Interview: Brimstone Coven – Upon the Mountain… of rock greatness (with a pocket full of black magic)

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 3:21 PM (PST)
BC shot by Dez Farnario

BC shot by Dez Farnario


Brimstone Coven are our first interview of 2016. We feel they represent the qualities that make metal great, a deep respect for the past with a desire for an individual, modern footprint. Plus killer tunes.

“Journey for knowledge/within the open mind.”

It is lamentable that That Metal Show was cancelled and hopefully it will find another home, yet let us never fail to have in depth discussions on metal’s supreme incredible gifts to the world.


Get their latest Black Magic HERE.


Read the interview BELOW.



What in particular draws you to this style of bluesy, occult metal? I personally dig the retro aesthetic of a Kean Rollins femme vampire semi-exploitation film with great, funky touches like the sensual but campy Lips Of Blood to some stupid new slasher film or some shitty deathcore, big hoop loop earlobes band…You guys seem to look forward by going back on your record. “Black Magic” burns and has such a fuckin’ good feel near the bridge.
Well thanks Morgan, we appreciate the kind words. We are with you. The state of modern music seems pasteurized to the point of sterility. There is a real lack of honesty in performance nowadays, coupled with a complete absence of organic nature when it comes to production value. Music from the sixties and seventies contained a certain innocence in its presentation. Rock was only a decade or two young, so everything was still fairly fresh. Recording techniques were still in a perpetual state of theory and practice, riddled with limitations. Limitations lead to innovations in creativity, and time has proven that most music created in this era has rendered itself timeless. We admire this ethos and emulate it in modern day as much as possible.


How has it felt to see the Brimstone Coven faithful devotees grow the last few years?
I have been in bands my entire adult life. Some were popular, some were all but unknown. I can honestly say that I’ve never experienced such a devoted fan base in any band prior to this. There are some fans, both local and worldwide, that literally buy every piece of merchandise we make, as we make it. Even if we don’t promote it! I can add a new shirt design or patch to our merch page without plans to start promoting it til our next show a month away, and by the end of the day a half dozen fans have already pulled the trigger and are patiently awaiting its arrival. We make friends and fans wherever we play, and the main difference between these guys and fans of prior bands are the quality of character in these individuals. Not sure if its because we are older now and in turn are fan base is more mature, but we seem to attract some of the best people on earth and I am thankful for the opportunity to meet/know them.



What do you think some bands are missing that makes others magical? In your case, “Beyond The Astral” is a perfect example of love for the playing and genre, plus a sense of camaraderie and real feel to the recording.


You are not the first to cite this song. Many others have raved that this is their favorite song of ours to date since the label released it last week. It’s one of my favorites to play live as well. A lot of dynamics in that one for sure. What I truly feel separates the magic from the mundane when it comes to bands is chemistry. The bad and good thing about chemistry is that you cannot manufacture it. Chemistry cannot be faked. I love early Black Sabbath. I also love Ronnie James Dio. And although I feel Dio is incapable of sounding anything less than magnificent in everything he’s done, I cannot hold Dio era Sabbath quite as high as Ozzy era. Why? Chemistry. The same can be said for Ian Gillan. I love him in Deep Purple, but I abhor him in Sabbath. All due to chemistry. Either you have it or you don’t, plain and simple.


What have been some of your most rewarding live experiences in this project? Is it easy to feel like there is a force guiding this, or are such devils in the finer details and nodding to otherworldly or lord of this worldly assistance a disservice to the hours of rehearsal or toil and social networking it takes to run an even mildly active proper band in 2016?


Good question and very eloquently put. We have had the opportunity to play with some downright legendary bands in our short existence. Each opportunity has been a chance to absorb, appreciate and learn from. There are too many positive stories to tell. When things seems to fall in place right in front of you, it’s hard not to think that cosmic forces are at work in your favor. I’ve always been a proponent of the idea that when you are on the path destined for you, the universe helps you. Paths are illuminated all the time, it is our job as a sentient soul to recognize the signs. Sometimes it isn’t easy, but the more aware you are to these types of cues, the happier you seem to be.


Are you Cozy Powell fans? I feel like he is very underappreciated because his albums in Sabbath had non-traditional production on them that you wouldn’t expect from the most vintage Sabbath eras.


I am a fan of his for sure but just like Dio and Gillan, not particularly in Sabbath. He has an unmistakable style all his own, and I admire him for all his unconventional quirks. But I much prefer his work in Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group and even Whitesnake over the Sabbath stuff. Part of it is lack of chemistry but in all honesty I am just not that fond of late 80’s Sabbath, period. I have a friend who loves that era and is perpetually trying to get me to appreciate it, but to no avail.


I met a guy on a Subway once who said he was in a band called Black Unicorn and was all glammed out and did a hair flip and wail when he said his band name. It was awesome. I was with my friend Ryan Matthew (oddities show) years and years ago and we talked about it for awhile, like we had actually sighted a black unicorn. This was when glam metal wasn’t yet really making a comeback via the likes of the Steel Panther mischief makers. What inspired your song with the name “Black Unicorn”? A love of velvet poster art and Dungeons & Dragons more sensitive and seductive side?



Wow, cool story! I wanna meet this glam rock guy you speak of. Well I have a story too, though I fear it’s not as cool as yours. My day job is being the manager of a long-running tattoo shop. A few years back, I walked into one of our artists’ room and noticed a striking line drawing pinned to his wall. When I asked about it, he replied that someone had set up an appointment to get this image tattooed on them but never showed up. He was disappointed that he wasn’t going to get to tattoo this on anyone. I loved the drawing and said, “Hey, just do it on me then!” The drawing was of a unicorn in the most dramatic/majestic pose possible, all reared up with mouth open and nostrils flaring. I loved it, but told him that I wanted it “evil”. He obliged me by adding a pentagram branded into his front quarter and made him rising up out of these waves of blood. He also said he wanted to shade him very dark, almost black. Of course, I approved. When I sat down to get the tattoo shaded, he told me he was going to try out a new pigment color on me, called “old orchid”. I trusted his judgment and let him do what he wanted. My mistake! It turned out blacker than black, so black that the linework disappeared and just resembled a giant black blob on my calf. I was heartbroken. It was the only tattoo I’ve got to date that I don’t love. Considering it is on me permanently, I decided to turn a negative into a positive and write a song about a badass unicorn from Hell that will devour your soul.


Do you think bands worry too much about bells and whistles instead of writing good, basic songs? One thing I like about your record or Dead Meadow or recent stuff out of Rancho De La Luna is that the focus is just so more on point.


Thanks again, we pride ourselves on the idea that less is more. Just because you can add an element to a song, doesn’t mean that it necessarily needs it. Corey constantly analyzes the songwriting process in flux and asks himself, “Does this element in the song help more than hurt?” I personally love his ethics when it comes to this and as a band, we are always weighing our options when it comes to our renown three-part vocal harmonies. Too much of any one thing is never good, and it’s easy to want to flex your strengths as a band to the brink of overkill. I feel that every one of our songs is perfectly balanced in the respect that it sounds concise, complete and just right. Add too much flair and you lose sight of the hook. Keeping it too simple renders the song completely flat and bereft of identity. It is indeed a delicate balance.


 Any witchy literature or books to recommend? I just read The Book of Shadows by James Reese not too long ago, which was great. Summoning bells, sex with ghosts, nineteenth century French convent setting with girl striving to break out and discover her pagan nature. Great as a coming of age metaphor or a fantistorical.


Oh man, I hate to end the interview like this, but I’ve got nothing. I am not an avid reader, never have been. I really wish I had something to add here but I really don’t. The Book of Shadows does sound interesting though, perhaps I’ll break the habit and check it out! Thanks for listening to me and for the support, it’s appreciated! Keep doing what you do, keep the flame alive!


Thanks a lot! Hails!

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