Brace yourself Boise as the mighty Savage Master make way for Idaho next week. This last minute onslaught brought to you by Vixen’s Reign Promotions is a perfect way to liven up your mid-week revelry and it is all for a great cause. All proceeds from the show go the hurricane relief fund. It’s only $5 to get in and donations will be gladly accepted! Locals Order Through Chaos and Embryocide will kickstart the Wednesday Wickedness at Mardi Gras. Get more details here.
About Savage Master
Louisville, Kentucky is not exactly the place one might expect to find an old school, NWOBHM-infused, occult metal band, but that is exactly where the roots of Savage Master were born. Vocalist Stacey “Savage” Peak connected with guitarist Adam Neal in 2013 and began working on the sound and vision of the band. Guitarist Larry Myers and bassist Brandon Brown were brought in to flesh out the line-up. After playing its first concert, Skol Records owner Bart Gabriel found the live video online and immediately reached out to the band. A partnership was formed and Savage Master’s debut record, Mask of the Devil dropped on Halloween day, 2014.
In 2015, Savage Master released a 2-track EP, Black Hooves, which featured one new song and a cover of Riot’s Swords & Tequila. The track “Black Hooves” was a teaser from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, With Whips and Chains, due out on Friday the 13th of May. Last year we caught up with Stacey Savage to talk about the new record, her influences, and the addition of new drummer Zach Harris. Much of the band’s early imagery comes from the Mario Bava film “Black Sunday”. Savage talked about the connection:
“Adam and I had this idea where I could kind of represent Barbara Steele’s character, Asa, from the movie and the guys could kind of be like the hooded executioners. So that’s basically where we got our look from. Of course we made more of a metal look, but that’s definitely the inspiration.”
Savage discussed the band’s excitement and surprise at being signed so quickly and how it all came together:
“We were really shocked, really lucky. Bart Gabriel, who runs Skol Records, he’s one of the very nicest guys in the whole scene. He found us online. It was like 5 hours after our very first show and he’s contacting us about signing with Skol and we’re really honored to be with them. We weren’t really expecting to get signed with anybody for our first record.”
One of the many elements that sets Savage Master aside from their overproduced contemporaries, is that the band chose to record both their records in analog with no digital editing. The result is a raw and retro sound that recalls the great old school European metal bands of the late 70s and early 80s. Stacey discussed why they went that direction and how they were able to accomplish recording in a more expensive format:
“We’re lucky that we’re friends with the guy that runs the studio. He helps us out. We just wanted to stay true to the classic heavy metal sound, because that’s what we love. We didn’t want to go for a digital, modern sound we wanted to go back to a more traditional sound.”
In the full interview which can be heard below, Savage talks more in-depth about some of the songs on With Whips and Chains, her stage outfits, how she developed her love for traditional metal, as well as which Dio and Judas Priest songs she could see the band covering someday.