DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Deified.
Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.
This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we found Merseyside based outfit Deified sat on the beach. Whilst we'd not seen them in the flesh for a while, we assumed this was due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Turn's out they were actually stranded on our island.
How did the band cope with life on Devil's Island? Find out now...
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.
So you're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
Tom: Think we’ve gone mad guys! A voice is asking us metal questions.. We’d better respond - maybe it’s the Devil himself! I Sever - Sylosis - I could listen to this album for eternity, it's literally a masterpiece.
Jordan: I hear it too man luckily I grabbed Pray For Rain by Polaris! I could listen to this album on repeat for the rest of my days.
Matt: Code Orange - Underneath. It's a very new album, but I don't think I have ever had an album on as much as this is the past couple of weeks. It's heavy, aggressive, groundbreaking and reminds me of the Slipknot debut.
Alistair: Alterbridge Blackbird because it has mega riffs and heartfelt lyrics which meant alot to me for the last 10 years since first hearing it. Another album would be the blackening by machine head because this was my first taste of a heavier style of metal that got me hooked on the genre.
Jamie: I think the isolation might finally be kicking in guys. But hey, at least I got my copy of Chimaira’s ‘The Impossibility of Reason’. My reasoning? There’s enough power in this album to fight and survive even the most savage of situations.
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?
Jamie: Yes! A base of operations and a chance to plan my escape. Sorry guys. But, until then, I'd probably put up the Deftones ‘Around the Fur’ poster. Why? We’re stuck on a desert island, man. I mean... c’mon.
Matt: Killswitch Engage - Alive or Just Breathing. It's the album that got me into metal and it's still an absolute corker.
Tom: This is a great shack… Needs more Tool - Fear Inoculum.. Wait.. Where the fuck are we again and how did we get here? JAMIE! THERE’S A CRAB COMING FOR YOU!
Alistair: It would be Linkin Park hybrid theory as this was the first proper heavy album I bought when I was just 14 and I bought the poster at the same time
Jordan: Mine would have to be Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction that was the first album I got when I was a kid and it opened the door for me to heavy music. NO!!!!!! THE CRAB JUST RIPPED A POSTER!!!!
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?
Tom: Thank fuck there’s a bar here - Easy, can I have a Cloudwater beer please… hopefully there's a fridge somewhere around here..
Jamie: This all getting a little spooky. What the hell happened to all the people that lived here before? I need a good shot of Jamesons to quiet my nerves. Or maybe some borovicka.
Matt: Aldi's Bourbon. Don't let the name fool you!
Alistair: Bulmers Pear Cider - Mi Lord.
Jordan: YES! Give me a Double Old J's with Ice!
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?
Tom: Where’s my Deified thong?
Matt: My trusty Slipknot Tshirt. Love looking like a geggar..
Alistair: My Machine Head hoodie
Jordan: My Chris Adler sticks so I can paradiddle on all of these rocks.
Jamie: I never leave home without it - my Slayer T-shirt.
You're sat on the island thinking "I'm stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity"... who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?
Tom: Metal Jesus
Matt: My Guinea Pig, Minnie
Alistair: Zooey Deschanel
Jordan: Bear Grylls
Jamie: Howard Marks
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?
Tom: Why do we all have walkmans on us? This is so 80’s - love it! Holy fuck it’s loaded up with Devin Townsend - Live at the Albert Hall! Excellent!
Matt: Megadeth - Rude Awakening. That extended She-wolf solo with Marty Friedman is sexy.
Alistair: G3 live 2003 with Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani
Jordan: CKY - Live at Mr. Smalls the energy at that gig is on another level!
Jamie: Pantera - live in Moscow - Monsters of Rock - 1991. I mean, wow!
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?
Tom: John Badger.. Hopefully he can fulfill his lifelong dream of flying a Badger! Come rescue us John!
Matt: Probably Johan Hegg from Amon Amarth will do, as he will probably have a viking ship.
Alistair: Bruce Dickinson he has a plane
Jordan: I'm with Alistair! Save us Bruce! Bring Eddie to the slaughter as well there's loads of demons here and they're starting to glow! What's this island called again?
Jamie: Russ Custard. He’d pick me up on some kind of genital related inflatable in a jiffy.
You've been stuck here for 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?
Tom: Stop looking at me guys. God damn it’s hot here.
Matt: Probably me or Tom, as we have got plenty of meat on us for a BBQ
Alistair: Me, Tom or Matt… We have the most to give
Jordan: I'm skinning them both now. Yo Alistair! Jamie! Is the BBQ ready yet?
Jamie: That’s tough! I mean, with all this desert island sun we’re all starting to look a bit barbecued. But there’s just something extra tasty about Tom. Sorry, brother.
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?
Tom: John? John Campbell? From Lamb of God? Dude! I’m so happy I saved you.. Can you teach me how to play bass please? Cheers.
Matt: Matt Heafy from Trivium. I have been to countless Trivium gigs over the years and they just keep churning out what they feel they do best, without signs of slowing down or making any kind of watered down commercial shit (apart from dying in your arms!!)
Alistair: Mark Tremonti as he is somewhat of a guitar hero to me and like the other guys I'd like lessons from him.
Jordan: Wow Chris Adler! Glad I got you out of there dude! Do you mind signing these sticks?
Jamie: Mike Patton. His array of vocal techniques blows my mind every time. It inspires me to pursue a more diverse sound in my own creative processes.
Thanks for your time. We hope you get back to dry land soon, although you aren't missing much with us on lockdown right now!
Thank you for your time The Razor's Edge. We’ll eventually try and find our way back from this epic metal, beer, whisky loaded island at some point...
Sadly there is no room on our boat, so we have to sail away from Devil's Island leaving the band on the beach, but we're not too worried they guys seem to be having the time of their lives!