Until Dawn broadening outlook with “Horizons”
The latest album out in August 2013, Horizons, was a massive success with their west coast following, and they had the opportunity to tour with legendary rock rebels KISS.
Talking with guitarist for the band, Deke Worell, he expresses how happy the band is with the new album, the feedback they’ve received, and how they’ve improved as a band.
“The first record was more or less us jamming as a group of friends,” said Worell. “Steve [White] had already written most of those songs, so we just joined him on them.”
When it came time to record their second album about a year later, they had established themselves somewhat as a band already, and were ready to take it to the next level.
“We really wanted to put some time into it, we wanted to do the best we could to make the album we really wanted. Lots of studio time, writing and rewriting songs, until we hammered out what we thought was a solid album.”
Lead singer for the band Adam Macleod went through some personal training and massaged his voice to the point where it doesn’t even sound like the same guy anymore, huge improvement on vocals from Macleod on the second record. His mix of clean vocals and screaming harmonies resembles that of bands like Atreyu. As well the harmonious guitar riffs between Worell and White and grown in style and sequential synchronized chugs.
Worrell attributes the success of this album to the input of every band member, and a unification of talents that want to strive for more, strive for better from themselves.
“We really pushed it this time, and I think we achieved what we were looking for.”
With this album out and behind them now, they’re writing again and ready to work on their new album already. They have a cycle to write and record through the winter. Being from Alberta, the weather can be a deterrent in the off season.
“The roads are horrible during the winter, so we try to take it easy and use the down time to write and practice,” said Worell. “We’re hoping to be back out touring again in the Spring, and I know we have a Canadian tour planned for next summer.”
The band plans on producing music videos over the winter to follow up to their most recent video for “This Fallen Fortress.” Once the snow melts, the east coast of Canada should finally get a taste of the hard rock hurricane that is Until Dawn.
Label mates from Edmonton and friends of the band All Else Fails has been somewhat of a mentor to Until Dawn, they met while touring in Alberta together and work together. The two bands have fed off each other and learned much from each other over the years, even though AEF was on the metal market for a couple years before them.