Threat Signal are gearing up to release their new album ” Disconnect ” on November 10th. This is their eagerly awaited fourth album, we got to catch up with the guys to talk to them about the upcoming album, future plans and what lays ahead for Threat Signal. Here’s what they had to say…
After hearing the new track we are excited, what can we expect from the new album?
Travis: Awesome! You can expect to hear a mixture of all of the sounds from previous Threat Signal albums, but with a prog metal element thrown into the mix.
Matt: Thanks for liking the new track! The new album is extremely diverse in the fact we wanted to make it feel like the older albums in a way, but with a new flavour added. There has definitely been a lot more mature song writing this time around so that plays a big factor for this album as well.
Jon: This is a very diverse album so you will hear many different sides of Threat Signal. We stay true to everything we’ve done in the past but have expanded on these ideas even further. I feel like its a very mature album and you can hear how much we have grown over the years.
It’s been six years since your last release how come there was such a length of time between albums?
Jon: To avoid any type of law suit I can’t really say… But let’s just say it wasn’t our choice and we wanted this album released much sooner. We’ve finally eliminated the negativity surrounding the band and are moving forward stronger than ever.
What is your favourite track off the new album?
Travis: My favourite track is “Walking Alone”. It’s a really catchy song, and I’m very happy with how the guitar solo turned out in this one.
Matt: My favourite song off the new album would be the final track “Terminal Madness“. It’s an epic 10-minute journey that sums up everything else in the album, it has heavy parts, fast parts, guitar solos and a really cool vibe throughout the song that makes it feel like a story until the end.
Jon: Very hard to say considering each song has its own feeling and vibe, it really depends what mood I’m in. Songs like Aura and Terminal Madness are very progressive and take you on a journey, I really love those songs. But sometimes I’m in the mood for songs like Walking Alone and Betrayal which are simple arrangements with catchy hooks. The whole album flows together so well, I would say every song is my favourite haha. There is no filler.
Do you guys plan to tour the new album?
Travis: Yes, definitely! We’re dying to get back out on the road, and play this material for everyone.
Matt: We definitely do! We’ll keep everyone updated once we have something in the works!
Where does the name Threat Signal come from?
Jon: Basically, we were just tossing words together to see if anything sounded cool. We came across the name Threat Signal and it hit me right away, that’s a damn cool name! We typed it into google at the time and nothing came up… It sums up the band perfectly though. There are many threats to this world and my lyrics are signalling you of the truth.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Travis: I get my inspiration from multiple things. It could be from anything going on in my personal life, or I could just get a random spark of inspiration from listening to some new music. It’s not necessarily one thing for me.
Matt: As far as my own inspiration goes, it comes from a variety of music. I’m a huge fan of bands like Insomnium and Devin Townsend as far as the Epic stuff goes and also really love the heavier bands with shredding like Job For A Cowboy and The Black Dahlia Murder.
Jon: Life. I really dig deep when I write, and people need to realize there is far more to this life than they think. Many people are brainwashed and ignorant and don’t even know it. I guess that wouldn’t be very effective brainwashing if you knew it right? haha I’ve been searching this whole time to decode what this life is and whats the whole damn point. I’m getting closer and closer by the day. I really try to bring positivity into what I write as well. There is enough hate flowing through the air, we don’t need anymore.
What are your main influences?
Travis: My main musical influences are John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore, Arch Enemy), and Jason Becker.
Matt: my main influence for guitar in general would be Eddie Van Halen. He’s always been the guy that has stood out to me most because he’s the guy that made me pick guitar up in the first place. His tone and way of playing each note is really expressive and to this day I still listen to Van Halen all the time.
Jon: I really love Layne Staley’s vocal style. Very original and powerful voice that we will never hear anything like again. Speed Strid of soilwork inspires me a ton with his amazing catchy hooks. Phil Anselmo, Jesse Leach, Scott Weiland.
What song is the most challenging to play from the new album?
Travis: I’d have to say “Terminal Madness” overall is tough, but “Walking Alone” has the most difficult solo.
Matt: They are all pretty challenging to some extent but I would probably say that either Terminal Madness since there are so many parts and time changes, or Nostalgia since there’s a few really fun challenging guitar parts in that song.
Jon: Terminal Madness. Its madness!!! haha
What’s your favourite Threat Signal track?
Travis: My all-time favourite Threat Signal track has to be “When All Is Said And Done”. That song perfectly sums up what Threat Signal is about.
Matt: My favourite Threat Signal song is “Inane”, I really love the way that solo sounds and the whole ending with the tapping is something I’ve always really enjoyed listening to.
Jon: Again that’s hard for me. I’m very attached to a lot of the songs. I have many many favourites
What your favourite tracks to perform live?
Travis: My favourite Threat Signal track to play is “Now”.
Matt: My favourite tracks to play are definitely When “All Is Said And Done” and “Now”. Both of those were a huge pain in the ass to learn, but in the end made me a better guitar player. Super challenging songs but when we play them live I always look forward to shredding those ones out!
Jon: Counterbalance has always been a great live song for me. Its a rockin fun tune to play live and I love singing it.
What can we expect from Threat Signals in the future?
Travis: Hopefully getting on some sick tours, and continue working on new material!
Matt: You can expect more from us faster than 6 years haha! In all seriousness, we are writing more and always bouncing ideas around for new songs. We are already working on songs for a new album so hopefully you guys will see that sooner than later!
Jon: More music, more tours, more everything. We aren’t a band who gives up and calls it quits when things get hard. As long as I’m breathing Threat Signal will keep creating music!! I’m really looking forward to the album release November 10th, and locking down some cool tours soon! See you on the road. Cheers!