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Interviews: Burned In Effigy


We have had the opportunity to interview the Metal band Burned In Effigy 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? 

Burned in Effigy was the working title of a song by one of our founding members, and it honestly just felt like a great band name. It was a phrase that had meaning and weight, and inspired us to write music that fit the name.

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

We’re all fans of it. We wanted to play this genre because it’s challenging, while still remaining musically accessible. We want to make music that we would want to listen to, and we love the perfect marriage of classical music and heavy metal.

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

Kind of. The founding members all knew each other tangentially. We were really just brought together by the idea of forming a band with musicians that had similar interests. Each member had experience in other projects, and we found each other as a result and decided to make music together.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Our drummer Eddie’s favorite band is Rush, our bassist Matt’s favorite band is Opeth, our guitarist Mike’s favorite band is Job for a Cowboy, our other guitarist Steve’s favorite band is Necrophagist, and our vocalist Smedy’s favorite band is At the Gates. 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

We’re really inspired by each other. We draw out the best in each other and challenge ourselves. We’re also lucky to have family and friends that support what we do and enjoy seeing us perform.

6. Where was your last gig? 

Our last gig was at the Wire in Berwyn, IL before the pandemic. Unfortunately, that venue shut down permanently, which was a huge emotional blow to us, since we had played some of our favorite shows there.

7. Where would you like to act? 

We would love to play at some of the bigger venues in our city, but more so all over the world. It’s overwhelming thinking of all the possibilities.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

Unfortunately, a lot of our heroes that we would’ve loved to tour or feature with have passed. However, we would love to have a guitarist like Brandon Ellis or Ryan Knight lay a solo down or have a vocalist like Trevor Strnad or Randy Blythe do a vocal feature on one of our tracks.

9. Whom not? 

Probably Kid Rock most of all.

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

We all do from time to time. Sometimes large crowds are overwhelming, but just play how you practiced and try to get into the performance as much as possible. The hardest part is getting out there and starting the show, and the second hardest part is ending the show. The time in-between is where you enjoy it.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

As a band, we’re really influenced by bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, the Human Abstract, At the Gates, Between the Buried and Me, and Arsis. We try to draw influences from a wide range of music, but mainly progressive and melodic death metal and classical music.

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

We haven’t been asked for anything weird per se, but we are still pretty surprised, though grateful, when someone here or there asks for an autograph, picture, or broken drum sticks.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

We appreciate each and every one of our supporters. We’ve had people stick with us throughout our development and we work hard to keep impressing them. It’s taken us a long time to make sure we have recordings that do the music justice, and we’ll keep trying to up ourselves on future releases.

14. What do you think of our site?

We think it’s great! It has a really great layout and we love the articles you post. We enjoyed the in- depth track-by-track with the Dark Horde; it was really in-depth and illustrative.

15. Something to add?

We hope everyone enjoys our debut album, Rex Mortem, when it comes out on January 28 on all major streaming services. We’ve worked really hard to give our fans the best experience possible. Please follow us on social media so you can stay up-to-date on new music, content, shows, and merch!

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