the KISS This! wine in New York, NY


June 24, 2008


Talking Metal favorites, Overloaded, will take the stage during a great primetime slot at this year's Rocklahoma event. Don't miss their set, Wednesday July 9th at 8:15 pm, on the second stage south.


June 23, 2008


I have recently noticed various Guns N' Roses and other rock and metal references while watching some of my favorite television shows. Some are outright nods while others are intended to be perceived exclusively by musicians and music fans.

Such examples can be found in Animal Planet's "Meerkat Manor," a British television series that tells the story of the Whiskers, one of many families of meerkats in Africa's Kalahari Desert. A meerkat family first appearing in Season 3, named the Zappa family, appears to be named after musician, Frank Zappa, as Frank is the name of their original dominant male meerkat. Zappa family pups also include Axel and Slash and sister Rose, named after Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose and former GN'R and current Velvet Revolver guitarist, Slash. A member of the Commando family is also named Dizzy, presumably after GN'R keyboard player, Dizzy Reed.

Other examples can be found in NBC's "Homicide," where in episode 3 of season 2, entitled "Black and Blue," a murder suspect, Lane Staley, is named after Alice In Chains' late lead vocalist Layne Staley. "Homicide's" season 2 episode 4, entitled "A Many Splendored Thing," soon followed with the character Chris Novaselic, named after former Nirvana bassist, Krist Novaselic. In addition, "Homicide's" pilot episode also contained an outright reference to Guns N' Roses when after Detective John Munch (played by Richard Belzer) was told that a suspect had long blonde hair, he said, "Great, we can arrest Axl Rose."

In addition, Mark Strigl mentioned that current Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal was referenced in the Sci Fi Channel original movie Mega Snake, and upon further research, I noticed that one of the main characters is named Duff, likely after former GN'R and current Velvet Revolver bassist, Duff McKagan.

What this all illustrates is the following: despite that CD sales appear to be a thing of the past, and stores like Tower Records and the Virgin Megastore have or will be closing their doors forever, an audience still exists for hard rock and heavy metal. They may not be out at the music stores or attending every concert that plows through their town, but although they may have traded in their leather jackets and spiked belts for lawnmowers and weed eaters, they can still appreciate an occasional dose of the music that got them through high school.

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June 22, 2008


Credit: Charlie Auringer Courtesy of Backstage Gallery

Backstage Gallery is selling rare images by photographer Charlie Auringer from KISS' 1974 photo shoot for Creem magazine. During this event, the members of KISS were tricked into posing for a series of photographs without makeup, one of which was leaked to the media prior to KISS' official unmasking in 1983 (pictured on left). Check out the entire gallery here. Additional information is available at the Dogmatic blog.

In addition, a rare 1979 video interview of Gene Simmons has been posted on YouTube. In the video, courtesy of John Gorman, author of "The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio," Gene Simmons discusses comic books with WMMS' Denny Sanders. Click here to watch the video.

Photo Caption:
The image of KISS without makeup from 1974 that was leaked to the media prior to KISS' official unmasking in 1983.
L-R: Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Ace Frehley, and Paul Stanley.


June 13, 2008


Talking Metal hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy recently participated in a second jam session with Dan Lorenzo (The Cursed, Hades, Non-Fiction), Ron Lipickni (Overkill, Hades), and Alan Tecchio (Seven Witches, Hades, Non-Fiction, Watchtower). Former Hades drummer, Dan Lecinsky, also joined in this time on both vocals and drums.

"We are having such a great time jamming together," said Ostronomy, "I really want to do something live!"


June 12, 2008


Talking Metal hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy will appear as commentators on VH1's 40 Freakiest Concert Moments on Wednesday, June 18 at 11:00 PM and 12:00 AM. Mark and John join Ronnie James Dio, Zakk Wylde, Riki Rachtman, Eddie Trunk, and more to wax philosophically about the most outrageous onstage moments from artists including Motley Crue, Marilyn Manson, Rage Against the Machine, and Rammstein. Please see below for details.

Talking Metal on TV Tune-In Times:

Wed Night 6/18 at 11:00 PM ET/11:00 PM PT: VH1 40 Freakiest Concert Moments 40-21
Wed Night 6/18 at 12:00 AM ET/12:00 AM PT: VH1 40 Freakiest Concert Moments 20-1


June 11, 2008


Credits: © 2008 Talking Metal

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal and Talking Metal's John Ostronomy attended the second ever Music Rising "Icons of Music" auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Music Rising is a campaign that was launched to rescue the musical culture of the Central Gulf region of the United States from the destruction caused by the catastrophic hurricanes of the summer of 2005 by replacing the musical instruments lost or destroyed in the deluge. It was created in November of 2005 by U2 guitarist The Edge, music producer Bob Ezrin, and Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz with inaugural partners Gibson Musical Instruments, Guitar Center Music Foundation, MusiCares, and Musicians Friend.

Photo Captions:
Bumblefoot and wife, Jennifer Thal on the red carpet

John Ostronomy and Bumblefoot with a Guns N' Roses fan and Talking Metal viewer
Bumblefoot with Guns N' Roses fans
John Ostronomy with a Talking Metal listener


May 16, 2008


Talking Metal hosts Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy recently had the opportunity to jam with some amazing musicians: Dan Lorenzo (The Cursed, Hades, Non-Fiction), Ron Lipickni (Overkill, Hades), and Alan Tecchio (Seven Witches, Hades, Non-Fiction, Watchtower). The group covered classic tracks from Judas Priest, KISS, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden. Could a live performance be in the works? Stay tuned!


February 5, 2008


Concert Marks Bands First Performance at Madison Square Garden; Underscores Fuse/MSG Relationship

New Original Programs Debut Week of February 18

New York (February 5, 2008) - Fuse, the national music television network continues to strengthen its commitment to original music programming with four additions to its programming slate. Beginning the week of February 18 the network will premiere a live concert special, Fuse Rocks the Garden: Foo Fighters, the bands first concert from the World's Most Famous Arena, and three new original series.

"A passion for music is at the heart of Fuse," said Eric Sherman, president, Fuse. "Fuse is tapping into viewers' passion for music by providing both original long-form programming and music specials that appeal to every fan. From close brushes with death to concerts from the world's most famous arena, viewers will find a variety of new music programming on Fuse."

Fuse Rocks the Garden: Foo Fighters, Tuesday, February 19, 11pm To kick off this live concert series, Fuse has teamed up with multi-platinum selling artist Foo Fighters for a milestone in the band's career - their first ever show at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 19. Their performance, which sold out in minutes promises to be one of the most anticipated shows of the year. Shot in high definition and commercial free, the show is the first example of Fuse and The Garden working together since the network became a member of the MSG family.

10 Great Reasons, Tuesday, February 19, 10pm (8 episodes, 30 minutes)
Whether it's an affinity for pop princesses or a secret love of hair metal, Fuse has your musical guilty pleasures covered on 10 Great Reasons. Each episode will count down the top 10 facts, rumors and stories surrounding contemporary trends in music and explore why we love them yet hate to admit it.

Live Through This: Nikki Sixx, Thursday, February 21, 10pm - 11pm (6 episodes, 30 minutes)
When disaster strikes and takes music stars to the edge, Fuse tells the story of their heroic comebacks from the brink. This dynamic special focuses on the defining incidents in the lives of artists. The first installment explores Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx and his brush with death. Vote to bring Nikki's new band, Sixx:AM to your town at, winner to be announced on February 21.

Talking Metal, Friday, February 22, 12 midnight (6 episodes, 30 minutes)
It's full metal mayhem on Talking Metal, an all-new hard rock/heavy metal series on Fuse bred from the #1 podcast on iTunes, "Talking Metal." Hosted by ultimate metal geeks Mark Strigl and John Ostronomy, the show will feature exclusive interviews and field packages in the podcast's signature style. Follow Mark and John as they rock out with members of Guns N Roses, get tangled up with Kerry King's (Slayer) snakes, strum chords with Dave Mustaine and take a road trip to a New York City movie premiere with Rob Halford; then catch them in the studio with sidekicks Bud Friendly, Metal Mike and the Talking Metal fans.

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January 16, 2008


There is a certain phenomenon that happens every time a Brazilian metal band breaks up. The remaining members keep the band name and reform around a group of musicians who unexpectedly elevate the band's previous legacy. In 2001, Angra guitarists, Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt did the unthinkable. Following the departure of singer Andre Matos, bassist Luis Mariutti, and drummer Ricardo Confessori, Angra continued with a new lineup featuring Edu Falaschi on vocals, Felipe Andreoli on bass, and Aquiles Priester on drums. Matos, Mariutti, and Confessori, meanwhile, formed a new band, Shaman, with Luis Mariutti's younger brother, Hugo, on guitars. With the break-up of the classic Angra lineup, the biggest question was whether the two camps would be able to work independently from each other, yet still make music on par with Angra's best work? If there is one lesson of rock history, it's that band break-ups usually do not work out. In the instance of Angra, however, the break-up proved to be a blessing in disguise. Both camps reformed with a new energy and purpose, producing albums which easily surpassed the classic Angra lineup's last offering together, "Fireworks". The challenges created by the break-up also played a key role in the new music direction taken by each camp. Shaman's debut, "Ritual" is a natural progression from Angra's 1996 album "Holy Land". The music is unmistakably influenced by frontman, Andre Matos' love of Brazilian and classical music. Angra's "Rebirth", on the other hand, retains the classical influences of classic Angra, but downplays the Brazilian influences. The Brazilian influences are there, but are less prevalent. In this way, "Rebirth" is closer to Angra's "Fireworks". "Rebirth", in fact, is not that drastic of a departure from "Fireworks" which shows a more progressive side of Angra. Stylistically, "Metal Icarus", "Mystery Machine" and "Speed"would fit well on the "Rebirth" album.

The success of each camp following the break-up can be attributed to certain differences. For Shaman, the decision to regroup around guitarist Hugo Mariutti was key in establishing a separate musical identity from Angra. The difference can be heard almost immediately from the first notes of Shaman's "Here I Am" from their debut, "Ritual". Mariutti offers a style and approach that is closer to Zakk Wylde and Jon Schaffer while the guitar duo of Loureiro and Bittencourt may best be described as John Petrucci meets Dave Murray and Adrian Smith. As a fan of Angra and as someone who respects the Angra legacy, it would be sacrilegious to imply that Loureiro and Bittencourt replaced Matos, Mariutti, and Confessori. They are musicians who cannot be "replaced". Rather than seek "replacements", Loureiro and Bittencourt reformed around musicians who stand out on their own musical merits. In this light, Edu Falaschi, Felipe Andreoli, and Aquiles Priester are "additions" to Angra. The musical chemistry under the new lineup is also a much better fit given the progressive direction the band has taken since "Fireworks".

While Angra is working on their follow-up to their 2006 album, Aurora Consurgens, the history of Shaman has taken a surprising twist. In October '06, Shaman announced they were disbanding. Soon afterwards, frontman Andre Matos announced he would be recording his first solo album. What came as a surprise, however, is that Ricardo Confessori decided to keep the Shaman name and reform under a new lineup. The results of each venture have proved to be successful. The new Shaman featuring Thiago Bianchi on vocals, Fernando Quesada on bass, and Leo Mancini on guitars has put out a new album entitled "Immortal" which is much heavier and progressive than Shaman's previous efforts. Mancini's guitars are fast and furious while the voice of Thiago Bianchi soars. "One Life" and "In the Dark" feature some of the best vocal performances I have ever heard within the rock/metal genre. One could argue that with the departure of Matos and the Mariutti brothers that it is not the "real" Shaman, but as Confessori's former Angra bandmates, Kiko Loureiro and Rafael Bittencourt have proven, it is possible to be as good if not better under a completely different lineup.

After twenty years in the music industry as frontman for Brazilian metal heavyweights Viper, Angra, and Shaman, Matos' trajectory towards solo stardom now seems inevitable. He is not only a brilliant frontman and vocalist, but a gifted composer and writer as well. While Matos' solo effort is under his name, it is still very much a group effort. Just as he did in Shaman, Matos wrote all the lyrics to the songs. This time, however, he shares writing credits with a more varied host of collaborators including Pit Pasarell of Viper, guitarist Alberto Rionda from Spanish metal band, Avalanch, keyboardist Fabio Ribeiro, guitarist Andre Hernandes, the Mariutti brothers, and Roy Z. Matos' new lineup closely resembles the original Shaman with the Mariutti brothers, Hugo and Luis, on guitar and bass, respectively, and Fabio Ribeiro on keyboards. The biggest difference from Shaman is the addition of Andre "Zaza" Hernandes on guitars. Matos' collaboration with Hernandes goes all the way back to the beginning of Angra. Hernandes was the guitarist in Angra before Kiko Loureiro and helped compose parts to songs such as "Carry On" and "Time" from Angels Cry. The addition of Hernandes also brings back the energy and dymanic of having two guitar players in a band. The chemistry between Mariutti and Hernandez often recalls classic era Angra (1991-2000). The drumwork is impressive as well. Rafael Rosa's style often reminds me of Neil Peart, but under a metal context. It's varied and dynamic, but always within the song. Overall, "Time To Be Free" builds upon the strengths of Andre Matos' previous efforts, Angra's Holy Land and Shaman's "Ritual." The album's greatest strength is that it never falls under the trappings of a true solo project which can tip the balance in favor of one person's voice at the expense of others. The entire band shines, not just Andre Matos, and that allows the music to shine. The result is not just one of the best metal albums of the year, but one of Andre Matos' best offerings to date.

Essential Listening:

Angra - Holy Land (1996)
Angra - Temple of Shadows (2004)
Shaman - Ritual (2002)
Shaman - RituaLive (2003) DVD
Shaman - Immortal (2007)
Andre Matos - Time To Be Free (2007)

Entry by Jerred Mathews

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