A mix of Nine Inch Nails meets A Perfect Circle meets Halestorm meets something a little different. Hailing from Virginia Beach, VA, Lifewalker isn’t pulling any musical punches. Every track is a journey, and every journey is visceral, and well worth your attention.
Ryan: A band name is one of the hardest decisions to make. How did you come up with Lifewalker?
Lifewalker: Lifewalker was actually the original song name for “Diagnose Me,” track 2 on our EP. Shane (lead guitar/songwriter) had originally named the song and I (Dan Halen – guitar/vox) had mentioned that it would make a better band name because it embodied everything I loved about music. Everyone has a song that has gotten them through a tough time in life or that reminds them of a poignant moment. We wanted Lifewalker to be life’s soundtrack.
Ryan: What is the story behind the formation of the band?
Lifewalker: All the members of Lifewalker with the exception of Stephen Dodge, our vocalist, were in a metalcore project for two years beforehand. We were dissatisfied with the lack of depth in our music and vocalist and all left to form a new band where we had more freedom to pursue multiple genres of metal and hard rock.
Ryan: Many albums embrace specific themes. Does the RX Ep have a theme that runs through it?
Lifewalker: I don’t know at what point it happened, but as the lyrics for “RX” (EP) and “Diagnose Me” (LP) evolved, it went from a few songs about mental illness to an entire concept album delving into this Shutter Island-esque story. We touch on alienation, anxiety, schizophrenia, depression, suicide, drug abuse, and the morality of the treatments used to address these issues. The full length culminates in a Tyler Durdin-like realization in the 13-minute epic “Revelations.”
Ryan? How would you describe your music to someone that has not heard you before?
Lifewalker: Lifewalker is a progressive metal/hard rock quintet set to a cinematic backdrop. Think the score of 300 with Breaking Benjamin and Tesseract fighting to the death in the foreground.