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  • 02:01

    Will and Thunder Phone-In Free-For-All!

    in Rock Music

    We're taking a break from the guest circuit tonight and leaving it open to all of you listeners out there! Ever wanted to talk to us or get in on our crazy banter? Tonight is your chance! Give us a call at (646) 716-6135, and we'll talk to you about whatever you want. Just press 1 after calling to connect with us. The floor is yours!

  • 02:15

    Will and Thunder Welcomes Helion Prime

    in Rock Music

    Helion Prime was first conceived from a common love of metal and all things science. The band was founded when Jason Ashcraft (of Dire Peril) and Tobias Ashcraft (dog) asked Heather Smith (of Graveshadow) to form a side project with them in 2011. The concept: power metal with themes based on actual sceintific theories, with the occasional sci-fi movie tribute. The name Helion Prime was borrowed from an alien planet featured in the film "Chronicles of Riddick," a movie the three were great fans of. She accepted the exciting proposition without hesitation.

    Three years later, Jason and Tobi reminded Heather of their previously discussed awesome idea, and the three recorded their first demo track in June of 2014. With the help of members from Dire Peril and Axiom, Helion Prime debuted their first live performance in August 2014 at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA. The dynamic trio is now set to release their first EP on February 26th, 2015 with a full length album in the works for later on in 2015.

  • 02:44

    Will and Thunder Welcomes Mercy Isle!

    in Rock Music

    Mercy Isle presents a soundscape that blends synth pop, smooth vocals, crunchy-punchy layers of melodic metal, with splashes of baroque and classical music. Mercy Isle: sanctuary for the outcasts and loners, the ones who've felt left behind and pushed aside. Here is your strength. Here is your voice. Here is your music. Welcome to Mercy Isle, Islander. Welcome home.


    We'll be chatting with vocalist Kassy and bassist Chad about their music, their interesting back story of the band's formation, their international band line-up that spans from the U.S. to The Netherlands, and play some tunes from Mercy Isle as well as past bands and musical projects. Be sure to tune in!

  • 02:23

    Will and Thunder Welcomes Back Aries!

    in Rock Music

    Spring is here, and we're going to try something new with some old friends! Some of our favorite guests, the guys from Aries will stop by to chat with us about their album in the works, and whatever other subjects come to mind. Maybe we'll even play a little movie trivia with Scary Justin and get back on the board?

  • 02:37

    Will and Thunder Welcomes Odin's Court

    in Rock Music

    Odin's Court is a progressive metal band that was formed by Matt Brookins in 2001. The band is best described as rock & metal, fusing classic and modern sounds that transcend several genres. They have released 4 CDs worldwide and toured throughout the United States. The band is always looking to expand their reach, and is constantly evolving and growing their music.

    The band's latest album, Turtles All the Way Down, is out on March 3rd, and they will be visiting our show on the release date to talk a little about it and play some music for our audience. Be sure to tune in!

  • 02:03

    Will and Thunder Welcomes Tattermask

    in Rock Music

    Sired by classic rock and modern metal ancestors, Tattermask of Charlotte, NC, commingles melodic relics of Ozzy Osbourne, Led Zeppelin, Boston, and Whitesnake with modern riffage akin to Disturbed, Alter Bridge, Evanescence, and Sevendust to forge a fresh sound in the mire of mainstream active rock. Driven by dual lead guitarists Josh Wright and Travis Dry; powered by tight, expressive rhythms from Adam Blackmon on drums and Harley Quinn on bass; and garnished with vocals from Amanda Caines that go from Pat Benatar to Adele to Evanescence at the drop of a hat, sonic variety is the ultimate goal of Tattermask's catalogue of original tunes.


    The band has just released their latest EP, Carpe Noctem, and they'll be on the show to tell us a little about it, as well as their upcoming gig on the Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock Tour, opening for bands such as The Agonist and Flyleaf; so be sure to tune in!

  • 02:17

    Will and Thunder Welcomes Diana Gabaldon

    in Books

    We're stepping through the stones and welcoming to our show the one and only Diana Gabaldon, the New York Times best-selling author of the famed Outlander series, which has transcended genres, has been translated to over 40 languages worldwide, and has won countless awards since the first book of the series was published nearly a quarter of a century ago. Now this beloved series has been adapted to the small screen on the Starz network, where viewers can follow the adventures of 20th century time-traveler Claire Randall and 18th century Scotsman Jamie Fraser, dubbed by fans as the "King of Men".


    Diana will be stopping by to talk about the show's first season resuming its second half in April, the upcoming DVD release of Season One's first half, and anything else under the sun relating to her books and to the show. We will be taking fan questions for Diana on our Facebook Event page, so if you have a question for Herself, feel free to post it there and we will try our best to ask it for you! She will only be with us for one hour, so we will do everything we can to cover as many of your questions as possible.


    We will also have the chat room open on the day of broadcast, so join us in the first hour of the program to talk Outlander with fellow listeners, and play along with our weekly feature, "Scary Justin's Horror Movie Trivia"! While scary films are not exactly related to Outlander, those of you in the chat room who can beat the horror movie "zom-boy" at his own game will get one question asked to Diana, so brush up on your scary movies and give it your best shot!


    To accommodate Diana's busy schedule, we will be airing this episode at a special time: one hour earlier than our usual broadcast time, so don't forget to tune in at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific. See you then!


    ***Special thanks to Anne Mueller, who designed our awesome-looking banner!***

  • 01:57

    Will and Thunder Welcomes Nick Hildyard!

    in Rock Music

    Hailing from Florida, Nick fronted the wildly popular Classic Albums Live, which preformed classic rock albums live in their entirety. He is now working on solo projects, including a theatrical venture. We're looking forward to hearing all about it, as well as his appearance with Will at the DEAD SERIOS 30th anniversary concert.

    He is an interesting and talented guy, and this will be a great show!

  • 02:15

    Will and Thunder Welcome MindMaze

    in Rock Music

    Our first guests of 2015, MindMaze are a promising band like no other. Hailing from Allentown, Pennsylvania the four-piece band are relatively young, but have honed their craft with over one-hundred gigs, including sharing the stage with metal mainstays such as Saxon, Primal Fear, Overkill, George Lynch, Doro, Fozzy, Raven, Jon Oliva’s Pain, Circle II Circle, and others as well as being selected from hundreds of entries to open for Mötley Crüe in May 2013.

    Vocalist Sarah Teets displays both power and range in her vocal work, which maintains a cleanness that still has grit when it needs to. Her vocal style and attitude immediately set her apart from the stockpile of dime-a-dozen female vocalists on the metal scene today, calling to mind a soaring, melodic, and powerful style akin to greats such as Bruce Dickinson, Ronnie James Dio, and Russell Allen. Matched with the impressive yet tasteful playing of the rest of the band (including brother Jeff Teets on guitars and keyboards, Kalin Schweizerhof on drums, and Symphony X’s Mike LePond on bass) and an exciting live performance to boot, MindMaze are winning audiences over with every show and every listen of their music. It’s only a matter of time until the rest of the world takes notice.

  • 02:41

    Will and Thunder Welcomes Norman Skinner

    in Rock Music

    With 9 studio albums, countless shows, and tours under his belt, San Francisco Bay Area metal veteran Norman Skinner has made a name for himself as a force to be reckoned with in the metal world. Dubbed the "Metal Chameleon" by members of the press, Skinner possesses a very wide range and utilizes it in a unique style to effortlessly switch between the beautiful and the brutal. 

    After over 20 years in the business, Norman has fronted countless bands, and will be talking to us about some of them (Dire Peril, Skinner, and Hellscream, to name a few!). We'll be playing songs from some of these bands as well, so be sure to tune in!

  • 02:58

    Will and Thunder Welcome The McGrath Project

    in Rock Music

    The McGrath Project is a group of musicians, all respected in their own right, drawing from experiences gathered from living and breathing music, touring the globe, and now coming together to create music that couldn't possibly be categorized or pigeon-holed. Catchy, yet innovative, simple, yet experimental, comic, sinister, heartfelt, perceptive, rock'n'roll, punk, blues, psychedelic, country, jazz...you will hear "a new take on classic rock"! After a 3-year hiatus, the band is back, and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Gary McGrath will join us to talk about the new music and all his various musical projects, of which have had him working with the likes of Ted Nugent, The Monkees, and Jon Bon Jovi. Be sure to tune in!