Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Music

Varga interview: Canadian metal contingent return from hibernation

See also

The mid-90s were a difficult time for most metal bands. The Seattle grunge movement obliterated the hair metal of the 80s, and young bands with a love of classic styles were being pushed in the direction of whatever was trendy. In the midst of all of this, Canada’s Varga emerged to drop two fantastic albums, “Prototype” and “Oxygen” in 1994 and 1996 respectively.

More Photos

Varga‘s sound was a mix of classic metal bands such as early Judas Priest and Iron Maiden crossed with thrash icons like Megadeth and Anthrax, tossed up with industrial and progressive influences. That was of course, when the record label would let them do their own thing, but it was that sense of being pushed around by the suits that sent the guys into metal stasis.

The band was formed in 1989 by namesake Joe Varga (bass, vocals) and grade-school chum, Dan Fila (drums). Guitarists Adam Alex and Sean Williamson square off the quartet from Hamilton, Ontario. In 2011, Joe decided to get the band back together to make their music, their way. The result is 2013′s “Enter the Metal” and its forthcoming bookend, “Return of the Metal” (a play on Bruce Lee’s movies). Both albums are steeped in the mélange of influences the guys grew up on and the new sounds they came to appreciate over the years. The music is at once vintage and modern, and most of all, pure metal.

This week, drummer Dan Fila checked in to take us track by track through “Enter the Metal“, chat about the band’s history, and much more. You can listen to the new album on their website at and check out our full interview with Dan in the video box, above-left.

Rustyn Rose is the owner and Editor of Metalholic Magazine and Metalholic Radio.


Today's top buzz...

  • Eminem
    The jam-packed Austin City Limits festival lineup has been announced
    Festivals Buzz
  • A.J. Green
    The Cincinnati Bengals kept A.J. Green happy with an extension through 2015
    NFL News
  • Blake Shelton
    Performers announced for Clear Channel's first iHeartRadio Music Awards
    Music News
  • NBA Cheerleaders
    These NBA dancers are guaranteed to take some attention away from the playoff action
    NBA Buzz
  • Kristen Wiig
    Exclusive: Kristen Wiig talks 'Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' new on Blu-ray, DVD
    Movies Buzz
  • Buffalo Bills
    The Buffalo Bills have reached a settlement agreement in a text messaging lawsuit

Related Videos:

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!