Fucking kick ass metal from Canada, welcome – Sludgehammer!
Hi! Tell me about Sludgehammer. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
We were searching for something that would describe our band’s sound. We wanted people to be intrigued about what the word ‘’Sludgehammer’’ could possibly sound like. In the end we chose it as we have different metal elements in our songs. Mainly Groove(Sludge) and Death/Thrash(Hammer).
“The Fallen Sun” album was released couple months ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We feel great about it! We’re really enjoying the response it’s getting throughout the world. We put a lot of time and hard work into it and although I don’t think any artist is always 100 percent happy with their art, we are more than satisfied with the result.
Tell me more about “The Fallen Sun”? Album ideas etc…
We recorded it at our second guitarist’s house in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He has his own studio there and we were able to take full advantage of that. We just knew we wanted the album to be harder to play musically than ‘’Organ Harvester’’. We wanted something more technically challenging.
It was released by your own power. Did you try to find some label to release an album?
No, we knew we were going to write, record, produce and release it by ourselves. We are going to shop it to labels and see what type of response we get.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Well I think between the five guys in the band there’s lots of different sources of musical inspiration. There’s a bunch of different genres and styles we like. Actually between the five of us we probably like every Metal, Blues and Rock band in the world! From Cannibal Corpse to Frank Sinatra.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Sludgehammer’s sound?
When you listen to Sludgehammer you never know what your going to get. We don’t even know what our next song is going to sound like. It’s going to have elements of Death Metal and elements of Rock music. It’s going to have catchy parts and it’s going to have brutal parts. We like the contrast between the two very much.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Perfect timing for that question actually! We started writing yesterday for the new album. We got one song finished and we are working on the second today. We wanted to give ourselves a month break in between writing just so we come in fresh.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Like I said earlier every member has a different dominant influence. For myself Pantera is mine. I love Dimebag’s playing style and it’s something that inspires me constantly.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Good question but to be honest we’ve never really thought about that. We would be more than happy to have anybody on the record that could contribute.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Well we just want to make songs that we want to listen to. We are metal fans ourselves so if we like it, chances are other people will like it too. That and we make sure the song is the best it can be. We do pre-production for everything just to make sure.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
For myself I love cooking and reading. I also love watching baseball and hockey although the other members are not that big into sports.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Oh ya for sure. It’s actually really cool because all our relatives are very supportive of anything we do. It’s probably not easy for them sometimes but everybody supports us and that’s what we need to survive.
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The Metal scene in Toronto is great right now. Lots and lots of cool bands and shows to choose from. Also the promoters in the local area’s are doing a great job putting on shows. We just went to the Wacken Metal Battle final in Toronto and it was awesome. There was a great turnout so it was good for the scene.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thanks for interview I hope I answered well! Cheers!