DAMNATION`S HAMMER   DEATH DOOM METAL FROM ENGLAND Band Questions answer by TIM PRESTON                                     
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hi, I’m Tim Preston from the band Damnation’s Hammer, I play rhythm guitar and sing with the band. The rest of the guys are Ady Farnell – lead guitar, Jamie Fowler, bass guitar and Gary Beven on drums.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? There is a saying The Hammer of Damnation – I just switched it round to read Damnation’s Hammer. I think it’s a great name for a metal band, even if I say so myself!   Where and how was the band founded? The band was formed in 2007 actually, although I spent a long time to find the right guys to play with which is why our debut album   Have you played in other bands before? Yeah   You were active with the band Dearly Beheaded. What memories do you associate with the band's four-year history and do you still have contact with the musicians? I have nothing but fond memories from the Dearly Beheaded days, it was hard work at the time – some guys didn’t always see eye to eye! It is a cool aspect of my past, I’m proud of the achievments the band did   What do you think that the band did not succeed. I remember you got quite good reviews? Sales of the albums weren’t strong enough and MFN told us they were going to drop us. This lead to low moral in the band, so we eventually drifted apart.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? We’ve been around since 2007 actually. Due to the fact that our previous drummer lived on the Isle of Man (the island between the UK and Island) It made writing and rehearsing hard work as you can imagine. We had to part company when I discovered our now drummer Gary. With the addition of Ady on lead guitar we became a four piece and have never looked back. Sounds easy, but it took a few years to get the line up correct.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? I write the lyrics in the band. The main inspriation I guess is HP lovecraft, although we don’t base any songs on any one of his stories. I come up with an interesting song title them write the lyrics to match. Our songs arn’t about Lovecraft’s stories, they just sound like they should be.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? I guess Celtic Frost was a big inspiration when I formed the band. I would describe our sound as doom laden metal – we’re a metal band first and foremost.However we’re not a death metal band, or a doom metal band, of a thrash band – we take an influence from all three but we aren’t really tied to any one genre of metal.   Why should people listen to your music? I believe we have something cool to offer, we don’t sound like a lot of other bands. I think we are original to a certail degree.   Disciples of the Hex Your debut album was released in 2012. How long did the work on the album last and who helped you? We recorded the album in stages, over a bout 6 months I think. The album as produced by Mark Mynett   Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres your second album was released in 2017 almost five years after the debut album. Why did it take so long for the album to be finished? It took so long as I wanted to put a band together that wasn’t just an internet project. It took me a long time to find a drummer to work. It was only when I found Gary that I was able to continue to write and move the band forward.   Which is your favorite Song on the album and why? I guess Temple of the Descending Gods, I love playing it live!   You have been under contract with the german label massacre rec. How do you get in touch and what do you expect from working together? I approched Massacre with the completed album. Thomas at the label was very impressed with the album and offered to release it for us.   Why is massacre records republishing your 2017 album Unseen Planets, Deadly Spheres and not a new one? We wanted Unseen Planets to get the exposure and publicity it deserves. We will be doing a second album for Massacre at some point though.   Are there any new songs and how far are the plans for a new album? Yeah we have about five new songs written for the next album.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? My frst gig was to see Ian Gillan on the Magic tour in 1982. I don’t have too much of a memory unfortunately – I still have tee shirt and programme from the gig though   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? With Damnation’s Hammer, it would be playing with Sacred Reich in 2017 – we did a couple of shows with them here in the UK   Have already resulted in friendship ? Yeah, I’m friendly with Phil from Sacred Reich. We hope to play with them agian one day.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? Overkill are a favourite band of mine. I’d love to play with them   With what do you earn your money except with the music? I work for a merchandise company that supplies bands with tour shirts etc. I love my job actually   How important are social media for you as a band? I guess that it’s the way the world is going and it’s a necessary beast. Personally I’m not a big fan of social media. Too many idiots with too many opinions!   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? I would love a chance to play in Europe on day.   What do you think about the United Kingdom Metal scene in general? To be honest I don’t really follow any sort of scene. I don’t consider Damnation’s Hammer to involved with a scene. I’m aware of some great bands but we’re not in a scene together.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Stormrider from Manchester – classic NWOBHM sounding band, and Valafar, death metal from Bradford! Both great bands.   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in Lancashire here in the UK. I had a great childhood, I think haha! No issues   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? Somewhere in between I think - just an average student, average grades.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? My mum passed away in 1996 however she would be really proud I followed my dream I’m sure. My dad doesn’t really understand metal but he’s interested and always asks about the band.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? I don’t think there’s enough money involved for a band of our level. It would be nice though to ne able to make a living from writing music.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? Give me the countryside every time. I live in a small village surrounded by fields – although we are only 30 minutes from the centre of Manchester.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I have no interest in sports   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you I can cook a little. My wife is better than me, so she usually does it!   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? Yeah my friends are into metal, so is my wife. I doubt I could be married to someone who didn’t appreciate the same music.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? Yeah the internet is a dumping ground for some people for sure. I don’t really pay attention to peoples negative comments. I’m not interested   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? Social media is a curse!! It would be great if the the internet was used just for information and we could do away with social media – this isn’t going to happen though, it’s here to stay I think!   Which question would you like to have answered and why? Wow, sorry I have no idea   What would you personally like to do in your life? I’m really happy with my life. I hope it doesn’t change!!   Lancashire Home   Austria I’ve been to Vienna with Dearly Beheaded   H.P. Lovecraft Great author, I love his work   Lancaster Castle I’ve never been   Singing Ringing Tree Wow, you’ve done your homework! I’m impressed, although I’ve never been to see it   Soccer Nah, I’m not interested   Ale Yeah, I like real ale!   Full English Breakfast Yeah, I like a full English – although I don’t have them very often   Fish and Chips Yeah, it’s ok   Pubs Yeah we have a cool local pub near my home   Movie or Series Movies! Alien The Thing The Shining   Family My wife and my beautiful little daughter   Your top 10 all time album faves In no particular order... The Number Of The Beast – Iron Maiden Powerslave – Iron Maiden Powerage – AC/DC Dimension Hatross – Voivod To Mega Therion – Celtic Frost Eternal Nightmare – Vio-Lence Reign In Blood – Slayer Ride The Lightning – Metallica Master Of Puppets – Metallica ...and Justice For All - Metallica   The closing word is yours? Thanks for the interview, it’s really appreciated
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