Monday, April 4, 2016

Live Burial Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?

Aside from a few shows, we haven't been up to much. Getting the record ready for release has been our main priority. We've also used any down time to put some focus in our other musical projects. However, we've been thinking of writing new material already. We haven't got any working songs as of yet, but we've all been thinking of ideas and what future direction we're likely to take.

2.In April you have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

The album is primarily old school death metal with some extra influences thrown in. Two of the tracks have a Mercyful Fate/King Diamond vibe to them (Sleep Paralysis and Mocata's Revenge). After the lo-fi death metal sound that we had on the demo and EP, we wanted to step things up a notch. This record is a lot cleaner sounding without compromising on heaviness. Also in comparison to previous releases, the song writing is a bit more complex. We also started playing a hell of a lot faster haha.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

The lyrics are pretty standard fare for Death Metal. Most of the tracks were based on films and books I checked out at the time. I'm not really into trying to convey a message through my lyrics, I purely write for fun. That's why I like to go for quite silly lyrics without going too over the top. Take Forced Back to Life for instance: I love the movie Re-Animator and also enjoyed the HP Lovecraft Herbert West serials, so I wanted to do a set of lyrics based on that concept. It was also the concept that ended up influencing the direction of the artwork. Hung Above the Meat Grinder was based off a single scene in the movie The Exterminator, where a gangster gets slowly fed into an industrial meat grinding machine. If that ain't Death Metal, I don't know what is!

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Live Burial'?

Live Burial is an alternative term for Premature Burial, i.e. being buried alive. I thought it would be cool name to use for a Death Metal band and found, much to my surprise, that no-one claimed at the time of forming the band.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Both Vomfests in Edinburgh and Yorkshire Riffer in Leeds were great shows. Our sets, depending on the crowds, can be pretty crazy. Lee and I have a minor disdain for being on stage. We much prefer being up close to (or in) the crowd. The Yorkshire Riffer show for instance had the crowd bouncing off the walls... With us included! I'm also not one for talking much on stage. Why hear me prattle on for ages when you can hear riffs? I know what I'd rather hear!

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

We do have a plan for a tour later in the year, but we're yet to finalise any details. We'll hopefully be hitting the road late September/early October for dates across the UK.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and doom metal?

Reception has been positive. Those who like Death Metal seem to like what we're doing. The more heavy metal influenced parts have also been well received. I can't say that we've picked up any feedback from Doom Metal fans. The Doom aspect seems to be a label that we've been stuck with since the demo days. I think we've only really had one track that was Doom-like in a sense. Everything else we've done has been fast and ferocious Death Metal with the odd slow part. Of course, we'd welcome anyone and everyone to check out our music and let us know what they think of it.

8.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?

Horrified (feat Rob and Matthew) have just released their follow up album Of Despair. They're about to go on a short tour and Lee is helping out with bass duties. Plague Rider (Rob/Matthew/Lee) are working on new material and I understand it will be even more ridiculous in terms of technicality. Rat Faced Bastard (Rob/Matthew/Jamie) have been working on a few new songs too. They released an EP online late last year and plan putting it out on physical format. There are also murmurings of a new EP in the works.

9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I know Rob and Matthew would like to see more King Diamond-esque riffs in the songs. I know the pair of them have also been listening to Morbid Angel's Gateways of Annihilation quite a bit recently as well, so there may be some Gateways inspired riffs in the works. In all honesty, I can't really say until we all meet up for practice and see what we jam out. While some of the songs have been pre-written in the past, others have been the result of riffs jammed out on the day and we've gone from there.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The following bands have had an impact on us one way or another: Obituary, Bolt Thrower, Autopsy, Asphyx, Morbid Angel, Death, Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, old Sepultura.

At the moment, we're all listening to all sorts. At the moment, I've been listening to a lot of Slough Feg and making my way through tape backlog, featuring the likes of Dungeon, Nightmare City and Aggressive Perfector. Lee goes to all manner of different gigs so he talks about many weird and wonderful bands all of the time.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

Nothing really out of the ordinary. Aside from hitting up ale pubs in Newcastle and other parts of the UK, a bunch of us love watching movies... Whether they're of artistic merit or not hahaha. I think I've talked about Ninja Terminator constantly for the past two weeks.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Cheers for the questions and we hope everyone enjoys the album!

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