CELLADOR guitarist and main songwriter Chris Petersen recently spoke to MTV.com about the Omaha, Nebraska power metallers' debut album, "Enter Deception", which came out in June via Metal Blade Records.
On signing with Metal Blade, Petersen said, "We were so amazed because, from the beginning, we always thought that if we got signed it would be with some small European label, since that's where power metal is really popular. Our perspective totally changed after that, and we realized that maybe there is a market in the U.S. for this style of music."
On being part of a new generation of bands taking composition, melody and technical proficiency to new heights, Chris said, "I got into popular mainstream metal when I was about 11, but I soon discovered bands like IN FLAMES, SOILWORK and AT THE GATES — groups that could really play and were melodic, but still heavy. When I started playing guitar, that stuff had a big influence on me."
On Sunday, CELLADOR will hit the road with TRIVIUM, THE SWORD and PROTEST THE HERO in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. But while the tour continues through November 5, CELLADOR are dropping off after October 9 in Toronto because ... well, some things are almost as important as rock.
"I'm finishing up college right now and I have obligations with my classes," Petersen explained. "But we're still super-excited about the tour, and there'll be lots of chances to play other shows after I finish school."
Read more at MTV.com.