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Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian based Death Metal band, The Impaler. Huge thanks to lead guitarist, Shaun Van Looy, 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?

My name is Shaun Van Looy and I play Lead Guitar in The Impaler.

The band was formed in the early months of 2020 and will shortly have two releases under our belts. Under current global restrictions there isn’t much in regard to band growth but our online presence and studio catalog continues to grow. Most members have a lot of years in heavy bands prior, so we joined together for fun initially.

How did you come up with your band name?

A combination of inspiration from the old Dracula legend and from The Acacia Strain song with the same name.

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

We are based in Australia with one member in USA. The metal scene is Australia is small but strong. If you are good at what you do there is a lot of support for you, but you have to be good to get through the initial stages and get people to take notice.

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

Our Album “A Fate Worse Than Death” was released on Feb 19th.

‘Mourn’ (ft. CJ McMahon from Thy Art Is Murder, Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically we have a few, to name some would be Behemoth, The Acacia Strain, Whitechapel and Cattle Decapitation.

Lyrically, themes can come from anything like daily occurrences to major life events and global events, right down to mythical folklore.

What first got you into music?

Seeing live music when I was young and having a musical influence from my parents as a young kid. But in my high school years discovering Metallica and Pantera made me want to do it properly.

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

If I had the choice for anyone it would be Nergal (Adam Darski) from Behemoth.

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

Probably HELLFEST or WACKEN. Those massive multi-day outdoor European festivals would be such a great time for being around like-minded people that enjoy playing music.

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

Probably being asked to swap T-shirts with a fan after a really sweaty show in S.E Asia.

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

To take up playing an instrument if the desire is there. Or become involved with music at a local level if desire is there. Keeping local scenes alive is what make the big bands go around as well. Also don’t be afraid to like what you like.

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

Dimebag Darrel, No Question about it.

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

Being able to create something that can change emotion for better or worse.

It can be very expensive, and not being very financially secure. Good Artists don’t always get what they are worth.

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

Probably the same as my last answer to be honest. Giving artists a better ability in the world of financial security.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“I Loved You At Your Darkest” by Behemoth

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

Downloads for accessibility, Vinyl for packaging, sound quality and overall experience.

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

Headline show for an outdoor metal festival in Surabaya, Indonesia.

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

I am a Qualified Chef so probably owning a restaurant.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The cast of The Office US.

What’s next for the band?

Album Release and as many shows as we can! Currently planning a cinematic film clip shoot for an 8min song on our next release.

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

Mainly Instagram at the moment, but there is a Facebook under the same handle.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never had them in Australia so can’t weigh in on that debate.

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

Thank you for the interview! Keep an eye on our social presence and enjoy the next release!

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