Rarely can an artist say they’re surprised by their success, but that’s what happened with Pink Venom’s album, which is bound to take them even farther into the spotlight. In this interview, learn how they went from nothing to being on TV shows like The Voice and getting signed by Lime Studios in the span of just few months!
When it comes to metal, some listeners might be familiar with the name Alexx May. As a musician and lyricist, she’s been involved in projects like Pink Venom and Serpents Of Mercy, two bands that have released albums in recent years. In this interview, May discusses how she became a metal writer, what influenced her lyrical content, and more.
Blog Section: Lyrical Content
May’s lyrical content ranges from the dark to the light, dealing with subjects such as death, addiction, and murder. She says that she looks for inspiration everywhere, including personal experiences and folklore. One particular song on her album, “The Funeral March of Progress,” is about Napoleon’s last days.
Blog Section: Influences and Collaborations
One of May’s main influences is Metallica, who she says taught her about heavy metal music. She also cites Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden as major influences. Some of her collaborations include Corey Beaulieu from Slough Feg and Jim Martin from Lacuna Coil.
How did you come up with the name?
The name for our album “Pink Venom” came about quite naturally. We all agreed that it was one of the most fitting and appropriate names for the album, and we’re really happy with how it turned out!
Did you have any other ideas or names for the album before settling on “Pink Venom”?
Actually, we did have some other names for the album before settling on “Pink Venom.” We originally called it “Black Widow” because that’s what we felt like our music reflected (a dark and fierce brutality). However, once we started recording the album, we realized that this title didn’t fit as well with the final product. We ended up changing the name to “Pink Venom” because it sounded more interesting, badass, and accurate to how we felt the album actually sounded.
The purpose of
Pink Venom is to write and record music that glorifies God. We are a Christian rock band based out of Youngstown, Ohio.
In January of 2013, Alexx May (guitar, vocals) and her husband Josh (drums) started writing and recording music together. The two had been playing music together as children, but it was only after meeting in college that they decided to start a band and share their music with others.
The duo’s first album release was “Bleeding Out” in June of 2014. The record tackled topics like addiction, temptation, and perseverance through 11 original songs penned by the two.
Since the release of “Bleeding Out”, Pink Venom has played shows all over Ohio and Southeast Pennsylvania. This past summer they embarked on a 24-date tour with Knoxville, TN based rock band Thousand Foot Krutch. They are currently working on their second album which is slated for a late 2018 release.
In this interview with Alexx May, we Discuss:
-How she and Josh came up with the idea for Pink Venom
-How writing and recording music has changed since their first
The Writing Process
The process of writing an album can be a long and arduous one, but for the band Pink Venom, it was especially daunting.
Formed in 2016, Pink Venom is a three-piece metalcore band from Huntington Beach, California. With members hailing from Orange County and Ventura counties, the band had to put in a lot of hard work to get their debut album completed. And it definitely shows.
Speaking with guitarist Alexx May about the writing process for “Destroyer”, she explained how they managed to create an ambitious and cohesive effort despite working with a limited budget and no prior experience in recording. She also dished on some of the challenges they faced along the way, like dealing with personal relationships that interfered with concentration and managing pressure from relatives and fans.
While Pink Venom’s debut album isn’t perfect by any means, it’s an noteworthy achievement for a young band fresh out of its infancy. It’s clear that hard work and dedication paid off in spades, as “Destroyer” is an intricate and powerful release full of memorable hooks and meaningful lyrics. Let’s hope this isn’t the last we hear from Pink Venom
Songs On the Album
If you’re a fan of metalcore, you’re certainly familiar with the group Pink Venom. Formed in 2002 in Arizona, the band has released nine full-length albums, one EP, and one compilation album. About Pink Venom’s latest release, “Pillars,” vocalist/guitarist Alexx May spoke with MetalInjection about the writing process and what fans can expect on the upcoming album.”Pillars” was written over a three-year period and recorded in 2011-2013. This time around, we got to work with Sean Beavan (Testament, Napalm Death) who mixed and mastered the album which came out great,” May tells MetalInjection. “One of the main themes for us this time around was focusing on slower tempos with heavier groove. For example, on ‘Citizen Disillusion’ we went for a more stripped down approach with acoustic guitars and subtle synths to create a more melancholic feel. It’s definitely an album that requires repeated listens to appreciate everything it has to offer.”The cover art for “Pillars” was created by longtime friend of the band Jaime Jones (I Prevail). The Inside illustration is also by Jaime Jones and depicts an apocalyptic landscape
How has it been received so far?
The reception of Pink Venom so far has been overwhelmingly positive. The album is proving to be well-received by both fans and critics alike, with many deeming it as one of the band’s strongest efforts yet. The writing and performance on the record are generally applauded, with particular praise going to the frontman’s emotive and technical vocal performances. In terms of lyrical content, the album deals with a number of heavy topics such as war, religion and suicide, which has led some to compare it to works by legendary bands like Metallica or Slipknot. However, despite its heavy nature, reviewers find that Pink Venom is an album that is accessible on many levels, something that makes it appealing to a wide range of music fans.