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Until Dawn Vocalist Adam Macleod Talks New Album "Horizon"

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"Horizon," the latest full-length album from Fort McMurray, Alberta's Until Dawn, will see its official release this coming August 6th, 2013.

We'll soon be hosting a premiere of the album's title track, but in the mean time you can find out more about the band and coming release through our new interview with vocalist Adam Macleod. Adam delves into the recording process for the follow-up to the band's previous self-titled album, overcoming challenges and finding the strength to persevere, and much more in the full interview below.

xFiruath: Let’s start off with the new album “Horizon.” What’s going on here musically and how will it differ from your previous album?

Adam: When we started working on “Horizon,” we designated a section of time to write the record as a collective. In comparison to “Horizon,” our first self-titled album was written in a longer time frame when we were in still in the growing stages of our sound. “Horizon” was developed to capture a more concentrated sound of what the band is all about right now by taking what we loved from our first record and utilizing it to challenge ourselves musically. The heavier songs got heavier, and we explored a deeper and more personal connection to the album lyrically.

xFiruath: Fill me in on the album’s recording process – where did it take place and did you have any particular challenges to overcome?

Adam: We did the entire recording process with our guitar player, Deke Worrell, at his Solid Steel Studios by starting with the writing and demoing phases. Steve was working hard to come up with some heavy driven grooves to give Luke, our drummer, more room to move with the rhythm section. With that behind us, we then recorded a full preproduction version of the record using this as a guideline to help build the songs and drive them into the final version of “Horizon.” Deke engineered this entire process while balancing dual roles of an engineer and a musician, which at times was a challenge. However, challenge is something we love, and he brings that out heavily with his guitar work on the record. This especially shows through on my personal favorite, "Roamers and Lurkers.”

xFiruath: What’s happening lyrically on “Horizon?”

Adam: I have a personal connection to the record, which I wrote mostly while my grandfather was hospitalized permanently from a stroke. He has since passed away, which has further fueled me to dive deeper into this concept. The theme is a tale of a man set to be sentenced for treason. He is placed in a time period where it is believed that the earth is flat, and he is sentenced to fall off the edge of the world. We use this as motivation, being in a band from such an isolated place as northern Alberta. We tend to constantly look to “Horizon” as all the great opportunities we have as a band.

xFiruath: Who handled the artwork and does it connect with the lyrics somehow?

Adam: The artwork was a great and fun process in terms of bringing some of the record to life. We worked with Caio Caldas at Cadies Art on the design, and it came together very quickly. We were able to achieve exactly what we had envisioned, as we wanted an open aquatic feel. The cover envelops a full representation of what the record is about lyrically by showing a man flowing towards his would be death, but knowing that there are greater things to come.

xFiruath: Where are you headed for your upcoming Horizon Crusade tour and who will you be playing with?

Adam: We plan to hit Alberta HARD this August on our own for the Horizon Crusade tour. We will be playing with some of our favorite western Canadian bands such as All Else Fails and Leave the Living. We have quite a few dates in central Alberta which includes the independent metal festival, Farmageddon on August 2nd – 5th. We are extremely excited for the Loud As Hell Fest in Drumheller, headlined by 3 Inches of Blood and a slew of other amazing western Canadian metal acts, too many to list. This event runs on August 23rd – 25th, and info can be found at this location. We have about nine shows throughout Alberta for August, so come out for a beer and some metal. After we regroup, we hope to plan more touring in support of Horizon.

xFiruath: On the live scene, what’s happening for you guys locally and are there bands you regularly get to play alongside?

Adam: Being in a town with a work-driven mindset such as Fort McMurray, you would think there wouldn't be too much going on, but there is a music scene here. Every few years it needs some loving but we've helped keep it alive with other great local bands such as Abandin All Hope. We recently had the Edmonton thrash gods Striker up for a great show. Currently we are booking our after record release party for mid-August as a kick off to the Horizon tour. Fort Mac may be a cold place, but it has a lot of love for its music.

xFiruath: What’s on your playlist these days and is anything coming up soon you are personally stoked to hear?

Adam: Right now I can say the whole band is listening to the new Soilwork record for sure as they are a huge inspiration to us. I personally haven't put down Vail of Maya's “Eclipse,” and the latest Death By Stereo record. The records I am looking forward to right now are from all of my metal brothers. Tramp Stamper from Edmonton has just finished recording a new one with Jeff Hannan, who also mixed “Horizon.” We can't wait for our brother's in Without Mercy's release, and are also extremely excited for Edmonton's All Else Fails release of “Fucktropolis.”

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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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