Cult Of Sorrow – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
COS: Cult Of Sorrow is a traditional doom metal band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
COS: We formed in 2013 when singer/guitarist, Jerry Lovett, wrote 4 songs for a recording project with some friends. Everyone enjoyed the project so much, we kep things going and turned it into a full time band. Now here we are getting ready for our 3rd release.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
COS: Our musical infuences come from those great, early pioneers of hard rock/heavy metal from the late 60’s to the early 80’s. We are also heavily influenced by the occult. People like Crowley, Lavey, Huson and a whole host of others. Ther teaching form the backbone of the bands lyrical themes and image.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
COS: We’d like to run with this as far as we can. None of us have the though that we are going ot become. big, rich rock stars, but we’d love to get things to the point where every fan of doom knows who we are.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
COS: Our singer/guitarist writes almost all of our material. There is one song on the new album called The Mirror that the music was written by our bass player, Joe Owen and the lyrics by Jerry. All of our songs are about the occult in some shape or form.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
COS: We promote by pretty stadard means, social media is a huge part along with flyers and posters at the venues. While social media can be a bit of a drag at times, it’s great for getting the word and your music out there to as many people as possible.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
COS: It’s the way things are now. I still enjoy having a physical copy of music in my hands, but it does allow access to people to get your music who might not normally be able to do so. It also allows bands who maybe can’t afford to make physical coppies to still put out their music and be heard. Our first 2 releases were pretty much all download sales.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
COS: It’s hard to make money right now. Large labels aren’t really interested in many rock bands, so you don’t see much new coming out worth listening too. Luckily there are a lot of indie labels willing to pick up the slack and at least get your music out there. They may not have the deep pockets of the major labels, but they are willing to work with you and let you be who you are and develop your style. That’s a great thing!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
COS: That’s a really tough one! There are so many great songs in the history of music. Fade To Black by Metallica has always been a favorite of mine. It has that soft/heavy thing going on, along with a great melody and killer heavy part at the end.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
COS: The doom metal genre is a great family of bands, so we love being part of it! Most peeves come from social media, which I probably don’t need to go into (laughs). There’s the little things like musicians sending you friend requests only to turn around minutes after you accept and sending you a message to like their band.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
COS: Getting signed to Black Doomba Records. We’ve worked hard to get to this point and are super proud of our new record, so it was great to see all that hard work start to pay off by being signed. We feel it is just the tip of the iceburg for the band though.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
COS: We have some great shows coming up in Chicago and Wisconsin Rapids, October 4th and 5th, along with a couple of local shows here in Cincinnati. If you are down with heavy music then these shows are for you!