It’s been a few years since we chatted with Indiana’s Melodic Death metal band “Death On Fire”. We were lucky enough to chat with them again in May/June 2021
PD: What type of artist are you?
DOF: We are a Melodic Death metal band
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DOF: Forged in the second floor apartment on the north side of Chicago Death on Fire was born out of my need for validation and a reason to buy more guitars. Eventually I wanted to play shows and get back into touring, so I got some friends to help. The more we played together the better the songs got as each person brought their flare to the creative process. We have been a band now for 4.5 years and are carrying the banner for MW melodeath wherever we can.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DOF: Musical influences are all over the place. Lots of prog, a little jazz, the classic 80’s and 90’s metal bands and then some crazy avant-garde groups. Non-musical is a little tougher. Kyle probably reads more than I do. I lean on him a lot to help clean up lyrics if I need a thesaurus or a different take. He helped a lot on the title song for this EP. I enjoy documentaries and psychological thriller movies a lot. I pull a lot of ideas from those visual arts.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DOF: I would love to tour the US, Canada, and Europe in the coming year or two. Aside from that it is more about enjoying the process and working towards the next high watermark. We are hoping to get a label interested in our next album which we finished about two months ago.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DOF: Tim writes a lot of the songs in the demo phase, and then we come together as a group to work the magic. Lyrically it is almost all Tim. We write bout darker topics and the failures of humankind. Dark, angry and misanthropic. Tim is a giant goth kid, and he has finally started owning it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DOF: We lean heavily on Dewar PR for getting the word out on anything newsworthy that we do. For shows, we run ads, talk in specific Facebook groups, and send stuff to our email list. That’s all part of the grind that we enjoy.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DOF: However people want to consume music is fine. I think that MP3 compresses the sound a lot and has a negative effect on the dynamics of a song so physical format is always better. I also think that current platforms for streaming and downloading have commoditized music to a very unfortunate place. It is all part of the beast though, and I say if you love a band buy a CD and a shirt and tell your friends why they are great.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DOF: Gojira- The Axe: it is such a devastatingly brutal song. Everything has a place and a purpose. there is nothing there that doesn’t serve the song and I think that is what I dig about their middle run of albums.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DOF: I am pretty quiet and a bit of an introvert, so I struggle with people asking what’s wrong and why I am so quiet. We are all happy guys, we are just socially awkward and don’t know what to say. If you come talk to us we can talk your ear off about things we are passionate about. Otherwise, we are just dorks. Ask us about the metaphysical or Star Trek TNG and you are in trouble.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DOF: Scheduling and completing our first DIY tour. It was a huge undertaking to get routing, venues, support bands, etc. It was so rewarding to do though. We learned a lot about what it takes to be successful, and those lessons continue to be invaluable.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DOF: We are working on a winter run of shows in the south. We are seeking a label for a new album, and then we are planning out 2022. Looking at festival options, tour opportunities and the like.
PD: What music have you available online, and where can we buy it from?
DOF: We are up on every streaming service I can think of. We also have a YouTube channel if you want to subscribe. It is pretty new and low follow count as Tim is technologically challenged at times. The best place to grab a copy of our music though is either our website: deathonfire.com or our Bandcamp: deathonfire.bandcamp.com.
Death On Fire links:
Band location – Fort Wayne, Indiana
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