Eero Sipilš - Battle Beast
Nuclear Blast USA will finally release the sophomore self-titled effort by Finland's own Battle Beast. This female-fronted act bring back the golden age of Traditional Metal and steel. With their out of control antics and over the top melodies the '80s are alive and well in their metal world.
I was able to ask bassist and die-hard-warrior Eero Sipilä a few questions about this second release that has been out in Europe since last May. So raise the iron hand as you fight and decide to bang you head, Never shutdown your need to rock, and let it roar!
MettleAngel: Hey Brother, I want to come right out and tell you I really dig your band. In a worldd saturated with female-fronted acts, I really think Battle Beast make their mark.
MettleAngel: I appreciate how you embrace the Classic Power Metal sound which artists like DORO, Benedictum, White Skull, etc. strive to keep alive. You actually remind me a bit of Sinergy too, the band which once featured Kimberly Goss & Alex of Children Of Bodom.
MettleAngel: Definitely, were they an influence for you, since you are from Finland?
MettleAngel: Yeah, in the last two decades Metal bands from Finland have made their mark.
MettleAngel: I agree. The new Indica is so commercial, but I am grateful that on your sophomore outing you stuck to your guns. What happened to vocalist Nitte Valo from your debut 2011 "Steel" album? That album got me pumped and into the band. I dug her singing style?
MettleAngel: Wow, really! The album was getting favorable reviews.
MettleAngel: Oh I was not aware that she was a decade older. How does your new vocalist fit in with what she accomplished?
MettleAngel: That is a fair assessment. How do you feel your band will contend with the Metal Milieu now over run by so many female led acts?
MettleAngel: I agree which is why I mentioned DORO and Benedictum. Cleary Raven, Saxon, and Priest are influences.
MettleAngel: I totally agree, but as of late, that has become a major marketing scheme.
MettleAngel: I agree, as in the '80s Metal was no male dominated. Many feel your sound is too "Cheesy" and borderline commercial, but I prefer this over acts like Nightwish, Epica, Within Temptation, etc. all of who seem to have lost their creative mettle edge.
MettleAngel: I know, it just seems that female-fronted Power acts never last or they become even more commercial like Halestorm. Then again so have the the Gothic ones. Many aforementioned artists work with Nuclear Blast. How do you feel you fit in with the direction of the label? Lately they have been expanding their horizons with all these '70s retro acts and now having signed the UK Punk act The Exploited.
MettleAngel: Fair enough, sorry to drag that out, you do not want to lose your focus and the reason you do this, anyway. Who coined the name Battle Beast?
MettleAngel: Does the name hold any meaning or significance for the band? You have a cool logo too.
MettleAngel: Are you familair with the Austrailan act Pegazus? They also had three albums out on Nuclear Blast about a decade ago. I feel your sound is very similar to them. Are they perhps an influence?
MettleAngel: You should check them out. I am sure you will dig their traditional style. When I first heard "Steel" I totally rocked out to the songs, what tracks from this debut still remain in the live set today?
MettleAngel: Yeah that is usually the case. Musicians want to concentrate on their newer efforts. With the band which I am involved we are about to release our fifth album this spring. I revisited our debut and played the songs and was not as enthusiatic about them as I was a few years ago. I suppose you have to keep it fresh. So, is there a chance you may come over to America?
MettleAngel: I understand. Maybe I can catch you on something like the "70,000 Tons Of Metal Crusie". What bands are you enjoying hearing and touring with now, and who are your biggest influences?
MettleAngel: Sorry, I was asked to pose as many questions as feasible. Just answer one.
MettleAngel: Yes, Thrash is making a major comeback now. I reviewed the debut by Lost Society, and they are coming out with a new album called 'Terror Hungry' in April. The thing is so many of these retro-acts just lack the vibe of the originators. I find myself becoming jaded, but I still try to give the bands a fair chance. Mortillery from Canada have a female singer and another chick in the band and I am very impressed with them.
MettleAngel: Everyone whom I have introduced to your band has been quite impressed so know you do have fans over here in America, as well. If Sabaton and Sonata Arctica can do it, so can you!
MettleAngel: I have celebrated Metal for almost four decades and will continue to do so. Thanks for your time.
See also: review of the album Battle Beast