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   RIVAL
Neven Trivic © Nico Wobben Neven Trivic
May 2004

http://www.rivalmusic.net

One of the bands that stay true to the US metal sound are Rival from Chicago. Already formed back in 1990, they released an EP in 1991 and gained some local fame. They started working on a full-length CD but because of many delays and problems it didn't get released until 2000! "Modern World" got noticed in Germany, in 2002 they played the Bang Your Head festival and Rival ended up with a record deal with Metal Blade. The result, "State Of Mind", is pretty much what we can expect of Rival: good old US metal with a modern sound, blistering solos, sharp riffing and killer drumparts! I fired some email questions at the band:

Congratulations on your new album, "State Of Mind". How are the reactions so far?

It's still a bit early to tell. But so far, reactions have been good. It's only been released in Europe as of now, it hits the states May 18th.

Are they mostly from Europe or do you also get some response in your own country?

Most of the response has been from Europe. The people that have advanced copies here have given us a good feedback.

You've been around for so long. What happened in all those years between the EP in 1991 and the release of "Modern World" in 2000?

A lot. We did the EP to see if we could get a label interested in us. Since that didn't happen, we put out "Modern" and tried to see what that could do for us. We recorded much of the tracks, but weren't happy with the sound. So we went to another studio and started over again. There were times when we couldn't get into the studio because other artists had locked out the rooms for their project. They had major label backing and we didn't have shit. So we had to wait it out. We didn't know about our future. Because of that, we took a break. We didn't have the financial backing to do another full length disc, so "Modern" was a make or break situation for us.

That album got you the gig at the Bang Your Head festival. I loved your show in Balingen, how was it for you guys?

It was an opportunity of a lifetime. We were very lucky and honored to play the fest. It was a fucking blast!!!

It also got you a deal with Metal Blade, were many labels interested?

There were other offers. We just chose Metal Blade because for our kind of music, it seemed like the right move to make.

Marlies with parts of Rival at BYH © Nico Wobben There is no new website yet, so I see no info on upcoming shows and tours. What's in the works? I want to see Rival again!

A new web site is in the works. As far as a tour goes, we are talking to a few people. Hopefully we'll see you soon as well.

I hear the US scene is getting better when it comes to real metal, is that your experience as well?

The metal scene is getting better, but slowly. There are some really good places to play, but it's difficult to get in. But if you do get in, it's a blast. A lot of the good clubs require selling tickets, which is a pain in the ass. It's somewhat political, who you know helps out a lot.

What's the scene in Chicago like?

It's getting better. There's a lot of different types of music being played everywhere. From blues to metal to jazz. There's so much within reach to go and see. As far as the metal scene goes, there are a few clubs that cater just to metal, but not enough...yet.

You guys are awesome musicians... do you have any professional training or are you self-taught?

For the most part, we're self taught. We do have some training here and there but it's mostly just that, self taught.

I usually pay more attention to songs as a whole, not really particulate instruments and I don't really care a lot for solos, but yours really get to me! Gary's drumming as well BTW. Who are your heroes?

Wow, there's so many. Guitar players like Michael Schenker, Satriani, Gilmore, Yngwie, Blackmore, Jabs, Iommi. Also two guitar teams like Priest, Maiden and Scorpions are influences on us as guitarists. Drummers such as Bonham, Lombardo, Ian Paice, Neal Peart just to name a few. Bass players would be Geezer Butler, Steve Harris, Billy Sheahan, John Entwistle.

Who inspires you when it comes to your songwriting?

It's not really who, it's more like what. We simply go with the way that we're feeling at the time. Whatever pops up that sounds good, we just go with it. There's a certain filtering process that the songs go through before we decide to keep them.

Which CDs are in your player lately?

We each listen to different stuff. Right now, there's some Brainstorm, King Diamond's "Puppet Master", Bob Marley "Legends", Stevie Ray Vaughn, Slayer (all), Iron Maiden "Best Of The Beast", Elvis, all kinds of shit.

I'm sure you guys need regular jobs to pay the bills - what do you all do? Does any of you live of music (lessons, coverbands etc)?

Yes we have day jobs that really suck!! We're not really making enough money from music yet but hopefully that will change.

Rival © Nico Wobben What do you tell kids that think Korn and Pantera are the norm in metal?

As long as it's metal. That's good. They do need to know that there's a lot of different metal bands that are up and coming as well as established. So hopefully the kids aren't closed minded towards other bands. There's a lot of really good music out there.

I wish you all the best in showing everybody what real metal is all about! Thanks for the interview and I really hope to see you in Europe again soon - any last words for our readers?

Thanks to all you metal heads out there for keeping the music alive. We appreciate the time you have given us and for your support. We hope to see all of you real soon. In the meantime, check us out at http://www.rivalmusic.net
Cheers, Neven.


submitted by Marlies 28.05.2004

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