· Hi! Tell me about Osmium Guillotine. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
James: ‘Osmium’ is a type of heavy metal, and a ‘Guillotine’ will take your head off! Lyrically our ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere, in the past we’ve written songs about historical events, mythical creatures, crazy ex-girlfriends, video game characters, time travel and beer!
· “A Million To One” to be released on Sept 14th. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Dan: I’m happy with it. A wise man once said an album can never really be finished, and that is very true. There is not a single release I have been a part of where it is 100% perfect to me. Music just isn’t like that.
James: Yeah, like Dan it’s always hard to not be overly-critical of your own work, but I’m just glad the album’s out there now and people can make their own mind up about it, which so far I’m happy to say, has been very very positive!
Josh: I’ve been pretty excited to release it since we finished writing it! It’s my first full length studio album with the band and I’m extremely proud of it. I can’t think of anything that I’d wanna change about it now, I like how it is.
· Tell me more about “A Million To One”? Album ideas etc…
James: Well the album’s title track and artwork concept were highly influenced by War of the Worlds, as it happens the whole album has quite a sci-fi feel to it, with Paradox being about going back in time and changing the future, Metal Man is quite a spacey track about flying through space and Slay The Guillotar being about hunting a mythical creature. Other songs include Only Famous (When You’re Dead) which is based around the reaction towards celebrities and bands after they’ve died, and how we should give them more attention while they’re still alive! Through the Black Mirror was influenced by our modern world’s obsession with social media and how we’re all living our life looking at screens, The Demon Within is a heavy bluesy song about a mental ex-girlfriend of mine, and He Played Rock ‘n’ Roll is a straightforward tribute to Lemmy from Motorhead.
Josh: I think we used this album to maybe explore different styles and play with different ideas seeing as we had a fairly different line-up since Dan and I joined the band.
· Where do you take all inspiration from?
Peter: I suppose we all take a similar inspiration from classic metal bands like Maiden Metallica etc. More personally for me it’s also bands like Pantera and Alice in chains. We had a clear album direction with the war of the worlds theme, then progressing to futuristic fantasies and looking back in the past to rock and metal legend we have lost
Josh: We take our inspiration from a number of different bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Alice in Chains, Pantera, Pink Floyd, Misfits, Black Sabbath and Motörhead. All the classic names from the 70s, 80s and 90s I’d say.
· In your opinion, what is the best way to define Osmium Guillotine’s sound?
James: It’s heavy metal! We have elements of NWOBHM, thrash, punk and doom, but overall I just describe us a traditional heavy metal.
Josh: I’ve never really been sure on how to answer this question. But if I had to say anything I’d say it’s a mix of Classic 80s Heavy Meta and Punk l with a modern twist…I’m not quite sure if that makes sense but that’s the only way I can describe it.
· So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Dan: The work is never done. We are working on new stuff right away.
Josh: We aren’t going on hiatus after the album launch, we started writing new material for the next album not long before we decided a release date for A Million To One. Now we’ve got Dan in the band we are able to try out new ideas and experiment with new styles that we may not have been able to when we were a 4 piece. Completing the last album and the feedback we’ve received for it when we’ve played the songs live or sent it off to be reviewed has definitely given us the motivation to get stuck in and work our asses off and see if we can one up this one. We’ve already got a couple demos, riffs and lyrics that we’re working on so hopefully we can get another album done within the next year or two.
· What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Dan: My inspirations as a musician and singer primarily come from progressive metal; bands like Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Queensryche. But I also love the voice, attitude and theatrics of people like David Bowie and Bruce Dickinson.
Josh: I’d say my main influences would be Steve Harris, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, Dimebag Darrell and Lemmy Kilmister. I’d say their influence on my sound is pretty big, I like Lemmy’s speed, Doyle’s aggression, Steve’s tone and melodic playing and Dimebags grooves.
James: Primary musical influences for me are the classic metal bands like Sabbath, Maiden, Motörhead, etc. In terms of drumming, the likes of Nicko McBrain, Philthy Animal Taylor, Bill Ward, Clive Burr, Keith Moon and Mike Portnoy all played a big part in making me want to hit things!
· Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Dan: I would love to get Geoff Tate on a recording. One of the best voices of all time. There’s also Ray Alder and James LaBrie who hold equal footing with Geoff for me. But that’s more personal. For OG I would want someone like Bruce Dickinson to come and smash out a killer vocal.
Josh: I wouldn’t mind doing some work with Bruce Dickinson, I mean as a person he’s a legend but as a musician the guy is literally a god, it would be an honour to have him sing on one of our tracks. I mean I know the chances of that are close to non but a man can dream right?
· What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Dan: Play shows, make people aware we are real people with real music. Otherwise, there’s always social media. It’s a different world to the way it used to be, and we are having to adapt every day. Facebook is definitely on the way out, and we’ll need to look at the next medium.
Josh: Just share as much as possible, on social media, tell your friends then them to show their friends if they like it, just do as much as I can to promote it on different parts of the internet and such.
· Do you have any other hobby beside music?
James: Pretty much everything I do these days revolves around music these days, whether it’s attending or playing gigs, rehearsing, promoting… When I do get some time off it’s nice to chill in front of the TV. I don’t really have much time for anything else!
Dan: I enjoy learning about history, from ancient to more recent times. Had my life taken another path I may well have ended up a historian, or a teacher, or that sort of thing. I did quite well in that subject at school.
Josh: Not really, I mainly work a lot so I don’t really have time for a hobby.
Pete: My other hobby is eating kebabs.
· Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Dan: Totally. I’m grateful they understand what I want to do with my life!
James: Yeah, my parents have been supportive since day one, and still come to our gigs whenever we play close to home!
Josh: Oh yeah, my family isn’t too keen on Metal as a genre but they always support me as much as they can.
· How’s the metal scene in UK right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days? For sure UK is top metal country but maybe something has been changed during last years, you know.
Dan: I wouldn’t say the UK is the top metal country. It’s pretty looked down upon here. Despite inventing heavy metal, it gets ignored by the mainstream media and most people on the street. Sometimes the live scene is brilliant and sometimes it feels like a slog. There’s some amazing bands in the UK right now, but in some areas it’s tough to get a crowd. I prefer shows in London as we get to play to a variety of different people from all walks of life, with the opportunity to play shows in better venues thanks to networking. Scotland is amazing to play too, and I really want to take OG there.
· Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!