Monday, September 22, 2014

Promethean Horde Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
We have a couple shows in queue to play later this year. But until then we are actually working on new merch ideas, demoing out new riffs and such.

2.Recently you have released a new album, 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 2009 EP/Demo contained 5 of the songs on the new record. We used to have keyboards and they did play a prominent role in the sound. Over the years, we have more-so steered away from that sound and began utilizing the guitars and bass to bring our more of the melody.

3.This is the first recording to be released in 5 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
A ton of gigging. Also, we actually worked with several drummers during that period while we played shows. So a good portion of that time was teaching new people the songs. However we only had about 6 months there where we didn’t play a show but stayed pretty regular while we worked on that.

4.I have seen the band being labeled as symphonic black metal and I heard none of that on this recording, how did the band end up being labeled with that 'tag'? Well, as I previously mentioned, for many years we had my brother Mike (Lull Me To Larvae) on the keys. He had a lot of input on our earlier stuff, so naturally some of it came out pretty keyboard-heavy.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The album covers a few different topics, but to touch on a couple: Ördögszereto is Hungarian for "Demon Lover." This song is about this female demon that comes in causing complete paralysis and has her way with you and then accepting it time in and time out. Unknown Corpses is a story about a group of ancient warriors that wonder the land in search of war and kingdoms to overthrow. They eventually find out they're already dead and they, themselves, were plundered. Sort of reliving the tragedy of realizing they were defeated and their village, burned.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Promethean Horde'?
The story goes, Prometheus stole fire from the heavens to benefit mankind. We all have an idea of what is, and what things could be. To us, its a great idea that promotes selflessness. Our lyrics generally speak of removing the oppressive forces in this world, such as religion, greed and unwarranted suffering.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance? We always have a great time doing national acts, for sure. Its hard to pick a favorite but we've played with Wintersun, Cannibal Corpse, among probably a dozen others over the past couple years. Those two shows stick out to me because the energy and vibe were excellent. Our stage performance, is not so much of a performance as it is just us getting drunk and playing the Hell out of our instruments. I would say its high-energy with plenty of movement and plenty of buzzed on-stage banter. (Laughs)

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album?
The tour that just ended in August was to directly support the album, but we never go too long without getting on stage. We have probably around 3 shows booked through this year, so far, but one focus has already been the next album. We're already putting ideas together.

8.The new album was released on Metal Swarm Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
This is a very small label that I formed, recently. Metal Swarm Productions (formerly Death N Decay) will represent artists that we like and feel that we might be able to help out.

9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer music by fans of black and death metal? So far we have actually be received very well. Selling albums in Canada, Italy, Germany, UK and such including states that we haven’t been to. Things seem to be on the up-rise.

10.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are involved with? Me, Jack and Jechael are still involved in Paths of Possession, but we can only do so much with George’s scheduling and such. The 3 of us in (Paths) have put Promethean Horde on top priority as we have no restrictions to anything. Our drummer is in a death metal band called Ulcer and he stays pretty busy with that.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We're feeling like we want the next album to be very cold, dark and hateful. We'll probably always have the elements from Ashes of The Empyrean, with the clean guitars/singing and melodic riffs. But this next record, I would expect to be insane!

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? A few of the other guys are a little more eclectic than I am, I would say. I tend to stay with the black/death/folk metal stuff. That's pretty much the case with Jack and Jechael, but Jack likes punk and Jechael likes old Country/80's love songs. Jones likes a wide variety as well, ranging from death/metalcore/various acoustic artists. And finally, Gary can sing every Journey song almost perfectly. I think I'll stop there.

13.Does Paganism or Occultism, play any role in your music?
I would say very little if at all. Those things tend to sit a little close to religion. And as I've said earlier, we shy away from preaching things like that. We know that nearly all religions have taken unnecessary steps to eradicate those who differ in beliefs. Our message is to remove these religious ideas.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?Jack is a huge reader and also does a lot of artwork. We all love video games. Jones has his own business which makes (ear) plugs and gauges, called Stretch the World. Gary pretty much straps on some leather and goes riding on his motorcycle.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thought?
Thanks a ton, for the support! We hope to see you all, next time we tour!

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