Canadian duo Danny Alessandro (guitars/vocals) and John Massey (guitars/vocals), is death metallers DEITY. Whose time and effort over time has lead to them to product an truly inspired yet special self-titled debut full-length album set for release this summer! The duo got together to discuss a little about who DEITY is all about and what plans they have in-store for the world.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Danny and I started jamming in high school just doing covers for fun. We then quickly got into writing original tunes. Starting as a three piece (just guitars), our goal was to blend different styles of metal with layers and harmonies. Our only problem was finding dedicated members, especially drummers and bassists. Through wise advice given to us by Keith of Rotting (Can), Danny then started playing drums. After a few years of struggling to find other members, the band decided to put the band on hold. Danny and I went on to do other projects in the local scene. We then decided the time was right and brought the project together and decided to go into the studio and record an album we always wanted to hear as fans of metal.
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
We were listening to Hate Eternal back in 2001 having drinks and John picked out a line in "Dogma Condemned". John thought it sounded killer and it stuck.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of Woodbridge, 45 mins outside of Toronto. In Toronto watching shows was always great very much an energetic crowd, as for Woodbridge people listening to euro dance in a Tim Horton’s parking lot was the local music scene if that paints you a picture. The only benefits are if you’re a Metalhead you are a true Metalhead in Woodbridge, and can talk and listen to anything under the sun which we think helped form our sound. Some bands from the local scene we know and appreciate are Snake River Redemption ( Jay a contributor to the song Illuminate the Unwilling on the album), Fragile Existence, Human Compost, Vesperia and Latrodectus are a few bands we know and are personally familiar with.
4. How would you describe your style?
Our style and goal was to blend everything we wanted to hear in album. There is really no limit and is something we as fans would want to hear.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
Our debut album is coming out June 2, 2017 and if everything goes well we will be starting another album in the near future
6. Do you have any new music in the works?
We do have a couple songs and riffs lying around. If everything goes to plan another album is a definite possibility.
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
As of yet not at the moment, one of the reasons of putting out this album was to let people hear what we can do, and hopefully find members with the same musical taste and dedication.
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
Only time will tell, as for now work on the next album and possibly put together a string of shows
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
When released, this will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and through our Facebook page. Also hard copies are in the works as us being a bit old school would love to have an actual album in hand.
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
As a fan I would like the listener to have his/her own opinion. This was an album made for us, and the enjoyment by others has always been in our mind a bonus. Really to sum it up for a fan of metal, they will hear different elements/styles and this would be a welcomed surprise.