1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The band was formed in 2012 by Conrad Viz (Guitar/Vocals) Started as a 3 piece with Jeff Clark (Bass) and Norm Rodriguez (Drums). In 2013 added a 2nd Guitarist Danny Blaze. Final line up change took place in 2014 when we added a New Drummer, New Lead vocalist and New 2nd Guitarist and turned into a 5 piece band. All members were previously in other bands before joining Ancient Spell. Current members are: Donnie Marhefka (Lead Vox) Conrad Viz (Guitar/ Vox) Jeff Clark (Bass) Robert Thompson (Drums) and Dan Rado (Guitar)
2. What made you guys decide to form a band?
Conrad Viz decided to form Ancient Spell as a new project in 2012 after leaving his previous band.
3. How would you describe your style?
Heavy Doom Death Metal
Which bands influenced your music?
Black Sabbath – Death – Black Label Society – Trouble – Pantera – St Vitus – slayer – Corrosion of Conformity
4. The new album “Forever in Hell” came out on Minotauro Records on September 18 , how did you get in contact with this label and how would you describe the support they have given you so far?
Found out about Minotauro Records through previous band member Danny Blaze. Contacted Glenn Wrigley. They have given us worldwide distribution and heavy promotion.
5. How did you guys came up with your band name?
Conrad Viz came up with name. It is his interpretation of Death. The thought that Death is the oldest Spell in the history of mankind. A spell we can not break.
We all have to die. We are under that Spell The Ancient Spell
6. Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the all ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process?
Lyrics mainly taken from the concept of the band name. Mostly written by Conrad Viz. So the themes are mainly about Death, Dying and the Doom we live because of Death. Other members are now contributing to writing lyrics and are expanding concepts a bit more. But staying in the whole Doom genre.
7. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?
With the new lineup… AMAZING!!!! Energy was intense!!! Played to a packed house at the world famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California.
8. Do you have any amusing stories from when you recorded your album or when you where on the road?
Not really. Just had the best time ever doing what we love to do. Creating music, recording music, and playing it live for our fans!!!
9. Tell me a little about the releases you have and where they are available for purchase?
1st self titled album recorded in 2012 independent release in 2013, now out of print, but can still be bought as digital download on iTunes and CDBaby.com.
2nd album Forever in Hell recorded in 2015 release on Minotauro Records Sept 8th 2015 can be bought directly from Minotauro Records page and also iTunes, CDbaby.com.
10. Let everyone know what the band has planned for the future.
We are planning to do another small U.S. tour and maybe Europe in support of “Forever in Hell” Album. Also planning on writing new material in 2016 for our next album we may be releasing in 2017.
11. Where can we listen to your band and where people can buy your stuff?
Best places to buy at: http://www.minotaurorecords.com/#!ancient-spell/c243p and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ancientspell2
12. Anything else you think you want to add and your fans should know?
We love all our fans! We call them our Ancient Spell Doom Warriors!!!! ASDW! We thank them for all their Love and Support!!! And we hope you spread the word about Ancient Spell music so we can grow the Warriors!!! Doom on!!! \m/