PoM.dk - I am pretty sure most of our readers do not know your background, so could you start by telling us a bit about you and your musical background…
Celtic Legacy – First off, on behalf of the band I just wanna say thanx for the review you gave us. Gonna hold onto this one, and also a big Hello to all your readers. Yeah, we’re all pretty much from similar backgrounds. Although we have very varied tastes in music. The influences, all metal orientated, would range from Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche, right up to people like Big Country. We all have our own styles but manage to gel it for the Legacy material. We've been going for 10 years which might surprise a few people, but we’ve kept going.
PoM.dk - The album has been out around half a year now, what kind of expectations did you have for it, and have they been met?
Celtic Legacy – We try not to set our expectations too high. We had a tough album to follow up as our last one, Resurrection was a strong effort but I think we came through. We had to convince a lot of our old fan base that there was still a lot of life in the band and things were a bit slow to start off with because of the 4 year gap in recordings and the line up change, which was a very long drawn out process. A lot of people said we were finished and we pretty much had to go back to square one in a lot of ways but we proved the sceptics wrong, again, so yes I would say our expectations have been met.
PoM.dk – How has the response been?
Celtic Legacy – Pretty good so far. We did a lot more promotion on this album than the previous two and have gotten a great response. A lot of people are hearing about us for the first time too and by and large we're getting the thumbs up. We’ve done more live shows this year than the first 2 line ups put together. We’re all about live and this is the first real chance we’ve had because we have the stable line up now that we’ve tried to find for so long. Any show we’ve done has been well received so far and we’ve had very few bad reports. We tend to sell more albums at live shows rather than the usual outlets because we're not signed. Must be doing something right though eh!
PoM.dk - – What would you tell a total stranger, if he asks what kind of music you play?
Celtic Legacy – Heavy metal with Celtic overtones. Essentially classic metal with a bit of Irish thrown in. We're most definitely not a folk/trad metal band as has been said on a lot of reviews.
PoM.dk - - Who has produced and mixed the album? How does the final result compare to the idea you had going into the studio?
Celtic Legacy – A guy called Ivan Jackman engineered and our own Dave Morrissey did all the production work. I think the final result blows the shit outta Resurrection. Much clearer and bigger sound all round because the guys at Silverline Studios where we recorded it pretty much gave us the run of the place. They were great to work with and worked above and beyond the call of duty. The end result was I think better than we expected. We knew going in what we wanted things to sound like because the entire album had been demoed over the previous year or so.
PoM.dk - - Tell us a bit about artwork…
Celtic Legacy – That’s all down to Dave Morrisey (again)! The river represents your last journey when you’ve passed away, and the statue represents the Guardian or Sentinel to make sure you pass to the after world safely. The statue holds a sword in one hand while a dove of peace rests on its head, representing good and evil. One thing we always try and do is give people value for money and that extends to the artwork. There's no point in just doing a basic sleeve so even though it costs more, we always insist on a top quality package. Dave makes sure that the presentation of the album is up there with the big budget releases.
PoM.dk - - Celtic Legacy – any special story behind your name?
Celtic Legacy – Well it was originally intended to be the just the title of the first album. We didn't even have a band name sorted out when we recorded it but had a song called 'Celtic Legacy' on it which was a massive epic. After trying out various names we kind of ended up with that title by default. The name seems to cause a lot of confusion among some people who instantly think we're a trad metal band but we're not.
PoM.dk - - What’s the ambition for the band on a longer term?
Celtic Legacy – Ideally, we want to get out and be a live force. Hopefully next year we’ll be doing a European tour with Cage and then to Sacramento/San Francisco with Omen and Sentinel Beast. We just wanna show people what we’re all about, and then they can make up their own minds for themselves. I’d like to record a live album, that’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Also, keep the same line up together for more than 1 album. What’s for us won’t pass us by, that’s for sure.
PoM.dk - - What are the best and worst trends in metal today?
Celtic Legacy – Best trends, its all metal no matter what! Great to see metal becoming popular again so that can only be good yeah! Worse trends, the assholes that put you down because you’re not playing their genre of metal! (Only a small minded minority).
PoM.dk - – You are told that you are going to take part in an experiment where you have to live seclude for a month, and are allowed to take either 5 books or 5 albums with you. What do you choose and what would you have taken along with you and why?
Celtic Legacy – I’d have chosen 5 albums:
1 – Master Of puppets
2 – Operation Mindcrime
3 – Keeper Of The 7 Keys
4 – Black Rose
5 – Crusher
Need my daily fix of metal to keep me sane so may as well take 5 classics. Also, my PSP to kill the boredom and plenty of alcohol and headache tablets.
PoM.dk - - Thank you very much for answering my questions. Do you have any last rants for our readers?
Celtic Legacy – Just to say thanks again for the review/interview and allowing us to get our points across. Hopefully see all you guys somewhere on the road. Our paths shall cross! Thanks again,
Interviewed by: Kenn Jensen