Sebastian Bach

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Interview With Sebastian Bach
Interviewed December 1999 by EvilG

With 22 million albums sold world wide, Sebastian Bach is not the most humble of metal gods. However, he was a very funny guy to talk with and the rumors are true – this guy is always on eleven!  for anyone who thinks that a singer like Sebastian Bach has no place in a metal webzine like “Metal Rules!!” then I feel sorry for you because Sebastian has one of the best voices in metal. Put a song like “Slave To The Grind” up against any glam band it it totally obliterates it. This style of music is continued on Bach’s new CD “Bring ‘Em Bach Alive” which features 5 new tracks (one written with and recorded with Wolf Hoffman of Accept fame) and 11 live tracks of some of Skid Row’s best material. I got the honor of chatting with Baz on a Sunday afternoon in early December. What follows is a discussion about his new band and CD, his departure from Skid Row along with a loads of other stuff. Bach is BACK – read on and enjoy! 

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Breaker – Mark (drums) & Jim (vocals)

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Mark Klein (drums) & Jim Hamar (vocals) of
Breaker

Interviewed December, 15, 1999 by Waspman

As we hurtle towards the Millennium, it seems that an ever-increasing number of bands are looking backwards to the 80′s for inspiration. One need only look at the current Hammerfall craze for a perfect example of this. At the same time, it seems that many bands from the 80′s are trying to capitalize on this resurgence of “true” metal and reforming to show these new whipper-snappers a thing or two.

There were a number of metal hotbeds in the 80′s (Los Angeles and the Bay Area immediately come to mind), but one that was generally overlooked was Cleveland. Yes, Cleveland. Bands such as Shok Paris, Purgatory, and Destructor all made waves in the halcyon days of “true” metal. However there was one band that stood out, even then. Taking their name from both a classic Accept song and album, this band broke out quick and fast and then seemingly disappeared just as quickly. That band was, and is, Breaker. Having recently reformed because of the constant demands from their loyal European fanbase, Breaker are back to kick your teeth in and blow your eardrums. What’re you gonna do about it?

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Lars Ratz of Metalium

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Metal Rules!! Interview With Lars Ratz of Metalium

By EvilG, December 1999

Metalium are getting a lot of press on this side of the pond thanks to the fact that Chris Caffery from Savatage is one of the members in the band. However, the main-brain behind Metalium is bassist and founder Lars Ratz. The band are currently writing the second part of the story that began with “Millennium Metal Chapter One.” Lars seems to be a nice enough guy despite his critical comments about my less than thorough knowledge of Accept…oh well at least we were forgiven… :-)

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Thomas G. Warrior – Celtic Frost/Apollyon Sun

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Metal Rules!! Interview with Tom G. of Celtic Frost (this picture is totally classic!)

Interview With Thomas Fisher (aka Thomas Gabriel Warrior) of Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun

Interview By EvilG, November 1999

Ask any fan of extreme metal what bands pioneered the scene and you’ll get a mixture of responses…Venom, Possessed, Kreator, Bathory etc., etc.. Many (myself included) look to Celtic Frost. They were the first band I heard who were so extreme. They were also the first band I had heard who who combined this extremity with female vocals and orchestrational elements. Thus emerged a unique blend of metal, doom, and what can only be called Celtic Frost. At the beginning you couldn’t compare this band to anyone, that’s how original and different they were! Yes it was grounded in metal but it wasn’t what I personally was used to. Seeing them for the first time in the “Circle of The Tyrants” video was what really got me into the band.

Unfortunately, as the band made it’s way into the 90′s something went awry. By April 1993 the band had packed it in. Now with the proper re-release of Celtic Frost’s back catalog (minus Cold Lake) we have the opportunity to reflect back on what Celtic Frost was and what their contribution to the metal community has been. Rumors about a possible reunion and a new album have been circulating…and guess what? – There is truth behind these rumors! Read on and find out about Celtic Frost and Apollyon Sun (Tom’s new band). 

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Pat Reyes of Dali’s Dilemma

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Metal Rules!! Interview with Pat ReyesPat Reyes of Dali’s Dilemma

Interviewed in November 1999, by Steve

 

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Moonspell Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Moonspell - the interview

Moonspell Vocalist Fernando Ribeiro
Interviewed in October 1999 by EvilG

Moonspell are one of those bands that your either get – or you don’t. For me it has been a gradual process. They are the type of band that grows on you with each listen. Their moody dark form of metal is best listened to when in a pensive mood and with an open mind. I first heard Moonspell on their CD “Irreligious.” After repeated listens they really started growing on me. This is different from most of the other metal I listen to but it’s also refreshing because you cannot compare Moonspell to anybody. They are their own band with their own style firmly rooted in METAL. 

When I was given the chance to speak to Moonspell’s lead vocalist, Fernando Ribeiro, I was quite excited. I knew the guy was deep and complex, as  reflected in Moonspell’s lyrics, so I knew I was in for an interview which would probably be unlike most others. I was right.

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HANKER’s Drummer Luc

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

HANKER Interview
Hanker – Canada’s Best Kept
True Metal Secret Exposed!

Interviewed in Nov. 1999 by EvilG

If you haven’t heard about Canada’s Hanker, you soon will. It wasn’t until only a few months ago that we actually heard them and we were surprised that they haven’t been snatched up by one of the bigger labels. I do think however that with the right break, these guys will become a band that most of you will hear about and if you haven’t – here’s perhaps your first chance to do so.

We are pleased to present you with this interview with Hanker’s drummer Luc. We’d like to thank Rejean, Hankers manager, for setting this up for us, and thanks to Pierre the man behind www.hankermetal.com, and of course Luc and the rest of the guys in Hanker! 

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Chuck Schuldiner of DEATH

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Chuck Schuldiner: The pain of a genius

Interviewed in September 1999 by Patricia Renda

A few months ago, we received a memo from Nuclear Blast saying that, for everybody’s amazement, Chuck Schuldiner, the leader of the world’s most important death metal band, was about to begin a series of treatments against a brain tumor, discovered right after the end of the recordings of Control Denied’s CD -  his other band apart from Death. During August, after wishing his best and his full recover, we were lucky to be one of the twenty magazines around the world to receive the Control Denied CD, entitled "The Fragile Art of Existence", enclosed with a proposal to interview Chuck himself. We surely couldn’t let this opportunity to talk to him slip through our fingers. After all, we wanted to know how things are and wish him the best of luck personally. Here’s what happened during this cheerful interview. 

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Jon Drenning of Crimson Glory

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Crimson Glory

Jon Drenning of Crimson Glory
Interviewed in October 1999 By EvilG

Many people haven’t forgotten Crimson Glory and for those who think their place in the history of metal was insignificant then I suggest you look deeper. Crimson Glory’s first two CD’s have influenced many newer bands riding the progressive / power metal wave today. On the eve of the North America release of their CD “Astronomica” I was given the honor of talk with Jon Drenning of Crimson Glory. Read on and discover what the band’s plans are for the new millennium and why they have returned to the metal arena once again. 

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Nalle Osterman, Drummer For Gandalf

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Nalle Osterman, Drummer For Gandalf
Interviewed in October 1999 by EvilG

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SOD: Billy Milano

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

SOD: The Stormtroopers of Death Interview With Billy Milano


Interviewed in September 1999
by David Lee and Jinny Jerome

In most quarters it is definitely not to your advantage to act like a moron unless, of course, that is what you do best.  No collection of individuals has ever surpassed the heights (depths?) of moronic behavior as the collective known as the STORMTROOPERS OF DEATH or SOD if you also suffer from attention deficit disorder as well as retardation.  SOD, fearing that the current crop of retarded rap-rockers may take on the mantel created and reserved for SOD have revived the old act and issued a new manual, if you will, for retardation and have called it “BIGGER THAN THE DEVIL.” 

“BIGGER THAN THE DEVIL” boasts such thought candy as “The Crackhead Song,” “The Song That Don’t Go Fast,” “King At The King / Evil Is In” and “Frankenstein and His Horse.” Please, don’t think that this bunch doesn’t know the line between stupid and clever because they can obviously package it all up and get scads of like minded idiots to sing along to every track on this as well as their first “masterpiece” of fifteen years ago, “SPEAK ENGLISH OR DIE.” The most intriguing aspect of SOD is that despite every contrivance their cross of heavy metal and hardcore punk is by far the best attempt at the meld.   A listener could easily be forgiven if he began to take the whole thing seriously, that is, until the group announces the next number and the joke is revived to its full gut busting splendor.  With years of experience handling the controversy over lyrics and public statements on various issues the group’s only real enemy would seem to be indifference.  In the ongoing battle to fight this indifference frontman Billy Milano phoned us up and relayed his thoughts on why SOD is still both relevant and irreverent.  By the end of our conversation it was obvious the joke was on me for Milano is no dummy at all, far from it. Still, you and I should do all we can to forget that the man is actually a well spoken and  accomplished businessman so as to let the music have its full effect. In-excelsior-retardo!

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Borislav Mitic

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

An Interview With Canada’s (imported) Guitar God – Borislav Mitic

Interviewed in August 1999 by EvilG

Yugoslavian guitarist, Borislav Mitic has immigrated to Canada thereby putting Canada on the guitar god map with his debut CD for the now legendary Shrapnel label. Still virtually unknown to the masses, Borislav’s unique blend of cultural influences with his Yngwie-like shredding capability will no doubt make a huge impact on fans of heavy instrumental guitar music. I was lucky enough to speak with Borislav at length concerning his guitar playing, music and about Yugoslavia. For me it was quite an interesting interview.

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Charles Rytk?nen, vocalist for Lefay (formerly known as Morgana Lefay)

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Charles Rytk?nen, vocalist for Lefay (formerly known as Morgana Lefay)
Interviewed in July 1999 by EvilG

Lefay - Tony, Robin, CHARLES, Micke, Peter

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Nocturnal Rites – Nils Norberg

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Nocturnal Rites – Nils Norberg
Interviewed in July 1999 by David Lee

Of all the bands flowing forth from the Northland few have as successfully captured the spirit and intensity of melodic Heavy Metal as NOCTURNAL RIGHTS. Since their inception in 1990 the group has steadily climbed the industry rungs until they have reached their present position as one of the finest bands on the up and coming Century Media Records roster. With label mates as diverse in influence and presentation as SKINLAB, ICED EARTH and STUCK MOJO, NOCTURNAL RIGHTS should find it challenging to get the requisite attention that is needed to continue their climb. They are prepared and willing as say as much on their latest effort, “THE SACRED TALISMAN.”

The duel of metal guitars comes as close to overblown as any band dare get without sacrificing the melody. Keyboards that are slight yet vital to the overall mix and classic hard rock vocals round this band and show that they are worthy of rolling along the same path as their forefathers in IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST and HELLOWEEN. Exciting and new yet every note is familiar and comfortable.

Nils Norberg set his guitar down for about a half an hour recently and filled us in on what the band expects to achieve and what the fans can in their turn expect from NOCTURNAL RIGHTS in the coming century.

Nocturnal Rites

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Janick Gers of Iron Maiden

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Janick Gers of Iron Maiden
Interviewed in July 1999 by David Lee

Janick - Live

It is not as though IRON MAIDEN haven’t blazed plenty of trails across the heavy metal landscape already. One might think that selling upwards of fifty million records and redefining a genre when it was starting to sag around the middle was more than meeting the heavy metal call to arms, one might think this but, only when the subject is other than the beast that is IRON MAIDEN. Though they would be quick to tell you that they never really left, MAIDEN is back and more powerful than anyone could have ever conceived.

A PC video game, “ED HUNTER,” is this summers reason to wake band mascot Eddie from his slumber not to mention the army of stage hands and crew that it takes to stage a MAIDEN event. The game itself is built completely around the world of MAIDEN and visits all the famous scenes capes from the classic album covers. Thugs throwing bottles at you as you shoot the popup portraits of the band and even Eddie himself, all to the music of IRON MAIDEN. Strictly family entertainment me thinks! A bit less violent and the real focus of what MAIDEN does are the twenty “Greatest Hits” as chosen by the fans via the MAIDEN web site. Pure capitalistic democracy in action here on this three CD release Janick Gers has ridden the MAIDEN beast for the last decade of its being and has given fans their moneys worth on both album and stage, now he is part of what can only be described as a heavy metal guitar army. Along with fellow axe wielders, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith, Gers has engineered a faster, broader and meaner MAIDEN that is currently huffing and puffing its way across America and soon, Europe. By Spring of next year there should be a new album featuring the beefed up six man lineup of Gers, Smith, Murray, bassist Steve Harris drummer Nicko McBrain and the most popular MAIDEN mouth, Bruce Dickinson. What more could the metal world ask for? And lest you be fooled into thinking this is just some quick cash scheme masquerading as a “reunion”, well, get thee to a show and then you will witness a sizable chunk of metal’s past glory as well as a glimpse into a very exciting metal future. Janick was kind enough to sit and chat before the mighty MAIDEN’s Detroit gig.


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