Hi! Tell me about Dark Messiah. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi. Thanks for the interview. We’re glad to be a part of it.
The name comes from a conversation guitarist Jonathan Hayward had with a friend when he was first forming the band. His friend asked him what kind of band he wanted to start.
“A thrash band inspired by the classics, but with a modern take.”
“Kind of like a new messiah.” His friend replied.
“No more like a Dark Messiah.”
Immediately after saying it Jonathan knew that was going to be the name of the band.
There are a lot of apocalyptic concepts on this E.P. We’ll look to explore other ideas and song writing topics for our future albums but our debut is a story in itself.
“Dark Messiah” album was released on December 2nd. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We first released it online on Nov. 27th. December 2nd was the original deadline but the E.P was mixed and mastered quicker than we thought it would be so we decided to make it available as soon as we could.
As artists, it’s hard to really see a project as “complete.” It’s like a painter who always wants to add another brush stroke to one of their paintings. In their eyes, it’s never finished or perfect. There’s always another creative idea they want to throw in after the fact or an alteration that they believe would enhance the piece. With that being said, we are satisfied with how the E.P turned out and the sound that we’ve captured. It’s exactly what we were going for.
Tell me more about “Dark Messiah”? Album ideas etc…
Well we have more songs composed and plan on continually writing until we have a full album. We’re looking to hopefully start recording that around this time next year if everything goes according to plan. We have a plethora of ideas we’ve already started on, so at this point all we have to do is finish them. We are also planning a tour within Canada in the summertime.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Our love of music and the desire to create it and perform is probably what inspires and pushes us the most. When it comes to writing, we take inspiration from all sorts of different styles of art and even the world around us and everyday life. You can never predict when inspiration will hit you or where it will come from but when it does we make sure we capture it.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Dark Messiah’s sound?
A modern take on an old groove/thrash vibe.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We never take an extended break. We’re always working on new songs or ideas and planning for the future.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Our overall sound as a band is highly influenced by original thrash like the Big 4 and Pantera. As individuals, we all have such eclectic and varying tastes that we also individually take inspiration from all sorts of different styles of music.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
We haven’t really entertained that idea all that much and we don’t have any specific person in mind that we would like to record with but we’re not against the idea of that at some point in the future. If we were to do that though, we would probably keep that a secret and save it as a surprise until the release.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
To put it on as many platforms as we can and engage our audience in all our endeavors as much as possible. It’s all about our covenant of fans. Without them we couldn’t do this so we want to give back to them and show them our gratitude whenever we’re capable of doing so.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
No. We eat, sleep and breathe metal.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
For the most part our families are happy to see us doing what we love and what we’ve always wanted to do.
How’s the metal scene in Canada right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Metal is strong here. We haven’t had any issues booking gigs or finding bands to play with. The scene rises and subsides from time to time but metal heads are the most loyal fans so it never dies. If you know where to look you can always find a show to go to. Record stores are harder to come by these days but fans will buy albums directly from the bands at their gigs to support them.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!