An Interview With Throne of Malediction
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Montana based metal band Throne of Malediction just recently finished recording their first EP and are preparing for an upcoming full length album. The band's husband and wife duo Eric and Jessica answered a series of questions about their upcoming releases and how living in Montana has shaped their music.
xFiruath: How would you describe the sound of Throne of Malediction?
Eric: I think we have a basic heavy sound with strong rhythms. We don't try to be too fancy. Simple, but effective.
Jessica: We have our own sound. I cannot pinpoint any similarities to today’s trends.
xFiruath: How did your band members initially meet up and decide to form a band?
Eric: Me and Jessica share a mutual love for music and we are married. Luckily, we mesh naturally while playing music. Jessica knew Tony Crase (drummer)from playing music in earlier years. We happened to live two blocks away and we got in touch with Tony and we jammed and formed Sonic Demise. We have had lineup and name changes since, but are back with Tony and our new bass man T.J. Raymond.
Jessica: That's about it. I hope we can keep the lineup we have now.
xFiruath: Tell me about your upcoming EP. Where did you record it, did you work with a producer or self-produce, and is there a confirmed release date?
Eric: I have a friend Ryan Johnson who I worked with help us. Ryan does sound for a church and has the equipment and computer knowledge to do it. We recorded the EP in a week’s time in Somers and at Ryan's lab in Kalispell. Almost all songs were recorded in 1 take, track by track. We are releasing it as soon as we get enough copies printed. Maybe in March 2009. It is called “EP 1.” The cover was designed by a friend, Aranxta Mendoza, in Mexico. Her face is on the cover too.We have help everywhere. It will be cheaply made and will be cheap or free.
xFiruath: How do you go about writing songs? Do all the members work together or does each person come up with a part for their instrument and then it all gets put together?
Eric: Mainly we record us jamming freestyle on cassette, I go home and listen to it and we pick out the cool stuff. I usually handle all the arrangements. Me and Jessica split the guitar parts evenly for songs. I then write lyrics or a band member gives me some and we just jam a song out until smooth. Tony and T.J. just do their thing. They are very talented, I never have to tell them anything. They just play and kick ass. Best rhythm section I could ask for.
Jessica: I occasionally write lyrics on the side, but more to guitar riffs. I usually suggest all the cover songs we do live also.
xFiruath: What does the lyrical content of the average Throne of Malediction song deal with?
Eric: It ranges from personal issues to the government. We are focusing a bit on historical events in some. “The Sands,” for example, is about Egyptian pharaohs. Some are quite angry songs.
Jessica: “Not Living” was written by me about the distorted reality of a serial killers mind. Others are about anger and love.
xFiruath: Not many extreme metal bands hail from Montana. How has the scene been for you and do you play mostly gigs in Montana or in other states?
Eric: The scene in Montana is stale. I am from Bakersfield, California and it is dead here compared to there. I think the isolation is good for originality in music though. There are a lot of talented bands in Montana. My personal favorite is Walking Corpse Syndrome. We have shared the stage with them and they are good people. We are focusing on getting out of Montana. Most gigs here and clubs make you pay to play. In Spokane and Coeurd'Alene, which we have many shows coming there, we get paid. I do hope things change though.
xFiruath: Speaking of gigs, what has been your favorite show or venue that you’ve played at?
Eric: We played at the Wolfs Den in Polson with War Cry new years 2008 and we got a great response there. We passed out at War Cry's place because our drummer left with our keys (laughs). And depot park, though Jess was gone, were great shows.
Jessica: I think the Wolfs Den also, hands down was the best.
xFiruath: As “underground” musicians, how do you feel about things like music downloading and MySpace music pages?
Eric: I think it is a good way to get music out there. Especially if you are isolated from a big music scene. Myspace has helped a lot with networking and getting shows out of state. Our music is free to download for the sake of more listeners. Message us with an e-mail address and we will send mp3's free. I talk to musicians I admire on the internet. I even contacted Tim Narducci, formerly of Systematic, and his new band White Witch Canyon. We have two gigs with them next month. These are great tools if used right.
Jessica: I agree.
xFiruath: What sort of bands do you guys personally listen to when you aren’t playing music, and what draws you to them?
Eric: I like all music almost. I love Cradle of Filth and Opeth, Iron Maiden and also rap such as Twiztid, ICP and others. I am music nerd. I don't know for sure, I just love music. Too hard to put in words I think.
Jessica: I love Obituary, Six Feet Under, Morbid Angel are my top metal bands. I also enjoy PJ Harvey and Iggy Pop. I just like the sound.
xFiruath: On the opposite side, are there any metal bands you just can’t stand or anything about the metal scene you wish would change?
Eric: I think there are too many bands that sound the same. Sure, they are all talented and can shred, but I don't "feel" most of it. We get compilations from labels and with 15 bands, some CDs sound like one band (laughs). Too much trend, and they blend I think our simple but effective approach will win in the end. We go by feel, not try to showboat or overcomplicate. I also hate corporate crap that is all over and shoved down our throats, think Britney Spears.
Jessica: I hate emo, barf, cheesy power metal makes me cringe also.
xFiruath: That’s all my questions, so do you care to offer any parting words or want to cover anything I didn’t ask about?
Eric: I want to thank anybody who has helped us. We are getting great response to our tunes. We are also going to be on two indie compilations later this year. Throne of Malediction will be playing live a lot also this year. Hope to see everyone at our shows! Thank you for your interview and interest.
Jessica: No, I am good. Thank you.
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