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Interview With Metallica Tribute Band Battery In Binghamton, New York

I was fortunate to catch up with Metallica Tribute band Battery on October 17th, 2008 at Magic City Music Hall in Binghamton, New York. Although I wasn't able to meet with all of the band because the drummer had to run across the street to guitar center and get "fog juice" as he put it, I was still able to meet with guitarist/singer Jason, lead guitarist Jay, and bass player Phil. Here's what they had to say:

Skylark: How is the tour going so far?

Jason: It's a never-ending process, we never take any breaks. Around the holidays shows get harder to find, so everything slows down a bit but picks right up within a week.

Skylark: Are there any moments that really stick out on this tour to make it memorable?

Jay: Well actually there was the tire popping off the trailer back in Virginia.

Jason: We play a Harley-Davidson dealership out there., but yeah Jason was driving when that happened, I was with my girlfriend about 6 or 7 miles ahead of them in the Camaro.

Jay: Yeah well what actually happened is we were just driving down the road and I felt the trailer tug hard on the truck, and I thought something hit us. So I looked in my passenger side mirror and I see smoke and the fender is all torn up on the side of the trailer. Then I looked at the other mirror and I see the trailer tire rolling up past us. So we ended up pulling over on the side of the road and having to get it fixed.

Skylark: Sounds like quite a time...

Jay: Yes it was.

Skylark: So what kinds of music do you guys listen to outside of the genre that you play?

Jay: Testament. I listen to those guys all the time, and I listen to a lot of European metal too.

Phil: I listen to black metal, death metal... I'm into the heavier stuff.

Jason: I listen to all kinds of shit. If I had to classify my favorite bans, it would be you know Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Slayer... you should have seen me in my senior year of high-school, I was a Dave Mustaine look-a-like (laughs). I have a pretty good taste for country music.

Jay: Yeah we can't figure that one out (laughs).

Jason: Yeah I also listen to jazz, and even some classical. I like classical sounds.

(At this point Jay is switching through TV channels on a nearby TV and "Family Guy" comes on).

Skylark: You like "Family Guy" Jay? Well you're not alone (laughs).

Jay: Yeah this is the band show man, we watch it every chance we get.

Jason: Yeah, that and "The Simpsons" (laughs).

Skylark: So let me guess this straight, you guys originally had a band named "Disaster Area," and then you started playing in "Battery" as a ploy to gain popularity?

Jason: Well you really would have to ask Laurence about that one, we weren't here during "Disaster Area."

Phil: Yeah well Laurence started a band back in Canada called "Disaster Area," and they started getting gigs down in the states here and one of the promoters here in the states said "you guys originally sounds a lot like Metallica, so why don't you do a Metallica tribute here in the states to gain some popularity." So then our first singer quit, so we just ended up sticking with "Battery," not to mention that it was really hitting off big here in the states and bringing in money for the band.

Skylark: So is it fair to say that the popularity of "Battery" was unexpected?

Phil: Yeah absolutely. I mean, we knew that Metallica was getting big, but nobody thought that they would take off the way that they did.

Jay: Yeah the band was originally just something to draw a crowd for "Disaster Area," but we never expected it to take off the way it did.

Skylark: Were you hesitant about pursuing Battery?

Jason: See it's kind of hard to say because I think Phil and Laurence were the only ones that were in the band at that point.

Phil: Yeah you'd really have to ask Laurence because I wasn't really with Battery just then. I don't know where he is though, he's probably mulling around doing drummer stuff (laughs).

Skylark: Are you guys ever criticized for being a tribute band?

Jay: Oh yeah there's always criticism.

Jason: You know you'll get a person here or there that say "why do you have to play other peoples' music. Why can't you play your own?"

Jay: Yeah people say "why can't you play originals" or something like that.

Jason: You know it's like every time you walk onstage there's always someone out there that yell "Freebird!!!"

Jay: Yeah and we sometimes will play little bits and pieces of them just to fuck with people. We usually do our own little Pantera bit.

Skylark: Really? That'd be awesome to hear tonight guys.

Jay: Yeah we'll see if we can't squeeze it in. It's usually the last part of Cemetary Gates.

Jason: After about three shows in a row, we tend to shorten the set list down just a little bit to help preserve the voice. After ripping your throat out for three nights, it starts to kill you know? We usually play about a 3 or 3 and ½ hour set, but when we shorten it down, it goes down to about 2 and ½ to 3.

Skylark: So guys, if you weren't on tour playing with Battery right now, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Jason: Well, I myself have a small diving business down in Florida so I'd probably be doing something with that. I used to makes yachts in St. Pete's, so I'd probably be welding or something like that. I actually almost became a St. Pete's police officer if you can imagine that (laughs). I'd probably end up pulling over chicks just to look at their tits and get their phone numbers (band laughs).

Skylark: How about you Jay?

Jay: I work for a landscaping business right now. I actually had the opportunity to buy it out, but I really don't want to run a business right now, especially while I'm on tour. But that's my other passion; landscaping.

Phil: I'd probably be working in aviation mechanics. I was big into that field before I started touring with Battery. I think that we'd all still be playing music, just not as much as we are not.

Skylark: So where do you guys see Battery in ten years?

Jason: I don't (laughs).

Phil: I don't think that far ahead, I mean, ten years is a long time.

Skylark: Well how about a year from now then?

Jason: A year? Well, probably doing the same thing. We've got three more years to pay off the truck so....

Skylark: So back to touring, if you could perform in any venue in the world right now, national or international, where would you perform?

Jason, Jay, Phil: Ozzfest (in unison, laughs).

Skylark: Do you guys ever perform internationally?

Jason: Well, we do Puerto Rico. We get the chances, but it just such a hassle. Everybody's got to have passports at the same time, and then you get one that runs out and you end up waiting on that. It's just a pain in the ass.

Jay: Yeah we've had guys try to get us into Germany before.

Jason: Yeah, Europe, Japan, Trinidad, Amsterdam... they're trying like hell to get us down to the Dominican Republic right now. The guy calls every two weeks trying to get us down there, but the schedules never quite align just right. We book through "Suncoast Booking" down in Florida.

Skylark: What kind of venues do you guys prefer to play at; smaller ones like this place, or larger venues?

Jay: I like outdoor gigs personally.

Jason: This place here (Magic City Music Hall- Binghamton, New York) I consider to be a pretty decent size. There are times when we play bars that only fit 50-75 people. It's like a little two-room thing.

Jay: Yeah we play this one bar in Jersey. It's so small that I don't even play onstage during the show. It's good that I have a wireless pack.

Jason: You can probably only fit like 35 people in that place. We play a huge place out during Sturgis, and the place is huge. It fits like 20,000 people it's crazy.

Skylark: Well I ask because there are a lot of bands that would argue that you can't get the same level of energy off a big place that you get from a little place. Just the whole close-quarters thing I guess.

Jason: Yeah, I'd have to say that we prefer to play larger places. I think we get better energy there.

Skylark: So before a show, what do you guys do to physically and mentally prepare... besides sit around and get interviewed and drink beer.

Jason: Yeah drink beer and Yeager (band laughs).

Jay: Well we always have our band moment right before the show. We have our band toast with each other, we have to do that you know? We like to have about five minutes alone to ourselves right before the start of the show to, you know, just relax and get into our mind set.

Skylark: Yeah definitely. So how many times have you guys actually met Metallica?

Jason: Well I myself met them five times at the five shows we played with them in '98.

Phil: They came out a few times to see us, once in Buffalo actually. We've all met most of them. They're pretty cool guys.

Jason: Yeah I met Rob actually back in November of '04. We kind of talked for a few minutes back and forth and he said that he remembered us from when we toured with Metallica during "Garage Inc." But yeah, that was pretty cool.

Skylark: What do you guys think of the new album "Death Magnetic?"

Jason: We love it. We're really happy that they were able to pull off a good album.

Jay: We were actually sitting here right before you came in, just brushing up on a few parts to the one song that we played, "Cyanide." We're going to try and do it tonight during our set.

Jason: We all know a little bit of different songs, but we all know "Cyanide" pretty well. We listened to it all the way up.

Jay: Yeah our girlfriends we're sitting there like "ooooh my goooood" (laughs). And the we get there and just put it together and play it in five minutes and they're like "I wish I could do that by listening to the damn thing!!" (laughs).

Skylark: Are you guys playing anything off "St. Anger" tonight?

Jason: Well, no. Before Jay and I came back about three years ago, I guess these guys used to play it and they got booed off stage so yeah, we don't play it anymore.

Jay: We try to do something from every album. We do one song from "Load," one song from "Reload," and then the "Cyanide" song. Everything else is "Black Album" and back.

Jason: Yeah and then we do a little bit off Garage Inc. One of our favorite songs to play together is "Orion." We play the whole thing, and it sounds really cool. Every night we play, we play "Orion." We've been places where they even chant it.

Skylark: What would be the most valuable piece of information that you would pass on to bands that are just starting out?

(prolonged silence)

Jason: Well, I don't know (laughs).

Jay: Just keep working at it.

Jason: Try and be tolerant of your band mates, and try not to fight. You have to agree on everything. You'll always have problems and disagreements. It sucks when you spend the day with your band and you're all fighting with each other all the time.

Jay: We've had days where we're all fighting with each other, and the day is really just super horrible. We'll get to the gig, and we go on at 10:30 and we've just shown up at 9:30 and everybody is stressed and yelling at each other. It's just really shitty. But on thing that is kind of cool is that the more worse the day gets, the better it feels to just get on stage and jam out you know?

Jason: If you're driving the truck, make sure that you hit the window lock so nobody can roll down the windows. Then just let a nice gassy fart loose (laughs).

Jay: Spoken from a true asshole (band laughs).

Skylark: So my last question is just a quick equipment question. What do you guys run for gear?

Jay: Peavey XXX, and Jackson and Ibanez guitars. Oh and duel processors.

Jason: I run a Sennheiser Wireless system, Kramer, Jackson, and ESP guitars. I also build guitars. You'll notice I have one that resembles a dragon out there on stage. I'll play that during "Orion." I built it out of an old Harmony. I run through Crate amplification, and B-52's (cabinets). I run digitech processors, and I'm looking at a Mesa/Boogie power amp for guitar. I hate using a bunch of different pedals because it makes a lot of background noise. Phil uses a bunch of different pedals though. Oh and I use Ernie ball strings.

Phil: Yea I use Ampeg tube amps, rock-tron preamp for distortion, and I have a Boss chorus pedal. I use Dean and Ibanez guitars. Dean Markley strings.

Jason: Laurence uses Pearl drums, some Zildjian cymbals, some Sabian cymbals, a cracked one here, a broken one there (laughs). Basically whatever used cymbal is the cheapest. Oh and he uses Pro-mark sticks, nylon type, hickory.

Skylark: Well guys, that's about all the questions I have for you. I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me. Have a great show tonight; I look forward to seeing it!

Jason: Thank you.
Jay: Thank you.
Phil: Thank you.

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Dan Larkin is an avid Central New York metal fan who enjoys seeing metal shows, listening to metal music, and playing the guitar in his garage metal band.

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1. brettTHEjett writes:

this was an interesting read.
i'm interested to know if you can actually eek a living doing shows that they described

# Oct 22, 2008 @ 9:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

Sounds like it helps pay the bills, but they all have day jobs.

# Oct 22, 2008 @ 10:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. brandedcfh420 writes:

does this band do any original music or just keep playing other peoples music?

# Oct 22, 2008 @ 10:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Treacherous.J.Quick writes:

Three-hour sets? That is work.

# Oct 22, 2008 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Skylark writes:

They just play Metallica covers, and yeah they were telling me how it can get up to a 3 and 1/2 hour set sometimes...

# Oct 22, 2008 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brandedcfh420 writes:

so basically no original talent...yes they have talent to play the songs they play, but as for original talent, zero!!!!!

# Oct 22, 2008 @ 11:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Skylark writes:

No they do, they just chose to go with Battery because it became so popular. They also did mention about how sick they got of people always shouting out sh** like that... "play an original" or "why do you always have to play another band's music?" and sh** like that. This is what they do. You should respect that instead of trashing them....

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 7:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. brandedcfh420 writes:

respect them for being a cover band?!?!? why? if they played something that actually was original and something they created then maybe i would...

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 8:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Skylark writes:

Yeah but you should still have some respect for the sh** they do..... it's not like it's a walk in the park. They play a longer set then any other metal band i've ever heard of, and if you've read the entier interview you will see that they started out as an original band. "Battery" was just a ploy to gain popularity. It caught on so well thought, that they stuck with it because that was the most financially sound descion.

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 10:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. brettTHEjett writes:

you cannot argue that they are talentless. Playing master of pupperts takes TALENT.... you could state that the group lacks 100% creativity. However they don't claim to have creativity, as they are openly a cover band.

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 11:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brandedcfh420 writes:

i read the whole article, but ive seen numerous cover bands that have their own songs to show they can make their own music as well as play cover songs...

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 11:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. BrianSD writes:

A lot of times the members of these tribute (cover) bands play in their other bands as well. I'm pretty sure most of the guys in Godsmack were in an Alice in Chains cover band. Here are some bands that play in the Chicago area quite a bit and have a full bar/venue every time:
Calm Like a Bomb-rage against the machine
Four Horseman-metallica
Cashmere-Led Zeppelin
American English-beatles
Hells Bells-ac/dc

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 11:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Blindgreed1 writes:

Being a cover band actually would be more of a disadvantage IMO, because as an all origional musician I enjoy the fact that if I get too drunk to remember the lyrics nobody knows the difference. And hats off to them for pulling off a three and 1/2 hour sets. I have a 7 hour gig comming up in December and we're still trying to figure out how we're going to pull that off. We'll take breaks of course but it's still a rough gig.

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 11:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. bat2112 writes:

yeager?

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 12:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Len writes:

I’ve known the guys in Battery for 7 years now, seen their shows many times, even ran lights for them & partied at their house. Some say they do Metallica better than Metallica! In addition, they have their own original band - Disaster Area. They are all extremely talented, both at covers & original music. Unfortunately, as any cover band knows, you first need to put groceries on the table & gas in the van! Nobody cares what brandedcfh420 thinks, since he has no more class then anonymously flaming others in message boards that are more famous & talented then he’ll ever even dream of being.

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I swear to god branded, you have a talent for starting sh** with anonymous people on the internet...

Now Playing: Decapitated- Spheres of Madness

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 1:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. brandedcfh420 writes:

f a n, all i did was ask if this band had any original talent. but yes, it seems to be a gift i have!!...lol

Len writes:
Nobody cares what brandedcfh420 thinks, since he has no more class then anonymously flaming others in message boards that are more famous & talented then he’ll ever even dream of being.

say what you will, but im not the one playing other peoples music for a living. since you claim they have original music where can we listen to it? thats all i have asked is if they have any original music, as i would like to hear it. and you claim im annonymously flaming, well theres my pic and my name is brian...wheres your pic?

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 1:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Len writes:

If all you did was ask if they had any original music, I wouldn’t have wasted my time responding. In fact, I would have told you where. I’m not particularly fond of tribute bands for the most part, other than my friends in Battery, or Doug, who does a fabulous Ozzy in his tribute band Crazy Train. All the other posts on here were either supportive or interesting. However, yours was a condescending insult (“but as for original talent, zero!!!!!” – like you know WTF you’re talking about). Any moron can do an Internet search for Battery Metallica-tribute & find their home page, where they also go by Disaster Area. If you don’t have the knowledge, ability or desire, that’s not our problem. Their website includes original music, some of which they play live from time to time, but their fans want what they’re famous for – Metallica. Any moron can also upload a pic & come up with a name, which you’ve so eloquently proven. Beyond that, other than defending some very talented friends of mine, I don’t have time for a battle of wits with an unarmed opponent. Thanks, Skylark; I enjoyed your interview & appreciated your posts (as well as others) in their defense. Get a life, Brian. Music is why I love the Internet, while people like you are the reason I hate it.

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 4:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Skylark writes:

O for god's sake grow up... seriously if you want to comment on my interview then go ahead, otherwise get the f*** out!! haha Disaster Area's music can be streamed from their Myspace page brandedcfh420 so go right ahead and check them out....

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 4:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Skylark writes:

o and f***_A_Name... i love decapitated man good choice... lol

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. brandedcfh420 writes:

blah blah len. you are noone of importance in this world and neither am i, so get off your highhorse..

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 4:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Skylark writes:

Thanks Len.. I must have missed your last post there when i responded a few hours ago. I'm glad that you enjoy my posts. I have just as much fun writing them as you do reading them. I appreciate the gratitude.

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 5:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. brandedcfh420 writes:

i listened to some of their music...nothing good or bad...they need to focus more on originality than what the metalli-sheep want to hear...

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 5:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Len writes:

Glad to see your post, Dan (Skylark). I was thinking your ”grow up or get the f*** out” comment was aimed at me. Brian, I’m not on any high horse. They are just very good friends & I didn’t like what I read. I responded accordingly. Originality is great, but again, it doesn’t put any change in the pocket, if you get my drift. Cover music or not, they literally drive all over the country, week after week, year after year. It’s a tremendous amount of work & dedication. But enuf of this crap.

f***_A_Name... nice top 5 list of bands. Seen Dimmu Borgir and Meshuggah, before; love ‘em both. Dimmu was in town for the 2nd time this week… one of my faves. I haven’t been lucky enuf to catch Decapitated, but their sound is VERY reminiscent of a local Grand Rapids death metal band I work with, Flesh for the Beast. Their Myspace site is /forthebeast. Check ‘em out. I hooked up with them in 2001, the same year I met Battery & Crazy Train. I just stumbled on Metal Underground the other day & subscribed to their daily e-mail. Being a drummer at 57, I’m slightly past the metal prime, but you couldn’t tell by looking at me. Yea, I know Brian, no pic…

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 6:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Blindgreed1 writes:

Branded: I think Len just handed you your ass!

Len: You're only as old as you sound behind your kit brother. Keep it heavy\m/

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 6:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. brandedcfh420 writes:

im not worried greed..they are just another cover band...woopty doo...

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Skylark writes:

Branded.. give it a break man lol

Yeah Len that wasn't aimed at you haha

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 9:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. kaahn writes:

I've known Battery for a short time (introduced to them by Len), but they did everything they could including giving me a free pass to their dressing room as I am disabled and cannot handle large crowds at times, but I really wanted to meet them. As far as I'm concerned, they ARE better than the original Metallica. As far as all the bickering from Branded.......do you even know what a TRIBUTE BAND is? To give you a definition....a Tribute Band plays pretty much exclusively the other bands music. Skylark, GREAT INTERVIEW. Now, to end it all (yeah, right)......CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? Thanks for the interesting interview Skylark.

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 11:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. kaahn writes:

Skylark.....I forgot to add in my post; I really wish you'd had a chance to spend some more time with Laurence (drummer) because he is really a great guy....AS ARE THE REST OF THE GUYS!!. Again, thanks for the interesting interview, Skylark. Great job.

# Oct 23, 2008 @ 11:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. brandedcfh420 writes:

kaahn i know what a tribute band is. a cover band that plays a specifics bands music...there are so many out there these days...

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 9:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Blindgreed1 writes:

Branded: Seriously, people are much more critical of cover bands as opposed to all origional music. They (the audience) know what it's supposed to sound like and they usually know all of the lyrics as well so there's no room for error. It's a tough gig dude. Slack shall be cut!

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 12:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. brandedcfh420 writes:

all i did was answer his question...but its much easier for musicians out there to cover other peoples music than make their own. i, along with millions of others, would prefer to see an original band than cover, but if they want to be a cover band their whole lives, then thats thir thing. i went to a site that had their original music, and from what i heard it is ok. make a demo of those songs and send it to labels. WHO KNOWS THEY MAY MAKE MORE WITH THEIR OWN ORIGINAL MUSIC THAN BEING METALLICA WANNABES!!

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 1:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. That_One_Guy writes:

Good interview, Skylark.

As for branded, I don't think he really gets along with anyone. He tends to fight with anyone over anything, especially when it concerns Metallica.

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 1:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. That_One_Guy writes:

kaahn, the reason you agree with Len is most likely because you are Len.. (I.P. log, anyone?)

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 1:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. brandedcfh420 writes:

uhoh, busted!!!!! WUHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 1:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Blindgreed1 writes:

Branded: Honestly dude if it was as easy as making a demo and sending it to labels we would have a lot of very talented musicians/bands to choose from at our local record stores. Unfortuneately, it's a bit more complicated than that. I have been in the music biz for over 20 years and have sent many demo's to no avail. Everyone who has heard our material has agreed that we kick a$$ and have a different sound (ask Bruno), but its all about being in the right place at the right time. For FVck sake, how many bands are out there right now that are absolutely lame and have no business trying to even make music? Yet, they have a recording contract.

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37. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Is it just me, or is the Ip logged button the best invention ever? I know I get a good hearty laugh evertime it has to get used...

and yeah, Dimmu, Meshuggah and Decapitated are all the sh**...that's why i listen to them. :)

Now playing: Opeth- Ghost of Perdition (I play this song WAAAAYYY too much lol)

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 3:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. brandedcfh420 writes:

well, maybe you sent them to the wrong labels..what is your style of music you play?

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Blindgreed1 writes:

Threash metal (see A7x thread for explanation of spelling). We have shopped all of the labels geared to handle our genre. Think about it dude (over 20 years). Take my word for it, it's just not that easy. The only success I have seen in my career was touring as a stand in for a crappy band who's vocalist was too strung out on heroin to complete the european leg of their tour. They were signed to a German label so they had to make the trek.

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. brandedcfh420 writes:

have you sent one to dark harvest records in virginia? the band im a roadie for have just signed a 2 record deal with them...

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 4:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. Blindgreed1 writes:

Send me their address and we will.

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42. Cynic writes:

branded you need to shut up, no question there. Good on them, playing covers is a metal tradition - Ripper Owens and Phil Anselmo both started out in Judas Priest cover bands and now they're stars. Hail metal.

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# Oct 24, 2008 @ 5:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Blindgreed1 writes:

Branded: Nevermind, I found them.

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Blindgreed1 writes:

Cynic: Nice choice! I'm going to have to dig out my Riot Riot live album tonight and give it a spin. RIP Rhett Forrester.

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 5:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Cynic writes:

Thanks man good to see!! Thundersteel is the most underrated metal album ever! I've been really obsessed with both Riot and Trouble lately, both bands put out some amazing stuff.

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# Oct 24, 2008 @ 5:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Blindgreed1 writes:

Have you heard Army of one yet? I have contemplated picking it up but just keep getting sidetracked.

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# Oct 24, 2008 @ 5:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. deathbringer writes:

Ha, I didn't know Phil started in a cover band... Knew about the hair metal years of Pantera, but not the cover band.

And yeah, I'm surprised more sites don't have some sort of IP logged script like the one here. It was just something I came up with ages ago because I thought it would be useful, and I'm glad it has been.

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 5:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Cynic writes:

No I haven't I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for more of their albums though blindgreed. Apparently "The Privilege of Power" is good too? Yeah and fair enough too DB I've been into Priest for a while but only now am realizing there true awesomeness!

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49. brandedcfh420 writes:

cynic, free open forum...all i did was post my opinion..like everything you say is gods word?!?!?!

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50. Blindgreed1 writes:

Cynic:The Privilege of Power was okay. Not my favorite. The guitars and drums were kick ass, but why the hell did they add a horn section?

Deathbringer: I haven't seen you around in a while, you must be a busy man.

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 6:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. brandedcfh420 writes:

cynic, the cover band chat is over..i moved on to helping blindgreed, so its over..ok, happy? ill "shut up"....!!

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52. Cynic writes:

"all i did was post my opinion" - likewise. Lol, horn section interesting! Does anyone here use powertab? It's quite a good tool for writing music imo.

Now Playing: Riot - "Blootstreets"

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 6:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. kaahn writes:

Branded and That-One-Guy, first of all, I am not Len, I am his girlfriend and we live together, thus the same IP log.....(first sign of ignorance). Second, Branded, you say all you did was "answer his question" but you didn't "answer his question", you came off pretty rude by saying already in your SECOND post that they had ZERO talent for original music while still being ignorant to the fact that they DO have original music, thus that's not an opinion, it's just rude bull%#@*. Len is done arguing with you people and I'm almost done too (I can't stand ignorance). Battery found something they liked and were EXCELLENT at and that was being a cover band. What is so horribly wrong with doing what you like (especially when thousands of other people get enjoyment out of it also) and making a career out of it? If you personally don't like them or don't like cover bands...don't listen to them, that way you can keep your "opinions" to yourself.

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54. brandedcfh420 writes:

WELL, I THOUGHT IT WAS OVER..a career out of playing other peoples music..hahahahaha...how about making a career out of their own original music?!?!?!...guess its too much to ask...

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 7:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. Cynic writes:

Did you even read her post?

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 8:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. kaahn writes:

Thanks Cynic........I wondered the same thing. LOL

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57. deathbringer writes:

Everything in life has tradoffs. Sure it might be easier in some sense to play other people's material, but then you get to play long-ass sets too. It's probably more fun in some ways too, not having to try to shoulder the burden of making a living on your band or creativity. That can take the fun out of many things. I've heard of Battery quite a while back, so they must be pretty good at what they are doing and enjoying it to still be playing.

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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58. brandedcfh420 writes:

yes i read her post and there lots of bands that are "EXCELLENT" as she says at playing other peoples music. there is nothing special about this cover band at all..

# Oct 24, 2008 @ 9:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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59. Terminator writes:

so what's the big deal about being a cover band? from my experience, most original bands aren't all that original and flat out suck. i would rather pay to watch a skilled cover band than witness the agony of a sh**ty original band any day.

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60. kaahn writes:

Hey Terminator.....You make a very good point. I would have to agree.

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61. treeman38 writes:

So branded is a roadie? Not even in a cover band? Has to lug equipment around, string lights and empty ashtrays to get next to the guitar gods. HA!

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62. brandedcfh420 writes:

the band im a roadie for got a 2 record deal on the music they make, not covering other peoples music..say what you will treeman, im not stressing it one bit..ill be traveling the world seeing the sites, partying with the best bands while you are stuck at home working your sh1tty job and hating your life...

blind, are you gonna send in that demo to DHR???

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63. Fuck_A_Name writes:

Hey, don't f*** with with people about being roadies alright? Lemmy from Motorhead used to be Jimi Hendrix's roadie, and look where he is now? So shut up if you're gonna insult someone about something that isn't really insulting. :p

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# Oct 25, 2008 @ 11:35 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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64. brandedcfh420 writes:

im not stressing it FAN. i smacked on a cover band and i took flak for it...its a give and take...but thanx though bro...

# Oct 25, 2008 @ 12:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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65. Len writes:

10-4 on the roadie comment, F_A_N. I worked with Flesh since 2003 - towed their trailer behind my truck, was Jay’s drum tech early on, and finally helped develop & ran their small but impressive light show. It IS hard work. It’s like I told them, if you’re gonna pick the hardest genre of music to be successful in, it’s gotta be metal. Any sub-genre: thrash, death, grindcore, you name it. But we love it.

I didn’t know about Lemmy & Jimi Hendrix… that’s too cool. The guitarists in my old band went to see Jimi at Cobo Hall back in ’68 & I’ve never forgiven myself for not going along! Back then, we used to hang with the MC5 in their dressing rooms before many shows, and spent one afternoon with the Amboy Dukes, walking onstage with them & sitting at Terrible Ted’s feet as he performed his “Journey to the Center of the Mind” solo. Cherished memories. In the last decade or so, mostly due to the Internet, I’ve seen hundreds of bands & had the opportunity to meet & hang with dozens of notable rock stars: Zakk Wylde, Dez Fafara, Dave Draiman, Wayne Static & Ken Jay, Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), and others. Not bragging… I just consider myself incredibly fortunate to have known some very important people in the hard rock & metal world.

Branded seems to be kinda cool in some of his posts, but then he writes smack like “there is nothing special about” Battery… or “as for original talent, zero!!!!!” and not respecting them because they are a cover band. There’s nothing special about his band from my perspective, but I’m sure he wouldn’t agree. As noted earlier, being a cover band is in some ways MORE work than an original band. Be that as it may, Treeman & Cynic appear to have discovered that arguing with Branded is similar to mud-wrestling with a pig… you’re never going to win, and after a while, you realize the pig is enjoying himself!

I’m gonna go make dinner for “The Kaahn” – later Gang!

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66. brandedcfh420 writes:

well, len, i am always smackin on the band members as they love metallica with all of their hearts. so we are always sh1t talking eachother about it..i love tool they hate tool..its a give and take..sometimes the singer tries to be james hetfield just a bit too much. im always telling him to be himself, and not try to be some1 he could never be..others who do not like the band say the same thing, but i like the band and think they are cool guys, so i am there to help load and unload at every gig. so if you think there is nothing special, then ok with me..

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67. Cynic writes:

"ill be traveling the world seeing the sites, partying with the best bands while you are stuck at home working your sh1tty job and hating your life..."

- Lol, nice logic there branded. I might save this post and insert it every time you rant on about a band, which is every post. Lol funny metaphor there as well Len.

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# Oct 25, 2008 @ 7:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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68. brandedcfh420 writes:

do whatever you feel like cynic, i could care less..

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69. Cynic writes:

I'm not trying to rile you branded I just can't help pointing things out. Argh and it drives me crazy when people say "could" in that figure of speech!

# Oct 25, 2008 @ 7:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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70. brandedcfh420 writes:

why does it drive you crazy?..just asking...

# Oct 25, 2008 @ 7:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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71. Cynic writes:

Because it;s incorrect - "I could care less" is a bad habit saying only found in America. Your trying to say "I couldn't care less", as in you have so little interest nothing could make you care less about it. "I could care less" means that you have at least some interest.

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72. brandedcfh420 writes:

ok, good point, and be sure to type "you're" (you are) when you put "your".."your" refers to "your" car, "your" house, etc....

# Oct 25, 2008 @ 7:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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73. Cynic writes:

Lol touché, normally I am sure.

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# Oct 25, 2008 @ 8:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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74. brandedcfh420 writes:

ok, this chat session about this band is over...i hope...

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75. kaahn writes:

Branded....boy, you really need a lot of things defined for you. Cyinc, please forgive me if I'm wrong, but I thought I'd try to explain what "could" in "I COULD care less" means and why it would drive you crazy. See, Branded, when you say "I could care less" you are probably meaning that you "don't care", however when you insert the word "could" into that figure of speech it technically, you aren't sure if you care or not. Do you care or don't you? Sorry if my analogy is wrong there Cynic.

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76. kaahn writes:

Cynic, sorry....I just looked at your earlier post where you explained it maybe even better than I did to the poor boy.

GOOD BYE ALL.

# Oct 25, 2008 @ 8:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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77. Cynic writes:

All good!

# Oct 25, 2008 @ 8:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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78. brandedcfh420 writes:

kaahn, are you trying to make me feel bad or just trying to keep this going? honestly, we have passed that point. does it make you feel all good about yourself by chiming in with your worthless analogy? ""I HONESTLY COULDN'T CARE LESS WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY"..THERE IS EVERYONE HAPPY NOW...??..

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79. kaahn writes:

BRANDED.....WE ARE SOOO DONE. And yes I am happy. I'm a pretty happy person most of the time, thanks for asking.

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80. Skylark writes:

Well thank you all for giving some afternoon entertainment reading hahaha.... thanks for reading my interview, and Kaahn, i'm glad that you enjoy it and I appreciate your gratitude... it makes all the work worthwhile.

# Oct 26, 2008 @ 2:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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81. wilco writes:

man people let this guys be if they want to be a cover band good for them
but i have to say try to make you own sh** as well
the problem with a cover band is its good party music but the never will be taken serious
but if this dudes are happy or it pays the bills
hornsup

# Oct 28, 2008 @ 6:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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82. Blindgreed1 writes:

Wow... I haven't checked this thread since last week. Y'all went around on this one didn't ya?

# Oct 28, 2008 @ 11:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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83. dumas walker writes:

you're all a bunch of freaks. get a life!

# Oct 29, 2008 @ 8:02 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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84. brandedcfh420 writes:

hey dumas walker, we are not the ones with a name thats named after a redneck country song!!

# Oct 29, 2008 @ 8:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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85. Blindgreed1 writes:

dumas walker... That kind of says it all doesn't it?

# Oct 29, 2008 @ 11:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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86. Skylark writes:

hahahaha

# Oct 29, 2008 @ 1:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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87. Txmetalhead writes:

Why cover Metallica songs? The band should cover something really good like Judas Priest or Saxon. Hell, cover Black Sabbath, that would be cool. I respect Metallica, but I am like Branded, somewhat, I don't really care for much of their musik. I guess I was in the extreme minority - because even their old albums get boring to listen to all the way through. Thrash, Thrash, Thrash.....I guess I don't like thrash metallica because I started to listen to Metallica after they released the Black album. The new album is really way too long, too. Great riffs, decent vocals, but the drum playing by Lars get on my nerves.

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