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Skull Fist – Making Payment in Metal

…It was so obvious when we were recording, I told him I love him but musically we totally did not want the same things. Of course, we both understood, we are still buddies, but we don’t have to play in a band together anymore. It wasn’t nowhere near dramatic or anything like that – it was a natural thing that was going to happen. It had been something we both knew for a long time before it actually happened. I have to get somebody else for sure. Ev…

Venom Prison – Music That Resonates

…we are, in and out of Venom Prison. Dead Rhetoric: A number of the songs, lyrically as well as with videos, usually have some sort of social message. Do you feel that is an important piece you need to communicate as a band, as opposed to the fantasy stuff? Gray: Definitely. I think it’s just who we are, to say it again. I don’t think it’s something made for Venom Prison, it was already there. It is weird, because when we started, we didn’t discus…

Eternity’s End – As Embers Fade

…e of traditional heavy metal movement, and these musicians are in their early to mid-20’s. It’s really hard to tell. I have no idea with the bands I’m in what type of age demographic we appeal to. I remember in Obscura ten years ago the fans of our band were in their late 20’s – are they still with us in their late 30’s? Are there any younger fans into our work, or has the entire audience just aged along with us? I don’t really know. I like to bel…

Black Sites – The Echoes that Lie

…ng, and that got me thinking that I could do other things. That band probably directly led to Black Sites forming, more so than anything else. Favorite concert memory as a fan. First thing that comes to mind is the first show I ever saw. This is crazy as I was already playing in bands and playing shows by then. I went to see Metallica back in the mullet days, original lineup Danzig and Suicidal Tendencies were the openers. That was a fantastic sho…

Killing – Revel in Madness

…For those that love thrash, the 80’s to early 90’s were a peak period – only to wane a bit in the mid to late 90’s. But since the 2000’s, there has been a vast configuration of the old guard pumping out killer records and still slaying on tour – while the younger brigade put their own spin and twist into the mix to revitalize interest. Killing is a newer act from Denmark that grabs the listener by the throat and doesn’t let go – vicious riffing,…

Toxic Ruin – Obliteration of Nightmares

…nd do what I need to do for both. Learning all the Subterranean stuff vocally was a bit more challenging, Chubzy had a few different patterns that I wasn’t used to doing. I was super nervous to do it. It was weird never knowing what to say in between songs, that took a few months to figure it out. Since then, we’ve had great feedback from the fans on this. We are just going to keep rolling with it, it works for us now. Dead Rhetoric: Blake and Jac…

Beyond Grace – Intellectual Brutality

…idn’t know what was going to go there but I had an idea for the flow. Then bit by bit everyone would bring a part and we started to see where the joints came together. Tim would be better at this. You know when you are a sculptor and you are just chipping away the unnecessary rock. The idea that the statue is in there already, you are just bringing it out. This song felt like that. The song was already there and it existed in the ether. We added b…

Portrait – When None Becomes One

…d? Lindell: Yes, that is very important. Definitely. This time we did it a bit differently, we always end albums with the longest track, the epic finishing track. We wanted to do it differently, we put the song named “Ashen” in the middle of the album, an opener of the b-side on vinyl. It could be a natural finisher. Instead we put a song called “The Gallow’s Crossing” as the final track. Which is a bit more up-tempo, catchy kind of song with a lo…

Leprous – Creating Special Vibes

…urrent self. I would say life experience is the main thing, and you gradually change a little bit when you grow older. I think we have allowed ourselves to go a bit deeper now than we did in the earlier days, in the emotional and feelings department. Dead Rhetoric: What impresses you regarding music today? Do you consume and process music much differently now than in your teens and twenties? Solberg: I think I enjoy music even more when I was youn…

Burning Witches – Heroes Channeling the North

…se. You always can find different things from outside your genre and possibly apply them to heavy metal from what you are learning… Guldemond: That’s true. Did you know, the guy from Children of Bodom (Alexi Laiho), he was enrolled in a pop music conservatory while he was playing in Children of Bodom. There are more metal artists than you realize that actually did something like that. I wouldn’t have expected that from Children of Bodom. Dead Rhet…

Evile – Sent from Below

…t needs to be improved on – I don’t know. Maybe balance music life and family life a bit better. Currently I am not good at that. Dead Rhetoric: How do you see the next year or so working for Evile once the album comes out? Are you hopeful that the follow-up does not take another eight years to hit the streets? Drake: I can guarantee the next album will not take eight years. I’ve already got ideas swirling in my head for the next album. The next y…

Skarlett Riot – Stronger and Stronger

…with the fans. We are going to be releasing another single as well. Normally we only release a few, but because of the pandemic and lack of tours, we are going to do another 1 or 2 singles just for people to be in on the socials. We are hoping to plan a few dates late this year, but it will very much depend on things. We keep seeing people who planned dates this year move them to next year. We don’t want to put something in and have it cancelled….

Sumo Cyco – The Initiation Process

…he side of being just as much of a regular human as everyone else. I honestly, sincerely appreciate the support. I have been through this past year without releasing music and wondering how we would survive without live shows. Because we have those relationships with fans and I can say, “Hey guys, it means so much if you could support my candle making project during quarantine [laughs].” I was floored by the amount of people who came out and cared…

Devil Sold His Soul – Emotion and Loss

…ing that comes to mind. We press record and just start singing away. We analyze the bits and look at what was good/bad about it and crafting things from natural instinct rather than trying to think about it for ages. We just go at it. It was really natural. Green: It was quite liberating in some ways. It takes away some of the stress. If you go into something very pre-meditated and you put down and idea that you have been mulling over for so long…

Memoriam – The Battle Matches on

…ol bands that refuse to do anything else. It’s great and healthy. That’s only really because of the strength of the scene. It’s not just us, our music has inspired a younger generation that’s coming up, and not specifically to copy it, but come up with their own interpretation of that and put their own stamp on it. So they can form their own sense of identity and belonging to a scene. That’s what has kept the old school death scene alive and still…

Endseeker – Climbing to the Top

…that crunchy mid-tempo groove when it comes to the music? Liepelt: Personally, I totally like the mid-tempo death metal kind of thing – the headbangers, the groovers. That’s what I really love. Of course, it has to be mixed up with faster songs, because it’s death metal and you want to bash things up a bit. But with the live shows, the more mid-tempo songs work pretty good. You can see people in the audience headbanging and moving. When you feel t…

Epica – A Cyclic World

…in between. Even though I started the band, we are kind of a democracy. Only when I really don’t like something I say that I don’t want it, or how I want the band to evolve. But that hardly ever happens. That’s why everyone is very happy in the band nowadays. We talk about things, and everyone feels respected and important. Everyone is important. So that’s the secret for a band to have a long life span. Dead Rhetoric: You made a third “Kingdom of…

Gama Bomb – Stirring the Savage Seas

…nd of ours, played on the album. He gave things a different flavor. Byrne: Lyrically as well, a year or two ago I read Moby Dick for the first time. That made a huge impact on me, making a maritime theme. Then other things swirled all around me, a friend of mine because I love short horror stories recommended the short stories of William Hope Hodgson, the British short story writer who died in World War I. A lot of his stories, are maritime myster…

Stälker – Conjuring Majik

…lly have goals, but we do break it down into smaller segments. There are only really a couple of goals. The first goal is to always have another album out. My first goal was to have this out last year, but I was a bit ahead of myself thinking how long these things take. You have a long time to create the first album, and then you don’t have as much time to get the next one out in a reasonable amount of time. I learned my lesson with my old band, i…

Sanctuary – Revisiting the Dark Mirror

…the end for the original incarnation of Sanctuary? Rutledge: Yeah, you really noticed especially in Seattle. I kind of remember the groundswell, but right when Nevermind came out, you knew something was changing. I remember thinking it was pretty cool. For some people Nirvana is a bad word, but there is something undeniable and special about Nevermind. The songs were catchy and hard hitting. We felt it, I remember sitting in the car with Jeff Loom…

My Dying Bride – Dark, Shadowy Journeys

…ritten in English, I have no idea what’s going on?” But I warmed to it really quickly and poetry became a real passion for me in school. I really fancied myself as a bit of a poet. In school, we fancy ourselves as all sorts of fantastical beings. It carried on a bit after school, but only with the main classics. Then I got into a bit of rock music and when I heard “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Iron Maiden I realized that you don’t have to write…

Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons – A Generational Melting Pot

…s going to have arguments and disagreements regardless of if you are a family or not. We usually have the odd disagreement out on the road, usually something stupid like the set list or something not being on the rider – it’s always pointless and stupid. But you always hug and make up in the end and have a beer. So it’s not too different. We are a family, but a band’s a family anyway. Dead Rhetoric: Given your father’s musical path, do you feel it…

The Unguided – Piercing Through Shadow

…with our process and how we would continue writing music together. Especially with me being 100% involved in the lyrics and vocal arrangements – Roland and I had done our process since 2005. To have someone new to do that with was different. But he’s down to earth, with no prestige. It was a walk in the park once we figured out the process. We set up the boundaries for the band, and the responsibilities, so it wasn’t that hard. But I do think we n…

Winter’s End – Align with the Sea

…o we didn’t have a clear, underlying thing that we wanted to do, artistically or visually. But we went through all the songs and the ocean or the sea are in all the songs. We wanted to maybe do something with that. The original idea for the cover art had nothing to do with that – there was a hole that you are looking up out of, you are in this really dark place and you are looking up out at the sky, and there was a hint of dawn at the end, light a…

Onslaught – Feel the Force

…ome reason. Maybe the fire is back in the bellies. The older bands are really flying the flag. It’s going to be interesting to see if anybody can step up to that Slayer level again. The younger bands… I don’t know. There are some talented bands out there, but a lot of it is going over what came out before. Newer bands need to find more of their own direction and put a bit of a different slant on it. It will be interesting to see where (thrash) goe…

Warning Sign – Redemption of the Crown

…big judgement calls that we make on certain other groups that we don’t really know, and that we would probably gain a lot more if we were able to get to know them better. Dead Rhetoric: How are you handling the lack of sports as a boxing and hockey fan during this pandemic? Have you thrown yourself more into your gaming, and do you think people will change their behavior a bit when we come out of this quarantine, social distancing mandates? Beauli…

Winterfylleth – The Essence of Atmosphere

…the years? Naughton: I think one of the areas that we have been focused on lyrically and conceptually is a connection to ancient history, and to nature and the old ways. When you look at our album covers, the only one that shows a sense of modernity is the first album, which has a ruined castle on it. Even then, it’s a few thousands of years old. I guess we have always liked the idea, with the covers, is that ongoing connection to nature. A focus…

Wolfheart – Fire and Chaos

…was a huge investment, renting the studio and the sound engineer. You really prepare for that differently. Everything was ready. Now you can spend a few weeks at home, and a lot of the work you can rely on editing so you don’t have to do as much work. You can skip a little bit of the rehearsal part which is naturally going to hurt the quality. You can copy and paste things. Previous musicians had more rehearsal and playing behind them. Dead Rheto…

Svart Crown – Thermageddon Rising

…like about it. We’ve pushed our boundaries quite far – I think it’s a really ambitious record. Dead Rhetoric: How’s the reaction been so far, given some of the changes within the sound of the band? Le Bail: It’s pretty cool. Of course, there’s always people complaining, but no matter what you do people are going to complain. If we were still doing the same music and same album each time, people would be saying that we were just making the same al…

Meshiaak – Misery with a Twist

…trying to be something else. It could be dance beats with heavy guitar. Only your opinion really counts when it comes to art, I think. Dead Rhetoric: How do you feel about the support you are receiving from Mascot Records – do you think they understand what the band is trying to achieve? Wells: I think they do now. At first, I think they don’t really have many metal bands. They understand what Teramaze is doing with the progressive music, more vi…

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