Hi guys! Give a brief history of Suffering Hour, music style, and the members.
YhA: Suffering Hour’s current lineup has been together since 2011, that lineup consisting of Dylan (DgS) on bass and vocals, Jason (IsN) on drums, and myself (YhA) on guitars. We started as a proggy death/thrash band, and later decided to switch to the blackened death metal path we’re on now.
Give in more detail, some information about your debut album ‘In Passing Ascension’?
DgS: As our first full length, I feel it’s a very solid 8 songs tied together in a cohesive 40 minutes of music. It’s a very dynamic record with an obscure, organic production and tons of subtleties and atmosphere while still retaining tons of riffs and solid structural foundations. This record is definitely a solid representation of what we are as a band now and a base which we’ll continue to build upon.
Suffering Hour has signed with Blood Harvest prods, tell more about that?
IsN: With the help from a good friend in the business, we were able to negotiate a contract with Blood Harvest. We’re very grateful to be signed to such an amazing label and it has been nothing short of perfect. The physical copies all look amazing and I think people are really going to enjoy the quality, both in how it sounds and how it looks.
What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?
YhA: Our first EP was influenced by bands like Demolition Hammer, Anacrusis, Kreator, Believer, Obliveon, and other aggressive and/or progressive thrash bands. While I still respect and enjoy those kind of bands, nowadays we find our influence in bands like The Chasm, Dead Congregation, Inquisition, Akercocke, and Mgla, trying to keep the same songwriting style as on our early material but applying it to a death and black metal base.
What inspires Suffering Hour music and lyric writing? What does Suffering Hour lyrics talk about?
DgS: Suffering Hour’s lyrics are influenced pretty much solely by my own personal thoughts and ideas with very little outside influences. There isn’t a whole lot influenced by literature, religion, occult, or anything overtly esoteric in my lyrics. Most of my lyrics are based on my own metaphorical interpretations of how I view life, and can be pretty blunt and straightforward. On this record I touch upon a few concepts; The ignorance of man, the futility of our existence, the desire for greater knowledge, the passing of time, and the feelings of emptiness and devoidity.
Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?
IsN: We have not played a show since January 2014 but we are going on a mini tour that has yet to be announced. We’re all very excited to be a live force again.
How often does the band practice and work on new material?
YhA: I’m always writing new material to send to the guys, but unfortunately, due to me living in a different part of the country than they do, we don’t get to rehearse together very often.
How did the band come up with the name Suffering Hour and tell what does it means for you?
YhA: We chose the name when getting our first EP ready, and it’s the name of Anacrusis’ fantastic debut record. I chose it and kept it for the new material because our prior name also had Anacrusis linkings, and I wanted to preserve our upbringing through the world of classic thrash and heavy metal in one form or another.
What does the band plan on doing in near time?
DgS: Right now with this record coming out our plan is to promote it as much as possible and start establishing ourselves as a live act, and playing shows wherever we can. New material is not very far off though as we’ve already got stuff written and are planning to start recording within the year.
Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?
IsN: Thank you to everyone who has preordered the album, we cannot thank you enough for the support.