Vampire Rock
Denver, CO.
Interview by Todd K Smith, Ultrasound 2000

"We formed this band through the pure love of metal," says Jim Moore clad from head-to-toe in leather. "We wanted this band to be loud and heavy and have a great stage show." Just then our conversation was interrupted by someone walking by carrying a large black bull skull. "Oh, that just part of the act," Jim dismisses with a laugh. Sitting next to Moore is the group’s long-legged bassist Danny Akin (also dress in leather) who first teamed up with Jim in 1994. The two set out to start a band and began working together, writing original songs that would eventually establish their sound. Akin picks up the story, "Then we met Robert (Sanchez) and put him in the middle of what we were doing and it pretty much exploded after that."

"Our drummer Eric (Grove) I’d known for years," chimes in Moore. "He was in another band and I tried all kinds of sneaky way to get his number. We eventually got a hold of him and ran the idea of forming with us. He loved it."

Moore were together three months when they recorded their first CD, Dance Of The Damned (1996). "We write pretty much as a band, which is hard to do," admits Akin. "We’ve been hammering it out like that for the last five years and it’s only been this last year that we haven’t beaten the shit out of each other. When everyone is trying to get their part out it gets pretty intense. We decided along time ago that no one of us walks away and writes our material. We do it together. Even all our copyrights, publishing – basically everything we do we split evenly because we can’t decide whose fault it is."

Moore are from Denver, though they look closer to Sunset strip. And Denver has grown to love them. They sell out nearly everywhere they play in town and lately have seen success on a regional scale from Salt Lake City to Oklahoma City. "We try and market ourselves the old fashion way," says Akin. "We hangout on the corner in sluty outfits, hand out handbills, do the Internet thing. But what does the most for us is our live shows. People come out to see us because we rock – and they want to be rocked!"

In 1997 Moore cut American Vampire, an album described as "a new sound being carried to the ears of America on the wings of the night. As contemporary as any Goth/Metal hit, with it’s roots going back to the founding sounds of Heavy Rock & Roll." The record saw the inclusion of Danny Dearing on keyboards illuminating their soundscape and broadening their range. His addition can be heard on Dr. Jack, Nightfall and the bands brilliant version of The Stones Paint It Black.

Rhapsody In Blood is the newest to join the racks on the Moore shelf. Recorded during the later part of 1999 and early 2000 the disc benefits from a tighter production and a growth in song arrangements. Marching To War, Rhapsody In Blood and Caligula In 7/8 bake under Sanchez’s heated riffs. Prelude To Armageddon and No Way Out build from the basement up with Moore’s voice establishing melody amidst his unique style. The band is currently represented by NYA in New York and quickly catching fire on radio stations nationally.