Hallows Die – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

HD: Aural post-modern surrealist with a hint of progressive melodic death metal.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

HD: We started as a group of kids making unlistenable noise in other people’s basements and warehouses in Mississauga (a tumour growing out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada), and now we’re a bunch of old people making unlistenable noise in our own houses and apartments, and occasionally on a stage in front of people. It’s kind of nice when that happens.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

HD: Musically, we’re probably mostly influenced by Opeth, Arch Enemy, In Flames – the usual Swedish suspects. There’s some Quebecois tech-death à la Beyond Creation and Cryptopsy that slips through from time to time, and I’m sure a bunch of Black Crown Initiate, Obscura, Archspire, and Inferi will fall out of one of us sooner than later, if not an Oscar Peterson or Miles Davis vamp.

Non-musically: William Gibson, Philip (K.) Dick, Eddie Izzard, Salvador Dali, Big Willy Pickton, pretty much exactly the group of people you might expect.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

HD: Global domination, followed shortly by a third album and a brief reprieve from crippling debt.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

HD: We all throw our ideas into the hat, and sometimes they’re edited and recreated several times by all of us several times before they’re done. That said, there’s a lot of Ryan and Gabe on Masks.

We stuck to a loose, overarching theme of deceit on the album: more specific forms of it, like lying to fail the Turing test in ‘Do Androids Dream of Robot Sheep?’, or lying to an entire nation about the horrors at home in ‘Nameless’, and less specific deceits, like the nonsense we’re bombarded with through media (‘Blue Nine’) or telling ourselves that we’re alright (‘Exit Stage Left’, ‘When Gods Create Monsters’).


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

HD: Social media, word of mouth, broadcast highjacking, posters, subliminal messaging, promoters and promotional agencies. However we can!


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

HD: It’s made theft of music a little too easy, but the ability to bootleg’s pretty much always been there. At this point in our careers, it really only  helps to spread the gospel. We’ll see how we feel about it if we ever make money off of our music.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

HD: All I Want for Christmas is You – we’d be rich, hated, and still married to Nick Cannon.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

HD: Influencers/social media whores/smiling glad-hands with hidden agendas. You can’t even have a face-to-face conversation with some of these people; sarcasm’s just lost on them, and it’s impossible to read what’s written behind those dead eyes.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

HD: There’s a few to choose from. Touring Canada with only a few well wishers and couch-providers to aid us was kind of a big deal to us. We were nominated for a MARTY – a Mississauga Arts Council award – and we won a Toronto Independent Music Award. We made Masks happen (the album, not the face protectors – that was somebody else). We’ve shared the stage with a bunch of amazing bands, some of whom have become good friends. It’s really hard to pick a favourite kid of the bunch.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

HD: We have a really overblown concept album in the works, and we’re still trying to get word out about our recent album. Mostly we’re just attempting to maintain some semblance of sanity.


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from? 

HD: Our first album, World of Ruin is available digitally, and Masks is available as disc and download at All donations – cash, sexual favours, unwanted children – are greatly appreciated.

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