Interview With King Fowley
Intro and interview by Luxi Lahtinen
When generally talking about some of the most devoted, honest and dedicated guys in the
whole metal scene who have always had something going on for metal music, there´s one
name that kind of always pops in my mind nearly indelibly. And that´s King Fowley, the
mastermind behind such bands as Deceased, Doomstone, and October 31. All
are different bands
musically. King is such a guy who literally lives whole-heartedly for metal; he knows what
metal is and means for him and may be or mean for others, but believe me he doesn´t care
a slightest as he certainly knows where he is coming from. And I could even say that I
have got a pretty good picture from him during all these years we have been in touch to
each other, since 1988 up to this very day. 16 long years...
A little while ago I got this idea to suggest to King whether he would like to open up
for Metal-Rules.com a little bit and tell what has been going on his life during these
last 6 months or so, kind of like trying to cover his current activities with his bands at
least, talk about his label activities especially with Old Metal Records and a ´rotten´
business side of music industry which has, more or less, always been involved in this
business in one way or the other.
And as King is known as a guy who always speaks up his mind loud and clear, bringing
out his strong but absolutely honest opinions about certain things, this time didn´t make
an exception either... ;)
The ´King of Metal´ is amongst us again, full of new energy and ready to unleash one
hell of a beast from himself once again... uglier, louder and more twisted than ever
before, whatever ´signal´ that may send to you, ha-hah!! But shall King be unleashed
Hello there my old metal brother! How are you doing these days? Life´s keeping you
somewhat busy lately or what, eh?
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS INDEED!!! Busy doing new albums by Deceased, October 31, preparing new
Doomstone music, playing in my basketball league, getting out and playing tons with
October 31 lately!! A lot going on...!! Trying to take care of myself and my health as
well. It´s a looong day, but a rewarding one! Cheeers...!!
Deceased started out as a ´deathrashing´ band, but from album to album you have
been sucking more the NWOBHM -influences into your sound. Would you say that has been
quite inevitable since all of you in the band are more of less big fans of such NWOBHM
bands as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Saxon, Black Sabbath and so on? So getting some these
influences out of the NWOBHM -thing into the sound of Deceased was about to happen
I think we´ve grown as a band like any other band would after almost 20 years
together. We´ve always had ´hints´ of old-school from day one. Listen to March of
the Cadavers or parts of Mentally Ill from our first demo in 1986.
Pieces of our songs had tons of old-school ideas. We grew up on that stuff as much as the
more vicious Slayer, Kreator, Voivod, Speed Metal stuff... We have just correctly learnt
to write and play it through the years. The ´hardest´ and best part of it to me is
keeping it ´vicious´ and ´Deceased´ yet allowing the traces of melody and guitar solos
to work within our ´sound´. And for us... it does!! The new material is staying within
our realm, but it´s really got an edge to it! I´m very pleased with this band´s sound
and style. We don´t ´cater´ to anyone´s needs, but our own. We formed this band to
play music we wanna play.
You have always been known as a really hard-working and determined guy in the metal
scene who is always having some ´projects´ going on. This month will see a release a
Deceased CD titled LEGIONS OF ARRGGGHHHH on Columbian Trauma Records which is strictly
limited to 500 copies only. The CD itself features demo songs from the FEARLESS UNDEAD
MACHINES and SUPERNATIONAL ADDICTION albums, added with some live tracks. According to its
very limited edition, this is mainly done for the most hardcore Deceased -fans, I assume?
Indeed...!! I´m shocked and happy at how many people email and ask me constantly if
there´s 'lost' demo tracks or unreleased material ´floating´ around in our vaults. And
there of course is!! From time to time we make it available on CD for all to hear. I know
being a huge freak for certain bands myself I love to hear/collect ´lost relics´ or
different recordings/versions of songs by a band I enjoy listening to.
Do you have demo versions available for the THE BLUEPRINT FOR MADNESS album
available somewhere and do you have any intentions to release them as a separate CD
sometimes in the future, too?
There´s some non-vocal demos somewhere!! It really is a ´lost´ demo for me; I´ll
ask the other guys! We recorded it in a guy´s basement studio just for fun. Warhead
Studios it was called... I would love to release them in time. As a matter of fact soon on
Thrash Corner Records will surface a new remastered/remixed version of the LP. I'm
supposed to go in in April and do this studio work for it. It should be interesting. A
song called A Dose of Reality has never seen the light of day. It´s an
instrumental Thrash piece; I love it!! There´s also a pre-LUCK OF THE CORPSE 8-track demo
we did, featuring 5 songs on it. Feasting on Skulls, Psychedelic
Warriors, Industrial Tumor, Fading Survival and
Terrifying Spectres. A horrid quality, but still ´interesting´ I´d say...
That will surface soon, too!! Also finally THE EVIL SIDE OF RELIGION demo on CD with a
live show as well from the 80´s. Looked for this on Curse Records; the label who brought
you THE RADIATION YEARS demo on CD.
Malt Soda Records from the States just released kind of Deceased´s own tribute CD
to the Punk Rock scene, ROTTEN TO THE CORE, containing 18 cover songs out of some classic
Punk/Hardcore songs from Ramones to Plasmatics to Dead Kennedys, etc.. Who actually got
you convinced that it would be a great if you guys recorded a bunch of some of your
favorite songs from that genre which eventually would be put out on one CD? What do you
overall think of the final result as it´s out now? How have other people´s response been
Man, for me this was a BLASTTTTTTTTT!!! I just love old Punk/Hardcore from the 80´s!!
And we grew up playing and listening to that as well!! It´s the speed factor that
´grabbed´ us! The fuck off to 'P.C.' society stance of Punk Rock!! We used to cover
Suicidal Tendencies, Ramones, and D.R.I. songs in the 80's at gigs. What happened was we
were asked to be on a D.R.I. tribute CD. Of course we did this!! We recorded
Madman. Scooter at Malt Soda liked our sound and ideas and asked me if we´d
do a single of a few Punk songs. Well, I couldn´t narrow it down to 3-4 songs only, so we
made it a CD. In 2003 the band learnt the songs and on a shoe-string budget we went and
recorded them at Oblivion Studios. It´s raw and powerful... fast and intense!! We´re
pleased as hell!! The 'response' has been great so far!! Seed is speed and a lot of the
material is 'Thrash -based' anyway. It works well in our psyche. Damn pleased for doing
for the entire album; vocals in 1 hour and 12 minutes flat!! Time/money budget wasn´t
gonna hold us back in the slightest!! Turn the amps on and LET'S
Also the same label is supposed to put out a Deceased DVD in March 2004. What will
it contain precisely?
Tons of live footage, fun footage, studio goofiness, your usual ´zany´ antics of a
bunch of crazed metalheads over the years!! There´s gonna be commentary tracks as well...
J Scooter RULES!!!
AS THE WEIRD TRAVELS ON, your 5th full-length album and your debut on your new
label, Thrash Corner Records (out of Puerto Rico), should see the light of day in the fall
of 2004. How many songs have you managed to finish for it already and how many songs you
have an intention to record for it all in all? Will Thrash Corner Records release it as a
vinyl format as well and do you have any plans to put something extra for the vinyl
We have only 3 songs ´complete´, but it will all fall into place over the next few
months, I believe. Things are going really well now... we are ´in motion´! Having only 2
hours a week to get together and write/rehearse is a bummer, but we are ´grounded´ and
working hard now. It will be a ripper I assure you!! Some new tunes are Missing a
Pulse, Witness to Suspiria, Fright and The Funeral
Parlors´ Secret. As for vinyl it´s planned to come out on Metal War out of Philly.
We will probably do something special for the vinyl release. Of course it´s too early to
say yet... And speaking of vinyl, soon out FEARLESS UNDEAD MACHINES 2-LP gatefold on
Hell´s Headbangers label!! This will be the best vinyl release of Deceased to date!! Just
an amazing packaging!! Give it about 2 months and it´ll be out in May!!
What made you signing a deal with Thrash Corner Records in the first place? What did
Ray, the owner of the label, offer you in that particular record contract that other
labels´ contacts lacked as I assume you did get quite a few offers from some labels
Friendship, honesty and a sincere working arrangement. I have known Ray for some time
and he´s the genuine deal. He has been a supportive friend for many years and has never
strayed or steered anyone in Deceased or mutual friends ´wrong´!! It´s people like him
that makes it a pleasure to do business with.
Could you even say that you have been progressing musically toward even more the
NWOBHM -sound than ever before - and those Death Metal parts in the Deceased -sound will
take a slightly smaller role than, let´s say on your previous album SUPERNATURAL
Well, what´s a ´Death Metal part´?! To me if it´s metal and hints or points to
´deathlike´ story lines and has the ´aura´ to go with it, then it´s Death Metal!!
I´m not this ´GRRRRRRRR vocals´ and ´down tuned guitars´ is the only kinda Death
Metal guy. I find more darkness and ´dread´ in a Cirith Ungol LP like KING OF THE DEAD
than any Obituary or Cannibal Corpse record ever offered me. Those bands are just guttural
and do it differently. For Deceased we like to give the song/style a sound, storyline and
just attack and go with it!! ´Haunting´ vibe is always good...!! Morbid and downright
´deathlike´ music is what Deceased try and portray most of the time. Sometimes it´s
just ´heads down Thrash, too! That´s another ´angle´ we love.
Did you leave Relapse Records in good terms with the label´s staff members even if
you didn´t want to make a new contact with them?
Pretty much so... There´s a few ´quirks´ I´m not happy about, tho. But that was the
reason we left. They play a different tone too often. You just have no idea how much
hypocrisy and ´broken promises´ we´ve been handed... Yeah, Relapse believed when others
didn´t and we thank them for that. But ´shady´ promises and poor contact with us was
the eventual loss of interest by us and 100% honest reason we ´upped and left´.
What do you honestly think of Relapse´s policy nowadays to sign all these so-called
´metalcore´ (Mastadon, Unsane, Disfear, etc.) bands nowadays that all have more or less
a very modern sound and in fact have less to do with the classic Relapse -stuff that they
had in their back catalogue with bands like Incantation, Amorphis, Repulsion, Morgion,
Human Remains, etc.)?
Either their tastes totally ´changed´ overnight or their bank account leads their
decision making nowadays. Couldn´t tell ya´! I know their roster has gotten trendier and
trendier over time. I can remember Matt hating Dying Fetus´ music 110%, ha-hah!! Sell a
few records and that takes no care anymore, I guess. But that´s their label - and not
mine. Relapse does what they wanna do.
Do you find it harder and harder to top yourself as a song writer, being that kind
of a person who has this inborn yet enormous strive for some sort of perfection all the
Yes...!! I´m a total perfectionist with the Deceased music personally. We all
´create´ the songs and I´m proud to see everyone involved. But I do ´arrange´ the
song structures and kinda ´lead´ the band as a ring leader of sorts. Someone just has
to, ha-ha!! I´m usually the one who yells and screams and fights for songs to ´evolve´
more and more. I can be the one whose ´hated´ by the band one minute for just speaking
out loudly and often, ha-ha!! To me Deceased are one of the most top-notch music bands
around when we can get together and ´craft´ it out. It´s not ´bragging´; it´s
something we have worked for over our almost two decade existence. And I´m proud to hear
new Deceased albums/songs, too!! We´ve got a lot to offer, just gotta keep striving to
´better´ our attack. It can never be ´the best it can be´, y´know. We´re family
first and foremost!!
Which is that Deceased album for you of which you are most proud of and why indeed?
If I guessed, I would bet SUPERNATURAL ADDICTION is the one for you due to its most clear
and strong NWOBHM -influence on it. Just correct me if I´m wrong, sir Fowley?
Yep... that album ´sumps it up´ to me!! It´s got the best of all eras of Deceased!!
It´s melodic yet ripping!! Heavy, but ´sound´!! The production is much better for a
band always fighting for a decent recording budget. It was a great experience working with
simon Effimey, too!! He really pushed us and I loved that. Hope to work with him again. I
actually love all the songs/records for different reasons. And I hate things about them,
too!! That´s normal, I´d say.
What´s the least favorite Deceased album for you personally then and what are some
of those particular elements on it that make you dislike the album when comparing it to
some other Deceased albums?
It´s 13 FRIGHTENED SOULS for me. I don´t like my drumming on it one bit!! And I
don´t care for the ´mix´. It´s too ´plastic´ like sounding. It was rushed and
quickly spit out when Mike Smith joined the band. The songs are wayyyy better than what we
laid down!! I also whole-heartedly blame Relapse for their shit mastering skills on it.
We´ve just re-released the first 2 on 1 CD and I included ´pre-mastering´ versions of a
few songs. The guitars crunch much harder and the sound is way more ´us´. But people
seem to dig the hell out of this EP, so what do I know? It´s my personal opinion and
nothing more. I also am into more ´detailed´ records; more ´epic´ releases. Like
FEARLESS UNDEAD MACHINES and SUPERNATURAL... I love ´BIGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG' sounding
You played with Deceased at the Wacken festival in 2002 and I honestly have to say
you put through a hell of a show and your crowd seemed to enjoy your energetic set at
least as much as I did. How did you overall like your show at Wacken back then and what
kind of memories you may still have out of that ´ultimate German Heavy Metal
It was crazy to get up and thrash at 10 A.M.; I felt like my ´part years´ as a kid
still being awake the next morning, ha-hah-hah!! The crowd took to us and really
made it eventful!! To see that many people up at the crack of dawn for ´eggs, sausage and
Deceased breakfast´ was intense. I´m proud and happy for the other guys who also had to
´dream´ of playing in a big fest in Germany as a kid and reading Kerrang! And Metal
Hammer and hoping and wishing one day to be a part of it. Next time we tour the entire
countries over there. And get some ´Euro sluts´ going big time, ha-ha-ha
fest of Wacken was greatly organized and everyone on every level was genuinely ´nice´ to
us. We appreciate that!! Just amazing memories out of that
Do you have any live footage from that particular show that you even might put
available via www.deceasedmetal.com
which is kind of an unofficial Deceased site and run by a close friend of
Yes. We have the entire show shot from the side of stage. Some will surface on DVD for
sure!! And we hope in time to make ´TONSSSSS of Deceased shows´ from amny eras available
on limited DVD runs. Keep an eye out!! ;)
You live, breath, breed, eat, spit, shit, etc. metal 24 hours in a day, so I guess
it´s easy to say that you also consider yourself as a full-time metalhead. Can still you
remember what the first metal bands were for you musically that grabbed your attention
somewhat indelibly right from the beginning and made you what you are nowadays: A
metalhead and a highly appreciated member in one of the most original metal bands on
Well, cheers for the kind words!! It started with The Beatles as an infant. My aunt
said I took to their ´hooks´ and songs instantly. Kiss was my first love. The intensity
og Gene Simmons and the outrageous costumes
It was easy to get ´hooked´ as a kid
really!! Kiss had the songs, too!! Then it over time became Motörhead, Priest, Maiden,
etc. - not forgetting more ´Punk´ like bands like Plasmatics, Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols
and Ramones. It all turned into a ´ball of fire´ and I just rolled with the
´lifestyle´ back then. Drugs, beer, chicks
all of it, night after night after
night after night
It´s a fun ride!! You just gotta pace yourself and be ´wise´
for the long run, y´know.
How would you like Deceased to be remembered amongst metalheads when there´s no
more Deceased? What exactly could be the heritage you would like to leave for new
generations of Heavy Metal -fans?
honesty! Spoke our minds and never backed down from the
´corporate world´ out there who always wants to ´lead´ everyone into submission. As
musicians... we just did the best we could with the heart and soul of real music
supporters, always trying to move forward and yet stay ´grounded´ and sincerely a part
of the whole metal ride. Heritage to me and ´words to live by´ from us
just music for life!!
You also had you Doomstone -project some years ago that was musically inspired by
such bands as Venom, Mercyful Fate and Black Sabbath. The debut Doomstone full-length
album titled THOSE WHOM SATAN HATH JOINED was released on Italian Nosferatu Records in
1993 and the 2nd Doomstone album, SATANAVOID, was released on entire different label
called Tirade Records four years later, in 1997. Was this project kind of your answer to
the whole Black Metal genre how evil, sinister and
ugly metal can be made without having all that corpse paint and other
´gimmick thing bullshit´ being covered all over you?
I was personally sick to death of all the bullshit rock star trips, overpriced Black -
and White ´evil´ CDs and bands that we´re pouring out in the early 90´s. No substance,
lack of respect for others, and just a stupid demeanor in general. So we put it together
for fun and to personally ´mock´ these shitheads who ruin and clutter up the scene even
to this day. It´s a band with no real ´image´ except to play what we want, when we
want, and to be outrageous in interviews and just turn it all into a ´piss take´ in
response to these artsy-fartsy ´look at me´ types who put themselves above others and
wanted to be praised as geniuses. Pffffffttt
New record in 2005!! SATAN'S HORNS!!
Think about that
Root of All Evil Records also re-issued both of these two albums for some time ago
for one CD with some bonus tracks. How can they sell it out for such a cheap price; 10
bucks and postages? And how do you like the packaging on it, by the way?
I love it!! The packaging is great!! The chick in it is an old girlfriend, all dolled
up in white and all so ´virginal´, -ha-hah!! That was another attempt to ´mock´ the
sexy girls in Black Metal adds and all that comes out. The guys in Root Of All Evil
Records are good down-to-earth guys and we keep it cheap ´coz a CD should be!! They cost
less than $2 to make and another $1-3 to mail out anywhere in the world. So let´s all
move the music and not ´horde´ it for big dollars. It´s Doomstone for
!! Nothing more, nothing less
Were you also aware of the fact there exists a German band with the very same,
Doomstone? Have you ever heard of this other Doomstone by a chance?
Yes!! Saw them around at Wacken record shop, ha-hah!! Not much was said, tho. Do they
speak English?! I find it funny they use the same name. It´s kida cool and more ´
mockery´ of it all.
What´s your opinion of the whole Black Metal genre in general nowadays? Do you
think it´s more based on certain type of images than a true musicianship after all?
What do you think? There´s some good ideas from time to time. But the sound usually
leaves me bored or almost laughing at it and those making it! It´s one thing to be
immature as a band or musician. God knows I´ve been there growing up over the years!! But
these bands are almost always full of themselves. It´s just like a wrestling figure or
I don´t know! Give me old Venom, Mercyful Fate and that ´style´ of
Black Metal!! It´s dark, eerie and Heavy Metal!! That´s for me
Are there any Black Metal bands out there these days that you could honestly say
that has a good thing going on musically that have even gained your respect ´in your
unholy books of a recommended Black Metal exclusively by King Fowley´?
!! If so I ain´t heard them yet! Last Black Metal band I really
´adored´ was the Masters Hammer stuff!! RITUAL is awesome!! And that was at least 10
!! The stuff now is so ´kitchen sink´, trying to ´outdo´ and
´out-evil´ each other. It´s a truly lost fashion I say... Too busy wondering where to
take band pics then to write good evil music to release.
Have you ever had any plans to continue the Doomstone -saga and record yet another
Doomstone album? Or does this more or less belong to ´you-just-never-know´ category...?
Yep, we´ll be back!! Maybe do a single called IMMORTAL SUCKS!!!
READYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! Got a new singer, too. ´Southern Evil
´ a demonic
lunatic if ever there was one! Gonna be strange music I assure you. Way off, of course!!
Gotta keep them ´guessing´, ha-hell-hah!!
October 31 is without doubts one of those bands that should make you proud of
yourself what you are as a Heavy Metal fan, being a part of a true sounding metal band
that has dragged its sound back to the very roots of early Heavy Metal sound. I assume
that for you being as a part of October 31 has pleased you at least as much as being a
part of your main band Deceased, knowing how much you love the old-school Heavy Metal
!! And it´s less pressure! Easy song arrangements and styles
happened by luck and I´m sooo happy it did!! First band I´ve ever gotten to get out and
just ´sing´ for. My original plan as a kid was to ´just sing´. Now I am
What are in your opinion some of the best totally underrated true Heavy Metal bands
that could have deserved to be recognized a bit more than they ever did and even made it
big some day just because they whole-heartedly would have deserved it?
Griffin, Black Death, Ostrogoth, Cutty Sark, Acid, Warlord, Tyrant (US), Bitch, Brocas
Helm, Bloodlust (U.S), Batallion (from Germany), Sound Barrier, Witchcross, Wild Dogs are
Lots of great only 1 album ´bands´ that sadly couldn´t stay afloat amongst
a raging sea of bands and all!! But these mentioned had great songs to me and that means a
lot!! 20+ years alter and I´m still cranking them all and singing along.
You once emailed me a link to a new October 31 song called Powerhouse.
Obviously that song will be included for the next October 31 release titled NO SURVIVORS
that you will released on your own label Battlezone Records... just correct me again if
Thrash Corner will release the new LP, bro! And yep, it´s the lead off track on the
new record. Fast and ripping opener!! Fast as a Shark type thing... A few
other new song titles are Misfortune, Back Alley Murders and
What Waits Beyond?. Look for it later this year!! Metal Blade is not the same
label it once was. I was proud to have been courted by for October 31. They asked us to
sign and that´s always a good thing, ha-hah!! It was fun to say: We did an album
for Metal Blade.... I personally grew up on that stuff. Demon Flight, Lizzy Borden,
Trouble, Warlord, Thrust, Slayer, Fates Warning, Metal Massacre -series, etc. ... It felt
right to do it at the time. Then over time it didn´t feel right anymore. We can sell more
records actually from them. I wish them well... Andreas and Mike Trengart were good to us.
What can your fans expect from the 3rd October 31 album and what are your own
expectations from it?
No ´sassy´, Heavy Metal ´lite´ that seems to own metal nowadays...!! We put the
heavy back in metal!! It´s got the songs I believe and it´s got a good heavyyy vive to
it!! We try to and give ´edge´ to metal!! Rough it up some... The songs we´ve written
are damn good and I´m very proud of the band.
Are there any drastic changes song-wise between your previous album and this
forth-coming album, NO SURVIVORS? If there were some, what would be the most drastic ones
then? Or is the recipe pretty much same for you as it has always been on October 31
releases; pure and straight Heavy Metal from start to finish - no more or no less?
Just trying more than ever to get better songs and even catchier choruses without
losing the ´edge´. Maybe something along the lines of the mighty Jag Panzer AMPLE
DESTRUCTION era sound...! Melodic yet heavy... Loud, but memorable!! Catchy yet intense!!
Maybe if anything it´s gonna be better recorded and more aggressive than ever before!! We
King´s Labels: With Your Teeth Records
On this label you released f.ex. the highly successful MIDNIGHT OFFERINGS
compilation CDs; part I in 1992 and part II two years later, in 1994), both CDs containing
underground Death Metal acts from the States only. You basically wanted to release those
CDs to give some new US (Death) Metal bands a first shot as like you put it by
yourself, every band has to start from somewhere?
Yep...!! I was trying to ´better´ the scene with some then up´n´comers. I noticed
over time some of these bands weren´t cool and bullshitters in disguise and some were
really off to bigger and better things down the road. Typical compilation trappings...!!
And early record label ideas that worked out in a ´naïve´ sorta way. There´s also a
MIDNIGHT OFFERINGS #3, bro! It was fun and a learning experience. There was also AND THE
SCENE GOES ON - VOLUMES 1. and 2. which was a few else bands with a few more songs each.
What was your idea to release ...AND THE SCENE GOES ON... compilation CDs (Part 1.
& Part 2.) back then? Were they possibly some sort of continuations to MIDNIGHT
OFFERINGS comp. CD in one way or the other?
Just to get to hear more than one song by a certain band! Give you a few ´tastes´ of
their style and not get ´trapped´ by hearing one song that may or may not be their
better ´cut´ and to your ´liking´.
If I remember correctly, weren´t you planning to release Finland deathsters
Demigod´s UNHOLY DOMAIN demo as a 7 E.P. via this particular label as well?
Yep...!! I had a lot of dreams!! I wish I had a lot of money to go with it, ha-ha!!
Finances sucked a lot of dreams into the void!! L Ha-ha-hah...!!
What other releases did you plan to release on With Your Teeth back in the day? Some
Immolation and Dr. Shrinker demos
Don´t remember that dream... ha-ha-hah!! But anyway, stuff like live Napalm Death
singles, pain Eater from Florida, Nokturnal from N.J., Human Remains LP, etc. - just all
kinds of stuff!! I dreamt a lot, ha-ha!!
What killed this label then? Did you become more and more involved with the
activities with Deceased at that time, so the label simply had to go?
Lack of money really! It was sadly all about not having coin to move on. So I put the
label to rest. I have thought of possibly releasing Corpus Rottus and Abominog LPs on CD 2
on 1. WITH YOUR TEETH REMEMBERED again, there I go dreaming, ha-hah!! I was gonna put out
´outakes´from bands and call it ´cavities´, ha-ha-ha-ha
Old Metal Records
I personally think this particular label was a really great underground label in
which you concentrated on kind of re-releasing some of the rare and long
out-of-the-print albums as a CD-format, adding even some bonus tracks into some of them.
Can you recall when you actually decided to start Old Metal Records and what was your 1st
release and last released on the label? Also how many releases did you put out on that
label and what kind of editions you had for each release? As far as I can remember many of
the releases on Old Metal Records were limited to 500-600 copies only and therefore they
were sold out quite quickly?
It started with a Cirith Ungol live single. I wanted for so long to put it out, so I
did! It wasn´t ´legit´ and I was lucky the band contacted me and was super cool and
happy about it!! I just wanted it out!! I began ´experimenting´ with bands and the label
to try and repress old ´forgotten Heavy Metal classics´ to me in a time where the world
was sucking up to shit bands like Alice in Chains and Nirvana. Metal was ´dead´ to a lot
of weak fucks!! Not me! I decided: Let´s put out Blessed Death CDs
let´s do a
Rat Attack record!! I don´t care what year it is! We may lose $$$, we may not!
Let´s goooo with it!! It caught on quick. Became a great ´distro´ to a lot of cool
metal fuckers the world over. It seemed to bring the heart beat back to a lot of them.
Most importantly, I felt good to be doing it!! The ´business´ side wasn´t exactly
´great´ all the time. I had to call bands and ask them if I put their records out on CD
and pay them back in not money, but copies of the CDs. Most were cool. A few changed tune
over time and fucked me over royally. Normal human nature again! I met some real cool cats
in Matt from Wild Dogs, Spacey T. from Sound Barrier, Victor from Laaz Rockit, Thomas from
Griffin, Mike from Sentinel Beast, the Iron Angel and Witchcross guys. Also Sal from
Cities. So it worked out!! Most are ´official´ through the bands and a few aren´t.
I´ll let you guess which aren´t at this point, ha-hah!! It got me to be a headache at
times ´coz the ´business´ was crazy and I met some truly complete hypocrites and liars.
And GREEEEEEEEEEEDY FUCKERS, too!! That made it slow down. But
now Old Metal Records
is BACK!! In 2004 we ruturn with Blessed Death DESTINED FOR EXTINCTION complete CD,
Satan´s Host METAL FROM HELL through the band and much more to come! So hang tight!! The
Old Metal releases varied and the most ever printed were 1,000 copies of stuff like Dr.
Mastermind and Laaz Rockit. Most were 500 runs by a few headbangers using mom´s credit
cards and photo shop computer gear, ha-hah!! Just nothing more, nothing less
Do you still have some of those Old Metal Records -releases left in your house -
even small quantities?
Very few left of any title! They were very limited, bro. I have 2 Sorcery, a few Liege
Lord´s FREEDOM RISE CDs, maybe a few Dr. Mastermind CDs as well. Dave´s Metal on eBay
has some quantity of a few ´out-of-print´ titles.
You obviously also had permissions to release all these old metal
releases (Laaz Rockit, Blessed Death, Sentinel Steel, Premonition, Griffin, Wild
Dogs, etc.) from each band via Old Metal Records as you were old friends with most of
these bands. Didn´t you have any trouble with any of the labels that originally put out
all this stuff a long time ago and most probably still had the legal rights to some of
this stuff that you, however, eventually to re-released on your own label Old Metal
Mike Varney got pissssed
!! He was so upset!! He had ´heard´ I´d have had
released 10,000 press of Wild Dogs CDs, ha-ha-ha!! The total amount was 500, man!! We
talked and I pulled the title after this ´cuz he got all ´legal´ with me. It was all
very stupid!! The bands were fine with it most of the time. Sadly their lives and records
were often signed away to corporate record companies who had ripped them off the first
time around and were trying to rip them off and ´kill them´ a second time, too. This
SUCKS!!!!!!!!!! If the bands were cool with it, then I was, too. I put my address, name
and # right on the releases. I wasn´t ´hiding´ nothing!! You´d laugh if told you some
of the words the bands had for their ´business´ dealings with some of these record
So what killed Old Metal Records eventually? A lack of worth releasing, good
old metal albums that were worth of your own attention, heh!
Jealous dickheads elsewhere who wanted to knock me anytime they coud! Calling me a
´bootlegger´ and some money hungry dude, ha-hah!! You try making ´BIGGGGGG´ money on
Xcursion or Griffin or Sound Barrier or most of my releases!! A few did quite well (Laaz
Rockit, Blessed Death, etc.), but most sat and sat and sat and I ended up trading for
other titles or selling them for like $5 postage paid. It was for the love of music!! Some
see/saw that, others still don´t see that. Funny how a few ´headaches´ and people who
´called me out´ back in the day are now totally ´under the radar´ doing countless
bootleg-CDs by all the ´cult´ metal bands everyone wants on disc these days. And
´hiding their names from it all!! So hypocrisy reigns on and on
Oh well, Old
Your first release on this new label of yours was the legendary thrashers Prime
Evil´s CD, carrying the title UNEARTHED that basically contained the whole catalogue of
the band´s past recordings from 1987 up to 1991. Where did you get the idea to release
all their classic stuff on one CD? How has the selling been for it thus far, by the way?
Sold pretty good actually!! Biggest booklet I´ve ever been involved with!! Mary from
the band is a long time friend of mine. She had it ready for another label who left het
´sitting´. So I was asked by her and we did it!! It RULES!! Battlezone was my more
´newer´ bands label I formed. Deceased played many a show with them in the heyday of
U.S. Thrash/Death Metal. I wish them all well
Then your next release on Battlezone Records followed relatively soon; Vyndykator´s
HEAVEN SENT FROM HELL that´s a pure Heavy Metal, led by Bob Mitchell (also in Attacker).
How did you discover this band in the first place? How has this album doing so far?
Actually this was to be the ´next´. I had to let it go due to my health and financial
troubles. It came out through a Greek label called Unisound. Great record!! By all means
pick it up!! My next release was Biovore´s SCIENTIFIC PROOF. Great Voivod/Bad
Brains/Accused -styled mayhem!! Just an amazing record
!! Super killer stuff!!! BUYY
THIS...!!! They licensed it to me off their own label. This made it ´cheap´ for me to
put out and within my ´price range´ of then. Then came the mini-CD by As We Destroy. A
great Thrash type band from Maryland! Think Bloodfeast and you´ve got it!! Even cover a
song by them. Ha-hah!!
Up next will be October 31´s new album waiting for its release. How does the
release schedule look like for that album at the moment; when it will be out on Battlezone
Thrash Corner will release it!! Later this year... I´d predict in October. Great month
for it, ha-ha!!
What other releases are you planning to release through Battlezone in the future?
Not sure, bro. It´s wayyyyyyyy off thought!! Concentrating more again on Old Metal
Records. But... you never know what will surface and where and when! Just keep an eye
Much for my surprise at least, you haven´t updated the site for Battlezone Records
for a damn long time. I just recently discovered that the latest news on this site is from
the May 2002?! So that makes me ask from you sincerely what´s the problem to keep the
I have never even seen it!! A friend of mine did it for fun eons ago!! What´s the
About some ´values´ of Heavy Metal
What are some of the most underrated bands metal bands in the metal scene in your
opinion right now?
Premonition, Soulless, King´s Evil, Black Widow, Frexon Zo, Blatant Dissaray, etc., to
name a few. Search their names on line! And check ´em out!!
What about the most overrated metal bands then that you think are just hyped too
much these days?
God too many!!! Hype owns the ´scene´!! Nevermore, Cradle of Filth, Arch Enemy,
Stratovarius, Dying Fetus, The Darkness (LAMEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!), etc. These
´name´ bands have little substance and not a lot for my ´taste´ in metal music.
What´s your favorite Heavy Metal -related quote that you have notice using quite a
lot when emailing to your friends, for example? Long Live for Metal...!!!
Simply ´Cheers...´, ha-hah!! I´ve been using that since 1985, bro, ha!
You are also a very known guy in every possible corner of the world for having one
of the largest private Heavy Metal collections that should make a great bunch of people
jealous. At what age did you buy your first albums for your collection and what bands were
they from? How many albums do you exactly have in your collection these days and can you
name some of your most previous gems out of it as well?
First LP ever bought was Kiss ALIVE 2 in 1977. First real ´metal´ LP was probably
Judas Priest´s POINT OF ENTRY in ´80. I have over 9,000 vinyls in my collection!! I´ve
scaled down some ´cuz a lot of it hasn´t ´aged´ well. Some gems are everything from
the Rods ROCK HARD to original Maiden SOUNDHOUSE TAPES single to stuff I personally love
like a Japanese pressing of Warlord´s DELIVER US with MRS VICTORIA on the wax as bonus
track. I worship that record!! I don´t care how ´rare´ stuff is, just how ´good´ it
Are there some specific (and very recommended as well!) local record stores around
there (or on the whole globe) that kind of consider you as one of their best customers as
you have brought a good fortune of money into their stores during all these past years? At
least I happen to know you have indeed been (or used to be) a very damn good customer to
German Hellion Records, he!
Ha-ha-ha... Hellion is shit to me anymore!! Jurgen is a scam artist and a piece of
human shit!! I hope he never sells or puts in his store another band I´m involved with.
I´d rather sell zero copies of product than deal with that human excrement!! He really
shit on me and a few friends big time a few years back at the store before Wacken!! He´s
a money guy, NOT a metal friend!! I hope his store burns down!! Hmmm...? Now there´s a
thought, hah!! Yeah, I know a lot of stores nationwide and I´m known as ´The King of
Metal´ to them only ´cuz my name is King and I collect a lot of metal, not ´cuz I
really am, ha-hah!!
What will happen youre your enormous collection when you have left this world
for good? Could you possibly draw up a will in favor of me if I left this world after you,
My son gets it all!! He is the future of metal!! He´s off to a flying start...!! He´s
just 14 and really knows his metal!! He just brought Crying Steel and Black Hawk records
this past weekend actually. Andy from Iron Glory Records in Germany was in the States and
was amazed at my son´s knowledge of metal music for 14 years old!! I LOVE my son!!!
Great kid and headed in the right direction of life!!
Ok, now let´s change roles for one moment: Ask me two Heavy Metal -related
questions and I´ll try to give you my best shot for both of them, so go ahead Kingy... ;)
King: Ok then, three hottest chicks ever in Heavy Metal are...?
Luxi: Uuuh... a tough one, but kind of out of the hat and in an alphabetical
disorder they ´might´ well be for me: Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil (she´s HOT...
she really is!!!), all the four chicks in Drain and Heidi Franks from Derketa who only was
a short while as a part of their line-up. So let´s see... that makes 6 all in all, he!
King: Who to you is the most important record in the history of Heavy Metal?
Luxi: Well, it was Priest´s Killing Machine that actually brought me
totally into the Heavy Metal music in 1978, so in that sense that record is very important
for me personally. But to answer to your question, I guess the most influential record in
the entire history of Heavy Metal, however, must be Black Sabbath´s self-titled debut
album that came out on Friday, February 13th, 1970. That album represents everything what
Heavy Metal is all about or at least that´s how I see it anyway.
King: Bonus command... You must send me the hottest pic of the best Finnish chick into
metal!! Shall this be your mission... ;)
Luxi: Already did... (see King´s comments from her: Ha-ha... I know her
she´s good! I was hoping for a 'lost gem', tho. Ha-ha!! Oh well...)
I guess it´s time to stop here and make the end for this massive interview with
you. First off, I wanna thank you King whole-heartedly for taking the time with my (at
least partly) insane questions and I hope you found this interview worth of your time.
Thanks again my old friend and may the last concluding words be your now...
Love ya bro!! You be well and hope to see you again sometime soon!! Maybe you can make
a U.S. trip in the near future!? (Luxi: Wish I could... L ) To all readings stay wild and
on top of it all... NEVER back down and NEVER end the fight for honest and sincere music!!
Look after your friends/families and always stay sincere to your heart!!
Band Website: www.deceasedmetal.com