Segression’s Chris Rand talks about new album, “Painted in Blood,” and how it is a blueprint for future releases.
By Mandy Craig.
Aussie metallers, Segression released, “Painted in Blood,” to their blood-thirsty fans last week, October 10, an album that is described as their most brutal and heaviest album to date.
“Painted in Blood,” is an onlslaught of tracks that have an intense and powerful force throughout, with underpinning themes dealing with: crime, bullying and persecution.
The art cover by DR Rev synchronises with the album brilliantly through the title track and the awesome fact of it being actually painted in blood!
Talking to lead vocalist Chris Rand, he reveals insight into the revolution of Segression’s new sound, an in-depth meaning to tracks off the album, and how he feels, “Painted in Blood,” expresses the true identity of the band.
Q: Segression, your album, “Painted in Blood,” is your first release in three years. How does it feel to unleash your new music to the fans?
Chris Rand: I’m more excited with the “Painted In Blood” album than any release throughout my career. I feel fresh and finally that we have captured what Segression is all about.
Q: The artwork for the album by DR Rev is awesome, especially since it relates to the title, “Painted in Blood.” How else do you feel it conveys the main aspects of your new release?
Chris: Rev messaged me the other day; we fit together like a key in a lock. The passion he puts into his art is exactly the same as us with the music. We both have struggled and hold very similar core values: honesty, humility and integrity. If I could literally write and perform the songs with my blood, I would because I have given my everything to this band, and so have the others on this album.
Q: What initially inspired the creation of “Painted in Blood?”
Chris: We wanted to really push back to what we were all about. The title track started this process, so in effect Rev was pretty inspirational.
Q: What is the overall theme of, “Painted in Blood,” what is it about?
Chris: We were a band that formed in 1996 and combined the word segregated and aggression to stand up as a voice for those who didn’t fit in and were a victim of crime/bullying/persecution. This album represents our core. In a sense we have come full circle. This theme will be the blueprint of all future Segression material.
Q: How was the songwriting process for the album?
Chris: A lot of what we do now begins with members bringing in either ideas or semi finished tracks; but what may begin in isolation finishes in our Segression studio. The other three members, whilst always offering me advice and opinions, give me an unbelievable amount of freedom.
Q: How does the tracks relate to where you are currently as a band?
Chris: I don’t think in all these years we have been this focused and cohesive as people, and the songs reflect this.
“This album represents our core. In a sense we have come full circle. This theme will be the blueprint of all future Segression material.”
Q: Can you describe the meanings for some of the tracks off, “Painted in Blood?”
Chris: They all have that consistent message, but in relation to particular tracks: “Higher,” is about people who take energy from you, those that drain you as a person, the people who quite often hold themselves higher than others, when in reality we are all equal. Where a track like, “Scar Me Now,” is more specific to wanting a place to exist where we are all equal and that qualities such as jealousy die. You can see how the tracks weave in and out of each other like scenes or episodes with a consistent plot.
Q: The music on this album has been described as your most brutal release yet. How do you feel, “Painted in Blood,” has revolutionised your sound?
Chris: I think we just have learnt so much over the years and this is what we have always been searching for…slow learners syndrome maybe. (Laughs)
Q: What was it like to be back in the studio, recording “Painted in Blood?”
Chris: After recording, “Never Dead,” I learnt so much and reuniting with Sven during this album was amazing, as he joined me in the production chair too.
Q: Can you recall any groundbreaking moments that you felt really benefited in the recording process?
Chris: Having Adz (Adam Bunnell) on drums opened up the doors to endless possibilities and helped us go in the direction that we wanted to head.
Q: What message would you like to shout out to your fans?
Chris: We promised when we were touring, (when we were younger) to keep it real. “Painted In Blood,” keeps it fucking real.
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