London Metal band, She Must Burn, have begun carving their next step in the process of evolution while making their imprint into the world of metal with grace. She Must Burn have maximized musical advancements and sought out new blood for the release of their full-length album, ‘Grimoire’, that is anticipated to make a scene with the intensity and power of their music. I caught up with the lads to discuss the creative process behind ‘Grimoire’, tourist attractions in London, tattoos, and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is She Must Burn?
We are a six piece blackened metal band from London UK.
Congrats on the upcoming release of your full-length album, ‘Grimoire’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind the album.
Thank you! ‘Grimoire’ has been a year-long process that we’ve put blood, sweat, and tears into. There are 4 new members since the EP was written so naturally there is a redefinition of what we are creating but it’s definitely for the better as you can already hear in our latest single ‘Gloom’. We’ve definitely evolved musically, creatively and as people throughout. we’ve been recording in the middle of nowhere in the north of England with our producer and also touring as well so getting us all together in one place with time to get some solid work done has been difficult, to say the least, but we did it and it’s something we are truly proud of. Cannot wait for people to hear it.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
Joe, our vocalist, had a lot of his work done Adrian Willard, at Tiger bones studio in Brighton. His favorite tattoo is the intricate rose on the back of his hand.
Frank, Our bassist, had a lot of work done by an artist named Mmitsu Mmitsu from Helsinki when he was visiting a convention in Brighton. His favourite piece is a black and gray series of skulls brought life by the roses of a dark red emphasizing the details the skulls contain. This is a full sleeve on one arm. He also, unfortunately, has the word mosh painted into his arm which was done with Indian ink at the age of 16 by some friends. It was supposed to fade after 3 years but 10 years later it still looks fresh. He is probably going to keep it anyway, it’s ridiculous but may even frame it with another tattoo.
Brighton is a great place for getting tattooed, there are some really talented artists who work around the very many studios the small city holds.
If a human being who was just visiting London for the first time asked you for two recommendations of exciting travel destinations to check out throughout the country, which two spots would you recommend and why?
There are not many places in London that you can stand in and not be surrounded by rich and dark history but if we were to pick some locations that really tell you something about the heart and roots of the city, we would recommend a tour of Tower Bridge and London dungeons. You can also take a jack the Ripper tour of Whitechapel where the infamous murders took place. We could actually list a fair few things you’d need to do in London but if you were to go, your journey would write itself.
What fellow metal bands out of London are you really diggin’ at the moment?
We collaborate a lot more with bands from a little outside of London, the bands we have worked with over the last year would be Carcer City from the north of England. We have worked with Devilment, Danni Filths’ other band who people should definitely listen to if they’ve not done before and Heart of a Coward.
How have your lives changed ever since being signed to Artery Recordings?
Yes definitely, we went straight from an EP to a label for our first album so things really sped up and pressure increased a large amount too. It’s a good kind of pressure, the kind that kicks you up the arse and gets you moving but pressure all the same. We were torn between recording sessions together out in the middle of nowhere and touring with the likes of Cradle of Filth, Devilment, Heart of a Coward and we actually handed over some finals during our tour with Carnifex. Which we are still currently on. It has been crazy.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
We can’t go into all of our plans but we have a few things up our sleeve for this year. We can say we are playing download festival in the summer with the likes of Motionless In White, System of a Down, Five Finger Death Punch and Northlane. We are really excited for what’s to come.
If you could collaborate with any two musicians/bands either dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
We would love to work Danny Elfman. We love how playfully haunting his compositions are. We definitely already influenced by him a fair bit.
Also, Franz Liszt. Our Drummer, Daniel, works a lot on the orchestral side of things when it comes to our songwriting and composition. He composed a piano piece on our new album named ‘a false heaven’. He is heavily inspired by Franz’s work. If you enjoy classical pieces, we recommend you listen to ‘totentanz’ by Franz.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Of course! We want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, you’ve been fantastic, we also want to say Thank you to everyone that comes out to our shows, grabs our merch because it keeps us on the road and making music and also to everyone who comes over and says hello to us after the shows. We’ve met some great people who we know will be lifelong friends and you give us the means to continue what we put our hearts and souls into. If you’re attending future shows, come say hello we would love to meet as many of you as we can and keep supporting your local scene. The biggest bands in the world once played local shows. And finally, check out our new album ‘Grimoire’ – you can order it via our Facebook page, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Artery’s website. We hope to see you soon