Oct 14 2017
In 1984 we where told Tell The Truth and in 1985 Philadelphia went on the Search And Destroy!!! Welcome Brian Clark bass player and vocalist of Philadelphia!!
MS- Brain Search and Destroy is awesome. You released it in 1985 and the Philadelphia was on the Ktel Righteous Metal. What happened after that ?
BC-We had a multitude of problems . Disagreements with our label , coupled with attacks from the church establishment here in the southern U.S, led to the end of the band. We had been together close to 7 years at that point.
MS-We are excited you came back in 2016 with Warlord! What brought back Philadelphia's return?
BC-Phil wrote close to a full 3rd album ,with Warlord slated to be it's title track., when we broke up in '86.We had a reunion together in FT Worth Texas in 2016, and though , hey it would be a great finish what we started 30 years ago.
MS- Is the band back together with the original line up?
BC-The band is Phil Schollings guitars, Brian Martini drums and percussion, and Brain Clark bass and vocals. The original line up member missing is Ronn Flowers guitar. Ronn was part of both albums . The core 3 comprised the Philly line up for several years before Ronn joined the band in '83,and are the same three that cut Warlord. Very important to us to be the same band we where.
MS- What are some of the bigger bands Philadelphia played with?
BC- We played Cornerstone festivals in'85 and '86. Also played several lager dates opening for Rez Band in Dallas, St. Louis , ect.
MS- Did Philadelphia ever have a chance to go pro on a major label?
BC- We played quite a few secular clubs back in the day & did very well but problems with our own label would not let us talk with other labels. Philly was on contract and could only record for , our negotiate with , the label we where on.
MS-The 80's seem like a million years ago. what do you think of the current music scene?
BC-The musicians in Philadelphia have 'kept up with the times',and enjoy all the heaver music and influences since the '80s.
MS- What do you see for the feature of Philadelphia?
BC- Philadelphia will doubtless do more recording projects, and play select live dates when possible . The members love & respect each other, and really enjoy making music together.
MS- Brian we wish Philly are best. What do you want to say to the fans?
BC- Thank you so much.To our fans & friends, we love you, and So enjoyed making Warlord for you. We thank you so much for your love & support of Philly. Watch for a very special announcement coming from Roxx Productions and Philadelphia!
Oct 10 2017 Rex Carroll
Meet Christian metal's Eddie Van Halen! He is truely one of the greates ax men! Rex Carroll of White Cross and King James..
MS: Rex you are known as the Christian Eddie Van Halen .Where did you learn to play?
RC: Thanks for that! I'm just a fan of Eddie, like everybody else. I can't do A any of things he does, but I suppose i acquired that reputation maybe because I incorporated A LOT of right hand tapping on the Whitecross albums. I can't ever say there was a good reason for THAT! Because the truth is, I did the tapping on account of not being able to play fast enough with the pick. Tapping was just a compensating mechanism to try to create some illusion of 'fast enough'. Now, what i Can say is, I worked and worked and worked on my picking hand, and thankfully I'm able to(for the most part)do what I need to do these days with a pick. I'm able to get around that way a lot better no. Plus there was a thing that happened in the mid to late 90's - my entire style of "80's shredding" guitar suddenly was frowned upon and people would roll their eyes at the idea of playing guitar that way. 80's songs are OUT. We only want to hear pearl jam, nirvana, and all the other flannel shirt bands. If you play guitar WELL, you're hopelessly out of sync. It was all very confusing to me... you spend your whole life is trying to play a beautiful melody on the guitar and all of a sudden nobody likes it, and by extension they don't like YOU either. So next thing you know, I'm not "allowed" to play with finger tapping or the whammy bar, or good tone, or marshall stacks, or anything else that I would call classy. I understand that the whole scene had gotten corporatized, and all the hair bands looked alike, it was definitely time to re-invent, BUT IMO the baby got thrown out with the bath water, sort to speak.Meaning , good MUSIC got pushed out along with spandex and everything else. SO...I HAD to learn to use the pick, no finger tapping allowed and no whammy bar, and that's how I got where I am today, Eventually, I got my whammy bar back hahaha. I've forgotten a lot of the old hammer - on tapping licks I used to play...(Rex shrugs shoulders and pops open a diet coke) but at least now there's a semblance of balance again. Kurt Cobain is gone...but I'm still here.
MS:White Cross has a great sound with Scott's Ratt vocal sound and you on guitar. How did you and Scott hook up?
RC: In 1977 I was in a local "christian rock band" we played covers of 2nd Chapter Of Acts, Phil Keaggy,Keith Green,ect. That's where I learned about Christian music. Then I got signed by Atlantic records and we did a mainstream rock act called Fierce Heart. The band had juuuuust enough problems that it didn't quite work, so in 1985 I was back at the local music store teaching guitar lessons. Scotty was trying to start a christian rock band, and he couldn't find a guitar player. So one day he walks thru my door for lessons. I heard him talking and I thought to myself,"my Lord if he can sign even a little bit like he says he can, this will be a great sound". I could hear it ,even just in his speaking voice. It took a couple of months to pin him down long enough to force him to actually sing along with my guitar, I guess he was shy about it. He had already started a band called "White Cross" so I came in and they where doing all covers, and they had no lead guitar player and no direction so that's where I stepped in; mainly I wanted the chance to see what could happen with my songs and Scotty's voice. One or two weeks in and I said listen guys we're gonna do some original music and MAN! you should of seen the fireworks on that because the group consensus was"original music" = band career suicide" lol. So that ended up being quite a battle, and the vision of being an original band playing original music never really caught on until we were almost done with our first album. Thankfully, we were able to get to that point. One day later on, we saw some promo the record label was doing on us that said "Whitecross"... they shortened it to one word and that's what it has been ever since.
MS: In King James,Robert Sweet and Tim Gaines played with you. This seems like a dream team. How did this come together?
RC: There's no amazing story to tell here, lol. It's quite simple, actually. Jimi Bennett and myself were working on the songs for the first King James album; Jimi suggested I call Robert. I had met those guys about a year prior when Whitecross did a festival date with Stryper. Now at that time, you may recall Stryper was a 3 man band. Michael Sweet had left the, and they where trying to carry in without him. So when I called Bobby he was very happy to give it a go with myself and Jimmi. Robert actually suggested that Tim might be intrested as well, so we gave him a ring also. I had high hopes for that line-up at the time, but with 20/20 hindsight, King James is in a better place now, where the lineup is much more stable.
MS: Now the big question who are 4 guitar players you respect and what is it about there playing you like?
RC: 1. Richie Blackmore/Yngwie Malmsteen. They are like father and son. This is classical music,interpreted through the electric guitar.
2. Stevie Ray Vaughan . This is American Blues music, what it sounds like. Specifically, the Texas sound.
3. Michael Schenker This is soulful, beautiful music that is relevant in the 70's, and all the way to 2017. I think of it as the "euro" sound.
4. Eddie Van Halen. This is the reinvention of the guitar sound . Everything guitar tone-wise can be traced to pre-van halen or post van halen.
There are many more. Peter Frampton was my first guitar hero. Eric Clapton(from back when he could play). ZZ top . Humble Pie , Bad Company,Robin Tower , Johnny Winters, Jimmy Page, Allmans Bros, Santa, and John Sykes. Really EVERYTHING has something to offer, if you give it a chance.
MS: Have you ever thought about an ax man cd including master ax men like you, Ray Parris of Barren Cross and the mighty Oz Fox?
RC: ummm...no no. annnnnd....no.
MS: What effects peddles, amp and guitars did you use in the early Whitecross days?
RC: Cheap stuff right off the rack. I had a Marshall jcm 800 I got as a graduation present from my mom and dad (Thanks Mom!) and I had a guitar built out of spare parts. To boost the 800 I had an Ibanez 31-band graphic eq that was really designed and intended for use in a recording studio, It wasn't a pedal at all but rather it was a standard 19" rack mount design. So, I used to lug it around to drive the front end of the Marshall.
But here's something really cool-as of the late, I have been endorsed by Joyo pedals. They're made in China and imported top the U.S. They sound fabulous and are very inexpensive ; you can load up your pedal board quickly with em. I didn't really know much about them. I have a buddy who turned me on to them. So as you shopping for pedals, give them a shot. I see a lot of other pedals out there that cost 4-5 time the price....that don't sound that great. The Joyos on the other had are very consistent. They're just your basic bread and butter type pedals- distortions, delay,reverbs,chorusing , that type of thing. I've been using them for a while now, without any complaints and they sound great!
MS: Rex you are by far the greatest white metal ax master. what would you like to say to your fans?
RC: Thank you for the compliment! I don't know that there's anything I could say that hasn't already been said 100 times over, but as always, i am continuously reminded every day that it's not about me, or the band- it's all about the fans. Many of you have become my good friends via social media, and I'm continuously greatful for your support. You bought the albums, the t shirts, and came to the shows and I'm greatful for that. Thanks again for the interview.. follow Jesus!
She is sexy and hot and will make your heart pound as hard as the drum she plays! The foxiest metal maiden in the world Roxy Petrucci!!
MS-Hi Roxy what are you currently up to musically ?
RP- The original Madam X is back together and we're set to release our new CD MONSTROCITY on Halloween October 31st. Very fitting for this cast of Characters that make up Madam X! I'm also touring with Vixen and we just recorded a performance at the Arcada Theater Illinois for a live release. There will be a couple of bonus tracks on the CD as well.
MS- We recently interviewed Maxine and she told us you and Chris Fayz came up will Kilmister. Where you and the late great Lemmy close?
RP-I knew Lemmy from hanging out at the Rainbow on the Sunset in LA. He was always friendly with me and we would drink and chat. I mostly listened. He was so funny and full of quips. He was one of a kind for sure! I'm very inspired by his lyrics and one day while traveling to a Vixen gig I started jolting down lyrics about Lemmy and by the time I arrived, KILMISTER was written. I gave my lyrics to the Vixen keyboardist Chris Fayz to come up with the music and he hit it out of the park. Maxine recorded the guitars Mark Slaughter on vocals and Michael Pisculli on bass. We released it as VIP Aftershow, a project Maxine and I have on the side.
MS- Being the hottest drummer in the world how do you fight off the young male Vixen fans or do you?
RP-I have to fight them off with my sticks :)
MS- Rumor has it Vixen and the Scorpions showered together. Was it PG or X rated?
RP- I will never tell! It's in the vault... maybe in my book!
MS- Between Maxine, Kilmister and Vixen do you get time to get away or does the music drive your soul and is your relax time?
RP-Relaxing time to me is going to see some fantastically talented Jazz/fusion band. I dig there stuff, It moves me. Lately there has been no time to relax and that's ok i have much to accomplish.
MS- In the beginning two super hot Italian sisters split the bill to tour most of the country and make it to Hollywood to be signed as Madam X to Jet/Cbs records in 1984. Two years later you joined Vixen in 1986(we adore Vixen and miss you Jan) how did that happen?
RP-Madam X broke up shortly after the release of the album. Janet Gardner immediately called me to jam with Vixen and the rest is history. We miss Jan immensely , but we have a new guitarist 'Britt Lightening' who is a really good fit and we continue to tour and honor Jan Kuehnemund and the Vixen legacy.
MS-Vixen and Stryper toured together in 1990. What do you think of Robert Sweet's drumming?
RP- We toured together? Damn I don't remember it but Stryper is a talented band and it's great to see they're still out and bringing it!
MS- Roxy when can we see you live again and what band will you be in?
RP-I'm playing steadily with Vixen and will be pulling double duty with Madam X and Vixen on the Monster Of Rock Cruise in February 2018. I hope to be touring with both bands! I don't know how I'll manage it but that's a good problem to have!
MS- Your so hot we wish we could have your clone. What do you want to say to your fans?
RP- Thank you for 'stickin' with me through the years! I have Rock and Roll is in my soul but Metal to the core!
MS- She is the hottest metal maiden drummer in the world and we at Metal Soldier salute you!
RP- Thank you Metal Soldier for keeping it real!
She is beautiful, she is hot and she is metal! This goddess of metal wields an awesome ax and has great vocals! Let me introduce to you the one and only Maxine Petrucci of Madam X
MS-Maxine please tell us about your new band Maxine.
MP- My solo band has been active since 2006 when i released my first solo album titled "Titania"I had special guest the great legendary Billy Sheehan on the title track "Titania" along with my sister Roxy Petrucci on all drums and everyone knows what a solid great drummer she is!!! And killer great Michael Pisculli on a couple of tracks too. It was my first solo effort then i followed up with another solo record titled 'Don't Hate Me' and then my personal favorite ' Back To The Garden'. "Back To The Garden" was more of a concept album and pretty fu@*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 that time i just wanted to get everything done the way i envisioned it with out the drama,waiting,paying lots of money, and egos ect. I figured I could do almost all of it except the 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 pretty much play what I wanted and got to be a big 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 and 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 what i did from that time which included Sebastian Bach, then Roxy in an all girl band 'Hells Belles' in the 90's then doing a tour with Vixen in the late 90's lead me to 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's to keep creating and playing no matter what. I always started true to play hard rock and metal throughout all those years. I was never an occasion guitar player. It was rock for me!!!!
MS- Kiss has the song Detroit Rock City. You are from there and that's where you and Roxy are playing there. You didn't have to move to LA to get signed. Tell us how you went pro?
MP-Well actually Madam X toured pretty much most of the USA from east coast to west coast for 2 straight years playing 4 to 5 sets a night with our own huge pa system and lights and stage gear, 10 man road crew semi tractor trailer that we funded all our ourselves. We worked our way to Hollywood to get signed.It was our plan and goal and we did it.In 1984 we signed to Jet/CBS records. Don Arden (Sharon Osbournes dad)signed up 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 is to valuable to take on the road.
MS-Technology has have massive changes. What great effects are you using to get that great sound?
MP- In the studio I used my Marshall and Peavey amps for the rhythm guitars and let my engineer Kevin Sharpe put me through
Line 6 for my guitar leads. I say yay or nay until he gets me what I am looking for in guitar lead tones. He nails it . He knows after all these years what I want.
MS- It's awesome that you and Roxy worked together to create "Kilmister". What lead you to do a tribute to Lemmy.
MP- First of all she wrote all the songs before he past. She wrote it with Vixen keyboard player Chris Fayz. She always admired and loved Lemmy and felt inspired to write songs about him. She asked if I would do my heaviness factor to it and she added Mark Slaughter to get sing it and Michael Pisculli to play the bass. It really turned out killer so we decided to create a VIP Aftershow so we could do a bunch of one off singles and release them. It is one 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 together on side B. Both songs are with Mark Slaughter and Michael Pisculli.
MS- Maxine you are like fine wine and you 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 dedicated support throughout all these years!!!! I would like to thank them all too for waiting for all the record releases throughout the years. I know Madam X has been a long wait but it's going to be work the wait cuz we worked really had to make it a great album that true to who we where then and who we are 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 Stephen for the interview!!! You rock!!!
He is here the awesome Ax man of the number 2 Christian metal band that rock the world. Label mate of Stryper, Slayer and Poison in 1988. The mighty Ray Parris of Barren Cross!!!
MS- Ray what are you currently up to musically?
RP- I have been out of the music business for many years now. I wanted to get married and have a family, which i did with out the high demands of the time that a musician must devote. That said, my kids are almost grown, so I look forward to get back to playing again
more steadily in the next few years.
MS-Ray what is the status of Barren Cross?
RP- Barren Cross is on hold in certain aspects like touring. We played a few shows over the last 10 years or so but Steve, Jim and I all have kids so it's pretty tough to get together.
MS- What is your favorite Ax?
RP- My current favorite axe is modified Fender Strat. In the new model with the flatten fret board and 22 frets.
MS-As a professional musician who made it. What is you option of the current music scene?
RP- I am not up on the current music scene but I really like the fact that bands can get there music our without having to beg for a record deal. They are free to create anything and the sky is the limit. You Tube and other video sites have changed the game for the better in some cases. In know there are copy right issues that have plagued the music business as well.
MS- Per Stryper we know Enigma records shut down. Where did that leave BC?
RP- When Enigma records shut down we had gone on break for a few years. We then released Rattle on another label.
MS-Have you done many side projects?
(cool idea Vengeance from Parris)
RP- I have never done another project outside of BC. I would be open in the future to writing with other artist.
MS- Any words of wisdom for our metal friends?
RP- The best wisdom I can offer to any Christian metal band is to have solid accountability in place. There are to many artist 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!
We have interviewed!!!!
** Up Coming Interview****
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*Madam X's Monstrocity is available Oct 31
in store and digitally on EMP Label -Group.
*Stryper announces there new bass player is x- Firehouse bassist Perry Richardson.
Who is on tour?