On February 28, Jay Nanda of the San Antonio Metal Music Examiner conducted an inteviww with guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman, a founding member of both MANOWAR and the DICTATORS. Ross spoke about his power metal past, his present and future with new band DEATH DEALER, why he came to San Antonio for a one-off gig and several other topics. Check out the chat below.
It’s been a while since the metal masses heard from Ross, leading some to wonder if or when he would return. The wait is now over, as his newly formed outfit, DEATH DEALER, is ready to rock and take the world by storm, with their debut album, “Warmaster”.
“The DEATH DEALER sound is a mighty combination of five very talented, seasoned musicians,” explains Ross. “It’s classic power metal with the brutal edge of thrash, speed, and precision.” And when he says the band is comprised of talented and seasoned musicians, he’s not kidding, as DEATH DEALER also includes vocalist Sean Peck (CAGE), guitarist Stu Marshall (producer and guitarist for such voices as Udo Dirkschneider and Steve Grimmett), bassist Mike Davis (HALFORD, LIZZY BORDEN), and drummer Kenny “Rhino” Earl (MANOWAR).
Formed last year via correspondence over the Internet, as soon as work commenced on the material, Ross knew he had met his metallic match. “Well, after they sent the first tune over, I was blown away, then Stu and Sean tell me they want me to join this band, called DEATH DEALER. I say, ‘Who else is in the band? They say, ‘Rhino on drums.’ I’m in! Stu goes, ‘It was either you or we would have asked KK Downing to be on guitar.’ Wow!”
As evidenced by such tunes as “Death Dealer”, “Never to Kneel” and “The Devil’s Mile”, for fans of authentic, no-holds-barred, manly heavy metal, “Warmaster” is an absolute godsend. And soon, DEATH DEALER will be converting metalheads worldwide to their cause. “Our future plans? Obviously to put DEATH DEALER on the worldwide metal map, and to engage large crowds and render them shocked and satisfied,” says Ross.
For more information, visit www.deathdealer.co.