To begin with, how are the days going in Canada?
If you are asking in general, lots of rain :) If you are asking musically,
there is a pretty competitive market out here.
Yes, I had asked in terms of general living and musically. What are the
recent progress and innovations with the live shows and recording?
At the end of last year, we started recording our full length debut album.
In April of this year, we arranged a 2-week tour to promote it, across 2
provinces. Then we took part in a metal festival. Nowadays, we are focusing on
gigging locally and writing new material. A new album is in the works.
I think in a couple of days you will have a show. What other bands will take
part and what kind of an atmosphere do you guys expect?
The other 2 bands are Kymatica and Nihilate. Both are Vancouver based bands.
We are expecting to have a very good turn out. The last time we played in
Vancouver was in April, so it has been a while since weve had a chance to meet
with our local fans. And the venue we will be playing at is one if the best
venues of Vancouver. We are all looking forward to August 31 to clear our
If we go back to beginning, your band has members from England, Ireland,
Turkey and Canada. How did musicians who were born in so different countries end
up under the roof of Lethal Halo? Could you please tell us with your history?
In the beginning of 2008, I was playing in a cover band. When I decided to
form an original band, that band's bass player joined me and we started to write
music and place ads online. Our singer Duke has joined as at the very beginning
by replying one of those ads. For months we continued without a drummer with
determination. At the beginning of 2009 Allan joined us, again through another
site online. After a few member changes, again all through online ads, we
finally reached the line up of today. But I can say Craigslist has been our
biggest helper to find each other. We are all from different countries but we
all live in Vancouver. Our origins affect only our music.
When I look at your biography, you describe it as melodic metal influenced by
European melo/death, American thrash and nu-metal. When someone who doesn't know
you asks about what genre you guys play, do you say Melodic Metal or is there
another name you use to define your music?
Frankly the question of what genre we are in is the hardest question. We
call our music Melodic Metal but everybody listening to us finds a different
genre suitable for us. They called us Melodic Death, Melodic Progressive, Metal-Core,
we were categorized under almost every genre. As every band member brings
something from a different genre, we are having difficulties in putting it under
one category. Because when we are writing, we are not worried about what genre
we are playing. We put anything we want to a song. Generally speaking though, as
our riffs are pretty melodic, we call it Melodic Metal if we need to define our
Yes actually, there is also effects of Metalcore, it is a different blend
with Melodic Death and Progressive. Also, who writes the lyrics and can you
summarize us what subjects you touch on? Did this album has a concept?
Duke writes all of our lyrics. The lyrics are mainly a social and personal
commentary. Songs like 'Necessary War' and 'Sovereignty', reflect upon a society
that is stretched to its breaking point. The lyrics paint the ideal of a
unification of cultures and aim to promote awareness of political rat traps.
Other songs like 'Struggle' or 'Apathy', reference more of a personal or
internal struggle with the constant growth and change within one's mind.
Infected is about zombies. Then there's Constantine, which is about a comic book
character. So we have very different subjects.
In the band they call you Sultan of Metal. Where did this nickname come from?
The word Sultan is a word I like. Metal music is very male dominant music
style. I play guitar for more than 20 years but there are still people who are
surprised when they hear that I play guitar. I personally think gender shouldn't
have any affect on music. A band which consists of just gals (I did play in
bands like that), or to use "with a female drummer", "with a female bass player"
to introduce a band is changing the focus to a wrong place. Because of that I
like the nickname Sultan. It is used both for men and women. And in history
there has been really strong and effective female Sultans. In a way secret
female power behind the curtains.
I am looking at your old show posters. You opened up for a great band like
Death Angel, in some of the shows you were the headliners where the opening
bands' style are more extreme compared to yours. What is the effect of playing
with such extreme bands for the audience? How are the Canadian listeners?
Frankly at what order you are playing is not that important. Some nights,
you could be the headliner but most of the audience will miss half of the set as
they need to catch the last train or seabus. And your fans will come regardless
anyways, whether you are the first or the last band. In almost all of the shows
we played here we played with bands with totally different genres. Some of them,
as you said, were extreme metal. Some of them had a softer style than ours. But
generally the audience is open to different genres. They stay and they listen.
And here there is a huge community that supports the local music scene. When you
go to a show, you would recognize most of the audience. You had probably seen
them in another show before.
If you have a European tour, are you planning to include Ankara and Istanbul
in the list? Shortly, do the metal fans in Turkey know you?
Frankly we are expecting your support. The promotions we can do from here
are unfortunately limited to what we can do on the internet. Of course a
European tour is something we want and are planning for. And I cannot imagine
not coming to Turkey once we fly over the ocean. We already have a small fan
base in Turkey, but right now it is not enough to arrange a tour there. The
important thing is marketing, reaching the right people, and as you said, making
the metal fans "know" about us. We are working on it but it is too soon to say
anything about the timing. Besides, I have been telling about Turkey and
Mediterranean to my band mates. If we come, it won't be just for a couple of
days. Once we cross the border, we would have a longer trip in Turkey.
It can be a tour or a vacation, he he. You know, there isn't much
organization happening in Turkey other than in Istanbul. However lately there
has been several small concerts in other cities as well. Bands like Anathema and
Haggard have a following in places other than big cities so it is not a problem
for them. As one of my last questions, a classical question: As a Turkish how
does it feel to make music in a foreign country? I think there is a Turkish guy
in Anatolian Wisdom as well. Are there any other Turkish musicians there in
Frankly I don't see any impact of being Turkish in this scene. As I
mentioned before, it only effects our music. Canada is country that has people
coming from different parts of the world anyway. In a way, everybody is a
foreigner. And of course there are other Turkish musicians who play metal. I
don't know all of them but I met a few while getting replies to the internet ads.
I also see Hanefi from Anatolian Wisdom once in a while at metal shows.
If we go back to your last album, your singer has a joker-like make-up in
your promo photograph. Is there a reason for that? And who is the creator if the
There is no specific meaning, it is a stage look. Even though not for every
show, he uses face paint up for some of the shows as well. Our drummer is the
designer of our album artwork, actually all of our artwork. It is a huge
advantage to have a visual talent in the band. From website design to t-shirts,
from show posters to album artwork, Allan does them all. For example we have
shirt designs that are loved by our fans. We just had our 5th design printed,
and we only have 2 of those designs available in our hands. I am planning to
distribute some shirts to the metal stores in Turkey so that our Turkish fans
wouldn't need to pay for the shipment. We have samples on our bigcartel site:
Lastly, what would you say to people who are just meeting you and want to
follow up what you are doing?
I hope who listens to us will like our music! We try to post what we are
doing on our website and facebook page. They can follow us and they can mention
us to their friends. We would like to reach more people so that we can come. We
love to write and play music, but the best part is of course to share. More fans,