Rob Brens: Drums

Ben Boyle: Guitars, Vocals

Jim Luxford: Bass

Sam Dillon: Vocals

Nick Rackham: Guitars, Vocals


GENRE: Death Metal









What’s your craziest fan story?

Strangely enough most of our fans seem to very level headed. Apart from the usual dismissal of personal safety at shows. I’ve seen more than a few people in the front row inadvertently deliver an impact to themselves on a railing or something that would have floored me and then keep going like nothing had happened.


What’s your favourite moment with your fans?

The best moments with fans for me are always the ones where the music we are playing is so obviously being enjoyed or when someone says that listening to it helps get them through the day. Just being a positive part of someone’s life through what we love to do is a great thing for me.


What bands influenced your style of music?

Way, way too many to mention here. All of us have a very broad range of influences from almost every genre you could name but some of the major ones that have contributed to the development of Hadal Maw specifically are Gojira, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth, Damaged, Deathspell Omega, Decapitated, Psycroptic etc…


Have you changed any member’s science you first started?

Yes. We parted ways with our original vocalist around 2 years ago. Our search for a new vocalist saw a number of people join and then depart after a few months for a variety of reasons like injury or just being unable to provide the necessary level of commitment and time. When our current vocalist Sam joined up we had almost given up hope. But he proved very quickly that he was a great match.


How do you handle mistakes during your performance?

Haha in a lot of ways you just don’t handle them. They happen. You try to minimise the possibility of them happening in the first place with practice but when they do you just push on. You don’t make a face or swear or get pissy. Just get back on it. Most of the time they are nowhere near as disastrous as they seem at the time anyway.


How did you come up with your band name and logo?

The name took me months to come up with back when I was just trying to put together a studio project. I had a general idea of the big sound and high aggression I wanted the project to have so I just thought of words and phrases that embodied those elements. One of the earliest I considered was “Wire Giant” in reference to the big sound and the thick strings I was using to get it. Eventually I settled on Hadal; The hadal zone (named after the Greek god, Hades, god of the Underworld), is the delineation for the deepest trenches in the ocean.

Maw; the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kindHadal; The hadal zone (named after the Greek god, Hades, god of the Underworld), is the delineation for the deepest trenches in the ocean.

Maw; the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kindHadal: referring to the deepest trenches of the ocean and named for their closeness to the mythical Greek underworld and Maw: an animal’s gullet or a voracious Maw; the symbolic or theoretical center of a voracious hunger or appetite of any kindhunger. The logo just came from playing around with pen on paper while keeping it more readable than a bunch of spikey twigs. Our symbol is just an embellished joining of the initials H and M.

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?

I have no idea. I know I always want to retain a big sound and a high level of aggression but conveying the atmosphere we want requires more inventiveness the further we go. We find ourselves constantly developing and experimenting and are yet to explore the majority of writing methods available to us so who knows where it will lead? In light of all this there is the fact that we can only write what feels right at the time and that often takes an unpredicted form.



What challenges have you over come as a band?

Finding a new vocalist was definitely the biggest so far. Other than that it is just the constant strains that come with the territory: Being away from (our irrationally yet amazingly supportive) partners and families, constant money problems and maintaining the massive amount of energy and creative output required. There is always a challenge on the go. When we finish one we start another.


Tell us a random fact about yourself that fans don’t know?

It is widely held that I have the boniest and weirdest feet anyone has seen. There seem to be more than a few extra bones in there. Was that random enough?


What is the most unusual spot you’ve played a gig?

Given that we all had a lot of live experience before Hadal Maw was formed we have managed to keep unusual gig locations to a minimum so far. There was a show in Toowoomba that ended up being unusual. The stage was under an awning outside and a serious storm broke the guttering half way through the night. Water started pouring all over the gear on stage and flooded the wiring underneath.


Who writes the music in your band or do you all write it together?

The first album was mostly written before I had gathered members for the band with Rob later rewriting his own drums in to it and our first vocalist Aaron writing the vocals. With our new album “Olm” the foundations of the songs were written roughly equally by either me or Ben before major development during the rest of the process.


Could you briefly describe your music making process?

Personally I will hear a song or section or even just an atmosphere in my head then write guitars, bass and drums to try and get a grip on the song as it would be played by a full band. Usually this involves sitting in front of a computer with a guitar and a lot of experimentation. When it is almost whole the drums are removed and Rob writes his own. At the same time we refine and restructure as he writes until it is ready to be demoed for vocal sessions. Then pretty much anything can happen in the studio.


Do you ever change your lyrics during live set?

I don’t think Sam ever changes lyrics but he plays with inflections and tones a lot.

What subjects do you sign about in your music?

Sam writes all the lyrics but as I understand them they are broadly about the selfishness of man and the effect that has on the greater world. How we blind ourselves and encourage that blindness in others, distort our reality to please our egos and destroy everything else in the process.



If you could have any band, performing your songs, which would it be and would it be in your style or theirs?

Ween in whatever style they like or maybe Johnny Cash in his own style. That would be interesting. And I’d like to see a bunch of people Square Dance to it with big smiles on their faces.


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?

Thanks that would be great. We are about to release our second album “Olm” and kick off the launch tour on Feb 3rd:

We have also just released 2 film clips from the new album

“Simian Plague”


The Olm


The album is available from



and www.hadalmaw.bandcamp.com once released or at live shows