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JJ Tartaglia (Thunderor) interview

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This week I am mixing things up on the podcast with some heavy metal.

 His guest is JJ Tartaglia, frontman and drummer of Canadian heavy metal act Thunderor. The band released their debut album “Fire it Up” earlier this year via Boonsdale Records. 

JJ shared how the band came together, the experience recording “Fire it Up” during the lockdowns, recording their music videos and some Canadian metal recommendations.  

Put on that denim and leather and tune in. 

Audio version of the podcast

Listen/Buy a copy of  “Fire it Up” from the links below

Working on a video episode for next week. Stay tuned!

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July 17, 2022 at 5:23 pm

Best of 2022, so far

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Didn’t realise that I haven’t posted here at all this year.

The past 6 months have gone by really fast or I guess I have had my hands full. This year so far music wise has been the same story, too much new music and too little time.

On the Horns Up podcast, Animesh and I picked out favourite albums from the year so far. Some of them should be no surprise to our regular listeners.

Here are my picks :-

Those that almost made it (in Alphabetic order)

  • Astronoid – Radiant Bloom
  • Cobra Spell – Anthems of the Night
  • Dusk – The Imaginary Dead
  • Girish and the Chronicles – Hail to the Heroes
  • Meshuggah – Immutable
  • Skull Fist – Paid in Full
  • SepticFlesh – Modern Primitive
  • Vorga – Striving Towards Oblivion

My favourites of the year so far

  1. Ghost – Impera
  2. Undeath – It’s time…to rise from the Grave
  3. Nite – Voices Of The Kronian Moon
  4. Kardashev – Liminal Rite
  5. Temple of Void – Summoning the Slayer

Here is a Spotify playlist with all our picks for those who want to check them out.

Stay tuned for Horns Up every week for a new episode.

New post on here coming sooner than you expect it.

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July 2, 2022 at 9:09 pm

Skull Fist

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Canadian metal act Skull Fist are one of the leading proponents of the recent Heavy Metal revival. Their latest album “Way of the Road” is a fine slab of 80’s Heavy Metal. The band opted for a organic sound on the album and it complements the songs well.

I spoke to vocalist/guitarist Zach Slaughter about the album, the revival of vinyl, cassettes, and their upcoming European tour with Striker.

Read the interview on The Metal Wanderlust 

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November 7, 2018 at 2:45 pm

Skull Fist Interview

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Skull Fist is a heavy metal band from Toronto. Along with Cauldron they have been leading the revival of heavy metal in Canada. Last week Skull Fist released a killer new album ‘Chasing the Dream‘. I spoke to their guitarist Jonny Nesta about the new album and their upcoming tour of Europe.

Jonny Nesta, Jackie Slaughter and  Casey Slade (Left to Right)

Jonny Nesta, Jackie Slaughter and Casey Slade (Left to Right)

You’ve just released your second album ‘Chasing the dream’. Tell us a bit about the album.

Jonny: Well, it’s got songs on it, the main instruments are drums, guitars, basses and singing.There are various keys used, the songs also have different tempos, so that’s cool. I like it, if it wasn’t a bonerish thing to do I would listen to it a bunch.”

Its been 3 years since the release of your debut album “Head of the Pack”. How long did it take to write ‘Chasing the Dream’?

Jonny: I don’t know, we kind of worked on the songs on and off while touring Head of the Pack, they came together pretty quick when we actually started demoing them, we had a bunch of months to get them together though.

Chasing the Dream

What was the recording process for the album? How long did it take?

Jonny: The process was: first thing you do is get ice, because if you run out of ice the day is pretty much done, it’s not fun recording without ice. Then you mix yourself a drink and you try to keep the ice from clinking when someone is recording, but it’s okay because technology is so amazing, they can go in and remove all the clinking anyways. 21st century rules. We did the instruments in a week the singing took a bit longer, about another week, the dude’s we worked with were fuckin awesome.

‘Chasing the Dream’ has being released by Noise Art records. How did the deal with them come about?

Jonny: They released our last record too, They’re good, they’ve given us a ton of support to tour around the world.

You have had quite a few lineup changes. How did the current line up come together?

Jonny: I actually don’t think we have had a ton of lineup changes, nobody counts the lineups getting a band together, it’s just the age of the internet you know, now everyone can see, “oh they played a few shows with this guy, or that guy 5 years ago” who gives a fuck, we’ve done our first two records with the same lineup. We all just get along awesome and have fun playing together, I don’t know we all just were friends who hung out all played music,it just came together.

You toured Mexico and Brazil last year. What has been your best experience so far?

Jonny: Man I can’t pick a best, everywhere is different and amazing, Brazil was one of the best times of my life, it was really special, were were there a lot longer than Mexico so we got to actually spend time with some really fuckin cool people, we stayed with the dudes from Breakout and Fire Strike for a while, and it felt like we had been friends for our whole lives you know, just the most fun time. But in Mexico we got to spend a bunch of days with some of my favorite guys, Voltax, just the coolest band, so fuckin great to watch and also just the same type of thing, we get along so great it’s like we’ve been friends forever. The fans in both places are really amazing I can’t wait to go back. But like everything we’ve done has been fun, Europe is sick also, doing clubs or festivals both are wicked, and we always have an awesome time going across Canada in our amazing shit van.

Later this month you will be touring Europe with Enforcer. What are your other plans for 2014?

Jonny: That’s the first step there, I don’t know yet, we definitely want to get a U.S. tour going, we haven’t been able to do that yet and it would be sick, also going back around to Brazil and hopefully more of South America, but fuck I don’t know, we’ll see what happens!

Any final words?

Jonny: Miss you Peter! come hang out in Toronto again for a while. Also, Be Excellent to Each Other!

Check out the video for ‘You’re Gonna Pay’below

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January 23, 2014 at 12:21 am


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A few weeks ago I re – connected with an old friend of mine from Toronto, Jonny. Jonny used to be in a Thrash/Speed metal band Maniac. I initially heard about Maniac through another friend, Alexander Erhardt (Bloodbucket Productions) who signed them to his label after their played at his annual metalfest.

The band developed a cult following in Toronto due to their live performances.  I saw them perform a couple times when I was in Toronto and they put on a great show. In 2007, they released a kick ass album “Fast and Deadly“, however they parted in 2009. Listening to the album now, I feel they were ahead of their time as this was before the 80’s heavy / thrash /glam metal bands started getting popular.

Here is an interview I did with Jonny soon after the release of “Fast and Deadly“.

Hails!! How are things in Toronto?

Jonny Exciter-Things are pretty good here, lots of stuff going on, nice weather, birds are singing, bees are playing, babies are laughing.

Your latest release “Fast and Deadly” is an album I had been waiting for a long time and it did not disappoint me one bit, tell me a bit about it with regards to writing and recording it.

Jonny Exciter – Well thank you kindly my friend. It was written mostly about a year ago and recorded over a really long time, but it’s a really honest record.
Mostly it’s all one guitar track, one bass track, one drum track and one vocal track (not counting the chants). Chris Hall is the guy who actually recorded all the instruments, and he’s a genius at capturing huge sounds, I was really amazed at what we had to work with when it came time for mixing. And Terry just made it sound incredible, I couldn’t believe I was listening to my own album after Terry mixed it.

You had Terry Brown who has worked with bands like Rush, Voivod on the album Angel Rat master your album, how was it working with him?

Jonny Exciter – It was a real pleasure and honour. The guy is unbelievable, he really knows his stuff and he’s a great person to be around. He was really enthusiastic about the tunes and it was so much fun working with someone who enjoyed the music so much and was genuinely excited about doing what he was doing. Just got nothing but the best things to say about the guy.

I know you guys spent a lot of time working on the album, are you satisfied with how the album has turned out?

Jonny Exciter – We’re really satisfied. Like I said, when I put it on I can’t believe it’s my own album I’m listening to. It really captures what we’re all about and is really genuine and honest sounding. Chris did the most amazing job with the layout too.

What is the inspiration behind your songs?

Jonny Exciter – The sparkle in the eye of a child

How do you guys compose/write? Jam together or alone?

Jonny Exciter – In the beginning I would write the songs and teach them to the brahs, now we jam them more. Chris makes the songs what they are with the drumming he comes up with, just the coolest shit I never would have thought of.

What influences your music (other bands/books etc.)??

Jonny Exciter – I was really influenced to start the band by the amazing local scene here, mainly Demontage, Rammer, and Goat Horn. Our music is 100% influenced by Steven Segal’s classic movie “Hard to Kill” though.

You are signed to BloodBucket Productions, how did the deal come about?

Jonny Exciter – Alex invited us to play his Bloodbucket metal fest when we were first starting out. More as a favour to a friend, he hadn’t even heard us, but he really liked what he saw when we played, and I saw him at a show a few days later and he offered us a really cool deal.

How does someone reading this interview get hold of your albums and merchandise?

Jonny Exciter – Well they can pick up some stuff from us by emailing we’re going to be setting up one of those paypall interweb stores soon at and probably a p.o. box. You can also order copies of the cd from bloodbucket productions

What albums are you currently banging you head to?

Jonny Exciter – Right now I’ve been listening to a lot of the new Cauldron Ep, and a lot of Lee Aaron and Michael Jackson, mainly Thriller.

How did you get into metal? What was the first metal cd you bought? The first metal gig you attended?

Jonny Exciter – I don’t remember how I got into metal, probably because I really loved music with electric guitar, and metal has a lot of that. The first metal album I bought was Ozzy’s No More Tears and I’m pretty sure the first metal gig I went to was a Sepultura show.

Do you guys hang out together other than rehearsal time? Get drunk together?

Jonny Exciter – No, our egos are way too big. I’m all like, “well I just got out of rehab and I can only jam until 4:00, I don’t want you guys working on tunes after 4:00 because then I’ll feel left out.” And Chris is all like, “fuck, you know, that word just keeps popping into my head, fuck, fuck, FUCK, FUCK.” Then Jakkie’s like, “come on guys, don’t fight, lets just get our aggression out in the jam space, lets direct our negative energy into our music instead of at each other.”

What is your favorite alcohol?? What are your favorite Canadian beers?

Jonny Exciter – Labbat 50 and Genesee, Jakkie only drinks Tom Collins’ and daiquiris.

You released a live album “Hell on Hogtown” earlier this year; can we expect another live album in the future?

Jonny Exciter – No plans to do another one anytime soon, I hate that thing.

What can we expect from Maniac in 2007?

Jonny Exciter – Lots of rocking, an animated television mini-series, a videogame based on our mini-series, and Chris is having a baby with Danny DeVito.

Thank you for taking time out to answer my questions. Do you have any final words or thoughts?

Jonny Exciter – Thanks a lot Peter, hope to see you soon. METAL UP YER VAGINA!

Maniac was Jonny Exciter – Guitar/Vocals, Chris Six Stix- Quick Stix & Single Kicks and Jakkie Slaughter – Electric Bass Guitars.

Jonny and Jakkie are now in a band called Skull Fist. They released an album “Head of the Pack” last year, check it out if you are into 80’s metal.

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March 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm