DEVIL’S ISLAND featuring Ward XVI

Devils Island Ward XVI

DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Ward XVI.

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 a number of inmates from Ward XVI sat on the beach. This is far from the Whittingham Asylum! Alert the authorities, they seem to have escaped, but how did they get to our island and how will they cope with the conditions?

How did the inmates 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?

Psychoberrie: Appetite for Destruction because it’s the best album ever made and it has the added bonus that I could just play it anytime I wanted a break from Dr Von Stottenstein because he’d be sure to move to a part of the island where he can’t hear it. Do we also get to take a CD/record player or do we just get to take the album and look at it cause that might change my answer?
Dr Von Stottenstein: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. It’s the album that truly inspired me when I was learning the guitar, the imagery, the concept and of course the music. It’s flawless and has Adrian Smith and Dave Murray at their creative peak guitar wise...
Wolfy Huntsman: It would have to be metamorphosis, our upcoming album, as it has created such amazing memories for me... to me it kind of represents a huge turning point in my life from a dull, dark and boring life to being on tour and recording an album with a band I have loved for years.

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?

Psychoberrie: Iron Maiden-Killers. That’s my favourite version of Eddie, mainly because his hair is amazing!
Dr Von Stottenstein: Ward XVI ‘Metamorphosis’. Psychoberrie has pulled something ridiculously beautiful with this cover. Will be my next tattoo... she just pips Powerslave by Maiden.
Wolfy Huntsman: Lateralus by Tool because the artwork is as good as the music. It's a masterpiece

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?

Psychoberrie: Gin and Cranberry.
Dr Von Stottenstein: Crikey.. ok, well I can get water from Coconuts so I’ll choose something exotic like Lager ha ha... I’m not much of a drinker
Wolfy Huntsman: Smokey old fashioned. The cocktail. I could never get tired of them.

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?

Psychoberrie: A Guns n Roses t-shirt then I can sit there playing the album, drinking Gin and smirking in Dr Von Stottenstein’s general direction
Dr Von Stottenstein: Evil Scarecrow have a beach towel...
Wolfy Huntsman: My shirt from a band called Tragedy because it says "I sweat glitter, and cum confetti" it’s amazing.

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?

Psychoberrie: Aside from maybe having my daughter and step-children there I couldn’t imagine anyone better to be stuck with... Except Slash. Unless of course we were all starving and disease-ridden, then I’d rather they were safe at home.
Dr Von Stottenstein: The only people I’d want other than our band leader is my children (if it was a safe desert island)... maybe Ed Stafford.
Wolfy Huntsman: My girlfriend, she’s proven she can put up with me and she knows a lot of survival stuff.

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?

Psychoberrie: Alice Cooper’s Welcome To My Nightmare show. Though it’s the visuals that make it so brilliant, I think I know it well enough that I’d be able to visualise the whole show whilst I listened.
Dr Von Stottenstein: Iron Maiden ‘Maiden England’ but it would be the album played in chronological order and not the cop out that they recorded.
Wolfy Huntsman: The first time Pink Floyd ever played The Dark side of the moon on full. I can’t explain why.

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?

Psychoberrie: Bruce Dickinson, he has a plane and a pilot license and probably has his own beers on board.
Dr Von Stottenstein: I’d message our shipmate friends in Red Rum who’d come and pick us up in their boat.
Wolfy Huntsman: Sladen from Footprints in the Custard as with how much he loves to play blast beats on drums he would use that skill to row a boat at the speed of sound to come and get me.

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?

Psychoberrie: Wolfy Huntsman. He’s the submissive one and if I egg him on to do something stupid he never let’s me down so I just feel like he’d be the easiest to talk into letting us eat him. We probably wouldn’t even need to kill him, I reckon I could convince him to just give up his legs, that way he could still play bass when we get picked up by Bruce Dickinson.
Dr Von Stottenstein: Hmm Probably Wolfy as his blood/ organs consist of 90% alcohol so the meat would be preserved or take little effort to ignite (like an xmas pudding)
Wolfy Huntsman: Dr Von Stottenstein as he’s been working out a fair bit lately so the meat would be really lean.

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?

Psychoberrie: Alice Cooper- His theatrical shows inspired me to set up Ward XVI, after watching the Welcome to my Nightmare show on VHS I just said to myself “why aren’t more bands doing this?”. I didn’t want to just completely copy Alice Cooper, our music is vastly different and the albums follow a concept which runs throughout every album where Psychoberrie is being interviewed whilst incarcerated telling tales of her past. But without Alice we’d just be playing bog standard rock songs in the village pub. Though if it wasn’t for Alice we’d never have been touring and we’d never have been shipwrecked either so with that in mind I might just let him drown.
Dr Von Stottenstein: Adrian Smith from Iron maiden... he can fish as well..I’d have normally said Jason Becker, but there wouldn’t be the electricity on the island necessary to power his breathing ventilator. Although I was playing guitar before I was introduced to his music, his amazing story and strength against adversity was what inspired me to fight against my own personal struggles and use music as a medium to express what I couldn’t say at times.
Wolfy Huntsman: Guthrie Govan as he is so much of a perfectionist in his ways of playing and tone, but he's so chilled out and relaxed at all times... he just has fun playing and that is who i aspire to be... just ultimate chill but great at what i do.

Sadly there is no room on our boat, and we are not sure we'd be safe taking them home anyway. As we sail away from the island we can hear Wolfy's screams as he sacrifices a leg fpr the good of the group. The Whittingham Asylum may have a lost a few patients, but they are doing no one (except Wolfy) any harm stuck on our Island.

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