Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello there, thanks for taking the time to speak with me. We’ve been busy, planning and scheming away at Triverse HQ in the midst of HADES being released; lots of exciting things occurring which I currently have to keep a lid on unfortunately. Loose lips sink ships!
Can you talk to us more about your latest song “Styx”?
It’s a song based on one of the five rivers of Hades, the word translates as “hate”, so its the river of hate. The river is the gateway between the real world and the realm of the dead. The dead person must pay the ferryman, Charon a fee to cross the river or be forced to wander the banks of the river as a wraith. I liked the idea and mythology behind the river and wrote the song based on that, mixed in with all the connotations of the word hate itself; I thought it was a clever twist on writing a song based on hate with some Greek mythology mixed in.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I had already decided that I wanted to write a concept EP based on the rivers of Hades, which Styx is one of. Lyrically and conceptually it came together much easier than the other songs mainly due to it being the river of hate so lyrically the words and phrases I could use fit in with the style of song it is, a fast aggressive brute.
Any plans to release a video for the song?
I think I might be able to say yes…. If not, stuff it, it’s too late and I’m going to be in trouble! We’re planning on using Styx as our first performance video, having only done lyric videos in the past. I’m really looking forward to it, not only getting the video done and out there so everyone can see how awkward we all are in front of a camera, but to let people hear the song, it’s my favourite off the new EP.
The single comes off your new album Hades – what’s the story behind the title?
I had always intended doing a concept EP, there were a few avenues I was looking down as far as the concept was going to be but I knew I wanted to base it on the underworld pulling from different mythologies and stories. I just thought lyrically it was a cool thing to write about, and easily fit the style of music we played. Hades, to most people, regardless of mythological knowledge know that Hades was the lord of the underworld, or that it was a name for the underworld, either way I knew people would get the idea as soon as they heard it, they knew it wasn’t going to be anything over than a metal EP.
How was the recording and writing process?
Recording wise things went off without much of a hitch, special thanks to our partner in crime Jordan (Red Leader) Embleton, he used to be in Xisforeyes and Nexilva as well working with Black Tongue previously. He’s a super talented dude and based at The Custom Space in South Shields, where we also recorded our previous EP With Bared Teeth and Truths. The guy just made the whole process really easy. We hammered through the tracks and it took a day for each instrument including vocals.
Writing of the tracks I don’t think I’m giving away any inside secrets here haha. Chris and James (guitars) would bring the riffs together in a rough structure then they’d hammer them out in the practice room with Mike and Jase until we’re all happy with them, then once they made sense I took them away and did my thing all over the demo’s that they had put together.
What aspect of mythology did you get to explore on this record?
I was in my element, I played through Dante’s Inferno, watched the anime, read through parts of The Divine Comedy, ploughed through Greek mythology, mainly the underworld but I gained inspiration from all kinds of different places, it was a really cool subject to get engrossed in. I was originally going to do a concept EP based on the nine circles of hell but the time constraints didn’t allow unfortunately. We managed to include part of Canto III from The Divine Comedy in the intro; Chris channelled the voice of Pinhead from the Hellraiser films on the demo and it sounded awesome, so we kept it on the final track.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely plans are afoot at the minute, I can’t give anything away at the moment but except to see us playing all over the UK to support the release of HADES on 26th May.
We are playing a special pre-release show at the Brickyard in Carlisle alongside Divine Chaos which is going to be an absolute rager on the 22nd April, we played there in February with Skindred and Raging Speedhorn, and we expect this one to be just as good.
What else is happening next in Triverse Massacre’s world?