often typeset as DÅÅTH (formerly known as Dirtnap or Dirt Nap) is
a metal band from Atlanta, Georgia. Their music incorporates styles such
as thrash metal, death metal, industrial metal, and progressive metal.
Their work is heavily influenced by Da'at and Kabbalah. Dååth, however,
does not identify a direct religious affiliation in its music.
was formed by Eyal Levi and Mike Kameron, who had been playing in bands
since they were in middle school. DÅÅTH's first album ‘Futility’,
was self-released in 2004. Their Roadrunner Records debut, ‘The
Hinderers’, was released in 2007. In October 2007, singer Sean Farber
left the band. A few months later, Sean Z was named the new singer.
The Band's new album ‘The Consealers’ was released last April by Century
Media Records (via a partnership with Roadrunner Records). This is the
first album with their new singer Sean Z. The guitar parts a more
influential on this ‘The
Concealers’ was produced and mixed by Jason Suecof and Mark Lewis
(Trivium, All That Remains, Devildriver).
It seems there is much to talk about, Metal-Experience had the chance to
talk to the band who are currently on tour in the US in support of their
First of all, how are you? And congratulations on the
release of your new album ‘The Concealers’ which will be out in a couple
of weeks, of course we’d like to ask you a couple of questions about it.
It’s been two years since your previous album ‘The
Hinderers’ came out. In between albums, there were some line-up changes
so can you give us a quick update on Daath?
Eyal: I started wearing womens underwear and spend a lot of time on all
fours in the kitchen. I don't know about the rest of the guys, but I
Jeremy: Our trailer still sucks.
How did you launch into writing material for
‘The Concealers’ and how much time did you spend on the songs?
Sean: As far as the lyrics and patterns go we got to work as soon as
possible, just so I could to have as much time as possible to make
sure to nail it.
Emil: There was also a lot more jamming involved on this record.
Mainly between Kevin and Eyal. It was just like a "shit it all out"
style of song structuring. Once they got a good solid movement of music
put to tape, riffs would then begin to be tweaked as would the structure
of the songs. Melodies and Solos would soon follow..
Eyal: All day every day for about three months straight. I think I took
three weeks and went to Europe and still ended up working on it every
single day. It was quite intense. Some people say that it’s a very short
time to write an album in but I think that with the level of focus and
how intense that focus was, three months was more than enough. In the
end there's eleven songs on the album but we wrote well over twenty.
Did ideas come easily so that you just had to write them
down or was it more like a careful composing thing?
Emil: We basically blasted out material - Some good, some bad. Some
basic ideas, some more complex. Some ideas came easily, some ideas took
more refining to get them to where they are now. Then when the gigantic
blob of material was in front of us, we got together before starting the
process with Jason (Suecoff) and picked our direction. There are some
leftovers that we'll probably revisit in the future, but I think
everyone is happy with the 11 songs that we went with.
What comes first, lyrics or melodies?
Sean: Nothing writing wise seemed to be a first or last type of
situation, mostly everyone wrote a little bit everyday. But lyrics are
usually last, just like my last fucking name; last
Emil: Ha! Yeah, I'm always second to last with the W's. Sometimes a
riff needs a melody, sometimes a melody needs a riff. I think all the
dudes in this band try to let the songs sort of steer themselves into
what they eventually become.
Jeremy: melorics- the fatal combination of both happening at the same
time. Or maybe lyrodies.
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to
record ‘The Concealers’, any elements you definitely wanted to have on
Emil: We wanted more solos. During ‘The Hinderers’ we would hear
things from fans like "I had no idea you guys could shred" or when a
video was posted online you would hear "Who is this guy/these guys?" I
think it takes more time for the listener to formulate his own opinion
when you are providing them with something that is not exactly the norm.
Monte Conner was also suggesting we go that direction as well. Insert
Jason Suecoff and Mark Lewis into the picture, and you have an album
that is more "riffy" when there are riffs, and more "solo-ish" when
there are solos.
After the release of ‘The Hinderers’, Sean Farber
(vocals) and Mike Kameron left the band and soon after that Sean Z.
stepped in. Did the line-up changes have an influence on the new songs
and did Sean contribute to the songs or were they already written?
Emil: Sean Z stepped in and killed it while having a good time which is
what it is all about. The lineup changes were more healthy for me
because I get along with Sean Z more on a personal level. Z was with us
through the entire writing process, which had a huge (positive)
influence on the rest of the band.
What is the utmost important ingredient for a song
according to you?
Emil: The song itself. ...which is exactly why I’m in this band.
Everyone thrives on doing what is right for the song, or record.
Sean: That everyone is all on the same page musically and mentally, and
that was definitely apparent while writing the songs for this record.
the guitars to me as a listener are always the most important
ingredient. Muddy shitty guitar tone just hurts to listen to and bad
guitar playing doesn't help either. The amazing work Eyal and Emil did
on this album both in tone and skill truly blows my fucking mind.
Jeremy: You can’t catch a fish without a hook.
‘The Hinderers’ was already a step forward after your
self released album ‘Futility ‘, but ‘The Concealers’ is actually the
first album on which Daath shows its full capabilities: What are your
thoughts on this statement?
Emil: It always helps to have a solid lineup.
Eyal : It’s the truth. You can't compare our demos with our first true
Jeremy: Is this our full capability? Does that mean I have to go home
Could you please describe the implications of the title
‘The Concealers’, what does it stand for and is there a special meaning
Sean: ‘The Concealers’ is exactly that, concealment, and all of it that
takes place in this fucking crazy daily grind life we live.
Jeremy: We are not gonna tell you…... think about it.
Who was responsible for the lyrics on this album and
where do you get your inspiration from?
Sean: Well I wrote a majority of them, but it wouldn’t be fair to take
all the credit when every member one way or another had a hand in the
writing process, especially Eyal and Jeremy. Inspiration? Well, what
inspires every great musician .. marijuana?... which may or may not be
legal in some states.
On ‘The Concealers’ we hear a more guitar influenced
sound instead of the industrial sound on your previous release. Is this
an influence you wish to develop more in the future, or can we expect
something completely different on your next album?
Emil: I always expect something different but with the same Daath
sound. Eyal and I both have been experimenting with new tunings, so it
is possible this may creep its way into the door for the next record.
Eyal: It’s in our nature as people to keep progressing. That translates
to who we are as musicians. Expect a far more developed Daath sound on
the next one. I expect to completely dominate ‘The Concealers’.
Jeremy: Different, or I'm gone. probably expect the same of the others.
We like to try to find new stuff all the time. But we do like guitars so
I'm sure they will be featured.
Do you have any favorite songs on the new album?
Emil: For me it changes from day to day. One that is always in the top
three for me is “Wilting The Vine”. I'm proud of the transitions in that
Sean : Well I have 3 also but one that didn't make it to the album but
did the bsides, and is my favorite will be floating around out there
somewhere is “Liquid Memories”, but my album favorites are “The
Worthless”, “Day of Endless Light”, and “Always Sharpen The Blades”.
Have you received any feedback on the album
Emil: Yes, mainly from industry people and close friends considering the
record has not been released yet. We’ve had quite a positive response so
Are third party opinions (press, fans, etc.) on your
music important to you? Or are your music and band the only things that
Sean: Fans are always the most important to me, because I was just one
of them. Good music doesn’t hurt either.
Emil: It’s always music first for us, but fans are EXTREMELY important
to us. Especially with the way the industry is today. You have to have
a handshaking relationship with each and everyone of them or you are
fucking yourself. The internet allows people to see through hype and
mysterious bullshit a lot easier these days..
Overall, are you pleased with the outcome of the songs or
would you have liked to have changed anything in retrospective? Which
element on the CD are you most proud of?
Sean: Absolutely ; the album is the best shit I have ever done or gotten
to be a part of, and the element I’m most proud of is Emil, Eyal, jeremy,
and kevin and being able to write some music with these crazy fuckers.
Which song is your favourite one to play live? Which song
do you find is the most challenging one to play live?
Sean: “The Worthless” or “Subterfuge” are definitely my favorite to
play, and “Sharpen The Blades” kicks my fucking ass.
Eyal: Playing “Sharpen The Blades” is definitely the most challenging
but there are no easy songs on the new album. All the new songs required
me to step up my playing.
Who are your greatest influences – both in terms of
composition, as well as your guitar playing?
Emil: Early on I was heavily infulenced by Death and Cynic, as well as
the more straight ahead metal bands like Pantera and Friedman era
Megadeth. As far as soloing goes, I am more into Gypsy Jazz players
like Django Reinhardt, Jimmy Rosenberg. I'm also a sucker for fusionists
like John McLaughlin, Allan Holdsworth, and Greg Howe.
Can you tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of
things that motivate you in your writing, your poetry, and your lyrics?
Sean: Everyday shit, drugs always help motivate, like sharpen the
blades, I ate some crazy fucking shrooms, and way too many I might add,
and I beleive it was around 7 or 8 am the lyrics just poured out, but
mostly pot, if it's around, ill be your best friend.
Emil: Not having some shit day job motivates the hell out of me!
What were the highlights and low points throughout your
Emil: Performing with Paul Reed Smith was definitely a highlight for
me. If I'm not on stage it's a low point..
Eyal: Ozzfest and Japan were highpoints for me. Low points have been
when things are less active.
What is your opinion on the metal scene these days? What
do you think about the overload of bands at the moment and is there
anything missing in the scene?
Eyal: I think that the internet is the greatest blessing and the
greatest curse that music has ever come across. It’s not just the
internet... It’s Guitar Center offering affordable equipment too. With
how easy it is to get a band together and get the music out there, every
half talented asshole with no business in music has a band. That has
definitely flooded the market. With a terrible world economy making it
more difficult to get started and also to continue maybe the herd will
be cut down a little. At least I hope so. The metal scene is overcrowded
with half talented wannabees and that makes it harder and harder for the
audience to find the really great music which is out there.
What can we expect from Daath in the near future, any
Eyal - Never ending!
Where do you see the band going within the next five
years, and where do you see the band’s musical direction going for the
Eyal - Definitely expect older band members and a lot more music. It’s
hard to really say where we're going to go because it’s never planned
but I'll say this, every record we make is going to be radically
different. I want the next one to have a much more orchestrated and
synth oriented feel, but with the same focus on guitars and
destruction... and hooks out the ass.
Thanks for your time,
Current members :
Sean Z. - vocals
Eyal Levi – guitar
Jeremy Creamer – bass guitar
Emil Werstler – guitar
Kevin Talley – drums
Former members :
Sean Farber - vocals
Mike Kameron - keyboard, synth, additional vocals
Matthew Ellis - drums
(2004) - Futility (Self-released)
(2007) - The Hinderers
(2007) - Dead on the Dancefloor (EP)