Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Coffin Torture Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

We're a two piece sludge/doom metal band from Westminster, SC (about a 1.5 hr drive west from Greenville). We both also played in a now defunct death metal band called Larval Stage.

2.How would you describe the musical sound that has been presented on the recordings that you have released so far?

Pretty rough on the first few ep's. Better on the live recordings though. Awesome when we saved up and went to The Jam Room for the new album! Very heavy!

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

Space, monsters, animals, horrible diseases and stuff from our own warped imaginations.

4.Originally the band was known as 'Tsavo' then 'Cave Dweller', what was the cause of the name changes and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Coffin Torture'?

There were a few other bands with Tsavo in their name so we changed it to Cave Dweller. Cave Dweller didn't last long or release any material and we changed it finally to Coffin Torture around 2008. Coffin Torture was a medieval form of torture where they would lock you in a very tight box or cage for days on end. Sometimes hanging the cage in the village square so all they other villagers knew not to do whatever you did.

5.Currently there are only 2 members in the band but other members have been around in the past, are you open to expanding your line up again in the future or do you chose to remain a duo?

We are not totally opposed to the idea, but are more then likely going to stay a two piece.

6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Gustofest III sticks out. That was a great show! We played a show with our friends Black Hand Throne and Hexxus at The Radio Room a while back that was probably the best we've ever sounded live. Opened up for Jucifer twice at Ground Zero and those two shows really come to mind.

7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?

We're playing a show tonight (1/21/18) at The Radio Room with Tar Hag and Destroyer of Light! Other than that, trying to get a cd release show sometime in February. Possible playing a couple festivals later in the year. We're not really a touring band at the moment with work and all. Never toured actually. But maybe some day!

8.The new album was released on 'Sludgelord Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

They're great! It was founded by Aaron from The Sludgelord and Curtis Dewar from Dewar PR. We're honored to be the first band on the label!

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

They seem to like it so far. Every review has been pretty positive.

10.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Not at the moment. I do two one man bands called Blind Samson and Cebo, but they are pretty much on hold for the foreseeable future.

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

I don't know, but it'll be heavy whatever it is. Currently writing stuff for a new album. Definitely going to have some more weird stuff on there.

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

The big ones are Goatsnake, Conan, Coffins, Zoroaster, Ocean, Neurosis, Slomatics and plenty of slower death metal bands like Incantation and Cianide. Nowadays I mostly listen to stuff like Harvey Milk, Swans, and older stuff like Pentagram and Trouble. Thorfinn has had a lot of Type O Negative and Candlemass in heavy rotation.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We are both pretty serious fishermen. Bass, catfish and trout. Thorfinn has his artwork.

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

Our album 'Dismal Planet' is coming out on Feb. 16th on Sludgelord Records! Thanks for the interview!

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