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Metal/Prog Metal Interviews

Dali's Dilemma

Interviewed by Gary Hill
Interview with Dali`s Dilemma from 1999
MSJ: What would you consider to be your major influences?
Pat Reyes: Black Sabbath, Tool, Tribal Tech, Rainbow, Rising Force, and Deep Purple are bands some of us grew up listening to. Anything tasteful and musical could be an influence on us in some way. People tend to think Dream Theater is our biggest influence. Contrary to popular belief, that is not true. That`s not to say we aren`t influenced by DT to some degree. Just not as much as people who hear our music might think.
MSJ: The cover to the album is quite interesting. How did that come about, and how much input did the band have in it?
Pat Reyes: Dave Mckean had complete creative control over what the cover artwork would be. We knew whatever he rendered would lay nothing short of brilliant. Unfortunately, we haven`t had the opportunity to personally talk to McKean about the cover yet.
MSJ: What type of music would you consider Dali`s Dilemma to be?
Pat Reyes: I suppose prog metal (with a tinge of AOR) would be an appropriate category. All of the ingredients are there - odd meter, complexity, keyboards etc. I`ve read where people have labeled us metal - and it doesn`t make much difference to us.
MSJ: Are you going to be touring soon?
Pat Reyes:No plans to tour yet. If a good opportunity arose, we would probably jump on it. A tour to support a new release is pretty important.
MSJ: What do you see next for the band?
Pat Reyes: Writing another album and recording it.
MSJ: Magna Carta seems do like to do spin-off projects. Do any of the members have plans to do any of those?
Pat Reyes: Yes. We are all on the Magna Carta project list, and will appear on future projects.
MSJ: With what other musicians would you like to work?
Steve Reyes  Richard Elliot, George Benson, Stanley Clark and Jess Cota.

Pat Reyes: Tony Martin, Jens Johansson and Ronnie Dio.
MSJ: What would be your five desert island discs?
Steve Reyes:Incognito-Given it up, Carl Anderson-Heavy Weather, Black Sabbath-Heaven and Hell, Greg Howe-Introspection, and Joe Lynn Turner-Rescue You.

Pat Reyes:Black Sabbath-Headless Cross, MSG-MSG, Scorpions-In Trance, Aquarium Rescue Unit-In A Perfect World and Rainbow-Long Live Rock `n Roll. I could only hope that these would be the 5 best choices for the scenario.
MSJ: What was the last CD you bought?
Steve Reyes:Inner Shade-featuring Randy Hope Taylor on Bass (Incognito).

Pat Reyes:Best of Scorpions (Vol. ll).
MSJ: What was the last concert you attended?
Steve Reyes:MSG.

Pat Reyes:MSG.
MSJ: This interview is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: The Early Years Volume 5 at
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