Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wormwitch Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We're a heavy metal band from Vancouver, BC, Canada. We started up about a year ago and we just put out our first record, Strike Mortal Soil.

2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo and single you have released in the past?
The sound of the album is really varied. We wanted to try everything out, stretch our legs and see where we were most comfortable. The end result was sort of a sum of our influences, lots of black metal, 70s-80s rock and roll, Swedish death metal, a bit of speed metal. It differs a lot from our previous stuff. We started out as more of a crust punk band with a lot of European death metal influence, and have moved more in the metal direction since then.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
The lyrics on the album follow a loose theme, largely discussing the idea of finding strength in death and the brevity of life. It's a bit of a philosophical exploration of death's role in society and and the psyche. Modern people fear death and crave immortality, but mortality is what gives our experiences and accomplishments gravity and meaning.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Wormwitch'?
No meaning, it's a little bit tongue-in-cheek. It started out as the name for a fantasy-themed d-beat band that our vocalist/bassist, Robin, and I planned on starting, but when it came time to name Wormwitch we thought it would fit. We initially came up with it while talking about how bands with "worm" or "witch" in the name always end up being cool.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our favorite show so far was probably our recent one in Salt Lake City, Utah. We were on tour with Numenorean from Calgary, it was a really nice venue with great sound and the crowd really seemed to dig us. We haven't played a whole ton of shows yet in the grand scheme of things.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
We've got really exciting North American tour plans for the rest of the year and beyond, nothing I can announce just yet. We'd like to hit Europe before the next record as well.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
It's been really great so far, which is awesome. We weren't really sure what to expect, but so far so good.

9.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?
I've got a solo project called Old Graves, which is somewhat on hold right now as Wormwitch is mega busy. Robin is slowly piecing together a new project which I'll likely be involved in as well. There's nothing officially released yet, but I can tell you it's sounding really good.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We've already started writing the next album, and there's definitely a shift. The process of writing, recording and releasing Strike Mortal Soil really served its purpose in showing us where we want to be and what Wormwitch should sound like. The new music is less dark and dirty, but it rips just as hard, if not harder. It's more focused and intense, and objectively a huge step up for us. We feel that we've really hit our stride and that it'll be a bright new beginning for us.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an infleunce on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Some bands that have really influenced our sound are Darkthrone, Entombed, Taake, Led Zeppelin, At The Gates, Kvelertak, Black Sabbath, Enslaved, Mastodon, tons more. Too many to name. Recently I've been listening to lot of the same stuff I always have, but a lot of Wardruna in particular.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
We're love the outdoors; hiking, camping, hunting, just being in nature. We like to read, Robin plays the odd video game. We're big into history and fantasy if that tells you anything about how we are.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thanks a ton for the interview my friend, check us out on tour or online!


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