Kevin/Lennie/Fred - Exxplorer
Does anyone remember the amazing album by Exxplorer called 'Symphonies Of Steel' featuring the incredible vocal talents of Lennie Rizzo? I sure as hell do, and I am going to always celebrate the feeling I had when I first heard my cassette on Metal Blade Records. Well, get ready for fun tomorrow, as Exxplorer have returned with their new album for Pure Steel Records called: 'Vengeance Rides An Angry Horse'.
The new album is another recipe for Power Metal enthusiasts, although it is not a full return of the cycle. Lennie is not always chasing the high staccato octaves; however, his angry bellows are sure to leave him hoarse as he belts out his hopeful songs like a freight train from hell. Mighty Metal detectors will also recognize the shredding of Kevin Kennedy, and Fred Gorhau. Straight from the city streets, these glory hunters prey on your coldblackugly hearts, breaking down the grand illusion.
I contacted the band to learn a bit more about a few symphonic "X" determinating facts. Thankfully, the band collectively and willingly responded. Enjoy the wisdom and spirits of their minds.
MettleAngel: Hey there guys. I am so grateful that you reunited, and have recorded a new album. Do you ever plan to re-release re-mastered versions of your other albums like 'Coldblackugly', or 'Recipe For Power', like you did with 'Symphony Of Steel' in 2002? I have noticed that those albums are very difficult to track down.
MettleAngel: I can sympathize, as that album is a major departure from your debut.
MettleAngel: I hear you...
MettleAngel: That would give me a chance to hear 'Recipe', as I have never heard any of these new songs. As far as newer tracks I would include: 'As The Crow Flies', which has that "Sons Of Anarchy" vibe, and 'Chasing The High'. I noticed you mentioned "City Streets" in the song 'S.N.O.E.'. Lennie when did you decide to rejoin the band?
MettleAngel: When did you discover that there was a cult status demand for such a great band such as yourselves to reunite?
MettleAngel: You have an excellent voice, and on the new album, you really show your capability, not always singing in high range, and sometimes responding with a more bluesy vibe.
MettleAngel: Do you still have people ask why you spell the band with two "XX"s?
MettleAngel: That is interesting, as I know originally the band spelt the name with only one "X", and the I heard that your debut album was released briefly under that name. I think back then there was some confusion with the Japanese act called Exploder. Kevin, I have spoken with Michael Pinnella of Symphony X, and he mentioned that his wife played keys on 'Symphony Of Steel' in the studio. I wonder if that is her on "Prelusion".
MettleAngel: I have played the new album a few times, and when I reviewed it, I informed fans that this is clearly not 'S.O.S. II'. Why the directional change? I can understand the need to experiment as 'Coldblackugly' was indeed a departure.
MettleAngel: Well, you definitely have accomplished that!
MettleAngel: That would be cool, as well as the compilation which Kevin mentioned. Honestly, I would prefer CD, but vinyl is cool too. What do you think of the bands who have covered such songs as "Run For Tomorrow", like Viron from Germany and Shadows Of Steel from Italy?
MettleAngel: Well, this is clearly your best song! As an American act, signed to a German label, along with so many US traditional acts like Omen, ASKA, Widow, etc., do you plan to tour America, or play some festivals like perhaps "Warriors Of Metal"?
MettleAngel: I just want to say I will never forget the first time I heard my Metal Blade cassette version of 'Symphony Of Steel', and the "Run For Tomorrow" song on A Metal Blade Comp. in the '80s. What is your favourite memory of those times when the band were truly groundbreaking?
MettleAngel: That is awesome!
MettleAngel: It is my pleasure, and thank you all for reuniting and releasing a new album.