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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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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