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To those who have followed my blog, I have said in the past that I played in metal bands for a good portion of my teenage years and early twenties, however in recent years metal has lost much of its allure to me. In my opinion it has become a genre that is extremely diluted through several sub genres with many of the those sub genres being overexposed resulting in the extinction of those sub genres (i.e. 80’s hair metal, early 80’s thrash metal, nu-metal,metalcore etc.). On the flip side, you have these metal bands who don’t become overexposed but their records intentionally sound like complete shit (as I refer to it as ‘hipster metal’).
When I decided that I was going to support Indie Bands on this site, I knew that metal was a massive underground scene that couldn’t be ignored and my background in this genre made it an obvious choice to launch this section of the site.
As I mentioned above, I can’t stomach pure shit recordings and I won’t support metal that sounds like shit for the sake of sounding like shit because they think it gives their band cred (or whatever).
Denied Existence, a band out of Port Perry Ontario, Canada is a band that has caught my attention, not only because they are from my home town, but because of how great their new record “Monarch” sounds. Monarch, a self-produced metal masterpiece churning melodic guitar riffs coupled with face-punishing dirt metal and lyrical honesty has really opened my eyes to the potential of indie talent out there in metal. I had the pleasure of interviewing the guys from the band to get a little more information of who these guys are and what drives their music…check it out below.
MW: Who is in your band? What does each member play?
Jordan Bull: Vocals
Adam Bull: Guitar/Vocals
Jason Monk: Guitar
Andre Greco: Drums
Chris Privett: Bass
MW: Give me a brief history of your band?
Jordan: Denied existence started when I was 16, a couple of guys learning how to play some heavy music. We were all so new at the music scene. We are all self taught, but none of that mattered because the chemistry spoke for itself! After we lost our guitarist due to style and interest, my brother joined the band and the true denied existence was formed!
MW: Who’s the primary songwriter in your band? Or is the music made by all Denied Existence?
Adam: Jason & I both contribute to the songwriting 50/50. Some songs I’ll come up with the majority of the parts or Jason will, depending on the song. Both of us write music constantly and have a lot of ideas that we compile over time. So usually it comes down to us jamming out riffs together and combining both of our ideas. We have great guitar chemistry and feed off of each other really well. The rest of the guys will have input on the parts of songs and different ideas. So we demo up the song and bring it to the jam sessions where we put our heads together and fine tune all of the parts.
MW: Do all 5 of you contribute to the lyrics? Or is it primarily Jordan’s role?
Jordan: Lyrics are mostly my part of the band. My songs lyrically are very personal to me which is why I seem to take charge for that part of the band. Though I am always up for some input when I’m writing, so it’s a bit of both, especially when recording.
MW: Why did you call the record “Monarch”?
Jordan: The greater number of songs in monarch are about staying true to yourself. Not following something that you think you should follow, but doing what you want to do. We called the album monarch because we want people to be their own monarchies or leaders of what they stand for.
MW: The record is on iTunes, do you plan on a physical release? The popularity of vinyl has strongly increased in the last few years, is that something the band might be looking into for the future?
Jordan: Yes we are very excited to have our album up on iTunes! As of right now, I don’t think that a vinyl would be a primary focus for us to make/put out. We want our music out there first. Then follow up with extras, like a vinyl, so possibly in the future.
MW: What inspires you to be in this metal band?
Jason: We wanted to create our own ‘favourite’ band, so to speak. There are so many elements to music that we love, so why just focus on one of them, right?
You go and see big metal bands play, and the energy of the place is intense, everybody is so into it! That energy and emotion drives us. We want to feel that in our own music.
MW: What does music mean to you? Is there a specific reason you play metal?
Adam: Music to me is everything. Since I was young I would be listening to music that would make me feel something. The type of music that would get the most emotion out of me ended up mostly being heavy music. I do however like a lot of softer/ambient bands, but it’s rare for me to find ones that I really get into. To me heavy music has so much hidden depth and meaning behind the songs. I have always been drawn to the energy in heavy music, when you go to a show all of this energy builds up until the band comes out. Then the place sets off…so much energy so much fun. I don’t get the same feeling anywhere else. I also love the complexity in the musicianship.
MW: Are you planning on taking Monarch on the road?
Jordan: If an opportunity presents itself we would be proud to drop everything and take our music on the road! Sure it would be hard, but why not try living the dream! Though Jason is at school, we have found a fill in guitarist (Matt Williams currently in the band called “Living Skies”) who is willing to play shows that Jason can’t make.
MW: What’s the future have in store for Denied Existence?
Jordan: Denied Existence never stops writing, discussing and pushing ourselves for higher goals. The future is unanswered but you can expect us to keep on working hard, doing what we love.
MW: Do you have a website?
I strongly suggest downloading your copy of “Monarch”, even if you’re not a metal fan it might just convert you! For a look at their new video for “Scars Of Man”, check it out below: