Prof.ManiC:
What has been the reaction to "The City Of Lost Souls" overseas and in the states?? Is it more or less what you guys were hoping for?
Billy Mez:
Well it hasn't been out for that long, but the press reaction so far has been outstanding. It is getting excellent reviews, as did Second War. We were definitely expecting to get a better reaction with this record. We wanted to blow the first album out of the water, with catch and production. We feel that we accomplished this and hope that the fans feel the same.
Prof.ManiC:
Whats the touring plans look like? Have you guys or will you guys do shows in the states? How hard will it be to tour with Jack being in other bands?
Billy Mez:
It looks like any touring for us will start next year. It has nothing to do with Jack and his other projects, it's just that we don't have any real tour support. We are focusing on getting the albums out here in the US right now, and once that is done, it will be a lot easier to get some shows going. We may play a few shows here and there in the near future though.
Prof.ManiC:
I noticed on the new cd your BASS and the drums stand out more then on "2nd War" giving it a more PISSED OFF sound. Did you guys plan on having it sound like this or was "2nd war" supposed to sound like that or I'm just losing my marbles more then I already have?
Billy Mez:
That is exactly what we planned on doing. We wanted massive sound, and Jack did a superb job getting that done. I wasn't happy with my bass sound on Second War, so we focused on the punchiness and made it stand out. The same goes with the drums. Ozzy had a lot to do with the better sound in that field. He is a maniac behind the kit. He gave it his all, and it shows.
Prof.ManiC:
Did MASSACRE pay for everything when you guys went to Germany to record your cds? I mean for us people who don't know how labels work....what does the label take care of and what is the band responsible for?
Billy Mez:
Massacre flew us out there and paid for the studio time. They also paid for a place to stay. Basically, all we had to pay for was food. A record label is kind of like a bank. They put the money out for you in hopes that you do well, and then make their money back in record sales.
Prof.ManiC:
On your free time what kinda stuff did you check out in Germany? Did you meet anyone special? Whats Hamburg and Germany in general like? How big is the metal scene over there?
Billy Mez:
Well, I was only over there for a week each time. I did my parts and left, so there wasn't much free time for me. On the first trip, there was absolutely nothing to do, as we were in a small town and really didn't know anybody. On our second trip though, we knew some people, and were actually in a town that had some shit to do. We spent some time with the guys from Metalium, went to a few bars, and checked out the Reperbahn. The Reperbahn is THE party strip in Hamburg. Tons of bars and a red light district. The strip was packed when we were there. A lot of partying. As far as Germany in general, it's a lot like the States. Life seems to be basically the same. Trying to buy food was hard, as they have a different diet than we do. We went to a few music stores and saw a lot of the same music as over here. Bigger metal sections though, which is cool. Different styles of music are more accepted over there, that's why metal does so well. It's not as trendy as the US.
Prof.ManiC:
Is John Osborn a member of the band or just filling in for now? Is he still with Metallium too?
Billy Mez:
Ozzy is definitely a member of the band. We had no intentions of having him just fill in when we hired him. He is not with Metalium any more. He played with them on tour and then for some reason, the relationship ended. You'd have to ask him why it happened.
Prof.ManiC:
How did you become part of the Seven Witches puzzle anyways?
Billy Mez:
The band was formed before I joined. They recorded the demo, shopped it and got the deal with Massacre. The plans were set to go to Germany and record Second War, but they had no bass player. I happened to meet Jack at a local metal club through a friend of mine. We got to talking, I tried out, and Bam!, I was their bass player.
Prof.ManiC:
From the part that i saw when i was in New York Shitty the NJ Metal Scene is pretty alive. What other bands besides Symphony X, Eternity X and Seven Witches X are from NJ and what do you think of the other bands?
Billy Mez:
I guess you could say it's pretty alive. I mean, you've got NYC and Philly right next door.There are a lot of kick ass bands here, and there's usually something going on. I'm actually not to good with speaking about local bands, so we'll move on...
Prof.ManiC:
Since Seven Witches has tackled the legend of Camelot, Sleepy Hollow and Atlantis when will we see the Legend of the Jersery Devil? Come on you guys have to do it for state pride and it fits in the image. What do you think? Would it work?
Billy Mez:
That's a good idea bro. I'll have to bring that up with the guys. I'm actually from Philly, so I wouldn't be doing it for my state pride, but hell, you never know. We could have something here..
Prof.ManiC:
What songs would you like to see Seven Witches cover in the future? Are you guys gonna keep with the 2 covers an album, one early power metal and one from a female lead band?
Billy Mez:
We will definitely have one cover on the next album, maybe 2. A song from Overkill or Grim Reaper could be on the next one, and maybe "Witchy Woman".
Prof.ManiC:
What do you and Bobby think of Jacks other projects Bronx Casket Crew(your opinion on D.D Verni playing),Speeed, Metallium and his old band Frostbite?
Billy Mez:
Well, we have to thank all of the Frostbite team. They paved the way for what was to become Seven Witches. Without their popularity, Witches might have never been. The Bronx Casket Co. is Verni's project, not Jack's. Verni wanted Jack to play for him, so that's how that went down. Speeed is Jack's creation. I will actually be playing for them now, so I can't complain. Bobby and I think that it's great that Jack is doing these things. He worked very hard, for many years, to get to this point and we are very happy for him. We all know though, that Witches is his,and our, heart and soul.
Prof.ManiC:
If you could form a "SUPERGROUP" with anyone in the world(or time) who would you pick and why? What would be the aim or message of the band?
Billy Mez:
I honestly have to say that I don't think I could form one. There are so many great musicians out there, metal or otherwise, that I respect and look up to. This isn't a question I do well with either.
Prof.ManiC:
Since my page is devoted to metal and using it to help people control or at least understand their emotions, mind telling us what you like to do when your feeling down or pissed off to take you mind off it? (doesn't have to involve metal)
Billy Mez:
Well, when I'm feeling down, I like spending a little quiet time alone at first. Then, me being a speed freak and all, I like to get in my truck and just drive. It's a fast truck with an awesome sound system in it, so I love cranking it up and flying down the highway. It may not be the safest thing to do, but it gets my mind off things. And what's pumping out the speakers, of course, is Metal...
Prof.ManiC:
What would a Seven Witches set list look like if i ever get a chance to see you guys tour? Whats your favorites to play? listen to?
Billy Mez:
Well, we may start the set off with Rising Torches into Dying Embers, or we could do The Answer into Witching Hour. They are both good openers. The rest of the set would just be a mix of everything of course. We haven't played any shows with the second album material yet, so I don't know what an exact set would look like. When we played the Second War material, we knew ahead of time where all the breaks would be, where we would introduce the band (Second War In Heaven drums in the background), and all that stuff. We would end the set with We Are The Coven, and then maybe Metal Daze. My favorite songs to play, are my fav's to listen too as well. They include Camelot, Scarlet Tears, Seven Witches, Witching Hour, Atlantis, City Of Lost Souls, and The Coven.
Prof.ManiC:
Any Final Comments?
Billy Mez:
I just want to say that I hope that we are making metal fans everywhere happy by creating music that we all love to hear. A band only goes as far as their fans want them, so thanks to you, the fans, for all your support. We never forget you.