Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?
Reap the Light is Reverend Kuzz and Orion Hellraiser. The name of the band comes from my time in combat while in the US Army. We saw some serious evil overseas, even evil against women and children. Sometimes you must meet evil at its own level to combat it. Reap the Light is about taking in all the light and all the good and using it as fuel to enter hell and fight the devil at his own doorstep.
Rev: Originally a published author, I wanted to experiment with music. I was constantly writing and decided to break into song lyrics. Looking for a more experienced musician, fate led me to Orion Hellraiser and the rest is history.
Rev has been increasing his ability on the bass and rhythm guitar.
Orion Hellraiser: An artist from Mexico that composes and produces music, mainly inspired by NWOBHM bands, thrash and heavy metal.
He always tries to combine the all-mighty riff with melody compared to other bands, He has his own vision of what metal should sound like, and he tries to bring his small contribution to the genre in one way or another
Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?
I am from Maryland; Orion is from Mexico. I found Orion on the freelance site, Fiverr when I was looking for someone to make music with. The first song we wrote together was Fade to Black. That process went so smoothly, we decided to do another song which was Deliver Hell. After that, we just decided to crank out an entire album.
Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?
My favourites are Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio, Dokken, Killswitch Engage and Fates Warning. I like the classic metal/hard rock sound of the 80’s. You can hear it in the lyrics I write.
Orion’s favourites are Metallica, Motörhead, Saxon, Angel Witch, Black Sabbath, Misfits and Venom, so they have a huge influence in the music he does.
Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?
Nope, I wanted to be a career soldier. I was damn good at it but had a problem with authority. I decided to move on once I knew my wife and I wanted a different life than the military would offer.
Orion did pretty much dabble in music, but his love for creating things visually led him towards graphic art. He still plays and creates music constantly.
What songs or albums are on your current playlist?
This Calling from All that Remains, Disconnected by In Flames, Rose of Sharyn by Killswitch Engage, Last in Line by Dio and many more.
Do you sing in the shower?
Hell yeah. Not well, but I still do it.
Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?
Yeah, we are now working on some new music which is a concept album that deals with the 7 Deadly Sins. We have Laura Guldemond, the lead singer from Burning Witches already working on a song with us for that album. We are planning a Spring/Summer 2023 release for that album.
Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?
We are remixing our collaboration with Tim Ripper Owens, Back to Bedlam. Orion is throwing some different mixes together along with another singer who also sang the song to work out the melodies. His name is Sebastian Van Chrismar. He is an amazing singer in his own right and is the vocalist for the song Deliver Hell. We are combining all that into an EP we will release this fall.
If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?
Probably Wacken Open Air Music Festival or Rock in Rio. The crowds for both of those are insane.
Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?
Man, that’s tough. There are so many, but I would go with Holy Diver, Dio or Operation Mindcrime, Queensryche.
Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?
Crap. I knew you were going to ask that. Yeah, strangely enough it is Rick Springfield.
If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?
Alive or dead, this would be the line-up: Dio, Iron Maiden, Unleash the Archers, Original Queensryche, Battle Beast, Udo Dirkschneider, Fate Warning, Helloween, Disturbed and Godsmack.
Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?
Absolutely, Screaming for Vengeance: Judas Priest
As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?
Thank you for the support and we are continuing to bring a diversified but kick-ass music.
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We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to help us spread the word of Reap the Light.
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