Our whimsical wakening occured during the wee hours of the night, when Wendy and I truly embraced the opportunity to engage the collective conscience of Cellador, with detailed disclosure. This sign from somewhere far beyond beckoned and soon was hair apparant as we became better acquainted through direct discourse. Chris Petersen and his companions are quiet educated and well versed in the metal arts. Wendy and I truly admire Cellador's integrity, intelligence, discipline, and diligence. They accomplish everything for themselves. Ranging in age from 17 to 23, these youthful prodigies rigorously tour from one side of North America to the other in their Range Rover; not being old enough to rent a Nightliner bus for themselves. They sell and merchandise their own CDs, shirts, and posters, while serving as their own road crew. Their forever unbound abilities empower them to embody the essence of true power and mettle. Seen through time, their heartfelt determination will help and guide them to release the shadow of youth, leaving their adolescent worries all behind. Like Edguy and Death Angel, Cellador will soar like an eagle flying free into the fantastic future world, with no chances lost.
MettleAngel: All right, now that we are all finally together, let's begin. My first question concerns the name and origin of the band, metal fans want to know what exactly is Cellador? (The whole band silently points to Chris and he immediately begins his explanation.)
MettleAngel: So it seems that you have created a very unique name. I also think the logo is really cool as well as the awesome artwork concept by J.P. Fournier. I also really enjoyed the empowering and ultimately postive lyrics which Cellador has written. Explain to your fans Chris why you chose to write such powerfully thought-provoking anthems.
MettleAngel: Well the power metal music which Cellador pens is just so memorable and infectious, once you hear those mellifluent melodies matching the majestic words, the music truly speaks to your mind, soul, and heart. Repitition is the mother of all learning, so Cellador essentially is powerfully inculcating upon your audience a positive message without proselytizing. I call this a voracity for veracity or hunger for the truth.
MettleAngel: I am so surprised how astute and eloquent the band is; especially given your age. How long have each of you been playing your instruments.
MettleAngel: That's amazing! You have God given vocal talent. I just assumed that you have been singing most of your life. What about you Bill, how long have you been shredding on the guitar?
MettleAngel: You were not even old enough to be in the bar, much less play in the band, Wow! So now I must ask you who your influences are, given your exceptional talent.
MettleAngel: This means you enjoyed the '70s bands from a third generation perspective. I actually grew up in the '70s listening to Styx, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Kansas, and of course, Rush.
MettleAngel: OK Bill, I guess you're up next.
MettleAngel: Brazil definitely has a killer metal vibe, bands like Maiden and Rush love to tour there, given their live DVD releases. I personally think it is so cool that you willingly embrace '80s hair metal along with those influential European power metal bands. When did most of you really become ensconced in the power metal scene.
MettleAngel: That's when power metal really made it's mark with the success of Hammerfall and Stratovarius. Gamma Ray, Helloween, Rage, Running Wild, etc. and their ilk had existed for quite some time but death metal was still primarily dominate in the market. So how did you guys discover so many killer bands?
MettleAngel: Back in my day it was all about tape trading and the undergound. For example, everybody wanted a copy of the "No Life To Leather" demo.
MettleAngel: No, sadly I never procured that one, but I do have Mötley Crüe's "Toast Of the Town/ Stick To Your Guns".
MettleAngel: Now I know my good friend discovered your band because his local record store included you in their listening station. My one friend played just a few minutes of your CD and purchased it instantly. Then he called to tell me all about it the same day as my promo copy arrived in the mail. I have my life long friend of 20 years to thank for helping me to discover Cellador, as he knew about you way before I did. He so anticipated the release of your CD. I actually received an extra promo a few days later and was going to give it to him, but he insisted on buying his copy on Amazon.com. After a few weeks he asked me if I felt that the Cellador would be the album of the year. I told him that with new Maiden, Slayer, Pharaoh, Tankard, Megadeth, and so many more releases that I was not sure; but that I did consider Cellador to be one of the most promising talents of 2006. I'm so pleased Metal Blade finally signed a power metal band. You guys being their first one in over ten years, as I indicated in my review at www.Metalcdratings.com. After all Metal Blade ruled the '80s when it came to power metal bands, they started the scene with their Metal Massacre series. At one time their roster included bands like Omen, Fates Warning, Lizzy Borden, Helstar, Nasty Savage, Candlemass, Exxplorer, Savage Grace, etc. Other than King Diamond and Manowar, lately all their bands tend to be Death Metal Core.
MettleAngel: Well, I bet my friend chooses your CD as the number one release of 2006. Last year he picked Hibria, for me they were second next to Gamma Ray. Now you guys are on "Metal Massacre 13" correct?
MettleAngel: You are on there with so many of the other new Metal Blade bands. That's quite a contrast when Mike sings like Lord Tim of Dungeon or early Geoff Tate.
MettleMaiden: Now has Metal Blade been treating you well and giving you proper promotion?
MettleAngel: Now, do you plan to add a keyboardist to the band eventually?
MettleAngel: I understand what you are saying, because Helloween, Edguy, and Gamma Ray all use keyboards conservatively, unlike Dragonforce, Children Of Bodom, Stratovarious, and Rhapsody. (MettleMaiden:) Have you written any new music yet?
MettleAngel: Well it seems we covered a lot. Did you have any questions for me?
MettleAngel: Yeah, I'll recopy my notes later on, and when I do I will hear each of your voices answering my questions in my head. It's just like when a song plays back over and over in your head many days later.
MettleAngel: Well, it's very similar to what the Gospel writers did. I will quote the band, but I'll also make it sound more enjoyable and pleasing for your audience. Especially since you guys and us two are so tired now as it's going on 3:30 in the morning. Thank you for everything guys, good luck on your show tomorrow in New York.
See also: review of the gig the same night