Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dead Toll Rising 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 finished the tracking back in April, and after that we began working on a series of 10th anniversary shows for the summer.  Since those we've turned our focus on getting everything read to push and release Infection Legacy.

2. You have a new album coming out, how would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
I think the core of our sound has remained the same for this release, as in the type of sound we aim for, however there is another writing influence on this new album in Tylor.  He wasn't present in the band for the last album, but his stamp is all over this one.  He listens to a lot of progressive music and it certainly brought that influence to many of the new songs.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores and also how would you describe your progress as song writers over the years?
Our lyrics are generally quite satyrical and tongue in cheek.  Necrophilia (Crack Open a Cold One), farts (Septic Entity), medieval torture (Judas Cradle), Resident Evil 2 (Infection Legacy), to name a few, are some themes on the new album.  Our overall songwriting has changed in that now we really try and step outside of ourselves and look back at what we wrote to re evaluate and make sure the songs are as strong as they can possibly be.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Death Toll Rising?
Well, we came up with it when we were 19 year old death metal wannabes, so it just sounded cool haha.  Not much inspiration, and the meaning is self explanitory.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how wold you describe your stage performance/
We've had tons of great shows over the years, but recently our 10 year anniversary show sticks out.  It was great to have all the support of so many people throughout our career.

6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the new album/
We will having our local Cd release show on Oct 26, and will likely play some other dates in our province throughout the early winter.  Some more major touring plans will be in the works for the Spring time when it is more feasable to tour around (ie NOT winter).

7. The new album is going to be self released, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We aren't really actively looking at the moment.  Releasing an album is a ton of work on its own, so once it is out we may shop around but for now we just want to get it out there.

8. Are there any other musical projects going on these days?
Most of the members of the band have other projects/side projects.  I won't go listing them all, but they are easy enough to figure out using Facebook and/or Metal Archives!

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We've discussed briefly about where to go from here, but we haven't begun any new writing yet.  Maybe it will be more thrash based, maybe it will be more prog based, its hard to say.  But it will always be fast and heavy!

10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to  nowadays?
We are a band that really wears our influences on our sleeve, and we are ok with that because we are not ashamed to show what we love.  Our new album has a few tidbits of styles that previously weren't there, such as shred, djent, and some other proggy stuff.

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Not speaking for any one individual in the band, but video games, movies, UFC, aliens, NFL, NHL, golf.... a few things that some of us enjoy.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? 
When you hit the 1:00 mark of Infection Legacy, it is time to crank it!

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