Chris Dale's Metal Meltdown



UNDISCOVERED KISSTORY- ALTERNATIVE MAKE UP DESIGNS

16 September 2020
Let’s take a look at the other make up characters, such as the Hawk, the Egyptian Warrior, the Bandit, the Taylor and the Silver Giraffe!



PAT TORPEY (1953-2018): TRIBUTE BY CHRIS DALE AND NEWS OF CELEBRATION EVENING

May 2018
“I read the news today, oh boy…,” as his favourite band once said.



GUITAR STRINGS EXPLAINED BY NEIL SILVERMAN FROM NEWTONE STRINGS

March 2018
Strings. It’s all a big mystery isn’t it? Every guitar hero and bass god has them, they make the sound that we rock to but what are strings?



NEW MAGNUM DRUMMER LEE MORRIS VERY PROUD OF ‘LOST ON THE ROAD TO ETERNITY’

January 2018
“The recording process was an incredible experience.”



WOLFSBANE ARE LOUD, PROUD AND CONFIDENT FOR THE MODERN AGE

January 2018
“Wolfsbane are here to save the world”, Blaze tells us and we believe him…



CHURCH OF MISERY BRING DOOM TO THE UNDERWORLD

September 2017
A triple bill wall of sound with Church Of Misery, Slabdragger and No Bueno hit hard…



GENE SIMMONS VAULT DISK 1 PREVIEW

September 2017
Exclusive track listing and notes on the songs for disk 1 of upcoming Gene’s mega-boxed set



RICHIE KOTZEN IMPRESSES IN LONDON, DESPITE LOSING HIS VOICE

January 2018
Really Richie, you’re doing way better than most singers on their best form…



HIRSH GARDNER: ‘MY BRAIN NEEDS A HOLIDAY’

August 2017
“I feel very fortunate that I have been doing this for so many years.”



PETER ELLIS AND THE MONUMENTAL CONNECTION BETWEEN HEAVY METAL AND PRO-WRESTLING

July 2017
Pro Wrestling/Sports Entertainment and Heavy Metal have a very strong connection going back to the early 80s.



DEVIL HORNZ – WHO DID IT FIRST?

June 2017
Lets have a quick look through that big history book called the internet…



KISS NOT KIDDING ON A KRAZY, KRAZY NIGHT IN LONDON

June 2017
“I never realised how amazing it was in real life…”



DEAD KOSMONAUT: COLLABORATION OF THE UNDERGROUND SWEDISH METAL SCENE

April 2017
“Hopefully I will make another one a bit quicker the next time.”



WHY DO LEAD SINGERS BEHAVE THE WAY THEY DO?

March 2017
Doctors will (probably) tell you that Lead Singers Disease, or LSD, is a psychological condition commonly contracted by lead vocalists…



IS THERE ANYONE THAT DOESN’T LIKE IRON MAIDEN?

January 2017
It really took me a lot of Googling to find people somewhere that didn’t like Iron Maiden, but I think I’ve found them…



UNDISCOVERED KISSTORY- KISS SONGS THAT SOUND A BIT LIKE OTHER ARTISTS’ SONGS

December 2016
“They had a song called ‘Open My Eyes’, it’s basically the same intro, we kind of copied them.”



SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO: BRITISH ARMY TELLS HOW CLOSE TO DEATH BRUCE DICKINSON AND BAND ACTUALLY CAME IN 1994

December 2016
“They had actually taken aim at the vehicle, taken their safety’s off…”



UNDISCOVERED KISSTORY – KISS COVER VERSIONS

September 2016
We’re going to sit back and listen to the original versions of all the songs that Kiss have covered on their records



1066 AND HOW THE NORMAN INVASION OF ENGLAND SHAPED HEAVY METAL

September 2016
These invaders that King Arthur and his brave Knights of the Round Table fought against were the Anglo-Saxons – yes, the English!



‘KISS ROCKS VEGAS LIVE’ CD AND DVD

March 2016
In case you hadn’t guessed from some of my previous articles, I’m a massive life-long Kiss fan…



EU REFERENDUM FROM A HEAVY METAL PERSPECTIVE, TAKING THE SWISS EXAMPLE

March 2016
For some bands the UK will, like Switzerland, simply not be worth the hassle in future…


UNDISCOVERED KISSTORY – THE KISS GUITARIST AUDITIONS OF 1982 Part 2

March 2016
…more juicy tales and a plethora of brand new information.



UNDISCOVERED KISSTORY – THE KISS GUITARIST AUDITIONS OF 1982 Part 1

January 2016
…and the mystery of who actually played guitar on the Creatures Of The Night album.



BEST NEW UK BAND OF 2016 AND THE PHENOMENON OF BIGFOOT HOAXERS IN NORTH AMERICA

January 2016
“Something very odd is going on in the forests of North America and it’s not Bigfoot.”



BRIGITTE SCHÖN: ‘BRUCE DICKINSON: INSIGHTS: AN INTERPRETATION OF HIS SOLO ALBUMS

December 2015
In which our scribe reviews a book where he has more knowledge than most about the subject matter…



THE IRON MAIDEN-GO WEST PARALLEL UNIVERSE THEORY

September 2015
He said in one diary he had a singer named as “Bruce” noted down, a phone number and next to it he’d written “Too heavy!”



UNDISCOVERED KISSTORY: VINNIE VINCENT’S WARRIOR

March 2015
The Full Story Of Vinnie Vincent’s Awesome Pre-Kiss Band



UNDISCOVERED KISSTORY: THE KISS DRUMMER AUDITIONS OF 1980

March 2015
How many and which drummers auditioned for KISS when Peter Criss departed the band in 1980?



MATTHEW TRIPPE RIP

March 2015
Another look at the strange case of the man who would be Nikki Sixx.



KISS: LOVE GUN DELUXE EDITION

November 2014
In depth review of the re-issue of the classic Kiss album, Love Gun with bonus live tracks and studio outtakes.



MR BIG: KOKO, LONODON

October 2014
Live review of the opening night of Mr. Big’s 2014/15 World Tour.



MR BIG” THE STORIES WE COULD TELL

September 2014
Review of the new album from Mr. Big.



INTENSIVE BASS COURSE WITH BILLY SHEEHAN

September 2013
Your humble narrator goes on tour with the legendary Mr. Big / David Lee Roth bassist and picks up some handy tips along the way.



BOOKING AGENTS vs PROMOTERS

August 2013
Why your favourite band aren’t playing in your home town this year and who would win in a hyothetical fight between a promoter and a booking agent.



ROCK AND METAL PUB QUIZ

July 2013
Your MetalTalk columnist hosts a regular pub quiz on our two favourite topics: rock and metal!



COMMUNICATION TIPS FOR EUROPEAN FESTIVALS

June 2013
How to learn a foreign language in a single evening with a film, a phrasebook and a few beers!



Storm Thorgerson (1944-2013) RIP

May 2013
A tribute to the artist and visionary genius behind the album covers of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Muse, Rainbow, Thunder, Dream Theater and Helloween and his work on Bruce Dickinson’s ‘Skunworks’ album.



Daily Mail Columnist Sinks To New Low With Anti-Heavy Metal Article

April 2013
A response to Richard Littlejohn’s Attack on Goths, Punks and Heavy Metal fans.



The Future Of Classic Rock Bands

April 2013
What will happen to bands like Kiss, Rainbow and Van Halen in the next decade? Do you want tickets for AC/DC’s 50th Anniversary of the ‘Back In Black’ Tour?



Smashing Pumpkins Video Shoot

March 2013
The fun I had working as an extra on the ‘Ava Adore’ promotional video and why dog mess should always be avoided.



Ten Years On Total Rock

February 2013
Good times as a Radio DJ playing my favourite tunes, making mistakes and talking to Queensryche, Dokken and Geezer Butler



UNDISCOVERED KISSTORY I: An Entire Album Full Of Unrelased Songs

January 2013
How Kiss could make a great record this year by looking back at their old demos. We get to hear them all here



Kiss Reformation Magick

December 2012
How Alex Dickson and I unwittingly caused the Kiss 1996 Reformation during our South American Tour with Bruce Dickinson



Exclusive Interview With Geoff Tate

November 2012
Steve Goldby and I get to ask the singer of Queensryche all the questions we ever wanted to know the answers to



Morally Worrying Session

November 2012
As an occasional bass session musician, at what point does one call the line and say that enough is really enough?



Kiss ‘Monster’ Review

October 2012
Thoughts on the lastest Kiss album after hearing it a few times. It is indeed a great album!



The Best Invention Of All Time

October 2012
Absolute proof that we bass players (including Steve Harris, Billy Sheehan and Bob Daisley) are the best people in the world. Fact!



A Conversation With Rudy Sarzo

September 2012
My son Archie and I get to ask Rudy Sarzo (legendary bass player for Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Queenryche and Dio) everything we ever wanted to know about Kiss Make Up, Steve Vai and Cuban Politics.



Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 1

June 2012
The tale of how back in 1994 Bruce Dickinson and his band of merry men (including myself) found ourselves on our way to the besieged city of Sarajevo in the midst of the Bosnian War.



Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 2

July 2012
The second part of the story, telling of the practicalities of playing a heavy metal gig in a besieged city.



Scream For Me Sarajevo Part 3

August 2012
Our journey home from war-torn Sarajevo and refelctions on the long term effects of war.



Managers v Producers

May 2012
Why do bands need managers and producers and more importantly who would win in a hypothecial fight between the two?



Kiss ‘Monster’ Album Preview

April 2012
Predictions of what the upcoming Kiss album may sound like. I think it’s going to be pretty good!



London Venue’s Nazi Past?

March 2012
For years I’d heard rumours of the Kentish Town HMV Forum being a former Fascist or Nazi venue. One day I decided to research it more closely to find its true dark past.



How Not to Join the Ozzy Osbourne Band

February 2012
The time that just for a second, I thought I might be the new bass player for Ozzy Osbourne.



Metal Evilution

January 2012
Theories about the orgins of Heavy Metal from Creationists and Evolutionists put to the test in a study of the recordings of Def Leppard and AC/DC by producer Mutt Lange



Take Your Pick Competition

December 2011
This was a competition but still have a look at my cool collection of guitar picks from the last century! Can you guess the original owners? Here’s a clue, there’s some Dokken, Dio and Kiss in there.



The Pandora’s Box Of Pop

November 2011
What do you do if Banarama offer you their backing vocals for a heavy metal session?



Tank Tour Diary

October 2011
The Tank Tour of Scandinavaia and Poland including our show supportting Judas Priest.



Festival Stage Collapses

September 2011
What caused the tragedies at 2011’s Ottawa Bluesfest, Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis and the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium?



Bruce Air, The Early Days

August 2011
Recollections of flying across the American Mid West on Bruce Dickinson’s ”Balls To Picasso’ US Tour in 1994.



European Festival Round-Up

July 2011
My reviews of the best bands while I was with Mr Big on the European Festival circuit this year, including Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and Judas Priest.



Who’s Your Favourite Ozzy Guitarist?

June 2011
Let’s compare live clips of Rhandy, Jake, Zakk and all the other guys who have played lead guitar for the Ozzy Osbourne band. Who do you think is really the best?



Bernie Torme Proud To Be Part Of MT Ozzy Article

June 2011
Former Ozzy Osbourne and Gillan guitarist gives his repsonse to our thoughts on Ozzy Osbourne’s various guitarists before and since him.



Japanese Tsunami Disaster

May 2011
How Japan coped in the wake of the earthquake/tsrunami/nuclear disaster of 2011 seen from the view of a roady on the Mr Big Tour shortly after the events.



10,000 Tank Albums!

April 2011
How us having ten thousand listeners might well be the end of the music industry as we once knew it.



Death Metal Session

March 2011
Recording death metal for polite customers with Mikee Goodman from Sikth and Jay Graham from Ravens Creed.



RIP Gary Moore

February 2011
My happy recollections of the late great Gary Moore (4th April 1952 – 6th February 2011). A legend and a good guy to laugh with.



Recording Bass at Steve Harris’ House

February 2011
The tale of how we recorded the bass tracks for the Tank album ‘War Machine’ at Iron Maiden HQ!



A Column About Columns

January 2011
How I got asked to write columns for MetalTalk by editor Steve Goldby and how I got it wrong from the very start.

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