I thought that HOTH should be a pretty exclusive band name but then I found out that there is at least another band by the same name. This band comes from Seattle. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-We are Hoth, a metal band from Seattle, WA. We formed in 2011 and put out our latest album entitled “Oathbreaker” last year.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-I don’t remember having to really pick a name. It just sort of came to us. Hoth is short, easy to remember, easy to pronounce. It evokes images of cold, snowy, wastelands, it is pretty much perfect for us. Truth be told, we came up with the name before we wrote a single song, so maybe it was the name that guided us along the frosty sonic path we are on.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
-We are big fans of black metal like Windir and Dissection, older classics like King Diamond and Iron Maiden, and we love some of the high speed riffs from the likes of Skeletonwitch and Vektor. Our inspirations are numerous, and exist beyond the realm of metal, but lately we’ve been listening to Moonsorrow, Winterfylleth, and a handful of other pagan black metal.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of cd verses vinyl these days of internet promotion?
-CDs/Vinyls are both great. But CDs are a cheaper to manufacture than vinyl. Vinyl is very expensive, harder to ship, takes longer to produce, and it is impossible to know how many fans will actually want to buy one, since they are still a bit of a novelty in this digital age we live in. There is no denying how cool they are though.

Is digital killing the album format?
-No, not in our experience. We actually have more fans who buy physical CDs from us than digital downloads. People like holding a CD in their hands, flipping through the pages, and looking at the artwork. Some people like digital more, but it’s not “killing” the physical format. The two can peacefully co-exist.

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Artwork is important to make a good first impression. If you skimped on the artwork and the layout looks like garbage, people are going to assume you did the same with your music. With our artwork on “Oathbreaker” we wanted an image that expresses the themes of the album: coldness, loneliness, tragedy, agony, etc. The artist we commissioned for the piece, Dusty Peterson, captured that perfectly, we think.

Is it a whole different way to promote a cd today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
Social media is great, to an extent, but nothing is more powerful than word of mouth. Anybody can buy advertising online, but having someone go out of their way to tell you about a cool new band is priceless. I think metalheads realize that and put a lot of stock into word of mouth.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Absolutely, we’ve had fans reach out to us all over the world. Metal is certainly a community that reaches beyond borders.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Right now we are not playing any live shows. For us, for this project, playing live is secondary to composing compelling and interesting music. Touring can really help your promotion, but it is hard to do since we both work day jobs and have other responsibilities that keep us from going on the road. Creating the best possible music we can is always our number one priority.

What will the future bring?
-Right now we are compiling thoughts and ideas in preparation of writing and recording a new album that will hopefully build upon the success of “Oathbreaker” and usher in an era of even greater darkness and frost to this wretched earth.

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