On January 24, Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Metal Assault conducted an interview with Ryan Waste of MUNICIPAL WASTE about Ryan's Richmond, Virginia-based high-powered heavy metal quintet VOLTURE. You can now listen to the chat below.
VOLTURE's six-track debut, "Shocking Its Prey", will be unleashed worldwide on January 25 via Heavy Artillery Records on CD and limited-edition mini-LP formats. The tracks "Volture" and "Heavy Metal Machine" from "Shocking Its Prey" are available for preview at the official VOLTURE MySpace profile.
With the humblest beginnings, the seeds for VOLTURE were first laid in November 2008. Inspired by a mutual interest in obscure NWOBHM and early European heavy metal, VOLTURE was born when friends Ryan Waste and Nick Poulos agreed, over a few beers, to channel those mutual interests into a fully realized project. With Ryan and Nick on bass and guitar, respectively, they were soon joined by vocalist Brent Hubbard and drummer Barry Cover, who had previously worked with Ryan in 2003 in a band called IMMORTAL AVENGER. Also joining the fold was Ryan's fellow MUNICIPAL WASTE bandmate Landphil on rhythm guitar. Throughout 2009, a demanding tour schedule with their other bands left the members of VOLTURE with minimal time to practice. Landphil left the band and the remaining four focused their attention on writing during this time. In January 2010 the four-piece entered a small studio in Ryan's neighborhood to lay down the tracks for "Shocking Its Prey" sans any modern studio trickery solely relying on capturing VOLTURE's natural ability to unleash raw, unedited heavy metal fury.
After putting the finishing touches on "Shocking Its Prey", VOLTURE welcomed to its ranks guitarist Dave Boyd, known for his work with heavy metal stalwarts TWISTED TOWER DIRE. With the lineup in place and forthcoming mini-LP, work on creating its own iconography begun by envisioning VOLTURE as an electric bird made of steel, shocking its prey to an untimely demise came into focus. This vision was brought to life by artist Sean McGrath and perfected in paint by the great Andrei Bouzikov, all under the direction of Ryan. With all of the creative pieces in place, VOLTURE came to the attention of New York's purveyors of steel, Heavy Artillery Records.