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Revilement's Joe Reviled Discusses Covering "Sex And Violence" For Peter Steele Tribute Album

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Picking up the more brutal end of Metalunderground.com's recently released tribute album to the late Peter Steele, Taiwanese death metal act Revilement has contributed an atomic cover of Carnivore's "Sex and Violence."

Discussing the band's involvement in paying tribute to the departed musician, vocalist Joe Reviled has shared his experiences with the Type O Negative "Bloody Kisses" album, Peter's sardonic style, and how Revilement arranged the cover of "Sex and Violence."

Revilement's take on brutal death metal can be heard by heading over to the band's MySpace or Facebook profiles, or you can read what Joe had to say in the interview below about the upcoming album "Pillars of Balance" and the band's experience in Japan during the recent earthquake.

xFiruath: When did you first get exposed to Type O Negative or any of Peter’s other bands

Joe: It was sometime during my high school years. I read an interview with Peter and at the time I knew absolutely nothing about him, but the sardonic nature of his replies in the interview was enough to prompt me to check out Type O Negative. I've been listening to Type O and Carnivore ever since.

xFiruath: Which Type O Negative album have you listened to the most and what do you dig about it?

Joe: That would probably have to be "Bloody Kisses," and what I dig about that is the same thing I dig about every Type O Negative album: the combination of darkness, black humor, and that unmistakable bass tone.

xFiruath: Got a favorite Type O Negative music video or one that’s stuck with you the most?

Joe: One that stuck with me was "Everything Dies," probably more for the song lyrics than the actual video itself. I just found that song incredibly sad and yet somehow uplifting at the same time.

xFiruath: Do you recall where you were or what you were doing when the news broke that Peter had died?

Joe: I was at home and one of my friends posted something about it on a social networking site and I immediately thought it was a hoax, as there had been others. Sadly, this time it wasn't.

xFiruath: How did you approach the cover song (sticking closely to the original, going for a new interpretation, trying to match Peter’s voice, etc…)?

Joe: For parts of it we stuck fairly close to the original, but we also wanted to bring our own elements to it to show how wide the range of Peter's influence could go, so we included some broad interpretations as well. So it's a combination of both. Vocally...well, I'm a death metal vocalist, and even if I could sing at all, which I can't, there's no way I would try to match Peter's voice any more than I would try to match Dio's or Bruce Dickinson's. Peter was in his own league and had an inimitable style that I think would be foolish to try to emulate.

xFiruath: Other than contributing to the tribute album, what’s been going on with your band lately?

Joe: Let's see, in mid March we went on a short tour to Japan and managed to be there when the whole earthquake/tsunami crisis hit. When we got back we resumed recording our debut full length album, "Pillars of Balance," which will be out this summer on Coyote Records.

xFiruath: Been to any good shows lately or seen anything crazy at a concert?

Joe: Went to see Unearthly Trance, Melvins, and High On Fire when we were in Japan. At the end of Melvins set they played an a capella version of "Okie from Muskogee" and the bass player took his mic into the crowd to sing to people, and also to pick them up and flip them upside down into a standing 69 position, all without missing a note.

xFiruath: Does your band have any upcoming live shows?

Joe: In late June we'll head to Seoul, South Korea to make our second appearance at Asia Metal Festival, which will be headlined by Napalm Death this time around. Two weeks after that we're playing at Singapore Death Fest 2011 alongside Wormrot, which is another of our favorite grind acts. Then in August we'll have a mini tour of our home country of Taiwan, hitting three cities.

xFiruath: With the frequent loss of musical legends recently who do you personally see as the “new breed” of metal icons who will influence future generations of musicians?

Joe: That's hard to say. Guys like Peter and Dio, to me, seemed larger than life, a combination of reality and myth, and I just don't see that among the current crop of metal bands. I think the era of the icon could be well and truly dead, as there are no secrets in the Information Age and all sense of mystique has gone up in smoke. Whether that's a good thing or a bad, thing, I'm not quite sure yet.

xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to discuss?

Joe: It was a pure pleasure to be a part of this compilation. We extend our wholehearted thanks to Metal Underground for the opportunity, and hope that in our small way we have shown the depth and breadth of Peter Steele's musical influence.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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