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An Interview With Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky Guitarist Ian Sturgill

Florida death metallers Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky have signed to Nuclear Blast records for the release of their debut full-length album "The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry," which will be unleashed on the U.S. on May 5th. You can currently check out new songs from the album titled "The Tamogotchi Gesture" and "10,000 Sermons, One Solution" on their MySpace page. The band will also be supporting Goatwhore and Abigail Williams on the North American Conquer & Curse tour alongside Daath and Abysmal Dawn this June.

SWWAATS guitarist Ian Sturgill answered a series of questions for Metalunderground about the band's origin, the focus of their lyrics, and the band's future plans.

xFiruath: How did Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky originally come together? Did you all know each other prior to forming the band?

Ian: SWWAATS formed in late 2006, shortly after BITGOTA (Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus) had dissolved. Aaron (SWWAATS’ other guitarist) and I decided to keep playing music together, so we found some guys who wanted to do the same type of thing, and everything pretty much expanded from that.

xFiruath: When did you first get involved with music and why did you want to become a musician?

Ian: Music was something that I took to naturally. I always enjoyed it and seemed to excel at it. I was deeply affected by music in youth and decided early on that I wanted to reach out to people the way that my favorite bands had done. Music helped me deal with a lot of rough shit, and I wanted to help people in the same way.

xFiruath: Tell me about the new album "The Grand Partition And The Abgrogation Of Idolatry.” What’s different about it from the previous EP and are there any particular songs or segments that are your favorite?

Ian: This album is a greater representation of what we had set out to do with this band. The EP was recorded in the band's early, formative stages. It was done in a few days time and was originally intended to be a demo. This album, on the other hand, is a carefully crafted and thought-out work of music. It's dark and violent from front to back, with no relent. One will not find clean vocals or synth-pad expressions in this music. It's bleak, it's fucked-up, it's pissed off, and above all, it's metal. My favorite song is "The Tamagotchi Gesture.”

xFiruath: Who writes the lyrics and what do the lyrics deal with on the album?

Ian: Lyrical duties are split between myself and John, our scary/hairy front man. The lyrics touch in individual stories illustrating the crumbling human society you see when you open your front door or watch your television.

xFiruath: Where did you record the album and did you work with a producer?

Ian: We recorded the album at Safehouse Studio in central Florida with James Murphy. It was a blast and he did a fantastic job at capturing these songs at their best and truest moments.

xFiruath: Are there any plans in the works to do music videos for any of the songs?

Ian: Yes, we plan to shoot a video in the next few months. We haven't decided on which song, but yes, a video is impending.

xFiruath: You guys have an upcoming tour with Abigail Williams, Goatwhore, Abysmal Dawn, and Daath. Have you played with any of those bands before, and are there any particular stops on the tour you are looking forward to?

Ian: We haven't played with these bands yet, but we have good friends in Goatwhore, Abigail Williams, and Abysmal Dawn. I am looking forward to playing my home state, Kentucky. Two times on this tour actually.

xFiruath: Speaking of tours, do you have a favorite show memory you’d care to share with the fans where something absurd happened or you played your absolute best?

Ian: Our second show ever was the Sick Shit fest in Saratoga Springs, NY. We drove straight there from Tampa in 1 shot, destroyed a van in the process, showed up about 10 minutes before our scheduled load-in, packed five deep with equipment in a rented cargo van, to play a 20 minute set. We spent about $3500 after all was said and done to make this happen.

xFiruath: When you aren’t playing music what bands or albums are you personally listening to the most these days?

Ian: Gojira’s “The Way of All Flesh,” Tool’s “Lateralus,” Roger Waters’ “Amused to Death,” and Irreversible’s “Sins.”

xFiruath: What draws you to metal in particular and is there anything about the current metal scene that you would like to see changed?

Ian: Metal is a very raw and primal expression of the self. When done correctly, it lacks pretense and is wild and unbridled. If anything, I would like to see more bands that do not have creative limitations.

xFiruath: That’s all my questions, do you have anything else you’d like to discuss that I didn’t bring up?

Ian: "The Grand Partition And The Abgrogation Of Idolatry” hits stores in the US on May 5th. You may actually want to pick it up, because our lyrics aren't ironic or moronic, and it's worth deciphering our screaming and checking out our art and symbolism. We hope you enjoy.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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