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Maple Cross are represented
on this CD by the track "Invincibles"

Web: www.maplecross.net
E-mail: maplecross@surfeu.fi

Mailing Address:
Maple Cross c/o
Olli-Pekka Kemppainen
Kuivastie 19 A34
90500 OULU
FINLAND

 

Maple Cross - Biography

The Birth Of Maple Cross
Maple Cross was formed in 1985. In 1988 when the first demo, "Sacred To The Memory Of Ace", was released they changed their name to Maple Cross. In the end of the year 1988 Maple Cross recorded their second demo titled "Thirteen Witches...But One Of Them", in the Soundmix-studios.  After some hard touring and several Months of training they were ready to enter the studios again. This time the sound was heading for the new direction. You could already hear the future on their third demo, "Sacrificed Humanity",  released in late 1989. Maple Cross continued touring and started to create new songs - using their originality in different styles of music and techniques, fresh ideas about song structures and lyrics. The results were devastating! "The Fourth And Last" demo,  released in 1990, included 5 original thrash metal masterpieces and it got rave response from the public and from magazines all over the world!

Again it was time for some touring in Finland and also a tour in Denmark. During that time they realized it was time to record an album. They looked for the right record company, but never found one and decided to self-finance the album. In 1992 the debut album "The Eighth Day Of Creation" saw the light of the day. 10 tracks of original Maple Cross metal which they took even further this time around. At the time it was considered to be light years ahead of its time and even today itīs more advanced than many metal bands will ever be!

Summer of 92 saw another Maple Cross release called "5th for us" demo and as the name suggests it was only for the lads themselves. The reason for this tape was to experiment with new ideas etc. They did send it to few carefully thought magazines to see what kind of reaction it would get. It sunk in like socks on the dog. In other words, reception was great.

After that guys needed a break and it wasnīt until summer 93 that they recorded their next demo. "Uncontrolled art" was the result. This time it was also available for the public. It sold enormous amounts of copies and thatīs why Maple

In 1994 Maple Cross recorded their last demo called "Cool Maggots". This was to be their swansong. It was their most powerful and best release. Finally they had found the sound and style they had been looking for almost ten years. After this release they still toured for couple of years until they said their farewells and went their own ways. Some of them went to live in the U.S.A., Hong Kong and England. So, there was no way they could keep on playing.

Maple Cross made nearly 200 live appearances and played with some great bands. For example Dark Throne, Prestige, Mengele, A.R.G., Invocator, Hybrid Children, Waltari, Backyard Babies etc. They were known as one of the greatest live acts of their time!

 

The Rebirth...

They are back! But not with the original line-up. Late 2000 Marco was drinking with few of his mates. They listened some music and eventually someone asked for some Maple Cross. Great stories about the band was told and finally somebody asked that, wouldn't it be great to reform the band. After some thinking and few phone calls later it was settled, Maple Cross should be reformed.

The line-up was pretty clear from the start:
Late TT - guitar
Log - guitar
Marco R.J. - vocals
Ollari - bass

The drummer seemed to be a difficult one to find. Either they werenīt available or good enough. Finally the right guy came along. Aki is a very experienced drummer and guys are lucky to have him on board.

Summer 2001 saw them together for the very first time. It was very clear from the start that this could turn out to be something very special. The chemistry was excellent, everybody was in the same wavelength about the way to do music and the ideas just started to flow. It didnīt take them too long to write new material and before you could say GOAL! They had 8 new songs ready to record. 

Early in 2002 they recorded their first Promo-CD with the new line-up. The release has been praised in the metal scene all over the world. Spring 2002 Promo2 saw the light of the day. More Maple Cross metal to the people of the world. I the Summer of 2002 the guys played their first gig with the new line-up. Nobody knew what to expect, not even the guys themselves. People were amazed about their energetic performance and once again it was proved that Maple Cross is truly a great live band!

Right now Aki, Marco, Ollari, Late TT and Log are writing new material and soon youīll be hearing something new from the northern men!

 

- Bio from meplecross.net

Interview Introduction By EvilG

Maple Cross were yet another new name to me. Their song's mixture of melody and aggression caught my ear right away resulting in them being offered a spot on the compilation after hearing the one song they submitted - "Invincibles". 

The below interview is with Maple Cross vocalist, Marco.

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Maple CrossHow did you first learn about Metal-Rules.com?

First time I visited Metal-Rules was couple of years ago. I canīt remember how I found out about it, probably through google or something like that. I forgot it for awhile until my friend told me about it about a year ago.

 

 

Are you a regular visitor to the Metal-Rules.com webzine?

Yes! Nowadays I visit the site everyday! I read the news, reviews and some interviews as well, but the most interesting section of Metal-Rules for me is the forum. You could say Iīm a professional lurker since I read it every day, but I havenīt registered yet. I read most of the topics and even though I donīt agree with everything posted in there, it warms old metalhead like me to see that people still really care about metal.

 

 

How important is Metal-Rules.com or the Internet in general for getting your music?

Very important! Nowadays itīs so easy to find out about new bands and for underground bands like us itīs the best media to promote our music.

 

 

In your experience, either as a reader or as a band, what has Metal-Rules.com meant to you?

Simply put, I get to know more about metal than I would otherwise.

 

 

Do you think webzines like Metal-Rules.com are, or maybe someday could, replace traditional published magazines?

I love to read books, mags, newspapers etc. so, personally webzines wonīt replace good old paper in my life, but on a larger scale I can see it happening or at least theyīll be competing for the same customers. Well, in some ways thatīs already happened since Iīm here answering this question, heh heh…

 

 

Can you please list the members of the band and what they each person plays?

Aki - drums
LoG - guitar
Marco R.J. - vocals
Late TT - guitar/backingvocals
Ollar - bass

 

 

How long has the band been together and what goals would you like to achieve in the coming years with the band?

The roots of Maple Cross reach all the way back to 1985, but with the new line-up weīve been together since early 2001.

We havenīt set any goals for the band, because we just want to play and make music we like ourselves. But, we do want to play as many gigs and record as many albums as possible.

 

 

In your opinion, what style of metal would you say best describes what you play?

Iīm not very good at this. Iīm sure there're people out there who know to which genre every single metal band belongs to, but I donīt know. Anyways, itīs metal with touches of thrash, death and traditional heavy metal. Iīm afraid thatīs the best I can do.

 

 

Who have been some of your main influences?

Slayer, VoiVod and Iron Maiden are the most important ones, but lot of 80s and 90s metal bands have influenced us. Thereīs just too many of them to mention here.

 

 

Is your band currently signed to a record label?

We aren't signed yet and we'll just have to wait and see what happens… Actually, we are looking for a distributor for our next album. So, anyone interested get in touch.

 

 

Have you contributed work to other compilation CDs?

Weīll appear on Metal Ostentation 2 comp. cd with a song called "The Chosen People".

 

 

Where did they hear about this compilation?

I read about it from Metal-Rules website and contacted EvilG right away!

 

Maple Cross

Why did you choose this compilation to get your music to potential fans?

I donīt know, it just felt like good opportunity to make more people aware of Maple Cross. Everything about it felt great and still does. It is a true metal site and I just knew that the roster of bands would be great! So, I just hoped we would get on it.

 

 

Besides your song, what is the best feature of the Metal-Rules compilation and why?

Man, Weīll be on the same CD with Julie Laughs Nomore and Dark Order, need I say more!!!

 

 

Why did you choose this particular song for the compilation?

Well, I think itīs a great song and it shows both sides of our music, aggression and melody.

 

 

Where did you record the song & who wrote it and produced it? 

We recorded the song in Boogiecellar in our home town on 13.01.2002. It was engineered by Kettu and it was mixed by A. Karppinen at Akiīs Palace on 19.01.2002. Itīs produced by us. We wrote the song together and I (Marco) wrote the lyrics.

 

 

Would you say that your song on this compilation representative of all your material?

Yes! "Invincibles" is aggressive yet melodic song, both important ingredients of Maple Cross music, although we donīt have choruses in every single song this one gives a better picture of our music than any other song.

 

 

What is your song on this compilation about and what was the inspiration behind it?

Itīs a traditional soccer chant! Just kidding, although itīs about a soccer team, Preston North End more precisely. I wrote the lyrics to be more like a battle song and I was hoping to keep the real meaning a secret as long as possible, but since the truth is already out there I decided to share it with you guys as well. Iīm a Preston North End supporter and it plays a big part in my life. I had the logo tattooed on my right arm and the next step was to write a song about the history of Preston North End. Well, now that Iīve done it, Iīll have to find other ways to promote them, heh heh...

 

 

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?

Itīs just a great example of Maple Cross music and one of the first songs we wrote together with this new line-up. So, we decided this would be the perfect song to introduce us to metal community.

 

 

What kind of expectations do you have towards this particular compilation? What do you hope to gain by being featured?

This is a great way to promote our music and weīre just happy to have this opportunity to make the name Maple Cross more known in the metal world, thatīs all weīre looking for.

 

 

Are you hoping this might help you in some way gain the kind of exposure that may lead to a label picking you up?

Not really. Labels arenīt that important to us, but I do admit they are handy tools to spread your music. If somebody wants to sign us, great! If somebody wants to distribute our music thatīs even better…

 

 

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?

Yes I do and this is the right kind of compilation CD. Why buy a comp. CD full of known bands with already released songs…

 

 

What do you think of compilation CD's overall?

Itīs a great way to find out about bands youīve never heard before, but like I said, I never bother with compilations filled with "popular" bands.

 

 

What kinds of things should a compilation feature in order to make it worth purchasing and what makes a compilation worthwhile?

Just fill it with up and coming metal acts from all the sub genres and you have a winner!

 

 

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?

Thereīs lots of bands I would include on my comp. CD, but 2 bands would certainly be on it: Monsterspank and Mengele! 2 metal bands from Finland. Mengele is old school thrash and Monsterspank is some kind of stoner/death or what ever, but they are great!

 

 

Would you be interested in sacrificing another song for "Metal-Rules.com - Vol. II" if the opportunity presented itself?

Certainly, no doubt about it!

 

 

Where can people order your other recorded material?

Go to our website where you can download our demos. Send 10€/$10 to our contact address and weīll send you our debut album (released -92).

 

 

What are your band's upcoming battle plans?

Weīll record the album next and take it from there…

 

 

Do you have any live dates coming up that you'd like to list here?

Nothing yet, but keep on checking our website. After weīve released the album (march/april) we'll hit the road.

 

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