ME AGAINST THE WORLD

Side- step­ping re­cent con­tro­versy, ex­cep­tion­ally dap­per death­core heavy- hit­ters Upon A Burn­ing Body have un­leashed a hulk­ing new record. Vo­cal­ist Danny Leal talks to about dig­ging deep, am­bi­tious ca­reer goals and ex­pen­sive laun­dry bills.

Blunt - - Feature - By Bren­dan Crabb. Photo by Kane Hib­berd

So, let’s ad­dress this per­ti­nent, press­ing topic right off the bat be­cause you, faith­ful reader, are surely cu­ri­ous to gain fur­ther in­sight on the mat­ter. Dis­cussing what some have dubbed an ill- ad­vised pub­lic­ity stunt by met­allers Upon A Burn­ing Body is off- lim­its for ’ s con­ver­sa­tion with singer Danny Leal. Since the re­cent well- pub­li­cised story, dis­sected in great de­tail on­line and ac­com­pa­nied by a de­gree of neg­a­tive pub­lic­ity, the mem­bers haven’t ac­knowl­edged the oc­cur­rence, which ap­peared to have la­bel Sume­rian Records stumped and de­rided by their peers via so­cial me­dia. If you haven’t al­ready, read all about it on the web and draw your own con­clu­sions.

The back­lash ought to be dis­heart­en­ing con­sid­er­ing the Texan death­core mob’s new al­bum ( and third over­all) The World Is My En­emy Now is a no­tice­able step up from pre­vi­ous works. The vo­cal­ist is cer­tainly en­am­oured by the fresh ma­te­rial – a cou­ple of years’ worth of in­ner frus­tra­tion and tur­moil man­i­fest­ing it­self on their pile- driv­ing new plat­ter. Leal admits he made a con­certed ef­fort not to re­strain him­self dur­ing what proved a cathar­tic writ­ing process.

“It’s just a real emo­tional record, es­pe­cially for me,” he ex­plains while on tour with the Rock­star En­ergy Drink May­hem Fes­ti­val. “The other ones were kinda more theme- ori­ented with the movies and stuff like that, and this one is just com­pletely on its own level and by it­self, and it’s a lit­tle more spe­cial to us be­cause of that rea­son. Just be­ing able to say what I wanted to say and not hav­ing to rely on, ‘ I gotta say cer­tain things to vibe with this movie ti­tle or do this’, kinda put me in a lit­tle box.

“But this one, there’s just com­plete free­dom. It was the first record I’ve been able to do like that, and the shitty places that I’ve been in for a while. I got to say ev­ery­thing I wanted to say on this record. It was great. It’s not great to be in bad places to say cer­tain things, ‘ cause you don’t want to be in those places, but when you get to let it out on record it kinda helps you out. If you want the best prod­uct to come out, you’ve kinda got to go to cer­tain places that some­times you may not want to go. We got it done, we’re happy with it, and it’s the best stuff we’ve ever done.”

The new of­fer­ing was tracked, mixed and mas­tered with renowned pro­ducer Will Put­ney ( whose cred­its in­clude home­grown he­roes Thy Art is Mur­der) at New Jersey’s The Ma­chine Shop. “This new al­bum is the an­swer to every­one who said we couldn’t suc­ceed and to every­one who has at­tacked us. We’ve had

WE WANT TO BE RE­MEM­BERED AS ONE OF THE GREAT­EST METAL BANDS OF OUR TIME. DANNY LEAL

to fight for what we be­lieve in and have been held down for too long. It has the best el­e­ments of the last two records with the mind­set of push­ing the lim­its and step­ping it up to a new level. We want to leave our de­fin­i­tive mark on the scene with this record, and be re­mem­bered as one of the great­est metal bands of our time.”

A lofty goal, cer­tainly, and one that could be ar­gued un­re­al­is­tic for a band of their ilk. How­ever, per­haps aid­ing their ef­forts to climb a few ad­di­tional rungs up the heavy mu­sic lad­der is the more grounded, even per­son­able lyri­cal ap­proach ref­er­enced ear­lier, which may en­able them to en­gage a wider au­di­ence.

“It was cool while we did it, and we don’t dis­like that we did that, it’s just time to move on to some­thing dif­fer­ent,” the growler re­sponds re­gard­ing whether the film- re­lated themes had run their course. “Right now, our main fo­cus is do­ing some­thing that’s a lit­tle more real and a lit­tle darker; so it suits us bet­ter… This is a more re­al­is­tic vibe.

“I think just cap­tur­ing the emo­tion that we put out live has kinda been miss­ing on our records, and I think this one cap­tures it a lot more. So it’ll be eas­ier to re­late to the stuff when you can feel what I’m go­ing through when I’m say­ing the words that I’m say­ing. It’s got a lit­tle more raw, a lit­tle more real emo­tion in the mu­sic… You can’t just make that stuff up, so right now just seems like the time that we needed to do it. Things needed to be said, and I said ‘ em.”

Hav­ing adopted a dif­fer­ent the­matic tack on the new disc, have the sharply-dressed crew con­sid­ered mod­i­fy­ing another staple el­e­ment, their stage get- up?

“I think it’s a pretty im­por­tant sort of trade­mark to the band. I don’t see that chang­ing any­time soon, but you never know. If we think of some­thing else cool we may do that.”

Said con­cept must fa­cil­i­tate run­ning up a hefty laun­dry bill though. feels com­pelled to ask whether their suits ne­ces­si­tate be­ing washed far more reg­u­larly than other acts’ wear.

“Def­i­nitely,” the front­man laughs. “You try to do what you can to keep those things smelling de­cent, but now we’re get­ting in a po­si­tion where we can af­ford a lit­tle bit more stuff. You def­i­nitely have to have a cou­ple of them, you know? I have prob­a­bly two or three; the other guys I think have around the same, maybe a cou­ple more shirts, ‘ cause I haven’t been wear­ing the top part. I’ve just been do­ing a dif­fer­ent vibe. But the guys have a few.”

It’s all in­her­ent of a sin­gle- minded band ethos. “We just vibe on real sit­u­a­tions; we just con­cen­trate on those things. As far as in­flu­ences from any bands or any­thing, we try not to mess with that stuff. We just want to be us and do what we do. We’re not wor­ried about what any­body else sounds like so we can do it too. We just want to do what we do.”

THE WORLD IS MY EN­EMY NOW IS OUT AU­GUST 15 THROUGH SUME­RIAN/ WARNER.

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