at: 27th, March 2014
is great, itís all our home country so this is home for
us. There are tons of Canadian bands that have influenced
us, and of course, not all of them are metal."
SLUDGEHAMMER is a pretty young band with just one demo
released. Tell us a bit about the early days of the band and
any difficulties you found in establishing yourselves in the
Well the full lineup of Sludgehammer will have been around
for a year this May 2014, so ya itís still a young band.
We are still growing as a band and defining our sound. The
DEMO was written fairly quickly once we were all together,
so it was exciting for us to get it out there as soon as
possible. We recorded it ourselves in Danís apartment
which helped the raw/heavy feel we were going for. Everybody
came together and worked hard on their parts, we knew we
starting something pretty cool when we were done. As far as
the scene goes, I think itís hard if your ANY new band
starting out, thatís expected though. Venues and fans are
starting to getting to know us now so itís becoming less
hard to book shows and get people out!
However your evolution seems to have been pretty active, you
are going to take part on The Wacken Metal Battle and also
preparing a brand new rec ording. What have been your
greatest achievements and downfalls?
The Wacken Metal Battle is a great experience for us
. Lots of metalheads in the same room just having a great
time. If you bring it come showtime and light the place up
then you should walk out of there with some fans! Our
biggest achievement right now has to be getting this lineup
together. We knew we needed a fast, hard hitting and
technically gifted drummer, who was also capable of keeping
the groove. A vocalist who can bring energy and emotion to
the growling parts while also writing great lyrics, which is
an underrated point that many donít look for. A Guitarist
who can write a lot of riffs and play leads, both of which
need to sound original and need to be executed live. We
needed a bassist who could play up and down the fretboard as
well as contribute to writing and bringing a high octane
live performance. Not to mention!...we all needed to be able
to stand the sight of each other for more than 5 minutes ha
ha. So with Chris, Jeff, Fernando and Dan in the mix we
definitely achieved a solid lineup.
Talking about your next release, this is going to be an EP
right?? How is going with the recordings? Any interesting
details you would like to share with us?
We just finished pre production on the new EP, we are
extremely excited about it. The title of it will be Organ
Harvester and it will be have six brand new tracks. Itís
definitely going to be a step up in songwriting and
production from the DEMO as more time and money is going
into it. Expect it to be a wild ride when you listen to it!
For the most part its way heavier and darker but there are
some parts where the listener will be surprised. We might
even introduce different vocal elementsÖÖ. We hit the
studio in April!
would you describe SLUDGEHAMMER in live? Where does the band
feels the best to you, in rehearsal, studio or live?
Sludgehammer live is an outpouring of energy, plain and
simple. For us by the end of the set we can barely breathe,
which we hope indicates we put a lot of ourselves into the
show. We hope that anyone that comes out to see us we put on
a entertaining set for, because thatís really one of our
main jobís and the band does feel itís best when its
performing. Although we do also LOVE writing songs,
recording and rehearsing as well.
5. Canada is characterized for hosting a big amount of
good and talented bands. Whatīs your thoughts on this and
do you think itīs a favourable you comes from this country?
Canada is great, itís all our home country so this
is home for us. There are tons of Canadian bands that have
influenced us, and of course, not all of them are metal.
Where we are, in Toronto is probably one the best places for
metal in Canada, the other one I could think of would be
Montreal. Not sure how favorable or unfavorable it is to
come from Canada looking to get established in the metal
world, Europe and US are also great, but here where we are
everybody has a blast hanging out, playing shows, going to
shows, all that stuff and there are A LOT of us!
how are you guys getting alone in private life? Do you hang
out as a band or also as friends? Do you think its important
to always be friends first and then a band mates?
We are all friends, which is good. It helps
everything involved with being in band go smooth if
everybody is on good terms. We also eat a lot of burritos
which helps fuel our creativity and our intestinal tracts!
Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, If you
have anything to say to your, do go ahead!
Thanks a lot! Check out our facebook page(www.facebook.com/sludgehammermusic)
for any band updates and links to everything you need
(Songs, merch, events etc.). Organ Harvester will be out by
May/June, listen to it and enjoy the ride! Thanks to Pain