Band name: Death Requisite
Located: Florida USA
Vocals: Vincent Saint James
1st guitar: Dave Requisite
2nd guitar: Joseph Ov Moria
Drums: Sir William Lee
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How have fans responded to your records Prophets of Doom and Second Death?
We self-released Prophets of Doom in August 2011; that gave us some local credibility and provided us with some opportunities with people of influence in the areas surrounding our hometown. In some ways it’s a little darker and doomier, and for some it’s their favourite. We were just learning how to achieve some of our musical goals at the time; so we were confident we could do better when we released Second Death in 2013. We were much more intentional and took everything to the next level (bigger, bolder, faster, harder), so it was not a surprise when it became more popular almost immediately. This opened up a lot more opportunity for us, including the attention of some record labels. It’s our most popular release so far, and it will be interesting to see how it holds up when “Revisitation” comes out this fall on Rottweiler Records.
What other bands influence your style of music?
We will try anyone who writes and performs metal of any kind. No one and nothing is off limits. We also like epic movie sound tracks, and classical music; the more dramatic the better. Favourites from all categories include: Fleshgod Apocalype, Epica, SepticFlesh, Hope for the Dying, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Lang Lang (classical pianist).
What is your favourite concert memory?
A recent fond memory comes from a venue called Kelly’s Live (owned & operated by Kelly – Atheist vocalist). We’ve played there a few times and had some good times. During our most recent performance, there were power issues and some of our components (including the digital symphony) were losing their electricity; as was the house speakers. This happened a few times during the first few songs. Some might be inclined to complain or even quit; but it’s all about attitude and how you choose to respond. We were back by request, and a good lot of people were anxious to rock with us, so we just kept going whenever the power and sound dropped out. The response from the audience was awesome and overwhelming. Each time the problem occurred, many of them would rush the stage simultaneously, as if to be closer to the remaining sound source, cheering even louder with their hands reaching up to us. I know it was a troublesome experience for Kelly and his staff, and we felt for them, but it made for a unique bonding experience between us and the fans present. It was all anyone wanted to talk about for the rest of the weekend.
What brand instruments do you use?
Dave uses ESP/LTD guitars, Marshall cabs, and Digitech effects. Joseph uses mostly the same system, but uses Ibanez guitars primarily. William performs on Tama drums, we use Kontact and EastWest for the virtual instruments, and so far the bassist has no loyalties, lol.
What’s the craziest fan story you have?
I don’t know; nothing that crazy has happened to us yet.
What’s your favourite song to perform?
Currently, Ineluctable Castigation – it’ll be on the next release, and it’s full of energy and dynamics making fun to play and listen to; we always enjoy performing it and get great responses from the crowds.
Where do you see your band sound in the future, are you looking for a similar sound or are you going to go in a different direction?
Both. There are elements we intend to keep, like the big symphonies and the melodic death metal riffs, and there are some new things we would like to try. We have already been questioned about why “Revisitation” sounds different from the last two releases; to which we say that we don’t want to make the same record over and over. Then we ask: “do you still like it?” and so far, everyone says yes. That’s the type of band we want to be: fresh, not repetitious, and always pleasing the metal fans.
If you could have any band perform some of your songs, which would it be and would it be in your style or theirs?
As we are yet to be a big deal, I would be happy to hear anyone cover any of our music, in any style they wish. As the saying goes: imitation is the highest form of flattery. However, it would be quite a challenge to recreate the virtual symphonies. I spent hours and hours making those, so they’d better be ready for the same.
As we are promoting your band, is there anything coming up like album launches or tour dates you would like us to promote on our site for you?
I know I referenced it a few times in this interview; and we do have a new album entitled “Revisitation” coming out this fall on Rottweiler Records. Currently, we are giving away a free track from that release, available at deathrequisite.com. We also have new merch going up on deathrequisite.bandcamp.com; and we have one more mini tour planned for September, centered around Pit Fest (9/10) for those living near Indiana.