A Fiery Battalion Known As Heat of Damage
Meet Heat of Damage, a hard rocking metal collective from Folsom, CA. ready to take on the world at large with their fiery anthems. The band has issued their debut full length recording entitled Open Fire and recently played a show for none other than the mighty Trivium! Featuring four talented musicians who perform with a good deal of passion and conviction, it won’t be long until Heat of Damage scorch it up all across the nation. Highwire Daze Online recently interviewed the Heat Of Damage battalion to find out more about this dynamic new band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Heat of Damage, and how long the band has been together.
The complete lineup of Heat of Damage is:
Julian Bohland – Drums
Jared Easter – Bass/Hardcore Vocals
David Haug – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Nick Lassalette – Lead Guitar
As for the band lineup, we have all been together since May of 2014.
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
David: We are based out of Folsom, CA, near Sacramento, and the scene here is absolutely incredible. Everyone is supportive of each other, and there is no sense of competition. In terms of other bands that deserve a shout out, I could go on for days. All of them rule! We love playing with A Mile Till Dawn, Korean Fire Drill, Riotmaker and The Alpha Complex.
Is there any story or concept behind the title Open Fire?
David: When we determined ‘Open Fire’ to be our debut album title, we felt that it was a powerful phrase, and that it was an allusion to this album being a beginning. Much as a historical battle could begin with the command to ‘Open Fire,’ so has our music career.
Select two songs from Open Fire and what inspired the lyrics.
Track 6: Veil Of Authority
Julian: “Veil of Authority… The title nearly sums up the song in it’s entirety. This song is not meant to be attached to any political movement, however it is a self reflection of reality. This song originally deals with the flaws and immoral violent solutions of our criminal justice system. However, the general theme of this song is focused towards the frustration with authority figures using their power against their responsibilities and taking it for granted. We looked to artists such as Korn and Slipknot for influence in writing the music of this song. This is by far the heaviest, angriest, and most pissed off song we have ever written.
Nick: This song, start to finish, is completely ballsy. When we sat down as a band to write this song, we intentionally wanted it to be as “in your face” as possible. First off, the lyrics deal with the dark reality of authority figures using their power to take advantage of others. The intense and dark lyrical content along with the dirty and angry attitude that this song brings as whole makes this the most pissed off song we have ever written.
David: If it weren’t for the existence of Slipknot, I don’t think this song would be the way it is at all. Their influence is prevalent throughout every element; angry lyrics and vocal style, incredibly heavy guitars, and a bone-crushing breakdown. When we sat down to write, we all expressed a desire to transform our disgust with those in power wielding it for the wrong reasons into music. Regardless of title, history, color, wealth, or whatever criteria one wants to use to establish power, we believe that those who have power and use it with malevolence are in the wrong. This song is a scalding message of exactly that.
Track 9: The Greeding Party
Julian: With each member of the band having been influenced by 80s thrash metal, we have always wanted to write a fast, adrenaline pumping song that makes you want to join a circle pit. Considering the large amount of lyrical content in 80’s thrash metal, we felt this style of song was perfect to address the topic of corporate greed in modern politics, economics, and human behavior.
Nick: This is one of my favorites on the album. You can hear the direct influence of old school 80’s metal that we intentionally wanted to bring to the table in this song. The breakdown near the end of the song alone can make anybody want to punch something. Lyrically, this song deals with one of the most widespread issues people face on a daily basis, and that is greed. The intense lyrical content as well as the incredibly heavy musical approach makes this song one of the heaviest on the whole album.
What could one expect from a live Heat of Damage show?
David: An awesome time! We pride ourselves on our live show, and the energy we bring. We also try to be very engaging – making the crowd a part of the show themselves.
What are you looking forward to the most about your upcoming show with Trivium?
David: Being a part of such a big act’s show will be an all new experience. I’m excited to see how their crowd receives us.
If Heat Of Damage could open up for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
David: I would love to see us open for Of Mice and Men. We idolize them, and I feel like we’d fit in well with them, both as people and as performing acts.
Julian: I would absolutely love to be on a bill with Deftones. They’re definitely one of my favorite bands and they put on the best shows. We’re also both Sacramento bands which would be awesome to represent.
Any strange or scary happenings while on the road or at a show?
Julian: In the second song of a live performance my right kick pedal’s spring pop the bottom nut off making the pedal dead against my bass drum with no response to come back. This was right before we were about to shoot the music video for Judgment Day. Luckily my friend Shawn, who is also an amazing drummer saw me screaming for his name and came over behind the stage to take a look at what was going on. In a jiffy, he flipped the beater back and screwed the nut on mid song and gave me a thumbs up. If it weren’t for him my drumming would have sounded awful considering the heavy double bass elements in that song. I’m still extremely thankful for what he did. Now I put WD40 on my pedal and secure all the hardware before every show. Definitely the scariest live experience for me.
Have you ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in future days? If so, what was the experience like?
Julian: We have yet to encounter the Los Angeles area for performances but we’ll definitely be coming in future days.
What would you like someone to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
Julian: Well when I first get into new music the first thing I remember is how well connected their music is. I think with our latest release ‘Open Fire’ our instrumentation and compositions are very well connected. I feel like listeners will remember that.
What’s up next for Heat of Damage?
David: We’re beginning to write new material for a sophomore album, and we intend to hit the road and bring our music to new places as much as we can.
Any final words of wisdom?
“Find what you love and let it give you life.” – From Fade Away on ‘Open Fire.’
(Interview by Ken Morton)
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