In the video below Railgun perform a full set set of tongue in cheek thrash metal live in Sacramento, California June, 7th, 2018 @ Cafe Colonial. Railgun is a hard hitting, Thrash/Power Metal band hailing from Long Beach CA. Their relentless speed and intensity has been electrifying audiences since their founding in 2014. Railgun’s goal is to bring the power of true metal back into today’s metal scene. Continue reading “Quality Full Set Video Of Railgun Live In Sacramento, California”
On October 23rd 2011 ScreamKing made it’s debut performance opening for Canadian Metal Legends Anvil at Club Landing in South Bend, IN. Throughout 2012 the band spent the year writing material for their first undertaking and entered Divine Underground Studios to record and produce their first full length album entitled “Evilibrium”. The band also released their first official music video for the song “Deathwitch”.
Since the release of “Evilibrium” ScreamKing has shared the stage with Metal acts: Anvil, Raven, DSG (David Shankle Group), Metal Church and Helstar to name a few. Once again entering Divine Underground Studios after spending 2016 writing and recording the follow up to “Evilibrium”. ScreamKing will release their second full length album that will be making waves throughout the Metal World entitled: “Tyranny of the Sea”, again produced and mixed by Rafael Hernandez and Joe Lawson, with mastering by Jon Scrip of Massive Mastering and featuring artwork from Chicago legendary artist Drake Mefestta.
How did you first get into music? Who turned you onto Rock/Metal?
I have loved music as long as I can remember, my Mother even wrote in my baby book that Joey loves to sing, so really it has been my passion since birth. My cousin Jeff Parsons turned me onto Rock and Metal music with bands like Wasp, Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeth, etc…
How did you become a vocalist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?
I started off playing guitar then while in High school a band needed a singer, they heard me singing some old Motley Crue and asked me to join the band, I’ve been singing ever since. No I am not proficient in any other instruments although I do play a little guitar and piano.
What was the local scene in Illinois like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?
The scene was really good years ago, a lot of great bands and talented people, support for bands was great and so was the pay. Bands I aspired to be like were national level bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, King Diamond, etc…. some of my favorite local bands from the early years for me was Tyrants Reign, Slauter Xstroyes. Favorite local bands now probably I would say are: Divinity Compromised, Reign, Wrath and Scars of Armageddon.
Has there been times when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band?
No, in my experience drugs and alcohol have only destroyed and derailed bands from growing and achieving success.
How would you best describe your sound?
I would describe ScreamKing as a Hybrid Heavy Metal band that incorporates elements of multiple genres into our sound from Power Metal to Thrash Metal, Death Metal, Progressive Metal and Classical Metal.
Is doing ticket pre-sales the same thing as pay to play?
It depends on how it is done, if a band feels it is in their best interest to play a show where they are required to sell tickets and the band gets at least a percentage of the ticket sales and its a higher profile show such as opening for a big national act then I say go for it.
What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?
First two albums I owned were AC/DC: Back in Black and Van Halen: 5150. I have bought Judas Priest Painkiller 3 times.
DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?
Depends on the deal offered, the question all bands need to ask themselves concerning a label is what is the label going to do directly for your band that you cannot do for yourself? Also of course to get everything in writing and make sure you understand what you are getting into. DIY is much easier now and a lot of bands are doing things themselves these days and if you are able to do that and be successful at it then more power to those bands.
What’s the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?
Biggest show I ever played was at the St. Paul Civic Center in St. Paul Minnesota. Yes I always still get a bit nervous before shows but its a good nervous and I feed on it like a rabid dog!
Is commercial Rock radio dead?
I’d say no, it has changed formats and styles but you still hear it across the country on many different stations.
Favorite songs on the new album and why?
For me I’d have to say End of the World because its one of the most challenging songs vocally I’ve ever recorded and I’m quite proud of how it turned out. Cannibals of Sacrifice maybe as well because it was just such a different vocal approach in certain parts and it has a Merciful Fate/King Diamond vibe to it in parts also that I really love. Faith Weapon because of all the layering of vocals, the lyrical content and the song really packs a punch!
Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?
Syrena, a song I wrote about my daughter.
Are there any political or social issues hidden in Screamking songs?
Nothing political, but social issues for sure a few.
What was the process of putting the songs in order?
Once we finished recording and mixing all the songs we try different orders and burn a bunch of cds and see what seems to work the best and go from there.
What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?
We are currently endorsed by Granger amps. There are several other company’s that the band are looking at and talking to about possible endorsements so I don’t want to mention any names until that all is worked out then we will make announcements in regards to all of that.
Bands you would love to tour with and musicians or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?
A few bands that I personally would love to tour with would be: Testament, Overkill, Death Angel, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Denner Shermann, Accept. I would like to meet Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson and soak up all the knowledge and advice I could from them.
Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?
Heart of a Champion and End of the World by ScreamKing. 3 albums to take with me would be the 3 full releases I’ve sang on so far. Thanks for the great questions and head over to www.screamkingofficial.com and pick up the new Tyranny of the Sea record and checkout our great merch while your there!
Definitely Kiss and Ace Frehley,. seeing Kiss in the 70’s made most kids want to be rockstars
Night Legion is straight down aggressive power metal really.. no prog or jazz – Just high screaming power metal
Well, with the pre-sale system you get the cash back and the chance to play so they are pretty different. I have done both though and they both have their merits.
For me it was the Iron Maiden album (Maiden Japan), the album cover really called to me which when you’re 7 years old, really speaks more than a lot of music on the radio.
I like a label where the deal is good. It legitimizes sales and you have a team handling the album that is focused on the correct way to promote. but… it’s all about the deal and signing a bad deal is something that can haunt a band for a long time.
I don’t get nervous anymore, but the biggest show was Moscow in front of about 8000 people
I honestly have no idea.. I don’t listen to radio anymore…
I think “The Eye of Hydra” – super powerful and Vo’s lyrics are just killer
Possibly “The Warrior”, it was written for a very young fan who is suffering but fighting health conditions.
No.. we stay clear of those topics..
I usually come up with the musical ideas and work on them with the singer. Everyone is given open movement to play what they like so we get everyone’s involvement
I’m lucky to be endorsed by ESP Guitars, Atomic Amplifier, Elixir strings, DSL straps and Dunlop – I am searching for an amplifier endorsement now.
I‘d really like to head out with someone like Judas Priest.. that would be pretty amazing.
Nessun dorma, Defenders (Manowar), Holy Diver (DIO)- and the three albums.. Piece of Mind (Iron Maiden), Ace of Spades (Motorhead) and Hail to England (Manowar)
Its idea is to bring together various bands from the areas scene in the Genres of traditional, power, symphonic and thrash metal for a wild day of partying and shenanigans.
Full Force metal festival started as an idea in the year 2016. Its idea is to bring together various bands from the areas scene in the Genres of traditional, power, symphonic and thrash metal for a wild day of partying and shenanigans. The goal is to provide quality bands an opportunity for exposure in a new market, while having some seasoned bands in the area bring a crowd in, and keeping the price for the fans at an affordable rate. We will see you August 20th 2016 for the first of hopefully many!
Here to bring you the west coasts best Power/Symphonic/Thrash/Progressive/Traditional Metal acts!
Visigoth (Salt Lake City, UT)
Spellcaster (Portland, OR)
Hexx (San Francisco, CA)
Discordia (San Francisco, CA)
Dire Peril (Sacramento, CA)
Blasphemous Creation (Reno, NV)
Cryptic Ruins (Manteca, CA)
Blessed Curse (Sacramento, CA)
Helion Prime (Sacramento, CA)
The Royal Order (Manteca, CA)
Phantom (Salinas, CA)
Alchemia (SF Bay Area. CA)
Splintered Throne (Portland, OR)
Principium (Salt Lake City, UT)
Viira (San Francisco, CA)
Tickets are Just $15 Presale and $20 day of show.
Helion Prime set out on their first tour, playing shows in Oregon, Nevada, California, and Utah. Their debut album is set to be released in early 2016 and will be featuring special guest Niklas Isfeldt of Dream Evil. Stay tuned all you power metal fanatics!
Jason Ashcraft of Sacramento Power Metal upstarts Helion Prime discusses influences, album guest appearances, science fact versus science fiction and more with new Capital Chaos TV interviewer Thea Iverson
Helion Prime rage their record release show @ The Blue Lamp – Sacramento, California
Helion Prime was first conceived from a common love of metal and all things science. The band was founded when Jason Ashcraft (of Dire Peril) asked Heather Michele (of Graveshadow) to form a project with him. Between the two, they had worked with such artists as Mark Briody (Jag Panzer), Brittney Slayes (Unleash the Archers), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), Ralph Scheepers (Primal Fear), Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon/Star One), and Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil). The concept; power metal with themes based on actual scientific theories with the occasional sci-fi tribute. The name Helion Prime was borrowed from an alien planet featured in the film “Chronicles of Riddick,” a movie the two were great fans of. She accepted the exciting proposition without hesitation. The two recorded their first demo track in June of 2014, and with the help of members from Dire Peril and Axiom, Helion Prime debuted their first live performance in August 2014 at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA. The dynamic duo then released their first EP on February 26th, 2015 with a full length album in the works. Helion Prime’s lineup was completed after bringing Jeremy Steinhouse on bass and Justin Herzer (of Axiom) on drums. In August of 2015, Helion Prime set out on their first tour, playing shows in Oregon, Nevada, California, and Utah. Their debut album is set to be released in early 2016 and will be featuring special guest Niklas Isfeldt of Dream Evil. Stay tuned all you power metal fanatics!
Citrus Heights, California brings a unique brand of Power Metal in the band Dire Peril. Sci-fi Power Metal to be exact. In their brand new EP Queen of the Galaxy, Dire Peril delivers four tracks that will cater to any listener. Happen to be a gamer? They have you covered with the first two tracks. “My Vengeance is Everything (Chaos Reigns)” and “Space Invaders”. The first track is the most aggressive on the EP and is inspired by the video game God of War. You can feel the anger of lead character Kratos in the lyrics and Norman Skinner’s soaring vocals that are reminiscent of a young Matt Barlow (Ex-Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares). “Space Invaders” is inspired by the 1980’s game of the same name. Rocking guitar riffs by Jason Ashcraft and Jearme Greathouse which really make you feel like you’re listening to VG music turned into metal.
Following those two tracks is the song that I feel is the diamond of the album is the title track, Queen of the Galaxy. In this song, prominent vocal duties are given to Brittney Hayes (Lead Vocalist of Unleash the Archers) and the duality between her vocal tone and Norman Skinner’s epic singing voice make for a beautiful Power Metal tour de force. Rounding out the album is a cover of Boston’s “Something About You”. I love covers as much as the next guy, but I feel this is the weakest song on the EP. While not a horrible cover, it just doesn’t have the gravitas of the other songs and after following the powerful vocal and guitar track, Queen of the Galaxy, this cover just feels out of place. All in all, Dire Peril delivers a great 4 track EP and I absolutely look forward to seeing what they bring to their next EP.
-Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV