Sower Mighty Doomsower – A Interview With Justin Doom …   2 comments

Aleks Evdokimov caught up with guitarist/vocalist Justin Doom of the mighty Doomsower for this interview. The Vintage Era album is available now from the The DMA Store here at Doommantia and I you urge you to check out the band ASAP if you appreciate ‘real-doom’ and want to support a upcoming band of incredible potential. Thanks to Aleks and Justin for getting this together.

Q: Good day my zealous doom-comrade! Who is on-line today?

-Justin Doom here! Thanks Aleks for the opportunity of an interview!

Q: Man, Doomsower is a trio: Justin Doom, Kalvin Doom and Christian. What would you like to tell our readers about these guys and about yourself? And why Christian has not the same surname as others? 🙂 He is a member of the triad too, so why not?

-Doomsower is not a trio anymore. Christian decided he did not want to play in Doomsower anymore. Don’t ask me why, frankly I don’t understand either. I guess he had better things to do….but when he was with us, he was considered, “Lord Christian.” Thus completing the Trinity of the Saint, Reverend, and Lord. Sadly, we are back to a duo for the time being. But of course we want and need a bassist. Justin, me, is the singer/guitarist. Kalvin is the drummer and occasionally will do some vocals. We are the creative force behind Doomsower. Simple as that! Everything that gets put out by us (visuals, music, etc) is approved by both of us.

Q: Once you said that the first demo of Doomsower was “lyrically similar to Sabbath because it more or less warns against evil”. I’ve heard from Victor Griffin that their song lyrics in Pentagram have similar meaning too, so do you really think that doom as a musical genre can inflict on people’s minds the same messages? Do you think that lyrics have to carry something behind it apart from only “dark” images and subjects?

-I don’t think just doom can change or influence someone’s mind on good or evil. Everyday life can do that. Specifically doom? No, not so much. It all depends on the person and their mind set. A Christian can listen to say, evil satanic black metal, and respect it for the music, and someone like me, who’s not a Christian per say, can appreciate warning against the Devil. Because honestly, the Devil is mostly a metaphor for the bad in our world. There’s more to life than just “dark” images and subjects though…you can’t have good without bad. So why not sing about the good in life? A song can be very uplifting in both a dark way and a light way. And again, it’s all how the listener takes it.

Q: So you can say that you spend at least a part of your life in struggle with manifestations of your own “dark side”, do you? All of us have a tendency to blame the world for our problems as we defend our ego and allow ourselves to play not fair sometimes, but its rare when one sees that only they could be an example for others. I guess it’s not even about social morale codex, but it’s rather about the natural way of life and maybe even the way of righteous…

-Oh of course! Like I said, you can’t have good without the bad. But where people differ, is how they deal with those dark emotions. Some will blame others and some will blame themselves. I think it’s important to not let things get you down. You have a choice in life. For example, a girl breaks up with you…you could take it miserably and hate everything OR you could look at the good of the relationship and move on. As the great Miyamoto Musashi once said, “It is important to consider yourself lightly, but consider the world deeply.” Don’t let your ego get the best of you. People have to remember that they aren’t the center of the universe. And to live a healthy life there has to be a balance. So those who embrace their “dark sides” will only benefit from it.

Q: Why did you put this “message” in your earlier songs? Right now I’m reading info about the band at metal-archives.com and it said that your lyrical themes are “Evil, Sword and Sorcery”, I know that such sentences are meaningless – maybe, but that do you think about that label?

-Everyone wants to define something. Give it a certain word or phrase, honestly those two titles are true in regards to a few of our songs. “Cimmerian Sunrise” is based on Thulsa Doom from Robert E. Howard’s, King Kull series…and subsequently the Conan movie. In a way, we consider this song a tribute to James Earl Jones. haha But other songs such as, “Sower Mighty Sower” are about the struggles we face as a band. The “evil” title just clumps things into an easy to understand format. Personally, things like that on the metal archives don’t mean much to me.

: Justin, what do you think about the cult of power in doom metal? Indeed it’s a cult of Robert Howard of course, but his personages – Solomon Kane (or just “puritan” or maybe “witch finder”), Kull and Conan have certain popularity amongst doom-bands. Don’t you think that men in such doom bands must keep themselves in a good form to be true to themselves and to subjects of their lyrics?

-I’m glad you mention Solomon Kane, another tag we slap on ourselves is, “Puritan Doom Rock.” Now we are no angels, but we are pure in what we do. We don’t mish mash things just for the hell of it. We put our heart and soul into it and I think that comes out in the music. It’s full. It’s full of emotion and life. A lot of music doesn’t have soul, and maybe this is where they lose the “Cult of Power” so to speak. But there again, a lot of bands have plenty of power in their music. It boils down to how the listener takes it in and how the band or person displays it.

I’d like to think that there are plenty of women in doom as well! Haha But back to the purity thing, it’s not a matter of right and wrong to others, it’s a matter of right and wrong to oneself. It would be rather pointless to sing about certain topics I don’t like or play riffs that don’t “move” me.

Q: Okay, I guess that the lyrical conception of Doomsower changes a bit with time, right now you have brand new full-length CD “Vintage Era”, what are new songs about? “Der Hexenjager” is a necessary song for doom band, “Cimmerian Sunrise” as a tribute to an art of Robert Howard – too, but what’s about others?

-haha Looks like I got a bit ahead of myself! Der Hexenjager is literally, “The Witchfinder General” in German. It’s all about the movie. But is a musical tribute to the band (see if you can figure that out!). I already mentioned sower and cimmerian…. “As the Sword…” is actually a very personal song for me. It’s about being let down but then rising up again. I just happened to have read a paragraph in a King Kull story and that was the main inspiration for the metaphor of the King losing his Queen. Our new songs are reaching into new territories in their own right. So, don’t expect the same generic boringness of one “type” of lyric. Life is full of many different facets and obstacles and they shouldn’t be ignored, so what better way then to sing about them?

Q: Don’t you think you can help to make Doom Cult stronger when you were recording “Vintage Era”? Are there any means to reinforce the genre not only with new blood but also with new ideas?

-It’s very important for the metal genres to expand and overlap. Quite frankly there are too many fucking genres anymore (which kind of goes against what I first said…haha)….when people ask me what Doomsower is, I usually say, “Heavy Doom Rock.” Now while that may be a new genre to some, it just answers the question of the sound. It’s sonically heavy, it’s doomy, and overall it’s rock n roll. A lot of bands forget that what they do or are inspired by is just rock n roll. Bands need to stop being copy cats. I’m all for hearing a band that has similar sounds to Sabbath…but I don’t want to hear a Sabbath rip off band. New blood, new tunes…don’t limit yourself away from certain influences.

Q: As I understand “Doom” means “Riff” for you – how do you work composing songs with your band’s mates?

-How it works usually, I come up with a riff, play it to Kalvin, then he comes up with the drums and we go from there. When Christian was with us, he came up with his own bass parts. A lot of it is based on jamming and that experience; that experience of improvisation and understanding amongst each other. And of course, it is about the riffs!

Q: Why did Doom Metal Alliance choose Doomsower for one of their first releases? What did Ed (hallo Ed!) find in your music? And do you have any other offers to release “Vintage Era”?

-I think these are questions for Ed! haha Ed has always supported us and has been one of the few people to give us such great promotion. We never got any other offers per say…and as far as other releases are concerned, we have our first demo which you can get through us. We are still writing and hope to enter a real studio soon.

Q: By the way what does the album’s title mean?

-The album title is an homage to us. It’s an homage to the last two years that these songs have been living and breathing and morphing. They are, “vintage” to us…so basically, when we jam, we aren’t jamming these ones! Not that they are boring to us, but when you play the same songs for a year or better, you want to progress. So we recorded them and felt the “Vintage Era” really fit the sound and style of the songs. I think Kalvin came up with the title too….

Q: I’ve read that DMA wanted to release tribute CD to Black Sabbath and there must be your song too, don’t you know – is the label still planning to release this album? There are at least ten different tributes to Sabbath, does the world need another one?

-I think we recorded a very horrible version of, “Black Sabbath” for it. I’m actually glad it never got released. As far as tributes are concerned, they’re really cool. Especially when bands actually do more than just cover a band. A band that plays some old song note for note (there are exceptions of course) is really boring to me. It’s like, I’d rather just listen to the original song. But with Sabbath covers, no the world doesn’t need anymore. There are a few good ones out there, but at the end of the day what do you listen to? Someone trying to be Tony Iommi or Tony Iommi?

Q: Did you participant in a DMA sampler which is still free to download make your way to listeners easier? Hah… Can you say that you awoke famous after it’s release? 🙂

-It really helped spread the word about us for sure! Locally did it help us? No. Not at all. Globally though? Yes very much! Which is important for doom I suppose, it seems to be more popular in Europe.

Q: Do you feel support of the world doom community? With which bands do you collaborate and with whom would you like to record a split-album for example?

-We’ve gotten a handful of good responses both near and abroad. We don’t collaborate with anyone else. I’ve communicated with a few but nothing along the lines of, “Hey let’s do a split record” or what have you. I think it would be cool to do a split with maybe Grave Siesta from Finland though…and there is a band from California that we are going to probably do a split with. But that’s hush hush right now.

Q: You told that you had correspondence with organizers of Doom Shall Rise festival and as I understand there’s not any progress with this deal. Do you still search an opportunity to play in Europe or doing gigs in USA is enough?

-The Doom Shall Rise was a couple email conversations that didn’t go anywhere since my first interview with Doommantia years ago. haha We of course would love to come play in Europe and all over the US. Portland (and the surrounding area) gigs are our main concern right now though.

Q: And do you receive any feedback from listeners?

-A lot of people have said they like the album. I’ve been getting compliments about my voice and honestly it surprises and delights me. I guess Kalvin is the, “Keith Moon of Doom” and I’m somewhere in between Iommi and Wino playing guitar and Scott Regers and Tom G. Fischer with my vocals. haha Whatever people think they think!

Q: Justin, I would like to ask you about Beaverton, your home town, what is this place? I like to know something new about places where I’ve never been, so a few words about this town would be interesting.

Hmm yes Beaverton. It’s just another one of Portland’s suburbs. It’s not a hostile place. It’s not particularly exciting either. There’s a great record shop though that we frequent. But Portland is, “where it’s at” so to speak. And luckily for us it’s only a 15 minute drive. As far as anything else unique about our home…well the weather is usually decent and there’s plenty of forests around us.

Q: Well, man, what do you know about Russia? 🙂 Is Red Alert still actual in States? Anyway believe me – I would do my best to not allow our guys to bomb Oregon!

-Well besides the old USSR…nothing! haha Also the Witchfinder General record, “Soviet Invasion” which has nothing to do with Russia except for the name. Russia is definitely a fascinating place! All the social happenings, the fact that no country has been able to successfully invade it, and all the legends/legacies of past rulers make it very interesting. And I bet it’s fucking cold!

Q: Right now it is! Thank you, Justin, that’s all for today, God speed on Doomsower! Send my best wishes to Kalvin and let me know when you’ll have something new to offer to listeners! Would you like to say few more words to our readers?

-Thank you so much for doing this Aleks. There’s not a whole lot more to say…I just hope people will listen to us and appreciate us for who we are and what we do. Check us out on facebook and spread the word! Support the Doom Metal Alliance by visiting the downloads page. We are grateful for everything we have and we know that the best is yet to come. Much love and respect!
-The Saint Justin Doom

Interview By Aleks Evdokimov

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Posted February 19, 2011 by doommantia in Doomsower

2 responses to “Sower Mighty Doomsower – A Interview With Justin Doom …

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  1. No offense to the band or to Aleks and Ed but Doomsower have a long way to go if they are ever going to be considered anything more than a bedroom/Myspace band. They have great ideas but their playing, vocals and the production of their recordings is truly horrible. This interview was interesting but I get the feeling that Justin and the other guy are living in a fantasy world.

  2. Fantasy world, I don't think so and I didn't get that feeling myself from reading the interview. True, production has got a way to go but as players, they are great.

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