Krysthla released their new studio album recently and they also played on this year’s Bloodstock Festival. Bass player Carl Davis had a chat with Grande Rock about the new album and the band’s future plans among other things. Read more below…
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Hi Carl, I’m glad we’re given the chance to talk about your new full-length album “Worldwide Negative”. Which are those elements that separate the new album from your previous albums?
C: It’s definitely a progression. We’ve obviously grown as a band, and we’ve added a few new elements this time round too. We’ve generally tried to expand on the whole “Krysthla” sound of the first two records, and then add extras here and there.
What does the album title “Worldwide Negative” declare?
C: It’s intended to highlight the general misery that has enveloped the world of late.
Neil Hudson (guitarist) stated that the new album has exceeded what the band thought they had in the tank. Why’s that and what has changed in the songwriting process?
C: The tank grew! We’ve definitely pushed ourselves more in terms of songwriting and the soundscapes that we can produce.
Do give us a hint about each track:
C: “Negative”: This one deals mainly with suicide and works with track 2…
“Reawaken”: …which deals with the flip side and finding a way out to live your one life.
“Grief Is New Love”: This talks about finding solice in grief and misery
“Zero Sum Game”: This is the fine line between life and death and everything that happens in the middle.
“White Castles”: This mostly centres on paedophilia in the entertainment industry.
“Psalm of Heartlessness”: This one talks about division, building walls and the manipulation of Nationalism.
“Aurea Mediocritas”: it’s all about finding a balance between us, earth, and progress.
“The Gift”: Is the gift of misery that someone committing suicide leaves behind and bestows upon their loved ones.
Neil Hudson (guitarist) did the album’s production. Does he prefer to have the total control of the final outcome? Did he ever think of working with an outsider producer?
C: Total control!!
How did the cooperation with PHD occur?
C: We’ve had a long history with PHD going back to 2003 when they handled distribution for our old band. They’ve always looked after us well, so when we decided we were going to self-release the first Krysthla album and needed a distribution company, they were the first we approached. We’ve followed the same format for all three releases now.
How would you characterize “Worldwide Negative” and what are your expectations from the new album?
C: We just wanted to put out an album that was an accurate snapshot of exactly where the band is in summer 2019, and we are honestly very pleased with the result and the way it’s been received too.
How would you describe your music style to someone that hasn’t heard of you before?
C: We are basically an extreme metal band.
How do you feel that you’ve played at Bloodstock Festival this year?
C: It was great. It’s a huge honour to be asked to open the main stage and we feel we grasped the opportunity with both hands. The crowd was big, so we are very grateful for everyone who came to see us for making the effort.
It’s time for our Weird Questions!!! How did you come up with the name Krysthla initially?
C: It’s derived from the seven core sounds of the creation of the universe.
Fill in the phrase… “Extreme Metal wouldn’t have evolved the way it did, if it hadn’t been for…”
C: Birmingham…
Which do you consider to be the best male & female vocalist in metal history?
C: Tough one, and as we are all sat in our rehearsal studio answering these questions there has been much debate. I suppose Devin Townsend and Tatiana Shmaylyuk would take some beating.
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
C: “Grace” by Jeff Buckley or “Ocean Machine” by Devin Townsend.
Which is that band that you’d like to be part of (any time & era)?
C: Led Zeppelin!
Who is the sexiest female Rock Star of all time?
C: Sebastian Bach!
Which is the composer/songwriter who influenced extreme metal music the most?
C: Probably Tony Iommi!
If you had the opportunity to invite any musician, living or dead, to play on your album whom would you choose and why?
C: We’d probably go with Dimebag. He’s got that undeniable groove in his playing.
If you had the chance to travel in time… where would you choose to go? To the past or the future and why?
C: To the beginning of all time to see the world before the human race fucked it all up
Were you obliged to give just one album to extraterrestrials that would represent the whole human music, which album would it be and from which band/artist?
C: “City” by Strappng Young Lad!
Imagine that your girlfriend/wife/life partner is selling your whole album-collection just to buy an expensive ring for herself. How would you react?
C: We’d look forward to our best mates moving in…
Finally, we’ve come to the end Carl. Thx for talking to Grande Rock. Say anything you feel like saying before we close. Take care, dude!
C: Thanks for your time dude! And everyone buy our albums. Immediately…