EMQ’s with SPIRAL CASTLE
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with international Traditional Heavy Metal band Spiral Castle featuring members of Twisted Tower Dire, October 31, Rocka Rollas, Blazon Stone, While Heaven Wept, Vanlade, Claymorean and many more.. Huge thanks to Matt and Vladimir for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Matt: I’m Matt DeVries (NOT the Fear Factory or Chimera guitarist!!) and I do vocals for Spiral Castle. The band came about after Vlad sent me a song called ‘The Dread’. I just had to sing on it! I had been pestering him about doing a true metal type song for some time. Eventually we got a crew of talented guys together and boom! Enter ‘The Dread’ and the birth of Spiral Castle.
Vladimir: My name is Vladimir. I’m a guitarist in Spiral Castle (the only one that sucks out of three haha). Well, Matt is the guy who’s responsible for making Spiral Castle happening. He gathered a team and everyone gave their best.
How did you come up with your band name?
Matt: Vlad and I discussed it and we had decided if we indeed do start something with this single, it should probably be fitting to be a salute to Manilla Road and tribute to Mark Shelton. Out of respect, I ran the name by Bryan Patrick of Manilla Road. He gave us his blessing you could say.
Vladimir: Also Matt’s idea. We’re all huge, and I mean HUGE fans of Mark Shelton and Manilla Road, so that’s where the name comes from.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Matt: I’m from the United States, Kansas specifically. Home of bands Manilla Road and Kansas! Many good bands skip us for Denver or anywhere in Texas. We get lucky at times and get a band here and there, usually in Kansas City, Missouri. We get thrash, black, death, and occasional true metal or even power metal band. Seen Primal Fear play in my town for about 70 people! I felt embarrassed as hell. No wonder bands skip us.
Vladimir: I’m from Serbia. It’s an understatement if I say the scene here sucks, but it does, big time. Bands are great, but lack of venues and media coverage are the main reasons no one has heard about Serbian metal bands. However, there are a few websites here that promote metal (horns up to SMP!)
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Matt: The latest release is our only one, ‘The Dread’ single.
Vladimir: At the moment we only have a single ‘The Dread’, but we’re working on the album, or at least EP.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Matt: Bruce Dickinson, Michael Kiske, and Eric Adams are the main ones for me. There are many others though. When it comes to writing and vocals, I’d have to say Tom Waits, Mark Shelton, Rolf Kasparek, Kai Hansen, Johnny Cash, and Warren Zevon. Just to name a few. I also love Tim Curry’s voice in Rocky Horror! Divine!!
Vladimir: As a guitarist from Ace Frehley to Yngwie Malmsteen. In terms of composing music, probably Mark Shelton, David DeFeis, The Beatles, Rush, Kiss, Jethro Tull, Venom, Running Wild etc etc etc.
What first got you into music?
Matt: I was forced into choir at a young age through church and Christian school. I appreciate the choir part now, but that was my first go at it. The songs were terrible to say the least. Later as a young teen I got into Iron Maiden. The bug to sing in a band kind of grew from there.
Vladimir: As I recall from my early childhood, bands like Kiss and AC/DC really interested me in heavier music. As I grew older Manowar and Iron Maiden were probably what hooked me to metal.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Matt: I am doing that now! No lie! I collaborated with Vlad on Sorrows Grave a few years back. If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be teamed up with Vlad again, plus the roster we have now, I’d never have believed it.
Vladimir: I already collaborate with a dream team in Spiral Castle. These guys are incredibly talented. Each and every one of them!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Matt: Wacken! My wife and I love it there! It’s a home away from home!
Vladimir: Up the Hammers in Athens and Keep It True in Germany. Those are the festivals that promote traditional metal, the way I like it. I wouldn’t mind playing at Wacken or Hellfest too haha.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Matt: Well…I guess my wife is my “fan” in life. She never has given me a weird gift but because of her we have three cats. So…I guess my cup runneth over.
Vladimir: I wish I could say a woman’s panties, but I’m not that good looking haha. Nah, no one gave me anything, as I remember.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Matt: Thank you for listening and for the support! Give us some time and we will bring you more!
Vladimir: Enjoy life and be excellent to each other!
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Matt: Nobody. They made their mark and moved beyond. I will appreciate what they have left me and try to do the same and leave something for others when I move on from this life.
Vladimir: If it wouldn’t cause a zombie apocalypse, there are many of them.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Matt: I love to write lyrics. I hate not having time to write lyrics.
Vladimir: The feeling of freedom to express myself the way I want. I don’t hate anything in particular, but I really dislike elitism and snobbish behaviour.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Matt: Nothing! I really could give a tinkers damn about it. Haven’t cared in years! I just want to write, put out music, have fun, and hopefully inspire at least one person.
Vladimir: Equal representation of all genres through big media.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Matt: Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”. ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ is my hands down, no debating, all-time favourite Maiden song!
Vladimir: Now this is the hardest question of all. Probably “Death Or Glory” by Running Wild! Nah, too many to mention…
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Matt: Vinyl for me. Love the epic packaging. Though I will take what I can get in some cases.
Vladimir: Personally I prefer CD’s, but anything goes these days.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Matt: My last show in Wisconsin before moving to Kansas with a band called Tempest Eternal. A great send off.
Vladimir: Supporting Ross The Boss with my band Claymorean. Probably not our best by technical standards, but we had only two gigs with this line-up hahaha.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Matt: I don’t classify myself as a musician, a writer maybe. I work fulltime for the city in Environmental Services/water treatment. When not doing that, I am working toward a Film and creative writing degree at the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk!!
Vladimir: I really don’t know…I’m a corporate jurist, so that’s what I do for a living.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Matt: My wife always! Vlad and Dejana from Serbia so we could hang out and any of the other guys from Spiral Castle! If there was no more room, we would just hit a pub instead.
Vladimir: My family!
What’s next for the band?
Matt: Full album, LP. That’s the goal anyway. EP is always possible but LP would be the top of the pops.
Vladimir: Recording a full length album.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Matt: I’m not the main one for this stuff but YouTube, Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram, Nuclear Rock Radio (kicks ass!!) and most recently, Ever Metal!!!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Matt: (In my best Ozzy Osbourne voice) What the fuck is a Jaffa Cake?!?!
Vladimir: Biscuit, definitely.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Matt: Thank you Ever Metal!! Thank you for helping us spread our music and for the questions. You guys help keep the metal heart pumping!!!
Vladimir: Thank you for inviting us and giving us a chance to introduce the band!
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