Melbourne-based metalcore quintet Capital Enemy is one of the fresher entities that have been lending a hand in rejuvenating the heavy music scene of Australia. Since their inception, the band have released an EP and are on their way to unleashing a world of chaos and proficiency through their debut record ‘Knowledge of the Wicked’, which will be out this week. Guitarist Tallis Pude had a chat about the group’s first full-length, the member’s history with each other, the concept revolving around the album, and even getting Chimaira’s Mark Hunter involved on ‘Knowledge of the Wicked’ as a guest vocalist.
“One of the things that Jason (Rowe) and I have wanted to do for over ten years now was to get Mark Hunter on one of our songs,” he says. “He just messaged Mark on Facebook, and then Mark told us his amount. But before he could record anything, he had to like the song first. He changed some of the lyrics that Jason sent him. Jason also reached out to Josh (Collard) when he had the chance. He’s already performed the song once with us, and I’m sure it won’t be the last time, either. He really loved the song we sent him, and he was just all too excited to do the film clip as well. We’ve just gotten along really well. I never really talked to Josh in the past before, but we met and we just really talked each other’s ears off for ages. He and Earth Caller also recorded their latest album ‘Crystal Death’ with the same people that worked with us on ‘Knowledge of the Wicked’, which is pretty cool.”
While Pude and co. have all had their fair share of recording sessions with one another, recording their first ever LP was going to be a big and appealing challenge for them. While the recording process didn’t go past a full week, the hours spent on ‘Knowledge of the Wicked’ were ridiculously lengthy, but rewarding in the end.
“It was a hell of a lot more work,” says Pude. “The writing process took us, surprisingly, the same amount of time to write the album as it did for the ‘Life Sentence’ EP. But, for the recording process, I can only talk for the guitars, but the guitar days were ten in the morning until one in the evening. I think we had five or six days of doing that, and that includes guitar and bass, leads and rhythms. Fifteen hour days are really big days.”
Prior to Capital Enemy, Pude had already been involved with vocalist Jason Rowe and drummer Matt Evans in an older band of theirs called Any Last Words. Even now that they’re back together for a crispier and more polished look and tone to their musicianship under a new brand, the interaction between each other still remains as strong as ever. Pude also sheds some light on his history with fellow guitarist Will Gillam, and bassist Stui Tiltman who had also played with their frontman before Capital Enemy became what it is now.
“The three of us have been together for about eight years I think, and we’ve still got our chemistry. It’s definitely, a different vibe. Any Last Words was more of a party vibe, and that was just for fun times. Whereas this time, we’ve stepped it up a bit and have made it more of a priority. Our bassist Stui Tiltman was with Jason in Decimate, which was kinda Capital Enemy before it became Capital Enemy. Willalso played guitar for an old deathcore band called Beneath the Rising Tide, and we were already personal mates for years. He came to one of our shows, got really hammered and was pitting at the gig. I was literally talking to him that night about doing a project or something, and he goes “Aww, yeah man, we gotta do it”. When our original vocalist Brent (Jones) left, we looked for a singer for a little while, and Jason felt like he wanted to get back on the mic. So, he started training his voice again, and we decided to find another guitarist instead. The first person we thought of was Will, and so he joined us. He’s been so good, he’s an amazing guitarist. The lead parts were fairly basic, and Will came in and did dive bombs on every song,” he laughs. “His guitar work is incredible. I was so wrapped when he joined.”
While metal has been the resource of inspiration through Capital Enemy’s methodology of creativity, Pude feels as though there has been more than just heavy music that has interacted with the quintet’s final product. Although it seems death metal and black metal inoculated Pude’s approach towards ‘Knowledge of the Wicked’, there was another genre outside of the boundaries that stimulated the writing process.
“I think hip-hop was a surprising turn on us. When we wrote the title track for ‘Knowledge of the Wicked’, there was that bouncy bit in the middle of it where Josh (Collard) comes in, and we’re like, “Huh, that’d sound good if someone could rap over that”, and later on, we figured out that Josh could rap. The record is more death metal in a way than I was expecting. Deathchitect was more of a death metal tune when it came out than what I was anticipating. I can’t speak for the boys, but I personally find a lot of different genres of music interesting, and I was really into black metal at the time of when we were making this album.”
When it came to choosing the songs that would represent the debut, Capital Enemy’s decision was to include music videos for each of them so they could include a narrative that also differentiated from the songs themselves. For these tracks and their visual counterparts, the story was structured in reverse. But, there was also the notion that all five members wanted to address of how diverse they can get with their own material.
“Graves of the Grey, for a lack of a better term, is most poppy tune, song structure-wise. Deathchitectwas great because it was probably, one of the heavier ones and it could show that we could do this type of stuff. And Knowledge of the Wicked, we felt like we could do another video and it was mutually, the favourite song off the record. I should mention that the videos have a different story to what the songs are. The videos are their own story, and we released the story in reversed order. It’s about a man finding a book that he didn’t know was completely evil and that turned him evil, which is in the music video for Knowledge of the Wicked. Then, he brings in the apocalypse in Deathchitect, and Grave of the Grey is the aftermath. Not that you can see it in the story, but we’ve insinuated in Knowledge of the Wicked that he rips his own eyes out.”
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