1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
We (STORMTIDE) are a symphonic fantasy/death metal band from a little country known to some as Australia. To others, “Down Under”. Having been hard at work these past three and a bit years on our debut album “Wrath of an Empire” we are finally ready to release through the awesome Metal Hell Records.
2.How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?
A fusion. We’ve worked tirelessly to blend together our favourite genres combining black, death, symphonic and folk metals to create something entirely new. Or at least we hope that’s what we’ve done!
3.Your lyrics cover a lot of High Fantasy themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Sure. Everyone in the band is a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons, video games and fantasy literature. In fact, the song “The Green Duck” is based on the tavern in our Dungeons and Dragons campaign.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Stormtide'?
That’s a good question! It came to us after a few failed (and hilarious) attempts at creating a name. It seemed to just fit.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We try and make each show as important and as exciting as the last. We’ve had the opportunity to play packed capacity venues supporting our favourite bands as well as playing to a few angry football fans at our local. Our stage performance is the same regardless – Cloaked, furious and fun.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Can’t say too much to that just yet, let’s just say some things are in the works!
7.The new album is coming out on 'Metal Hell Records', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Metal Hell have been really great to work with. They gave us a really great opportunity to promote the kind of music that most mainstream labels wouldn’t take a chance on.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive these past few years. We have fans all over the world who regularly message us asking for updates, merch and when we’ll be touring to their country!
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
It’s becoming a bit of a cliché to say “heavier and darker” about future music these days. We’re just aiming for “Better”!
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Our influences range from old school black metal to epic symphonic metal. Our favourite bands are along the lines of Insomnium, Equilibrium and Wintersun.
11.Does Paganism play any role in your music?
Not so much! We try and avoid any religious overtones in our music.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Video games, reading, live performance theatre.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
We look forward to seeing what people say regarding this new album!