Buried Realm (Band Interview)

Today we speak to Buried Realm.

Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?

In 2007 I (Josh Dummer) started Buried Realm. I only recorded a few demos, nothing serious. I was wrapped up in other projects until a few years ago when I decided it was time to do this. Fast forward to now and the first album is finished and ready to unleash on September 29th!

What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?

I have no formal training under my belt. Jamming with other musicians has taught and challenged me the most. I never had much interest in learning other bands’ music because I want to create my own. This has made my style somewhat unconventional.

So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)

‘The Ichor Carcinoma’ is a very technical and melodic record. Listeners will notice a good amount of “shredding“, but in an appropriate, structured manner. When Marios Iliopoulos pulled Gus G, Tomas Lindberg and Tom Englund for the first two Nightrage albums it really inspired. However, I wanted to create something more epic and vast, along the lines of guest appearances… The main influences range from death metal, black metal, cheesy 80s metal and even some industrial. I also hold a high appreciation for instrumental albums and soundtracks. Those played a role in the process, too.

How did you go about making it?

 ‘The Ichor Carcinoma’ was originally supposed to be an EP. However, I had too many pre-production demos and didn’t want to scrap them. A project like this is very time-consuming for me and I didn’t know when I’d have time to properly release those other tracks. After deciding on a full length, I knew there would be about 10 songs on the album.

Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?

I am always learning when it comes to writing, recording, marketing, what the fans/ listeners expect, the music business in general, etc. It’s a growing process.

What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?

I record digitally. Nothing fancy, just the essential gear and bit of experience and knowledge to make a record happen!

Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?

I have about 5 songs left over from ’The Ichor Carcinoma’ that didn’t fit the flow of the album. I’d like to turn those songs into an EP or use them for part of the next full length in the near future.

Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?

I have upcoming recordings for all my projects. The next will be a full length for Circaic. Most of the skeletons for the album are put together, musically. So, it shouldn’t be too long before everything is finally pieced together to begin recording.

Any plans for upcoming live shows?

Buried Realm will stay a studio project for now. Maybe that will change later on… We shall see!

Let’s have a few general questions now. What do you see as a musicians role in society?

Certainly music is a form of therapy to help people that are suffering. Whether it’s composing, or simply listening to the music, it helps people cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, you name it. A musician’s role also inspires people to be creatively unique and passionate, ultimately instilling love. It’s a powerful role.

How’s the scene different in your country to what we’re familiar with? Anything unique to your country?

A beautiful thing about metal is how dedicated the fans are. It has to be the most inspiring genre. Some countries more dedicated and appreciative than others, but all supporting in different ways.

Where do you stand on music videos? Do you see their value in today’s world?

Honestly, unless there’s a big budget and convincing acting involved – but even still, most music videos are just cheesy to me. Playthroughs, high-quality live performances, lyric videos etc. are the ways I prefer to watch an artist’s video.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I can’t bash the internet too much because it allowed/ allows me to spread my music to more people than if it didn’t exist. The reality of the internet, though, is the massive decrease in album sales for every artist, putting their career’s in jeopardy. This forces live bands to pump out new albums, merch and tours more frequently – and have to depend on merch/ ticket sales, and whatever the show guarantee is (if anything at all). But then you realize this rarely covers the cost of touring with 4 + members and crew. It’s a double-edged sword…

Any advice for new bands?

Practice and be patient.

Anything you’d like to tell our readers? 

Keep on rockin’.

Any last words for our readers?

…rock on!

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