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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Monstrosity Drummer Lee Harrison

August 24th, 2005
by EvilG

Monstrosity Drummer, Lee Harrison
Interviewed in July 1999 By EvilG

Monstrosity - band

Florida has long been home to a great number of death metal bands. One band that has been plugging away at it since the early 90’s is Monstrosity. Drummer Lee Harrison recently spoke with us from Tampa where the band are currently planning their tour for their new CD “In Dark Purity.” Besides Nile, Monstrosity are about the only pure death metal band that I’ve gotten excited about in recent years. Why you may ask? Well it’s because they aren’t just noise. They have distinguishable riffs that are often technical yet still memorable. Their latest CD “In Dark Purity” is available now from Conquest Music. This is THE death metal CD of 1999. No other death metal band came close to this level of intensity and musicianship in the death metal realm.


 

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Amorphis – Tomi Koivusaari

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

AMORPHIS
Tomi Koivusaari (Vocals, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars)

Interviewed in July 1999 By EvilG

Finland’s Amorphis are a band that are not afraid of progression and experimentation. I am a late comer to this band (1996’s Elegy to be exact) so I am in no way hung up on the fact that the band have strayed from their death metal roots. The main point is that they are still a metal band, albeit with a number of other influences. No one that I’ve heard sounds like Amorphis. They have carved out a sound all their own that is in many respects an acquired taste. Thanks to the good people at Relapse Records I was granted this interview with Tomi Koivusaari, the former lead vocalist and present day guitarist / backing vocalist.


 

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Encryption – Norbert Hartmann and Christian Klein

August 23rd, 2005
by EvilG

Encryption – Norbert Hartmann and Christian Klein
Interviewed in July 1999 by EvilG

 If you’re wondering who Encryption are then I suggest you read our Featured Artist spotlight on the band, then check out this very cool interview with Encryption’s vocalist and guitarist.


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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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