Monday, December 12, 2022

Deadnight Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new EP.



We are in the process of re-recording two songs from our first album (Messenger of Death) for a new single. We felt it was time to revisit the songs and give them a proper recording. The digital release should be available in early 2023.


2.Recently you have released a new ep, musically how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?



The music is more straightforward but with more attitude. The songs are shorter, in the 3:15-3:30 range but with no shortage of catchy riffs and hooks. We recorded the drums and rhythm guitar live with no click tracks to capture an organic vibe. This may seem like a de-evolution from our previous work but most of this material was actually written 15 years ago so the EP kind of stands on its own.


3.Other than a couple of singles this is also your first release since 2011, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during this time frame?



I was in my early 30’s at that time and put music on hold to focus on my career. Deadnight was always my band so the other members moved on to other projects. Our bassist, John Porada, went on to Terminate and did a short stint in Nachtmystium. Our drummer, Jim Smith, played in Terminate and retired from music. Our second guitarist, Scott Wright, also played in Terminate and at one time filled in on bass for The Chasm. Our current drummer, Vern was involved in the band back in 2009-2010. Max and I founded the project back in 2003 but he left in 2007 due to university obligations. 


4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release and also how would you describe your progress as songwriters over the years?


The music is always written first and the lyrics are usually at the end of the writing process. The opening track was inspired by Hellraiser. Executioner took some inspiration from the punisher and death wish. The second half of the EP is a bit spiteful and touches on local scene politics. We write what comes to us naturally and try not to limit ourselves by staying within boundaries. I think we have stayed fairly consistent in terms of songwriting throughout the years. 



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Deadnight'?

MG: We took the name from the opening track on the first bodom record. We wanted a short name that was to the point. When someone sees the logo they automatically know we are not a cliche death metal band.


6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new ep cover?



The cover was created with digital art and the design was kept simple to reflect the music - straightforward and to the point. The concept behind the EP is basically our attitude and contempt for the local music scene.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?


One of my favorite memories was opening for Kreator and Exodus in Milwaukee in 2009.

The Red Line Tap in Chicago (RIP) had some great shows. It was a tiny dive but was very intimate.  When we get on stage, we do our thing and let our instruments do the talking. I’m not a fan of costumes, gimmicks or stage theatrics - unless it’s maiden or the king.


8.Do you have any touring or show plans for 2023?



We are planning a few shows for the near future but our live appearances will be a rare thing.

9.On your recordings you have worked with 'Andrew Laroque and Dan Swano, did you feel this was a huge honor to work with these legendary people?



I did produce both releases and we were fortunate to have worked with Andy and Dan remotely during the mastering process. It was an absolute privilege and we are very pleased with the results. It’s extremely gratifying to have your work touched by legends.


10.The new ep was self released but the band has worked with a label in the past, are you open to working with another label again in the future?



We released our last two EPs independently due to lack of label interest. We’re actively seeking a label to collaborate with on our new material and re-issue our first album on vinyl.


11.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your newer music by fans of black and thrash metal?



Globally, the feedback has been very positive considering we’re an underground band with no label support in 13 years.



12.When can we expect another full length and where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?



The next full-length album is already written and should be released sometime next year.  The songs are more aligned with our first album but with a more modern production. We are focusing on more epic style songs that put us on the map to begin with. 


13.What are some of the bands or musical styles the band members are currently listening to nowadays?

MG: I’ve been listening to the reissue LP of Death - Human. The remix Jim Morris did on the newer SSL console really made everything pop and come to life. It just sounds incredible.


Max: I’ve just been revisiting a bunch of old black/death metal favorites like Dissection, Limbonic Art, Mysticum, Angelcorpse, Marduk.

14.Before we wrap up this itnerview, do you have any final word sor thoughts?


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