Thursday, September 28, 2017

Demon Eye Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

We performed at the Maryland Doomfest back in May. That was the perfect opportunity to debut songs from the new record. We recently played our release show for the album alongside Captain Beyond. It was an honor to celebrate a big occasion with such a legendary band. It was packed house and a great night of heavy music.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

I generally the keep the descriptions simple. It's heavy, dark rock with a good dose of classic heavy metal. In terms of the differences from our previous material, this one has some prog moments, a psychedelic instrumental, and a few of the songs are even a tad poppy.

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

Most of the content on this album focuses on the madness we've seen in recent times, but there is a pretty wide range of themes. "The Waters and the Wild" is about nature reclaiming the earth from the era of man. Songs like "Redeemer" and "Kismet" are about the lonely lives people consumed with hate and anger finding themselves living in the future.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Demon Eye'?

It was nicked from a Deep Purple song, "Demon's Eye." We thought it would be a good way to pay  tribute to the ones who laid the foundations before us. Plus, it just sounded cool.

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?

We've been lucky enough to play with bands like Saint Vitus, Pentagram, C.O.C., The Obsessed,The Skull, King's X, The Sword, and many more. That alone makes what we do worth it, but there is nothing like meeting new bands and making new friends. We never take that for granted. For our live performances, we just try to keep them tight, powerful, and fun. We always want people leaving our shows feeling they weren't cheated. We want to make folks feel like we were worth their time and money.

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

We're going to be touring throughout the Midwest in November, and will hopefully get around the U.S. a bit more in 2018.

7.The new album is coming out on 'Soulseller Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?

Soulseller is the best and we love working with them. They tend to release a lot black metal and death metal, but we've found a nice home with them regardless of being a little stylistically different than the rest of their roster. Jorn Rap, the label owner/operator, is a friend and an excellent guy to work with. We can't praise the label enough.

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

We are overwhelmed by all the positive feedback. It's good to know that the community that helped spawn our style seems to be embracing us.

9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Up until recently I was playing a band called, Lightning Born, which features Mike Dean from C.O.C. It was fun, but I had to stop playing with them because my time was limited. Bill and Larry play in a band with Richard Bacchus from D-generation, called Richard Bacchus and the Luckiest Girls. It's great '70s NYC, CBGB's-era rock and roll. Paul plays in a pop band called the Feeds. When we have the time, occasionally Demon Eye performs under an alternate identity, called Corvette Summer. It's '70s rock covers. A lot of fun.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

Well, for each album I feel like we've progressed in terms of trying new song writing ideas and have ended up with some good material. Hopefully we will continue on that trajectory.

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

My favorite bands out there right now are Holy Grove, Disenchanter, Ruby the Hatchet, and Beastmaker. When I was working on riffs for the album I was listening to a lot of Wishbone Ash, Thin Lizzy, and Candlemass. Also a various assortment of '70s prog.

12.How would you describe your views on Occultism?

I'm fascinated with the occult and esoteric history, but I am by no means a practitioner of magick. I can't really say that I'm a believer in anything supernatural, but I am very interested in human consciousness and the mystic mind. Those sorts of themes and aesthetics certainly lend themselves well to our style of music.

13.What are some of your non musical interests?

I'm a bit of an introvert. I read a lot and generally just enjoy a lot of downtime at home with my wife and my dogs. The other guys in the band all have children. They're all good dads. Bill's a baseball coach for his boys' baseball teams. Paul has three daughters. Larry has a young son who's apparently a huge KISS fan.

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

Thanks for taking the time for us, and a huge thanks to everyone who supports Demon Eye! Hopefully we'll get a chance to meet everyone at a show sometime.

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