Jeff Lords (Crimson Glory)
Metal Command: Hello Jeff. How are you?
Jeff Lords: Just fine. Thanks for the interview.
Metal Command: Can you give us an update on Crimson Glory? What’s the latest news for the band? Do you have songs for a new album as it's rumoured?
Jeff Lords: We are on hiatus, due to several contributing factors. The highest on the list of those factors is that the label that we were most recently doing business with - and thus, would back us, financially - went defunct. This was not long after we worked out the deal with them. Second on the list, is probably the fact that our attempt at resurrecting the original line-up didn't come to fruition, and this was simply because a few of the older issues resurfaced ... the same issues that ultimately became an "anchor" for the band in the past. Considering that and in conjunction with the former reason I think the momentum was simply lost. As far as for new songs, well, I think we individually all have some ideas floating around. However, we haven't actually woven any of them together, as of yet.
Metal Command: On Wikipedia website there is a title for the new Crimson Glory album. According to the site it's going to be titled “Metatron, Lucifer and the Divine Chaos”. Is this accurate?
Jeff Lords: Yes and no! "Yes", the original 'plan' was to do the new album with said title. It was a semi-conceptual idea that Jon had been kicking around. "No", in that I cannot say with absolute certainty what the proposed new album will be titled, or for that matter, if there will even be a new album. In the music business, everything is subject to change on a second's notice.
Metal Command: The current singer of Crimson Glory, Wade Black, was re-hired for the band's new album. The first time he left Crimson Glory, he said various things about his departure and about the band, like that you as a band haven’t given him the respect he should have and that he was more like a hired musician to you. How did he get back in the band the second time?
Jeff Lords: Some of the information that you have is not entirely accurate. We didn't re-hire Wade for the express purpose of making a new record; we re-hired him in an attempt to keep the band's momentum at that time ... and also, to essentially let the world know that Crimson Glory would move forward, despite not having the band's original singer/line-up. As most of the world knows, we had done one album with Wade, so he was the logical choice. As far as Wade feeling like he was a hired gun, etc., I cannot comment too much on that, because this disclosure is fairly new to me. If we back up a bit, we first gained interest in Wade based on a time that Jon and my self happened to catch a show where Wade's band at the time, "Lucian Blakk", was playing. We felt that he had the charisma, the visual - and most importantly - the vocal cords, to be the new singer. Once we introduced ourselves, we also found Wade to be a pretty humble and easy-to-get-along-with, guy. In my view, all of the aforementioned criteria is pretty-much standard, and most certainly, they are all very admirable attributes for a singer to have. In other words, they are things that would make one feel empowered … that is to say, things that would eliminate doubt in one's mind, as opposed to creating it. In any event, I suppose it's kind of hard to avoid feeling "hired" in situations where one guy replaces another. I think that's the nature of that type of situation.
Metal Command: In late January 2007, Crimson Glory parted ways with former singer, Midnight, after his arrest on January 20th 2006 in Florida for DUI (Driving Under Influence). Would you like to tell us some things about it?
Jeff Lords: For professional reasons, I reserve comment. I try to refrain from dragging such things into the public arena, even though such things are made public, via public records.
Metal Command: Are there any plans for a Crimson Glory tour in 2008?
Jeff Lords: No, there are no immediate plans to tour. As I made public recently, I'm taking a leave of absence from Crimson Glory's leave of absence, that is, unless/until there is unanimous agreement on if we'll take the band to the next level, and what doing so, would entail. Of course, I have my own ideas on this. One is to write new songs. And while it's a pleasure and a blast to give the fans a tour, truth be known, unless we get really huge shows, it's not only not profitable to tour, but it actually puts us in the red, quite a bit. This is something that needs to be given consideration, since we now have families, mortgages, etc. Hopefully, things will look "up" for us in the future, though ... as usually things seem to come in cycles … at least, in our case.
Metal Command: Looking back in time do you regret for any of the previous Crimson Glory releases or anything else concerning the band? Is there maybe something you would change or do in a different way?
Jeff Lords: Aside from the production, which is sonically decent, I'm least satisfied with "S & B", our third release. However, that is not to say I regret it. If I have any regrets, it'll likely be for something we did not do. For instance - and this answers the second half of the question - if I could go back and do something in a different way, I would get an education on the business-end of music, as well as simply being a musician. So, yeah, I regret not doing that.
Metal Command: Jeff what are your personal plans, besides Crimson Glory?
Jeff Lords: Well, short-term, I plan to keep my chops up to par, musically and to possibly create some bass-inspired songs in my home studio. The theme will be atmospheric-instrumental stuff, as I simply don't have anything to say lyrically, at the present. I also plan to do some renovations on my house, and eventually get it ready for sale when the economy kicks back in. Additionally, I've entertained the idea of giving bass lessons again. Long-term, I'd love to relocate to Europe someday. I simply love it there. The decrease in organized religion is one attraction; the regional cuisine another and the exotic looking - and much less materialistic than here, opposite sex - yet, another.
Metal Command: Do you listen to other music kinds besides metal?
Jeff Lords: Honestly, I don't really listen to music anymore. And I don't really have a logical explanation for that, except that I'm just not that moved by most of the stuff out there.
Metal Command: Are you getting informed about the new metal trends or styles and the new metal bands? If so are there any new metal bands or musicians that in your opinion are more special than the others?
Jeff Lords: No, actually, I'm not all that informed about the very recent stuff, due to the reasons I gave in my answer to the previous question. However, I can say that the bits and pieces of the "progressive" metal that I occasionally hear while surfing the net, etc., sound very passé. In other words, since "progressive rock" has actually been around since the late 70's and all of the 80's, bands in this day and age who craft themselves in that style actually sound “retro-gressive” to me. I'm sure there are some exceptions; just not many that I'm aware of. In my view, one of either two things must happen … either "progressive" bands will have to eventually redefine the sound, or we must redefine "progressive".
Metal Command: Is there anything else you would like to add?
Jeff Lords: Yeah, for the latest, stay tuned to the Official Crimson Glory website, and/or, the Official Crimson Glory MySpace site for the most accurate info. Don't rely on internet hearsay, which often times breeds false information.
Metal Command: Finally would you like to send a message to all Crimson Glory fans in Greece and worldwide?
Jeff Lords: Yes, thank you Greece, and to the Crimson Glory fans worldwide, who have supported us throughout the last 2.5 decades! Yikes, did I just say 2.5 decades? Holy shit, we're ancient! (laughs)
Metal Command: Thank you very much for this Interview Jeff.
Jeff Lords: You're welcome ... and thank you, Dennis!
Dionisis “Dennis” Dionisiadis