Interview With Eddie From Victim Of Thought
Formed in 2005, Birmingham, Alabama's VICTIM OF THOUGHT is as solid of a metal act coming out of the underground scene as you can get. They combine elements of razor-sharp Pantera riff domination with an Anselmo-esque howl cry vocal delivery breaking off at a level just about any extreme music fan is going to appreciate. Citing main influences such as Judas Priest, Stone Temple Pilots, Life of Agony, Corrosion of Conformity, Victim Of Thought have really started to make people take notice of them on their local club scene and judging from their increasing popularity on MySpace, I predict this is going to be a band that goes very far in the immediate years to come. I wanted to learn more about them, so I recently got some Q&A done with Eddie on lead guitar.
Rocket: Are you originally from Birmingham, Alabama?
Eddie: Actually, a little town Northwest of Birmingham called Dora, but I was born in the ham.
Rocket: Right on. So when did you first start playing guitar, bro?
Eddie: At age 10. My mom played. She bought me this little piece of shit Gene Autry guitar from a friend of the family. I never messed with it or anything for years. Then one day I picked it up and started watching her make chords and I did the same thing she did. It took off after that.
Rocket: Did you ever take any formal guitar lessons?
Eddie: I was all ear trained until I hustled my way to a college scholarship for guitar performance. Haha. After that it was on with some major formal studies.
Rocket: Who are a few metal guitarists that have influenced you the most? Past or present. T
Eddie: The usual. KING DIME! Zakk, of course. Randy Rhoads. Pepper Keenan. I'll go further back and say anyone from the Southern Rock scene. It's not metal but you can't tell me you don't hear Skynyrd and Hatchet when you listen to "Trendkill" "Rebel meets Rebel" Newer guys..... I like Mark and Willie from Lamb of God. Brent Hinds(Alabama boy) from Mastodon is pretty sick. I know I'm gonna get nailed for this but Zacky and Synyster are twisted on the dual assault. Fuck! I can go all day on this shit.
Rocket: What kind of guitars are you playing live and in the studio?
Eddie: Right now, it's all Les Pauls.
Rocket: Oh, hell yeah. They just kill in the studio.
Eddie: My main axe is a 2004 reissue of the 60's style Gibson. It's the classic. I'm working on moving towards my Dean ML a little more.
Rocket: What kind of amp rig?
Eddie: I'm currently on A Marshall JCM 900 through a 4 x12 slant Marshall. I'm hot rodding it with Kerry KIng 10 band eq. That thing really brings the sound out. That pedal could suck the brown out of shit.
Rocket: Haha. Gotta love that! Do you use any effects?
Eddie: Jim Dunlop wah, Boss Delay. Kinda meat n' taters, bro. If theres a place for effects, I'll dick around with 'em a bit more.
Rocket: Man, I love the sound you are getting definitely. So, how did Victim of Thought join together as a band?
Eddie: Fuck. I can only tell you how I came into because there actually was a less focused VoT before I came into the fold. Here we go....I was about 6 months out of a letdown project and I had tried everything from flyers, internet ads, word of mouth etc. No luck. I was considering moving back to school to finish up my guitar degree, blah blah blah. Ass on my shoulders.....that whole kick. I went out to a local bar in Birmingham called the High Note and remember that I went to see a good metal band down there. I can't remember their name but I was going to scout some shit because I heard this was their last show. Anyways, I hit those guys up and they seemed semi-enthused about it. So, they get my number. After the chat, I'm heading out front to close out my tab and I run into my cousin Derek(VoT bassist). We're both drunk and pretty much just grunting at each other with delight because we had not seen each other in a couple of years. The "THEN" lead guitarist of the band comes up to me and tells me that he saw me play about a year before and he thought I ripped and so on. He asks me if I'm looking to get into something and I'm thinking, "God, please don't let them suck!" He gets my number and a few days go by. I wasn't even thinkinging about it. Ya know, smoke up my ass or whatever. We were all drunk and everything so I figured it was all bullshit. Anyway, they give me a buzz. Long story short, I went out, the first song I heard was "Separate" and that was it. I was all in!
Rocket: Sounds metal to me. How does the band collaborate exactly to write its music?
Eddie: One of two ways. Me or Myke get some riffs together and throw them off each other until a few stick or we'll throw 'em at Scott and Rickey. It's all riff oriented though.
Rocket: I know with all the latest big name albums that have dropped, there's quite a competition now going for best metal album of 2006. What's been your favorite so far?
Eddie: Honestly? I swear to God for me, right now, Rebel Meets Rebel. It's just what I've been looking for. I think all of the other metal bands this year have done an incredible job, but a barrier was definitely shattered with that album. Mastodon's "Blood Mountain" will also be parallel to that one for me. Those guys are just sick. As well as Lamb of God and Shad's new releases.
Rocket: Yeah, man, Dime sounds like the beast he always was on these current RMR recordings. Who are some of the other local Alabama metal acts that impress you?
Eddie: Catchfire and Severe are really the only other metal bands that have been kicking the shit out of it for sometime now. There aren't a whole lot of metal bands in Birmingham. Apsis is a bad ass prog outfit from down here. There are a shitload of bands that kick ass down here. Metal....uhm.....not so much. CHOKESLAM are our honorary Bama guys. They're from up the creek barely out of the state in Tennessee and that's some of the best down home metal you'll hear.
Rocket: Sounds like there's some good stuff going on though. I need to checkout a few of those names myself. I really have scouted bands more from Texas, Michigan or Illinois. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on stage? I
Eddie: I have to save this for Scott to tell. It will probably be the funniest thing ever so that will be incentive for you to keep reading these things. It happened to him though. Not me.
Rocket: Cool. We can hang on for that one. But it better be worth it! Ha! What are a few upcoming shows for the band?
Eddie: We have 9/15 at the Nick in Birmingham 10/14@ Brother's Bar in Jacksonville, AL. Unknown gig in Chattanooga TN hopefully the weekend before Halloween. Stay tuned for more details on that.
Rocket: I know a lot of people are getting into this band on MySpace, so hopefully they really start showing their support out at the shows too.Thanks for hanging out, brother. I wish the band the best of luck. Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Eddie: They know what's up! We're all friends and family. There are no fans. Everyone on the friendslist everyone at the shows. The people we love, raise hell with and drink beer with! Keep spreadin' the word and making noise and building the friendbase. Thanks to TMD for hookin' up some promo for us. Let's shove some real music down some fucker's throats. Come on.
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