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“When we started

out, we just wanted to be the heav­i­est band in town. Now, we want to be the heav­i­est band in South Wales,” ex­claims Upon Those Dy­ing vo­cal­ist Kage Shep­pard. Heftier than a dragon’s left bol­lock and car­niv­o­rously bru­tal, no one wants to cham­pion the South­ern Welsh scene more than this Cardiff five-piece – af­ter all, they have to live up to the likes of scene heavy­weights such as Bul­let For My Valen­tine, Fu­neral For A Friend or, fuck it, even Budgie!

“South Wales has a rich her­itage,” says bas­sist James Hardi­man. “There’s a lot of pres­tige that we’re all try­ing to up­hold. Ev­ery­body here has that drive to work harder, be­cause there’re no hand­outs. You have to work hard for ev­ery­thing nowa­days and that’s a pos­i­tive thing.”

They’ve been around for less than a year, but have poured ev­ery­thing into this band, which is more than ev­i­dent on their 2016 self-ti­tled EP. Though chock­full of cra­nium-smash­ing bel­ters, in their eyes, this barely taps their full po­ten­tial. Re­fus­ing to con­form to the guide­lines of the typ­i­cal death­core for­mula, it’s the re­lief that this genre so badly de­serves.

“We love death­core, but we want to open up a bit,” Kage ex­plains. “There’s only so much you can do in that genre, so why limit our­selves? We want to add other el­e­ments to our mu­sic and bet­ter our­selves with each track we do. For our last EP, we scrapped so many songs. They weren’t what the scene needed from us.”

“When we write, we write for our­selves and live in the mo­ment,” adds drum­mer Samwell Gayne. “We’ve been called metalcore, djent, hard­core and even post-hard­core. We don’t even know what to call our­selves ha ha ha!”

Though we’d ar­gue

they sit most com­fort­ably in the death­core groove, stay­ing the course is not on Upon

Those Dy­ing’s agenda. Their sec­ond EP is cur­rently in the works and seem­ingly still un­ti­tled, and a melodic change of pace seems to be on the cards. It’s a risky move, con­sid­er­ing how the ‘deff-core’ po­lice re­vile at the very men­tion of the M-word. But be­ing nails as fuck, Kage and co see it as their duty to strive to­wards this path for the good of hu­man­ity.

“It’s about push­ing the bound­aries both in terms of heav­i­ness and cre­ativ­ity,” James states with the ut­most con­vic­tion. “For me, heav­ier parts sound big­ger when you’ve got some­thing more melodic or am­bi­ent to off­set it; there’s a lot more im­pact there. Our new song, which we haven’t named yet, is a per­fect ex­am­ple of that. It’s our first song that’s got clean vo­cals but it’s prob­a­bly the heav­i­est track we’ve ever done.”

“I think no one re­ally ex­pects that from us and peo­ple have re­acted re­ally well to it when we play it live,” Kage says of the new ma­te­rial. “We’ve had to tread quite care­fully into that melodic zone, but it’s still go­ing to be cool and heavy as shit, so who cares?”

“Our first song with clean vo­cals is ou r heav­i­est !”


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