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Interview With New Jersey Based Vocalist Ski By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

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Interview With New Jersey Based Vocalist Ski

By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Boston Rock Radio

 

Today Boston Rock Radio visits Norman R Kiersznowski Jr who is better known as "Ski" in US Power Metal circles as well as Christian metal scene.  The New Jersey based power metal singer is best known for his time in mid to late 80's with the east coast based power/thrash group Deadly Blessing.  Ski has also been in a few Christian metal bands and also fronts a Judas Priest tribute act known as Metalgodz.  His latest venture is Screams of Babylon which features Ski on vocals along with Chris Allen: Guitars/Vocals,  Allen Brunelle: Drums (Mystic-Force/King's Ransom) and Keith Menser: Bass (Mystic-Force), which will grace the world with an early 2021 recording to be released in Germany on Underground Power Records.   Boston Rock Radio would like to thank Mister Kiersznowski for this exclusive interview.  

 

 

What has the process been like working with your latest project Screams of Babylon with a record to be released in Germany next year? 

Well I started this project about 2 years ago but two members could not get along so I walked away, but I'm the kind of person that likes to finish what I start. It was nudging at me really bad, so I contacted the guitarist Chris Allen from Ohio.  I said, "Dude let's finish these 10 songs and shop for a label ourselves."  He agreed and we inked a deal with a German label being Underground Power Records.

Please tell us about the American Christian metal scene over the last two decades?

Well there is Stryper in the mainstream and a bunch of underground Christian bands, but there are some other Christian rock bands like Skillet and Demon Hunter getting really big in the mainstream.

 

Going back in time, what was your musician background like before you became a metal frontman?  Did you have vocal lessons?  Was it difficult to control the high registers of your range? 

Well in the 1970's, my main influences were Journey, Styx, and Kansas. That was my learning ground as bands I would cover in a band for years.  I never took lessons.  I would just study these vocalists until I nailed it down. It was a great experience and great tool to use and it took a while to control the high range but eventually it all became natural.

 

What are a few of the modern metal groups that you currently enjoy? 

I'm not really into modern metal but I do like Skillet and Demon Hunter.

 

You are obviously a great admirer of the great Rob Halford and even fronted a Judas Priest tribute act.  Who were a few other vocalists that were influential on your vocal stylings? 

When the 1980's rolled around it was Priest, Maiden and Queensryche.  I never heard of Judas Priest as I was a big KISS head.  When I got to see KISS for the first time on the Dynasty tour I think in 79 there was an opening band called Judas Priest.  When Halford hit the stage I said to myself I  wanna sing like that and so I studied him, Bruce, and Tate.   I always wanted to have a Judas Priest tribute band so I put one together called Metalgodz!  We played a lot of shows, even the famous Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood, CA on January 17, 2020 which was our last show.

You are best known as the original front man of the southern New Jersey based Deadly Blessing which released a power or thrash metal classic called Ascend from the Cauldron.  The recording has been reissued twice over the years.  What do you remember about the writing and recording of those songs off of the debut?

Man we were young!  I was the oldest in the band as Nick, Tony, Tom, and Wayne were in their teens.   What a magical time, the chemistry just clicked.   We all loved metal and we took all of our influences and mashed it all together and out came Deadly Blessing. Some people thought we were a Christian.   Funny thing is a band called Stryper came out in 1989 with Soldiers Under Command and I thought to myself, wow that music is awesome but they sing about God, so I said, "I can write a song about God so 'Deliver Us from Evil' I wrote."

 

Deliver Us From Evil - Deadly Blessing


 

The bassist in the group (Nick Douglas aka Nick Mitchell) went on to find success in Germany in the band Doro.  Do you think there were many missed opportunities during your tenure in the band?

Well if they never kicked me out of the band.  We were 5 songs into writing the second album. A strange twist of fate maybe, we could have gone to the next level, but they kicked me out for reasons I'm not going to discuss.  I  was really looking forward to the new record and songs like ';Strange Twist of Fate,' 'Immortal,'  'Eye of the Beholder,' 'Warrior Unknown,' and one more I can't remember.  We kept in the realm of US Power Metal, it was gonna be a great album!

 

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Have you taken in any Netflix music documentaries as of late?

I saw The Dirt.

 

What do you remember best about the tristate area (PA/NJ/NY) metal scene back during the 1987-88 time period? 

It was awesome!  Lots of places to play opening up for bands like Savatage, Lizzy Borden, and Cinderella, an so many more. It was our childhood moment caught in time. We never would of thought the party would have ended.  The fun we had and things we did, just great memories, fans all over the world!

 

https://www.facebook.com/SKIMUZACK/

https://www.facebook.com/screamsofbabylon/

https://www.facebook.com/Faith-factor-913576975498703/

https://www.instagram.com/metalgodzjudaspriest/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/undergroundpowerrecords/

  

Boston Rock Radio Journalist Thomas Amoriello Jr. is a heavy metal guitarist, children's picture book author, educator and recording artist who resides in Lambertville, New Jersey, USA. You can learn more about Tom at https://thomasamoriello.com

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