Syrach Frontman Offers Doom Metal 'Starter Kit'
If I should recommend some more 'unknown' bands, I can just mention bands that I really like nowadays; Wall Of Sleep from Hungary, Starchild, Serpentcult from Belgium, of course our labelmates in Ahab, and maybe they're not such an underground band anymore, but I really like the things Novembers Doom have done.
As far as I'm concerned, you guys play death/doom metal. How comfortable are you with that description? I can hear bits and pieces of the Peaceville Three -- old Katatonia especially -- mixed in with a more menacing death metallic edge, especially when the vocals and searing guitar lines kick in!
Well, I think it's hard to put a label on Syrach's music. We're a bit doom, a bit death, a bit rock, a bit heavy metal and a bit '70s prog I guess ... but of course, I understand that people like to put labels on the music, so I would say that death/doom metal is a good description. I have heard before that people mention and compare us to Peaceville bands ... but it's not our intention to sound anything like them. I like some of the albums that Katatonia have done, but I won't consider myself a big fan. I think one of their recent album, 'A Long Cold Distance,' is great; I'm fascinated by the drumming on that album.
Which bands would you say had the most profound impact on the development of Syrach's sound? Who inspired you to pick up an instrument and start playing slow, heavy music?
For me it was the love of 'New Wave of British Heavy Metal.' I have always and still do listen to it a lot. I wanted to start a band that combined the heavy metal from the early '80s with the new wave of British doom metal bands (Cathedral, Anathema, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride). Those were bands that had started a couple of years ahead of us, so I