Other than a few tracks on YouTube, I wasn’t that familiar with Canadian metal band Unleash The Archers until I checked out their latest album “Apex” which was released on 2nd June via Napalm Records. I was really impressed with what I heard and when the opportunity arose to record an interview with lead singer Brittney Slayes, I thought it’d be an excellent chance to find out more about the band and the album.  I spoke to Brittney via Skype on 15th June and you can hear what we chatted about, as well as four tracks from the new album on the Friday NI Rocks Show dated 23rd June. That Show is now available now from our MixCloud page - https://www.mixcloud.com/NIRocks/interview-with-brittney-slayes-from-unleash-the-archers-on-the-friday-ni-rocks-show-23rd-june-2017/

 

 

 

 

 

Unleash The Archers formed in British Columbia back in 2007 and released two albums independently in 2009 and 2011; before signing with Napalm Records for the release of “Time Stands Still” in 2015. The band are vocalist Brittney Slayes (Hayes), drummer Scott Buchanan, Grant Truesdell and Andrew Kingsley  on guitars and unclean vocals and Nikko Whitworth on bass. Check out the band's website - http://www.unleashthearchers.com/

 

Album recommendation - http://www.rockradioni.co.uk/back-stage/music-reviews/3143-ni-rocks-recommends-qapexq-by-unleash-the-archers.html

 

The interview will be transcribed and posted below in due course.

 

 

Playlist for the Show

BALEFUL CREED – Devil’s Side

PRIMAL FEAR – Rulebreaker (Live)

MEAN STREAK – Settle The Score

STORMZONE – Coming Home

BROKEN TEETH – Sinful

OWL COMPANY – Black n Blue

SAFIRE – Heartbreaker

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS - Shadow Guide

Interview with Brittney Slayes from Unleash the Archers Part 1 (7.5min)

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Cleanse the Bloodlines

Interview with Brittney Slayes from Unleash the Archers Part 2 (7.5 min)

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – Apex

Interview with Brittney Slayes from Unleash the Archers Part 3 (6 min)

UNLEASH THE ARCHERS – The Matriarch

TWELVE NOON – Saints and Sinners

QUIET RIOT – Freak Flag

RIVERDOGS – Welcome to the New Disaster

DIAMANTE – Coming In Hot

ANGELWINGS – Wonderland

SECRET SPHERE – The Calling

EDGE OF FREE – Blood Eagle

IRON MAIDEN – Dance of Death

 

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NI ROCKS - Hi Brittney, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for Rock Radio NI. Unleash The Archers have just released their fourth studio album called “Apex” through Napalm Records. Can you tell us where the album was recorded and who you worked with?

BRITTNEY – We worked with Jacob Hansen from Hansen Studios in Denmark. We flew over there after our European tour last fall and just kinda lived in a little house in the countryside down the street from the studio for three weeks. We also actually worked with his assistant Jonas. We lived there for three weeks. It was awesome.


NI ROCKS - I‘m not a big fan of applying genre labels, but the two albums with Napalm have seen a distinct change in the band’s sound compared to the earlier albums. How would you describe the band’s music?

BRITTNEY – I just call it heavy metal. We tend to mix genres a little bit and take different styles and put them all together into one. I agree with you, genres are just boundaries on music, so we tend not to try and fit into one particular sound. I just tend to say that we play heavy metal. I agree though that the last two records have changed quite a bit. Our writing force behind everything changed in 2013 when we welcomed Andrew onto our team. It is definitely more of a traditional heavy metal vibe but we still like to throw a bit of melodic death, thrash and black vocals in there.


NI ROCKS - In terms of song writing, who are the key players and is there a common approach to how tracks come together or is each very different?

BRITTNEY – There is no-one who is like the driving force behind everything. We all write our own parts and we all write everything together. It can depend. Sometimes a song will start as a riff that Grant will bring to jam or sometimes Andrew will bring an entire song and we’ll rip it apart and keep bits and throw bits away and change things here and there or rearrange it all together. Sometimes I’ll ever send a voice memo with a vocal melody or chorus or something that I’ve got stuck in my head and we’ll write off of that. We all have our part to play and no-one writes anyone else parts. Sometime you can come up with a riff or something and say this is the drum part I was thinking for that or this is the rhythm part I was thinking for that, but we never tell one another what to play. We all have control over what we play up on stage because if you don’t enjoy what you’ve written then you’re not going to have a great time up there.


NI ROCKS – I probably know the answer to this question. A lot of albums these days are recorded now with the artists never being in the same room. From what you’ve said though everybody was in the studio at the same time recording the album, rather than people sending stuff in?

BRITTNEY – We did “Time Stands Still” like that, where we just did it all on our own time. I work a day job so I was going in the evenings. Grant and Andrew would be in the studio all day long and Scott would just do weekends. So it was very much like that, but for this record it was actually very cool to all be in there together. There was a lot of time, especially with my parts, where I was the only one in there and the boys were all hanging out and kicking back in the house while I did my sessions. But we would all come back together for dinner every night and talk about the studio and that kind of thing. It was a lot of fun.


NI ROCKS – You mentioned that the band toured Europe last November, including a couple of dates in the UK I think. Are there plans for a return to Europe and any chance of some more UK dates or even Ireland?

BRITTNEY – Yes, we just finished booking mainland Europe and we’re now working on booking the UK. We’re aiming for at least 6 to 8 dates in the UK alone. Hopefully Ireland will be one of them. I’ve always wanted to go there. I really, really want to see the homeland as it were. So hopefully Ireland, Scotland and a few dates in England.


NI ROCKS - What was the highlight of that last European tour for you?

BRITTNEY – Oh, I don’t know. I think the whole thing was a bit of a whirlwind. We had some pretty incredible shows. London was fantastic – had a real great time there. Met a lot of fans who had been listening to us for a while and drove quite a way to see us. That was really great. Also the show in Vienna was the same. We had fans who drove from all over the place to see us there, and people who had been listening to us since our first album “Behold The Devastation”. The whole tour was one big dream come true.

NI ROCKS - The band has a reputation of releasing some great videos and the video for the first single from the new album, “Cleanse The Bloodlines” was no exception. Who did you work with on the video and how did the concept for it develop?

BRITTNEY - We worked with Richard Olak from Brotherhood, which is the same guy that did the “General of the Dark Army” video. That was our single from “Demons of the Astro Waste”. We knew that we wanted this video to be one of those epic narratives. Richard is really great for that and he has a lot of contacts and resources in the film world. We went to him straight away and said here’s the album – we actually sent him our demo tracks that we’d done – and said we’re not sure which song it is going to be yet, but we’re leaning toward “Cleanse The Bloodlines” and was wondering what you could come up with as a storyline or plot. He came up with a few ideas and we back and forthed it together, he and I, quite a bit because I wanted it to fit with the story of the album, but I understood that it wasn’t necessarily going to be able to be exact; just with the budget constraints and that kind of thing. We came up with the idea together, of it being the matriarch and one of the sons and the immortal character and leaving it like that; and playing around a little bit with the overall story behind the album, but not making the song exact. I think it turned out alright. It was a crazy weekend of filming, out in the middle of freezing cold weather in northern BC, but it was awesome and we had a good time.


NI ROCKS - We’ll play a track from the new album now and maybe we’ll start with “Cleanse The Bloodlines”. Can you tell us something more about that song?

BRITTNEY – The album is a concept record with one story being told throughout. “Cleanse The Bloodlines” is where our protagonist and our antagonist meet for the first time. The protagonist is a character we call The Immortal and he has been awakened by our villain who we call The Matriarch. This is where they meet and she tells him what she needs him to do.


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