Can you talk to us more about your latest single “The Gift”?
We’re stoked about “The Gift”’s heavier sound than our previous material. We’re planning to have it set the tone for our future releases. The music video is now out also for the single, and it’s our first themed and professionally directed/recorded Music Video. Check it out!
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
“The Gift” wasn’t inspired by any particular event. The inspiration was more of a combination of exchanged ideas and life experiences that the band and our friends/family have had.
How was the film experience?
The film experience was fantastic. Ethan Parilla of Atrocious Works totally took our vision and brought it to life. Some good friends of ours were a part of the creation too, so it was great having them involved.
How was the recording and writing process?
Writing the song came naturally once we had the song structure exactly as we wanted it. Lyrically we’re always thinking of themes and content, so we ran with the ideas that eventually, altogether created “The Gift.” The recording process was incredible, and very efficient. Hunter Driscoll took great care to make sure our takes were as good as possible, and his mixing job polished the song wonderfully.
How has Trivium and Metallica influence your writing?
Our vocalist, David, has a similar range and vocal style to Matt Heafy and James Hetfield, so vocally we draw influence from them. Musically, the two bands are both heavy and intricate, and we try to be the same way.
Does your new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Yes, a new album can be expected out next year!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
No tentative release dates or titles as of yet. For now the best we have is 2018.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely! We’re hoping to be hitting the entire state of California, and perhaps the West Coast, around summer of next year. Hand-in-hand with an album release, that would be perfect!
What else is happening next in Heat of Damage’s world?
The next thing on our radar is an upcoming local show here in Sacramento. We’re supporting our friends in a group called “Conceived in Chaos” on their farewell show. They’ve decided to call it quits, so we want to make sure we give them a proper send-off with an awesome show!