Theories Interviews Sorrower
When did Sorrower become a band?
We became a band when all our old bands broke up.
When did Sorrower finally stop being a band?
Shortly after we started.
Do you like Metallica?
Of course, James Hetfield is probably my biggest vocal influence. If you listen closely, you can hear to “oohah” that I add on to the end of every line of lyrics.
Territory Interviews Gat Rot
You guys have been around for almost 20 years, not only that but the band has had almost the same core for its entirety, why have you guys been able to maintain such longevity?
We started doing shows around 1995. We played a lot of parties and really had no specific agenda as a band when we started. It was primarily a reason for really close friends to have fun and be creative. That was always what kept us together through thick and thin, our deep friendships for each other. Ultimately we just wanted to have fun and write good songs. We put out our first 4-song cassette release “No Static” in 1996. At that time we called ourselves Channel Zero. We changed our names shortly after that tape came out because some European Metal band called themselves the same thing. The band started out as Clay, Gabe, Oscar, and Charlie. Ruben joined the band in 1997, just after we released our second cassette “XXLoud”. The band was the same line-up until 2010. That was around the time we took a long break as a band. It is sometimes difficult being in a band all the while juggling all of the responsibilities surrounding real life (families, jobs, etc). Earlier this year we were approached to do both Infest and the Southwest Terror Fest and we thought it was a good reason to do a few more shows as a band. Unfortunately Clay is not doing those last few shows with us. Josh Skibar is filling Clay’s really big shoes for the remainder of the shows we will be doing in 2013.
Sorrower Interviews Theories
1. Are you mad that your band is not listed on metal-archives.com?
Joe: What’s metal-archives?
What are your thoughts on all the bands jumping on the HM2 bandwagon?
Seems as though every year there is a new bandwagon to jump on that’s cool for the year. I try not to notice, hopefully grindcore will be the new hip thing soon so we can sell some merch.
How long has Joe been growing his dreads?
Since before most of the kids that read metal archives and play HM2s were born.
Gat Rot Interviews Territory
You guys just got back from playing with Earth Crisis in Tijuana. Tell us how awesome that tour was!
Playing with Earth Crisis was awesome, one of our favorite bands. Shows were a bit lackluster, but it was still great to play with and see ExC for a few nights
Your last album Sic Semper Tyrannis was amazing. What do you guys have planned next, as far as recordings go?
Thanks! Eventually we will release an EP and tour in the spring and summer.
Kylesa Interviews Godhunter
Are there any funny stories telling your band name to older or possibly more conservative family members.
I can’t even begin to remember all the silly stuff that has happened because of our band name, but yes, I definitely hide the name, and even the fact that I’m in a band, from my older family members. I come from a strongly Baptist family, so I’m pretty sure my grandmother still has no idea what I do. Our shirts have gotten a few kids suspended from school as well. I don’t want to see kids miss school because of us, but then again, a lot of people don’t take the time to understand that being atheist is not the same as being Satanic. The best part, hands down, about being called Godhunter is all the Christian music festivals that we get invited to. One of these days we’re just gonna show up and play one. That’ll show them…
Sorxe Interviews SubRosa
Most inspiring bands growing up?
Michael Jackson was my first love at age 6, followed by Madonna, with Guns N’ Roses taking over at age 12. Some of the most inspiring bands since adulthood are Red Bennies (a band from Provo, Utah influenced by Sleep that served as my gateway drug to sludge and doom), PJ Harvey, and Nine Inch Nails.
What brought on the idea if adding a second violinist?
It, like almost every big change within Subrosa, was a total accident. Sarah went to Europe for eight months with her then-boyfriend in 2009 and Kim was filling in. But after playing with Kim for eight months, I felt bereft at the thought of losing either violinist. Luckily, Kim and Sarah met, clicked on a musical and friend level, and everything worked out great.
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How long have you apart of a band? How did you fall into being a metal vocalist – is it where you started? Also, did you have any experience in music or singing/screaming beforehand?
I joined my first band almost 9 years ago. It was called Wall of Death. There were three screamers and they taught me to do aggressive vocals. I asked my highschool friend Hank – Life in Pictures (AZ) – for a few pointers. I’ve been doing it ever since.
What are the biggest changes between when you first started in a band and now? How have your expectations changed? Any new or different ideas about what it takes to be successful at making music?
It takes a lot of perseverance and flexibility. Sometimes you’re having a shitty day but you still play the set and give it your all. Sometimes your bandmate decides to quit to pursue underwater basket weaving or whatever and you have to figure it out so that you can keep doing what you love. I was more idealistic at first … having this monogamous idea of myself as a musician. Naively, I wanted to be in one band that I’d put everything into and that one band was meant to last a lifetime. I’ve shifted to a more polyamorous view … collaborating with many bands and many people in my experience is better than having a single outlet to focus all of my energy on. I really like having multiple projects to challenge myself in different ways. I like to listen to and play a lot of different kinds music.
Godhunter Interviews Kylesa
First off, I just wanted to thank you taking the time for this interview. I’ve been a fan since the Damad days, and I think it’s fair to say that both Damad and Kylesa are important influences on my own band, so I really appreciate this chance to pick your brain for a few minutes.
A lot of folks in Arizona are really stoked that you’re playing Southwest Terror Fest this year. What is your opinion on festivals in general? Are there differences between festivals in America and festivals in Europe, from a band perspective?
PC-Yeah we are stoked about it too. I think there is just a difference in festivals in general, I don’t think we have ever played two that were exactly the same. However for metal, festivals in Europe are definitely bigger than the U.S.
How long have you been together as a band?
Vehemence was formed in 1995 by Nathan, Scott and Bjorn as an atmospheric Death Metal concept. In 1997, Andy and I joined completing the line up. Nathan, Bjorn, Andy and myself are all original members. This October will be 16 years of Vehemence for me. Hard to believe. Doesn’t seem that long ago.
What has been your best memory in your time as a band?
Definitely the years we were on Metal Blade and touring were the times that I find most memorable. Living on the road and seeing the country are not something that everyone gets to do and for me to do that for free was one of the best times of my life. Still just getting together and jamming is awesome because jammin with the same dudes for 16 years is pretty awesome too.
Sacred Reich has been around since 1985 and witnessed the impact of the digital age first hand. Do you think technology has a positive or negative effect in the metal scene in general?
I can’t really characterize it in terms or positive or negative. It certainly has changed the way we produce, consume and distribute music. In many ways it has democratized the music industry. It has made it easier and less expensive to produce and distribute music. I think back to how much it took to record our demo, make cassette copies, pray for a review in a fanzine, get $5 in the mail, package and mail our demo sometimes with an IRC (International Return Coupon). So in that way it is good. On the other hand making it easier has increased the amount of music available and it is hard to sort through all of the options. All the technology has not increased the quality. It can’t make your song good if it isn’t. It may be able to mask some flaws in the studio, but you will be exposed in a live setting where you will make or break your future.
Being a politically themed band, has recent unrest and political extremism motivated you to write new material, maybe a new album soon?
Not really. There is always something going on that can inspire you, both positive and negative, but I think our time as a band that makes new records has passed. It’s been 16 years.