EMQ’s with AGE OF THE WOLF
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Costa Rica, Central America based Fuzz Doom/Sludge band, Age Of The Wolf. Huge thanks to 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 Age of the Wolf and we play loud fuzzed Doomed Sludge. Created around 2015, released a Stoner Rock/Hard Rock oriented self-titled EP in 2016. Our debut album was released via Aural Music/Code666 Records (Italy) on CD and Vinyl. After the global pandemic hit we drew into writing mode, we also released B-sides from our song ‘Memorial’, from our debut EP, through our own label Cognitive Discordance Records on tape. Meanwhile we had been working on our second album and realized we had two songs we weren’t gonna use in the record, so we decided to use these two songs for our split “Vigils” with our friends from TEL (Richmond, VA) through Electric Talon Records on cassette and tape.
How did you come up with your band name?
No story behind it, just a name.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Costa Rica, Central America. We have a lot of bands here and a very active scene. Mostly Black/Thrash/Death Metal. A lot of good bands are coming out and constantly releasing better material all the time.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is a split with our friends in TEL from Richmond, Virginia. It was released on CD and Tape via Electric Talon Records on August 13th, 2021.
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Who have been your greatest influences?
There’s a little bit of everything. We’re into Mastodon (early releases), Neurosis, Yob, Sleep, Dopelord, Pallbearer…of course, Black Sabbath.
What first got you into music?
We all definitely have different answers for that. But the interest in metal and in playing instruments has definitely been within all of us since our early teens.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Well, we just did a Split with Tel, which is something we wanted to do for some time and we’re really happy about that. There are many influences we have (that we mentioned in our previous answers) that collaborating or playing alongside them would definitely be a great milestone for us.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
There are a lot of great Doom/Sludge/Stoner fests. Fest like Desertfest, Monolith at the Mesa, Psycho (Las Vegas & Smokeout), Maryland Doom Fest. We would be honoured to play in any fest related to the genre.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We’re not famous enough for weird fan gifts.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for sticking up with us through all these years and line-up changes, and radical sound changes as well, we really appreciate you all. To all the new ones: Welcome back, and if you like our old stuff: we’re prolly not playing those anytime soon, sorry!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
So many come to my head. Couldn’t pick one. Would love to talk with Chuck Schuldiner, or Peter Steele, but this is a very personal question for each of the band. So, let’s just say we’ll bring Buddy Holly back just so he dies again.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Well, spending time with your friends to create music is definitely what we love. Playing live for our friends and fans is something we enjoy (and miss) a lot. When it comes to hating something about being a musician, we believe that putting yourself out there, and being your own social media manager, and creating your own brand, is something we don’t really like, since what we love the most is making music. But they go hand in hand, so it’s just part of the job.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
We would really love to have a scene like the old days, where you could get a big record deal, and you had to work your ass off to make a record. Nowadays (and this is something just as good as it is bad) there are so many bands and so much music for the listener to consume, that everything tends to be forgettable, no matter how relevant it may seem, since next week something just as good is getting released. This is cool, but we believe it sometimes takes away the relevance of something as important and as personal as an album.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Sleep – “Dopesmoker”
YOB – “Clearing The Path To Ascend”
Mastodon – “Blood Mountain”
Neurosis – “Through Silver In Blood”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Depends on what you like. We enjoy Vinyl and collect it most of the time. But we do have our share of CD’s and tapes as well. For the genre, it mostly falls into the Vinyl category. For everyday listening, we use streaming services as well, for ease of access more than anything else.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We’ve had our fair share of cool gigs, thankfully. We believe MASSACRE FEST III in Tarrazú was probably one of our best ones to date.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Cabby, hot dog vendor, weed delivery guy. The world is our oyster. And we all have our own day jobs as well, we ain’t no Iron Maiden.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
We have no fucking idea. SpongeBob SquarePants, Jesus, Chuck Testa, Cardi B, and Donald Trump. That would be fun enough.
What’s next for the band?
We’re finishing writing our second album and we will work hard to release it in 2022.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Mostly Instagram. We do have Facebook and Twitter, as well. And of course, Bandcamp for streaming.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
We honestly have no idea what those are, but by our Google search, they look like biscuits to us.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks to Ever Metal for the interview, hope you like our new split with Tel out now via Electric Talon Records on Tape and CD!
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