Midwest metal veterans Conquest are set to release their tenth album, ‘Under the Influence’ on 8 April through Dark Star Records.
Their third album for Dark Star, Conquest – comprised of lead vocalist / guitarist Derrick Brumley, guitarist, Mike Cook, bassist, Rob Boyer and drummer Tim Fleetwood – has decided to pay tribute to their metal heroes on this disc, feeling they need to give credit where it is due. “This album is about influence and the power a band can have on your life,” remarks frontman Derrick Brumley. “For instance I was drawn to Foghat’s ‘Live’ and Elton John’s ‘Captain Fantastic albums when I was young. Then, of course, it progressed from there to Judas Priest, Motorhead and so on and so forth. We don’t have any Elton or Foghat on this album, simply because it focuses on the hard rock side of things.”
The idea for ‘Under the Influence’ was launched back in 2014 when Conquest began doing additional sets at their shows, calling them the “Tribute to the Metal Gods’ segment. They’d cover material from Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica and Slayer during this portion of the show and it got such an overwhelming response that the band decided to expand the idea into a full fledged tribute album, championing those artists as well as Motley Crue, UFO, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Anthrax and even Bon Jovi. Bon Jovi? “Of course Bon Jovi,” states Brumley. “‘Wanted:Dead or Alive’ is a classic song – who wouldn’t want to hear a metalized version of it?!”
‘Under the Influence’ is already on iTunes and can be downloaded here.