After all these years it´s not happening that often anymore but
sometimes in the endless Online-World there are still Bands that blow me away.
These Hopefuls hailing from L.A. are called Wings of Steel and consist of the 2
members Leo Unnermark (who owns one hell of a voice) and Parker Halub (who
plays one hell of a guitar and is also responsible for the Bass Guitar on the
Album). Together with Drummer Mike
Mayhem they recorded an album called „Gates Of Twilight“ in the vein of Bands
like Leatherwolf / Fifth Angel / Hittman which is the best I heard since ages
(Killer-Songs, Killer-Production). We HAD to contact them for an interview,
Parker replied right away and here we go:
checked some pics from you guys and figure you are less than half of our age – so
how on earth can guys so young get into THIS kind of brilliant yet seemingly
forgotten melodic and yet metallic sound?
We are both outliers in our generation. Leo (26) was raised
in a household with lots of vinyls and vhs tapes from back in the day, which
has laid the foundation for his musical interest and style. Parker (21) picked
up the guitar at the age of 10, and through the discovery of bands such as
Journey and Metallica, was opened up to the world of classic hard rock and
you complain being compared to Bands like Leatherwolf, Hittman, Crimson Glory
and Fifth Angel? Managed to hear a bit of Van Halen as well?!
There is a very wide range of influences and inspirations
that translates through our sound. While we may have similar characteristics to
these aforementioned bands, they have not really had as much direct influence
on our sound as people think. They are great bands and it is humbling to be
held in the same high regard as them.
would recommend each new Band to check out the production on your album,
because this is how it should be done – crystal clear, powerful, car-shaking
bass/drums, wall of guitars and the fantastic vocals marching with them. How
did you manage that? I see you have your own studio?!?! What a waste of money
for producers, the sound on your album seem to make them all redundant…
We recorded everything ourselves in our home studio (an old
bomb-shelter) except for the drums, which were recorded in a local studio. The
mix and mastering was done by Damien Rainaud (Dragonforce, Fear Factory,
Angra). As far as production goes, we basically just got everything to sound
the way we wanted to and that was it. Glad you like it!
it difficult to even think about touring just being 2 guys? Don´t you want to
get a permament drummer + bassist and maybe a 2nd guitarist to reproduce the
wall of sound you have on your album or is it too difficult to find people
playing in your league as well as fitting in on a personal
level? At least there are 3 other guys in your clip to „Leather and Lace“ now?!
Touring is difficult for us for many reasons, money being a
large factor. Even though the core of the band revolves around Leo and Parker,
we need to work with talented musicians who understand and respect the band’s
creative vision, and can get along with us on a personal level so we can do the
music justice in a live setting. But yes, it is difficult to find the right
musicians to work with nowadays.
released your album independently resulting in the fact that the CD is hardly
to be found somewhere (Bandcamp for sure, but the additional costs for shipment
to Europe makes this unavailable to a lot of people that have to look for their
money these days). I know that Label-Deals are not what they used to be, but at
least they mostly help getting the product available overseas, especially when
there are so many european metal-labels around…If I´d be in your place seeing
such a lot of Bands with distribution deals that are far inferior I´d get
We have chosen to remain independent for a variety of
reasons. As for distribution, we plan to make our physical copies more
affordable for our european fans by working with a european based
manufacturer/distributor. We are still negotiating with several companies and
will hopefully have a deal in place soon. On that note, we currently work with
and have smaller batches of our CDs available from the following European
distributors: Witches Brew, Underground Power Records, and Steele Fortress.
play the Keep it true in 2024, wouldn´t that be a nice chance to add some gigs
in Europe /Germany? I always imagine Bands like Priest or Maiden would feature
you as Special Guests, you would blow people away that haven´t been aware of
you….dreams are allowed..
We are currently looking into booking a tour in Europe next
year around our performance at Keep it True. It would be awesome to one day go
on our Tour with one of the great titans of heavy metal, we are open to offers
are your plans for the near future? Will you have the chance to tour the US?
Currently the main focus is to play in Europe for 2024.
After which, we plan to record a third release, and will hopefully be able to
tour the US in 2025.
your website you say that you do music full-time – can you do a living out of
music or do you have any other (maybe part-time) jobs besides?
We are involved with the music full-time, however as of now, we do not generate enough money directly from it to live off of. Parker and Leo both work various other part-time jobs to help finance the endeavors of Wings of Steel. Hopefully, with the continuous growth of the band we will be able to ditch the side jobs.
final words to our readers?
We are incredibly thankful for all your support. Continue
to spread the word of Wings of Steel with all your metalhead friends and let us
know how you like our new album “Gates of Twilight.” Peace, love, and heavy
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