Music News Headline Answers With Aftermath's Kyriakos "Charlie" Tsiolis March/April 2020 • 5th Edition #94
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello Charlie. Thank you again for taking the time to answer some recent music news headlines that have been turned into questions. We appreciate it. Before we dive headfirst into the shallow end of the pool, how are you doing? The year 2020 has been pretty brutal so far; hopefully, you have been staying safe and healthy?
Charlie Tsiolis: Well I guess we didn’t see this coming, or at least I didn’t see this coming this quickly. Our last album as you know was all about how fucked up this planet is and how the elite run the world and what this place will look like in the years to come if we don’t wake up. The wakeup call was urgent, but not this immediate. So, to answer your question, I am pretty pissed off. I don’t buy the narrative. The facts aren’t adding up. Our track "Diethansia" in particular was the situation we are facing now.
MPAP: Now before we get started, tell us a little about your band and what we might need to know. And, of course, if you’ve got new music or new music coming out soon, please tell us about it so we can make sure to get it and pummel our eardrums with it! Charlie: For those that don’t know us checkout our social media pages for the whole story or our website at www.aftermathchicago.com. We decided to record the Lennon classic "Give Peace a Chance" to look for a positive message as a followup to our latest album There is Something Wrong. When we decided to cover "Give Peace a Chance" it was meant to be a call for peace with a known enemy in a traditional war. It has now evolved into a call for peace among individuals, not just nations, as things get worse for the world in the days and months ahead. We released the song and video a few weeks ago just before this thing blew up. We are writing and recording new music at the moment. It pretty angry and aggressive.
MPAP: So, just in case the reader is new to this, this is how it all works, it won’t sting a bit. We here at the Metal Pulp And Paper headquarters pulled some recent music news headlines from the Loudwire website and turned them into questions. Pretty simple, just like putting on your pants one leg at a time. So, once again, please place seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, hang on, here we go. Putting on your seat belt is totally up to you… and if you’ve been following this monthly feature for the past year, there has always been a Metallica headline question to answer. Well, guess what, this will be the first 'no Metallica' headline turned into a question. Nope, we’re not going to take the recent headline 'Newly found deep-sea crustacean named after Metallica' and turn it into a question. We did change things up for this go around. Instead of pulling questions from the Metal Injection website like we’ve been doing for the past months, we changed things up and decided to pick this month’s headlines from the Loudwire website. So, if you’re ready, we’re ready… in the voice of Pinhead from the Hellraiser movie… 'shall we begin?'
1. Slipknot's Jim Root: I put off having a family to be in this band
MPAP: In a recent interview Jim said, "I've put off having a family, 'cause I knew that I was gonna be gone on the road all the time, so when I go home, it's just, like, me," he said. "Some of the other guys, Clown, and Corey, they have children and wives and things like that. And I'm sure for them, it's a weird transition to make." Have you put off major life events, like becoming a parent, or getting married, or basically put off anything in your life to be in your band? Or, if you are married or in a relationship, how difficult is it to leave your wife or spouse and even kids if you have them for weeks at a time?
Charlie: The way we function, we or at least I haven’t put off anything to be in the band. What I mean is that unlike Slipknot or other bands at that level, their bands are full-time jobs, we aren’t like them. In the early years of the band we were chasing the record deal and gigs, so I understand what he is saying about not pursuing things because it would interfere with the band or his family life. But we play by a different set of rules where the band doesn’t get in the way of the rest of our lives. We don’t rely on this to make a living. I never got married or had kids because I never wanted that lifestyle. Call it selfish or not – depends on how you see the world, but I never was good at structure and rules so having a job to pay the rent or mortgage and providing for a family wasn’t for me. I totally understand where he is coming from because if I was the type of person that had a wife and kids, I couldn’t see myself being gone from them for months at a time.
2. Dimebag Darrell's girlfriend supports Pantera tribute tour with Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown + Zakk Wylde
MPAP: This horse has almost been beaten to death about a Pantera reunion in the headlines for a very long time now, and unfortunately a real reunion won’t happen with Vinnie Paul passing away recently, but if a tribute tour did actually come about, who do you think should get behind the drum kit in honor of the late Vinnie Paul? And do you even think there should be a tribute tour?
Charlie: If it’s a tribute tour and not a Pantera reunion tour I’m ok with that. It can never be Pantera without the brothers. They formed the band. All these bands touring today without the key members of the band is something that is total bullshit in my opinion. Like Queensryche, c’mon man no Tate or Chris equals a cover band. But, back to the Pantera tribute thing, I would think Lombardo would be a good pick because he would be great in any band.
3. STUDY: Heavy metal fans most likely to have a sexual encounter in a car
MPAP: Hmmm… These answers to this could get interesting. What are your thoughts? Do you think this is true? And, just for shits and giggles, do you have any stories to tell about that time you did something in the back seat of your parents’ car?
Charlie: I thought all teens did that no matter the music they listened to. But it would make sense that metal fans would lead them all. I never used my parent’s car. I got my own beater as a teen. It was a party car. A lot of smoking, drinking and sex in the front and back seats of that vehicle. The transmission gave out so the car would only go forward, it wouldn’t reverse. So, I always needed to find a parking space that I could pull in and leave without reversing. That happened right after my brother and I picked up these Catholic School Girls – the back doors didn’t open so they needed to climb over the seats to get in the back seat. It was like that clown car where you couldn’t believe how many clowns were in a little car. Instead of clowns it was girls in their little skirts. The car was a death trap.
4. Suicide Silence guitarist threatens to leave U.S. if Trump is re-elected
MPAP: In 2016 a lot of celebrities threatened to move out of the U.S. if Donald Trump was elected. Well, obviously, as we all know, he was elected president, and I don’t think anyone held true to their promise and crossed the border and left the USA. So, honestly, what do you think about people saying they will move to another county? Should they? And do you think it will really accomplish anything even if they do? And of course, if you’re in a band, you will still have to come back to the States to go on tour, right?
Charlie: Empty promises or threats depending on your view. The same shit that people said if Obama was elected back in 2008. I say put your money where your mouth is and leave otherwise you sound stupid. The reality is none of this matters. The actor in the WH is not appointed but selected by the elite. They are all playing a role. Obama was supposed to be the great uniter, but the real point was for him to be a divider. The far right hated him. Next, we get Trump, he was the perfect actor to really divide us. He is brilliant at it. What we need to do is realize we are in a battle and being divided by their actors is exactly their plan. We need to be united against them. But I get it, it is easy to fall into the trap. Its great theater.
5. New TickPick study reveals the age most people discover their favorite band
MPAP: Do you remember the first time you heard your favorite band or musician? It was likely a groundbreaking moment that changed your life forever. The results revealed that most people discover their favorite musical artist at the age of 13, and are exposed to explicit music at 12-and-a-half. Does that sound about right? What age were you when you first heard your favorite band? What were you up to and doing? And what band was it of course?
Charlie: That sounds about right. I freaked out the first time I saw Kiss in a magazine. The image blew me away as a kid. I think I was 11. They were bigger than life. The image sold me and the rest of my generation. The music came second. In 1980, I hear Van Halen and it was unbelievable. Man, they had it all. For me the energy, music attitude and the look was perfect. Plus, they had the incomparable Eddie Van Halen. I was 14. Kiss became a joke to me after that.
6.Black Sabbath Once Auditioned Michael Bolton for Lead Singer Job
MPAP: Tony Iommi was looking for a new singer to replace Ronnie James Dio in 1982. Iommi asked David Coverdale, but David declined because he had already started Whitesnake. Other vocalist’s auditioned, and yes, even Michael Bolton auditioned for the band. Eventually, Iommi found Ian Gillian formerly of Deep Purple to front Sabbath, but can you imagine what Black Sabbath’s 1983 Born Again album would have sounded like with Bolton’s vocals?
Charlie: Bolton was a rock dude in the beginning. This is a true story. I was like 12 years old and like I said a huge Kiss fan. So, I decided that I would form a band with my brother and two friends. We called the band BlackJack. We are at Downtown Records looking through albums and we come across a record by a band called Black Jack – the singer was Michael Bolton. So, the Iommi decision to audition Bolton isn’t as crazy as it seems. Gillain did a great job on Born Again, no way Bolton could have been good on that or any Sabbath record.
7. Corey Taylor: 'I’ve come so close to walking away' from Slipknot
MPAP: It would be a crazy thing for Corey to do, given how big the band is and what they’ve accomplished, but I guess if he ever did quit, it’d be no big thing because he’s got Stone Sour to fall back on. Anyways, every band has growing pains, and of course there are going to be bumps in the road, but have you ever come close to throwing in the towel and walking away from your band?
Charlie: We did it in 1996 when we broke up Aftermath. So yes, I can see it. Man, the Beatles broke up, so nothing Cory does means anything. Zeppelin broke up. Roth left Van Halen.
8.The Black Crowes' Chris Robinson asks noisy crowd to 'shut the fuck up'
MPAP: The band were playing an acoustic show recently and Robinson told the audience twice to shut up. More than likely, this wouldn’t have happened at a heavy metal show, but have you ever had to say to the crowd something that might have angered you while you were performing?
Charlie: More than once. Back in the day we did a lot of gigs with hardcore bands. The hardcore fans would annoy the fuck out of me. They use to sit in front of the stage when the metal bands came on stage and put their hands in their foreheads and pretend their fingers were hair and they were simulating hair flying during headbanging. I wouldn’t take that shit. I totally understand what Robinson was feeling.
9. Scientists Discover Planet Where It Literally Rains Metal
MPAP: Astronomers recently discovered a world where it literally rains metal from the sky. How cool is that? Unfortunately, the extrasolar planet named WASP-76b is 640 million light-years away from earth. Bummer we can’t grab a bunch of friends and make a road trip there, right? So, question is, pick a song/s that would best fit, if it were possible that we were able to pull up to the planet WASP-76b?
Charlie: Well I think they are full of shit. Scientist keep discovering new planets and millions of years away and yet they can’t cure the common cold. But, l digress, the perfect song would be "Metallic Slums and High-rises."
10. Ozzy Osbourne: I'll Always Be Known as the 'Bat-Biting Lunatic'
MPAP: Most everyone knows that in 1982 at one of his concerts while performing, Ozzy bit the head off a bat. It may or may not have been alive, no one really knows. In a Los Angeles Daily News interview in February of this year, Ozzy said, "It's not the way I want to be remembered, but, I know I'll be the man that bit the head off the bat," So, what do you want to be remembered as a person, and as a musician?
Charlie: I want to be remembered as a person that was real – someone that didn’t pull any punches. If anything over the past five years or so I have been reading and researching our world and who, how and why those in power do what they do. I put that all on our last album. I want people one day to say man he warned us. As a musician the ultimate compliment would be if people remember me and the band as being totally original and uncompromising.
MPAP: Well, that wraps up another edition of Metal Pulp And Paper’s Headline Questions, and those were some great answers. Now Mary, tell them what they’ve won. Mary. Hey Mary! Shit, we can’t find Mary, haha! So, on behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you, Charlie, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what you or your band Aftermath does in 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans and all the Metal Pulp And Paper readers out there?
Charlie: Geoff thanks again. To everyone out there that is living through this scary and stressful time don’t believe the official story. Dig deeper. Don’t be so quick to give up your freedoms, or at least the ones we have left. Go with your gut and question everything. The more we question and resist the stronger we become.