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Interview with Christopher Bowes from GloryHammer, Alestorm
I had the unique
pleasure of interviewing keyboardist extraordinaire, Christopher Bowes from
GloryHammer and Alestorm fame. His keen insight into the state of Pirate metal,
Theatrics, and all things metal in general was eye opening.
What is the percentage of writing that you do versus everyone
else in the band?
"Everyone writes. I
write about 75% of the music. I let the guitarist make the riffs. I know what a
power chord is but that is about it as far as guitar goes. "
So you allow each musician to input what he can.
" It's not an ego driven solo project
where I can show off my keyboard skills. The music comes first."
How do you approach a new tour?
"I try to do very
little. Try to forget about until the night before the tour starts. Then I just
shove a couple of socks and pants into a bag and get on the bus. I've done so
many tours it's second nature to me now."
And the band?
" This band has never
toured together before so it's a little more stressful. But at the same time it
is exciting. We might do a little more prep work than usual."
GloryHammer has such a catchy power chord driven how to its
sound. How do you plan on transferring that style and audio to the stage?
want to take the story from the album and give it a full theatrical production
on stage. Crazy lights, sword fights onstage. That sort of thing."
Your other band, Alestorm, created a pirate metal vibe.
Where do you see the next album going in terms of direction?
the same style for the next album. This one was more medieval fantasy, knights,
dragons and wizards. The next album will be set in the distant future, spaceships,
aliens and also wizards. We have a concept mapped out for at least seven
albums. The story with recurring main characters will travel thru time."
Any plans to play the states?
" We would love to play
the states. No reason that it's not gonna happen. Should be doing some festival
tours, maybe a UK headlining tour by the end of the year. I want to tour this
band a lot."
Any place you have not played but would like to?
" Been to a lot of
places around the world. Japan would be cool."
Gloryhammer has a
unique power metal sound and their passion for creating a metal vision is
apparent in Christopher's responses. He shares his vision of what metal should
encompass with the world. Any fans of catchy, power chord driven, metal, should
check out his band GloryHammer and also Alestorm.
New England Metal & Hardcore Festival feat. Sabaton
KATATONIA, HammerFall, Amorphis, Caspian, Delain, Swallow The Sun, Battle Beast, Leaves Eyes, Circuit Of Suns, And MANY MORE TBA!!!
Sat, April 22, 2017Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm
$45.00 - $50.00Tickets
This event is all agesNew England Metal & Hardcore Festival ***2-DAY PASS** Available Here: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1394330http://www.thepalladium.net/event/1394344/
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…