Wendy and I finally got to spend some quality time with Cleveland's sensational artists - Eternal Legacy. We first discovered their raw talent and the rise of the daemon when they opened for Dragonforce, early on this summer. Then we watched them play to a crowd of thrash fanatic old schoolers at Venom's fires wrath. Now, tonight, they were getting ready to open for Epica and Kamelot after successfully winning the Battle of the Bands. Hark and listen to the tremor lowbrow of the two guitar brothers Jason and Shaun Vanek consistently melding the ice, the boisterous bass synapses of Josh Gatka, the shy and reserved drumming style of Steve Dukuslow dearth, and the keyboardist extraordinaire Spencer Phillips solioqouy youth. Their command of the partitions still have Wendy & I enthralled in the essence. This collection of characters who embody true mettle and talent have now also become our dear friends, and won the lasting hope, well into our hearts. Join us as we all await the coming of the tempest and cyberplague of procreation.
MettleAngel: Well, brothers here we are again hanging out with you guys as you prepare to open for Epica and Kamelot. I'm glad we were able to gather the whole band for a round table discussion, since we could not do that at Venom or Dragonforce.
MettleAngel: I guess you realized that name was already taken.
MettleAngel: Well, I must admit that you definitely fit the Cleveland sound of hall of fame metal; thus following in the footsteps of such killer acts like Destructor and Breaker. Your band does have certain progressive elements and the obvious Dragonforce/Cellador references; still you are not the self-indulgent mathematic prog. sound which becomes too monatonous. A band like New Eden had such great potential, but too many line-up changes resulted in their stagnant progression.
MettleAngel: Wait, hold on a minute, you already recorded a new CD which will be out soon entitled - The Coming Of The Tempest, so you mean you are already writing music for the album after that?
MettleAngel: Hey, even Dio began his career playing trumpet when he was in Elf; then he moved on to playing bass. Now Jack Black has asked Dio to play himself in the new Tenacious D movie
MettleAngel: Wow, that reminds me of the scene from Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure, except instead of Beethoven it was a 13 year old prodigy playing!
MettleAngel: I can see that, given your age, you want to look back and vicariously experience what it was like. I still feel, given your incredible musical aptitude, that you exhibit mettle humility, but hey, you're still young, so enjoy the journey.
MettleMaiden: So you guys all love metal and deserve to open for all these great bands like Dragonforce and Venom. Now, you won the Battle Of The Bands in order to play for Kamelot tonight, correct?
MettleMaiden: Now Josh, you are in college - what are you studying?
MettleMaiden: Are you familiar with the band Ancient Rites?
MettleAngel: What aspect of history appeals to you the most?
MettleAngel: I can see that. Iron Maiden has written a great deal about WW1 lately.
MettleAngel: Spencer, you were just interviewed for an article for the Cleveland Plains Dealer. I know your mother, who is also the band's manager, is so proud of you for that. There's even a blurb mentioning how you had to convince the Dragonforce crew to let you back into the Agora club, since you were, in fact, the keyboardist for the opening band. Now that's what I call a protege.
MettleAngel: She has been such a great support for the band.
MettleAngel: Now, guys I know that you have an argosy of songs written for the next album and beyond. Have you considered doing any covers or B-sides?
MettleAngel: Any chance of covering a non-traditional metal song, perhaps?
MettleAngel: Hell yeah - Starship - make that one into metal! (MettleMaiden): I love that song - I would love to see a metal version of that for sure.
MettleAngel: What amazing talent it is, given your age. I feel like the grandfather here or at least the metal elder.
MettleAngel: Well, thank you guys. Thank you for making our evening so exciting and fun. We definitely look forward to seeing you again in early November when you open for another amazing Cleveland act - Wretch.
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of the gig the same night