Prof.ManiC: To start off, Including October 31 and Deceased what other projects are you involved with right now? What is your part in each project? Is OLD METAL RECORDS still in existence?
King Fowley: WELL I GOT MY 'FUN' BAND DOOMSTONE! I PLAY DRUMS AND OCCASIONAL SING FOR IT. IT'S A MOCK UP ON ALL THE CRAPPY BLACK METAL SHITBANDS OUT. BEEN DOING IT SINCE 92 ACTUALLY. SORT OF A 'TIME' THING. WHEN FREE TIME COMES DOOMSTONE SURFACES. WE GOT TWO RECORDS OUT AND A SINGLE SO FAR. NEW SINGLE AND RECORD SOON! OLD METAL IS ON HOLD! I GOT TOO MUCH OTHER STUFF ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW. I HOPE ONE DAY FOR IT TO RETURN. I LOVED DOING IT. BUT FOR NOW IT'S GOTTA WAIT! THAT'S ABOUT IT. I AM GONNA GET A GRIND/WHIRLWIND BAND TOGETHER TO MAKE SOME FAST AND FURIOUS STUFF! BUT THAT'S A BIT 'DOWN THE ROAD'!
Prof.ManiC: What was Deceased missing that made you form October 31? What challenges did you face in forming it?
King Fowley: IT WASN'T MISSING ANYTHING. I JUST WANTED TO PLAY A LITTLE BIT MORE 'TRADITIONAL' METAL AS WELL AS THE 'AGGRESSIVE' STUFF OF DECEASED. IT ALWAYS BEEN IN MY BLOOD TO PLAY AND ENJOY 'CLASSIC' 80'S METAL! I WANTED TO JAM WITH SOME OTHER GUYS THEM NY DECEASED COMPANIONS AND I PUT THE GROUP TGETHER IN 95! THE CHALLENGES AREN'T MUCH. JUST THE DISTANCE THAT THE GUITAR PLAYER LIVES IS SOMETIMES A TIMING THING. HE LIVES 6 HOURS AWAY IN NORTH CAROLINA!OCT 31 IS A BAND MADE FOR FUN AND METAL!
Prof.ManiC: On the cd your vocals have a rougher feel adding to the charm and giving it a old school/more orginial feel, but with your new singer from the seeing you live with him, you guys have a more power/true metal feel. How are you gonna avoid looking like your jumping on the power metal trend and becoming what you call "cheesy heavy metal trendies"?
King Fowley: I DON'T THINK THE 'SINGING' SHOULD CHANGE ANYTHING. IT'S NOT A SINGER STYLE THAT MAKES 'CHEESY' HEAVY METAL. IT'S PEOPLE AND BANDS THAT AREN'T IN IT FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. THIS BAND IS FULL OF SUPPORT AND DEDICATION TO HEAVY METAL. WE DON'T PLAY FOR $ OR FAME OR EGO. WE PLAY BECAUSE (UNLIKE MOST BAND ANYMORE) WE LIKE THE MUSIC! POWER METAL BANDWAGON IS STUPID! WE DON'T SUPPORT IT ANYMORE THEN LIMP BIZKIT OR PUFF DADDY! WE PLAY TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL, NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS!
Prof.ManiC: "For there is war" and "The Verdict" based on actual people or just statements in general? what was the intentions of writing them the way you did?
King Fowley: THEY ARE BOTH BASED ON MY FINDINGS AND READINGS THROUGH THE YEARS. ALL THE INLUSTICE OF THE LAW OF THE WORLD. FALSE ACCUSED PEOPLE WHO LOSE THEIR LIVES FROM OTHER PEOPLES VERDICTS. 'FOR THERE IS WAR' IS JUST THE TALE OF PEOPLE THAT COME BACK FROM WAR STILL STUNNED AND AT 'WAR' WITH THEMSELVES. HAVING TO LIVE WITH KNOWING THEY'VE KILLED, SAW FRIENDS AND HUMANS DIE BEFORE THEM. ECT.. IT'S SUCH A TRAGEDY REALLY!
Prof.ManiC: What do you hope/expect from the Metal Blade Deal?
King Fowley: NOTHING! HAHA REALLY! I GUESS I JUST WANT THE RECORD TO GET OUT THERE AND THE LABEL TO TRY THEIR BEST TO GIVE US A SHOT AT BEING HEARD!!! RECORD LABELS HAVE THE $ TO DO WHAT WE DON'T HAVE THE $ TO DO! OUR JOB IS TO GIVE OUR BEST SONGS AND SHOWS. THEIR JOB IS TO MAKE THE RECORD KNOWN ITS AVAILABLE AND IN THE STORES TO BUY IT!
Prof.ManiC: Hows the new cd shaping up? What can we expect from it musically and with a new vocalist?
King Fowley: WELL WE GOT RIFFS AND IDEAS BUT WE ARE STILL PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER. WE ALL KNOW IT'S BEEN SOME TIME SINCE OUR LAST RECORD. BUT AS I SAID EARLIER, THIS BAND IS ABOUT FUN. NO PRESSURE NEEDS TO BE PUT ON US, AND I WONT LET THAT HAPPEN! WE WILL WRITE AT OUR PACE AND RECORD THE RECORD AS SOON AS WE ALL KNOW IT'S 'TIME'!!! YOU CAN EXPECT MORE HEAVY METAL WITH GOOD SONG STRUCTURES, MEMORABLE CHORUSES, GUITAR SOLOS FROM HELL, AND NOW A MUCH BETTER SINGER TO PRESENT IT ALL!
Prof.ManiC: How does October 31 usually write new material? Is it a band thing from start to finish or does one person do the bulk of the songwriting? How are lyrics decided?
King Fowley: WE ALL WRITE. EVERYONE GOES THROUGH 'CREATIVE' STAGES. RIFF TAPES WITH RIFFS WE LISTEN TO AND PICK OUT. IN THE PAST I DID ALL THE LYRICS AND NOW ME AND NEW SINGER TONY WILL DO THEM TOGETHER! I WANT HIM AND THE NEW RHYTHM GUITAR PLAYER SCOTT TO KNOW THEY ARE INDEED A PART OF THIS BAND FULL FORCE!! THE SONGS SOMETIMES ARE EASY TO COME BY. SOMETIMES IT'S NOT! BUT NOTHING IS GONNA BE SUB PAR FROM THE BAND!!!
Prof.ManiC: One Deceased question...the video you did for "Elly's Dementia" how much did that run you to make and was it fun or more a pain in the ass? did you guys eat the cost or did replase cover it?
King Fowley: IT WAS FREE! HAHA YEP! A LADY EMAILED MARK OUR GUITAR PLAYER AND TOLD HIM HER HUSBAND WAS A BIG SUPPORTER. SHE SAID SHE DID VIDEOS AND WANTED TO MAKE ONE FOR 'ELLY'! WE JUMPED ON THIS IDEA AND OFF WE WENT! IT WAS A BLAST TO MAKE! KINDA WEIRD 'LIP SYNCHING' AND ALL BUT WE JUST ACTED LIKE IT WAS AMERICAN BANDSTAND! HAHA WE HOPE TO SOON SHOOT ANOTHER FOR 'ITS ALIVE!'
Prof.ManiC: Since we are going through a DICK CLARK and a AMERICAN BANDSTAND phase where major labels(and eMpTyV) make bands and cram them down the mindless asses..i mean masses throat till they feel compelled to buy! do you think video on cds is the only way most\ people will see metal videos in the future? Will the cost prevent bands and labels from doing it?
King Fowley: WELL I THINK IT'S AL TO DO WITH COMPUTERS AS WELL1 OBVIOUSLY YOU DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER, YOU DON'T SEE THE VIDEO STILL! BUT NOWADAYS MOST FAMILYS AND PEOPLE HAVE ONE! I THINK IT IS COOL TO SEE A BAND VISUALLY1 GIVES ANOTHER DIMENSION TO IT ALL! THE COST OF VIDEOS IS REALLY A GAMBLE! AND PUTTING THEM ON CD'S AINT REALLY THAT MUCH ACTUALLY! I THINK IT'S KINDA 'COMMON' ALREADY AT TIMES! 5 YEARS IT'LL BE WAY MORE 'NORMAL' EVEN!
Prof.ManiC: How do you feel about Sanctuary buying up all the middle level labels to make themselves a force? How you feel about the Nuclear Blast and Century Media Metal Merger? Do you think with them two groups fighting it out on top and Metal Blade being like the only middle man between large and tiny labels, does it offset the balance? does it weaken metal or strengthen it?
King Fowley: WELL IT'S ALL BUISNESS REALY! I COULD CARE LESS! AS LONG AS THE METAL IS AVAILABLE AT A FAIR PRICE AND AT AN EASY LOCATION THAT HELPS! THE MERGERS ARE ALL ABOUT $! T WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN WITH N.B/C. MEDIA! BOTH ARE STRONGER FOR IT I THINK! METAL BLADE STILL LEADS THE PACK THOUGH. GOT SO MANY YEARS HEADSTART! METAL IS METAL IN THE END! THE 'DIE HARDS' WILL FIND WHAT THEY NEED!
Prof.ManiC: I will name some things and you barf out the first thing you think of....Replase records
King Fowley: GOOD PEOPLE! A LITTLE SHORT ON BUISNESS SKILLS AT TIMES BUT REALLY GOOD GUYS! BELIEVED IN US WHEN NO ONE DID
Prof.ManiC: MJ's return to NBA?
King Fowley: THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE THE NBA T.V RATINGS AND ARENA TICKETS SELL! HE'S OLD! BUT HE CAN DO IT! NOT A FAN ACTUALLY! GO KNICKS!!!!
Prof.ManiC: Andy LaRoque
King Fowley: GOOD GUITAR PLAYER! MADE A GOOD PLACE PLAYING FOR KING DIAMOND!
Prof.ManiC: Blaze Bayley
King Fowley: COOL GUY! WRONG GUY FOR MAIDEN BUT NOT HIS FAULT! I LOVE THE X FACTOR RECORD! HIS NEW SOLO RECORD IS GREAT!
Prof.ManiC: Female Singer trend
King Fowley: IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME! I LOVE FEMALE SINGERS BUT CRAP LIKE NIGHTWISH AND SINERGY ARENT' WHAT I CALL 'TALENTED'!!!!
Prof.ManiC: NBA rookie of the year
King Fowley: IT DON'T MATTER!!!! KOBE BRYANT AND SHAQ OWN THE LEAGUE NOW, SADLY! LONG LIVE KARL MALONE AND STOCKTON!!!
Prof.ManiC: DRUMMERS THAT RULE
King Fowley: MYRON GROMBACHER (PAT BENATAR), PHIL ERHART (KANSAS), AWAY (VOIVOD), CARL PALMER (ELP), SCOTT ROCKENFIELD (QUEENSRYCHE), ROBB REINER (ANVIL) TO NAME A FEW!
Prof.ManiC: Best Metal scenes in US
King Fowley: CHICAGO AND PROBABLY OHIO!!! N.Y HAS IT'S MOMENTS AS WELL!
Prof.ManiC: Jeffery Combs
King Fowley: WACKY! WAS TOO WEIRD IN THAT 'HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL' REMAKE AS THAT DOCTOR FROM THE PAST!!! 'GET A JOB IN A SIDESHOW' HAHA CLASSIC RE-ANIMATOR STUFF!
Prof.ManiC: NEW WAVE OF ITALIAN METAL trend
King Fowley: HAHA IT'S ALL JUST THE GOOD AND THE BAD! ON A BAND TO BAND BASIS!
Prof.ManiC: Bruce Campbell
King Fowley: GOOD GUY! LOVED EVIL DEAD 1! LOST ME AFTER THAT! HOPE HE DOESN'T END UP IN THE NEXT PHANTASM! YUCK!
Prof.ManiC: why US metal fests are usually a fricking mess
King Fowley: TOO MANY BANDS. TOO LITTLE STAGE HANDS THAT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING!
Prof.ManiC: More metal? King Fowley or King Diamond
King Fowley: WELL I DON'T LIKE KING DIAMOND! TOTAL PRICK ROCK STAR! DEALT WITH HIM ONCE OR TWICE! EGO FUCKING MANIAC!!! THAT'S ALL I'LL SAY!
Prof.ManiC: How long are you guessing the present day Metal resurgence will last? What will be the death toll of it?
King Fowley: IT'LL GO FOR A FEW MORE YEARS. THE DEATH OF IT WILL BE THE OVER BURDEN OF SO MANY BANDS DOWN YOUR THROAT 24/7! LET IT FLOW FROM THE HEART AND IT WLL LAST! EITHER WAY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE, LIKE IN THE PAST! HAIL ANVIL!
Prof.ManiC: What do you think make Europeans more open to metal then the people in the states? Can we change the how people here think of metalheads? Do we really want too?
King Fowley: EURO VALUES ARE EASIER! THEY LIVE FOR THEMSELVES ALOT MORE THEN HERE. NOT IN AND OUT OF FAZES. SLOWER MOVING WORLD! HERE IT'S ALL FLASH AND IDENTITY! METAL IS 'OLD' TO U.S! IT'S PAST TENSE! '80'S!!!! WHATEVER! CHANGING PEOPLE IN THE STATES???????/ GOOD LUCK! HAHAHAHA
Prof.ManiC: What do you think make Europeans more open to metal then the people in the states? Can we change the how people here think of metalheads? Do we really want too?
King Fowley: EURO VALUES ARE EASIER! THEY LIVE FOR THEMSELVES ALOT MORE THEN HERE. NOT IN AND OUT OF FAZES. SLOWER MOVING WORLD! HERE IT'S ALL FLASH AND IDENTITY! METAL IS 'OLD' TO U.S! IT'S PAST TENSE! '80'S!!!! WHATEVER! CHANGING PEOPLE IN THE STATES???????/ GOOD LUCK! HAHAHAHA
Prof.ManiC: What kinda things do you do to take your mind off of being depressed or upset? What gives you sanity in insane times!
King Fowley: I DON'T GET DEPRESSED! I LIVE LIFE FOR THE FUN OF IT ALL! UPSET IS SOMETHING YOU OT TO DEAL WITH PERSONALLY. IT DOES INDEED MAKE ME SICK TO SEE FUCKING POSER DICKS LIKE TREY AZAGOTH RUN RAMPANT IN THE MUSIC BIZ STEPING ON PEOPLE ALL THE WHILE! IT DOES UPSET ME TO SEE 'UNDERDOGS' NEVER GET THEIR DAY! BUT LIFE IS LIFE! FIGHT OUR BEST AND NEVER FGIVE IN! I WONT! SANITY? WHAT'S THAT? HAHAHAHA I AM RELAXED AND AT PEACE WITH MYSELF!
Prof.ManiC: Any final comments? Any bitches about this interview?
King Fowley: THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW MY FRIEND! NO 'BITCHES'! QUESTIONS WERE GENUINELY SPOT ON! ENJOYED IT TO DEATH! TAKE CARE AND SEE YOU SOON! STAY HONEST TO YOURSELF!