On July 18th I received a call at
the zero hour from what appeared to be the parallel otherworld. In fact
it was from the apostle of defiance -Glen Drover.
I wonder, was his eternal call from the ghostly nightmare world of hallowed
apparitions? Fate holds no warning when the oath is forsworn. The guardian
spectre with interrogation follows forwith, so enjoy the majestic interlude:
MettleAngel: Hey, Glen, before we begin,
I just wanted to let you know that at Metal Covenant we are running a
contest to give away a signed copy of your new CD. We are making it really
simple, utilizing a King Diamond Trivia Question. Also, this interview
is going to be focused on Eidolon; so I will not be asking you any direct
Megadeth questions. If you are ready, then we will commence. Since I have
a Masters in Theology, I know ancient Greek; therefore, the very first
time I noticed your band's name, I saw that it was spelled in the actual
Greek. I automatically assumed you were a Greek band. What does the name
Eidolon mean to you, personally?
I assumed the band was Greek because of the use of the Greek epsilon before
the word which we translate as "image". Your rendering is more
of a transliteration of eidolon.
MettleAngel: Eidolon has been around for
quite some time; and is clearly not just some side project. With your
new CD how were you able to find so many guest musicians?
Glen: Being in Megadeth provided us with excellent
opportunities. When we played the first BWBK Festival we approached
Michael Denner and Hank Sherman, who play in Force Of Evil, and asked
them if they would contribute to the new CD we were writing. When
we decided to cover "The Oath" we felt it would be perfect
to have them play on this song, and they do all the solos except I
did the last one. We met Michael Romero last year on Gigantour, Frank
Aresti was also at one of those shows. They are all our friends.,
so we just asked them to contribute to our CD project. This spawned
interest for us to see who else we could get to play. This goes the
same with Chris Caffrey. As for Kim Mitchell - are you familiar with
the band Max Webster?
MettleAngel: No, not really - should I be?
MettleAngel: Now I get it; so how did you
decide to get Nils from Pagan's Mind to sing and contribute to the new
Glen: A few years ago we discovered Pagan's
Mind and Nils because we found out he was a huge King Diamond fan
and I played with the King. I liked Pagan's Mind song style and Nils
vocal approach. We decided to work on a project called "Dimension
Infinite" featuring myself, Shawn, Nils, and the bassist from
Pagan's Mind . This project would comprise two Eidolon and two Pagan's
Mind members, respectively. Sadly, this project is shelved for now
due to our committment with Megadeth. As we were recording the new
CD we were having difficulty with Pat, our previous vocalist, so we
contacted Nils, let Pat go, and just brought Nils into the fold as
our third vocalist. We don't like changing vocalist; but sometimes
you just have to do what's best for the band.
MettleAngel: I think Nils sounds great on "The Parallel Otherworld".
I noticed that he occasionally uses his voice differently on certain songs;
which provides for subtle nuances on this CD, there are definitely arrangements
in Eidolon, that you just don't hear in the music of Pagan's Mind.
Glen: I agree, each song calls for specific
adaptation in order to complement the writing style. Pagan's Mind
sound one way and Nils sings for that style, and with us his vocal
melodies fit our music.
MettleAngel: I noticed that Nils wrote all the lyrics this time
which tend to have more of a surrealistic metaphysical bent?
Glen: Yeah, Nils wrote all the lyrics - this
gives the band a new dimension, since this is the first time Shawn
has not written the lyrics. There is an evolution to our sound; it's
as if we are going up the ladder; rather than down it.
MettleAngel: What is precisely the Parallel
Otherworld - is the album a concept?
MettleAngel: I agree, I find Nils' vocal
accompaniments and writing style to be more detailed, layered, and intrinsic;
which is quite different then Pagan's Mind, who tend to have a more progressive
feel. Tell me about the artwork for The Parallel Otherworld - again painted
by the same artist who painted your previuos covers, namely Jen Menninghaus?
MettleAngel: The cover has a black and white almost sepia tinge
to it with the city reflecting over the water, and the man bursting out
of the ocean - but there is also the dark reflections in the water beneath.
Glen: Yeah, kind of like the city (beneath
the surface) is hell - but Shawn deals with the coverwork - I usually
don't mess with that, as I am more involved in the musical considerations
for the band in general.
MettleAngel: Now you mentioned your other
CDs on Metal Blade - how has the transition to Escapi worked on your behalf?
Even though they are often tagged as the side project label with Speed/Kill\Hate,
Dragonlord, Force Of Evil, Eidolon, etc. Lately, it seems like I've been
enjoying their bands more than any other label.
Glen: We had our differences with Metal Blade,
we were disillusioned with their promotional efforts. Initially, we
signed for a five CD contract, did the four CDs and the bonus with
"Apostles of Defiance", and after this, we were done with
them. When we spoke with Ole Bang, who manages King Diamond, we asked
him who he thought we should consider signing with, since Force Of
Evil was happy with Escapi - he suggested it and we persued it. We
are pleased with our decision. These people really care about the
quality of the music and are still selective with whom they sign.
MettleAngel: I'm very pleased with the motivation
and management. Leo has been very instrumental in assisting me and getting
me some quality music. Now given your frustrations with Metal Blade -
if they give you the rights to all of your CDs would you eventually re-release
them with a bunch of extras?
MettleAngel: I'd so like to hear those other
Metal Blade titles. I've heard excellent things about "Apostles of
Defiance", and I have "Nightmare World". Are these still
readily available, or are they becoming more obscure in their original
format; especially the two separate versions of "Apostles of Defiance"?
Glen: I think you can still find them at Dream
Disc, Sentinel Steel, and the End Records, if you really look around.
MettleAngel: I've seen "Apostles of
Defiance" 2 CD at The End Records and SentineI Steel; I'll check
other places for the rest. Thank you so much for doing this interview,
brother! Anything you want to add?
- Glen: No man, it's all good. I think we covered
it all concerning the new album and the band. Thank you too.
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