WINDS OF LENG

WINDS OF LENG is a band that I’ve just come in contact with but I found them to be that interesting that I had to interview them Anders Ekdahl ©2017

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
JT – Ok. Winds of Leng is a death metal band from Arizona. The band is currently a 3 piece consisting of myself, Josh, on vocals and guitar, DZ on Drums and AS on guitar. We all shared the bass duties on the recording. We just released our first album, Horrid Dominion, digitally on June 23.

How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
JT – It’s difficult now so many good names are taken. Above all it had to feel like it fit us and that is why we had it for some time before really deciding to go with it.

What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
JT – For me Iron Maiden started my love of metal. As far as the more extreme stuff I had a few albums before but it was Tales From the Thousand Lakes by Amorphis that really opened the floodgates for me and made me want to do this. Today it is still Maiden, and mostly 90’s death and black metal. Lot of good stuff coming out recently too. I’m inspired by love of this stuff!

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
JT – Well the disadvantage for physical media is obviously the convenience. It’s a pain to carry around, and it’s amazing that so many of us have a world of music available instantly. That being said, for myself I don’t form near as much a connection unless I have the physical package in my hands. The artwork, lyrics, pictures, it’s all part of the deal for me and digital just can’t match that feeling.

I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
JT – There is worry that it could devalue music to a critical point, but I think there are enough fans of music and people that love to make it. I think the physical format will make a bit of a comeback, though never to the level it once was. I think the rise in vinyl is a good sign of that.

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
JT – Like I said above it’s all part of the deal and for me personally it is really important. It’s all connected. I still get a little bummed out when I get a cd and there’s nothing in the booklet! For Horrid Dominion the artwork was done by the awesome Alex Tartsus based on the lyrics and some of our concepts and every track on the album is represented in the artwork.

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
JT – Oh yeah. A band like us was able to come out of nowhere just starting with this recording and get a lot of coverage that would have been impossible before all these outlets. Of course it is still word of mouth in the end just of a different kind. Downside to that is there’s so much available it’s hard to stand out, the material better be good.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
JT – We have a lot of friends on the local scene so yes on that point, although to date we have been a studio only band so not on the live front. After the way Horrid Dominion has been received so far I do feel in a small way part of an international or global scene. We’ve had feedback from all over.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
JT – Though we haven’t played live yet we are working on that side of things now.

What will the future bring?
JT – First up for Horrid Dominion is a limited cassette run through Metalstrom records, and the band is working on other physical options. We’re already working on new material as well, really looking forward to growing our sound. Hopefully shows soon too.

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