Devil's Island featuring Gévaudan
We're back on our tropical desert island, in the middle of the ocean, hundreds of miles from anywhere. This is Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band on the island and seeing what they get up to. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each band copes with the extreme conditions.
This week we've shipwrecked Gévaudan on the island, the doom metal quartet from Hertfordshire. How will they cope? Read on and find out...
Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.
Andy: Nooooooooooooo!!! Aaaahhhh!!!!!.....
So you're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you each chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?
Adam: ‘Muistumia’ by Kauan is pretty nice to look at. It’s a pretty simple watercolour but it’s quite relaxing and aesthetically pleasing to look at!
Andy: The bell witch artwork by Mariusz Lewandowski for 'Mirror Reaper' is amazing. Calming, vibrant, epic and beautiful. I love the album as well so I'll run with that. So pleased we have a shack each!
Bruce: 'Wish You Were Here' I love the feeling of absence and space between the burning man and the world.
There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to chose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?
Adam: Obviously not alcohol, because I don’t fancy being mullered the whole time we’re stuck! But I have a pretty serious fixation with Pepsi Max, so I think it would have to be that!
Brice: Vimto, it’s all I drink anyway.
Andy: This is starting to sound pretty good fun now. I think I'd take a white Russian. Nice to drink at any time of day. Breakfast, lunch or apres dinner. Bit concerned about the refrigeration facilities though keeping the milk fresh.
Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you each managed to salvage one item of band merch. Whats the merch and for what band?
Adam: I have a big ol’ comfy hoody from Saor that’d I’d grab
Andy: Probably a band t shirt. Any band to be honest. My Iron Maiden tankard sprang to mind but I'm just not sure it'd be that useful. Everyone loves having a spare t shirt. I think my sleep t shirt is most comfy and lightweight so that one please.
Bruce: My Tony Iommi T-shirt, Praise Iommi!
There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?
Andy: AC/DC Black ice tour, Berlin Olympiastad. Just loads of great memories of a fun holiday and an outstanding display of rock n roll.
Adam: The last time I saw Zeal & Ardor was pretty raw and intense, so going purely from recent memory I’d probably go with that.
Bruce:Jimi Hendrix live at Woodstock, I wouldn’t play guitar without that.
You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the one musician most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?
Adam: Bruce Dickinson is literally a pilot with access to a plane, so I think that’s the actual correct answer?
Bruce: Steven Seagal, he seems like a man who’s good for an action packed rescue and if he fails he’s fat enough to use as a flotation device
Andy: Is Keeanu Reeves still in a band? I'd send it to Keeanu. He seems pretty resourceful in the Matrix and John Wick.
You've been stuck here a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?
Adam: Wait, are you asking who we’d eat to survive?! I’ll starve thanks, I don’t know where they’ve been!
Bruce: Dave, with his vegan diet and the fact he’s a lot healthier than me he would be first to go, plus I assume we would have done it anyway for a Saturday night entertainment
Andy: Could be anyone depending on how our Tolerance is running... and whether anyone has an 'accident' ahead of the need arising. I think Bruce offers best value though.
Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?
Andy: The obvious for me would be Geezer Butler. Steve Harris or Tim Commerford also come to mind, but sadly if its only one then it's Geezer.
Adam: Mikael Akerfeldt was a pretty massive influence on me musically for much of my life, particularly vocally. Opeths use of progression, dynamics, and epic storytelling/songwriting is still a big part of how I write music today!
Bruce: Tony Iommi, finally I might get to learn how to actually play his songs, or spend an eternity too shy to speak to him
Thanks for your time. We look forward to the release of 'Iter' this Friday, 4th October. We hope you get back to dry land by then!
As we left the island, the band were on the beach sifting through their ship's wreckage hoping to find a trace of drummer Dave.