LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
GENRE: Symphonic Blackened Deathcore
INFLUENCES: Bleeding Through, The Devil Wears Prada, Emmure, Belphegor, The Black Dahlia Murder, Suicide Silence, Deftones and many more.
YEARS ACTIVE: 4
MEMBERS: Sean Harmanis, Louisa Burton, Nick Mclernon, Christopher Arias-Real, Craig Buckingham and Tim Madden
RELEASES: Lord of Woe EP (2010), Neverbloom (2012)
Troy's interview with vocalist of 'Make Them Suffer' Sean Harmanis
Troy: With your full length set to release soon, how do you feel about it? How do you think it will affect your lives?
Sean: We're all pretty stoked with it to be honest, for our first full-length album I feel it's definitely something to be proud of. Some of us are having to make a lot of sacrifices for the band, but things are finally beginning to swing in our favour (so to speak).
Troy: When did you pick up your first instrument? And what was it?
Sean: My first instrument was a piano, I was pretty much forced to play it when I was around six years old.
Troy: How has the gear you used shaped the way your album sounds?
Sean: The guitars were mixed intentionally to sit amongst the rest of the instruments, so we didn't necessarily go for a piercing tone. This doesn't compromise the tone however. We re-amped our signal so that it would achieve high gain signals but still have clarity. There's a lot of low to accommodate the bass guitar and high for the purpose of cutting through the mix.
Troy: Have you ever blown anything up on stage?
Sean: Ahah not to my knowledge.
Troy: Do you imitate your live sound on cd, or do you give the audience a difference sound live?
Sean: We try our hardest to base our live sound around the CD both in tightness and overall tones/sound. It's only personal taste but in my experience all of my favourite live acts i've seen have been the ones that sound how I remember them sounding through my speakers at home, just on a much larger scale.
Troy: You have shared the stage with great bands such as A DAY TO REMEMBER, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, UNEARTH, DARKEST HOUR, THE ACACIA STRAIN, WINDS OF PLAGUE, and BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME. Have these bands inspired or help you grown to the band you are today?
Sean: Certainly, In a lot of different ways. I know for a fact that Between The Buried and Me has been a massive inspiration for our guitarist Nick. And when we first began shaping the sound for our EP The Black Dahlia Murder were a massive influence for us, so it's been humbling having the opportunity to play with so many great bands. Especially A Day To Remember, that show was a massive eye-opener.
Troy: What are your thoughts on the Australian metal scene? Would you do anything to change it?
Sean: To me, the Australian metal scene is great, in fact i'd say at the moment it's booming. Everyone seems to be really friendly and supportive of each other as a massive plethora of bands are beginning to emerge and make a name for themselves, it's great!
Troy: Explained your tone? How do you achieve this tone?
Sean: The tones are valve powered then re-amped. Our preamps are powered digitally in the studio and live. We apply a few things like tubescreamers and compressors before and after the amp, but nothing over the top. We just tried to keep our tone as natural as possible despite the digital re-amping.
Troy: Do you have any advice for other local bands out there trying to achieve what you guys have done?
Sean: Just give everything 100% and try your hardest. If there's something that's not working then fix it because that's more than likely what's separating you from the next level up.
Troy: Can you type out one of your best riffs we are expecting to hear?
Sean: BRR BRR BUP, BUP BAP BUBUB BIP BIP, BIP BIP, BIP BAP BAP BAP BRR BRR BRR BRR BRR BRR BUP, BUP BAP BUP BOP VRRRRRRRRRRR VOMMM.