DeadNight interview

DeadNight interview for Dark Recollections 2011

1. Dark Recollections: for those not familiar with the death thrashing machine known as
DeadNight please introduce the band.(who does what, plays what instruments?)
Mike – Vocals lead guitar. Scott – rhythm guitar, John – bass, Vern – percussion.

2. Dark Recollections: how long has current line up been together?
MIKE: About six months.

3. Dark Recollections: give us a brief band bio
DEADNIGHT was formed to create extreme music while maintaining metal integrity. After the year 2000 or so, extreme metal has become big business. Music is losing its purity because bands are forced into conditions where they need to fulfill a record labels demands instead of their own.
In the end, bands end up sacrificing their musical integrity for the sole purpose of releasing x albums in y time. The musical philosophy of DEADNIGHT has always been quality, not quantity. We wanted to bring back the great song writing we heard on Death,
Dissection and Morbid Angel albums. Everything in metal has been accomplished, so all we can do is form our own sound drawing in from our influences. We also didn’t want to confine ourselves to generic genre labels. Our early demo to Messenger of Death era focused primarily on thrash metal
but we added a bit of early Dissection into the mix. Our newer material is more aggressive but we still have our signature blackened sound. We began as a two-piece studio project in Chicago in 2003. During the next couple years we released a few demos and played extensively in Chicago. In 2007, we lost our drummer and went into the studio
to complete our first album Messenger of Death as a two piece. After the album release, we reformed the lineup, played Central Illinois Metal Fest 2008 and toured the west coast of the United States. We’ve also shared the stage with Kreator in Milwaukee. We took a break from shows for almost two years. During fall of 2010 we hit the studio again to record a 4 song EP titled Riders of the Black Wind.

4. Dark Recollections: was there a demo, promo, ep, etc released prior to debut Cd?
We recorded a four song demo titled “In The Dead of Night” somewhere around 2003.
Due to academic priorities the demo was not distributed until 2005. These songs were re-recorded and are actually the last 4 songs on the Messenger of Death album. We passed out one hundred or so demos at local Chicago shows between 2004-2005.

5. Dark Recollections: talk about your debut Cd “messenger of death”
The music appearing on Messenger of Death spans almost 4 years of our history. Although the recording process was tedious, we put everything we had into that album – financially, time-wise, and spirit. We’re not necessarily telling a story in this album
but wanted to have a collection of well written catchy songs.

6. Dark Recollections: what is the song “keeper of souls” about, what inspired its lyrics?
Keeper of Souls is a song about the grim reaper and Armageddon. Our lyrics on this album aren’t necessarily something to be taken serious. It’s all for good head banging fun. On our new EP Riders of the Black Wind we do have some important things to say to the metal scene.

7. Dark Recollections: what has been the response to debut Cd so far, is it still available?
Given the circumstances surrounding the Messenger of Death, we were rather shocked with the response. We recorded the album with the goal that we needed to get our songs down after a few years of problems and being screwed over by lazy people. I was thrilled by the responses we received from our peers and reviewers.
We have copies of Messenger of Death available on our web-shop.

8. Dark Recollections: tell us about your upcoming album, who is releasing it, when will
it be out?
We’re currently negotiating with labels to release our latest work, Riders of the Black Wind. This four song EP contains our best songs to date, and runs about 18 minutes. The cover art was done by Germany fantasy artist Uwe Jarling, and is scheduled to be mastered by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) at Sonic Train Studios (Sweden) in February.
We are hoping to get this to the public by spring of 2011.

9. Dark Recollections: is DeadNight a studio only projekt, or do you get to play live?
Deadnight is my personal project, as Bathory was to Quorthon, but we do play live when the circumstances are right.
Throughout our history we’ve had a revolving door of session members on drums. We have always had trouble finding other musicians who shares our musical philosophy, skill and goals. I am very excited about our upcoming EP and I hope with our new lineup that we will hit the stages of Europe in the next year.

10. Dark Recollections: what is your opinion on the latest resurgence of old school death metal,
any new bands you like? I am 30 years old and grew up listening to the real thing. We played a gig in Los Angeles a few years ago and I got the impression that the thrash metal scene in west coast is one big fashion statement. Our bass player John, who is 21, is more familiar with the new era.
There really aren’t too many ‘new’ bands that I listen to.
If you are referring to the thrash revival scene, I wouldn’t know anything about it.

11. Dark Recollections: what is the scene like where you live, any bands you recommend checking out?
The metal scene in Chicago is great. We have a strong sense of organization, community and there are shows on a weekly basis. Many of the fans are die-hard and do everything and anything to support the scene.
I recommend checking out Cardiac Arrest, Kommandant, and Bones (ex-Usurper project).

12. Dark Recollections: any merchandise available from you?(list items and prices)

We have shirts and cd’s available through

13. Dark Recollections: any last words, comments? thanks for the interview
thank you


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