In December, I was fortunate enough to speak with Jake, the vocalist of rising metal stars, Visigoth:
1. What inspired the name of the band and what are your influences?
“We had a big list of names, and we checked through all of them. Visigoth was the first name that wasn’t taken, or at least not by any band that was still active. The name was also pretty cool as it had historical connotations with its links to the historical Visigoth people. As for our influences, well bands like Omen, Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, Riot, Jag Panzer, Solstice, Candlemass, Running Wild and Scorpions were big influences for us.”
2. Could you talk us through the writing process for the new album?
“Our music was primarily written by our guitarist Lee, who would write parts or a whole song. I think Jameson our other guitarist wrote one song, we’d work together once the initial songs were created, to tighten them and make them perfect. That was the process for all the songs, I think on the record songs that stand out the most to me include Warrior Queen and Traitor’s Gate. The lyrics for these songs were always written last, usually on the day of recording. As for what we wanted to achieve for the album, we wanted to journey to another place and time. The integral themes of the album were fantasy storytelling, and you know, finding the inner strength to deal with the challenges of life.”
3. What plans have you got for the future?
“Our album comes out in February, then we’re heading out on tour. We want to release our third record much quicker than our second one, we’ve already started putting songs together.”