HÖLLENTOR HEAVY POWER PROJECT BY MISTER POLAND AND DROVER BROTHERS   Project Question answer by Glen Poland
Please introduce yourself and theProjectmembersbriefly? I’m Glen Poland, originally from Plymouth, Massachusetts USA and now living in Columbus, Georgia, USA. I started playing guitar in 1984 when I was 13 years old. I have played in bands since high school, mostly cover songs I am the only member of the project. I hired Glen Drover (Eidelon, King Diamond, Megadeth), Shawm Drover (Eidelon, Megadeth, Act of Defiance), Ronnie Robson (Hollywood Monsters) and Henning Basse (Sons of Seasons, Metalium, and Firewind) for the project. Glen Drover – Recording Engineering/Select Guitar – Canada Shawn Drover – Drum Recordings – Canada Henning Basse – Vocal Recordings – Germany Ronnie Robson – Bass Guitar Recordings – Canada Glen Poland – Guitars – USA What does the band name mean and how do yougetit? The bandname, Höllentor, is German for “gates of hell“. The album cover also represents a pathway leading into a door, supposed to represent the gate of hell, but into s skull. This represents hell is inside the mind. It represents ones own hell. I was specifically looking for a word describing a gate to hell and my search resulted in thisword. Whereandhow was theProjectfounded? While I was working in Africa in 2015, I saw an internet pod cast where you can log in and watch/listen to Glen Drover play and talk about his career with Eidelon, King Diamond, and Megadeth. We became friends and he offered to produce/engineer an album for me. I agreed. Then he asked if I wanted his brother Shawn to play drums. I also agreed. After trying a few local singers in Columbus, Georgia, Glen contacted a friend to sing on the album, and thats how I met Henning Basse. Was ithardto find suitable Project members who fit musically and humanelywiththe band? Not hard at all, except for finding the right vocal tone I was looking for. As a new sounding project, but with a classic 80’s metal vibe, I needed the vocals to be reminiscent of Ronnie James Dio. When I was sitting on my deck, listening to the songs and writing the lyrics, I had RJD’s voice in my head. Henning did a great job of acheiving that goal. Whatarethelyrics about and who of you is writing them ? I wrote all of the lyrics. Each song has a different meaning. As a US Army war veteran with PTSD and depression, and as a musical artist, I wanted to put my experiences and feelings into music. When of the scariest feelings a person can experience, is not being in control of ones own emotions; to be completely normal feeling one second, and then to feel completely in fear when there is nothing to be affraid of. To not be in control of ones own thoughts. This is hell inside ones own mind. Whichbandsinspiredyou and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a soundfromyou? Myearliestinfluenceswere Judas Priest, Dokken, Ratt, Dio, Motley Crue, and other bands from that era. Specifically, the style of George Lynch was most appealing as I became a better player. I emulated George’s style as much as possible. I learned the songs in a time when there was no internet. Only my guitar, a small amp, and a cassette player. I would describe my music as classic metal using the new soundsoftodaysmetal. Whyshouldpeople listen toyourmusic? Ifthey like it. I hope, as people listen to the songs, they will like it and want to hear more. Music is interpretive. What is appealing to one person may not be appealing to another. I hope my music appeals to metal fans and be stand up to other metal groups that I look up to andenjoylisteningto. Howlonghaveyou been carrying around the idea of a project likeHollentorwithyou? Itisalwaysevery musicians passion write and create an album of their own. I have felt for years that I had enough experience and knowledge to write a decent song but never the right opportunity to do it professionally. When Glen Drover gave me the opportunity, I took it. But, the real motivation came when, 5 years ago,   I took a giant leap and attended a Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. I got to spend 4 days meeting and playing with my musical heros. The experience was an incredible boost to my confidence, as I recieved a lot of compliments from the staff about my playing. I got to play with members of Judas Priest, Queensryche, Zakk Wylde, Rudy Sarzo, Vinny Appice, Ron Keel, Lita Ford, Teddy Andriadis, How long have the recordings for thedebutalbumtaken? I started writing the guitars riffs for each song in summer 2015. It took a long time to complete them, mainly because I had to do it all by myself. Once I finished, it took a few months to schedule Shawn away from Act of Defiance touring for their debut album, to go to Canada and record the drums. This was finshed by the end of summer 2015. The next 9 months was re- recording guitars, bass, and the long process of finding the right singer. November 2016, thealbum was released. Henning Basse isnolongerheard on the new album. Why? Forthesecondproject, I want to do something different. Of course, it will still musicaly sound the same, but I wanted to give it a different feel. I love Henning’s voice, and he will definately be returning as the vocalist for the third album. For this next one, I was fortunate enough to meet and play with Tim Ripper Owens for a couple of shows called A Night of Metal; also with the Drover brothers. I simply sent Tim a link to the debut album, told him I was going to write another one, would he be interested in being the vocalist. He agreed. Me being such a die-hard Judas Priest fan, I could not pass up the opportunity to work with Tim. Yourecordedsomeof your music in Asunción, Paraguay how didyougetthat? I havemyequipment with me her, while working. So, I wrote the guitar parts, sent them to Glen Drover in Canada, where he is mastering all tracks. Shawn went to Glen’s studio and recorded the drums. Now, Glen will be sending me the tracks with drums and I will continue to adjust and work on the tracks in Asuncion, Paraguay. When I am done, I will send them back to Glen Drover, he will record bass guitars, and then I will use those tracks to begin writing thelyrcsfor Tim. When will thenew album appear and what can youtellaboutit? I hopetorelease it in the summer of 2019. In relation to the first album, which comes from a place of personal darkness and depression, this album will be an angry defiance of the darkness and a fight to win and control it. To become strong and seek vengence on the demons pulling one into the darkness. What was yourfirst concert as a fan? And what memory do youhaveofit? First concert was Gary Moore, Krokus, and Def Leppard in the early 80s. I was consumed by the sonic energy of the music and the showmanship of the fog and lights. The entire experience made me want to play guitar and be a rock star. Whatwereyour live highlights and with which bandsdidyouplay? I neverreallyhad an opportunity to anything significant. As a working family man, guitar and bands were a hobby. I played in several night club rock cover bands through the years, but not on any professional level. My highlights now would be when I played with Tim, Glen, and Shawn for the A NightofMetalshows. Havealreadyresulted in friendship? Yes, Glen, Shawn, Tim, Henning, and Robbie and I have all become friends. Who wouldyou like to play live withandwhy? I would like to play live with all of the metal heroes; Judas Priest,Dokken, Iron Maiden. Any opportunity to play with them is a dream come true. And I will probably go back to experience another Rock and Roll Fantsasy Camp again. I would love to see this project play on a stage in an open air metal festival. Playing live with Glen, Shawn, and Tim was a lot of fun, even at the smaller venues. Withwhat do you earn your money exceptwiththemusic? Unfortunately, I don’tearn money as a musician. It is a hobby for me. My regular job is a construction Project Manager for a global construction company. Howimportantaresocial media for youas a band? Technically, its not a band, it is just a music project created by myslef. Social media is THE way to reach the masses in this age of technology. Back when I was learning and dreaming of being a rock star, we only had the radio and Mtv. Now, it is a completely different generation of infinite access to knowledge. Unfortunately, that access is also free, so there is no more of the fare exchange required to allow artists to continue making music. By fare exchange, I mean, I provide the music and you provide compensation for owning it; and equal exchange. So, now, there needs to be a new system so that musicians can keep on making music. Otherwise, we as a culture, will possibly lose the ability to hear the next iconic metal band, because they can’t afford to make music. It will be interesting to see how this all endsuplater on. Whatwouldyou (her) want to achieve with the band? Tomakemusicand to havepeople like it. What do youthink about the Georgia metalscene in general? The US metalscene is not as popular as it was, or as popular as other countries. But, it still has a lot of fans. I am also a member of the Geeorgia Metal Alliance, where members congregate and celebrate the love of metal music. It is a global organization. Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Dead Reckoning   PERSONAL QUESTIONS ! Where did you grow up and how was yourchildhood? Grew up on the South Shore of Massachusetts; Marshfield and Plymouth townships. Poor. Did well in school. Music was everywhere because my mom was always listeningtotheradio. How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I was an A and B student. So, I was a goodstudent. Howdidyourparents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? Mymomsupprtedme, bought me my first guitar after we tried drums (theyweretooloud). Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I think I could have been. But, I had a family to take care of, and I knew music would not provide enough for the quality of life I wanted for them. I gre up poor. I did not want thatformychildren. Are yousomeonewho loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? Peaceandrelaxation, with the occasional visit to the hustle and bustlenowandthen. Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I do not participate or watch any sports. I am intersted in Sci-Fi shows, movies, playing music, and exploring different culturesaroundtheworld. When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you ? I cantake care of myself around the house. No problem. I make the best Cheerios in thestateof Georgia. What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? Most peoplelook at me and do not see the „metal“ until I reveal my left arm sleeve tattoo. It has mechanical and guitar parts all over it. How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymityalwaysandeverywhere? Everyone is entitled to their opinion. It does not bother me when someone makes a negative comment. Myself, I dont do it. If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing. What do youthink about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? It’s not theinternet that is a curse to the music busniess. It is the use of the internet that made the problem. Instant free access to music destroyed the careers of some stars. In the old days, record sales paid the bills and touring revenue was for the record companies to recoup invenstments. Nowadays, there are no record sales and everyone (artists, record companies, and support elements) only get revenue from touring; which is hard because a lot less people are attending concerts when they can watch it from YouTube. A theif is not a theif until there is something to steal. The internetenabledtheivery. Whatwouldyoupersonally like to do in yourlife? I have done it, or I am doing it. I have done a   lot   and been a lot of places. I am content. Whichquestionwouldyou like to have answered and why? Tooprofoundforme. I am okay with the answers I have so far. Georgia – Yes, I live there now. Movie or Series – Movie –Tombstone / Series – 3rd Rock From The Sun H. Vincent Poor- Don’t know him. World of Coca-Cola– Popular place, Coca Cola Headquarters is in Atlanta. Stone Mountain Park – Popular place for the „outdoors“. NHL orNFL - Neither BeerGoose IPA orGuiness Junk-Food - Pizza Barbecue – Sure, why not. Iron Maiden or Judas PriestJudas Priest MetallicaorMegadeth- Megadeth Family Wife, threesons Yourtop 10 Album all time faves Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengence Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind Dokken – Under Lock and Key Led Zepplin– IV Ozzy – Diaryof a Madman Dio – Holy Diver AC/DC – Back in Black KillswitchEngage - Incarnate Megadeth – Rust in Peace Black Label Society – The Blessed Hellride Your top 5 Album in time ! I can’t commit, too much pressure. Too many I loveformanyreaons. The closingwordisyours? Nomusic, nolife. Knowmusic, knowlife. 
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