MAY 27th 2017

Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Music Entertainment Worldwide. We are here today with Mike Hill, vocalist and guitarist for the Metal Band Tombs.

1. You have a new album about to be released through Metal Blade on June 16th, called "The Grand Annihilation", what made you call the album this?

It was drawn for a piece of writing I had been working on over the last year. It was an essay I was working on about the cyclical nature of the rise and fall of civilizations and explored the idea that there most likely existed an advanced human civilization that was wiped out by some sort of extinction event. The whole record is sort of based on that and most of the songs have to do with endings and beginnings, closing doors and opening new doors to step through.

2. What can we expect from the album, compared to your last?

There is more of a variety of material. There are peaks and valleys, sections that are quiet and subtle and parts that are intense and aggressive. It's a full expression of the possibilities that were hinted at by the previous records.

3. I read that you don't appease your fans, that you write for what you enjoy, have you always done that?  I think it brings a whole lot more to music when you do it for yourself.

I think that when you start considering other people's expectations, you invite failure into the creative process. It's not that I never think of the listener, I just don't try to meet their expectations. I think that anyone who appreciates the band expects Tombs to have a free approach to the music. I am deeply inspired by a full range of influences and it would be silly to just focus on one thing. The ideas come and if I like them, they become songs. It's a disarmingly simple process. I don't ever sit and down and say, "I'm going to write a new album this month;" it's an ongoing thing, when inspiration comes I go with it. I think that is the reason why the material has diversity.

4. There are 10 songs on the album, do you personally have one that stands out more than the others?

I like the first half of Saturnalian a lot. Way of the Storm is probably one of my favorites; it has a variety of emotions and runs through a few changes that sound really cool when I listen back to it.

5. Who designed the album cover? Where did the idea come from?

The great Thomas Hooper did the album cover. He has done all our LP's.  We work sort of collaboratively. I send him demos, lyrics and some imagery that I feel reflects the tone of the music and he does his thing. I enjoy this back and forth process quite a bit. I want to create something special and when possible, I like to work with friends and people that I respect. Hooper is both of those things and it's quite rewarding to work together every couple of years on a new Tombs LP.

6. You hit the road the same day your album comes out, good way to showcase the new album. How many songs will you be playing from “The Grand Annihilation”?

It's half new and half old material. I like to mix it up.

7. Is there a city you are looking forward to playing? And why?

Probably LA and San Francisco. I have a lot of old friends that live in LA and it’s good to see them. My former drummer Andrew Hernandez lives in Oakland so playing San Fran gives us a chance to catch up.

8. After the tour, what is in store for you?

More touring.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with Metaltitans. We wish you much success with "The Grand Annihilation”, and your tour.