Bass and vocals fiend Dan Groome kindly sat down with Worship Metal to talk all things dark and horsey, here’s the results……
So….what are The Darkhorse up to then?
“We are currently organising our album launch party taking place in Rushden at the Athletic Club with our good friends Resin / From Eden To Exile / Everest Queen / Numb / EEVAH. Once that’s over we are just trying to do as many shows as possible and hopefully in new places we’ve not been before. We’ve got some other festivals booked throughout the year and working on playing some more.”
Give us some insight on that album title of yours (The Carcass Of The Sun Will Sleep). What’s that all about?
“The title was incorporating some of our favourite bands into a killer sounding title Carcass / Sunn / Sleep”
UK metal – and doom and sludge in particular – is in very rude health at the moment. Why do you think the UK is currently producing such aggressively heavy sounds?
“I think it’s becoming a competition between bands on who can be the heaviest that and you’re getting a lot of them getting influenced by the hardcore scene bands like Black Tongue, they are brutally heavy but so aggressive, this hardcore doom crossover is becoming the new big thing.”
Which album/artist/gig/experience made you first realise you ‘Worshipped’ Metal?
I think I can vouch for the rest of the guys when I saw we were all pretty much raised on the 70’s rock bands of our parents, but me personally it was when my brother (Barry) came back from our cousins with hands full of metal albums which included Metallica’s Black album / GnR Use Your Illusion / Iron Maiden’s A Real Live One. This later developed to Pantera’s Vulgar Display Of Power / Fear Factory’s Demanufacture and Machine Head’s Burn My Eyes. These were the ground roots for our metal worshipping.”
Which 5 albums have had the biggest influence on your sound?
“Ooooh this ones hard, I’ll do my best.
The Chariot – Long Live
Will Haven – WHVN
Superjoint Ritual – Leathal Dose of American Hatred
Deftones – Adrenalin
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath”
You have one opportunity to introduce your band to the entire world, which song do you blast them away with?
We’ve just released the video for our track “Dead Crows” (you can watch it below – Ed) we picked that song for a video as it is the fans favourite, so we’d have to stick with that one”
You find yourselves booked on a mammoth, 12 month, non-stop around the World tour. What 5 essential items do you take with you in order to survive?
“Mobile phone so we can keep in contact with loved ones and our kids would probably be top
A decent size collection on beverages including anything from whisky to tea, wine to coffee. These would keep us sane and allow us to have a good time / party
A massive collection of horror films to entertain us on those long haul flights and long drives
A massive collection of cd’s to chill out to
Maccy’s are everywhere right? So a card allowing us free food from them lol”
You’re given the chance to handpick the ultimate 4-piece sludge/doom/hardcore band (living or deceased). Who’s in the line-up?
“Obviously we’d have to have John Bonham on drums
The wizard himself Geezer Butler on Bass
Stephan Carpenter on guitar an allow him to go balls out metal
Buzz Osbourne on guitar and vocals…”
Hard rock and heavy metal is blatantly the greatest thing ever invented but what’s the second greatest invention of all time?
“The invention of turning fruit, malt, rye and other such products into alcohol.”
It turns out Ozzy’s luscious long hair is imbued with time-travelling qualities and just one stroke of his lion’s mane can transport you back to any rock/metal gig of your choice. Who do you go and see?
“To see Sabbath back in the in the 70’s, maybe that iconic Paris one in 1970”
Check these guys out, they’re the real fuckin’ deal!