Since we are a beer and metal blog, let’s start off with the obvious: what’s your favorite beer, where is it brewed, and how quickly can you hand deliver it to us?
I'm usually able to drink any beer. My favorite beers tend to either be very dark ale styles or, if I want something sweet, a wheat beer. I don't like beers that go down too easily like Bud Light or anything like that, because to me that's like drinking water and I'll wind up having a few before I know it. So a stronger heavier beer is great. I'll take my time drinking it and actually enjoy it more.
Other than “Out of the Darkness”, you guys have pretty much been a DIY band. Having done things both ways, what have you found to be the pros and cons of being DIY?
What’s the band that transitioned you from J-Rock and X Japan into a full-blown metalhead? What’s your favorite metal band now, and all-time?
What do you like to do when not fronting the awesomely metal A Sound of Thunder (besides drinking beer and doing the ridiculous amount of legwork that goes along with DIY, of course...)
What is your favorite song that either you or someone else has written?
Queen of Hell featured an awesome cover of “Trashed,” by Black Sabbath. What are some other songs that you would like to cover?
What’s your best story of crazy shit that has happened while on tour?
Describe your new album in one sentence, as if it were a beer.
How has your experience in the Washington Opera helped translate into your work with A Sound of Thunder?
What’s the next step for A Sound of Thunder?
Obligatory question: Much attention has been brought over recent years to female-fronted metal bands and the stigma (positive or negative) that come along with them. Have you noticed any change, positive or negative, in the way you and your band are received by others in the biz, especially being the primary booking agent for your band?
Last question: When are you coming to Louisiana? We here at Mösh N' Höps will buy the first round!
Once again, we'd like to thank Nina for taking some time away from a hectic schedule to do this interview. If you find this interview as awesome as we did, check out Mosh's review of A Sound of Thunder's Queen of Hell EP:
A Sound of Thunder's new album Time's Arrow releases soon. You can pre-order it here: http://asoundofthunder.bigcartel.com/product/pre-order-time-s-arrow-ultra-limited-numbered-box-set
And while you're there, check out the other awesome merchandise (including all of their previous awesome albums)