Shadows Of Violence

  • Shadows Of Violence
  • 2019-05-09

‘Pure metal’ band Shadows Of Violence claim to be rallying the voiceless to fight for change as the instruments of revolution. We caught up with them to find out more about their most recent release ‘Who Am I’ and forthcoming EP.

We like to coin the phrase ‘pure metal’ because we take influences from so many different genres and sub-genres that we find it hard to accurately describe it.

First up, tell us bit about yourselves - who are Shadows of Violence, and what were you doing before making music together?
Shadows of Violence comprises of Martin Haigh who is one of the original members of the band. SoV was formed while Martin was in college, who was learning guitar at the time so he has been devoted to this for a long time. Along with Martin, Michael Burrows is the other original member of the band, playing the drums who was also in college when starting the band.

Next is George Watts who started on bass in SoV but now plays guitar. George joined us while he was still in high school so for Martin, Michael and George SoV is all they’ve known. Our next member is Chris Moules who joined us after a long tenure in a well-known Yorkshire-based band. He is a seasoned veteran in the Yorkshire metal scene.

Finally, our new recruit Tim Gidman who has been with us for just under a year. He is a music enthusiast through and through and SoV is his first venture into performing the music scene.

Who did you take inspiration from?
SoV is truly a broad-church of musical styles both in and out of Metal. Our main inspirations come from the likes of Machine Head, Slipknot, Slayer, Metallica, etc.

Why the name ‘Shadows of Violence’? What do you stand for?
‘Shadows of Violence’ describes how society acts every day. How it is moulded by our violent history and how it divides people by those who want peace, those who want violence and those who turn a blind eye. We are all shadows of violence in some form.

How would you describe your musical style?
We like to coin the phrase ‘pure metal’ because we take influences from so many different genres and sub-genres that we find it hard to accurately describe it.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you love to work with?
I think you’ll get a completely different response from each member! I’d love to work with someone outside the box. I think collaborating with a band like Apocalyptica would be awesome.

Your most recent single was ‘Who Am I’. When did you write it and where did you record it?
We wrote ‘Who Am I’ a little under two years ago. It was recorded at Harwood Records in Wakefield.

How does ‘Who Am I’ build on your style?
‘Who Am I’ has really become a cornerstone of our style. It is high energy, fast paced and provides space for the crowd to really get into the music.

What kind of reception did ‘Who Am I’ get?
It’s been received really well! It’s even been reviewed as a “pit opening slammer”! and the crowds always seem to get behind it.

You’ve got an EP out in June. What can we expect from that?
A riot! Our new EP Revolt is eloquently composed and brutally executed. It’s not called Revolt for hell of it - an expression of the anger and frustration society has about so many things and it can even be about anything to anyone. We hope we are playing what other people are thinking.

What are your other plans for 2019, can we expect more releases and/or a tour?
So far, we’ve released two tracks from Revolt so I don’t think you’ll be seeing any more releases in 2019 but we will be gigging extensively to spread our battle cries. We are currently working on setting up a tour in the summer so keep an eye out for that!

Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
The sex doll wearing your merch was funny, but she won’t last long enough to make it worth your money - hahaha!

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