Criss Raptör | Interview | Ültra Raptör

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Die kanadische Speed /Heavy Metal Band Ültra Raptör hat gerade einen Vertrag mit Fighter Records für die Veröffentlichung ihres Debütalbums „Tyrants“ unterzeichnet, das am 09. November erscheinen wird. Ültra Raptör wurden Ende 2015 gegründet und bereits 2017 veröffentlichten sie ihre erste EP „Ültra Raptör“ in Eigenregie und erhielten gute Resonanzen aus der Underground-Heavy-Metal-Szene. Sie bezeichnen sich selbst als erste „Xenozoic Metal Band“ der Welt. Es gibt zum Beispiel Xenozoic Comics die von einer postapokalyptischen Zukunft handeln in der prähistorische Tiere die Erde bevölkern.


Hello Cristòbal Raptollini aka „Criss Raptör“ from Ültra Raptör. My name is Tobi. I run a Facebook page and a web blog. On this page, I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations, and reports about concerts that I visit with my wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets, which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals. 

 In the future, I will also write about hygiene measures, as this is important for me as a high-risk patient and for my readers too. Of course, I also write about the bands‘ performance. Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „Tyrants“.

Tobi – Cristòbal Raptollini aka „Criss Raptör“

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First of all, I want to ask you, how are you and your bandmates doing right now?

It doesn’t stop going well! Actually, we are doing really fine, everything is going smoothly and we can’t wait for our album Tyrants to be released on Nov. 9th! 

Please introduce yourself and your Colleagues from Ültra Raptör to me and my Followers, to know you a little bit better! 

I’m Cristòbal Raptollini aka „Criss Raptör“ playing lead guitars; born and bred in Palermo, Sicilia; We have the one and only: Philip Thunder Lundqvist aka“ Phil T. Lung“ doing vocals, coming from Örebro, Sweden; Richard Grøßgrënn Van Heuss aka „Dick Van Heuss“ on the subsonic 6 strings; from Rotterdam, Holland; Antonio Broncosaurus aka „Tony Bronco“ on drums, from Cape Town, South Africa; And last but not least: Nikolaï Kalashnikov (Николай Калашников) aka Nick Rifle, having the rhythm guitars duties, born in Vorkuta in 1956.

Where comes your band name from and how do you connect to Xenozoic Storys?

We have been lucky to be able to gather musicians coming from all around the world. We are located at the moment in Quebec City, Canada and we have prepared you something that the world hasn’t seen before: Xenozoïc Heavy/Speed Metal. 

We were all fans of Cadillacs & Dinosaurs TV series from the early ’90s and we tough it was a good idea to start a band JUST because of this..! And quite seriously, there’s a lot to tell just speaking about dinosaurs, xenozoïc (post-apocalyptical future where they still live), and cretaceous (the „real“ period where they were alive) areas; so we decided to „partially“ exploit those themes! At the end of the day …these are HUGE themes ..aren’t they?  

What can Metalheads expect from your second Album „Tyrants“?

Let me tell you this in FIVE WORDS: Fast, heavy, catchy, uplifting, shreddin’…

About what is the Story from the Album „Tyrants“? Is it a Concept-Album? 

„Tyrants“ is a half-concept album: the main theme is..obviously DINOSAURS: but what we are telling is the true story about them and what the world should have been if they were still alive today. And the other 50% of the songs tell about really down-to-earth stories like quitting your job, riding motorcycles, going back in time to party because it was much more fun back then, and having sex…… 

Your first Single was „Missile (Metal Warrior)“ and the second one was „Gale Runner“! About what do you sing in the Songs? 

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ÜLTRA RAPTÖR – Missile (Metal Warrior) [2021]

The kick-ass-opening song: Missile (Metal Warrior) speaks by itself – It tells about missiles, rocket launchers, and how their homing systems operate to GET YOU!! 

Gale Runner is what you expect from a „traditional HM“ song: It is about quitting your boring job, getting on your Harley, and drive down the highway on the fast lane…Having your head delivered from this boring/non-fun life of ours and just going down the highway empty-headed. 

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ÜLTRA RAPTÖR – Caustic Shower (Offcial Visualizer) [2021]

Are there more singles to come?

We released our third and last single today, October 6th: Caustic Shower !!! Yo, listen to it right f. now!

Can you please tell me a little about each song in one sentence?

01. Missile (Metal Warrior)
An homing missile that will GET YOU

02. Cybörg-Rex
A part T-Rex/part highly intellgent humanoïd robot 

03. Take Me Back
Going back in ’88 having fun, sex, drinking booze, with NO fucking phone nor internet…especially no Facebook…

04. An Offering to the Tyrant
A Velociraptor tribe living in the jungle and sacrificing humans! 

05. Nightslasher
Halloween night attack @ Quebec / Canada

06. Gale Runner
Slicing through the wind with your motorcycle and you better get out of the fast lane…

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ÜLTRA RAPTÖR – Gale Runner (Official Lyric-Video) [2021]

07. The Quest for Relics
Searching and finding THE collectible LP you really want in your local shops! 

08. Winds of Vengeance
And if…we were told LIES since forever? Dinosaurs weren’t killed the way we were told…

09. Caustic Shower
Wear your PPEs man! – This song is about dying from a work accident…

10. SpaceFighter (442 AlphaClass Pegasus SubC35.2)
This song closes the album, it tells about the last chance the human race got..to save them from the ruling dinosaurs race! 

What can we expect from „Ültra Raptör“ in the near future?

We’ve been rehearsing our material for a month or two now, we hope to make some gigs in a not too distant future, we’ll support the album as much as we can for the next year, all while working on some new material for a next release!.. 

How about playing live? Are there any plans to play across Europe? 

The only live shows that we can do at the moment are live streaming. We have nothing against it, but this will never replace live shows. We’re really looking forward to performing live shows in Canada, and everywhere in the world, in the same as before! 

We would really love to play across Europe.We have some partners and friends in different places in Europe and we will definitely work on the project for 2022/2023. 

Do you have a fav Song on your upcoming Release? 

So hard to tell! I would say no! Every band member has his own while enjoying all the other songs at the same time. So the answer is … no! 

In which Formats will „Tyrants“ come to us Metalheads?

The release date for ÜLTRA RAPTÖR „Tyrants“ will be the 9th of November 2021 through Fighter Records on CD, 12″LP, Cassette & Digital formats! Hier der Link zum Shop: http://shop.xtreemmusic.com/english.main.index.php

How about the other Release you made. The EPs and Demo for example. Do you want to release them someday as a Compilation? 

We released our eponymous first EP in 2018: Ültra Raptör. We pressed 200 copies of it that are all sold out right now. We don’t have an upcoming project for the re-release of the EP, but it might happen one day. Not in a compilation format but more on 12′ LP, in order to get the best out of it!  

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Ültra Raptör – Ültra Raptör – Full EP, 2018

Is Heavy Metal and the Subgenres also a means for you to switch off everything in this hectic world, to Pause and just listen? Do you listen to other music as well?

Ohhh yes… Phil, Nick, Tony, and I are records collectors (LPs, CDs, Tapes). We spend most of our free time outside work writing music for Ültra (and other bands in which also we play) listening to music, searching for relics, upgrading our home sound systems, etc., etc! As for myself (Criss), I listen to all kinds of music really, from Old school Rap and Punk to „urghh“ cavernous Death metal with shitty (but good) production… I just love them all…

What was the best Album released in 2021 so far in your opinion? – except for yours!

There are many ! 

Savatage two first albums reissue ! The new Blazon Stone, Dirty Tricks – Bright Lights …

On a more „extreme“ side: 

Necroceros form Asphyx is amazing  

Dortmünders Vulture : Dealin‘ Death ! 

And what was the best Heavy Metal Album released in 2021 so far in your opinion?

A HM release in 2021 has been Sacral Night – Les Miroirs de la Lune ! Go check them out! Their new ep is coming.

What Band or Musician did influence you most in your musical life?

A big mix between NWOBHM (Savage, Trojan, Tysondog), German Heavy/Speed Metal (Running Wild, Risk, Grave Digger), and USPM (Savage Grace, Jag Panzer, Attacker)…and shredders! Criss Oliva, Tony MacAlpine, George Lynch, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker….etc…etc.

Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies? 

For myself, Criss Raptör, I’m riding & customizing motorcycles, rebuilding old ones, and, of course, riding them at HIGH speed!  

If you got one wish…

I think having a Delorean Time machine that really works would be awesome, I would release that album in 84 and make millions out of it…

A few words to your fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?

Wir WERDEN nach Deutschland kommen und für euch schnelle Riffs spielen!
Merci à tout le monde pour votre support ! On a hâte de vous blaster des riffs dans face! 

We’re dying to come and play live shows for everyone that takes the time to get of his/her house..going to the venue and having a blast with us! Cheers – Go visit https://www.facebook.com/UltraRaptor – Follow us! 

Thanks for the interview, Chriss Raptör from Ültra Raptör. Many greetings to all from the Band. Something that is important to me: Stay healthy and be safe!


Tracks „Tyrants“:

01. Missile (Metal Warrior)
02. Cybörg-Rex
03. Take Me Back
04. An Offering to the Tyrant
05. Nightslasher
06. Gale Runner
07. The Quest for Relics
08. Winds of Vengeance
09. Caustic Shower
10. SpaceFighter (442 AlphaClass Pegasus SubC35.2)

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Bandphoto | Quelle Fighter Records Bandinfo

Line-Up

Phil T. Lung | Vocals
Criss Raptör | Lead Guitar
Nick Rifle | Rhythm Guitar
Dick Van Heuß | Bass
Tony Bronco | Drums

Das war mein Interview mit Criss Raptör von Ültra Raptör . Thank you Chriss, dass du die vielen Fragen so ausführlich beantwortet hast. Viel Erfolg für euer Album und bleibt gesund! Auch meinen Lesern vielen Dank fürs Lesen des Interviews. Hört in das Album rein und supportet die Band! Bis dahin, bleibt gesund und munter, euer Tobi!

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