It took almost 10 years, however Ricky Hoover (ex-Suffokate) has returned to heavy metallic, and he is achieved so mounting a blasphemous, blackened steed of epic dying metallic within the Las Vegas based mostly Ov Sulfur.
Set to launch their debut album The Burden ov Religion on March 24 by Century Media Data, Hoover, alongside guitarist and vocalist Chase Wilson, bassist Ding and drummer Leviathvn have birthed a sound that attracts parallels to Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, and Cradle of Filth whereas additionally tipping the hat to modern-day metalcore and deathcore.
“I’d say with this album we were not afraid to push in as many ways as we could,” Hoover shared in a candid sit-down with Metallic Injection. “We wanted to not really have any boundaries. So many times people want to just put artists and bands and everything in these little boxes and they have to stay in these little boxes. And we wanted to get away from that.”
With company starting from Slaughter To Prevail vocalist Alex Horrible to Taylor Barber (Left To Undergo), Kyle Medina (Bodysnatcher), Howard Jones (Gentle The Torch, ex-Killswitch Interact) and Lindsay Schoolcraft (ex-Cradle of Filth), The Burden of Religion is a vicious and emotionally impactful assortment that serves as a becoming return for Hoover, who stepped away from life as a musician in 2012.
“So it was 2012 when I officially left the old band and music and decided to pursue a career in barbering,” Hoover recalled. “It was the end of 2012, essentially, I think, because we just did a pretty gnarly European tour after doing a Russian tour. Crazy. I was just kind of tired and sick of it all, I guess. With my old band, we toured nonstop for a long time until we did the second album, and then we took a little bit of time off, a little bit. And that’s kind of when a lot of stuff fell apart.
“I had not been really enjoying it for a little bit of time either. I was not in a good place mentally. I was like very suicidal. I just was not enjoying life at that moment and I decided for my personal betterment to walk away from it because it had become a toxic relationship of sorts, you know what I mean?”
Then got here COVID-19, necessitating a necessity for Hoover, a self-described artistic, to search out an outlet for his energies.
“I never in a million years planned on doing music again,” he admits. “As far as I was concerned, it was done for me. And then COVID happened. And in Vegas, where I live now, we weren’t allowed to do haircuts anymore. So I was literally just going crazy. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t create anything artistically, because I’m kind of a creative, so I just wanted to do it for fun and I didn’t realize that it would kind of turn into this, which is pretty crazy.”
Ov Sulfur, on paper and follow, rails in opposition to organized faith from the soar in each presentation and thru the pulpit of Hoover‘s chopping and visceral lyrics. Hoover, for his half, shouldn’t be shy about voicing his ideas on the topic.
“Yeah, it’s pretty funny because in Suffokate, ‘Not the Fallen’ is very much an anti-religious song. I mean, I had a song called ‘Holiness is Next to Filthiness,'” the front-man recollects, railing in opposition to web trolls who really feel his lyrics are disingenuous. “I get a kick out of it, however the one which sort of irks me is that individuals are like ‘oh, he is speaking about faith like a 16 yr outdated boy.’ No I am not. I’ve learn your Bible, I’ve learn your books greater than you’ve got. I do know much more than you do and belief me, I’ve far more than a 16-year-old’s training on the subject of theology.
“I feel what occurs is mainly any time you enable one thing to have energy – and faith has immense energy, has for a very long time – energy can corrupt even the holiest individual. And you understand, self preservation and all that stuff goes to change into the precedence. You couple that with a Bronze Age perception system, which faith is, and I imply, they used to imagine that in case you spit on a wound it could heal it.
“That’s another Bronze Age belief. And the funny thing is the people from all the different religions like to say each one’s different and this and that and it’s like, no, they’re not. They’re honestly the same like, ‘oh, my religion doesn’t teach hate!’ Yeah, it does. ‘My religion teaches acceptance.’ No, it doesn’t. Because you don’t believe anybody else should believe in any other God.”
From the hearth and brimstone laden opener “Stained in Rot,” to the deeply private “Earthen,” which was impressed by his 16-year-old nephew who tragically died of most cancers, Hoover pulls no punches on the subject of his disdain for the false gods and folly of blind perception on the coronary heart of The Burden of Religion.
“There’re so many disgusting, awful stories in The Bible,” Hoover exclaims. “There’s so many issues in The Bible that, even people who find themselves [religious], they cannot affiliate with, like how a lot girls had been value in The Bible or the story of Lot and his two daughters or simply incest and pedophilia and rape and simply the horrible issues. Their argument for that’s like, ‘properly, no, that is simply all of the dangerous stuff.’ You are selecting and selecting. The Bible is probably the most filthy piece of literature ever written.
“Like I said, I’ve read The Bible, I’ve read parts of the Quran, I’ve read some of the Torah. It’s interesting to me, right? But I don’t try to push my shit on people. I just present it and if they want to (listen) they can and if they don’t, they don’t. And whether you’re a religionist or atheist or whatever, as long as you’re a good person, it shouldn’t matter.”
The Burden ov Religion is on the market worldwide March 24. Pre-orders can be found right here.