Currently on tour with Sevendust, Canada's Hail the Villain are gearing up for the release of their debut album Population: Declining on June 8th. While ArtistDirect.com cites the album as "Fueling a dark theatricality with violently vicious thrash riffs," and that "Hail the Villain have made one of the most interesting and intriguing hard rock debuts in recent memory;" It's frontman Bryan Crouch who puts it in perspective telling the website: "People say we're doing something like Pink Floyd's The Wall. I'm like, 'No, this actually makes some sense...'"
Read an excerpt from this intriguing interview below and go here to get the full story. Population: Declining is out June 8th, but you can pre-order the album through iTunes right now! Go right here to get set up, and watch the animated concept video for "Take Back the Fear" further below.
If this album were a movie, what would it be?
I had Spawn in the back of my mind the whole time. Watching Todd McFarlane's Spawn back when I was a teenager was a big inspiration. I got into that and The Crow. I think Population: Declining visually came from those places, and the whole record emerged from that evilness. I actually don't read a lot of comic books though; I'm a big video game geek and I'm really into movies. The few comics I've read include Batman and Watchmen, obviously. I never really got into comics as much as people would think though.
Even though you're telling a larger story, do you feel like these songs are still very personal?
It's way more personal than I was actually prepared to go. All of the lyrics that I'd come up with in the past had typically reached out to blame other people and other things, but this record really close to home. The producer truly got it all out of me, and I just started going. I wasn't afraid to open up. That's the reason "Take Back the Fear" was written. It was one of the later songs to be done, and it says, "I'm not scared anymore. I'm coming out with this and doing it."
What's the story behind "Social Graces?"
It's a party I was at where I had way too much to drink. I ran to the washroom and fucking let it all out. The next thing I know, I'm sitting around with all of these people having fun and I'm wondering to myself, "I just wasted 15 bucks on this booze. I'd better get back out there and start having a good time." It's a humorous song in that way but, at the same time, it's me grabbing myself and saying, "I'm going to rip this town up." When I go out and do something, I never do it lightly. It's always got to be the extreme, and it seems like I never learn my lesson.