|Interview by Burt Wolf with Vic, bass player for CONQUEST OF STEEL.
Interview done July 15th, 2007.
SINCE I'M FAIRLY NEW TO CONQUEST OF STEEL CAN YOU GIVE SOME OF THE BANDS
HISTORY UP TO NOW?
The band formed around 1998, put out a couple of demos. We then released the "STADIUMS OF STEEL" split
12" through NO FACE RECORDS in about 2001. We released our debut album "CONQUEST OF STEEL" in
2004 & started hitting the road as much as possible. This year saw us release the "MAY YOUR BLADE NEVER
DULL" EP & our second album "HAMMER & FIST". Since the release of the album we've been gigging as much
as possible & destroying eardrums across the globe.
WHY WAS THE NAME CONQUEST OF STEEL CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME?
Because the name IRON MAIDEN was already in use by a small local British band...no, because CONQUEST
OF STEEL sums up the total Metal mentality that the band holds.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD SOME INFLUENCE ON YOU CREATING YOUR MUSIC?
The obvious reference points for the band are MAIDEN, PRIEST, MANOWAR, DIO, really all the Metal
greats. There's a lot of bands in there, but it's all pure Metal.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST
DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE &
Pure Heavy Metal!!!
YOUR NEWEST RELEASE
"HAMMER & FIST" HAS BEEN
OUT FOR A LITTLE BIT NOW.
HOW WELL HAS IT BEEN
DOING FOR YOU GUYS?
Sales have been good, particularly
live & so far the reviews have all
one, but I think the guy's dog died
the day he listened to the CD.
NO FACE RECORDS PUT OUT THIS RELEASE AS WELL AS YOUR OTHERS. HOW DID YOU GET
HOOKED UP WITH THEM & HOW HAS IT BEEN WORKING WITH THEM?
NO FACE are only a small label, but they're really dedicated to Metal & they really work for their bands. We
initially worked with them on the 12" because they were friends of a friend & since then we've been rejecting
offers from SONY & EMI to keep working with them.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE ALBUM COVER & IT'S MEANING A BIT?
The album cover shows a mighty female warrior surrounded by her legions, she is leading this mighty war host
into battle ready to slay all those who stand against the laws of Metal. What it means is death to all those who
deny the power of the steel.
WHAT IS SOME OF THE LYRICAL CONTENT IN YOUR SONGS? WHO DOES THE MAJORITY OF
The lyrics are mainly written by the singer & they deal with our favourite subject, the glory of Heavy Metal. We
have branched out this time & embraced the subject of piracy & life on the high seas, the meta-text that runs
throughout the piece introduces & alludes to the lifestyle enjoyed by the brigands of the sea & it's comparative
similarities to the Heavy Metal warriors quest for fulfillment at the expense of traditional societal structures. So
it's really about Metal if you think about it.
HOW WOULD YOU SAY THE BAND HAS CHANGED OR IMPROVED SINCE YOUR "SELF TITLED"
DEBUT IN 2004?
The song writing has been honed & sharpened in order to provide a greater ratio of Metal per minute & the
playing has followed suit. We are tighter, faster & ultimately you get more steel for your money.
WHAT IS CONQUEST OF STEEL LIKE IN A LIVE SETTING?
Blood, sweat, spikes, swords, beer & Metal.
I READ ON YOUR SITE THAT YOU GUYS GOT INTO A
FIGHT @ A NU-METAL SHOW & SOMEONE GOT HIS
ARM BROKEN? WHAT WAS THIS ALL ABOUT &
This is a lie, why would any of the band be at a Nu-Metal
show? Someone is trying to discredit us! In actuality, the
injury was sustained during a bout of post gig drunken
wrestling. This is the first time the Destroyer has been bested
in competition since birth & it was only due to his snapped
wrist that he conceded defeat at all. I imagine once he is
healed & well he will reclaim his crone as the "True
YOU GUYS WERE SUPPORTS FOR GWAR (MY
FAVORITE BAND). WHAT WAS THIS LIKE?
Superb, but the sound guys said we couldn't use our props
(skeletons, skulls, axes, etc.) as though we might blow
GWAR's stage show.
ANY OF YOUR SHOWS STAND OUT FOR ANY REASON? ANY GOOD BAND STORIES YOU
Every show is 100% Metal. Some are big & some are small, but all stand out in their own way. One story that
stands out comes from a gig we played in Germany. We were playing on the Sunday night so we flew over for
Sunday afternoon, got picked up & taken to the venue, played the gig, got drunk & crashed at the venue. In the
morning someone else came to take us to the airport. We arrived with 1/2 an hour to spare & settled down to
wait for the flight. Then we noticed the airport was a lot bigger than it had been on Sunday & we couldn't find
our flight. It slowly dawned on us that this was not the same place & the guys had taken us to the wrong airport,
we rushed across the city to get the flight but missed boarding by an hour. We were devastated & had to have
another night of drinking to console ourselves!
IS THERE ANY NEW MATERIAL IN THE WORKS YET?
We're working toward a 7" single for the beginning of next year, at the moment it looks likely to be two 6 minute
songs developing the more epic elements of our music.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR CONQUEST
CONQUEST is our life, what more could there be?
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY?
We listen to Metal only & we live only for Heavy Metal.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
We're not from the 1980's.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU EVER BOUGHT?
WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU EVER WENT TO?
The first album I ever bought was "IRON MAIDEN" - IRON
MAIDEN & "DESTROYER" by KISS. The first concert I went
to was EMERSON LAKE & PALMER, but this was before I
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT NEXT FROM CONQUEST OF
The 7" will be out next year & in the meantime expect to see us
destroying stages where ever we go.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW?
WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW THAT IT'S DONE?
I was checking the band email & now it's done I'll finish doing
that while listening to more Metal.
THANX A LOT FOR ANSWERING MY QUESTIONS. FEEL
FREE TO ADD ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO CLOSE OUT!
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