Piet Sielck - Iron Savior
Heavy Metal never dies, and to prove this, with the united forces of rage, Iron Savior have just released their new battering ramification: 'Rise Of The Hero'. With a burning heart, I recently spoke with founding member and iron warrior - Piet Sielck. With me, this H.M. Powered man was willing to discuss his whole career, and the tales of the bold titans of our time. Still I believe in the no guts, no glory motto, so are you ready to read on...
MettleAngel: Hey Brother, I am so grateful for this opportunity. I am really enjoying the new album. Even as you SKYPE me, I am playing "The Demon" on my iPod. I know this sounds cliche', but it sure does remind me of Judas Priest - "Beyond The Relams Of Death", and to a certain extent "Music Power" by Oxym, who I discovered thanks to Roxxcalibur.
MettleAngel: I assume "The Demon" is a form of personification and not to be construed in an evil sense?
MettleAngel: I understand the tragedy you underwent when your borther passed. Tim died in 2005, almost a decade ago. You dedicated 'Megatropolis' to him, and then your label Dockyard 1 Records also collapsed, so I can only imagine what the "Demon" mans to you.
MettleAngel: Say no more, I get the notion. I know you were also heavily involved with Savage Circus, and I think that is why some of the Iron Savior albums were not as strong, but 'The Landing' was a great comeback, and the new album is your best in well over a decade. The title truly fits.
MettleAngel: Persuader just released a new album as well. I have to admit when I first heard "Burning Heart", I thought it was the weakest track on the new album. Then I saw the video and laughed, and now I really enjoy singing the song.
MettleAngel: I have been recommending the album to everyone; especially the fast track "Thunder From The Mountains". That song reminds me of when you helped write music which would later appear on 'Walls Of Jericho' by Helloween.
MettleAngel: You achieved that! Back before the Internet was such a handy tool I bought 'The Reaper' by Grave Digger which you produced, but I was not aware that you had been involved in bands previously with Kai Hansen.
MettleAngel: Yes, matter of fact I heard that you actually wrote my all time favorite Helloween song 'Phantoms Of Death", which you later covered.
MettleAngel: I love the lyrics. Wow, I can now hear the Priest parts in my head!
MettleAngel: You also cover "Gorgar", so I assume you wrote that?
MettleAngel: I know the game. I used to play Space Invaders at a Model Shop when I was akid. They also had Gorgar. The monster looked like the Kreator mascot.
MettleAngel: Speaking of covers, I really dug the Seal rendition, but I am not familiar with the "Dance With Somebody" Mando Diao song.
MettleAngel: I noticed that yoou have been re-recording some classic cuts as Japanese bonus tracks. I always enjoy obscure covers or non-metal ones. Chuck Billy just released "Thriller" on the Michael Jackson Tribute. Gamma Ray did an excellent job with The Pet Shop Boys. Edguy are doing Falco. If it works, then do it.
MettleAngel: Paragon represented Backstreet Boys, and they are German. Tankard honored "Centerfold" by J.Geils Band.
MettleAngel: The new album proves that! You came to the U.S.A. for Prog Power a few years ago, is there a chance you will be visiting the States again sometime soon?
MettleAngel: You visited with Savage Circus too, sadly I missed it live, but I watched the DVD.
MettleAngel: Well it has been a real honor for me as well. Thank You!
See also: review of the album Rise Of The Hero