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Steffan Chirazi

Steffan Chirazi

Having started rock'n'roll writing at the age of 15, 46-year old ex-pat Steffan Chirazi's career could almost look like an old Batman cartoon speech bubble! SOUNDS, KERRANG!, RIP, BAM and SPIN are just a few of the publications he has contributed to over the years, and for the last 14 years he has been the editor of Metallica's own in-house publication, So What! magazine. He lives in San Francisco, CA with his family.

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Alice In Chains: Alice in Chains: Sick Men...

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 15 May 1993

Alice In Chains are exploding! With two killer new tracks in the can and a major slot on the upcoming Lollapalooza tour lined up, the ...

Anthrax: 'Euph Control

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 11 March 1989

At the Manchester Apollo on March 8, ANTHRAX kicked off their headlining State Of Euphoria world tour, having already opened for Ozzy in the States, and won a ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: Rap Like a Beast

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 19 August 1989

After their anarchic and antiheroic debut Licenced To Ill debut, the BEASTIE BOYS laid low and the sensible world breathed a sigh of relief. But ...

The Beastie Boys: Beast Fiends

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 19 March 1987

STEFFAN CHIRAZI goes in for the ill with Metal/rap crossover crazies the BEASTIE BOYS ...

Blackfoot, Deep Purple, The Mama's Boys, Meat Loaf, Mountain, The Scorpions, UFO: Deep Purple, The Scorpions, Meat Loaf et al: Knebworth Fayre, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, 29 June 1985

THIS IS the second Dark Age. It's gotta be. Either that or it's a farmyard. Either that or it's a British festival. Oh oh, it's ...

Black Sabbath, Coal Chamber, Faith No More, Fear Factory, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne, Slo-Burn, Type O Negative, Vision of Disorder: Ozz-Fest: California Screaming!

Report and Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 12 June 1997

The greatest show on earth has FEAR FACTORY, MANSON, TYPE O, MACHINE HEAD and COAL CHAMBER on one bill — and it's just destroyed America. This ...

Michael Bolton: Bolton Lightning

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, 15 June 1985

Michael Bolton — Big in America, but still hiding in the UK's import racks. Steffan Chirazi tracks the keyboard wizard to New York ...

Bon Jovi: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, 8 June 1985

By Jovi! ...

James Brown: Ten Commandments: The Gospel According To James Brown

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Q, May 2006

Soul Brother Number One, 72 ...

Danzig: Black Gold!

Report and Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, Spring 1994

  IT'S BEEN A LONG time coming, but finally Glenn Danzig has received his first Gold albums, for Danzig's 1988 eponymous Def American debut album and ...

Faster Pussycat: Let Sleeping Pussycats Lie

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 7 October 1989

First, the good news: 70 per cent of the people in Troy, Michigan like LA sleazeballs FASTER PUSSYCAT. The bad news? The rest of them ...

Faster Pussycat, Mötley Crüe: Mötley Crüe, Faster Pussycat: Oakland Coliseum, California

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 10 March 1990

Crüe-sin' for a brüe-sin' ...

The Germs, Nirvana: Nirvana: Lounge Act!

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 11 December 1993

Forget all the bullshit! Forget the scandal! This is the real NIRVANA! Mellow! Happy! And capable of lounging Stateside arenas without baulking! In a Big K! exclusive, ...

Helmet, Tad: Tad, Helmet: Kennel Klub, San Francisco

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 30 March 1991

HONESTLY, THEY looked like nerds up there. White boys not unlike those little Beasties in appearance, yet from their instruments came a hellishly heavy din. ...

King Kobra: Snakes Alive

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, 8 June 1985

King Kobra: one big boa, or more bite than venom? Steffan Chirazi bares his fangs and finds these ...

Korn: Hoots Bloody Hoots

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 11 January 1997

To celebrate the New Year, KORN singer Jonathan Davis has invited Kerrang! onto his gleaming tour bus. Here, he is first going to whip out ...

Kyuss: "Basically, We're Four Nerds..."

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 6 February 1993

Claims KYUSS guitarist JOSH HOMME. The band's sound is impossible to categorise — although Sabbath comparisons abound — their bass player is shoeless with "a ...

Kyuss: "We don't wear tight Spandex!"

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 10 July 1992

... claim Palm Springs-based KYUSS, a band who cause STEFFAN CHIRAZI to turn from a reasonable human being (?!) into a "pant-shitting, dribbling wreck"! With ...

Kyuss: Interview With A Stoner.....

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Hot Metal, 1995

In the over zealous world of the music business, many younger horses get led to water and made to drink well past saturation. Not Kyuss. ...

Machine Head, Napalm Death, Obituary: Napalm Death, Obituary, Machine Head: The Palace, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 24 September 1994

Death Metal kings Napalm Death and Obituary slay LA! Monstrous Machine Head march on! ...

The Mad Professor, Massive Attack: Massive Attack v The Mad Professor: No Protection (Gyroscope/Caroline, $16.98) ****

Review by Steffan Chirazi, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 April 1996

Mad Professor Mixes Some Magic ...

Marilyn Manson: Moral Minority

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, launch.com, 1 September 1999

IF YOU DIDN'T see Marilyn Manson at some point in 1997, you either spent 12 months in a commune in the Canadian wilderness, or it's ...

Marilyn Manson: Something Wicked This Way Comes

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 5 October 1996

He has shocked America with his sick, sadistic and Satanic music — now MARILYN MANSON is coming to the UK. "Masturbation, hardcore pornography and sleep ...

Marilyn Manson's Murderous Appeal

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 October 1996

Twisted persona allows this musician to act out his nightmares on the stage ...

Megadeth: 'Deth Warmed Up!

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 21 May 1994

There's a new vibe about MEGADETH in 1994 — they're happy, mellow, positive. They actually like each other, goddammit! What the hell's gotten into 'em?! ...

Megadeth: 'Deth Warmed Up! #2

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 28 May 1994

Right now, MEGADETH are as strong and happy as they've ever been — yet incredibly, they were close to splitting up just a few months ...

Megadeth: Peace of Mind

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 14 July 1990

MEGADETH's next album will be called Rust In Peace. Produced by MIKE CLINK at LA's Rumbo Studios, it's the first Mega-LP to feature the talents ...

The Melvins: Melvins: Ozma (Boner advance tape, import) KKKK

Review by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 3 March 1990

I WAS recently discussing, with Bill Ward, how sad it is that everything recorded these days is stuffed choc full of gizmotry and is often ...

The Melvins: Gods of Thunder!

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 8 January 1994

They're buddies of Kiss' Gene Simmons, and Kurt Cobain! They're fans of Venom and Judas Priest! And they rock hard! They are MELVINS! STEFFAN CHIRAZI worships the new Metal Gods! ...

Metallica: Don't Tread On Me! Metallica Sue 'Em All In Court Case Spectacular!

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 22 October 1994

Gloves off as Metal masters take on record company in legal scrapof the decade! Lars tells all! ...

Metallica: For Whom the Bell Tulls

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 18 March 1989

You just can't get the staff these days. Ask the people who run the Grammy Awards — they can't tell Jethro Tull from Heavy Metal. ...

Metallica: For Whom The Bell Tulls #2

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 25 March 1989

In the second part of our special feecher on Grammy loozers extraordinaire METALLICA, STEFFAN CHIRAZI probes the conception and production off the 'One' single and video, yet ...

Metallica: Massive Attack!

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 23 August 1997

On the eve of their headlining appearance at Reading '97, METALLICA have one more battle to fight with Load. In the blue corner, Planet Rock's ...

Metallica: Souls of a New Machine

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 30 August 1997

The Plant Studios, Sausalito: METALLICA are holding their final inquest into the Load album and working on its successor. Time to find out exactly how ...

Metallica: Thrash on Delivery

Report and Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, 15 February 1986

Pure metal butchery... STEFFAN CHIRAZI gets his mouth burnt and his ears scorched as he gatecrashes the LA studio where the fearless METALLICA are recording ...

Mötley Crüe: Putt at the Devil

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 9 September 1989

At a Los Angeles Valley golf club MÖTLEY CRÜE singer VINCE NEIL is about to mutter something to his caddy, STEFFAN CHIRAZI... "Steff, dude," he ...

Nine Inch Nails: Techno Fear!

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, April 1994

Violence! Paranoia! Misery! Welcome to the nightmare world of NINE INCH NAILS! STEFFAN CHIRAZI gets inside the head of mainman TRENT REZNOR to discover the ...

Nirvana: Smells Like… Bullshit

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 8 February 1992

Nevermind has been at Number One on the Kerrang! Album Chart for a month, Stateside it's the same plus Double Platinum, and worldwide the video ...

Nirvana: Lounge Act!

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 11 December 1993

Forget the bullshit! Forget the scandal! This is the real NIRVANA! Mellow! Happy! And capable of lounging around Stateside arenas without baulking! In a Big ...

Ted Nugent: Out Of Control (Epic/Legacy import E2K 47039) KKKKK

Review by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 14 August 1993

THE NUGE IS HUGE! ...

Pantera: In a Darkened Room...

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 28 May 1994

...is where PANTERA frontman PHIL ANSELMO gets his head together — away from the pressures that come with a US Number One album. What is ...

Porno for Pyros: Porno For Pyros: Good God's Urge (Warner Bros., $14.98) *

Review by Steffan Chirazi, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 May 1996

Porno for Pyros' Urge Doesn't Spark Interest ...

Joe Satriani: Still Flyin', Still Dreamin'

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 25 November 1989

When he was just a little-biddy boy, ace widdlist JOE SATRIANI used to have weird dreams, dreams where he was flying around in "this blue colour" which ...

Screaming Trees, Soul Asylum: Soul Asylum, Screaming Trees: Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 18 September 1993

Seeking Asylum... ...

Slayer: The Brothers Grim

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 16 May 1998

The world of SLAYER is a bleak, gore-drenched place populated by deviants, lunatics, mass murderers and war criminals. You'd expect nothing less from men who've ...

Soundgarden: Gardeners' World

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 4 April 1992

Life for Seattle grungemeisters SOUNDGARDEN has changed dramatically in the last 12 months. Going from self-confessed underdogs to playing arenas to crowd hysteria while supporting Guns N' ...

Soundgarden: Gardeners' World

Report and Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 4 April 1992

LIFE FOR SEATTLE grungemeisters Soundgarden has changed dramatically in the last 12 months. Going from self-confessed underdogs to playing arenas to crowd hysteria while supporting ...

Testament: Last Will and Testament

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, 29 September 1990

TESTAMENT are back with a bang. Their new LP Souls Of Black is their fiercest output yet, full of the heavy riffs and gritty vocals we've come ...

Armand Van Helden's Sampleslaya: Enter the Meat Market (Columbia/RuffHouse Records, $15.98) ***

Review by Steffan Chirazi, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 March 1998

Traditional Hip-Hop, East Coast Style ...

WASP: Buzz Sore?

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Sounds, 19 October 1985

In the red corner, bobbing and weaving and humming like a Tiger Moth, WASP come out fighting. Over on the blue side, STEFFAN CHIRAZI stings ...

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