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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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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