Interviews: The Risen Dread


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal band The Risen Dread from Ireland. 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?

Marco: I’ll leave that with Colum.

Colum: We are the Risen Dread. Name was fought over for many days until I came up with the idea of The Risen Dread, it encompasses that feeling when that existential dread hits and you can't tell why. That is it. The Risen Dread. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Marco: Very energetic and that the fact you get to engage with the audience 

Mat: I’ve always had a love for heavy music. Playing this genre with the other guys in the band just feels right. Can’t see us playing funk to be honest.

Colum: Just fell in love with the technical abilities and massiveness of the sound of bands such as Lamb of God, Inflames, Parkway Drive among others.

William: I always played extreme Death Metal. I thought it was time to change and play something heavy with groove.

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

Marco: Luckily no

Mat: I personally answered an add on Facebook. So I didn’t know the guys at all before I joined. But will and colum where in a band together before we started up. Fiacra, Marco and I joined up through facebook.

Colum: Legitimately, met Will through Facebook for a tribute gig. That ended up falling apart but the two of us continued ourselves and found Marco and then Mat and Fiachra joined later to fill out the line up.

William: No, I met Colum before for another project, and we started working with the idea of this band.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Marco: Iron Maiden 

Mat: I’m a big Mudvayne, Coal Chamber, Slipknot fan

Colum: Lamb of God

William: Blind Guardian

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Marco: Steve Harris, there is always a theme and research behind his lyrics 

Mat: Personally, I suffer with depression so music can get me out of a hole I’ve dug myself. Playing with the guys and my wife are the two things that make me focus.

Colum: Honestly, we all just meet together with our own ideas and see how our ideas change and develop from playing together. Lamb of God are a huge influence on us.

William: It depends on how I think the track should be and what I’m listening to. I listen to different things that they aren’t Metal. Classic music is one of them.

6. Where was your last gig?

Colum: Last gig was in Maynooth, Ireland.

7. Where would you like to act?

Marco: Wacken Open Air

Mat: I’d love to play a sell out gig in the academy in Dublin. It’s not a massive venue but I’ve seen so many bands I love play there so that would be awesome.  
Colum: Would love to hit the European and American festivals. Always wanted to play to such a huge crowd and have a good laugh and such an amazing experience.

William: Full Force Fest.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Marco: Phil Anselmo

Mat: I’d love someone like randy Blythe to do something. I think he’s got such an aggressive voice him and Marco could do something incredible

Colum: To be honest, I'd just love to play with the lads here. Fucking love playing with the lads.

William: No preference to be honest. As long as that person has something to add in our song.

9. Whom not?

Marco: Any DJs

Mat: I Hate to do anything with someone that doesn’t have a passion for it. 

Colum: Anyone else to be honest. I'm happy where I am. Wouldn't mind a lesson off Chris Adler though.

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

Marco: Never had, I start playing when I was 13yo, I think if you comfortable with your bandmates and practice plenty it will boost your confidence on stage. 

Mat: I’ve anxiety anyway so it’s just another day for me. But I look across the stage to will. He gives a nod and I know I’m up there with friends and not alone so that helps.

Colum: I suffer from stage fright and anxiety all the fucking time. But knowing I have the other 4 lads relying on me helps me follow through and takes me up on that stage every time.

William: I played for years in bands when I was younger, and I never had. But I’ve started now. I think when I was younger, I didn’t care about anything else. No tip for beginners, it’s something very personal and you’ve got to learn how to deal with.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Marco: Mudvayne, Slipknot and Korn.

Mat: Pantera, Lamb of God, Sepultura. 

Colum: Lamb of God. ALL THE LAMB OF GOD. Also Parkway Drive, Inflames, Behemoth, Decapitated, Heart of a Coward, Slayer among many many others. 

William: For what we play… Lamb of God, Parkway Drive and In Flames.

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

Marco: A guy asked if he could pray for my soul

Mat: If my wife counts as a fan she asked me for a few hundred euro for heated tiles in the bathroom. But our bathroom wasn’t big enough to put down the tiles. So if you know anyone that needs heated tiles hit me up.

Colum: Ehm.....I'd rather not say.....

William: Never got one. In my first band back 15 years ago, a girl just walked in our backstage room and did a strip for us. She didn’t ask. She walked in, said her name and started doing it.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Colum: Fucking love my fans. If anyone is willing to listen to stuff I out out they are fucking amazing and I LOVE YOU ALL.

William: I think they’re great. The feedback we’re getting is unbelievable.

14. What do you think of our site?

Colum: Cool spot for people like ourselves to be heard 🤘

William: I think it’s really. The quality seems high standard. I didn’t have much to dig in more.

15. Something add?

Colum: Can't wait for our European Tour this April, 2020. Starting on 3rd of April in London and then hitting Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, 2 dates in Czech Republic and ending in Budapest. Finally, keep it loud and keep it heavy. 🤘🤘 Peace out, Mofuckas.

William: I hope you guys enjoyed our answers, We can’t wait to hit the road for our tour in April. Also, we can’t wait to share the stage with Coroner at the Clang Festival in Dublin. It’s going to be a very busy the first 6 months of this year. I hope to see you all in our tour.

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