By JESSICA A. BOTELHO
Last month, the four members of Structure Fails, a hardcore heavy metal band based out of Quincy, Mass., released their seven-track EP, “As the Burning Skies Come Crashing.”
“I really like the song, ‘Kraken’ because it’s the most chaotic song we play,” said the band’s drummer Eric DiPietro. “Everyone goes crazy when we play it.”
Before they formed Structure Fails over a year ago, DiPietro originally began playing in a different band with guitarist, Chris Couture. Couture said his personal favorite song to play live with Structure Fails is “Let Them Be Nameless.”
“We actually just recorded a video for it about a month ago,” said Couture. “We are just waiting for it to be edited and mastered.”
Bassist Michael Correia agreed that “Nameless,” as the band also calls it, is a great song to play live and thinks they ultimately chose to make this particular track a video because it’s their “most user friendly song.”
“It reveals all the elements of the band,” Correia said. “It showcases our abilities as musicians, too.”
But, vocalist, Joseph “8 Ball” Izayea, said the title track really shows off their skill and talent.
“I think my favorite song on the new record is, ‘As the Burning Skies Come Crashing,’” said Izayea. “There are a lot of really cool melodic harmonies and different time signatures on that song. It was probably my least favorite song to have to write and record, though.”
They said Rob Gil at Human Machine Audio in Providence, R.I., mixed the self-produced the album and their friend, Christopher Robinson, designed the layout of the CD.
“Gil helped us out a lot,” said Izayea. “He really nurtured and supported us.”
When they originally wrote and recorded the album, they had a second guitarist, Derek Sampson, in the band. Currently, they are on the prowl for a new second guitarist.
“We are looking for someone who can help us create what we are trying to portray to our fans,” said Couture. “We need someone to help us paint this picture and who wants it just as bad as we do.”
“We’re looking for someone who is just going to get up there and kill it the way we do,” agreed Izayea. “We want to find someone to complete our roster.”
The band said they meet twice a week for practice and they are pretty persistent about it.
“We are a group of solid musicians and finding dedicated musicians is kind of hard to do these days,” Couture said.
They also said they enjoy the time they have to rehearse because they get the chance to talk about some of their biggest influences as musicians.
“We all bring our respective tastes to the table,” said Izayea. “We all come from different walks of life in terms of what we listen to. We try to put something in there that will please everyone who listens. I draw from a lot of different cookie jars, but I like a lot of deathcore bands.”
“I didn’t listen to hardcore before I played with these guys,” said Couture. “I mostly listened to Metallica, Testament, and Pantera.”
For DiPietro, he said he just tries to stay up to date with new bands.
“I’m sort of like a revolving door when it comes to music,” said DiPietro. “I have my favorite bands, but I pretty much keep up with current stuff.”
DiPietro also said they have performed covers such as ‘No One Like You’ by the Scorpions in the past, but they don’t plan on doing covers unless they are at a special event.
“We don’t really have any cover songs we keep in rotation,” DiPietro said. “But, for Halloween, we have dressed up and played the song from Ghostbusters.”
In fact, Structure Fails will be playing on Halloween night at Tammany Hall in Worcester.
“We’re playing with Scarlitt and it’s going to be their last show ever so it’s going to be huge,” Couture said. “We will have cash prizes for both male and female costumes. I think we are all dressing up that night.”
But, they wouldn’t reveal what they plan on being this year.
“It’s a secret,” said Correia. “We don’t want to ruin the surprise. You’ll have to wait and see.”
A few months later on December 4th, they have another gig lined up at the Beach House in Portsmouth with Thy Will Be Done and Scarecrow Hill.
“We are doing support for Scarecrow Hill,” said Izayea. “We think it’s going to be a show to remember.”
Until then, they are going to be writing and searching for a second guitarist.
“We are going to be working on new music and getting a lot of new stuff out there,” Couture said. “It’s all good stuff from here. We’re all looking at the same goal and we are I feel like we are all looking at the same target.”
Izayea said he isn’t sure what the future holds, but he is optimistic about it.
“We’re just going to keep writing music and doing our thing,” he said. “We will do our best to stay heavy and fresh and keep up with the times. We want to do everything in our power to make sure we are a force to be reckoned with, at least in the Northeast.”