You might remember from an interview I did a few years back. Now this US monstrosity of trad heavy metal; SAVAGE MASTER are back with a new album. Interview answers by Stacey Peak. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

Do you feel that you are on a surreal journey going from being virtually unknown to being hailed as the new saviour of metal?
-We have definitely gotten more support than I would have expected. It is pretty surreal at times. We are so fortunate to play with bands that we love and never expected to be playing with. It’s an awesome journey.

Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
-Our new album is called “With Whips and Chains” it will be out Friday May 13th in North America and April 22nd in Europe. We have taken everything we have learned from “Mask of the Devil” and improved upon it. Everything is better this time around. We have all gotten better with our instruments and my singing has improved as well. We are all about always improving, never settling.

What would you say have been your greatest influence in wriitng the songs for this new album?
-Our greatest influence in writing “With Whips and Chains” has been all the classic heavy metal we love and want to share with the world. Bands like W.A.S.P. , Piledriver, Acid, Warlock, Witchfinder General, and many more.

How weird is it that there are people across the globe that know of you and youir music?
-It is pretty crazy. I feel really proud that we have created something that can be appreciated by people of different cultures and existences. It gives us a strong sense of connection with metal heads the world over.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-I definitely feel like there are a lot of great bands with a passion for classic heavy metal making their mark. There is a movement called NWOTHM, New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal and I very happy to see this passion rising.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-We have been so lucky as to have Chris Moyen’s artwork featured on both of our album covers and even the cover of our 7″ single, which is all of our releases. We are really happy with the result and how well they all fit together. As far as album covers that I like a lot, I would say Witchfinder General – Death Penalty, Molly Hatchet and Manowar always have good ones, Rainbow – Rising, Warlock – Triumph and Agony, Mayhem (USA) – Burned Alive and many more.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I prefer to listen to music on physical formats because I really like to have it in my hand, to see the art and I think it sounds better, warmer. I like vinyl, tapes and cds. As much as I prefer these, it is nice to be able to take insane amounts of music (that otherwise would take up too much space) with me on the road via digital format. We even start running out of space for just the vinyl we buy while we are on the road.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We usually have a great response when we play live, from previous fans and new ones alike. Every once in a while there is a show that isn’t promoted well or something like that but usually people come out and enjoy the show thoroughly.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-When we play live our goal is to sound great, put on a show that’s fun to watch and rock out to, and chant or sing along with. We want to be a spectacle and a good time for all.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-I’d like to continue seeing great new bands come out and for fans to give them all the love and support they deserve. I’ve seen a lot of classic bands playing (sometimes even reuniting to do so) alongside new bands and I think that’s really awesome and I hope that keeps on happening.
Thanks for the interview!

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