Fractured Fairytales releases new video and album title!

Fractured Fairytales released a new video yesterday for their new track Blighted. This long awaited release marks the beginning of the next era and sets foundation for the next Fractured Fairytales album, Egregore due out later this year.

Fractured Fairytales have gained national attention since emerging on the scene in Fayetteville NC in 2006 with the release of their debut album “Murmur”. The group has gone from playing underground parties and local pubs to doing national tours and reaching worldwide publications. Now backing two full length albums, a freshly released remix album and a larger following than ever, FRACTURED FAIRYTALES seem poised to leave a scaring laceration in Americas Sub-culture.

Royal Thunder and Ancient VVisdom in South Bend~ Follow Up Review and Photos

It’s always nice to get my mind blown more than once by the same band. I did my actual first gig review on Royal Thunder last year in September. I didn’t bring a decent camera and took some really crappy pictures, but it was awesome to meet the band and to hear their music live for the first time. Doing that first review also opened a door for me to take what I was doing to the next level. So, in that sense, I owe Royal Thunder a very big thank you for being so cool and ultimately giving me the confidence to sally forth. Read HERE for the original review so I don’t end up repeating myself.

Crappy photo of me and Mlny Parsonz, singer and bassist of Royal Thunder in front of the Beat Kitchen in Chicago.
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This time, I came prepared for their gig at Cheers Pub in my hometown of South Bend, Indiana. The crowd could have been a little thicker, but there were some other local things going on that divided audiences. It’s kind of like that around here. There are a few cool venues to go to and sometimes the competition can be very evident. South Bend is a college town with music scene that is booming largely thanks to Bill Finn of Finncade Shows. He brings a variety of talent here from outlaw country all the way to black metal. More national acts are stopping in our town to grow their audiences and Royal Thunder was no exception. They came to town with Ancient VVisdom and put on one hell of a show and even more people got their minds blown. People are still talking about the gig and the people who didn’t go are kicking themselves in the ass for missing out. Royal Thunder rocked the house and left a plethora of new fans in their wake.
Basically, this follow up review is to get you fine people to discover Royal Thunder and to buy the hell out of their music and merch from their online store and if you see that they are coming near you, take my word for it and go see them so you can get your mind blown too. To see if they’ll be near you, check HERE.
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All photos for Royal Thunder can be found HERE.

Austin, Texas occult rockers Ancient VVisdom opened up for Royal Thunder and brought a different kind of metal to this area. They sort of have this rock and roll blues thing that is very Austin like with a Scandinavian battle metal intensity complete with epic soundscapes and lyrics. Singer/songwriter Nathan Opposition was fascinating to watch and to photograph. I’ll definitely be checking out their debut album A Godlike Inferno as well as their newest release Deathlike in order to get a better idea about them. I was so busy getting some really great shots that I honestly missed much of the show. Music and merch can be found in their online store.
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All photos for Ancient VVisdom can be found HERE.

All photos by Alex Savage. All rights reserved.

As Angels Bleed Debut Album Drops Today!

Chelsea Wolfe and King Dude at Chicago’s Schuba’s Tavern ~ Review and Photos

Pardon me for taking far too long to get to this, but a back injury has made it difficult for me to sit and craft it all.

A friend of mine bought me a ticket to see Chelsea Wolfe in Chicago. I had heard a couple of songs of hers before, but I couldn’t say I was all that familiar with her work as a whole.

We went to the restaurant side of Schuba’s Tavern and had dinner before the show and to my friend’s surprise, Chelsea had come in to do the same. It’s always nice when you can see performers do the regular things we all do…like eat and well, be HUMAN. Fans tend to put musicians upon pedestals but in the end, we’re all really the same only they can do something many of us only dream of.

Chelsea Wolfe is fast gaining respect and attention for her melancholy vocals and haunting lyrics, with only a keyboardist and a violinist accompanying her, the mood she set was very somber and at times you could have heard a pin drop in the audience. Chelsea had mentioned on stage that her “voice was all over the place” due to being a bit under the weather but she pulled it off gracefully and hit her proper notes even though her set primarily showcasing Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs was a bit short having had waited through three opening bands. Her vibe has an electronic, almost black metal feel with elements of Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins and Julee Cruise always giving you that deep, dark sensibility whether it be in long drawn out bass notes or the simplicity of a single chord with vocals trailing out all the while being poetic, tragic and painfully personal.

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I missed most of the first opening band and any real photo opportunities for Sabers, but with their pared down indie rock compared to the rest of the performers, they seemed a bit out of place and not really my vibe. Although they played well and had some catchy hooks, I didn’t feel there was really anything to grab on to there.

From the fresh, indie vibe of the first band, enter the second opener, King Dude. A Luciferian, dark, poetic band in the vein of Leonard Cohen and Death In June. Throw in a little Johnny Cash, some Tom Waits and you have a winner. Here’s a quote from their own bio that sums it up best. “Dark pagan-fueled folk wrapped tight with outsider Americana, steeped in themes of love, death and redemption.” I’ve heard some low vocals in my time but vocalist TJ Cowgill would give any Scandinavian doom metal band a run for their money. I bought their CD, Burning Daylight and have been enjoying it ever since. HIGHLY recommended!

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For some reason, I thought there were only two openers and was surprised when the Swedish outfit, The Amazing took the stage. A bunch of unassuming looking guys with a quirky vocalist, three guitarists who switched instruments often except the lead guitarist and a seriously tight drummer. With a name like The Amazing, you better have some killer musical talent to back it up and I wasn’t disappointed. If you dig psychedelic, stoner guitar rock ala Blue Oyster Cult and the like from the 70’s, you need to experience The Amazing.
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A packed Saturday show with good friends on a biting cold winter’s night in Chicago can be just the thing to lift one’s spirits and I’m always in the mood for finding new music to experience. Check out the above mentioned bands and find some new tunes for yourself.

For ALL photos of this show, click HERE.

Review and Photos by Alex Savage. All rights reserved.

Helldone Festival in Helsinki, Finland~Review and Photos

Over New Year’s Eve 2012, I was given a rare opportunity with the support of the Official HIM Street Team to go to Helsinki, Finland with photo passes to cover my all time favorite band, HIM along with support acts for a four day festival in the land of ice and snow.

After what seemed to be a long, excruciating two year break, HIM returned to the stage where they started their career nearly 20 years ago in their hometown of Helsinki, Finland. The Helldone Festival has become somewhat of a tradition in the world of HIM with fans coming from as far as New Zealand to revel in all things HIM for four nights over New Year’s Eve at Helsinki’s legendary venue, Tavastia Klubbi.

Before the festivities kicked off, HIM played a smaller, more local venue in the city of Turku as an eleventh hour added show intended to be a warm up for the band’s upcoming tour de force in Helsinki. By some accounts, the Turku gig was the best of the lot.

It is no secret by now that the 2012 installment of Helldone started out a bit rough, with a self admitted nervous Ville Valo struggling on stage during the first and second nights of the festival. Set lists that started with twenty songs in Turku dwindled down as the nights wore on with everyone comparing notes as to which songs were cut and what tracks remained. After such a long break and mounting expectations from fans and critics alike, it’s no wonder Valo got a little rattled and handled it the way most rock stars do.

By the third night, the tech crew erected plexiglass around Gas’ drum kit, affectionately known as The Gas Chamber. It was clear from the first two shows that the drums were bleeding into Valo’s microphone making it very hard to hear himself sing. Missing timing and straining to sing louder over what he could barely hear was difficult to watch and many fans were vocal in their disappointment. The problem seemed corrected when the chamber went up with the third and fourth shows being what fans expected. Even though there was much talk of these gigs deciding the future of the band, in the end HIM did not disappoint and it became obvious to acknowledge that the band and the man are only human.

The New Year’s Eve show was what everyone had been waiting for. Valo, HIM and the goodwill of patient, dedicated fans prevailed and this fan and reviewer had a bit of a sentimental moment herself during their epic ten minute track, Sleepwalking Past Hope.

With the new album Tears On Tape tentatively dropping in the Spring, fans will have something fresh to feast on while they come down off of their Helldone high. But in the meantime, there are plenty of bands that played at Helldone 2012 that are worthy of further exploration such as Face Of God and Jericho Fuzz. Both bands I thoroughly enjoyed as great live bands. Each with a totally different vibe, but engaging and interesting. Long time Helldone support, The Skreppers who played all four nights were so much fun to watch, I felt like I was at a New York punk show. You can’t really go wrong with guys wearing high heels and a rubenesque burlesque show with flair and attitude. It was great to get my old school hardcore metal on with Final Assault while everyone was looking around at each other like HIM had lost their minds booking them, I found myself happily headbanging along. Their stage presence reminded me of home and the metal showcases I’ve come to frequent. Sleep Of Monsters was the last support band on New Year’s Eve and had so many members of the band that there was very little room on stage to move with a keyboardist, a drummer (former HIM drummer Patka Rantala), three guitarists, a lead vocalist and three backing vocalists. They had an interesting sound and concept and somehow I couldn’t help think that it felt very Finnish and maybe I just wasn’t getting it….but they were definitely intriguing. Their music was tight and the overall vibe of the band was very epic on some deep level I’ll have to investigate in the future.

Not to be forgotten amidst all the bands and their glory was the Helsinki Vampire Club that went on downstairs at Semifinal for three of the four nights with DJ Jyrki 69 of the Helsinki rock band The 69 Eyes spinning some of the best rock and roll and dance music I’ve ever heard for three consecutive nights. Fist pumping concert goers got their party on in between sets and finished out each night sweating out their adrenaline on the dance floor. A good time was had by all and international friendships were formed.

In the eyes of the most dedicated HIM fans, Helldone was a great success of bands getting together to make music during a celebratory time of the year. Pure rock and roll with plenty of the by-product of that scene firmly intact. It’s a tradition that never intended to be one and only HIM knows the future of Helldone. I would definitely attend Helldone again and I look forward to seeing how it evolves or if its creators continue the festival at all after this past year’s mixed reception. The fans, as fickle as they can be, will undoubtedly be there cheering them on with new fans being made every day the moment they get infected with the inexplicable and beautiful mystery that is HIM.

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Kill Hannah New Heart For Xmas 9 at HOB Chicago~Review

For the most part of December, I suffered a profound lack of Christmas spirit with the holiday now being shoved down our throats as early as Halloween, but I have to admit that getting to shoot Kill Hannah at The House Of Blues in Chicago rekindled a feeling I thought was long since dead. I can honestly say that I wasn’t a HUGE fan of the band. With that, I mean that I liked their music well enough, but wasn’t really versed in their catalog like a true fan. Kill Hannah made me a believer. The energy the band has on stage for a band that’s been around since 1996 is infectious, energetic, inspirational and audience inclusive. With hits like Believe and Lips Like Morphine, it was easy to spot Kill Hannah’s die hard fans in the audience. Local to Chicago, Kill Hannah still has the hearts of Chicagoans and kept the Christmas spirit going with a cover of Do They Know It’s Christmas? where you could easily sense the generation gap by seeing who knew the lyrics. Seeing as how it’s still one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time, I did. That particular lyric theory was further tested with a later performance of the David Bowie/ Freddie Mercury hit Under Pressure. I love when bands appreciate who came before them and do legends justice. The show was a helluva lot of fun and just what this blogger needed. The after party at Debonair Social Club was a further bonus and gave me the opportunity to chat with them for a hot second and thank them personally. Kill Hannah, ya got a new fan in Lady~A and for those of your reading this, you should check them out too if you haven’t already. Keep on rockin’ in the free world!
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For all photos taken at the concert and the after party, please click HERE to go to our photo album on Face Book.
All photos taken by Alex “Lady~A” Savage. All rights reserved.

The Austin Vampire Ball Announces First Act!

Save the date and make your plans! Diminished 7 is the first act to confirm for the event held at Elysium in Austin, Texas. More acts to be announced. The Austin Vampire Ball will be a destination vacation in a city surrounded my music and awesome people and you’ll still have plenty of time for Halloween festivities in the following weeks.
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Interviews With The Interviewer. Live Podcast Tonight!

For those of you who follow this blog, you know that I love to interview new people with interesting careers in many forms of art and music. Well, it seems that people are interested in what I do as well. The good people over at Real Vampire Life recently interviewed me here about my life and where I’m going with all of this.

Also, you can tune into Nocturnal Confessions TONIGHT, December 17th at 8pm EST for a live podcast interview with yours truly by published author Gabrielle Faust and surrealist David De Lara. Join in the chat and ask me a question! I want to take this time to thank all of those interested in wanting to know more about me. THANK YOU from the bottom of my little black heart!
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Interview with Face Of God

Face Of God, an explosive rock trio from Helsinki, Finland are on their way to a promising career. Gigging like crazy all over their homeland, they recently landed an opening spot supporting the love metal rockers HIM at their legendary Helldone Festival in Helsinki at Tavastia. I contacted Face Of God’s frontman, Leo Stillman to ask him what he thinks about all of that and where he hopes the band will be heading in the future.

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Leo Stillman – Vocals/Guitar, Benjamin Lehti – Bass (left), Oscar Kuusto – Drums(top)

Lady~A: First of all, I would like to personally thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Congratulations on being invited to play the Helldone Festival at Helsinki’s famous venue, Tavastia where Face Of God will be opening the festivities for legendary Finnish rockers, HIM. This opportunity gets your music out there to a worldwide audience. Are you excited and how did you land the gig?

Leo: Hello! Thank you for doing this, our pleasure! We are really excited about the gig and really flattered. It’s a big honor for us. I grew up listening HIM’s music and they are one of my favorite bands. It has also been nice to see that many HIM fans from all around the world are interested in our music. We’ve met couple of HIM fans on our gigs and they’ve told that they are really excited about seeing us on Helldone, that’s lovely!

Lady~A: When Face Of God was announced as an opener for Helldone, I had to check you out and I am looking forward to your set. Your style of music reminds me of The Clash, mixed with a touch of U2, throw in a little Interpol, Alkaline Trio and an old school Sex Pistols kind of punk vibe with a metal bent. There is a lot going on in there with a unique, interesting and energetic mix. I think you’re a great choice to open up for HIM. What were your earliest musical influences as a band?

Leo: Haha, cool! Good bands, not our favorites, but of course we dig them, in a way, at least.
We all listen pretty much same kind of music, and mostly it’s rock or metal. We really want to bring lot of different genres into our music. We’re not thinking “Is this too metal or is this too funky?”
What ever feels good for us. We like weird things and we try to put them more and more. We don’t wanna sound like a boring pop band.

Lady~A: How did the three of you become Face Of God? What is your evolution story?

Leo: Well it all started about 5 years ago when I met Benjamin, our bass player. My mom forced me to some music camp where I met him. We started to hang out and stuff. In that time I was playing drums, so we made a band where I played drums and he was playing bass. It didn’t work out and I wanted to learn more guitar. We just wanted to have fun and we played only together. At some point I started to sing some melodies and I remembered my brother saying “that actually sounds pretty good” after that I thought that maybe I could sing. Well, we needed a drummer. We both knew Oscar before. We thought that he is weird and crazy enough that we have to ask him. He came to rehearsals and it was awesome. It was the first time when I was brave enough to sing for somebody else who is not my brother or Benjamin. We started to work some songs and in two months we were in the studio. We just wanted to play and have fun. I can’t imagine my life without our band anymore.

Lady~A: Face Of God is a pretty new band, having been formed in 2010, yet you’ve been playing gigs like crazy. What country do you want to conquer next? Where do you want to be in the next few years?

Leo: Would be lovely to go to other countries, hopefully soon. After Helldone we’re still gonna practice some new songs and at some point record the album. We don’t wanna rush or do anything that feels uncomfortable. And at the moment we feel really creative, so the best thing is to play. We don’t wanna think too much. You never know what happens but hopefully in few years we have our first album done and lot of upcoming gigs.

Lady~A: I read that you have plans to record a double album, Illogical Psychology/ Dead Ballads and Forgotten Love Songs. I love the title. When do you plan on it coming out and do you have label representation at this time?

Leo: We’ve been recording a lot of demos and still thinking where we wanna go with the sound and the songs. I think we will still “think” for 1.5 months and then we go to the studio for 1-2 weeks, get wasted, lot of tears and blood, fighting, laughing and good beer and make the album done.

Lady~A: Acoustic albums seem to be a growing trend among musicians. One side of your new double album plans to be acoustic. Why did you decide to go that route for your first full length debut?

Leo: We really have two sides in our band. We also like the acoustic thing, and most of the songs are done by acoustic guitar. Would be cool to have some fans singing on the album and stuff. The idea just feels good. We wanna show two sides. And we also have lot of songs that could never work as “rock” versions, but they are really good songs and we wanna show them.

Lady~A: I just have to know….what is a Paranormal Whorebomb? It’s a kick ass funny track and my current favorite. Sounds like an inside joke or an interesting story.

Leo: Yeah well…it’s about going insane. I was really mad and fighting with one human being and I couldn’t say anything that could have described my anger and pain, so I thought in my head “She is a paranormal whorebomb”. The song is about people who are pretending to be happy and want people to think that they are happy, even when they are not.
And it’s also about letting go of someone. Lot of bad things were happening in my life when I wrote the song. But it’s not a sad song, as you said it’s funny. People should not take life too seriously. Some days are shit and some not.
Sometimes I find some paranormal whorebomb inside of me, it’s stunning.

Lady~A: It’s been written that Ville Valo urinated on the door of your rehearsal space. Have you enacted any revenge yet?

Leo: It was a funny thing. I think the revenge was when I told that story for Ylex (Finnish radio station). Cause now people all around the world knows that thing. Now I’m really afraid what happens next, his turn…

Lady~A: Speaking of Ville Valo and the band HIM, they have a song called The Face Of God from their album Dark Light. Is that where you got your band name? If not, where did it come from?

Leo: It’s not from that song, even though I love the song. The name came when Benjamin got in jail and the cops thought that he is an angel. They let him free cause they saw the Face Of God in his eyes. And it’s crazy cause one of the cops was our drummers uncle…aaaand the uncle is my really good friend. So the uncle said “Guys, you should call your band Face Of God”, we were like “really?”
Here we are…

Lady~A: What would be your dream tour? List three bands you would kill to play with.

Leo: Em, I boring if I say tour anywhere else than in Finland would be cool? HIM, Soundgarden, Dimmu Borgir.

One down, two to go guys! Thanks Leo! I can’t wait to rock it out at Helldone in Helsinki. See ya there!

Click the links to this interview for more information and check out their track Paranormal Whorebomb.

Interview with Leo Stillman, vocalist of the band Face Of God by Alex “Lady~A” Savage, December 10, 2012. All rights reserved. Please link this site interview directly and do not copy and paste. It promotes the band and this site. Thank you.

Interview with vocalist Alex Crescioni of Diminished 7

When I sit down to write a review or an article, I always have my studio cans on with some kind of inspirational or beautiful background music piping in my ears to fuel the writing flow. I’ve made mention of Diminished 7 before on this very site. An up an coming rock/metal band from Los Angeles with a sound that blends the two things that I love most, crunchy metal guitars and melodic vocals. Their newest acoustic release, Hollow Haven (available on iTunes) fits the flow well even when I’m not actually writing about them. The only thing that displeases me is that with only two releases, the aforementioned Hollow Haven and their previous 2009 release, Dim World, my playlist shuffle is depressingly short. I could wax poetic about how this band has wormed its way into my heart, but that would be fairly obvious at this point. But, what you should know is that Diminished 7 is a band worth listening to and worth watching.
With a background in audio engineering and appropriate music school attendance, Alex Crescioni, the front man and vocalist for the band is on his way to doing something most musicians only dream about. At 26, his band has two solid and beautifully recorded releases under their belt just begging for proper label representation.

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(L to R) Chiyo Mossmann-Bass, William Liermann-Drums, Alex Crescioni-Vocals, Scott Manthei-Guitar

From the opening instrumental of Absorbing Darkness to the last haunting piano track Last Of The Light, Hollow Haven has a beautiful cohesion that reflects its name with melodic haunting vocals, clean classical arrangements and a melancholic feeling of love, longing and elusive hope. The Room’s opening, creaking door invites you in and begs to be noticed with beautiful guitar work and equal piano accompaniment. Hours Freeze could easily be a single and has just the right “it” factor for a sentimental fan following. Acoustic versions of tracks from their previous 2009 release, Dim World give new blood to great songs with Midnight Divine being my favorite with Queen In Nuclear Rain battling it out for my ultimate top spot. As a music lover and acoustic guitarist, I highly recommend Hollow Haven. Try something on a more somber note and let Diminished 7 easily find their way into your heart.

I had the pleasure of contacting vocalist Alex Crescioni to pick his brain about his band, background and a few fan girl fun facts about this enigmatic and mysterious singer in his own written words. Be sure to tune into Nocturnal Confessions on December 10th for a live podcast interview with Alex by published author Gabrielle Faust.

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Lady~A: Hollow Haven is your second full album release, why do an acoustic album?

Alex: I’ve always felt a strong connection to acoustic music, and I knew at one point I would want to put out an acoustic record. When you can strum a few chords on guitar and sing a melody and leave the listener with the same feeling, or often times more intense than the original, that really says something about the song. It had been almost three years since the release of the first album “Dim World” so I felt the acoustic album would be a good way to hold fans over before the release of the next full length rock/metal album.

Lady~A: What is your personal favorite track from Hollow Haven and why?

Alex: I’d have to say “The Room”. It’s the most personal song I’ve written so far. It describes my descent into depression over past acts of self destruction. Not only do the lyrics reflect this, but the melodies in the verse and pre-chorus through the piano and guitar truly do embody the despair. Also, it was fun creating the sound of a creaking door with the tuners of my classical acoustic guitar and some added effects. It was a spontaneous decision that I’m glad I made.

Lady~A: Your two new tracks Hours Freeze and The Room are very cohesive with each other, was there any particular inspiration for those two songs and will there be rock versions of those tracks on future releases?

Alex: These two new tracks were written back to back while I was in the same creative mindset…I wanted them to have a similar vibe and compliment each other well, with similar melancholic piano melodies. These songs will stay strictly acoustic.

Lady~A: You clearly have a vampire aesthetic to your music. Is that a gimmick or are you actually involved in the vampire community or subculture?

Alex: The closest I come to a vampire is hating the sun and having better functionality at night. I don’t ware fangs, perform rituals, or sacrifice humans! It’s clear in Dim World there are a few vampire themed songs, but that was a writing phase that I’ve moved on from.

Lady~A: Many bands have emerged on the vampire idea, Vampires Everywhere, 69 Eyes, HIM, etc. Do you worry about being “typecast”? How do you plan on evolving beyond a pop culture idea especially when it starts to fade? Vampire popularity is very cyclical. We’ve had a pretty long run…but I see the cycle waning a bit.

Alex: I’m not worried at all. The new music will be much more advanced and lyrical topics will travel to new realms, while of course, still retaining a sense of overall darkness and mystery. It will allow us to appeal to a broader audience than before.

Lady~A: Where do you hope to see Diminished 7 in five years?

Alex: The music industry is extremely different now than it was 10 years ago when I started. All I can hope for is to keep making records and touring with label support. (Hopefully DJs won’t fully take over)

Lady~A: What are your most important musical influences?

Alex: Most important, I’d say classical piano, guitar, rock & metal. I grew up listening to lots of theater soundtracks like Les Miserables, The Phantom Of the Opera…also Prince, my mom played all that music A LOT when I was little, so parts of it are definitely embedded into my brain. The bands that really helped develop my sound and style…Korn, Coal Chamber, Deftones, Cradle Of Filth, Katatonia, Cannibal Corpse…lots of early rock, nu metal, and death metal.

Lady~A: For those who don’t know…why did you name your band Diminished 7 and can you give us a little insight to the logo design on Dim World? What does it mean to you?

Alex: I always liked the word “diminished” and “7” is my favorite number. Also in musical theory the “diminished 7” chord is my favorite…so it worked out perfectly. The logo design for Dim World is basically my form of a vampire stamp…the logo is an embellished “V” representing the first phase of DIMINISHED 7…Dim World will most likely be the most or maybe only vampiric album.

Lady~A: A fan wanted to ask if you do all the vocal tracks for Diminished 7. You have a clean, melodic style and then a deep growling style especially on Dim World. Is that all you?

Alex: Yes. It’s all me.

Lady~A: When did you first start playing music? When was your first band and the name?

Alex: I started playing piano at about 6 or 7..then shortly after I picked up a guitar. I was about 14 when I started my first band…we were called “Threshold” and played quite a few shows, including our Jr. High talent show, friends parties, and our last…a local club in my home town called Club 2000…fun times. We played a number of cover songs from Blink 182 and Kittie…it was odd but fun at the time.

Lady~A: You’ve mentioned to me that you are also an audio engineer, the recording of Hollow Haven reflects that recording capability. When did you start getting into that? What kind of music education have you had?

Alex: I studied music theory, guitar, and audio engineering at Musicians Institute. I graduated high school then moved to Hollywood right away. I worked at a number of recording studios as an intern during my studies.

Lady~A: What are you working on next? Can you give us a little description of the direction you are wanting to take? Any plans for a tour?

Alex: Next up is writing and pre-production for the next full length album. We will hopefully get into the studio early next year to record it. We will be working with director Matt Zane on the next music video as well. As of now we have no plans for a tour. We will most likely be playing in Austin, Texas for the 2013 Austin Vampire Ball, so we might try and play a couple dates around that gig. Hopefully we can get in one more gig before the end of the year.

Now, for the fan girl questions:

Lady~A: What is your nationality?

Alex: Italian, Assyrian, and Puerto Rican…weird huh?

Lady~A: What are you reading? (gotta lot of book worm fans out there)

Alex: I recently finished Marilyn Manson’s book…”Long Hard Road Out Of Hell” couldn’t put it down.

Lady~A: What do you use on your hair? (I’m not kidding. People really want to know.)

Alex: Most of the time I don’t style or use any products. If I have a gig or photo-shoot, I’ll use leave-in conditioner after showering, let it dry naturally, then flat iron…that’s it.

Lady~A: How old are you?

Alex: 26, but I still feel 20 =)

Lady~A: What’s the craziest rock and roll thing you’ve ever done thus far?

Alex: I haven’t done that much crazy shit thus far. The usual thing in the Hollywood scene is going out to bars…drinking…and going out to bars hah!…have had quite a few blacked out nights and parties…I had a party that lasted almost 3 days at my place back in November 2011…lots of Hollywood friends, booze, gorgeous women, nudity…and other things I shouldn’t discuss here (use your imagination) pretty much everything you could want in a party.

Lady~A: What’s your favorite way to blow off steam?

Alex: Exercise, long hikes.

Lady~A: What country do you want to play in most?

Alex: Finland would be amazing!

Interviewed by Alex “Lady~A” Savage via email, November 2013.

I would like to personally thank Alex for his time and we here at Lady~A’s Vampire Social Club wish Diminished 7 all the best with their growing musical career and I for one can’t wait for the next album!