Hi! Before we start off, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. How have you been?
Not a problem, it's my pleasure. I have been good. The tour has been going great and I'm having a nice time.
The band needs no introduction – you guys have been at it since 2009 and have created the footprint of what technical deathcore has now become. Being around for so long, do you feel it gets easier to keep writing and reinventing yourselves over and over?
I have been in the band since 2014, but I have been in other bands for quite some time. In any musical situation there is always difficulty in writing material that isn't the same as old you wrote. I think as time goes on you learn more techniques for writing and it does get a little bit easier sometimes.
Congratulations on releasing ‘Ultu Ulla’ in a month. Having heard the record a bunch now, I fell in love with the absolute sense of evolution for the sound, and I feel it does so way more than your previous records. How happy are you with the result?
Yeah, totally. I think it's much more mature of an album. It was a lot of fun to write, and I think it's going to gain a lot of respect from new fans as well as satisfy our previous fans.
I’d like to go in-depth on a couple of songs that really stood out to me if you don’t mind, starting with opening song ‘Servant of this Sentience’, which starts with this very melodic progression and deranged tapping sequence that gets doubled by electronic sounds later. What made you choose this song as the opener on the record?
That was just how it ended up working out. I forgot the exact reasoning behind it, but I think it's a good opening song.
’Parallel Shift’ is one of my favorites on the record because of its unrelenting pace and epic scope due to prime examples of well-implemented orchestration. What can you tell me about the writing process for this song and did it differ in any way from the others?
Well, just like anything I write I try to make things as musical and epic as possible. A big part of what makes things epic for me is having a lot of layers. That's something I used not only on this song, but throughout the record. I think the first idea I had in that song was the end melody. It gets hinted at a couple times throughout the song but is never fully played until the end. The whole song is kind of a push/pull between tonic and dominant.
’Margidda’ has one of the nastiest grooves I’ve heard in a long while coming in at around 0:46. Do you feel groove is an important part of Rings of Saturn’s sound, or does it come after all of the intricacies of the technical kind are fleshed out?
Thanks. I think it's a cool part as well. Yes, absolutely. I think groove is very important. Not specifically just that, but dynamic in music is important and that's one way to add dynamic. I try to have everything written in a way where there are no other options that sound as good. There's no particular order, it just happens the way it happens.
’The Macrocosm’ is one of the less involved songs on the album speaking from a technical standpoint, but features a lot of inventive solo’s as well as a more melodic vibe. It also features some great rhythmic feels. The song stands out in every way. How did this one come to be?
There are some extremely difficult parts in that song, it's just not as a fast of a tempo as the other ones hahaha. They came to be as each album has an instrumental track on it. Well, like a lot of things are right it's all based off of a small amount of material. The entire song was built from the beginning progression of Amin-F7-E7. There is some modulation throughout the song, but that's what it all started from.
’Inadequate’ was the first video you guys released for the album. It’s heavy, sluggishly heavy at times, but also incorporates a lot of those prominent melodically inclined elements from the rest of ‘Ultu Ulla’. What made you choose this song as the first video from the album?
I think we felt it was a very strong indication of a new direction the band is taking. It is also a very solid song. We felt that listeners new and old would be able to enjoy it.
I want to thank you so much for your time, I can only imagine how busy you must be with the release drawing nearer. Is there anything you’d like to say to close out the interview?
It was a pleasure. I appreciate all the support from my fans, friends, and family. You guys make what we do possible.