Interviews: Eye Of The Destroyer

In this new occassion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal band Eye Of The Destroyer from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their  FACEBOOK PAGE

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The idea for the band name came from our original singer. We all brought a bunch of names the we had scribbled on notebooks like maniacs and if I'm being honest they all fucking sucked. That name came up and we all stopped for a second and pretty much decided on it. It was a unique name that no one else had and that is a difficult thing to do these days. It has really grown to suit the band over the past 5 years and I feel like this new album represents it well!

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

We didn't choose this genre at all. This genre chose us. We have all been heavily involved with various underground scenes since we were in our early teens. Each member of the band has an interesting list of influences that lead us down this path. I think the main reason we do this style is because we love it. We don't have to try hard to create the music we are making because we are so aggressive as people. In New Jersey, where we are from, its over populated and you grow up with sort of a fuck you mentality that really translates into the heavier more extreme styles of music.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

The drummer and I started our first band together in his mother's basement at the age of 13. He had experience playing guitar and I had experience playing drums so naturally I bought a guitar and he got a drum set. When I first met him I was warned by the other kids in our school that he worshipped Satan so I figured what the fuck....lets see what this fucking guys about. Over the course of playing a ton of shows we met our bassist who at the time had a pony tail and an unhealthy obsession with Pantera and underaged drinking. John our drummer introduced me to our guitarist Chris who at the time was 15. We hung out once and haven't stopped in the last 15 years. We were all in heavy bands playing shows in the area. Years later Eye of the Destroyer was formed with a different lineup. Its current lineup is made up of three members of a band that started in 2001 and Chris our resident psychopath. So yeah we've met haha! 

4. Each band member favourite band?

Joe-E-town Concrete John-AFI Chris-Slayer Kaufman-Pantera

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

There are a ton of things that inspire us when writing songs but for me I draw from personal and past experience. I have gone through a lot in my life and music for me is an outlet for my forever changing range of emotions. I suffer from PTSD which causes horrible nightmares and many nights left without sleep. Writing and being creative is the only thing I can do to keep my mind from entering that dark place. Its really saved my life in so many ways.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last show was a benefit for Pinups and Pitbulls. It is a cause near and dear to our drummer. He has given pit bulls home and been donating to this cause for a very long time. He is also vegan so animal rights is big for him. It was a great turn out and we were happy to help out.

7. Where would you like to act?

Broadway in Cats

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

We have already been blessed to have features from the likes of Jim Beach (Pyrexia, Tomorrows Victim) and Don Campan (Waking the Cadaver). We have discussed doing a track with Ray from Full Blown Chaos who is a friend that I would love to work with. If we are talking dream features here probably Ozzy.

9. Whom not?

R. Kelly

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I think we have all suffered from stage fright at one time or another and usually we just bury it in booze. I don't want to say that's what you should do haha but that I can only speak from experience on this one.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

For me I was heavily inspired by bands like NJ Bloodline and One4one. These were bands that came from where I grew up and were playing shows and doing all the things I knew I wanted to do. They were really raw and did whatever the fuck they wanted and I just identified with that. I went to a few shows when I was a real young that just changed my life forever. Before this I never really felt like I fit in and to me this just seemed like home. I have a lot of great friends that I made during this time and still speak to today and that really says something. 

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

Well, funny you should fucking ask! We recently had a guy sending us nude photos of his wife. We didn't ask him to do this and we couldn't fucking believe it was happening. It was absolutely ridiculous in every way possible. What was weird about it was he kept asking us to post the pictures of his wife! We obviously didn't post her pictures but it was definitely a weird request. 

13. What do you think of your fans?

We absolutely love our fans. The support that we have received when on the road and on social media is amazing. It still blows our minds when we see people posting pictures in our shirts or reacting to our music. It really means everything to us! 

14. What do you think of our site? 

Aside from it being very clean and super easy to navigate, we appreciate your love for the music and willingness to put in the work to support it. 

15. Something add? 

Pre-orders for our new album "Baptized in Pain" are available now at we have a bundle up for $20 bucks that includes the new album, new shirt and a limited edition foam finger. Help support the new record and pick one up today. 

Eye of the Destroyer is: 

John Scott-Drums 
Chris Halpin-Guitar 
Dan Kaufman-Bass
Joe Randazza- Vocals

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