EMQ’s With ANTHEMS OF GOMORRAH
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Melodic Black/ Death Metal project, Anthems Of Gomorrah. Huge thanks to them 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?
We are Anthems of Gomorrah. We play Black/Death Metal with a melodic sound. The band first started in the early 2000’s but split in 2012 before reactivating in 2022.
How did you come up with your band name?
It represents a parallel between modern society and that of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, destroyed by God for their vanity, excess, hedonism and sin.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from the Tampa Bay area in Florida. The metal scene here is thriving and it has decades of very important history
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our third album, “Aelvica II” will be released on August 15th. It’s our most dynamic work yet. We are very proud of it.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Musically? Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Belphegor, Zyklon, Limbonic Art, countless OSDM bands and black metal bands.
Non-musically? History, cultures, literature, fantasy etc…
What first got you into music?
The first time I heard Van Halen play a guitar solo, that was where it all started with music. For extreme metal, I discovered that in middle school. There was no looking back after that.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
We would love to work with Erik Rutan or anyone from Morbid Angel. MA is a huge influence for both of us.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken, without a doubt. Most amazing Metal festival in the world.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Never received any gifts.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to pursue your passions.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Peter Steele. I miss Type O Negative so much.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy the freedom of creativity the most. What I hate about it is how an audience will base their expectations or opinion of your music based on someone or something else they have heard before. Every band has its own sound.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Artists deserve to be taken care of. Labels have killed the music industry and musicians are screwed over by them every day.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“In Abhorrence Dementia” by Limbonic Art.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
It really depends on your preference. People support physical format because it’s something that can accrue value. Others support digital because it’s convenient and not obsolete. There are countless arguments you could make for each side. I support digital because of the convenience but also because it’s easier for artists to release music on their own.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I haven’t played any shows since I was a teenager.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably a writer, maybe a teacher.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Tomas Haake, David Vincent, Ihsahn, Henri Sorvali and Devin Townsend
What’s next for the band?
We are hard at work on several different projects. Some will release later this year, and some will release in 2023. Our third album “Aelvica II” releases in August and the Debasement record will release in September.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
You can follow us on Facebook, BandCamp, Instagram and my personal SoundCloud where I post solo material and clips from upcoming tracks.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I’m going to say biscuit because I believe ‘biscuit’ is the UK equivalent of US ‘cookie’ and those things definitely look like cookies to me.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for this interview! Please continue to follow us. We have a lot of music to share and look forward to doing so with you all.
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