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If you have only just discovered The Gloom In The Corner, chances are you’re finding yourself pretty perplexed right now, and understandably so.
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With a deeply entrenched lore behind their conceptual releases and a story arch that continues over multiple albums, it can be a little bit confusing to get your head around. Meaning that before you check out their newest release Trinity, it’s recommended that you listen to its predecessor Flesh and Bones. “Otherwise it’s like reading the first line of every chapter of a book and thinking that you know what’s going on,” laughs the group’s vocalist Mikey Arthur.
“But I understand it can be confusing,” he admits, “I think that’s been one of the really cool things to see since signing with SharpTone Records. It’s led to a lot more people discussing the lore and characters a lot more extensively than ever before. We’re noticing that people are actually excited for the story and what comes next, which is really cool.”
“I think if you’re new to Gloom, go back and read The War Document,” he offers up, “We have added little bits in here and there, but for the new stuff that we are doing The War Document still remains at the forefront.”
With Gloom’s first release having dropped in 2016, there is certainly a lot for unacquainted listeners to catch up on, however, as Mikey explains, due to the cinematic nature of the group’s writing, the albums are structured to feel more like horror movie, making each release feel more like a sequel than a follow on or addendum. However, whilst horrorcore contemporaries such as Ice Nine Kills may seem like an obvious point of comparison, Mikey contends that Gloom’s approach differentiates itself through its influences and classical approach.
“It’s funny, because we have always got the Ice Nine Kills comparisons and when The Silver Scream 2 dropped I was like, ‘Oh, we’re going to get INK comparisons again’, because most of Trinity had already been written by the stage that they dropped that album.”
A lot of bands have started incorporating more cinematic elements over the last couple of years, which is really cool. But, I feel like we have a little bit more of a niche way of doing it. I guess the comparison I can make is, if a lot of bands are doing Hans Zimmer, we’re focusing on Ennio Morricone.
[ Mikey Arthur ]
“But I definitely think, and not just with INK, but there are a lot of other bands out there who are now experimenting with their sound. So it’s not quite a level playing field anymore because there are so many different ways that you can tackle this genre of music, so it’s really cool to see bands trying new things, not even just from a cinematic standpoint. Which is something that I feel like we do well.”
“A lot of bands have started incorporating more cinematic elements over the last couple of years, which is really cool. But, I feel like we have a little bit more of a niche way of doing it. I guess the comparison I can make is, if a lot of bands are doing Hans Zimmer, we’re focusing on Ennio Morricone.”
“He did all the soundtracks for the ‘wild west’ movies back in the day. He did, The Good The Bad, The Ugly; For A Few Dollars More and Once Upon A Time In The West, and I’m very much influenced by that style of cinematic orchestration. But my approach is a bit more influenced by Tyler Bates, who did The Punisher and a whole heap of different soundtracks like that.”
“So I do think we do things a bit differently when it comes to the cinematic side of things. But as I said, I can’t just sit here and be like, ‘We’re the only cinematic metal band in Australia,’ because that’s just not true, I just feel we do it in a slightly different way.”
Trinity will see its release on Friday October 28 via The Gloom In The Corner’s new home at SharpTone Records and like any horror sequel, it’s guaranteed to be a big one. To steal the words of Randy from Scream 2, when it comes to sequels, “the body count is always bigger, the death scenes are much more elaborate and you never, ever, under any circumstances, assume the killer is dead.” Meaning, you should probably start preparing yourself now, because if you’ve been following the group’s long-running story arch, it’s about to turn into a downright bloody and macabre affair.