at: 31st, March 2015
- Guitars & Dan -
should just be open to everything, and not
want to kill each other for believing in
the wrong God."
1. How would you
characterize the development of your band during this 3
years? What are your greatest achievements and downfalls?
Sergio: Dan, you take
Dan: Development of the
band has been great! We've gone from a shitty black metal
band to something bigger, writing songs restrained to no
genre, we keep things organic and go where we want to go. We
got to do an EP last June, Nothing Into Everything, and it
was a fun expierience, now we are doing our first album
which is a huge expierience. Really loving recording with
the group of guys helpin us out.
2. You have defined
your style as groove/death metal. How have you developed a
sound that is all yours? What influences have been the most
important to you guys?
Dan: We actually didn't
define that. Someone on Metal archives did that, I dont know
why. haha. Now we play it as a joke. We are Metal, call us
what you will, we are fuckin metal. Canadian Metal, if you
will. Our influences are everywhere, I won't speak for the
rest of the guys, but I listen to everything. Led Zeppelin
are the Gods, Dimebag, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Maiden, and
Emperor really got me into guitar. Now I get inlfuenced by
heavier shit; Carnifex, Mysidia, Infant Annihilator becuase
theyre fucking hilarious, Allegaeon, Behemoth, Fragile
Existence, Death, Down, Feared, the list goes on, man.
Sergio: I wouldn't
define our sound as Groove/Death metal, we were labelled
that. We're a mix all sorts of genres, specifically extreme
metal. There's elements of mostly Death and Black Metal to
be exact. We all have different influences. For me, I'm
influenced but Death, Slayer, Metallica, even classic rock
bands like Pink Floyd or Punk Rock bands.
3. How do you
conceive of a song: do you start with a riff, an abstract
idea, an emotion, or a structure?
Sergio: We usually bring
in a song that we've been writing for awhile. I would record
a song idea and send it to the other members, or send tabs.
When we're rehearsing the songs as a group, sometimes we
change structures, add in or take away riff ideas.
Dan: Usually, Serg or I
will have a full song written on our own. Then at practice
we all throw our input in. And thats where it changes a lot.
Because we got 3 other guys who love all kinds of writing,
puting their mojo into it. Emotion, Abstraction, structure,
all comes into play with it. Depends on the day, alcohol
intake, and flow of mojo at the time.
4. Could you tell us
more about the metal scene in Ontario? Is this a quite good
state on a metal point of view
Dan: Y'know, man, it's
weird. Toronto has got the bands, but the fans are hard to
get. I have heard Oshawa is huge for metal, same as London,
Stratford. I'm not sure about much of Ontario. Montreal is
killer, out west has a lot. It's a big country man.
Sergio: . I feel like
there isn't a lot of support for local shows or bands. Once
there's a big show with big metal bands, then everyone shows
up. There's some big shows for some local bands, but it
feels like it's been dying down. I could be wrong.
5. I remember a time
when you just had to release an album and people would be
interested. How do you best promote a band today in order to
get people to listen to you and not chose another band?
Dan: You've gotta be a
beast on stage. People talk about crazy shit. If you can
play awesome music and look like a beast, possessed by
something fucked up, you're going to get fans. Good music
too. haha, can't get fans writing shitty music, well,
the pop scene is an exception I guess, haha.
Sergio: It's mostly
about releasing an EP, and a music video. Most likely those
lyric music videos. It all has to be free as well, like
album streaming online.
6. 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?
Sergio: There isn't a
lot of community bonding in Toronto as other cities in
Canada. There's a bunch of bands that play here, some good
some bad. I'm sure if you go to other cities, they'll be
luck to have a band play, so those shows might do well
because it's what people want, and they don't get a lot of
it. The best way to build a scene is just promoter and
connect with other local bands. And probably a lot of free
Dan: Good music,
accesible music, cheap music, lots of shows. And be
accesible; Drink with the fans, fart, shit, piss, and be
with the fans. But that's everywhere, y'know. People in
Canada like to throwdown and rage just like everywhere else.
We just kick in Canada style y'know? Colder, and drunker.
7. With cities like
Toronto and Montreal on one side and Vancouver and Edmonton
on the other you have pretty strong metal scenes but there
are tons of small tons in-between that are starving for
metal. Are these places just as important in reaching when
Sergio: We have to
entertain everyone we can. Everyone's just as important to
us, they're fellow metal music lovers.
Dan: Yeah man,
everywhere is important. Behemoth got big by touring
northern Canada all the time. So there ya have it. East
coast has a lot too. Nothing huge yet, but I know some of
the bands coming out from there, and look out. Deadgaard
(Newfoundland), ex Weapon members, and Persisting Absolution
(Nova Scotia) are played on my phone a lot. I'm
friends with the bassist of Persisting Absolution,
and she can play a mean bass. Grab their album, man. It's
8. Over the years
death metal has evolved to be not just one specific sound.
Is there any specific death metal sound that means more to
you than the other?
Sergio: For me
personally, I love old school bands, not too much on the
technically side, even though I do enjoy some progressive
death metal as well.
Dan: I love the old
stuff by Possessed, but this new stuff coming out is huge.
Bass is making a return from being a "easy
instrument" to being a new lead instrument. Which I
really dig. Beyond Creation, Augury, Job For
a Cowboy, they're really carving a new side to it.
Just the right amount of breakdown from Carnifex is awesome
9. Are there any
certain religious or philosophical beliefs within the band?
Sergio: I'm atheist, but
I do appreciate the philosophies of other religions. I don't
want to disrespect or make someone less of a person for
believing in something. Everyone should just be open to
everything, and not want to kill each other for believing in
the wrong God.
Dan: Zeppelin is my
religion, man. And my religion has 4 Gods and a son of a God
who can play drums like his old man. Hahaha. I really love
philosophy. Jean Paul Sartre captured me, his one quote is
on our EP, it really opens your eye's upon, "is there a
God?" and "Where is he?" and is he good or
bad. Religion does play a good part in my philosophical
views. It was my favorite class in High School, when I
actually went to it, hahah. I know Greg is religious, it's
cool the lyrics we both write together. Not even about
religion, but he definetly writes with the Christian
philosophies. And it's really cool sending lyrics back and
fourth. We have a good time appreciating eachothers views
and philosophies. It's art.
10. Well, that would
be all for the moment...thanks very much for your time. If
you have anything to add in the end to conclude this
Sergio: Everyone should
listen to Kazupathory! And invite us to play wherever you
Dan: Drink lots of beer.
Copious amounts. Just, tons. Just keep drinking it. And
remember, you're not an alcoholic to bring a beer in the
shower, you're a smart man who deserves that shower beer.
Also, like us on facebook and grab the EP for free, and stay
tuned for our bitchin new album!