Hey everyone, "The Asian Invasion" Sean Harris here.
Chilliwack, British Columbia is not exactly a town that has made major waves in the metal world. With a population of only 70,000 people, the quality and quantity of metal bands are few and far between in comparison to the much more popular Vancouver metal brethren.
Medevil is a band that is making huge strides in changing that.
Not only did they make it to Vancouver and win their first round Wacken Metal Battle matchup, but they went on to the Vancouver final at the Rickshaw Theater and took home the top prize; a chance to play in the Toronto final and ultimately a shot at possibly playing in front of 80,000 screaming fans at Wacken Open Air in Germany.
I had a chance to sit down with the brothers Collingwood, Liam and Ross. The vocalist and drummer respectively, they originally came to Canada 8 years ago by way of the United Kingdom. They played in many bands up until they formed the final product of Medevil, early in 2014.
Says Ross, "I never wanted to come to Canada, but our dad got a job out here. So we ended up packing up and coming all the way out. I was 10 years old at the time. I started playing drums around the same time."
Liam has a very old school approach to his vocals and stage presence. There's definitely a Metal Church, Blaze Bayley era Iron Maiden, Accept and Udo Dirkschneider feel to the product.
"Metal Church is absolutely my biggest influence. I'm pretty excited Mike Howe recently rejoined the band after leaving 20 years ago," stated Liam. "The whole band draw from a lot of different influences, both metal and non metal. We look to bring a very retro feel to our music as we feel many bands these days sound a lot alike."
"System of a Down is big for me metal wise," replied Ross. "John Dolmayan is one of my favorite drummers ever."
They've taken the time to hone their craft and really understand how the metal business works. They bring a great attitude to the table and once again, their stage show is second to none. When asked how they would react to playing at Wacken in front of so many people, the answer was easy.
"We'll just look at all the people, I'll look at my mic and I'll start singing. Doesn't matter how many people there are, 8 or 80,000. We always bring out our best on stage," noted Liam.
From the get go, they thought that although they are going to have tons of fun playing the Wacken Metal Battle shows, they never really realized they stood a chance against more seasoned Vancouver opponents.
Ross mentioned, "We just wanted to have fun and play a show. The other bands like Slagduster, Among the Betrayed and others are so experienced and polished. We never thought we could come out on top. After we won the first round we we're really amped up for the final but we felt all the other bands, once again, are so good, so full sounding."
"We played our set, 3rd out of 5 bands and after I had to leave. It was 2 days til my 19th birthday, so unfortunately I couldn't stay. I didn't have much for backup sticks and of course I broke one during our set. I played a bunch of the set with a broken stick and I thought there's no way we're winning now."
"I got a call from the rest of the band when I got home and they told me we won. I thought they were lying to me. I wanted them to stop messing with me, I was just going to bed. Later on I saw it all over Facebook and I couldn't believe it."
The little band from Chilliwack that could, Medevil is looking towards the Canadian final in Toronto on June 6. Even though they can't bring their fans, besides maybe their dad, they still plan on killing the stage with utmost ferocity.
"If we win, we'll probably spend a few more days in Toronto and celebrate. Playing in Wacken won't set in for a while," laughed Liam.
The first Medevil album will possibly be out in 2016 as they're working with Rain City Recorders on their debut release.
Find them on Facebook and on their official website www.medevilmusic.com .
You can check out my show, Monday Metal Mayhem, every Monday at 8pm pst only on brokenneckradio.com .