Interviews: TRISKELYON

This is a new interview with the Thrash Metal band TRISKELYON from Canada. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Triskeyon is a deliberate misspelling of the word “triskelion”. It is defined as follows: “A triskelion or triskeles is an ancient motif consisting of a triple spiral exhibiting rotational symmetry. ... The actual triskeles symbol of three human legs is found especially in Greek antiquity, beginning in archaic pottery, and continued in coinage of the classical period.” It has different meanings, but the one that spoke to me is the concept of forward movement and not standing still....some of the ideas that found their way into the lyrics for “Find a Way”. So yes, I planned it this way deliberately.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I only play heavy metal. I don't play any other styles. To dig deeper, this project is melodic thrash metal. That means it is more in line with bands of the thrash style who are more melodic with the vocals. Bands like Flotsam & Jetsam, Metal Church, Anthrax, Forbidden, etc. Riff-wise, there are elements of those bands and stuff like Slayer, Testament, Death Angel, etc. Triskelyon is not like any of those bands specifically but those provide a reference. I am also involved in two other bands and I didn't want to make this like either. Those bands are Category VI (traditional metal with some power and thrash influences) and Artach (epic black metal). Back to the “why”....because I am driven to create music and wanted another outlet to have a project where I can get a number of different voices on the songs. You can hear the versatile Marlee Ryley from Hyperia as well as a friend of mine Pete Healey on this EP. I hope to include them and at least a couple more vocalists for the full-length album. Doing this on my own means I can get stuff together and release it at whatever speed I want. If I want to release a song at time, do more EP's, or a full-length album, then that's what I'll do.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

The only person who is on the EP that I knew before is vocalist Pete Healey. I was in the band Oberon with him back in the early 2000's. He's a killer vocalist and can be heard on two of the EP's songs. The other vocalist, I didn't know at all. She is in a Canadian band I like called Hyperia. I have never met or spoken to her and she lives on the opposite end of Canada! I sent a message to ask if she'd be interested in singing a song on the EP expecting to get no reply but to my surprise, she was into it and she delivered some awesome vocals for the song “Odyssey (Blessed by Steel)”. The first person whose services I procured was that of Raul Marques for the drum programming. I wasn't sure I would even be able to do this project until I heard what he was able to do. After hearing the drum tracks for “Hunger” I knew it was possible and began writing more.

4. Each band member favourite band?

As this is a solo project with guests, I can't really say what bands the others would pick as their favorites. Speaking for myself I can't name one band, so I'll pick 5: Judas Priest, Slayer, Gamma Ray, Helloween, Immortal. I could list 50 more and then remember I missed 10 more so there ya go.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

When I started it was the bands I was playing along with. I don't play along with other people's music anymore. So these days the inspiration comes from within. I feel driven to write music for unknown reasons. Some people derive a sense of piece from doing a puzzle, a crossword, reading, a fidget spinner, etc. For me, it's picking up my guitar. And every time I do that I come up with riff and song ideas, so much so that I end up with way too many ideas, more than I have bands to deal with lol.

6. Where was your last gig?

Triskelyon is a studio project, so no gigs are planned. My last live gig would have been prior to the pandemic with my band Category VI playing live here in St. John's.

7. Where would you like to act?

Anywhere that someone would like to see us and was possible to get to.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

As long as there would be people there that liked the music I was playing, it's not really super important who else was on a bill. Of course, it would be cool if one of those bands had members in it I wanted to see live so just about any of my metal heroes would fit the bill!

9. Whom not?

I'm not into the “core” side of heavy music, so I'd not enjoy playing with those kinda bands as I wouldn't be able to stick around to watch their performance. Lol. 

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I guess there is always some kind of nervous energy mixed with excitement, but never what I'd call stage fright. As for tips, just focus on playing your parts properly like you know you can do from the rehearsing you've done. If you're not ready to play live because you don't know the material well, then you need to work that out before playing live. Also, make sure you have people in your band who are on the same page and know their shit and you don't have to worry about them messing it up either. When you have that confidence, the nerves and worry are much further in the background and you can focus on having fun.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

100's of them have for sure. Early inspirations came from Judas Priest, Motley Crue, Dokken, Ratt, Iron Maiden, then progressed into the thrash metal area with bands like Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax, Kreator. I also love a lot of the speedy power metal bands in the Helloween and Gamma Ray style. Lastly, a bunch of black metal bands or black and roll bands like Satyricon, Immortal, Necrophibic, etc continue to inspire me.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Nothing weird. I'm not in a band big enough to have been asked anything weird. As wild as it's gotten as being asked to sign a CD. Lol.

13. What do you think of your fans?

For Triskelyon, it's a new project so I don't know yet who the fans are. I can say, I am appreciative of anyone who has listened and especially those who actually bought the EP on Bandcamp as it will help fund the full-length album. So all I can say is a big thanks to them!

14. What do you think of our site?

Love it, and love that you focus on bands of all levels, not just the huge successful ones. Only criticism, drop the “core” from the name and call it “Breathing the Metal”! Lol!!! 

15. Something to add?

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