OBM: At first, can you tell us a little bit about your short band history!
We came together as a band in Summer 2006, we’d all known each other for a bit before that and we’d all wanted to do something along these lines for quite sometimes, so it just all managed to fit together.
OBM: What are your music influences and how do you use them for your own sound?
We’ve all got very different musical influences, one collective influence we all have is Lamb Of God, but many of us are into more underground bands. Steve is more technical death metal influenced, Sam is a funk drummer heart, but still enjoys much more technical bands such as Meshuggah. Whilst we don’t completely copy any of these bands, it still affects our style of music and inspires us to keep writing.
OBM: What’s the meaning of your band name "The Eyes of a Traitor", is there a deeper background on it?
At first our band name didn't really mean anything, but as we started playing shows and getting more involved in the scene, it started to take on a new meaning, in that we've had a lot of people screw us over or exploit us who we originally thought we knew, but not naming any names as there's no point to get involved in petty naming and shaming.
OBM: How is the music from “The Eyes of a Traitor”, how sounds it?
We like to think our music is a lot more diverse than a lot of the other bands around at the moment, who stick to the same, tried and tested formula of just putting in lame beatdown after lame beatdown as they think that's what people want to hear. We always try and take our things further as we take our talents on our instruments further.
OBM: In the past, you have recorded your first EP! How was it for you?
Really good fun actually, the two songs on that CD ("Bloodshed" and "For Reasons That Remain Unclear"), we recorded in one day, and whilst you might think doing two songs in one day would be a bit rushed, it wasn't at all, and we couldn't be happier with how those two tracks came out
OBM: Where had you recorded the EP and who had mixed it?
We recorded the E.P at Soundarc Studios in Shefford, Bedfordshire, and it was mixed by Gareth James
OBM: How long did you work on the EP?
We only spent the day recording and mixing, but the two songs we did for it we probably wrote in about a month or so, as much of our time was taken up with playing shows, and in "For Reasons..." we actually changed a fair few parts in it from the original.
OBM: So, tell us a little bit about the songwriting, how did the songs grow?
The songs began as guitar parts, with the main riff of "Bloodshed" perhaps being the most memorable, and then they grew from there, with the drums and bass being built around the guitars, and finally vocals being put in around them.
OBM: What are your songs about?
Our songs are usually about the complete polar opposites of life and death, and whilst they don't directly tackle them with the lyrics, it's all metaphoric to do with the two subjects, showing how some situations could me much worse than others.
OBM: You sign by the label "After the Blackout Records" how was it for you?
Really exciting actually, they've gotten us a fair few shows already and really know what they're doing on the promotional side of things
OBM: What has changed since you had sign by “After the Blackout Records”?
Not much yet, we've been able to play the furthest show away from home yet in Exeter, and they'll be printing us t-shirts and putting together our CD artwork soon
OBM: What do you make beside your band?
We're all still in School at the moment, so we're just trying to get through our exams as well!
OBM: You since still another quite young band, how you see your future, which want you to reach?
In our future, we first of all need to learn how to drive! Then we'll be able to get around much easier, and it's a shame to say it, but when we're older we should hopefully be taken more seriously as a band, but until then we'll just keep plugging away at it anyway, hopefully release an album sometime soon!
OBM: What are your plans for this year?
This year we've got a UK tour coming up with Bleed from Within, and we'll also be finishing off our next E.P, at the moment we're just sorting out our t-shirts, so we should have some more as well by the end of the year as well
OBM: At last, have you something to say to our readers and your fans?
Don't underestimate yourself, we've still got to do our GCSE's and we're already playing all over the country, so just try your best and keep plugging away at it.