They hail from England, they’ve got an album coming out, and I was lucky enough to talk to them about it. It’s Shadowkeep:
- What inspired the name of the band, and what are your influences?
> 1) inspiration for the name SHADOWKEEP comes from an Intense interest in medieval architecture/castles and ruins…and an interest in the dark supernatural and/or the unknown.bringing to mind a creepy medieval structure. There’s nothing more “Metal” than that!
> Musical influences- everything from
> Dio/Priest/Sabbath/Deep Purple/Rainbow, to Fates Warning/King
> Diamond/Crimson Glory/Kamelot/Riot/Helstar/Primal Fear Etc… too many to name! \m/
- How do you think the band’s evolved during your career?
2) I think the “evolution” of SK has been organic and natural in direction and scope considering the modern climate and challenges of the industry
> The founders/nucleus of Chris Allen and Nikky Robson are constant and endearing. The music is inherent, it has to come out one way or another.
- Could you talk through the recording of your new album, and what themes inspired you during the writing process?
The new SK album “SHADOWKEEP”
> (Pure Steel Records-due out March 30) work began on the new album in late 2016/early2017 was recorded in Surrey,UK at Thin Ice Studio with Karl Groom(Threshold) producing all Guitars(Chris Allen & Nikky Robson) And Drums(Omar Hayes).
> Bass guitar(Stony Grantham)was recorded in Austin,Texas (engineered by Pete Szabo)
> And vocals(James Rivera) were recorded in Houston, Texas with Larry Barragan(Helstar) at the controls,,,.Mixing and mastering were completed in Germany, By Mr. Robert Romagna!!(Pure Steel). It’s literally a 3 Headed Monster!! 🙂
> The Themes involved in the writing process of these songs rose from a combined interest in Ancient Greek mythology, Ancient beliefs and supernatural legends and events, generally , the Mythos of Gods,Monsters and Men!
- How do you keep motivated to produce music, considering the changing circumstances of the rock world?
Good Question LOL!
> Ultimately it really is the passion and will to create.. this music will bleed forth no matter if it is ultimately heard by 3 million or 3 thousand. It’s already there and has to come out.
> The blessed curse ha!!
- What plans have you got for the future?
with joining the Pure Steel Family,
> Future Plans are to bring as much recorded and live SHADOWKEEP Power Metal to as many Metal fans and friends as possible!!