Summon: How did the band get started?
Marco: We got our start in the end of summer 2005.A local drummer named Kevin Volatile had been pestering me incessantly for a year to write with him, I did not think he would be able to perform in the style I am accustomed to. Finally I gave in and we wrote a pretty decent track together. I liked it and so we decided to find the rest of the musicians to get this happening. By January 2006 we had the lineup for the first album, and so we recorded our debut and began performing live.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Marco: We play extreme metal, it has been described as Death metal, Black Thrash, black death. But I write mostly speed metal style riffs that are played over grind, black and death metal drums, so we call it extreme speed metal because it is not traditional death metal.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Marco: Good, we are received quite well considering we play an exhausting, blasting fast non stop style, we find that we have a decent fan base that likes this style. Of course, there are people that do not follow this, and that’s okay with us.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Marco: Tyrants Blood comes from the way the group created our style. Very tyrannical in our approach to creating our sound, no compromise and unsympathetic to those that cant keep up. That was how we found our members, quite a few tried, but they fell behind quickly and were left in the dust. This music needs some dedication and so the music is the blood.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Marco: Vinnie Borden, bass and vocals, Brian Messiah, Vocals, Matt Blood, drums and Marco Banco, guitar
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Marco: Well I have written most of the music and lyrics being the guitar player, but Vinnie has written many songs also. Since our last album Matt the drummer has been contributing quite a number of songs. Vocalist Brian also writes riffs and lyrics too. We write our best music together in a room facing one another, this is a better challenge.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Marco: Everything, however heavy music needs heavy themes, so our lyrics tend to stay in the realm of dark tones, but there is a never ending ocean of inspiration when it comes to these types of passages.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism
Marco: Though I have more Atheistic views towards things, I think Satanism was a good force against the evil of Christianity, the Hypocrisy of Judaism and the Maniacal lie that is Islam. Satanism is more self serving and doesn’t hide behind its golden throne or never ending whining and search for sympathy or false rewards. Occultism and the search for the use of dark forces is a dangerous game and needs to be treated with respect, because even science has a hard time finding an answer to these unexplainable forces, so that even the most skeptical, like myself, tread lightly with the true Occult.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Marco: 3 full length and 1 EP, but also a few split albums and we have been featured quite a number of compilations.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Marco: The title track, Into the Kingdom of graves,became the theme for the album ,because we felt it summed up the entire catalog of songs. All the songs are lyrically dark and deal with those aspects, Insanity,abuse,Occult,evil etc. these types of lyrics. So when the tile of the song was decided on, we thought it also made a great album title. Not only that but Vince had an excellent concept for the record cover, so he sketched it roughly and we sent it off to our good friend, Master Paolo Girardi, and he stayed up all night putting the brush to canvas. By morning he had his piece done, and I am very proud to own the original from his easel.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Marco: In music I do not.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Marco: So much from my youth, there was always music in our house, so I grew up listening to my parents records, much of it was from the 60’s and 70’s, and then I got into my cousins record collection, bands like Black Sabbath, Kiss, Judas Priest, Deep Purple etc. Then discovering groups like Slayer, Exciter, Metallica, Venom, Saxon, Iron Maiden and all the early 80’s groups. Of course there have been a thousand bands and artists by now who have influenced me.
Summon: Which current bands?
Marco: Right now I like Centurion from Poland, Bolzer, Force of Darkness, these groups are excellent newer bands I enjoy.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Marco: Aggressive and intense, we engage the crowd the best we can, we are not a shoe gazing group, we try to bring ourselves into the audience.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Marco: Yes, we have toured Europe and South America.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Marco: We get everything from sold out shows to barely anyone, really depends, we deliver and perform the same no matter what.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Marco: If they are familiar and like us they will sing the lyrics, generally become part of the show, if they have not been familiar with us, they will stare with arms crossed scowling heavily.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Marco: So many groups, hard to count I would think, through the 10,000 groups, a few are wicked.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Marco: Good, when we were in Europe last year on tour we met great bands Like Void Hanger ,and performed with many excellent top notch outfits that really were excellent.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Marco: Centurion and bolzer
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Marco: We are write now, we have a live album coming out sometime next year that will have a 5 song EP added to it, so we have most of that written already. Looking forward to getting back in the studio again.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Marco: Well, we will just go forward as we have always done so. Into the battle as we do,charging onward headlong through to the unknown and see what we can conquer. Theres no end to the challenge, always striving to climb higher and get to the next fight, destroy it all and move on.
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