Q: There are already so many instrumental releases, what makes your newest output Revenge Of The Shredlord unique and different compared with your colleagues?
Stump: "Well, I'm certainly not trying to reinvent the wheel. I just take the influences of all of my heroes whether it's be Paganini, Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Shenker, Gary Moore, Hendrix and just try to do my own thing with it. I try to write really strong metal driven guitar tunes that showcase my own killer playing and do it inside compositions that are extremely strong with strong melodies and cool riffs."
Q: The title of the new album is Revenge Of The Shredlord, and I guess that you are the mentioned Shredlord. What is your revenge, what is the goal that you want to reach?
Stump: "Oh I really don't want revenge towards anything or anybody. I have released so many solo records now and they all have these badass titles, Night Of The Living Shred, Supersonic Shred Machine, Rapid Fire Rondo, Virtuostic Vendetta, so you know it's much more difficult at this point to come up with a bad ass title. I just think of some cool title that fits and I wanted to work 'Shredlord' into the it. But if I was seeking revenge or retribution it would be against some of those internet pussy boys that are always talking shit about me. So I decided to step up my game on the new record to silence the nonbelievers once and for all."
Q: You worked with Mike Vescera (ex-LOUDNESS) in REIGN OF TERROR, who released four albums. How comes that this band split up as well?
Stump: "The band never split up actually. I released four records with the Reign Of Terror and Mike sang on two of them. What happened was I had been busy over the last several years doing the HolyHell thing so the Reign Of Terror was really more put on hiatus. I am thinking about doing another Reign Of Terror record this coming year. Who I'll have on vocals? I'm not really sure yet, but it’s something that certainly in the pipes for the future. So the band never officially broke up or anything like."
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Stump's new album, Revenge Of The Shredlord, is out now via Lion Music.
"Revenge Of The Shredlord is quite heavy and classically influenced," Stump remarked recently. "This one’s all metal from start to finish, very dark and focused with gratuitous amounts of shredding throughout. Also, thanks to the great work of engineer Ducky Carlise and mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum, it’s my best sounding record to date as well."
Revenge Of The Shredlord contains the following 12 songs:
'The Ritual Begins'
'Man Your Battlestations'
'In The Master's House'
'The Black Knight's Castle'
'Enter The Coven'
'Evil Beasts Below'
'Strat Outa Hell'
'White Knuckle Mayhem'
'The End Approaches'