1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Getting geared up to start promoting the record! This band is a bit of a special project (I actually like to think of it as the hot mistress) so everybody has stuff going on outside of it…but I’m dialed in on getting this record in people’s ears.
2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
The band started back in January 2013 and ended up being sort of a weird 3-piece with me on vocals and guitar. It was a mix of sludge, doom and black metal, was very jammy and semi-improvised…but that lineup didn’t work out. I was working on this record and managed to line up a set of killer performers that helped me finish.
3- How could you describe your sound?
The original intent of the band was to start a super-low tuned doom band. As I was cutting demos, I realized I didn’t really dig that sound once it was recorded, as fun as it was to hear in the rehearsal space. I would say where the sound has ended up is a mix between class, traditional Heavy Metal and old school Doom Metal like Candlemass.
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
The biggest direct and obvious influences are Black Sabbath, Dio and Candlemass. My Dying Bride has had a profound influence on me in terms of
arrangements, atmosphere, etc. I’m also a huge classic rock guy, so that’s why the rock organ sound crept into the record…so think stuff like Deep Purple, The Doors, Uriah Heep.
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
Everything so far has been overwhelmingly positive. Even some of the people that played on the record have been pretty blown away.
6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
Judas Priest wrote a song about me…”Never Satisfied”…that being said, I don’t think I could have made a better record right now. The songs are killer, the production is great and everybody involved made the project better.
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Heavy Fucking Metal
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
I do the production myself, I run a small studio. Frank, the singer, also has a studio so we teamed up on the production. It meant a lot of late nights for me, but with Frank handling some of the tracking and lending his ear to the mix helped immeasurably.
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
I had written all the songs and lyrics coming into recording. Frank had free reign to craft his own vocal melodies.
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
I’m going to be working on promoting this record and writing the next one. Everybody is going to head back to their lives/bands for the time being…at some point in the future I’ll try to get everyone in the same room and see what we can put together.
11- That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Thanks for the time. “In the Hands of the Betrayer” is out on 10/14! Hope everyone really digs this record, I know we’re really proud of it. We have a few places that everybody can come check us out on the web: