Tommy: Could you please tell us a bit about
the history of Power Quest for the metal fans that sadly enough haven't
heard much about you? What made it to be exactly this constellation, and
what have the different members been up to earlier?
- Steve W: Power Quest came together in early
2001. I met Steve Scott and Sam Totman while we were all playing in
DragonHeart (now DragonForce). Steve and myself both left DF in December
2001 and we started working on what would become PQ. Steve S also spent
2001 playing in ShadowKeep, another UK power metal band who are more
in the American power metal vein. Sam is currently in both DF and PQ.
- Adam: Before joining PQ I was playing in a Thrash
/ Death band called DRS. We made quite an impact on the local Underground
scene but our line-up fell apart in early 2001. I'd met Steve W. through
DRS a year before and when he told me he was putting together a power
metal band I jumped at the chance. As soon as I met Steve S. and Sam
things just fell into place.
I'm still keen to keep DRS a threat to the music world. I'm still good
friends with two of the guys from the old line-up. We'll be back!
- Steve S: I just wanted to play melodic power
metal with a bit of UK/NZ flavour added just for good measure.
Tommy: How would you yourself describe your
music to people that hasn't yet had the opportunity to hear you? Is the
way you are being looked upon more or less correct to the way you see
- Adam: I'd describe the band as full on Power
Metal with a progressive element. There's plenty of shredding but also
plenty of melody and hooks. If you like technical but catchy metal check
The progressive element has been heavily emphasised in the press. In
my opinion we are definitely more METAL than prog.
- Steve W: I guess I would call the music melodic
power metal with progressive/classical overtones, although we are primarily
a melodic power metal band. It is interesting to see in the press that
we have been referred to as "prog rock" as well.
- Steve S: Ditto to both, but in general the rule
we work to is this
. keep it catchy, uplifting, fast, and you can't
go wrong. If it's in my head for more than 24hrs then its catchy.
Tommy: You are originating from Southampton,
UK, which hasn't exactly been a leading force when it comes to melodic
power metal before. Apart from the major names more in the veins of normal
heavy metal like Saxon, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Skyclad to name a few,
we are not really spoiled with well played solid power metal from your
country. How does the melodic metal scene look over there in general,
and how is/has your music been looked upon from critics/metal fans at
- Steve W: To be honest there are very few bands
playing power metal in any shape or form. There is "Intense"
and "ShadowKeep" along with "DragonForce" and ourselves.
Generally speaking, melodic metal is treated with very little respect
by the mainstream music press in the UK. Only PowerPlay and Terrorizer
magazines have any time for our style of music at all.
- Adam: The Power Metal scene in the UK is pretty
non-existent. There are very few new bands playing our style of music.
Nu-Metal is very much the flavour of the season here which is a shame
as Power Metal doesn't reach the younger audience. It's the "die
hard" metal heads that keep the underground alive. There has been
a slight resurgence in REAL METAL recently that hopefully will continue
allowing a more diverse spectrum of music to be socially acceptable.
- Steve S: It's slowly picking up, there are more
bands deciding to take the risk and come over the ditch to London and
to festivals, have a look at the line up for Bloodstock this year; Freedom
Call, Blind Guardian and Balance of Power and hopefully we'll play that
one as well in August this year.
Tommy: How does it look in the gig-area?
How much do you get to play at the moment - is there an interest for your
type of music back home or the nearby countries? This should attract Germany's
and Italy's metal heads as well as Sweden's....... Who would be your dream
partners during a longer tour across Europe in your eyes?
- Adam: Getting small gigs isn't a problem in
the UK. There are plenty of pubs and clubs that will put on a Metal
night. Judging by the response we've had from European Metal Heads we
could make it over to the rest of you. Unfortunately until we get a
permanent vocalist gigs are unlikely. Recording the album is our priority
at the moment anyway.
My dream tour partners would be Annihilator and Judas Priest - that
would be an incredible experience for us and the fans.
- Steve W: I can't see Power Quest playing many
shows in the UK in the near future. We hope to get an opening slot on
the bill at the BLOODSTOCK MetalFest in Derby (UK) which takes place
on August 31st and is headlined by Blind Guardian. We would love to
come over and see you guys in Sweden, Germany, Italy and basically anywhere
that like the PQ music! Dream tour partners would have to be Edguy,
Stratovarius and Iron Maiden!
Tommy: How does the plans look for - let's
say - the next 3 years? Where do you see Power Quest standing at that
point, and what are you hoping of having accomplished by then? any special
dreams that you want to see fulfilled - cooperation with some special
- Adam: In 3 years I would like to see the band
with a couple of awesome albums and some big shows under our belts.
I'd love to do a festival like Wacken in Germany.
- Steve W: I totally agree with Adam there. It
would be great if we can make a big splash with the debut album and
follow it up with a killer second record. Incidentally, we've already
got some tunes for the next album!
- Steve S: Definitely we need to tour Europe and
have some fun playing live, that's where it happens out on the road.
Tommy: Even though you are playing power
metal like it's supposed to be done in it's noblest form, you still have
quite a bit of individuality, but what artists/what bands have been the
biggest source of inspiration to Power Quest's music over the years? And
what individual artist as well as band do you personally hold for the
best - both all time and at the moment?
- Steve W: I started out listening to Iron Maiden,
Motorhead, UFO etc in about 1982 and picked up on Helloween and the
first wave of speed metal bands in the mid 1980's. Having been classically
trained as a pianist I try and incorporate classical ideas into the
arrangements of the songs too. I guess my all time favourite band would
probably have to be Iron Maiden but currently it's a close call between
Edguy, Stratovarius and Gamma Ray!
- Adam: I grew up listening to Judas Priest and
Iron Maiden but moved quickly towards death and thrash metal. Bands
like Carcass, Annihilator and Death taught me a lot about pushing out
the boundaries of music. It's all about not being afraid to stray from
the path, if it sounds good it is good. The beauty of PQ is that we
all have different perspectives on our music and we are all open to
each others opinion. No one member dictates what the band will do, it's
a democracy with total fairness.
- Steve S: I would say Racer X got me into the
metal and then all the hair bands like Ratt, Stryper, Slaughter and
Cinderella are big influences.
Tommy: You still haven't anything confirmed
yet when it comes to a label for the upcoming full length album, that
you will start recording in June this year - but is there anything you
could tell us in that area anyway? How does the thoughts go - any ideas,
- Adam: We have had a couple of labels showing
interest in us but we haven't agreed to anything yet. The spirit of
the band has always been independence. No UK label would sign a Power
Metal band anyway so we have always planned to go it alone. It's great
that European labels have shown an interest, the dedicated support of
a label would mean a lot to us. However it's not essential.
- Steve W: I think we can say that there will
be 8 or 9 songs on the album plus a short classical intro. We are not
going to rush into signing a record contract
we'll wait for the
deal that is right for us all.
- Steve S: When the right deal comes along and
both parties are happy then we'll reveal all
Tommy: The sound was really good already
on the 2-track demo, which contained "Glory Tonight" and "Follow
your Heart", and had almost a professional touch over it - what are
the plans for the coming album? Working partners, hired producers, other
help from the outside?
- Steve W: At this stage it looks like we will
have 3 weeks in the studio to get the album done. Karl Groom will be
overseeing proceedings again. We may mix the album somewhere else though
to be decided. There may be some guest appearances on the "backing
- Adam: I was very happy with the sound of the
demo. The only limiting factor on the sound was the restricted time
we had for mixing. We will record the album at Thin Ice with the same
team but this time we will commit more time to the final mix.
- Steve S: The new album will be a step ahead
of the promo with bigger production, big fat guitars and keyboards and
Tommy: How does it look in the band when
it comes to writing the material? Is there a main brain behind it, or
are everything pretty much spread out equally among the members?
- Adam: Steve W. has written most of our material
to date. Sam has written one song and so have I. Our songs are formed
in a very organic way. One of us will bring a song to the rehearsal
room and play through it. Then we will all share our ideas and work
through the song until the arrangement is complete. Every song undergoes
a metamorphosis before it is ready for PQ.
- Steve W: Referring to what Adam said, I think
the main reason why I've written the majority of the songs is that I
tend to write in phases. I think four of the songs I wrote came together
in just 3 days last summer. The key to it all though is the fact that
the band is well balanced both musically and personally, so the songs
come together naturally in the rehearsal studio.
- Steve S: We usually arrange the material in
a way that will be most uplifting, catchy and powerful.
Tommy: What can we expect to hear more/less
of on the upcoming album compared to what we have heard on the demo-taster?
Will the speed increase or fall back a little, and how about the work
with keyboards, choirs and equal? How much space does each of those elements
get on the next release?
- Steve W: I think we have a fine balance of material
for the album. Look out for a ballad and an epic track. There will be
the trademark PQ choirs and keyboards too
along with some progressive
elements and some out and out power metal blasters!
- Adam: There is a wide range of tempos on the
album. Some of the songs are faster than Glory Tonight, others are slower
with a groove. The Keyboards are inherent in PQ's style, Steve W. is
set to impress with the new material. As a guitarist I will make sure
there's even more riffing and soloing but it's all about achieving a
balance. The demo showed the kind of equilibrium we hope to achieve
- the album will be one step closer still.
- Steve S: There is a good mix of fast mild, and
with a killer ballad it's going to be an awesome album I can't wait
for the finished product it'll be worth the wait.
Tommy: And finally - any words of wisdom
or funny facts about the nearest future
you want to share with the readers?
- Adam: Metal music is as viable a form of expression
as any art medium. If you have the passion and the belief in what you
do you will succeed. Buy an instrument and learn to play. Form a band
and keep REAL MUSIC alive well into the 21st century.
- Steve W: Why is it that whenever I get in a
taxi the conversation always goes like this
Cab Driver "What's in the bag?"
Steve W: "Some keyboards"
Cab Driver "Oh, can you play keyboards?"
.dammit. Do I just carry them round for fun
- Steve S: Our drummer has 6 toes on each foot.
That was all I had for now, Power Quest - the staff at metalcovenant.com
wish you all the very best for the future, and we sincerely want to thank
you for keeping the spirit of Metal alive!
Steve W: Thanks for the interview Tommy. We all
appreciate you taking the time to put these questions to us. Good luck
with Metal Covenant site
I'll be checking in regularly. Don't forget
Quest must go on!