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I talked with
Sean Peck, vocalist and visionary for the metal band, CAGE, as they were about to
visit ground zero in New York City. Sean Peck Is an author, vocalist, heavy metal
spokesman. His imagination knows no limits. He is the Stephen King of heavy
metal. I found this metal vocalist to be
full of ideas and driven to bring his band to the forefront of legendary metal
So what's new in
the CAGE world today?
We are on the tour and today we will be doing a little sightseeing
at ground zero.
In Light of recent
events overseas. How do you feel about security?
I am actually going over to Israel Dec 17th, on the Metal
Titans Show.So that is going to be a
different perspective. They deal with it 24-7. It's a fine line between
balancing personal liberty and protection. I'm not all for massive phone
tapping. Everyone should just be strapping a pistol to their side. Let the
chips fall where they may. If someone had a gun at the concert in Paris then
there might have only been like two casualties. Killing stops when a good guy
with a gun shows up.
Tell me about the
The new album "Ancient
Evil". It's a horror concept story based on a 150 novella I wrote.
Takes place in London England in 1869. We are all King Diamond fans so we
decided to try our hands at something along the lines of ABIGAIL or THEM.It's a 78 minute, 19 track mega epic horror
story. The reviews have been hailing it as one our best albums ever. We tried
on purpose not to make it too complicated and it seems I underestimated the
metal community because people are rocking out to it on first play.
When you sat down
with the band to begin writing this concept idea. Did you have an idea that it
would be as lengthy as it turned out in the end?
Well we followed kind of one song per chapter. That was the
formula but then we had like five or six pieces. There are sound effects also
to set the mood. Blaze Bailey(ex-Iron Maiden Vocalist) did the voice
over for the main character. He did a great job playing the main character,
Eliot Worthington. It came out like Radio Theater. Then we added another track
based off the cover on the record.
How did working
with Blaze come about?
Well I needed someone with an English accent. I sang Man On the
edge with him when we opened for them. So we became real good friends. Just a
great guy. The guy should be a motivational speaker as a side job. Really
Do you jam out the
ideas or is everything already written by you or someone else in the band?
The writing of the songs are all different. Sometimes the
guitar player has a whole piece composed. Sometimes I have a verse and melody
and they finish it. It's a real collaboration. Then we just jam. Ancient Evil
was written using every kind of writing technique. This took about a year and a
half to write the whole thing. We had finished it last year. We signed with a
new label so we had to postpone the release for a year.
Do you have
control or does the label as far as creativity?
This is the first time we have had a label exert control.
Heavy suggestions. Before we would give a label the product and they would just
say ok that's great. This label want to control photos, videos and they are
really helping with the tour. So it's really cool because they show they care.
They want to develop us and see a big future for us.
Where do you see
the band in five years?
In five years...bigger than maiden. Got our own plane..no
two planes..Biggest stage set you have ever seen. Lasers and robotic Godzillas
fighting on stage while we play. That is where I see the band. My imagination
has no limits. If I had an unlimited budget then I would put on a crazy show.
You can tell you're
excited about this band. Tell me some things that you do that are different
from other metal acts out there.
On this record, Ancient Evil, we have a book, an audio book.
E book. We have a music video that is basically a horror movie. We are trying
to innovate in the idea department.I
can see this album becoming a horror movie. If you change the metal formula you
lose the essence of what this music really is. It loses the emotions.We were raised on Iron Maiden, Metal Church, Wasp
and all that great stuff mixed into a blender and we speed it up by about 35 beats
per minute. Something that every metal fan can find something they like in the
music of CAGE.
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Sabaton was formed back in 1999 in Falun, Sweden when the members of a band called "Aeon" reformed and rearmed for the upcoming first recording in Moon Music Studio. The founding members of Aeon: Rikard, Pär and Daniel Mullback had joined forces with Oskar and Joakim earlier during the year which had seen a few line-up changes and the guys decided on a fresh start and changed the name of the band to Sabaton. These are the same guys you see on stage today.
As a young proto-metalhead living in the hard streets of Riverside, Rhode Island we would all gather at whoever had the latest vinyl release and rock out for hours. Discussing techniques, listening to lyrics, guitar solos. The best albums offered up energy at its purest form. It transmitted from the vinyl grooves right into our little teenage brains. You could literally feel what the band or artist was trying to convey.
Metallica's latest release, Hardwired to self destruct offers up a modern day version of that same energy and spirit from days gone by. It is a powerful statement from a band that many had written off. One song...Now were all dead...that is the only song you need to listen to. But there are many, many more. This is grade a material from a group of artists who managed to capture their energy and channel it through this disc. This is real, this is power, this is the definition of a classic metal album.
Another great sign of a good, solid album is that you can list…