sobota 29. července 2017

Few questions – interview with death/doom band from USA - TEMPLE OF VOID.


Few questions –  interview with death/doom band from USA - TEMPLE OF VOID.

Answered Alex Awn.


Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play , etc.?

Temple of Void is a death/doom band from Detroit. We formed in the darkness of winter in 2012. Our music is a window into another world. One of horror. One of the supernatural. We take old school death metal riffing and blend it with atmospheric doom. That is the Temple.


Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering?

We keep everything close to home. We work out of Detroit. Our studio of choice is fittingly called “Mt. Doom.” Clyde Wilson is the knob-twiddler. He captured the onslaught and tried his best not to get crushed under the weight of The Riff. He’s our brother in Doom. 

How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)?

400 color vinyl, 100 black, 1000 cds, 100 tapes, infinite downloads. 

Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and about what do the lyrics deal with?

Our esteemed vocalist, Mike Erdody, pens all our lyrics. He draws on a myriad reference points to concoct his stories. Sometimes he references classic literature, sometimes classic cinema, and sometimes it’s his own stories he’s putting down on paper. Whatever he does though, is his own interpretation and unique point of view. Every track is like a short story in a paperback horror anthology. That’s our approach to Temple of Void. 


Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important? 

I’m a Creative Director by trade, so it’s natural for me to handle our logo and overall presentation. We contract artists to paint or illustrate for us sometimes, but overall I do the majority of it. Mike is a very talented artist so we use his drawings. We try and keep it in-house as much as possible. Brent and I both handle social media and PR. 

Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takés care about you?

Shadow Kingdom signed us for a couple record deal. Hell’s Headbangers chipped in and co-released the LP this time around.


Which bands do you idolise and where do you get your inspiration?

I can’t say we idolize anybody. That’s not how we really look at things. We’re influenced by the likes of Asphyx, Bolt Thrower, October Tide, Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, early Opeth, etc. 

How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best? 

We try to keep it quality over quantity so we’ve only played about 30 gigs in our existence thus far. We don’t want to be a commodity you can see any weekend. We’re curating our gigs more carefully these days. Fests are always a lot of fun. ShadowWoods was one of the best. We were camping there in the woods and got to play with our friends in Cemetery Filth, Acid Witch and Tombs. Also, playing the Maryland Deathfest pre-show was killer. We were direct support for our brothers in Ruinous. Our favorite show to date was probably direct support for Black Dahlia Murder in Detroit. Huge show. Our first time with our fog machines and own lights. Great stage and sound. 


What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band?

We’re a selfish lot. We’re only interested in writing, recording and playing music that’s personally inspirational and cathartic to the five of us. If we dig what we’re doing then that’s truly all that counts. If others like what we do that’s a bonus. But it’s never a driving force for what we do. We’ll see what the future holds. We already have a couple more releases scheduled. We’re currently writing for them and expect to record at the end of the year. We’ll focus on album three after that. I’m sure a trip to Europe is on the horizon very soon…

How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information?

Facebook.com/templeofvoid
Templeofvoid.bandcamp.com
Youtube.com/templeofvoid

Thanx for the interview.

Thank you. Bang that head.