ALEX BEYRODT (VOODOO CIRCLE, PRIMAL FEAR): “Every Guitar Player Can Play “Smoke On The Water,” But I Play It With Ian Gillan”

Voodoo Circle

The Circle Has Come Back Around

Voodoo Circle is the side project of Primal Fear members Mat Sinner and Axel Beyrodt. Together with vocalist David Readman (Pink Cream 69) the band released their debut self-titled album in 2008. Vocalist David Readman departed the Voodoo Circle after the release of their 2015 album Whisky Fingers. Readman was replaced by Herbie Langhans for Voodoo Circle’s 2018 album Raised on Rock. On January 15, 2021 Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle returns with David Readman on vocals and Markus Kullmann back behind the kit. The album is entitled Locked & Loaded [review] and will be released through AFM Records. I had the chance to speak with guitarist and founder Alex Beyrodt ahead of the album’s release. We had a great chat, but he couldn’t answer the most important question; who is the woman in the “Devil with an Angel’s Smile” video?

Highlights include:

  • Discussion of upcoming Locked & Loaded album
  • David Readman’s return to the group
  • How their former singer reacted
  • Who is that girl in the Devil with an Angel’s Smile video
  • His Rock Meets Classic project with Mat Sinner
  • Why playing in multiple bands is like driving a car
  • His guitar parts business
  • Is his band Silent Force done for good
  • … and much, much more!

Voodoo Circle is:

Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Mat Sinner – Bass
David Readman – Vocals
Markus Kullmann – Drums


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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