DESOLATE PATHWAY   EPIC DOOM METAL FROM ENGLAND Band Questions answer by VINCE, MAGS and SEALEY                                     
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hi, Desolate Pathway here spreading some Epic Doom from the UK and we are Vince on Vocals/Guitars, Mags on Drums and Sealey on Bass.   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? Desolate Pathway is the path we take into the realms of doom metal.   Where and how was the band founded? (VINCE) I founded the band in early 2014 starting as a solo project at my home in Kent, UK.   Have you played in other bands before? (VINCE) I started in a covers band playing the local circuit then got my big break in doom metal with Pagan Altar. After 3 years I left and had a brief stint in NWOBHM Sacrilege before starting Desolate Pathway. (MAGS) I have played in several original metal, rock and covers bands over the years and at one point was in three bands simultaneously. I had my own project but folded it due to not being able to find the right band members. (SEALEY) I currently also play in Iron Void and my previous bands include So Mortal Be, Scion, Sermon of Hypocrisy, Tomb, Black Maria, Girth, Final Resting Place and I’ve also guested on Ol Drake’s solo album – ‚Old Rake‘.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? (VINCE) This was mega hard. We were taking 2 steps forward and one step back for at least the first 3 years. Every person that joined had bigger commitments beyond music and never fully committed like myself and Mags did from the beginning. All we wanted was someone into the scene who had the same passion then hallelujah, Sealey came along. (MAGS) It certainly has been a trip down the desolate pathway. Even though Vince and I have been on the same page since day one, there have been times when we have been so disillusioned we almost gave up.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? (VINCE) Both albums are concept. The first album’s lyrical content has a fantasy element based loosely around Songs of Ice and Fire and was written by an old music associate, who never actually stayed in the band very long and only recorded the first demos before leaving. For our second album of Gods and Heroes, the lyrics were written by both Mags and myself and cover lots of stories of Greek Mythology from Pegasus to Medusa.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? (VINCE) At the time of writing the albums, Manowar inspired me. Not so much the music content but the element of Epic fantasy and that Warriors of Heavy Metal feel to their music. Also i would say Candlemass are my biggest inspiration. Once again the true epic feel draws me in. (MAGS) I can’t really answer this question with specific band names, as for me everything comes from within my subconscious. I would describe our music broadly as a cross between Black Sabbath and Candlemass.   Why should people listen to your music? (VINCE) If you are a fan of traditional or epic doom then surely Desolate Pathway is a must listen to band. If not then gives us a listen anyway as we may draw you into the depths of doom.   Valley of the King Your debut album was released in 2014. How long have you been working on the songs? (VINCE) I was working on those songs around 6 months before I auditioned for other members. Once the full band was complete we continued to work on the tracks for a further 4 months until we recorded.   You released a single before the album Purgatory. Why is this song not on the debut album? (VINCE) Purgatory was actually a single for Origin Konrad. That was my solo project before I changed the name to Desolate Pathway and formed the band. This track can be found on YouTube under Origin Konrad.   Where and when did you record the album? (VINCE) We recorded both albums at our local studio at the time named Sunlight Studio. We found Greg the engineer very patient and understanding of our music. It was a great experience to work with him. (MAGS) We recorded Valley Of The King in September 2014 in Kent for an intended Halloween 2014 release date.   Who made the cover artwork? (VINCE) An online company called Moon Ring who specialise in cover art for heavy metal bands.   How proud were you when you first held the finished album in your hands? (VINCE) We were very proud even though the mastering was delayed and we missed having the actual cd’s for our first gig and launch party in London. The gig was still a blast and they finally arrived shortly after and we were thrilled with how professional they looked. (MAGS) I felt very proud to have been part of such a great album and even though I only wrote the drums on Valley, as the album was already written when I joined the band, it was still a very satisfying feeling to have achieved something of a legacy.   In 2016 you released the single Into the Realms. These include Into the Realms of Poseidon and Tales of Glaucus. Whereby last does not end up on the following album. Why? (VINCE) Tales of Glaucus was never meant to be on the album. We did it solely as the B side of the single and a somewhat rare piece once the limited cd’s were sold. This is only available on download now. (MAGS)   It was intended to be an exclusive with only 100 limited and numbered copies.   Of Gods and Heroes your second album was released at the end of 2016. How long did you work on the songs and who supported you at work? (VINCE) It seemed like forever we worked on those tracks. We played a few of them live several months before the album was released. As we were struggling for that dedicated third member we had some amazing support from bass players around the globe who were willing to record for us as guest bassists. (MAGS) We started writing the second album even as the first was being released. It was funny because when we went into the studio to record The Winged Divinity, Vince had never heard the drums and I had never heard the vocals even though I had written the lyrics.   On the album you can hear different bass players. How did it all work together and would not it have been easier to find a solid bassist? (VINCE) We were at breaking point with members going through a revolving doorway. We had already wasted months trying to find that right person and just wanted to give up at times. Mags and I believed in the band enough not to give in so we decided to carry on recording the album without another member and ask for help from friends we have met in the scene who we thought were suitable for our sound. (MAGS) Easier said than done! We did consider doing the bass ourselves in lieu of a permanent bassist but thought it would make things a bit more interesting to have guest bassists on the album. We were thrilled at the response we got from our lovely friends who did amazing work recording the bass in their own time and place from the demos, which we then added to the mix.   I think the cover artwork is very successful. Who drew it for you and how do you like it? (VINCE) We used an artist from Poland who specialises in mythical and fantasy. I came across his portfolio online and purchased some artwork. Unfortunately I cannot recall his name at this time. (MAGS) It works really well with the theme.   What's your favourite song from the two albums and why this one? (VINCE) My favourite track is Enchanted Voices from Of Gods and Heroes. To me that’s the ultimate sound of Desolate Pathway with fantasy, myths and pure epic doom. (MAGS) Desolate Pathway from the first album as it epitomises what we are about and from the second album it’s a toss-up between Trojan War and The Winged Divinity. (SEALEY) The self titled song; ‘Desolate Pathway‘ is one of my faves. It just has a cool vibe about it, it’s pure Doom mixed with a little NWOBHM, just the way I like it!   You've been under contract at WormHoleDeath. How have you come to the label and how satisfied have you been with the label? (VINCE) WHD contacted us and offered a worldwide distribution deal for 4 years. We decided to only accept 2 years as we didn’t want to be tied for that long. We have had a few issues along the way although as a distribution deal they worked as promised. Moving forward we will be looking for a different label for any future material. (MAGS) I could just say there have been a few ‘misunderstandings’ and leave it at that but I won’t. What I will say is that these were both rereleases by WHD in 2017 for distribution only as we first released the albums independently in 2014 and 2016 respectively. As far as distribution goes they have done that and it is what we signed for. We are a little concerned, however, by ‘The Orchard’, with whom WHD is affiliated, who have claimed copyright on all the songs on both albums on YouTube uploads, even on our own channel. WHD have assured us this is normal procedure and we are really hoping that when our distribution contract comes to an end in April this year, there will be no problems at all regarding the removal of these copyright claims and also any rights on any   other digital download platforms. I would like to make it clear that we are not accusing anyone of anything and these are purely personal concerns. As you can imagine, it is more than a little disconcerting for someone to publicly claim copyright on all your work. Time will tell.   How far are the plans for the third album and how far are the new songs and in which direction are they going? (VINCE) We have been working on album 3 and playing tracks live for a year now. Four track demos down and we are really pleased with the direction. These are darker, heavier, atmospheric and have lots of feeling. I can also reveal this will be another concept album as we love telling a good story. (MAGS) I feel we are truly finding our doom-selves with the third album. Great riffs, awesome solos and grooves to doom out to.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it?   (VINCE) I won tickets to Monsters of Rock festival in 1988. The line up was insane with Iron Maiden, Guns N Roses, Megadeth, Anthrax and more. This got me into metal at the age of 14. (MAGS) It could have been David Bowie though I did attend many gigs so the actual first is unclear. (SEALEY) I think the first concert I went to was the Swedish Rap Metal band, Clawfinger in ‚93 or something like that! Some of the early shows i attended were bands such as Slayer, Paradise Lost and Obituary. Great memories! You're starting to play at the horns up festival in Greece, excited about her and what do you expect from the trip? (VINCE) We are very excited to play in Greece. After being confirmed for Horns Up we had help setting up a mini tour taking in Athens and Thessaloniki to complete 3 gigs. So far the organisation and communication has been amazing. The promoters have gone the extra mile to make sure we are prepared for a good time in Greece. (MAGS) I am personally thrilled beyond belief to be going back to what I consider my other homeland to play Horns Up Festival and I feel honoured to be part of it. It’s going to be awesome! What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? (VINCE) My personal highlight was playing Maryland Deathfest with Pagan Altar in 2013. This was by far the bands and my own biggest gig plus all of our first times playing USA. A huge crowd awaited in anticipation. (MAGS) I will always hold Malta Doom Metal Festival VIII as special as it was the first show I ever played overseas. At this show Master headlined and Sealey depped for us on bass.   Have already resulted in friendship ? (VINCE) During my time with Pagan Altar I made lots of friends in the scene who I continue to keep in contact with. (MAGS) The metal scene is like one big community. We have met some very supportive people who help us keep the faith. . Which band would you like to play live with and why? (VINCE) I would love for Desolate Pathway to support Candlemass. That would be a dream come true. I believe with the right contacts and time this dream can still come true. (MAGS) If only Solitude Aeturnus were still active! Candlemass (of course) My Dying Bride and Black Sabbath (if only) to mention a few. (SEALEY) I’d love to play with Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Candlemass, Trouble and The Skull, they’re all bucket list bands for me. These are some of my key influences, hence the reason I’d like to play with them.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? (VINCE) Unfortunately I cannot live on music alone so I have a boring management job in a small business. The money is ok and it helps fund what I need to live and keep playing music. (MAGS) I work in a school supporting children with special educational needs (SEN) and more recently have been lucky enough to work as a music teacher as well, giving one to one lessons in guitar, bass and drums. (SEALEY) I work full time as a Salesman for a plant hire company.   How important are social media for you as a band? (VINCE) Very important. It seems the default of life now so it helps us reach a bigger audience. (MAGS) Without social media there would be very little exposure for any band. It’s just the way of the times now.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? (VINCE) Bigger gigs, high profile support slots and more people supporting our music is a good start. (MAGS) World domination   What do you think about the England Metal scene in general? (VINCE) To be honest for the music I love it’s a bit rubbish although I am very fussy with music. There are only a handful of traditional doom bands in the UK and the scene is saturated with stoner type doom. Some are ok although they seem to have the same riffs and are not unique enough for me to like. (MAGS) Generally you can find decent gigs in the bigger cities though not all the smaller bands can command a good audience and the turn out is sadly often poor unless there is a well known headliner. Go out and support live music if you want the scene to thrive and don’t complain when it dies if you have done nothing to support it. (SEALEY) There’s some good bands around at the moment such as Famyne,   Alunah, Earthen Ritual, Arkham Witch, Blasphemer and others. I just don’t think as many people attend shows in the UK anymore which is a shame. Some places are great, others are not.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? (VINCE) It only seems right to recommend Sealeys other band Iron Void. Everyone onto UK doom knows those guys right? (SEALEY) Arkham Witch, Monolith Cult, Earthen Ritual, Blasphemer.   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !
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