|Ever wanted to find out what inspired a particular song? Was it based on personal experience or simply passive observation?|
What happened in the recording studio or on stage to make one song sound different from the rest?
These are just some of the question bands and musicians attempt to answer in Line 'em Up! This is where your favourite bands comment on their albums, track by track and give you an insight into the ideas behind their art.
Line'em Up with Derek, the vocalist of Killface.
Here’s a chance for you to tell our readers about your new release, ‘The Ferocious Tides of Fate’. But could you please start off by introducing the readers to Killface?
First off we’d just like to say hello to all and greetings from Ireland. There are five members that make up Killface. Myself (Derek), Zammo and Daryl on guitars, Dee on bass and Ste on drums. The Daryl and Ste lads are new to the cause as we wrote and recorded the album with two former members.
the Dead' is our first album following the release of our EP 'Faceless'. When we
started to write for the album we sort of knew that we wanted it be as heavy as
a whale's titty, harsh, hellish, full of filth, vicious, but with groove and an
intensity that would focus on real life horrors and misguided perceptions of
morality along with all the blood, guts, lawnmowers and brains that come with
fictional horror movies and stories.
And now onto ‘Feeding the Dead’ - track-by-track! What inspired you, which topics are you dealing with, what do you want to express with the songs etc.
We always have ideas floating around all the time about what type of song we should write and what it should be about, it can be hilarious at times but generally we tend to write and structure the music first, trying out different riffs with different beats, tones and tunings etc.
We had the song about 50% done when one of the lads says, “why don’t we do a song about Predator” which I wasn’t too pushed on down to how many times its been done but sure, I was sitting at home that night and the first two or three lines popped into my head like a couple of ninja’s and from there on out the song was shaped and named.
The tone is set on the fear and terror of the unknown that hunt’s the hunters and coming to the realization of how small, weak and behind mankind probably is in universal terms.
What’s Your Pleasure
It’s all about the cenobites and the box, what it is and its mysteries, what happens when you find out and the choice you’re giving if you do solve the puzzle. Pushing temptation really, out of curiosity or whatever it may be. Everybody wants something different in life and some people will go to extremes to find it.
It’s a heavy one, full of piercing hooks, flesh and blood.
What they were looking at was a video of these young guys in Ukraine smashing this poor old man to death with a hammer and piercing him with a screwdriver over and again. It was insane. I couldn’t believe what they were doing to this man. It turned out that these Ukrainian lads had a bit of a fetish for this type of thing and had committed a number of murders in a period of a month and a half, collecting images and clips of their victims.
I wanted to focus on the fact that it seemed like they believed it was funny and cool to capture and kill innocent, helpless people. It made them feel strong and above everyone. They did it with ease. Not an ounce of remorse.
They’re not laughing now, though. In the end it turned out that they weren’t the brightest group of lads and ended up getting caught and if the judge needed anything to send them down, well there was a pile of pictures and videos all over the internet that would make any jury’s job a whole lot easier.
It ain’t the happiest of subjects but sure that’s metal.
It’s a song about the lust and pride of man and the lengths and depths it will take him.
Sometimes the riffs and section changes go together like a glove, other time’s it can be like trying to use a flat head screwdriver on a Philips screw. A bit of patience and care and it will fit. This song is full on and was a challenge in parts but nothing a load of practice can’t sort out. It’s one of the longest tunes on the album and one of my favourite’s to play live.
Gutless Scummy Cannibals
He loads up and sets out on a quest to take out as many zombies as possible. He’s determined and won’t stop for anything. Sure what else would there be to do, haha!
It’s about living with an illness that drains all your will and turns your life completely upside down and how you must speak up and get sorted or else whatever it is that is wrong with you will a get a lot worse. People are so afraid to be seen as vulnerable but at the end of the day it’s your health so get it sorted or pay the price.
Feeding the Dead
It follows an emotionally brainwashed man child whose mother dies after being bitten by an infectious rat monkey. Before he has a chance to move on and start living his own live his mother rise’s from her grave with a lust for flesh. Even though she’s dead he can’t do the right thing and finds a way to sedate and hide her. In his eyes its still his mother, but trying to care for the undead ain’t gonna be the easiest of tasks as he found out. The lyrics and music went together just right and with a title like ‘Feeding the Dead’, it had to be the name of the album.
Tell us a bit about the artwork and why you have used Swedish painter Marcus Larson’s ‘Nattlig Marin Med Brinnande Fartyg’?
Mike Dubisch of Phoenix, Arizona, is the man we have to thank for the artwork. He’s an illustrator, cartoonist and designer.
We first pitched the concept to Paul McCarroll at Unhinged.com who had done the artwork for our EP ’Faceless’, but unfortunately he was unable to do it at the time, but kindly he pointed us in Mike’s direction. Mike has worked on products like Dungeons and Dragons, Star Wars, Aliens VS Predator among other things. His collection of artwork and projects based on H.P Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos stories are incredible. When we checked out his portfolio we were blown away. We love his style and knew straight away we had to get him to do the artwork for the album. He’s a beast!
We gave him our ideas and a free run on the concept and what he sent back was an instant winner.
One of our most favorite things about Metal is the classic album covers from bands of all the sub-genres over the years. Especially the disgusting one’s ha! We love art and are a fair bit witty too so to have good art work for our releases will always be a bit of a no brainer.
On behalf of the band I’d just like to say thanks a million for having us. I hope I’ve provided you all with a little insight into the album. If you’re into thrash, death, groove, blood and guts then check out the album and get your head bang on.
Thomas Nielsen, January 2014