JAG PANZER : interview with Mark Briody
Dimitris "Heartcollector83" Theodoropoulos ___
IS BETTER THAN BEING ON STAGE
- Tell us a few things about the new record 'Casting The Stones'
- It’s our new album and it took about 8 months to
write and record. As with all
Jag Panzer albums, we tried to make this different sounding from our
previous releases while still maintaining the Jag Panzer sound.
will you hit the road for a tour and when will you come to Europe?
definitely plan on touring Europe but we don’t have any dates yet.
We have to look at our options – is it best to open for a bigger
band or play smaller venues as a headliner.
Headlining is much more fun, but opening up may give us the option
of playing in more countries. There are still several European countries where we have not
your previous albums you had violins on your songs. How come you didn't
use any on this album?
wanted a different sound for this album so we didn’t use violins or big
choirs. We may use them again
on our next album, I’m not sure.
come the production came out harder than ever before on a Jag Panzer
wanted a heavier sound so we spoke with our producer Jim Morris about
this. We used some different
amps and tunings to achieve this.
Broderick's writing on this record made the band's sound heavier?
I would say so. Chris wrote 6
songs on the new album and he has a very heavy writing style.
you prefer being in the studio working on new ideas or playing live?
like being in the studio, but nothing is better than being on stage!
which Jag Panzer album do you believe you have experimented the most?
would say ‘Casting the Stones’ then probably ‘Thane to the
Warfare’ has some experimental parts on it, but not as much as
‘Thane’. The new album is
the most experimental of all of them.
role does the producer play on a Jag Panzer record?
helps get the best performance out of each musician.
For example - Our singer Harry has a much better voice since we
started working with Jim Morris. Harry
was singing too loud in the studio on past albums.
Jim taught him proper techniques for the studio and it’s helped a
musicians influence your song-writing the most?
and Iommi. Specifically the
work they did with Ronnie James Dio.
Also Steve Harris is a big influence on my songwriting.
people that haven't seen the band play live yet, how would you describe a
Jag Panzer show?
energy, in-your-face, metal. No
there any musicians you would like to work with?
with Dio would be a dream come true.
He’s the voice of metal.
which age did you start practicing your instrument?
15. I wish I had started
sooner. Our vocalist Harry
showed me some chords. He
started playing guitar at 14.
you weren’t a musician, what do you think you would do? What’s your
second biggest passion that you’d like to follow?
or video production. I love
the visual arts. I’m very
interested in that field.
do you think about today’s metal bands?
not a fan of mallcore, nu-metal or metalcore.
But there are some great bands today playing excellent metal.
Bands like Blind Guardian or Grave Digger are incredible.
final question is: let’s say there is a big tower and on the top of it
are 3 bands. You have to push down 2 of them and save only 1.The bands are
Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Metallica. Which one will you save and why?
a tough one because I am a huge fan of both Maiden and Priest.
Although I like Maiden a little more, I would have to save Priest.
The reason – I haven’t heard what they will do since Rob
Halford has returned.
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