Wagner is a busy death metal guy and a total lifer who always packs his
heat for his passions about playing ultra brutal music and writing well-fictionized
horror books.This chat could have happened with him after the classy Mutilated
and Assimilated album months ago but unfortunately we couldn’t arrange it
because he is a busy guy as I mentioned.Anyhow this way happened better because
his new book which is explicitly from the beyond of other dimensions called
Rabid Heart is gonna be published in a couple of days.We talked about Broken
Hope,Death Metal,Horror Books and more.Take a beer and click below!
Would you like to start to talk about your new book Rabid Heart?Can you
pass some info about it? Jeremy Wagner: Absolutely. RABID HEART is about when
the Necro-Rabies virus turns into a worldwide pandemic—all mammals become
carriers, and infected humans become rabid zombies—“CUJO’s” as they’re popularly
How did you precisely understand that you have a desire to write a book?What
is your history about being a novelist?
I’ve been writing since I was five years old. I’ve always ahad a passion for
writing fiction and it grew from childhood until now. I’ve written many
published short-stories and lyrics, and now two published novels with more to
come. I write full-time and I just love being a novelist. It’s really all I want
Could you possibly give some info about the characters and storyline
that you created for Rabid Heart? RHONDA DRISCOLL—young, engaged, and also the daughter of Marine Colonel,
KENNETH DRISCOLL, with whom she has a major beef with since Colonel Dad wants
her now zombified fiancé exterminated.
RHONDA finds her thought-to-be-dead fiancé—BRAD SAVINI—months later in her old
hometown, she devises a plan to take him back to a military base and save him—and
be his eternal companion despite his current “Cujofied” state. But when her
father takes steps to end the unconventional relationship and permanently put
Brad to rest, Rhonda takes matters into her own hands and kidnaps Brad,
determined to start a new life in Florida.
Rhonda and Brad embark on a road-trip from North Carolina to Florida in hopes of
starting a new life in a frightening, uncertain world. The interstate journey
through the zombie-laden South in a stolen Humvee is one full of chilling danger
and stunning surprises.
Rhonda's journey is complicated by numerous perils, horror, joy, heartbreak, and
unconditional love. In a novel akin to “The Road meets Zombieland,” RABID HEART
will take you on a horrifying, violent, and action-filled trip.
How was your debut novel ‘’The Armageddon Chord’’?Was it sold out?Can
you mention the differences and similarities between your debut work and Rabid
Heart? THE ARMGEDDON CHORD sold well and is now being re-released with my new
Publisher in December. My books are totally different from each other. For
example, here’s the THE ARMAGEDDON CHORD takes place deep beneath the Egyptian
sands where an ancient and evil song written in hieroglyphics is discovered in
the long lost and buried pyramid of the demonic pharaoh, Aknaseth. It is written,
that if this song is performed for the world to hear, it will unleash the
Apocalypse upon the world of man...Satan will reign and grant immortality to the
With the help of abominable Egyptologist, Helmut Hartkopff, nihilistic
multibillionaire, Festus Baustone the Third will do whatever it takes to bring
the song to life at any cost- even if his only daughter is to be sacrificed.
Kirk Vaisto, dubbed the "God of Guitar" by his millions of fans, soon finds
himself caught between the forces of divine good and monumental evil. Vaisto
begins a musical journey that takes him from an unholy chapter in ancient
Egyptian history to the very remains of the Holy Cross, to the concert stage,
and beyond all this, to the very edge of Hell itself.
So you see…a MUCH DIFFERENT novel than RABID HEART.
What are the differences between being an author and musician as a multi-directional
artist? The differences are mostly that being a novelist is very solitary and I
don’t have to answer to anyone. Being a musician in a band has me answering to
many people at all times—which isn’t very fun.
You brutalized death metal and put it into a different path.How did you
start to play that brutal riffs and songs in the early days as a guitarist?What
things influenced you to go on that path? When it came to death metal, I always wanted to write the heaviest and
sickest style of death metal possible. I think I did a good job so far. I was
first inspired to play guitar after hearing Metallica’s “Ride the Lightning.”
Then my influences grew from there: Slayer, Dark Angel, Death, Morbid Angel,
Terrorizer, Carcass, and more
Broken Hope is one of the very early comers on the path of USA death
metal.When you think about the founding and first recording days of Broken Hope,what
things were different in your mindset and songwriting than others?And
consequently how are you feeling about Death Metal and playing music now ? We were hungry and ready to do anything. We knew nothing of the music
business and didn’t know what to expect—we just reached for the stars. Thirty
years later this year (2018), I think I made Broken Hope very well-known in
death metal history and I still love this music. I think over time I’ve matured
and really have a handle of my craft—writing music and writing lyrics. I have
developed great radar for what sounds good to me in a riff and recording, and
what will hammer home in the lyrics I write in a strong, succinct, and memorable
way. I fucking love being a guitarist and I fucking love being a writer/author.
I believe I do have a voice—a musical voice and a written-word voice—just as a
veteran songwriter and veteran author has. I don’t want to sound arrogant with
that; I still have a long way to go, even after all these years, but I’m getting
there, and I think my “voices” are more distinct and original than ever before.
The excitement of death metal as a new form of metal surprised me back in 1988
and the resurgence and excitement for a new wave of death metal is actually
surprising me NOW in 2018! For me, the spirit remains the same; still out to
crush the world with sick death metal and have fun doing it. We are doing it for
the passion that we have for this music. Still hungry!
Broken Hope had been idle for years after you played,recorded and toured
through all 90s.What were the reasons being idle and stayed away from the scene
as a musician over ten years? Most of it had to with personal issues with other members. Professional
issues. That type of thing. I didn’t want Broken Hope to be a half-ass band at
all, so I took a long break from it until it could be perfect.
You returned to scene with Omen of Disease and it was one of the coolest
come back albums for death metal.How were all things started for Broken Hope
again? The time was right to bring back Broken Hope in 2011. By 2012 I had a
full lineup and tours in place. Then we signed to Century Media and made our
comeback album. It all happened naturally.
Damian from Gorgasm as a frontman and Mike as a drummer became the solid
members of Broken Hope after you refound the band. I know all but could you tell
us about other new guys in the band? A new ‘feel” and “new blood” in the band that makes things surprising:
The “feel” being different this time around—it’s a feeling and vibe that harbors
a new strength and positive delivery in the brutality.The new blood in the band
making the “feel” a ferocious and serious thing. Matt and Diego brought a true
passion for their instruments and for death metal into Broken Hope—and they
brought brotherhood and that positive delivery I mentioned. I’ve never
experienced this before in Broken Hope before, and am I ever grateful for this
lineup and genuine comradery.
You toured in Europe in 2018.How was it for Broken Hope?What about USA
and others? European tours are always awesome! We had a great time. No more USA
tours for us. We’re not doing anything more that doesn’t make sense.
Lyrics and fiction of Mutilated and Assimilated dominantly seemed to be
influenced a lot by John Carpenter and The Thing.Do his works influence your
fictional world in writing music and book?What other things do you influence? With Mutilated and Assimilated, I made it a tribute to Carpenter’s THE
THING. I’ve never done that before. Most of my ideas come from other sources—real
Jeremy,you are the only founding member of Broken Hope in the band.How
can you keep it going on this tough music business world after all years?Is it
about courage,desire or? I did it for my love of death metal and to keep the spirit of Broken
Hope alive. Nowadays I’m not real happy with the music business or touring. I
don’t plan to be super-active with the band…I’m going to focus on writing books
and maybe do a studio album only for the future.
How do you see the global Death Metal scene?Is it stronger or
weaker now?What do you think about the new bands and new generation fans ?Peronally,what
is Death Metal stand for? There’s many great bands in this genre who are new “millennial bands,”
but for some reason, they’re not breaking major ground that the founding fathers
haven’t already smashed. That said, it seems that death metal is more popular
than ever—again THAT is surprising to me NOW. Once thing I find is that there’s
thousands of kids who just discovered death metal and love the old bands, or
there’s thousands of kids who also discovered death metal, but they think it’s a
new form of “deathcore!” It’s funny and it also makes me want to teach a death
metal history class to everyone!The current state of death metal is indeed
stronger than ever. The classic bands still prop it up to this day. And it’s the
boatload of veteran bands who made last year of 2017 the greatest year of death
metal in a long time: Immolation, Origin, Obituary, Dying Fetus, Suffocation,
Behemoth, Six Feet Under, and many more. That all makes me really happy to say.There’s
nothing heavier than death metal and grindcore. I fucking live and breathe death
metal. That’ll never change. I’m a lifer because I’m in love with a genre of
music that gives me pure sonic pleasure and a release like no other. There’s
none more loyal to this genre than the death metal community. As I mentioned
before, It’s the culture and brotherhood/sisterhood that makes it live and
breathe. And you see the same faces at festivals and death metal shows around
the world. This genre is important to people, it’s a major part of their lives,
and I love that and never take that for granted. I’m a death metal fan first.
I remember you made a very humantiarion decision and you donated your
farm and its land to an animal rescue organization and then interestingly you
collected all the guitars of legendary Jeff Hanneman.How were these things
happened for you if asking this is not too personal? I love animals and I’ve rescued many and have donated money along with
my wife to help animals. I was very happy I was able to buy and donate that farm
to help animals.
Regarding Jeff Hanneman…When I first acquired the guitars, it was Matt from ESP
who brokered the introduction between Kathryn Hanneman, Jeff’s wife, and me.
Kathryn was going to auction the guitars. When I heard about it, I got ahold of
Matt. I’m like, “Matt, it was Jeff Hanneman and Slayer that sent me on my course
as an extreme metal guitarist.” Really, between the Hell Awaits and Reign in
Blood albums, that started everything for me -- above and beyond my guitar-catalyst,
Ride the Lightning. Jeff was a huge hero and a huge inspiration.
When I found out these guitars were going to be available, I wanted to have them
and use them. Another thing was that Jeff’s style of ESP guitars was similar to
the styles I’ve always used, like the M body, neck-thru design, and ebony
fretboard. I used one of them to write and record, Mutilated and Assimilated.
Guitar World magazine ended up doing a feature on my acquiring these guitars.
When the subject comes up, most people think I have four or five of Hanneman’s
guitars. There’s actually way more. I have several of Jeff’s ESPs that were
custom made. I have the Slayer album tribute guitars. Then there’s also older
ones from other manufacturers. I really took on a huge part of his estate,
including Jeff's amps, gear, and personal effects.
In my home, I now have a complete Hanneman room that is a dedicated museum.
I ended up using 2 of Jeff’s guitars to exclusively write and record the album
with and I’ve dedicated our new album to the memory, spirit, and legacy to Jeff
You lost some comrades of Broken Hope in the battle zone that people
oncecalled life. Joe Ptacek in 2010 and Ryan Stanek in 2015.How did these heavy
loses influence you as a person and artist? Joe and Ryan dying so young had a serious affect on me. But later I
found inspiration in their deaths to go on and honor their memories with Broken
Hope. I am changed for the better as a person and as an artist for knowing them
Should we expect to hear new things from you nowadays?When and how are
we going to listen new stuff from Broken Hope? Expect to see more new books from me in the next years to come. I’m not
sure what I’ll do with Broken Hope, but perhaps a new album sometime in the next
What are your favourite death metal and other releases during the recent
years? Gruesome, Succumb, Depravity, Skeletal Remains, Replicant, Extremity,
and Mortiferum among others are really the newest generations of death metal
bands carrying that fucking old-school-yet refreshing torch. They all have what
I like in death metal—sick riffs, great delivery, catchiness, and more.
As an author,what are the connections between reality and fiction in
creating and writing a fictionized sci-fi horror book? With fiction, there’s always something in there about “writing what you
know.” That’s what I do and that’s the conenction between fiction and reality.
How can people find and buy your new book Rabid Heart all around? RABID HEART is available worldwide via AMAZON and can be ordered from
any bookstores around the world.
Thank you very much for this cool and friendly interview.Would you like
to finish this with your last words? I just want to thank you for the interview and thank all of the fans
for their support of my books and music. And if you all like horror novels,
please read my new book, RABID HEART! Cheers!