Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Them started out as a King Diamond Tribute band back in 2007 called “Them – The King Diamond Tribute) and even had members of King Diamond (Mike Wead and Hal Patino) join us on stage. In summer of 2011, we started to write original material but put aside project to write and release the EP “America Idle” as Coldsteel (3/5 of the KD Tribute were from Coldsteel originally). As time went on I realized the band could do so much more and already employed several solid song writers. So we continued to write pieces here and there until the summer of 2013. The other band members and I parted ways and decided not to be part of either project. I will always hold a place in my heart for them but the show must go on. On a chance business dinner the fall before, I had met Markus Ullrich (Lanfear, Septagon) during a visit to NY. During the dinner I explained to everyone at the table all about the original THEM concept. They all loved it and even though Markus was the most quiet during the dinner, he was interested. So fast forward to summer of 2013 when the members of the KD tribute decided to no continue writing the debut THEM album…Markus agreed to write it with me and we were already friends! The rest fell into place within a year. Kevin Talley (drums) showed interest and recommended Markus Johansson (guitars). Markus Ullrich suggested we take in Richie Seibel (keys) as well. As for Mike Lepond, Mike used to watch me perform in the King Diamond tribute band and really enjoyed watching me sing so once he heard the demo material, he was on board as well!
 
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music? 
The Majority of the people who have heard our music will immediately state we sound like King Diamond. We pay homage to King Diamond and I am influenced by him personally with the name of the band, and other tips of the hat within various easter eggs spread throughout our concept story. However, King is not the only influence. My personal influences come from Kravitz, Maiden, Priest to name a few. I even grew up listening to Billy Joel. But no one hears those influences right? People say we sound like King because of some of the falsetto voices I use. I do not always sing like King. In fact, there are times I sing King would never sound like me. All in all I and we never try to disrespect King. We are not trying to replace King or even copy him as we have been accused of from a select few people/critics. Our sound will evolve over time and will continue to employ a basic framework that we adhere to. People have said we are a metal opera. Why a metal opera? We perform heavy metal combined with theatrics live as well within our debut concept album entitled “Sweet Hollow”
 
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums? 
If you like King Diamond or any type of metal that is powerful, heavy has hook vocal lines then THEM’s “Sweet Hollow” is for you!
 
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media? 
We released a 3 song EP titled “Fear THEM” as well as our debut concept album titled “Sweet Hollow”
 
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far? 
We have toured in spring of 2016 as Direct Support for Helloween. We will be headlining this spring and perform various European fesitvals in 2017.
 
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it? 
We perform solid heavy metal, we showcase theatrics and we love Horror!
 
What plans do you have for the near future as a band? 
We will be releasing the follow up to our debut album in the fall of 2018 titled “Manor of the Se7en Gables”. It will be a continuation of the concept story started off in “Sweet Hollow”
 
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Our current label is Empire records (Belgium) and you can purchase cd/vinyl or digital from them666.com


February 2017

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