AUGUST 16th, 2014

Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Metal entertainment worldwide. We are here with VALLENFYRE's Greg Mackintosh, vocalist and lead guitarist for the band. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us.

1. I understand the reasons behind forming Vallenfyre, but tell us how you came to choose the name for the band.

It’s pretty hard to come up with original names for bands these days so I decided to use words from the old English language. “Vallen” means strong and “fyre” is fire, and I just put the two together.

2.  You have also picked all good friends to be in the band with you-- do you think this leads to success, as you all know each other so well?

Success for me is about being happy in what you are doing, so in that respect, yes. If however you are talking about commercial success, then no. This is not popular music.

3. I am wondering, all of you have other bands that you work with-- do you find it hard to get together to create your music, or even to practice your songs?

Yes. It’s almost impossible to get time to practice or do shows, but we will be doing our best this year to get some more shows organized.

4.  Speaking of songs, who created the lyrics for ‘Splinters’?  What was the inspiration in creating them? (I know the answer to this, but others might like to hear it from you.)

I wrote the lyrics and they are about various things that I feel passionate about. From grief to religion, mental illness to addiction, corruption to life itself. None of it is very happy.

5.  It has been said that ‘Splinters’ has been inspired by the likes of Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Autopsy, Napalm Death and more-- what made you decide to go this route, to create such extreme music based on those bands ?

It’s not really about basing music on those bands. It’s about taking the excitement that surrounded the extreme music scene in the early 80’s to early 90’s and trying to capture the essence of that in a modern context. These bands wrote very extreme music but did so intelligently and with great songs.

6.  Is there any one song on your album that you enjoy more than the others? If so, why that one?

Depends on the mood really. I like the opener “Scabs” for its intensity, and if I want doom and gloom, then “Bereft” does that pretty well.

7.  Tell us where you recorded the album and why you chose that studio.

We recorded it at Godcity studio in Salem, MA. We chose that because it’s Kurt Ballou’s studio, and we wanted him to produce the record as his productions capture a great energy.

8.  Over the years, what memory comes to mind that you remember the most in your music career?

My Father driving me to the first show I ever played would be top.

9.  Do you remember the very first guitar you had? What kind was it, and who (if anyone) gave it to you?

I am a leftie guitarist and it was really hard to get a hold on them in the early 80’s where I grew up. Eventually I found one in a music shop and saved up for it. It was called a Westbury.

10.  Do you plan on touring to support your new album?  Do you have plans already in the works?

We want to do a couple of small tours. One in the Europe, and one in the US, and then maybe some festivals and flyer shows. Nothing concrete yet. As I said earlier, it’s really difficult planning anything with everyone’s schedules.

11.  Your artwork on the album for ‘Splinters’ is really unique, who came up with the design?

I gave some lyrics, demo tracks and the title to an artist called Brian D’Agosta, and he came up with the concept.

12.  How much time in a day is dedicated to Vallenfyre?  

It depends on what I am doing. If I am writing new Vallenfyre stuff or doing interviews, then quite a lot-- otherwise my time is usually spent on Paradise Lost stuff.

13.  Would you ever change your career choice?

Sometimes I wonder how different life would have been had I chosen a different path, but I am so obsessed with creating things that even if it weren’t music, it would be some kind of art.

14.  For you, what is the best thing about being in Vallenfyre?

Doing something fun and without expectation or pressure with a bunch of great friends.

15.  What would surprise people the most about you?

That I am intensely insular, almost to the point of being agoraphobic.

16.  When you are not working on things for the band, what kind of music do you enjoy the most?

I like lots of stuff. Obviously I have a passion for extreme music, but I also like classical music and some electronic music.

17.  Is there anything that you would like to add to this interview that I might have missed asking you that you think the people should know?

Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with us here at Metaltitans, and we wish you much success with your new album ‘Splinters’.