Guest Interview: Sean Barrett Gets to the Root of Things with Lord Almighty


My pal Sean Barrett sat down with the Gaia-loving black/thrash/hardcore/what-have-you phenoms Lord Almighty to talk moving up, Inter Arma, and staying true to yourself. Prepare for righteous riffs and thoughtful dialogue.

Channeling primordial natural forces through hypnotic riffs, furious blasts, solemn leads, and wretchedly evil vocals, Lord Almighty are four creatures who emerged from the earth to find each other in Boston and deliver some timeless black metal. When utilized, their clean guitar passages speak wisdom from a nameless past. This first track of their debut EP will let you know what I’m talking about:

After their cow skulls were placed upon the merch table, we gathered in the venue’s basement for the following chat:

Toilet ov Hell: So, I guess we’ll start by talking about this tour. Do you go from city to city with a different opener each time?

Goose (Guitar): It’s all sorts of different every day. Some shows where we’ve never been, we’re playing a little earlier. Some shows we’re headlining. It’s all over the place.

So it’s just you on the road alone?

All: Yeah. Hey, here’s Phill (bass).

Goose: We’re kind of just lone wanderers, really.

Last time I saw ya (less than a year ago), you were in the middle of six bands in a warehouse, but now you’re headlining this actual venue (on a Saturday night). Do you have a sense of things happening on a bigger scale?

Phill: Yeeeeeeaah, in places that we’ve been.

Goose: Shows are hit or miss. Sometimes things work out last minute, sometimes you get ‘em in advance, you know. We play with Coffin Dust most times we come to Philly, and those guys are fucking solid as hell, and good buds of ours at this point. [Author’s note: total fucking siqqness]. That’s always awesome.

Keenan (Guitar, Vocals): Yeah, it definitely varies, but, in the places we’ve been playing multiple times, it’s been growing, which is sweet. We’ve got a lot of familiar faces that we run into, a lot of new friends, which is cool.

Phill: I think every time we head out, it feels bigger and bigger, at least to us. We keep comin’ out.

Keenan: We get to play with Inter Arma on this run –

Oh, shit!

Keenan: -which we’re excited about.

Chris (drums): It’s definitely a lot better too in Boston-area. We have a good following up there.

Goose: We had a pretty sick night in Providence last night. We’ll definitely continue to hit that place up every time we’re on the road, and keep branching out and out. Onward and upward, man.

Tell us about the black stuff with which you smear yourselves.

All: [laughter]

Phill: It’s dirt from places that we find that are special. Sometimes it’s very spontaneous. We’ll be hanging out in the woods or something – which is a rarity for us, being in Boston all the time – and there’ll just be a perfect little grove with sunshine, and it’s like “Oh, grab that dirt.” Then we just make a little cocktail with some other shit in there to make it not completely fall off as soon as you start sweating.

Goose: We put charcoal in there. It’s charcoal and dirt and whatever else is –

Keenan: – animal piss! [Laughter]

Phill: No piss. [Laughter] I was walking home from work at dusk, and passing through a wooded area, and saw a path, and I was like “Y’know I’m gonna see what’s down there,” and walked through the woods – and we needed dirt, so it killed two birds with one stone – picked up a handful, brought it to the boys. [Laughter]

Is dirt just part of your gear now?

Goose: Oh, we’ve got plenty.

Phill: It’s also part of our skin at this point. It doesn’t go away.

Keenan: It smells good. The smell of the earth is nice. I like it.

Phill: It’s dirt but it smells clean.

Keenan: Yeah, it’s weirdly clean. It’s awesome.

How do you keep in touch with nature living in Boston?

Keenan: Originally, I’m from Virginia, so I grew up in the woods. Basically, how it all started was a bunch of my Virginia boys moved up with me to Boston, and we had this wild time in Boston, whatever, whatever. A lot of them eventually were moving back, and I just remember getting in the moving truck and waving out the window like “See ya!” and I was like “They’re going back to the woods.” So that’s kind of where it all started. These two [Goose and Phill] are from New Hampshire.

Goose: I grew up in rural New Hampshire. It was just a huge, huge, open, middle-of-nowhere land, small population and trees everywhere. You could fit Boston in that town multiple times, but four thousand people lived there.

Keenan: Chris is from Mauritius.

Where now?

Chris: A tropical island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.

Phill: So that’s the woods, right?

Chris: More like a beach.


Goose: There’s something to be said about being deep out into nature, you know? It reveals a different part of yourself.

Keenan: It’s kind of also like a reference to us going back to our roots of where we came from, in a way.

What do you think, in the end result, is the difference between a band who pulls from their own experiences in nature vs. a band who just listens to Darkthrone?

Goose: There’s certainly a difference between people who can get out there and they feel something different than they normally would just being in society. You get in touch with a different part of yourself. Versus someone who’s just hopping on a bandwagon – and, you know, we all love Darkthrone – there’s a different mentality to it when you’re joining a social clique versus joining yourself in your own element.

Word. Anyone else?… or did he pretty much nail it?

[Unanimous agreement]

Cool. Are the paths of the last album paths in the woods or metaphysical paths?

Keenan: It’s more about every person is walking a different path, metaphorically. It’s just kind of a conglomeration of everybody. We’re all doing our paths through life, and just trying to touch each person, no matter where you’re at.

Phill: All four of us, we couldn’t have more different ways of earning money, and none of us do that together, but we all converge with this band, via the paths. It’s all about the woods.

Keenan: Gettin back to ‘em!

Wrapping up, are you gonna be working on the next album after this tour?

Keenan: We are.

Goose: We got a lot of new music.

Keenan: This next year is gonna be a buttload of work.

Goose: We got a lot of ideas, we got a lot of things in the works. We can’t elaborate too far on them right now.

Keenan: A lot more touring coming up too.

Thanks Sean and Lord Almighty for this great interview. Be sure to check out the band on Bandcamp. Swing by their Facebook too and tell them the Toilet said, “Howdy!”


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  • Crab Nicholson

    Forgot to mention that Keenan is a fellow Toilet-gazer. Hails!

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I did not know that

      • Sir Tapir The Based

        Well you do now.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Sometimes not knowing something is better…

        …not this time though.

    • Keenan:

      “Please come to Maracaibo m/ m/ m/”

  • Dubs

    Come 2 West Texas. I will let you rub my soil on yourself. These riffs are pretty interesting!

  • Sir Tapir The Based

    First thing that came to my mind when I saw their name was some poopy christian pop rock band. I’m glad I was wrong again. This not bad musucs.

    • Lawd Almighty

      • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

        Heyo, check your email. I was wanting to go ahead and knock the Persona interview questions out of the way if that whole thing is a go.


      I prefer when you’re wrong


    huge, huge, open, middle-of-nowhere land, small population and trees everywhere>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    • I want to go there ;_;)>

    • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

      Sounds like… home.

  • BobLoblaw

    Augury has Antoine Baril back on drums and is recording over the summer.

  • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

    These dudes seem pretty cool, nice interview Sean! I will check out their music this afternoon, along with Coffin Dust.

  • RustyShackleford

    Awesome! I love the punk/hardcore vibe mixed with the black metal stuff. The dirt stuff is actually pretty cool. I’d love to try it…but it’s just snow on the ground today and I’d prefer not to smear myself with that. Yup!

    …also, how may one go about acquiring tickets for the show on April 20th in “Nowhere, USA” hahahah (actual pictures of what I assume to be Nowhere included)

    • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

      Assuming that’s just a day off. Good thing it lands on 4/20…

      • RustyShackleford

        I figured it was a day off haha, but I forgot about the significance of 420BLAZEIT!

        • Dubs

          Columbine? Hitler’s birthday? The Ludlow Massacre? Bay of Pigs failure? The Deepwater Horizon explosion? Danica Patrick winning the Indy Japan 300?

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            And Mr. Ed’s birthday.

          • RustyShackleford


          • more beer

            And a Colorado state holiday.

    • That photo is badass.

      That Brain Nerd place is badass.

      • RustyShackleford

        It’s from the movie Fargo!

  • “It’s all about the woods”.


    Such a fun interview, Dubydubs.

    • Dubs

      I am not the conductor

      • d’oh! (again)

      • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

        Aren’t you though? rfi

        • Dubs

          In this sense, yes, I am the conductor.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Am I wrong in failing to enjoy Anata?

          • Nope.

          • BobLoblaw

            I think so. The shit rips.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I dunno. I know this is a highly acclaimed album. I have given it more than a few listens in the past and when I certainly won’t call it bad, it feels unmemorable to me.

          • Waynecro

            “Downward Spiral into Madness” gives me the feels hard, bro.

          • BobLoblaw

            Can you name an album that sounds like it?

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Can’t really name anything that sounds precisely like it, though it’s firmly rooted in the more groovy style of tech death. It just doesn’t really click. While I like it way better than the “dweedly doo” style of for instance Necrophagist and would never call it ‘bad’, I don’t think I’ll ever get into it completely. When it comes to tech death I’m mostly stuck in the 90’s with bands such as Death, Atheist, Gorguts, Demilich, Cryptopsy…in more recent times I love the stuff Gorguts has been putting out and I really like Ulcerate as well. I also got into a few albums of technical deathgrind bands such as Cephalic Carnage and Cattle Decapitation (at least their latest two). But most modern tech death, especially of the “noodly” kind, isn’t really my thing. Not bad, just nothing that clicks with me. Even though I did like that latest Obscura album. Go figure…

          • BobLoblaw

            I wouldnt say its rooted in any traditional style (at least not that album maybe the first two) because of the incredibly extensive use of counterpoint, unorthodox song structures and the insane transitions. I cant think of ANY band that sounds similar to Anata’s last release (really not a fan of the first two for the opposite reason) and doubt I will. Theres a lot going on in that record that doesnt just jump right out but if you take the time it can be a rewarding experience. I have yet to find a record with such off kilter badass melodies. But hey, everyone has their own tastes and unless they match up with mine they are wrong.

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            Hahaha that’s the spirit!
            Maybe I should give it a shot again. Or maybe I should just go out and buy the album. Sometimes an album can really click once you listen to the physical record with your headphones, despite not feeling it the first few times you gave it a spin via a music streaming device. It has worked for me in the past.

          • BobLoblaw

            Hahaha. Im not one to tell people to spend money but the quality on that album is amazing, everything is incredibly clear and i would say go for it. May have something to do with how the guitars were recorded (clean with distortion added later) but its one of my favorite productions on an album. What do i know though, Rad A Trest tops my list perfect mixes.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls


          • BobLoblaw


          • Salvador Dalí Lama

            But are you the walrus? Coo-coo ka-joob?

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

            dub, checketh thine emaileth

          • Dubs

            Checking to see if anyone else called dibs. I don’t think there are any problems with that, though.

          • Ol Dirty Blastbeard


        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          That’s classified information.
          *as Dick Cheney whispers into his watch “That Ross guy……. make it look like an accident”*

  • Ol Dirty Blastbeard

    whoa. asheville wednesday night? im down

    • Crab Nicholson

      Tell ’em the Toilet sent ya, ODB

      • Ol Dirty Blastbeard


        ive worked for the guy that runs that venue too

  • Waynecro

    Awesome interview and sweet, sweet jams. Thanks!

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls
  • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

    I like this.

    • Crab Nicholson

      Yeah, they got cds at their shows

  • Jason Kolkey

    Anyone who lives not too far away from Chicago should come see this band with my band on April 17th. It’ll be good and stuff.