at: 15th, January 2016
love blast beats and speed but sometimes
you need to have that contrast in sound to
really accentuate it..."
Since your inception in 2008, you've got a long hiatus
period. Tell us a bit about the early days of BARROWS and
any difficulties you found in establishing yourselves in the
started off with our friend Allan on drums and we had
completed our first demo in 2010. During this time
Allan was diagnosed with a medical condition which made him
to decide to give up drumming. He's probably our #1
fan still. We filled his spot with Joey who
I'd previously played in a band with. We basically hit
restart and the only song we carried forward with us was
River Blindness. Even to this day I wouldn't say we've
established ourselves in Canada. It's a big country
with some big time talent.
You plays basically brutal death metal with a huge dose of
grindcore. Cattle Decapitation seems to be a constant on
your music. What can you tell us about the strongest
us have our own influences. Cattle Decap is a big one
for Lee and Joey amongst others. I'd also include
bands like Gorgasm, Cephalic Carnage and one of my favs,
Immolation. Gotta love having some groove in there
once and a while.
August (2015) has seen the release of your full-length, "Swine
Race" on Inverse Records. How has the album been
received so far?
we haven't had any reviews yet that absolutely bash us so
I'll take that as a positive. We didn't know what to
expect really, as this was all uncharted territory for us,
and considering the style of music we play and the fact that
there's hundreds of other bands out there that play a
similar style I've been happy with the reception. Of
course, it's hard to reach a lot of people when you don't
tour and basically rely solely on an oversaturated internet
This is a question that I often ask simply because I’ve
never ever been in that position. What is it like to release
an album? What kind of emotions runs through you?
personally was super proud of myself and the rest of the
guys in the band. There was a ton of hours put into
this and I've since gained a whole new appreciation for
bands when they put out new material. It's been a few months
since it's been released and I'm still stoked on how awesome
it all turned out; from the packaging to the sound it's all
new album is crushing and blasting, from start to finish.
But there’s also a great deal of memorable mid paced and
slow parts in the songs. Was that a conscious effort or just
something that happened as the songwriting progressed?
just kinda happened. I inadvertently tend to write a
lot of weird timing riffs that have a slower pace to them.
I try to draw from a wide range of bands as well. I'll
listen to the songs and be like "yeah, I was listening
to alot of Coffinworm when we wrote that".
vocals are very well done, both grunt and fiercing as hell.
How much work did you put into the vocals on this album or
does it just come naturally at this point in your career?
is a crazy good vocalist and I love his vocal patterns plus
he's a beast live. He put a lot of time into them. After he
laid down all the tracks I picked out a couple things there
to double up or change up but overall that's all him!
there is one thing you want to come across to the listener
when listening to Barrows what is it and why?
love for the listeners to be able to appreciate the amount
of variety in our music. Sure, there's tonnes of
blasting and brutality, but I feel every song has it's own
sound. I feel way too many metal bands these days you
couldn't decipher track 1 from track 4 if your life depended
What are some other genres of death metal that you listen to
and what particular styles can you just not listen to?
like to think I'm pretty open minded when it comes to music.
I love bands like Dead Congregation, Inquisition and Drudkh
who can create such huge atmospheres without adding
keyboards or synths. I've never been a huge fan of
bands who use keyboards, just sounds cheesy to me.
If you were forced to place your band on a scale of other
Death/Grind bands where would you end up?
pompous do I want to sound... haha. I really do think
we created something awesome that holds its own compared to
most other death/grind bands. But at the same time
bands like Gorgasm, Crackwhore, and Cephalic Carnage will
always reign supreme in my mind.
Recently I’ve discovered a whole new side to the Canadian
metal scene not known to me before. With the strange
population density that is Canada how do you go about
building a metal scene and attain followers?
probably have to do a pile of shows and tour, which we've
unfortunately never had the chance to do. We're from a
city of 60,000 so you can imagine how much we rely on the
Can we speak of a Canadian death metal sound? What in your
opinion set Barrows apart from the rest?
ability to let our songs breath and add different dynamics
to our music. I love blast beats and speed but
sometimes you need to have that contrast in sound to really
last word is yours. What would you like to say to those who
support you and by extension the readers of The Pain
you for the interview! We appreciate anyone who takes the
time out of there day to check us and our tunes out and an
even bigger thanks to those who've bought a cd, merch or
who's come to one of our shows. That being said, in
the past month we've actually split up and gone our own
ways. Me and Lee started a rock band with me on bass
and him on drums. Gotta try new things, right?!