Not too long ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Bear Mace and their record Butchering the Colossus and now I present an interview with their lead singer Lord Devourer! Enjoy!
Thank you guys very much for taking the time out to do this interview I really appreciate it! Can you tell a little about how Bear Mace came to be?
Back in 2012, guitarist Crossbow Death and myself (Lord Devourer) got into a discussion about Death Metal and our fondness for the bands like Death, Bolt Thrower, Massacre, and many others. We decided that we would create some tracks in the vein of those bands, which eventually ended up as our cassette demo “Kodiak Killers”.
How did you come to the name Bear Mace, and were there other names that you had been considering?
Originally the name was going to be “Blood Eagle” but there were at least 10 bands with that name when we researched it. Somehow the name Bear Mace came up and we thought it was excellent, so that’s what we went with.
Can you tell a little bit about the writing and recording process of Butchering the Colossus?
As far as writing, Crossbow would come up with killer riffs and I would then listen and write lyrics to fit the mood of the music, which was always angry. When we later became a full band, we decided to record a full-length and ended up at Iron Hand Audio here in Chicago. We pretty much recorded live in the studio, with minimal overdubbing.
For this record was there a lyrical theme that you were trying to go for and what message are you trying to convey through them?
The theme of this entire record is death: whether it’s about dying in combat (“Cyclone of Shrapnel”) or the irony of a gigantic prehistoric bear having to fatten up on the dead meat of Mammoths to survive winter hibernation (“Lord Devourer of the Dead”) every track deals with death and destruction, and the fallout from these situations.
Your sound is pretty unique, rooted a bit in old-school death, but what are some of the things that you did to create your unique sound?
What you’re hearing is just the chemistry between the five of us as musicians. Our intention is to pay homage to old-school death metal, and we have done our homework.
When Bear Mace first began did you ever contemplate playing a different genre, or was it always death metal for you guys?
It was always Death Metal, because we can kill with power directly. We are not about subtlety.
Butchering the Colossus has a super dense and grizzly kind of sound to it. Was the an intentional decision to go with that kind of sound, or was it more natural?
It was totally natural because that’s just how we play, but it was always our intention to sound massive.
How has the response been to Butchering the Colossus so far for you guys?
To this point, the response has been totally positive. The throwback style we play seems to appeal to a lot of metal fans who grew up on records like ‘Spiritual Healing’ and ‘From Beyond’.
Butchering the Colossus has still a little over a month before it does come out. But now that you have that in the bag, what are your plans for the future moving forward?
We will continue playing live in the Chicago area and beyond, and we are also starting work on our next record. It’s going to be heavier than the core of a dying star…
Thank you guys again for taking the time to answer some questions that I had for you. And my final question will be, is there anything that you would like to say in conclusion to your fans?