THE LOOM OF TIME
Bradley Delforce – Bass guitar
Matthew J. Ratcliffe – Guitars, Vocals
Steven Reid - Drums
RECORD LABEL: ATMF (http://www.atmf.net/)
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HOW DO YOUR FANS DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
You know those Rorschach ink blot tests where people kind of see what they want to see? Our music tends to provoke such a wide range of descriptions, from “mainly thrash” to “melodeath” to “progressive”, even “metalcore” from one guy – that I think people tend to “hear what they want to hear”, y'know? A fair few people have made comparisons to Immortal, Cathedral – even Danzig and Nick Cave!
WHAT’S YOUR CRAZIEST FAN STORY?
We've only played a handful of shows so far, and haven't had much opportunity for craziness, but I do remember this one really drunk punter at The Valve Bar who decided it would be cool to come up and pour beer into my mouth mid-song. Nothing like a little extra challenge!
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE MOMENT WITH YOUR FANS?
We played a memorable gig in Canberra, when in the room next door to the stage was a hens night, so as you can imagine, invariably a giant inflatable phallus is going to make it's way into the crowd. I think it even made it's way on stage for one of the bands!
IF YOU COULD PICK ANY MUSIC FESTIVAL TO PERFORM AT ( IN THE WORLD), WHAT MUSIC FESTIVAL WOULD YOU PICK AND WHY?
I mean, Wacken's the Holy Grail, right? Probably just because I've never been, and quite a few defunct bands have even reformed just for those festival dates makes it pretty special. I reckon Bloodstock over in the UK would be worth the trip too – and I was born over there, so it'd be nice to return.
WHAT BANDS INFLUENCED YOUR STYLE OF MUSIC?
Definitely Behemoth, Marduk, Immortal, Candlemass, Thyrfing and In Flames, but if you listen closely you'll also hear Cynic, Mastodon, Absu, Opeth, Angel Witch and, well, other stuff too!
WHAT BRAND INSTRUMENTS DO YOU USE?
On NihilReich we used Premier, Blackstar, Ibanez, PRS, Fender and Markbass, and that's pretty much what we gig with too.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE CONCERT MEMORY?
When I was in high school we made the pilgrimage to a metal festival in Canberra called “Metal for the Brain” in the early 2000's. Man, I discovered so many great bands at that festival. I think that's probably where I picked up my first metal vinyl records too, kicking off my love for that format as well.
HOW DID YOUR BAND FORM? AND HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC YOU WERE GOING TO PLAY?
Well, I moved out to the middle of nowhere, NSW, for work and tried joining a few local bands, but none of them worked out. Thankfully it put me in touch with a bunch of local musos, though, so when I got fed up of trying to join a band I decided I'd just start a new one. So I wrote an EP (which got longer and longer by the time we recorded it) and started seeing if any of the people I had met out here were willing to join me, and that's how Brad and Steven came on board.
As far as choosing a style, I did what everyone does, I guess, and just tried to amalgamate my influences into something I'd enjoy playing live – and because I knew I wanted to play it live, I concentrated on the genres that lend themselves to a high energy performance.
HAVE YOU CHANGED ANY MEMBER’S SCINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
On our little EP “Admirable, O Daedalus, Your Son” (which you can find on our bandcamp) we had a guy named Heath Burkill who played for local guys Evocatus on board as well as a guest vocalist Jason Hendriks, and we've had two guitarists, James from Blade of Horus and Vaughn from Evocatus, rotating in the line-up for our live shows, but apart from that, it's been Brad, Steven and I.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE MISTAKES DURING YOUR PERFORMANCE?
It's kind of a democracy – like with four of us on stage, if three of us are playing one thing (wrong or otherwise), then the other guy has to adjust, so, yeah, sometimes the song structures have changed unintentionally during our set, but we just roll with it and keep pushing on.
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 plan for progression. There's certain core elements of our sound that will remain, like the non-repetitive song structures, or the genres we include in our genre pool, but our next record is going to plumb a little deeper into those genres and the songs will be a bit more “musical” rather than... rifftastic? You can expect a more varied sound in future, but we won't be abandoning anything, just expanding.
WHERE CAN YOUR FANS BUY YOUR MERCH /MUSIC?
Naturally at our shows, but also bandcamp or ATMF's website.
DO YOU HAVE ANY UP COMING TOUR DATES?
Yep, but they haven't been announced yet, so keep an eye on our facebook over this next month for the details!