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10 Quick Ones with DROGOTH of WITCH CASKET – May 2018

According to a recent press release: “Southern California Blackened Death Metal outfit Witch Casket has released their debut album entitled “Hatred Index”, and is available now for purchase on CD or download through the band’s profile page at CDBaby. The album, which is an EP, was produced, engineered and mixed by the band’s guitarist, Colin “Nylock” Cameron, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum of Maor Appelbaum Mastering. Performing on the album is guitarist Nylock, handling guitar, bass, drums, Piano Keyboards, and Orchestral Arrangements.  Vocals were performed by Drogoth, with additional guitar by Neal Tiemann.”  We get Drogoth to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Hatred Index is the debut release from the band.  A few of us used to be in a Symphonic Black Metal band called Sothis. After that project broke up, we wanted to try a slightly different style of music, that was a bit more melody driven, yet still dark and aggressive. We still use symphonic elements, but the focus is definitely on the guitar melodies and driving rhythms. I feel that it’s a much more dynamic style of music than my previous band, and while I’m still very proud of that music’s releases, this new project feels like it might be fit for a wider audience.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Well, my career as a musician is sort of split into two parts.  When I was in high school, I started a Thrash Metal band as a drummer, but eventually I moved away from my home town to focus on my career, and I eventually sold my drums and basically stopped playing music. After many years of not playing music, I reached a point in my life where I felt like it was something I couldn’t leave behind.  I decided to start a Black Metal band as a vocalist, and set out to find other musicians that wanted to start a new project.  I eventually met some people that were searching for a vocalist, and we started what would eventually become Sothis.  The rest is history.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Naglfar, Old Man’s Child, Rotting Christ, Nevermore, and Death

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

I would say Warrel Dane, as I’m such a huge fan of his vocals, and I feel like our styles would compliment each other in a dark and aggressive song.  It’d also be nice to have him back on the planet again.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

It’s the aural equivalent to having your face repeatedly pummeled by a rabid gorilla who’s really upset about the current political climate. On top of that, he’s got chapped lips and really bad jock itch, so he’s just generally in a really foul mood, and is currently 100% focused on smashing your face.  It’s like that, with drums.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

For me, it’s the best way to release aggression.  I’m normally a pretty positive person, but there’s definitely a really dark side to me, and being able to release that aggression through music keeps me sane.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Nylock cooks, I get the drinks, and we don’t bother with guitars while hanging out, that’s for work time!

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

My dream job would be to make enough money to actually do music for a living!  That said, I have a pretty sweet day job.  I’m an Art Director and I work in video game development, so I’m pretty lucky to have a career that’s in a creative field, and allows me to spend my free time making music.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

I don’t really believe in wishing things could be different.  I’m a strong believer in the fact that every lesson learned in life is to prepare you for your future.  Every experience teaches you something, and if you’re wise, you won’t repeat your mistakes.  There are certainly things that have happened that I wish had gone differently, like the break up of my last band, but without that happening, this new project may never have happened, so I’m happy to be where I am today, and I have high expectations in my own ability to move forward having learned some valuable lessons along the way.

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would say Old Man’s Child: Ill-Natured Spiritual Invasion.  I’m such a huge fan of Galder’s song writing, and to be able to do the vocals for his project would be a dream come true.  That album is just full of amazing riffs and is an incredibly impressive listen from beginning to end.  I never get tired of it.





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