Interview: We Are Wormwood

We Are Wormwood is a Christian metal band based out of Ypsilanti, Michigan. The four-piece delivers lyrics inspired by the Bible and a crunchy, in-your-face aggressive metal sound.

Earlier this year they released their album Battle Psalms and dropped a video for the song “Giant Slayer.”
I recently had a conversation with We Are Wormwood to get the know the band a bit and get some of their thoughts on current Christian metal. Check it out below!

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How long has We Are Wormwood been together?

5 Years.

Are you from the same church, friends before the band, or how did you decide to start playing together?

Travis (Bassist), Sarah (Guitarist), and Dan (Singer) are all from the same church. Chris (Drummer) was connected with online.

How would you describe the sound and style of your band?

We believe ourselves to be a conglomeration of groove and power metal.

Where do you draw your musical influence?

From bands like Demon Hunter, War of Ages, Becoming the Archetype, Haste the Day, and Pantera.

What is the songwriting process like for the band?

Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we try to bring Divine Chaos into order.

Tell me a bit about Battle Psalms.

We wrote the album Battle Psalms to celebrate and tell the stories of the warriors of the Old Testament.

When was it released? and where can a person get it? Bandcamp, ITunes, physical copy?

It was released in may 2015. Right now we’re only selling physical copies, but shortly our album will be available on iTunes and more, so stay posted for that.

What is a We Are Wormwood live show like?

Friendly, fun, full of energy, where sinners and Christians can both worship God with us whether they mean to or not.

Where was the “Giant Slayer” video filmed, and what is that song about?

It was filmed at 2 different venues, named the Maidstone Theatre in Ypsilanti, MI and at the The Ritz Detroit. We wrote the song “Giant Slayer” to tell the story of King David.

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You are an outspoken “Christian Metal” band – what kind of reactions do you get to this style of music that has a Christian message? From inside and outside the Christian world?

In all honesty, we have more support from the outside than in the church. Those outside of the christian world admire us for standing for what we believe in, while our Christian fans are inspired by our Biblical lyrics

What kind of change would you like to see in the Christian Metal scene?

We would like the see the Christian metal scene stand up for Biblical truths without fear of today’s society.

What kind of change would you like to see in how others view aggressive music with a Christian message?

We wish that the world would see that there is a time for Christians to be aggressive. And if we can’t display that musically, how could we ever do it literally?

The band’s name is drawn from Scripture, can you tell us a bit about how you chose this, does it have a significance?

Glad you asked! The Scripture is Rev 8:10-11: “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”

We want to be like the star that fell from heaven and change the water (music) to bring the wrath of God on sin, and the name of the star is Wormwood. We are Wormwood.

Any bands (past or present) that you would love to play a show with?

War of Ages would be awesome, Demon Hunter, Haste the Day.

Anything else you would like readers to know about We Are Wormwood?

Everything we do is through the power of God, to Him be all the Glory.

Where can people get in touch with you, or hear your music?

www.wearewormwood.com

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