EMQ’s with THE RISEN DREAD
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dublin based Metal band The Risen Dread! Huge thanks to guitarist William Ribeiro and drummer Colum Cleary for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
William: My name is William, I’m the guitarist of the band The Risen Dread. The band started in 2018 when Colum Cleary found me lost somewhere in Dublin haha. That’s when it all started for me. We struggled a bit to find people who would fit in with our ideas and how we want to sound.
We’ve just released our EP on the 27th September. The art was created by Marcelo Vascos, the same artist who has done the latest Slayer album arts, alongside his works for Kreator and HateBreed among others.
Colum: I’m Colum. I hit things. Was it 2018? Oh shit yeah. Fucking February 2018. Originally for a Chester Bennington tribute gig! That gig did not happen. The band did.
How did you come up with your band name?
William: I’ll leave this with Colum as he was the mastermind behind it.
Colum: Well basically, we argued for a long time over what to call ourselves and we eventually settled on ‘The Risen Dread’. The idea behind which was to encapsulate the feeling of the existential dread that rises within. That risen dread!
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
William: I’m Brazilian and have been living in Ireland for about 5 years. I can talk about the metal scene in both countries, but I’ll focus on the Brazilian scene, leaving the Irish for Colum. I think most of the Brazilian bands have lost their identity a bit. If you remove the big ones like Krisiun, Sepultura and Angra… most of the bands in the underground scene try to play whatever is in the mainstream now.
Colum: I’m Irish. Dublin born and bred! Been living here my whole life. As for the metal scene here, in my opinion it is heavily populated but in need of a fresh perspective and possibly a new direction as it is kinda in the same rut just cycling through. There are a few stand outs however like ‘Warpath’.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
William: EP “Delusions” which was released on 27th Sept 2019 and ‘Revelations’ Lyric Video which was released on 22nd Sept 2019
Colum: Yeah. Them.
Who have been your greatest influences?
William: as a guitarist I’d say Kiko Loureiro, he’s not the greatest in the world. But, I like the fact that he also plays classic guitar.
Colum: Ah I have too many but mainly Chris Adler (Lamb of God) and Moe Carlson (Ex-Protest the Hero)
What first got you into music?
William: Family, I always had cousins who play acoustic guitar.
Colum: Family. I come from a very musical one.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
William: It’s hard to tell, there’re too many good bands out there. I’d still stick with The Risen Dread. As much as I like other bands, The Risen Dread is something that I’ve been in since the beginning.
Colum: Yeah, I dunno. I’d like to get lessons off a good few musicians and train and practice with them but collaborate? Nah I’m good with the lads.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
William: There’re some good festivals, I’d say Full Force Fest.
Colum: Graspop. Wacken is tempting and all but Graspop is my own go to festival, been there three times.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
William: I have never gotten a gift from a fan. But in my first band back 15 years ago, a girl walked into our backstage room and stripped for us. She came out of nowhere.
Colum: Lucky bastard. I ain’t got anything. No one loves me…
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
William: Enjoy our EP and there are still more cool things to come soon.
Colum: We’re only beginning. It’s all still to come. Enjoy the taster as the next thing we have in the pipeline is on a whole other level.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
William: Dio, I’m a big fan of the classics.
Colum: Can I make a band outta dead folks…please?
Keith Moon – Drums
Jeff Hanneman – Guitar
Dimebag Daryl – Guitar
Paul Gray – Bass
Mitch Lucker – Vocals
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
William: The fact you get to create something you feel proud about it. Something that you own and doesn’t matter what others think of it, as long as you like it. What I hate? The recording process, it’s usually tiring and stressful.
Colum: Getting to be a creative soul and just unleash on a kit in the room with the lads and on stage. It’s just a rush. Mainly, I detest that I’m a perfectionist. I’m known as the band cunt cause I’m always the one who’s blunt and just points out song issues and mistakes.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
William: I think sometimes it’s too closed. It’s hard to get in. Even the underground scene! Promoters like working with the same bands all the time, either because they like them or because they’re their mates.
Colum: Yeah, to be honest the death of the lifestyle really. Gone are the days of just being a musician and doing your thing. It’s all about being a business man now too. Can we go back to those days?
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
William: “Imaginations From The Other Side” by Blind Guardian, I know Colum may be thinking “for fuck sake William” hahaha.
Colum: Oh, so you like power metal now eh? To be fair the title track of that album is pretty good. I’m more set in my ways: “VII: Sturm und Drang” by Lamb of God or “Fortress” by Protest the Hero.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Colum: CD’s. Those physical copies!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
William: I played in the Metal festival 15 years ago for more than 1K people, that was my first time on a big stage.
Colum: Eh…can I refrain from this question…A school hall with like 300 people back like 11/12 years ago.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
William: I don’t know. Perhaps, just an ordinary guy who loves music in general!
Colum: Currently, studying 3D Modelling and VFX. So maybe something associated with that?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
William: My wife, Marco Feltrin, Colum Cleary and Mat Maher. I’d rather being with people who are close to me.
Colum: I know five people?
William: yeah, he knows 5 people. But they don’t like him hahaha!
What’s next for the band?
William: We’ve just released our EP, so we want to gig as much as we can, we’ll probably get a video clip out this year and release something next year. Single, or EP, or a Full album! We don’t know that yet.
Colum: Gigs. All the gigs!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
William: We use all social media, just started Twitter. Our EP is available in all streaming platforms. Here’s the links.
Colum: Them ^^^
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
William: Biscuit 😊
Colum: A biscake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
William: I’d like to thank you Rick and Ever Metal for opening this space to introduce The Risen Dread.
We’re a very new band trying to be as much professional as we can. Working heard. We hope to hit UK very soon.
Colum: First, we gig. Then WORLD DOMINATION.
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