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The Fight Goes On: Our Exclusive Interview with Ed and Bound for Glory

MAMB: Up front, I should state that BFG has been my favorite all-time band for the past 18 years.  There have, of course, been phases—such as my In Flames phase, or my Between the Buried and Me phase—but it all always comes back to Bound for Glory.  Thanks for sitting down to answer questions for our readers!  What has the band been up to thus far in 2016?

We have been hard at work on our new recordings. Due to work schedules and such, it has been slower than we had imagined it to be, but with the extra time comes more ideas. We are getting close to the finish line.

MAMB: Rumor has it the band has nearly two dozen songs in various stages of post-production for a forthcoming album, EP, and split release.  When can fans expect the new full-length album? 

Bound-For-Glory-Feed-The-Machine2We have recorded a ton of material so far. I would say we are about 80% of the way there. I am not too certain about its release date; I am hoping late summer, maybe early fall. A lot is riding on being able to get into the studio.  You can expect a little bit of everything.  You will hear a lot of influences from other albums, as well as some new directions. One thing for certain, it will not be boring or all sounding the same. Buckle up: it will be a wild “train ride”!!

MAMB: Furthermore, when are you planning to release the EP?

I think the label wants to release it all simultaneously. Its going to be like a combo of strikes.

MAMB: For fans who may not be yet aware, you maintain a BFG Facebook account at https://www.facebook.com/bigedbfg.  Will you announce the release of the aforementioned albums through Facebook and other online channels?

That is not me at all. That is a fan page made by a gentleman in Europe. I am very honored that someone would do that. I could never do something like this. I am just a humble individual that likes to make music.  I am sure he, as well as Joel and the label and other outlets, will make announcement through FB and other channels.

MAMB: Do you have any other social media or online accounts fans should be following?  If so, what Twitter, YouTube, etc., accounts should fans be following?

No, not really. There are things here and there I guess. But I am just not a fan of social media. I am more old world. I will leave advertising and etc. to the label and people out there that are knowledged and like to do social media. I am more focused on making music than being a social butterfly.

MAMB: Similarly, will you provide ordering instructions for both digital and physical copies via social media?  Or do you have instructions you’d like to include below?

:I am sure it will be provided. Just keep your eyes and ears open.

MAMB: In the digital age, many fans prefer to download new releases from their favorite bands.  Do you have any plans to make the new material available through outlets such as iTunes, Amazon Music, BandCamp, BigCartel, etc.?  What about material from your vast catalog from 1989 to this year’s new releases?

That is not really my department. I think the the “censors” would try to not let some of our material get out. It seems freedom of speech exists for some and for others it does not. I always thought music was just music?

MAMB: You’ve mentioned to me that the 20 songs recorded this year are very different from previous material.  In what way, musically, do the new songs differ from past releases?  Your past two releases (Feed the Machine and Death and Defiance) have featured a straightforward, aggressive, and, at times, melodic metal sound.  Will fans get more of the same, or something decidedly different?

It will be a rollercoaster of aggression, classical, melodic and some straight old sounding material. You can never really pin point the direction the material goes in. I think that is mainly because the material comes from the heart and does not set any boundaries in the writing process. One thing I can tell you for certain is that there is some incredible hooks and material present. When you compose a song and it just sticks in your head, you know you have done your job well.

MAMB: Will the different releases (full-length, EP, and split) feature different sounds, or was the sound captured during this extended studio session fairly consistent across all 20 tracks?

This is going to be the kicker: we are going to convene and try to hammer out what goes where. It will be interesting to see what everyone’s thoughts are going to be. All of the tracks were recorded at the same time, so nothing will be different in that department. The rough is sounding awesome so far.

MAMB: Fans know that Joel has handled vocal duties more or less since BFG’s inception in 1989.  Who is handling the additional guitar, bass, and drumming duties for the new material?

We have Drew on the second guitar, Wayne on bass, and Tony on drums. We have a couple of guest musicians that will be joining in on a few leads too. And of course we have some classical instruments that will be added by the Conductor.  What is really great about the new recordings is that there are songs written musically by Wayne and Drew which bring in their sound to the mix.

MAMB: Fans of the band also know that Joel’s vocal talents have improved dramatically, particularly with 1999’s Last Act of Defiance through your latest release.  What do you attribute his diversified abilities to most?

Joel likes many different styles of music. He has not boxed himself in with what he listens to. And he is very critical of what he does, so he puts a lot of effort in to his singing. It is all of these different styles of music we listen to that makes our style. Joels’ vocal improvement over the years has been incredible. I think we all have become “true” musicians in the sense, rather than guys that make angry noise.

MAMB: From 2002 (a split release) to 2011 (Feed the Machine), BFG was in a state of semi-retirement.  What most motivated the decision to release the new album in 2011? 

There comes a time when responsibilities outweigh things. We all had a lot of things going on in our life; we did not have the time and more important things were focused on. Also, the motivation was not there. If you are not motivated or don’t have the time, why go out and make something that does not have heart and soul as it should?  I think the longing to play our material again, being we had more time and the fact that we found new guys that fit in perfect with us motivated the band again. We first got talked into playing a friend’s birthday party, and it honestly felt so good to play the old tracks again and to see the response, it was motivating to make the train roll again.Bound-For-Glory-300x296

MAMB: Longtime fans know you’re passionate about your hockey.  Who are you pulling for in this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs?

Hands down, I am pulling for the Penguins in this one. My teams did not make it past the first round.

MAMB: Who are your go-to teams, be they still in contention this year or not?

During the times after we lost the North Stars, my go-to teams were the Red Wings and the Devils. And still to this day I love both teams, along with my hometown team, the Wild.

MAMB: You’re also known for following combat sports.  We’re mutual admirers of the Klitschko brothers; what other boxers and MMA fighters are you following these days?

I don’t follow boxing as close as I used to. But there are some really good boxers out there. One being Sergey Kovalev.  This guy is a killer. Ruthless and powerful. He has that invincible aura to him. There are quite a few good MMA fighters out there. I have been enjoying watching the MMA fights. I really like the new UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic. And my favorite will always be Cro Cop. Followed by Fedor. There are some guys that always bring the fights too, that make MMA exciting, guys like Cowboy Cerrone, Matt Brown, Robbie Lawler, these are the guys that don’t seem to play safe, they go out there to put on a show. I appreciate fighters like that.

MAMB: Who do you like in the Fury-Klitschko rematch?

It depends on what version of Klitschko shows up. If the hugging every 30 seconds Wlad shows up he will lose. If the old Wlad shows up, the one that was clinical and let his hands go, he will win. Kudos to Fury for getting in his head and winning that first fight. I like Fury too by the way.

MAMB: Our website statistics reveal that articles regarding your music are among our most popular posts on a regular basis.  What is it like to have such a longtime, loyal fanbase?

It’s motivation. Without the fan base, there would be no BFG. They are our bloodline.

MAMB: Additionally, our statistics show articles about BFG are viewed just as much overseas (particularly Germany and Scandinavia) as they are in America.  What do you attribute this international appeal to most?

The music industry in America has pretty much ruined everything in my opinion. The crap they permeate the air with has been like a “drug” upon the public. The public gets pounded and pounded from the radio to commercials to movies to the clubs with nothing but garbage and worthless crap which I can’t even call music. There is not talent to it. Just mindless profanity laced drivel. When you go to a club and you see people singing and “dancing” (if that’s what you want to call it) to songs with lyrics such as a guy rapping about sweat dripping off of his testicles it is only a testimony as to how stupid and retarded things have become!!! In some parts of Europe there still seems to be that like for traditional music. Metal and rock are 100 times more popular in Europe than in the US.

MAMB: What parting thoughts would you like to share with your fans?  What can we all expect from BFG moving forward?

Always looking forward, never looking back!!! That is how the train rolls!!

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Ride On, Renegade: Our Exclusive Interview with Joel from Bound for Glory

[Author’s note: Joel has served as frontman for Bound for Glory since 1989 and has appeared on every one of the band’s releases.  He was kind enough to spend a few moments answering questions for MetalAteMyBaby.com readers and BFG fans around the world.]

MAMB: As many of our readers know, you’ve been the vocalist for Bound for Glory since virtually the very beginning. Thank you for taking the time to answer questions for MetalAteMyBaby.com!

MAMB: Although I am a big fan of so-called “death metal” vocals, I should mention in the interests of full disclosure that you’re my favorite vocalist of all time. When you were younger, were there any vocalists you looked up to or tried to emulate? After more than 25 years in BFG, are there any current vocalists that serve as an inspiration to you?

When I was real young, I really enjoyed all the classic rock stuff. I would sing to whatever I knew the words for. I tried my best to sound like every singer as much as I could. As I got into high school, I started listening to more metal and found it very challenging to sing. The one that sticks out most that I enjoyed screaming my head off to was Carnivore’s Retaliation. I loved knowing my neighbors could hear me screaming this psychotic shit at full volume. It was a nice barrier to keep them away.  Metallica was another huge influence for me. Now I’ve come full circle back to classic rock again. It stand the test of time because it’s real music from the soul. Real talent. There really isn’t just one person or band that inspires me. It’s more collective. I just like good music.

MAMB: Rumor has it that the band has recorded 20 songs to be released as a full-length album, EP, and split album. What can fans expect from the material you’ve recorded? Will the band’s sound on the new material resemble “Feed the Machine” or “Death and Defiance,” or do you have something new and different in store for fans?

As you know, we have steadily changed our sound from each album to the next from at least the fourth album up. It’s just been a natural progression for us with age and changing of members, and just wanting to expand our horizons. It’s so boring playing the same old sound.  I would have quit years ago if I was just screaming the same old way. I think this time though we’re stepping back a bit to the old days and giving everyone a little taste of the past. You could easily place the sound of each of our last five albums to many songs on this current project. I’m very excited to hear the reactions.

MAMB: As a fan of yours since 1996, I find it remarkable how much more accomplished your vocal talents have become over the past nearly 20 years. What do you attribute to this dramatic change–and improvement–to your vocal abilities?

Practice, practice, practice. Honestly, the biggest thing has been singing karaoke by myself in my music room. Once I discovered karaoke on iTunes I couldn’t spend my money fast enough. I really push my limits with things I know will be difficult to broaden my range. But I still smoke and drink hard to make sure I maintain that old growly sound though.

MAMB: Of the 20 new songs recorded this year, how many of them did you contribute to musically? And did you handle all lyric-writing responsibilites?

I do not play anything other than the skin flute so I leave the music up to the rest of the guys. In the entire 27 years, I have only written about 10 songs. This time around is 0. HaHa. My biggest accomplishment was four for Feed the Machine. Ed has always written everything. He’s an animal. It’s a natural talent for him that I just can’t compete with. I do spend a lot of time fine tuning the lyrics to fit the music and add a few ideas here and there. I am a great producer. I have a talent for putting the final touches to a song that really can make it “pop.”

MAMB: BFG has released 11 albums (including two splits) since 1989. Do you have a particular album you considerate your favorite? What about favorite songs?

It’s too hard to name one. They are all special to me in their own way. I would say I love everything from Behold on up. Favorite songs would be “Russian Winter,” “Fatherland,” “Commando,” “Behold,” “The Beast,” “Sea Wolf,” and “The Last Waltz.” You haven’t heard that one yet.

MAMB: What’s your favorite part about playing live in concert?

The fans are the biggest reason I play live. It’s a lot of work and preparation for us to do one show across the ocean but when I see the appreciation and respect we receive it’s all worth it. The energy at a BFG show is like no other.  Also, the friends we’ve made with our hosts has been amazing. It’s cool to know I can go pretty much anywhere in Europe and find a fan or friend.

MAMB: What words do you have for your fans, and what can we expect from BFG moving forward?

First, I would like to say thank you to everyone that enjoys, supports, and respects us for what we do. It’s a lot of hard work to keep the Hate Train rolling for 27 years and we could never do it without your inspiration. As far as the future I would expect we have a few good years left in us yet. We’re all getting grey but we’re far from old. Only wiser. Also thank you Jason for your support and kind words.

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Claiming the Throne: Our Exclusive Interview with Throne of the Beheaded

[Author’s note: Special thanks to Throne of the Beheaded for taking the time to answer our questions, especially considering how busy the band is recording new music and working with their new vocalist.]

MAMB: OK, I’ve got to make sure I’ve got this right–your entire band is 15 years old and younger?! I mean, I remember being blown away hearing Alexi from Children of Bodom and Syn from A7x were in their late teens when their respective bands’ first albums came out, but….15? Were you all always musically gifted? And did you begin lessons at early ages?

Originally were; now Noel and Hector are 15, Adam and Jeremy are 18. We grew up with and were always obsessed with metal. throne

MAMB: What was your inspiration for choosing the band name “Throne of the Beheaded”?

It just happened, like some edgy deathcore miracle.

MAMB: Who woWe stick to deathcore as a label, but we’re basically somewhat-technical melodic deathcore? Due to our use of breakdowns, gang shouts and song structureuld you name as your five biggest musical influences, metal or otherwise?

Shadow of Intent, Angelmaker, As Blood Runs Black, All Shall Perish, and 2006 Bring Me The Horizon.

MAMB: Your Facebook page and YouTube channel classify your music as deathcore. As an independent listener, I heard deathcore influences, along with very melodic and brutal elements as well. With so much debate within the metal scene regarding “proper” sub-genre classification of bands, did you opt to just keep it simple and go with the deathcore label to avoid all the infighting? Or was the sound you originally played traditional deathcore prior to evolving into what we hear on “Severed Ties”?

We stick to deathcore as a label, but we’re basically somewhat-technical melodic deathcore.  (Due to our use of breakdowns, gang shouts and song structure.)

MAMB: Did you self-produce “Severed Ties”? If so, how were you able to secure the necessary funding for such a well-produced release?

We did! And everything was done with Reaper–Seraph samples for drums, Toneforge/Pod Farm for guitar/bass, and Gain Reduction for vocals.

MAMB: You guys hail from San Antonio, Texas. How is the metal scene in that part of the country?

SA’s scene is basically all hardcore. Deathcore isn’t neccesarily dead here (Of Ruins, House By The Ditch) but local bands wise you’ll either always see hardcore, beatdown, punk, or metalcore.

MAMB: You’ve got a new vocalist, Adam. How did you come to know him and decide he was right for the band?

We met at our first show, and have always been friends with him and his old band (A Sunday in Salem). When we needed a vocalist, he said he was down and after doing a few demos, [we] discovered he was a good fit.

MAMB: Noel’s guitar work is stellar throughout the album, with sludgy riffs counterbalanced with melodic leads and galloping rhythms. What is his axe of choice, and what tuning are the songs on “Severed Ties” recorded in?

Sterling by Music Man JP70, and all songs were A#

MAMB: In this age of hyper-technical death metal (think Beneath the Massacre or Rings of Saturn), it’s refreshing to have a rhythm section perfectly paired to the lead guitar and vocals. Hector and Jeremy do an excellent job showing restraint when others would have gratuitously have added over-the-top bass-drum triggers that sound like old-school typewriters. And yet, when the intensity ramps up, they both work beautifully to drive the music aggressively. Do Hector and Jeremy have inspirations for their instruments of choice?

Hector is inspired by Tool and a lot of prog and 2007 deathcore bassists. Jeremy is inspired heavily by jazz and tech.

MAMB: In your opinion, who’s at the top of the mountain right now in terms of metal bands, both talent-wise and in just simply bringing the rage every time they take the stage?

We gotta say, Of Ruins is killing it in the local scene.

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Primordial Words: Exclusive Interview With Shadow of Intent

[Author’s note: MetalAteMyBaby.com recently was honored to sit down with Ben, one half of the insanely talented, exceptionally young Halo-based technical death metal band Shadow of Intent.  Below is a full transcript of Ben’s interview with MAMB.]

MAMB: Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions!  Please tell your fans the backstory behind Shadow of Intent—when you formed the band, the goals behind your music, where you’re from, etc.

Shadow Of Intent started in 2013 with some song ideas and lyrics I had written about Halo. We decided to build it into a concept project. shadowofintentI was from Westerly, Rhode Island, and Chris is from West Hartford, Connecticut, and I traveled from Rhode Island to record our first EP in Chris’ basement the end of that year.

MAMB: Please remind fans of the members of your band and their musical responsibilities for the band.

The band consists of me (Ben) on vocals and Chris on guitar and everything else you hear. He writes all the music to everything.

MAMB: For fans not familiar with the Halo video game franchise, what are the lyrical themes on your new album, Primordial?  Do they re-tell the narrative from the Halo series, or do they touch on other subjects?

The themes on Primordial chronologically follow the events on the Halo forerunner saga novels: Cryptum, Primordium and Silentium. [For] anyone unfamiliar with these, I HIGHLY recommend reading them.

MAMB: Are your Halo-themed lyrics intended to subtly address other topics?  As you know, the metal world and its sub-genres tend to address specific lyrical themes: technical death metal often addresses supernatural, alien themes; brutal death metal generally features violent, misogynistic lyrics; black metal is typically anti-religion; etc.  Are there any social, religious, or other messages included in Primordial?

No, sir! The lyrics are simply paying homage to a saga that I hold very dear to me. It’s given me years and years of boundless joy.

MAMB: Will future releases continue the Halo theme, or do you plan to touch on new subjects?

Yes! The story is planned to continue from the storyline of the video games now.

MAMB: What guitar tunings do you use on Primordial?  Also, what software did you use to mix the album?

All of the songs are tuned to Drop A# on a six string, but the song “The Didact’s Will” was tuned to C Standard. The album was made with Logic Pro 9.

MAMB: I recently reviewed Primordial on my website, MetalAteMyBaby.com.  I was genuinely impressed with the technicality of your compositions and your ability to incorporate melodic elements while never sacrificing the inherent brutality of extreme metal.  What approach do you take when composing songs?  Do you start with lyrics, or do you extrapolate your songs off of a guitar riff or drum passage?

Songwriting always starts with a guitar riff and then everything is built off that riff. All the drums and bass are made while each riff is written, then the symphonics get added a little later. From there, the lyrics already written are placed into the song.

MAMB: What bands (or individual artists) serve as your primary musical inspirations?

There’s SO many…I’d say mainly The Black Dahlia Murder, Dimmu Borgir, SepticFlesh, Dream Theatre, Whitechapel and Within the Ruins.

MAMB: On your Facebook page, you classify your music as symphonic deathcore.  Over the past decade, the deathcore genre has been criticized for relying on simple, open notes (01010101) and sluggish breakdowns.  Primordial, however, surrounds each breakdown with memorably melodic riffs, then blasts off into high-speed, aggressive brilliance.  Was this criticism of the deathcore genre present in your composition process when you authored the songs on Primordial?

Somewhat, yes. This was already in mind back when the songs of the first EP were being written even back in 2011. Chris definitely tried to not be like every other deathcore band for this.

MAMB: You guys seem very humble and down-to-Earth.  Do you have “regular” jobs, families, etc.?

Of course…haha!  I (Ben) work at an airport as a line service technician, and Chris has a studio called Prodigious Recordings in West Hartford, Connecticut. We’re 21/22 [and] so not interested in having families yet.

MAMB: You replied to MetalAteMyBaby.com’s request for an interview the same day, reinforcing your connection to fans of your music.  What do you enjoy most about hearing from hearing from fans of extreme metal?  What are the most memorable fan messages you’ve received?

Some of the most memorable messages we’ve received are people who’ve claimed that SOI is their all time favorite band, which is nuts to us because we’ve just begun! So many people have told us this one album is a masterpiece and it has truly inspired us to try and make it better for everyone with each new release. We’ve seen hardly any negative feedback and we can’t express how grateful we are for our small, yet very loyal fanbase.

MAMB: Please provide fans with the link to purchase your music and merchandise.  Also, if you are active on social media, what are your Facebook page and Twitter user ID?

http://shadowofintent.bigcartel.com is where you can find our merch! All our music is basically on every site that sells music. https://www.facebook.com/ShadowofIntentCT is our Facebook.

MAMB: Are there any chances you will be performing live this year?

Perhaps. I can’t honestly give a positive answer on that one.

MAMB: If you have played live, what are some bands you’ve enjoyed sharing the stage with most?

Well, Mitch Howie of The Dialectic has told me time and time again to get touring with SOI so they could take us out, as has Taylor Wientjes from The Kennedy Veil/Inanimate Existence so I would love to have them there. As well as our friends in Lorna Shore and Beyond Deviation. That would be a killer show.

MAMB: Are there any last words you’d like to share with fans of Shadow of Intent?  What can we expect from your band moving forward?

Thank you to everyone who’s supported us! Whether it be merch, buying our music, or even just a share on Facebook, we thank you and love you. Expect more from us, and expect each release to become more extreme.

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Speaking in Verses: Interview with Scott and The Devils of Loudun

MAMB: First things first—where did you guys come from?  You exploded onto the scene with your Entering Oblivion EP, a phenomenal debut.  How long have you been a band?

Well, the band was officially founded about seven years ago during the summer of 2009 by Drew Tuel and myself, along with two former members, Grant Hogan and Jose Gutierrez (our first vocalist and drummer, respectively). The band was formed pretty organically beginning with me asking Drew if he would be interested in learning a song I had written. He learned the tune, dug it and told me about a drummer he knew (Jose) from his previous band who would probably be interested. So we went ahead and set up a date to get together and jam; the session went well and the rest is history.

MAMB: What meaning, if any, is there in the name of your band, The Devils of Loudun?

Our original singer actually came up with the name The Devils of Loudun, which is the title of a book by Aldous Huxley. The book is about a mass possession in 17th century France and I think Grant liked it more because of the occult aspect of the story. I think the rest of us at the time simply thought it was a good “metal” band name with a cool story behind it and most importantly, the name wasn’t taken yet.

MAMB: What bands have been your primary inspirations over the years?

This is a tough question, mainly because over the years the influences have changed as the band’s sound has grown. When the band was VERY first started I was heavy into listening to bands part of that NWAHM (New Wave of American Heavy Metal) scene – Darkest Hour, Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, All Shall Perish. In some of very first songs these influences are more than apparent. I consider Ben joining the band on keyboards to be the first big turning point in the band’s sound – suddenly, making music like the Scandinavian melodic death metal bands I loved was possible. Bands like Children of Bodom, Wintersun and In Flames became more of an inspiration for us and our sound started to evolve. Over the years we experimented with what we thought sounded good but also was fun and fulfilling to play. It is only within the last two or three years of the band that we really would say we settled into our own signature sound. That being said, we have no intentions to stop evolving and these days we influence ourselves more than outside bands do.

MAMB: As you know, there is an ongoing (and obnoxious) debate online regarding the specific sub-genre each metal band belongs to.  Every YouTube video seemingly features an endless number of comments debating the sub-genre of the band in question.  To put this question for rest for the Devils of Loudun, how do YOU define your style of metal?

The simple answer to this question is that we are a Melodic Death Metal band. Unfortunately, in this day and age that term is so broad it could mean a band like At the Gates or a band like Ensiferum, despite those bands sounding nothing alike. If you want to get picky you could say we are Symphonic / Melodic Death Metal but again I also feel that is not completely accurate. Some people have told us we are Symphonic Technical Death Metal, which I can live with but I do think it is a mouthful. Also I don’t think the music is THAT technical, so labeling us as so kind of downplays the real Tech Death bands.

MAMB: What tuning do you use on your albums?

We use Drop-C tuning on all our albums. I have to credit this to Darkest Hour and their former guitarist Kris Norris, whom I was obsessed with around the time we formed the band.

MAMB: For some listeners, comparisons of your music to early Children of Bodom are inevitable.  (In fact, I drew such a comparison in the article I wrote about your debut EP.)  Are such comparisons obnoxious, or do you consider it a sign of respect?

We knew the comparison to Children of Bodom was coming when we released our first EP, Entering Oblivion. They were a huge influence on us at the time when those songs were first written so it came as no surprise. I know that I personally do not take any offense to being compared to Children of Bodom as I am a huge fan and still listen to them practically daily. If anything the comparison is flattering, as they are much better musicians than us. But I would say that I don’t think it’s completely justified. If you put our music on and compared them side-by-side I think it would be really obvious it was two very different bands.

MAMB: Your vocalist is exceptionally talented.  Who are his inspirations in terms of his vocal style?  Naturally, comparisons could be made to Trevor from the Black Dahlia Murder given the mix of highs and lows.  And given Trevor is one of the finest vocalist in metal today, I’d consider such comparisons very favorable.

You’re not the first one to compare Vance, or the band for that matter, to The Black Dahlia Murder. Again, it’s not something you can really be offended by – Black Dahlia is an amazing band and probably one of the most popular USA-based death metal bands today. If anything the comparison is a compliment. Unfortunately, I am not completely sure what Vance’s vocal influences are. I know at the moment he’s been really into Travis Ryan from Cattle Decapitation and that may have influenced his performance on the new EP.

MAMB: Furthermore, your guitarists utilize amazing harmonic passages that are beautifully melodic.  In fact, these passages serve as an interesting counterpoint to the overall darkness of your music in general.  Is this a conscious decision built into the composition of your songs?

The melodic aspect of our music is certainly a conscious effort. Personally, when writing music I tend to focus on coming up with good melody and a well-structured song more so than focusing on writing something “heavy” or dark. I think tasteful song composition in metal is often forgotten and many new bands end up simply stringing together a dozen or so different heavy riffs and call it a song. But I understand why this would be appealing; it is certainly easier than trying to compose a more traditionally structured song that flows, has a chorus, and an over-arching melodic theme.

MAMB: Not to be overlooked are the talents of your bassist and drummer—the literal backbone of your band.  What roles do they have in writing and composing your music?

Our current bass player. LJ Cline, is our newest member of the band. He has been in the band for about six months now and wasn’t present when we wrote these first two EPs. Our drummer Billy is second newest member of the band and while he wasn’t present for the initial composition of these tracks, he did help immensely by rewriting and improving existing bass lines and drum parts before recording both of these EPs.

MAMB: I can personally attest to your gracious interaction with your fans.  Indeed, it is refreshing for fans of metal to encounter bands that actually respond to their fans.  How often do you hear from fans via Facebook, Twitter, etc., and what are some of the strangest questions or comments you’ve received?

We often get contacted by fans via Facebook, messages, email, etc., and we love it! Hearing from the people who support our music is often extremely encouraging and we take people’s feedback very seriously. We believe it’s essential to treat fans with the same respect they give to us, so we make sure to respond to any comments or answer any questions they may have.

We haven’t really received too many weird messages but some of the coolest ones have been from fans abroad. We received one message from a guy who lives in Loudun, France – where the story behind our name, The Devils of Loudun, took place. Another awesome message was from a fan in Portugal who did a drum cover of our song Dominion!

MAMB: Your new EP is slated for release April 8 and may be preordered now.  What can fans expect from this sophomore release?

Because of our tardiness on completing this interview for you, the new EP is out now! We released Enduring Creation on April 8th and the response has been great! Fans can expect a slightly longer release with five songs clocking in at 27 minutes but also a much darker, heavier and faster side of our music. The abundance of melody is still there but we realized when putting this EP together that the songs were coming out more aggressive than our previous release. The power metal aspect of the music is slightly toned down and it’s a more death metal focused EP. Fans of Entering Oblivion shouldn’t be worried, however: all of our signature sound and craziness is still there, and there is plenty of shred.

MAMB: What is the URL fans can use to preorder the album?

You can order Enduring Creation as well as all of our merch on our bandcamp page:

https://thedevilsofloudun.bandcamp.com/

MAMB: Your new EP is the second EP you have released.  Is this is a conscious decision—in other words, instead of releasing a full-length album, do you have specific reasons for releasing EPs?  Is it to get new music to the fans quicker?

There are several reasons why we choose to release another EP instead of making the jump to do a full length. One of them was the reason that by recording just five songs we were able to get this out quickly, within a year of our previous EP. Another reason is that we are still experimenting with recording and production techniques. When the day comes that we release our first full-length album, we want to be sure that it is going to be the highest quality production, have a proper professional CD release, but also that it will feature the best songs we have to date. We don’t want to half-ass anything and we don’t want to jump in over our heads. I know this can frustrating for fans who want a full length album of new material but all I can say is that when we do release one, it will be worth the wait.

MAMB: What lyrical themes and subject matter does your music address?  Are there specific aspects of the human condition you explore lyrically?  Are there historical events or figures that particularly interest you?

Our singer Vance writes all the lyrics so he could definitely give you more insight on this than me. I know some of his lyrical subjects revolve around things like video games, movies, and books. Also, I know there is concept story that has extended through both of our EPs about a man who travels through a mysterious portal only to end up a nightmarish world where he is fighting to survive, but you’ll have to interview Vance to get some more details on all that craziness.

MAMB: You have several concerts scheduled in April.  With your new EP scheduled for release in early April, do you have plans to tour aggressively throughout 2016?  And, on a selfish note, can we get you somewhere near Illinois?

We would love to make it out to Illinois! Right now we have nothing on the books but never say never. We definitely intend to do as much touring as our jobs will let us and our goal is to play as many new places as possible. We just got home from our first tour supporting Enduring Creation and were fortunate enough to play shows throughout Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho and Montana. The shows were a blast, the crowds were great, and the response amazing. We sold out of CDs before the tour ended, so we took that as a good sign.

MAMB: Which band has been the most fun for you to play with while on tour?

For sure some of the most fun we have had on tour has been raging with our California homies in Raiju, Crepuscle, Lurid Memory, and Among the Torrent. Do yourself a favor and check out these sick bands out if you haven’t already – they are going to blow up and make it big in the metal world one way or another.

MAMB: For fans interested in purchasing your albums or merchandise, what is the URL for your web store?

Again, all our music and merch can be purchased on our bandcamp page here:

https://thedevilsofloudun.bandcamp.com/

MAMB: Additionally, what is your Facebook URL, Twitter user name—and, if applicable, Instagram user name?

We also got our music up on all the other usual digital webstores and streaming sites – Itunes, Spotify, Rhapsody, AmazonMusic, etc.
We have a Twitter page, Instagram, Reverb Nation, Youtube and of course Facebook – all linked here:

https://twitter.com/devilsofloudun
https://www.instagram.com/thedevilsofloudun/
https://www.reverbnation.com/thedevilsofloudun
https://www.youtube.com/user/DevilsofLoudunBand
https://www.facebook.com/TheDevilsOfLoudun/

MAMB: Finally, what would you like to say to your fans?  What can we expect from the Devils of Loudun moving forward?

We gotta say thank you all our family, friends and fans who have supported this band over the years. Thanks to you, Jason, for supporting this band and taking time to write insight reviews and interview questions. A super special thanks to all the people that pre-ordered the new EP – this helped immensely with getting us on the road. And of course thanks to all the people who bought CDs or merch and came out to shows during our tour!

You expect more tour dates coming up to support Enduring Creation and possibly even some teasers of new material as we start planning our 3rd release. Sick and brutal, horns up \m/

Scott
Guitarist
The Devils of Loudun

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