With just a cursory listen to the self-titled debut from Ohio’s Fuzz Lord it’s immediately apparent the band can write some incredibly strong doom metal inspired by 70s fuzz rock. But with deeper inspection their tales of mythology, whiskey soaked vocals and moodiness take the listener on a journey right along with the story’s characters. The ebb and flow of these eight tracks are like surfing the arc of an epic a movie, the band switches between reflective quiet and thunderous guitar shredding to accentuate the story lines while keeping you on the edge of your seat. A tall order for a debut but Fuzz Lord successfully pull it off. Just behind the album’s release we had the opportunity to ask Steven Fuzz Lord (guitar) our set of Profile questions so keep reading to see what he had to say.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I’ve been playing guitar for a long time but Fuzz Lord is the first band. So far we are very happy with where we’re at but we are just starting out and waiting to see what else happens.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
A few months ago we were cold emailing labels trying to get them to check out the finished album. Now that we are working with Fuzzdoom Records we have been told that they have been getting the same type of emails which has made us realize how ineffective that approach can really be.
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?
We try not to dwell on the negative aspects of the music scene. The greatest thing in any grassroots scene is the underlying support of the diehard fans who are constantly trying help expose new heavy bands.
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?
We are all very unhappy with our countries current leadership and always had a thing against corporate and political greed which disturbs the balance of wealth.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I was like 12 years old when I first discovered metal. My folks were always too busy to care!
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’ve always liked to approach music with eyes closed and ears open. This allows the music to speak for itself.
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.
Lawrence (drums) is a trucker and I work risky jobs like painting and pressure-washing tall buildings. We are currently designing a jetpack suit similar to Boba Fett’s.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
The new Weedpecker (III) and Naxatras (III) have been on repeat recently.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
Our self-titled album is being released on Fuzzdoom Records, March 21st, 2018 on CD and Cassette. We are writing a new album and conceptualizing the live band.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Steven and Fuzz Lord for their time!