Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Hi and thanks for the interview!
I’m Marko, hailing from Austria and I’m the brain behind “Adder’s Fork”, a Heavy/Gothic Metal project with influences from 80s Post-Punk and New Wave.
It all started in 2012, after a few years of no musical output from my side, as previous projects – caused by lack of ideas and/or passion, or due to time constraints – never took off.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
I had been carrying this idea with me for quite a long time -> how about mixing classic heavy metal riffs, or even the more extreme sides of the spectrum, with another favourite of mine – 80s post-punk – on a quest to form a rather unique entity? I always thought those styles could work well together. Yet it took more time because after having sold my last guitar and amp one or two years before creating Adder’s Fork, I was actually considering ending all musical activities, but a few happenings in life changed my mind and got my creativity (re-)fueled. So I got new gear, started practicing more clean and classical guitar playing and formed Adder’s Fork in 2012.
Main influences range from older Rotting Christ to Paradise Lost over to The Sisters of Mercy and The Cure. Many others inbetween.
How many and which albums/demos has Adder’s Fork released so far?
Adder’s Fork has released a demo (The Joys of Solitude – 2013) and a debut album (A Farewell to Expectations – 2016) so far. The demo has a very sad, depressive 80s rock tone to it while the following album features more riffs and has a more gothic metal tone and even a few thrashier riffs to it. Both are fully available on YouTube and there’s a few “A Farewell to Expectation” CDs left, if one wants to obtain a (free!) copy.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of Adder’s Fork and personal.
My own favourite AF song is definitely to be found on the new EP “The Individualist” but I have a hard time choosing 😉
Some of my alltime favourite songs include “The Figurehead” by The Cure for its most delicate & depressive atmosphere and brilliant lyrical imagery. Another one I’d definitely put up there is “Mephesis of Black Crystal” by Rotting Christ. If you want to hear the definition of sadness in a metal environment, listen to that opening riff alone and you’ll now what I mean.
Do you feel that Adder’s Fork’s music has changed over the years and how?
Adder’s Fork has definitely changed over the years, it has become a more professional project production-wise, with more emphasis on guitar riffs and song structures. I have been trying to write better songs with more dynamics than on the older releases.
How much time does it take for Adder’s Fork to record an album?
Since Adder’s Fork is mainly a studio project and I have a day job too, it’s very hard to say how long it’s gonna take to release new material, but with the upgrading of my equipment this year, it’s easier to get something done efficiently, I don’t want projects to take longer than 2 to 3 years to finish, that’s for sure.
Tell us something more about the latest EP The Individualist.
The Individualist EP is something I’m most proud of and I’m really trying to get it out there. Professional lyric videos, cover art and even a music video are showing that I’m absolutely comitted. It’s my heaviest and at the same time perhaps most diverse work, all that contained within roughly 22 minutes of music – better soloing, stronger riffs and even a few bombastic moments is something you can expect, without neglecting the melancholic 80s side of my music. I’ve been working on my vocal delivery as well and it has definitely become a lot stronger and I feel more confident with singing overall.
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
So yeah, next step is finishing work for the aforementioned music video for „The Individualist“. EP release date is November 10th, in digital and physical form – again: free Pro-Printed CD-Rs for those who still want real CDs in their hands! Then, I’m already thinking about a concept for the next release and will start working on individual songs soon. The fire is there!
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album? Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
Adder’s Fork is ultimately a studio project, but that might change some day. Musicians with a similar mindset are hard to come by around my area….so no touring at the moment.
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
There are metal fans around in Austria though, so not all hope is lost. I’m attending concerts here from time to time and some local bands definitely show promise, but I feel many of them are leaning towards the hardcore/groove metal side of the spectrum, more daring, genre-exploring bands seem rare, but maybe I just didn’t dig deep enough yet.
Any messages for the readers?
So thank you for the interview and please check out the lyric video for „Witchgrove Mountain“ on YouTube for a new track! The official release of „The Individualist“ will follow soon! Thank you for listening!