Never to Arise - The Diabolical Duo
By: Mike Sloan
Blistering.com: Overall the response from the media regarding Hacked to Perfection has been positive, though most (including Blistering) have said that the songs arenít overly unique or original to the genre of music. With that said, your take on such a classic, traditional style of death metal is executed almost flawlessly. For people who donít create music, how difficult is it to come up with riffs or entire songs that, this far into metalís history, are completely original sounding? Is it an uphill battle, especially by being a new band? After all, virtually every possible riff known to mankind has already been done up to this point.
Kilborn: Gordon has immersed himself in death metal pretty much since its inception. Riffs come out of him it seems with a relative ease. As far as I go, this music was a natural for me to play leads on.
Denhart: My main concern is to take the time and effort to create something that I can personally be proud of and enjoy listening to myself. It takes a lot of time, and a lot of trial and error as far as not only writing riffs but structuring them into a cohesive song. You also have to be able to stand back and at times disassociate yourself from it all. I always ask myself "Is this a good song, or do I just think itís a good song because I wrote it?Ē If the honest answer is "yes, it is a good song period,Ē then it's a keeper.
Blistering.com: What is the writing process between you two? Whatís the dynamic and is there a certain formula you follow when creating your songs?
Denhart: The short answer is this: I write all the songs. The dynamic between us is created after I have recorded my tracks and Mike adds his bass lines and guitar solos. As far as a formula for writing, I try not to be overly predictable while at the same time I am not out to bewilder the listener with pointless technicality. It's all about combining brutality with musicality, being proficient with purpose and having the drums drive the music instead of competing with it.
Kilborn: Gordon handles all of the writing chores, presents me the music and pretty much lets me do what I want on the bass and guitar.
Blistering.com: Oftentimes newer bands already have a treasure trove of songs that theyíve created, but weed out many of them to create their debut. Many of the bands have plenty of material left over to start with when it comes time for the follow-up. What about Never to Arise? Do you have anything left over that you might put onto an EP or a split, or even full-length number two?
Denhart: No. We have I think maybe four unused tracks and there is a reason they are unused; they didn't make the grade. No one will ever hear these songs.
Kilborn: We are not going to rehash on anything previously written. We have plenty of new material to work with.
Blistering.com: Iím sure youíve heard countless horror stories of the music industry and how shady many of the labels are. For you two being in a new, young band, what is your take on the music industry thus far and what lessons have you learned up to this point?
Kilborn: In reality, I am not a newbie to the music scene and have already been made painfully aware of the numerous misdeeds in this industry. That is why badGod has been a breath of fresh air for me.
Denhart: I have heard the stories and done my homework on things. One think we both realize is that recording a CD in itself is just the beginning. Getting anywhere with it requires a few breaks and a network of support. Making music is the easy part. BadGod Music is a small label, but they do everything they can to support us. We kept expenses down to the point were we don't owe anyone money.
Blistering.com: What are some of your short-term goals as a functioning band? Realistically you wonít be raking in millions of dollars in this industry, but in terms of moving forward, what do you hope and expect to happen for Never to Arise?
Denhart: It's not about the money with us. We want to see our label do well of course, and this is definitely not a one shot deal. In fact a second CD has been completely written, and we look forward to a long and successful relationship with badGod Music.
Kilborn: I would expect our writing and playing to evolve. I would also hope that our fan base continues to grow.
Blistering.com: Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing more from you guys in the future.
Denhart: Thanks for asking us some questions we haven't heard yet. It certainly makes the interview process more enjoyable.