In an effort to help promote one of Canada’s most exciting Metal Festivals, we at Metal-Rules.com did a series of five quick interviews with some icons of Canadian Metal. (Listed Alphabetically) Annihilator, Exciter, The Exalted Piledriver, Razor and Sacrifice are all appearing at Calgary Metal Fest V between September 15 and 17th , 2016. Feel free to enjoy all of our interviews with these titans of Canadian Metal!
What was your first reaction when you were invited to play Calgary Metal Fest V?
answer: We are always greatly looking forward to any opportunity to play for great Canadian metal fans. And this show is especially awesome with the line up of so much classic Canadian metal. Razor has to be there!
When was the last time you played in Calgary?
Last time was 1990 I believe. Been awhile.
When was the last time you played with the other bands on the bill?
Actually fairly recently for each of them. Last time with Sacrifice was in April 2015 in Winnipeg, Annihilator in June 2016 in Kitchener/Waterloo and Exciter in July 2016 in Chicago. Haven’t played with The Exhalted One since 2005 though. Looking forward to seeing all of those guys!
What do you think is the significance of being part of such a unique festival bill, for the first time?
Well I think this is a nice group to be part of. So in a word, I guess it’s swell.
Was it hard to get everyone in the band together to be able to do this gig?
No. We have been performing more in the last 2 years than at any time since the early 1990’s. We are ready!
Are you going to be playing special retro set, or conversely will you be showcasing any new and/or undressed material?
This set will consist of a decent cross section from our historical releases. No new tracks for this show, but a new studio album coming out in 2017 (and a live album coming out imminently!)
Are there any songs that you just ‘have’ to include in your set-list?
Always! Razor fans know which ones they are! We do not like to disappoint anyone.
How do these on-off gigs compare to a tour for example? Is there a heightened sense of energy?
Well at this stage of our lives, the one offs are likely going to be continuing. We may do very brief (eg. maximum 10 day) tours at some point, but the one off’s are very suitable for us. We like being part of a larger festival line up. The experience is usually just a bit more awesome (although all shows are great).
When can we expect some new material from the band?
New album: Cycle of Contempt, expected late summer 2017. Live album: Osaka Saikou, LP Release fall 2016, CD Version (Japan) late 2016, Rest of World early 2017.
We look forward to seeing you in September!
Thank you. See you there.