III: More about LILITH and the forthcoming concert season
Questions by Matthias Handreck and Answers by David DeFeis
1. How is Lilith? How big has she grown meanwhile?
She has grown huge beyond huge! Mighty, Noble, Proud, Free &
Wild!!! There is more than enough Music for several albums at this
time. I have pushed the envelope as far as possible in this direction,
and I think this will be a new progression for us. I always like
to keep developing the style, adding more & more, while still
maintaining a through line, connection and commitment to all that
has come before.
2. Is there any connection between your LILITH and current
matters / conflicts of our days? If so, tell me about it!
Yes of course. I always work with present day subject matter, though
that might not be immediately obvious. Many people think that the
lyrics are only about Ancient History or are only Myths, but that
is not the case. There is always something more going on. I have
always referenced current events on all the albums. However, I don't
like being very specific. I never write like a CNN Report or the
BBC World News! I like for the listener to draw their own conclusions
about what a Song is about, and what connections there might be
to the events of the day. This way each person who comes to the
Work will find their own personal interpretation and meaning in
it for their own Life. But I can assure you that all the relevant
topics of the Day are somewhere embedded within the Work, and of
course everything that I personally go through, think about, live
through, etc., is in there. In order to sing convincingly, I have
to write about what I experience, so I write about my particular
corner of the World. This Work largely concerns human relationships,
and how the male/female dynamic has been altered/colored by first,
the changeover from matralineal descent patterns, to patralineal
descent, and the demotion of the Goddess concept as caused by invasions
of Storm/Father God worshipping cultures, and then later the further
pressures that exacerbated the male/female dynamic, as caused by
the rise of organized religions for the past 2000 years. For even
if one does not participate, or believe in those religions, many
of their ideas & concepts have still managed to permeate large
facets of our contemporary society, thereby affecting us in various
ways regardless. So yes it is about the current scene on the street,
so to speak.
Is there a difference between that LILITH (not the actual character,
but the story) to which was given birth upon the Theater stage of
Memmingen and that LILITH which is being formed by "The Hammer
of Zeus" studio? If so, what are the differences?
What you saw onstage was the Work in its earliest form. Those Songs
that were used for the Theatrical performance, were all shortened/condensed
to fit the time frame of the Evenings presentation. Now those Songs
have all grown to their full & proper length, as you will hear
on the new album, and in addition on the forthcoming CD's, (yes
CD's...plural), there will also be the Songs that were not used
in the Theatrical Presentation, plus many more Songs that I have
written & am still writing, since that Presentation first Premiered.
I have changed the Story itself a bit. It has become both more specific
in terms of what actually happens to Lilith, and also broader as
it relates to the discussion of the death of Paganism and the resultant
unfortunate plunge into the Dark Ages.
4. Will those operatic and additional voices from "The
chosen ones" return on LILITH?
It is possible that I may add them for a few pieces on this new
album. We shall see.
5. While you were doing literary researches on the character
of Lilith you must have come across a lot of pictures, images -
drawings and paintings of Lilith. What does Lilith look like in
She is incredibly beautiful, sensual, magickal, mysterious, ethereal,
yet always approachable and available. She is the ultimate Energy
source, ultimate lover, friend, co-conspirator, and partner in crime....
She is the Force behind all and that which is a part of all. She
is The One....
6. The album cover of NOBLE SAVAGE was created by Hugh Syme
(I am talking about the front image). In my opinion, he created
a true Heavy Metal icon with that image. Do you think that another
cooperation with him could be possible? Because I wonder with what
kind of idea he would come up for the artwork. A work like LILITH
deserves another Noble packaging!
It could be possible if I knew where to find him! I have not seen
him since we did that NOBLE SAVAGE cover. That was a great session.
We shot the cover both the front & back, on the same day in
the same place in Canada.
7. VIRGIN STEELE will return to Germany this year for at
least one concert - at the "Bang your head" festival in
Balingen this June. Besides the open air gigs there also use to
be club gigs accompanying the festival.. How about another acoustic
performance additional to the electric show down there?
That would be great. Let's see what develops. We will be doing the
acoustic show and also another electric show in Holland, a week
before the Bang Your Head Festival. The Festival in Holland that
we are headlining is called, RAGNAROK... which is Norse for Twilight
Of The Gods!