Are you satisfied with the reactions you got for "Apocalypse" from the fans and the press so far?
Absolutely, we couldn’t have asked for a better reaction, it’s more than we ever dreamed or imagined happening.
What do you reply to people who say that your music is very much similar to bands like Nightwish?
We had the complete opposite response to our music in comparison to Nightwish and other female fronted bands. People as a rule are saying, “Thank God it’s not another clone of Nightwish” In my opinion the only similarity is we are both female fronted Heavy Bands, then I think the similarity stops. We have our own entity and power and they have theirs. I am certain any comparison would be a compliment to us; the members of Nightwish and their management are friends of ours. Although we have not met the new singer, we are happy for them as well Tarja’s solo success.
In my opinion the songs on "Apocalypse" feature some different styles.Will the full length album turn into the same direction?
Yes it will, we’ve combined all of the great things we find inspiring in music, such as melody, power metal, and drama, so you will find it all on the record.
What do you expect concerning the upcoming Magic Circle Festival in 2008?
We are looking forward to reconnecting with all the fans and delivering great shows. We are planning a special autograph signing where we can take extra time for photos and to hang out and talk with the fans. This will be a great opportunity without having to rush signing autographs.
Rhino is your drummer, Joey de Maio produced your CD and Eric Adams sings on "Phantom of the opera". How did you get in touch with the recent Manowar-members?
Manowar is responsible for much of the development of HolyHell; we are signed to their label. Joey DeMaio and myself have built HolyHell from the ground up, seeking virtuoso musicians and great songwriters. Performing the Phantom Of The Opera with the final line up was a vision from the mid nineties, and who better than with Eric Adams himself? We knew from the beginning Rhino would be perfect and so here we are.
There are some different reviews about the new Manowar album. What is your opinion about "Gods of war"?
I think there will always be mixed responses to an artist who follows their vision and their fans instead of trends. In my opinion the album is fantastically different yet holding to the Manowar standard. I listen to the entire album and feel like I had just been on a journey.
Maria, thanks so far. What are your further plans for 2008?
We would like to release the album in 2008; we will definitely release new songs for the Magic Circle Festival.
Iris (Focusion Promotion)