Icarus Witch are a band behind the times. However, that statement isn't an affront to the Pittsburgh outfit. Rather, it's an acknowledgment of their traditional metal stylings–a clean, melodic, high-energy approach associated with Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and others who staked their reps in the '70s and '80s. While Icarus Witch have definitely gained steam by opening for Coheed and Cambria and Heaven & Hell, as well as playing backup to Paul Di'Anno, Maiden's original singer, the act has not been without issues. A horde of members has joined and/or left the band since they formed in 2004. The current Icarus Witch lineup has been set since March and touring steadily behind Draw Down the Moon, their third album. In anticipation of the band coming to the Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana Thursday, Jan. 6, for a show alongside Di'Anno, Without Warning and Eden, OC Weekly caught up with guitarist Quinn Lukas for a quick chat about metal, witchcraft and potentially being inspired by breakfast.
OC Weekly (Reyan Ali): The band has been through a considerable number of lineup changes over the years, including the replacement of the lead vocalist. How have those changes in personnel affected the band's dynamic, and why did so many happen?