Testament’s Eric Peterson

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Testament’s Eric Peterson
Interview By EvilG in 1999

Eric Peterson is one of the founding members of Testament. On June the 8th Testament release their new CD “The Gathering.” I was given the opportunity to chat with Eric just one week before it’s release.


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Gamma Ray – Kai Hansen

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

GAMMA RAY
Kai Hansen Interview
Interviewed May 19, 1999 by EvilG

Kai HansenLet me tell ya it’s not everyday that I get to chat with someone who I’m such a fan of. This interview was rescheduled about two or three times but thanks to Steve (Noise) it finally happened on May 19th, 1999.

For those unfortunate beings who have no clue as to who Kai Hansen is, well hang your head in shame. I won’t bother giving you a history lesson here. If you’re interested, there are a number of places on the web where you can read about Kai’s history with Helloween, Gamma Ray and Iron Savior.

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Sepultura’s Andreas Kisser

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Sepultura: Getting To The Top Again.
An interview with Andreas Kisser!

By: Patricia Renda & Marcos Cardoso,
Planet Metal Magazine, Brazil.

Interviewed March/April 1999

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Michael Weikath of Helloween (audio)

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Michael Weikath of…
Helloween
Interviewed in June 1999 By EvilG

Michael Weikath, as most of you know, is one of Helloween’s lead guitarists. I talked at length to Michael about Helloween, pumpkins, their music, tours, fans, the internet, legs, and the upcoming Helloween covers CD.


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Archetype’s Chris Matyus

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Archetype’s Chris Matyus
Interviewed in June 1999 by EvilG

There is hope for real metal in America. Just off the top of my head I can think of new great bands that I’ve heard lately like Imagika, Of The Fallen, True To Form and Unleashed Power. Well now there is another band to add to the list – Archetype! Thanks to intromental management I was given the opportunity to interview Chris Matyus, the mastermind and lead guitarist behind this new band.


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Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Fear Factory’s Burton C. Bell
Interviewed in June 1999 David Lee

FEAR FACTORY is one of the most unlikely bands to be having a radio hit yet that is exactly what they have with their version of the Gary Neuman classic, “Cars.”  Their music is intelligent and brutal, both qualities that, generally, seems to be lost on radio programmers.  The amount of airplay being given to “Cars,” doesn’t signal a change in radio’s direction as much as it showcases a wonderful anomaly to a given radio station’s daily play lists.   Who knows, what FEAR FACTORY can’t change they just may be able to destroy.   With the advent of the Internet and other alternative listening options, radio just may be on its way out anyway.

In addition to the groups new Digipack release of “OBSOLETE” (complete with extra tracks and expanded artwork) there will be a CD ROM game called “Messiah” that will feature more of FEAR FACTORY’s musical madness.  Ah yes, and then there is another go at the Ozz-Fest, this time as headliners of the second stage, probably, the best spot on the entire bill short of headlining the mainstage.  Things are coming around for this LA based group who not too long ago wouldn’t have stood much of a chance of a record deal let alone a career that keeps rising with each successive CD and tour. Burton C. Bell has dropped in on us from time to time to let us know what was going on and frankly, I couldn’t have picked a better time for him to call.  These guys are happening and completely and totally on their own terms. 

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HammerFall – Oscar Dronjak

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

HammerFall interview with Oscar Dronjak
Interviewed May 1999 by EvilG

There were a few rumors and news items coming from the HammerFall camp that we wanted to get the inside story on. We therefore contacted Oscar (lead guitarist) to elaborate on these items. this is a short interview, for a more in depth interview with Oscar check out our previous interview from late 1998.


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Rob Urbinati: Ex-Sacrifice / Interzone

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Sacrifice
Rob Urbinati: Ex-Sacrifice frontman returns with new band INTERZONE!

Interviewed by EvilG

When I was “growing up” there was always a small number of bands from Canada that I respected both for the fact that they were (like myself) Canadian, and for the fact that they were one of the best bands we had to offer the metal world. One such band is Sacrifice. Sadly, the band is no more, but fortunately Sacrifice’s frontman (guitarist and vocalist) Rob Urbinati has put together a new band that is sure to turn many heads as well as please fans of his former band. Even though Sacrifice was well known and respected, after they broke up there was very little press on the subject so hooking up with Rob was was a great opportunity! 


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ANDRE ANDERSEN of ROYAL HUNT

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

ROYAL HUNT
Interviewed by Metal Rules!!, April, 1999

ROYAL HUNT have established themselves as one of the premier progressive rock groups in the world and have done so strictly on their own terms. You wouldn’t have to listen to the group’s entire catalog to get an understanding of what this unit could do to popular music had they only the desire.  To be progressive and yet palatable to a wider, less snobbish audience is something that only a handful of groups have ever managed with any longevity, DREAM THEATER being the easiest group to use as an example of this hypothesis.  Still, ROYAL HUNT’s conquered territories all lay outside of that one big prize, America.  You can be the King of Poland but that won’t get you a glumki in Chicago and these guys know this and don’t mind telling anyone who will listen that it is frustrating as hell.  And today they continue to soldier on with perfect faith that what they are trying to do will, someday, reach a larger audience.

“MOVING TARGET” is actually a couple of years old now but has just been released in the States through Magna Carta records.  Even I thought it was the much anticipated “new one” but as you will read that one is still yet to come and when it does you can be assured that it will be trademark ROYAL HUNT, progressive rock with pomp, circumstance and a whole lot of melody. 

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Witchery / The Haunted – Jensen

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Witchery / The Haunted – Jensen
Interviewed April 24, 1999 by Noel
 

 

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Paul Crook – Anthrax

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Paul Crook – Anthrax (audio only interview)
Interviewed March 27, 1999 by EvilG

You’ll need real audio to listen to the interview. Don’t sweat it though, it’s FREE from www.real.com. Once you have the player then just download the files and hear, unedited, what Paul had to say about metal, Anthrax, his solo band and his love of Slayer :-).


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Steven Rice of Imagika

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Steven Rice of Imagika
Interviewed March 13, 1999 by EvilG

If you’ve been a reader of the Metal Rules!! website for any amount of time then you’ll know that we’ve supported Imagika since the beginning. We thought that after reviewing their two CD’s and then making their newest one available from our own CD Store that an interview was definitely needed. So I had the pleasure to talk to Imagika’s guitarist and mastermind, Steve Rice. The entire interview is below in it’s original unedited format. I think it really gives a good indication of what Imagika are all about.

 

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Timo Tolkki of Stratovarius

August 23rd, 2005
by Metal Rules

Timo Tolkki of Stratovarius
Interviewed in March 1999 by David Lee

STRATOVARIUS is the oldest “new” band on the metal scene today. While they have been thrilling throngs of fans across Europe and Japan since the mid-eighties, they have gone virtually unheard of in the U.S. Were it not for the advent of the Internet, only a handful of people Stateside would have ever had the chance to bask in the magnificently brilliant glow of these power metal kings. With less than a single calendar’s worth of days left until the new millennium it is somehow fitting that STRATOVARIUS should finally be allowed to make its mark here via a reborn NOISE RECORDS.

“DESTINY” is a record with a classic power metal feel that may, at first, bring images of Blackmore and Malmsteen’s work but soon sets itself apart in every considerable aspect. The melodies are involved but not standoffish. The musicianship is crisp, powerful and most important, so obviously heartfelt. This is a work of power and passion of epic proportions and has the added feature of being eminently listenable. It is likely that this disc won’t leave your player for weeks at a time. It is just that good.

Complimenting the music is the personableness of the players themselves, in this case Timo Tolkki. Timo is every bit the guitar god in Europe that Blackmore and Malmsteen have been, yet he is so easy to converse with that you could easily feel like you are speaking to an old friend. He doesn’t go in much for the idol worship thing and would rather that people simply concentrate on the music which, in this case, is exceedingly easy. I caught Timo as he was waiting for the bus to take the band to France so that they could begin yet another European tour.


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Lars Chriss of Lion’s Share

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Lars Chriss of Lion’s Share
Interviewed by EvilG in Feb. 1999


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Pete & Chief of NILE

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Pete & Chief of NILE
Interviewed Jan. 24, 1999 by EvilG

If you are into the heavier side of metal and death metal, you?ve probably already heard of NILE. If not, then it?s high time you checked them out. Nile are not just your typical death metal band like so many of the other second generation wannabes. It?s great to hear a US band belch out something so brutal, yet at the same time original, and worthy of high praise!


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