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The Wise Man’s Fear combination of fantasy and melodic metalcore gives them a unique style of music moulded by the devastating riffs and memorable hooks that compliment the legendary storytelling. The new album, ‘Valley Of Kings’ is the final chapter in the Codex trilogy and shows the band’s most creative and adventurous side.
We spoke to the The Wise Man’s Fear about the origins of the band and what’s coming in the future.
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard The Wise Man’s Fear before?
TWMF: We describe our sound as fantasycore. That basically just means that we play melodic modern metalcore with sonic and lyrical fantasy elements. Our albums all have overarching storylines set in a made-up fantasy universe called Pneuma.
DP!: How did the band form?
TWMF: We all sort of met through different connections towards the end of high school/the beginning of college – Joe, Tyler, and Thomas were all friends from high school and Paul and Nathan were college housemates. Joe and Paul got introduced in 2013 and started writing together and bringing in members. We found Codi on a Craigslist ad believe it or not!
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
TWMF: We’re actually working on writing instrumentals and concepts for our fourth album at the moment! We’ve never been a group to sit on our hands and do nothing, so we’re trying to use the downtime that has resulted from COVID-19 to be productive and proactive. Once things settle down we’d love to tour in support of ‘Valley of Kings.’
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
TWMF: We have a pretty wide range of musical tastes, but a few artists that we’ve been jamming recently include Sleep Token, Bilmuri, Code Orange, Foxy Shazam, Spiritbox, Loathe, Currents, and Brand of Sacrifice.
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
TWMF: The way that Make Them Suffer has continued to evolve their sound and grow is really admirable. It’s crazy to think that a blackened deathcore band from Perth, Australia could break out the way that they have and innovate without alienating their fanbase. Bring Me the Horizon is another band that we all look up to for a handful of reasons: they are constantly ahead of the curve musically and have managed to create interesting material for so long now. We aspire to be like bands that push boundaries and find a way to be sustainably viable playing music that they are passionate about.
DP!: What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
TWMF: One of our favourite memories as a band was playing the Indianapolis date of the 2015 Vans Warped Tour. That was the summer we released our first record, and the whole experience was just this crazy, magical rollercoaster. We got to debut brand new material to strangers and friends, Joe puked into the stage monitor during our set, and we all narrowly avoided heat strokes haha. That time is extra special to us now that the tour has been discontinued.
The Wise Man’s Fear‘s new album, ‘Valley Of Kings’, is out now, via SharpTone Records.