Band of the Day: In Malice’s Wake

They come from a land down under… something about Vegemite and chunder…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Hi, thanks for having us – Melbourne, Australia

How did you meet?

Formed In Malice’s Wake with my brother Mark (drums) way back in 2001. Leigh and Karl joined us via word of mouth recommendation back in 2014 and are our third solid line up.

How long have you been playing as a band?

Since 2001 – so what is that, 19 years now… wow, that has gone fast!

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

We write a lot of tracks about the inherent evil present in humanity, the band name is a reference to being left behind in the ruins after the darkness of mankind has run its course.

What are your influences?

Definitely Testament, Slayer, Sodom and early-era Sepultura – these days a lot of Deicide, Vital Remains, Vader influences are present too.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

I believe we have a very strong identity that is unique to us. This comes from a combination of many elements – a cross blend of thrash & death metal, an emphasis on darkness & atmosphere through melody, a focus on memorable songwriting and vocals that are instantly recognisable.

If you like what we do, consider joining us on Patreon for as little as £1 per month!

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

We have always focused on the dark side of human nature – our latest album The Blindness of Faith especially focuses on the role that organised religion and blind faith have played in colouring history with so much cruelty and horror

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

Absolute chaos! We are renowned for having a particularly intense live show, and our supporters are the best in the world! We really have played countless shows in Australia, but are yet to venture widely internationally. We had an Asian tour in the words until COVID-19 hit this year, but we will reschedule.

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

We always have the usual stage divers & chaos, most crazy was probably broken bones at the filming of our live Visions of Live Destruction DVD

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

Leigh and I are Jackson endorsees and I love the KE-2 Kelly and he the KV-1 King V. He plays Kemper and I play ENGL Powerball. Karl uses and is endorsed by Spector basses and uses Darkglass amps and Mark is a Tama endorsee and uses Sabian Cymbals.

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

Our fourth full length album The Blindness of Faith was released on Friday the 13th of November – heaps of videos are available through our social media links below and copies can be ordered worldwide at our web store.

What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?

Just to promote the hell out of this new album, hopefully restrictions lift so that we can organise a home town launch and then a tour both nationally and internationally. And of course, writing the next album begins!

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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!

Great questions! I’m going to put Sodom as the band I’d love to be supporting, and I’ll put in Harlott for the other – not that they need support from anyone, they are releasing their new album on the same day as us and they are releasing on Metal Blade – what I’ve heard of it so far rips – anyone that hasn’t heard them should!

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