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WMSC Lich King Interview
In this interview "Japan Nick" Perkel discussed with Lich King's Singer Tom Martin how the 4th Lich King album Born of the Bomb is developing, the Van Tour Lich King engaged in with words of appearing in Canada, Japanese distribution of their album, working with Mantic Ritual’s Ben Mottsman and Jeff Potts and more. This interview was recorded January 15th 2012 and aired on WMSC 90.3's Japan Nick''s Rock and Metal Pandemonium on January 20th 2012. Lich King is a Crossover Thrash Metal band from Amherst Massachusetts, in the USA.
This is the WMSC Interview of Lich King Singer Tom Martin By Nick Perkel
I noticed you are working on your fourth album Born of the Bomb and got to hear the demos of Wage Slave and Combat Mosh. How are these songs developing?
The songs are done, we still have a lot of sections to rewrite, now and then when you write a song, you realize that you have accidentally ripped something off. I write the songs and Brian and everybody gives a listen to them and they give their opinions. Sometimes they point out that a riff is exactly like some other song which happens a lot more often than you would think. This time I ripped myself off, one of the songs, I think it was called Axe Cop based on the web comic. Someone pointed out that a riff is exactly like the riff I did in Combat Mosh and they played both back to back and it was really embarrassing, I ripped myself off. The songs are just about done, but there’s just a lot of comb me eat to get all the gnarles out of the hair. What a weird way to put that.
So what would you say you are ripping off more, recent stuff, or World Gone Dead and Toxic Zombie Onslaught stuff?
I would say I am ripping myself off more recently, you know the end of the writing of World Gone Dead, that is the place I am right now, in the writing style, that’s the style I keep on ripping off of myself. For example the riff that happens at the end of Behaver which I think is a fun crazy party riff mosh thing. I kind of ripped that rhythm off a few times. It may return a few more times.
I remember seeing that Jeff Potts and Ben Mottsman had been doing live work for some time with your band, are they contributing to the writing of Born of the Bomb?
Nope they were only with us through the tour which was only 16 days, so once that was done. I never saw them again, and still haven’t so the people we have in the band are contributing a little bit of writing, and it’s always been kind of my thing, I’m kind of a dick that way I’m like, “Its my thing I’m writing it.” I take control of the writing now and then something will get fixed and it’ll be somebody else’s idea and for the first time we are going to have riffs that aren’t mine in an album but the writing influence from anybody else is kinda skant and I feel like a dick saying it that way.
Any possibilities of maybe having a guest vocalist on any songs like maybe Mantic Ritual’s Dan Wetmore or Witchaven Henry?
YES! We In fact just asked a certain vocalist if he would like to contribute to one of the songs and he said yes and he is from a band from the 80s.
East Coast or West Coast?
Shit I don’t know the answer to that. All I know is that he lives in the middle of the country now so I don’t even know if that counts. Originally though I think they might’ve been west coast.
On your song Ed 209 about Robocop you had that on your last album, you plan on any more 80s’ type songs?
No I haven’t had the inspiration to do anymore movie based songs or anything. You know not that I don’t like that sort of thing but it just didn’t occur to me and a lot of the bands are just doing silly songs based around movies and once I realized the trend was happening, I was like “ OK, maybe it’s not so cute to make those. But If I were inspired to, I certainly would. That song that I mentioned Axe Cop is based around an online comic that happens, that is written by a 7 year old kid and that is the closest thing we are going to have to an Ed 209 on this one. It’s just a song about a comic that is written by a child about a police officer that uses an axe to chop off bad guy’s heads.
Check out Part 2 with discussion about how the Lich King IV song developed, discussion about music videos, discussion about a tour with Mantic Ritual's Jeff Potts, and Ben Mottsman, life touring, as well as Mighty Tacos and more!