The Black Order is making a major splash on the Michigan metal music scene here in 2012, even though the band formed back in 2005. The Black Order has been noticed and accepted by many fans all over the state. The Black Order has made their mark with their unique sound and captivating stage presence.
The Black Order describes their sound as being very “heavy,” but not so much in the traditional heavy metal sense. The Black Order likes to detail their sound as having weight, not just someone yelling into a microphone.
I had the opportunity to sit down with the Black Order and get to know them better. The following is my entire interview with the Black Order.
C: When did The Black Order come together?
B: We formed in 2005. I got sick of all the other bands in the area and wanted to do my own thing, play by my own rules, etc. We went through a few lineup changes to get to where we are now though.
C: The Black Order, in a few words, how would you describe the band’s musical sound?
B: The sound is very “heavy”. Not, so much in the in the sense of how fast it is or if i’m growling/puking into the mic. But in the sense that our sound has a lot of “weight” to it, its very thick and full especially for a 3-piece band. We have a groove metal thing going on I guess. We want all the songs to be heavy and brutal but we want people to be able to nod their heads to it.
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
B: As far as musical influences goes during a live performance, you always see bands do cool stuff that you wanna imitate. But, we try to just go out their and do what we feel as it comes to us. Everything is on the fly, and I think that’s what makes it so fun. You never know what’s gonna happen. We try to be very interactive with the crowd. We like to throw stuff out to them, talk to them, really make them feel a part of the show.
C: The Black Order has gained quite a large following in Michigan, what was the process of coming up in the industry like?
B: Writing influence I think depends a lot on what you’re currently listening to and also where you’re musical roots lay. It can have major influences on what you put out. You pick up different tools, tricks, etc from other bands that you really love and then mold them to your own personality. I hear stuff all the time where I say “Oh man, I like that harmony,” or “Check out how this verse section is broken up rhythmically.
C: How would you guys as a band describe the Michigan music scene?
B: Our venture into Michigan has been very short actually. We’ve met some really awesome people up there and networked with some killer bands. Our brothers in Deadringer from Flint helped us out a lot and we love to jam with those guys. Our bands work great on shows. We try to be very personable with people at shows and make friends with everyone. You gotta go out shake hands, take pictures, mix it up with people. The Michigan metal heads are top notch, period. We want it to feel like a welcome home party every time we show up.
C: How do you all as a band feel social media has helped and will continue to help your career?
B: So far, from what we’ve seen, the Michigan music scene is great and diverse, which is always good! You never want there to be an over saturation of one particular kind of band or style. It makes shows seem drab when you can’t tell who is who. The one thing we’ve noticed for sure is that even if you’re not the band the people came to see, they still watch and are appreciative. Michigan people like…..their…..metal!
C: What does the future of the band hold?
B: We have a new record coming out soon, currently trying to book out shows as much as possible and keep pushing forward.We work hard, don’t mess around when it comes to business and will play our ass’s of whenever and wherever. Systematically achieving and exceeding our goals one by one.