Interview with Thrasher’s Toxic Ruin done on 4-6-17
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Interview with Toxic Ruin done by Patrick
1.Hello please introduce yourself to the readers?When did you first get into metal music?
Hey dudes, my name is Dave Miller. I play drums for Toxic Ruin, and I have been listening to heavy Metal since birth.
2.Who were some of the first bands you listened to and who are some of your current favorite bands?
As a young kid I was all about Metallica. It was until I was about 13 that I started getting turned on to heavier music by my friends. Pantera, Slipknot, lamb of god, and other early 2000’s metal bands peaked my interest, but at the time I still didn’t know too much of the underground world of heavy metal. Nowadays some of my favorites are Revocation, Warbringer, and some super heavy proggy stuff too, like Beyond Creation. But I still have lots of love for the classics that started it all.
3.Besides metal music do you listen to other forms of underground music? If yes who are some of your favorite artists and bands?
Honestly, not very much. I am pretty much 99.99999% Metal haha.
4.In 2010 you first started The Ruin what gave you all the idea to start this band?
The idea was mostly between myself and one other member who is not a part of the current Toxic Ruin. We were, up until that point, a band who played only old hard rock and heavy metal covers and we no longer wanted cover songs to be our priority. So, we decided to ditch the couple guys in the group who weren’t into original material and begin putting our ideas into written structure.
5.What made you all decide to change the name of the band to Toxic Ruin ?What is the current line up of the band? For the readers who have never heard Toxic Ruin’s music how would you best describe the style?
The name change was brought on after the last major line-up change. We felt that the sound had changed so much with the shift in members, that a new name needed to be introduced as well. We were basically an all new band by this point in time. The current lineup is made up of Jake Baneck and Mike Hasselman on guitars, Stephen Behrendt on bass, Chubz (Tyler) Troulier on vocals and myself. Our style of music is epically orchestrated thrash metal that is fast, in your face, and always taking new turns.
6.Toxic Ruin released their debut full-length “Subterranean Terror” digitally are their any plans to release it on a physical format soon?
Subterranean Terror has been available on CD since the release was made. There has been thought of releasing Cassettes or vinyl, but so far nothing has been made available. You can order the physical copy on CD through our bandcamp page and we will ship anywhere! Check out all of our other merch while you’re there too! Toxicruin.bandcamp.com
7.How long did it take the band to write the music for this release?Does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything?
Subterranean Terror took about a year to finish writing and then another full year to fully record it. For the most part our writing process is a combined effort. We will all come in with different riffs or song sections and just piece together whatever is on the table. Sometimes one of us will have an entire song written when we come in, but nothing is set in stone until it’s printed on the album.
8.Who usually takes care of writing the lyrics for the music what are some topics you all wrote about on “Subterranean Terror”
Everyone but Jake and myself haha. I’m no good at putting words together, just at putting cool noises together. Jake is the same way, he’s a riff machine and has no time for lyrics haha. Some of the topics the other guys wrote about were battling Demons, killer underground worm dragons, and devastation of the planet by evil androids. Not much of the album is serious, and mostly it contains farfetched tails of metal fantasies.
9.Has the band started working on new music for the next release? Any idea how many songs will be on it? Will the band self-release the next one or would you like to work with a label?
We absolutely have! So far it’s sounding killer and we can’t wait to start recording and showing it to people! We’re shooting to have more tracks on this one than the 10 that we included on Subterranean Terror, but we’re not sure on what it will total out at yet. There are no plans yet for how it will be released. It would be cool to work with a label but it’s also not totally necessary for us.
10.Besides the debut does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers to buy? If yes what is available and where can the fans buy it?
Bandcamp! You can find all of our merch and downloads available on our bandcamp page and we will ship anywhere! Shirts, CD’s, and even can koozies! toxicruin.bandcamp.com
11.What does underground metal mean to you all?
Underground, to me, means keeping true to your roots. Not giving into what the mainstream expects to hear and staying off of the bandwagon. There are enough cookie cutter death punch bands out there, we don’t need to add more shit to the pile.
12.Besides playing in Toxic Ruin are any of the members currently working with any other bands? If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
Not at the moment. We are all working stiffs and hold full time jobs outside of Toxic Ruin, so there is no time for other projects.
13.When not working on new music or band business what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
My time is spent with my wife, taking care of my baby girl. And if I can sneak away once in a while you can usually find me riding my dirt bike at the local track.
14.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final words for the readers?
Stay metal, eat your veggies, and Nickelback SUCKS! Check us out and like our Facebook page to stay current on Toxic Ruin news. http://www.facebook.com/toxicruin.metal Thanks guys!