What got you into the world of music? How was the band formed?
We were into heavy metal from our school days, grew up watching MTV head bangers ball in the 80s and it played a big role. We wanted to play music long before we could even hold a guitar. We started to jam together, played for friends and Metal Purge was formed in 1995 which morphed into Black Warrant in 1997.
Why the name ‘Black Warrant’ ? Is there a story behind it?
At that point, we discussed several names and just liked the name Black Warrant aka death warrant and it matched the type of music we played.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Powerful raw music with a message. Lyrics play an important role and we try to deliver a strong message through them. We do not write music or melodies, just play and in that process sometimes, things stitch together and form a riff, which becomes the base of a song.
What do you think about conditions for metal rock bands today?
We think that it is pretty much dead. Every new band sounds the same; they even lack the creativity to work on their own sound. They lack identity and creativity which are essential ingredients
Where does your band draws inspirations from?
Most western bands like Judas Priest, Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica and Rammstein inspired us over the years (there are others as well) but the classical raagas also played a part since it had more depth. We tried to incorporate some of the ideas from classical music without too much deviation.
What is the most rock star thing the whole band has done?
We have played on pop concerts, opened for mainstream commercial artists and did not change our style and still people loved our music. We got more fans out of pop concerts than an underground metal gig.
The best memory about any musical gig you performed?
There are many but I think the concert at Mini Golf Lahore in 2004 was one of our best memories. Again, it was an all-pop concert and we played heavy metal and people jumped and chanted on our songs.
Your dream collaboration with another musician?
Never actually thought about that, so nothing worth mentioning. In early 2000s we did try to collaborate with various underground metal bands on one platform but unfortunately we had a notion, not to collaborate and cannot tolerate others.
What’s next for “Black Warrant”?
We have many songs that are not recorded yet so for us the challenge is to record and release the songs for public. Few years back we went all digital and do not sell our music anymore. What is out there is free.