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Interview with A Scar For The Wicked!

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Genre(s): Deathcore/Death Metal
Location: Perth, ON
PSAB: Where did the band name “A Scar for the Wicked” come from?ASFTW: Our
music is the Scar and the Wicked is you! The name really came from
nothing, our guitarist Joe Moon came up with it and we all found in
interesting and heavy. So, we stuck with it.

PSAB: Tell us about the song writing process for The Necrobutcher.

ASFTW: Well,
a few of the songs of this EP are actually kind of old because the
material was written by our guitarist Adam Semler and the lyrics written
by Joe. However, the material was just not suited for the drummer we
had at the time. It’s not that he wasn’t good; it just wasn’t suited for
his style of playing, so we sat on the tracks we had written.

As
things progressed in the band, he decided that it was a good time to
leave so when we acquired Nick Rodgers into the fold, we stepped
everything up a notch. We re-wrote drum parts for some old songs and
introduced him to the new ones. Nick, being a technical death metal
drummer, ate all our material up and turned it all into a mixture of
brutal blast beats and amazing rhythmic breakdowns. After “The
Necrobutcher”, “Silence Vile Temptress” and “Within the Rot” were in the
bag, we moved onto the “pretty song” “The Blood Ritual” which was also
written by Adam and Joe, but it took a little while to figure out the
arrangements and write the solos, but in the end, I think it’s safe to
say it’s one of ours and our fans favorite.

Now by this time the
studio had been booked and time was running thin for the 5th song for
the EP. So, one night Joe sat down and recorded “Surrounded by Giants”
and brought it to us, giving us a starting point for our 5th and final
song for the EP. After a few changes and a lot of practice, we put that
song in the bag and the EP was done and ready for studio.

PSAB: Where did the EP title come from?

ASFTW: Funny
thing is Joe’s little brother Garrett’s gamer tag on XBOX Live was The
Necrobutcher, and Joe always thought it would be an awesome song title.
So, “The Necrobutcher” being lyric-less at that point, Garrett and I sat
down and started writing, the end result being “The Necrobutcher”
written about a sadistic necromancer raising armies of the dead to tear
through the world, one soul at a time.

PSAB: What has the reaction been like to the new EP?

ASFTW: So
far the reaction has been really good, we’re getting lots of positive
feed back from our fans and have has some awesome reviews, such as yours
(thanks by the way).

We are also getting great feedback on the
lyric video we did for “Surrounded by Giants” and really can’t wait to
release some new video stuff in the works. We really hope everyone loves
it as much as they do the EP

PSAB: Who did you guys work with during production?

ASFTW: We
worked with Silver Wing Studios based out of Montreal, Ontario with Jee
Gagnon and Jean-Francois Leduc. Those guys are amazing people and very
talented at what they do. Their studio is great; incredibly laid back
and they are both very easy to work with and push you every step of the
way to make sure your doing the best possible performance every single
take.

I can honestly say I don’t think we will go to another
studio. The experience and the friendships we’ve made with Silver Wings
is definitely a long-term one. We plan on going back next year to do a
full length and can’t wait to work with them again, though we are always
working with them as they help us with promotion and the managerial
side of things. Jee also did all of our album artwork, which is
beautiful. So, we say to you, if you are in a band and are in the area
or even if you’re not, go check out Silver Wings Studio.

PSAB: For fans just checking you out now: What makes you guys unique in the death metal scene?

ASFTW: That’s
a pretty hard question considering it’s quite hard to be a unique metal
band when you have metal bands like Gwar and Dimmu Borgir, but if I had
to say something, I think our mixture of death metal/melodic death
metal and death-core is a good start. We try not to stick to one genre
or even label ourselves into one genre.

We like to think that
we’re just heavy metal band. Another factor to our unique sound would
probably be the fact we have 2 vocalists with a very large range between
the both, as you hear on the EP they can both pretty much do anything.
Maybe for the last thing, it may not be unique per say, but our stage
show is always super energetic and we always try to connect with the
crowd and make them a part of our performance.

PSAB: What do you think of Ottawa, ON’s current metal scene?

ASFTW: Well,
we think its pretty damn good, we got some great promoters always
working hard to bring big name acts to the city, and in turn, hiring the
locals like us to open these shows – giving us great opportunities to
play with some of our favorite bands and musicians, helping us build a
fan base in our hometown and connect with other locals.

There is a
lot of talent running through the veins of Ottawa in all different
genres and types. We love that Ottawa is home-base for us.

PSAB: Even though you guys just released the EP, when are we getting more music? We are very needy, you know.ASFTW: We
are in the writing process now and we are hoping that by spring next
year we’ll have the material we’re looking for to do a full length
record. So, hopefully next summer or a little earlier we can have a new
release. You never know, we may just go record a single for all of you
if you need something that bad, or maybe we’ll release a music video? We
have a lot of things in the works right now. So all I can say is soon!

PSAB: Any shout outs to give to readers, fans, promoters, etc?

ASFTW: Of
course man! Like I said before, the streets of Ottawa run rampant with
talented bands and promoters and we have had the pleasure to work beside
most of them. We’d like to give a shout out to Spectrasonic, Black
Widow Promotions, Rabbit Hole Productions, 457 The Edge, Jay Cross, Matt
Bonesaw and every other promoter we’ve had the pleasure of working
with! Keep up the good work! We appreciate the opportunities you guys
make for us, as fans and musicians.

To all the fans, we just want
to say thank you for all the support you’ve given us, we are fucking
stoked you guys like our EP and can’t wait to see what is ahead for us.

For all the new fans, we just want to say welcome to the wicked family!

To
the readers, if you’re into metal you should check out these bands from
the Ottawa and Montreal area: Fumigation, Deathrow Six, Volitile, My
Darkest Day, Accursed Spawn, The Thirteenth Floor, Endast, Skies
Beneath, Killitorous, Distorthead and Signs of Chaos!

Interview done by James Rockso, the host of Morning Metal.

 

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