Sean Peck - Cage
I, myself, grew up in San Diego, I have been a big fan of Cage for over a decade. After I saw them perform at Warriors Of Metal III last month, it was an honour to befriend the Iron Priest himself - Sean Robert Livingston Peck. I already knew Norm "The Legend" Leggio, as in the late '80s and all throughout the '90s he ran an awesome Rock driven Record store called Blue Meannie.
I was also blessed with the pure ecstasy of seeing them the night after in Cleveland with Eternal Legacy as the opener. This time with the wife, I thereby enjoyed another amazing show. Afterwards, Sean and I made plans to do an interview. Thus, last week I called the darker than black Hell Destroyer, and we discussed the strange power that feeds us all...METAL!
MettleAngel: Hey Brother, I am very honoured that you agreed to do this interview. I know how busy you are, so thank you for taking the time to talk the smack about Metal!
MettleAngel: No, I write everything down, so I will represent you honestly that way.
MettleAngel: Yeah, I have followed your career from the late '90s, even though I know you formed in '92. Denis Gulbey of Sentinel Steel introduced me to 'Astrology'. If you recall I saw you live at Kalamazoo in 2001.
MettleAngel: Brad Youngblood was naive' as to how to run a Metal Fest, but he sure did have an amazing line-up for that show! I actually bought 'Unveiled' off a friend who did not like you back then, but now he is a big fan.
MettleAngel: I was at WOM II, last year, so this year was a marked improvement. I was amazed that you played at 3 a.m., and you gave it your all.
MettleAngel: It was kind of surreal, as I saw you Saturday night at 3 a.m., and I was dead tired, then I saw you again Sunday night in Cleveland at 8 p.m. Technically you played two shows in one day.
MettleAngel: Tell me about those digital releases.
MettleAngel: Dave Garcia gave me a Crusher demo at that show.
MettleAngel: Is that material still available?
MettleAngel: I would be interested in hearing the Kalamazoo show songs, since I was there. I think I have some footage from you on VHS. Brad sent me a comp. featuring live material from several bands like Omen, Exciter, Hades, Anvil, Abattoir, Agent Steel, etc.
MettleAngel: So tell me how you got Norm from Psychotic Waltz into the band. I will never forget when he told me all about that rare End Amen CD with members of Deathrow, Tankard, and himself on drums. I now have an actual CD copy of this!
MettleAngel: I agree...
MettleAngel: So his personal life just became a priority?
MettleAngel: Then this is when you asked Norm to join?
MettleAngel: Like you have with your new guitarist Garrett Peters who recently replaced Anthony Wayne McGinnis?
MettleAngel: I really thought Garrett did an excellent job live. It is just a shame that he does not know the older material as well, which is why you did not play "Secrets Of Fatima".
MettleAngel: Did you have anyone famous in mind?
MettleAngel: Kenny Earl "Rhino" Edwards just released a new album with his band Angels Of Babylon, featuring none other than David Ellefson on bass. The music reminds me of Masterplan.
MettleAngel: I guess that was the end of Blue Meannie Records too?
MettleAngel: Watching him play live was very entertaining. I also had a chance to talk to him and chat about the past.
MettleAngel: This is evidenced in all the bands he has played in, over the many years. You can really tell it is him on 'Science Of Annihilation'.
MettleAngel: You debuted a new song at the shows called "War Of The Undead". I could tell you were giving your voice a real work out. Tell me about adding Steve Brogden to bass. I was very impressed with his live performance, and his backing vocal capabilities.
MettleAngel: He seems to fit the niche.
MettleAngel: I noticed this when I first met him, and told him about my experience with the band.
MettleAngel: So you are True Brothers of Metal!
MettleAngel: I am pleased to hear that.
MettleAngel: He sure did tear it up live on stage, both nights. His and Steve's backing vocals really added to the overall feel and vibe of your singing.
MettleAngel: With your incredible vocal capabilities, the backing vocals made a difference in a live setting. Dude your vocal vicissitudes and facial expressions are just insane!
MettleAngel: I was so enthralled watching all your facial expressions, and mannerisms, up close and personal. You do not just have the chops, but your stage presence is so spectacular.
MettleAngel: Honestly, I have never seen anything like it! I know the lyrics, and the music, but you animate the song and take it to a whole new level. This is why I convinced my wife to see you in Cleveland; since she missed you at WOM III, beinig utterly exhausted.
MettleAngel: You do this kind of technique like King Diamond does, even on the song "King Diamond". Speaking of "Black River Falls", which is a great song, you tend to be inspired by the same conspiracy material as Minnesota's horror legends Impaler, who also have a song called "Chupacabra".
MettleAngel: I have learned so much about certain subjects by reading Cage lyrics. Take a song like "Die Glocke". When I reviewed 'SOA' last year, I had no idea what this song was about, so I did my research.
MettleAngel: This is why when you sing live it makes an impression. Dude, aside from the clothes you wear on stage, you are the new Halford or Geoff Tate.
MettleAngel: Oh, how the mighty have fallen, even Bruce does not sound too great on the new Maiden single. I will have to wait until I see them live to see if he can still cut it, but watching Halford perform live is a sad venture.
MettleAngel: Well, you are probably thinking more of the Painkiller Tour or like "Operation Rock And Roll" with Alice Cooper, Metal Church, Motörhead, Dangerous Toys, etc., but I get your point.
MettleAngel: This is why you are such an amazing vocalist. I told this to Ralph Scheepers, as you are both bookends, with Tim "Ripper" Owens right in the middle.
MettleAngel: I agree, and your presence on stage is astounding, as is your vocal verisimilitude.
MettleAngel: Sadly this has all but faded from his live performance, and do not get me started on his choice of clothing, well, him and Rob Halford!
MettleAngel: They more than likely did not know what to expect. Many of those with whom I spoke, had only heard you on the "Metal On Metal Radio Show out of Cleveland. I know that afterward the audience and opening act - Eternal Legacy - were thoroughly impressed.
MettleAngel: My wife was blown away too, as she had only heard the music, and did not know what to expect, save from my constant bragging about the band, and what she had missed. I was reliving the WOM III performance, Sunday morning with your various visage orientations, and your killer countenance, when I informed her about what she missed.
MettleAngel: Ultimately, yes! I am not sure if she saw you at Kalamazoo, or not. By the time you hit the stage there, she was obliterated with lack of sleep from that too. It was her first real Metalfest. We had attended an all night metal party with all the bands, and we were all blitzed come Sunday morning.
MettleAngel: It is like with anything, sometimes as you get older, you tend to forget. This is why thankfully there is gingko biloba.
MettleAngel: I am also amazed how on cue you can thrust a microphone in my face to sing the chorus, and before I can take a breath, you have pulled it back, and moved on to the next verse. Your timing is impeccable!
MettleAngel: That is interesting that you should mention that, because I know a lot of people who consider you to be a Christian band.
MettleAngel: I know the frustration, as the same thing happens to Stryper or As I Lay Dying. You seem very down to earth to me. This is more like how Chris Jericho views life and metal.
MettleAngel: I am sure a song like "King Diamond" got the fundamental Christian's panties in a bunch.
MettleAngel: This is like Nicko's backwards message "Don't mess wif tings you do not understand!" before Iron Maiden's "Still Life" on side B. The whole backmasking thing is overblown.
MettleAngel: I agree...
MettleAngel: Man, both of those songs are killer cuts from 'Astrology'!
MettleAngel: The new material sounds very promising. What would you say is your overall impression with how WOM III came out?
MettleAngel: Yeah, the lightning storm delayed things even more. By the time Aska hit the stage, even George Call's vocals were depleted from talking to fans and bands all day.
MettleAngel: I know they are already planning IV, so any feedback you can give them is appreciated. They will be grateful for this interview too.
MettleAngel: It is really a shame because my best friend from Kentucky had his heart set on seeing you at WOM III. Then, unexpectedly, his friend decided to get married that weekend, and compelled him to become his best man. Believe me, he would have rather gone to WOM III and seen Cage.
MettleAngel: I will let him know. If you play WOM IV, I know he will not miss you again!
MettleAngel: Man, I am always talking Metal with my wife, and now I am getting her involved in the interview process even more; so, she is really stepping up and getting some cool bands with whom to chat.
MettleAngel: I am still planning a live
review for Cleveland, but I will be swamped with interview requests over
the next few weeks, so bear with me. I will contact you once the