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  • EP 138 - Shortino: 07/23/13
    One word says it all Shortino. Yep this week we finally sit down with Paul Shortino to talk about King Kobra II and all the other stuff that Paul is currently doing. Our track of the week of the week is from Gregory Boyce, a one man metal assault. We think you are gonna like this one. All that and more on this weeks Focus on Metal. http://paulshortino.com/ https://www.facebook.com/boycepage And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com
  • EP 137 - King Carmine: 07/11/13
    This week we have a talk with heavy hitter Carmine Appice as King Kobra releases their new one King Kobra II via Frontiers Records. We also feature Brazilian metallers Woslom. Their new one Evolustruction is an awesome slab of pure thrash goodness. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 136 - Steelhammer Sabbath: 07/2/13
    There's two tons of metal packed into this one. We kick it off with a track from Sufosia. You owe it to yourself to check this band out. After that Richie and I discuss Black Sabbath's "13". If that wasn't enough that's followed by a chat with the one and only Udo as we talk about his bands latest release Steelhammer. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 135 - Robot Lords of Tokyo: 06/26/13
    This week we welcome special guest Rick Ritzler from Robot Lords of Tokyo. Rick along with partner in crime Paul Jones have just released their their third disc "Virtue & Vice" and like the prior two it kicks some major groove metal ass. Track of the week is by Angels of Babylon from their latest "Thundergod" which was just released by Scarlet Records. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.
  • EP 134 - Focus on Michael Sweet: 06/19/13
    This one absolutely is back to the eighties and firmly in Richie territory. First Richie and I discuss this list of hair band albums that I found online. I knew Richie would be all over this one. We round the episode off with an interview with Stryper's Michael Sweet fresh off the Second Coming release. Track of the week is by Iron Kingdom from their latest "Gates of Eternity". Hit them up at https://www.facebook.com/ironkingdom or http://www.iron-kingdom.com/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 133 - Focus on A Sound of Thunder: 06/12/13
    ASOT has just released their third full length release Time's Arrow and you need to know about it. To that end this week we sit down with all four members of the band to talk about the new release and all things ASOT. Track of the week is by Frontiers artist The Poodles from their latest "Tour de Force". http://www.asoundofthunderband.com/ http://www.poodles.se/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 132 - Focus on Timo Tolkki: 05/31/13
    I've been a fan of Stratovarius for years so I was stoked when the opportunity arose to be able to talk with Timo Tolkki. Timo put together Timo Tolkki's Avalon and their first release "The Land of The New Hope" was just released via Frontiers. Soon this episode we talk about the new release as well as Timo's approach to recording and producing. Some great Timo quotes in this one. My favorite is probably "Expression excludes thought". In addition Richie and I have a bit of a discussion before hand as well. Track of the week is by Pure Legend artist Soulhealer from their latest "Chasing The Dream". http://tolkki.org/ http://www.soulhealermusic.com/ https://www.facebook.com/soulhealermusic http://www.purelegend-records.com/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 131 - Focus on The Fan: 05/23/13
    So Richie sent a cryptic email about fan clubs and Kid Rock and said it would all make sense once we started doing the episode. So here's the episode and hopefully it all makes sense. I'm still not 100% convinced that does but we rolling with it anyways. If nothing else you get some metal talk and some great metal tunes. Speaking of which the track of the week this week is "Unbroken" off of Wolfen's release Chapter IV. A damn good release and well worth getting. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 130 - Once And Future Metal: 05/15/13
    Seems like the next few months are going to be witness to some really great metal releases. With that in mind Richie suggested we discuss a few of the bigger upcoming discs due any day now. By the time you are listening to this some of Richie's picks will have hit the shelves while others are just a few weeks away. The track of the week this week is "Time To Die" from the latest release from Satan "Life Sentence" on Listenable records. http://www.listenable.net/ http://www.satanmusic.com/ https://www.facebook.com/officialsatanpage And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.
  • EP 129 - Thrash The Lightning: 05/8/13
    In respect of Jeff Hanneman's passing we thought that this week we would put ourselves firmly in thrash territory. To that end besides some talk about Jeff we look at back at one of the seminal thrash albums Metallica's sophomore effort "RideThe Lightning" Sticking with the thrash our featured band this week is Ireland's own Gama Bomb. This week we play a track off their latest release on AFM entitled "The Terror Tapes". Get more info on Gama Bomb at https://www.facebook.com/gamabomb And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com
  • EP 128 - Double Live Popoff: 05/1/13
    This week we continue our discussion with author Martin Popoff. last week we focused primarily on Ted Nugent and this week we turn our attention to Martin's new book on the mighty Scorpions "Top of The Bill". This weeks featured track is from Freedoms Reign from their self titled release on Cruz Del Sur. This is an amazing release. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up. http://www.martinpopoff.com/ http://www.freedomsreignrocks.com/fr_aboutus.cfm http://www.cruzdelsurmusic.com/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 127 - Epic Martin: 04/24/13
    This week we have none other than Martin Popoff returning to the show.Like our discussion with Joel McIver this one is so massive it will span two episodes. As always Martin is always releasing some great books and that includes his latest ones on Ted Nugent and the Scorpions. If you are a fan of Martin you'll like this episode and if you're new to the Popoff phenomenon you'll be be well versed after the next two weeks. This weeks featured track is from classic Detroit metallers Halloween from the rerelease that Pure Steel just did of their 1991 disc "No One Gets Out" on both CD and vinyl. http://www.martinpopoff.com/ http://www.halloweentheband.us/ http://www.puresteel-records.com/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 126 - Incura: 04/17/13
    We as metalheads always try to classify metal into genres and sub-genres. Sometimes you run into a band that you just can't neatly be put into a bucket and that's what this week is all about. Here at FoM we often get stuff from labels that just don't fit well into a particular episode but they are pretty cool and we think you should know about them. To that end, this week we give you a taste of Thabu and Warnot. In keeping with the theme we also bring you a talk with Kyle Gruninger from the up and coming unclassifiable band Incura. Don't be fooled these guys are well steeped in metal. As Kyle says in the interview "Fear Factory was my childhood". Our track of the week is another Scarlet Records artist. This week it's WildeStarr from their new one " A Tale Tell Heart" For more on these weeks artists: http://www.incura.net/ http://www.wildestarr.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ThabuProg https://www.facebook.com/warnot.band And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 125 - McIver Alive II: 04/11/13
    This week we finish up our talk with author Joel McIver right where we left off last week with the subject of Slayer. Our featured track this week is "Mother of All Lies" off the new Pretty Maids release "Motherland" on Frontiers Records. This week we finish up our talk with author Joel McIver right where we left off last week with the subject of Slayer. Our featured track this week is "Mother of All Lies" off the new Pretty Maids release "Motherland" on Frontiers Records. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 124 - McIver Alive I: 04/3/13
    This week we sit down with metal author Joel McIver for a discussion of all things metal. This also marks this first time that Richie gets in on the action. This was such a good discussion that we need to break into two separate episodes. This weeks featured band is Heimdall as we play a track from their latest release Aenid. Check em' out at http://www.heimdallband.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/heimdallofficial Heimdall is on a pretty awesome label from Italy, Scarlet Records. Check out more at http://www.scarletrecords.it/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 123 - SteelRaiser: 03/27/13
    On this one we finally hook up with supreme Italian Metalheads SteelRaiser to talk about their latest release on Pure Steel "Regeneration". In addition we celebrate the North American release of "Sacrifice" the new one by Saxon by featuring it as out track of the week. If you haven't got either of these releases yet then you need to rectify that situation. Find out more about SteelRaiser at https://www.facebook.com/SteelRaiserOfficial And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 122 - Royal Focus: 03/21/13
    This week legendary vocalist DC Cooper drops by to talk about his career and also the new 20th Anniversary release by Royal Hunt out now on Frontiers. We also have blast from the past with an unreleased Scrap Metal segment with J. We are doing a double track of the week this week with a track from Valor of their new one on Pitch Black Records "The Yonder Answer" and then we decided to toss in a new one from Pure Steel artist Space Vacation off their second release "Heart Attack" Find out more about Valor at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com/ Find out more about Space Vacation at https://www.facebook.com/spacevacationmusic And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 121 - Big Metal Ramble 2: 03/13/13
    Sometimes as a metalhead you just have a lot to talk about and this week that describes Richie. The Irish one showed up at Bedlam Studios with a lot on his mind. So this week we hit three topics in quick succesion. Our track of the week is from Guns of Glory from their debut release on Pure Rock Records "On The Way To Sin City". To find out more about this Finnish powerhouse head to their official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Gunsofgloryofficial And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.
  • EP 120 - Saxon III: 03/7/13
    Back on Episode 108 we ended our look the Saxon catalogue with Destiny. This week by popular demand we pick up with Solid Ball of Rock, Forever Free, and Dogs of War. This time we end on a high note for the band. On a future show we will continue on with our review of the catalogue as we head into some of their best releases since the classic NWOBHM days. Our track of the week is from COLDSTEEL from their first release in twenty years "America Idle". Check out more about the band at http://www.coldsteelny.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/coldsteelny And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • Cast Iron Ring: Episode 2 - A World With Heroes: 03/5/13
    In this special episode of the Cast Iron Ring podcast, we talk to rock journalist Mitch Lafon about a very special project. He is spearheading a special tribute CD that celebrates the 40th Anniversary of KISS. What makes this a very special and different project is that the proceeds will go to charity and it is being funded through PledgeMusic. The song selection will span the entirety of the KISS catalog. He's got an awesome lineup of artists that includes members of GUNS N' ROSES, DOKKEN, ACCEPT, SLAUGHTER, LA GUNS, WHITESNAKE, GREAT WHITE and more. New artists and tracks are added regularly! So sit back, listen to this episode, and go pledge a few dollars to help a great cause! http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/kiss40thtribute
  • EP 119 - Focus on Helker: 02/27/13
    Most metalheads will agree that some of the most passionate metal fans in the world come from South America, but what about the bands. This week we get to sit down with Diego Valdez the man behind the mighty voice of Helker. They just released their third disc "Somewhere in The Circle" and it's time the whole world heard from this band. Find out more about Helker by visiting http://helker.net/ Our track of the week is from Seven Kingdoms from their latest release "The Fire Is Mine". Check out more about the band at http://sevenkingdoms.net/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SevenKingdomsOfficial You can get Seven Kingdoms for yourself at http://nightmarerecords.com/NMR/online-store And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 118 - Snakecharmer: 02/20/13
    What do you get when you mix two parts of the original Whitesnake with parts of Thunder and Wishbone Ash and also throw in a singer best known for AOR in the UK and ice the whole thing with the son of a legendary keyboard player? Snakecharmer, thats what. This week we get to talk with Adam Wakeman about Snakecharmer as well as his other two high profile gigs as the keyboard player for Ozzy and Black Sabbath. Our track of the week is from Ion Vein from their second teaser release "V 2.0". Check out more about the band at http://www.ionvein.com/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ionvein. You can get Ion Vein V 2.0 for yourself on iTunes. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com
  • EP 117 - Metalosophy: 02/13/13
    Metal and Philosophy, might seem like strange bedfellows but Bill Irwin has proved otherwise with his latest book "Black Sabbath and Philosophy" This week we get to talk about that and other metal topics with Bill Irwin himself. We think that you'll want to pick this one up for yourself after hearing this. Our track of the week is from Mad Maze from their first full length release "Frames of Alienation". Check out more about the band at http://www.madmazethrash.com/ or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/madmazethrash And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com
  • EP 116 - Verdict Grunge: 02/7/13
    Did Grunge really kill metal? The long held opinion here in the states is a resounding YES but what about the rest of the world. This week Richie weighs in with the opinion from across the pond. Our track of the week is from Pure Steel artists Steel Raiser from their second release "Regeneration" which was released this week. We think you are gonna like these guys. This is a solid slab of pure metal goodness direct from Italy. Check out more about the band at http://www.myspace.com/steelraiser http://www.reverbnation.com/steelraiser https://www.facebook.com/SteelRaiserOfficial And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 115 - Accidental Focus: 01/30/13
    WTF does that mean? Well Richie and I sat down to talk about one thing and as is the case with metal fans we ended way down another path. Ya know that's part of what a metal show should be just hanging out and talking about metal with no real agenda. I think we carpeted that on this one. Our track of the week is from Klaymore from their second release "It's Alive". Check out more about the band and get the album for yourself at http://klaymore.bandcamp.com/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 114 - Tales From The Focus vol 1: 01/23/13
    As everyone knows at this point Richie and I read a metric shit ton of metal books. One of the coolest to come out recently is Michael Toney's "Tales From The Stage volume 1" Besides a discussion of the book, this week we are also joined by Michael Toney and he gives us the whole scoop on the book. Order the book for yourself or just find out more and enjoy some great vids and pics at: http://talesfromthestage.com/ http://www.youtube.com/user/talesfromthestage Our track of the week is from Kasomos from their self titled EP. Check out more about the band at https://www.facebook.com/KaosmosOfficialFanPage http://www.myspace.com/kaosmos or follow them at twitter.com/KaosmosMetal And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites.
  • EP 113 - Focus on Shok Paris: 01/16/13
    This one's a very strange tale. Who would think that when two knuckleheads call out a legendary vocalist on some podcast that they would ever hear a peep. Imagine our surprise when an email from legendary Shok Paris/Aftershok vocalist Vic Hix rolled in and he wanted to come on Focus on Metal and let the world know what they've been up to. The timing couldn't have been better as the band is getting ready to release some new music upon the metal world. So get ready for a hearty dose of Vic Our track of the week is from Arctic Flame. They just released their fourth full length album "Shake The Earth" and we want you to hear a bit of it. Check out more about the band at http://arcticflamemetal.com/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 112 - Focus on APD: 01/10/13
    What's APD. Take three guys from Labyrinth and make them a power trio and you've got A Perfect Day (aka APD). This week we sit down with Roberto Tiranti the bassist and voice behind APD to get the whole story and more. This weeks track of the week is a bit of power metal brought to you by the metal heads at Pure Steel Records. This week we feature Stormrider and a track off their third release "The Path of Salvation". www.facebook.com/APDband www.stormrider-metal.de And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant.
  • EP 111 - Best of 2012 Part 2: 01/2/13
    So if you listened last week you know that we just plain ran out of time. So this week we continue with our wrap up of 2012 and we also have a special guest (a true metal head) weighing in on his picks for 2012. This weeks track of the week is some old school thrash direct from Canada with Terrifier and is from their release Destroyers of the Faith. Be sure to hit them up on Facebook www.facebook.com/terrifierthrashers And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com
  • EP 110 - Best of 2012: 12/26/12
    This week Richie and myself, along with some very special guests look back at the best metal of 2012. This weeks track of the week is from Alltheniko. This one is from their fourth release and first for Pure Steel "Back in 2066" http://www.alltheniko.it And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available right now is the first CIRcast if you wanna hear it head to http://www.castironring.com/podcast/cir_001.mp3
  • EP 109 - Mob Rules: 12/20/12
    This week we sit down with Markus Brinkmann bassist for Mob Rules another great German metal band on AFM Records. Based on the great response we had after playing a cut on our power metal episode we knew we had to have someone from Mob Rules on the show This weeks track of the week is From Swiss metallers Pertness and is from their third release Frozen Time which came out on Pure Steel in November. http://www.pertness.ch/ http://mobrules.de/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available right now is the first CIRcast if you wanna hear it head to http://www.castironring.com/podcast/cir_001.mp3
  • EP 108 - Saxon mk II: 12/13/12
    Back on episode 100 Richie and I covered the first 4 classic Saxon releases. This week we head into Saxon history from their 1983 release Power and the Glory to 1988's release Destiny. Some troubled years indeed for the mighty Saxon. This weeks track of the week is some killer thrash from Sacred Reich's Live at Wacken which just came out on Metal Blade. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available right now is the first CIRcast if you wanna hear it head to http://www.castironring.com/podcast/cir_001.mp3
  • EP 107 - The Return of KIX: 12/5/12
    This week have a talk with Mark Schenker the bassist for Baltimore legends Kix about their latest release "Live in Baltimore" plus Richie and I discuss other bands from the 80's that are now returning with new releases. For info on Kix head to: http://www.kix-band.com/ And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available right now is the first CIRcast if you wanna hear it head to http://www.castironring.com/podcast/cir_001.mp3
  • EP 106 - Sledge Leather & Joe Stump: 11/28/12
    I confess I couldn't come up with a snappy double bill title for this weeks show. This week we are joined by Sandy and Leather from Sledge Leather to talk about their Kickstarter campaign and if that wasn't enough we also have Joe Stump telling about his great new release Revenge of the Shredlord. Also check out our pick of the week, the new one from Bloodbound. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sledgeleather/sledge-leathers-reply-toinsert-large-ass-metal-lab http://joestump.com http://bloodbound.se And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available right now is the first CIRcast if you wanna hear it head to http://www.castironring.com/podcast/cir_001.mp3
  • EP 105 - Focus on Axehammer: 11/21/12
    Episode 105 - Focus on Axehammer Continuing our celebration of Metal Month this week are joined by Kleber Mandrake and Jerry Watt of Pure Steel recording artists Axehammer. They recently released an epic slab of classic metal tiled "Marching On" that you need to hear so this week we are gonna make sure you do. If you like what you hear, either from the guys or from the music make sure you support the band and pick up a digital copy or a CD or even one of the limited edition vinyl editions that comes highly recommended by Jerry. Thanks to Axehammer and the fine metal heads at Pure Steel for making this one happen. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com richie@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available right now is the first CIRcast if you wanna hear it head to http://www.castironring.com/podcast/cir_001.mp3
  • EP 104 - Focus on Orden Ogan: 11/14/12
    Episode 104 - Focus on Orden Ogan This week we are joined by Seeb Levermann from Orden Ogan. In case you don't know they have released their third disc "To The End" and it kicks some serious power metal ass. While we're at it Richie and I delve into a bit of that genre and feature some great music that we have gotten lately from our label partners. Also From AFM we have Mob Rules and from Nightmare Records we have Prototype and Cloudscape. For more info or to get some great metal head to: http://ordenogan.de/ http://mobrules.de/ http://www.afm-records.de/ http://www.nightmarerecords.com/ Next week we will be talking with Pure Steel artist Axehammer about their new release "Marching On". It will be a 100% nothing but Axehammer show. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available right now is the first CIRcast if you wanna hear it head to http://www.castironring.com/podcast/cir_001.mp3
  • EP 103 - Metal Book Mayhem: 11/8/12
    Episode 103 - Metal Book Mayhem The number of metal related books released in the last few years has been unprecedented. Being that November is Metal Month we thought we would look at something that doesn't get talked about too much in the mainstream. Usually it's all about the music (which isn't a bad thing). In this episode Richie and I discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of the current trends in metal publishing. So go buy a good metal read, crank up the latest metal releases and celebrate metal month in style. Next week we'll talk about a few of those metal releases so stay tuned. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 102 - Focus on Reverence: 11/1/12
    Episode 102 - Focus on Reverence This week we are joined by Bryan Holland one of the masterminds behind Reverence. An incredible new band of metal veterans who just released their first album "When Darkness Calls". If the name Bryan Holland sounds familiar he was formerly with Tokyo Blade. All the other guys in the band also come from esteemed metal bands. Wanna know the whole scoop well listen to the episode and you will know all there is to know about Reverence. Be sure to head to reverencemetal.com to grab your own copy of "When Darkness Calls" And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 101 - Baloff Would Not Be Happy: 10/17/12
    Episode 101 - Baloff Would Not Be Happy This week we take a quick look at the Steve Harris solo release "British Lion" and then we venture onto our topic at hand. Has our metal culture been usurped and diluted by the money hungry media and retail industries? We think it has and we think it sucks. It used to be that if it looked like a metal fan it probably was a metal fan. Now you have people that don't know Xciter from the X Factor wearing metal t-shirts. I'm sure Paul Baloff would not be amused if he was still alive to see this. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 100 - Saxon Invasion: 10/12/12
    Episode 100 - Saxon Invasion What better way to mark hitting 100 episodes than to talk about the first four Saxon albums. At one point I was considering some ran show about the entire Saxon catalog but that's crazy talk talk. In the end we decided to break it down into chunks that represent different eras of the band. I consider the first four albums with Pete Gill to be Saxon MK1. This wold also allow me to delay having to discuss Destiny for bit. Okay, I know lots of shows do some kind of best of or some other celebratory deal to mark the occasion but I guess I'm going to use this as an excuse to talk about one of my favorite bands. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 99 - Knight Focus: 10/3/12
    Episode 99 - Knight Focus This week we have a double header of metal mayhem. First up, we introduce a new cohost to the team. Direct from Ireland and ready to headbang it's our new cohost Richie. It's a story straight out of metal lore. A onetime listener rises up to take the cohost seat. Maybe they'll make a movie about it starring Mark Walberg. If that's not enough I had the opportunity to talk with virtuoso guitarist Chris Sanders of Knight Fury. If you haven't heard of Knight Fury you won't be able to say that after this one. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head up to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 98 - Lords of Focus: 09/26/12
    Episode 98 - Lords of Focus As promised last week on this episode we take a look at the the redemption of Manowar via their new release The Lord of Steel. After a few debatable releases the band has produced a disc that harkens back to their earlier sound. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 97 - Massacre Revisited: 09/19/12
    Episode 97 - Massacre Revisited Okay this week J is really back. As promised the episode that was originally slated to be aired last week is finally here. I hope everyone took the opportunity to take part in A Sound Of Thunder's Kickstarter project after last weeks show. The good news is that they made their goal and the project will receive the funding. This week J and I look back at Metal Massacre 1 and muse on what happened to those bands and what that albums place is in metal history. For those that were there I we hope it brings back memories and for that weren't we hope it gives you a few more bands to explore. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also head to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 96 - Kickstart A Sound Of Thunder: 09/12/12
    Episode 96 - Kickstart for ASOT ASAP This week we are joined by everyone in A Sound Of Thunder. That's right the whole band and for a damn goos reason. We are down to the wire on their Kickstarter project and we need to make that last mile push. With that in mind, what better way to help than to spread the word through FoM and the Cast Iron Ring. After you hear what they have planeed for the new disc be sure to head over to http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/asoundofthunder/a-sound-of-thunders-new-album-times-arrow and make a pledge. Also this week we have great talk with Lita Ford done by our partner in Crime John Katic and we round it out with a track from the vaults. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also heads to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 95 - Music Discovery 3: 09/5/12
    Episode 95 - Music Discovery 3 Hard to believe but it's been 30 episodes since our last music discovery episode, so here it is MD 3. Hopefully everyone will find something they like on this one. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also heads to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 94 - Power Theory Part 2: 08/30/12
    Episode 94 - Power Theory Part 2 This episode we continue our discussion with Bob "BB" Ballinger of Power Theory. If you haven't heard the heir new release have a listen to the episode and we're pretty sure you will want "An Axe To Grind" added to your metal collection. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also heads to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 93 - Power Theory Part 1: 08/22/12
    Episode 93 - Power Theory Part 1 Power Theory, the name almost sounds like some radical new physics hypothesis. Don't be fooled though Power Theory is a killer band from the Philly area and they are all about bringing metal to the masses. We were fortunate enough to hook up with Bob "B.B." Ballinger founder and guitarist of the band hot off the release of their second release "An Axe To Grind" for a great discussion. If Bob has his way Philly will become the next metal destination so stay tuned to the next two episodes as we get down to the metal with BB Ballinger and Power Theory. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also heads to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 92 - Focus on Sledge: 08/15/12
    Episode 92 - Focus on Sledge One word says it all…Sledge. She is the Sledge in Sledge Leather and has held her own in the male dominated world of metal drumming for own simple reason. She's that good. Now Sandy Sledge has reunited with Leather Leone and the results are incredible. Last week we talked to Leather and this week it's all focus on Sledge. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also heads to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • EP 91 - Leather Returns: 08/8/12
    Episode 91 - Leather Returns WE'RE BACK... As we alluded to in episode 91 we have a great show for episode 91. Legendary metal vocalist Leather Leone has made her return to the scene after being away for far too long. Her new band Sledge Leather has a killer release "Imagine Me Alive' out right now and it's not to be missed. Leather will talk about the new disc, her past history, and what's in store for the future. Next week will be part two of the Sledge Leather double header as we welcome Leather partner in crime, Sandy Sledge to Focus on Metal. And as always Focus On Metal…Everything Else is Insignificant. Visit http://focusonmetal.net/ for information on all the past episodes and to find the links to all our other social media sites. Comments/suggestions/listener submissions: scott@castironring.com julien@castironring.com In addition to iTunes and other podcast providers Focus On Metal is aired weekly Tuesdays on http://www.purerockradio.net be sure to check their program page for this show as well as the other great metal shows they have on tap. Be sure to check out Bill Hale's new book Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place which was released on March 13th. It's available on Amazon and anywhere else that carries awesome metal books. Focus on Metal is proud to be a part of the Cast Iron Ring. Check out our partner shows at http://castironring.com/ Also heads to the iTunes store and download the free Cast Iron Ring app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
  • FoM Returns...: 07/29/12
    New episodes resume next week.
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