Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. Lord Dying's Erik Olson
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:43:28
Metal! Today, we're going to Take Aim with Lord Dying's Erik Olson. Their new album Poisoned Altars is out now via Relapse [iTunes link]. Also, we will give them credit for having the BEST answer to the last question of this interview... EVER!
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Formed in 2010, Lord Dying come from Portland, Oregon, a place over abundant with purveyors of the heavy riff. After releasing a sold out 7" and a self-titled tour EP, Lord Dying quickly signed to Relapse Records and recorded their full-length debut with Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Yob, Rwake). With a heavy thrashing emphasis on doom and groove, Lord Dying delivered one of the most impressive metal debuts in a long time with Summon the Faithless in 2013. The band then immediately hit the road and toured throughout North American and Europe, sharing the stage with the likes of Down, Unsane, Red Fang, Yob, Valient Thorr, Floor, Ghost, Corrosion of Conformity, and Black Tusk. Along with appearances at renowned festivals like Roadburn, Phil Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest, Scion Rock Fest, Project Pabst and Stumpfest, the group quickly established themselves as a pummeling must-see live act.
If you were not doing music, you would be…
Hopefully making a living! There's no money in music! No, but seriously, I'm really happy that I've been given the opportunities that I have and have been able to tour all over the world. Looking forward to doing it all over again!
Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?
I enjoy going out to the forest and going on long hikes. I also love traveling. Just getting the hell out of town has always been something I've loved to do.
Pick ONE song on your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?
The lyrics to the songs on Poisoned Altars all have a central theme of wounds and sores because it represents what I saw of myself and what I felt that I showed to others of myself and what I'm willing to show. This brought an awareness whether conscious or unconscious about my addictions and pushed me to confront them and better myself in the long run. I've been in the throws of alcoholism and drug addiction for too long than I care to remember and after writing this album I forced myself to face these demons and have now been sober for over seven months and live a much healthier lifestyle.
Finish this sentence: Lord Dying is the artist that...
... Sounds like a wheelbarrow full of bricks being dropped from a 10 story building smashing your face.
Traveling! Wheelbarrows! Wounds and sores! We love Lord Dying for their realness.
Will you worship at the Poisoned Altars of Lord Dying?