Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with The Dark Horde.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
THE DARK HORDE: The Dark Horde is a collective of internationally recognized musicians, vocalists and actors from Melbourne, Australia. Together they have created “The Calling,” a concept album written and directed by Andrew ‘Brewin’ Drage, who is here today to answer your questions. “The Calling” is a musical narrative experience featuring a supernatural horror story set to an “eighties heavy metal” soundtrack. It is the prequel to Brewin’s award-winning horror novel “The Dark Horde,” set in south-eastern Australia in 1989. Music for the album was written and performed by Hanny Mohamed (Black Majesty) and Logan Jacobs, with the exception of two guest tracks by Chris Kane (Eye of the Enemy) and James Lowe respectively. Main vocals are performed by Danny Cecati (Wicked Smile, ex-Pegazus and Eyefear), with narration by Kevin J. Powe, demonic vocals by Shaun Farrugia (In Malice’s Wake), and acting appearances by Dexter Seamus, Jane Brewin and Andrew Carolane. Artwork is by Aldo ‘Valgorth’ Requena (Hammerblaze). Mixed by Ricardo Borges and mastered by Jens Bogren (both of Fascination Street Studios).
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
THE DARK HORDE: The original inspiration for the concept comes from Jeff Wayne’s musical version of “War of the Worlds,” whereby a story is set to a soundtrack complete with both spoken and sung parts from a variety of actors and singers. Musically the album, which is set in 1989, is influenced by the eighties heavy metal of that era – bands like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper – and the musical soundscapes of composers like John Carpenter and Giorgio Moroder. The writing itself, like the related horror novel, is inspired by the creative works of writers such as H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker and H.G. Well.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
THE DARK HORDE: If you’re into eighties heavy metal music and supernatural horror stories, then “The Calling” is a concept album I think you’ll enjoy. And critics agree – for instance Metal Temple scored it 100%, Metal-Rules 90% and Rock Hard Germany 80%.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
THE DARK HORDE: Primarily this is a studio project. That said there are plans afoot to stage a live performance in 2022 and record a video for this as well, which promises to be a unique experience for all concerned.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
THE DARK HORDE: I’m primarily a writer of books and games myself, and am always working on different projects in various stages of completion – this includes future books and possibly albums and games connected with the story of The Dark Horde, but it is hard to say yet when and what order these are liable to be released. The future is open!