Interview Conducted By Robert Williams
Videography Courtesy Of Sandra Torres
An Excerpt From The Interview…
Perpetual Flame will be released on October 14th here in the States, and with the awe inspiring vocals of Ripper Owens joining forces with yourself, in my opinion, the greatest guitar player to ever live, it promises to be one of your strongest effort to date. What would you like to tell your fans about the new album?
Well, I think that it’s very exciting, you know? I think that it all came together…It took me a long time because when I started writing the songs, was a while ago, and I went into the studio to record the live drums and then I went on tour. Then I came back and I did some more guitars and bass and went on tour again. So it wasn’t done start to finish, and as I was doing this I started realizing because I write the songs with the lyrics and everything…I write the whole thing and I start hearing things in my head. Which were…I need a new singer. So hooked up with Tim, who tried out first, (he) turned out to be extremely good. I’m very happy.
You and Ripper had worked together before on a cover of "Mr. Crowley" for an Ozzy Osbourne tribute album. Did you guys keep in touch over the years?
Well, just very, very like loosely, you know? I was busy with my thing and he was doing his thing. It really worked out very well, this whole…the stars aligned.
You worked with Roy Z on this album who has previously produced for Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson. What was it like working with Roy Z?
Well, he came in to mix, you know…because I engineered and produced the album from the beginning because I have the luxury of owning two studios so i could just do whatever I wanted to.
I’ve always found it important for me to have a different set of ears when the mix comes. He came in and was really good. I like him we had a great time. It was awesome.
Back in July you landed the cover of Guitar World and in the interview (in that issue) you disclosed that 39 songs had been recorded for Perpetual Flame, yet only twelve make it on to the disc. What are you going to do with all of that unreleased material?
They’re gonna come out soon.
Maybe for the next album?
Yep. There’s a bunch of more cool stuff.