“Within The Ruins im Interview”

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“Black Heart”

Am 27.11.2020 veröffentlicht die Progressive Metalcore-Band “Within The Ruins” das neue Album “Black Heart” via eOne. 
Natürlich bekommt ihr das Review auch hier zu lesen doch wir haben auch ein Interview für euch. Rede und Antwort stand uns der neue Frontmann Steve Tinnon.

“Metal and Me”:
Hello Guys from „Within The Ruins“. My name is Tobi. I run a Facebook page and a webblog. On
this page I post reviews of current albums, interviews, band presentations and reports about
concerts that I visit with a wheelchair. On the one hand, to tell other wheelchair users how the
venue is equipped in terms of accessibility and on the other hand, how to best proceed to get tickets,
which is usually not possible with conventional ticket portals. Of course, I also rate the bands‘
performance. Today I have a few questions for you about your new Album „Black Heart“.
But first of all I want to ask you how are you doing right now?

“Steve Tinnon”:
I’m doing great! As well as anyone could be, really with everything going on right now haha.
Thanks for asking!

“Metal and Me”:
And how are you when you think about November 27th, 2020?

“Steve Tinnon”:
Extremely excited! This is my first album with the band, and I know the fans are
expecting a lot so I’m also a little nervous haha, but overall excited. We’re all very proud of
what we did on this record and can’t wait for it to be out!

“Metal and Me”:
What is the main difference between „Black Heart“ and the previous album?

“Steve Tinnon”:
The biggest, most obvious difference is me. Tim was the vocalist for over a decade, and now
I’m the guy. The Within The Ruins sound is definitely still there, but now with my voice on it.
It’s also a lot darker than Halfway Human, and every other album the band has released as
well. From theinstruments, to the vocal tones, and the lyrics, it’s all darker and angrier than
previous material.

“Metal and Me”:
Do you have a song that you particularly like on „Black Heart“?

“Steve Tinnon”:
It’s really tough to choose just one, but a few favorites are Devil In Me, Open Wounds, and
RCKLSS. But the most important track is definitely Black Heart, because almost every other
song stems from what that song is about. A lot of the tracks are related and connected
because of that song.

“Metal and Me”:
The Cover-Artwork is awesome. From who was the Idea?

“Steve Tinnon”:
The cover art was my idea, but with some input from the guys on color schemes and such.
We had no doubt we wanted to go with Cameron Gray again, who we’ve worked with before,
to bring the idea to life. He knocked it out of the park, and created something better than we
could’ve imagined.

“Metal and Me”:
What inspired you to Songs like „Outsider“ or the Titelsong „Black Heart“?

“Steve Tinnon”:
“Outsider” was actually a song Joe had the idea for. I used what he wanted, and tried to write
something about feeling like you’re never part of the in-crowd. Whether you grew up that
way, or are currently feeling like you’re always on the outside looking in, it’s ultimately about
accepting yourself for who you are, not how other people see you. Black Heart is a very
personal song, as are a lot of them, but about a specific person that basically lied, cheated,
etc. You name it, she did it, for over two years. And stuff like that really can change a person,
and how you view the world and other people.The song is just a straight forward slam on that
person.

“Metal and Me”:
How was it to you to stay in contact with your fans via social media over the past few
months and to find out what the mood is like in the fans‘ camp?

“Steve Tinnon”:
It’s been a little tough because they’ve been waiting for this album for a long time! We
worked on it for over a year and they were very patient with us during the whole process
haha. We love our fans, and for a long time all we could do was tease them and say the album is coming. Now we’re finally delivering on that promise and they’re very ready for it!

 “Metal and Me”:
How did you as deal with the restrictions in the meantime?  How much does it restricted
you in your working life?

“Steve Tinnon”:
I’m a bartender here in Texas, and it’s been a roller coaster dealing with everything. We’ve
tried to open back up a couple different times with all theproper restrictions and guidelines in
place, but it’s tough. Right now we’re open again and things are going well, but who knows
how long we’ll be able to stay open. Just gotta do the best we can and earn some money just
in case!

“Metal and Me”:
Your fan base is aweson in Germany.  Are there any plans for a tour if the pandemic
allows?  Has a festival organizer already knocked on the door?

“Steve Tinnon”:
Nobody is touring right now, and I’m not sure of any plans for shows just yet. As soon as
bands are allowed to hit the road again, we’ll be right back to work though! I’d love to play
some shows in Germany as soon as possible!

“Metal and Me”:
A few words to the fans who definitely can’t wait to hear you live. Are there any plans
about a streaming Event?

“Steve Tinnon”:
There are talks of doing a live stream show, but we’re working out all of the details right now
so I can’t say too much about it. But we’d love to put one together so the fans can hear some
new songs and have at least some version of a live performance! 

“Metal and Me”:
How have you spent your time under Covid 19 so far?

“Steve Tinnon”:
Now that my bar has opened back up, I’m working a lot. But while it was closed, everyday
was pretty much the same. I would wake up, eat, play some video games, workout, have
dinner, then play more video games until I fell asleep haha. Then repeat the same
routine the next day. Some people would go nuts doing that, but it really didn’t bother me
very much. It was sort of relaxing in a way!

“Metal and Me”:
If you could privately go to a concert in this, sorry for the expression, shitty corona year,
which one would it be?

“Steve Tinnon”:
Hey it’s a shitty year, what can you do? My favorite band is Slipknot, and they have an
incredible live show. If I could attend just one, it would be aSlipknot show. I seriously can’t
wait for live music to come back. Of course because I miss touring, but also just going to
shows and being in that environment. I love and miss it a lot.

“Metal and Me”:
Is Heavy Metal and the Subgenres also a means for you to switch off everything in this
hectic world, to pause and just listen? Wich Subgenres do you listen to?

“Steve Tinnon”:
Most of the metal I listen to is at the gym. That’s where I shut everything out and just get out
any aggressions. It’s obviously my favorite genre, but it’s not the only thing I listen to. I do
enjoy a lot of the sub genres, though. I love Nu metal, Metalcore, Deathcore, and just regular
Metal and Death Metal. Whatever you wanna call all those haha. I’m a part of the music
scene, but still very much a fan, so I try and keep up and listen to new bands!
 
“Metal and Me”:
A few words to your Fans out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?
 

“Steve Tinnon”:
Fans in Germany! I can’t wait to meet you all! Hopefully that happens sooner than later, but
when the time is right, we’ll be out there promoting Black Heart, and playing your favorite
jams! Same goes for the rest of the world! We can’t wait to get back to work!
 

 “Metal and Me”:
Thanks for the interview, Within The Ruins.  Something that is important to me: Stay healthy
and good luck with for the Release of your Album!                
 

“Steve Tinnon”:
Thanks for the questions! You stay safe as well, and appreciate the kind words!

Bandphoto
“Within The Ruins”
Joe Cocchi | Guitar
Kevin McGuill | Drums
Paolo Galang | Bass/Vocals
Steve Tinnon | Vocals
Foto Credit: eOne