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"You bring everything into the pot, stir it all up, and it's yours," says 4ARM vocalist Danny Tomb.
That's the Australian sensation's take on thrash encapsulated in their standout third album Submission for Liberty. It's a focused, fiery, and face-ripping collection that instantly explodes on impact, merging mind-blowing guitars and the singer's gruff delivery. Thrash hasn't sounded this vicious since the '80s. At the same time, 4ARM feel decidedly fresh. They infuse their own sense of groove and hooks, making for the perfect 21st century thrash.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, 4ARM singer Danny Tomb talks Submission for Liberty and more.
Did you approach Submission for Liberty with one vision or vibe in mind?
We were very conscious of the fact that Submission for Liberty needed to sound like an album and not just a bunch of songs trying to make up an album. When we approached it, it was prominent that we needed to do that. We wanted that flow. There are themes across the record as well, and we wanted each song to feel like it fit.
What was the theme?
It's very anti-institution and anti-government, I suppose you could say. Coming from Australia where there are so many rules, it's almost like you need a license to live out there. You've got to pay for that. Everything has to do with money and ripping people off. There's oppression. You get to a point where you're like, "Enough is enough". It's almost like a call-to-arms. It isn't going to change unless you stand up and change it.
You've got to stand up for your rights.
So many people don't. As Australians, we never do. The government will make a decision and everyone will go around saying, "Oh well, what can you do? That's how it is!" Where's the unity, man? If you all get together and say, "Look dude, you can't do that," then they won't do it.
What's the story behind "While I Lie Awake"?
It's actually one of my favorites off the album. It's a very similar theme. It has more to do with while everyone else is a sheep and going along with whatever they're told to do, I'm the one who's awake and sees what's going on and I'll refuse to live like that. That's the approach of that particular song.
Where did "Blood of Martyrs" come from?
It's a song about dying for what you believe. You're a martyr for whatever cause you stand up for. If you're persecuted or ripped apart for it, so be it. At least have the balls to stand up for what you believe in.
Is it important for you to paint pictures with the lyrics?
I believe in being pretty abrupt with things. To me, there's no point with beating around the bush with anything. If you've got something to say, say it. Say what you mean, and mean what you say. That's the approach I take when I write lyrics. It's usually very direct. I suppose it can be insulting at times, but it is what it is. I'm not going to bullshit around and make some kind of false story saying everything's okay when it isn't.
If you were to compare your album to a movie or a combination of movies, what would you compare it to?
That's a great question! It'd be something hectic and angry. I'm not too sure to be honest. Maybe it'd be something as aggressive as Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger where he's just ripping shit apart all over the place? I like the aggression. I'll stick with that one [Laughs].
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