Interview: Words That Burn


By: Carla Morton

Formed in the year of 2010, Words That Burn is an Alternative metal band from Ireland. The band’s vocalist and guitarist, Roni, answered me some questions about the band and the upcoming release.

Hello Roni, how are you? 
Hi Carla. I’m great thanks. Good to chat to you.

Tell me when the band was born? 
The band has gone through a few different stages since it started in mid 2010 I think. Back then there was only 3 of us. Myself and Ger (bassist) and a drummer from another local band. We didn’t really have the sound we have today. Mainly down to the fact we came from different bands, one kinda heavy and the other not at all. So there was a lot of ideas and influences there, but it didn’t seem quite right. It didn’t seem to go where I wanted it to go.  We always needed a second guitarist and just round about the time we went into studio for our first EP, Praey, our previous drummer introduced us to Shane our lead guitarist. He brought even more ideas to the table which has become a major influence on our overall sound now.

The first band’s release is ”Praey”. When this was released?
It was released in June 2013. We recorded it with our good friend and trusted sound engineer Jason Varley in Dundalk, in the north east of Ireland.

How have the recordings went so far?
Well, as the first version of Words that Burn, we recorded a 3 song EP in a day. Just to have something. It sucks. Like it’s really, really shit! We picked 3 of the 8 songs we knew, went to studio, got drunk and recorded. I listened back to it recently….. fuck, its bad ha ha. Praey was our first proper recording. Took us over all I’d say 3 or 3 weeks to record in total. We had to re-write a lot of the songs because we decided to switch to 7 strings about 2 weeks before our first day in studio, so that was fun! The vocal were strange to do in a different key, but we love the end product.
We released a follow up single with Jason Varley in 2014.  Called “Before The Fall”. This was the first song we recorded with our new Drummer Jason Christy. This was the change in our sound we were looking for.  It was the foundation from which we have written all our newer stuff.

Did you get good reviews?
Yeah, Praey did very well. We sold out of hard copies which was amazing. It did quite well online too. The single launch for “Before the Fall” was in Dublin and it was unreal. The venue was stuffed and, to our surprise people were singing along- which was weird considering the song was only release 12 hours at the time of show.

 Are you preparing for a new album?
We are always writing. As every band will tell you. We have taken a time out from giggin, except for maybe one or two bigger shows, to concentrate on putting a new set of new songs together. As far as recording goes, we’ll just have to wait and see!

What are the band’s influences?
Too many to mention and none that we attempt to sound like. Which I think is important when you are an original band. You don’t want to sound like the bands you love – its their sound that makes them unique. Bands like Deftones and smashing pumpkins influence alot of the melody we have, then the defiled and bring me the horizon have influenced a lot of elements for newer stiff. Then we have elements of  mudvayne and american head charge in there. Lately we have been listening to skyharbour and new slipknot so its a real melting pot. But when it comes down to it, we write songs that we would love to hear…. you gotta enjoy your own stuff too.

Are there confirmed shows for this year?
As I said previously, we are taking a bit of a break from gigging. But we have a couple lined up that we really want to do. We support Deadly Circus Fire in June and then the Siege Of Limerick metal festival in October.

A message from the band for the fans?
A few things happening soon… keep your ear to the ground.

Thanx for the answers. Cheers Roni!
Thanks for having me. Cheers.

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