Thursday, July 28, 2011

Interview With Kivimetsan Druidi By Wheeling Rampage Productions

For those out there that do not know who you are: where are you from, who is in the band and what do they play?

We are from Kouvola, Finland. Our six members are Joni Koskinen (lead male vocals, guitar) and Antti Koskinen (keyboards, male vocals), Antti “Rinksa” Rinkinen (lead guitar), Simo-Pekka Lehtonen (bass) Atte Marttinen (drums) and myself, Leeni-Maria Hovila (vocals).

How did you come up with the name Kivimetsan Druidi and what does it mean?

Druid of the Stone Forest. He is a character in the land which our songs tell of.

What gear does each member use?

Damned if I know! Wait, Joni uses a Washburn guitar. Antti has Roland and Korg keyboards. I work with whatever the venue sticks in my hand (usually Shure SM58 mic) .

How did Leeni-Maria train to have such an amazing vocal range?

Classic studies with wide range non-conventional teachers. I have consciously pursued to become a cross-over performer.

Since the beginning of Kivimetsan Druidi’s career, there have been quite a few line-up changes. Do you think that the current line-up has helped the band grow to what it has now?

Most definitely it has. Our first album was pretty much a collection of older songs arranged by former members but our second, Betrayal, Justice, Revenge was a huge leap into new direction.

What does the woman warrior on the cover of “Betrayal, Justice, Revenge” represent?

She is Aesis Lilim of the second track.

Who writes the lyrics for the band and is there any certain theme to the lyrics?

Formerly Joni, these day me and him. They are stories about the people and history of The Land of the Crystal Mountain.

What would you say has been the highest point in the band’s career and what would be the lowest?

Lowest point probably after our first album which we were awfully excited about but did not turn out as we expected and was a huge disappointment. Highest point would be our second album turning out so well we could all be happy about it.

After all the years of waiting how was signing to Century Media?

Exciting and hectic, we rushed to the studio for the first album with a very tight schedule.

How long does it take for the band as a whole to put their stage attire on?

Doesn´t work as a whole. Joni, Antti and Rinksa: half an hour. Atte and Simo: 5-10 minutes (they don’t bother too much). Myself, about two hours.

What has been the best venue/city that you have played in? What has been the worst venue/city you have played in?

No way that I’m going to name any place for worst - we’d get sued. There are some really gloomy places with moldy backstages. My personal favourite for the best venue is Music Hall in Lübeck but that is largely because of the city itself.

It is said that each band member has their own personal influences, what sorts of bands does each member listen to?

We have thrashers, old school metalists and symphonic influences. It is actually a little bit difficult to name each member with certain band but favourites are: Metallica, Iron Maiden, Moonsorrow for an example and I work also with classical music.

If you could tell bands who are just starting or are budding into popular bands some tips on how success what would they be?

Get a manager. Someone who takes care of contacts with venues, sends the demos and all that shit. Stick to what you want to do instead of what you think is expected: stick to what you love. Do not spoil things with unnecessary drama between members. Have working morale.

Do you have any final comments or thoughts to conclude this interview?

Get our latest album, it rocks like a moose! And, sylphids mean trouble, never follow them in the woods.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Epic Meal Time: Russian Meal Time, FPSRussia: Glock 17 Explosive Ammo, FreddieW: Cowboys VS Freddie Feat. Jon Favreau, ShayCarl: Epic Jedi Gang Fight, ImprovEverywere: The MP3 Experiment Eight, Rage Quit: Ms. 'Splosion Man, Destorm: Pig Latin, RoosterTeeth: Captain America Deleted Scene And Google+ VS Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg's Reaction, HiImRawn: Pokemon Gangster Rap, NicePeter: Epic Rap Battles Of History - Gandalf VS Dumbledore, Get Her Number: Harry Potter Picks Up Girls

I’ve been being lazy again haven’t I? I have a feeling that I may be busy this summer and won’t have as much time to post as regularly as I used to, but this blog will not be forgotten. I have two posts which I have done lately, one is a review of the new and last Harry Potter movie, Deathly Hallows Part Two. The other is a review of iwrestledabearonce’s new album Ruining It For Everybody, which came out today, that my friend wrote. This is going to be a lazy blog so I’m just going to post the videos. Hope you are enjoying your summer!

Epic Meal Time: Russian Meal Time
FPSRussia: Glock 17 Explosive Ammo
FreddieW: Cowboys VS Freddie Feat. Jon Favreau
ShayCarl: Epic Jedi Gang Fight
ImprovEverywere: The MP3 Experiment Eight
Rage Quit: Ms. 'Splosion Man
Destorm: Pig Latin
RoosterTeeth: Captain America Deleted Scene and Google+ VS Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg's Reaction
HiImRawn: Pokemon Gangster Rap
NicePeter: Epic Rap Battles of History - Gandalf VS Dumbledore
Get Her Number: Harry Potter Picks Up Girls

Review Of iwrestledabearonce's Ruining It For Everybody By Aaron Homma Of Immersed For Wheeling Rampage Productions

Hey guys, I just wanted to say before this post goes underway, my friend is going to be doing guest interviews and reviews from now on. His name is Aaron Homma and he plays guitar in Immersed and his band Killitorous. I'll throw some links in before his review to Immersed's Facebook and a YouTube video with the latest line-up. So give him a warm welcome!

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ right now I'm on tour with my band, about to play a show quite literally at Foufs(a legendary venue in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) with one of my favorite bands why am I writing this meow?

I've been putting off writing this review quite frankly, and the reason is simply because I was hoping if I listened to it over, and over.....and over....and....over? I miiiiiiight enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed...wait....LOVED past IWrestledABearOnce albums. But this album even though played in my shower CD player everyday for the last two weeks, still hasn't grown on me as a whole.

Not to say the album doesn't have it's strong points and great tracks, songs like ''Button It Up''  and  ''It Is “Bro” Isn’t It?'' stood out to me like a sumo wrestler in a group-home. Also they are in fact going in a direction that makes them stand out more as a band, creating and defining their own genre of modern day grind. Its just not what I was all.

Basically if there weren't two IWrestledABearOnce albums that blew my mind...I maybe would have liked this album a little more. The instrumentals are fantastic as usual by Steven Bradley (guitar, keyboard, programming, samples), John Ganey (guitar, keyboard, programming, samples), Mike "Rickshaw" Martin (bass) and Mikey Montgomery (drums). The vocals Krysta Cameron produces are amazing, brutal and child-murdering-sounding which is to be expected. Buuuuuuut songs for the most part seem rushed and half-rate.

Definitely worth a listen, just maybe not two weeks showering worth...


Aaron Homma, guitarist of Immersed

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Spotlight: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman)

I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two four time in the past week, so I think its about time for a review. Also I have two new interviews to do as well, they should be up in a few days. I should be posting more regularly but I've been quite busy. Here is my review!

The second part of the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was directed by David Yates, who has directed the series since Order of the Phoenix, and was produced by David Heyman, David Barron, J. K. Rowling. It was also distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. As always the main characters are as follows. Like the X-Men: First Class review I’m going to make a list of the characters and who they are played by, it just makes it less clunky and more presentable. Here they are alphabetically to reduce popularity contest:

Aberforth Dumbledore – Ciarán Hinds (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Rite, Ca$h)
Albus Dumbledore – Michael Gambon (The King’s Speech, The Book of Eli, Amazing Grace)
Bellatrix Lestrange – Helena Bonham Carter (Lady Jan, A Room with a View, Fight Club, The Wings of the Dove, The King’s Speech)
Draco Malfoy – Tom Felton (The Disappeared, White Other, Get Him to the Greek, 13Hrs)
Filius Flitwick – Warwick Davis (Leprechaun, Star Wars, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Prince Caspian)
Ginny Weasley – Bonnie Wright (Stranded, Agatha Christie: A Life in Pictures)
Gregory Goyle -
Harry Potter - Daniel Radcliffe (December Boys)
Helena Ravenclaw – Kelly Macdonald (Nany McPhee, Gosford Park, Intermission, No Country for Old Men
Hermione Granger - Emma Watson (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux, My Week With Marilyn)
Horace Slughorn – Jim Broadbent (Iris, Moulin Rouge!, Topsy-Turvy, Hot Fuzz, Bridget Jones’ Diary)
Lucious Malfoy – Jason Isaacs (The Patriot, Brotherhood, Black Hawk Down, Nine Lives)
Luna Lovegood – Evanna Lynch
Lord Voldemort – Ralph Fiennes (Schindler’s List, The Prince of Egypt, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit)
Minerva McGonagall – Maggie Smith (Othello, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, California Suite, Clash of the Titans, A Room with a View, Gosford Park)
Molly Weasley – Jule Walters (Mamma Mia!, Becoming Jane, Drivinig Lessons)
Narcissa Malfoy – Helen McCrory (Streetlife, North Square, The Queen)
Neville Longbottom – Matthew Lewis (Some Kind of Life, The Sweet Shop)
Nymphadora Tonks – Natalia Tena (About a Boy, Womb, Lecture 21, Game of Thrones)
Ollivander the wand maker – John Hurt (V for Vendetta, Alien, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull)
Remus Lupin – David Thewlis (Naked, The Omen, Veronika Decides to Die, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas)
Ron Weasley - Rupert Grint (Thunderpants, Driving Lessons, Cherrybomb, Wild Target)
Rubeus Hagrid – (Gooby, The Brothers Bloom, Rovoked, Van Helsing)
Severus Snape – Alan Rickman (Die Hard, Dogma, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Sense and Sensibility, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Raspution: Dark Servant of Destiny)
Sirius Black – (JFK, Dracula, Batman, Book of Eli, Red Ridinghood)

I know I have skipped the summary of this movie but I really would rather not spoil it for you. This movie was, unlike the conclusion of Transformers, a very good ending to an extraordinary series. I must say in all of my favourite series, Harry Potter is up there behind Lord Of The Rings and Star Wars. The acting was amazing and I believe that as the series progressed, all the actors grew amazing chemistry and it shows in the end product. As all of the Harry Potter movies, Death Hallows Part Two has a bit of everything, from comedic to action to dramatic scenes. Everything that happened in the movie flowed well together and it made for a very amazing film. For not reading the book, I believe that this movie is a good conclusion to the series. It captured all the moments that needed to be captured well. The only worth being negative about was, is the epilogue and the horribly done aging effects. Other than that the movie is excellent. This movie is a five out of five and it is rightfully needed as it is quite the conclusion to a very epic series.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Renewable Energy Means More Jobs By 2030, EpicMealTime: Epic Stockyard Burger, FreddieW: Medal of Honor Cat, ShayCarl: Epic War! Ft SonTard and SamMacaroni, TheGameStation: Bomberman Trailer, FPSRussia: Flamethrower Massacre, ImprovEverywhere: Carousel Horse Race, HuskyStarcraft: Nerd Alert - Void Rays - (Rebecca Black - Friday Parody) Ft KurtHugoSchneider, Rage Quit: Duke Nukem Forever And Rainbow Runner, Crazy Marriage Proposal

Hello everyone, today is Thursday and I have for you a filled day of posts. I have already posted two things today, you can click them to see them. I did an interview with 80s trash metal bandDeath Angel, as well as a review for Transformers: Dark Of The Moon. I have a ton of interviews still to come, and yes they are just as big, or even bigger than Death Angel, but you will have to wait and see. I also need to post a review of Zookeeper and I will be seeing the new Harry Potter movie tomorrow night, so you’ll see a review this weekend. I’m just going to do a quick little numerical description of what is below, I just want this up right now.

1. Infograph explaining how renewable energy will create millions of jobs by 2030
2. Epic Meal Time has a new video out called Epic Stockyard Burger, it is pretty funny
3. FreddieW has a new video called Medal of Honor Cat, his special effects are awesome as always
4. ShayCarl has put out a video with SonTard and SamMacaroni, who also edited this short together, it is called Epic War! It is an very epic video and it is nice to see him incorporate his kids into his videos.
5. The Game Station has put out a new video game movie trailer, this time for the game Bomberman. It is a good trailer, though I don’t think it was as epic as it could have been.
6. FPSRussia has a new video out called Flamethrower Massacre, in which he uses a flamethrower obviously. This video is very toasted.
7. ImprovEverywhere has a new video out called Carousel Horse Race, I don’t want to spoil it buy they make a carousel very fun for children.
8. HuskyStarcraft and his band Nerd Alert has put out a parody of Friday called Void Rays.
9. Rooster Teeth has come out with two new Rage Quit videos as Michael plays Duke Nukem Forever and Rainbow Runner
11. I found a really funny video of an awesome marriage proposal


Spotlight: Transformers: Dark Of The Moon (Shia LaBeouf, Rose Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Frances McDorman, Alan Tudyk, John Turturro)

So I saw the latest Transformers movie, Dark Of The Moon, and I must say it is my favourite out of the three. Below is my review and also a quick note, I’ve been really busy as of late and that is why I have not been doing daily news posts. I do have a reason behind that and you will see what I have been up to in later posts. Now for my review on Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon is the third installment of the Transformers movie series. It was directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. It was made with DreamWorks Pictures and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Shia LaBeouf (Holes, Wall Street, Even Stevens) reprises his role as Sam Witwicky. Also reprising their roles are Josh Duhamel (When In Rome, The Romantics, Turistas) as now Lieutenant Colonel William Lennox, Tyrese Gibson (Fast Five, Death Race, Legion) as now USAF Chief Master Sergeant Robert Epps, John Turturro (The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3, Miracle At St. Anna, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan) as Seymour Simmons, Peter Cullen (Gremlins, Winnie-The-Pooh) as Optimus Prime and Ironhide and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord Of The Rings, V For Vendetta) as Megatron. New characters are Rose Huntington-Whiteley (Victoria’s Secret), replacing Megan Fox’s role as Sam’s love interest, as Carly Spencer, Patrick Dempsey (Grey’s Anatomy, Enchanted) as Dylan Gould, Frances McDorman (Mississippi Burning, Fargo, Wonder Boys, Almost Famous, North Country) as Charlotte Mearing, Lester Speight (Gears Of War) as Hardcore Eddie, Alan Tudyk (Halo, 3:10 To Yuma, Death At A Funeral, Knocked Up) as Dutch, Ken Jeong (Hangover, Vampires Suck, Pineapple Express) as Jerry Wang and Glenn Morshower (The Crazies, Men Who Stare At Goats, Call Of Duty) as General Morshower. Two popular faces playing themselves are Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, and Bill O’Reilly.

For a quick summary of the movie, I will try not to spoil it for you. The movie starts off with the 1969 landing of Apollo 11 and how they discovered the crash of the Ark, which was fleeing from Cybertron because of the war between the Autobots and Decepticons. In the present, the Autobots are helping the United States military with the prevention of global conflicts. Optimus finds a fuel cell from the crashed Ark and then takes to the moon to explore the crash site. He then discovers former Autobot leader, Sentinel Prime, and brings him to life and then Sentinel goes on about The Pillars. These Pillars meant the creation of a Space Bridge which between to points would be able to teleport matter. Earth as we know it would turn into Cybertron if Megatron was carrying such a device. We follow Sam Witwicky in his frustrated times, as he tries to save the planet once again and save his new girlfriend Carly Spencer.

Before I get into breaking down the components of the movie and telling you my opinion, I would like to address to matters. Firstly, while on set and filming a chase seen, a Washington DC Police SUV drove on set and crashed into Bumblebee’s Camaro and it was damaged severely. There is no reason as to why the SUV was there, and whoever was driving was clearly an idiot as the area was closed off by the DC police to begin with. Secondly, my heart goes out to extra, Gabriella Cedillo, as well as her family. She was extremely injured while on set when a steel cable snapped from a car being towed, due to a failed weld. This steel cable hit Cedillo in the face and damaged her skull. Now for the movie itself, I liked this movie a lot more than others. I know people complained about the length, but movies of this epic proportion need to be this long. I will admit, the acting could have been a lot better a dramatic, but I really like how badass Shia Lebouf made Sam look in this movie. Yes, there were funny moments as well, but he is really good at being a lead character for the Transformers series. Replacing Megan Fox with Rose Huntington-Whiteley was a big concern for me, but I warmed up to the change as I came to realize it was a totally different character. Once I knew that I was okay with the change, especially when the first time you see her is that nice booty of hers. Her acting was pretty good, for it being her first ever film. If this was the last Transformers movie they should have ended it a lot better. Sure the last fight scene was good, but the way it ended was very weird and went to quickly. It was also very noticeable that the orchestral score from Inception was used in this movie. This movie was good, but for its length it could have been better. I give Transformer: Dark Of The Moon at 4 out of 5.

Death Angel Interview By Wheeling Rampage Productions

For those who are unfamiliar with the band, where did you come up with the name and who are the band members?

The band name came from a book. The current band members are:

Mark Osegueda – Lead Vocals
Rob Cavestany- Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals
Ted Aguilar – Rhythm Guitar
Will Carroll – Drums
Damien Sisson – Bass Guitar

What gear does each member use?

We use Mesa Boogie, Engl, Ampeg, Jackson Guitars, ESP guitars, Fender Guitars, Pearl Drums, Meinl Cymbals, Sennheiser, Line 6, Dunlop, EMG pickups, Furman, Voodoo Lab, Jet Setter Rigs & Monster Cables

How has Death Angel’s style of playing change over the years of the development of the Green Bay thrash movement?

We progressed & grew up as musicians & songwriters & we’re open minded & listen to a lot of music outside of metal.

Over the years, you had line-up changes. Did these changes effect the band’s overall sound?

Yes it did in a positive & productive way that lead us to write an aggressive album & tour relentlessly.

When you were just starting Death Angel in the early 80s, did you ever you think you would be as successful as you are now?

No. We just wanted to play in a band & write music. We never thought it would be this successful.

How did the hiatus effect the band as a whole or individually?

It affected us because we were not able to tour like a real band should.

What is your favourite venue or city to play in?

So many places. San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Europe (Holland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Slovenia ect).

What was the worst venue you have ever played in?

There are so many, but they shall remain nameless.

Was 70 000 tons of metal exciting to play? What were your feelings about playing on a cruise ship?

It was one of the best times & shows the band has ever been a part of.

What would you say was the highest point in Death Angel’s career and what was the lowest?

The high point was headlining the Dynamo Festival & The Warfield in San Francisco. Low point was the accident.

Do you have any tips or pointers for bands who are just starting?

Stick to what you believe in & never give up. Listen to many styles of music & be open minded.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Man Dies While Not Wearing Helmet While Driving Motorcycle In Protest Of Helmet Law, RageQuit: God of War 3, FreddieW: Man vs. Katamari, Tobuscus: Hot Spangled Banner, EpicMealTime: Candy Pizza, FPSRussia: M240 Rampage, TheGameStation: Game Genie: Episode 5 (Finale), Iron Gamer: Dance Central, Sunday (Friday Parody), AlkiStevens: Cone-ing Is The New Planking, Get Her Number: Picking Up Girls Using Rap Lyrics

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a great Canada Day weekend if you are Canadian and a great 4th of July if you are American. I posted an interview with Wisconsin-based thrash metalband Lazarus A.D. which you can read here. I also have more interviews coming soon as well so look out for those. Here is today’s news, I’m going to try to keep these regular during the summer. We will see what happens.

Man Dies While Not Wearing Helmet While Driving Motorcycle In Protest Of Helmet Law

A man died in New York on Sunday while he and five-hundred-fifty of motorcyclists protested against the state law of mandatory helmet wearing on the two-wheeled vehicles. The police say that the fifty-five year old Philip A. Contos hit is braes and that the motorcycle he was driving fishtailed. Thus sending him over the handles of the 1983 Harley and hitting his head on the pavement. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, although I doubt they needed to check his vitals to see that. Jack Keller of the NYPD told ABC News 9 in Syracuse: "The medical expert we discussed the case with who pronounced him deceased stated that he would've no doubt survived the accident had he been wearing a helmet." The protest ride was organized by American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) which is a group of enthusiasts who lobby for motorcycle awareness, as well as freedom. ABATE’s Onondaga chapter sponsored the helmet protest ride for the past eleven years every 4th of July weekend. The Syracuse chapter president Christinea Rathun told ABC News 9: "ABATE is very saddened and still shocked about the fact that we've lost another rider in Philip and that our hearts go out to him and our prayers as well." New York is one of the twenty states that requires helmet wearing when driving motorcycles. Jim Hedlund, a member of the Governors Highway Safety Association, told Associated Press that wearing a helmet that meets federal standards will reduce the chance of fatality in an accident by more than forty percent. ABATE still believes that motorcyclists should have the choice about how they ride and says on their New York website: Mandatory helmet laws do nothing to prevent accidents. The decision on when to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle should remain with each responsible adult rider."

That’s it for today, one piece of news. This is only because of how much other crap I have for you guys tonight. First we have the newest Rage Quit from Rooster Teeth, in which Michael plays God of War 3. Next is a new FreddieW that is based around Katamari Damacy. Toby Turner came out with another tune sung with the word hot and for the 4th of July, he did the Star Spangled Banner. The fourth video I have for you is the newest Epic Meal Time as the guys make a candy pizza, got to love gay bacon. FPSRussia has come out with a new gun video, as he shows us the M240. The next two videos are from The Game Station as we see the finale, and possible second season, of the Game Genie and the latest Iron Gamer, in which we see Dance Central being played. The next video is a parody of Friday by Rebecca Black called Sunday, this song drove me nuts and I really hate it so I thought maybe you should have to watch it too! The second last video I have for you comes from Alki Stevens as he invents the new act called cone-ing. The last video I have for you is the latest Get Her Number video as they try to pick up girls using rap lyrics

Monday, July 4, 2011

Lazarus A.D. Interview By Wheeling Rampage Productions

Where did the name Lazarus A.D. come from?

Our name comes from the story of  Jesus Raising Lazarus from the Dead. The story itself is a lesson about persevering through difficult trials. We added the AD to the name after some old shit ass band that never did anything threatened to sue us if we didn’t change our name.

For those who don’t know, who is in the band and what do they play?

We are an in your face metal band from Kenosha Wisconsin. We play loud and if you’re not careful you might snap your neck from the uncontrollable headbanging our music will cause you to do.

What gear does each member use?

We currently use ESP, EVH, Pearl, Ampeg, Paiste, those are the main companies.

Who writes the lyrics and is there any main theme or topic to the songs? What are some of your more popular songs about?

Dan and I both write the lyrics. The topics of the songs vary from being political to personal endeavours. I’m not going to say what the songs are about I leave that to the fans to interpret. The songs mean different things to different people and who am I to tell them differently.

With Black Rivers Flow being your second album, how did it change affect your playing since your debut album?

It really shows progression and growth from “The Onslaught.” We knew some people wouldn’t like it because they’re too involved with their strict concept of “thrash.” Then again we also knew that most people would love it and we’d open up to more fans. It turned out to be a great album that is getting great review and in our minds we definitely believe it to be our best work. It really shows an evolution and that was the biggest thing we looked for with it. It was a way for us to have our own sound and show that we are capable of making great music.

I have read that the band had some personal tragedies at the time of recording that album, what had happened?

Dan's Dad was dying of Cancer throughout the entire writing process We practice at Dan's house and thats where his father was being treated. Every day we came to write, we would first see him, and literally, every day it became worse. We watched a man (whom we all felt was the strongest and most lively person we've ever known and happened to be our number 1 supporter from the start, fall to a disease and crumble him to nothing, it was absolutely terrible and I would never wish anyone to have to go through something like that). My uncle (mid 40s) unexpectedly died of heart failure 10 days before we hit the studio (I and the band were very close to him). Dan's dad passed away 1 week later. I lost my cousin to cancer that week as well. Along with a good friend of my Dad's whom was a bass player too and use to mentor me when I was younger a few weeks after that during the recording, and Dan's brother's significant other passed away as well. We lost 5 people in less than a month, all during the writing and recording of this record. It was not easy to focus, but we still put forth every ounce of effort we could, all in the name of these people we lost.

What would be your favourite venue or city to play in thus far in your journey?

Tokyo, Japan is our favourite by far. It was such a great place to play. We can’t wait to make another trip out there.

Is there a venue that you could say was the worst venue you have ever played at?

We have played in a lot of shitty clubs to say the least. They are all the same none of them really stood out. They all suck in their own way.

How does it feel to be able to tour with some of the greats in the metal experience, for example Death Angel?

Its great getting a chance to tour with all these legends of metal hopefully we end up learning a few things along the way.

As bands grow they experience positive and negative times. What would you say was your all time high and all time low?

All time high was playing LOUDPARK festival in Japan. The all time low was having our shit ripped off in England. It really sucks when you are a stranger in a strange land. And some fucker breaks into your van and steals all your shit.

What has helped you out the most when bringing Lazarus A.D. to where they are now?

Baby Wipes! They are a must have on any tour. No in all honesty it’s the fans without them none of this would be possible. They are what drive us to succeed.

Are there any goals that you, or as a band, have for the future? Have you accomplished any goals you’ve had so far in your music career?

Our goal is to be able to pay our bills from playing music. Let’s be honest at this point we are a bunch of broke ass musicians struggling to survive. When we are the biggest fucking band in the world then we will have reached our goal.

What music does each member listen to these days?

We all love 70’s era rock bands as well as whats current on the charts today. We all have pretty eclectic tastes in music.

What is your opinion on the joining of Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, and Slayer to create the “Big Four” Tour?

They didn’t ask us to play and they have yet to take us out on tour so in the end it doesn’t mean shit to us.  Besides it’s not like they have a full tour booked in the US they are playing a couple of shows.

Thanks you for letting me conduct an interview with you and I hope to see you in Toronto at one of our future tour dates!