Interview: Enfold Darkness

Since their beginnings in 2007, Enfold Darkness has gone through different lineup changes, toured relentlessly and put out a full length album “Our Cursed Rapture” in 2009.  Being one of the only bands on Sumerian Records who aren’t considered a core band (the other being The Faceless) Matt Brown and James Turk of Enfold Darkness talk about being signed to a record label, their influences and life on the road before on of their shows in Trenton, NJ.

How long have you guys been a band for?

Matt-We started back in January of 2006. I don’t think we had our current line up or at least something resembling it until…
James- I would say 2007. I remember I was playing in a different band at the time when Enfold went to record the CD and it turned out the bassist and the vocalist didn’t have their shit together so they called me. So I would later in ’07.

Does the name, Enfold Darkness have any particular meaning or is it just something cool you thought of?

Matt-Yea, definitely more of the latter. It was basically my first band and I was just trying to find something that had a decent ring to it at least.

What are some of the bands biggest influences?

Matt-Speaking for myself and I think this is pretty true for the rest of the band, we listen to a lot of black metal and death metal. I think the album and our sound as well has a thrash sound to it. I come from more of a thrash background.
James-I’m pretty much the same, I like more of the experimental black metal and stuff on that side. I came up on the early death metal bands such as Morbid Angel and Suffocation.

I understand you guys just got off tour with Pestilence, how did that happen? Was it just manager work or did the band specifically request you?

Matt- Yea that was just manager work.

You guys are continuing to tour after this leg with Vital Remains right?

Matt-Yea we have five weeks off I think then we go out with, Through the eyes the Dead and we have some other tours that haven’t been announced quite yet, but I guess they’re still in the works. I’m pretty sure we’re going to be touring pretty heavily until the end of this year at least.

How is having label support as opposed to not being signed before? Did you guys do any tours before you signed with Sumerian or was it all just local shows?

Matt- We tried our best to tour but we never had much success booking it ourselves. We would mostly do weekend warrior type shows.  Mainly just internet and promotion.

What’s the biggest misconception to being signed to a record label?

Matt- That you make any money. It’s definitely a brutal lifestyle for sure

We were talking earlier about how pretty much everyone on Sumerian records is a death-core band; how do you guys feel about death-core?

James-I like certain aspects of it, mainly the death. A lot of the Sumerian bands have a pretty unique take on death-core. Most core bands I feel rely too heavily on the simplistic breakdown and I feel a lot more could be done with those rhythms.  Most bands don’t make them melodic enough or interesting enough.

Who is your favorite band on Sumerian Records?

Matt- The faceless.
James- We actually got signed to Sumerian  because we opened up for The Faceless once and Michael Keane  (lead guitarist of the Faceless) liked what he heard so he told the Sumerian guys about us and the rest just kind of worked out.

What would you say is the single best show you guys have played?

Matt-This past tour with Pestilence, Seattle was definitely one of the best responses we’ve had. But then again going out with the faceless a few years back in Orlando, Florida we also had great responses. Manchester, New Hampshire with The Faceless last year was amazing. The way the room was set up was elbow to elbow.
James- The stage was such that we were pretty much playing on the floor and everybody was just right in your face. It was fantastic.

When do you guys expect to have anything new come out?

James- Well, we’ve got some material in the works. We hope to really start finalizing it and doing some pre-production stuff early next year. Hopefully we can record early next summer but as far as a release date we can’t say.

How do you think Myspace and other social networking sites have helped your career?

Matt- It would have been a lot harder for us considering we weren’t touring to actually generate any attention for ourselves. For the longest time we were just an internet band and we didn’t really do anything besides play some shows here. The main sort of exposure for us came from myspace.


About Dan Clark

I'm a student at the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania who is working on becoming a journalist. I have an interest in all genres of music but focus primarily on Metal, Punk, and Alternative Rock.

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