Blackout to Oblivion are a metal band from Australia. On stage energy and aggression continually impress crowds with one review stating “The bassist is a beast of a man, the drummer was playing like a machine, the guitarists were amazing and the vocalist is his own character with a brilliant range”.
BTO have fused multiple genres together in order to create their own sound. Selling out of their debut EP “Scars of Scarecrow”, BTO are now ready to finish writing and recording their debut album. BTO have supported international acts such as Mnemic (Denmark) and 8 Foot Sativa (New Zealand) and plan to embark on an East Coast Australia tour once the new album is ready.
Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?
Blackout To Oblivion: My name is Matt Dodd and I am the vocalist for BTO. The other members include Paul Scarabelli and Nic Nancarrow on guitars, Leigh Jansen on bass and Corey Williams on drums.
Metal Empire: What is the band up to at the moment? Is there something you’re working on currently?
Blackout To Oblivion: We’ve been gigging off the back of our EP “Scars of a Scarecrow” and have been writing some new songs to begin recording our first full length album. We hope to have it released by the end of the year.
Metal Empire: Where are you from?
Blackout To Oblivion: We are from Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.
Metal Empire: How long has the band been together?
Blackout To Oblivion: BTO formed in 2011 but we had a few member changes and the current line-up has been together since September 2012.
Metal Empire: It can be a difficult task to describe one’s own artistic talents, but how would you describe your music?
Blackout To Oblivion: We try to take our listeners on a journey through our songs rather than just writing your typical verse/chorus/verse/chorus song. We use certain dynamics in our songs which span through multiple genres but generally make melodic metal style music with some background synth and generous lead guitars.
Metal Empire: How do you go about writing new material?
Blackout To Oblivion: Generally, Paul or Nic (guitars) will bring a song or riff to practice and the entire band will work through the song, moulding it into our unique BTO style.
Metal Empire: What and who are some of your major influences? Fans always love getting to know their favorite artists. Please give a few details about what you enjoy about creating music and what inspires you to make it.
Blackout To Oblivion: Every member draws from a very versatile background and chaotic pool of influences, ranging from In Flames, Amon Amarth, The Haunted, August Burns Red, Dark Funeral, Nile, Devin Townsend and a huge range from rock, blues, jazz, folk, pop and all walks of metal.
Metal Empire: What’s the worst/best venue or show you’ve ever played? What made it so good/bad?
Blackout To Oblivion: We’ve played some great shows locally and had some amazing supports, but it’s always a blast when we head down to Sydney. The last show we played at The Valve Bar was killer. Great set, great crowd participation and even better feedback. The sound was also fantastic and we have gotten even more fans and gigs from that show.
Metal Empire: Have you played any shows or toured alongside any major artists? Are there any shows that come to mind that you feel make a great story? If so, tell us about it.
Blackout To Oblivion: We have had the pleasure of supporting international bands Mnemic (Denmark) and 8 Foot Sativa (New Zealand). We’ve also played alongside Australia’s Frankenbok, Dawn Heist and The Seer.
Metal Empire: Is there any band or artist you would give anything to play a show with? If so, who are they and why?
Blackout To Oblivion: Personally, In Flames. In Flames have been a gigantic influence for me and I would literally do anything to play alongside them. I also think that our melodic sound would fit in with their style. I’d also love to gig with Devin Townsend and Metallica.
Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?
Blackout To Oblivion: We plan on releasing our first album later this year and plan on touring Australia. We are also determined to secure some more international supports and gain a place on Australia’s ‘Soundwave Festival’. After that we would love the opportunity to take our music overseas.
Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship?
Blackout To Oblivion: We love to put on a show and frequently get fans returning to gigs. You can expect a dynamic set with a killer backing track and lots of crowd interaction. Whilst we take our music seriously we also like to have a lot of fun on stage and with the crowd.
Metal Empire: I once heard someone say, that to be in a successful band it requires all of you to be like a family or best friends. Do you agree with that statement? Please tell us about your own experiences being part of a band.
Blackout To Oblivion: I wouldn’t agree wholeheartedly with that statement but it would be impossible to be in a band with someone you hate. We all get along well and it shows on stage and in our songs.
Metal Empire: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
Blackout To Oblivion: I can’t say we’ve ever received any mail before, haha. But we do have a few select fans that come to just about every show, have bought all our merch and learnt all our lyrics and continually post them online. Which, for a small metal band in Australia is pretty cool.
Metal Empire: Just for fun, what’s your current ringtone? Why did you choose it?
Blackout To Oblivion: Rock Lobster. Because it’s Rock Lobster.
Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to Metal Empire about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?
Blackout To Oblivion: Thanks for taking the time to interview us! Check out our facebook and website to grab a shirt! We’ve stopped printing our EP’s but feel free to contact us if you’d like an mp3 version. Stay tuned for our new album later this year.
Blackout to Oblivion – Persist Deny
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