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A Dirty Dozen with A FITTING REVENGE – June 2022

| 17 June 2022 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Rochester, NY based Heavy Melodic Metal band A FITTING REVENGE has released the official music video for their single, “The Overthrow.” Produced by Jack Daniels (WAR OF AGES) with SickTones Studio (Life By Death, Fleshkiller), with mastering by John Douglass (Nile, Carnifex, Amon Amarth Records), “The Overthrow” is off of the band’s upcoming album, Omnipresence, due to release July 1, 2022. Breaking onto the metal scene on April Fool’s Day of 2012, A FITTING REVENGE is an aggressive jab to the frontal lobe of Melodic Death Metal. Hailing from Rochester, NY, the band is rooted in eclectic influences, and deeply motivated by a laser-like songwriting focus. A FITTING REVENGE is launching their punishing and epic SciFi metal storytelling directly to the masses.” We get Ledwing and Brian to discuss new music, influences, and more…

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 you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Ledwing: Our upcoming release is called Omnipresence, and it’s our second LP, releasing on July 1 2022. I think the main thing a fan might not pick up on first listen are the specific areas where we take other bands or genres and melt them into our music. I’m proud of the fact that we do it well enough where the mix is subtle. As for hidden nuggets, most of the songs hold small Easter Egg references to other songs on the album or off Tempus Fugit, our first LP. There are also occasionally blink-and-you-miss-it references to some video games and movies.

Brian: The entire album can be looked at as a novel with multiple short stories telling a bigger story to the listener. We are all big Sci-Fi fans, so this is our take on creating a story for people. We’ve already started working on an EP as well that will dive even more into the story we started with Omnipresence.

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

Ledwing: I was born into a family of musicians, but for a while I didn’t really care about being a musician after years of doing middle school and later high school jazz band. The first move toward playing music was when I was given three metal albums: Pantera’s Reinventing the Steel, Iron Maiden’s Brave New World, and Metallica’s self-titled album. After that I started playing Guitar Hero and realized I could just pour time into actually playing guitar. At that point I grabbed my girlfriend’s guitar and started learning.

Brian: I grew up playing guitar and taking lessons from a young age. My father is a banjo player, so I grew up playing country, blues, and bluegrass before transitioning into rock and heavy metal at a later age. I knew I wanted to be a musician/entertainer when I saw Garth Brooks smash his guitar in the mid 90’s. I thought it was the most badass thing I had ever seen.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Ledwing: Early on it was Metallica, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, and Disturbed all day.

Brian: I have been fortunate that I was exposed to so many different genres growing up. I would discover a band and then that would lead to multiple other bands. I think I would probably have to go with This Godless Endeavor by Nevermore. Jeff Loomis has the most incredible rhythm and lead tone and paired with Andy Sneap’s production is just monstrous.

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

Ledwing: That’s a tough one because I like so many musicians. If it can only be one, I would say Joe Satriani.

Brian: Again I’d have to go with Jeff Loomis. I think his songwriting and structure are just incredible.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

Ledwing: This is more important than people realize. I wise man told me that learning to relax and decompress is one of the most important skills you will need to learn. For me, I like to work out at a karate dojo here in town. I’ve also taken up performing magic, mostly close-up sleight of hand. When I’m not doing those, I’m working on the house or playing video games with my wife. The ability to unwind has been, I’ve found, highly beneficial to musical creativity by the way.

Brian: I’m big into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, camping and streaming on Twitch. I try to be as active as possible because living in Central New York the amount of days you get snow or rain is most of the year, so I try to get out as much as possible when it is nice out.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Ledwing: Great question. I would say that our music looks to strike a balance between heaviness and clarity. So think of it as a wall of sound that’s fast and aggressive, but the lyrics are easy to understand even though they are screamed. Think of taking Lamb of God, removing a lot of the blues influence, adding more shreddiness, and throwing in some orchestration and synth a la Dethklok and Devin Townsend Project. Then add a pinch of Revocation complexity and some Avatar hooks. As for comparisons, I don’t know that I’ve received any cringe comparisons, but I’ve gotten some that I just didn’t see such as The Black Dahlia Murder and Death. Don’t get me wrong, I loved TBDM until infinity, but I just don’t see it.

Brian: It’s interesting because Ledwing and I have such different styles, but it compliments the music quite well. He is much more into the arpeggios, and I am more into the bluesy and melodic style for our solo’s. I hate all the sub-genre cliches that people categorize bands into so I would have to describe it as just metal. I also have never had a review that was “cringe” per say, but I’ve had some interesting interviews.

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

Ledwing: My wife cooks because she is an absolute artist and loves cooking for people. None of us really drink much and breaking out an acoustic guitar at a party is the quickest way to destroy the vibe short of murdering a kitten, so we would likely just break out the Xbox or N64.

Brian: I don’t drink or smoke, but I do love to cook and play acoustic hahaha! We generally hang out and game or talk about cars because Ledwing and I both love exotic/super cars.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Ledwing: I just saw Dave Mustaine walking to his tour bus a few weeks ago, but I was more tickled that he looked hella grumpy than starstruck. I was probably more starstruck meeting Michael Keene from The Faceless but that was also a situation where I had a full conversation. There was a smidge of starstruck-edness meeting CJ McMahon from Thy Art is Murder.

Brian: I’ve never been “starstruck” because I have always viewed it as being a musician as their job, but I think the one guy who would give me it would be James Hetfield.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Ledwing: The best part is when someone comes up to me and tells me they like the music or enjoyed the show. I do this for myself, but I also do it for the people. As for a dream job, if I couldn’t be a musician, I would be a performing magician.

Brian: I love creating music and art. Whether it’s in a studio or on a live stage I’m such a fan of music it’s just amazing being around it. If I could no longer be a musician, I would go back to being a firefighter. I loved that job and did it for over 10 years.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Ledwing: I always wanted to have interviewers ask philosophical questions. Honestly, I’m a fan of long form interviews and most interviews are short bits that don’t delve into the humanity of the interviewee. The lack of such deep dives is an example of why podcasts like Joe Rogan are so popular. As for what question I’m tired of answering, I would say “Who are your influences” has been done a ton. I really don’t mind answering, but I wish people would put another spin on it such as “What is one riff that was inspired by one of your influences and how?”

Brian: I’m not really sure. Probably something about food because when I’m on tour I love finding local spots and trying the food. I enjoy conversing with people, so I’ve always enjoyed getting to know people over good food. I would have to agree with Ledwing on the influence question.

11. 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,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Ledwing: I can’t think of anything at the moment, although maybe there would be some bands or bandmates I would skip working with. At the end of the day though, it all makes you who you are.

Brian: Definitely staying in my last band as long as I did. There were some decisions made that cost us 10’s of thousands of dollars and big tours. I’m extremely happy where I landed after because it was such a toxic environment, but I could have done without the headache and stress that was involved.

12. 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?

Ledwing: I would love to go back to 1987 and talk Lars and James out of dialing out the bass tone in …And Justice For All.

Brian: Either Appetite for Destruction or Purple Rain. Those albums are incredible, and I would have loved to have been there to see the writing process and creativity that went into creating such masterpieces.






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