Interview: Diamond Rowe - Tetrarch

Published on August 22, 2017 by Jessica_Golich

Photo credit:  Jenn Curtis Photography


Georgia Metal band, Tetrarch, have been on the exponential rise and are making a blast through the scene with a promising and bloodthirsty musical delivery that is both fierce and captivating. Amongst making waves, the monstrous gang is gearing up to head to a city near you on tour with Devildriver, 36 Crazyfists, Cane Hill and Uncured. I caught up with the shredding goddess, Diamond Rowe, to discuss the direction that the band took while creating ‘Freak’, deriving happiness from inspiring fans, tattoos, and more.


First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Tetrarch? Give us a rundown on the history of Tetrarch.


My name is Diamond Rowe and I play guitar for the band Tetrarch. We are a four-piece Metal/Hard Rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. We play music that has a nice blend of modern metalcore and the dark tone of 90's nu metal bands like Slipknot, Korn, Manson, etc.


You are on the brink of the release of your new album, ‘Freak’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind this album.


The writing and recording of this album was actually a lot of fun. We recorded it in Denver, Colorado with producer, Dave Otero, and it was probably my favorite creative process so far. While it was definitely a much more relaxed environment than we generally have while recording, I feel like we were able to really dig in and come up with a lot of new things that we have never tried before. This is the first time we messed around with a lot of different guitar effects and vocal melodies. We also tapped into a lot of influences that we never have before which is what I think makes this record so special.


What is your perception of the current state of Metal worldwide?


I feel like Rock and Metal music are in an interesting state in general right now. There is a shift in what kids are into right now. Whenever I see videos of the metal festivals all over the world: Waken, Download Fest, Chicago Open Air, etc, I realize that there are still so many people in this world that still love and live heavy music which is amazing. What's so great about this type of music is that it’s a way of life for fans and music lovers. Most people aren’t just into metal; they breathe it and I think that’s what will always save this genre of music. I don't think we will ever let it die.


Photo credit:  Jenn Curtis Photography


Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.


There are so many amazing pieces out there and so many talented artists! I really like Matt Heafy of Trivium’s back piece. It is a Japanese inspired piece and I believe it was done by Kahlil Rintye up in San Francisco, California. It’s a huge piece that covers his entire back but the design is just amazing. There are so many awesome artists out there and what’s awesome is how they all have their own strengths and styles.


Tell us about the most standout experience that you have recently had with a fan taking it to another level to showcase their appreciation for your artistry.


It’s always amazing for a band like ours to hear that our music has touched someone. I think one of the most touching things someone has ever told me was on this last tour. I had a fan come up to us at our stop in Baton Rouge, LA and tell me that recently they had been battling severe depression but during our set, it was the first time in months that they felt okay again. That is why we do this. If during that 25 minutes that we are on stage, we can save another person, we are doing what we started this band to do.


Photo credit:  Jenn Curtis Photography


I perceive that your lyrics tend to spread awareness pertaining to societal concerns with doses of wisdom throughout. What have life experiences led you to this state of vulnerability within your songwriting?


‘FREAK’ in particularly, lyrically focuses on embracing the differences about yourself. Everyone has insecurities but we wanted a lot of the lyrics on this record to focus on those differences and the emotions that they bring. Those emotions build our character (good or bad) and shape who we are. It’s a pretty cool concept when you really think about it.


Any upcoming tour plans or festival appearances in celebration of ‘Freak’ that you can fill us in about?


Yes! We just got home from a month-long headlining tour and in a little less than two weeks, we are leaving for a five-week U.S run with Devildriver, 36 Crazyfists, Cane Hill and Uncured. It should be pretty insane and we're looking forward to hitting the road with some pretty awesome bands to close out this year of touring. We have a lot of touring plans in the works for 2018.


What has been the greatest words of wisdom that you have heard so far and truly soaked in within your experience as a musician?


Always work hard, be persistent and believe that you are going to achieve what it is that you want to achieve. The key is to try your best to be the best and know that you will succeed.


What do fans of Tetrarch have to look forward to for the remainder of 2017?


In addition to the new record, we have a few music videos that we will be dropping soon, a whole new line of merch, our and our upcoming tour with Devildriver! We're definitely trying to keep coming at everyone with a lot of new and exciting things and there are many things in the works that we are excited about releasing!


Photo credit:  Jenn Curtis Photography


Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?


Just be sure to keep up to date with us on all of our socials (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, etc) and watch our tour dates because more than likely we will be in a city near you before the end of the year is out! Also, pick up a copy of our record ‘FREAK’ now on iTunes and other digital retailers!


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