Tombs, the experimental metal band from Brooklyn, New York, just released their third studio album "Savage Gold" through Relapse Records. We asked the bands only founding member, guitarist and vocalist Mike Hill a few questions about the new album
Hallo. First of I would like to congratulate you on your forthcoming album “Savage Gold”. Could you start out by introducing yourself and tell us what part in the band you have?
I’m Mike Hill. I play guitar and sing.
Why did you choose this title for the record, does it have any special meaning?
Gold is a key element in alchemy. One of the primary alchemical objectives is to transform lead into gold, a lower material into a higher material. That is the main inspiration for Savage Gold
When did you start working on this album, how long did the process take from the first step to the final product? Was it hard to write new material for this record or did it come naturally for you?
Writing has always come very naturally to us. The whole process took about two years on and off.
The album was recorded with Erik Rutan, how was it to work with Erik on this release and how did the cooperation go between the band and Erik? What did he bring to the table?
We loved working with Erik. He’s a master at recording. We like his perfectionism.
Since the release is only a few weeks away now, how has the response from the press been?
It seems pretty positive.
You have released to songs from the new album, latest the song “Deathtripper”, how has the new material been received from the fans?
I don’t really follow that kind of thing.
Who did the artwork and what is the idea behind it?
Thomas Hooper did the artwork. The images attempt to express infinity.
How would you compare the material on this release to your previous material, on your latest album “Path of Totality” from 2011?
Savage Gold is more brutal
What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind new music do you listen to these days?
Black Flag, Black Sabbath, Slayer, then Joy Division, Bauhaus, Neurosis, Swans. I really like bands like Grave Miasma, Atriarch, Black Anvil and Portal
Have any of these bands been source of inspiration for the album?
Probably black Flag is the biggest influence.
In your time as musicians, what is your biggest musical achievement so far and what has been your biggest experience through the years?
Learning how to play guitar is my biggest achievement. One of the coolest experiences that I’ve had is playing with Neurosis at Temples Fest.
Could we expect any European tour and maybe see the band in action here in Denmark any time soon?
Sure, I don’t see why not.
What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
Ultimate Tour would be opening for Slayer.
We would like to say thanks a lot for your time. And we wish all you guys all the luck in the future whatever it might bring.
- Band/Kunstner: Tombs
- Interview med: Mike Hill (Guitar & Vocals)
- Interview dato: Fredag, 13 Juni 2014
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