If there was a time machine that took your band back to the early 80s what bands would hang out with & at what clubs?
We would go back to Neal Kay’s Soundhouse in England. Definitely the birth of NWOBHM. I could see us hanging out with Saxon, Angel Witch, Iron Maiden, and Praying Mantis. Full on cardboard air guitar in hand! Drinking cheap booze and raising hell!
If any dead guitar player could magically come alive & join your band who would you pick?
Mark Reale from Riot, hands down! His playing and song writing has been a heavy influence in Night Demon from day one. He is responsible for the American movement of British style heavy metal, as well as the start of power metal with his late eighties masterpiece “Thundersteel”.
Rumor has it you never want to tour with Raven again?
Absolutely true! We did a west coast run with them and Diamond Head last year, did the Pounding Metal Fest in Madrid Spain earlier this year, and are currently on an agonizing 65 date grueling miserable full United States tour with them. To add more insult to injury, we are being forced to play the Very Eavy metal fest with them in the Netherlands April 2015. Our only hope is to one day just get away from these fucking guys! Ugh.
We heard that Century Media Records wanted to make the guy in your band with short hair wear a long hair wig in promotional pictures for the band to look more metal?
Unfortunately, yes :(. When we showed up to the photo shoot, the wig didn’t fit right and kept falling off. They went out and grabbed a new wig at the nearest
Halloween store, but this platinum blonde piece of shit kept messing up the highlights of the photos when using a flash and created a sort of orb around Jarvis’ head. We were going to just run with that, but his mother is a Clairvoyant who when saw the photos, predicted an angel of light over his head. This is a terrible thing for any satanic metal band, so we just decided that the short hair in the pics was our only solution at the time.
What tips do you have for bands just starting out?
Practice a lot and get out and play shows. Experience is the key. It takes a lot of dedication and years of just getting out and doing it. Ask questions to the
bands you admire and look up to. If you don’t ask, you don’t get! If playing music professionally is something you really want to do, than the key is to stay
consistent, and never give up! There will never be one certain event that happens in your career that changes everything. It’s a law of accumulation. Just live it
and be it!
Is there something that people always say about your music that people get wrong & you would like to get straight once and for all?
Not really. Most people are really spot on in their analysis. We aren’t here to reinvent the wheel our influences shine through our music and we like it that way.
What artists in music that get lots of praise that don’t deserve it?
What are some recent albums you have bought?
What artists used to be great but went wrong after a certain time [jumped the shark]?
Obviously Metallica had some questionable moves, but you can’t ever take away what they created. Megadeth really blew it on that Super Collider, Sepultura hasn’t been good since Max bailed, Korn always blew, but got even worse when they added electronic beats to their music, but the absolute worst fall from grace has to be Slayer! They had a really good thing for so long. They really should’ve just stopped when they had the chance. It will never be the same with those guys. I love Tom as a human being, and don’t blame him directly, but I’m really curious to see what kind of records these guys are gonna be pumping out in the future.
Heavy metal is now promoted as a children’s video game to play guitar, as in Rocksmith, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, in children’s films, School of Rock, etc.; so is it now a children’s medium?
I sure hope so! Most kids are into talentless music. The more the youth embraces the power of metal in all its technicalities, the better off this world will be!