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Heavy Metal Interviews

Cut through all the bullshit, poorly written articles and
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These interviews will help you stay ahead of the game. Hear the
latest details about new albums being recorded, updates from the latest
concerts, revealing in-depth insights, member and label disputes or
even lawsuits! Don’t be led astray, get the facts from the source.

Avenged Sevenfold Interview

December 30th, 2007

The Orange County hell raisers were in old London Town of late, so Cardinal Doran decided to dust off the thumbscrews. Only to find that the tongues of M. Shadows and The Rev had already been loosened by the famously potent English ale.

The video to 'Bat Country' looks like the most fun in the world, what was it like hanging out with all those semi-naked girls?
A Jealous Fan Who Doesn't Get Laid Enough, Dorset

The Rev:(slurring) "I dunno, what does it feel like to you when you're jerking off to it?"
M. Shadows: (laughing) "Tell it like it is. That's it!"
Hammer: Who was the director?
M. Shadows: "Mark Klasfeld. He's this amazing director that we really love. He did the Bloodhound Gang video. He did the Sum 41 video and a bunch of other films that just looked really cool. He did a Jay-Z video. In fact we wanted it to have a hip-hop vibe to it, meaning the lights and shit like that had to be so people could still tell it was a rock video."
Hammer: 'Bat Country' is all about hard living in Las Vegas and the writer Hunter S Thompson, who died recently. Did you see what they did with his ashes?
M. Shadows: "I didn't see it because we were on tour but I read about it. They fired him out of a canon with some fireworks on his ranch in Aspen, Colorado. That was awesome." Hammer: What sort of ceremony do you want when you die?
M. Shadows: "To tell you the truth, I haven't thought about it and I don't really want to either. It's too far away... I hope."
The Rev: (practically incomprehensible) "I'd rather at this point, although I might regret it later, die in an accident or car crash or something."
M. Shadows: "You see, this is a creepy interview, man. They'll use this in a year's time with me saying, 'It's too far away.' And then they'll cut to a person in the studio saying, 'And that's the last interview they ever did'. Creepy."
The Rev: "I just want to get brutally murdered by my ex-girlfriend. I won't want music at my funeral. Music will be the reason for my death so I will be bitter towards it at that point."
M. Shadows: "You should throw a party for all of your friends though."
The Rev: "Good point. Yeah, I'll throw a party. You could make a life-sized dummy of me and stick it in the corner as if I'm at the party. How cool would that be?!"
Hammer: The English philosopher, Jeremy Bentham, left his body to University College London where they embalmed him, gave him a wax head and kept him in a cupboard. Now when they have a meeting they put his corpse at the table and put down in the minutes that he is present but not voting.
The Rev: "No! That's awesome."

When you were growing up, which rock star did you pretend to be in front of the bedroom mirror?Alex, Hammer message board

M. Shadows: (massive pause)...
The Rev: (massive pause) "I don't even remember what the question was."
Hammer: Which rock star did you pretend to be? Did you pretend to be Kate Bush and tuck your cock in between your legs?
M. Shadows: "Yes! Everyone tucks their dick between their legs and checks it out in the mirror! Everyone has done that!"
The Rev: "Yeah, just like everyone tries to suck their own dick!"
Hammer: Did you make it though?
The Rev: "I possibly might have."
M. Shadows: "It's no big thing. Everyone likes to suck their own dick, or to at least try."
The Rev: "It's an LA night out. A guy sucking his own dick. What was the question again?"
M. Shadows: "I used to pretend to be Eddie Van Halen and got my mom to write to the fan club thinking that he would write back to me. But they sent me a poster and it was signed. This was back when MTV was just starting and it was a big thing. I had that poster for a long time but then sold it only to find out that now it is worth super amounts of money.
The Rev: "The only letter I wrote was to Mike Patton. Me and Synyster (Gates) wrote to him saying that we had discovered he was gay because of the lyrics to 'My Ass Is On Fire' by Mr Bungle. And someone wrote back saying 'Sorry, Mike is the only one who isn't flaming in Mr Bungle'. They actually wrote that to us."
M. Shadows: "Wow!"

The Rev is on record as saying he enjoys "cutting bitches". How seriously are we supposed to take that statement?
The Concerned Feminist, Croydon

M. Shadows: (roaring with laughter) "Dude!"
The Rev: (puts head in hands): "The Concerned Feminist?"
M. Shadows: "Fuck you dumb bitch! You can suck my dick. Jesus Christ, I hate that fucking shit. It's fucking bullshit."
The Rev: "That's a good answer."
M. Shadows: "No, seriously dude. Who fucking cares?"
The Rev: "You don't take that shit to heart because..."
M. Shadows: "That's all we've got to say on that subject."
Hammer: That's all you've got to say?
M. Shadows: "Yup."

If you could have one super power each, what would they be?Stan Lee, Ipswich

M. Shadows: "Ridding the world of feminists."
The Rev: "I would wear a cloak (three week pause) of invisibility."
Hammer: Okaaaaaay. Who would win in a fight between the Mekon and Professor Xavier of The X-Men?
The Rev: "Professor X would win. But he's human right? So maybe not. Professor X is a cripple ass bitch and I'm going to fuck him up. And Patrick Stewart."
Hammer: "You say that now after a few pints but Patrick Stewart has the cold dead eyes of a killer. He'd fuck you up.
The Rev: "I cut bitches up. So I'll definitely cut that bitch up."

If someone were to run a book on which member of A7X was to end up in prison first, who would the smart money be on?
Tom, Sheffield

Hammer: Given that The Reverend has been in prison seven times, I think he means for the first time after I ask this question.
The Rev: "If it's for a short time it would be me."
M. Shadows: "And if it was for a long time it would be me."
The Rev: "He has got a switch in his head that could get flipped at the wrong moment." Hammer: He does have the cold dead eyes of Patrick Stewart now that you mention it.
M. Shadows: "That's fucking right."
The Rev: "I think that is one of his greatest fears; that switch being thrown at the wrong time. And that would be it. Jail for life. I've only ever been in jail for stupid shit like fights. When I was over here I thought I was going to be in jail for ages, the guy was in hospital getting tests and if he had have pressed charges it would have been for a long time. It can get worked out though. When I was 15 I was on trial for armed robbery with a friend and that got plea-bargained down. I definitely don't recommend doing things like this by the way because you'll end up in jail. We were just stupid thieves. We had been paid a very small amount of money to steal some computer components. The security guards saw us and chased us. We jumped in the car and sped off with one of them hanging onto the car and grabbing onto us through the window."
M. Shadows: "They got it on CCTV footage. The best film ever. They've got him, 15, fighting three security guards."
The Rev: "Yeah, mom found it and threw it away. I can't find it anywhere."

I can't resist a second question, which one of you will be the first to die?Tom, Sheffield

M. Shadows: "Probably Johnny [Christ] next time he buys a car. He totalled one recently, drunk driving. A concerned mad parent is going to write in to Metal Hammer now and say, 'Are you serious about that drunk driving thing?'"
The Rev: "He bought a brand new car and was saying, 'Hey, check it out.' He drank a fifth and drove it straight into a parked truck, three doors away from his house. Johnny woke up in jail, like, 'What happened?' No insurance because he'd only just bought it."
Hammer: Talking of death, why is it that ghosts of children are so terrifying when real children aren't scary in the slightest? M. Shadows: "If it's a ghost child, it means something horrible happened to it early in life. That's why they're frightening."

Have you ever had your arse kicked in a fight?
Marques of Queensbury, Queensbury

M. Shadows: "Probably when I was younger. But it hasn't happened since grade school. The thing to remember [about fighting] is to keep your hands up in front of your face and then keep on destroying. It's no good punching someone once then letting up.
Hammer: Is it alright to stick your thumb, really hard, into someone's eye?
M. Shadows: "If you are in a bar fight it's alright to do whatever you want."
Hammer: "In that case, is it alright to stick your thumb really hard up a dude's ass?"
M. Shadows: "Yes! If his asshole is there and you need to hurt him, don't think twice! Listen, the thing is this: in a bar fight you don't know who you are dealing with. They could be lots tougher than you and if they know that, then you're in trouble."
The Rev: "Bottles first. Whatever you're drinking out of has to go over their head. "
M. Shadows: "Kick 'em or knee 'em in the face as hard as you can. Take 'em out."
The Rev: "But try and remain calm. Focus on what you are doing, ignore all the blows that are landing on your head from other people."
Hammer: But there always has to be a voice in your head that says stop, when you reach for a fire extinguisher...
M. Shadows: "I've had plenty of friends use fire extinguishers. It's so funny, you should mention that. I mean spraying though, not hitting. It's way funnier. They run round screaming and they can't breathe or anything."

I'm a gay reader and I think there is something terribly homo-erotic about your band, do you see what I mean?The Most Enthusiastic Swinger In Town, Aberdeen

The Rev: "I don't blame anyone for wanting to fuck us!"

Max Cavalera Interview

December 30th, 2007

He's not about to rejoin Sepultura at the moment, his most embarrassing record might actually get him killed and he's keen for you to know that he's never taken a shit on the Brazilian flag. Cardinal Gill applies the thumbscrews.

Who's your most famous friend?
Laura Palmer, London

Cavalera: "Er... Probably the invisible guy that lives in my head."
Hammer: Eh?
Cavalera: "He's always with me so to me he's more famous than anybody else I can think of."
Hammer: ...Erm, right.

Max, what was with the Kappa tracksuit?
Figurehead, message board

Cavalera: "It's not that I'm endorsed by anyone - I just like Soccer stuff. It's just an Italian track suit - a soccer thing."

The Soulfly debut features an appearance from one Fred Durst. quick question: why?
Sam Przyborowski, message board

Cavalera: "That was mostly [producer who has worked with many bands including Machine Head and Slipknot] Ross Robinson's idea, who was working with Limp Bizkit at the time. I didn't know Fred that much, but I heard the Limp Bizkit demo that he brought into the studio. He was like, 'I'm going to try something out in this song ['Bleed']' and it sounded cool, so we recorded with him."

Max, why are you so quick to piss on the fine work done by the boys of the Brazilian police force?
Jase, message board

Cavalera: "What? I piss on Brazilian cops?"
Hammer: I think they're referring to your run-in with the police in 1992. Ring any bells? Cavalera: "Oh yeah! I did a concert and we had a Brazilian flag onstage and the cops invented a story that I stamped on the flag. I got arrested for committing an act of terrorism against Brazil because I stepped on the flag. It got to the point that I received a phone call from someone... somebody from Nirvana, maybe Dave Grohl, who said, 'Why did you shit on the flag?' It escalated from stepping to spitting to pissing to shitting on the flag. None of that actually happened, but I did get to spend a few hours in custody."
Hammer: How did the police treat you?
Cavalera: "They were alright. I wasn't really behind bars. It was just a little office. I couldn't go anywhere for four hours, mainly because of the media involvement. Then I had my grandmother calling me to find out what's wrong with me, saying, 'What's the matter with you? You need to be spanked!' I was like, 'Grandma, I didn't do it! Honest to God, I didn't piss or shit on the flag! It was a police invention.' It might have something to do with the fact that in one of the songs we played I made 100,000 people sing, 'Fuck the police!' It was just out of boredom, I was just having some punk rock fun.

Do you regret getting your neck tattooed?
Tim Westcountry, message board

Cavalera: "No. Actually I need to get it finished. I need to get the Soulfly symbol here [points to his neck]... what do you guys call this?"
Hammer: Your Adam's apple.
Cavalera: "Right. I've talked to some people who have had it tattooed and they say they didn't like it, so I'm just waiting for a pissed-up day to do it."

I saw you at Ozzfest '98, it was one of the best gigs ever - do you agree?

Who's your most famous friend?
Laura Palmer, London

Cavalera: "Er... Probably the invisible guy that lives in my head."
Hammer: Eh?
Cavalera: "He's always with me so to me he's more famous than anybody else I can think of."
Hammer: ...Erm, right.

Max, what was with the Kappa tracksuit?
Figurehead, message board

Cavalera: "It's not that I'm endorsed by anyone - I just like Soccer stuff. It's just an Italian track suit - a soccer thing."

The Soulfly debut features an appearance from one Fred Durst. quick question: why?
Sam Przyborowski, message board

Cavalera: "That was mostly [producer who has worked with many bands including Machine Head and Slipknot] Ross Robinson's idea, who was working with Limp Bizkit at the time. I didn't know Fred that much, but I heard the Limp Bizkit demo that he brought into the studio. He was like, 'I'm going to try something out in this song ['Bleed']' and it sounded cool, so we recorded with him."

Max, why are you so quick to piss on the fine work done by the boys of the Brazilian police force?
Jase, message board

Cavalera: "What? I piss on Brazilian cops?"
Hammer: I think they're referring to your run-in with the police in 1992. Ring any bells? Cavalera: "Oh yeah! I did a concert and we had a Brazilian flag onstage and the cops invented a story that I stamped on the flag. I got arrested for committing an act of terrorism against Brazil because I stepped on the flag. It got to the point that I received a phone call from someone... somebody from Nirvana, maybe Dave Grohl, who said, 'Why did you shit on the flag?' It escalated from stepping to spitting to pissing to shitting on the flag. None of that actually happened, but I did get to spend a few hours in custody."
Hammer: How did the police treat you?
Cavalera: "They were alright. I wasn't really behind bars. It was just a little office. I couldn't go anywhere for four hours, mainly because of the media involvement. Then I had my grandmother calling me to find out what's wrong with me, saying, 'What's the matter with you? You need to be spanked!' I was like, 'Grandma, I didn't do it! Honest to God, I didn't piss or shit on the flag! It was a police invention.' It might have something to do with the fact that in one of the songs we played I made 100,000 people sing, 'Fuck the police!' It was just out of boredom, I was just having some punk rock fun.

Do you regret getting your neck tattooed?
Tim Westcountry, message board

Cavalera: "No. Actually I need to get it finished. I need to get the Soulfly symbol here [points to his neck]... what do you guys call this?"
Hammer: Your Adam's apple.
Cavalera: "Right. I've talked to some people who have had it tattooed and they say they didn't like it, so I'm just waiting for a pissed-up day to do it."

I saw you at Ozzfest '98, it was one of the best gigs ever - do you agree?Anon, message board

Cavalera: "His favourite gig and my favourite gig are probably two different ones but that was a very, very cool concert. I think in general the whole of Ozzfest '98 was great - it had a great vibe that year."

What's the most embarrassing record you own?
Anon, message board

Cavalera: "The stuff from Brazil shouldn't count, that stuff sounds like a third rate Frank Sinatra. Probably ['80s synth horrors] Sigue Sigue Sputnik... but in Brazil if you're a metal head and you like them you could probably actually get killed. They were a full-on new wave band, and metal and new wave were rivals so I listen to Sigue Sigue Sputnik in the dark when no friends are around."

When was the last time you spoke to your brother?
Joe North, message board

Cavalera: "On my birthday, August 4th. There are a lot of birthdays in August. My son's is in August, so is mine, and Marc (Rizzo) the guitar player has his two days before mine."

New Sepultura, do you like it?
Insineratehymn, message board

Cavalera: "I haven't heard it."

Having spent so long in the music business, has there ever been a point where you have thought about giving up?
Phill Bolton, Oxfordshire

Cavalera: "No, because for me music is the weapon, it is the fuel. If I give up music, I won't have the fuel any more. No matter how ugly the music industry gets, you still have the music itself to fight it with."
Hammer: So you'd never retire and do something else?
Cavalera: "I always say, I'll rest when I die. I find a way to connect my free time with my job. Very often I'll go on tour and I'll be wandering around weird neighbourhoods in Poland with the feeling that I'm actually not working, which is cool. So, no, I will never retire."

You toured with morbid angel this year. shouldn't you be touring with devildriver or someone like that?
Tim Westcountry, message board

Cavalera: "No, man. The tour with Morbid Angel was an awesome tour. I've known Morbid Angel for a very long time; they're actually pen pals of mine from back before I even left Brazil. They're excellent guys regardless of what their beliefs are about. I don't necessarily want to play with people who sound just like Soulfly."

Is your kid rebelling and listening to Coldplay and the Vengaboys?
Punchb0wl, message board

Cavalera: "They don't know what Coldplay is! Which is good."
Hammer: What are they listening to?
Cavalera: "They're actually into heavy stuff: Motörhead, Slayer, Terror and Black Sabbath. Actually we just toured with Sabbath, doing 10 shows in Europe, and the best thing for my kids was getting to watch Sabbath live on stage. Sabbath was one of the first bands I listened to when I was 13, and now the next generation love them - that's fucking awesome. But it wouldn't bother me if they liked some different type of music. It's the same with sports: they actually don't like soccer, they prefer to skateboard. I'm open minded, but for me - being Brazilian - that's a bummer."

What was it like meeting Paul Di'Anno?
Dr Benway, message board

Cavalera: "I met Paul Di'Anno for the first time in Serbia, at one of his gigs. He asked me from onstage to join him, so I got up there and sang 'Killers' with him. That was just the most amazing thing for me to do. Iron Maiden was my favourite band as a kid so it was always my dream to sing with Iron Maiden. It was absolutely amazing."
Hammer: Have you seen them on tour recently?
Cavalera: "No, but I know they're touring the first three albums at the moment [actually it's the first four albums - Pedantic Ed]. It would have been really cool to have Bruce and Paul touring. I love Bruce Dickinson, but I think the old stuff is much better. It's Paul's voice, it just has so much personality - I think they should have involved him."

How many times a day do you get asked when you're rejoining Sepultura?
Zoe Olive, Eaton

Cavalera: "Not a lot. Actually, less than people might think."

Dear Max, Sepultura have been shit since roots. when will you get back with them?
Figurehead, message board

Cavalera: "[Laughs] Well that's the first time today."
Hammer: Really?
Cavalera: "Yeah. My answer would be never say never - never say die. But at the moment I'm not thinking about a reunion."
Hammer: Why not?
Cavalera: "Because I'm not a big reunion fan. There's only a few that I've thought were necessary - most aren't and they actually ruin the original beauty of bands that should never be reunited. The Queen reunion wasn't good; to replace Freddie is pretty absurd."
Hammer: Don't you think Ozzy's retirement from Ozzfest hasn't come a moment too soon, and that Black Sabbath's recent performances have been a little disappointing?
Cavalera: "People always say, 'I only like old Black Sabbath.' Well you get to see old Black Sabbath right now. It doesn't get much cooler than this. Old Black Sabbath playing old Black Sabbath songs."
Hammer: So when are you going to have a Sepultura reunion?
Cavalera: "Things are going well with Soulfly so there's no point looking at a reunion.That's all I can say about that for now, Sorry!"

Anon, message boardCavalera: "His favourite gig and my favourite gig are probably two different ones but that was a very, very cool concert. I think in general the whole of Ozzfest '98 was great - it had a great vibe that year."

What's the most embarrassing record you own?
Anon, message board

Cavalera: "The stuff from Brazil shouldn't count, that stuff sounds like a third rate Frank Sinatra. Probably ['80s synth horrors] Sigue Sigue Sputnik... but in Brazil if you're a metal head and you like them you could probably actually get killed. They were a full-on new wave band, and metal and new wave were rivals so I listen to Sigue Sigue Sputnik in the dark when no friends are around."

When was the last time you spoke to your brother?
Joe North, message board

Cavalera: "On my birthday, August 4th. There are a lot of birthdays in August. My son's is in August, so is mine, and Marc (Rizzo) the guitar player has his two days before mine."

New Sepultura, do you like it?
Insineratehymn, message board

Cavalera: "I haven't heard it."

Having spent so long in the music business, has there ever been a point where you have thought about giving up?
Phill Bolton, Oxfordshire

Cavalera: "No, because for me music is the weapon, it is the fuel. If I give up music, I won't have the fuel any more. No matter how ugly the music industry gets, you still have the music itself to fight it with."
Hammer: So you'd never retire and do something else?
Cavalera: "I always say, I'll rest when I die. I find a way to connect my free time with my job. Very often I'll go on tour and I'll be wandering around weird neighbourhoods in Poland with the feeling that I'm actually not working, which is cool. So, no, I will never retire."

You toured with morbid angel this year. shouldn't you be touring with devildriver or someone like that?
Tim Westcountry, message board

Cavalera: "No, man. The tour with Morbid Angel was an awesome tour. I've known Morbid Angel for a very long time; they're actually pen pals of mine from back before I even left Brazil. They're excellent guys regardless of what their beliefs are about. I don't necessarily want to play with people who sound just like Soulfly."

Is your kid rebelling and listening to Coldplay and the Vengaboys?
Punchb0wl, message board

Cavalera: "They don't know what Coldplay is! Which is good."
Hammer: What are they listening to?
Cavalera: "They're actually into heavy stuff: Motörhead, Slayer, Terror and Black Sabbath. Actually we just toured with Sabbath, doing 10 shows in Europe, and the best thing for my kids was getting to watch Sabbath live on stage. Sabbath was one of the first bands I listened to when I was 13, and now the next generation love them - that's fucking awesome. But it wouldn't bother me if they liked some different type of music. It's the same with sports: they actually don't like soccer, they prefer to skateboard. I'm open minded, but for me - being Brazilian - that's a bummer."

What was it like meeting Paul Di'Anno?
Dr Benway, message board

Cavalera: "I met Paul Di'Anno for the first time in Serbia, at one of his gigs. He asked me from onstage to join him, so I got up there and sang 'Killers' with him. That was just the most amazing thing for me to do. Iron Maiden was my favourite band as a kid so it was always my dream to sing with Iron Maiden. It was absolutely amazing."
Hammer: Have you seen them on tour recently?
Cavalera: "No, but I know they're touring the first three albums at the moment [actually it's the first four albums - Pedantic Ed]. It would have been really cool to have Bruce and Paul touring. I love Bruce Dickinson, but I think the old stuff is much better. It's Paul's voice, it just has so much personality - I think they should have involved him."

How many times a day do you get asked when you're rejoining Sepultura?
Zoe Olive, Eaton

Cavalera: "Not a lot. Actually, less than people might think."

Dear Max, Sepultura have been shit since roots. when will you get back with them?
Figurehead, message board

Cavalera: "[Laughs] Well that's the first time today."
Hammer: Really?
Cavalera: "Yeah. My answer would be never say never - never say die. But at the moment I'm not thinking about a reunion."
Hammer: Why not?
Cavalera: "Because I'm not a big reunion fan. There's only a few that I've thought were necessary - most aren't and they actually ruin the original beauty of bands that should never be reunited. The Queen reunion wasn't good; to replace Freddie is pretty absurd."
Hammer: Don't you think Ozzy's retirement from Ozzfest hasn't come a moment too soon, and that Black Sabbath's recent performances have been a little disappointing?
Cavalera: "People always say, 'I only like old Black Sabbath.' Well you get to see old Black Sabbath right now. It doesn't get much cooler than this. Old Black Sabbath playing old Black Sabbath songs."
Hammer: So when are you going to have a Sepultura reunion?
Cavalera: "Things are going well with Soulfly so there's no point looking at a reunion.That's all I can say about that for now, Sorry!"

God Forbid Interview

December 30th, 2007

You've got to give it to them, they're as hard as nails. They stop their van to have fights in the street, they're too ugly to get groupies and American magazines won't put them on the cover because they're black. But how will God Forbid fare under the thumbscrews of Cardinal Udo?

Flip magazine once put Living Color, who are black, on the cover and a reader sent the magazine back to them with the eyes burned out. Do you think this would happen in this day and age?
Hugh Scanlon, Worcester

Doc Coyle: "The reason that magazines don't put us on the cover is that we don't sell 100,000 records, but we have done some covers. It took us this long to get on the cover of Metal Maniacs and if there's one that will get returned with eyes burned out and crosses and all sorts of Dixie shit, it will probably be that magazine. The reason that it took so long for magazines in America - let's be real - is that they don't want to see no 'negroes' on the cover. They wanna see Zakk Wylde on the cover. You can imagine some dude in Alabama (in high pitched Southern drawl), 'What the fuck man... they put a niggrah on the cover.'"
Corey Pierce: "I had some real ignorant shit happen to me. One time in Virginia this guy came up to me and said, 'Goddamn man, how did a black guy learn to play drums like that?' And I'm like, 'Pretty much the way a white dude does...'"

Are you proud to be an American?
Ben Arnold, Plymouth

Corey Pierce: "I'm proud to be an American."
Doc Coyle: "We're all proud to be American. I love my country, it's just that there's a lot of fucked up shit there and we're not in control at any given time."
Dallas Coyle: "I'm moving to Middle Earth, man. That way I can drink ale and smoke pipeweed."
Corey Pierce: "I think as long as you got at least two people in the world you're gonna have war. If there was just two dudes left and they met up and one says to the other, 'Hey, welcome to my world,' and the other says, 'Your world? This shit's my world'. Pretty soon you got two dead niggas and that's when there'll be peace."
Doc Coyle: "Yeah, Mars doesn't really have any political problems at all."

Your latest album, 'Constitution Of Treason', is set after the end of civilisation as we know it. What's your favourite post-apocalypse movie?
S. Pliscombe, Cleveland

Doc Coyle: "I like Terminator 2, The Matrix."
Corey Pierce: "I go for The Matrix. When The Matrix came out it really threw me and I was going around thinking it was real."
Doc Coyle: "The only reason I don't pick The Matrix is cos the two sequels were so bad. Another one I love is a Japanese anime thing called Battle Angel Aelita. It's about this girl who's a robot. It's one of the best animes I've ever seen. It's also really, really depressing."
Dallas Coyle: "I think Akira is great. I think as far as post-apocalyptic movies go that had one of the craziest storylines."
Hammer: Is there a big Matrix influence through-out 'Constitution Of Treason'?
Dallas Coyle: "Yeah there is. Bigger than The Bible."

Do you get a lot of groupies?
Tom Gill, Newport

Doc Coyle: "I wouldn't call them groupies..."
Corey Pierce: "I think there's a lot of personal pursuit. Some girls like some dudes and that's a great connection. That's a happy thing."
Doc Coyle: "It depends on the tour. If it's with Cannibal Corpse, it's safe to say that there aren't gonna be a lot of ladies there."
Corey Pierce: "And the ones that are you don't wanna know."
Doc Coyle: "But if you're on tour with Avenged Sevenfold..."
Corey Pierce: "There's some fine booty."
Doc Coyle: "But in general, no."
Corey Pierce: "No."
Dallas Coyle: "No."
Hammer: Do you get obsessive male fans?
Dallas Coyle: "This one time in Texas there was this dude, this motherfucker was just following me around, shadowing me. And I was like (mimes shuffling sideways to avoid somebody) and he was always right there."
Corey Pierce: "I had this guy trying to talk to me when I was taking a shit and I didn't appreciate that too much."

What's the worst thing about being in a band with your brother and what's the worst thing about being in a band with two brothers?
N. Gallagher, Manchester

Corey Pierce: "For me the worst thing about being in a band with two brothers is listening for hours to the endless arguments and not being able to choke either one of the motherfuckers to death."
Dallas Coyle: "The problem with being in a band with your brother is that you can't find any kind of a simple answer because when you're yelling at each other, instead of the argument going in a straight line it goes in a circle. And you don't get a resolution any time soon 'cos the argument that started on Wednesday is still going around a week later."

Have you two brothers ever had a fist fight and if so who won?
Hank Cooper, Walthamstow

Doc Coyle: "Oh yeah."
Corey Pierce: "Remember that time in the parking lot? We had just come back from a show and we pulled up in the parking lot. I was just getting out of the van and I see these two (Doc and Dallas) wrestling in the dark in the fucking parking lot outside their dad's house. I mean, what the fuck happened in five minutes between getting out of the van and walking across the parking lot? And the next day they were hurting. Doc's shoulder was all fucked up. I remember once in the middle of the afternoon we pulled up on a busy street so that they could go at it. When these two go at it, me and Byron [Davis, singer] just pop open a couple of beers and watch."

If you were God, what would you forbid?
Dave Hume, Edinburgh

Dallas Coyle: "Other people."
Doc Coyle: "Work."
Corey Pierce: "I would forbid all the other dudes and I would be by myself getting all of that beautiful ass."
Dallas Coyle: "I'd forbid ugly people."
Doc Coyle: "But if you forbade ugly people, even the most beautiful people would start to look ugly." Corey Pierce: "I guess so."
Doc Coyle: "I would forbid pop-punk bands, motherfuckers that put their hair like this [demonstrates emo hair-over-the-eye style]. I'd forbid Aiden. The most homoerotic band on the entire planet."
Corey Pierce: "I would forbid chicks with bad tempers."
Hammer: Isn't that all of them?
Corey Pierce: "That's not true, man. I can tell you from first hand experience that some of them are way worse than others. Way worse!"

Why are you such a pessimistic band?
Christian Morte, Huddersfield

Doc Coyle: "We've been going for nine years now and... and I think we're definitely gonna call the next album 'A Day Late And A Dollar Short'.
Dallas Coyle: "I don't think we're pessimistic so much as... we work hard, man, and bad shit just keeps happening to us."
Doc Coyle: "I think for every good thing that happens to us there's 90 things that are fucked up."
Corey Pierce: "There's also some ridiculous stories that circulate about us that just aren't true. Like this guy that said that I was gonna beat him up. Like this guy who is a bit paranoid said that me and Byron got him in the corner and beat the shit out of him and this got back to our people, to the label, the promoters, and it went around five different places in a day. I woke up to 15 messages on my phone. You know, 'My god! What happened?' All these people were saying 'Yes, we know he's crazy, but what did you do?' I mean, if I did want to shank this dude's ass, you would never find out that it was me."

You were recently on tour with Avenged Sevenfold. Did you all vote for George W Bush as well then?
Phil Free, Dalry, Ayrshire

Doc Coyle: "No. I was over here in Europe so I had to do an absentee ballot. They actually denied that my signature was the same as on the form when I registered. My dad was like, 'This is a whole new conspiracy'.
Dallas Coyle: "New Jersey is 70 per cent Democrat anyway. It's like a game of chess for these people. I honestly feel that unless they change to a popular vote then our votes don't really count. Until there's more than two choices there's no point voting."
Doc Coyle: "I'm gonna start my own political party and the first thing on the agenda is to legalise weed." Corey Pierce: "I'm gonna start my own religion called the Lay Down And Watch DVDs church. I won't have to pay taxes to the man any more. I'll be a priest of Lay Down And Watch DVDs. We preach hedonism and drugs - except heroin or crack or crystal meth, 'cos I'm not down with any of that shit."

If you were a character from Star Wars who would it be?
Paula Temple, Slough

Doc Coyle: "I'd definitely be Obi Wan as he's the voice of peace and reason."
Dallas Coyle: "I think I'd be the Emperor. You know, 'Choose the dark side'. The dark side calls me every day."
Hammer: And do you answer?
Dallas Coyle: "Yes I do. I'm going to Hell for this shit."
Corey Pierce: "I'd be Lando Calrissian, Billy Dee Williams, the only black brother in space. George Bush ain't gonna let no black people ride the space shuttle... it's like Cedric The Entertainer said, 'You goin' to the moon? We goin' to the moon. We'll be right behind you in a space shuttle with a Cadillac grille, one headlight broke and the tags all wrong'. I used to think that there were a whole lotta places that black people aren't at, like Finland. I'd think, 'Black people don't belong there.' That's the way I used to think! But everywhere we go there's black people. I know this 'cos every single one of them comes up to me and gives me the head-nod."
Doc Coyle: "We're gonna start the hustle like all these Somalian and Haitian dudes we meet over here in Europe."
Corey Pierce: "That's it, man. Get you a sack of chronic and a bootleg Nelly DVD. And we can tell you where the nearest fried chicken joint is!"

Bullet For My Valentine Interview

December 30th, 2007

Bullet For My Valentine are quickly becoming one of the biggest UK metal bands around. Does this mean they get special treatment? Does it balls! Tie them up and make ‘em sweat! Gagging and bounding:HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE TAGGED IN VARIOUS PRESS AS 'THE NEW METALLICA'? PETE, message board
Michael 'Padge' Padget: “To be tagged that is cool, but I don’t think that it's true.”
Matt Tuck: “Of course we’re not, we've only done one album!”
Padge: “It’s most definitely a compliment though. Just as it would be to be compared to Iron Maiden or Judas Priest or any of those classic metal acts.”

DOES IT WORRY YOU THAT YOU GET ASKED A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR IMAGE RATHER THAN THE MUSIC YOU MAKE?
MARK, LONDON
Matt: “We don’t write the questions! It's the UK press that are asking us questions like that.”
Hammer: So what’s the most ridiculous question you have ever been asked?
Matt: “’Would you ever wank off a horse?’”
Jason ‘Jay’ James: “’How many times a day do you wank?’ That’s the most ridiculous question ever. Why would anyone want to ask that when there are so many other questions that you could ask.” Michael ‘Moose’ Thomas: “Yeah, like, ‘Would you ever wank off a cow?’”

WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND TO OTHER BANDS SO THEY CAN RISE TO THE POSITION YOU'RE AT NOW?
AKETCHON, DORETERNA
Jay: “Get ready to make some unbelievable sacrifices, ‘cos they have to happen if you want it.” Hammer: What’s the biggest sacrifice that you have had to make to be in this band?
Moose: “I missed the birth of my daughter ‘cos we were doing a photo shoot. That was a biggie. But it was all right though; I was home the next day. Then there’s the part where you lose friends and loved ones because people leave you as you are not around any more.”
Hammer: Are there friends that have stuck by you regardless?
Padge: “Yeah, the real friends.” Hammer: How many of them do you have left?
Padge: “You can count them on one hand.”
Moose: “On one finger!” Jay: “I have quite a few. As long as I go to see them when I come home, then they are like, ‘Hey what’s going on?’.”
Hammer: Do people mind you telling them about all the cool stuff you have been up to?
Jay: “If they are genuinely your friend, then they would be interested and they would be excited to hear about it all.”

WHAT’S THE MOST ROCK’N’ROLL THING YOU’VE BOUGHT WILL ALL YOUR MILLIONS? VANIA, BULGARIA.
Padge: “Millions? Ha ha! Millions of Yen perhaps! I bought a guitar. It’s a Gibson Flying V. It’s worth about £800 I think. I’ll be playing that tonight at our show.”
Hammer: How do your endorsees Jackson feel about that?
Padge: “Who?” Matt: “Jackson won’t endorse him now because they don’t like him. I am a Jackson boy though.”
Jay: “I haven’t bought anything. I am saving towards a house.”
Moose: “Well, I bought an iPod. It was only a 20Gb one though, ‘cos I was skint.”
Matt: “I bought a car, but it’s nothing special, it’s just my car. Then I bought my chopper in Denmark. We had to dismantle it and put it in the boot of the bus so that customs didn’t see it and charge me.”
Moose: “Yeah, the bus driver got really pissed off with us. So we told him to shut up.”
Matt: “We told him to shut his fucking mouth and do what he was fucking paid for. Shut up bitch!”

LET’S SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT: WHAT DO YOU REALLY THINK OF your fellow countrymen FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND AND THE LOSTPROPHETS?
BILLY, NORTHUMBERLAND.
Padge: “Personally I think that they are both great, and I especially like Funeral because they are cool as fuck.”
Jay: “I think that the Funeral boys are absolutely awesome, and they are all cool guys and we all get on, I like all their music and everything that they have brought out. As for the Lostprophets, I don’t know those people. I only know one of them but he’s not even in the band any more. Their music? I am not really into it, but it’s catchy stuff and it’s doing well.”
Moose: “I like Funeral and I like the Lostprophets.”
Matt: “Funeral are wicked boys, I love them to bits and I love their music as well. Lostprophets, I am just not a fan really.”
Hammer: Do you know what kind of direction the Lostprophets’ new material will go? Matt: “From what we have heard from certain people, it’s going to be like the Black Crowes, which could be really wicked I reckon.”
Hammer: Apparently they have a whole new look too. Any guesses as to what it’ll be? Moose: “It’s black PVC isn’t it?”
Padge: “Spandex and hairspray.”
Moose: “A bit of Zoolander ‘Blue Steel’ perhaps…”
WHAT ONE THING DO PEOPLE NEVER PRINT ABOUT bullet for my valentine? JIM, HACKNEY.
Moose: “That we are really nice guys.”
Padge: “We are just genuine, dopey Welsh people.”
Matt: “Everyone thinks that we are assholes, just because we are getting press. All those people are jealous and they can just go suck my cock! What you don’t hear is that it’s the press that come to us with this shit, we don’t go to them for it. Why are we going to say no, if it’s going to give us exposure?”
Jay: “We just answer the questions that we have been asked and try to answer them honestly.”
Hammer: Do you think that the majority of shit that you get is from people that are jealous?
Matt: “Yeah.”
Padge: “I mean, if it was offered to them on a plate, they would take it.”
Hammer: But it wasn’t just offered to you on a plate was it?
Matt: “No. People see Bullet For My Valentine as the last 18 months. We’ve seen Bullet For My Valentine, or Jeff Killed John, for the last nine fucking years man. We’re not a new fucking band, we’ve been round since we were fucking babies.”
Jay: “We have been trying for years and years and we’ve put everything we have into it.”
Matt: “We’ve paid our dues and we fucking deserve the success we are getting, so fuck you.”

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF A FAN FILED A PATERNITY SUIT? SHANAH, LONDON.
Matt: “What if I genuinely didn’t know that I had fucked her? I know who I fuck.”

IF YOU COULD BE ANYTHING OTHER THAN A ROCK STAR, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? JAMES, BATH.
Jay: “A porn star. I’m not sure that I would be any good, but I would give it a go.”
Padge: “I would be a hotel owner, with a chain of hotels. I’d be fucking loaded man.”
Jay: “Scratch that. I think that I would run a pub.”
Padge: “You’d drink all your profit!”
Jay: “I’d just be in the cellars with a straw man! Drink up! Ding ding! Carry on!”
Moose: “I don’t know what I would do.”
Jay: “You’ve told me before that you would want to work digging graves.”
Moose: “Oh yeah. Or a butcher. Or cut up dead bodies. You’d get to touch dead people!”
Matt: “I would like to be some sort of mad archaeologist like Indiana Jones. Just go around digging stuff up and dodging crazy shit.”
Padge: “I would like to be an assassin. Yeah man, with a high-powered riffle.”

HOW DO you FEEL ABOUT THE FACT THAT PEOPLE THAT HAVE NEVER MET YOU before THINK THAT YOU ARE total BASTARDS?
CHRIS, LONDON.
Moose: “I am a bastard.”
Matt: “It’s just ignorance man. If you think I’m a bastard, I don’t give a fuck, you are a cunt too. If you met us, you would see that we are alright.”
Jay: “Why judge people? I don’t judge people I don’t know. How can you call someone something if you don’t know them? I wouldn’t just call someone a prick for nothing.”
Hammer: Do you give people the opportunity to meet you and see that you aren’t bastards?
Matt: “We go out of our way to meet people, and especially at our shows.”
Jay: “Every show, you will always see me outside, chatting to the crowd.”
Matt: “It’s not an ego thing. I used to go see shows when I was a teenager and the best thing in the world was when a member of the band would come out and shake your hand and say, ‘What’s up man, thanks for fucking coming tonight’.”

DO YOU GENUINELY THINK THAT YOUR MUSIC AND YOUR RIFFS WILL BE AROUND IN 10 YEARS TIME? THUNDER, HERTS.
Moose: “Yeah.”
Matt: “Of course they will be, they’re on CD.”
Hammer: But is your music the sort of thing that will be celebrated as having been part of a great era? Matt: “I think that it will. There is no other British band at the moment that is having the kind of success based on how much they have done, than us. It’s definitely something to remember. It’s still early days for us man. People have read a lot about us recently, in the last 12 months, but we have only ever had one album out.”
Hammer: How many songs have you actually put out?
Matt: “Only about 16 songs. And that goes to prove that it’s all quality and not quantity.”
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE ON THE NAME? WHAT’S WRONG WITH GRENADE FOR MY EASTER? HOW ABOUT PENCIL FOR MY HALLOWEEN?
BOBBY G.
Matt: “Because they’re fucking shit! Pencil For My Halloween? How about Fist For Your Arse, cunt?” Moose: “How about, Up Your Mother?”
Hammer: Come on lads, how did you really come up with your band name?
Matt: “We had a brainstorming session.”
Hammer: What were the names that didn’t make the grade? Matt: “Flight Of The Neon Dragon.”
Padge: “When Fingers Become Thumbs.” Jay: “The Elixir Of Mountain Dew. There was the Bridgend Boys.”

HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELVES FITTING IN TO THE LARGER CONTEXT AND HISTORY OF HEAVY METAL? FELIX, PADSTOW.
Padge: “Snugly.”
Hammer: So in 10 years time, will you be in the Who’s Who Of Heavy Metal book? Moose: “Matt will probably be on the front cover!”
Hammer: Do you mind that Matt gets more attention than the rest of you? Moose: “No, ‘cos he has to do more work.”
Matt: “I do mind sometimes though. There are days when I look at the schedule, and all it says is, ‘Matt do this, Matt do that’.”

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE BOTTOM PART OF YOUR TROUSERS?
Bobby g, HERTS
Matt: “They were never trousers in the first place, they’re shorts, dumbfuck.”
Moose: “I have always worn shorts, since I was 14, and now I am starting to lose all of the hair on the back of my legs!”
Moose: “Padge is losing his body hair!”
Hammer: Are you really going bald Padge? Padge: “No, I just have a very wide double crown!”

Breed 77 Interview

December 30th, 2007

Breed 77 boast that flamenco skill is something you’re just born with. Yeah, right. Bishop Parsons feeds them to the monkeys

Blink 182, Sum 41, Breed 77, what’s up with all these crazy number names?
Merly A, Herts
Danny: “There was another band called Breed when we formed. Stuart was a bike courier at the time, and his radio number was 77, so we just added that from his name.”
Hammer: I heard a rumour that the 77 was actually from Paul’s birth year.
Stuart: “Nah, it was my name. I worked a courier company in London. I used to deliver condoms to prostitutes. That’s the kind of thing I had to do.”
Danny: “Don’t tell them what the tip was!”

WhosE idea was it to put The Cranberries’ ‘Zombie’ on your set list for the Bulldog Bash and will it be added to your September tour so we can all hear it?
Rockhen, Hammer website
Paul: “When we were originally planning for the Gibraltar August show, where we had a much longer set, we thought that we would throw in a cover, and a couple of days before, Danny and I were listening to some songs, and that came up. Maybe we will play it again, maybe we won’t.”

What’s the craziest gift you’ve ever been given by a fan?
Lettusss, Surrey
Paul: “She wants us to say glow sticks.”
Hammer: How you do know that?
Paul: “We know her.”
Danny: “People have thrown dirty underwear on stage before though, I wish they wouldn’t do that!”
Hammer: How did you know it was dirty?
Danny: “Because I looked, and in the gusset was Jesus juice.”
Adam: “As long as they’re from people between the ages of 18 and 26, then that’s OK.”

Did System Of A Down’s use of cultural roots musical influences and their subsequent success open the doors for you to do the same?
Biffer, Hamps.
Stuart: “I wouldn’t say so. We were doing it before them.”
Danny: “And Sepultura were doing it before that. And way before that, Carlos Santana was doing Latin rock. This has been done since the 60s and 70s.”
Hammer: But hasn’t System’s recent success made people more accepting of your style of metal? Paul: “Maybe if we lived in America it would have helped us to sell records, but we’ don’t. We are a Gibraltarean band in London, so no it hasn’t.”
Stuart: “But if System read this and want to take us on tour that’s fine with us.”

Paul, do a feel a pressure to keep in shape BEcause you’re always expected to take your shirt off?
Kylie, Rochester.
Paul: “They obviously haven’t seen us in a while, because I was out of shape, and I haven’t taken my shirt off for a long time.”

How come you used to sound like Korn, but don’t now?
Sally, Barnsley
Danny: “That was a long time ago.”
Paul: “Hey Sally, how come I was paying attention to your question, and I’m not any more?”

Can any of you Flamenco? And if so, what are your top tips for a good toe tap?
Chica, Chester.
Paul: “You have to have a face like you’re sitting on the toilet after a bad curry, that’s for sure. And you have to have passion.”
Danny: “Flamenco is actually in your blood, you either have it or you don’t.”
Hammer: So, the skill has to be passed down genetically?
Danny: “Yeah, and it is also about where you are born. It’s just there, you can’t learn it.”
Hammer: So that means only three of you can Flamenco?
Danny: “We’ll show you later, after a drink.”
Hammer: So you need alcohol in your blood too, not just skill?
Danny: “Yeah!”

Paul, what’S the weirdest thing you’ve signed?
Caleb, Ireland.
Paul: “A five pound note, and a passport.”
Danny: “Trainers and passports.”
Paul: “But a five pound note? I was like, ‘now you can’t spend it, what’s the point?’”
Danny: “Actually, don’t print that. It’s illegal to write on money in England isn’t it?”
Paul: “Hmm yeah, but I am pretty sure it was a note that is out of circulation.”

Can you teach me a rude phrase in Spanish? I want TO shock my teacher next term.
Clyde, Northern Ireland.
Danny: “Hijo de puta. That means son of a bitch.”
Hammer: What else?
Danny: “Cabron. If your women is messing about on you, but you don’t care, you are a ‘cabron’. It means you have horns.”
Hammer: That’s still pretty tame, isn’t there a word that you wouldn’t be able to utter in front of your mum?
Paul: “My mother curses more than than me!”

Breed 77’s private yacht sinks. There are five of you. your lifeboat only holds four. Who dies?
Alex, London.
Stuart: “The rest of the band, I’m taking that boat for myself!” Nah, I would go in the sea, I like swimming. Then I would catch a shark for the rest of the lads to eat.”
Adam: “I think that we would all take turns in the water, because we are a caring, sharing band.” Paul: “We’d kill Stuart and make a second raft out of him.”
Hammer: Hollow out his insides and jump on board? Classy.
Danny: “Yeah! We’re like that.”

Paul, why did you used to have ‘sick’ written on your stomach at shows?
Ali, Staines.
Paul: “We used to have a song called ‘Sick’, and I think that it was just me pushing home the sentiment.”
Hammer: Not because you had a terribly embarrassing disease that you didn’t want your fans to catch? Paul: “Actually, yeah. Gonorrhoea.”
Describe your most heinous stage mistake in excruciating detail. Fifi, Cuba.
Danny: “There have been loads. One of the worst though, I was in a really packed place, soloing, and just when I hit the note, my cables fell out, and I was left with no sound.”
Hammer: Where was that then?
Danny: “Download! This year.”
Hammer: How did you cover it up?
Danny: “I shouted at a roadie.”
Paulo: “One time in Galicia [northern Spain], and a member of the band that isn’t here anymore was playing a bit of the song that the rest of us were not.”[silence]

Why can’t you sell records? Or have you, and I’m wrong?
Dave, Brighton
Paul: “If we hadn’t sold any records, would you be writing in to Metal Hammer for a Spanish Inquisition feature? You are wasting your time Dave.”
Hammer: So how many have you sold?
Danny: “In the UK, we did 30 or 40,000 with album ‘Cultura’. And we had a single in the charts. The new one hasn’t come out yet.”
Hammer: How do you think that one will do?
Paul: “We don’t know, we are not business people.”
Hammer: So how do you go about gauging your success?
Paul: “The only sort of feedback that you have that’s honest, is when people come up to you and tell you that they like what you do. That is success.”
Adam: “Oh, and a mansion in Beverly Hills, with a swimming pool. That’s only a few years away, right?”

Are there many other metal or hardcore bands in Gibraltar? Tommy, Glasgow
Danny: “There are a couple around, local bands that play here. There is a band called The Seven Sins.”
Stuart: “There are a few. There was even a band named after a Breed song called Breaking The Silence. But they’ve spilt up.”
Danny: “But we’re the only metal band that have done well.”
Hammer: When you come back here to Gibraltar, are you greeted like returning heroes or sell-outs who moved to another country?
Paul: “People like that we keep coming back. They know that we think of this as our home. We come back and make sure people know that we love this place.”

“I want to wake up and drink from your river”, what does that mean?
Headbanger, Hammer website.
Paul: “Whatever you want it to mean. They’re subjective lyrics. If I explain my lyrics, it will take away from whatever interpretation other people have of them. I am not going to explain my lyrics, I am not a schoolteacher, that’s not my job.”
Hammer: But if it’s a ‘subjective’ river, how come you used a real one in the video for that single? Paul: “We’re simple small town folk. We don’t do analogies.”
Danny: “The river is just life.”

is your older material embarRassing?
David, Greece.
Danny: “I never find it embarrassing, and I never listen to it. I am proud of what we did in the past, but we don’t listen to the old things, we don’t look back. We have just finished a new album, and we’re already writing new songs.”
Hammer: What’s the oldest song that you would still play now?
Paul: “Anything from the first album, and that’s about six years old now.”
Hammer: You aren’t ashamed to play those old tunes?
Paul: “No. We are so picky about what we do, so everything that we have ever put out has been because we were proud of it.”
Hammer: But there was a time that you sounded very different from now? More nu-metal
Stuart: “When we first formed the band, we were still cutting our teeth. We were trying different things. Then one day Danny suggested that we should try the same shit that we do at home, so we incorporated the Flamenco thing, and that was when we found fame, bizarrely enough.” How long are you prepared to wait until music can fully support you? 30? 40? 50? frances, kent.
Danny: “It’s supporting us now!”
Paul: “We already make enough to earn a living…”
Adam: “Well, apart from me, but I’m new, and I’ll be leaving my old job soon. It will feel great to be fully supported by music.”

Have you ever used your position as a band member to chat up women?
James, London.
Adam: “Every day.”
Paul: “I think that it works completely the other way around. Women will come up to you because they already know that you are in the band.”
Hammer: So you have never approached anyone, and told him or her what you do to get in their pants? Danny: “That would be so cheesy.”
Adam: “I do it. I’ll tell them I’m in a band, and they’ll be like ‘Oh really? Breed 77? I’ve actually heard of them!’”
Hammer: How many of you are single?
Adam: “Two and a half of us.”
Paul: “That sort of question should never be asked by the press. It’s irrelevant. It should be about the music.”
Adam: “Wait, I’m single. I‘m happy for people to know that.”

Iron Maiden Interview

December 30th, 2007

Living metal legends they may be, but from playing their new album in its entirety on tour to insisting they aren't metal, their legacy is hardly set in stone. Metal Hammer magazine's (web site) Geoff Barton rakes them over the coals. Read on:

Q: Do you believe your fans want to hear the whole new album on this tour and they wouldn't be happier with 10 classic MAIDEN tracks?

Steve Harris: "A lot of people might come along with the attitude that they want to hear a lot of old stuff. But when they actually see the show they're pleasantly surprised. And if they're not, they should've gone to the last tour. Or the next one."

Dave Murray: "It's obviously been all over the Internet, the fact that we're going to be playing the whole of the new album. So a lot of people realised that they had to listen to it and really get into it before coming to see us. Obviously there are going to be tours in the future where we'll be playing much more of the old stuff. Sometimes you just have to change the script a little bit."

Adrian Smith: "We played plenty of old material on the past couple of tours. We were prepared for a bit of stick this time but it's gone down better than we thought it would. It's a statement, isn't it?"

Janick Gers: "We're very proud of our history but we're also very proud of the new album. There comes a point where we have to say this is where we're at now. It feels right."

Q: The songs on "A Matter Of Life And Death" are pretty progressive — which bands were you listening to, and which bands inspired you?

Steve: "On the last few albums you can hear our influences more than ever. Early GENESIS, WISHBONE ASH, and JETHRO TULL in particular. There's a couple of things on the new record where you can really hear the TULL influence — particularly the middle bit of 'Out Of The Shadows'. It's not ripping off TULL, it's not even paying homage to them really. It just comes out naturally."

Bruce Dickinson: "My influences are people such as Arthur Brown, Peter Hammill [leader of progressive rockers VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR], Ian Gillan and Ronnie James Dio. It's quite a mix. Somehow on the new album MAIDEN's music has acquired an emotional depth that wasn't quite so evident before."

Nicko McBrain: "Some of the sounds on this record are straight out of the 1970s. It's definitely an album that does stand within that progressive realm and needs to be listened to with headphones on."

Q: How do you feel about claims that your new album is the best thing since 1988's "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son"? Doesn't that write off a lot of work you've done in the interim?

Bruce: "Actually, I reckon it's better than anything since 'Piece Of Mind' [1983]. Having said that, I've got no idea how the next one can possibly be — quote, unquote — 'better.'"

Steve: "It stands up to anything we've done in the past but that's a sort of view-from-the-bar debate."

Nicko: "When we were recording the album I thought, 'Man, this is too good. This is right up my street.' It took me right back to the 1970s."

Q: Nicko, is that your blue face in the "Flight Of Icarus" video? If so, did they make you do it?

Nicko: "Hah-ha! They did make me. I'd just joined the band in 1982, and 'Flight Of Icarus' was the first single off 'The Number Of The Beast'. They said, 'Being as you're the new boy in the band, we think you should be the Icarus character.' I said: 'Yeah, I'll have a go.' But I didn't realise I'd have to paint my face blue, wear a cape and stand on the edge of a precipice, with all these big waves breaking below. On the day we did the shoot it was quite windy. I got quite frightened."

Q: Dear Mr. McBrain, run over any more security guards recently?

Nicko: "Allegedly run over, might I add. Emphatically, no. I have not. It's a costly experience. That's all I can say."

Q: Janick, you recently said in an interview that you don't think of IRON MAIDEN as "heavy metal." What is your favorite colour?

Janick: "No, I don't think we're heavy metal. To me it's all music. We're heavy, we've got loads of power, aggression and energy, but I don't see us as metal. Deep purple."

Q: A lot of MAIDEN songs are based on historical events or people, so I think IRON MAIDEN should be part of the school curriculum for history. I'm studying for my A-level in history so can you please write a song about crop rotation and Jenner's vaccination for smallpox?

Bruce: "Hmm. I think the one about crop rotation is one for JETHRO TULL. In fact TULL have probably already done a song about it."

Steve: "Ha-ha. Yeah, okay. We'll bear that in mind."

Q: Was there a proper punch-up after "Mission From 'Arry"?

Bruce: "No, there wasn't. The only punch-up that happened was that I had to thump Nicko in the stomach to make him drop the tape, because he was going to break it. He was pissed off but 'Arry was very amused. Those are priceless tapes."

Steve: "No, there wasn't a punch-up. But it came pretty close. I just wish we could've recorded the first part of the argument. It must've been 10 or 15 minutes long."

Nicko: "I had this cassette in my hand and Bruce did hit me to get the tape back. But not that hard. I dropped the tape, Bruce picked it up and I steamed down the corridor after him. I was going to have him. I was going to have a fight with him. I thought: 'That's it, I'm leaving the band.' But then Bruce said: 'I'm sorry, but I've got the lyrics to a song called 'Powerslave' on that tape.' After that it all deflated."

Q: Is it fair to say you've all made fashion statements you wish you could take back?

Bruce: "No, I don't take back any of my fashion statements however awful. I never regret anything because it's all part of life's rich tapestry. And in any case you can always hold it up to scare your children later."

Nicko: "I admit I did often look ridiculous in the '80s. But that's part of the colorfulness of the era. I was young and vain."

Dave: "At the time the spandex and everything made sense because everyone was wearing that stuff. But the spandex years were definitely dodgy. We did look a bit odd. Our clothes were trying to be louder than everything else."

Adrian: "I'm probably more guilty of that than anyone. I had a tremendous mullet for a couple of years. Not only that, I dyed it bright blond just to be double sure that it would never be forgotten. It's in my wedding photos and everything."

Janick: "I've never worn spandex — I'd look like Max Wall [old comedian]. I've always worn jeans. So, no, not really. [Hammer reminds Janick that he once wore a single legwarmer on his right pin when he played with his pre-MAIDEN band, GILLAN, at the Castle Donington Monsters Of Rock festival in 1982. He replies:] I wasn't making a fashion statement. I'd probably just lost the other legwarmer. But I'll own up to that, it's a fair cop."

Q: Is Rod Smallwood as much a ruthless ball-breaker as he appears on "The Early Years" DVD?

Bruce: "No, he's much worse than that. We're not likely to complain. It's just that everybody else does."

Steve: "You always need Rod at his bombastic best. But you don't want to get on the wrong side of him."

Nicko: "He calmed it down for the DVD, to be honest. He's a very fair person but he doesn't suffer fools gladly. So you might ask yourself how come I've been in the band for 25 years! You've got to have someone who grabs people by the balls and slaps them around the face. Just don't lend Rod Smallwood a fiver. You not only won't get it back, you end up paying commission on it."

Dave: "No. Rod is a gentleman and a scholar. A damn fine human being."

Q: What's your favorite MAIDEN album cover? Any clangers?

Bruce: "My favorite is 'Powerslave'. I wasn't that crazy about 'Fear Of The Dark'. It wasn't as scary as it should have been."

Steve: "I like 'Somewhere In Time' a lot. Possibly the weakest one I can think of is 'No Prayer For The Dying'. It was just good enough but not amazing like some of the others."

Nicko: "'Somewhere In Time' is my favorite. But 'No Prayer For The Dying' was a bit of a letdown. I agree with Steve."

Dave: "I like the futuristic feel of 'Somewhere In Time'. But 'Powerslave' is my favorite — the imagery, the pyramids and the symbolism behind it all. The one that scares the hell out of me is 'The X Factor'. It's horrific on every level."

Adrian: "I love 'Brave New World'. It's quite artistic. But to be honest I don't have a lot to do with the artwork."

Janick: "They're all striking and evocative in their own way."

Q: Have you ever been to see a MAIDEN tribute band? Any good?

Bruce: "I've been to see HIGH-ON MAIDEN — a Geordie band. They're good; they've got all the right trousers. Whether they've got the equipment to fill them though is a different matter."

Nicko: "I've seen HIGH-ON MAIDEN too. They were really good. Mind you I've got my own occasional tribute band too: MCBRAIN DAMAGE. We do MAIDEN stuff, a bit of OZZY as well."

Dave: "In Canada I saw this band who were doing the 'Powerslave' era. They had the mummy and everything. They put a big effort in. They were right on the money."

Adrian: "I played with one at a fan club convention in Holland: HIGH-ON MAIDEN. We did 'Two Minutes To Midnight'. But I forgot it, because I hadn't played for so long."

Janick: "I'm not a great fan of tribute bands. There's so many of them around now. It's got to the point where you've got ABBA tribute bands playing Wembley Arena. It's a fine line between parody and cabaret."

Q: Steve, knowing what bands and boys get up to on the road, does it worry you sending your daughter Lauren into the fray with her own band?

Steve: "No, not really. She's grown up; she's travelled around enough to know what's what. I don't have a problem with it. She's supported ALICE COOPER, she's done Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park, Download, club shows. I knew she was ready for this. In fact, I get more nervous than she does."