Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
AAD: Hi, we are a Thrash Metal band that is kinda bad about being a Thrash Metal band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AAD: We started in 2015 and started jamming some covers. Eventually we started playing originals and committed to doing just that. We started playing shows, touring our home state of Texas, and started garnering a following. We have released some music before, but this is our first LP.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AAD: Musically I think it’s safe to say that the Big 4 are huge influences on all of us (specifically METALLICA for me) and after that it would be a whole slew of bands and artists from classical music to jazz to folk music. Some standouts would be Louis Armstrong, Frederic Chopin, and Jim Croce. Non-musical influences would be a lot of fantasy art and novels. We are heavily influenced by medieval history and antiquity and figures from those stories or times.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AAD: The dream for this band is to make it to the international stage and be able to share the stage with some of our heroes. Ultimately, our measure of success would be to get our music in as many hands and ears as possible. Spreading the love of music is top priority.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AAD: We take the “Chicago” approach to songwriting. Everyone can bring a song to the table and we will learn it and play it. Sometimes a song might not feel right or be up to our standards so we’ll cut it or work it a bit more, but everyone gets their songs in. The songs are usually about some sort of medieval warfare or fantasy subject. Justin (the lyric writer) is pretty heavily influenced by nerd culture and likes to make up his own stories, even if they are influenced by something he likes.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AAD: We use social media for all of our promotion. We try our best to also be personable and charismatic in person, but our best avenue for getting the word out to people is social media.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AAD: Personally, I prefer hard copies of things just because it feels better. I know that I am supporting the artist and I can use that physical copy in whatever fashion I want. Digital copies are too finicky for me, you could lose it all at a moments notice and then you’re out of luck. I guess the same could happen with physical copies, but I prefer physical. I do appreciate the accessibility of digital formats, though. It really cuts out the slog of going to the store or waiting for an item to ship through the mail.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AAD: Words of the Dead by Evile. That song is so intense and well written. The riffs are impossibly complex yet simple at the same time. The melodies and lyrical content is sinister yet sweet. It’s just a perfect song and I wish I had an ounce of their songwriting capabilities.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
AAD: I really can’t stand slow walkers. Like, you’re trying to get somewhere at a reasonable time and speed and you have this group of people in front of you moving at the speed of dried molasses in the wintertime. It’s rage inducing.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
AAD: definitely recording and eventually releasing this upcoming album “Casus Belli”. So much hard work went into it and I am so proud of the work me and my guys did on it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
AAD: We are full swing into working on releasing our first LP “Casus Belli”. It’ll be releasing on July 23rd!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
AAD: We currently have 1 EP named “Warband” and 2 singles named “Eventide” and “Priest of the Void” respectively. They are all out digitally on all platforms from Spotify to Amazon to Google and Apple/ITunes. You can also purchase them on our bandcamp as well.