Answered by William Lloyd Walker III (guitars)
Hi! Tell me about GRAVESHADOW. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hello! Graveshadow is a 5 piece symphonic metal outfit from Sacramento, CA. The name really just came from a round table discussion at rehearsal one night about what to call ourselves. Originally it was going to be ‘Raven Blood’ but a band down in Brazil already had dibs on that one. I can’t remember who but someone threw out Graveshadow and it stuck! Storytelling is a big part of our writing process. Fantastical themes and personal struggle tend to be where we go but this new album deals a lot with sacrifice.
“Ambition’s Price” album to be released soon. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Excited! It’s been completed for some time now and we’re really anxious to release it for everyone to hear. We’ve had the masters for a few months and we’v all listened to them countless times. There have been some discussions about minor things we would have changed but I think that happens whenever you spend a considerable amount of time critically listening to your own work. We’re satisfied with the finished product, looking forward to everyone getting to hear it!
Tell me more about “Ambition’s Price”? Album ideas etc…
The album is comprised of songs that all deal with sacrifice. Some songs are based on fantasy stories, others are based on personal struggles we dealt with the past two years of touring. We delved more into musical ideas that we didn’t get a chance to on ‘Nocturnal Resurrection’. More melodies, harmonies and a different approach to the orchestrations. While we’re excited at how this record turned out, we’ve very excited to see where the next record is going to take us creatively!
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Fantasy stories, personal issues, our favorite bands and life really.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define GRAVESHADOW’s sound?
We have this conversation a lot amongst ourselves! Symphonic metal seems to be the easiest moniker to don but that doesn’t really cover it. We blend many different styles of metal into our music, that it’s hard to put a definitive title on the genre we are.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Definitely not! We have a tour with Sirenia and Threat Signal coming up in April and are putting together summer and fall tours as well. We have started to write the next album and are having a lot of fun with the new ideas being thrown around. No rest for the wicked!
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Everyone in the band has their own musical influences. I would say that Iron Maiden, Type O Negative, Nightwish and Amon Amarth would be the big four of our influences though there are many others. I think that they play a large role in how things come together when we are working on new material.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
We do have the mighty Armand John Anthony of Night Demon playing a guest solo on one of the new tracks on ‘Ambition’s Price’ and he did an exceptional job, really added his own flair to the song. I don’t know that there is anyone in particular we would single out. Whenever we have worked with a guest it’s always been about approaching the person we feel would best compliment the song.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Tour! That’s the best way to get your music into new markets and in the hands of new fans.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Ben is fond of gardening, Aaron teaches martial arts, Will enjoys video games and off-roading, Roman writes his own songs in his spare time and Heather is the quintessential cat lady!
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
We are, the response and support form our families over the course of this band has been vital to our success.
How’s the metal scene in your right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
The scene is Sacramento is full of life and very diverse. It’s not a challenge to get gigs and there are still really awesome record shops around to get your fix.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thank you for talking with us, looking forward to it!