Metal Solider 2016
*Maxine Petrucci Madam X and Maxine!!
*Barren Cross Ray Parris
*x-Saint Ax man John Mahan
**Up coming interview**
*Roxy Petrucci Vixen, Madam X and Kilmister!!!
Naughty list for not replying to interview!!
1. Tim Gaines
2. Joey Knight
She is beautiful, she is hot and she is all metal!
This metal maiden wields an awesome ax and as the voice of a metal angle! Here is Maxine Petrucci of Madam X and Maxine!!!
*MS- Maxine please tell us about your newest project "Maxine".
* MP- My solo band has been active since 2006 when I released my first solo album titled "Titania". I had special quest the great and legendary Billy Sheehan on the title track "Titania" along with my sister Roxy Petrucci on all drums and every one knows what a solid great drummer she is!! And killer great bassist Michael Pisculli on a couple of tracks too. It was my first solo effort, then i followed it up with another solo album "Don't Hate Me"and then my personal favorite "Back To The Garden". Back To The Garden was more of an concept album and pretty f*@*ing heavy. I wrote and performed everything but drums. That was Pat Deleon on drums. He's a progressive rock drummer. Very tight, technical and knowledgeable.
*MS- I love Madam X but Maxine blows me away! Your ax is sharper then ever and your singing . What lead you to double duty?
*MP- At the time I just wanted to get everything done the way I envisioned it with out drama, waiting, paying lots of money, and egos, ect. I figured I could do almost all of it except drums and I pretty much did it. I usually do what I feel and feel up to when I record. Right now I am excited about the new Madam X album cuz I got to play pretty much what I wanted and got to be a bigger part of the song writing along with Roxy. In which I think together we wrote some great, great rock tunes.
*MS- Madam X started in 1981.Maxine came out in the 2000's. How would you compare the two style sounds?
*MP- I was much younger in Madam X and time and experience makes one grow. I think all i did from that time which included Sebastian Bach, then Roxy and i in an all girl band. Hell's Belles in the 90's and then doing a tour with Vixen in the late 90's lead me into a new millennium with my solo works. I guess I never stopped. I was never really "Famous" but I did what most
Musicians really do and that is keep creating and playing no matter what. I always stayed true to playing hard rock and metal throughout all those years. I was never an all occasion guitar player. It was rock for me!!!
*MS- Kiss had the song Detroit Rock City. You are from there. You and Roxy are from there and it is where you played together. You didn't have to move to LA. Tell us how you went pro.
*MP- Well actually Madam X toured pretty much most of the USA for east to west coast for 2 years straight playing 4 to 5 sets a night every night with our own huge PA system, lights , stage gear, 10 man road crew and a semi tractor trail that we funded all ourselves. We worked our way to Hollywood to get signed. It was our plan and goal and we did it. In 1984 we where signed to Jet/CBS Records. Don Arden (Sharon Osbourne's dad) signed us and was our manager.
*MS- Time for AX talk. What is your favorite ax to carry into battle?
*MP-PRS guitars. I love them !!!!!! They sound great , play great and easy to string and tune them. Pretty hassle free. I still love my Gibson Les Paul too but it's to valuable to take on the road.
*MS- Technology has had massive changes. What guitar effects are you using to get that great sound?
*MP- In the studio I used my Marshall and Peavey amps for rhythm guitars and let my Engineer Kevin Sharpe put me through Line 6 for my guitar leads. I yay or nay until he gets me what I'am looking for in guitar lead tones. He nailed it though. He knows after all these years what i want.
*MS- It's awesome you and Roxy worked together to create "Kilmister". What lead you do to tribute to Lemmy?
*MP- First of all she wrote the song before Lemmy passed. She wrote it with Vixen keyboard player Chris Fayz. She all ways admired and loved Lemmy and felt inspired to write a song about him. She asked me if I would do my heaviness factor to it and she got Mark Slaughter to guest sing on it and Michael Pisculli to play bass. It really turned out killer so we decided to create VIP Aftershow so we could do a bunch of one off singles and release them. It's on all digital downloads and we have a 12 inch vinyl out now with Kilmister on side A and Full Metal Jacket that Roxy and I wrote on side B.Both songs are with Mark Slaughter and Mike Pisculli.
*MS- Maxine you are like fine red wine and just get better as time passes.What would you like to say to your fans?
*MP- I would like to thank everyone for their awesome dedication support through out the years!!! I would like to thank them all too for waiting for all record releases throughout the years. I know Madam X has been a long wait but it is going to be worth the wait cuz we worked really hard to make it a great album that's true to who we where then and who we are all today. Follow us on Facebook and we will keep everyone informed on the new release for Madam X, VIP Aftershow and Maxine band. And thank you Stephan for the interview!!! You rock!!!!
*BARREN CROSS - Ray Parris
MS- Your may of missed one of the greatest band of all time. We have never forgotten ,and never will!
The mighty Barren Cross!! They started on Star Song Records in 1985,
but soon became label mates of Posion Slayer and Stryper in 1988 on Enigma Records.
They gave us awesome records like Atomic Arena, Hotter the Hell LIVE, State of Control.
You can still hear the because they did a full live album on Medusa Records in 1990!!!
Let me introduce the might axe man of Barren Cross Mr. Ray Parris-
MS-Ray what are you currently up to musically?
*Ray- I have been out of the music business for many years now. I wanted to get married and have a family, which I did, without the high demands of time that a musician must devote. I look forward to getting back into playing again more steadily in the next few years.
MS- .What is the status of Barren Cross?
Ray-Barren Cross is on hold in certain aspects like touring. We have played a few shows over the past 10 years or so but Steve Jim and I all have kids so it's pretty tough to get together.
MS- What is your current favorite axe?
Ray- My current favorite axe is my modified Fender Strat. It the new model with the flatten fret board and 22 frets.
MS- As a professional musican who made it. What is your option of the current music scene?
Ray-I am not up on the current music scene but I really like the fact that bands can now get their music out without having to beg for a record deal. They are free to create anything and the sky is the limit. YouTube and other video sites have changed the game for the better in some cases. I know there are copy right issues that have plagued the music business as well.
MS- Per Stryper we know Eningma records shut down. Where did that leave BC?
Ray-When Enigma shut down we had gone on break for a few years. We then released Rattle on another label.
MS- Have you done many metal side project?
(A cool idea Vengeance from Parris)
Ray -I have never done another project outside of BC. I would be open in the future to writing with other artists.
MS- Any words of wisdom for our metal friends?
Ray- The best wisdom I can offer any Christian band is to have solid accountability in place. There are too many artists that have compromised their testimony. The music, show or talent can always be worked on, but the ministry, the display of Christ is far more important.
Metal Master John Mahan Q&A
Metal Solider's meet up with a true Metal Master and x -Saint's axe man John Mahan.
*MS: John your sound was awesome in Saint. What was your axe of choice and what effects did you use?
**JM: My guitar was made for me with a Carvin neck and alderwood with a kahler bay system. I forget what the pick ups because the guitar was stolen. I used a Gallien and Kruger on both albums. I used the chorus in the amp and a rat pedal.
*MS: How did you hook up with Saint?
**JM: I mover to Oregon and meet Rich. Then moved to California. Rich sent me the demo for Warriors of The Son and I moved back to Oregon.
*MS: Saint was in the top 4 Christian metal bands. Did Saint have a chance to get on a non Christian label?
**JM: We never sent any demos to secular labels.
*MS: You played on Warriors Of The Son after hearing the demo, you did all the guitars and wrote songs on Times End, and wrote the song "The Path" on To Late For Living. What happened that you where no longer in Saint?
**JM: I needed a change in direction so I left the band.
*MS: Musicians can not escape there drive and desire of music. Is there a chance your axe will once again scream with a vengance?
**JM: I have a demo almost done,I will probably call it "Eat The Scroll". I will put it out to test the waters.
*MS: You are a hero to many of the 80's metal fans. How do you admire?
**JM: I admire any one who takes up an instrument and works at it. I like alot of early artist like Rez Band, Stonehill Norman and many more spiritually speaking.
*MS: John we at Metal Solider salute you! What do you want to say to your fans
*JM: I would say it was an honor playing for the Lord. We never though that we would get and recognition. We just loved to play and I am greatful and humbled by some of the fans testimonies . What gets me the most is when I hear we helped someones life one war or another. It's a major blessing and makes me feel happy. Pray and follow your heart. I know the plans i have for you to give you a future and a hope plans for good and not evil, say the Lord!
***Up coming interview Joey Knight of Stryken, Radio Cartel and The Fall of Vegas.We are also bringing you from Stormer and Stryper the mighty Tim Gaines.