BornBroken interview: Mike Decker Talks, Healing, Hate, Groove
On June 4, Montreal’s metal heathens, BornBroken will unleash their debut album, “The Healing Powers of Hate“. On May 30, Metalholic caught up with guitarist Mike Decker to talk about the album, the band’s origins, the impact of Slayer and Exhorder, and his love of groove.
The Canadian quintet was born in 2008 from the smoke and thrashes of other bands; broken projects, and an unrealized message. Decker is joined in his quest by vocalist Jesus Salazar, bassist Tommy Vaillancourt, drummer Jonathan Ménard, and fellow guitarist Simon Savard.
In listening to BornBroken‘s thrash-based metal onslaught, one is pushed, pummeled, and driven into the pit by the pulverizing rhythms and blistering guitars. The word “relentless” comes to mind. But for Decker, another word is at the core of what drives his music:
“I like, ‘grooving.’ I’ve always liked to have music that has a groove to it. Blast beats for me are really cool, but they’re not the be all, end all of song. I find if you can’t have music that you can just play in your guitar or play in the background then it’s not for me the type of band I want to be in or be portrayed as. So a lot of our music drives, pushes– you know what I mean? A lot of double bass, a lot of good, straight forward beats, a lot of staccato chugging, and that’s what I really like to do.
Debut albums are stressful enough for new bands much less tackling deep subject matters and creating a concept record. Still, that’s exactly what BornBroken did on “The Healing Powers of Hate“. I asked Decker for the meaning is behind it all:
“We’re really surrounded now in the world, because of all the social media, the TV, and stuff–You turn on the TV and all you see is bad news. It’s very, very rare now that you see something good on the news. You get a lot of voices basically talking to you like; Am I doing the right thing? Am I not doing the right thing? Are there things I should be doing? What should I be doing in life? Is my life gonna mean something? So basically it’s going to take whatever there is in the world that’s hateful and hurtful, and try to do something positive there with it. Try to get some sort of positive message out of the hate. We basically turned ‘The Healing Powers of Hate’ into a concept album about one man’s turmoil, and the voices inside his head and whether or not he knows if he’s doing the right or wrong thing. That’s sort of the whole meaning behind the album.”
The band didn’t make an easy album and they put together an incredible CD package which includes a 25-page comic book and much more. BornBroken is currently streaming the entire album and fans can download the first single, “Control” for free:
“Control” FREE download at the following links below:
Bandcamp – http://bornbroken.bandcamp.
Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/
Check out our full interview with Mike Decker below then get ready to heal your metal soul.
To pre-order the incredibly designed physical copy (pic below), please visit the following link http://bornbroken.