A few years since we last spoke to them, Deified are here to tell us what’s new!
Hey Moshville Times! We’re Deified, a Merseyside based band but we have members from Wigan and Lancaster!
- Jamie Hughes – Vocals
- Matt Pike – Guitar
- Alistair Blackhall – Guitar
- Tom Simm – Bass
- Jordan-Stanley Jones – Drums
How did you meet?
We all knew each other from a wider group of friends, but came together to form a band in late 2013 when Alistair (Guitarist) put a post out on Facebook, and the metal cogs of fate seemed to fall in place. Straight out of the door our sound was described as ‘a ballroom brawl between Devildriver and Sylosis’ by Burn Fist webzine at our first gig.
How long have you been playing as a band?
As a band we’ve been playing together for 7 years now, but as of 2019, we’ve had a new drummer in the form of Jordan-Stanley Jones.
Before you get sick of being asked… Where does the band name come from?
Deified to us means family, friends and some f**king amazing fans, but the actual meaning of the name is to make someone or something into a god. Since our last interview with you, we’ve now got USA Deified and Greece Deified to compete under the Deified name, but at the end of the day we’re all spreading metal around the world! #originaldeified
What are your influences?
We all have different influences ranging from Devin Townsend, Trivium, Sylosis, Conjurer, Devildriver, Black Dahlia Murder, Lamb of God and many, many more
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It’s dark, angry, philosophical and downright nihilistic. We reflect on some of the worst parts of today’s status quo, all the while aiming to immerse listeners in a brutal and innovative sonic landscape. We do not follow the masses, Deified’s sound is evolving year on year & we can’t wait to show you what’s next.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Our latest record Anthrobscene is a time capsule discussing the modern era; it doesn’t hold back with its commentary on social media, the digital revolution, mental health, climate change, politics, and more. We target nuclear annihilation, conscious degradation and even the things that have been happening in our own lives.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We aim to bring the exact soundscape you’ve been listening to, be it, on your way to work, locked up due to COVID-19, or just headbanging in your room – to the stage we’re playing. We always bring the riffs, passion and thunder to share with you. It’s been an honour to play 102 shows to date, all over the country – It’s been quite a journey and we love playing anywhere.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
One time, a prostitute grabbed Jamie’s drink on stage… started deep throating it, locking eyes with us, whilst we were playing on stage and was quickly dragged out by the bouncers. Jamie was shouting ‘EY PALS! – BRING HER BACK!!’
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc?
Jordan – Yamaha Live Oak Shells, Chris Adler’s Mapex Black Panther Snare, Sabian and Zildjian Cymbals and Pearl Demonator Kick Pedals.
Matt – ESP Horizon NT:2, Line 6 Helix, Digitech Whammy and an Alto TS312. I also have an LTD Limited edition Slayer guitar that I won in a Metal Hammer competition!
Alistair – Guitar: Washburn PXL10, logitech drop tune, Mooer GE200 Engl patch and hotone power amp.
Tom – Bass: Schecter Omen 5, Logitech Drop Tune, TC Electronic BH550 & an Albion 2×10
What are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
We’ve got a massive (in sound), 8 track min album coming, Anthrobscene out 29th May 2020..
It’s our biggest and most creative piece of recording to date. We’ve mastered our sound after joining forces and we’re itching to get this EP out into the wild. For me (Jordan – Drums) the lyrics on the EP really coincide and bring to light some of the things being debated about the world at the moment because of what is happening in our current times. We wanted to give our fans something to throw their heads to and enjoy and think they really will. We’re trying to tell a story from start to finish and each track holds its place well. I think it’s something people will easily get fully immersed into.
What are your plans for 2020 and beyond?
We’re gonna be smashing Anthrobscene out all around the country as soon as the world is safe from COVID-19. We’re already planning our feature length album for 2021, our latest creation is just a taste of what’s coming and we cannot wait to show the world. We’re working on bigger gigs, reaching the lengths of the UK & maybe Europe!
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!
We’d love to support Krysthla or Divine Chaos – These are two bands we love supporting already, and hope to many more times in future. The likes of Sylosis or Metallica would also be a dream come true too!
We’d be honoured to have the likes of Siderian, Impavidus, Agent47, Clashmute or Shrike supporting us! These are only a few of the bands we absolutely love, and we would be honoured for them to open for us.