Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
ME: We are Texas Death Metal and have a broad range of styles we incorporate in our sound. We stay focused to the groove which comes off old school, that’s fine with us. To us death metal is art, the same way painting is art. A direct response to the harsh reality we live in. Our music is a representation of that. It comes naturally to us and we love underground extreme music. We will keep pushing ourselves for more brutality and technicality.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
ME: We have all been making music since we were young. Our ages: Nate (lead guitar) 50, Roddy (Bass) 52, Thomas (backing vocals) 49, Brad (lead vocals) 37, David (drums) 25
While David is younger than the rest of us he is very technical proficient and his skill is beyond his years. Nate, Roddy, & Thomas have been playing metal since it began and evolved into what we do today. Brad has been doing vocals since the early 2000s. Brad and Nate were in a death metal band Sarcophagus around that time.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
ME: We love a lot of different music. Classical to Slam and everything in between. We are heavily influenced by everything horror. We write about serial killers, vampires, werewolves, original horror ideas, The Guillotine is about a murder hellbent on being put in the guillotine so he committs hayness crimes to be finished with style. The Hammer Surgeon is about a maniac that performs twisted surgeries with a sledgehammer. In Mourning is about an individual that was wronged and decides to eradicate an entire family at a funeral. Nailed To A Tree is a tale of a psychopath that starts a human garden of people he nails to trees in the deep woods. Doomsayer is about modern tyranny. Death Parade is about everyone’s inevitable demise. Blood Lust is about Salem’s Lot. The Slaughtered Lamb is about An American Werewolf In London. Great and fun stuff!
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
ME: We just want to continue to grow and further develop to the best of our abilities while maintaining our integrity and passion. We love performing live, writing/recording, pretty much everything involved with what we do. We want to keep getting better recordings and get on a major tour at some point soon.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
ME: We have several, our cd releases are always highlights. Our dedication and perseverance are a staple of Macabre Eternal
Yes, our most recent cd release ‘The Gospel Of Gore’ is a very proud moment for us! We’ve had a lot of performances last year that would touch on that feeling as well.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
ME: We are at late start with the promotion of our most recent release as we brought in our original drummer and stopped performing live to train him up with many surgical rehearsals.
We have basically just started our promotion and went with MDR (Metal Devastation Radio, thanks Zach!) to help us get off the ground and it has definitely taken off. We do recommend anyone looking for serious promo go with them. We do have our album out on all streaming services to boot.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
ME: We’ve been performing live for a while and have many connections for getting on bills. Everyone knows everyone. We do mostly social media promo and get a great local turn out. We are building a decent following in our area – Fort Worth, TX.
We have several shows lined up this year:
2-4-23 The Haltom Metal Fest
2-18-23 / Haltom Theater / Prophecy Records Presents Haltom, TX.
4-15-23 / Haltom Theater / Prophecy Records Presents
5-20-23 / Lola’s Ft. Worth, TX
7-8-23 Prophecy Records Presents TXDM FEST XIV / mine, Drew, Bill, Kevin Tubby’s Bday Bash / Haltom Theater
10-14-23 Brad’s Birthday Show Haltom Theater
We do play at The Haltom Theater (in Haltom, TX) a lot. It is the best venue in Texas
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
ME: If you want to get your music out to the world the possibility is there. Availability is everything. You obviously don’t make a lot of money from streams but it does build up. 15 years ago it was extremely difficult to get your music out. No one wanted to risk buying a cd from bands they didn’t know. Not really an issue in underground music really. Extreme music is really culty and supportive which is greatness! Metal is a brotherhood for sure! We honestly like digi downloads it is easy and readily available. Cds wear out. Records still sound great though… More of a cult medium but nice thick sound.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
ME: We’re good having written our own. We have much love and appreciation for our favorite written music and the writers of that music. We would never want to take their thunder from them.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
ME: Touchy subject, probably. We hear of a lot of major labels taking advantage of artists. Ridiculous contracts/demands with lawsuits and devestating results. We had a label (unmentioned) that we worked with early on and they basically swooped in on our cd release made roughly $1,700 off us, gave us $150 and left. We left them the next day and now handle everything ourself. No ill will towards them at all. Just a basic label scenario. They weren’t really experienced, it happens.
We are now considering a label that has it together. You just have to be very cautious about signing contracts. Turmoil like that destroys good bands
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
ME: We are perfecting our live performance now. We are about to start writing a new single. We usually record ourselves and send the tracks off to Pat Patiño for mixing and mastering (great technician, highly recommend) that’s about it for now. I except we’ll have a new full length release ready by October of this year.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
ME: Come party with us here:
Buy our album here:
Killer merch here:
Our developing website
Thanks for the interview Pete!
Different from other interviews we’ve had.
We’ll definitely be checking out Pete’s Rock News and Views \m/
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