Interview: Lord Tim Of Australian Melodic Metal Legends ‘Lord’

 

 

We are today joined by Lord Tim of Australian legends ‘Lord’. Tim has been an active part of the Metal world for over 25 years now. He started with iconic Australian band ‘Dungeon’ and in late 2005 they became ‘Lord’. 

We are beyond happy to be able to do this and we thank Tim for taking time from his busy schedule to speak with us! 

Q: As we well know here, you are legends in regards to the Australian scene. For the benefit of our younger readers and those we are introducing you to. Can you please tell us the origins and history of the band ranging from the Dungeon days to the present Lord project.  

TIM: I’ll give you an abridged version or we’ll be here all week (in The Dungeon Era box set we released in 2014, we had band history in that which stretched over 200 pages for just the Dungeon years alone, so I’ll paraphrase here). Basically we started in late 1989 in Broken Hill, which is an isolated outback town in far western NSW. Eventually we relocated to Sydney and, after a few false starts, things solidified and we ended up being somewhat of a go-to band for playing with international touring acts. That led to a lot of international touring for ourselves and record deals and all of that kind of thing, but in the process we’d managed to pigeonhole ourselves into a certain idea of what we should sound like (based on the band name and the labels we were associated with) that made things frustrating to expand our style. So in late 2005 we reinvented Dungeon under the LORD banner and basically went out with everything we loved about the Dungeon era (songs included) but with a much more open mind and a better plan for how we wanted to move forward. We’ve just passed 28 years now and have a pretty hefty back-catalogue of music and videos, so it’s been quite a ride!

 

Q: Not to be negative, but do you feel being an Australian band prior to the internet and not having the advantages of a European/American based touring band may have prevented you from getting the recognition and glory the band deserved? 

 

TIM: Yes, to a degree, but a of it was just bad timing or poor decisions that stopped a lot of opportunities for us. The thing is, this industry is really built on luck, but you can increase your odds by either being present at places where things are likely to happen (as you said, being Europe or USA based and networking with other bands or industry people) or just working extra hard to make sure you’re around enough to grab hold of any opportunities when they arise. The biggest hurdles for us were really timing based. We weren’t ready when certain waves of interest came through, and while we were watching those boats sail away, we would make up some ground and get caught up in certain plans and ideas what prevented us from really taking advantage of any new offers that came past. This was a big reason we changed over to how LORD works currently, in fact. 

 

Q: On that note, do you think the freedom of the internet is harming the long term future of bands? You had a very long and successful career in the time where music was bought in the most case. With the Internet of course being a great tool for bands. Do you think that longevity in bands will be possible in an era where people stream music and don’t actually pay for it? 

 

TIM: There’s sadly never going to be another Iron Maiden. Labels are either running scared or just simply don’t have the resources to pour into an act that they would like to develop over 5 albums, and have the funds to do it correctly. I think we’re seeing bands like Avantasia being the very last of the hugely successful metal acts, and they came in just at the end of the CD era, which managed to have enough of a push to make them successful now in the age of streaming. If you didn’t already have a substantial fanbase during that time, it doesn’t matter who you are, it’s all more or less a level playing field now. And this is tough, especially if you’ve had a taste of what it could have been like but it just didn’t materialise. Back then, if things took off you could make a pretty OK kind of of living from music, and that would get you through all of the rough parts (of which there’s many in this industry), but now it really comes down to doing it because you want/need to do it, and that’s tough keeping a band going when there’s no big incentive anymore. That alone will stop a lot of the huge longevity we used to see back in the record/CD days. 

 

That said, as a band who started in a time when recording studios were crazy expensive, and in a place where we had to struggle to even find places to play or get any interest at all from magazines or whatever, these days getting your music recorded to a standard that can easily be world class and releasing it to a worldwide audience is easier than ever. Sure, there’s not the massive budgets that there used to be, but it makes you really think about why you’re really doing this in the first place. It’s got to be about the music at the end of the day.

 

Q: As musical legends who have surpassed 25 years in the business. What tips would you give to younger bands on how to survive and prosper in such a tough business? 

 

TIM: The number one thing is: do it because you want to make music. If you go into this to become rich or famous, you’ll be sorely disappointed. Not saying it can’t happen – there’s always a chance that anything can happen in this kind of industry – but the chances are so slim now that your priority has to be music that you want to make, and that has the added bonus of being something you can stand behind and be proud of what you’ve created. Fans can tell when you’re full of shit.  Don’t be scared to be you. If you’re the only melodic metal band on a bill full of death metal bands, you better believe you’ll be the band people will remember. And don’t be scared to proud of your influences too. Sometimes some wheels don’t need to be reinvented just because.

 

But other than that, I’d say networking is crucial – if you don’t have any contacts, talk to or hire people who do and make people aware of who you are. You could have the best band in the world but if no one knows about it, you won’t get anywhere. Again, this is perfectly fine if you’re just making music for yourself but if you want to make a go of it, you need to get the word out. 

 

Treat each thing you do as your best possible work. Don’t half-ass a product or you’ll spend just as much time trying to patch up your reputation later. Obviously money and experience plays a role in how good something can be, but the tools and learning resources out there to help you make a great product are plentiful now, and if you can’t do it yourself, find people who can. It’ll cost a bit of money, but it’s all worth it. As someone who has been on the wrong side of this advice, trust me on this – do it right the first time.

 

And finally, don’t be scared to embrace new ways of doing things. I love physical media. Records, CDs… it’s tangible and you can hold it in your hands and look at the art. But the world has mostly moved on from that, so rather than stamping your foot and hanging on to nostalgia exclusively, work out how you can use new technologies to your advantage. Sometimes wacky ideas pay off, so don’t be scared about experimenting with releases. There’s nothing wrong with doing both things – sure, release a CD, but also could you release something limited on a USB drive? Could you give your album away for free with the sale of a bit of merchandise? An open mind is crucial now that the industry is a free-for-all.

 

Q: You are set to release a new album next year. Any details at present? 

 

TIM: Not a lot that I can talk about, but we have a good chunk of it written now. We’d fallen into the trap of things getting more and more elaborate as we went along. Our What Tomorrow Brings EP title track was over 25 minutes long with actors and all kinds of stuff, for example. Now, I absolutely love that stuff mind you – doing really involved productions and layered songs is what I live for when I write, but we found that taking this out live was a real pain. It precluded some songs from ever being anything other than studio tracks, and others just weren’t enjoyable at all to play, as much as we did love the songs themselves. Going back and touring behind The Dungeon Era over the last few years really reminded me how much fun those early songs were to just go out and rip through live, so I think there’s probably a big element of that immediacy of the early material that’s been brought back into our sound. Production wise, we’re aiming for a bit of a fresh start with it all. We capped off a lot of the band history with the last album and as well as now this new live release, so we’re taking a fresh look at how we do everything, rather than having any kind of continuity just for the sake of it. It’ll all be your typical mixed bag of styles as people have come to expect from LORD but if I could say anything definitively, it sounds fresh and it definitely sounds heavier than anything we’ve done in a long while. No firm release dates as yet, but I’d be surprised if we don’t have something out before the end of 2018.

 

Q: As you have had such an extensive career in music. Is there any special moments you would like to share with our readers today? 

 

TIM: Shit, where to start? You know there’s always things like our first show in the corner of a small outback pub and us being a group of teenagers absolutely shitting ourselves, but walking away feeling like champions when the crowd went crazy at the end of the set, or our first trip overseas when we played Club Citta in Japan in front of a packed house, and of course there’s the obligatory mention of the tour through Europe with Megadeth, or our most recent trip to the USA where we did our ProgPower USA release. These are all big things, but I think more than anything there’s the feeling that what we’ve done has actually touched someone’s life in some way. We’ve had people come to us and say our music has helped them get through some tough times, and it’s made a substantial difference to them. As amazing as the tours and releases and all of that stuff is, hearing someone tell you sometime like this is magical and very special. You can never take that for granted.

 

Q: This has been without doubt a very special interview for us. We are very thankful for your time. Is there anything else you wish to add? 

 

TIM: There’s not really much more to say except THANK YOU. We’ve been doing this for a long time now, so for people to still be giving a shit what we have to say, and buying our music to keep us financial enough to tour and make more music, it’s a very cool thing indeed. So cheers, everyone! I really appreciate it!

 

                                                       

 

In late 2016, LORD was invited to play the prestigious ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia. This show was professionally filmed and recorded and now it’s available to download or stream.

The epic live performance will be released Digitally and available for physical pre-order date on Monday, 4 December 2017. The CD will be available/delivered on Monday, 5 February 2018. The downloads/pre-orders and all information will be available from lord.net.au and dominusrecords.com.

 

 

LORD mainman LT explains: “It was a great honour being asked to be a part of the ProgPower USA show, and it’s fantastic that we had the opportunity to have it recorded so we could share this with our fans who were unable to make it there in person. We definitely live in a post-Netflix/Spotify streaming world where physical media and even downloads to a degree are becoming less common. With HD TVs being very much the norm now, and 4K TVs being more affordable than ever, putting a DVD quality show out when HD or 4K content is the expected content these days felt like a big rip-off to the fans, and anyone who has followed along with our career so far will know that we pride ourselves on always giving the best quality content we can.”

He continued: “We opted to take a leaf out of the Netflix book for the video and offer a full HD version of the show via Vimeo, both as a stream you can rent and as a download you can purchase, which includes a bonus tour documentary. Audio-wise, full lossless quality downloads are available from our store, along with iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and, of course, streaming via Spotify. As someone who grew up in the age of physical media, I absolutely get the fact that people would want to get a CD of the show, so we’re also offering a pre-order for a limited edition live album CD which includes several new and unreleased LORD tracks to sweeten the deal while you wait.”

Concluded LT: “We hope you enjoy the show as much as we did playing it. As you’ll see, we had a great time on stage and the crowd were loud and proud and the true stars of the video!”

LORD is essentially a continuation of DUNGEON, one of Australia’s longest running melodic metal acts. The band has a long history of international touring with the likes of QUEENSRYCHE, HELLOWEEN, SAXON, ICED EARTH and NIGHTWISH just to name a few, and a large back-catalogue of music both under the LORD and DUNGEON banners. A new LORD studio album is due to be released in 2018. 

 

                                                             

 

1. The Dreaming

2. Freedom

3. Netherlife (Black Roses Die)

4. Set in Stone

5. Redemption

6. Tarranno del Mar

7. Resurrection

8. The Legend of Huma

9. Through the Fire

10. Footsteps in the Sand

11. Creeping Death (Metallica cover)

 

LORD LINKS

Website: www.lord.net.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lordofficial

Spotify: www.bit.ly/lordofficial

YouTube: www.youtube.com/lordofficial

LORD Store: www.dominusrecords.com

 

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Irish Groove Metal Band ‘Sixth Extinction’ Release New Video/Track ‘Your Gallows Await’

 

 

Tipperary based Groove metal monsters have released a brand new track today. On the anniversary of Dimebag Darrell, who the band credit as one of their main sources of inspiration and one of the reasons they are a band today. 

They said! 

And ladies and gents, here it is, as promised! Your first taste of our upcoming album. This song “Your Gallows Awaits” recorded, mixed and mastered with Tue Madsen of Antfarm Studios in Denmark. Huge thanks to him for his work. And thanks to Paddy at @KillerTurtleProductions www.killerturtle.com for the video work. We hope you enjoy it. Share with your friends! Its on our YouTube aswell!! See some of ye tomorrow night in Galway.
-liam

 

                                                           

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sixthextinctionband/

 

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RELICS OF HUMANITY: ‘Decade Ov Desacralization’ Set To Be Released By Gore House Productions

 

 

Gore House Productions has teamed up with Death Metal Titans, Relics of Humanity, to release ‘Decade Ov Desacralization’

 

“2017 is the big year for Relics Of Humanity”, states guitarist and founding member Sergey Liakh. “We are celebrating the 10 year anniversary since our first demo was released, and we decided to celebrate in a special way. Ladies and Gentlemen, we are extremely happy to announce the cooperation with Gore House Productions for release “Decade Ov Desacralization”; demo-collection album which includes all demos, promos, and singles self-released over the last 10 years of activity.”

 

‘Ominously Reigning Upon The Intangible’ for those unfamiliar with the band. 

 

Featuring album art by Jon Zig (Disgorge, Severed Savior, Suffocation), ‘Decade Ov Desacralization’ includes 2 never released recordings and the latest single, “Stench Of Burning Heavens”. Additionally, it includes 2 bonus live tracks from Relics of Humanity’s forthcoming DVD. ‘Decade Ov Desacralization’ brings you into the belly of the Minsk-based Beast. Surrender and wish for eternal damnation…

 

Track List:

1. Desacralization
2. Stench of Burning Heavens
3. Legion of The Unbowed
4. There Is No Salvation in Divine Eyes
5. Progression of Suffering
6. Fusion of Parallel Forms
7. Pray for Obscurity
8. Channeling Dark Entities
9. Habitual Devourment
10. Mutilate…

11. Ominously Reigning Upon the Intangible (Live Bonus Track)
12. Dimensions of Hatred (Live Bonus Track)

 

‘Decade Ov Desacralization’ is set for release January 26th on Gore House Productions as CD/Digital.

Pre Order: https://gorehouseproductions.bandcamp.com/album/decade-ov-desacralization

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/relicsofhumanity/

https://www.instagram.com/relicsofhumanity/

https://relicsofhumanity.bandcamp.com/

http://relicsofhumanity.bigcartel.com/

 

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The Dead XIII Return! New Album ‘Dark Days’ To Be Released In February 2018

 

 

All killer, no filler UK metallers The Dead XIII, have just announced that 2018 will see a brand new studio album release.  Entitled ‘Dark Days‘, the album continues the vicious onslaught found on the band’s debut album Catacombs (2015) and raises the bar in every way imaginable.

The Dead XIII interspersed life on the road with writing and recording the album throughout 2017, bringing a greater sense of maturity and experience to the song-writing. Thematically, Dark Days shifts the focus to more psychological horrors, where the real enemy is not seen, not just lurking in the shadows, but in the shadows of your mind.  February 2018 will see Dark Days for everyone, are you ready?

The band are also running an Indiegogo campaign to allow fans new and old to be part of the album’s release. With various cool perks on offer this will be the only platform to include pre-orders of ‘Dark Days’ in CD format. You can support the band and the release of ‘Dark Days’ at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-dead-xiii-album-no-2-horror-metal#/.

Check out ‘Daemons’ from their previous album ‘Catacombs’. 

 

About The Dead XIII

Having exploded onto the North West UK’s music scene in 2013, The Dead XIII came to national attention in the Summer of 2015 with their debut full length album Catacombs being acclaimed by both fans and the UK rock music press. 

Since then, they have headlined or taken part in numerous highly successful tours with bands such as Doyle from The Misfits, Farewell, My Love, Ashestoangels and Griever just to name a few. The Summer of 2017 saw them invited to headline the Indomitus Stage at Scotland’s Wildfire Festival, as well as an appearance at Macmillan Festival in Nottingham. Most recently, The Dead XIII headlined The Bloodlines Tour with City Of Ashes across the UK, culminating in a traditional Halloween show in their hometown of Manchester.

2018 represents the start of the next chapter for The Dead XIII, and it promises to be a thrilling ride. 

 

The Dead XIII are:

Kurt Blackshard – Vocals
Ste Mahoney – Lead Guitar
Symon Strange – Guitar / Synth
Paul Ryan – Bass
Spike Owen – Drums

 

Find The Dead XIII online:

Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
YouTube

 

 

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Australian Legends LORD To Release Epic Live At PROGPOWER USA Video And Album

 

 

In late 2016, LORD was invited to play the prestigious ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia. This show was professionally filmed and recorded and now it’s available to download or stream.

The epic live performance will be released Digitally and available for physical pre-order date on Monday, 4 December 2017. The CD will be available/delivered on Monday, 5 February 2018. The downloads/pre-orders and all information will be available from lord.net.au and dominusrecords.com.

LORD mainman LT explains: “It was a great honour being asked to be a part of the ProgPower USA show, and it’s fantastic that we had the opportunity to have it recorded so we could share this with our fans who were unable to make it there in person. We definitely live in a post-Netflix/Spotify streaming world where physical media and even downloads to a degree are becoming less common. With HD TVs being very much the norm now, and 4K TVs being more affordable than ever, putting a DVD quality show out when HD or 4K content is the expected content these days felt like a big rip-off to the fans, and anyone who has followed along with our career so far will know that we pride ourselves on always giving the best quality content we can.”

He continued: “We opted to take a leaf out of the Netflix book for the video and offer a full HD version of the show via Vimeo, both as a stream you can rent and as a download you can purchase, which includes a bonus tour documentary. Audio-wise, full lossless quality downloads are available from our store, along with iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and, of course, streaming via Spotify. As someone who grew up in the age of physical media, I absolutely get the fact that people would want to get a CD of the show, so we’re also offering a pre-order for a limited edition live album CD which includes several new and unreleased LORD tracks to sweeten the deal while you wait.”

Concluded LT: “We hope you enjoy the show as much as we did playing it. As you’ll see, we had a great time on stage and the crowd were loud and proud and the true stars of the video!”

LORD is essentially a continuation of DUNGEON, one of Australia’s longest running melodic metal acts. The band has a long history of international touring with the likes of QUEENSRYCHE, HELLOWEEN, SAXON, ICED EARTH and NIGHTWISH just to name a few, and a large back-catalogue of music both under the LORD and DUNGEON banners. A new LORD studio album is due to be released in 2018. 

 

 

 

1. The Dreaming

2. Freedom

3. Netherlife (Black Roses Die)

4. Set in Stone

5. Redemption

6. Tarranno del Mar

7. Resurrection

8. The Legend of Huma

9. Through the Fire

10. Footsteps in the Sand

11. Creeping Death (Metallica cover)

 

LORD LINKS

Website: www.lord.net.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lordofficial

Spotify: www.bit.ly/lordofficial

YouTube: www.youtube.com/lordofficial

LORD Store: www.dominusrecords.com

 

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FU MANCHU To Release 12th Album ‘CLONE OF THE UNIVERSE,’ On Feb 9TH And Announce European/American Tour

 

 

December 4, 2017 – Los Angeles, CA – Southern Californian hard-rock legends FU MANCHU have announced plans to release their 12th studio album, Clone of the Universe, on February 9th, 2018 via their own label At The Dojo Records. The upcoming record will be their first in 4 years, following the 2014 release of Gigantoid. Additional details and pre-orders will be announced soon. Follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/FuManchuBand for additional updates.

 

In addition to the album news, FU MANCHU has also announced a world tour in support of the record. Dates are listed below.

 

Clone Of The Universe marks a new chapter for the “fuzz rock” pioneers as they mix the straight ahead blistering rock with unexpected time shifts, featuring tracks like the roaring cuts “Don’t Panic” and “(I’ve Been) Hexed” and the dynamically complex “Clone of the Universe” and “Slower Than Light.” The centerpiece of the album is “IL Mostro Atomico,” an 18 minute 8 second, side long epic featuring a special guest performance by Alex Lifeson, guitarist and songwriter of the legendary band RUSH. Heavier than anything they’ve ever done and broken into 4 distinct sections, it’s new ground for a band that’s been pushing the boundaries of “fuzz and wah” since its formation in 1990. 

 

The band will be playing 2 album release shows in Southern California before hitting the road in Europe in March of 2018 and returning to the US in May of 2018. Additional 2018 shows will be announced in the coming months.

 

“We are excited to get out and play this stuff, especially “Il Mostro Atomico,” says founding guitarist, Scott Hill. “We think it’s some the strongest music we’ve ever done. We really love the overall sound of the album and having Alex (Lifeson) play on it is just incredible. It gives it that special validation for the idea that we had to try something like a side long song.”  

 

The album was recorded and produced by FU MANCHU and Jim Monroe at The Racket Room in Santa Ana, CA with additional recording by Andrew Giacumakis at SUSSTUDIO in Simi Valley CA and will be released worldwide for streaming and on vinyl and CD on the band’s own AT THE DOJO RECORDS. FU MANCHU is Scott Hill (vocals, guitar) Bob Balch(Guitars), Brad Davis (Bass) and Scott Reeder (Drums and Percussion).

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. Intelligent Worship (3:08)

  2. (I’ve Been) Hexed (2:48)

  3. Don’t Panic (2:05)

  4. Slower Than Light (3:26)

  5. Nowhere Left To Hide (4:19)

  6. Clone Of The Universe (2:58)

  7. IL Mostro Atomico (18:08)

 

 

FU MANCHU 2018 Tour Dates:
9.Feb – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
10.Feb – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
 
2.March – Paris, France – Le Trabendo
3.March – Hengelo, Netherlands – Metropol
5.March – Berlin, Germany – Festsaal Kreuzberg
6.March – Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
7.March – Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
8.March – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
10.March – Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi
11.March – Riga, Latvia – Meina Piekdiena
13.March – Warsaw, Poland – Poglos
14.March – Prague, Czech Republic – Klub 007
15.March – Vienna, Austria – Arena
16.March – Budapest, Hungary – A38
18.March – Zurich, Switzerland – Mascotte
19.March – Bern, Switzerland – Dachstock
20.March – Munich, Germany – Hansa 39
21.March – Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
23.March – Hamburg, Germany – Markhalle
24.March – Cologne, Germany – Bürgerhaus Stollwerck
25.March – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patronaat
26.March – Leuven, Belgium – Depot
27.March – London, England – 02 Academy Islington
 
1.May – Phoenix, Arizona – Rebel Lounge
3.May – Dallas, Texas – Curtain Club
4.May – Austin, Texas – Barracuda
5.May – Houston, Texas – White Oak
7.May – Atlanta, Georgia – Vinyl 
8.May – Raleigh, North Carolina – Kings
9.May – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
11.May – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Underground Arts
12.May – New York, New York – Bowery Ballroom
13.May – Boston, Massachusetts – Brighton Music Hall
15.May – Cleveland, Ohio – Grog Shop
16.May – Columbus, Ohio – Ace of Cups
17.May – Detroit, Michigan – El Club
19.May – Chicago, Illinois – Bottom Lounge
22.May – Denver, Colorado – Streets of London Pub
 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FuManchuBand

 

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