Bill Fore Q&A
This winter New Jersey/U.K. metal merchants, Mutiny Within will finally return with a much anticipated follow-up the band’s dynamic 2010 debut. The new album, Synchronicity is scheduled for an early 2013 release. This week, Metalholic caught up with the band’s merciless skin-pounder, resident graphic designer, and all around good guy, Bill Fore. Fore discussed the new album as well as his work with guitarist Angel Vivaldi, Vext, and Blinded in Bliss.
Fore, who was the first to leave Mutiny Within originally, shared why the band ultimately went on indefinite hiatus due in no small part to music piracy:
“We could have had 70,000 records sold, but on one torrent site alone there were about 65,000 illegal downloads. Roadrunner said, ‘You’re not making any money for us. See you guys later.’ Then Drew left the band to go to college, then Chris left the band, and it just slowly started to dissolve in like five stages.”
All of Synchronicity’s tracks were written by band founder and bassist Andrew “AJ” Jacobs. Vocalist Chris Clancy added mixing, production and mastering to his singing and melody writing duties, and Fore once again designed the album’s artwork. Guitarists Brandon Jacobs (brother of AJ) and Daniel Bage also returned to add another mammoth batch of shredding and axe virtuosity. Only keyboardist Drew Stavola, who has gone on to college, did not participate. Fore admits there is very limited piano or keyboard work on this record relative to the first, but added that the layers of orchestral texturing conceived by AJ replaces that depth and atmosphere on this record:
“Unfortunately Drew wasn’t involved in this, but in a couple of the songs you can hear some piano licks, a couple keyboard tracks for some flavor. I won’t be misleading though. There is pretty much no keyboards on the album, but the way that was made up for with the orchestrations and the leads– AJ was like a mad scientist at layering leads and licks. You wouldn’t even be able to hear it if you were a normal human. When the layers come together its almost as if the keyboards could still be there, and I don’t think we’re losing anything by any means.”
Anyone who has heard Mutiny Within or Vext understands what a true beast and technical thunder-god Fore is behind the kit. Not surprisingly his influences started with progressive metal:
“I listened to Dream Theater until my head exploded. Mike Portnoy was one of my heroes. After that, as I started getting into heavier metal, I started listening to Soilwork. I started listening to Dirk [Verbeuren]. I was like Jesus Christ, this is my style. This is what I love; it’s fast, it’s brutal, and it’s got insane precision and musicianship. Straying from metal, I really love Dennis Chambers, and after I started watching him I bought a DVD with him and Tony Royster Jr. And that kid, in the DVD he was like 13-years-old and I was watching what he was doing, and I wanted to put my drumsticks down. I was like, what the fuck am I doing wrong? Kid’s like 13 and he’s doing shit grown men can’t do.”
Fore also discussed how five of the band’s six members reunited to complete the work they started after the success of their first album. Listen to the full 40 minute interview below as Bill shares how he became the band’s graphic designer, the concept behind Synchronicity, his various other projects, as well as his what new indie metal album has him hyped. Hint: Chris Clancy was involved in the project.