ANCIENT VISIONZ INTERVIEW W/ SIGIL BY PATRICK & GAZ
1. Patrick: Hello Alex how are things going with you these days in Texas? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Things are great! I'm Alex, lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band.
2. Patrick: How did you all come up with Sigil for the band name and what is the current line-up of the band?
A sigil is a magical symbol of intent or power. It's basically a way to train and program the mind to complete or accomplish a task. The current line up is myself, Thomas Schlict on lead guitar, O'Neal Rodges on bass and Reeve Allen on drums.
3. Patrick: Sigil's music seems to draw influences from a few different genres who would you say are the bands biggest influences?
Entombed is for sure the biggest, but I draw from many of the old school Swede death bands: Dismember, Grave, Entrails, etc. Tragedy and American crust bands are a big influence on me too.
4. Patrick: Kingdom Of The Grave is the band’s debut release. How long did it take to write Kingdom Of The Grave?
It took about a year to write the record and just a few months to get it fine tuned, demo and then recorded.
5. Patrick: Alex you take care of the vocals so I figure you write the lyrics for the music. What are some topics you write about?
My lyrics come from a very personal place. I write about my experiences with depression, suicide, addiction and my political beliefs
6. Patrick: Does Sigil play live very often or do you prefer to work in the studio? What have been some of the bands most memorable shows?
We generally don't play live often here in our hometown so as not to over saturate our shows. We do plan on touring soon and kicking off a few out of town spots.
7. Patrick: Are there any tours or shows in support of Kingdom Of The Grave this spring or summer? If yes where will the band be playing
Yes. We plan on going out in the late summer and touring the deep south and east coast. Dates to come!
8. Gaz: What do enjoy the most about making metal music?
For me, it's the easiest and most energetic vehicle to express my thoughts and feelings about a given subject.
9. Gaz: Do you plan to build upon the themes explored in this album with the next release?
Most likely I'll touch on them and given our current political climate, bring more of that theme into the fray
10. Gaz: What are some of your favorite movies?
I love 80's horror, specifically John Carpenter. The Thing, From Beyond, They Live and The Gate are at the top of my list.
11. Gaz: Which is your favorite track from the album?
Even The Gods Will Burn is probably my favorite. It packages all aspects of our sound into a fast paced, energetic, 3 minute song.
12. Gaz: What would you like fans to take away from Kingon Of The Grave when they hear it?
Not that we're trying to reinvent the wheel, but repackage what we love about our influences and create a really awesome, digestible record.
13. Patrick: Besides metal music do you or any of the members listen to any other genres of music? If yes who are some of your favorite bands?
I know that all of us, being from Texas really love country; the outlaws, like Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard specifically. I've been on a pretty serious Run the Jewels kick lately as well. Best hip hop group of the last decade in my opinion.
14. Patrick: Thank you Alex for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Thanks for interviewing me! Listen to our record and buy our shit! You can do both at https://sigildeath.bandcamp.com/