|1. How did the band get started? How did you meet
and how long have you been together?
We formed in early 1997. Prior to that we had been jamming under
a different name, but the band really started early 97 when we changed
the name to Grey Skies Fallen. I've known Joe for years, and we had
always jammed together, but nothing serious ever came of it. We met
our original bassist through a drummer that we were jamming with at
the time. A few months after we formed, we did a demo and handed out
hundreds of tapes at local NY shows.
2. How would you
describe your music?
Rick Habeeb: I always describe
the music as melodic dark metal. It has lots of doom elements, some
death metal elements, and many other sounds all mixed in. We tend
to always stay melodic, yet retain the heaviness at the same time.
Most people call us doom or gothic metal. There's just too many labels
for me! We're just a metal band.
3. What are your biggest
Rick Habeeb: Growing up, I listened
to the metal bands of the day: Maiden, Metallica, Manowar, Helloween,
etc. those are the bands that planted the seed in my head. When I
was young I always knew I wanted to have a band someday. A few years
later, I got into the doom stuff like My Dying Bride, Anathema, and
4. What made you want to be in the band?
And if you werent in the band what would you be doing now?
Rick Habeeb: I've just always loved playing guitar. I
never really thought about singing in a band or anything until much
later. In fact, when we started, I wasn't even the full time singer
in the band. I was happy with just playing guitar. If I weren't in
this band, I'd be working somewhere doing something. No idea what
though. We all have regular jobs, so we pretty much do that all the
time as it is anyway. I'm going to be a computer geek and fix PC's
like Craig the keyboard player does!
5. Are any band members
in side projects? If so what are they, and explain a little about
Rick Habeeb: Joe has a project called Synesthesia.
He would be the best one to ask about that, but from what I've heard
of it, it's heavy shit. Sal and myself have a brutal grind band called
Discolored Taint. We profess to be the most brutal and vile of the
grind bands. It is all done with tongue planted firmly in cheek, of
course. We're also thinking of doing a melodic death band somewhere
down the line too. Come to think of it, Joe's the only one with a
serious side project!
6. How would you feel if a band
took their sound from yours and became very well known?
Rick Habeeb: Tricky one there...It all depends if we're well
known at the time. If a band comes along and just takes our sound
and markets it as their own, and we're really still underground, then
I guess it would suck. If we're doing well with the music, in that
the band is our job and that's all we do...I guess it would feel cool
to know that you're creating something of a genre within metal. Once
you have all these different bands sounding like one band, a totally
new genre starts up. We'd be the godfathers. hahaha
What current bands do you like or respect?
There are tons of awesome bands around today! Opeth, Anathema,
Katatonia, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Hypocrisy, Novembers Doom,
Rain Fell Within, Somnus, Children of Bodom...it's a long list!
8. How many demos/albums do you have? Tell me about them!!
Rick Habeeb: We have one album, "The Fate of
Angels." It was released by us in 1999, and shortly re-released by
Nightfall Records out of Minneapolis. Don Decker like what he heard
and reissued the CD. Since that time, it's taken off nicely, the name's
gotten out there. That's all we can ask for at this point. The album
itself is about an hour long, and there's 11 tracks on it. Some of
them are total doom metal, others are more in the melodic death vein,
some are pretty mellow. All in all, that's our sound. We mix everything
up. On the Fate of Angels, I used my clean vocals about 70% of the
time, and death growls the other 30%. On the new one, it's going to
be more of an even mix, but I'll be doing the clean vocals more that
9. What is the meaning behind the songs?
Rick Habeeb: The songs all have their own meaning. Each
one is different. Some are about dreams and hopes, some are about
desolation and nothingness. The mood of the music is usually a good
thing to follow when you write lyrics. Our music tends to be slower
in tempo for the most part, and the lyrics reflect that. Basically,
I ask a lot of questions in the words. Questions that each person
listening has to answer to themselves. There are a lot of things out
there that we don't know the answer to, or things that we cannot control.
You have to look within yourself to make decisions. That's kind of
the gist of the first album.
10. What are the bands favorite
Rick Habeeb: I can't speak for the other
guys, but my personal favorites from The Fate of Angels is "The Great
Fall", "Athena", and "The Purest Form." I still love that whole album,
and we recorded it over two years ago. "This Burden I Bear", and "Drawn
to the Earth" are killer songs as well.
11. What does
the future hold for the band?
Rick Habeeb: Right
now, we're finishing up the songs that will make up the second album.
We hope to have it released by the end of 2000, but if not, shortly
thereafter. We're looking to do a full tour in support of the new
album in the summer of 2001. That's what we're looking at right now.
We're also going to be playing the November to Dismember Festival
in San Bernardino, CA in November.
12. If you could play
with any band who would it be and why?
Metallica. Because they pack in huge stadiums all the time, and
I'd like to play one of them!
13. Who writes the majority
of the music?
Rick Habeeb: The first album was
more of a band effort. The reason behind that was because at the time,
we all lived very close to each other, and it was easier to rehearse
and to write as a band. These days, a lot of us are far away, so practicing
becomes more difficult to arrange. I've written most of the new stuff
on the guitar, and the other guys add their parts over the riffs.
Everyone else still contributes with their parts; and Sal helps a
lot with the arrangements.
14. Who has been the favorite
band youve played with and why?
Right now I'd have to say Opeth. They went on a couple of bands
after us at Milwaukee this year, and they just killed everyone. Plus,
they're really cool guys to hang with also.
did you get the band name from?
Rick Habeeb: A
lot of people expect me to give them some deep philosophical answer
to this question, but the truth is: One day I was driving and it was
snowing really hard. So, I wasn't actually driving. I was sitting
in traffic on the Long Island Expressway, and I just looked up and
looked at the sky. Grey Skies Fallen jumped right into my head, and
that was how I came up with it. The other guys hated the name at first.
16. Describe what the band is like live?
Rick Habeeb: Most of the shows we've played have been
the Metalfests. So our set time is always short, and we're not allowed
to do a lot of things that we could otherwise do if we were playing
a regular show with a longer set. Now, we're getting ready to play
lots of shows other than those fests, and we now have 2 albums worth
of material to pick from, so the live show is going to be great. Actually,
it also depends on the crowd we're playing to as well. If we're playing
a show with death metal bands, we'll play our aggressive songs; if
we're playing a doom show, we'll play our doom songs. We're flexible
that way. It's pretty cool.
17. If you are gonna do any
kind of video what would be in it?
Rick Habeeb: Hopefully
we can do a video for a new song from the new album. We'll put it
on the website, maybe include it in an interactive CD or something.
As far as a long form video, we have hours of footage from road trips,
studio sessions, fests...everything! If we ever put out a video using
that footage, I'm afraid nobody would take the band seriously. All
we do is fuck with people and we're generally big assholes on those
tapes. Hopefully one day, we can do something and let everyone see
just how foolish we actually are!
18. Are there any touring
plans made; if so tell me about them?
Rick Habeeb: Right now, November to Disremember in November.
Also, in October of this year, we're probably going to be playing
some shows here in New York with Evoken, Somnus, Rain Fell Within,
and October Thorns. All tour and show dates are posted on our website:
19. Where do you think the band will be 20 years from now?
Rick Habeeb: Hopefully we'll be able to look
back in 20 years on a successful career in metal. I just want to be
able to look back and see a really good catalog of CD's, and know
that a lot of people enjoyed what we did. Because I know we all enjoy
making the music.