Crucible of Hate Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
We are a groove-oriented, melodic death metal band.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Crucible of Hate really started in late 2015 when Donny Phillips got his first 7-string guitar. Riffs started coming and he teamed up with Dave Miller, who had played drums in their currently defunct thrash metal band. Some songs started to come together after a few jams and Donny put out the feelers to find some other members. I (Dan Rivera, vocalist), just happened to be looking for a band to join as a vocalist in December 2015. Some mutual friends hooked us up and we all began to gel nicely. After a few lineup changes we got Pete Rensch on board to play second guitar, whose style complements Donny’s perfectly. We parted ways with our original bass player and I took up bass duties as well. Many fun shows around Ohio have been played, including a few opening slots for national headliners (Immolation, Cavalera Brothers, Scar Symmetry, and Arsis). We completed writing a full album’s worth of songs early this year and hit the studio in spring 2018 to record the album.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Too many to count! We have diverse tastes amongst the four of us, which I believe keeps the music interesting. Carcass, Gojira, Opeth, Behemoth, Tool, Meshuggah, Slayer, Metallica, Maiden, to name a few. Non-musically, I am fueled by anger and beer.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
We want to write killer songs with catchy riffs that make people bang their head, coupled with well-crafted lyrics and a tight, high-energy live show. We hope to gain new fans and expand our reach around the country (and maybe even world) with our upcoming release. We’re all family men with careers, but still would like to expand our radius and play shows outside of Ohio in neighboring states.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Donny writes nearly all the riffs. We then form the songs as a group, attempting to form a good song that flows nicely and has good transitions, not just a collection of heavy riffs. I write all the lyrics, with subject matter ranging from fictitious scenarios in my head to releasing the anger I have at people who’ve wronged me, to philosophical concepts about impermanence and the fallacy and futility of organized religion and a belief in “god.”
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
Facebook is a huge vehicle for this. Also, word of mouth and just sharing music with people we know. This goes for promoting the music and the shows. Hanging physical flyers is still a thing, though I wonder if it’s a dying art.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
For pay or for free? Haha. It’s just where things are currently, and we offer our music to purchase digitally on our Bandcamp site, so we’re certainly not opposed to it. Fewer people buy CDs these days, though vinyl has made a nice comeback. Downloading for free is not cool, though I’d be lying if I said I haven’t done it myself in the past. I still remember Napster. At this point, there are enough streaming services available that there’s really no excuse to still be “stealing” music.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
It works for some artists, it doesn’t work for others. It’s definitely not what it was in the 90s and before, with many more independent artists rising up and taking the wheel themselves. Also, the internet makes promotion and marketing easier if you can get into the right market via YouTube, Soundcloud, and others.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
“One Last Goodbye” by Anathema, because one of my old bands used to cover it and it always felt like we’d written it ourselves.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
People who don’t know how to communicate, i.e., wanting to book a show and never getting back to you. People who complain about things in their life that they have the ability to change.
…And those assholes who don’t return their shopping carts to the cart corral!!!
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
Hard to pick just one, but I’ll keep it related to Crucible of Hate: When we opened for Arsis in late 2016 and James Malone gave us props from stage. This was after he had approached me in the green room and told me he loved my vocals and that they reminded him of the singer from God Dethroned. I was floored and tried my best not to gush like a goddamned fanboy.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
We have a gig coming up this Saturday here in Columbus, Ohio, which will be a fun summer show with a great lineup. Our album release gig is coming up in September, also in Columbus, and has a stacked lineup and takes place at a great venue. We have a few surprises in store for that one, and I believe the crowd will definitely be pleased.
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