Artists / Bands, Band Interviews, God is an Astronaut, Music Reviews

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Luckily, I was able to interview some of the band members, including Niels and Torsten Kinsella, quickly before the show. It is a new genre of music for me, that I really connected with, so it was a really interesting opportunity to chat to the band about their new powerful and emotive album, their music in general and the post-rock sector. Neils and Torsten were refreshingly honest and genuine with their answers, despite the obvious pain they feel relating to this album. It was really interesting to learn more about their history, process and their new album. This will definitely be one of my most emotive but informative and fascinating interviews.

Did you need that 3-year break so as to write and record your new album “Epitaph”? What happened during those 3 years and how did it help the band evolve generally?

A: We spent some of the break performing gigs. When we had started to create the new album, it originally had a different theme. For example, “awakening/ Winter dusk” was one of the original new songs, but we felt it fitted with the new style so decided to include it still. But after the tragic loss of our cousin, we felt unable to continue in this style. I write music to express my feelings, and used this as an outlet for my emotions. Therefore, the album took a more melancholic tone to reflect this. (i.n.: Music is so therapeutic, and provides a way to express hidden emotions. I agreed and explained that I used my art as my way to process and convey the thoughts and feelings I cannot say out loud.)

Did the label change play a part on that too? And how is your cooperation with Napalm Records so far?

A: Changing to Napalm Records had no change to how they work and their direction. We specifically stated that they cannot set timelines or direction. As we cannot create real music under someone else’s specifications. (i.n.: Which I completely agree with and admitre their resilence, as true art cannot be manufactured to specifications and deadlines. As an artist myself, I also wanted to remain independent, as you cannot produce real art by force.)

Can you say that “Epitaph” is a more atmospheric album than your previous ones that has its origins back to the first GIAA albums?

A: Due to the events that transpired whilst creating this album, it has a lot more emotional ties and more melancholic tones. Playing this music on tour has helped us process what happened and create a tribute. However, it does bring up a lot of emotions so is challenging. Today is actually one of the hardest as a family member is present.


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Act of Defiance, Artists / Bands, Band Interviews, Music Reviews

Chris Broderick – Interview

Interview with Chris Broderick

(Act Of Defiance)

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After getting out of work I ran for the bus up to Camden, of course after weeks of burning sunshine and drought, as soon as I stepped out the office doors, the heavens opened upon me. So, unfortunately I had to arrive to the interview half drenched. But hey, who cares when you’re going to meet Chris Broderick! We had a chill chat on the sofa back stage before the gig, it was just like talking to a mate down the pub, almost forget I was talking to a metal legend!

This was definitely the best interview so far, as Chris has always been one of my all-time favorite guitarists; his talent is undeniable and awe-inspiring. They say don’t meet your heroes, but he was genuinely such an open and friendly guy, despite his impressive career in some of the best metal super-groups. Getting to meet him and chat was definitely an experience I will never forget.

Hi Chris, as it’s your first European tour, is there anywhere you’re most excited to play?

C: To be honest, we are actually really excited to play here. Camden and The Underworld is such a big name in the rock and metal world. And I haven’t played here since 2014, so it’s great to be back.

Why and under which circumstances did you decide to form Act Of Defiance?

C: We were passionate about playing whatever type of music we want to play.

Are there any plans to record a new album anytime soon? 

C: We are still in mid-tour mode, alongside Armored Saint, which we’re really enjoying, so want to continue that for now. So there’s no immediate plans for a new album. But we have been working on few new tracks.

What do you want to achieve long-term with Act Of Defiance?

C: We have no fixed long term plans, we just want to continue playing the music we want, and see where it goes.

Did you bring any elements or influences from your previous bands (such as Megadeath, Eidolon, Scar The Martyr) or did you want to create something completely new?

C: You know how it is, you always pick up elements from your history. I think we have all taken parts from our past that we liked.

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