LA IRA DE DIOS:
Stoners Mix Adrenaline With Anger.
Extreme Metal From Tampa. Enter Gigan's Warped Universe.
Finland's Latest & Bestest Purveyors of Downtrodden Misery
Themselves Open & Sowing Themselves Shut
Chile's Masters of Lush Doom Progressive Metal.
Heart Rate at the
Beat of Three Swedes.
Representing the End of All Forms of Oppression;
Religious, Political & Emotional.
Italian Psychedelic Doomsters Finally Bound to Get Stateside
responsible for some of the most dense sounds in the
producer responsible for some of the most emblematic extreme
Introducing Italy's slow hand purveyors of ambient experimental
Stoner pop? Beach Boys-like doom? Whatever.
On Grammar, War,
Their Love for Cindy Lauper and Their Letting Out of All
I don't really
consider us black metal in any sense of what black metal is.
despair, hate, irony, death,
loss, betrayal, etc
Between the delicacy of
gorgeous acoustics & the
ugliness of noise rock.
TRACTOR SEX FATALITY:
The most active defunct garage band in Seattle answers our questions.
Thrash metal revivalists
speak out against false metal
Metal Than the Metallest Metal Band.
Horde’s From Empire to Ashes was to me an absolute
revelation. This is a real metal album with zero pretension,
where the band took the best elements of the grittiest of
metal’s many limbs and came out with one ugly and fluent beast.
Think of Tom Warrior at its peak. Think of Tony Iommi and
imagine him as a ten-fingered meth head. The riffs fly off the
record, knocking shit all over. These are battle hymns. I think
more people should be looking this way. I haven’t heard metal
this pure in ages. Read on and spread the word.
- First of all congratulations, the record is excellent. I was
really taken aback because I don’t know, I guess I felt From
Empire to Ashes was real metal in so many levels. You know
there is a stoner doom vibe to the music and there are also the
vocals which reminded me of Celtic Frost. There is some power
metal, which is not a style I dig a lot, but The Horde remains
rough and rude and mean and violent and classic. So I guess my
first question is where does The Horde gather all the power
from? What are you trying to convey with your music?
Tim (Guitars) - Thank you for the kind words. Pretty much our
music is combination of everything we've ever listened that was
metal and poured it in a cauldron of hate and power and ugly,
stirred it up and filled our goblets full and drank until we
couldn't drink anymore. This band is everything we've ever loved
about metal music. Doom, Thrash, dual guitar harmonies... it all
adds up to pure fucking METAL! I'm not sure we're trying to
convey anything other than metal never goes away. It may go back
underground for a while but never away.
- Musically you guys are top notch. Obviously you’ve been around
the block. How did The Horde form?
Tim - The Horde formed around 2 1/2 years ago. I pretty much
grew up with Paul and we had played in a couple of bands before
and Duncan had also played with us in one of those bands and
John and I had played in a couple of bands together so I knew
what each guy could bring to the table. It was just a matter of
each of us being like minded enough to get the ball rolling.
Unfortunately Paul is no longer with us and we have replaced him
with ex-Lividity drummer James Whitehurst. We do wish Paul the
best. We are influenced by Celtic Frost, Venom, Destruction, old
Slayer, old Metallica and of course Iron Maiden along with bands
like High on Fire, Mastodon, Weedeater and anything doomy.
- How long did it take from the time the band got to when all
the songs From Empire to Ashes were written?
Tim - The six songs on the CD took about 7 months total to be
completed. We live some distance from each other so band
practice is once a week. We have played some great shows since
we have formed and played with some great bands both on the
national level and the local level. In 2009 we are looking to
really push the band as far as we can by writing the most
brutally pillaging battle metal and playing as many shows as we
can. Our songwriting process is a unique one. I will bring
mostly completed songs and then we learn them and whatever is
decided that doesn't work gets reworked and everybody adds their
own input and style and the lyrics are written afterwards. I try
to do as much as I can to make the parts flow before I bring
them to practice because having so many influences can be
difficult to bridge together.
- The vocals are awesome. That’s where a lot of the Celtic Frost
influence comes from.
Duncan (vocalist) - Thank you for your compliment.... I am
indeed a fan of Celtic Frost. But I had, or have no intention to
duplicate Tommy G. Warrior’s vocal style. The combination of
music and lyrical content of our songs is what develops the
inspiration and influence for my vocal style. I just step up to
the microphone and tell the tale.
- I consider lyrics to be the least important aspect of music.
It may be because English is my second language. But your lyrics
were very striking, because they were very fucking metal. So
fucking metal indeed that it may alienate many who might tag
them as too ‘metal’ or ‘cliched’. I’ve even read a
couple of reviews where there is mention of this, what is your
take on this?
Tim - For metal bands there are many subjects we can write
about. Satan. God. Politics. We choose to write about Sword and
Sorcery. The evil and violent side of it. We will not be singing
about elves or fairies here. Unless they are slain with a battle
John (Guitars) - In general I totally agree about the lyrics
being the least important aspect of the music. The reviews that
harp on shit being ‘cliched’ or ‘too metal’ need
to lighten the fuck up. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel
here, we're playing music that is basically a hodge podge of
styles that we all like. If it sounds too much like Iron Maiden
or Celtic Frost it's because those are bands that are huge
influences on what we do.
- The fantasy and war element of your lyrics is pretty
empowering. To me they worked perfectly with the music. What is
your take on your lyrics? The balance between what you are
saying and the music itself?
Tim - To me harsh vocals in thrash or death metal become an
extra instrument. That’s how they are used in The Horde. Our
lyrics tell stories of young warriors being taken advantage of
by evil witches or about what it's like to score a victory on
the battlefield. These songs could be put into modern times like
"Curse of the Witch" could be about teachers are seducing
teenage students and "Dogs of War" could be about events in
Iraq. It's all in how the listener wishes to interpret them.
- The recording of From Empire to Ashes is pretty damn
good. It’s raw but professional. It’s got a lot of punch and is
very natural sounding. The guitars are mean as hell. The mix is
fair. Who was in charge?
John - We recorded the record with our friend Luke Tweedy at his
home studio (Flat Black Studios) in Iowa City, IA. It was early
on in his setup and it was less than ideal at the point.
Basically his control room was in a spare bedroom in his house
and the live room was in the back 1/3 of his uninsulated garage
and as I remember it was still pretty cold out. We tracked
everything live but we just did scratch guitar tracks direct
into Pro Tools so we could isolate the drums. The guitar sounds
we got I'm really happy with, it was basically a close mic and a
room mic on a Marshall JCM 800 2x12 combo amp set up in the
stairwell to Luke’s basement. We ended up having to do all kinds
of weird placement because his neighbor kept calling in noise
complaints to the police. When it came time to mix I was on tour
doing sound for Alabama Thunderpussy and the rest of the guys
all live some distance away from Iowa City so Luke would work on
mixes and email them to us and we would tell him what to change
and basically we repeated that process until we were happy with
it. I think at this point there is shit we'd all change about
how it sounds but I think it's a pretty good representation of
where we were at that point.
- It seems that you guys are getting a bit of shit for not
being signed to a straight up metal label. Have you noticed this
at all? How happy are you with Scenester Credentials work? Would
your next release be out on the same label?
Tim - I honestly haven't seen or heard anything negative about
being on a non metal label. The guys at Scenester Credentials
heard a 4-track demo we made of 3 songs and liked what they
heard. They came to watch our 1st show and asked us if we would
be interested in having them release our first CD. They've
gotten our music out there to the right people. Our CD is
selling well in Europe on CD Baby. As far as our next release we
have yet to discuss who is going to put it out.
John - Yeah, I haven't noticed any of that either and to be
quite honest I don't see what difference it makes. Also, anyone
that's making a big deal about shit like that must not be
familiar w/the records they've put out. We're in the company of
some really killer bands (Yakuza, Black Market Fetus, In Defence,
and The Tanks).
- You guys are playing the Templars of Doom in a few weeks. I
think metal is in a very healthy state. I tend to bitch a lot
about stuff, but it just seems to me that even though there are
more bands than ever, if one looks, one can find tons of
quality. What is your take in the healthy state of doom and
metal in general?
Tim - I think that metal is enjoying the good life right at the
moment. There's a lot of bands out there and it's up to the fans
to decide what they want to support. We are looking forward to
playing the Templars of Doom Festival in Indianapolis in May and
we will have a good time pillaging it!
- I am always looking for new music, what current bands are you
guys currently digging? Which classics got you into music?
Tim - I've been jamming Amon Amarth, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch as
far as new bands. Metallica's Ride the Lightning was the
1st speed metal album I bought followed by Hell Awaits by
Slayer. I love all of the old German thrash and of course Celtic
John - As far as current stuff goes I've been listening to a lot
of Baroness, Rwake, Torche, Kylesa, & Minsk. The classics that
first got the blood pumping would be Kiss, Iron Maiden, early
Metallica, & Motley Crue (circa Shout At The Devil).
- What’s next for the band? Tours, recordings?
Tim - We have some big shows coming up. We just played with
Exodus on April 2nd at Pop's in the St. Louis area!!! We are
starting to get out on the road more and more so check out our
MySpace page and come see us when we pillage and rape your town!
We hope to be back in the studio by the end of this year to
record our 2nd album which is going to be a concept album!
John - Extended touring for us right now is really difficult and
some of us have jobs that don't understand the importance of
being able to get in a van and drive around the country playing
metal. For now we're doing as much weekend warrior stuff as we
can. We were about half way through writing the new record when
Paul left so we've been spending the last couple of months
bringing James up to speed on the stuff that was already done.
Like Tim said, hopefully we'll be tracking the new record by the
end of the year, please don't let the "concept album" red flag
scare you, it's nothing like that last Judas Priest record.
- Last words…
Tim: If we're coming to your town lock up your women and hide
your booze because we are taking no prisoners this year and....
KEEP IT METAL!!!
Read the Deaf Sparrow
review of From Empire to Ashes