UK Metal-madmen Skreamer are currently hard at work recording the follow up to 2013’s Blackened Earth, so there could be no better time to throw our 10 Questions Of Biblical Proportions in their general direction! Here’s how the band got on….
1. So….what are Skreamer up to then?
Serg Ronchetti (Bass): “We are right in the middle of writing and recording our new album!!”
Samuel Morter (Lead Guitar & Vocals): :We are indeed! We recently moved to North Wales, on a farm in the middle of nowhere and it couldn’t be more inspiring! haha We’ve already released some singles for people to download for free before the album is out and the response has been phenomenal!”
Adam Kniveton (Drums): “Being the new drummer, I can’t really believe that I’m here! It’s a fantastic way to work. I’ve been here 2 months now getting used to Skreamer’s way of doing things and how everything needs to be absolutely perfect.”
Steve Walker (Rhythm Guitar): “I moved here from Portsmouth, so the lifestyle is totally different! haha Took a bit of getting used to but now it’s a pleasure. Being able to play your music at full blast is like being at a festival 24/7!”
2. Which album/artist/gig/experience made you first realise you ‘Worshipped’ Metal?
Sam: “What made me get into metal was watching live videos of Pantera playing at the Moscow Monsters of Rock and my Dad asked me, “do you want to play guitar like that?” and I said yes! haha The rest is history!”
Serg: “I went to see Metallica at Wembley when I was about 15. My first gig, I knew about 3 songs. I messed up the lyrics to “Enter Sandman” and my friends have made fun of me ever since. THAT’s how I found out I love Metal.”
Adam: “When I started playing the drums at 15 I had no clue about Metal. A friend gave me some music once and a song titled “For Whom The Bell Tolls” on my iPod really made me sit up and listen. The next day I rushed to see him to ask who the band was and so started my obsession with Metallica and heavy music!”
Steve: “I always wanted to be in a band! Hanging around mates who wanted the same eventually brought my attention to all the bands I love now! Simple as! haha”
3. Name the one album that epitomises Heavy Metal over all others.”
Serg: “Does it have to be Metal?”
Sam: “The question clearly states “Heavy Metal” so what do you think??”
Serg: “Well I’m just saying cos I’m really into Duran Duran at the moment. I’m feeling those vibes.”
Sam: “Well, being sensible here, I’d say Sacrament by Lamb of God.”
Steve: “Any album by Devin Townsend!!”
Adam – “Lamb of God’s New American Gospel”
4. Which guilty pleasure album do you listen to the most? Be honest now.
Sam: “Recess by Skrillex. Boom.”
Serg: “I absolutely love Aesop Rock, this american rapper from Oregon. His lyrics in “Labor Days” are brilliant. But also “Justified” by Justin Timberlake.”
Sam: “Yes! I second that! Got to love a bit of JT!!”
Steve: “Eminem – The Slim Shady LP. Don’t listen to much rap but I love his stuff!”
Adam: Loud – “Rihanna. People laugh when I say I’m Rihanna’s biggest fan but I truly am.”
5. You have one opportunity to introduce your band to the entire world, which album from your back catalogue do you blast them away with?
Sam: “We only have one album before this one we’re working on, so I’d say we’d lure everyone in with some cool new romantic pop music to show everyone we mean business, then slap on “This Is War”, one of our new singles! Which I’m sure we’re all the most proud of.”
6. You find yourselves booked on a mammoth, 12 month, non stop, around the world tour, what 5 essential items do you take with you in order to survive?
Sam: “I’d take my purity ring, kendama, yoyo, longboard and my back-up purity ring.”
Serg: “Bear mace, regular mace, rape whistle, stun-gun and if there’s space I’ll take my bass too.”
Steve: “Guitar, Guitar pick, spare guitar pick, guitar lead and I guess a guitar amp too if there’s space after all my picks.”
Adam: “In order of importance… 1. Toothbrush 2. Laptop 3. Socks 4. Money 5. Pillow”
7. What’s been your most memorable experience on the road?
Sam: “I once went skinny dipping at night when we were on tour in the Netherlands and I almost drowned. That was memorable!”
Serg: “We finished playing a festival in Europe at about midnight, drove through the Netherlands, straight through Belgium, up to Calais to take the ferry, then proceeded to drive up to London all without stopping. 9 hours of hell, trapped under a mound of luggage, stage equipment and god knows what else! And we ran out of malt-loaf too…”
8. You’re given the chance to handpick the ultimate 4-piece Rock and Metal supergroup (living or deceased). Who’s in the line-up?
Serg: “I’d pick Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. All great musicians, even better if they got together!”
Sam: “Matt Berry, Noel Fielding, Richard Ayoade and Shaq Attack on lead vocals!”
Steve: “Jason Newsted, Cliff Burton, Rob Trujillo and Geddy Lee on drums.”
Adam: “Jimmey ‘The Rev’ Sullivan – Drums / Keith Buckley – Vocals / Will Ferrel – Cowbell / Arif Mirabdolbaghi – Bass”
9. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal is blatantly the greatest thing ever invented but what’s the second greatest invention of all time?
Sam: “Nutella. Any biscuit spread for that matter.”
Serg: “Flashlights. I’m pretty sure they’re up there with the discovery of fire and water.”
Steve: “Video games!!”
Adam: “Trouser pockets”
10. It turns out Ozzy’s luscious long hair is imbued with time-travelling qualities and just one stroke of his lion’s mane can transport you back to any Rock/Metal gig of your choice. Who do you go and see?
Sam: “I’d go see Zeppelin at Knebworth ’79.”
Serg: “Suicidal Tendencies, any gig when Robert Trujillo was still in the band!”
Adam: “The Cunning Stunts concert Metallica filmed!”
Steve – “Yeah I’d say Cunning Stunts as well actually! haha”