How Did the 2019 Version of The Three Tremors Form?
When the concept of uniting three heavy metal singers under one name surfaced in the early 2000s, it was said to have included Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, Judas Priest's Rob Halford and Queensryche's Geoff Tate. The project, a play on the operatic group The Three Tenors, dissolved without so much as a signal flare but has now been resurrected by three different heavy metal sirens: Sean "The Hell Destroyer" Peck (Cage, Denner/Shermann), Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth, Charred Walls of the Damned, Dio Disciples) and Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan's Host).
The trio joined us in the studio to discuss their self-titled debut record — a molten 12-track, nearly hour-long offering of white-knuckled power metal with extra emphasis on power. It's clear that the dreaded "lead singer syndrome" has not infected this group, demonstrating friendly, ego-free vibes about the creation of the album.
Ripper is quick to give all the credit to Peck, who took on the task of building the band up after learning nobody owned the rights to the name The Three Tremors. From there, he dialed Ripper and Conklin, who joked that Peck must have been rejected by a list of singers before getting to their names on the call sheet.
Even in its initial stages with Dickinson, Halford and Tate, the vision of the band was to create something greater than any single member, a notion that rings true with the vocal fury discharged on The Three Tremors. All three speak to the difficulties of singing the material as a standalone effort, which they did at their home studios leaving Peck to play Dr. Frankenstein, piecing together takes from each singer to complete the songs.
At the end of our discussion, Peck, Ripper and Conklin attempt to name their favorite singer from the original proposed Three Tremors lineup, which was also rumored to include Ronnie James Dio in place of Tate, per Dickinson in his What Does This Button Do? autobiography.
Watch the full interview in the video above and get your copy of The Three Tremors here.
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