John Maggard - Unearth
So it goes that I get to unearth the glorious nightmare visions and secrets of this band who celebrate the sanctity of brothers with their unstoppable sting of conscious endeavours. My desire is to gain a stronghold and grasp their sound which will fuel the fire of the oncoming storm for their latest, endless eulogy. These great dividers will crush all false idols of failure as their blackhearts now reign in the eyes of fire. After the show, in the parking lot, I met up with Unearth's bassist John "Slo" Maggard and discussed the band and unearthed many metal superlatives.
MettleAngel: When did you guys form?
MettleAngel: Now, there's been some confusion with another band called Unearthed and some believe they are ex-members of Iced Earth.
MettleAngel: Tell me more about your progressive
band Netherworld, since you originally played keys for them.
MettleAngel: That's always the case when a major metal scene arrives and becomes dominate: Take for example: England in early '80s, The Bay Area Sound, Florida Death Scene, Seattle Grunge, Swedish Gothenburg Melodic Death, you get the idea?
MettleAngel: What does the name Unearth, then essentially mean to you?
MettleAngel: I love Kevin Moore's work with Dream Theater...
MettleAngel: I would have to say first up is "When Dream and Day Unite" then "Scenes from a Memory".
MettleAngel: I love them all! "Matter of Time", "Light Fuse..Get Away", " After Life" - it's difficult for me to just choose one; since I really do love all those songs on that CD.
MettleAngel: Charles Dominici - I had the "Majesty" demo early on, so I was really excited when Dream Theatre released "When Dream and Day Unite" on the now defunct MCA/Mechanic label. I also have the demo from before they released "Images & Words". Did you know they had Jon Arch from Fates Warning singing with them for a short while after Dominici left, before they found James?
MettleAngel: Yeah, unless it's an obscure reference I usually know what musicians play or played in what particular band. So in keeping with this vibe, as you are on Ozzfest now, what would be your ideal bill or venue?
MettleAngel: Yeah, go for it - dream! There are no limits or boundaries. What if you could form your own "Supergroup", who would play?
MettleAngel: Ok, 'Knife', now that's what I mean by an obscure reference, otherwise that's a killer band.
MettleMaiden: What classical influences do you have?
MettleMaiden: What modern day pianists then...?
MettleAngel: Talk about a dream band, put me in a band with Sarah Brightman and I am there!
MettleAngel: I know what you mean. Turn on and tune in the music, and tune out reality. Thank you for this interview.