Band of the Day: Master’s Call

We’ve featured a lot of bands recently who are on the lighter, bouncier, more mellow end of the scale. A bit rocky, a bit pop-punk. Time to redress the balance with something darker. Say “hello… and please put that knife away” to Master’s Call… 

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

The Black Country area of the UK.

How did you meet?

Several years ago John and Dave (guitars) were in a previous band together, they started this project to bring back the strong writing chemistry and dynamic that had been sorely missed since those former days ended. Adam (bass), a long-time friend of John, and known from his previous band joined early on. Shayan (vocals) was also known from another band as was Jay (drums) who completed the line-up after an audition.

How long have you been playing as a band?

John and Dave began the project in 2014 but it didn’t become a full band until 2016

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

We wanted a name that wouldn’t categorize us into any particular subgenre, but still represent all the darkness and chaos of the world that inspires us and echoes through our music.

What are your influences?

Musically we are influenced by various black, death and thrash metal bands such Necrophobic, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Nifelheim, Slayer, Watain and Belphegor to name a few. Also the founding bands of metal itself like Black Sabbath and Judas Priest- they began it all here in the Black Country and inspire us to keep that fire burning!

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We twist various elements of extreme metal with our dark edge that gives way to a chaotic brutality but not afraid of melodic leads and prominent anthemic choruses.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Our upcoming EP looks beyond the surface of faith, body and spirit to see the true darkness and chaos of the world beneath.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We bring an intense and engaging live energy to our shows. We believe our live performances should visually fit our music. To date we’ve played 11 shows which include a couple of festivals. We are looking forward to stepping it up in 2019 when we actually have our first release out!

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

One time during a particularly intense set, our vocalist’s mic stand made its way off stage and into the audience. One guy got struck pretty hard by it- we spoke to him after and he was pretty rock ‘n’ roll about it – he even bought a T-shirt!

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Guitars- Gibson & Jackson

Bass- Fender

Drums- Pearl/Mapex Drumkit with Sabian cymbals

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

Our debut EP entitled Morbid Black Trinity which releases on 25th January 2019

What are your plans for 2018/2019?

We will be debuting our first music video before the year is out and then in 2019 we plan to ramp up the live shows in support of our debut EP.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

That’s a tough one. With regard to our musical influences we would love to support Necrophobic, but with regard to live performance influences we’d say Nifelheim set the bar there.

Opus Mortis for openers as we know those guys give it the intensity- in fact they will be opening for us at our EP release show in January, so that one’s going to be chaotic!

Header photo: Vivien Varga

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