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Try to introduce your band.

Jim Lippucci: I sing
Wayne Richards: I play guitar

Would you like to describe your last album?

JL: Agony’s Lament is a molten slab of blistering thrash that will rape your ears and twist your mind.

WR: A thrashing, raging, pissed piece of metal that cannot be denied.

What's the sense of life for you? Scared you the idea of death?

JL: My life is very dumb. Because of that I am not so afraid of death

WR: My life is fabulous, I live for beer, metal & my buddies. Death will eventually come, but I don’t dwell on it.

What are Soulless' main influences?

JL: Metal, for me Trouble, Kreator, Sabbath, Celtic Frost…Voi Vod

WR: Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Voi Vod, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, Coroner, Entombed, At the Gates, etc…

What does inspire your music? (porno and horror movies, marijuana...)

JL: I am inspired by the stupidness of my life. Also, marijuana, Mescal and beer.

WR: Being in a metal band is the greatest feeling in the world, and just the thought of continuing on as we have for the past 6 years inspires me to keep on pumping out the thrashing tunes!!!

What do you think about the actual thrash metal scene?

JL: It’s cool

WR: The US thrash scene isn’t all that great (Deceased is great), but a lot of great European bands still thrash like mad (Dismember, Centinex, Destruction, The Haunted are still kicking ass).

What's concept behind your band, what do you mean to comunicate to those that listen to your music?

JL: We want to make great fucking thrash and remind everyone how great that shit can be

WR: We are here to thrash and rage and kick as many asses as it takes to get our point across that metal still kills everything!!!

Do you think the thrash metal is a real attitude or a style of life?

JL: Metal is a lifestyle for those who love it

WR: I suppose if you’re into thrash you should probably drink beer and rage a lot. It is a very comfortable and joyous lifestyle for me. Your attitude doesn’t matter as long as your not too much of an asshole. Just be cool and enjoy metal!!!

What do you think of your production and promotion? Feelings with your label?

JL: We are very happy with the record. WorldChaos fucking rules!! They are a great label

WR: Worldchaos has done a lot to promote Soulless and bring us a step closer to where we want to be as a band. They have really been a fabulous outfit to be a part of and have done everything for us that they said they would. This is a rare thing in music, so we are very pleased to be where we are. We are very happy with the sound and outcome of “Agony’s Lament.”

Soulless as persons (for example: your hobbies, jobs, collections, dish, smoke...)

JL: Well I work a shitty warehouse job that really sucks. I enjoy drinking and listening to / playing metal with my thrash metal brothers. I also enjoy destroying my house and others while drunk and listening to metal. I very much enjoy eating cheeseburgers and my mom’s home cooked pasta.

WR: I deliver pizza so I can have money to spend on beer & metal. And pay off college loans and other repair bills for Jim’s house (AKA The Metal Den).

What's your personal contribution to the underground?

JL: hmmmmm…hmmmmm…not very much it seems…I’d better get busy…Oh wait, I invented the blast beat.

WR: I invented fire and tape trading, and sewers so you can actually get to the underground area.

What's the meaning, for you, of the word "extreme"?

JL: Extreme has become a cliché. It’s a word that I try to stay away from

WR: Extreme was a gay band with a hot guitar player.

Do you remember of a show where you had a particular good time?

JL: They are all ragers, with much headbanging and drinking!!!

WR: Our last show at Annabelle’s in Akron, OH was quite the rager. Lots of good, cheap draft beers and a quality metal showing by the Akron community of thrashers!

Any final comments...

WR: If you don’t have the “Agony’s Lament” CD, You can get it from We also have lots of good merchandise to make you be as metal as you can be.


Metal Gospel

Interview with SOULLESS
(Jim Lippucci, Wayne Richards & Jim Corrick)
By: Cheryl

Brief interview done on Sunday, February 03, 2002 via email...

Ok, I want to thank you guys for taking some time with this short interview. What has SOULLESS been up to lately as far as new stuff, promoting yourselves and in general ?

JL: We're always writing new material, and right now we're trying to find a label. We're steadily going down the list and distributing promos. We've got more than enough brutal new material for a full length and will record in March.

WR: We've sent the three song to many labels 'zines etc…played a few shows & have written great new material.

I know this is old news that Jerry left the band but I was wondering why he left and how did you guys hook up with Jim Corrick ?

JL: Jerry wanted a wife, a house & a well paying job. It's nearly impossible to dedicate enough time to those pursuits and write, practice and play shows. We wish him all the best.

WR: Jerry got married & his wife didn't want him hanging around us anymore. She said ever since he quit the band he doesn't beat her anymore, so that's good. Jim Corrick was jamming with Dora and me in "All That Is Evil" and was into the Soulless material, so he was the perfect replacement.

Why the name change from BLOODSICK to SOULLESS ? Feel free to give a brief band history here if you want as well.

JL: There were such drastic lineup changes and the sound really went in a different direction. I don't know that Chris and I ever liked that name at all…

What are the main influences that each of you take into the band ?

JL: I'm heavily influenced by Ozzy, Mille (Kreator) and Blaine Fart (The Accused) WR Kreator, Sodom, Celtic Frost, At The Gates, Razor, Destruction, Voi Vod , Entombed, Slayer, Tankard, Caveman.

JC: Deep Purple, Sabbath, Forbidden, Slayer…They all rip

Please mention a few of your favourite bands (past or present) and what makes them special/meaningful to you ?

JL: My Sacred Trinity are the Teutonic thrash metal trio: Sodom, Kreator and Destruction. I'm heavily into old shit like early Slayer, Trouble, The Accused, Sabbath, Voi Vod. Newer metal would be The Haunted, At the Gates, Arch Enemy.

JC: Deep Purple, Sabbath, Forbidden, Slayer…They all rip

WR: I started playing guitar when I heard Master of Puppets. Metallica wrote the greatest and most memorable riffs. Slayer was right there along with Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Kiss, Black Sabbath & Judas Priest. All of these bands in one way or another have inspired and shaped my playing.

What country do you think has generated the most strength in the Metal scene? How is the scene where you live ?

JL: Early on Germany seemed to be a metal Mecca. Bands like the aforementioned Sodom, Kreator, Destruction, and others like Vendetta, Tankard, Coroner… so many more. Now that whole part of the world is just sick with metal…Sweden, Norway… I love it.

WR: Without a doubt Sweden has consistently had the best metal releases from The Haunted, Swordmaster, Terror 2000, Soilwork, Centinex and countless other great bands. The scene in Cleveland is weak. We're lucky to get 100 people at a show, but bands like Somnus, Spawn of Satan, All That is Evil, Dead of Night and Soulless are keeping the scene alive.

Do you ever find it difficult to come up with new material or do you ever get a case of "writers block" ?

JL: I suffer from eternal writers block. I'm usually the one holding up new material because I can never come up with good shit.

WR: I am writing new material all the time and recording riffs for new Soulless songs every week.

Is anyone currently in other bands besides SOULLESS and does involvement with other bands ever intrude on the amount of time spent with SOULLESS ?

WR: Chris Dora's involvement with Ringworm tends to pose problems from time to time but what are we going to do. They're a big time Victory band now. Who the fuck are we?

JL: Chris is in Ringworm, Dead of Night, All that is Evil, Spawn of Satan and Holy Ghost. Wayne is in Dead of Night, Spawn of Satan & All That is Evil. Corrick plays for All that is Evil and Holy Ghost. I'm way behind the pack… besides occasionally being a member of Schnauzer I'm not really in any other bands… so if you're lookin' for a singer, get a hold of me. It's killin' my ego for Christ's sakes!!

It´d be cool if you could pick a few of your favourite SOULLESS songs and maybe give some detail as to why they are your faves ?

JL: A lot of my favorites are among our new material…But I love "Devilish" lyrically and "Down Hells Path" is always great to play.

JC: "Downward", "Darkening of Days", "Down Hell's Path"... (They rip)

WR: "Suffer the Fallen" is probably my favorite song right now. I am happy with the solos, the riffs are strong and the lyrics, vocals & drumming are outstanding. "Bleeding Darkness" is a ripping thrash tune that I love also. We have a song called "Soulscythe" that thrashes out like crazy, too.

I was really surprised to find out that "Darkening of Days" is technically a "demo" because the quality is excellent. How many of those cds did you end up pressing? How do you feel that your newer material compares ?

JL: We pressed a thousand copies which are basically gone. The new material is more of a group effort and the chemistry is really starting to come together. Musically it's stronger, with tons of great leads & stuff…

WR: The new material has more technical and melodic moments but the thrash never stops! I think the new material is far superior to what we did on the "Darkening of Days disc.

Most importantly: When can we expect a new full length release ?! I loved the songs on the "Bleeding Darkness" promo !

JL: We begin recording in March… hopefully the new stuff should be out by the end of spring. IF someone decides to put it out…

I know you guys have done some songs for those Dwell tributes but I have to ask this anyway: do you ever feel that tribute albums are overdone ? What purpose do you feel they serve ?

JL It is a little silly, but I can't deny the exposure it provides us, and they even throw a few bucks our way. It's a lot better deal for the bands involved than the people who buy the CD's…that's for sure.

WR Personally, I think the tribute albums are overdone, and I would never buy one because they never put any good bands on the disc so 75% of the album's covers blow. Dwell's money gave us some studio time and allowed us to record our promo without having too much come out of our own pockets.

JC They serve to give us money.

What do you think (and why) of the statement: "Those who truly embrace Metal have usually had a lot of tough times in their past" ?

JL: Metal is what it is, in all of its ugliness and brutality. It's one of the purest, truest forms of music in existence, metal is the primal scream that soothes the soul, and the blind underdog that envelopes and enfolds anyone who truly embraces it, regardless of who you are. I think that's very appealing to those kicked in the balls by life.

Do you believe the MP3 has helped or hindered Metal ?

JL: The metal gospel (excuse the pun) has always been spread through networks of dedicated, passionate individuals exchanging their latest, greatest finds to any and all they can find. MP3's really make it a lot easier to quickly spread great sounding audio all over the world. I love it.

What's in store as far as playing live shows ? Any past performances stand out that you could tell us about ?

JL: We don't have a bass player right now and won't be doing any shows until April or May. We've played with some cool bands, but I think the best shows were some of the small local ones...

JK: Revolution, (Cleveland, OH) - Both times...We ripped.

What are your future aspirations and goals ?

WR: The usual, get signed, put out a few albums, possibly tour Europe…

JL: Make metal & get mint shit

JC: Record deal & sell out.

Thanks guys for your time and if you have any news or info that the readers should know about please say it now.

JL: Visit our site, if you care what we're doing. We're looking for a new bass player so if you're interested & if you're in the neighborhood drop us line & try out. Buy our merch. Anyone interested in repressing the TDOD CD should get a hold of us. We're also looking for artists for shirts and the new album cover. Raise high the horns of hell!!



Treats From the Underground

Interview by Burt Wolf with guitarist Jim Corrick, vocalist Jim Lippucci & guitarist, backing vocalist & ball scratcher, Wayne Richards of the Cleveland, Ohio based band SOULLESS. Interview done March 10, 2002.

1) Please introduce yourself & what you do in the band?
Jim Corrick, I play guitar
Jim Lippucci, vocalist
Wayne Richards, guitar, background vocals, ball scratcher

2) Could you please give a little history on Soulless & how you guys got together?
JL Our drummer Chris and I were in a band called Bloodsick, which after line up changes became Soulless. We’ve all pretty much all known each other for a while through the local metal scene and various bands we played in. We pretty much all sank to the bottom of the heap together.

3) Why was the name Soulless chosen for the band?
WR Came from a Grave record… It’s been rumored that Lippucci has no soul.
JL The name seemed to fit the material we had written and the whole feeling of the band…

4) Who or what has been an influence on you creating your music?
WR 80’s thrash – Kreator, Sodom, Metallica, Slayer, Destruction, Tankard, Celtic Frost, Voi Vod etc…
JL Let’s not forget Sabbath, beer and drugs!

5) You guys have a strong 80's, early 90's thrash metal sound merged with a late 90's technical death sound? How would you best describe the music of Soulless?
JL That kinda sums it up…
WR We’re Inspired by the best thrash bands of the 80’s with melodic passages intertwined.

6) I only have your "The Darkening Of Days" CD which was released in 1999. How well was it received by the underground music scene?
WR Very well…It was voted best demo of ’99 by Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles. Check out reviews at
JL We pretty much sold out of the first pressing and have only a few copies left. 98% of the reviews we got were very positive.

7) Could you explain the cover artwork a little bit?
JL We weren’t really happy with the artwork. Any concept we originally had was pretty much lost in the final product.

8) Which song from that release is your favorite & why?
JC: “Down Hell’s Path” – It…rips
WR “Down Hell’s Path”, it’s fast and it rips your moms ass off
JL What they said.

9) Has that release stirred any label interest? If so, with who?
WR A couple of labels that really aren’t worth mentioning because they talk a lot of bullshit, but really exert no follow through
JL It’s a little frustrating when people tell you things and then nothing happens. It really is who you know and whose ass you kiss and who thinks you’re cool. How good you are or aren’t doesn’t really matter all that much.

10) Do you have any other releases out since the release of "The Darkening..." CD? Could you give some info on it?
JL We did one of those discs and have a three song promo out.
WR The MP3 CD includes some live tracks & some newer stuff, and the “Bleeding Darkness promo will blow your face off

11) You have contributed to a lot of the Dwell Records tribute albums. Which ones were you on & which was your favorite to do & why?
JL We appear on the Ozzy, the first Judas Priest, the second Metallica, Twisted Sister and WASP tributes. We also recorded a Destruction song for a tribute that has not yet been released. I’m a huge Ozzy fan and it was pretty cool to be on that one.
WR The Twisted Sister and Destruction covers were the best. Those two were very similar to the originals but with the Soulless sound. Those two would kill any human.
JC: Judas Priest is the best…

12) Soulless is from the Cleveland, Ohio area. There is a decent scene in that area from what I've seen. Who are some of the better bands, zines, labels, etc...?
WR Cleveland has some great bands…Boulder, Keelhaul, Somnus and Caveman are among the best. The Michael Stanley band is among bands that are gay.
JL Nunslaughter, Ringworm, All that is Evil, Schnauzer, Destructor, Black Death, The Dead Boys, Devo (Akron, Ohio), Pere Ubu, Joe Walsh…This place rules!!! No labels or zines come to mind.
JC Also Descend, Dead of Night, Stepsister…

13) Have you guys played a lot of shows? With who & where?
WR We don’t play out very often, but do when a good opportunity shows itself. We’ve played with Dismember, Malevolent Creation, Morbid Angel, UFO, Iron Maiden…
JL I forgot about the UFO and Maiden shows. When did that happen? Musta been really drunk… Also Kataklysm, Nile, Krisiun, Incantation.

14) Any unusual touring stories you'd care to share?
JL We really don’t get out much…
WR No. Dora shit his pants one time in Jersey, though.

15) What is the best & worst things about being in a band?
WR The best part about being in a band is just rocking out on your songs with 3 other guys who love metal just as much as you do. The worst thing would have to be sending out a shitload of promos and not getting signed
JL I thought we were a 5 piece…It’s great to do the shit we wrote and watch people dig it. It sucks not getting all the free beer drugs and sex that we deserve. It is also expensive when no one really likes you. Plus it takes up a lot of time.
JC Best –It’s the best thing in the world… Worst? Being unable to excel in other areas of life, but that’s OK

16) What do you do outside of work from Soulless?
WR A few other bands… Dead of Night, Spawn of Satan… deliver pizza, suck tits
JL I work in the sign business and try to support Satan via the internet with various web sites that I have or help make happen. I just plain suck.
JC I fix Guitars and drink beer

17) Are you into any other styles of music besides what you play & who are some of the bands your currently into?
WR ‘70’s rock – recently been getting into Camel, Glassharp, BOC & Chuck Mangione
JC Blues Rules! Yardbirds, Cake, Bang, AC/DC, Johnny Winter.
JL I worship Blue Oyster Cult. I also get into some rock-a-billy kinda stuff: Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins. I like some hardcore like GBH, The Exploited, The Accused, DRI and NO/FX

18) What’s the one CD you own that your a little embarrassed to admit you own?
JC Harry Connick Jr., When Harry Met Sally Soundtrack.
JL I’m not really embarrassed by anything I own, but do get made fun of a lot for Sinead O’Connor – The Lion and the Cobra and The Cure – Disintegration
WR Every CD I own is good.

19) Do you remember where you were & what you were doing when you found out about the World Trade Center attack on 9-11-01 in New York? Any thoughts on this tragedy?
WR Apparently it happened when I was driving to work. I found out when I got there. I didn’t actually see the footage until later that evening. It was terrible.
JC I was at work. An eye for an eye.
JL I was getting ready for work and listening to the Howard Stern Show when they started talking about what was happening. I turned on CNN and saw the second plane hit the second tower. I was filled with shock and intense anger. There are so many stupid people who out of their own laziness and ignorance devote themselves to ridiculous religions. All religion is to blame. These people will find out that although we as Americans may seem at odds with each other we are proud and united in our desire for freedom. We will kill them in ways they can not even imagine, and that is very good.

20) What are your views on the following topics: Sex, Drugs, Religion, Politics & the music industry?
JC Sex – would like some, Drugs – not for me (except beer), religion – don’t care, politics – don’t care, music industry – be your own industry
WR I really don’t see much action in any of these categories. My life is not affected by sex, drugs, religion, politics or the music industry
JL I don’t get much sex, probably because I am to busy doing drugs. I am very religious about beer, pot and metal, but not much else. Politics are a necessary evil that I keep a sideward glance towards. The music industry has too much to do with industry and not enough music.

21) What can we expect next from Soulless?
JL We’re in the process of breaking in a new bass player and getting new songs ready. Check our website for shows. I will also die or be arrested soon.
WR A full length thrasher – most likely a self financed and self released recording in March / April at the Mars Recording Compound. And an epic video. This record will kill everyone
JC Lots of ripping!!! More solos. (and some drinking as well)

22) Thanx a lot for doing this interview. Would you like to add anything to close out?
JL Thanks for the interest. Everyone should check out our web site: for upcoming shows, news and other crap. If you like us, let us know. God knows we don’t make any goddamn money with this shit. Women can also send us naked pictures of themselves if they are hot.




Soulless are a powerful band based in Cleveland, Ohio. After hearing their debut "Darkening of Days", I was impressed and decided to contact the band to hear their story. Singer Jim Lupucci and drummer Chris Dora got together to answer my questions. This is what they had to say...

Justin Lambourne: What would you say Soulless is all about?

Jim Lippucci: We really just wanted to do something a little bit different than the type of metal that's been coming out as of late. Sort of combine the best of the new with a little of the style of old that seems to have been forgotten by a lot of bands. We made a vow to ourselves that when writing new material we would never dismiss a part because it's too punk rock or too melodic or too death or anything. We write what sounds good to us and stay away from any of the established metal sub-genres (Black, death, grind etc.,)

Justin: Vocally, Jim is quite reminiscent of Rob Urbinati from Canadian thrash legends Sacrifice. Are they an influence?

Jim: We're really influenced so much by a lot of bands that have come before us, including Sacrifice. They're a great band and may have rubbed off on us a bit. I really don't see that much of a similarity between Rob and me but they were an incredible band and I'm flattered by the comparison.

Justin: Any other influences you'd care to mention?

Jim: Black Sabbath of course, Kreator, Sodom, Carnivore, Slayer, Celtic Frost and some newer bands like In Flames, The Haunted, Holy Moses & At the Gates even some old hard-core stuff: bands like The Accused & Discharge... I can go on and on...

Justin: What's your favorite track from your debut?

Jim: It's really hard to say...Probably "Emptiness Domain"with Devilish and the title track pulling up a close second. There are some songs that I'm lyrically proud of... others where I'm particularly happy with my performance and others where the rest of the band just rocks....

Justin: Any new bands that have impressed you lately? Any older bands you are just getting into now?

Jim: Like I said before Bands like In Flames, The Haunted, Bewitched, Monstrosity. Bruce Dickinson is amazing and I really get into Meshuggah & Neurosis, Although I guess they're not really new bands but I do like the newer stuff they've put out, As far as old bands go... Sinister "Cross The Styx" is one of the greatest things ever and no one should be without the first Metal Church.

Justin: How's the metal scene in Cleveland?

Jim: The scene here is pretty cool. We have some really kick ass bands here and bands like Nunslaughter and Incantation have even made a home of Cleveland from time to time. You should really check out bands like Decrepit, From the Depths, All That Is Evil, Schnauzer. Ringworm, HolyGhost and Descend. I'm sure most old-schoolers have heard of Destructor...

Justin: The lyrics for this album seem to be a step above a lot of similar bands. Do you put a lot of effort into the lyrics or do they just come naturally?

Jim: I write lyrics. It's the whole reason I started doing this way back when. I have no musical skill whatsoever other than the ability to scream like a pissed asshole for extended periods of time. Some come very naturally but most of the time it's a real pain in the ass to come up with things I'm happy with.

Justin: Who are the main songwriters for the band?

Jim: I write the lyrics, Jerry & Wayne come up with most of the riffs and Chris here writes riffs and sort of orchestrates the whole mess and puts everything together.

Justin: Any tour dates you'd like to mention?

Jim: Just some local stuff over the next few months...

Justin: What does the future hold in store for Soulless?

Jim: It's hard to comment on the future... The Ozzy tribute from dwell should be in stores any day now and we've already started recording our next CD. I'm hoping we can start doing a lot of shows out of state after the winter and get our name out a bit more

Justin: In 10 years you see yourself...?

Jim: Dead of a heroin overdose. Chris will be on VH1 Behind the Music telling everyone what a dickhead I was and how much I blew off practice ...either that or I'll die of a brain aneurysm or something while screaming. No, We really hope we'll still be playing some kind of metal, Be it Soulless or another band. I'll do it till I die.

Justin: Thanks for the interview guys, good luck in all your endeavors, and keep me posted on any info.

Jim: Thank you and good luck with your site. Also Check out "Hell Bent for Metal: A Tribute to Judas Priest" and "Land of the Wizard: A Tribute to Ozzy" from Dwell Reccords. Both are really good compilations that we appear on with some really good bands. You can pick them up at just about any record store either in the bin with the artist they pay tribute to or in the various artists section. Our shirts are $10 one sided with the Soulless logo & the CD title on the front. The CD's are also $10 and both include postage. Stay Metal!!!!



Surlity 'zine/dist./ Noise Zealot' zine/Roots
Inerview with Preecha Chumkong:
November, 2002

1. Please present yourself and Soulless to the world?

Wayne Richards: Guitar player, Soulless.
Jim Lippucci, Vocalist

2. About to your CD "The Darkening of Days" could you tell us some detail of them? How many hours a day you rehearse? And where it recorded, mixed and master?

WR: Rehearsals were usually between 2-3 hours once a week, The Darkening of Days was recorded and mixed at Spider Studio in the summer of 1998. Very short recording process, Darkening was recorded as a demo in a matter of a few days (less than a week), not much attention was put into the fine details of the recording process, lack of patience in the production aspects also hindered the overall outcome of this recording. This was recorded very quickly but we were well rehearsed as a band...the band's overall vibe is definitely present in this recording, but this outing is a shell of what Soulless was to become...
JL: We never had that recording mastered, couldn't really afford it. I don't think we even planned on putting it out on CD, people we gave cassette demos to suggested it was CD worthy, so we just went ahead and pressed it.

3. How was the response from U/G scene when it out? And how many copies have you sold?

WR: Soulless was well-received in the Cleveland scene when the recording came out, although shows were few and far between. Copies of this disc are extremely limited (1000 were pressed) and our supplies are nearly depleted.
JL: I think we have a dozen or so left. People liked it more than we though they would…

4. What about to you new material? It can out now? What can we except of them?

WR: The new record "Agony's Lament" will be out on the Japanese powerhouse metal label Worldchaos Production in late autumn 2002. You can expect a whole lotta thrashin' from us and a quality metal release for the masses of true metal freaks who still love to thrash and bang without regard for anyone who gets in our way
JL: The release on WorldChaos will be in late November, if you like thrash, you will be very happy.

5. What about to your lyrics? Who wrote them?

WR: Jim Lippucci is our brilliant lyricist
JL: I pay him to say that. I write about the living hell that is my meaningless existence. And puppies

6. Are you participated in any compilations?

JL: We appear on 6 different Dwell Records tribute compilations, Ozzy, Metallica, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P. and Destruction.

7. Do you have any side-project? Does anyone from the band play in other bands?

WR: I am in Spawn of Satan (satanic thrash), Caveman (prehistoric thrash), Goosebread (folk)
JL: Soulless does not allow me to participate in any other projects, not that I would any way. That's just a distraction from what really matters.

8. What are your metal roots? And tell us about to your top 10 favorite bands and zines?

WR: Give a listen to some of these great bands: Iron Maiden, Slayer, Metallica, Judas Priest, Voivod, Motorhead, Exodus, Kreator, Sodom, Tankard, etc...Terrorizer and Sounds of Death are great magazines.
JL: I love Black Sabbath, Blue Oyster Cult, Trouble, Kreator, Destruction, Sodom, Voivod, The Accused, Celtic Frost and Iron Maiden. I really don't have the time or money to read a lot of zines, maybe I will when I sell out and become rich someday.

9. How does you girlfriends accept the music you play as well as the lyric of "Soulless"?

WR: My ex-girlfriend never cared for or about Soulless
JL: Women despise my existence

10. Do you like football? What do you think of World cup 2002 in Korea/Japan? Are you visit them to cheer your country team?

JL: What you call football we call soccer. I don't like games with no scoring where you can't use you hands. I guess we have a national team but I don't really care. American football is very violent and exciting, Although our cities team, The Cleveland Browns, really suck!
WR: I LOVE the Cleveland Browns, but I must say soccer is pretty gay

11. Could you tell us about to you favorite horror and porno movies? What is the last porno movie you are listening to with your girlfriend?

WR: Night of the Living Dead, Zombie, Dead Alive, The Re-Animator, The Exorcist, The Omen, Evil Dead films, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, etc...Jenna's Revenge (OOOOOHHHHHH!!!!!) she gets her butt licked real good!
JL: The Exorcist, The Omen, Rosemary's Baby, All Evil Dead movies and Night of the Living Dead are great movies. I find that porn is very degrading to women…That's probably why I like it so much. I don't have a girlfriend to watch it with, though.

12. How many gigs have you played yet and where? What were some of the most exiting life experiences?

WR: We probably have played around 30 or 40 gigs in the 5 years we've been around. Mostly Ohio gigs. Exciting life experiences: Touring Europe with Nunslaughter was classic, meeting Superhost, being revived after being dead for a full minute, seeing Dora (our Drummer) crap his pants in New Jersey...
JL: I was very excited when I met Darth Vader here in Cleveland when I was 9. Getting my leg chopped off around that age was exciting in a very frightening kind of way. Beyond that everything else pretty much has sucked.

13. What do plan for the near future?

WR: Tour! Support a good band like Centinex, Carnal Forge, The Haunted or really any good Swedish Thrash band. There are none in the States.
JL: We can't wait for our album to come out and we've been begging WorldChaos to let us come to Japan and tour in April. I also plan to drink a lot of beer very soon.

14. What do you know something about South-East Asia U/G scene?

WR: I heard you can get caned for moshing.
JL: I have to admit I don't know much…Don't the Muslims cut off your hands if you play thrash?

15. Merchandise for sale and detail?

WR: We have shirts with just the logo and "The Darkening of Days" printed below it. Maybe a few pairs of shorts left...if Dora didn't crap in them
JL: We plan on having a bunch of new merch for the new album. Keep checking out or web site for details.

16. OK! Thank for the answer & good luck with all! Anything to add in conclusion?

WR: If you want to bang your head and pound your fists to quality thrash metal, check us out, you will not be disappointed.
JL: Our new album, "Agony's Lament" Will be out in late fall. Check it out. For more info visit WorldChaos Production at Thanks to all the thrashing freaks, and to you Preecha, for supporting the underground!!!! Horns Up!



December, 2002

1. Tell me about your first band, Bloodsick and the scene where you are from
in Cleveland, Ohio.

Jim Lippucci: We started Bloodsick with the intent to play just simple back to the basics thrash. We really missed the style of metal that we grew up on and thought it would be cool do something a little bit like that. We all knew each other from years in the scene so it was pretty cool jamming together. We recorded a six song demo which was just actually finally released as a split with The Spawn of Satan. Eventually just about everyone involved lost interest and Chris and I decided to move in a new direction. Our scene here is pretty cool, a lot of cool bands and cool metal freaks around the area to drink beer and rage thrash with!

Wayne Richards: I wasn't in Bloodsick, but our drummer Chris Dora (who was in Bloodsick) and I are in The Spawn of Satan, and all of the people in our circle of metal brethren have rehearsal spaces in the same building. We all came to know each other here and at shows and alcohol-fueled ragers in Cleveland. The Cleveland metal scene was built around excellent bands of the past like Destructor, Terror, Purgatory, Blood of Christ, Decrepit, Hemdale, Escalation Anger, From the Depths and many others. Current bands like Soulless, Nun Slaughter, Somnus and a few others are keeping the torch of Cleveland metal burning bright.

2. You released a 7" with Nunslaughter - are they from your area? How did
your styles differ?

JL: At the time Nunslaughter was in the process of moving to Cleveland. We've known various members of Nunslaughter for years so it was pretty cool to do the record. They are definitely more raw and purely Satanic than Bloodsick…They're great. Bloodsick was more old style thrash, while Nunslaughter is more old school satanic death metal.

WR: FACTOID: Nun Slaughter and Soulless (among others) share the same practice space (and occasionally the same women).

3. Tell me about the name change to Soulless and how the band finally came

JL: Various members wandered off and the sound was really changing, so it really wasn't the same band any more. We wanted to sort of start over plus I don't think we ever liked the name too much. Chris had the name Soulless in the back of his mind for a while and we thought it fit really well with the sound and lyrics of the new stuff we were writing.

WR: It was not actually a name change. Yes, 3 members of Bloodsick went on to form Soulless, but the early Soulless material is completely different from Bloodsick. Different people were writing the songs and Jim actually sings completely different in Soulless than he did in Bloodsick. Soulless was a completely different band. Jerry (the original guitarist), Tony (original bassist), Chris and Jim had 4 or 5 songs written when I was approached by Chris, who played me the one of the first Soulless rehearsal tapes, and asked me if I would be interested in joining as the 2nd guitarist. At the time I was jamming down the hall with The Spawn of Satan, so I kind of knew these fellas. I liked Dora's sweatpants and the songs, so I joined Soulless immediately.

4. It seems that Soulless is the perfect blend of the catchy riffs of early
Thrash Metal and the power and heaviness of Swedish Death metal - is this an
accurate assessment?

JL: Well, I don't know…that's sure pretty flattering…We really just wanted to make the music we wanted to hear, and I think we're all pretty happy with it. I think it's decent thrash…it's kinda pissed off so that's probably a pretty decent assessment…

WR: Early 80s thrash and early 90s death metal…yes, these are our major sources of inspiration. We are heavily influenced by bands like Kreator, Slayer, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Celtic Frost, Sodom, Exodus, Coroner, Destruction, Carcass, Entombed, Dismember, Unleashed, Bolt Thrower, At the Gates, etc…

5. Tell me about the Darkening of Days demo CD you released as Soulless and
the response you received.

JL: The response was pretty cool. It got some pretty good reviews and almost everything was positive. We really didn't spend too much time in the studio on that record. We really just wanted to get the songs down and get some kind of demo out. We were happy with the way it turned out so we just decided to go ahead and put it on CD with some decent packaging and stuff. We were a little surprised at some of the reviews we got, so it was really encouraging.

WR: The Darkening of Days demo was well received in the underground (Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles named it best demo of 1999) and we were pleased with the vast majority of reviews we received. It was recorded quickly and not enough attention was stressed on certain areas of the process, but ultimately we accomplished our goal of recording a quality demo and getting our name out there.

6. Tell me about all of the tribute Cds you appeared on and the songs you
chose for each. How did recording all those tribute songs help Soulless find
their own identity?

JL: Those recordings were cool because we were afforded a little bit of money to go into the studio while playing songs by our metal forbearers. It really helped us become very comfortable in the studio without blowing all of our own cash. It gave us some time to really look at and adjust our sound and playing and to be very critical and hurtful towards one another…We'd often be overheard to say… "That guitar sound is shit" "your gear is crap" "what makes you think you know how to sing / play / write…" I think the personal attacks laid the groundwork for various members' eventual departures from the band. It also helped Wayne a lot… he was still pretty young and I think he got nervous and frankly a little bit frightened…I think he was only 12 at the time…but he managed to pull it together. It was a very wonderful time that we remember fondly.

WR: What? I was comfortably born in a studio outside of Stockholm! Anyway…Judas Priest, Metallica, Twisted Sister, WASP, Ozzy Osbourne and Destruction are among our favorite bands ever, and getting the opportunity to record songs for these tribute records also gave us some left over money to record new Soulless material. The songs we covered were "Hellbent for Leather", "Motorbreath", "You Can't Stop Rock And Roll", "Tormentor", "The Ultimate Sin" and "Confound Games". Soulless already had an identity, but we had a glorious time recording these songs and giving praise to our metal elders.

7. Tell me about the Soulless 3-song demo and how you came to sign with World
Chaos Records. Are you happy to be on such an up and coming label with bands
such as the almighty King's Evil?

JL: We couldn't be happier with WorldChaos!!!!! They've been very cool with everything and are really putting a lot into promoting this release. They're true underground warriors! King's Evil fucking rage, and it is definitely an honor to be associated with them.

WR: The "Bleeding Darkness" 3 song promo was sent everywhere and again was well-received. Few good offers were made to us, so we went back to the studio (The Mars Recording Compound) to begin work on another self financed release. Almost half of the album was complete when we received interest from WorldChaos. They asked if we had anything else recorded…we sent them the rough, half-finished recordings which were to become "Agony's Lament" and they signed us. We could not have signed with a better label. It's obvious that WorldChaos puts out great metal (King's Evil, Terror Squad, Grim Force, etc.), and we are extremely happy to be part of the WorldChaos metal family and the first U.S. band on this killer label.

8. Tell me about the recording of Agony's Lament and the great cover art and

JL: We've been lucky enough to have a great studio nearby (Mars Recording) and we've been working with Bill Korecky, the engineer for years with various bands, so things went pretty well. It was really kind of strange…we got rid of our bass player at the same time we decided to go ahead and begin recording the new album on our own. Wayne was going to play bass, and we were going to concentrate on finding a new bass player after the record was done. Then we ended up hooking up with Dave Johnson, our present bass player. He stepped in, learned all of the material in a couple of weeks and really became a key component in the recording process. He definitely helped to solidify the lineup and bring the album together. We really lucked out on our cover art…our original artist let us down at the last minute, leaving us with a finished CD and no art. We were very fortunate to hook up with Matt Cavotta. He got everything done in a week and was really cool to work with. I think everyone in the band really likes it.

WR: I would guess the entire recording process took about 20 full days spread out over the course of the Summer of 2002. Bill Korecky is amazing to work with and we always have many beers and laughs with him when we're recording at Mars. The studio is fantastic and Bill's expertise in engineering brings out the best in what Soulless wanted to do with this record. Matt's artwork was shockingly brilliant. We were turned on to him through a friend of ours who Matt had previously worked for (SOMNUS). The concept (from what I gather) is supposed to be a demon in a void, whose posture is being slightly altered by poles and hooks and such. After the concept was discussed, Matt had the art for us in a week. We find the artwork irresistible.

9. Agony's lament is 666 Fucking Skulls in the opinion of SOD magazine. Thank
you for bringing the skull-crushing power of Thrash Metal into the new

JL: Thank you for appreciating and supporting skull crushing thrash metal!

WR: Visit Soulless at We appreciate the support and enthusiasm for metal Sounds of Death has displayed over the years. We thank you immensely! Let thrash reign supreme!


1 Hello guys, how are things going for Soulless these days? I suppose You're in full promotion of Your "Agony's Lament" just released..?

Jim Lippucci (Vocals): Things are pretty cool. We're beginning to really get going on our end of promotion here in the US. We've got a lot of promos and press kits to send out and have a whole bunch of shirt designs being made right now…We're really stoked about the new album.

Wayne Richards (Guitar)- Things are well…We're pushing our new album right now, playing some shows here and there and just having a ball with the whole damn thing!

2 It's been about half a year since Soulless got signed to Worldchaos Production... How is the cooperation going? Are You pleased with Worldchaos Production, "Agony's..." promotion, etc?

JL: They're a great fucking label. They have really gotten behind the album. They've gotten us on some comps and hooked up some pretty cool interviews and shit like that. Plus they've been distributing tons of flyers and putting ads in 'zines. They put a ton of promos out there to…They're really professional and know how to get shit out there.

WR- Worldchaos is an amazing label. They have been more than generous and have done everything they said they would do. They're really doing a good job of promoting the record and getting out it there for people to hear. Soulless is extremely pleased to be a part of the Worldchaos family of metal.

3 Wasn't that a great surprise to You guys, that a Japanese label gives You a better deal than any US based label? Why is that the case You think?

JL: It was a little surprising. From the stuff we'd heard that they put out, we thought Soulless would be a great fit on the label…but we never thought they'd actually be interested in us. When it happened we were blown away and totally honored. We had tried shopping our stuff to American labels, and even though our music kept getting good reviews, nobody really seemed interested. A couple of labels showed some interest, but for whatever reasons they had they decided against us. I sort of think that our music just isn't really the thing in the US right now, and they didn't think we'd sell enough records. There don't seem to be many American bands playing thrash.

WR- We sent our promo to a lot of labels that we thought would be into Soulless enough to get the proper finances together to put out a quality metal release. Worldchaos has some good thrash bands that we have some similarities with, so we thought this label would be into our stuff. Turns out they are into Soulless in Japan! They really like their thrash over there. American labels don't give a shit about Thrash anymore. They are more interested in releasing the next Korn clone/bullshit band to sell to hundreds of thousands of angst-ridden retarded teenagers. Europe and Asia are way more into metal than the United States.

4 You've played shows, opening for such greats as Incantation, Malevolent Creation, Morbid Angel, Nile... recently played with Immolation, Vader to name a few... I guess Your live performances must be really kicking ass? I mean - these names say it all...

JL: We're really having a great time playing live these days. This lineup is awesome and I think we feel really comfortable together. We're pretty tight and have been lucky to have chances to play some pretty cool shows.

WR- Our live show is always a good thrashing fun time! We've been fortunate to play with some of our favorite bands and you can rest assured we'll be playing many more shows in support of the new record.

5 I find it hard not to ask You about Bloodsick... It has been years since You've decided to ley it to rest, yet recently there came out a split of Bloodsick with Spawn Of Satan... Do You often go back to those years? It must have marked Your existence somehow..?

JL: The Bloodsick demo's been sitting around for years and Jim Sadist (Nunslaughter, Spawn of Satan etc.) has been after me to get it out for a while. He pretty much hooked up the deal with some kids that just started up a new label/distro (Hell's Headbangers - It's cool to see it out finally. When we formed Bloodsick, I hadn't been in a band for a couple of years. It was a chance to jam with some freaks that I'd always wanted to make metal with. It reminded me how great thrashing metal could be, and taught me the metal is the only path

WR- Me too.

6 I've to addmit, that the power and aggression that striked me of that material made me feel bad I didn't check out on You guys earlier! How do You manage it today, with the quality thrash metal scene practicaly forgotten these days..?

JL: We manage by playing thrash and forcing it down kid's throats. It seems every now and then some kid will wake up out of their generic chug riff induced stupor and feel the power that is thrash.

WR- When you come to the realization that metal is all that you need, it's quite simple to continue on in the same fashion that you always have (which is basically just living a life filled with disappointment and metal being the primary source of joy.) Beer and chicks also really fuel the creative flames of the Thrashing process…mostly beer, though.

7 How would You describe Your new "Agony's Lament" comparing it with the earlier "The Darkening Of Days"?

WR- "Agony's Lament" is far superior to our first recording in every way. It's a pissed-off, vicious and violent whirlwind of in-your-face thrashing metal to pound your head to. It's really a different band at this point. "The Darkening of Days" was recorded as a demo, the production was OK and the songs were good. "Agony's Lament" is what the Soulless lineup should have always been…this is a solid thrash record with excellent production and songs that annihilate the songs from our previous effort. Soulless is extremely pleased with the new album.

JL: With WorldChaos' support we were really able to do everything the way we wanted it, from the production to the artwork and packaging. I think we're all pretty happy with the way everything turned out. The first CD was just sort of thrown together and there were many compromises that had to be made because of money and bullshit like that.

8 Great cover art work... seems to show aggression, destruction, pain, brutality, very sick and twisted... Were did it come from? It surely goes well with Your music...

JL: A guy here in Cleveland by the name of Matt Cavotta ( did the artwork. He's done some other metal art work for Somnus, some friends of ours here in town. We had the album finished, yet the artist who agreed to do the artwork originally basically disappeared. I talked to Matt a couple of times by e-mail, and gave him some simple concepts. He pretty much then went ahead and did whatever he damned well pleased, and got the art done in less than a week! It turned out fucking great.

9 Any comments on the "The Ring" movie? What would you guys do, knowing there's a week left before it's all over..?

JL: I haven't seen it. No one really likes me all that much, so I have to go see movies alone or wait till they're on video. It's very depressing, going to a theatre by oneself…all the stupid happy people with their fucking stupid faces…

WR- What is a "movie"? It's all going to end in a week?

10 What is Your opinion on the negotiations with all the countries involved with world religion terrorism... Holy war's and shit... all the time wasted, no clear solution, money spent on that would easily be spent on releasing every record on the wolrd!

JL: Religion is very stupid. For some it is a positive, enlightening path in life, but for many it is a social and political yoke of oppression. Few people truly believe in or practice the main tenets of their faiths, and many follow blindly, doing as they are told because they are too lazy or stupid to find there own path. To often religion is used to frighten the poor and uneducated allowing deranged zealots and madmen to gain incredible power and wreak havoc on the lives of those who refuse to subscribe to their ludicrous beliefs. Yes, More metal!!!!

WR- I'm really not interested in things that don't affect me personally.

11 What other bands/project are Soulless band members involved in?

WR- I play guitar in: Caveman (Prehistoric Thrash), Spawn of Satan (Satanic Thrash) , All That Is Evil (Thrash), Goosebread (Acoustic Insanity). Chris Dora (Soulless drummer) is also in Caveman, Spawn of Satan and All That Is Evil.

12 Would You try to point the greatest dissapointment for You guys on in the music world of the last couple of years ?

JL: Well if you are speaking generally, outside of just the metal realm, I would have to decry the state of American radio and music in America as a whole. It's become this big ball of corporate crap, with no variety and a bunch of Nu Metal shit. Fuck all that. Also Metallica turning gay made me very sad.

WR- I heard that Freddie Mercury was gay! That shocked me. The whole trend of this gay rapping over stupid chug riffs, and this is what people call metal now???!!! This cannot be good for the future of mankind. When I was growing up it was Iron Maiden, Metallica, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, etc…for the most part, bands that are still around today! Do you really think Disturbed or the 50 gay bands that sound just like them will be around in 20 years? Where is the uniqueness in a band's music? Where is the originality? It is a dismal time for music and it has been bad for a while. I do like metal, though.

13 Suffer The Fallen, Empty Deadness, Terror Of Twilight... Any special message to be found in Your lyrics? What would be the things that inspire You most?

JL: Suffer the Fallen and Terror of Twilight are very much inspired by my anger at the destructive nature of organized religion and the manner in which people use religion to deny people of their self worth, their identities, their entire right to self determination…other songs are inspired by my inability to interact socially with anyone and my general disgust with most things human.

WR- My riffs symbolize these same ideas.

14 What would be the bands that inspired You mostly in the song writing area? What bands/music are You guys into these days?

WR- Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Sodom, Judas Priest, Exodus, Voi Vod, Celtic Frost, Razor, Entombed, Dismember, At the Gates, etc… Lately been into Centinex, Carnal Forge…

JL: Sabbath, Maiden, Blue Oyster Cult, Kreator, Anything Wayne said, Trouble, Johnny Cash…I must give high praise to our Label mates, King's Evil, they fucking thrash.

15 Years ago, most of the music around was created under the influence of drugs'n alcohol abuse. These things seem to be changing for some time now... Would You agree with that?

JL: If this is in fact changing then we are at least trying to do our bit to change this disturbing trend. We have been known to consume large quantities of alcohol, and I believe an altered brain is a happy brain. The kids mustn't be afraid of beer. They need to rage; it's the natural order of things.

WR- I drink some beers to make the metal good.

16 So... where will the next Pope come from..?

JL: I've heard of a certain young Cardinal from Minsk who has been causing quite a stir in Rome. Not sure of his name…They say he'll really turn the papacy on its ear.

WR- Someone's bunghole?

17 How come the world doesn't see what the christian church intitution does really offer?

JL: People are lazy and fear change…they are desperate for anything to believe in to somehow paint a happy face on their meaningless existences…but what do I know? I can't even get a decent job or haircut.

WR- I think it's what the church does offer that makes people shy away from it. The church offers the raping of your children, stealing your money, and waking you up at ten in the morning religiously, by knocking on your door loudly.

18 What would You tell all the narrow minded, blind christian lambs out there?

JL: I would tell them "God is dead, Hail Satan! All Hail Adrian!"

WR: That's mean, Jim. I would say, "It's too bad that you can't see, but you would make a tasty gyro."

19 Don't You guys get any frustrated, with all the world around watching G.W.B. and the US military trying to "heal the world"... how do You feel about all that..?

JL: Let the world watch, I say! I'm sick of people criticizing the US for our policies. Our country has helped save the world from tyranny, liberated people all over the planet from dictators and war. We are known for our boundless charity and most great innovations of the past two centuries were brought about in America. Now we will use our superior technology and shear power to decimate any who threaten our way of existence. It seems the world finds blood distasteful these days, so once again it will be up to the Americans to do the dirty work. And once we're finished other countries will condemn and ridicule us, look down their noses at us…all the while enjoying the freedom and safety that we secure…

WR- I'm really not interested in things that don't affect me personally, but I like beer and metal.

20 So, tell us what are Your plans for the nearest future, with a deal in You pocket & a release that's getting such a good response...

JL: We just need to promote the fuck out of the new album…spread the word…play shows. I'm hoping that this will score us some chicks, especially chicks with beer and pot…We're starting to get some new material written and I'm thinking of learning to fence, just like Bruce Dickinson.

WR- We plan to dominate for a while. You know, take over the reigns and deliver the goods this time around. The metal world is like a big piece of toast and Soulless is the sweet, delicious butter that must be spread generously to achieve thorough enjoyment and complete satisfaction.

Thanks a lot for the interview! Wish You best of luck with Soulless! Would you like to add anythink to sum it all up?
WR- Check out the Soulless Thrash Assault!
JL: Hails Diabolous!!!! Thanks for the interview!

Lord Darnok &



Transcending the Mundane

Transcending the Mundane
1. How do you feel about the release of the new album?

Jim Lippucci: Great. We were really happy with everything…

Wayne Richards: It has been such a long time between releases, we are overjoyed to finally have a quality release on such a great label and receiving such a positive response from Thrashers everywhere!

2. Your cover has some painful imagery- have you ever felt extreme physical pain?

JL: On the way back from Kentucky Wayne’s ass seemed to be causing everyone pain…My life is somewhat painful.

WR: I had my ribs broken on a rafting trip (hurt like a SUMBITCH)…but I still have not been impaled…My hand was chopped off once (yes…extremely painful), but fortunately the doctors were able to reattach it. I have felt such pain…

3. You appeared on several tribute albums, do you feel that was a positive experience for the band? Are you a fan of tribute albums?

JL: Sometimes I think they get a little overdone, but they can be pretty cool…

WR: By doing those tribute albums, Soulless received enough funds to do the tributes as well as ample studio time to record the Bleeding Darkness promo without much money coming out of our pockets. Indeed, it was a positive experience…a lot of fun was had and a lot of beer was consumed. I still really only love one tribute album…The Slayer tribute with At the Gates, Dissection, Edge of Sanity, etc….

4. Do you think World Chaos Production is an appropriate label for Soulless? Why?

JL: Yes, they appear to enjoy thrash and we enjoy thrashing so it seems to work well…

WR: This is our first proper release and it could not have been with a better label. Worldchaos is an excellent metal label. Bands like Terror Squad, Grim Force and King’s Evil are great Thrash bands that define what this label is. I think Soulless fits in well with Worldchaos’ plans to dominate the Thrash market. Worldchaos Production has done so much to spread the metal gospel of Soulless’ teachings to so many Thrashers that we could not have reached on our own. Worldchaos has brought Soulless to a new level in the metal realm and we are honored to be a part of this fine label.

5. Do you feel thrash is still a viable metal genre in today's scene?

JL: It depends on what your definition of viable is I suppose. If you mean will it line the pockets of it’s purveyors with cash, probably not, but I suppose any music genre is viable as long as it has any amount of support.

WR: If you’re into metal it is not possible to live without Thrash. 20 years ago Thrash was at the forefront of the metal movement, and any true metal freak still believes it is! THRASH TIL DEATH!!!! Go listen to Kreator and tell me their not “viable” today.

6. With bands like Exodus, Death Angel, and Nuclear Assault all planning new albums for the first time in a decade, do you look forward to what these bands have to offer? Who do you feel is/was the quintessential thrash band?

JL: I look forward to these releases with some trepidation…while it’s good to see people rejuvenating their thrash roots; let’s hope they don’t defile their good names by making inferior irrelevant music.

WR: I am really only looking forward to the Nuclear Assault…Yes, all of these bands are way past their prime, but it doesn’t mean they still can’t put out a decent record. But don’t expect these new albums to be great, because they won’t be. People hype up these reunited bands from the 80s and expect them to put out a record that sounds like the shit they did 20 years ago. Some can pull it off, but most do not. Perhaps some reunions are done for the wrong reasons, but in the end it’s the band’s music that speaks the loudest, not the band’s history or the hype surrounding these new releases. AS far as the quintessential Thrash band, Early Metallica is the greatest thrash band ever…they were so far ahead of their time…brilliant musicians who wrote unforgettable songs…the first three records are required for an individual’s life to be worth living.

7. What did The Darkening of Days accomplish for Soulless?

JL: It really helped to get the name out for us and show people what we are capable of.

WR: It was our first step as a band. Our first recording made us known in the metal underground and gave us a sense of where we stood among our peers.

8. Have you developed into a band you feel can make a difference in the US metal scene?

JL: If by “difference” you mean completely ruin and embarrass, then probably…I’m sure we’ll piss some people off…

WR: Without question. When people hear Soulless they will know that Metal is alive and well in the United States. In a country filled to the brim with shit like _______ (fill in the blank with any band you hear a radio station call “Nu-Metal”), people will truly know what metal is when they hear Soulless.

9. What emotions are portrayed in Soulless?

JL: Anger…disgust…disappointment…resentment…homicidal rage towards all things Earthly…

WR: If you can combine beer and metal into an emotion…Perhaps Joy?

10. Did you get the Destruction albums without Schmier? Do you think Mike should have kept the band going during the mid nineties without him?

JL: I’d rather not think about that. They fucking raged on this last US tour though…

WR: The reason I don’t have those records is why Mike should have called it something else. When they played Milwaukee Metalfest a few years back as a 5 piece it was a travesty…completely disgusting and unbearable to watch. Destruction is not Destruction without Schmier. They are one of the bands that did it right when they reunited (and it feels so good). Destruction KILLS!!!

11. What is your opinion of Ozzy's success in the world of tv?

JL: It is very stupid, but I watch his every move and try to be just like him… Where were these people in ’73?

WR: Jim worships Ozzy and loves him above all things…Ozzy has reduced himself to a laughing stock. He is the reason for parents telling their kids not to do drugs, ”You keep doing drugs and you’ll end up just like that guy.” It is a great show, though. Hopefully VH1 will counter MTV’s success with a fabulous little show called The Dio’s.

12. What your favorite Sabbath album? Why?

JL: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath…Spiral Architect, A National Acrobat seem to be good reasons…Rick Wakeman is brilliant. Some of Geezer’s best lyrics ever…

WR: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath is necessary for a properly functioning existence. This showcases Ozzy’s best vocal performance and use of gorgeous vocal harmonies. Heaven and Hell showcases Tony Iommi’s best lead guitar work and a better vocalist.

JL: Ozzy’s voice is so much a better match for the rumbling tumult of the Sabs…He was at his peak, and at his peak puts the Elf-like Dio very much to shame.

13. Final comments?

WR: Rage with Soulless at and check out our new Thrashing album “Agony’s Lament!!!!!”

thanks for your time, please add anything we missed in the interview. Also can you send over a photo as a jpeg or tif? Thanks-Brett



The MetalVault

1. First off please introduce yourselves to the hordes reading?

Jim Lippucci: Jim, Vocals
Wayne Richards: Guitar, Beerdrinker, Birthday boy

2. Tell us a bit about yourselves, cause you guys seem to have
been around for a long time?

JL: We’ve been doing Soulless for about 6 or 7 years now

WR: I’m a Capricorn who loves beer, bowling and metal… Yes, we have been around since late 96’ and we are still Thrashing!

3. So why tell us thrash metal and not say death or black?? Is
there a message you guys are putting out? What inspires your music or
your awesome riffing?

WR: We are a metal band… We do tend to Thrash, but we incorporate elements of death metal and some classic heavy metal harmony action. Primarily we are labeled a Thrash band because every tune thrashes. The only message we are putting out is that we are THRASH!!!! Many great bands (Metallica, Slayer, Kreator, Sodom, Celtic Frost, Voi Vod, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Razor, Entombed, At the Gates, etc…)push us to be as metal as is humanly possible.

JL: We love thrash.

4. How do you guys write your music, cause it seems to blend
Thrash Metal and Swedish Death metal very well indeed?

WR: Thank You. Some riffs are total Thrash riffs, and some are Swedish sounding. Technically, the Swedes play thrash riffs, but they sound different because they come from Sweden. A lot of inspiration comes from early Swedish Death Metal, and a lot comes from early Bay Area and German Thrash. Our influences are apparent in our music and our music is an extension of what we have been listening to for so many years. Riffs just come together somehow and form songs that draw inspiration from everywhere. But in the end, it’s metal.

JL: Yes, you see, had the Swedes been from Germany than I doubt the riffs would sound Swedish. I don’t know much of this techno-geographical mumbo jumbo…I just add words when they’re done.

5. How did you guys find your true musical identity or approach so
to say?

JL: I’m not sure…I think it has to do with the beer we drink and the fact that we love thrash.

WR: Usually, riffs turn into a song and words are written later. The music defines the band, and we are a product of the metal that has come before us and has shaped us as musicians. Our identity is formed by what you hear on the record…

JL: Wait, you lost me…

6. You guys have only recently been signed by a major label so to
say, is it that hard? Why such a long wait? What are the American
labels looking for anyways in metal nowadays?

JL: It does seem to be somewhat difficult. I’m not really sure what the American labels are looking for…I think most of them want to make money, which seems to be hard with thrash…

WR: Worldchaos Production is an up and coming metal label (far from a major label) in the metal universe. We are not making money off of this. It takes a lot of patience and saving money to get to where you want to be as a band. You have no idea how many zines, radio stations and labels we sent promos to, only to get a minimal response. It’s all about being in the right place at the right time and knowing the right people. We would record a new album every year if we had the proper financial backing, but it takes a lot of money, time, and effort to make a good record. American record labels are looking for the next Korn clone to sell to the masses of retarded teenagers looking for a reason to piss off their parents.

What do you guys think of the music business in general?

JL: It’s just as stupid as everyone always says it is.

WR: The music business is just looking for the next trend to make money.

8. How did the deal with World Chaos come about and how have they
been treating you?(King’s Evil fucking rule by the way) Were you
surprised that a Japanese label and not an American label offered you a
better deal?

JL: We had traded our first CD with WorldChaos (for Terror Squad, who also fucking rule!!) and along the way we sent them our new promo. We had just about given up trying to find a label, and began recording on our own with what little cash we could scrape up. WorldChaos really liked the promo, so we sent them the rough unmixed tracks with only about half the vocals recorded …no solos…and I think they sort of liked it. They are fucking great to us!

WR: We have absolutely nothing to complain about. Worldchaos has followed through on everything they said they would and more. We could not be in a better situation right now. We had already spent $1500 of our own money on recording costs before Worldchaos wanted to put out the record. We were prepared to release a self-financed album. I was surprised we were offered a deal at all!

9. What was recording Agony’s Lament like, was it like the album

JL: Sometimes Wayne’s ass would groan and emanate foul clouds of noxious vapor. That was agony…I also almost had a brain hemorrhage. It hurt for several weeks but is better now.

WR: Leave me alone…it’s hereditary. For the most part, being in the studio is always awesome. Your music always sounds the best in the studio.

10. What do you guys think of the American Metal scene?

JL: It’s not so bad, though it seems Europe is much more receptive to what we are doing…

WR: I think it is quite weak compared to the European scene.

11. Are there still a lot of thrash metal bands like yourselves in
America? Is trash metal on a revival so to say?

JL: It doesn’t seem so, although local metal legends Destructor have been doing shows here again.

WR: I am unaware of any good thrash bands or any thrash revival.

12. What are you guys listening to now anyways? What were your
favorites of 2002?

JL: I like the new Kreator, Arch Enemy, the Crown, King’s-Evil…I lose track of what year stuff comes out…

WR: AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Centinex, Carnal Forge, Bloodbath…

13. What band or bands started you guys off on that road of metal?
What was your biggest inspiration? What made you decide this was the
life for you?

JL: I found Sabbath and then Blue Oyster Cult and Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, then Metallica, Slayer, Trouble, Exodus, Kreator, Voi Vod…you can see where I’m going…hell probably…

WR: Metallica, Slayer, Kreator, Sodom, Celtic Frost, Voi Vod, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Razor, Entombed, At the Gates. My Dad said only 3 of his sons could be successful, so I had to be the metal son.

14. You guys have handled a lot of the admin stuff for your band
for a long time, like your demos and stuff. Did you guys ever think you
want to quit? Enough of this commercial shit from labels, what kept you
guys going?

JL: Every once in a while you get an e-mail or a letter from someone who just fucking loves your shit…so it tricks you into thinking your doing something right. Sometimes there is a lot of bullshit and hassle but metal drives us…quitting is never really an option.

WR: Jim does everything except write riffs. That’s where I come in. Quitting is like committing suicide, you can’t live if you don’t have something to live for. Metal is what I live for.

15. What are your plans for 2003 now that Agony’s Lament is out?
Working on new stuff or is there a huge tour in the works?

JL: I’m gonna throw back some suds and brush up on my Japanese and German… by brush up I mean start to learn how to speak…and by suds I mean beer preferably a moderately priced import or microbrew.

WR: We do have some new material we’ve been working on. No tour is concrete, but we already have a few outstanding offers that will hopefully come to fruition in 2003. We will continue playing mainly East Coast shows promoting the record in the meantime.

16. Thanks again for your time Soulless and a great album, any last
words for the hordes?

JL: Check out our website, and Horns up!

WR: Let metal be your guide and keep a beer at your side!



Legacy Mag

1: Please first of all give us a short band history as I haven't heard of SOULLESS before!

Jim Lippucci: We started this band around 1996. Soon there after we recorded a 10 song demo which we eventually released ourselves on CD. We passed the time playing gigs, trying to promote the CD, and looking for a label. We put out a 3 song demo in 2001 in an effort to get signed. WorldChaos eventually decided they would put out our next full length, and here we are…

Wayne Richards: We formed in the Cleveland area in late 1996 in the spirit of the best of the old 80s thrash bands with some early 90s death metal tossed into the musical mix.

2: Is the name SOULLESS inspired by the classic "Soulless" album of Swedish death metal oldies Grave?

JL: Not really but yes.

WR: No…possibly….yes.

3. How did a US-band get a deal with a Japanese label? What do you expect from this cooperation? Have there been any other labels interested?

JL: We had some interest in the US but no solid offers. WorldChaos is a very cool label that puts out great thrash. I think we go very well together.

WR: We sent them some of our stuff and they signed us. We have already received excellent support and promotion for the album from Worldchaos Production. A plethora of labels received our 3 song promo, but few labels were interested in putting out this record. Now that the record is out, a certain label has expressed interest in licensing the record here in the United States.

4. How about your influences? What bands inspired you for SOULLESS? Are Swedish bands a big influence of you?

JL: I love Sodom, Kreator, Destruction, these bands made some of the best music ever. These days I can’t help but love all the pissed Swedish bands…Centinex, The Haunted, Carnal Forge…I have to wonder what’s going on in that corner of the globe…

WR: Metallica, Slayer, Kreator, Sodom, Celtic Frost, Voi Vod, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Razor, Entombed, Dismember, At the Gates. The Swedes play the best metal.

5. I would say that SOULLESS is definitely more Thrash as Death Metal? Do you agree? Are you standing closer to the Thrash Metal scene or do you hate it to be categorized?

JL: We love thrash music. Sometimes it’s difficult to categorize these things though…everyone has an opinion. It is thrash with some death elements I think.

WR: We are definitely a thrash metal band. We draw some death metal influence as well, but primarily we rage with pounding thrash!

6. Where did you record "Agony's Lament"? Are you satisfied with the production?

JL: We recorded the album at the Mars Studio in the desolate farmlands outside of our home town of Cleveland, Ohio. I think it is one of the best studios to record metal here in the US. We’ve known the engineer for a long time, and he has recorded many great metal bands. We were very happy with the production. Everything turned out more or less as we had hoped, although there was never enough chicken. Hopefully we’ll have a bigger budget for the next album.

WR: We are absolutely overjoyed and thoroughly pleased with the outcome of this record.

7. What can you tell me about the lyrics - are they important in your concept? Please give me some insights about the topics you're dealing with.

JL: The lyrics I had written before we adopted the name Soulless were somewhat grim, which inspired the name to some extent. The lyrics were, in turn, very much inspired by the music which was desperate, angry and forlorn. The lyrics cover many topics, from fears and emotions to reflections on the sad state of man. I get angry at much in the world, from the actions of the lost human filth around me, intoxicated by the numbing liquor that is religion and Jerry Springer, to our own inability to treat our fellow humans in a respectful, decent fashion. Sometimes I get a beer, and it is very warm or smells like an ass… This also makes me very upset. All of these things end up in the lyrics.

8. Where do you come from in the states? Tell me something about your surrounding area. Is it a fertile ground for metal or are you something like lone riders? How many gigs did you play in your career?

JL: We hail form Cleveland, Ohio which I suppose is in what they would call the northeastern portion of the United States Midwest. Cleveland has a somewhat large urban center which gives way to miles of cookie cutter suburban homes which eventually converge onto wooded areas, smaller towns and even some farms. There is a somewhat active scene here. You may have heard of yesteryear thrashers Destructor or Purgatory. Now we spend time with the likes of Nunslaughter, Somnus, Spawn of Satan, Manticore and Descend to name a few. We try to play as many shows as possible…I’m not sure how many we’ve played together…

WR: Cleveland, OH. I’m guessing we have probably played about 40-50 shows in the 6 years we’ve been together.

9. How old are you guys, what are you doin beside the music?

JL: I am very old. I have a horrible job and make no money. Besides this band I have no life. Next question.

WR: Jim is 33 (the wisest and eldest), I am 26 (the youngest and hottest), and the other 3 fellows are in between us at 27, 29 and 30. I am a painter

10. Is it your highest goal to get a deal with a European metal-label like Nuclear Blast, Century Media and so on or do you prefer it to stay a while in the underground? How high is your motivation to become bigger?

JL: We just want to get our music into stores where people can buy it, hopefully with the support of a label that would do their part to support it. I personally hope to have my own show like Ozzy some day. In preparation, I have been consuming large quantities of drugs and alcohol for several years now. I hope to achieve new heights in alcohol and drug abuse soon.

WR: As long as we have a label that will give us the best promotion possible, the financial support to continue putting out records and eventually tour support, we will be pleased. Eventually we would love to tour Europe and have some money come out of this band, but for now we will continue doing what we can to promote “Agony’s Lament.”

11. How satisfied are you with "Agony's Lament"? Are you now objective enough to see where you can improve things in the future?

JL: We are very happy with the album. We took our time and made sure it was just as we wanted. We are very confident with our direction towards the future. As far as being objective, we are all very critical of each other. No one hesitates to shut any one down at any moment.

WR: This album is really our first step in becoming what we desire to become. It is a solid thrash album and we are pleased with the outcome. There is little that we could have improved upon to make this a better record, and based upon a majority of the responses we have gotten there is little room for improvement. We will continue making quality thrash records.

12. Did you already write new material?

JL: Wayne seems to always be writing new material. When he’s not rockin’ out in one of Ohio’s many Coffee houses with his band Goosebread or heatin’ up the neanderthal nether regions of some cave bitches with prehistoric punishers Caveman, he’s right there with some rippin’ new thrash riffs and a twelve pack of inexpensive domestic ale.

WR: I like Bass Ale as well. We have two new songs and are presently working on a third. We are still waiting on lyrics though.

13. How about the structures of Worldchaos prod.? Do you enjoy some good distribution? Are there maybe plans for some gigs in Japan?

JL: I don’t know much about the operations of WorldChaos, but I must say they kick ass. They’re getting this shit out there. We hope to go to Japan soon, but it’s very expensive...I think it’s very likely.

WR: The record has been out less than two months and we have been getting outstanding promotion from Worldchaos and a great response from all over the world. Distribution is about to explode in the States and already we have good distribution in the European market. We plan to play in Japan within the year.

14. If you had a free decision to go on tour with three bands. Which three bands would you choose?

JL: That would depend… if you’re thinking realistically probably Nunslaughter, Centinex and King’s-Evil. That would kill the whole planet. If you’re thinking like total fantasy kinda shit, then probably “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” era Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest (pre-Ripper). Everyone would hate us.

WR: Voi Vod, Razor and Soulless U.S./Canada tour. The Haunted, Centinex, Soulless European tour. Iron Maiden, Slayer, Soulless World Tour. These tours are likely to happen in the near future.

15. What do you know about the German metal scene? Which German bands do you like?

JL: Fleshcrawl is very cool. Very good old bands, Tankard, Vendetta, Exhumer, of course Sodom, Kreator, Destruction…

WR: Old German thrash as previously mentioned also Erosion, Deathrow, Hammerschmitt…

16. What are your plans for 2003?

JL: Many shows, in the US and overseas, beyond that I have no plans…

WR: Soulless will Thrash in many places and spread the word of metal!

17. Any last words?

JL: Please check out our site, and the WorldChaos site, Horns to the Heavens!!!

WR: You’re in the right place if there’s some metal in your face.

Thanks for the interview and good luck with SOULLESS in the future.
Greetings Patrick Schmidt of Legacy Mag./Germany



Mighty Magazine # 16

Journalist: Michael H. Andersen

Answers by band member: Jim Lippucci, Vocals and Wayne Richards, Guitar

1. I have been familiar with Soulless for a few years through some reviews I read in American magazines, but you never made much notice of yourself in Europe? Howcome?

JL: We sent a good number of CD’s to distros and zines worldwide and got some good responses from all corners of the globe. It becomes very difficult and expensive to promote heavily outside the U.S., but we do what we can.
WR: We only pressed 1000 discs, we are an underground thrash band who isn’t well known even in the U.S., underground U.S. bands are not normally noticed in Europe.

2. Now you signed with a Japanese record company, World Chaos Productions. What made you sign with them? Weren’t there any American companies interested?

JL: We had a couple of offers from some American labels, unfortunately those people decided not to follow through with us for whatever reasons they may have had. WorldChaos expressed their interest in us and then quickly followed through with a tremendous amount of support and enthusiasm, no bullshit, or hesitation.
WR: Soulless had a few companies that expressed interest in the band, one even sent us a negotiable contract which we tried to negotiate with but received no reply from…Worldchaos is a label that is totally into doing the same things we want to do with Soulless, Worldchaos is into our music and has done everything for us that they said they would do…they are METAL.

3. Who will handle the distribution and promotion of your album in the US? I suppose your home market is the most important for you?

JL: Right now we’re unsure as to who will be distributing the album in the US. Once the album is released WorldChaos will license the album in different territories, so it’s sort of up to them. The US market is not really all that important to us. Obviously we’d love to see the release well received and distributed throughout the US, but unfortunately I don’t feel our home market is all that receptive to our style.
WR: Most of the promotion and distribution duties fall into Worldchaos’ hands. They have already established several licensing deals in Europe, where metal is truly appreciated, and where we expect our music to be appreciated the most.

4. I noticed you have participated on no less than 6 tribute albums (all on Dwell)!!! Howcome? What have been the benefits and disadvantages of this? In my ears it doesn’t ring a positive bell. Which is the best from the cover songs you have recorded, in your opinion?

JL: I don’t understand why this doesn’t ring a positive bell to your ears. The tributes allowed us to have a budget to work in the studio and even allowed us to record our newer material at no personal expense. We were able to hammer out the promo that eventually helped us sign to WCP at the same time we recorded the tributes. It was also a chance to play songs that we love and grew up on, and have these recordings nationally released! Overall it was a great experience. I love the Ozzy tribute song. I grew up on Sabbath and Ozzy so it was very cool to have someone allow us to do something like that.
WR: Reasons to do a tribute record: 1. You get a chance record a song of a band that you love and have it on a release 2. You get paid to record this song and have money left over to record your own material 3. If you do a good version of the song and people dig it, they will see your band’s name and want to hear your original stuff. We have sold CDs just because someone heard our Twisted Sister and Destruction covers (which are my 2 favorites).

5. Your new album “Agony’s Lament” is practically your debut album, since “The Darkening Of Days” was released by yourself. Howcome it took so long for you to get a deal?

WR: I would like to think of “Agony’s Lament” as our first record because this is what Soulless is now…the material is definitely the strongest we have ever written. As the band has evolved from the loss of our original guitarist and bassist, so has the sound of the band (for the better, I might add). It took a while for the band to get where it is now; for the band to be tight enough and have a lineup of 5 people all going in the same direction… which brings us to today…we sent out hundreds of promos to labels, zines, radio stations, you name it. It takes time to find the right person to see what your doing with your music and be willing to spend thousands of dollars to release promote your product.
JL: We really wanted to find someone that would get behind us and help us make an album we could be proud of. As to why it took so long, I’m not sure. Maybe we don’t play the right shows or kiss ass to the right people, or maybe everyone just thought we plain suck, but we always stayed patient and focused and tried to do things on our terms.

6. I am quite amazed about the energy you display on “Agony’s Lament” and the style you are playing. To me you don’t sound very American, but more like the new breed of the Scandinavian/European thrash/death scene. Which are your main inspirations and which bands are an honour for you to be compared with?

JL: My inspiration lies mainly in the bands that really defined the genre early on: bands like Sodom, Kreator and Destruction. I am always honored to be compared to these bands, as they are truly legends and pioneers of true thrashing death metal.
WR: Personally I just see Soulless as a thrash band. I was always influenced by early Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Kreator, Entombed, At the Gates, etc…Being compared to any good thrash band is an honor…

7. Do you see Soulless competing with the biggest bands in the genre you play (The Haunted etc.), do you have what it takes? Are you ready to take out two months in your calendar, leave your jobs and family and go on tour?

JL: I hate to apply the term “compete” to metal. I’m sure we can thrash and rage and drink as much as any band, and look forward to the opportunity to do so. My job sucks and my family finds me highly disgraceful and disgusting... I have no problem leaving either behind for an extended period of time.
WR: This release will be a turning point in the history of Soulless…I am not sure what will happen, but I am positive there will be tours in the future, when and with whom I do not know, but we are not playing in a band because we want to compete, music is not about competing…We are doing what we love doing, we get out there and thrash…sure we would love to go out and tour all the time, that is our fucking dream! But we shall see what fate holds in store for us…

8. Which other American bands playing more or less the same genre as Soulless would you recommend? Do you have any soul mates musically from the States?

JL: I can think of no one outside of our circle playing our type of metal, there are very few bands that come to mind. I dare say that Americans are afraid of thrash.
WR: Deceased is definitely the greatest metal band in the U.S. They consistently put out great metal records and their live shows are fantastic. No other bands come to mind. The period of good U.S. metal bands was in the early eighties, unfortunately.

9. I also feel you have some inspiration from the early thrash metal scene, both the European (Kreator, Destruction) and the American (especially Sadus and Athiest (vocalwise). Please comment on this.

JL: Again I will say that Kreator and Destruction are very influential to me. Early thrash is what I love. It is the greatest music on this planet.
WR: I can see the comparison to Kelly Shaffer with Jim, but I think Jim’s voice is extremely unique…Kreator and Destruction are definitely 2 of our all-time favorites!

10. Do you know anything about Denmark and the Danish metal scene?

WR: Illdisposed? I have not been to Denmark in a while.
JL: I must admit my ignorance in this department, perhaps you will educate me?

11. Last words!

WR: If you like thrash check us out at Keep an eye out for Soulless’ “Agony’s Lament” on Worldchaos Production. Let Metal be your guide and keep a Beer at your side.
JL: Check out in addition to our site for mp3’s and news, also feel free to contact us at or write us at PO box 7417, Cleveland Ohio 44134-7417 USA. Thanks and horns up!!!!

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“If it’s metal, it’s good. If there’s a fag rapping on it, it’s not metal. It’s gay.” That’s how Soulless guitarist Wayne Richards sees it, anyway. Although my bleeding heart liberal sensibilities would probably lead me to phrase it differently, I can’t argue with the sentiment. In some ways, Cleveland, Ohio’s Soulless (Jim Lippucci-vocals, Wayne Richards-Guitar, Chris Dora-Drums, Jim Corrick-guitar, Dave Johnson-Bass) are a refreshing throwback to the music I grew up on. Five guys in street clothes playing kick ass metal with no bullshit image.

According to Wayne, “Soulless is a thrash band that combines elements of early 80s Bay Area and German thrash with early 90s Swedish death metal. Primary legends responsible for the Soulless sound are Slayer, Kreator, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Sodom, Exodus, Celtic Frost, Forbidden, Voi Vod, Entombed, Dismember, and At the Gates.” The result is a band that combines the musicianship and songwriting of classic metal with the heaviness and brutality of more contemporary artists, putting Soulless in the fine company of bands like In Flames, Witchery, and Arch Enemy.

Below: Wayne Richards and Chris Dora

Formed from the ashes of the band Blood Sick, which included vocalist Jim Lippuci and drummer Chris Dora, Soulless originally came together in 1996. “Once we were the only two original members remaining in the band we decided to move in a slightly different direction and get a new name,” Jim said. Jim and Chris were joined by Wayne Richards and Jerry Kessler on guitars and Tony Daprano on bass, with this line-up making its live debut in 1997 and releasing their first CD, ‘The Darkening of Days’, in 1999. Since then, both Jerry and Tony have moved on and were replaced by Dave Johnson (bass) and Jim Corrick (guitar).

Since forming, the band has become a regular fixture on the Cleveland metal scene, opening for bands like Incantation, Nile, Morbid Angel, and Dismember as well as playing on numerous local bills. They’ve also played shows in Indianapolis and Pittsburgh. Wayne fondly remembers the Indianapolis show, a benefit for guitarist James Murphy. “I ate 23 pieces of pizza after we played,” he claims. “Before the show, a bar across the street had free hot dogs. I had 4 of those. The local Indiana chicks were all over me. The gas expelled from my ass in the van was unreal on the way home.” He also shared another delightful story of life on the road, this one involving the band’s drummer. “One time on the way home from playing a show, Dora shit his pants in Parsippany, New Jersey. He wiped his ass with a sock and kept the undies (KISS boxers…obviously irreplaceable)!”

This past spring the band recorded their second album, ‘Agony’s Lament’, which will be released on November 20th through the Japanese label World Chaos Productions. “World Chaos generally licenses their releases in different territories throughout the world. It usually takes a couple of months after the Japanese release for these deals to get rolling. We hope to have some major distribution in the US in three to six months,” Jim said. “We already have good distribution set to pounce on Japan and Europe, but the distribution in the States will depend on how well “Agony’s Lament” does overseas,” Wayne added. In the meantime, the CD should be available at the band’s live shows.

I asked the guys to tell me a little about their songwriting. Whether the lyrics have any sort of message, or if they just try to find something that fits the mood of the music, and do they write as a band, or does everyone write individually. Jim answered simply, “yes.” Wayne, on the other hand, told me, “From what I gather, all of Jim’s lyrics are centered around his hot ex-girlfriend and all of their struggles to form a normal, long-lasting relationship built around a mutual respect for one another striving to gain peace, love and trust. Usually Corrick or I have some riffs which are developed into songs for Soulless, and much, much later Lippucci finally writes lyrics.” What lady could possibly resist such tender love ballads as “Abandoned to Bleed” or “Blissfully Damned”?

Regarding the recording process, Jim said, “We recorded at Mars studio outside of Cleveland with Bill Korecky. We go into the studio very well prepared. We pretty much produced the album, but Bill always is there to provide us with a fresh opinion from outside of the group, which is very helpful.” Wayne adds, “I am sure we will never, ever record anywhere but MARS. We have a phenomenal relationship with Bill Korecky (who is a damn genius when it comes to engineering a metal record), which will never be severed because Soulless has gained that level of peace, love and trust with Bill. Bill does have his opinions, which frequently become the focus of turmoil for the band…but there are those rare occasions of joy when we get to completely shut him down.”

Being the completely tactless bastard that I am, I also asked Jim about his prosthetic leg, and whether or not he was the “Six Million Dollar Man” of metal. Taking my morbid prying in stride, Jim said, “I lost my leg to a very rare bone disease at the age of nine. Fortunately I have had access to some of the most high tech prosthetics that our country has to offer. These are the limbs that you see people with actual drive and determination using to run marathons and climb mountains. I generally use mine to walk into and out of bars and frighten small children. The leg was actually a lot less then $6 million…I guess I am the $17,000 man of metal.” In a touching gesture of protectiveness, Wayne told me, “Leave him alone.”

While Soulless love playing in their home town (“Cleveland is a great city for Metal,” says Wayne) they clearly have their sights set on taking things to the next level. “Soulless originally set out to get signed, a goal which we finally achieved. Our next goal is to eventually tour Europe (most importantly) and the United States. In a sense we’re just getting started, so hopefully we’ll be around for quite a while,” Wayne said. Finally, I asked Jim if he would be happy if the band merely attained cult status. “I don’t know…it doesn’t’ fit in with my lifestyle of debauchery and excess. I may actually start my own cult some day. I’ve always longed to be worshipped”

Check out the Soulless website at and the World Chaos website at