Unified by the desire to have the grotesque power of 90’s era death and murder metal, Tales of The Tomb started as a thought that grew into an insatiable need to make extreme music. Tales Of The Tomb was created in October 2013 from founder Corey Skerlak (guitar, vocals) out of inspiration from the original murder metal band Macabre.
Much of their inspiration is drawn from the hideous crimes and conspiracies of the world. Retelling stories of the dark hidden secrets and victims from such crimes. This was the inspiration for the name Tales of The Tomb.
Ignite got a chance to ask them a few questions about the band and what is come up in the future!! give it a read!!
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
Tales of the Tomb has been around for about 5 years and has released two EPs. With a lot more to come.
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
The first band that really got me into wanting to play guitar was Slipknot and more specifically Mick Thomson. I was super into the BC Rich warlock because of him and my first guitar was a super cheap bronze edition warlock which I still have to this day. I’m also so fucking excited to see Bc Rich coming back on the scene with some epic looks stuff. Even sporting the ALMIGHTY Evertune bridge. Which is is, in my opinion, the best invention for guitar ever.
So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
Right now what’s new for the band is our latest EP Volume Two: Mendacium which is a concept album on lies and conspiracies. We also released lyrics videos for all 6 songs and a guitar play-through for one of the singles Nine Eleven.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
Hmmm probably If we would ever play a Kiss cover live!
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
I would have to say our music. I think that’s what most musicians what to be remembered for. It would be crazy to have our music hold up like some of the metal classics by At the Gates, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse Etc. To have our music stand up to the test of time like so of the albums would be what we want to achieve.
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
Sonically I would say that our newer stuff is way more modern and in your face. We were quite happy with what Christian Donaldson was able to do with our music. Since a lot of the songs on this EP were written alongside some of the songs from the first EP there is defiantly still the style present on the first album in the newer one. After going through the whole process I’m so excited to get to recording the EP we are working on now.
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
My personal favourite would have to be either Nine Eleven or Nightmare Hall. We really tried to bring in more speed and tech with these songs. Also, Nightmare Hall was the first song Trez really had a hand in writing with the band so it had a really nice mix of our styles.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, how would you achieve that?
Defiantly anyone who thinks they can’t is lying! More practice of course and I think really trying to break out of your comfort zones if really how you will progress as a musician. Some of the best metal has huge influences from other genres some practicing more then metal can really help with writing or coming up with riffs. But how can you not play metal when you pick up the guitar!
If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
One fact that every single person needs to know and understand about Tales of the tomb is we DO NOT endorse or celebrate the actions of the people in our songs. It’s very easy for people who do not know about us as a band to see what we write about and assume we are glorifying the actions of the crimes and conspiracies we right about. This is so beyond false and I feel needs to be known about Tales. The tag line for the band always has been and always will be “Reality is scarier then Fiction” and until the evil in the world disappears(which it never will) that will never change. If we don’t remind ourselves what happened in the past history will only ever repeat.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why
Black cause its the most metal of the colours!
Who are you inspired by?
Tales takes inspiration from everything and anything. But personally for me aside from the aforementioned Mick Thompson. I would say for me John Gallagher from Dying Fetus has been the biggest influence as me as a musician, vocalist, and songwriter. Dying Fetus is one of my favourite metal bands.
What’s an average day like for you?
My day job is working in a music store. So my average day can be pretty awesome since I’m constantly surrounded by what I love which is GEAR! Of course, it being retail is still comes with the downsides of what retail brings no matter what you sell. But an average day would be waking up making sure I get some damn coffee and getting to work.
Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans
I love talking to people who are into our music. I don’t try to do anything special I just talk to them like they are normal people.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Way too much. I’m pretty sure I always have that bug in your stomach of anxiety before I step on stage. Recently I started being the vocalist live because we were having member issues, I was having issues with my hands and our vocalist just stepped down. Since I started being the “front man” the performance anxiety has gotten so much worse! But as soon as you get into your groove on stage you forget about all that and really start enjoying it!
Tell me about your favorite performance venues
My favourite venue of all time is The Starlite Room in hometown Edmonton Alberta. It has the coolest vibe and I always love playing there on the smaller Temple Stage or the Main Stage. The Starlite Room is the best venue for metal in Edmonton!
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Keep at it. Even if everyone in your band quits that might not be a reason to give up on that band or IP. A lot of the bands that are popular and stand the test of time have been bands for like 10 years or more! Before they even broke out! If you keep ending your project or band or just always changing your band name. Then you’re always starting from square one. Get an idea you like and stick with it. If everyone quits on you fuck them rebuild don’t rebrand.
Painting their canvas of extreme music with inspirations of real-life stories of murder, conspiracy, supernatural horror, and terror, Tales of The Tomb‘s new EP “Volume Two: Mendicium” is a vicious bite of grinding blast beats, technical shredding accompanied by venomous guttural lows. Inspired by true events, the duo offer up gore-filled lyrics with a quivering soundscape. The EP was mixed and mastered by Cryptopsy guitarist and head engineer/owner at The Grid Studios Christian Donaldson along with featuring artwork by Tony Midi of Tonymidi Artworks.
“Volume Two: Mendicium” is available on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music.