I hate it when you lose a pen and you were just holding it not 0.5 seconds before wondering where it’s gone and then you have to stand up and walk at least 5 to 10 feet away from where you are to look where you were and you still can’t see it so you go back and search for it more thoroughly to find the abyss simply swallowed it and you have to accept it’s now in R’lyeh and you have to move on. #pens
Anonymous said: Do you listen to many modern day metal acts? If so, what are your beliefs on their production values? Do you prefer the warmer analogue sounds, even a faux analogue sound like Mastodon and Opeth or colder, clackety, metallic sound that the likes of, lets say, Trivium?
I think a lot of what people think is analogue these days actually isn’t, even if they say so in press etc. I don’t listen to a lot of “Modern” stuff, really; not out of choice, I just don’t have as much time anymore.
terratorial-pissings said: With Evile, did you guys ever have any thoughts about making your equivalent to The Black Album? By that I mean still keeping within the confines of 'Metal' but something that was perhaps more "commercial" sounding and may have appealed to a larger market, yet that still kept integrity. Love Evile's work either way I'm always just curious about this with bands, Cheers!
Not really. I think it’s inevitable that Evile would have/will go down an experimentally simpler route (one riff instead of 50) at some point; it’s natural to try what you haven’t tried musically, and Evile have an “against the grain” outlook. I don’t think we would have done something purposely commercial for the sake of it, unless the material was genuinely enjoyable and good.
Anonymous said: top 5 albums of the year so far?
I’ve really not kept up on what’s been coming out! been too busy working and writing. The new Triptykon was brilliant and I heard the new Mastodon and that sounded cool.
fuckin-metal said: A few questions, Would you ever consider rejoining Evile? dunno if you already answered this :p and What gear for recording do you use as i am looking to set up a home studio and I assume your programming drums and doing this from home? and Favourite Death Metal Band? Thanks :)
I doubt it.
I’m currently using the amazing Kemper Profiling Amp and Pro Tools 10. Programming drums for writing purposes but the plan is to have real drums on the album; I might do them myself if I have the time/means. Fave DM band is probably Death/Obituary
Anonymous said: When you record your solo album will you be using session musicians or will it be a friends guest starring album? or havn't you thought that far ahead?
So far it’s mostly myself doing it all but I do have a few guest musicians lined up which will be awesome! I can’t say who until they actually happen/are confirmed; this album is very “day by day”.
toxic-island said: Not sure if you can remember but I got a photo with you at bloodstock and it made my day! thank you so much! Also I really don´t know why people bother you about Evile...feel sorry for you. Stay safe man.
welcome! it’s to be expected really! I expect lots of Evile questions when doing press for the solo album.
Anonymous said: Are Evile still playing in September?
I have no idea; I can’t speak for them. #evile
Anonymous said: Throsh Metal
Anonymous said: Is there a way of writing metal riffs without recycling old metal riffs or resorting to the harmonic minor/phrygian dominant????
It’s hard to write for an audience who will predominately be actively looking for whether or not your music sounds like other music as opposed to just enjoying the music regardless. There’s an infinite number of Metal riffs to be written, I think they just have to be written from an honest, pure place to be good; not just because you want a riff that’s like Master of Puppets. I had a conversation with Gary Holt about writing riffs and he wrote most of the classic Exodus riffs just by jamming and having a great time doing it. If it comes from a good/fun place it comes across in the riff if it can be delivered as you hear it. It doesn’t matter if “the 80s metal had the best riffs”, those riffs were still created by a human through love of music. Because certain bands/riffs/songs became so popular opened up a large, defensive demographic of people who think only those artists have the right to write such music. Classical music has been around for a lot longer than Metal and look how many pieces, styles, modes, melodies are in that. *ramble ramble ramble*