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Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Tell me about your first time on a stage?

B: The first time with Bleeding on stage was in a club called Oxbow’s Corner. A small, though entertaining show. But we all were in bands before Bleeding and already had stage experience.

MW: How did Bleeding come about?

B: Jörg, Marc N. and Haye met to attend a Psychotic Waltz show in Hamburg, which was a blast. On that evening in March 2011 we decided to put all our ideas and energy together in a new band. It started as one of those “musicians projects”, but it grew pretty fast to something more serious.

MW: Describe Bleeding to me?

B: We have no musical concept about what to do or not to do. Every idea is worth looking at. In general one could say, that our songs are pretty much prog metal in terms of arrangement, panning between atmospherical parts and thrash influenced riffs. The lyrics can originate from any info, science article, literature, mixed with autobiographical stuff.

MW: Where is Bleeding from?

B: We’re from Stade, a small town next to Hamburg, Germany.

MW: What is Bleeding plans for 2015?

B: We try to do some live shows and spread the word about our album.

MW: Will Bleeding be on tour? And where?

B: see above… dates should be available soon, most likely in Germany.

MW: If you could play with any artist or band who would it?

B: I think that everybody in the band would love to play with the real big bands, like Metallica of course. And obviously bands like Psychotic Waltz or Depressive Age (if they should reunite one day, cheers to the guys! J ). But in general we play with any band, that wants to play with us!

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
B: Think out of the box and don’t care about genre rules!


Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Tell me about your first time on a stage?
SS: I first played on a stage when I was quite young, about 12 or 13 at school. I was in a band which was made up of kids from other years and we played loads of classic pop songs. I don’t remember too much about it but it was quite exciting at the time. I then played in an indie rock band playing generic original material with a few other guys my age. This was when ‘Britpop’ was massive in the UK and everyone loved that kinda thing.I didn’t play metal live until I was much older with NightMare World. We played a few gigs in 2009 around the released of our E.P. ‘No Regrets’. This culminated in a ‘Bloodstock’ festival appearance in the UK which was cool and good exposure for us. We have not played any gigs since then, so are looking to get stuck in with some live dates to support our new album ‘In the Fullness of Time’.
MW: How did Nightmare World come about?
SS: Originally, back in the early 2000s, Billy and I jammed a lot together as we lived locally and connected through a magazine advert I seem to remember. Nick Clarke joined us on keys and we had a stable lineup for a while but it disbanded just after we recorded a demo song. Fast forward a few years and I decided to resurrect the band and made the ‘No Regrets’ E.P. I found a great drummer called Rich Thomson (Xerath vocalist) who recorded the drum tracks in a day at Thin Ice Studios. Through contacts at the studio, Pete Morten was mentioned and we suddenly had a vocalist! Pete and I set about finishing off the E.P. Nick Clarke rejoined the band on keyboards, having been in an earlier version of the band. Joey Cleary played bass on the E.P., though now he is the other guitarist! Around the time of the release of the E.P.,  Billy rejoined the band on drums, and we have David Moorcroft on bass.
MW: Describe Nightmare World to me?
SS: Melodic Heavy Metal. Heavy riffs, catchy choruses. Sounds like anything between Judas Priest, Yngwie Malmsteen, Helloween and Queensryche.
MW: Where is Nightmare World from?
SS: We are all from the United Kingdom, though different parts. I live in North Yorkshire as does Joey, Pete lives somewhere in the Midlands now, David lives in Liverpool and the rest live near London. Rehearsals take a bit of organisation!
MW: What is Nightmare World’s plans for 2015?
SS: Release the album in May, with the vinyl release coming a couple of months later. Hopefully we will play some live shows later in the year. Playing in mainland Europe at a festival or two would be great.
MW: Will Nightmare World be on tour? And where?
SS: See above.
MW: If you could play with any artist or band who would it?
SS: Probably Ronnie James Dio, though of course that isn’t possible now. I loved his voice, it had so much power to it.

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
SS: Please check the band out. If you even remotely into the more melodic side of metal then you should enjoy what we do. If you like what you hear, please buy the album and support us!


Interview Done By Mike Wilkerson

MW: Tell me about your first time on a stage?
MM: Our first show was at the Roxy in Hollywood, CA. Dave (the guitar player) and I just formed Edge Of Paradise a few months ago and were working on our debut CD Mask. It was a fun show and we had a lot of support, people were curious about our new project as we were involved in quiet a few things before. We did include a lot of covers, Guns And Roses, Led Zeppelin even Rollin Stones, so it was totally different then what you would see in an Edge Of Paradise show now, but we had to start somewhere, all in all, it was a great time!

MW: How did Edge Of Paradise come about?
MM: Edge Of Paradise came about from a collaboration for hire, Dave and I were working with a Los Angeles area producer on a project. Dave had been looking for a singer, because in his previous band, he had Robin McCauley singing, and Robin got a tour offer, fronting Survivor. Dave and I worked very well together and shared similar visions and goals, so we decided to create a new band and Edge Of Paradise was born!

MW: Describe Edge Of Paradise to me?
MM: We are a heavy metal band, our sound is aggressive but very melodic, with driving rhythms and heavy guitars, you will hear some symphonic and classical elements, our songs are dynamic and sometimes theatrical and will take you on a roller coaster ride 🙂 We’ve been together for 3 years and have a new album ‘IMMORTAL WALTZ’ coming out in May, on Pure Steel Records. Our live show is sonically and visually exhilarating, we love to tour and meet our friends and fans and are a un bunch 🙂
MW: Where is Edge Of Paradise from?
MM: We are based in Los Angeles, CA. But all of us are from different places, I grew up in Moscow, then moved to Houston, TX, then went to college in New York and moved to Los Angeles after that. Dave Bates, the guitar player in from Connecticut, our drummer John Chominsky is from New Jersey and our bassist, Nick Ericson is the only Los Angeles native 🙂
MW: What is Edge Of Paradise plans for 2015?
MM: Releasing our second full length CD, Immortal Waltz, and touring as much as we can. Our goal is to bring the band to Europe this year. We are also involved in a film project, we are writing music for a sci-fi thriller Evelyn Rising, written by Phil Aslaksen, the movie will be out beginning 2016. So we’re pretty excited about that. We are also working on new songs, and will be releasing a new single shortly after the CD release. But touring is our priority in 2015!

MW: Will Edge Of Paradise be on tour? And where?
MM: Yes, we will be touring around the US during the summer/autumn and planning on coming to Europe end of 2015!
We always keep everyone updated on our tour dates through our website and facebook page!
MW: If you could play with any artist or band who would it?
MM: So many cool bands out there! But Iron Maiden would be a dream come true!

MW: What would you like to say in closing?
MM:  Just want to thank all our supporters out there who continue to inspire us and want to welcome those who are just finding out about us, to join the world of Edge Of Paradise! 🙂