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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Death On Demand Interview
.Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
Hailing from the South of England in the UK: Death on Demand is a ball’s out Metal band that incorporate influences from Death Metal & Thrash Metal into our song writing. The band is Stu – Bass & Vocals, Phil – Guitar, Locker – Drums & (me) Lee – Guitar
D.o.D was originally started in October 2009 by Lee, Phil & Locker. Locker left shortly after to follow another path but returned in 2011 to take up his original spot on the drum kit.
Stu was a very good friend who had left his band in early 2010 and was offered the role of Bass player and suggested his friend Kurtis do the vocals.
Lee then spoke with his old vocalist from Blood Retch & Temple Mortuary, Graham Cleary who jumped into doing vocals during the summer of 2010, however after recording the very first version of Face of Hate Graham’s life changed direction and he could not commit to the band. We have included this version of Face of Hate on the E.P. as a thank you to Graham and to also show the very different styles between him & Stu.
What we have now is the Tree of Woe E.P. in all its glory; it’s been a long road with many twists and turns along the way.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Well to us we play Metal, uncomplicated straight up Metal but once people started hearing our tracks that’s when we got labelled Death Metal or Thrash Metal and we like that so we have adopted these comments and updated all our Social Networking sites to reflect the feedback.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the music explores?
Face of Hate is based around a Serial Killer that wears a mask while kidnapping his victims but just at the point of his victims Death he reveals his Face so the last thing they see is his Face of Hate.
Violent Retribution is about turning the tables so it’s the journey or following the path of insanity to the point where the people responsible are subject to a horrific ordeal at the hands of the victim.
Tree of Woe was highly influenced by the Oliver Stone Movie Conan the Barbarian, an epic tale of sword and sorcery.
Into the Abyss is really about protection, so when a person gets mentally savaged day after day for years they place themselves in this state of consciousness where it’s difficult for the outside world to get in or for anyone to get through the mental wall that they have put up.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the band’s name?
The name Death on Demand is born from the idea that in our digital age almost everything is available on the internet with exceptions to Death, however with the breakdown of sociable acceptability we believe it’s only a matter of time before the art of death in any form will be at the click of a button.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
At the moment we are back in the main practice room once a week and we also practice in my Studio 2 or 3 times a week getting everything tight ready to start work on the album, so doing gigs is not a primary goal for us just now. Plus all the band members have had some difficult times doing gigs where you are put in with a bunch of bands that are not of the same Genre and that just gets you frustrated when you play your ass off and no one likes what you are doing. We are happy to wait for the right time and gig with the right bands in the right location, I don’t want to sound pretentious at all but it has to be right for Death on Demand or we won’t do it. If doing gigs was primary for us then we would be happy to do a gig once a week, however there are less and less venues that are happy to have Metal bands play and more and more Pubs are closing so restricting the choice any band has of playing live. Later in the year we are planning on a travelling to different countries and playing a few dates possibly in Poland, with the help of a work Colleague.
6.Do you have any touring plans for the future?
We really are so fucking keen to get a Bus and hit the road and just get out there and play. We have made some friends in the USA and we have this crazy plan of flying to New York and then playing our way to Texas over the course of 4 or 5 days then doing a few dates in Texas and then doing the same thing until we are back in New York. Also as mentioned earlier we have some work Colleagues from Poland that are looking to help us get some dates and do a mini tour of Poland.
7.On a worldwide level, how has your music been received by death/thrash metal fans?
It’s shocking to us just how well people have taken to our Music. When we first started posting tracks on Social Networking sites we got some very negative comments, that was until we checked the profiles of the people leaving the comments. We were so fucking happy when we discovered that they were a bunch of Emo kids with no jobs and no goals and all they did was to sit on the internet and slag people off for having a go. We knew then if we are pissing off the Emo kids we are doing something right.
We have been lucky to get some extensive Internet Radio airplay and that has boosted our Brand in many countries and in the last few weeks we have tripled the amount of fans we have plus the comments, feedback & reviews that people have been submitting is just mind blowing.
8.How would you describe your musical progress over the years and what direction do you see the music heading into on future releases?
Honestly I cannot answer this question in full, over the years my creative side has always been full on but misguided, that was until I met Phil. He helped me focus my playing and got me breathing so to speak. Then along came Stu & Locker and these guys who are young have extensive Musical knowledge and together we have started to define our own sound. It’s not been a smooth ride it’s been fucking crazy at times but we all have input regardless of how big or small the decision. The future is an unwritten book and we are looking forward to filling it up.
9.Are there any side projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
This is a full time line up, we all sort of had side projects but D.o.D is proving to be a viable project so we will make it work.
10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
All the band members are fans of old school Thrash Metal, Gothic Metal & Grindcore with bands like Slayer, Celtic Frost, Testament, Nuclear Assault, Destruction, Paradise Lost; Napalm Death & Kreator with elements from those bands that can be heard in our song writing. We gather influence from Six Feet Under, Bolt Thrower, Obituary, Benediction but also from the great extreme Death Metal bands like Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Houwitser & Death to name just a few. We listen to so much stuff it’s difficult to nail down; we have all been listening to the new Hate Eternal album which is just off the hook, but also Obscura, Watain & a few bands from our Management roster.
11. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
That’s a damn good question, Stu, Phil & I all collect Metal CD’s, DVD’s & Metal memorabilia so we are always fully engaged. But at heart we are all Engineers of varying disciplines. Phil is a Senior Design Engineer, Stu is a Mechanical Engineer, Locker is an Apprentice Locomotive Engineer & I am an Electrical Networks Engineer
12. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
We would like to say Thanks to the following people.
The D.o.D Wives and Girlfriends, Andy Harper (our Studio Engineer) Xan & Satanica Productions (our Record Label) Gort & The Pain Fucktory (our Management) Craig & Dovetail Strings (our Endorsement) DJ Rebel & Wicked Chaos Radio, all our friends at Wicked Chaos (far too many to mention I’m afraid) The D.o.D Disciples, all the Radio Stations & Webzines that have supported us over the last few years, and all our Friends for their constant support.
We would also like to thank the people who have submitted reviews of the E.P. and we would like to Thank John Larsen for doing this Interview with us.