INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Canadian alternative metal band Darkstone Crows have only been together for nearly three years, but they have already taken their home country by storm with their aggressive but melodic style.
With a second studio album in the works, the Toronto five-piece are looking to expand on a global scale and are hopeful of crossing the Atlantic to make a mark on the British metal scene.
I chatted with them about their past, present and hopes for the future.
How did the band get together?
The band was formed in January 2014 by Jiv and Elle, through a programme at a music school they were both attending.
They ran through a rigorous process of line-up switches over the next year, with our bassist Russ joining in July 2014, our first guitarist Adam joining in January 2015, and drummer Matt joining the following month.
We recorded a four track EP between April and June last year and toured that album heavily over the summer and autumn.
Nick replaced Adam in January this year and we began work on our second album,
while still maintaining a presence on the live circuit and online.
How did the band name come about?
Originally, we were thinking Darkstorm Crows, but one day, Jiv was stumbling on her words and said Darkstone Crows and it stuck.
To somebody discovering your music for the first time, how would you describe it to them?
Melodic, alternative metal.
What are the band’s musical influences?
Halestorm, Disturbed, Slipknot, Lamb Of God, System Of A Down, Periphery and more.
What is the band’s approach to songwriting?
Creating something unique that we are all proud of and can use as an outlet.
Where does the inspiration come from for the band’s lyrics?
Different events that occur around the globe. Usually serious, dark topics.
As you said earlier, you have been working on your second album recently. How has the process of recording it been?
It’s been going great so far! We’ve got a great sound, some exciting features and the songs are coming out like we wanted, and we’re excited to share!
What’s the experience for you playing live?
A lot of energy and emotion. Music is an outlet for all of us so we shed a lot of emotion on stage.
We’re all great friends so there’s a lot of energy on stage as we’re always having fun.
What is the long-term aim for the band?
To be able to make music and perform for a living, and to make a difference with our music and see the world.