Power Theory sounds like a perfect name for a heavy metal band. How hard was it to come up with the moniker?
BB: Well Spinal Tap was taken so it wasn’t very hard at all haha. But definitely what the vision of the music was supposed to be about. It’s a way of us paying tribute to the bands that influenced us and showing that we understood the lessons they taught.
From what I understand you originally released the album by yourself before it got picked up. Why not just leave it at that and release a new album instead?
BB: We had invested a lot of money into the recording and mastering but only released it as a promotion to try and get signed and the duplication company we sent the original product to did a shitty job, so we wanted to put a nice package together for it also.
Now that you are on a label what do you expect to get out of it?
BB: Exposure of our music to the Metal Maniacs in Germany and Europe, and bringing our music live to them.
How would you like to describe your sound?
BB: Well to me it’s Heavy Metal but since all the Genres and Sub-genres came about it’s been referred to as; Classic Metal, True Metal, American Metal….
What have been the biggest influences to the sound of Power Theory?
BB: Accept, Saxon, Judas Priest, Savatage, Manowar, Grave Digger………
How important is it that the cover art work screams metal? What is a perfect metal album cover?
BB: It’s very important as a symbolism of the sound and a reflection of the songs or title track of the album. There are so many, hmm, Judas Priest – Sad Wings of Destiny or any Grave Digger cover.
What would you consider the ultimate metal album? What does a perfect metal have to have?
BB: Truthfully it would be very hard for me to narrow it down to just one but I could think of a few LOL, Judas Priest – Stained Class, Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell, Accept – Restless and Wild. It should have the riffs and definitely explore all different rhythms and beats.
Do you feel that you are better accepted in Europe than you are in the States?
BB: Well with the exception of our immediate are absolutely yes.
What is the heavy metal scene like in the US? Is it very much an underground kind of thing?
BB: The scene here in the US is nothing like it is in Europe. It’s very underground and very hard to get venues to book metal bands, so we have had to really support each other. Some of the different genre metal bands (Death and Core styles) have formed an elitist/separatist attitude and it has hurt the scene. Our area scene has been trying to break those barriers down by putting bands together from a few different genres that fit maybe by all being melodic etc.
What do you see in the future?
BB: More local exposure at home. We have been getting some good shows locally here in Philadelphia opening for International and national Acts, most recently Accept and Kreator, also White Wizard, Icarus Witch, and Widow and have a few big shows were working on in early 2013. Also we are in the writing and demoing process for a new full length CD we plan to start recording in February 2013. We also are playing Warrior of Metal Open Air VI in June 2013 and are working with Red Lion Music to bring Power Theory to a Festival and small tour in Europe in 2013 as well.