METAL DEVASTATION RADIO
Interview on March 24, 2023
By Zach Moonshine
BLACKENED DEATH METAL ZINE
December 09, 2022
By John Larsen
1. Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Steve: We played our first show in Mexico this past November, that was a great experience, the fans there are very supportive of metal and they treated us like family. That was our last show for 2022, we are taking the remainder of the year off to concentrate on releasing our new album, which you can read more about below. 2023 is shaping up to be our most active year as a band, things are really looking up for us right now.
2. So far you have released an EP, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical style you went for on the recording?
Steve: We weren’t shooting for a specific style when we entered the studio, we just went in and did what we do live, and it worked out pretty well. Even though the EP was recorded in 2-days, we didn’t feel rushed, the overall sound is huge, we are really happy with the way it came out.
3. You refer to your music as being 'dark metal', musically how do you feel you differ from other bands that have also used that term to describe your music?
Trek: We used "Dark Metal" to describe ourselves early on, because we felt we had elements of black metal & death metal in our music....but we really didn't truly fit into either genre. Our music has deep roots in 80's thrash, a hint of death metal and black metal vocals. Out of all the metal subgenres today I think we best fit into the "Blackened Thrash" category.
4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band has explored so far with the music?
Steve: The lyrics are dark in nature and touch on many different topics, anti-christianity, death, reincarnation, serial killers, alien abduction, and more.
5. Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the EP cover?
Steve: We wanted something that would portray the bleakness of the title track “What Darkness Brings” the complete loneliness and finality of dying, in the end we all go alone.
6. Do any of the band members have experience playing in other bands?
Trek: Before moving to AZ I played all over the Bay Area with a hardcore band called Troublemaker and played on their 1st album "Fist Impression". When I was living in So Cal I played & recorded with the power metal band Stealth, and toured with Tactics, before that too many garage bands to mention.
7. Out of all the shows the band has played so far, which one stands out the most?
Steve: Opening for Soulfly was terrific, they weren’t touring with any other bands so we had the direct support slot. We had a lot of family and friends at the show, with quite a few of them coming from out of town. As old Sepultura fans, it was a proud moment to share the stage with Max Cavalera.
8. Do you have any touring or show plans for 2023?
Trek: We're working on another trip south of the border into Mexico, and a couple cross country mini-tours to play festivals in New Jersey and Tennessee.
9. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Trek: In today's DIY industry so much can be done independently we haven't actively searched for a label. We feel we're at the point where we would consider the right offer and with the response and help we've got from you and others, believe that our upcoming 2023 release will generate label interest.
10. On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black, death and thrash metal?
Steve: The reaction has been really good, our EP is starting to get played all over the world, it’s gradually picking up momentum, and the reviews have been great. We are starting to see more action overseas, it is exciting to reach our brothers and sisters from foreign shores.
11. When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Steve: We went back to Homewrecker studios and have recorded a 10-song full-length album, which is currently in the mastering phase, this time we chose Audioseige to master the album. It will be released in early 2023, we will be releasing singles and videos soon. Having said that, we have already started working on songs for the followup album, no rest for the wicked, right.
12. What are some of the bands or musical styles the band members are currently listening to nowadays?
Trek: Uada, Unto Others
Steve: I’ve been listening to a lot Black Metal, which isn’t new for me. There are so many killer bands out there, from every country. I discovered Kvaen for the first time earlier this year while I was searching for an artist to do our upcoming album cover. The artwork on their latest release, “The Great Below” caught my eye. It's a fantastic album, from start to finish. Ninkharsag “The Dread March of Solemn Gods” has been on my playlist, as well as the newest Dark Funeral, whom I was able to see a few weeks ago live. I went on a thrash binge the other day, Nuclear Assault, Midas Touch, Forbidden, Sacrifice, Infernal Majesty, to name a few. As I write this I am listening to Lord Belial “Rapture”...which kills I might add.
13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Trek: Many thanks to you for this opportunity to share a little more insight into our world, we can't do this without our fans and people like you who support the unsigned up and coming metal bands like us!
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PD: How would you describe your band?
Steve: It is getting really hard to put bands into a specific genre, we have a lot of elements of Black and Thrash Metal, yet also have an old school feel. People often say they are taken back to the 80s when they hear us. It’s a great compliment, but we don’t try to go for that old sound, it’s just part of who we are.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Steve: We played our first live shows at the end of 2018 and continued to hit the scene hard in 2019. Our 5-song EP “What Darkness Brings” was released in 2020 and the world shut down 2-days after our CD release show due to the pandemic. We were able to play a few shows at the end of the year and started 2021 with a bang. We have a 10-song album coming out in early 2023, we were trying really hard to release it in 2022, but due to so many different circumstances we had to move back the date.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
Steve: There are so many great bands out there, inspiration continually hits you in the face. We write music that we would want to listen to, and try hard not to sound like anyone else. Life can turn on you pretty quick, it makes you remember how short our time here really is, and that you had better accomplish as much as possible while you still can. We have a song on the upcoming album called Fallen One, it’s about Lucifer’s fall from Heaven, the rise of the Antichrist, and the final war of Armageddon. There is one titled Requiem (World of Hurt) which is a sequel to Heaven Shall Forsake from the EP. There are songs about reincarnation, extraterrestrial life, serial killers, and much more.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Trek: Playing the direct support slot for Soulfy, THAT was an amazing show!
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
Trek: It’s constantly evolving, with so much being done on social media and the internet you have to really try and follow the trends, yet not lose sight of where your fanbase is…..so it’s tricky.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Trek: Booking we do through our network of friends, promoters and other bands we know, promoting is done mainly online through social media and internet radio. We are playing our first show outside the US in Agua Prieta Mexico on Nov, 11th with a local band, another bands from Tucson, AZ and a couple bands from Hermasillo, Mexico.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Trek: We live in the digital age, everyone wants everything accessible at their fingertips, online access gives people worldwide an opportunity to buy or listen to your music. Spotify IS where the music industry operates these days, and for many people where their music collection is.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Trek- “You Can’t Kill Rock and Roll” by Ozzy, not just because of the lyrics, but the musical mastery that was done with the arrangement.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Trek: The fact that a lot of “promoters” book shows, but don’t PROMOTE them. (unless you’re playing with an established national act)
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Zack: We are currently in the process of mastering our upcoming album, we’re extremely excited about this and can’t wait to release it, it’s going to blow people away! We are also working on music videos for our upcoming singles, as well as getting a start on new material to roll out in 2023.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Zack: To find out more about us, visit our Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and website, you can also hit us up at NeverReborn@outlook.com. Our music is up on all major platforms, we also have our official music video for “Heaven Shall Forsake” available on YouTube, as well as live footage. Our merch can be found at neverreborn.bandcamp.com/merch. We just restocked most of our apparel, we have shirts, hats, buttons, stickers, signed CD’s, and have started stocking magnets.