Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
(Joseph) I met Brandon through the local classifieds and we began by jamming on a few classic thrash songs we both knew. Before we knew it, we had some crushing original material written and started seeking out a bassist and vocalist. Aaron soon completed the fold and we got our first demo recorded in August 2014, and a split soon followed in Jan 2015. Pretty much all of our time in between has been spent on the road or working the Raleigh scene.
We finished writing this past spring, and began tracking our album Bedlam in May. Recording ended around July and we have been working through wrapping up some mixing/mastering details, art decisions and things like that, and now we are very excited that it is complete and ready for release in January. Pest Webzine readers can actually go ahead and check out our first single “The Hellwraith” here: https://suppressivefire.bandcamp.com/track/the-hellwraith or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSMjvxD8bZk
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
With Suppressive Fire we blend old school thrash and death metal along with numerous other influences. There is a ton of double bass drumming, blast beats, crunchy riffs, dirty bass guitar, and zero clean singing, all presented in a nonstop aggressive fashion. Just listen to any track off Bedlam and you will know exactly what we mean.
Some major influences we all share are Carcass, Exodus, Sodom, Kreator, Death, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Nuclear Assault, and many more.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
A metalhead should buy one of our shirts in order to look great and attract many desirable members of whatever sex they prefer, and they should buy our music if they like things fast, heavy and riff-oriented because they will absolutely enjoy it. We’ve got the Hellwraith demo from 2014 and a split from 2015, along with our new album, Bedlam, which is due out January 14, 2016. Check it all out here: https://suppressivefire.bandcamp.com/
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We are most excited now about Bedlam, our debut full length coming out in January, but both our Hellwraith demo and split that we’ve put out were very well received. Everyone who has heard Bedlam so far has had incredibly positive feedback, and even more importantly we are very happy with it ourselves.
We are beyond excited to have such an accurate representation of what we do as Suppressive Fire on record. We wanted to capture what we do and get it out to our fans and everyone else so they can enjoy it, and we feel like Bedlam does that perfectly. Pest Webzine readers can get a sneak peak of the album and check out our first single “The Hellwraith” here: https://suppressivefire.bandcamp.com/track/the-hellwraith or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSMjvxD8bZk
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We love playing live! We have played all up and down the east coast of the United States so far, and even ventured west a bit. We’ve also had the opportunity to share the stage with awesome bands such as Toxic Holocaust, Wretched, Genocide Pact, The Hookers, and a slew of others. Once Bedlam comes out in January you can absolutely expect us to hit the road again to get out and play our music live, loud, and in your face.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Our live shows are a blast, and we are super excited for everyone to hear Bedlam! We’ve worked incredibly hard to get here so far and have no intentions of stopping or even slowing down. We feel that we really knocked this album out of the park, and absolutely cannot wait for it to drop. This is an album with no filler and is a great representation of who we are and what we do. We think our fans will really enjoy it, and look forward to new people hearing it and coming onboard for the upcoming onslaught of Suppressive Fire.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Our album Bedlam comes out January 14th and we will follow that up with more touring! This time we head south, and we have some local gigs peppered in just for fun. We also have some awesome new merch that we have not revealed yet, so keep an eye out for that here: https://suppressivefire.bandcamp.com/
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
That’s a great question, and you should absolutely do both of those things.
Our first single “The Hellwraith”: https://suppressivefire.bandcamp.com/track/the-hellwraith and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSMjvxD8bZk