SILVER TALON   HEAVY POWER METAL FROM USA Band Questions answerby BRYCE VANHOOSEN    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? My name is Bryce VanHoosen, and I play guitar for Silver Talon. On vocals we have Wyatt Howell, formerly of the band Sanctifyre. Second guitar is manned by Sebastian Silva, also in Idle Hands and Lethurbitch. Drums is Colin Vranizan whom I also played with in Spellcaster. And bass on Becoming A Demon was performed by Gabriel Franco, also of Spellcaster and now of Idle Hands.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? I think Dan Cleary from Striker actually suggested the band name. He said something to the effect of “if I started a new band, I’d call is ‘Silver Talon.’” We all thought that was cool so we went with that! Sounds pretty epic to me.   Where and how was the band founded? We were founded right after the breakup of Spellcaster in 2017. All of decided to go on after our old singer quit. We put out a casting call for vocalists, and ultimately decided on Wyatt.   Have you played in other bands before? Yes, I was in Spellcaster as well as a local Portland King Diamond/Mercyful Fate tribute band called Lucifer’s Child.   A quick question about your old band spellcaster. Why did the band break up and is there anything left to buy from you? Nothing left to buy - sorry. Tensions had been riding high in that band for a number of years. This caused guitarist and founding member Cory Boyd to leave at the end of 2016. Sebastian took his place, and we soldiered on for a few months. Then vocalist Tyler Loney left in April of 2017, so we decided it wouldn’t be Spellcaster with only 1 original member. So we officially dissolved the band.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? I mean everyone was essentially from the last lineup of Spellcaster except for Wyatt. So that part was already taken care of.   What does the band name mean? It’s like a silver claw - like an eagle talon or a dragon talon.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? Our lyrics cover various heavy metal topics such as demons, epic battles, fast cars, and metal machines bent on environmental destruction. Wyatt writes the lion’s share of the lyrics, but I’ve also written some.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Sanctuary, Symphony X, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nevermore, Savatage, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Kamelot, Conception, Fifth Angel, etc. We’re a bit power metal, a bit heavy metal, and a bit prog metal.   Why should people listen to our music? Because it’s good! Hahaha   Becoming a Demon Your debut release is from 2018. How long did the work last and who helped you? We recorded it over a couple months in summer of 2018. Engineering was handled by Zack Ohren (who’s worked with Spellcaster, Exmortus, Machine Head, etc.) and mastered by Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound.   You have a very famous guest on your album with Jeff Loomis. How do you get in touch with him and how did you work with him? I met Jeff in 2017 at a Fifth Angel concert in Seattle. Surprisingly he knew me from my Instagram videos. We’ve stayed in touch ever since, and when we got the idea to do a Sanctuary cover, I got the idea to ask him if he’d be down to do the solo. He was, and the rest is history.   Are you already working on new songs and when can we expect a new release? Yes! Working on it all now. The debut full length from Silver Talon is about halfway written. Should hopefully be out late 2019 or early 2020.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? I think it was The Casualties in the early 2000s or something. It was the best night of my life up until then, and I was completely addicted to live music after that.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Opening for Sanctuary with Spellcaster was pretty epic! Other than that we’ve had quite a few awesome shows with a lot of awesome bands. The tours are always fun! Loved touring with Holy Grail and Exmortus when I was in Spellcaster, as well as with Striker . Have already resulted in friendship ? Definitely! Became really good friends with the guys in Striker and better friends with the guys in Holy Grail and Exmortus after touring with them.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? Definitely would love to play live with the musicians that I look up to and admire. Like Symphony X, Arch Enemy, and Kamelot. Other bands I’d love to play with include some bands on our label, M-Theory Audio, including Immortal Guardian, Novareign, and Into Eternity.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? By day I am a project manager for a web design agency.   How important are social media for you as a band? It’s super important! That’s our number one way to reach new fans.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? Want to get on bigger and better tours, tour Europe, play some big ol fests over there, and keep releasing music that I enjoy and feel is killer.   What do you think about the Oregon Metal scene in general? I think it’s pretty good for what it is. I mean, Portland is a second tier major city - we’re not as big as Seattle, LA, NY or Chicago. So the scene is small, but it’s pretty healthy.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Yeah, I’d check out Idle Hands, Weresquatch, Bewitcher, Sabateur, and Toxic Holocaust if you haven’t. And Paul Gilbert lives in Portland now, so I guess that makes him local, hahaha   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in NE Portland and Oregon City. I’m a native Portlander, which is pretty rare. My childhood was good - not a lot of money growing up, but I can’t complain. My parents always made sure we had food to eat and a roof over our heads. I was raised to work hard, so I’ve always tried to put a bit of that sort of ethic into everything I do.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I was a pretty good student. I even went to college and graduated with honors!   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? I think they were just happy that I wasn’t playing punk anymore, hahaha. They enjoy my music today. Might not be their thing, but they definitely appreciate the effort I put into it.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I think so? I hope so at least.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? A little of both. I enjoy the big city as well as solitude. Portland lets me enjoy both, but Portland isn’t a big enough city to be honest, so I’ve gotten a bit bored with it.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I don’t really play or watch sports.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you I can definitely cook. I do most of the cooking for my wife and I actually.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? I have a lot of posters on my walls of the bands I admire. As well as a huge collection of records and LPs!   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? Yeah, that’s of course a problem! People get too comfortable with the fact that they can say anything they want and don’t have to worry about not getting punched in the face. More people should probably get punched in the face for the things they say and do online.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? I definitely think it’s a blessing. Honestly I can’t imagine live without it. Like when I watch old movies and the characters are in an office without a computer - it’s like, what are they doing in there?   What would you personally like to do in your life? Play a lot of guitar, release some killer records and rock out with my band live!   Which question would you like to have answered and why? They were all pretty cool my dude.   Oregon Great state in the NW part of the USA   Austria Never been there, but I’d like to go!   Crater-Lake-Nationalpark You should definitely see if you get the chance   Portland Trail Blazers Haha, I haven’t watched basketball in like 20 years.   Multnomah Falls Killer waterfall in the gorge near Portland!   Beer I don’t drink anymore man, but there’s a lot of it in Portland   Beaver Oregon is the beaver state   Fastfood If you have to do it, try to do it healthy at least   Barbecue I’m vegetarian, but I dig BBQ sauce   Movie or Series I’m digging the longer stories in series. Love Game of Thrones!   Savatage or Helloween Savatage   Family Can’t live with em, can’t live without em.   Your top 10 all time album faves In no particular order - Symphony X - Underworld Yngwie - Marching Out King Diamond - Them King Diamond - Abigail Whitesnake - 1987 Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn Nevermore - Dead Heart in a Dead World Mercyful Fate - Don’t Break the Oath Ozzy Osbourne - Diary of a Madman Dissection - Storm of the Light’s Bane   Top 5 albums of 2018 Michael Romeo - War of the Worlds pt 1 Amorphis - Queen in Time Fifth Angel - The Third Secret Exmortus - The Sound of Steel SkullFist - Way of the Road   The closing word is yours? Thank you so much for the interview! Check out Silver Talon’s debut release Becoming A Demon and download for free here -
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