Noise Records, 9/98
1. Is the 'INVICTUS' album related
to the 'MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL' concept?
"Yes it is! However, it can
also be enjoyed as a completely separate entity as well. One does not need to
be familiar with the previous work, in order to relate to, or get into this new
one. INVICTUS, stands up as an album on its own. If a person is familiar with
the 'MARRIAGE' then of course it's easy to spot the references/relationships!
For example the "'EMALAITH' theme returns in 'A WHISPER OF DEATH', and it
is quite obvious in the lyrics, that the 3 albums are connected."
2. What is the main connection or
theme of the 3 works?
"Well... That is a long and
involved story!!! Do you want to buy me dinner and some wine while we discuss
this??? What ... no time!!! Ok, I'll try to be as brief as possible. The albums
really have several main ideas. But in the end, they boil down to the one major
concept of the Triumph of the unconquerable HUMAN SPIRIT!!! Our capacity for
endurance, our powerful Will, our determination and drive, is the motivating
factor behind all 3 albums. Of course we also have the death/resurrection
theme, the Eternal/Immortal Love theme, where regardless of what happens our
hero & heroine, EMALAITH & ENDYAMON remain joined in either life or
death. This is that elusive unconditional love that all people seek! These two
have it!!!!!!! A very strong theme of rebellion and overthrowing tyranny, is
found here as well. What could be more tyrannical than an all powerful deity???
Here we have MAN/WOMAN rebelling against the GODS/GODDESSES! Humanity is
proclaiming itself DIVINE!!! (As it should). It's Life , Death & THE
HISTORY OF THE WORLD!!!"
3. The album is very aggressive. Why
"Well... I'm more fucking
pissed off than ever before !!!!!!! Ha, ha!!! I believe that it's half the
actual power of the songs, and half the way the songs were actually captured on
this tape. I tried to create more of a live feeling for the production of the
album. I wanted to capture the attitude of what the band is like live, and
everyone was behind me on this, from the rest of the guys in the band, to the
enigneer. 'THE MARRIAGE' albums' songs are aggressive as well, and live they
sound very fucking heavy!!! In the studio on those albums we didn't quite
capture the full animal magnetism of those songs, where as on 'INVICTUS', I
think we are much closer to that achievement! Also the subject matter was a
tremendous inspiration and catalyst for that aggression."
4. What can you tell me about the
meaning behind the cover?
"In life there are various
problems, or challenges if you will, that need attending, or straigthening out.
Perseus cutting off the head of Medusa, stands as a symbol for humanity rising
up, facing its fears, demons, terrors, problems, challenges, etc., and saying I
will conquer you all, I will get at the root of this problem, I will take my
sword and plunge it through the neck, heart and soul, of this problem and
win!!! I will survive, kick ass, conquer, persevere, continue, overcome etc..
In a phrase, 'THE TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT'!!!!!!!"
5. Is all this that you speak of
based on reality or what?
"Do you have a death wish???
How can you ask me such a question?
6. Sorry I was just wondering about
the inspiration behind all the lyrics/philosophies and such!
"I can assure you that no
matter how fantastical the concept/lyrics/philosophy may seem, it does in fact
have its basis in reality!!! All is based on either my life experience or my
observations of life, and the people in my world. Of course there is poetic
license and fantasy woven in. But that doesn't change the core facts of the
reality of these situations! The names have been changed to protect the guilty,
ha ha, but the facts still remain!"
7. I didn't realize that you were
such a touchy interview subject. Sorry about that.
"Hey relax it's ok. Generally
I'm pretty calm but every now and then when someone pushes the right buttons or
doesn't take me seriously, I get a little crazy. Actually I think that I am
getting more insane due to all this composing/recording."
8. What do you mean?
"In order to create, a person
has to open themselves up to various forces. Some of these forces are positive,
others can be destructive, if inviting it. It's a question of challenge,
exploration, and stretching the boundaries of your existence, and evaluating,
or re-evaluating what it is you've found, lost, or invited to stay for dinner.
Let's leave it at that for now."
9. What can we expect for your
upcoming Tour program?
Expect the unexpected. A little bit
of the new, some of the past, like the 'MARRIAGE' etc., and perhaps a touch of
the earlier years as well. We will probably do some things that we've never
played from the past before. We like to keep everyone interested, entertained
and on their toes. If you've seen us live before, then you know that every
night it can be a bit different. Our catalogue is quite extensive, so there is
a great deal to draw from. Of course also every night someone will tell me one
of two things. Either we didn't play their favorite song or more often, we
10. Is this 'INVICTUS' album the
OPERA you have been promising?
"No, it is not. However it is a
very promising OPERA!!! Someone could if they so desired, come up with dialogue
and a cast of characters and create the 'MARRIAGE CYCLE OPERA', I'm sure. It
has all those dramatic ingredients that Opera has, love, death, power,
struggle, conflict, beauty, pain, joy and peace! With the inclusion of
'INVICTUS', I can see a wonderful OPERA TRILOGY, or perhaps a movie! Yea, let's
go!!!!!!! The OPERA you are referring to, is the plan for next year. I will
compose (I've already started), a METAL-OPERA based on the Ancient Greek Myths
concerning THE 'HOUSE OF ATREUS'. This should be finished by the beginning of
next year. It will be an album by VIRGIN STEELE, as well as a stage production
which will premier in Germany, in the cities of TRIER & MEMMINGEN. We of
course will Tour in support of it as well!!! OK my good friend, that's all for
the moment. Keep well and see you on Tour next month!!!!!!!
CHEERS, PEACE & BY THE GODS TO
11. Wait! I have one last question.
What is your meaning or message?
"We are trying to invoke the
powers that were lost. We want everyone to feel energized, powerful, confidant,
and in control when they listen to this music. It is positive, uplifting, and
has healing properties! Feel integrated, MIND, BODY, SPIRIT!!! Don't let your
Spirit be broken, remain INVICTUS!!!!!!!!!!! This power is growing, from one,
springs many!!! Pick up your Sword and join us!!!!!!!