Music News Headline Answers With Pyramids On Mars Kevin Estrella January 1st, 2020
Metal Pulp And Paper:Thank you, Kevin, for taking the time to be a part of Metal Pulp And Paper’s 3rd installment of Recent Music News Headline Questions. Before we get started, tell us a little about your band. And, of course, if you’ve got new music, or new music coming out soon, please tell us about it.
Kevin Estrella: Pyramids on Mars is instrumental guitar rock from the mystical Red Planet. My documented contact with Extraterrestrials directly influences my music and artistic persona. Pyramids on Mars, has an upcoming full-length album released on December 21, 2019. Edge Of The Black features my signature style of blistering guitar rock music. Drawing heavily on the pioneering work of Joe Satriani, but influenced by Baroque composers Bach and Vivaldi, Edge Of The Black contains a diverse range of tracks, ranging from a Baroque-inspired lullaby to Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Rammstein influenced guitar lovefests. MPAP: So, just in case the reader is new to this, and to make sure everyone is on the same page on how this works, we’ve pulled some recent music news headlines from the Metal Injection website and turned them into questions and get your answers and reactions. We’ve been doing this for a couple of months now, with different headlines each time, and it has been fun to read everyone’s answers so far. So, once again, please place seat backs and tray tables in the upright position, hang on, here we go. 1. Real Housewife Wearing Metallica Shirt Asked To Name 3 Of Their Songs, She Cannot
MPAP: Some talk show, on the Bravo! channel had The Real Housewives of Potomac star Candiace Dillard as a guest. She was wearing a Metallica Lady Liberty And Justice For All shirt, and a caller called into the show and asked the host of it if Candiace could name three songs by Metallica. She pretty much had no clue who the band was, and obviously, she couldn’t name three songs by them either. Do you believe if you wear the band’s shirt, you should at least know maybe who the band is?
Kevin: One should not wear a band’s t-shirt unless you are a fan of the group and know their music. A music fan wears the t-shirt of the bands they love, admire, and support. Anything you wear reflects your personality, your identity. If one wears a band t-shirt and is not familiar with their music, it says a lot about that individual. Meaning if you are wearing a t-shirt because it is trendy and popular, it makes you look shallow and insecure. 2. Mosh Pit & Wall Of Death Break Out During The Village People’s Set At Riot Fest MPAP: You would have never really expected something like this too of happened now, would you? And to be honest, I didn’t know The Village People were still together and performing, but they are. That just shows you metal music fans can always have fun even if it is moshing to songs like "Y.M.C.A.," or "Macho Man" by The Village People at a music festival. Now, what is something you’ve seen happen while performing, or while at a show that you weren’t expecting to see or have occurred?
Kevin: Lollapalooza '91. Bands playing were Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Ministry. My friends and I were all there to see one band; Ministry. So was half the audience, I think. Because once Ministry hit the stage, the crowd went rabid. A huge jumping mosh pit commenced. Turning the ground into a massive rise of dust and dirt. It was insane. Never saw anything like it still to this day! Ministry are still one of my favorite bands, and always will be. 3.Slipknot’s Corey Taylor Doesn’t Believe Drugs & Alcohol Makes You Write Better Music MPAP: What are your thoughts? Do you think drugs and alcohol bring out the creativity in a musician or can kill it?
Kevin: None of the music I have written for Pyramids on Mars was ever under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It was inspired by the highest of who I am. My guitars write my music. I have very little to do with it. Save the alcohol for after the show is my philosophy. 4. Steel Panther Frontman: If I Could Bring One Musician Back From The Dead, It’d Be Motley Crue’s Vince Neil
MPAP: This headline started some mudslinging between both of the bands because obviously, Vince Neil isn’t dead; he’s just a bit overweight and can’t sing like he used to be able to do as he did in the 80s and 90s. I don’t see them ever going out on tour together anytime soon, but anyway, if you could bring any musician back from the dead, who would you choose, and why?
Kevin: Dimebag Darrell. The music died the day he died. There has never been a metal guitarist like him. And I don’t think there ever will. He was the most passionate, intense guitarist that ever walked the face of this earth. And the most humble and friendly. Even Steve Vai was quoted, “There are not a lot of guitarists who send a shiver down my spine. Dimebag Darrell was one of the few.” A very important part of metal was lost that day Dime was shot, and a part of me will never recover from it.
5. Morbid Angel & Obituary Featured As An Answer On Jeopardy!
MPAP: Jeopardy has featured answers on other episodes about popular metal bands such as Megadeth, Rob Zombie, and Five Finger Death Punch, but never had any answers quite like this one. One of the writers on the hit television show has to be a metalhead for sure! So, in case you missed this episode, Alex Trebek said, 'Morbid Angel and Obituary are popular bands in this genre,' and contestant Dhruv Gaur answered with 'What is Death Metal.' Pretty cool when things like this are showing up on a popular television show. Now, if you or your band were to be mentioned on Jeopardy, what would the answer and question be? Let’s see how creative you are.
Kevin: This band is named after ancient monuments found on a celestial body in our solar system. The founding band member is known to have had multiple encounters with Extraterrestrials. 6. Tool Threatening To Eject Fans From Shows If They’re Caught Using Their Phones
MPAP: Once again, cellphone use at concerts makes the headlines. If you don’t remember, but a couple of years ago during a performance of Maynard’s other band A Perfect Circle, 60 people were kicked out for filming the show with their phones. And even Jack White (The White Stripes) has a no cell phone policy at his shows. So, what’s your take on it? Are cellphones that much of a distraction to where the fan should be kicked out? Do fans need to watch the show instead of looking at their phones? Does it even matter since they paid for their ticket already?
Kevin: You know, I love Tool, but it really upsets me this no cellphone policy at their shows. You are all millionaires already. What, do you not have enough money? All people want to do is take home a memory of their favorite song. I did it. I videotaped Tool playing "Third Eye." I nearly got kicked out of the show. When I get to that level of success, people can go ahead and film whatever they want. 7. Machine Head Show Paused, Partially Ruined After Fan Throws Beer On The Soundboard MPAP: This happened at a show at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, England, and a fan, more like an asshole, threw a 32-ounce beer on the soundboard. After a 20-minute delay, Machine Head was able to finish the show, but not with the highest quality sound after that. First off, what a dick move to do something like that, almost ruining it for a sold-out crowd, and second, I’m sure soundboards aren't cheap, and third, who throws a 32-ounce full beer? I don’t know what beer costs there in London, but in the US, a beer that size would cost more than likely $30. So, what a waste to throw a beer. Anyways, has this ever happened to you where you saw something was thrown from the crowd, and it abruptly stopped the show for a while, and what happened?
Kevin: My former band Shatter Instinct played a show in Hess Village, Hamilton. There was a great little venue we played. One show, two drunk guys decided they would play our instruments while we were on a set break. I just remember the guy stumbling over to pick up my brand-new Gibson Les Paul Gothic. He was so drunk he knocked the guitar off the stand. I just remember somehow catching the guitar with one hand before it hit the floor, which would have cracked the neck-through-body, and simultaneously grabbed him by the collar with the other hand nearly picking him up off the ground. I threw him backwards. It was enough to send him a message, bad move. He was shocked. Lucky that is all that happened to him. 8. Brazilian Researcher Names New Spider Species After Iron Maiden, Scorpions, & Angra Members MPAP: Christina Rheims is a researcher in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and recently discovered four new spider species and happens to be a big fan of heavy metal music. Can’t get any better than that. She named the four new species Extraordinarius bruceickinsoni, Extraordinarius klausmeinei, Extraordinarius rickalleni and Extraordinarius andrematosi, after Iron Maiden's vocalist Bruce Dickinson, Scorpions vocalist Klaus Meine, Def Leppard's drummer Rick Allen, and Angra's vocalist Andre Matos. If she happens to find another species of spiders and you’re next in line to be named after, what would you wanted the spider’s scientific name to be?
Kevin: I don’t know about what the scientific name would be, but I do know that there are gigantic sized Spiders on Mars. I’ve seen pictures. David Bowie knew more than people realized. MPAP: Those are some great answers. On behalf of Metal Pulp And Paper, I’d like to thank you, Queen Diamond, for taking the time to answer these recent music news headline questions. We look forward to what your band, Thou Shall Kill, does to start out 2020 and beyond. Any last words for all your fans out there?
Kevin: I have been asked what does the name Edge of the Black mean? The name Edge Of The Black was taught to me by a group of extraterrestrials known as the P’ntl. Mainstream refers to them as the Greys/Zetas. To understand, I am an experiencer having continuous contact with extraterrestrials. I have been a guest on over 50 UFO radio talk shows talking about my ongoing extraterrestrial contact. My connection with music and extraterrestrials has been written about in award-winning Ufologist Grant Cameron’s book Tuned-In, The Paranormal World Of Music. Two of the female P’ntl, Theera, and T’ni taught me about the Edge of the Black. When one writes music that comes from their deepest of being, they are traveling to the Edge of the Black of the Universe. Where nothing and everything exists simultaneously. Music can be communicated at a telepathic level. What they told me is that when I write my music, I am going to the Edge of the Black, my place of highest potential. The music travels through the collective consciousness, flows through me, and I amplify my emotion and interpretation of what is coming through the collective. That is then sent back telepathically into the Universe. T’ni and Theera have both heard me playing my guitar at a telepathic level, and have been helping me develop this gift. My music literally ripples through the collective consciousness. So, when I state my music is 4-dimensional, it is true.