What an awesome ordeal for Wendy
and I to witness the prophetic Stories From The Book Of Metal, as foretold
by the exuberant youth known as Zephaniah.
This semi-local, promising Power Metal act from Fort Wayne, Indiana agreed
to make the journey to Ohio to participate in Lunarium's album release
party, and we are ever so grateful.
MettleAngel: Well Brothers, that was an amazing display of pure energy, almost a metallic exorcism. Thank you for creating the time to gather forth under these impromptu circumstances, and agree to do this collective interview. With whom have I been corresponding via my Myspace E-mail messages?
MettleAngel: So, I take it that you are the King Diamond fan who willingly read my interview?
MettleAngel: Thank you, I was honored to speak to the almighty King. I want to express my gratitude to you for sending me the CD so promptly. You paid $5 to send it priority mail, when you could have easily presented it to me this evening. To show our appreciation for your munificence, we will purchase shirts from the band at the end of the show. I'll wear my shirt when I go see Destructor, Trouble, & Icarus Witch. Greg Gruben of MSOD who are playing right now, used to play with Icarus Witch.
MettleAngel: Stories From The Book Of Metal is a really strong CD; especially for being an independent self-release. I've played it a number of times, frankly, I'm really impressed. Who would have thought there would be a killer Power Metal act from the Mid-west, of whom I've never heard?
MettleAngel: That is the rightful and honest attitude to have. Try to not allow things to go to your head, as we are all in this together. Remember, your success is our success. This is why Wendy & I want to secure you some gigs in Cleveland, where you will definitely make some new friends.
MettleAngel: Well, perhaps they are envious of your talent. Like Brian Fair of Shadows Fall claims, the reason why hardcore bands eventually convert to playing metal, is because they have become more musically proficient. I'm sure you have been compared to Dragonforce. Given their immense success in the US, this could become a benefit for you?
MettleAngel: Also, given the internal conflict with Cellador, Zephaniah has the potential to ascend the ranks along with Armory, Engage, & Eternal legacy as the premiere acts in America.
MettleAngel: I commend you for this. I often feel serious repine for a corrupted music scene, as well; which is why I celebrate your band. Let's discuss the name choice. Zephaniah is a famous prophet form the Old Testament, and unlike Isaiah or Nehemiah, he is probably an historically accurate individual who really tried to get the Jews to return to Yahwheh. Why did you chose his name to represent your Power Metal artistry?
MettleAngel: Actually Zephaniah is a very spiritual name, and it carries a very numinous quality. The term "zeph" is derived from the Greek word for "wind"; while the "aniah" holds a deeper significance. The name literally means "God is concealed". It refers to the presence (parousia) of the Shekinah or "Spirit" of God (hagios pneumata). Think of Indiana Jones and the Ark Of The Covenant.
MettleAngel: So, Zephianiah triumphantly announces the presence of the ark of the Metal Covenant...ha,ha!
MettleAngel: So the name is just notable for the purpose of distinction and recognition. You want your fans to identify with the logo and make the association with the band itself. I assume the overall metal vibe supercedes an often misconstrued appellative?
MettleAngel: Yeah, he uses very strong theosophical imagery in his work. This is a good stepping stone for the band, as your fans can make this association.
MettleAngel: Well what is in a name really? Look at Anthrax, they liked the name Lord Anthrax from Monty Python, before realizing it was a cow disease. What about the lyrics? Zephaniah focuses on many historical realities, more than basic fantasy, sword and sorcery imagery?
MettleAngel: I like the lyrics, even though the CD does not include them. I can understand Logan. Names are for recognition only. Consider Lord Tim of Dungeon fame, after his departure from them and later Ilium, he focused on his own band Lord. Try to find that as a google search. Be happy you did not include 'Storm' or 'Dragon' in your name. Every Power Metal band out there now uses the word 'Storm' or 'Dragon'! I like the lyrics and concepts. The album title Stories From The Book Of Metal is quite appropriate. Iced Earth fans will identify with the Civil War tale of Antietam, while Running Wild enthusiasts and Pirate Metal fanatics will enjoy Blackbeard's Revenge.
MettleAngel: I mean it is cool to sing about dragons, but I appreciate more thought provoking lyrics, which Zephaniah elucidate. Actually, no offense Logan; but the only weak point on the CD is your vocal style. I was surprised you did not sing in a higher range.
MettleAngel: Wow, you are classically trained, I did not know that! A higher tone would mix better with the music. I'm sure most Power Metalheads would agree.
MettleAngel: So it was because of budget and time constraints that you did not do your vocals differently? What is with the 50's style radio microphone you use on stage? Where did you ever find that?
MettleAngel: What a cool effect, just like having Dean Martin perform Power Metal Radio broadcasting. (MettleMaiden:) Or Pat Boone In A Metal Mood! (MettleAngel:) Exactly! Now Justin you are the only original member in the band, right?
MettleAngel: I like the idea that you just wear T-shirts and jeans; that is a no bullshit approach.
MettleAngel: Of course you do. All you young bands play every instrument.
MettleAngel: I stand corrected. It is just that I'm so amazed at the proficiency of young musicians today. That was actually meant as a compliment, not sarcasm. This is why I hesitate to compare Zephaniah to Dragonforce. I want that to also be a compliment made in your favor.
MettleAngel: With the style the band plays, you are in for some serious international success, and global recognition.
MettleAngel: I just saw a poll on Metal's appeal throughout the world. There were countries I had not thought about forever in Asia or Africa which have a major metal fanbase. This is why over 60% of your audience will not speak English, or have it as a second language. Now I know how my fans feel when they read my work at Metal Covenant. I read a Midnattsol review the other day all in German. I was only able to glean about 20% of the article. I just got the gist of the context. So, even though I love learning languages, I accept how diverse cultures are. This makes me rethink my writing style, as to not go over everyone's heads. I'm sorry... I digress...the point I want to make, is that Zephaniah are an amazingly talented group of musicians. I encourage you with all the success you can create, and even more abundance.
MettleAngel: Am I to understand that this is officially your first international interview?
MettleAngel: Thank you, as well. This is what Wendy and I do. We are fans first and foremost; and if we believe in something we support it whole heartedly. Even though we are both ill, and our son is sick, we did not want to miss meeting you all and seeing you perform live. We made this sacrifice and we are grateful for having done so. We really enjoyed the new song "Heed The Call", which you debuted this evening. We look forward to catching you again live soon. I've already spread the word to all my contacts to go to your Myspace and hear the music, then without hesitation buy it! My one friend has already done just that. Since you gifted us with a complimentary CD, which I will favorable review very soon, we will at least give you gas money and purchase some merch. We like the T-shirts which you brought along.
MettleAngel: Your welcome. I must compliment your professionalism, overall. I am thoroughly impressed with your level of maturity and positvie attitude.
MettleAngel: Now, let's go see Lunarium tear it up!