Interview with Ryan Moll of IN THE FIRE

Hailing from Pennsylvania, In The Fire consists of members of Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction, and Azure Emote. “Volatile Beings” is the pummeling debut release from this powerful act, featuring eight tracks of pure intensity. Blending Thrashing Death and Blackened Doom, In The Fire mix cellar-dwelling screams from the incinerator with pulverizing riffage, affixing speed and groove with crucifying conviction.

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Moll spoke for Rocking Charts about the album, and more.

Hey Ryan! How are you doing?

Fucking fabulous.

You have recently launched an album entitled “Volatile Beings.” How do you feel about the release?

I couldn’t be happier with it.  The songs turned out better than I could have anticipated and it seems to be doing very well. There has been a lot of positive feedback.

How much of a challenge was to work on the album?

It was a bit more of a challenge than anything that I’ve done in the past considering that with the exception of the drums I was playing all the instruments and doing most of the vocals myself.  I had to go in at different times so that I could spend the weeks leading up to the next date focusing on each different thing.  Its definitely a huge relief to finally have it done and have it turn out as well as it did.

In The Fire - Volatile Beings

What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Pennsylvania are you friends with?

I’m friends with Steve Jansson (Crypt Sermon, Daeva) and I actually have him doing a guest solo on a future release.  Sonja is another band from the Philly area that I am good friends with.  Probably my favorite band in Philly right now. Be on the look out for them.  Some others I can name are Assaultica, Polterchrist, Foot, Sluggernaut, Die Choking, Moonlight Prophecy, Decieverion, New Breed of Villains, The End A.D., Coffin Dust, Traitor, Percussor, Empress…

What is your opinion about the current metal scene?

There are definitely some phenomenal bands out there today.  With all the resources out there for people to learn how to play, musicianship has really evolved so there are some terrific players taking things to a whole new level.  Speed and precision for example is off the charts.  But I also can’t help but feel that lately the scene has become a bit too concerned with its image and underground status.  I guess its always been that way to a point, but these days it seems much worse.  Personally, the moment a band claims to be “true” to their genre or some scenester starts dubbing shit “false” I lose all interest.  The creators “truth” begins and ends with the creator.  That’s the way I see it.  The artwork, the look, and the music seem far too concerned with its own guidelines presently to this point I think so much that it’s losing its value and impact.  It’s just more of the same.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

Most of my musical influences are deeply rooted in what I was listening to in my teens and twenties like King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Cradle of Filth, Cathedral, Yngwie Malmsteen, Iron Maiden, Sepultura, Exodus, Testament, Samael, Amorphis, Mastodon, Queensryche, Megadeth, Metallica, Kreator, to name a few..

What are you listening to these days?

Lately I’ve been pulling out some of the early 80’s rock bands that listened to as a kid.  Haha.  Twisted Sister, Quiet Riot, David Lee Roth, Skid Row, Motley Crue, GNR, Van Halen, Yngwie, etc..  The first album I ever owned was David Lee Roth “Eat ‘em and Smile”.  I think I was 6 years old.  I used to listen to it constantly, but as a little kid I didn’t really have any concept of the level of musicianship that was going on.  Its fun to go back and listen to it now.  I still remember all the parts but I hear it so differently.  It blows me away.  That album still holds up!

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

Hard to narrow down to 5 but here you go…

King Diamond – Conspiracy

Cradle of Filth – Dusk and her Embrace

Cathedral – The Ethereal Mirror

Queensryche – Operation Mindcrime

Sepultura – Arise

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you used to record “Volatile Beings”?

For the guitars I played my 2003 Ibanez Jem with Evolution pickups that I installed a couple of years later, I used a Marshall head with a Mesa cab, and also a Mesa head with a Mesa cab and a Clarksdale Wampler Tube Screamer on both rhythm tracks to brighten up the sound a bit and help bring out some of the more heavily picked spots. For the bass I played my 5 string Sting Ray through an Ampeg SVT4 pro American ampeg cabs 4×10 and 1×15.  Pat played a Tama Starclassic B / B kit.

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

There’s actually another 7 songs that I recorded that feature Mike Heller on drums (Malignancy, Fear Factory, Azure Emote).  That will probably come out sometime hopefully early next year.  Can’t wait for people to hear these tracks!

Any words for the potential new fans?

Come burn with us!!!

“Volatile Beings” is available from Bandcamp here.