Apart from the vinyl release of Lure of the Occult coming soon through Blood Harvest and the shirts that have just been printed, not a whole lot. I just got back from living in Mexico for the last couple of years, which included a trip through South America, so we've been out of action during that time. I came back to Australia for a few months last year though and we played at the Evil Invaders festival in Sydney which also coincided with the release of the album.
Lure of the Occult has a bigger, heavier sound; something we'd tried to achieve on previous recordings but just weren't able to get. It has a lot more mid-paced and slower songs too, so the songs sound heavier and darker with more of a morbid atmosphere. The older recordings, while I think the songs are well written, perhaps show us as a band still finding its feet. The 7 years in between recordings helped a lot, to write new songs, re-work some old ideas, as well as time to mature as adults and want to make the music sound even darker and more disgusting. That's normal, right?
Originally it was a song idea I had but when David and I started the band and were looking for a name I suggested it to him and it stuck. Subsequently I never wrote the song about the backyard mortuary.
The ones that stand out most in my mind are Evil Invaders festival in 2012, Bloodlust festival in 2005 and the massive, 2 date 'Shackled in the Mortuary' tour we did with Shackles in 2008. As for our stage performance, I usually see a few heads banging so I guess we do alright but you'd have to ask someone who's been in the crowd.
Nothing planned at the moment but it'd be cool if we got the chance to play overseas.
Stu, our guitarist, has a Death/Doom band called The Slow Death and is now also playing with Mournful Congregation. Our drummer John also plays in The Slow Death as well as a few others, Crone, The Holiday Project, Pestilential Shadows and Old Loaves.
I've got something in the works but nothing recorded yet. Should be dirty, evil and nasty sounding though.
If we do manage to write some more songs it'll probably be similar to what you've heard on the Lure of the Occult. We've gone 11 years without a change in direction so I don't see that as something on the cards haha.
These days I'm listening to all sorts of music, from metal to salsa and anything in between.
Learning Spanish, Latin American culture, riding my Harley, sex, going to the pub, travelling, parties, buffet restaurants.