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PiercingMetal Talks To Voivod’s Jason Newsted (3/9/2006)

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Artist: Voivod – Jason Newsted
Label: The End Records
Date: 3/9/2006

Bassist Jason Newsted is someone who the Metal Community knows very well for as history shows the musician left his band Flotsam & Jetsam to join the mighty Metallica (1986) and after several albums and tours as their longest tenured bassist, he would depart from the juggernaut and find himself a member of the very cult favorite Metal outfit Voivod (2002). His membership found a new level of attention and interest in the ever-referenced & influential Metal band who while revered, never received the level of acclaim that mass media could offer. After appearances on Ozzfest and a rebuilding interest in the band by a wider public, tragedy would strike as guitarist Denis “Piggy” D’Amour would be stricken with and succumb to cancer. Piggy recorded demo music up until his death, as he was determined to return stronger than ever but sadly this would not be the case. His death caused the remaining players to decide how best to move forward with his music and the decision was made to complete Piggy’s demoed work and release it all to his fans as his final music. Together with Pete Pardo of the Sea Of Tranquility, I attended a listening event hosted by The End Records where we would hear the completed work – a Progressive Metal opus entitled “Katorz”. After the album had completed we had some sit down time with Jason, and discussed life, music and what will become of Voivod now that Piggy has left us. Below is the transcribed conversation.

KP: Ok, we are set to go. So you were jamming with Friends last night since you were in town. Late night?

Newsted: Yeah, and at that point, one song becomes thirty minutes and you’re to the point of “hey it sounds great too” (laughs).
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PiercingMetal Talks To Beyond Fear’s Tim “Ripper” Owens & John Comprix (3/16/2006)

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Beyond Fear is the new band formed by Iced Earth and former Judas Priest front man Tim “Ripper” Owens. Their self-titled debut release is a solid and heavy as hell album that is sure to make them a household name and score legions of fans. Signed to SPV Records, the band first made it’s appearance on the “Metal Insurgence Tour” in 2005 that placed them on the stage with John Oliva’s Pain and Chris Caffery. Recently, Ripper and guitarist John Comprix were in town to meet with the Press to discuss the band, the album, touring and the immediate plans for the future. Below is the transcription of our entire conversation.

KP: First of all congratulations on the absolutely killer recording debut of Beyond Fear. Tim I remember when we first met back at Iced Earth in NYC that you said you wanted to do a solo record if you had time and when I asked if it would be heavy you replied “oh yes it will be Heavy”. It’s great to see this come to fruition so how does it feel to have the record done and ready to be unleashed on the Metal masses.

Ripper: Well it feels good to me but unfortunately my first choice C.C. DeVille wasn’t available to play guitar (Tim’s referring to some off recording ribbing we were doing prior to the session) so I picked John. Actually John was always going to be in the band and I always felt it would be comfortable for me to have John Comprix on one side with C.C. Deville on the other for backup rhythm.

Comprix: Yeah that would have worked really well.
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PiercingMetal Talks To Kamelot’s Thomas Youngblood (11/21/2005)

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Artist: Kamelot’s Thomas Youngblood
Date: 11/21/2005

The Melodic Metal powerhouse Kamelot had just completed what was nothing less than a crushing set in New York City to support the release “The Black Halo”. Thanks to the folks at SPV Records I was first able to sit down with lead singer Roy Khan for a few minutes before he was set to perform. After the show I found myself talking to some people and as a result somehow ended up chatting with guitar wizard Tom Youngblood. Since the recorder was with me I asked him if he wanted to share some brief thoughts with me and he was glad to offer some additional thoughts up. Here is the very spontaneous and unplanned discussion that we had.

KP: We are now backstage with Tom Youngblood, lead guitarist of Kamelot. Tom what did you think of Kamelot’s first ever performance in New York City?

Youngblood: It was fucking killer man we had a great time. The fan response totally blew me away and they were singing songs that we haven’t even heard people in Europe singing. So definitely an eye-opener for us and a reason to come back. It might have been the first show in New York but it is certainly not going to be our last.
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PiercingMetal Talks To Kamelot’s Roy Khan (11/21/2005)

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The Melodic Metal powerhouse Kamelot was finally going to be playing in New York City to support the release “The Black Halo”. Thanks to the folks at SPV Records I was able to sit down with lead singer Roy Khan for a few minutes before he was set to perform. I have to say that backstage interviews are both fun and stressful at the same time. Remember you are making the musician focus on something else when they are often trying to get into the performance head. Based on this I tried to keep the questions brief and topical as much as possible. Below is our transcribed conversation.

KP – Roy welcome to New York, how long has it been since we have seen you here in terms of shows (at the moment I was unaware this was the first time).

Khan: Oh I’ve never played in New York before.

KP: Well that makes sense for while I enjoy the music I wondered why I could not recall the Kamelot name after all the shows I have been attending. So let’s blast through some questions for the readers. The new album “The Black Halo” is one of the bands most polished and adventurous albums yet-how has the fan & critic reaction been to it so far?

Khan: It’s been outrageous – I mean really, really good and I don’t think I’ve seen one review that is like bad at all. Critical response has been really good and the fans have been praising it. I mean it that it has just been a blast. I’m kind of speechless when it comes to that part of it. I can just say its been really good.
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PiercingMetal Talks To Jyrki 69 from The 69 Eyes (3/5/2006)

The 69 Eyes are a Gothic Hard Rock sensation around most of the world and have been doing their thing for about fifteen years or so with the USA fans only recently being able to enjoy one of their albums unless they were resourceful enough to dig deeper into their catalog. I’m proud to admit that I had slightly more background in their wares than some peers but the album “Devils” is the first from the bands extensive catalog of music to hit our Shores and to celebrate the release a U.S. tour was planned at long last. I had the opportunity to sit and talk with lead singer, the enigmatic Jyrki 69 before their New York show at The Bowery Ballroom. The hustle and bustle of a backstage dressing room the night of a big appearance is not the best place to conduct some lengthy discussion so I kept it brief and to the point. We talked about his new music and life as Lord of the Rock and Roll Vampires. Below is our transcribed conversation and I hope you find it as interesting as I did speaking to him.

PiercingMetal: We are here with Jyrki69 of The 69 Eyes who is making their very first appearance in New York and I ask how come now with the band being formed in the 90’s, whets the feeling on coming here now.

Jyrki 69: Actually since the late 80’s.
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