14th, October 2013
1. Hails, since the first time I took a listen to your songs, I had a really great impression
because of your original and very particular sound. How would you describe your
compositions to the people who don’t know you?
DAN: I consider our music unique in the way we blend various genres of metal together.
You’re going to hear some classic death metal elements from bands like Death and
Decapitated, as well as a lot of more modern and progressive influences from bands like
Dream Theater, Protest the Hero and Opeth.
PAUL: A progressive onslaught of metal!
DAVE: We have funky bits!
2. The band’s formation dates from 2011, and except for Paul and Will, this is the first
musical project for most of you. How and when did you first get into extreme music and
how did the band members come together?
LEAH: I first started really listening to metal when I was 17 after my brother introduced me
to Carcass. I then discovered Death, and both of those bands are still among my favourites
today. Vocally, I have been very influenced by Chuck Schuldiner and Jeff Walker, so for me,
death metal has played a big part in my development. I started the band after having
studied with most of the guys at the Conservatorium.
PAUL: I first got into extreme music when I was first showed Necrophagist. I'd never heard
anything like it and was blown away by the musicianship.
DAVE: My mother plays violin in an orchestra and my father was a classical
guitarist/teacher; ironically, my first guitar lesson was by my best friend in high school. My
friend and I started discovering new guitar music that inspired us and we inevitably
stumbled onto Metallica. From then on, we were hooked and eventually got into prog
bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X.
DAN: I had been playing guitar for 4 years prior to joining the band and I come from a more
progressive background listening to bands like Dream Theater, King Crimson etc. However I
first really got into extreme music (properly) after playing in this band and listening to a
whole bunch of new artists!
3. Despite the very short period of band´s existence, you have achieved to take part in a
big festival such as “Falls Music & Arts”. Could you tell us how was the experience and the
LEAH: Their reaction was really great; I think it’s the best crowd response we’ve had! I think
because it was not the kind of festival a metal band would normally play, many audience
members found our music refreshing because it was so different to that of all the other
artists at the festival.
DAN: It was a lot of fun! We fully packed out the area we played at and more people were
trying to get in but there was literally no room!
PAUL: We were really surprised at how well received we were. Considering Falls is more of a
festival of popular music. It was a blast!
DAVE: It felt cool knowing we were bringing something vastly different from everyone else
on the bill. The crowd seemed to enjoy it too!
4. Tours are normally good occasions for getting drunk and retarded. Any fun stories,
band fights, stage fuckups? Could you tell us the whole story about touring aside with THY
ART IS MURDER band?
LEAH: We only got to meet them briefly, but CJ (the vocalist) was super nice. He even gave
us a shout out on stage and mentioned how different our sound is; that he’d been all
around Europe and heard nothing like it! We were stoked to hear that, and he also
complimented my vocals, which was so flattering coming from such a powerful vocalist!
DAN: They were an amazing band live, so brutal! We’re all pretty easy going generally so no
fights or anything like that…. Yet!
PAUL: They seemed like cool guys. Unfortunately I try not to get too drunk at shows, can't
play our riffs after too many beers.
5. Speaking of your debut release, tell us something more about the “Eclipsed” demo. Are
the new compositions to follow the same musical direction?
DAN: We’ve been working pretty hard lately on the overall concept of the album and I think
yes the songs will generally follow the same musical direction as what we’ve released on our
demo. However, some of the stuff I have been writing for it is somewhat different too… You
will have to wait and see!
PAUL: The demo is where we are at currently. And you can expect more of the same. Maybe
a little more proggy and definitely a lot more polished!
DAVE: It will be similar, but just a wee bit more insane!
6. Are there any certain strong musical influences within the band?
PAUL: Personally I take influence from bands like Psycroptic and Necrophagist as well as
more progressive stuff like Dream Theater and Planet X.
DAVE: There are a number of musicians who I look up to for their composition. Some of the
metal ones are Paul Masvidal from Cynic, Mikael Åkerfeldt from Opeth, Ben Wieneman
from The Dillinger Escape Plan and Michael Romeo from Symphony X.
DAN: My main influences as far as writing goes are bands like Dream Theater, Protest the
Hero, The Safety Fire, Trivium, Opeth and Between the Buried and Me. I’m the modern guy
in the band!
7. As I know you are currently planning to record and release a new album for the end of
this year. Could you give us a preview of this?
DAN: Not as of yet, we’re trying to keep it all under wraps for now, but when we have
something we will let you all know!
PAUL: More metal! More prog! More music!
8. I’ve noticed your pretty solid technical skills. I have noticed some of you are
conservatory musicians. Do you think that musical education is important, when creating,
or playing metal music?
LEAH: Since metal music usually requires a great amount of technical ability, I would say
without a doubt, yes! As for learning music theory, it is definitely useful, but I find it difficult
to put it into practice, especially as a vocalist. A lot of it is more like maths to me.
DAN: I think a musical education is a great thing to have! When I say musical education I
don’t exactly mean going to a conservatorium like some of us have but be actively listening
and exposing yourself to as much music as you can. A little music theory never hurt either!
PAUL: I think music theory is definitely a help, even if it's just explaining an idea. It's nice to
have the musical vocabulary to explain complex ideas. However, I've seen plenty of people
do it well with no musical training.
DAVE: Music theory is a very misunderstood concept. People think that it is all about notereading
and keeping to a set of rules that restrict creativity. This is a blatant
misunderstanding, as theory is simply knowledge that is meant to assist and streamline the
creative process, not hinder it. Any musician will have a bank of tricks and patterns that they
use to create their sound, which serves as their own music theory. When I write, my
knowledge of music theory can only ever serve to broaden my ideas.
9. What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an Underground band?
LEAH: There are so many bands out there, so it can be hard to get enough exposure. With
social media pervading everyone’s lives nowadays, attention spans are shorter than ever,
and it can be hard to captivate people when they’re constantly distracted by the
oversaturation of bands and information on the internet. Also, the universal problem for
musicians applies: balancing one’s time spent working on the music with earning enough
money to pay the bills.
DAN: I guess the hardest part is getting exposure. Not many people know about our music
yet, hopefully once the album is out all that will become a bit easier.
PAUL: Getting gigs, especially in Hobart. There are few venues you can go and see a metal
show at. The unfortunate thing about metal in particular is that people who don't like it,
tend to hate it.
DAVE: Finding sub-in/fill-in musos!
10. No more questions my friend. Just thanks for your time and good luck for your future.
plans. Closing is yours…
PAUL: Keep an eye out for our album! And thanks for listening!
DAN: WE GONNA FUCK Y’ALL TO DEATH