Monday, September 5, 2016

Lord Almighty Talks Troubled Paths Of Life & Black N' Roll

Interview with Keenan Carroll (Guitar/Vocals) 

Boston's Lord Almighty have been making a name for themselves lately with their debut album Paths, (available via Bandcamp) a strange mixture of black metal, prog and classic rock. I learned that comparing these guys to an act like Animals as Leaders wasn't quite what they were looking for...

First of all, let me start by saying that I’ve scoured the web looking for information about you guys, so I don’t even know who plays what. Tell us a little bit about the band, how you came to be and literally, who plays what.

Haha. Yeah in a lot of ways the music we create isn’t about knowing exactly who we are through the internet and through pictures of us that you would hang on your wall, like we all use to do with our favorite bands when we were younger. We like the face to face shit, for example, come meet us at a show and hang. To give you a little insight though we have:

Keenan Carroll: Guitar, Vocals
Sam Willgoose: Lead Guitar
Phill Gelinas: Bass
Chris Narainen: Drums

Paths is a very intricate release, and I’ve heard everything in it from Animals As Leaders to Satyricon to Wolves In The Throne Room and others. This is a very bombastic sound for black metal, so what made you decide to try your hand at something so different?

Honestly it comes from all the different genres of music and bands we’ve all played in. It’s been a long journey through the woods of life to make it to this project. We all finally feel at home with ourselves and musically. Metal is something we all grew up on and it was time to get back to it.

In case I’m missing any, what are some of the influences that inspired your sound on this particular album? Do you see some of these continuing to be an influence on the next one, or are we about to get something completely different?

Hate to be a buzzkill here but Animals as Leaders is definitely not one of them. No disrespect though against you or the musicianship in Animals as Leaders. Mostly what we are inspired by in our music is bands like, Darkthrone, Thin Lizzy and Lynyrd Skynyrd just to name a few of the big ones. Satyricon and Wolves in the Throne Room are both awesome bands that I personally enjoy. Can’t beat rock n roll, and growing up on black metal didn’t hurt either.

Describe the concept behind Paths. It seems to be a very deep record with many significant parts, each separated by a different marker.

Really the whole idea of “Paths,” is that each and every one of us comes from a different one. We don’t care where you come from or what you’re going through. We all have shit in our lives and that right there is what we can all relate to.

What are some other bands that we might know you from? Are there any other acts out there that you want to represent in Boston?

All of the other bands we played in were local bands who didn’t get to get out and tour much. That’s one of the primary focuses of Lord Almighty, is making sure we get out there to tour a good bit. Boston is filled with talented bands who are crushing forward in metal. Some that come to mind off the top of my head are Coagula, Upheaval, Replacire just to name a few. But seriously you gotta just look up some boston bands.

What are your thoughts on the current political election? Do you think it matters who wins this year?

This is certainly a loaded question. All of us in Lord Almighty have a little different positioning but we all agree that it is certainly fucked out there. I know I personally don’t see a solution in any direction, though I’m also the type of guy who yells conspiracy!

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