FLAMES OF FURY is yet another cool US metal band that more people should know of. Vocalist Angelika Valkyrie answered. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

Can you please tell all our readers about the history and discography of FLAMES OF FURY?
-Absolutely! Flames of fury was formed in 2009 between myself and Jason Perez. We’ve been performing since 2010 throughout the NYC area. So far, we had a limited three-song demo released back in 2010 and we released a self-titled EP in 2013. We are currently in the works of releasing a full length album.

I am a word buff so when I find a band name that excites me I want to know the reason behind the choice. So how did you pick your name?
-Fire has always felt like my element, honestly. But the idea for the band’s name came from a Dream Theater t-shirt I was wearing in the studio that day. It had the burning heart from the cover of their Images and Words album. Jason and I decided to incorporate Flames into the name. After coming up with a list of about 30-40 band names with the words, “Flames” and “Fire” in the title, Flames of Fury stood out and it became our name ever since.

There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-It was a pretty organic choice. Both Jason and I wanted to create and play metal music that was heavy, fast but also melodic. Something that will make heads spin and faces melt but hook you on a catchy melody as well. Some put us into the Power metal category, others in Speed metal and also Heavy metal. It ultimately depends on the song and who you ask, but the music is unmistakably Metal to the core.

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-Many things influence me. Sometimes it’s literature and comic book stories. Sometimes it’s something I read on the news. Then there are those random moments when I have a tune in my head that needs to be put into song. Those moments are huge because I know I got something good!

How important is it to have a message as a band?
-Music is the message so I would say that’s very important. As to how specific your message is? That really depends on the band. Ours is to take charge of your life, kick ass and don’t let anyone stand in your way.

Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-It’s fairly important for myself as the front person of the band. I’m particularly attached to sporting at least one dagger with me on stage! Otherwise, it’s all about the music. We certainly believe in putting on a good show (hence all the crazy kicks during the set) but the music is the most important part of any performance.

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-Personally, I still value an epic-awesome album cover. Nowadays, most people just pick up an album online and everything is centered on the content – the music. There’s definitely nothing wrong with that. But for me… you gotta have a cool album cover! It helps to visually tell the story of what your music is about!

What kind of respect do you get from your local scene?
-Nothing BUT respect both to and from the local scene. The NYC metal scene is a tight knit community. True, it’s larger than other scenes in the USA but we all know each other and respect those who are truly talented. It’s very different in NYC and I’m glad to be a part of it.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-Pretty darn massive, haha! I get very excited when people outside of the country discover us and reach out to me online. It goes to show the power of Metal and how alive it is. Because Metal will never die!

Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Absolutely. Over the years, we’ve become one of the premier metal acts in NYC but we still worked our asses off to get there playing smaller venues as well as reaching out to people online and just plain hustle power. We’ve performed in shows with bands like Primal Fear, Stryper, Sebastian Bach, Doro and many others. And at each show, we make new fans and friends. It’s definitely a great way to get new fans.

What does the future have in its womb?
-Right now, we are still working on our full length album and are booking shows for 2017. We’re also working on getting a possible tour together so do check on back from time to time and see what we’re up to.

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