Friday, November 14, 2014

Thy Fallen Kingdom Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before , can you tell us a little bit about the band?

- We are a thrash band from Singapore comprising of members of varying ages but have the same goal of keeping old school thrash alive.

2.You have your first full length coming out in December, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the demo's and ep's, you have released in the past?

- There is a big contrast between our debut album and our first two EPs. We had a European vocalist before and back then we were more of a mix between progressive and thrash. Now, we are definitely more straightforward and hard-hitting.

3.The band has been around since 2005 but waited until 4 years later to release any music and after 2010 you waited another few years to release more music, can you tell us a little bit more about the gap between releases?

- In 2005, we were doing more cover songs than originals, like most bands when they start out. Slowly, we progressed with influences from international bands such as Exodus, Testament, Megadeth and so on. So in 2009, we had met Dave and we went on to record the first EP, “All That is Left”.

- After the “UnDemocratic Society” EP in 2010, we changed vocalist and then again in 2012 there was another line-up change. So those gaps in the timeline were spent recruiting new members, jamming and writing new songs which would go on to feature on this album.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

- Lyrically, we cover topics related to everyday social issues – the political type of lyrics. We also have lyrics on movies and even sports.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name  'Thy  Fallen Kingdom;?

- To be very honest, there was nothing special when opting for our band name. It was that “Eureka” moment and everyone sort of agreed on it.

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

- The best show so far was an event called “Saving Gaia” somewhere back in 2011. The sound overall for the event was great. Balanced throughout. The crowd was excellent. Both old and new fans gathered and had a blast throughout the entire set.

- Another great show we played was early in January this year where we supported HAVOK as an opening band. The crowd reaction was fantastic as always and that is what we always love to see.

- Regarding our stage performance, we always make sure that we play as tight as possible. That is what our local fans, followers and friends know us for and expect of us.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?

- Yes we do have our first ever overseas show in Bangkok. We’re playing Bangkok Thrash on December 13th which is an annual thrash event over there. That is five days after we play with Revocation here in Singapore on our album launch day.

8.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

- We have sent our material to a few labels but we’re not expecting much. Every label has their own expectations and thus if the music is not on the same wavelength, then there is no basis in starting a working relationship. Being signed to a label is no doubt important because of their vast networks.
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

- We cannot predict the future. So let’s see where and how far our current album, as well as future ones, can take us. Music-wise, we wouldn’t deviate from our thrash roots.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

- Bands that had influenced our music are primarily Exodus, Megadeth, Metallica (And Justice and earlier), Kreator, Destruction, Judas Priest, King Diamond and Mercyful Fate

- What we listen to these days is quite varied from each member of the band but we definitely don't dig the “new metal” bands because we find that their songs are just not that memorable. In fact most of them start to sound the same after awhile.

- To name a few bands that we're into are Machine Head, Death Angel, HAVOK and even Toxic Holocaust. And definitely Pantera. Never fails to pump you up.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?

- Akhbar – Cartoons, animations, movies etc
- Aip – Art, like manga-sketching
- Bryan – Hitting the gym and playing poker
- Christian – Strongman/ Titan training ( a more hardcore version of “gymming”)

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

- To those who are skeptical about listening to a band that calls themselves "thrash", give it a shot and have a listen to our debut album “Fear The Hunter”. We guarantee in taking you back in time with ear deafening tracks from start to end.

Thanks for your time in conducting this interview.

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