A VERY METAL CHRISTMAS
By Simon Weedn
If the Inland Empire has appeared darker than usual lately, shadows growing longer, streetlights seeming dimmer, it’s probably just the dusky atmosphere settling in advance of Winds Of Plague’s upcoming show at The Glass House. Since 2002, Winds Of Plague has delivered some of the most interesting deathcore (a genre which draws influence from death metal, modern hardcore, aspects of punk and thrash, and an array of metal subgenres) and helped to push the genre in new, unique and thoroughly aggressive directions.
Most recently, the band released its fourth record, Resistance, which sees the veteran act, continuing to hone and grow its more symphonic take on its genre with a great batch of new songs that really shows off the band’s diverse, nuanced style and skillful musical execution. For the album, the band enlisted celebrated metal producer, Will Putney (Suicide Silence, Stray From The Path) to help produce, and set into the recording process with some clear goals, “We just wanted to make it heavier than anything we’d ever done and catchier than anything we’d done,” says Winds Of Plague bassist, Andrew Glover. “We wanted to focus on great songs not just, ‘Oh, I really like this riff,’ or, ‘This riff shows I know how to play guitar really fast.’ But making good songs, not just a bunch parts shoved together.” The band found a great ally in Putney who helped develop the songs it had written and further organize the parts into something even more coordinated than what it had started with. “He helped us restructure and really helped John out with vocals and making sure lines were catchy,” Glover explains. “When we were working on lyrics he would have a lot of questions and input to make sure the songs made sense instead of just a ton of one-liners shoved together. He’s just really good at making everything cohesive.” Though Winds Of Plague recorded Resistance in the fall of 2012, the band felt the need to let the album steep for a year so that it could thoroughly listen to and analyze every song to ensure perfection. “We knew we had good songs and we were happy with them,” says Glover. “But a lot of times you’ll be happy with something for the first couple of months and then once the record comes out you’re not as into it as you would’ve been. So dwelling on it was good because once we released it we knew we weren’t releasing something we thought we could have done better.”
With a new record under its belt and the dust from several thousand miles of road on its feet from extensive touring this year, Winds Of Plague feels particularly excited for the upcoming event at The Glass House. “We used to always play The Glass House right before Christmas, and the last two years we’ve been unable to do it,” explains Glover. “So I think it’s kind of an event that we’re coming back, and I think a lot of older fans are really excited about it.” In addition to being able to play for a hometown crowd around the same time of year as its annual event in the past, Winds Of Plague feels very privileged to have been able to curate the entire line-up for the show/tour. “We’re all really pumped,” exclaims Glover. “The cool thing is that every band on the tour we kind of hand picked; some are close friends of ours, some are friends of friends we had heard great things about.” With a new record and the end of a particularly busy year to celebrate in the company fans, both old and new, and bands that Winds Of Plague are passionate about, there is little doubt that the upcoming show at The Glass House will be one that all who attend will remember for a long time.
Winds Of Plague at The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us.