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Interview with Ric Galvez

Interview conducted by Luxi Lahtinen

Date online: March 31, 2024


Canadian melodic black/death metal sensation Malice Divine, which was formed in 2019 and is led by Ric Galvez, has been creating music and have two full-length studio albums under their belts. Their latest album carries the title Everlasting Ascendancy and was released in January 2023.

We here behind the massive, blackened iron gates of The Metal Crypt were hugely impressed by the band's self-titled debut album in 2021, so we decided to check in with Ric in regards to the follow-up album, where they are at now, how well their follow-up has been received among metal fans worldwide, when they'll start conquering stages, and if Ric has reached the right songwriting mode for the band's next album.

Let's invite Ric in to answer these questions...

SECOND ALBUM - EVERLASTING ASCENDANCY

Hey Ric! It's been nearly three years since we last talked. Time flies, and you have kept yourself busy writing your follow-up album titled Everlasting Ascendancy, featuring eight new songs. Would you tell us about that process a little bit and what it was like compared to the songwriting and recording processes for the band's self-titled debut album, released in February 2021?

Ric: Hey Luxi! Yes, time really does fly. I have indeed been busy since the release of my debut album. The songwriting for Everlasting Ascendancy was quicker than that of the self-titled debut album. I had two songs that were almost completed and dozens of riffs on my phone and computer ready to be worked on. This gave me a major head start. The recording process was a little bit tougher because I really upped the ante with the technicality and difficulty of some of the parts. With that said, it was nothing that I couldn't handle!

Did you feel any pressure due to the success of your debut when you started to write new stuff? I mean, you always try to top what you have done in the past, right?

Ric: Not really, to be honest. The fact that I had a lot of really great stuff to work with helped me feel very confident that I would top the first album. Am I always trying to top everything I've done in the past? Of course, I am!

Do you feel that Dylan, who played the drums on this album (like he did for the band's debut), topped your expectations with his abilities behind the skins? He knows what you demand from him, right?

Ric: I'd say so! I always knew Dylan was a killer drummer, but this time around I got to see and hear him actually track drums for the album. I was incredibly impressed by how tight he is. He really brought the drum parts that I wrote to life. He knows what I demand from him because he received the drum sheet music.

ICY RIFFS AND ALL THAT JAZZ...

It's no secret that you feel strongly about Jon Nödveidt's (Dissection) past works; Jon's heritage can be heard in nearly every song that you've done for Malice Divine, which is very understandable. However, after spinning the follow-up album quite a few times, Norwegian black metal stalwarts Immortal tended to pop up every once in a while when the album was on, but I guess that's not so much any surprise either as you also have some admiration towards their works. What is it about Immortal that makes them sound so great to your ears?

Ric: Regarding Immortal, they have killer icy riffs, epic songs, good groove, and sick-ass vocals with catchy vocal patterns. What's not to love if you're a black metal fan? Overall, I do like Dissection more than Immortal, though. But regardless, Immortal still has released a ton of great music.

Are you the type of a guy who wakes up in the middle of the night to write music (or capture) some cool riff that is haunting your mind? Inspirational/creative moments come and go, and sometimes you just need to take advantage of those precious moments, don't you?

Ric: I wouldn't say I'm the type of guy that wakes up in the middle of the night to write music or capture ideas. I always write music throughout the day/evening whenever I have time. That's usually when I come up with my ideas. Sometimes I'll have some ideas of what scales and what rhythms to play around with. But it isn't until I get the guitar in my hands that I can really create something.

Was making your follow-up tough for you on some level, in the sense of pleasing yourself with the content of the album both as a musician as well as a fan of your band? I guess it's never easy to be the judge of a product that you have put so much sweat, tears, and blood into it, right?

Ric: Not really, to be honest! I was always pleased with what I had created, and I was always very confident throughout the songwriting and recording process that it would be well liked by the fans!

Do you see yourself as a perfectionist as a musician? You can be your worst fuckin' judge sometimes, can't you?

Ric: Oh, for sure. Perfection is something I always strive for.

LABELS – WAKE UP!

Again, you self-released this album. Did you try to offer it to some record labels first, but after a while you decided that it's better to finance and release the album on your own vs. accepting some lousy record deal instead?

Ric: I didn't offer it to any record labels. I didn't want to wait to have it released. Eventually I do want to work with a record label, though.

Were there any potential offers that you nearly accepted but eventually rejected?

Ric: There was an offer from a label a few months after the release of Everlasting Ascendancy. They wanted me to contribute over $1000 USD for the pressing of CDs, which is why I turned the offer down. It doesn't make any sense for me to send them that much money for CDs when I already paid for the pressing of CDs on my own months prior. Any label I sign with in the future needs to be able to provide me with value that I can't provide myself.

As the album has been out more than a year now, how pleased are you with it after getting some distance to it?

Ric: Overall, I am very pleased with it!

What about those people's reactions so far who have heard the album? Feeling humble and thankful, eh?

Ric: The reaction has been mostly quite positive! A lot of people really like it. One thing I did notice though is that some of the people who really praised the first album didn't say much if anything at all about the follow-up. I found that strange considering the sophomore release is quite a step up from the debut in many ways.

Malice Divine is your baby, so to speak, but have you ever thought of expanding the Malice Divine family with some permanent members who could also share the stage with you when it comes to playing live?

Ric: I did think about expanding the Malice Divine with some permanent members. It didn't take very long to realize that it would be a very bad idea, though. I haven't had any luck with getting a stable line-up. Most of the people I've tried to get onboard were unreliable as fuck. That might make me sound bitter, but I don't care. I've had enough trying to make it work out with other musicians. It just isn't worth it.

Speaking of playing live, when I inquired about this last time, you answered, "I'm not going into much detail about this other than that I have some friends that I'd love to get onboard for filling out a live line-up." Can you reveal something more about this subject matter for the fans of the band?

Ric: Unfortunately, it didn't work out. There are no plans to play live until the release of the third Malice Divine album. I am confident that I will be in a better position to try again by then.

THIRD ALBUM WILL COME – AND...

When the right time comes, do you believe the band's third album will be sort of a "make-or-break" album, an indicator of whether there's enough fire burning in the belly of the band for making more noise around the globe if I can put it this way?

Ric: I don't see the third Malice Divine album as a "make-or-break" album. That term implies that it's the one opportunity to really make it or not. I do, however, see the third album as a time for Malice Divine to extend its reach much further than it has previously. Malice Divine deserves it. I foresee Malice Divine getting more well known with each album.

Now that you have two albums under your belt and have been keeping the flame alive all this time, could you tell us what's been the most rewarding thing for you so far?

Ric: I'd say the most rewarding thing for me personally is seeing how many people genuinely like the music. I am incredibly grateful for it.

FORESEEABLE FUTURE

How do you see the future of the band anyway? I know it's very hard to predict anything other than hoping for the best, but I bet you have some goals that you'd like to reach in your musical career. What are they, and do you believe they are well within reach if you work hard enough?

Ric: For the foreseeable future, I will be working my ass off writing the third Malice Divine album. I still do want to play live eventually, but right now isn't the right time. The next album is a much higher priority than playing live right now. I also want to get more into music production, which in regard to Malice Divine means producing and recording my own music. I'm yearning for growth, and I am actively working towards it every day! Do I believe they are well within reach if I work hard enough? Absolutely!!

Okay, I think that's all I had in my mind for this second "chat" between the two of us. Thank you, Ric, for your time, and all the best with all of your future endeavors with the band. If you have anything else to add to this interview, then feel free to do so now... ;o)

Ric: Thank you to everyone who has supported Malice Divine these past few years! It is immensely appreciated!

Other information about Malice Divine on this site
Review: Malice Divine
Review: Everlasting Ascendancy
Interview with mastermind Ric Galvez on March 10, 2021 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)




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