Since recording Immortalised In Death we have been locked away preparing everything for the release alongside UKEM Records as well as booking shows and practicing for our live performances.
2.You have a new album coming out during the middle of August, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
We feel our new album is a step forward for us, we really feel that we have progressed as song writers. It still sounds like typical Deadwood Lake but the song writing seems more mature, it is also a lot darker and heavier than our previous material.
3.All of the lyrics on the albums deal with a loss and grief over a family member, can you tell us a little bit more about the songwriting?
Yes, we formed in memory of my brother, Gary, who passed away in a car accident in 2015. All of the lyrics throughout all of our releases focus on aspects of his life, his passing and the effects that grief has had on myself, his friends and his family. I write lyrics about him because we were very close and I miss him very much, it is a cathartic experience for me that helps me deal with the grief and it also keeps his memory alive.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deadwood Lake'?
There is no meaning behind the name at all, we just thought it sounded cool at the time and it stuck!
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new cover?
The artwork was created by the highly talented Misanthropic art and it depicts three grieving people holding a vigil whilst a body is being cremated. The artwork nods towards some of the song titles found on the album, such as ‘My Ashes Will Remain’ and ‘Vigils’.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We originally started out as a studio band and have only recently started performing live. At this point I think we have only played 8 live shows, but we have supported the likes of Fen, Old Corpse Road, Bloodshot Dawn and The Infernal Sea. I think our performances are very intense and emotional, we get up on stage and give it 110% and perform in memory of my brother, it is an incredible cathartic feeling for us on stage and hopefully it comes across that way to the audience.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We have a few shows and festivals lined up for 2019, including Warhorns Festival, The Blackwood Gathering and HRH Vikings where we will be performing alongside the likes of Kampfar, Moonsorrow, Finntroll, Fen, Nightrage, Blood Cilice and many more!
8.The new album is coming out on 'UKEM Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
I have been friends with the owner Chris for many years and often buy cd’s through his distro. He had released a few albums from bands we are friends with (notably Cryostorm and Agrona), I like his approach towards his releases and appreciate what he does for the extreme metal scene in the UK. So I simply just asked if he would like to release Immortalised In Death and he said yes!
9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of atmospheric black metal?
I don’t know how much traction we have picked up outside the UK. But we have been getting a lot of positive reactions from within the UK and the new album is getting positive reviews across the board, which is nice.
10.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?
Our guitarist Ryan is going to be releasing a debut EP with his other project Wolves In Exile via UKEM Records later this year. I recommend checking them out.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think our next release will be in a similar vein to Immortalised In Death, I really enjoy the sound we have achieved on the album and we are already writing new songs in a similar style.
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?
I find inspiration from lots of genres, everything from black metal to death metal to thrash metal to power metal. I remember some of the moments on Immortalised In Death was influenced by bands like Drudkh, Schammasch, Satyricon, Mercyful Fate and Woods Of Ypres.
At the moment I’m delving through the back catalogue of Judas Priest and Blind Guardian...probably not the answer you was expecting, but I really enjoy listening to ‘easy listening’ metal whilst at work.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
I collect modern board games, things like Azul, Memoir 44, Wiz War, Blood Rage etc. I’m also currently reading Frank Herbert’s Dune. Myself and Tom both play Dungeons and Dragons on a regular basis.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Well it has been a pleasure talking to you and I hope that everyone enjoys our new album! If you catch us at a show, come and say hi! Stay safe.