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.
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.