Metal Observer: Hi, this is Alex, the boss of „The Metal Observer“! Thanks a lot in advance for your effort to answer the questions! Don’t
worry about space, we’ve got more than enough of it, you won’t have to worry about your answers being too long ;)
Yermola: Hello Alex and „The Metal Observer“!
Metal Observer: For the beginning, could you please tell me a little about the history of LEAD WEIGHT and its members?
Yermola: The Band “Lead Weight” from Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, plays melodic death metal wilh a strong progressive-metal influence.
For the first time the name “Lead Weight” sounded in march 1992 when the musicians of a local band “Apokalypsis”
Yermola (lead guitar) and Blum (bass) stayed without a drummer, vocalist and keyboardist and decided to start a new project.
The band’s music style was close to a mix between hard-rock and neoclassic-metal. The same time the first demo-tape was
recorded. It became quite well - known for the local public, some of the songs were played on the radio, the band started to
play at the concerts. Despite of some difficulties, in summer 1995, the album "Omen" was recorded. After that there was no
any information about the band during 3 years.
In Autumn1998 Lead Wight was back to life. Yermola met some young musicians, who were playing death metal in a
nameless band and who invited him to join their band. The guys remembered the old Lead Weight and decided to take this
bandname. So, the line up was - Yermola - lead guitars, Grom - vocals, guitars, Blum - bass and HellPash - drums. The band
started to rehearse, made a new material that is musically based on melodic death metal with elements of progressive/speed metal.
There was recorded and released album “For Thine Is The Kingdom...”, also the guys started to play live quite often.
This relis got quite good reviews in Russian and foreign magazines and web-zines (Musica Mustdie Web-zine 8,5/10;
666Metal.com; Legion – magazine e.t.c.). One song from the album was included to Musica Mustdie Compilation CD
(this compilation of best new metal acts in Russia was sold about 1 000 yet). Right now we have negotiations with some
labels about printing and distribution of “For Thine Is The Kingdom...” for CIS countries and more...
It looks like work with new material is about finish too... It will be released under a name “Penetrator” and continue the
band way of death metal (with progressive influences) but with best quality of record and strong producering...
Metal Observer: What musical influences could you name?
Yermola: For me there are:
R. Blackmore, J.Page, Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Angus Young, Martie Friedman, Steve Ray Vaughan – as guitar players
And Pantera, Sepultura, Metallica, Napalm Death, Mekong Delta, Kreator, Megadeth, AC/DC, Dream Theater – as bands
Metal Observer: You have recorded a quite interesting cover-version of AC/DC's "Back In Black". How did you come to
pick this one?
Yermola: Actually - AC/DC is one of my favourite band… And our first album “Iron Balls” was made in a way of Young brothers… with
same arrangement and song structure. So… At present time our style is far from DC but we used "Back In Black" to
show our roots…
Metal Observer: Could you give me a few words to each of the tracks, please?
Yermola: 1. Intro – We used music of russian classic Igor Stravinsky
2. Miserere – Instrumental suite with styles varied from power to thrash
3. Enemy – Song about our enemies with some grind elements
4. Exorcist - Instrumental suite in neo-classical style
5. Helltown – Something with thrash and black roots
6. Thanatopsis - Instrumental with styles varied from speed to prog
7. For Thine Is The Kingdome – Melodic Death metal
8. War – Song with grind and black roots
9. Eyes Of Abbadon - Instrumental suite
10.Wizzard (Instr.) – Hard Rock suite
11.Back In Black (AC/DC cover) – Young bro’s song with death vocal
Music on 2,4,6,7,9,10 songs - Yermola, on 3,5,8 by Grom.
Lyrics on 3,8 songs - Evil Max, on 8 - Kostik, on 7 - Yermola.
Bass - Blum,
Drums - Hellpash
December 1999 reliz. Printed on CD and MC.
Design and cover conception - "Gromaler".
Photos by B. Archakov. Mastering - "GromSoundBase".
Metal Observer: How did the recordings go? Are there professional studios where you live?
Yermola: Actually, we have some professional studios here… But all of them work with pop or local ethnic music… So, first albums
were recorded at small “TAU-studio” on Alesis Equipment. Then we worked at our own studio “GromSoundBase” and
now we have good enough equipment and skills…
Metal Observer: I have detected various influences in your music, ranging from Death Metal over a bit of Black Metal to Thrash Metal and
also some more traditional parts can be found. How would you describe your music yourself?
Yermola: It’s easy… :-) We’re playing progressive/techno/death metal with power, speed, grind, black and
Metal Observer: Which reactions did you get for your music so far, also from where?
Yermola: Due to Internet we had a lot of feedback from metal fans from USA, Brazil, Russia, Japan and England… That’s great! It
looks like music is an international language … As I learn from them we have some style and our own face in Metal with
Russian culture elements.
Metal Observer:Which goals do you have for LEAD WEIGHT?
Yermola: LEAD WEIGHT is my own child and my goals are to play great music for me and for people. I hope we’ll work with a
big metal label and have music as main business.
Metal Observer: If you had three wishes (for the band) for free, what would you wish for?
Yermola: 1) To have Rick Rubin or Peter Tagtgren as producer
2) To have Steve Di Giorgio on bass (because we loosed the bass player)
3) To have Earache contract for 10 albums … and for 10 000 000 $ J)
Metal Observer: Do you get many chances to play live and how could we envision a live-gig of LEAD WEIGHT?
Yermola: Right now we played only at local stage but soon I hope (with a new label) we’ll play worldwide…
Metal Observer: Where are your musical works available? Also as tape or even CD?
Yermola: Now we working with small distribution company in Kazakhstan, so it’s hard to buy “For Thine Is The Kingdom...” in
Europe, but you can buy “Musica Must Die” compilation through http://musica.mustdie.ru/ with our song and soon we’ll
get Russian distribution … Also you can hear us at www.mp3.com
Metal Observer: When did you get in touch with Metal for the first time?
Yermola: I had some older friends in my childhood and cousine who listen metal... So I started at the age of 10 years...
Metal Observer: I could imagine that it is not too easy for you in Kazakhstan to get in touch with CDs from the "west", if I may call it like that.
How is the situation over there? I could also imagine that the problem of pirated CDs should be pretty big...
Yermola: In fact, we have a wide variety of pirated CDs even earlie than official relises with cost 2-3 USD... But also licensed CD is
Metal Observer: What does your kind of music mean to you? Would you compromise in any way to get better
known or to be successful?
Yermola: It means a lot for us... I don’t like trends and I express myself through my music, so I wouldn’t
play nu-metal anyway.
Metal Observer: How is life as a Metal-band/-musician in Kazakhstan?
Yermola: Not bad… As our colleagues from Europe we have to work as marketing, technical specialist for money and we’re playing
music for our souls.
Metal Observer: How does the scene in Kazakhstan look like (bands/labels/magazines/fans)?
Yermola: We have some metal scene here... We have some popular bands in different styles, for example: LEAD WEIGHT –
death metal, REQUIEM – melodic death/black, TORNADO – hard core, FORREST GUMP – progressive, ACCENT –
old style heavy metal, VARULV – black metal e.t.c. Also we have some small labels and zines but it’s not enough for
16 million people...
Metal Observer: How did the scene develop since the break-up of the Soviet Union?
Yermola: After break-up of the Soviet Union, the scene started to develop well… We have no KGB now, you know…
Metal Observer: And are there scenes in the surrounding countries, too?
Yermola: Shure, we have a lot of interesting bands in Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan …
Metal Observer: In Russia there is a lot of nationalist/nazi ideology within the scene. How does LEAD WEIGHT stand to that and do you
have the same thing in your country, too?
Yermola: Yes some bands use nazi ideology. But for us – MUSIC is the main….
Metal Observer: And as the end, my traditional last question: What is your favourite question about LEAD WEIGHT that you've never
been asked yet, but would finally like to answer?
Yermola: He-he… Why you still have no contract with major label?!?!?!