Are you a regular visitor to the Metal-Rules.com webzine?
I visit as often as I can. I have an extremely busy schedule, but I
enjoy the website and visit a few times a week.
How important is Metal-Rules.com or the Internet in general for getting
Extremely important. It gives people almost instant access to my
In your experience, either as a reader or as a band, what has
Metal-Rules.com meant to you?
It has expanded my horizons as far as metal goes. I heard about so
many bands through the site. It's my most valuable resource for heavy
metal on the internet.
Do you think webzines like Metal-Rules.com are, or maybe someday could,
replace traditional published magazines?
Not totally replace (it nice to hold a magazine in my hand) but I
can see webzines getting bigger and bigger.
Can you please list the members of the band and what they each person
Harry Conklin - Vocals
Chris Broderick - Guitar
Mark Briody - Guitar
John Tetley - Bass
Rikard Stjernquist - Drums
How long has the band been together and what goals would you like to
achieve in the coming years with the band?
We've been together forever! Well, since the 80's. Our goals are
fairly simple - to keep playing the kind of music we love.
In your opinion, what style of metal would you say best describes what
Traditional heavy metal.
Who have been some of your main influences?
Sabbath with Dio, Iron Maiden, NWOBHM stuff like Angelwitch and
Have you contributed work to other compilation CDs?
Yes, several of them. 'Holy Dio', plus tons of magazine compilations.
Where did you hear about this compilation?
I heard about it on the Metal Rules forum. I thought it was a great
idea right away and I wanted to be involved.
Why did you choose this compilation to get your music to potential fans?
It's a *real* underground compilation, designed to support the music,
not make someone cash.
Besides your song, what is the best feature of the Metal Rules
compilation and why?
I enjoyed the wide variety of metal on it.
Why did you choose this particular song for the compilation?
We wanted to do something unique for the compilation.
Where did you record the song & who wrote it and produced it?
The song is a reworking of one of our older songs. In fact, I doubt
anyone would even recognize much from the old song. The songwriting
credits are Briody / Conklin. Studio location is "Mark's
House." Produced and engineered by Jag Panzer.
Would you say that your song on this compilation representative of all
No, not at all. We try to make each song different and original. We
have some other stuff that is totally different from this.
What is your song on this compilation about and what was the inspiration
It's embarrassing to say, but I'll be honest. I haven't read the
lyrics enough to answer this question. I'll have to ask Harry about this
What about this song made you select it for this compilation OR if your
band wrote or recorded a new song specifically for this CD, what things
did you have in mind when writing the song for use this compilation?
We wanted to put something different on this compilation. Not just
throw some old track from a previous album. This compilation deserved
better then that.
What kind of expectations do you have towards this particular
compilation? What do you hope to gain by being featured?
We're part of a fantastic compilation album, so that expectation has
already been met!
As you know, most of the bands on this compilation are not extremely
well known. Do you think a compilation CD with a group of mostly
underground bands is a great way to help get your music noticed?
Getting our music known is not so much of an issue for us. We just
think it's cool being a part of this release.
What do you think of compilation CD's overall?
Some are good - the very early U.S. Metal albums from Shrapnel. The
early Metal Blade compilations. The Friday Night Rockshow albums with
all the great NWOBHM bands.
What kinds of things should a compilation feature in order to make it
worth purchasing and what makes a compilation worthwhile?
I like to have variety. I like the exposure to different metal types
that I may not normally listen to.
If you had a chance to put together this type of compilation, what would
be some of the unsigned bands you'd like to feature?
Not sure if they are still unsigned at the moment, but definitely Maudlin of the Well.
Would you be interested in sacrificing another song for
"Metal-Rules.com - Vol. II" if the opportunity presented
Jag Panzer is perhaps the best-known band on this CD. Obviously you are
not just partaking in this compilation for exposure only! Why then did you want Jag Panzer involved?
The whole project reminds me of the way the metal scene was in the
early 80's. All the bands seemed interested in putting out a quality
release. People weren't complaining about budgets, or being first on the
album, or who had a longer song, etc. It was all about the music, which
is what it should be.
Tell us all about how the song "Forsaken Child" has been
transformed into the song "Forsaken" on this compilation?
We often do songs which are designed to be continued at a later date.
'Forsaken Child' was one of these. It was one of the first tracks we had
been working on for the new album, so we decided to include this on the
Why did you agree to donate your time to help with this project and to
master the CD?
Well, to be honest, I didn't do that much. Most of the bands had their
songs mastered already. I donated my time because I think that
metal-rules has an honest appreciation for the music. I have the highest
respect for that.
What is your honest opinion on the songs we've selected for this
compilation? Perhaps you can pick some of your favorite songs both from
a musical point of view and pick a few whose production stood out for
I thought that the bands did a GREAT job. The songs I like are
because of my taste in music, not because one band did a better job then
another. I think everyone did an excellent job and the bands should be
very proud. For my personal taste, I like the Imagika and Seasons of the
Did you think the range of metal styles on here was diverse enough?
Very diverse. It's great. The diversity will make this compilation
Would you of done anything differently if EvilG wasn't the one making
most of the decisions on who to include on the CD? hehe!
I would not change anything!
Where can people order your other recorded material?
Anyplace that sells Century Media products.
What are your band's upcoming battle plans?
New album soon. Booking some festivals now.
Do you have any live dates coming up that you'd like to list here?
Some fests will be announced shortly.