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Author Archives: Mark Uricheck

I'm a freelance music journalist based out of Scranton, PA with 15 years experience, accumulating writing credits for Metal Hammer, The Weekender, ION Indie Magazine, NEPA Scene, and many more. I'm a lifelong media hound, with my day job at a local FOX television affiliate, and a bit of commercial radio in my past as well. I'm thrilled to contribute to Metal Insider and be part of a team totally dedicated to the music.

Interview: Prong’s Tommy Victor talks next album, subgenres, glory days of L.E.S.

Posted by on April 26, 2017

Metal Insider sat down with Prong’s Tommy Victor prior to the band’s set at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia as part of their Spring tour with Testament and Sepultura. Tommy gave us the lowdown on Prong’s ramped up activity over the past several years, which includes a new album titled Zero Days this Summer. He also […]

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Metal Insider’s Top 5: Paul O’Neill’s best Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra tracks

Posted by on April 17, 2017

The very idea of a rock opera was a bit antiquated when Paul O’Neill helped take the reins of a Florida metal band named Savatage in 1987. Long gone were the days when kids flocked to record stores to pick up The Who’s Tommy or Pink Floyd’s The Wall, but this was the stuff upon […]

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Interview: Anthrax talk branding, beer, Killthrax tour

Posted by on April 13, 2017

Metal Insider caught up with Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna and drummer Charlie Benante at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia last week. Anthrax, currently in the midst of the “Killthrax” tour, which also features Killswitch Engage, has had a productive 2016-2017, of which the guys talk up in this interview. The expanded re-release of 2015’s For […]

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Interview: Signum Regis talk Slovakian metal scene, power metal

Posted by on February 27, 2017

Looking for a new guilty power metal pleasure? Check out Slovakia’s Signum Regis. The band, active since 2007, and producing five full-length studio albums and one E.P., has recently released Decennium Primum, a sensory assault of near Dragonforce-like musicianship and Stratovarius-soaked grand melodic posturing. This new album is perhaps the most accurate snapshot of what the […]

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Interview: Former Sabaton guitarist Thobbe Englund talks leaving band, solo career

Posted by on February 22, 2017

If you’re not worshipping at the six-string altar of one Thorbjorn “Thobbe” Englund, you’re missing out on some shred-tastic (yes, shred-tastic – I did indeed go there) old-school metal meltdown. The Swedish guitarist, best known for handling co-lead guitar duties in Sabaton from 2012-2016, has had a professional career that’s seen him accrue a discography with […]

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Interview: Jeff Waters talks Annihilator’s ‘Triple Threat,’ favorite guitarists

Posted by on January 31, 2017

Jeff Waters can never be accused of not presenting his fans with something musically challenging, different from the glut of stagnation within the metal marketplace, and true bang for the buck. Waters, and his musical alter ego, Annihilator, has operated at a pace of a new studio album just about every two years, consistently, since […]

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Interview: Trivium’s Matt Heafy calls last three drummers “session players,” talks black metal influence in band

Posted by on January 19, 2017

Matt Heafy is easily one of the most driven, focused, and wildly talented musicians to ever spread his serpentine seed upon the metal domain. Not only does the guy have chops, he’s an incredible songwriter as well – inflicting insane amounts of melody into his technically intricate, musician-humbling creations, underscoring a new breed of what […]

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Interview: Phil Anselmo reflects on new Superjoint, gives props to Morissey

Posted by on November 21, 2016

    Phil Anselmo can easily coast off of the fruits reaped from his time as lead vocalist for one of the biggest metal juggernauts of the past 25 years. Instead, Anselmo’s post-Pantera career has seen him wrangle every non-mainstream drop of musicality that he can possibly consume – see Arson Anthem, Phillip H. Anselmo […]

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Diamond Head’s Brian Tatler talks U.S. tour, new album, Metallica connection

Posted by on October 31, 2016

Arguably, Diamond Head could be considered the #3 most influential band to come out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement, following closely behind Iron Maiden and Motorhead. Diamond Head is also – and this is unquestionable, essential to the birth of thrash, as evidenced by the not-so-secret heapings of praise and notes […]

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Interview: Sabaton’s Joakim Broden on ‘The Last Stand,’ band’s international success

Posted by on October 21, 2016

  I openly defy anyone to come away from a Sabaton live show without the feeling of somehow marching into glory. Sweden’s own soldiers of metal/war historians have been at it for over a decade now, inspiring the ethos of bravery, honor, heroism, and all-out heavy metal defiance not seen since the glory days of […]

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