23 May
Interview with THRONE OF IRON


THRONE OF IRON comes from Bloomington, Indiana USA. Pure Heavy Metal for True Metalheads!!!

The Future is bright for them. We had a conversation with Tucker Thomasson (Vocals/Guitar). Enjoy!

Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.

1. Tell us a few things about THRONE OF IRON (Members, Starting Year etc).

Throne Of Iron started as a solo venture by myself. I helped my friend Corwin move and got a bit too drunk and decided to record some music that I wanted to hear. I wrote and recorded the three songs for the demo that night and the next morning, mixed them, then uploaded them before I left for my job. The demo was streamed on NWOTHM Full Albums on YouTube, reviewed by Sarah at BangerTV, and featured on Bandcamp's “Best Metal of August 2018” list. Suddenly, in the wake of all of this, No Remorse Records approached me with a contract offer. So I enlisted my friend Corwin on guitar, the drummer of my old band Thorr-Axe, Jacob, and our friend Evan on bass to round out the lineup and start playing shows!

2. You have released your 2018 DEMO on your own as CD-R & on Tape in the Spanish Heavy Metal  Label WITCHCRAFT Records. What is the Feedback from your audience as well as from the Press?

The feedback we've gotten has been tremendous! Lots of people seem to get what I was going for on that demo and really appreciated the vibe and sound of it. All of the reviews we've gotten have been very honest but also positive ones, so I'm really excited to show people what we have coming up next. 

3. Who is the main writer of your songs & how you get the inspiration to compose a song?

Generally either I or Corwin will have an almost complete song that we take input from the other members on before it's counted as a finished piece. Oftentimes, though, nothing really needs changed. He and I both write very intuitively, as does Jacob with his drums and Evan with his bass parts. 

4. What is your opinion about the Digital Platforms as Bandcamp, Facebook etc. Do you think that the bands can promote their work this way? 

Social media has definitely changed the way how bands promote and work, but my feelings on it are much the same way as they are with Bandcamp. In the old days, somebody had to notice you and give your band a lot of backing to be heard, but the internet has made it both easier and more difficult for bands to be heard, in some ways. On one hand, it's easier now because tools like Bandcamp give bands a lot of visibility and a vehicle to sell their music easier than ever before. On the other, this new situation has given rise to more and more bands, so that makes it even harder to stand out at times. I do think, overall that these are good things, because so much power has been given back to musicians that the music industry has had to sort of adapt as a result.

5. It seems that you are inspirated a lot from MANILLA ROAD (R.I.P. Mark Shelton). Is this the reason why you made the cover song of CRYSTAL LOGIC?
Name some more of your favorite bands?

Mark Shelton's passing was the reason I decided to finally do this kind of music, honestly. And Crystal Logic is my favorite Manilla Road song, so I thought it was only fit to attempt to pay tribute to one of the titans of the genre as best I could. Other bands in this genre I deeply enjoy are the first few Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force records, our labelmates Eternal Champion, Visigoth, W.A.S.P., Mercyful Fate/King Diamond, and Uli Jon Roth era Scorpions. 

6. How did your cooperation with WITCHCRAFT Records occur and how many copies were pressed on tape? Have you ever thinking of releasing it on vinyl with both cover songs of MANILLA ROAD & RIOT?

Witchcraft Records reached out to us expressing interest in doing a tape version of the demo shortly afterit had come out. I was immediately flattered and accepted the offer. They're an extremely professional label and did a fantastic job with the initial run of demos, of which 50 were made. We have talked in passing about doing a vinyl pressing, but if it is done, it likely won't have the Manilla Road cover on it, because I want to keep the ones out there with it special. 

7. You are located in the USA.  Do you see any differences between US Metal Market & EU Metal Market (Labels, Bands, Fans etc)? Which you prefer most?

The level of enthusiasm for this genre on both sides is amazing from my experiences. There are definitely more small labels in Europe doing this kind of music, but the US is catching up very quickly and I think we're going to see this genre growing in the next couple years.

8. Label or DIY and why?

That's a difficult question. Labels build community in their own way and also lend your releases a kind of legitimacy that sometimes it's difficult to get from a DIY release. So I suppose a mix of the two. DIY work with a label stamp of approval, maybe?

9. Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?

A show where no technical problems happen and my voice doesn't crack like I'm going through puberty again. This is the first band I've been in which I actually sing in. Every other and I've done has been a screaming band, so I'm still very much getting used to singing onstage.

10. Do you have any new material and what are the future plans of THRONE OF IRON?

We are currently putting the finishing touches on our upcoming debut full length on No Remorse Records, the details for which will be coming very soon. Aside from that, we have material for two more releases this year, which are also to be announced. We write and record almost constantly, so expect large amount of material from us over the next year or so.

11. That's all Folks. Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work. The ending is yours...

Thank you for having us! To the readers, make sure you're following us on our social media pages to see all of the fun stuff we're doing and to stay up to date with new releases and merch. We hope to see a lot of you in the US this autumn and in Europe in spring of 2020!

By Steve the Filthy Dog.




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