DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Aeries

DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Aeries

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 German progressive metal outfit Aeries sat on the beach. The island is far from their German home, but how did they end up on our island and how did he 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?

Julian Suhr: Queen - Live at Wembley, because it presents the band at the height of their career, contains a (nearly) perfect collection of songs and is one of my first musical memories which sent me down the whole ‚wanting to play guitar myself‘-rabbit hole.
Marius Franke: 10,000 Days by Tool, because it gives you everything you need. Chills, Tears, Joy and Love.
Dominik Zester: Foo Fighters - Wasting Light. It's a fantastic album and Taylor Hawkins had a huge drumming influence on me. He is such a technical minded drummer and I love his creative style to play.
Laura Kiddo: Best of Disney

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?

JS: Plini - Handmade Cities, as I am sure I still haven’t discovered or understood all the little details hidden in the artwork.
MF: Holy Diver by Dio. Because it looks badass.
DZ: Again Foo Fighters Wasting Light, because it reminds me of the album haha.
LK: In the Court of the Crimson King by King Crimson, because it scares the crap out of me

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?

JS: Club Mate. Lol.
MF: Whisky Sours all day every day.
DZ: Gin Tonic with Irish gin.
LK: I choose water so I can keep my drunk bandmates alive and take a sip of Marius Whisky Sour if I want to get wasted

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?

JS: A Bruce Springsteen-Shirt which is older than I am.
MF: The Grateful Dead had some amazing merch. Probably a vintage tour shirt by them.
DZ: Bring me the Horizon, that's the spirit shirt. I don't know all songs from the album but I love the design.
LK: My signed Hand.Cannot.Erase. shirt by Steven Wilson

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?

JS: My significant other.
MF: The Cast of the Lion King Musical. Listening to those amazing musicians while getting hammered on Cocktails in the suns sounds like a good plan.
DZ: I think I'd be fine with them.
LK: Totally my Nintendo DS

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?

JS: As I already said Queen’s 'Live at Wembley‘, I’d go with John Mayer’s ‚Where The Light is: Live In Los Angeles‘.
MF: At the moment probably Heilung at Castlefest 2017
DZ: Queen live Montreal
LK: Porcupine Tree Live in Tilburg 2008

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?

JS: Isn’t Steve Morse a certified pilot? Seems like a suitable choice.
MF: This one obviously goes to Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden. The dude has got a plane and knows how to fly!
DZ: Specki (Drummer of In Extremo) because he can drive a boat!
LK: Totally Jack Black and Kyle Grass from Tenacious D. If they can deactivate a laser with their Ds, they can rescue someone from a lonely island.

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?

JS: Me, because I eat a shitload of food, so I am probably the reason we’re running low on food in the first place.
MF: Honestly? Probably me. The others will probably sneak up on my drunken ass and butcher me for a nice BBQ.
DZ: Me. Because you can program the drums. (not sponsored by get good drums)
LK: Well, we have a lot of volunteers I see, so one of them hahaha

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?

JS: Can I save both Brian May and Guthrie Govan?
MF: Damien Rice. That man continues saving my sanity whenever I get lovesick.
DZ: Luke Holland, also one of my biggest drumming influences and such a sympathetic and friendly dude.
LK: Steven Wilson all the way. Call me.

As we sail away from the island we have no room for the band on our small boat. But the band seem content, sitting on the beach, drinking Whiskey Sours, listening to Queen and contemplating who to sacrifice for this evenings meal.

Will we ever see them again? We can only hope...

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