Tim “Ripper” Owens should need no introduction. His story has become something of legend, even inspiring a major motion picture. Starting in small-town
Hello Tim. Let me start by saying that it is such an honor conducting this interview. Anyway, how are you today?
I’m doing great. Just running around crazy.
Well let’s go ahead and get right into this thing. Your BEYOND FEAR album is out now, and is a very solid piece of pure Metal. But I would have expected nothing less from you. So, how has the response to the album been, so far?
I would say maybe the best response ever. The reviews have been better then ever across the board. It will take more work, being a new band and all, but I could not have asked for a better reaction.
What prompted you to put BEYOND FEAR together?
I wanted to write and do what I want for a change and not what others think I want to do. It is real nice to make something your way. You know everybody I’ve worked with does it a different way and they think it is the only way to do it. Well they are wrong, you can do it any fucking way you want to!
Can you tell me a bit about the band’s other members?
John Comprix is the main guy with me on this. (He) writes with me and has been there from the beginning and he is a great guitar player. He plays with a lot of feel. It is killer! Dennis Hayes is on bass. (He’s) amazing and he has been there from the WINTER’S BANE days. Then Erik Elkins is on Drums. John brought him in and he is killer. He played with a band called CRYPT KICKER. He is just as solid as they come.
Nothing really, just think it sounds cool and was perfect for what this band is about.
I’d also like to know if there is any significance to the cross logo that appears throughout the “Beyond Fear” packaging. I even noticed it on the shirt you’re wearing in one of the photos.
Well that is something I have had for years. It started with my wife and I getting a tattoo on our back, then it went from there. It is a beyond Fear thing but it is also a Tim Owens thing. I wore it on tour with ICED EARTH and will continue to wear it at all times. But now it is something that when you see it you will say “BEYOND FEAR”.
Just life. You know I’m a lyrics guy that likes them basic and to the point. No need for a fucking story all the time. So I like to write about how shitty the people in politics are or how shitty it is to die or how you get screwed over. You know, anything.
The production job on “Beyond Fear” is superb. How did Jim Morris’ involvement come about? I know he’s done a lot of work with ICED EARTH.
I loved working with him with ICED EARTH and thought he would be perfect. Smart guy and a friend. He got just what I wanted out of this.
Great tour with ANTHRAX. It was a blast and the crowds where great! But we have not toured enough. I wanted to tour all summer but we did not tour at all...and it ain't my fault.
It was fun. Small crowds and not promoted well at all, but it was fun. Jon and his band are just great and (Chris) Caffery was kick ass. It was a lot of fun. I would love to do it again.
I’d like to talk about ICED EARTH for a minute, if that’s okay. I have to say that when you replaced Matt Barlow, I was a bit skeptical, but you blew me away on the “Glorious Burden”, especially on the “
Not yet. What a masterpiece. Jon is just a blast to work with. I can't wait as well.
I’ve read that Jon Schaffer is planning a follow up to the “Something Wicked” story. Will this completely be his baby, or will you and the rest of the guys have some creative say?
I really have no say...I read it just like you! And I understand. That is why I'm working so hard on BEYOND FEAR! I can't wait to do the next ICED EARTH. It will be fun working with Jim and Jon again.
We’ve all heard countless stories from former ICED EARTH members about how difficult Jon can be to work with. Do you find this to be true? How is your working relationship with Jon?
I have not found him that hard. I do my job and it's fine.
I hope next year.
It is close to me. Not exactly. You need to not be normal on stage. I will leave it up to
If you don’t mind me asking, since I know you’re a father, how old are your children?
17 year old daughter, 3 year old Son, 1 year old daughter
I really don't think they care. When people say, “Timmy what does your Dad do for a living?” he says “practice”.
It's ok, but dad comes first and I'm home a lot. But I would say they love the whole rock star thing.
My eldest Daughter is a really good singer, but I hope she goes to college and gets a real job. Ha ha ha ha.
As a family man, where do you see yourself in 10 years? Still rocking out?
Rocking man. That is my job. That is what I do and that is what I will do.
If you have time, I’d like to ask you a couple of questions I ask everyone. First, if I’d look in you CD player right now, what would I find playing?
IRON MAIDEN “Piece Of Mind”.
Very nice choice. What do you think of the current metal scene? Any bands you particularly like? Dislike?
I like it. At least there is one. Not sure of names of bands. TRIVIUM is cool.
Love sports and doing family stuff. Oh yeah, I still like beer.
Go get “Beyond Fear”...METAL BABY!
2006: s/t (CD, Steamhammer)
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