Interview with Dutch Metal Maniac's Tim van Velthuysen

Recently, DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen interviewed Fatality.

Hey, how are you?

We’re very good thanks. How are you?

I’ve had better times, thanks for asking. Can you tell us something about the history of Fatality?

Fatality was formed in 2016 by Josh Abbott (vocals), Gareth Brimley (guitar) and ex-drummer Chris Batson with our first EP being released in the same year. We performed at Asylum, a legendary Chelmsford venue for the release and raised £200 for the SNAP charity from merch and CD sales. In 2017 we recruited bassist Matt Shynn and subsequently recorded our second EP which we released in 2019. We did a small tour of the Prey EP in aid of MIND and raised over £500 this time. In November 2019 we parted ways with drummer Chris and joined forces with Jordan Maze who now completes our current lineup. Since his recruitment in late 2019 we’ve written and performed a new set of tracks with Jordan as well as some Fatality originals. We played our first show with Jordan on a live stream in Summer 2020.

For people not knowing Fatality (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?

I’d say that we take influences from nu-metal, metalcore, heavy metal and hip-hop, throw it all together and add a bit of groove in there. Then imagine the energy of a thousand suns packed into a small tupperware box. That would be the best way I can describe what we do. To form your own opinion you’d have to listen to our material.

When someone doesn’t know Fatality yet and you can choose one of your songs to present yourself, which song would that be?

That would have to be our new single Juggernaut. It’s the best representation of what we’re all about at the moment and I would say our strongest released track.

What makes Fatality unique?

I’d say our energy makes us unique. When we play live we move, jump, headbang and shout until we drop and we’d like to think that this energy comes across in our music as well. We’re always trying to push our own boundaries of how energetic and enjoyable we can be.

Any future plans you can already tell us something about?

We, as always, have new music in the works. We have a few tracks that are ready to be released and a load of new material that we’re constantly working on and refining. The Lesson, Indemnify and Eight will be released over the next few months with the idea that we will accumulate these and more tracks into a 3rd EP/album at the end of the year ready for when live music is back.

We have our new single Juggernaut available to stream from all online stores now and you can watch the music video on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

As far as future plans go we’re going to keep doing what we enjoy doing. Writing tunes that we all enjoy to play, performing passionately for our audiences and having a damn good go at smashing through all and any glass ceilings that come before us.

Any upcoming gigs for Fatality? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?

Well at the moment due to Covid we unfortunately don’t have any shows planned. However we would absolutely love to come to The Netherlands to play a show. It’s one of our favourite countries to visit and our vocalist, Josh, even used to work in Amsterdam!

How do you think your life would be without music?

Very, very boring.

What advice would you give to young and starting bands?

You have to be different. Do things that no-one else is doing. Make yourself stand out from the crowd. Whether that be with your music, your look or your antics on social media. Just make people notice you.

Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?

Thanks for reading our interview. Check our music out online and come see us when we inevitably come over to The Netherlands to play a show in the future!

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