Friday, December 27, 2013

Doom's Day Interview

1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?

DooM : Sure, Doom’s Day is a trip back to the old school 70’s/80’s heavy metal era. The lyrics deal with occultism, religion, sacrifices, orgies, addictions and other insanities. All that mixed with thoughts on modern society. For a better idea you can stream our music on:

2.How would you describe the musical sound of both albums and also how do they differ from each other?

DooM : First of all, there’s a big step between the first and the second album. The Unholy was a self-made project that I mostly did alone with the help of Antoine Guertin (Aeternam) and Pat Gauvin. We got the deal with PRC Music with it and I’m very proud of this first album.

The Devil’s Eyes is more aggressive and has a better production. David Lizotte (Southern Cross) did an amazing job mixing the whole thing and J-F Dagenais (Kataklysm/Ex Deo) also did an awesome mastering job. Overall it’s the same concept but just bigger and better.

3.The lyrics cover a lot of occult topics, how would you describe your views on Occultism?

DooM : We do have occult topics in our songs but I think we cover much more as I mentioned earlier. Of course, I take my inspiration from many supernatural events or rituals. But at the end, it’s more about storytelling you know. It’s all about our way of life, our beliefs mixed with tons of horror movies, books, music and many other things. I’m more fascinated with anything related to the unknown. Occultism is a part of it but that not all. This is why I love Lovecraft’s work.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Doom's Day?

DooM: The name has many faces and there are some personal stories related to it. But to make it short, when I started the project it was simply called the “Doom Project”. It later turned out to “Doom’s Day” for its apocalyptic meaning.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

DooM : We didn’t have time to do a lot of shows because we mostly made two albums back to back. After the Unholy in 2012, the label wanted a second album for the end of 2013. So we put all our efforts into that second release, which is The Devil’s Eyes. We needed more time than was allowed to finish it, so the release date was pushed back to February 2014. We’re really proud of the result. We hope people will like the new stuff.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

DooM : We’re not touring right now and we don’t have any plans to do it. We’re going to play with Primal Fear in May and maybe a few other gigs during 2014. That’s all.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and heavy metal?

DooM : Generally very good, but I think we’re a love or hate band. We do not belong to a style in particular. We’re mixing classic heavy metal with some elements of doom metal and horror punk. Some purists who are praising top-notch production, specific genres and styles don’t like us. But we don’t give a shit!

8.Are there any other musical projects besides this band?

DooM : Pat Gauvin (bass) and Dominique Verreault (drums) are involved with another band named Netsuzo. It sounds like a mix of Black Sabbath and Deftones. Frank Breton (live guitar) plays with his rock band Truckin’ Outlaws. They’re going to release an EP soon. I’m also currently working on a mythological acoustic & electric doom metal project called Succubus Irons.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

DooM : We will add new elements to the music for sure, but we’re not heading into a new direction. I’m thinking about using some strings or violins for the next release. They’ll be heard on a song about witchcraft. But mostly we’ll keep everything the way it is.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

DooM : Many old school bands such as The Misfits, Venom, Mercyful Fate, Cathedral, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Candlemass and many more… Nowadays I listen mostly to the latest Carcass album Surgical Steel and Doyle’s Abominator.

11.Outside of music what are some of your interests?

DooM : The usual stuff : watching horror movies, reading books, playing video games. Recently I watched the Fangoria’s Blood & Guts with Scott Ian. I played The Last of Us and I’ve read the latest Walking Dead comic book. I think they should end the series now. They’re just starting the same story all over again with new characters.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

DooM : The Devil’s Eyes will be released on February thought PRC Music so check it out! Thanks for the interview!

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