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?
When we decided to do a 5 song EP, it was kind of tough to pick what was going to be on it. We wanted a diverse record - one where people could grasp on to a song and make it their own. After listening to it, we're pretty happy with what we ended up with. You've got songs like Backhand of God, Ghost, and The Great Decay that are slow - something to bang your head to. Bloodlust and Open Graves are a little more chaotic. Lyrically, everything is kind of open for interpretation.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sound like anything we might have heard before?
It's heavy. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel here - but we do want to have our own sound. We get some comparisons to bands like Crowbar and Lamb of God. It's kind of neat to get compared to those kinds of bands because we're not really trying to emulate anyones sound. After listening to the EP in it's final form, we can definitely hear the influences of those bands.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
Bloodlust was recorded at Greenhouse Studios in Vancouver, BC. Matt Roach (https://www.facebook.com/mattroachmusic/) was the mastermind behind producing this record. It took us about 4 months to record it and was a really fun process recording with Matt. He's really good at keeping things fun but maintaining that crucial seriousness in recording a record. Oh, and the food joints around the city that guy took us to... Mandatory recovery period after every meal. It's hard to play when you've just ingested 5,000 calories in one sitting.
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?
We're super pumped on the artwork. We actually reached out to an artist in Italy (Dartworks - http://www.dart-works.com/) who did a great job. The artwork really encompasses The Mountain Man and the album title Bloodlust. Lyrically speaking though, it's not all blood and guts. As the main lyricist of The Mountain Man, I write about personal interests and experiences. I like discussing religion. I like learning the life story of a working girl. I like talking about personal demons. We want people to be able to relate to our music in whatever way they choose.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
I don't know that we're really expecting to gain anything. When we discussed making this record, I think our feelings were about hindsight. If we stopped making music 10 years down the road, what kind of personal accomplishments would we want to look back on? We write music that we like. If other people like it, then that's even better. Right now, we're just aiming to get as many people to hear it as we can.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
We're talking about printing on vinyl. Most music sounds better on vinyl (personal opinion). Right now, we're releasing online and as a CD. We don't release Bloodlust until March 25th, 2016 but as of now we have enough CD's printed to make it rain CD's. We'd like to have to print another batch though- that would be a positive sign for us.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
Anywhere and everywhere we can. We'll be promoting through social media mostly - it's the easiest way to approach the public. We're happy to have Asher Media Relations on board helping us with the promotion process.
Where can we order it from?
Bandcamp! iTunes! Amazon Music! All information can be found on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/mountainmanmetal). You can pre-order it now, or wait until March 25th, 2016.