Interviews: Termination Force

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Power Metal/Thrash Metal band, Termination Force from the UK. 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?

When I started writing stuff for this new project, I was listening to a lot of US Power Metal. The track Termination Force on the amazing Refuge Denied album by Sanctuary sounded so cool, and I'd never seen it used anywhere else. It's not unheard of for bands to use track names from influential albums to name their own band after, and I guess it's our little tribute to an underappreciated class act. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

For a long time, I've played in fast metal bands, and wanted to have a band where the focus was less on speed and aggression and more on melody and catchy hooks without compromising the metal or diluting it. There's a certain sound that's associated with thrash metal mixed with actual singing that you rarely hear these days so wanted something to stand out.

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

Yeah, we've all been friends for years and played in the same bands and with each other's respective bands over the last decade or so. It was quite natural and everyone seemed up for giving it a go! In our local scene, everyone knows each other to some capacity so it's quite close-knit.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Jamie - I don't generally have favorites but the bands I find going back to often are the likes of Megadeth and Razor. I'm more excited about newer bands, like Riot City and Hell Freezes Over.

Neil - Death, Genesis, Forbidden, King Diamond, Marillion

Rich - Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Dio, and Deep Purple

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Nothing, in particular, I might come up with a single riff that sounds like a verse or chorus and builds on from there. Using a home recording set up makes it easy to construct songs and makeup demos that are "work in progress", so we can bounce them around and get new ideas to flesh out the songs. But the main focus is basically writing the kind of metal we would listen to.

6. Where was your last gig?

At present we've only played one gig earlier this year, just before we began recording the EP. It was in Portsmouth, which is in the same county of Hampshire where are based. We opened for Tailgunner and Hanowar (Manowar tribute band). 

7. Where would you like to act?

In other bands, we've all played in Europe a lot which is where we would like to aim for beyond the UK. The treatment of bands and appreciation for our efforts is much better than what we are used to in the UK some of the time, and its always exciting visiting a new town or city when you've got a heavy metal reason to be there.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Any of the local and upcoming bands. There's a fertile scene of awesome bands which pulse through the underground, and big tours and buy ons wash over these acts and they rarely get to showcase their talents to a captive audience.

9. Whom not?

Any false metal! Haha. No, seriously, we're a metal band and wanna play for metal fans.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Jamie - I have not, but there have definitely been times when playing bigger shows where the nerves are setting in, but after a couple of beers and the first note it kind of melts away and you can really enjoy it. For any beginners out there I'd say fuck it, you're the one on stage just go for it and enjoy it!

Rich - Not really but I definitely get a bit nervous before gigs, an excited kinda nervous though!

Neil - I've only had full-on stage fright once. That was when I was filling in for Toldeo Steel's drummer for a festival in Spain. Otherwise, I just get stage impatience and can't wait to get up on stage when the lights go down.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

For this band, there's definitely a huge influence from bands like Metal Church, Savatage, and Hallows Eve. Those bands capture the heaviness of thrash but refined it with catchy hooks and charismatic vocals.

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

In another band, a guy asked me to sign an orange for him, at a gig in France. That's pretty weird!

13. What do you think of your fans?

Heavy metal fans are the greatest. The support we've had from all over the world so far has been amazing, we're getting orders from everywhere and requests to sign the CDs too, and we've only played one local show!

14. What do you think of our site?

Sites such as yours are crucial to the survival of small bands. You help spread the word and works of awesome music, and it's great that Breathing The Core cover a wide variety of subgenres, which will help with our reach. Cheers! 

15. Something to add?

Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoyed reading this. FUCKING SLAYER!!!

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