Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
Just one word - Riffs! This record, Bedlam, is a great representation of who we are as a band. Any track will let you know what Suppressive Fire is all about, which is nonstop aggression! We are incredibly excited to have such an accurate representation of what we do as Suppressive Fire on record. Pest Webzine readers can go ahead and hear for themselves by checking 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/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
It’s a solid blend of thrash and death metal with double bass drumming, crunchy riffs, dirty bass guitar, and zero clean singing. It may not sound like the following bands, but collectively they’ve been a huge influence on all three of us: Carcass, Exodus, Sodom, Kreator, Death, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Nuclear Assault, and many more.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
We have been writing since we got together in 2013, and in early 2015, we actually began tracking everything. Once that wrapped up we worked with Joel Grind to get everything mixed and mastered to our liking, and we really could not be happier. Being in the studio with Greg Klaiber here at Caveman Studios in NC was great, and we are all very happy with our performances, he definitely helped get the best out of us.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
Par Olofsson (http://www.parolofsson.se/) handled the cover art for us on Bedlam, and it depicts a dystopian military state, with rioters staging a coup and going to war in front of the Hellwraith. We’re very happy with how it came out, and it definitely ties into our lyrics. “The Hellwraith” is about that figure on the cover, who manipulates everyone into performing evil acts, destroying society, going to war and other perverse things. “Coup d’état” and “Crucify the Kings” sort of describe the scene from the cover, pulling leaders down from their positions of power and torturing or decapitating them. Many of the other songs are also filled with similarly violent or occult images and messages, and the title track “Bedlam” sums up the psychopathic majesty of Suppressive Fire.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
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 mixed 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/
As far as ambitions go, like any band, we want people to check us out and hope that they enjoy what we are doing. The real bottom line though, is that we are doing this for ourselves because we enjoy it. All three of us are compelled to do this and we have no intentions of stopping.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
At the moment we’ve got physical CDs and digital copies for release in January, and we’re looking at options for a vinyl release in the future as well. Our first single “The Hellwraith” is already available here: https://suppressivefire.bandcamp.com/track/the-hellwraith or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSMjvxD8bZk
Where and how will you promote this new release?
Pest Webzine! Anywhere and everywhere else too (no offense Pest, we’re just not at the point in our relationship yet where it’s an exclusive thing). Aaron won’t shut up about it to friends and strangers alike, people on the bus, telemarketers, anyone willing to talk, and we’re working with Clawhammer PR to help get the word out there as well. We’re very happy with how everything is going so far and are beyond excited about all the positive feedback we’ve already received. Prepare yourselves for the upcoming onslaught of Suppressive Fire!
Where can we order it from?
Our first single “The Hellwraith”: https://suppressivefire.bandcamp.com/track/the-hellwraith and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSMjvxD8bZk