String metal? The description of Oakland based instrumental band Judgement Day sounds cool on paper; but is it really? In reality, the “string metal” act is more than cool, it’s awe-inspiring. After all, classical music is the true inspiration and influence of metal music, so it would make sense that the genre would return to its roots with a bit of a sinister twist. Their music screams and roars with immense intensity both on their first full-length, Dark Opus (self-released, 2007) and at their insane live shows. Just go to one of their concerts and look around at audience members during their songs; you will see jaws drop and people mouthing, “This is the best thing ever!” The band has worked with the likes of dredg, Cursive, Bright Eyes, and are now supporting (and performing on stage) with indie-pop act, Mates of State. In addition, the band is working on their next release, Peacocks \ Pink Monsters, which has no release date at this time.
You can still catch Judgement Day on tour now with Black Kids and Mates of State and will be supporting (and performing on stage) atmospheric rock band, dredg. For you Bay Area folks, Judgement Day play tonight at The Independent with Mates of State and will be at the Great American Music Hall on the 19th of May and at Bimbo’s 365 on the 20th with dredg.
The extremely talented Anton Patzner (violinist of Judgement Day) was kind enough to swing by the ol’ Kata Rokkar to fill out this week’s Kuestionnaire…
1. Of all the bands/artists in your CD/record collection, which one is your most cherished?
I don’t really have a record collection. I just hang out with other people who do.
2. What have you been listening to lately?
Tibetan Monks and Radiohead – In Rainbows – both discs.
3. What’s your favorite local band?
4. What was the last show you attended?
Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s in New Haven Connecticut
5. What was the greatest show you’ve ever been to?
The Arcade Fire at Coachella 2005 or Radiohead at All Points West 2008
6. What show are you looking forward to?
Our shows at Bimbos and Great American Music Hall with Torche and dredg!
7. What musician would you like to hang out/work with for a day?
I’d love to take a composition lesson from John Williams (the guy who wrote the music for Star Wars, not the guitarist)
8. What four albums you would bring to a deserted island?
I don’t know about albums but if it were records I’d bring most Push-ups in a 10 minute period, longest duration for jump rope, world largest bladder and most buses jumped on a scooter.
9. Would you call yourself a music geek?
I don’t think I would. I’m really cool.
10. Any favorite music-related videos/DVDs you own?
I don’t own any dvd’s except for Scarface.
11. What’s the last book you read?
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. It was good.
12. Do you prefer live performances or recording in the studio?
I go back and forth. When I’m not touring with Judgement Day I make my living producing soundtracks for films and that is really fun. It’s hard to say which I like more.
13. Any embarrassing moments on stage you’d like to share?
No. They’re too embarrassing.
14. Any favorite tour locations?
Seattle! We are there right now. Also, Portland, Denver and Philadelphia. Those towns show bands a great time.
15. Lastly, what have you done today?
Woke up in a hotel room, took a shower and answered this questionaire.