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(Hey, REO is from IL, right?)
So we embark on our first road trip with the current lineup on Saturday morning, heading for Midwest Metal Anthem at Brauerhouse in Lombard, IL. Five guys in one Toyota Sequoia driving 11 hours and leaving at 5AM – what could possibly go wrong?
We haven’t been to Chicagoland in quite some time, given all the lineup changes of the past few years. My wife is even giving me a pass on our anniversary so I could make this happen! I’m hoping to see our usual cast of crazies (Lotesto and Such, I’m looking at YOU) out and having a good time, and, as always, a big thanks to Ray and John for hosting this thing.
It’s $10, for each night of quality metal – what reason do you have for NOT showing up? We’ll be playing a lot of new stuff, so if you’d like to check it out before you head down, you can hear some samples from the pre-production demos in the player below. C’mon out and bang some heads – we’re there on Saturday (right after Scar, Inc), so if you can make it for only one day, well, you know which one!
Yeah, that didn’t exactly go as planned. Dan and Scott were completely out of the music scene after their original departures. Neither had been in any sort of band, and in fact Dan hadn’t played much at all during his absence. It was a surprise to all three of us (James, Dave and I) how well both did in their auditions when we took that into account. We assumed it would be pretty easy to iron things out and get back out playing, oh, say in August.
Well, you can probably see this coming – while both of them have worked very hard, the combination of crazy summer scheduling and working through the bumps of two talented people learning how to be in a band again delayed our re-emergence a bit more than we would have liked. To paraphrase a great frontman I saw recently, we regret this – but we are back now.
You can catch the first two of many shows to come on either Sep. 29th at the Sunset Lounge in Hagerstown, MD (with Doom Syndicate, Cammo Shorts and Heimdall), or on our return to Monthly Metal at Balls Bluff in Leesburg on Oct. 6th, with our brothers in metal Pharaoh in a rare U.S. show, as well as Trihexyn and Death Penalty. Details can be found on our shows page.
In the spirit of The Old School, we’ve also decided to re-release 1998’s “Ascension to Eternity”, our long-out-of-print second album (and the last one to feature both Dan and Scott) via Bandcamp’s “Name Your Price” option. You can get it free – which we’re fine with – or you can pay what you think it’s worth, here. Enjoy it, and hopefully this whets your appetite for the new music coming towards the end of the year. We’ll be featuring several songs from this one live (along with the “Trinity” and “Control Issues” material, of course). This album contains some of my personal favorites from the Division catalog, and I’m looking forward to dusting some of them off and showcasing them again.
Every musician has influences. That person that made you want, no, need to pick up a guitar. The vocalist with incredible range and power that you just have to try to achieve. The drummer with the sick fast feet, you sit down at your kit and start playing faster and faster until you get it.
But can you explain who influences what in you playingsingingdrummingwhatever?
Me, I’ll divide it as best I can:
- Ronnie James Dio. He had a truly commanding voice it made you listen, yet with exceptional control and emotion
- Bruce Dickenson:, “The Human Air Raid Siren” ‘nuff said
- Matt Barlow: Dio’s diametric opposite, where Dio has this command and control over his voice, Matt is the wild raging storm, full of raw passion and emotion. When he sings it’s from the heart and soul a voice that can bring you to tears one minute and tear your head off the next.
- Dio again, going back to that commanding quality.
- Rob Halford, You can tell it’s him at the first note.
- Geoff Tate, again like Halford there is no mistaking that voice,
- Warrel Dane, he tells a story with his voice in every song, listen to “The Obsidian Conspiracy” he runs the gamut from mourning to pure unbridled hate and never misses a note.
- Geoff Tate, “Gonna Get Close to You” is one of the creepiest songs I’ve ever heard, and Tate nails it.
Range: lets call this “the range I want (or wish I had)”
- Midnight (RIP), Crimson Glory’s enigmatic front man, regularly danced in the middle to high soprano range.. I’ve hit the high notes in “Azrael” exactly once.
- Eric Knudson (Eric AK), Flotsam and Jetsam’s resident screamer.. “Doomsday for the Deceiver” is another song that I would love to be able to hit consistently.
- Rob Halford, I think he may have the widest useable range of any singer in heavy metal.
- Chuck Billy, probably the lowest unaided (no pitch shifting) voice in metal. Chuck has a lot of power in his bass/baritone range and it rumbles in like an earthquake (“PREACH!!!!!”)
- Listen to anything by Crimson Glory or Queensryche and you’ll hear it
I’m sure there’s more, if you’ve heard me sing and think I’m dead on or way off, lemme know
— Division is coming, prepare for war.