Interview: Winds of Plague
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:36:10
Winds of Plague deliver another invasively infectious slab of heavy metal on Resistance. It's a tight and tough display of crushing riffs, orchestral keys, and pulverizing screams. It's also essential for any fan of the band...
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Winds of Plague main man Johnny Plague talks Resistance, horror, and so much more.
What was the approach to Resistance?
We put a lot more focus into the pre-production aspect than we usually do. We were way more prepared. Everything was a lot more coherent. We did pre-production and sat on the songs for a good amount of time. We got to revise them a handful of times before actually recording them. Everything came out a little more coherent that way. We hadn't really done that before. Usually, we were touring so heavily we were writing on the road. We'd be home for a month so we'd have to hurry up and write a record in that small amount of time and then get right back on the road. This time, we took the majority of the summer off and focused on writing and recording.
What's the story behind "Snake Eyes"?
That's a strange one. You know how people put on a fake façade like they're this super wholesome and nice person. Then, you get to know them, and they're someone completely different. The whole concept behind that is people show you one thing, and you get another. You take an angel's wings, but she's still an angel. You can take a demon out of hell, but he's still a demon. People are who they are. It was probably one of my favorite songs.
Is it important for you to paint pictures lyrically with the songs?
As a vocalist, I take pride in putting together songs and lyrics and doing memorable things people can relate to. A lot of bands are quick to just try to say the most outrageous thing. I think about it. I try to keep that part of the craft alive in this genre.
What song from the record speaks to you the most right now?
I really like "No Man Is My Master". It was a sleeper for me. It hits hard. I like the end breakdown, and the song came together really nice.
What else influences you?
The other half of my life is Halloween and horror-based. That's literally what I do four-to-six months out of the year. I'm working on things related to the haunt industry.
How are horror and metal connected?
Obviously, they cross paths a lot in movies and things. Any time there's a soundtrack to a horror movie, it's all metal bands. They're both on the darker side of life. I'm not too sure what the exact correlation is, but they do go hand-in-hand. Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare is proof of that.
What horror movies have you dug recently?
I liked Insidious 2 a lot. I saw it and immediately went into the maze.
If you were to compare your album to a movie, what would it be?
I don't know [Laughs]. Legion is the only one that pops into mind right away.
Have you heard Resistance?