Patrick! how are things going with you these days? Thank you for taking the
time to fill out this interview. When did you first get the idea to form
It has been going great. We’re finishing writing the follow up to Virgin
Sails. When I first had the idea for the band was when I started getting
better playing the guitar back in the late 70's.
give a brief history
of the band? How did you come up with the name for the band? What is the
current lineup for the band?
Well when first thinking about a name for the band I wanted a name that
would stand out like Black Sabbath or Judas Priest. We have had the same
lineup since “By the Hands of the Devil”, Harry myself Hobbit and Marcus.
Anyway I found the name Satan's Host and felt right away that was going to
stay with me all my life!
broke up in 1988 why did the band call it quits for a few years?
Yeah our bass player and drummer at the time really could not keep up
with the writing and feeling I and Harry wanted for the band. We tried
getting other players but had no luck, the glam scene was at its peak and
almost all musicians were going that direction at the time. So Harry and I
split on good terms and vowed one day we would continue on when the time
called upon us to reunite again.
Satan's Host returned
what made you decide to reform the band? Happy with how things have gone
over the years?
I tried forming a few other bands but really was not happy, then I met
Eli our former vocalist and he drove me and inspired me at the time to do
Satan's Host once again, it felt right and I had so much music inside myself
that I wanted to start writing and recording again.
recently released their newest cd "Virgin Sails" through the mighty Moribund
Rec. How long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?
It really never takes us that long to write, we had about 3-4 months
writing and recording the album. Were constantly writing so there are always
songs and albums ready to go, it’s just a matter of us as a whole to decide
when to really forge ahead and record a new album.
band starts writing a new song how long does it usually take to complete it?
Does the whole band take part in the writing process or is it just one or
two members that write everything?
We usually have a day or two in writing a song and lyrics we always
record everything we do so it makes it faster to learn new material and
the response been from the fans? What
It’s amazing, all the press and fan reaction to our music. We constantly
get letters from fans and the press wondering why we’re not at the forefront
of Metal with our albums. We do our best and appreciate all the amazing
words. All we can do is keep pushing the boundaries of Metal and there is
nothing that can stop us. I can feel how close we are to breaking through to
the masses. I think it’s good for us because we never try to do anything
different than to write music we would listen to and buy as a fan!
Satan's Host have any upcoming tours or shows to tell the fans about? who
are some bands you all will be playing with? If you could set up a dream
show/tour who would you love to share the stage with?
We’re playing Doom in June is Las Vegas, we’re trying to set up a Midwest
tour this summer, record the new album, going out to Greece and a few other
places In Europe, we want to tour everywhere in the world, so any promoters
out there can help us bring the music to all our fans, we are a live band, a unstoppable force.
been some of your most memorable shows? Is there anywhere you all haven't
played yet that you hope to someday?
It’s hard to pick just one show, I think what makes shows the most fun to
play and never forgotten is when the crowd sings all our songs along as we
play, that is magical and everywhere we have been playing it has been this
way, so all the shows are memorable to me.
I know you
have been in the scene since the 80's so I was curious on how you feel about
social media sites the Internet etc.? I was wondering do you ever miss the
days of tape-trading fanzines ?
It is great, people can get such access to bands but back when we tape
traded you had such a feeling inside and excitement like when you work hard
and buy something you really want, it gave you a sense of pride for the
music which I think is getting lost some now days.
opinion what is the best and worst thing about the underground? And what
does the term Metal Underground mean to you?
At least you always have rabid fans that would live and die for you. Is
there really an underground these days? I often wonder with all these social
media outlets. I think there is. It’s harder to separate the great bands out
because there is an oversaturation in the industry. Almost everyone can
learn to play an instrument make it sound alright but the writing is
horrible. You can learn everyone else's riffs but they can’t find the
passion and love and feeling in the music. I try to create my own sound and
have our band stand out from the crowd, it is sad that there are so many
copycats in the world, if you really love music prove it, create invent and
define your music that’s what I believe in.
you handle the guitars for Satan's Host at what age did you start playing
the guitars? Are you self taught or did you take lessons?
I taught myself by ear learning music on my own. I have taken a few lessons in my life but I never wanted to sound like anyone else. I really am
not to good at reading music, I understand it, just doesn't fit my style, I
want to invent new sounds and riffs which seems impossible, there are so
many amazing musicians in the world. I just do what I love and that is
playing the guitar and it is an honor to play with the guys in my band, we
have so much fun creating there is never enough time in the day to do
everything we want to do together, we’re a never ending source of Metal!
you say are your influences and favorite guitarist? Do you play any other
I always loved Randy Rhoads, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page, Glen Tipton, Jeff
Beck, Eric Clapton, and Steve Vai; I love the piano and play some also.
Patrick thank you for taking the time to fill this out do you have any final
words for the readers?
Thanks for all your support, buy all our albums, demand to see us live!!!!
We will see you in your city before you know what hit you Hail World Wide