An interview with Devil Sold His Soul
With an empathetic new album out in a matter of days, we had a chat with British ambient metallers Devil Sold His Soul about Loss, an album described as their most personal work to date. With close to ten years between Loss and Empire Of Light, we learn that much has changed, from the band’s personal lives to signing a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. This is what guitarist/producer Jonny Renshaw had to say.
Words: Matt Bailey
First and foremost, congratulations on your fourth album, it’s brilliant! How does it feel putting your name to another one?
Thanks a lot, that’s awesome you like it! It’s been a long time coming and a long road for us all but we are extremely proud of it and can’t wait to share it with the world.
With almost a decade between this album and Empire of Light, how have things changed in terms of how you approached Loss?
The main difference would be the life circumstances leading up to it and how they have affected the writing and themes on the album. Also having to be more effective with the time that we have, as it can be limited as we all live far apart and have more responsibilities now. We always try to put out the absolute best we can so it may have taken a bit longer than the time between previous releases but hopefully it will be worth the wait.
“[Loss is] Our most personal piece of work to date.”
This album incorporates dual vocals from both Ed and Paul, which is a first for the band, right? How did that change the recording process?
The first time we did dual vocals was on the ‘A Fragile Hope’ 10th anniversary tour but this was the first time actually writing and recording material this way. The recording process was the same but the writing process was a new experience for them both as they had to work out how best to get parts written without stepping on each others toes. They put a lot of work in on the lead up to the recording sessions and I think it shines through on the final product.
Signing with Nuclear Blast Records must’ve been a game changer? What’s it been like working with the label?
It has been an absolute pleasure and we can’t say enough good things about the whole team there. It has been such a great experience and one that we are truly grateful for.
If you absolutely had to summarise Loss in one sentence, what would it be?
Our most personal piece of work to date.
We have to ask what it was like working with Olli Appleyard from Static Dress, who shot the video for ‘The Narcissist’?
Working with Olli was great. He had really cool ideas and techniques and the whole day was a lot of fun for us all.
No one’s touring (obviously) which sucks, but how will you celebrate this milestone?
In an ideal world we would all get together and have pizza but I think it will most likely be a group call and some beers!
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