Greetings from Metal Wani Jake! First off our team would like to congratulate you over the successful completion of your first full length album with Visigoth called “The Revenant King”. The album sees the light of the day very soon. How are you feeling?
While I was listening to “The Revenant King” I couldn’t help but think about bands like Helstar and Metal Church. I am sure a lot of similar bands must have been inspired your vocal style and the techniques you have successfully developed over the years. Can you tell us more about influences growing up?
My influences for singing are too many to name here, but I will mention a few bands that I sang along with a lot to help teach myself to sing for Visigoth. Rob Halford and Dio are two obvious ones that any heavy metal singer will mention as primary influences, and I definitely sang the hell out of some Priest in my car! Tony Taylor of Twisted Tower Dire was huge for me, and ‘Crest of the Martyrs’ is an album that had a massive impact. The vocal style on that album and the way his vocal harmonies are layered is absolutely top-notch! Tony Moore’s vocal performance on the ‘Thundersteel’ album was truly pivotal in my interest in singing metal. Talk about a fireworks performance – that guy could really belt it! I can hardly believe how awesome that record is. Grand Magus is a really important one as well because my voice is in a very similar range-pocket as JB Christoffersson’s, so I did a lot of singing along to ‘Wolf’s Return’ and especially ‘Iron Will’ to help me learn. I still absolutely worship them, one of the best currently active metal bands out there in my book! And speaking of currently active bands, another bit influence for me when starting Visigoth was Butch Balich of Argus. His massively powerful vocals were (and still are) awe-inspiring to me. Such a great band! Carl Albert’s incredible vocal delivery on the classic Vicious Rumors album ‘Digital Dictator’ also completely blew me away and made me want to try singing. This list could go on and on and on, so I’ll cut it off there, but I think you get the idea!