Melodic death metal act Purest Of Pain, have announced a debut album release set for the spring, it is titled "Solipsis". It follows up on their previous releases "Momentum" a single released in 2013 and the EP "Revelations In Obscurity" in 2011. With the album release coming up the band has gone on to release the first single off it called "Terra Nil", a track of defining power with great energy sources. That said, the band discusses the album, single, and some insight into themselves as far as influences, song writing, and what the future holds.
1. What are your names and what do you do in the band?
Frank van Leeuwen, bass guitar, designs, management.
J.D. Kaye - vocals and writer of the lyrics.
Michael van Eck - guitar player and composer of E.M.D.R. Joey de Boer - drums.
Merel Bechtold – founder, main songwriter, guitar player, management and social media.
2. Let’s start off with an icebreaker. If you could describe your band in 3 words, what would they be?
Groove, Melody, Ambient!
3. You will be releasing your debut album "Solipsis", in a short month's time, what was the process like getting this album put together, it being your first album ever for you guys?
It’s the first full-length. We did an EP "Revelations in Obscurity" in 2011 and released the single "Momentum" in 2013. The process was very long and painful but we are really happy with how everything turned out. We are really excited to release the album!
4. "Terra Nil", is the album's first single, so tell me about the song, how did it come to be and why was it chosen as a single?
"Terra Nil" was for most of us our favorite song. There are multiple reasons. One of the reasons is because this is the only song with guest vocals. We gave Sam C.A. a call when we were doing vocal recordings and asked him if you wanted to do guest vocals. We really don’t have anything we dislike about this song. And we think the groove of the song is cool and this song gives a good impression of the album.
5. What was the recording process like for the album?
The recording process was long and painful, but that’s all because of lack of experience and time. But in the end it was a lot of fun and we learned a lot.
6. What is your favorite song off this album and why?
My personal favorite song is Vessels, because everything about that songs is just right. The structure, theme, groove, solos, lyrics and style.
7. You guys are a newer band so many people might know about your history. Would you be able to delve into it a little?
I wouldn’t say that we are new, because we already exist since 2008 but we were young and never really were able to do a full length or got signed or anything. But to delve into the history… I started this band back in 2008 and after having released the EP "Revelations in Obscurity" in 2011 and a single "Momentum" (2013), we concentrated on live work (opening for heavyweights such Opeth, Textures, Suicide Silence, Unearth and Attack Attack!) in our home country as well as a number of festival appearances, including an unforgettable slot at Wacken in 2014. The bulk of the live work was in part to help fund the album recordings but also gave us the chance to hone our craft so that when we were able to enter the studio, the songs for "Solipsis" would be 100% ready.
8. Where does the name Purest Of Pain come from?
We were 16/17 and had to create a band name… it was really hard! So then I came up with Purest of Pain. 10 years later we don’t think it’s that sexy anymore haha!
9. Who are some of your influences?
I am probably influenced by all the Scandinavian bands I used to listen to. Probably In Flames and Arch Enemy are the biggest influencers.
10. How about when it comes to writing and the actual music, which topics reach out to you?
I don’t like happy melodies. I really love sad and dark music so probably that’s something you hear in all the things I write.
11. What would you say separates you from other bands in the scene?
We just sound like Purest of Pain. I think it’s really hard to put us in a genre or to relate us to another band. This album is not about being fast, technical or trying to be a brutal metal band. I think this album is more about groove, melody and vibes.
12. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. Is there anything else you want to say before I go?
First of all thank you for the interview and if you want to connect with us, listen to the last single then check out the links below:
Terra Nil (feat. SAM C.A.);
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2C164TX
Connect with Purest of Pain:
Official website: www.purestofpain.com