How did you first learn about Metal-Rules.com?
It was about the time it got up and running. I was looking for places
to send our first CD to get a review and spread the word.
Are you a regular visitor to the Metal-Rules.com webzine?
Nah! It sucks! HA! Seriously though I check it out daily.
How important is Metal-Rules.com or the Internet in general for getting
I think both are a definite asset in helping fans reach bands like
In your experience, either as a reader or as a band, what has
Metal-Rules.com meant to you?
A wealth of info on bands that I may never have stumbled across and a
good barometer of what a lot fans like and don‘t like.
Do you think webzines like Metal-Rules.com are, or maybe someday could,
replace traditional published magazines?
No, but I think there’s place for both. Magazines like some of the
larger ones in Europe are plenty jaded and full of politics and I see
less of that attitude on the net as far as reviews go. At least for now.
Can you please list the members of the band and what they each person
Steven D. Rice - Guitars
Dave Michael - Vocals
Henry Moreno - Drums
Elena Luciano-Repetto - Bass
How long has the band been together and what goals would you like to
achieve in the coming years with the band?
Since ‘94 and we’ll keep rockin’ until we just can’t stand
each other any more! HA!
In your opinion, what style of metal would you say best describes what
Bay Area Fuckin’ Power/Thrash!
Who have been some of your main influences?
Priest, Sabbath, King Diamond/Mercyful Fate, Bay Area Thrash, Prog-Metal,
etc. We have tons of influences and it somehow get reflected in our
Is your band currently signed to a record label?
NO! Well we licensed our last CD to Massacre in Europe and WW3 here
in the States, but we’ve never officially been signed to a label……………go
Are you currently looking for a label or distribution?
Sure. We’ll see what happens with the next CD.
Have you contributed work to other compilation CDs?
Not original stuff, just a couple cover tunes for WW3 Sabbath and
Where did you hear about this compilation?
I think EvilG emailed us regarding this asking for an unreleased tune
and a lot of money for the privilege…………just joking G!
Why did you choose this compilation to get your music to potential fans?
Well Metal Rules has been a big supporter of the band in the past and
we wanted to be a part of this because we think the site is fantastic
and needs the support to carry on.
Besides your song, what is the best feature of the Metal-Rules
compilation and why?
A great collection of bands that need to be heard by those that may
never be exposed to the artist on this level.
Why did you choose this particular song for the compilation?
Because it sucks! No seriously, it was a tune that we didn’t release
on the last CD and we didn’t have anything new that was up to snuff
recording wise so we decided to go with this tune. It’s kinda of a old
school thrasher so it still fits our style.
Where did you record the song & who wrote it and produced it?
The song was written by Dave (vocals) and myself. We recorded it in
April 2000 at Prairies Sun Recording in Cotati CA. for the And So It
Burns sessions. Uwe Lulis, formerly of Grave Digger, engineered and mixed
it with the band and Uwe taking credit for producing it. It was a tune
that we feel at the time just didn’t fit the CD. Maybe we made a
Would you say that your song on this compilation representative of all
Somewhat. It’s more of our thrash side and we really have a lot
more diversity than this tune shows but that’s what albums are for.
What is your song "Demonite" on this compilation about and what was the inspiration
Well from what I can tell Dave wrote it about the usual stuff like
killing people etc. I know that’s very un-metal, but we wanted to do
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?
It’s the only recorded tune we had hangin’ around that’s never
been released. How’s that for honesty? HA!
What kind of expectations do you have towards this particular
compilation? What do you hope to gain by being featured?
The least that can happen is reaching a few more potential fans. That
and the opening slot for the Priest reunion would be cool.
Are you hoping this might help you in some
way gain the kind of exposure that may lead to a label picking you up?
Well we’ll probably have labels saying “Will these fuckin’ guys
ever quit?!” Most labels know who we are since they’ve gotten a few
CD’s from us in the past. HA!
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?
Absolutely. I know for a fact that this will help most of the bands
What do you think of compilation CD’s overall?
I like them. Hey, that’s how I found out about a lot of bands and if
it works for me.
What kinds of things should a compilation feature in order to make it
worth purchasing and what makes a compilation worthwhile?
Hopefully some good bands. The usual stuff that sells CD’s, killer
art, good bands, good production etc.
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?
Well a couple off the top of my head would be Enertia (killer New York
State US style Power Metal Band) and Silencer (Thrash) from Colorado.
Would you be interested in sacrificing another song for “Metal-Rules.com
- Vol. II” if the opportunity presented itself?
Sure……….now G about the $$$$$$$$$$$ HA!
Where can people order your other recorded material?
Most record stores and online retailers have our last CD And So It
Burns and we can sell them direct a long with our older CD’s from
our site - www.imagikametal.com.
What are your band’s upcoming battle plans?
We’ll start recording early next year (early 2003) for the new CD to be titled
Fallengod. We’re presently working on a lot of material that we
have recorded demo wise to pick the final tunes for the CD.
Do you have any live dates coming up that you’d like to list here?
No. We will take a break from the live scene until the new CD is done
Imagika pictures used by permission
- Thanks guys!!