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Dead Horse Trauma Explains New Album "Tellus Hodiernus Caducus" And Talks Upcoming Tour Dates

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Des Moines' own Dead Horse Trauma has taken a huge leap forward in sound with the band's sophomore full-length "Tellus Hodiernus Caducus" (reviewed here), providing another ten tracks of headbanging, groove-laden sound.

After the release of the album, vocalist Eric Davidson, guitarist Seth Peters, and drummer Jason Handy corresponded with Metalunderground.com to get us up to speed on what's going on with the band. Below you can find the members of Dead Horse Trauma discussing their growth as a band, recording the new album, shooting a music video, and gearing up to hit the road with American Head Charge.

xFiruath: Let’s dive right into the new album first off, which seems to have a noticeable change in sound from before. What’s different this time around?

Seth: I think that while touring on “Infestation” we found out what was working to really get a crowd going and keep them entertained so we just expanded on those ideas. We've also matured a great deal as musicians over the past couple years, we all raised the bar for ourselves on this album and it really came across in the music. That is the goal right? To get better with each album and grow as musicians and performers.

Eric: During this album we focused more on the production as a whole. We put a bit of focus on fusing the songs with noises and frequencies to ease the transitions of the different emotional shifts in direction each song can take you. Most of the vocals were tracked at ET Audiolabs in Des Moines, so in another aspect, it helped to add to the contrast and give songs their own identity.

Jason: Since the writing process for THC also began pretty much right when we finished recording “Infestation,” it allowed us to write more music in general. So, by the time we were ready to start production on THC, we had the ability to hand pick from what we felt were the cream-of-the-crop songs, from a batch of 20 plus tracks.

xFiruath: How does the band generally write new music?

Seth: We started working on new material shortly after the “Infestation” CD release tour was finished. On this album Jason and I did a lot of collaboration with editing pre-production instrumental tracks. It’s really great to have another perspective when writing the guitar parts. Jason will hear things in the riff that I never would have. It's easy for us to bounce ideas off each other via email as we both have our own in home studios for editing.

Jason: I wrote my parts in my underwear.

xFiruath: Tell me about the recording sessions for the new album. How did recording go and were there any troubles or triumphs worth mentioning?

Seth: We were under a few more time constraints this time around, as our producer; Ari's band Destrophy was getting ready to head out on tour with Otep. We had many long sessions in the last few weeks of recording but we're lucky enough to be working with talented engineers who were willing to stick by our side though many hours and long nights in order to meet our deadline.

xFiruath: Lyrically what’s happening on this album, and what’s the meaning behind the album’s name?

Eric: The name represents a shift. The destruction of everything before the here and now and how we have to prepare for the war ahead of us. Each song has its own perspective and comes from different places.

xFiruath: Tell me about the music video shoot for “Disbelief.” How did the recording go and what sort of themes and ideas are going on in the clip?

Jason: All and all the shoot went pretty well for as hectic as the process was, but it could have definitely been worse. At the time we were spending most of our days and nights in the studio trying to meet the album's deadline, so time was our biggest challenge. And just like any other video I've made, it always feels like it comes down to a last minute scramble. The plot ended up being written in the RV on our way to a gig and the locations didn't get locked down until the day before the shoot. But once we got rolling it was pure magic. The beautiful and talented Rikki Million made the script come to life, portraying a low self-esteem promiscuous girl who becomes disgusted with the image of what she has become. To be honest, when she was holding the knife while we were discussing the final scene, I actually feared for my life a little…Keep an eye out for the unrated directors cut which we plan on releasing soon.

xFiruath: Does Dead Horse Trauma have any upcoming live shows?

Eric: We're hitting the road with American Head Charge for a leg of their tour from Ohio through Illinois, and back to our hometown here in Des Moines. The dates are up on our Facebook page and website. We are huge fans of AHC, I have been a fan since I've saw them with System of a Down here in Des Moines like, 60 years ago so these upcoming shows are very special for us.

xFiruath: Have you personally been to any great shows lately?

Seth: I think the Head Charge shows will be the great shows of the year for me, as they are one of my favorite bands of all time. Other than that I've seen a lot of great unsigned talent up in Minnesota; our friends in Nuisance, Samsahra, and Pinwheel never cease to amaze me on stage.

xFiruath: Do you have a favorite album that’s come out so far this year, and what are you generally listening to these days?

Seth: This year hasn't brought much new for me. We did an EP release show with Pinwheel for their EP "Stagnate" and I dig every song on that thing. I also enjoyed Bring Me the Horizon's new album and am hoping to get a listen to Machine Head's new album soon.

Jason: I don't recall any stand out albums from this year besides Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light.” But my most recent favorite albums would have to be Them Crooked Vultures and Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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1. BrianSD writes:

Nice interview. Went to the penny road show. dht was great as direct support. ahc had the place goinso crazy security gave up trying to stop the pit. Art of the flesh was damn good too. Other 2 bands were, meh.

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