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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Enter The Soil.
Editor's Note: The band subsequently changed name to Enter The Soil, in 2017.

1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

I'm Justin Chorley, creator of one-man-band Hirsute. I had been playing guitar in an angry, upbeat thrash metal band for years when I discovered doom and wanted to slow things down a few notches. When that band split up, I decided to start experimenting with the dark, emotional music I had been longing to play, so I bought some basic recording gear to help with songwriting. I layered a few guitar parts, played along on the drums and ended up writing enough material for a decent EP which I released for free. The response was so overwhelming that I decided to continue, and things have been getting bigger and better ever since.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

After spending my teenage years listening to little other than thrash metal, and constantly looking for music that was 'the fastest' or 'the most brutal' or 'the most technical', I was given a copy of My Dying Bride's 'Songs of Darkness, Words of Light' and I couldn't believe how much more this genre had to offer. As I delved deeper, I came across Katatonia's 'Brave Murder Day' and from that point on I knew doom was for me. The best thing about doom is that it leaves images and egos aside and is simply about making great music. I have never tried to describe my style before, but my fans have called it melodic death-doom. I love the really poignant, emotional side of doom so I tend to build most of my sound around that. Like early Anathema and Katatonia, my music tends to revolve around guitar harmonies that evolve and overlap and 'dance' with each other, and of course there is no shortage of fat heavy stuff either I think there's definitely a lasting influence there from my early days of listening to Sepultura and Obituary! On the whole though, Hirsute is dark, brooding and tries to evoke an emotional response from the listener. It has been likened to a slower version of Opeth, residing more on the somber side of things and favoring slower tempos but without lacking in energy.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

I'd have to say the best time in my career so far was the week I released Still Waiting. I knew I had a few followers from Hirsute EP but I could not believe the response I got from the new album things just took off instantly. I sold CDs and downloads to Canada, Germany, Hungary, Russia, Lithuania and more, started finding reviews on doom metal blogs and was even getting radio airplay in America. I was totally humbled by this response and it's so cool to know that people all around the world are enjoying my music, all the way from little ol' New Zealand.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

It's tough to pick only three, but I'd have to say Opeth, Anathema and My Dying Bride.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

I'm hoping to find a solid record label to work with to really help push the next album and/or jump on board with Still Waiting. Meanwhile, I'm putting together ideas for the next release. I have a feeling it's going to be a good one!

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

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Interviewed on 2014-06-09 by doom-metal.com.
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