Q+A with Devils Reef

Devils Reef is a young technical death metal band from Frederick. In their 4th year as a band it seems like they’re really progressing through playing a variety of shows and working on great original music. 

An epic music video for their song “Way of The Moon” has nearly 6,000 views on YouTube and an exceptional amount of very positive feedback. 

Their influences include artists such as Gojira, Nile, Obscura, Lamb of God, and Slayer.

Below is a Q+A with the band.

Q: From what I know the band may have had its beginnings at the rock school.  Can you tell me how you all met and decided to start the band?

A: Each member previously attended the rock school and multiple of us had already played together in a variety of cover bands.  Our rhythm guitarist Brady had already written a multitude of songs and was looking for members to perform and record as a backing band.  Our drummer Luka joined the project first, then vocalist/lead guitarist Logan, and lastly bassist Shalen became involved, solidifying the lineup as a traditional death metal quartet.  After a few months of rehearsing the material, we decided to start performing live and record the songs as an official band.  

Q: How did you decide on the name Devil’s Reef?

A: Devil’s Reef is a location in horror fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Shadow Over Innsmouth.  We have always been big fans of Lovecraft’s writings and have integrated his works into many of our song lyrics.  The Shadow Over Innsmouth particularly fit with the band’s musical style and after coming across the location in the story, we knew it’d make a great band name.

Q: What are the band’s main goals?

A: We’d love to solidify our name in the death metal community and play to audiences that will enjoy our music.  However, our main goal is just to have fun creating unique music and showcase ourselves to the local scenes.  

Q: You declare yourselves “Maryland’s best technical death metal band,” what makes you say that and what makes you different from other bands in the area?

A: We say this in a sort of tongue-in-cheek way.  Our music does not always fit within the confines of technical death metal but rather spans across multiple different styles such as thrash metal, death metal, groove metal, progressive metal, etc.  A better description of the band would be “Maryland’s most versatile death metal band.” The main thing that separates us from other bands in the area and others in the genre is our focus on making music that doesn’t rely too heavily on any one style, but rather using many styles together to achieve a unique sound.  

Q: You’ve played a good amount of shows over your time together.  How has your live sound/approach changed over time?

A: We’ve always been content with our songwriting studio-wise but capturing the same energy live has consistently been a struggle.  Playing intricate, technical music accurately live is just a matter of practice, however, playing with energy and intensity requires careful planning and consistent rehearsal.  Since the band has been performing with the same lineup for a considerable amount of time, we have been able to hone in our individual abilities and learn how to craft the best live show possible. 

Q: Any favorite show memories?

A: After winning the Headbang for the Highway BOTB contest we received the opportunity to perform at the Baltimore Soundstage date of the Summer Slaughter 2019 tour, playing alongside some of our favorite bands such as Cattle Decapitation, The Faceless, and Rivers of Nihil.  The energy at this show was beyond anything we had ever experienced and was by far our greatest set in the history of the band.

Q: What’s in the future for Devil’s Reef?

A: There is much to come in the near future as our first EP released in October of last year is only a sliver of the material that we’ve produced, much of which we are looking to unveil quite soon.  We plan to continue to diversify our sound going forward, incorporating an even wider array of influences. We also have many shows lined up and many more to be announced.

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