The Impaler Interview

LOMMCan you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up? 

The Impaler: Sure! We got together around the start of 2020 and wrote what is the Death Cult album. That has been received very well beyond our expectations so we began work on our next release fairly quickly. The Members are currently Shaun Van Looy (me), Ben Van Looy, Lewis Rainford, Jamie Hubbard and Jordan Scott(USA). We have some additional live members for fill in duties and they are Josh Hill and Kyall Wicks. Everyone in that list has or does contribute to writing.

LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?

The Impaler: As Best we can I suppose. Sinking our teeth into writing and revamping our live show has helped allot to keep us busy.

LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?

The Impaler: For sure! There is allot more time to think about how you want yourself represented.

LOMM: Modern sounds are my thing J How about you? What does your genre means to you, why did you choose this genre?

The Impaler: I think personally it suits well to my music taste. We aren’t very genre defined, more borrowing from different places to make our sound. A little raw aggression from Hardcore and riffing from death metal. Atmosphere from Black metal. 

LOMMHow did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?

The Impaler: Anonymity to be honest. Wanted to create an image purely based on music and atmosphere.

LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?

The Impaler: Definitely. I think that we came across the way we wanted to pre release with our marketing and it has only grown from there. More film aspects would have been nice but when the money isn’t flowing its not there. We made do pretty well.

LOMMHow has the overall reception been?

The Impaler: Great to be honest. Couldn’t hope for more at the moment for such a young band.

LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?

The Impaler: Personally yes, Impaler as a group no. But yes it’s hard having to comprehend the restrictions when it come to deciding how to push forward.

LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?

The Impaler: Its looking great! We are on track with our goals and just trying to get out as much music as we can!

LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?

The Impaler: Our Lyric writing and main themes come from Jordan Scott and he pulls from all sorts of places. We don’t currently have a main goal for a specific theme. Our upcoming release ‘A Fate Worse Than Death’ is a concept driven album dealing with the themes of being left in the wake of death. Having to comprehend life without someone you have lost or even having to come to terms with a failed suicide yourself. Shaun Van Looy (me) typically comes up with the loose themes ad Jordan Scott hones theme into the lyrics. 

LOMMWhich is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?

The Impaler: Both have their pro and con list but if I had to choose it would be studio. I love everything production related and watching the pieces of what will eventually represent your band coming together is exciting.

LOMMWho is composing the songs? 

The Impaler: Mostly Shaun Van Looy(me)

LOMMWhat bands do you draw your inspiration from?

The Impaler: My Top Three are Behemoth, Whitechapel and Cattle Decapitation.

LOMMWhat’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?

The Impaler: I think the music. Audience as a whole can be so varied in music taste that you can’t please everyone. The songs need to be what they are, if you get a hit then great but you can go searching for it.

LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

The Impaler: Working with artists I looked up to as a young teenager. For better or worse being able to collaborate with The Impalers that you spend your time learning how to emulate and grow yourself is a huge accomplishment for me.

LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?

The Impaler: We have a new album coming out on Feb 19th. It’s a dark and emotionally heavy themes album but a start to finish listen can be rewarding if you let It take over. Other than that the support we get from everyone means everything so thank you from everyone in the Impaler camp.

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