The first fascination of this American quartet came from the Yeti in their band name and the Wendigo in the track list. Fabulous creatures, paranormals, mystics, horror movies etc. attracted me magically since my youth... and in this case my curiosity led me to an absolute killer-album!!!
I totally agree with John Miles: „Music was my first love and it will be my last...“ I could not get by with only one favourite band, also not with ten... Whensoever new bands are able to score high with me, I´m very happy. The music biz always needs new blood and should enlarge the support and the assistance of new bands a lot. Certainly I don´t like bubblegum-plastic-rock or a harder music style which is made for the masses or songs/CDs which you can hear more or less clearly that they are only made to grab money.
A band like All Hail The Yeti is like a gift for the music-freak in me, because they can fascinate me completely. They rock hard, with much power, melodic in their own way, they are doing their own thing. Mainly they rock heavy, but they show diversity and that they are brilliant in slower pace, too. All Hail The Yeti present real absorbing and amazing lyrics. An intelligent play with words about perhaps not always necessarily “usual” themes, but they just are more than interesting for me. My feeling is> this guys stand with body and soul behind what they do. They play their songs with heart and passion. You can feel what their music means to them, and how much they take delight in doing their thing.
Two band members are in action at the microphone. Singer Connor Garritty is the man with the impressive „HardCore Voice”, bass player Nicholas Diltz is responsible for the “Clear Voice”. I “love” musical gobbledygook, therefore translation> Connor roars the lyrics, Nicholas sings them ;-) Their voices fit damn well together. Guitarist Craw NeQuent and drummer Steve White complete this power-quartet and the four guys complement one another perfectly. I like their creativity very much, the style of their songwriting, their ideas for all the applied “specials” - interludes of the extraordinary kind. The whole thing results in fascinating songs with a special touch. Since weeks, this awesome CD is running on heavy rotation in my player.
Should somebody now have the idea that I was caught by four Yetis – yepp, I walked into their musical trap... well, rather I ran into it! ;-) Follow one of the links below, listen to some songs from All Hail The Yeti and if you like what you hear – buy the album All Hail The Yeti!
Definitely you should watch their video clip for The Art Of Mourning. It was filmed with director Rob Cantin. Actually it is a short movie, a western, which convert the lyrics into living pictures. The musicians are in action as band and as actors, and – to come back on the theme of this category – of course you can see some of their tattoos, too.
I wished me All Hail The Yeti for the start from “Rock Meets Tattoos” and it worked out... and my questions were not only answered by one band member. The first one is:
Bass & Clear Voice
Interview about tattoos
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©2012 by Rob Cantin
Nicholas, first I would like to say thank you very much for this interview. Here we go:
Some people just see a tattoo as a nice decoration or as a hip trend - for others it has a much more deeper importance. I´m sure, you guys belong to the last named category. How do you define your passion for tatts?
My idea has definitely changed as I've gotten older. When I was younger it was more of a rebellious thing. I put a lot of emphasis into the meaning of each piece, there had to be a balance between each one that I got; like Yin and Yang. Now that a few years have passed and I've gotten so many, my attitude has changed a bit. Now it's more about finding art that appeals to me and working with artists who I like. Adding another bit to the overall tapestry. I see it overall as a deep form of self expression. Everything from the image itself to the ritual of getting a new tattoo. The excitement, the pain, the satisfaction. It's all just as important as the finished product.
Could you please tell us the story about one of your tattoos - why did you choose it, how long did it take to prick it and so on?
I have the Roman numerals XI IX behind my left ear. It stands for my mother's birthday which is November ninth (11-9). She died when I was 16 so I got it as kind of a tribute to her. I got it from a friend of mine named Jason Paxman who is an artist in Las Vegas. It's pretty simple and small so it only took about fifteen minutes.
When did you get your first tattoo, which design was the last one you got and how many are it in total at the moment?
I got my first tattoo when I was 18 years old. The last tattoo I got was a piece on my leg that is from the artwork for our album. I have too many to count separately.
©2012 by Nicholas Diltz
Do you have any ideas in mind for the next 1-2-3 tatts yet?
I'm always thinking of new ideas. It kind of just depends on what I'm thinking of at that particular moment. I have ideas for my neck and my back, but they will probably change by the time I get around to getting tattooed again.
Is your band logo to see on your skin too, or do you will get it later... or never?
No not yet. I probably never will, not the exact logo. I mentioned earlier that I have a piece of art from the album tattooed on my leg. Our singer Connor recently got "hail yeti" tattooed on his knuckles, so we do things like that. We pay tribute in our own ways. Some people say never get your girlfriend's name tattooed on you, because it's bad luck and you will break up. I guess maybe I feel the same way about the band haha.
From which tattoo artist would you like to get tattooed at any rate sometime?
I'm a big fan of Adrian Lee's work. Him or Grime or Paul Booth.
What is your opinion> does a kind of mystical connection exist between Rock & Metal music and tattoos?
I'm not sure if it's mystical or not. But there's definitely a connection. I think it has to do with the fact that most musicians are very artistic and therefore have a need to express their creativity in lots of ways. I think music and tattoos are both major creative outlets for lots of people. There is also the idea that at one time both Metal music and tattoos are trademarks of "outcasts," "rebels," people shunned by "proper society." I feel that lately this is not so much the case though. As time goes on, it seems both Metal and tattoos have continued to work their way into the height of popular culture and are becoming more and more accepted with each passing generation.
That was it for today! I wish you a lot success and fun on tour.
Nicholas Diltz/Connor Garritty/Craw NeQuent
©2012 by Henry Diltz
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Photos> ©2012 by Henry Diltz, Nicholas Diltz and Rob Cantin