Schmier - Headhunter
I was so excited to again finally speak with the Hellhound of my alliance: Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer, about the rebirth of Headhunter. Surprisingly, we even briefly discussed his work on the new Destruction release: D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N., due later this fall. Schmier had been bombarded by a myriad of interviews all week, trapped in his own mistreated reality; including, being stuck in heavy duty traffic, while only home for one day. He has really had his back to the wall, but he took the time to initiate the calling of yours truly, so we could touch base on the latest concerns.
After all, it was only a few years ago, when we first met, that I let him know what a parody my life had become, and I was very curious to know if he would ever record another Headhunter album. Finally, he has served to ease my pain, by creating: Parasite Of Society. This new bizarre offering, is no accident, and it is an awesome release from agony. So enjoy the time well spent with the cursed god of thrash anthems.
MettleAngel: Hey Brother, it is so cool to finally speak with you again, after all these years. I know how busy you are with promoting the new Headhunter album, so I'll try not to take up too much of your time. Are you finally home?
MettleAngel: So you have already finished the final mix for the new Destruction release?
MettleAngel: I'm so glad that you did not. I have been excited about the new Headhunter, ever since I heard about it in March.
MettleAngel: I'm glad you re-issued those first three titles, as they are so damn rare. You offered them for a mid-price, which is cool too. I paid like $40 for a used copy of Parody Of Life like 15 years ago. I love that album, which Kai Hansen produced and on which he played guitar. Do you actually recall when we last me on the US Destruction tour, I told you how much I really enjoyed all the Headhunter albums. You were amazed an American knew so much about your Post-Destruction recordings. I even highly encouraged you to record another album, and now you have!
MettleAngel: You mean Wendy, my wife, yes you do remember, I must have made quite an impression. You claimed that I should be writing for Metal Maniacs, and now I am actually a contributing writer for BW&BK (Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles).
MettleAngel: Oh I know, so this will be read by visitors to Metal Covenant, where I reviewed Thrash Anthems for you last year.
MettleAngel: I try to remain active wherever the Metal World will publish my work. You too are a very active person, do you still own the restaurant?
MettleAngel: Yeah, Destruction had really served as an impetus in the thrash revival. I really like the newer albums, as well as the older classics. I totally relish the new Headhunter. It is such a blend of the intensity of Parody of Life, with touches of Bizarre Gardening Accident, and Rebirth. There is an excellent blend of raging anthems, and melodic offerings. I also enjoy your cover of Judas Priest - 'Rapid Fire' as the bonus track.
MettleAngel: So, what's the controversy about the '18 And Life' Skid Row cover? I actually thought that was a killer rendition?
MettleAngel: I don't get it, Skid Row are totally Metal! Why do fans always freak out when a bands records a cover outside the norm? Children Of Bodom covered Poison for this very reason, now they are doing Kenny Rogers! Hell, even Hammerfall have covered 'Youth Gone Wild' for their latest release: Masterpieces, due out in June.
MettleAngel: Man, they so need to hear the other Headhunter releases with songs from the 50's Doo Wop era like 'Ramalama', or the Rat Pack style of 'Don't Bogart (That Joint)'! Headhunter always have fun with their cracked hair brain schemes, while doing bizarre covers. On Parasite the opener and closer (after 'Payback Time'), just had me in stitches!
MettleAngel: I can see that. Toward the end, he was just wasting his time with Stratovarius. He's better off in Headhunter. Let Timo Tolkki have his Revolution Renaissance!
MettleAngel: Slave was borderline thrash, if you ask me. I, too, love the way Bach sings on the ballads like 'I Remember You', 'Quicksand Jesus', '18 And Life', 'In A Darkened Room', etc. Hell, I even like the last two Skid Row releases without Bach, and Bach's new solo album - Angel Down, was amazing! Bon Jovi may have helped Skid Row gain recognition, but they always kicked ass! Bach's new album is so heavy, because he has seasoned thrashers playing with him, like Steve DiGiorgio, "Metal" Mike Chlasciak, & Bobby Jarzombek, respectively. These dudes know how to rage having played with Rob Halford & Chuck Shuldiner, among others.
MettleAngel: Well, Steve has since left Bach, and the internet does have some redeeming qualities, too. For example, it was because of your My Space page for Headhunter, that I even learned there was a new album in the works. I instantly added Headhunter to my Top 40 Friends, and told all my contacts the good news!
MettleAngel: Wow, over 100, I had no idea! How do you handle that? Man, I'll stop bothering you with this stressful concern. I don't want to harangue you, and keep you from enjoying this conversation.
MettleAngel: Thanks so much brother, yes I do want to really congratulate all three of you on such a great Headhunter release! There is really just one question which I've been wanting to ask you since we last spoke. When you reformed Destruction almost ten years ago, did you ever imagine there would be such a thrash resurgence? Hell, thrash has become the new norm!
MettleAngel: Well, you know my friend, you are one of the main reasons for this. You are responsible for this, because, you have stuck to your guns, and remained true to the thrash spirit, over all these years. Destruction set a precedent for honest German thrash. When Destruction went downhill, it was you who carried the torch with Headhunter. I have always respected you for this. I honestly love both bands, as they are very different, but united by your unique vocal presence, and stellar bass gallops. Schmier, thank you so very much for taking the time out of your abundantly compressed schedule to speak with me, on your dime, and on your spare time. I truly appreciate, and so do the fans!
MettleAngel: That sounds good, I look forward to that, now please get some rest, and have something to eat! Curse those who don't like Headhunter, god knows you have poured your heart into it, and you deserve all accolades and dutiful respect!