Interview With Shimera's James Seaton
One of my favorite underground discoveries this year is Tampa, Florida's SHIMERA. A real savvy death metal unit that doesn't allow it's songwriting to get bogged down with the same antics as before. They are playing shows all throughout their local scene right up to year's end, and have been gaining a lot of attention with metal fans online at their MySpace music profile. It seems I am not the only one who appreciates the musical brutality they have to offer. I got some Q&A in with their man on lead/rhythm guitar & vocals, James Seaton.
Rocket: So are you originally from Tampa, Florida?
James: No, I am from Erie, PA. I moved to Tampa in 1978 with my parents and I have been here ever since. But I do go home often.
Rocket: Right on. So when did you first get into performing music?
James: The first minute I heard Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Slayer, though I must thank KISS for my air guitar lessons in the late 70's.
Rocket: Yeah, Kiss was something else back then, huh? It's one of those things where you had to truly be there to understand just how damn big that band was then. Definitely the Beatles of heavy metal in my mind. I don't give a shit what anyone else says about it either. Gene Simmons is a bad muthafucker! Now listen, I really love your guitar sound, bro. Who are some of your playing influences? Past or present.
James: Well, first off, anyone who lives to play metal. But I can give a small list. Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Dave Mustaine, Dime-Bag Darrell, George Lynch, Chuck Schuldiner, Jack Owen, The Hoffman brothers. The new ones are Matthew K. Heafy, Corey K. Beauleu, and Nergal of Behemoth.
Rocket: What kind of guitars are you playing live and in the studio?
James: My main one I used for our 'Christian Annihilation' cd and live is my 7 string BC Rich Warlock. Pure metal!
Rocket: Hey, I'll take your word for it, dude. You drop hellfire on them strings! Ha! What kind of amp rig?
James: A Randall half stack with a solid state head. I never got it past 5 1/2 on the volume dial - it is a beast!
Rocket: Oh hell yeah. I've heard those up close. Now everyone knows that Florida is a hot bed for metal bands. Who are some of the other underground heavy music acts that impress you?
James: Right now the return of Resurrection, Cold Case, Sudden Death and Diabolic.
Rocket: Are you working on new material and when can we expect a new album from this band?
James: Yes, we are writing and trying to set the bar. We hope to have a new cd next year, but the songs will decide the date.
Rocket: What's been your favorite metal album for 2006 so far?
James: By far Deicide - The Stench of Redemption. I am beating it to death.
Rocket: I like to have fun with this next one... and I was told actually by Susanne, your drummer, that you had somethng for me on this. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you on stage?
James: Funny, no. Brutal, yes! There have been a couple of times where the crowd was pitting so hard, I put down my guitar & decided to join in. Jumping into the pit with arm and leg spikes - bleed for me!
Rocket: Haha. I love it! How involved are you with the whole MySpace thing? Do you ever actually answer fan messages?
James: Yes, of course, all the time. I love Myspace for the fact that any band at any level and location can be heard worldwide. It has opened many doors for us, as I'm sure it has for so many other bands.
Rocket: So what are a few of the upcoming Shimera performances we need to watchout for?
James: 10/27 at the Madhatter in Lakeland, FL ,11/4 at the Uptown Bar in St. Petersburg, FL and 11/18 & 12/16 at the K&K Club in Ocala, FL.
Rocket: Brother man, thanks for your time on this! Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
James: Our entertainment attorney Kevin D. Astl; my sister Marisa; my bandmates Susanne & Brian; our video arts dvd guy Mike "The Rican"; Lucifera Gorewhore; and all the fans who see our shows & buy our merchandise. And most of all the Metal Underground for allowing my voice to be heard, it is an honor!
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