After what seems like weeks of dealing with the mundane bullshit that is being a semi responsible adult. It feels good to once have my head buried in the plague and pestilence that is Metal. So I have decided to kick things off right with Gomarh's new album By the Means of Violence. The title tells you all there is to know about this band. Gomarh is a band that is rocks your shit by any means and they aren't above breaking some heads to do it. What you have in front of you now is just a small glimpse of the beautiful chaos that is Gamorah.
You just finished shooting the video for Excrement. How was working with Scott Hansen? When will we be able to see the video?
Working with Scott Hansen was a dream come true. He's a really awesome dude and he's local to us, Va Beach. After seeing some of his videos we knew it was the perfect match for us. He was able to do exactly what we wanted and wrapped his head around everything we had imagined for the video. The video will be ready in about a week or so. Until then you can check out the trailer for it on ourmyspace page.
Not long ago you started the hunt for a new bass player. How has the search been going? Who has been playing bass for the live shows?
We live in a town where musicians, let alone bass players, are few and far between. We've had a few people try out with no success so far. However we do have someone in mind who will be starting to jam with us very soon. As far as live shows go we have been sticking to a four piece so it doesn't take away from the chemistry we've developed over the years.
Your music blends some of the best aspects of American Hardcore with the best of what Extreme Metal scene in Europe has to offer. Who are some of you biggest musicalinfluences?
Jacob: Vocally and lyrically Randy Blythe from our home state's Lamb of God is someone I look up to tremendously. Also as a kid I attribute Cory Taylor from Slipknot and Chino Moreno of theDeftones for making me want to be a vocalist in a metal band.
Chris: I completely idolized Kirk Hammett as a kid growing up. Now a days I like alot of the stuff Between the Buried and Me, All Shall Perish, and Black Dahlia Murder do and I feel we have a similar idea of what Metal is.
Patches: Growing up as a kid I was definitely influenced by the unique playing of Eddie Van Halen and that's where I started wanting to play guitar. Now I feel I draw quite a bit of influence from Black Dahlia Murder, After the Burial.
Shawn: As a kid I grew up listening to alot of Classic Rock like Led Zeppelin (John Bonham), Jimi Hendrix (Mitch Mitchell) and that's where I really started wanting to play drums. Then after the grunge era I was introduced to At the Gates, Cannibal Corpse, Nile, and lots of other Death Metal. Of course I drawalot of my emotional influence from Hatebreed as far as the hardcore side goes. However I draw influences from alot of drumming greats like Billy Cobham , John Blackwell Jr., Dennis Chambers, and Jojo Mayer. Those are guys that don't even play metal but they're just such amazing musicians and percussionists.
Since the release of By Means of Violence you've been able to share the stage with some pretty awesome bands, who have been some of your favorite bands to play with?
Definitely Suicide Silence was one of the coolest shows we've ever played. We got to play this huge festival that was The Cleansing Cd release show, which also included Elysia, Despised Icon, Winds of Plague, See You Next Tuesday, just to name a few. After we got done with our set we ran into the guys and "hung out" in their van for like 2 hours and they were cool ass dudes. We've also been fortunate enough to share the stage with Unearth, Bury Your Dead, andOceano. Oceano actually took showers at one of our houses, cool ass dudes too.
By Means of Violence was released by the digital label Metelhit.com, do you think working with a digital label provides more freedom to the artist than a traditional label?
A digital label definitely allows more freedom with all the choices you make but we see it more as having a friend with some connections who can help us out with some of the finances that come along with being in a band. And as we all know theInternet market is definitely growing. However our dream of being on a traditional label with the opportunity to tour the world is still not out of the question. However now the Digital deal with Metalhit.com has definitely provided us with great promotion including an ad on lambgoat.com
and has allowed us to reach an audience we wouldn't normally have been able to grasp.
Whats your idea of the perfect crime and how would pull it off?
We bought the bullets for Kennedy's assassination, we gave Elvis the pills and bacon, we sawed off the barrel to Courtney Love's shotgun,and we started this East Coast West Coast battle, oh yeah where is Jimmy Hoffa?
The cover art for the album is brilliantly gruesome. Who designed the cover?
Mike Riddick, the owner of our favorite digital label Metalhit.com, actually designed the artwork. We tweaked on the idea just a little bit by adding the heart and the blood and what not. His brother MarkRiddick, acclaimed underground artist, did the sick ass logo u see on that shit.
Is there a follow up album in the works?
Why yes there is, we are currently writing new material as we speak and have already completed a few of the new tracks. But our main concern now is more shows and touring to promote this album(By the Means of Violence). However we will probably be debuting a demo or two in the next 6 to 8 months of some of the new album's material.
You guys seem to be on the road constantly, any chance of your getting back out to the West Coast anytime soon?
As of now the idea has never been too far from our thoughts however we don't have the resources and finances to support this kind of a trip. However when this new video comes out, who knows? All of that might change.
Anything you want to add before we wrap?
Yeah, thanks so much for this interview first off. And everybody go to www.myspace.com/gomorahmetal
to listen to some music, look at pics, check out merch (new merch coming soon!!), or drop by and say what's up to us. And last but not least, GET US FAMOUS!!