Sunday, October 4, 2015

Interview with Florida's Never To Arise done by Patrick on 10-4-15

Here   is  a  new   interview  with  Florida's  own   "Never To  Arise"  the  band  plays  a  mix  of  old-school  brutal  death  metal  and  some  elements  of  modern  brutality  that  makes for  a very good  release.If you  are  a fan  of  brutal  death  metal  then  be  sure to  pick  a copy  of the  bands  brand  new  cd  "Gore  Whores  On The  Killing  Floor".

Interview  with   Gordon D.  vocalist,guitarist  and  drum  programmer   for   Never  To   Arise  done  by    Patrick

1.Hello  Gordon  when  did  you  first  discover brutal  death  metal? Who  were  some  of your  your  first  bands  you   heard?  Who  are some  of your   current  favorite  bands?

Hello, Patrick. Thanks for having me! I am old enough to remember when death metal became well known. My early favorites were Carcass and Obituary. With so many great bands over the years it's hard to pick a favorite. Actually my favorite current band is Melechesh, who are not a death metal band. As far as DM bands, Dying Fetus manages to keep putting out great releases, and the first 3 or 4 Decapitated CDs never get old to me. And I would say Nile is an old reliable too. Both them and Melechesh do the old Middle Eastern style riffs. I love that stuff.

2.When  did  you  first   meet  Mike   K.?  Was  it  long  before you  two  formed   Never  To   Arise ? How  did you  two  come  up  with  the  name  of  the  band?

Mike and I met about 15 years ago. It took a few years before we decided to do a musical project together. This was in 2006. Our band name came about because we couldn't agree on anything else! And calling ourselves "Nameless Death Metal Band" was not an option.

3.For  the   readers  who  have  never  heard   Never  To   Arise's   music  how  would you  best  describe  it?

I describe it as true death metal. We don't place a ton of limitations on ourselves. The rhythms are hard hitting and fairly straightforward. The guitar work is diverse and sometimes complex. The lyrics are violent but we are not afraid to be musical. In fact we pride ourselves on being able to go from brutal blastbeats to mid tempo catchiness to somewhat melodic passages.

4.Never  To   Arise   is  getting  ready  to  release  their  second  cd  "Gore  Whores  On  The  Floor"   how  long  did  it  take  to  write the  music  for  this  release? Do you  and  Mike  work  on  the  music  or  do  one  of you   usually  write  everything?

It took about 7-8 months, which was divided between 2010 and 2011. The music was actually written before our first CD was even released. So far it has been me writing just about everything, but if we are fortunate enough to do a third record we are going to make it a more collaborative effort.

5.Have  you  ever  looked  for  a  drummer to  join  the  band  or   do you   prefer to  work  as  a  two  piece?

We like it being the two of us, but if the right situation came along working with a drummer would be fine.

6.Besides  the  new  cd   "Gore  Whores  On  The  Killing  Floor"  does  the   band  have   any  other  merchandise   available   for  the  fans?  If  yes  where can  the  fans  buy  it?

Yes, our debut CD is called "Hacked To Perfection". It can be ordered here

7.Has   the  band   ever  played  live  or  do you  prefer  to   work  in  the  studio?

We are strictly a studio band.

8.Never  To   Arise   comes  out  of   the  Florida  brutal  death  metal scene  what  is  your   opinion  of  Florida's  brutal  metal  scene?

At one time it was really special. These days not so much.

9.Who  are  some  of your   all-time  favorite  bands coming  out  of   Florida ? Are  their  any  new  bands  you feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

Monstrosity, Malevolent Creation, Morbid Angel....basically any band who's name starts with the letter "M" ...hahaha. On the more serious side of things, I am not aware of any new bands that seem poised for greatness or anything.

10.Gordon you   handle  the  vocals  for  the  band  when  did you  become  interested in singing /growling? Do  you  do  anything  special  to   keep  your  voice and  throat  healthy?

The original idea when we formed the band and had some songs written was that I would attempt to do the vocals, and if it didn't sound very good we would get somebody else to do them. It turned out that both Michael and myself were satisfied with the performances. Its easier for me to take care of my throat because other DM vocalists are on the road playing gigs while I only have to use my voice for writing and recording.

11.Who  are  some  of  your  influences/favorite  vocalist?

Well, Chris Barnes is certainly an undeniable influence. Also the original vocalist for Sinister, Mike van Mastrigt. Mainly those two and some of the early '90s British vocalists. There are plenty of vocalists who are technically great but sound too samey. I like the ones who vary their cadences and put more emotion into what they are doing.

12.Besides  the  vocals  you  also  handle  the  guitars  when   did you  become  interested  in  playing  the  guitars?Are  you   self  taught  or  did you  take  lessons   when  first  beginning?

Yeah I do all the rhythm guitar parts and an occasional solo. I didn't start playing until I was about 17. I am self taught.

13.Who   are  some  of your   influences/favorite  guitarists?Besides  the  vocals  and  guitars  do  you  currently  play  any  other  instruments?

Too many great guitarists to name. Some players would be Ed Van Halen, Tony Iommi, James Murphy, Piggy from Voivod, Tommy Vetterli and Bill Steer to name a few.
Guitar is the only instrument I can play, although I would love to be able to play drums.

14.Besides  brutal  death  do  you  or  Mike   listen  to  other  forms  of  music?

Oh, we listen to a wide variety of music. I have the heavier and rawer tastes, and Mike loves his prog, but we both have our non-metal "guilty pleasures".

15.What  do  you  enjoy  doing  in your    free  time?

I read a lot. Mainly history, true crime and social-political books. I also watch a lot of football and hockey. And drinking beer. Can't forget beer.

16.Thank  you   for taking  the   time  to  fill  this    interview   out.Do  you   have  any  final  words  for  the  readers?

Thanks for the opportunity, I enjoyed it. My words for anyone reading this would be to educate yourself so you can formulate solid opinions based on fact. Don't believe the hype. Try before you buy. And if you ever feel like killing someone, listen to Never To Arise instead! That's what we're here for.

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