Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Dying Vision

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Dying Vision.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

DYING VISION: Our sound falls under the extreme metal category (death, black, thrash, doom and grind metal genres). Having played in several bands before, we formed in 2012 to ultimately become a six-piece including a drummer, 2 guitars, bass, vocals and keyboards.

Following the production of our debut album ‘Univerself’, the band has been present in the UK live scene primarily in London and the Home Counties.

Now as a 5 piece, and following the release of our second album ‘The Death and its Slaughter’, we plan to continue gigging whilst writing for our third album which we expect to begin producing in 2023.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

DYING VISION: Starash: Musical influences include: early Metallica, Iron Maiden, Death Slayer and Emperor. Non-musical influences: the power of nature and the cosmos.

Richard: Music (bands) include Death, Strapping Young Lad, Devin Townsend, Vader, Kreator, Zeal and Ardor, Gojira, Hypocrisy, Entombed, Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, Slayer, Sep, Testament, Sepultura.

Literature sources – Such as HP Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Shakespeare also Philosophers like Carl Jung, Nietzsche, Alan Watts and Terrance McKenna.

Other Sources – Big Influences are Bill Hicks, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Joe Rogan, Jim Jefferies, Graham Hancock and Jordan Peterson.

Owen: Music (bands) include Rush, Cream, De Lirium’s Order, Cryptopsy, Hexen, Death, Opeth, Ouroborus, Cynic, Akercocke, Athiest, Pestilence, Martyr, Spawn of Possession and Abhorrent.

Bass guitar musician influences: Geddy Lee, Jack Bruce, Erlend Caspersen, Steve Di Giorgio, Jereon Paul Thesseling, Steve Cloutier, Eric Langois, Tony Choy, Victor Wooten, Evan Brewer, Geezer Butler, Anton Zhikharev and D.D Verni.

Literature that indirectly influences lyrics for the upcoming album: ‘Myth of Sisyphus’ by Albert Camus, ‘Beyond Good and Evil’ by Friedrich Nietzsche, various short stories by Issac Asimov, a few of Christopher Hitchens’ books (excluding the autobiographical ones) and ‘1984’ by George Orwell.

Cormac McCarthy’s gritty storytelling in ‘The Road’ and Clive Barker’s way of painting a horrific scene no doubt left their mark too. Read the scene where Frank is blinded in a corridor and what he looks upon as he regains sight at the beginning of ‘Hellbound Heart’. That was a masterclass in ‘less is more’ and leaving space for the imagination. The scene could not go into the film back then – no doubt because of what it described!

My latest source for gritty storytelling has been crime dramas set in Denmark or Sweden. ‘The Killing,’ ‘The Bridge,’ ‘Beck,’ ‘Wallander’ and ‘Trom.’

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

DYING VISION: Our latest release titled ‘The Death and its Slaughter’ consists of memorable melodic sections with dissonant textures. To bring an appreciable depth to the sound it was remarked upon by fans earlier this year that it took them more than one play-through to fully appreciate all that was going on in the arrangement.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

DYING VISION: Engaging and high energy performances backed up with high levels of musicianship to boot. We have enough material to completely change sets so you never know quite what you might get at one of our shows!

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

DYING VISION: Having finished the Metal 2 the Masses, Kent series of gigs which concluded with us playing in the final, our focus is writing new music and continuing to perform at live shows.

We expect to begin recording for the third album at the start of 2023.

Teasers for new songs and updates on status are being posted on Facebook and Instagram from the band pages.

You can listen to and purchase music from both albums at Bandcamp. You can also find our latest album on a growing list of streaming and purchase services.

Subsequent to that – let’s see…

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