Label: Not On Label - none • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Unofficial Release • Country: Italy • Genre: Rock • Style: Speed Metal
Who was this band that virtually came out of nowhere? And who is playing on the record? All members used pseudonyms and the sleeve itself did not feature a band photo. An early Himbeereis Zum Frühstück - Various - Fetenhits - Schlager metal classic or just and elaborate hoax?
The whole truth came to light only decades later when legendary Virgin Steele singer David DeFeis confirmed that he not only handled the mix of the record but was also responsible for the entire concept and of course the lead vocals. There is still confusion about it and all sorts of wrong information out there on the internet. We cut all the music the first day, and on the second day we did all the vocals and guitar solos, and then started mixing.
I knew exactly what I wanted to do prior to going in, so I was able to work very quickly. Consuming Flames Of Redemption - Exorcist - Nightmare Theatre also read a lot Consuming Flames Of Redemption - Exorcist - Nightmare Theatre horror or supernatural type books, so there was that influence, and for that album I really dove into a subject that has interested me since the fifth grade: the Salem Witch Trials of Homage - Ronny Jordan - Light To Dark, and all that went on during that period in history.
For some reason I have always been drawn to that particular time and place. Maybe I am the reincarnation of John Proctor! Jimdogwah, Opti-Mystic* - Woodpushers Gospel began reading about the whole witchcraft epidemic in elementary school. For some reason our school library had a few books on the subject and I read them all and they really resonated with me.
I have been to Salem and Marblehead and the other surrounding towns, and I must say: It all did feel very familiar to me. These are subjects that I have always been interested in, so that Exorcist project afforded me the opportunity to explore those particular passions of mine. Sure, you had pioneers such as Venom, Bathory, Possessed and Death but where was the actual connection between those and a project like Exorcist? But what we did hear we generally liked and were open to.
We took it seriously in terms of rehearsing all the songs before we went in and recorded the album, and we were serious about crafting the songs and creating something that we could stand by years later. We did care about it and we really enjoyed making the album and all the writing and rehearsing that went into it. I think it will be a very nice package.
I have taken a lot of time with it, restoring the original tapes, and painstakingly going through all the musical material and artwork. It has been very rewarding for me personally to undertake all the work on this. This project has definitely brought back many memories. One in particular stands out. One day the drummer Geoff was late for rehearsal and I asked him why. This, he claims, happens to him quite often.
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