Music News Headline Answers With Thou Shall Kill's Queen Diamond January 1st, 2020
Metal Pulp And Paper:Thank you, Queen Diamond, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. Before we get started, tell us a little about your band. And, of course, if you’ve got new music, or new music coming out soon, please tell us about it.
Queen Diamond: Firstly, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your hard work. I appreciate all that you do! It’s hearts like yours that keep our scene’s heart beating. A lot of what is done in music is thankless, I don’t want to go through this without recognizing you! Thou Shall Kill was formed in California by our Guitarist/Vocalist Dragonis Khan. They disbanded in CA, but he reformed the band again in Seattle in 2010. Our members are Dragonis Khan on guitar/vocals, Dillon on drums, Frank 'Freak' on bass, and myself, Queen Diamond on guitar. We are an occultic blackened death metal band. We are currently in the studio recording our new album Curse Of The Crown which will be released early 2020. This will be our most intricate and hard-hitting music to date. There will be a supporting tour for the new album in April 2020. We also have just been informed that we are going to be competing here locally in Seattle for the chance to win a spot in Wacken 2020! We are truly excited and grateful for all of the good things this new year has to bring. MPAP: So, just in case the reader is new to this, and to make sure everyone is on the same page on how this works, we’ve pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injection website and turned them into questions and get your answers and reactions. We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, with different headlines each time, and it has been fun to read everyone’s answers so far. So, once again, please place seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, hang on, here we go. 1. Real Housewife Wearing Metallica Shirt Asked To Name 3 Of Their Songs, She Cannot
MPAP: Some talk show, on the Bravo! channel had The Real Housewives of Potomac star Candiace Dillard as a guest. She was wearing a Metallica Lady Liberty And Justice For All shirt, and a caller called into the show and asked the host of it if Candiace could name three songs by Metallica. She pretty much had no clue who the band was, and obviously, she couldn’t name three songs by them either. Do you believe if you wear the band’s shirt, you should at least know maybe who the group is?
Queen Diamond: I do not think we should be policing people in band shirts. No one is the gatekeeper of a band or the affiliated genre. People who ask others in band shirts to name songs or albums to prove worthy of their fandom need to quit that shit. The 'poser' culture is cringey. There's different levels of enjoyment/fandom, and people shouldn't be pressured to meet any of your set standards for it. Any support for a band, even if it's as tiny as buying a shirt, is something I can get behind. It's essentially an advertisement for a band you love. Why would you want to gatekeep that? On the other hand, I personally do not buy band shirts of a band unless I got it through them on a tour, if I do a shirt exchange with local bands, or if I have the album. Usually, I try to buy the release bundles when possible. Partly because it's much easier as a female in the scene to be put into these questioning situations, and I have enough of awkward encounters in my life to not want more. Plus, band shirts are a good conversation starter and a mile marker of certain times in your life that can bring you back to it or bring you together with someone else. But I mostly stick with that rule because I try to support bands as close to the source as possible. I'm aware of where I buy my shirts, making sure that it isn't a third party trying to profit off of the band's name/logo. I would actually care more about that than if someone wore a shirt of a band they knew nothing about. Make sure you know your source when buying! 2. Mosh Pit & Wall Of Death Break Out During The Village People’s Set At Riot Fest MPAP: You would have never really expected something like this too of happened now, would you? And to be honest, I didn’t know The Village People were still together and performing, but they are. That just shows you metal music fans can always have fun even if it is moshing to songs like "Y.M.C.A.," or "Macho Man" by The Village People at a music festival. Now, what is something you’ve seen happen while performing, or while at a show that you weren’t expecting to see or have occurred?
Queen Diamond: I think a pretty cool touch to a show was when seeing Iron Maiden, and they played tunes from Monty Python while their set was being put up. My ringer for years has been "Always Look on The Bright Side of Life" because #1 I love Monty Python and #2 working in the Mortuary field, being woken up nightly for calls had to have some sort of funny twist to it. So, thank you Iron Maiden for having a good sense of humor. It was a blast to whistle along with the crowd in a cheer. More bands should have some fun music playing while the crowd waits! 3. Reminder: Metallica Will Never Play The Super Bowl
MPAP: Every year when the Super Bowl announces who is going to be their half time show, metal music fans are pissed off because it’s never a metal band or even a hard-rock band for that matter. For almost five years fans have wanted Metallica to host the Super Bowl halftime show. Fans also started a petition to get them to play at the 50th Super Bowl halftime show in 2015. Metallica would be an excellent choice to be a part of it, they’ve won Grammy awards, they are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have toured just about everywhere in the World, and just recently they were named the World’s biggest touring act. What are your thoughts on this? Why do you think metal music is always going to get snubbed at the Super Bowl?
Queen Diamond: Listening to metal music seems more of a choice, to me. Pop music is basically handed to society on a silver platter. You hear it in stores, on the radio, it's the go-to for any public place or situation. It's highlighted on a daily basis. But, metal… you have to search for metal, and you have to spend time sifting through the seemingly endless genres to decide what you like. Having said that, there's still a stigma to it all. The satanic panic feeling society has still remains. We can now look back and listen to the "Better By You, Better Than Me" cover by Judas Priest and laugh at how so many people were convinced subliminal messages somehow made their way into it enough to cause suicides. But it actually happened. It wasn't an Onion article. People still think this way. Pop music barely gets this kind of rap. Maybe you get a tit-slip during a performance that causes an uproar, but nothing much-involving trials and witch hunts like metal still gets. Maybe one-day society will realize that although I may have corpse paint, Baphomet's, and blood on me during a performance, that I'm just like the rest of you – I enjoy baking cookies, taking walks on the beach, cuddling with my dogs, and supporting my local (Satanic) Temple that gives back to our community. But until then, metal won't see a half time show. 4.Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Doesn’t Believe Drugs & Alcohol Makes You Write Better Music MPAP: What are your thoughts? Do you think drugs and alcohol bring out the creativity in a musician or can kill it?
Queen Diamond: A lot of creativity comes from a deep place within ourselves. Whether it stems from depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, or any other diagnosable condition, drugs are the mask- the escape. Those underlying and untreated problems are the catalyst, while drugs become the conduit. When that happens, it becomes the only connection the person can see for creativity. It becomes hard for them to remove that conduit and see a way for creativity without it. When creating something new, we have to go deep within ourselves to find that place. We open that door and delve into the darkness to pull it out, bringing back a piece of us every time we return. The further in you go, the longer it takes to get back. The pressure of creating something new and something better is always there. That’s an addiction all on its own. It becomes an identity, a chase. Imagine every time you come back through that door, after spending time in that darkness, your old wounds reopen. This is where drugs come into play. There needs to be a way to forget, a way to cope, a way to feel…normal. But what is normal when you are forever reaching so deep that it becomes endless? What is normal when this is all you’ve ever felt? It’s a question that most people are afraid to find out the answer for. I am an advocate for mental health awareness. For talking about how you feel, seeking help and treatment, and ending the stigma of your diagnosis. You can be creative; you can be wonderful, you can be you, without any harmful self-harming habits. Reach out; there will be a hand there to help you through. 5. Steel Panther Frontman: If I Could Bring One Musician Back From The Dead, It’d Be Motley Crue’s Vince Neil
MPAP: This headline started some mudslinging between both of the bands because obviously, Vince Neil isn’t dead; he’s just a bit overweight and can’t sing like he used to be able to do as he did in the 80s and 90s. I don’t see them ever going out on tour together anytime soon, but anyway, if you could bring any musician back from the dead, who would you choose, and why?
Queen Diamond: Haha. That’s very a very Steel Panther thing to say. I thank the metal God himself, Rob Halford, that we are graced with his divine presence on this Earth every day still. For those who have left our earthly plane, I would want to bring back David Gold, Woods of Ypres. No other musician has touched my soul, and others, the way he has through his music. May he rest in paradise. 6.Green Jelly Track Down Deadbeat Promoter And Get Paid
MPAP: A promoter stiffs Green Jelly after they performed at Old East 765 Bar & Grill in Canada, and vocalist Bill Manspeaker, as he states in his cellphone video made looking for Marcus the promoter, 'I ain’t the guy to fuck with.' So, the band tracks down the promoter and finds his home and demands the money owed to them. It’s funny to watch because at one-point Manspeaker is knocking on his door, saying, "Little pig, little pig, let me in." In the end, Marcus ends up paying the band half of what money was owed to them, but at least he walked away with kneecaps still in place. So, has anything like this happened to you before, and would you do something like this?
Queen Diamond: Let’s just get this out of the way: Get rid of pay-to-play. No band should have to take on the weight of finances for a show they’ve been invited to play in. We already spend more than we make doing this for the most part. How can we help to get rid of this? Simply don’t play those shows. And now moving on: I would not go that far. However, I would make the scene aware of the promoter, so bands know what they’re getting into in the future. Use social media, out your local swindler! 7.Morbid Angel & Obituary Featured As An Answer On Jeopardy!
MPAP: Jeopardy has featured answers on other episodes about popular metal bands such as Megadeth, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, but never had any answers quite like this one. One of the writers on the hit television show has to be a metalhead for sure! So, in case you missed this episode, Alex Trebek said, 'Morbid Angel and Obituary are popular bands in this genre,' and contestant Dhruv Gaur answered with 'What is Death Metal.' Pretty cool when things like this are showing up on a popular television show. Now, if you or your band were to be mentioned on Jeopardy, what would the answer and question be? Let’s see how creative you are.
Queen Diamond: 'This Seattle based blackened death metal band is often quoted as 'following the left-hand path'' 8. Oops! Stadium Accidentally Leaves Ramstein Song Blasting All Night, Annoying Neighbor MPAP: Someone at Budapest’s Puksas Arena just happened to leave the sound system on blasting the song "Deutschland" all night long, over and over. It’s an open-air stadium that’s under construction, so the loud music bothered all that lived nearby. That worker should have had a bigger playlist than just the one song; maybe it wouldn’t have been so bad then, right? So, since the subject of the headline is about something that annoyed people, let’s find out from you; what annoys you, whether it’s out on the road, at a show, in the recording studio, or even when you’re at home, what annoy's you the most?
Queen Diamond: I love that song! Peeve: People who listen to their music, or carry on a phone call with either their speaker on or without headphones in. I don’t assume that what I’m listening to is something everyone else wants to listen to, nor would I want to have any conversation I’m having to be public, and so I expect the same courtesy as a bystander. I am from NYC, where this is magnified. While taking public transportation there, I would normally have headphones in, sunglasses on, and a book in my hands. The trifecta of 'leave me the fuck alone' for a reason. 9. Tool Threatening To Eject Fans From Shows If They’re Caught Using Their Phones
MPAP: Once again, cellphone use at concerts makes the headlines. If you don’t remember, but a couple of years ago during a performance of Maynard’s other band A Perfect Circle, 60 people were kicked out for filming the show with their phones. And even Jack White (The White Stripes) has a no cell phone policy at his shows. So, what’s your take on it? Are cellphones that much of a distraction to where the fan should be kicked out? Do fans need to watch the show instead of looking at their phones? Does it even matter since they paid for their ticket already?
Queen Diamond: I have taken some photos and small clips to send to friends before at shows, but I also move around/mosh and sing too loudly where I probably ruined more videos than what was made. My advice is to support the bands in other ways, through merch and being (really) present at shows. When I see people post pictures of shows and all you see in the picture are people with their arms up and a cellphone in it, I often wonder how can you enjoy a show like that? I’m a pretty short person myself, so it would annoy me to have to see that the entire time. Think of those around you at shows, try not to be burdensome to the band and the people there! Make connections to the people who also spent their money to be there; I’m sure you all have more in common beyond what’s in your hand. 10.Windhand Robed In Houston, Post List Of Stolen Gear & Belongings MPAP: This happens way too often, it seems. It’s hard enough to make a living being a musician, and then you have a douchebag, or douchebags, break into your trailer or van and steal all your stuff while you’re out on the road. So, when you are out on tour, what extra precautions have you taken so that this hopefully doesn’t happen to you?
Queen Diamond: I handle my own gear, especially with packing and unpacking things. I have a nifty case that carries everything and in it, and every piece has its home. Making that a habit helps recognize when you’re missing something. So, when I rush off the stage after a performance, I’m not being rude. I just want to make sure the next band has enough time to set up and that my gear gets to a safe place. My band was also just talking about how we plan to place GPS trackers on our equipment for this upcoming tour. 11. Machine Head Show Paused, Partially Ruined After Fan Throws Beer On The Soundboard MPAP: This happened at a show at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, England, and a fan, more like an asshole, threw a 32-ounce beer on the soundboard. After a 20-minute delay, Machine Head was able to finish the show, but not with the highest quality sound after that. First off, what a dick move to do something like that, almost ruining it for a sold-out crowd, and second, I’m sure soundboards aren't cheap, and third, who throws a 32-ounce full beer? I don’t know what beer costs there in London, but in the US, a beer that size would cost more than likely $30. So, what a waste to throw a beer. Anyways, has this ever happened to you where you saw something was thrown from the crowd, and it abruptly stopped the show for a while, and what happened?
Queen Diamond: I am convinced that people who do this aren’t musicians, and if they are, they are probably bitter ones. As you said, not only is it disrespectful to the band, their equipment, and their time, but also to the fans who spent money to be there as well. I’ve unfortunately seen half-full beer cups flying on to stages and have been directly in the path of it before, too. I don’t understand why people do this. Those who destroy lack the understanding of what they destroy. 12.Australia To Shut Down Highway For AC/DC Tribute Bands In 2020
MPAP: How cool is this? On February 19th, 2020, marks the 40th anniversary of vocalist Bon Scott’s death, and the city of Perth is celebrating by shutting down six miles of the Canning Highway to celebrate so AC/DC tribute bands playing live on slow-moving trailers can drive through like a festival parade. In your hometown, what would you like the city to shut down for you or your band so everyone can celebrate?
Queen Diamond: That’s pretty rad! Since I am in Seattle now, I would hope for a tribute to the late Layne Staley. Sorry Seattleites… Alice In Chains >Nirvana. 13. Brazilian Researcher Names New Spider Species After Iron Maiden, Scorpions, & Angra Members MPAP: Christina Rheims is a researcher in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and recently discovered four new spider species and happens to be a big fan of heavy metal music. Can’t get any better than that. She named the four new species Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, Extraordinarius rickalleni and Extraordinarius andrematosi, after Iron Maiden's vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine, Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen, and Angra's vocalist Andre Matos. If she happens to find another species of spiders and you’re next in line to be named after, what would you wanted the spider’s scientific name to be?
Queen Diamond: Much love to the late Andre Matos! I’d like mine to be: Medicoreatbest metalirus guitarista. MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Queen Diamond, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what your band, Thou Shall Kill, does to start out 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Queen Diamond: Thank you, again! And thank you to everyone for their support. Don’t forget to cheer us on as we battle for Wacken, check us out on Spotify, and keep an eye out for our new CD coming out soon! We hope to see you on the road and chat in person. Support your local bands, give thanks to those who make all the good things in the scene happen, and show love to all things we share this Earth with. Ave Satanas.