Tampa, Florida’s heavy metal purveyors War of Thrones have been active since 2012. Last month they launched their debut full-length album “Conflict in Creation,” and we talked with them about what it took to come up with the album, their influences, gear, and more.
Hey guys. How are you doing?
Wade: We’re doing well! Staying busy is always a good thing!
You launched an album entitled “Conflict in Creation.” How do you feel about the release?
Wade: We’re very excited and proud of this release! We’re ready for the world to hear our creation! It’s kind of like when a mother gives birth she just wants everyone to see. Well, I think it’s like that for us. We’ve written and created something that’s special and unique. We’re all very much happy with the results.
How much of a challenge was to work on the album?
Rick: There’s always some challenging points to making a record. It just comes with the territory. Overall it went very smooth. I think the most challenging part is to capture our live feel and essence of the songs without over producing. Finding that balance can be challenging!
Rick: We also wanted to make sure that we didn’t compromise the quality of the song.
Rich: We took our time and made sure the guitar tones and bass tones were on point as well, with the drums and vocals we didn’t short cut anything. I think that it shows!
What is your opinion about the current metal scene?
Wade: It’s a very interesting time in the metal scene! There’s so much great music on the web and with the advancement in technology, it’s so much easier for the everyday musician on a budget to record and get there music heard. That’s a great thing, but at the same time people are getting force fed a lot by the big labels. The opportunities for new bands to break out are a lot smaller. So, to sum it up there’s some really great things and some very bad things that are happening we could go on for days.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
Rich: Well, I was influenced early on by Gene Simmons, Chris Squire, Noel Redding… Guys like that and as I grew John Pattitucci, Billy Sheehan, John Myoung, Randy Coven. I’m just a fan of great playing no matter what genre it is.
Rick: My main influences are Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, Uli Jon Roth, Al DiMeola, Ronnie LeTekro and Andy LaRocque.
Wade: Rob Halford, Ronnie James Dio, Bruce Dickinson, Tom Jones… I love his power! Phil Anselmo he’s been a huge influence on me over the years too!
What are you listening to these days?
Rich: I listen to a lot of different things Greg Howe, Dream theater, Symphony X, Five finger death punch, Slayer, right down to Chick Corea, Megadeth..the list goes on and on
Rick: I mostly listen to my own music. Things that I’m recording or working on. Otherwise, when i’m feeling nostalgic I listen to stuff like Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Rainbow..Classic stuff!
Wade: I’ve been listening to a lot of Nonpoint, Sevendust, Hell Yeah, MushroomHead and of course all my influences are on regular rotation.
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Rick: Judas Priest-Sad Wings of Destiny, King Diamond-Abigail, Alcatrazz-No parole from Rock and Roll, Queensryche-Rage for Order, Yngwie’s first solo record.
Rich: Dream Theater – Images and words, Greg Howe – Five, Megadeth – Rust in Peace, Symphony X – Paradise Lost, Yngwie Malmsteen – Fire and Ice.
Wade: Judas Priest – British Steel, Iron Maiden – Power Slave , Pantera – Cowboy’s from Hell, Savatage – Hall of the Mountain King, Judas Priest – Pain Killers.
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Conflict in Creation”?
Rich: Well I used MTD Basses and Bartolini pickups in combination with Tecamp Global amplification and really am impressed with how the basses turned out all you bottom end lovers check it out let me know how you like that combination.
Rick: I used my trusty Charvel Predator from 1991 and Jackson Dinky Reverse, Marshall JCM200 DSL100 and a Marshall Valvestate 8100. I also used a Line6 Pod 2.0.
Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?
Wade: We are playing Rocklahoma and that’s very cool! Our Label is currently booking shows all over, so keep on the lookout and come say hello if where in your area.
Rich: But, really we are looking forward to doing some touring and videos.
Rick: We already have album 2 written, so we’re definitely looking forward to unleashing that!
Any words for the potential new fans?
Wade: We’re very proud of this record and hope you check us out! Give us a like on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Don’t be shy, give us a shout out! We truly hope you enjoy the record as much as we enjoyed making it for you!