Flames of Fury is a
up-and-coming New York/New Jersey-based metal band with one demo and one
EP to it's name. Blessed with a extremely potent sound that is equal
parts traditional heavy metal and (melodic) power metal(!), Flames of
Fury has been tearing up the scene since day one and (as it stands now)
they show no signs of slowing down! Just recently I had the distinct
privilege of interviewing this group's powerful lead singer, Angelica
Vargas, and I would like to encourage all of our readers to check this
band out in a live setting if you ever get the chance! Also, be sure to
pick up a copy of the band's 2013 self-titled EP. It is a really good
Andy-Please introduce yourself and tell us about how your band
first came together.
Angelica-My name is Angelica Vargas, aka Angelica
Valkyrie. I’m the lead singer for Flames of Fury. The band first came
together back in 2009. I was singing a song Jason Perez was working on
and I sent him some music and lyrics I’ve written in the past. Seemed
like we both wanted to work on some extremely powerful metal music and
we have very similar musical interests and influences. After that point,
it was clear to start a band. We came up with a name, wrote some killer
tunes, found some kickass bandmates along the way and… voila! Flames of
Fury was born.
Andy-And the name? Is there a special meaning behind it
or was it just chosen for how cool it sounds?
Angelica-A little more of
Column B than Column A. The name sounds cool and is an accurate
description of what our music is all about. We decided to go with a
flame idea for the band name one night. I was in the studio wearing a
shirt with a flaming heart on the front. We kept shooting off names with
fire in it but they just weren’t hitting the mark. So I went home and
made a list of every single Flame-related band name I could think of and
sent it over to Jason. Flames of Fury stood out and it’s been our name
Andy-For someone who has never heard your band before how
would you describe Flames of Fury?
Angelica-A nuclear explosion of
melodic riffs, blasting double bass and guitars so fast, they’ll kick
you in the face! And speaking of kicks, our shows have lots of high
flying kicks and action throughout.
Andy-Besides high flying kicks (!)
what is a typical show like for your band? I mean if there is such a
Angelica-Ha-ha, everyone gets a kick out of that! Other than a lot
of energy on stage, we are the type of band that stays true to what’s
been recorded on the album. We are a very straightforward traditional
band. We don’t use a lot of special effects or backing tracks; just two
guitars, bass, drums and vocals. At this point in our career, we don’t
feel all that stuff is necessary to put on a good live show. What you
hear is what you get.
Andy-Who are some of the bands that you've shared
the stage with and would you just love to play with if given the
Angelica-We’ve shared the stage with some AMAZING bands like
Primal Fear, Rhapsody of Fire, Doro (twice!), Stryper, Kill Devil Hill,
Ross the Boss (from Manowar and The Dictators) and many others. I think
it would be amazing to share the stage with Iron Maiden one
.Andy-That would be one hell of a show! Are there any essential items
for when Flames of Fury does road shows? (I'm talking anything from
food and alcohol to books & music)
Angelica-Thus far, the longest
trip the band has taken for a show was when we performed in Baltimore
during the Flight of the Valkyries festival. On the road, I like
listening to audiobooks on Audible. The stories of Conan the Cimmerian
is great to listen to. So are the 33 Strategies of War and The Book of
As far as drinking, we prefer to be sober before a
performance. My band mates might enjoy a beer or two before or during a
performance but that’s about it. We are not into drugs at all. Our music
can be pretty crazy and we need everyone to be at the top of their game
to deliver a good performance. Me personally, I try to drink lots of
water before hitting the stage.
After a show, however, is a very
different story! I’m known to enjoy Guinness J
Andy-I can appreciate
that! As an artist who are some of your influences Angelika?
singer, I would say Bruce Dickinson and Pat Benatar believe it or not.
She would have been a great metal singer! As both a singer and a
lyricist, I greatly admire and am influenced by Ronnie James Dio. His
voice rang clear as a bell and has a way of reaching into your soul. I
think his lyrics will haunt and mystify for years to come.
couldn't agree more. Ronnie James Dio was truly one of a kind. I am sure
glad that I had the chance to see him live. But anyway, how about the
band? What are some of the group's that have influenced Flames Of
Angelica-Black Sabbath would be at the top of the list along with
Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
Andy-Those are some great influences to
have! Changing gears somewhat here, but your last EP came out in 2013.
Are you working on anything new now?
Angelica-Yes, we are working on our
full length album called "Firestarter" . We hope to release it soon. In
the meantime, we decided to release an epic lyric video for one of our
songs from our 2013 EP. We can't wait until out album is ready so we can
release even more material. We have enough songs for multiple albums
already, so keep a look out for "Firestarter" !
Andy-And what can fans
expect from your new album?
Angelica-Our last album was a small taste of a
few different songs; one power anthem, one mid-tempo head banging song,
one slower melodic song, etc. This album is the best of the best; all
killer, no filler. Sure, you’ll still hear some variety in our songs but
as a whole it’s a high energy album from start to finish.
forward to hearing it. Where can our readers find out more about your
Angelica-You can find us on Facebook, check out our YouTube page or
go to our website at www.flamesoffury.com
Andy-I like to close
interviews by letting the artist have the last say. Is there anything
that you would like to add? Have a favorite road story to share? Would
you like to say a word or two to all the fans out there? Whatever it is
the mic is all yours Angelika!
Angelica-Sure, I would like to add two
final thoughts to this interview. Firstly, I would like to thank all of
the fans that have been with us from the beginning of our journey. Thank
you for your support and believing in us, and keeping the flame of
Metal alive. Long live heavy metal!
I would also like to say something to
those that are thinking of pursing music, or pursuing anything in life;
find your path and take it to the limit. It won’t be easy but then
again, nothing in life comes easy. Don’t let life drag you down. Always
hit the ground running in whatever you do and don’t let anyone or
anything stand in your way.
Flames of Fury
Lead Singer and
great advice Angelica! Thank you for taking the time out of your
schedule to talk with us..