AZAZEL (from l-r): Jack Donachie (guitar), JJ Spencer (vocals), Sam Geeson (drums), Jimmy Hikin (bass)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
From Nottingham, deathcore quartet Azazel burst onto the scene this time last year with their first single, ‘ONI’, which they collaborated on with Tom Stokes, vocalist of Kent death/sludge metal/deathcore quintet Impuritas.
Since then, Azazel have toured across the UK, playing with the likes of Carcer City, Employed To Serve, and Lotus Eater, as well as working on their debut EP, ‘Bedlam’, which will be coming out later in 2018.
Having just released one of the tracks from it, ‘Voices’, which saw them work with Alex Taylor of Malevolence, the emerging four-piece told me more about themselves.
How did the band form?
A few of us got together and started writing/demoing a while ago, and eventually, we just filled in the gaps, having known each other through the music scene in Nottingham for one reason or another.
How did the name Azazel come about?
There’s not much of a story behind it, to be honest. There’s a few different meanings for the name, but basically, it’s the Devil…
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
It usually starts with different guitar parts, and we just build on them until it works. The songs are usually demoed, then brought in and a load of stuff changes, etc…
What inspires the band lyrically?
Most of our songs seem to be about pain and inner torment, so we guess there’s a theme there.
You recently brought out a new single, ‘Voices’, which features Malevolence vocalist Alex Taylor. How was it collaborating with him?
Super straight forward, we sent him the track and he wrote the lyrics and recorded the vocals and they just worked straight away. He hooked us up with the location for the music video as well.
And that track is taken from the band’s debut EP, ‘Bedlam’, which will be released later this year. How has the recording process been?
We’ve actually had this recorded and have been sitting on it for a while. We spent two weeks in the studio with Myroslav Borys at Jigsaw Audio in Derby, and he is just super easy to work with. Everything came together pretty quickly.
What can be expected of it?
You’ve already played with the likes of Carcer City, Employed To Serve, and Lotus Eater. How is the experience, for you all, of playing live?
So far, so good! As far as shows go, we personally wouldn’t say we’ve played that many, we just like getting out there and playing.
Apart from the EP, of course, what are the band’s plans for the rest of 2018?
We’ve got a few things in the works. There’s nothing set in stone, but the plan is to just keep doing what we’re doing.
What is your long-term aim?
We just want to play as many shows as we can, in as many places as we can, if people dig the music, then that’s good shit.
AZAZEL’S DEBUT EP, ‘BEDLAM’, WILL BE RELEASED LATER THIS YEAR.
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