Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Robert: IGNITOR formed in Austin, Texas in 2003. At that time the band was fronted by vocalist Erika Swinnich and included Brendon Bigelow (Death of Millions) on bass, Beverly Barrington on rhythm guitar, Stuart Laurence (Agony Column) on lead guitar and Pat Doyle (The Offenders) on drums.
Changes in personnel began on the second album "Road of Bones" and shortly after the release of this album Erika and Beverly left the band. Beverly ended up returning but Erika was replaced on vocals by Jason McMaster (Watchtower, Dangerous Toys) and I joined IGNITOR in January 2015 replacing Beverly and our bassist Billy Dansfiell (Agony Column) joined around September or October of 2015 replacing Brendon.
IGNITOR has released five full-length studio albums and have a sixth full-length due this Summer. IGNITOR has performed at Germany's Keep It True festival, Ragnarokrr Metal Apocalypse and both installments of the Iron Fist Fest to name just a few of our bigger performances.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Robert: IGNITOR performs bone crushing traditional heavy metal with screaming guitar solos, powerful & menacing vocals, drums of doom and bone breaking bass.
As far as bands that influenced us, based on our conversations at our rehearsal space I'll try and list everyone's favorites; the list should include: Judas Priest, Manowar, Iron Maiden, Metallica, KISS, Accept, Mercyful Fate and Metal Church.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Robert: Pick up an Ignitor record]and listen to it from start to finish. You won't be disappoint. Tell all your friends about those Texas boys and their facemelting ways.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Jason: IGNITOR has released five studio records with a new one due out this year. With mixed reviews, as some may have made mistakes by having certain expectations from some of our music, The Spider Queen record is a concept record and some did not understand this, asked the entire listen.."where are all the guitar solos"? and that can be understandable, if you are not paying attention. Our records are pretty traditional metal, if you look for a style of metal and or something fresh and new, youre not going to find with Ignitor, We play true metal, yes, fire, steel, beasts and the like are all in the lyrics.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Jason: We play live shows. i dont think we could ever just write and record with out producing a live loud concert made up of ignitor metal.
Robert: Our live activity is frequent. We completely decimate and demolish audiences on a regular basis and we are happy to do this. To be honest with you, I feel very lucky and fortunate to have this occupation and to be able to step on onstage with my IGNITOR brothers and make heads explode with our heavy metal .
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Jason: If you understand the plan, you will enjoy any Ignitor record, no matter which era. A definite journey if you pick up our box set called "Years of War".
Robert: If you're a true believer, time waits for no man. Get acquainted with IGNITOR. This is a movement in American heavy metal music.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Robert: To reach the ears of every reader of Pest webzine and bask in the glory of true metal heads understanding what true metal should sound like when they push play.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Robert: We're on Spotify, we're on YouTube and Bandcamp and Facebook. Visit our website ignitorband.com and order our releases and merch straight from the band. We can personally sign it for you, if you'd like.