Ritual Mass might be a new band, but they are a pretty crushing death metal band and here is a short chat I had with guitar player Phil Trona
Where were you born and where did you grow up?
PT: Born in Pittsburgh, PA but grew up south of the city in a town called Canonsburg.
What sort of kid were you growing up?
PT: Spent most of my time skateboarding and playing music.
Were you into music at a young age and when did the metal bug hit you? Also, when did the underground metal bug hit you?
Since you play the guitar, what are some of your favourite guitar players? Did you ever take lessons or did you learn all on your own?
PT: As far as guitar players that influence me to play punk/metal I would say that my main influences are Bones [Discharge], Terrance Hobbs [Suffocation] and Jeff Hanneman [Slayer] just to name a few but there are a ton. As far as musicians that inspire me to be a better guitar player in general and are constant reminders of smart song writing (regardless of genre): Townes Van Zandt and Robert Smith [The Cure].
Is Ritual Mass your first band, or have you been in other bands?
How did Ritual Mass form and did you go through many members before coming to the current line-up?
How did you come up with the band name?
How long was the band together before you put out a demo in 2017?
How was the response to the demo and looking back are you happy with it? Did you send it to any labels?
So now we come to your latest release, “Abhorred in the Eyes of God”. How did you come up with this title? Where was it recorded at and how did the songs for it come together?
Now have you sent this latest release to any labels? If so, what has the feedback been like?
How is the scene out there in Pittsburgh, PA these days?
Do you guys get to play live a lot and if so what are some bands you have played with?
For someone who has never heard the band, what would you say you sound like?
Phil, horns up for the interview, any last words to say to wrap this up?