Jordan Kemp: Well once we have things lined up we just make the preparation a priority. Yeah sometimes it is hard to co-ordinate everything what with the WOH members all being involved in other bands as well but we all like to stay busy so we make it work.
Zang: Speaking of new West of Hell album how is the album coming and is there a release date?
Jordan Kemp: The album is being mixed and mastered at the moment. I have heard a few preliminary mixes that are so killer. Rob Shallcross is doing a fantastic job. We all can’t wait till it’s ready to go. Really looking forward to showing everyone. We are hoping to release later this year.
Zang: How has this album different from your previous album ….2012s Spiral Empire?
Jordan Kemp: Where we are at musically now has definitely developed a lot in the last few years with the addition of our new guitarist Kris Schulz. Writing songs with him involved is totally stepping our game up to another level, and I can see it going further in new exciting directions as well. We still have some classic thrash moments, some newer school sounding progressions, odd time signatures and absolutely face shredding solos. Yeah the feel of the band has just progressed with having a new guitarist and a new drummer. We were very fortunate to have Ash Pearson play drums on this record and his groove is just stellar.
Zang: Can we expect any teases soon ?
Jordan Kemp: Well, we are playing a few new songs on the Vengeance in Hell tour, to give everyone a taste of what’s to come and we are going to be filming a couple music videos and will possibly release a single/video before the record drops. So hang in there, it’s coming soon!!
Zang: Where was the new album recorded?
Jordan Kemp: The drums were recorded at The Armoury in Vancouver, guitars and vocals at Infiniti in Victoria, and it is being mixed at the Chicken Coop in Victoria.
Zang: Can you describe to everyone the atmosphere in the studio when West of Hell is recording?
Jordan Kemp: Being in the studio with Rob Shallcross is great. We have a lot of fun, crack a lot of jokes, there’s a good vibe. Now it ain’t all fun and games though. We’ve been buds with Rob a while now and he really knows how to crack the whip and grind on us and push and push until aaaaaaahhhhhh FUCK!... and then bam! Best take ever! So yeah even the hard days in the studio end on a good vibe once we can listen back to how killer it is!
Zang: The Mighty Ash from 3 Inches of Blood and Revocation worked on this new album behind the kit ..how was it working with Ash ?
Val: Ash is a bro and we’ve been friends for many years ,he’s a straight up solid guy and really helped us out when our original drummer got deported just before recording started. Ash’s work on the record is very much his style at our speed, he’s a high energy player with a lot of tasty embellishment all over the place .
Zang: Did Ash do things different with his work on this album or will long time fans of Ash see some 3IOB and Revocation similarities ?
Val: Andrew laid out a solid framework for these new songs, and then Ash stepped in and made it his own, Ash’s fans will find signature Ash licks all over this record.
Zang: Will we see Ash on more West of Hell work?
Val: I think Ash’s dance card is full right now, but who knows what might happen, maybe a surprise track here and there.
Zang: You have a Tour that started April 26th in Nelson BC ..at the time of this being written you are about to hit Calgary are there any cities in Western Canada that you are NOT hitting on this tour that you want to throw a shout out too ?
Val: There are so many places that we would have loved to play, Prince George being one for sure, Kimberly, Fernie, Regina, etc. etc.
Zang: Reckless Ronny wanted me to ask what’s on your personal playlists and what musicians do u admire and get your influences from?
Val: Well for me that’s a big ass list. I like the new At the Gates, the new Anthrax, new Testament, Ghost, Behemoth, Abbath. My influences are vast, at the core would be Maiden, Priest, Dio, Halen, Motorhead, Pantera, Exodus, Forbidden, Obituary, Entombed, etc.
Zang: Sean and Val have been working with a band called Metaspherical ..can u fill us in with more details on that?
Jordan Kemp: Metaspherical is a rad project put together by guitar virtuoso Jason Morley. He managed to have some great musicians on the record, Gene Hoglan, Andy LaRocque and Kelly Shaefer to name a few. Val and Sean also contributed. I am actually putting on a show on May 12th at the Wise Hall in Vancouver in which Metaspherical are on board for their debut show. Kelly Shaefer from Atheist is flying in to front the band. It’s gonna be awesome!
Zang: Lastly you guys did a KILLER zombie themed music video for the song Water of Sorcery off the last album. Will we see another great video at that level ? And if a Zombie apocalypse did hit who in the band would get eaten first?
Jordan Kemp: Yes there will be more epic vids to come. Val has worked in special effects in the film industry for years and has a lot of friends and contacts that get pretty stoked about doing some crazy shit in a metal vid. If the Zombie apocalypse broke out they would probably go for Val… but he would eat them first!
West of Hell is currently on the Vengeance in Hell tour with Revenger.
You can check them out at www.facebook.com/westofhell