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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Igor Cavalera & Derrick Green of Sepultura

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Igor Cavalera & Derrick Green of Sepultura
Interviewed in Jan. 1999 by David Lee

SEPULTURA are experiencing both the best and worst of times all in the same instant.  The departure of founder member, lead vocalist and brother, Max Cavalera, seemed to be the end of one of metal’s heaviest bands, that is until the survival instincts of the remaining three members took over.  A new vocalist was found and work continued on a new album.  This is usually where most bands change direction, not the case with SEPULTURA, not in the least.   “AGAINST” sounds and feels exactly like  SEPULTURA records have always sounded and felt.  The record is harsh, brutal and tribal yet maintains a lyrical intelligence that your average death metal band may be able to emulate but could never produce themselves. Along with American vocalist, Derrick Green, the remaining members of SEPULTURA have created one of their finest records which includes the bonus feature of having a track co-written by METALLICA’s Jason Newsted.  What exactly will happen next for this now international metal unit is a question that can only be answered with time but one thing is certain, there is a renewed strength and a feeling of power surrounding the band that is infectious. One listen to “AGAINST” and you will be convinced that SEPULTURA is here to stay. I had the chance to speak with both Igor Cavalera and Derrick Green on the phone from New York.


 

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Blaze Bayley of Iron Maiden

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Blaze Bayley of Iron Maiden
Interviewed Jan. 1999 by David Lee

With over twenty years on the metal scene you would think that a band that has given so much to the genre would get a little respect now and then. Unfortunately for the mighty MAIDEN respect has been in particularly short supply over the last half decade. Personal and stylistic changes would seem to be at the root of all the fuss and with the decline of the metal market place you might think that these guys would chuck it all in. Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.

“VIRTUAL 11″ has a revitalized MAIDEN returning to the formula that made them the metal legends that they are. Also back is the completely over the top stage production for MAIDEN’s first tour in nearly three years. Just short of the scale that was used in the “golden era” of metal, this thing is impressive, to say the least. The beast is far from dead. Blaze Bayley, the groups current vocalist, gave us a ring recently and spoke to us of all things MAIDEN. A genuine sense of pride and accomplishment seemed to pervade the conversation and understandably so.  The man is fronting one of the all time great metal bands and has just released a collection of tunes that will most assuredly become MAIDEN classics. We could go on singing his and the groups accolades but lets hear it from Blaze himself.


 

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Dani – Cradle of Filth

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Dani of Cradle of Filth
Interviewed Jan. 1999 by David Lee

No need to dial 976-EVIL when you have a group like CRADLE OF FILTH knocking about. Their brand of perversion is aimed straight at the hearts of all God fearing peoples. Shock not only for shock’s sake but for art as well. If there could be any taste in macabre metal it is most likely to be found here. Despite having only issued a handful of recordings the group has managed to creep their way out of the morgue and onto the top of the death metal heap. BLACK SABBATH be damned, this is as scary as it gets. Dani Filth is obviously a very intelligent and well-read fellow and it was a distinct honor to be tutored on what exactly lay at the outer fringes of rock and roll by someone who not only loves what he does but lives it. Dani called me from his 17th century cottage in the English countryside on an eerily cold and rainy autumn day. What follows is a bit of our conversation which is best read by candle light and it might not be a bad idea to have some garlic and holy water around. You never can tell what could leap from the shadows.


 

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Mick Mars of M?tley Cr?e

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Mick Mars of M?tley Cr?e
Interviewed in Jan. 1999 by David Lee
 

MOTLEY CRUE is set to raise its middle digit to the world once more.  This time the vehicle is called “Greatest Hits” and the wheels have already begun to burn a bit of rubber across a very limp and lifeless music industry. Elektra records has been cast aside in favor of the Motleys own label and distribution network. An international tour of theaters and arenas to support the release is currently being planned and Tommy is, finally, out of jail! Things, as they say, are about to happen.

The group that set the standard for outrage and excellence is also using the American portion of their tour to fish for talent by allowing a local group to open the show in each market played. Standard practice for acts of lesser popularity but, virtually, unheard of for groups of MOTLEY CRUE’s stature. The “Kick Start Your Career” contest is an act of genuine class that the group feels it owes the next generation of rockers. A Motley Records(TM) compilation CD is scheduled to follow the tour and will, likely, launch several of these current unknowns onto the national stage.

One thing that you can set your watch by is the fact that their will be controversy of some kind attached to all these goings on. The last tour kept both the PMRC and local law enforcement officials busier than the Arkansas State Troopers under, then Governor, Clinton. Almost as predictable is the fact that Mick Mars will, probably, sit back and watch it all, preferring to let his six string wreak his share of the havoc.  Mars has established a following as a guitar hero that he, scarcely, seems to recognize. He is soft spoken and humble preferring to leave the term “legend” for his own heros, (OZZY and KISS), rather than for himself. In a phone interview Mick told me of both the immediate and some future plans for the band as well as the ongoing legal dispute with John Corabi. I don’t think that I can fully express my excitement over having the opportunity to interview such an important artist from my rock and roll adolescence. I did manage to keep from fawning for most of the interview so as to get as many pertinent facts as possible. In any case, here in his own words, is MOTLEY CRUE’s Mick Mars.


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Dream Theater – Mike Portnoy

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater
and Liquid Tension Experiment

Intervied  Jan. 1999 by David Lee.

The term “Supergroup” is one that has its origin in the seventies when groups like EMERSON, LAKE and PALMER and BLIND FAITH ruled both the airwaves and concert stages. Since that time the concept and term have been used endlessly with less and less justification to do so. Finally, with the release of LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT, the progressive rock world has put together a group which is justifiably and demonstrably a “Supergroup.”

Mike Portnoy and John Petrucci of DREAM THEATER, Jordan Rudess of THE DREGS and Tony Levin who has played with everyone from PETER GABRIEL to YES came together for five days to hammer out an extemporaneous recording that only professionals of their ability and experience could have even attempted. The record has been called a “stroke-fest” by some but if what is contained in these 70 minutes is pure pomp the circumstance for it are perfect. Every number on the disc is pure adrenaline just this side of extreme. There are no singers and no ballads, just straight ahead virtuosity and passion. It is just what the music scene needs right now.

I spoke with LTE’s motivating force, Mike Portnoy about this project and about the state of progressive rock in general.


 

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Krokus – Alive and Well

August 23rd, 2005
by Rick

 

Krokus ? Alive & Well

Interview with Vocalist Marc Storace

Interview by Keith MacDonald

Krokus was one of the few, if not only, Swiss hard rock band to have commercial success in the US. In 1995 the ride came to an abrupt end when the band elected to go their separate ways only to reunite in 2002. They released a new album of hard rock material and hit the road throughout Europe reacquainting themselves with their fans from the past and picking up some new ones along the way. I recently had an opportunity to speak with singer Marc Storace who gave me some insight on the band and their upcoming US tour. You can check out their website awww.krokusonline.com.

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STRATOVARIUS – Jens Johansson

August 22nd, 2005
by EvilG


Stratovarius Keyboardist Jens Johansson
Interview By EvilG / Transcription by Duke
Live Pics Metal-Rules.com, Promo Pics from SanctuaryRecords

After a turbulent year, Stratovarius has emerged from the soap opera that was the band with a new self-titled album and a new approach. The music is still easily identifiable as Stratovarius, but the trademark speed is completely absent from the new album as is the presence of most (not all) shredding guitars and most of the blazing keyboard solos that the pair are known for. Despite the changes, and the missing ingredients, the songs are catchy and quite good. I questioned Jens on the new direction, the past year?s events, and among other things touched upon the infamous ?release the fury? Yngwie recording for which he was present as a member of Yngwie?s Rising Force band.


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Alex Skolnick

August 21st, 2005
by EvilG

Alex Skolnick
Interviewed on January 27, 1998 by EvilG

As most already know Alex was lead guitarist for Testament from 1987′s ‘The Legacy’ until 1992′s ‘The Ritual.’ During this period Alex was an inspiration to many a guitar player. His technical ability was without question amazing. Reports said that Alex had tired of Testament’s musical direction. According to the band, when Alex left they felt as if a weight had been taken off of their shoulders for now they could pursue much heavier music.

Following Alex’s departure he joined Savatage and appeared on their CD “Handful of Rain” and a live EP. Concurrently he was part of a jazz/rock project with bass soloist Stuart Hamm. This takes us up until the mid-nineties.

So where has Alex been? Fortunately I was given the opportunity to get an update from Alex himself on his years with Testament and his new project Skol-Patrol…here it is, enjoy.

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JAMES MURPHY

August 21st, 2005
by EvilG

James Murphy
Interviewed on June 27, 1998 by EvilG 

Well this is not so much  an interview as it is an update from James that he sent to Metal Rules!!. As there is some really exciting news in here (his return to Testament) I’ve decided to post it here for your reading pleasure.


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KURDT VANDERHOOF OF METAL CHURCH

August 21st, 2005
by EvilG

KURDT VANDERHOOF OF METAL CHURCH
Interviewed on Saturday, August 8, 1998 By EvilG

For those not with it, or perhaps born on a distant planet in a galaxy far, far away, Metal Church have been and thankfully still are one of the great purveyors of “true” heavy metal. We’re not talking punk, hardcore, noise, techno-industrial shit here…this is the real deal. Metal Church have always stood for METAL. Hell, their name says it all.

The interview was done with guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof. There’s a lot of cool stuff below so I hope you read on. If you have any comments on the interview let me know.


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Ian Gillan

August 21st, 2005
by EvilG

Ian Gillan
Interviewed on Sunday September 6th, 1998 by EvilG

“Rock-N-Roll History has few true icons, but among the greats, one name stands the test of time: Ian Gillan. Spanning four decades, Ian Gillan has achieved phenomenal success as a singer, songwriter, actor, and author. He has inspired millions worldwide through his art with Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Today Ian Gillan continues the legacy with his new solo project  Dreamcatcher.” (Forbidden Records, 1998)


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