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Serpent Underground…….WOW!

Cruising through the people on ReverbNation and I received an a friend request from Serpent Underground and WOW it took my breath away. They recently released a “Official Video” which I will give you attach here in the blog. Ralph was kind enough to answer a few questions and give me a copy of their information to share with all of you.
So how did you meet?
I started the band with a friend of mine (Guitarist) who I met at work in 2003 (He left the band in 2007). There have been several line up changes in the band since it’s birth in 2003.

For those people who don’t know you, who does what and who manufactures your instruments and equipment?
The band currently consist of four members: Ralph Buso – Vocals/Keys, Cody Walker – Guitar/Backing Vocals, Anthony Arguijo – Bass/Backing Vocals, Mike Elliott – Drums. I (Ralph) use a Sennheiser Microphone, and a Yamaha MOTIF 6 Synthesizer. The Guitarist (Cody) uses a Schecter C-7 custom (7-string) Guitar, a Mesa boogie dual rectifier (Head), and a Custom made Cab. The Bass Player (Anthony) uses a Schecter stilleto 5 string bass, a Ampeg 4 pro amp head, and a Ampeg 8x10HLF speaker cabinet. The Drummer (Mike) uses a 5 piece Tama kit with Paiste Cymbals.

How is your first album doing and the new video?
Our Album “The Lie”, and our Video “The Fallen” is receiving rave reviews from both fans, and Industry professionals.

Is there going to be another video soon?
A new video is in the works, and it will feature a special celebrity guest star, our friend and colleague Steve Santini (Creator and star of T.V.’s “Deals From The Dark Side”, Collector and historian of rare and dark antique relics, “World’s Most Extreme Escape Artist” : Ripley’s Believe it or Not!)

What’s you favorite types of venues to play?
We are all about great sound, and powerful visual effects, so we like to play venues who can support our performance standard.

How far way has touring been taking you and how is the road treating you?
We are not currently on the road, but we plan to be on a national tour sometime in the late fall.

Who’s managing you, and how can venues sign you up?
We are currently being managed by The Monstour Agency. Venues can contact Todd at tma@themonstouragency.com

What kind of things do you like to do in your down time?
I enjoy good beer, and good company! lol

What makes you happy? Writing good music that people can relate to.
or Sad? The high price of gas! lol
If you could do anything you wanted what would you like to try?
I would eliminate sickness, and death!

Links to them, ReverbNation, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Metal Underground,Youtube
Keep on Playing and thanks for the interview.

Information provided by Serpent Underground
Biography:

Dark, melodic, emotional, heavy and intense. These terms have all been used to describe the force behind Serpent Underground. Yet they don’t even scratch the surface of the band itself. Formed in 2003, Serpent Underground hit the Southern California metal scene with a vengance. With their heart-pounding rhythms, melodic guitar work, rib crushing bass and electrifying vocals, Serpent Underground quickly carved a name for themselves and they haven’t looked back. Their dynamic live show has stretched all over Southern California as well as across the nation, sharing the stage with Dragonforce, Five Finger Death Punch, Asesino, The Dreaming and Powerman 5000.

Since then, the band has released 2 albums. The first, Devils of Flesh, was released in 2006, and featured hits such as “Caroline”, “Tangled” and “Someday Soul”. This album has a dark, gothic mood, and with its haunting lyics quickly established Serpent Underground as a force in the music world.

The bands second album, “The Lie” was released in September 2011 under Downpour Records. This album features everything Serpent Underground fans have come to expect, and adds a progressive drive to their already aggressive “in-your-face”sound. With hits like “Broken”, “The Fallen” and the fan favorite “God on the Mic”, Serpent Underground once again shows the world their talent as song writers and musicians.

One of the most dedicated groups in the industry, Serpent Underground continues to play shows to their ever-growing fan base while striving to push the boundries of their art with every new track they write. With upcoming songs like the dark and edgy “Other side of Sanity”, the epic “Anthem for Destruction” and with the beauty of the ballad “Wait for Me”, Serpent Underground remains a paragon of dark, melodic metal. Each track telling a story that allows the listener to see the world through their eyes…

For Booking Contact:
serpent.underground@gmail.com

Achievements

Throughout the years, Serpent Underground has played across America including the Gothstock Festival in Hartford CT and the San Diego State Fair. They have played with numerous national acts such as:
Five Finger Death Punch, Dragonforce, Asesino, The Dreaming, and Powerman 5000. They were first runner up in the 2006 Bodog Battle of the Bands and the Nitrorocks Ultimate Battle. In 2007 Serpent Underground was nominated in 3 categories for the Rock City News Rockie Awards and were awarded 2 of them. The nominations include:

• Best Metal Band ~ Serpent Underground (AWARDED)
• Best Male Drummer ~ Rich Costa (AWARDED)
• Best Male Front Man ~ Ralph Buso

In Addition, Serpent Underground:
• Is being promoted and featured by Metal Sanaz who has over 1,000,000 friends http://www.myspace.com/metalsanaz
• Has one of the most viewed episodes on the metal show
The Bloodstream
• Is demanded by over 2,000 people on eventful.com
• Was featured weekly on XM Radio’s Liquid Metal (42)
• Had 3 songs from “Devils of Flesh” featured on the Playboy TV reality series Jenna’s American Sex Star
• Have been featured on several occasions on the Southern California radio stations X103.9 and Rock105.3 with tracks from both of their Albums “Devils of Flesh” and “THE LIE”

Serpent Underground made the ‘Rock Solid Pressure’
‘Top 10’ list for the most requested tracks of 2008.
‘Rock Solid Pressure’ is a national FM show,
and to be one of the most requested bands on
‘Rock Solid Pressure’ is an amazing feat.


Wrecked……Far from it!

This Rock/Metal band from Chicago has got it going. They aren’t a wreck they have serious metal. Jeff Kylloe gave me some of his time to tell me more about them.

What got you guys started and how did you all meet?
Jeff Kylloe (Guitars), Back in 2005 I had met Tony Faflik (Vocals) and was already working with Mike McCarron (Drums) We had written a few songs and were forced to put the project on hold do to other projects we were working on at the time. We all kept in touch and finally in late 2009 we were all free to focus exclusively on Wrecked. We again starting writing songs and quickly added David Rosen (Bass) and Paul Kowalik (Guitars) Everyone in the band have known each other and worked together in different projects over the years. Everyone in the band is very close and would do anything for each other.

Who or what inspires you?
Our inspiration comes from our influences which are pretty vast. From New and Old school Metal, Progressive Rock & Metal, Blues, Our influences play a huge part in our sound and vide. Black Sabbath, Sevundust, Godsmack, Judas Priest, Kansas, Dream Theater, just to name a few. I cut my teeth on guitar players such as, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Edward Vanhalen and many others. We have a different take on heavy music. Metal or Hard Rock music can be heavy and still have Groove, We work hard at creating music that is heavy and in your face but still has a hook, groove, emotion and basically still a great song.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
We use Gibson Les Paul Guitars / Dean Guitars / Spector Basses / DW Drums / Splawn Amplifiers & Ampeg Amplifiers.
Tony Faflik – Vocals / Jeff Kylloe – Guitars / Paul Kowalik – Guitars / David Rosen – Bass / Mike McCarron – Drums.

What do you listen too?
We listen to everything, We are always checking out new bands and sounds and also still listen to our old favorites. There are so many great new metal and rock bands around.

What makes you happy?
The vibe we get from watching new fan’s at our shows and connecting with people through our music, it’s addictive.
sad?
The horrible things going on in the world today, people without hope, people with no heart.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
All of us work day job’s and are also full time musicians so there really is not any spare time, most of our time is spent writing and recording music. We do love to ride our Motorcycles (Harley Davidson’s) when we do get a break here and there.

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
We would love to be on the road more touring and reaching new fan’s, meeting new people and achieving our goal to be a successful band.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
We are easy to approach and answer our own mail, if anyone has a question or just wants to say Hello they should just send us a message to any of our listed websites.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
We are currently working on our first full length effort scheduled for release in June 2012 and we also have a brand new video and song “Waiting To Die” being released January 1st 2012 Our EP “Enemy” which includes 5 songs and a video is available now. We also have several other videos on youtube and reverbnation.

Do you guys manage yourselves and if so how hard has it been for you? If not who is you manager and how’s that going?
We currently manage ourselves with a ton of help from some people in our area that started as fans and are now a part of the Wrecked family. Jeff Bryski is our acting Manager and Dennis Hawk Baughan of Hawk Production is in charge of just about everything. Dennis films, directs and produces are video’s and our live show production which is pretty intense. We believe that our fan’s are there to see a show so we put on a show. Everyone involved in Wrecked promotes this band every day, Is it hard Yes but the music industry is hard. We believe that if a band writes great songs and promotes, great things will happen. We are focused on writing great songs. Tony, Jeff, Mike, David & Paul – Wrecked

Check out more at their website Wrecked and MySpace.
And thanks Jeff for talking with us.