DEATH ON FIRE

Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
I started writing music for this project a few years back. My wife encouraged me to play guitar again after a 6year break due to family and work commitments and here I am today. I compose and record all of the music my self and have a group of friends that perform live with me. We all attended the same university and met through that music program. I like the process and am excited that I have people that dig the music enough to want to play live with me. 

How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music? 
I am metal. I know it is a broad classification but I straddle several different sub-genres. I dig thrash and incorporate jazz and classical composition styles into what I do where I can. I guess most would call it melodic death metal though. I am hugely influenced by Death, Carcass, Megadeth, and Amon Amarth. I also dig 80s new wave and more contemporary classical guitar composers. I have been exposed to a lot of good music and it bleeds through in what I do. More modern stuff for me is Cattle Decapitation, Gojira, Fit for an Autopsy. I know this is a long answer so to simplify I love the metal scene and listen to a lot. 

Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
We have a unique blend and a very musical style, even though we are a pretty aggressive sounding band. I think we are different enough to stand out and I try to evolve with each recording I do. We deal with real issues and it's a cathartic listen for me because it takes me back to the emotion of the moment when I wrote the song. I hope people can connect like that and relate to what I have to say. 

What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media? 
This is my first release. So far it has been well received. I am excited that people like it and hope that it continues to gain momentum. I have some b sides of covers I did but those aren't released yet. People can check them out on our Bandcamp site if they want. Deathonfire.bandcamp.com

Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We are putting together a DIY tour to support the release. So far we have 4 shows and are working to fill out the last 6 for a 10 show run. We will be focusing on a regional level around the Great Lakes. We are excited for the shows and rehearsals have been going really well. 

What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
It is a studio project turned band. I think that's important because there is more of a singular vision and purpose to it. It also means I am doing things a little backwards. We are fresh and new and have a unique sound. There is a message of empowerment even amongst the darker themes and I think it is an important message in these troubling times. This release of back log is exciting and I am eager to get on the road before our next release. I feel that that we are a new voice and sound and that warrants people's attention be it good or bad. 

What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
First and foremost we want to tour and support this release. There is a lot of blood and sweat in this recording and I am excited to bring that to the stage. I have an album nearing completion and I hope to shop it around so we can have more support. Landing a larger national tour would be great too. 

Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff? 
The band website is under construction so I am using Bandcamp as the online store for now: Deathonfire.bandcamp.com
The release should hit all online stores and streaming services first week of May. 


April 2017

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