Interview with Jason McMaster & Donnie Van Stavern of Evil United
Conducted by Robert Williams
Filmed by Carlos Llanas
Editing courtesy of Sandra Torres
It’s another beer-soaked Friday night at Encore Records in Austin, Texas as the popular metal record store welcomes the CD release party of Evil United, the much anticipated new band made up of current and former members of Watchtower, S.A. Slayer, RIOT, and Dangerous Toys. Evil United indeed deliver to their captive audience another hellacious set comprised of tech-thrash and traditional heavy metal riffery alongside the ever charismatic vocals of frontman Jason McMaster. In between greeting fans and well wishers and signing copies of the brand new disc, both Jason McMaster and bassist Donnie Van Stavern took the time to chat with Metal-Rules.com about the debut record,how the band initially formed and plans for the future…
Jason McMaster gets his due: a star on the South Texas Music Walk Of Fame
Heavy metal screamer Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth) is set to make Texas history, as the first metal artist honored by the ‘South Texas Music Walk Of Fame’ in his hometown of Corpus Christi.
A vocalist, bassist, guitarist, and songwriter with two gold-certified records under his belt, McMaster is notorious for being one of the busiest musicians in rock and roll. His rock and roll resume dates back to 1982, when he fronted influential progressive metal band Watchtower, later moving on to make headlines with the southern sleaze rock act Dangerous Toys. In recent years, Jason has been channeling his talent into the Austin-based hard rock act Broken Teeth, having released five albums since the band’s formation in 1999; along with two albums from his NWOHB influenced band Ignitor, and various tribute bands. His impact on the Texas rock and metal scene was previously recognized in 1998, with an induction into the Texas Music Hall Of Fame.
The South Texas Music Walk of Fame honors six new Texas artists every year, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony that kickstarts the annual WaterStreet Market Music & Arts Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas. McMaster will officially be inducted in June 2011.
Jason is currently finishing up a tour of the midwest with Broken Teeth before embarking on Shiprocked, alongside other rock acts including Vince Neil, Cinderella, Tesla, and Sevendust. Shiprocked will set sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on November 11-14, 2010 onboard the MSC Poesia. This year’s cruise will feature two Bahamas port stops in both Nassau and the amazing private island of Coco Cay Bay. Visit the Shiprocked website at http://www.getshiprocked.com/ for more information.
The NAMM show is an industry only conference for music retailers, one of the biggest music related conventions in the world, 2nd only to the Frankfurt Musikmesse, so I’m told. Music retailers come from all around the world to make connections and network with their peers, showcase their new products, and attend NAMM classes that teach industry secrets on how to improve business for music retailers.
Ron Jarzombek of Spastic Ink / WatchTower Interviewed in February 2000 by Noel
Spastic Ink is a solo project of former Watchtower guitarist Ron Jarzombek. Watchtower dissolved due to physical aliments and certain members other commitments. Ink Complete specializes in super-complex instrumental fusion metal. Jarzombek’s distinctive style is in top form here. There are few other bands that possess such technical and musical prowess. Completely brilliant in it’s complexity and unique original thought. Currently the line-up seems to be Sean Malone (ex-Cynic), Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus/Testament), and and none other than former Watchtower vocalist Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), and drummer Richard Christy (Death/Control Denied) but that is yet too be determined. So be prepared too dive into a glimpse within the Watchtower Past and Spastic Ink Future.