GET TO KNOW: Gathering Of Bones
After establishing himself with a wealth of impactful efforts these last few years, emerging metal artist Gathering Of Bones continues to impress on his thunderous offering 'One Reality'.
Lifted from his much-loved studio album of the same name, which is available to stream now, 'One Reality' makes for a bold and explosive listen. With its raw and driven textures perfectly set to his passionate vocals throughout, this one will have you pumping your fists in the air from start to finish.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with him to find out more about his origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
It is a three way tie between Metallica, Megadeth, and Pantera. These bands paved the way for the merging of thrash and groove metal. And because these bands are still influential to this day, it speaks volumes (no pun intended) about the high-energy, riff driven sound that, while now considered “classic,” listeners still crave it. Meaning it hasn’t gone out of style – decades later!
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I played in a couple of garage type projects in my high school, but they were basically jam type bands. I formed my first *real* band when I was 20. We were called Gravity Up (to try to be paradoxical), and our sound was a mix of Metallica meets the Red Hot Chili Peppers. We had a great run together for four years. And our drummer, who was 10 years older than me, was a mentor to me: He showed me the ropes on how to be a confident professional in the industry, yet without having an inflated ego.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
I have always been fascinated with how people interact with one another, as well as what drives people in their life choices. Much of my music deals with the human condition.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
If you mean a popular song, I wish I had written “Hangar 18” by Megadeth. Every time I hear that song, it causes such an invigorating release at the end, that I want to smoke a cigarette afterward. And I don’t even smoke!
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
The first time I ever played in front of a large crowd. I was 21, nervous beyond belief, and had to play the opening riff to our (Gravity Up) first song in the set. This particular stage had curtains; we could hear the crowd roaring but could not see them until the curtains were drawn. I will never forget the MC announcing our band, “Ladies and Gentlemen, it is time for Graaaavity Upppp!” The curtains opened, the stage lights suddenly blasted against my face, and I somehow pulled off playing the opening riff. (I seriously don’t remember starting the song – I was on kind of an auto-pilot until the song ended. But when we heard the roaring applause, whistles, and screams at the end of the first song, my skin broke out into goosebumps – and I felt the most exhilarating, natural high I could ever imagine. It was an utterly amazing night.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Another three-way tie! But this time: System of a Down, Disturbed, and Megadeth.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
True story: Just a couple of weekends ago, I literally – and I mean literally – ran into David Ellefson (former bassist for Megadeth) as my wife and I walked out of an elevator on the way to have dinner with close friends at a hotel / casino here in Arizona. He was on his way to play a show with his new band: I didn’t want to take up too much of his time, so I simply shook his hand, said “David Ellefson, right”?, he smiled and said, “that’s me,” and then I said, “have an awesome show!” He and a companion then entered the same elevator my wife and I had just exited. Talk about a surreal meeting! Anyhow, Ellefson is still one of my all-time favorite bass players – he has fantastic chops, lead ability, great melody – I would love to collaborate with him.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Making more music!
Gathering Of Bones' new single 'One Reality' is available to stream now. Check it out below.