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August 22, 2019

Interview Without Mercy


Hi! Tell me about Without Mercy. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?

When I was thinking up names for the band, I started going through as many ideas and options as I could come up with. After I tried a search for WITHOUT MERCY, it came up as available and I jumped all over that!

“Mouichido” EP was released couple months ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?

The album itself has turned out fantastic and all of us are very happy with the final result. It’s so impressive to see how everyone is reacting to it. It’s brought us a lot of attention from all the great areas!

Tell me more about “Mouichido”? An EP ideas etc…

Mouichido’ is the Japanese word for “Repeat” or “to do one more time”. We chose this as the title to signify the re-release of a previous version of this record. After the release ‘Reborn’, we faced an issue with our vocalist, which caused us to part ways with him. On the advice of our legal team, we recorded the album again with our current vocalist in an effort to terminate possible legal action.” says Band founder and guitarist DJ Temple. “In addition to that, I hold hold close ties with Japanese culture so I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce those lines into our music. Facing the incredible difficulty with the last record and the way the vocalist departed the band, the stress was compounded by the financial burden left with a record we couldn’t release. By venturing back to some of my martial art roots, I found the strength to maintain my tenacity and get the record back on track. The result, is “Mouichido”. Fans should receive this as the ultimate reason to never give up. Take the aggressive nature of the songs and allow the culture of the Japanese writing to envelop you in a way that will carry you through each track. Let this EP be the story that inspires you to push through something difficult and come out the other side a stronger and more experienced person.

Haven’t you looked for a label to release your stuff?

We’ve reached out to a few labels and are always looking for the best option and or opportunity.

Tell me more about “Burn” official video.

The concept for the video was a play on the traditional “Deadly Sins”. I had this cool idea for a video and spoke to my good pal Andy about it. He made the dream come to life and even had a few killer ideas to make the video that much better. It was all shot in one day in only a few hours! It took me a couple of days to get the soot out of my nose, haha.

Where do you take all inspiration from?

Inspiration can come from anywhere, and that’s what I attempt to leave myself open to. I was told years ago to not stifle creativity and leave yourself open to inspiration in any form possible. For example, the main riff in our song “Morphine” is the sound of a motorcycle I heard while it was idling.

In your opinion, what is the best way to define Without Mercy’s sound?

Pure and unrelenting with attention to groove.

So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for EP feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?

Hiatus? what’s that!? haha… We just got back from a cross canada tour and we’re heading back out for a few festivals before the end of the year. After that, we’ll start the pre-production on our next album since we wrote most of that material while on tour!

What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?

We take our influences from so many sources that it’s insane! For example, my big influences are Gojira, Act of Defiance, Pantera, Nevermore and Messhugah. The influence they have on our sound is anywhere from subtle to point blank obvious.

Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?

I would love to have some of my heroes be involved on our next track. Great musicians like, Chris Broderick, Gus Drax, Jeff Loomis or Paul Gilbert! I wonder if Randy Blythe would be down as well…

What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?

By working hard and being nice to people, we can continue to tour and make new friends and fans everywhere. That’s the real process for us. Of course we have a killer Press agent on our team who makes the world know that we exist… that doesn’t hurt either!

Do you have any other hobby beside music? What are you in the common life, what are you doing to survive?

As far as work goes, I started my own musical school called the Temple Music Academy. I handle the organization and lesson structure for over 40 students in many different instruments including: Guitar, Drums, Piano, voice and Bass! My hobbies are pretty eclectic. I love training in martial arts as I’ve done it since I was very very young. Right now I’m attempting to learn as much as I can about Gracie Jiu Jitsu. I also really love playing video games and learning languages.

Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?

My wife and her family are very supportive of my devotion. I am also very lucky to be surrounding by amazing friends who support me unconditionally and do whatever they can to help the cause.

How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?

Buying records has proven to be a little more difficult these days. Many of us are purchasing mostly from online or through thrift stores. But the live scene is starting to get some major traction which is exciting for sure!