Singled Out: Heat of Damage's Judgment Day

12/07/2015
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The members of California metal band Heat of Damage tell us the story behind the song "Judgement Day" which is a track from their recently released debut album "Open Fire". Here is band with the song story:

David Haug: "Judgment Day" was written to be a powerful 'F**k You' song, plain and simple. The lyrics are written from the perspective of someone who has been wronged, whose response is to be the better person. My contributions to the writing process come from my own experiences of essentially the exact same thing; being wronged and priding myself on being a better person than those who would treat me poorly. The musicality aspect of the song is very heavy, like 80's era heavy metal sounding (interestingly enough, we called the riff '80's metal' before the song became Judgment Day). The harmonized guitar solo was thrown in because I am very influenced by the guitar stylings of Iron Maiden, and love the way harmonized guitar sounds.

Nick Lassalette: The song started out as just a simple guitar riff that I came up with. As soon as I played it at rehearsal one day, Julian started pounding away on his drums and the sound of the song started to take form. From the beginning I knew this song was going to be something special. We decided to make it the first official single from the album because it strongly represents exactly what Heat Of Damage is and what this album will sound like as a whole. Personally, I think it's the best song we have ever written.

Jared Easter "Judgment Day" was rather simple to write on bass, since I had very little to do with the writing process for that song. The bass line follows the rhythm guitar for the most part, providing the low end drive for the song.

Julian Bohland: "Honestly, Judgment is one of my favorites in our library. It's powerful, angry, and hits so hard. It has some of my best drumwork and is so much fun to play live. It's an overall kick ass song!
"The music video was very fun to make. We shot that at our Ace Of Spades show on August 1st, 2015 as show support for the band Some Fear None. It was their album release show. After filming the show we sent the raw video to Matt Thomas to edit. He did a great job and I love the way it came out.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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