AR: Plus our schedules. We all have other things that we we’re doing. So scheduling stuff was a lot easier to do one-on-one with Matt, versus trying to get everyone there all the time. It was really cool.
JS: I see you guys spent years apart, then got back together. During this time between the last album and this album, you guys all had other bands and projects. Sal had a band called A Pale Horse Name Death
JS: I love both of those fucking albums, I was lucky enough to catch them, and now with this album I hear a lot of doom and gloom, very dark and gritty compared to the others. Did Sal’s time in Pale Horse have an influence and with Matt Brown, did they influence on the direction of the dark sound this album has?
JZ: I would say absolutely. Because Sal brought a shit ton of rifts to the table. We’re all guitar players in this band. I always say we got four guitar players in this band, so there’s not like “oh Joey is the guitar player, he has to write the rifts.” It’s not like that. We all contribute to the pot. Sal had a shit load of rifts to offer for the band and that’s why you hear a lot of that sound you were talking about. And it’s cool cuz now you hear Mina sing over those rifts. So I feel my job in the end as a guitarist, is kind of making those my own. Make them my own so when I record them I make them my own. It’s me.
AR: He’s a machine. I don’t know how he does it. He can do like six guitar tracks that sound exactly the same. (Laughter)
JZ: Thank you.
AR: It amazing. And that’s why the record sounds the way it does. Because everything is so precise. Everyone spent the time to hone it in. Really make sure we got it the way we want them.
JS: My two favorite tracks from this album are, umm I really love, “Meet My Maker,” and I absolutely love “A New Low.”
JZ: “A New Low!” Me too! That’s one of my absolute favorites!
JS: That’s fantastic! Now, that I’ve just said my favorite tracks, what other tracks are you guys most proud of, or what’s your favorite track on the album?
AR: Ahh, I would say “The Dead Speak Kindly” is my favorite.
AR: Umm, and probably,” World Gone Mad.”
JS: Yeah, the video was awesome by the way.
JZ: I keep jumping around, umm, because I listen to it a lot.
JZ: And I keep flipping. I love “A New Low,” every time that song comes up…
JS: Yes! That song speaks to me.
JZ: It’s my favorite! But then honestly I’ve been really hot lately on” Right This Wrong,” because I can picture us doing it live. It’s like when I can really picture this band playing a song at a festival, and making, ya’ know, 80,000 people go insane. I can picture” Right This Wrong,” doing that to a crowd just by the groove it has and the drilling and the vibe it has. It has that festival big crowd vibe.
JS: So now, I don’t wanna give away too much, but is it safe to say that a lot of these songs will be played at these upcoming shows?
JZ: Yeah, ya’ know we’re gonna pace ourselves a little bit, and not blow our load all at once. We’re gonna start introducing songs to the set. We already are, umm, tonight we will play a couple off the record. I know a lot of people are just getting the record so they don’t have start learning, ya’ know?