Profile: Dan Lee of Occult Burial


“Bands can spend their entire budget on a cover that looks amazing. They can fool you with logos, cool outfits and (in this case) literally smoke screens. But if the music inside the jacket doesn’t back it up then the band has nothing. Occult Burial luckily has both. They are the rare band that, while dripping with talent and ideas, may not actually benefit from more clean production. They remain raw, occult and completely ripping.” (Quote taken from our review here). Simply put, Occult Burial rips, rules and dominates. So definitely check them out and follow the jump to read more about the band hanging out with Canadian heartthrob, Prime Minister and their biggest fan, Justin Trudeau.

How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?

Hells. Dan Lee here. Drummer for OB. I can only speak for myself. I got into playing music    because its really the only thing i care about, except for a handful of friends and my family personally don’t care about success. approval of others, or fame. Just trying to help make metal i  want to  listen to, pay tribute to. whats achieved in the past is always shadowed by what could be achieved for the future. Occult Burial is just beginning.

What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised?

I worked again with a local promoter who i casually despised and made a pact with myself never to again, it was a tedious disaster and a personal reminder to never question ones own decisions. I’m not one to be embarrassed. I’m not an 8 years old pissing my pants at school. things might go off the tracks and fail in front of  bored strangers. who cares.                  

What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?

I have my friends, friends who are creative and driven. its great seeing their energy transform into something greater when harnessed collectively or the very rare talents who can do it on their own, I’m witnessing a lot of this, and it inspires me.  Get off your smart phone fuck face and bang your head or leave.

It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?

As a group, we are apolitical. Occult Burial is place for us to inhabit that exists beyond stupid human constructs, there is no moral code in the realms of astral horror, only madness and death. There is no understanding or attempt to address problems that plague this mortal specter. To laugh is very important to us however.

What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?

I was 9 and saw Iron Maidens “Power Slave” at a shitty backwater mall record store. It was a piece of music that visually made it clear that it was the only thing worthwhile. When i played it on my parents dogshit oak cabinet stereo, i came to see not much else would get    better, and that still remains true. My mother grew up in Germany, WWII, she doesn’t give a shit about Iron Maiden, I’m just embarrassing to her, as i should. as any child should be to their parents.

What’s the stickiest you have ever been?

Went to a sugar bush a couple weeks ago, That’s where Canadians go to get their yearly ration of maple syrup. Our Prime Minister was there, helping us drill into the Maple trees and harvest the sap. Its very sticky business and a chore but its also part of our heritage.


What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?

I would never offer advice to anyone on their passions let alone consider myself a hard working musician. How about this – feed the bands, promoters, and don’t be stingy on the drink tickets.

What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe  invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.

To play witching metal to any maniac, be it basement, stage or hall and try as hell to appease the gods who put us there. We are a cult. 3 members strong. Occult Burial’s singer/bassist is a motorcyclist. he will die on the road. I worry about him

Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently?

I get locked into a few albums and  play it repeatedly for weeks. currently re-playing, Septic Death “Now That I Have The Attention..”/ King Crimson “Red”/ Amon Duul II “Wolf City”/Fleetwood Mac “Then Play On”/ Death “Scream Bloody Gore”

Thanks very much to Dan Lee for his valuable time. Be sure to check out their awesome new LP Hideous Obscure here.




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