Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Durban, South Africa based Thrash Metal band, Truth Decayed. Huge thanks to all of them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

We are Truth Decayed, a Thrash Metal band from South Africa made up of Ryno Theron (Guitar & Vocals), Warren Jones (Guitar) Brandon Carey (Drums) and Johan Maree (Bass & Vocals).

Truth Decayed was founded by long-time friends, Warren Jones and Ryno Theron. Warren Jones played for the promising Durban Metal band “Mystical Element” early in his music career.

More ventures include the successful “Metallica, Kill Em All Tribute” in Durban. Ryno Theron has played in numerous Durban Metal bands, most notably “Throne”. He has also, for the last few years, built up a solid solo career which has seen him release his critically acclaimed “Howling Rush” album, and perform at Smoking Dragon festival, Splashy Fen and more.

To make up the four-piece, Warren brought in Johan Maree (bass) and Brandon Carey (drums). Johan is a newbie to the music scene but packed with talent and passion. Brandon was part of the popular Stigmata Dawn. In his time in Stigmata Dawn, he performed at numerous festivals including Thornfest, Mutherfudd, Season’s Wither and Witchfest (When Carcass headlined) to name a few.

With this complete line-up we are a new band, with big goals. Developing as a “lockdown band” we have brought out first single ‘Modern Day Illusion’ which won us a top 5 spot on ‘France The Planet’s Southern African Metal Madness Week’ on BurgStudio and was closely followed by taking the Battle of the Bands Title with ‘The Metal Lab’ in the UK.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ryno: Truth Decayed is basically a social commentary on the various and distorted truths in the world today, through social media and the internet in general.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

Warren: Durban, South Africa. In general, the scene is looking pretty good, but Durban could be better, mostly through a lack of venues. But Durban bands are looking good and promising at the moment.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Johan: Our two track EP “Modern Day Illusion” which we brought out to build interest and traction for the band.

‘Modern Day Illusion’ (Playthrough Video)

‘Opposing Direction’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Brandon: Amon Amarth and Arch Enemy!

Warren: Slayer!

Johan: Iron Maiden!

What first got you into music?

Brandon: Listening to old Sepultura from a friend.

Johan: My neighbour introduced me to Judas Priest.

Warren: Watching friends play guitar, and I think it was Ryno’s cousin that got us into Metal.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Ryno: I would love to work with Jinjer.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Johan: Wacken! Personally, I think it’s the biggest Metal festival in the world.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Ryno: No interesting stories there yet haha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Ryno: Thank you for all the amazing early support. It’s been awesome engaging with you, and we can’t wait to share what we have in the works.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Ryno: Jimi Hendrix.

Johan: Pete Way.

Warren: Jim Morrison.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Warren: Playing music with friends and zoning out from the world.

Brandon: Getting sweaty from playing drums (Durban is crazy hot)!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Ryno: I would love to see people investing in vinyl and cassette tapes again. It’s picking up again but still very niche. Also, I would like to see labels/people pushing platforms like Bandcamp that are really a much better financial platform for bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Warren: “Master Of Reality” – Black Sabbath.

Johan: “Painkiller” – Judas Priest.

Brandon: “Fate Of Norns” – Amon Amarth.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Johan: Vinyl.

Warren: Definitely vinyl.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Brandon: Season Wither festival with my previous Stigmata Dawn.

Ryno: Smoking Dragon festival with my solo stuff. We had a five-piece band which was great.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Ryno: We all have day jobs at present so probably what we are doing now. On the hobbies side, Brandon, Johan and Warren do Downhill Mountain Biking, and I do Powerlifting.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Warren: My wife, France The Planet, David Devo Oosthuizen, Brandon (my drummer), and Ryno.

Ryno: What about Johan? Haha!

What’s next for the band?

Warren: Touring and a full-length album.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Ryno: Pretty much everything out there. But Instagram has been a great platform where we have built a loyal fanbase, and a steadily growing one.


Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Warren: A biscuit sized cake.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Ryno: Just again a huge thank you to our fans, and especially our wives (for two of us) and everyone that has shown an interest in what we are doing.

Ryno Theron is endorsed by A.S. Guitars

Represented by David Devo Oosthuizen

Devographic Music Media, PR, Events & Artist Management Agency – South Africa

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