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Imagika are represented
on this CD by the track "Demonite"

Contact Imagika at:
Imagika
P.O. Box 41
New Almaden CA. 95042
USA

E-mail: imagika@hotmail.com 
Web: www.imagikametal.com

IMAGIKA - Biography

Imagika were formed in 1994 by David Michael (vocals) and Steven D. Rice (guitars) through an advertisement in a SF Bay-area music paper, the duo then recruited drummer Henry Moreno (drums) and recorded a three-song demo the same year. Bassist Michael Dargis joined the band shortly thereafter as a second guitarist, but made the change to bass before the band's first live show. After numerous live appearances playing with such bands as Vicious Rumors, Forbidden, Machine Head, etc., the band recorded their self-titled debut CD in late '95 and released it in early '96 on Headless Corpse Records. Imagika's debut was heralded in the underground with worldwide exposure in the press, radio and the internet. Imagika was also chosen by BAM magazine as one of the best unsigned bands. Due to extensive European exposure, CLM/ABS Records licensed the CD and released it in Europe in August '97. The band then signed a worldwide management and publishing deal with Flying Dolphin in January '98. Their CD WORSHIP was recorded and the band signed a new deal with Headless Corpse Records who released the CD in October '98. The band received numerous press and radio exposure from this release and followed it up with a 10 date German tour opening for Grave Digger and Iron Savior where we got a chance to play to well over 5000 fans. Following this the band worked on a new album in 1999 entitled …AND SO IT BURNS. Engineering and production assistance was provided by Uwe Lulis (Grave Digger). ...AND SO IT BURNS was first released by Massacre Records then WWIII records released it in North America with bonus material. Recently the band found themselves a new bassist, namely the lovely Elena Luciano-Repetto. Currently the band is working on their follow-up album and we expect it to be yet another thrashterpiece!

Interview Introduction By EvilG

I've known about Imagika since that fateful day that the band sent me a copy of their first self-titled album back in 1997. From the second I heard the first notes of that album I was hooked. Their sound reminded me of classic thrash metal with great vocals, solos, drums, melodies, etc. Since 1997, this band has become one of my favorites and I've said many times they are the best "underground" metal band period. So when Imagika agreed to be on this compilation with no less than an unreleased track, I was stoked! 

Below, Imagika's guitarist, Steve Rice talks about the band, the compilation and their involvement.

Reviews: And So It Burns, And So It Burns (Demo 1999), s/t, Worship

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 your music?

I think both are a definite asset in helping fans reach bands like ourselves.

 

 

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 plays? 

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 you play?

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 music.

 

 

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 figure!

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 Metallica comps.

 

 

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 mistake………..HA!

 

 

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

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 behind it?

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 something different………HA!

 

 

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 on it.

 

 

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

 

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