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Plagues Of Babylon
This is the album that should set the bar higher than
before. Plagues Of Babylon is a tour de force of powerful metal riffs and
insanely gifted lyrics. This is the reason why so many metal fans around the
world love this band. Consistent, powerful, and passionate.
Not every day the vocalist from one of metals biggest bands
calls you. Stu Block, vocalist, was sincere and laid back and he was very
excited to talk about Iced Earths latest offering, Plagues Of Babylon.
Congrats on the
upcoming release. Sounds amazing.
Cool man. Glad you
liked it. Always excited to bring metal to the masses.
How do you prepare
mentally and vocally for the studio and tour?
Just try to keep a
clear head. Get a lot of sleep and stay hydrated.Make sure I'm rehearsed and all that stuff.
Are you the main
lyricist or is it a shared job.
Johnis the riff machine. So he has the riffs and
he builds on them. I help with the lyrics, melody, and the cadences. I present
ideas to him and he helps tweak them.
Where did you
record the Album?
Recorded in Germany at
The album seems to
be split in half with one section concerned with a zombie apocalypse and the
other a series of unconnected songs.
We realized we could
tell the story of the zombie apocalypse in 6 songs. So we figured we had to add
another 6 stand alone songs.
Track 8 is a
reference to the H.P. Lovecraft character, Cthulhu. Are you a fan of Lovecraft?
I love Lovecraft. I
wrote the lyrics for that one. Initially it was Johns idea. We were getting
drunk on the beach and I said we should write a song about the ocean. And he
said we should write about Cthulhu rising from the ocean. So that was the seed
I think the song
is awesome. I am a big Lovecraft fan as well.
When you get a hold of
the lyrics I would be interested in your opinion especially as a fan of
The song has that
New England Metal feel
Rush, Priest, Iced
Earth, Maiden, some local Vancouver bands. Cannibal Corpse
Anything in your
musical closet that Iced Earth fans might not expect?
Mumford and sons. I
like the Celtic upbeat vibe. Amazing lyrics.
How involved are
you with social media?
I have a fan page on
facebook. I post occasionally
Is there a vinyl
version of the new album?
Yes. Limited edition
John is very vocal
about his politics. Where do you stand?
John doesn't tell
people they have to think a certain way, that's not how he rolls, man. He's
very well read. It opened my eyes.
from the road?
So far, shoot man a
lot. To date...on the Iced earth website there is a video of us dressed like
100 years from now
what will people say about Plagues Of Babylon?
If they say anything
about the album at all then we did something right brother(laughs). I think they
will say it is a great piece of musical history and in the bands history.
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival feat. Sabaton
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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…