Interview: As Paradise Falls guitarist Danny Kenneally talks music, gear and influences.




TGR: Thanks for stopping by, please introduce yourselves?

Danny: Hey guys Danny here from As Paradise Falls, I play guitar in the band and I usually provide the touring entertainment or ‘annoyance’ as the boys like to say…


TGR: Can you tell us a little about the history of the band? Where did it all begin? How did you come together?

Danny: As Paradise Falls has been around a few years now, it began as a bit of fun from high school and eventually we got a name and started playing shows and decided to take it a bit more seriously. I am the original member of the band and I’ve met all the guys through bands we’ve played with over the years.


TGR: Who or what do you cite as being influential to your sound? Do your influences extend beyond into film, prose, art, something else perhaps?

Danny: From me personally, my influences come from everywhere to create the sound I want to achieve. As well as many amazing bands that I love (Trivium, Veil Of Maya, Chelsea Grin, Bring Me The Horizon etc.), I do get quite a lot of influence from films. I have been a big fan of the Hannibal TV series as well as Black Mirror and countless movies which all help me create and pitch ideas in with the guys when it comes to creating images and music videos for the band and even sometimes influence songs I write.


TGR: How would you describe the band sound? Who do you think your music will appeal to?

Danny: The As Paradise Falls sound is very unique. We subside primarily in the Metal genre and we dance around all subgenres we can get our hands on; Metalcore, Deathcore, Djent etc. With this ability, we cross over age gaps constantly. At the end of the day, you like metal in any form, you’re going to like our album Digital Ritual as there will be at least one track you’ll love.




TGR: How does the songwriting process work? Do you write the music and lyrics collaboratively?

Danny: Songwriting is something that is very flexible and can happen many ways for us. The model we normally use is me or one of the guys write a song at home, start to finish, send it through to the guys and they approve or ask/provide changes and then we hit it in the jam room where it all starts to really come together and tweaking begins. Layers get added and the song grows and it is a great foundation for the demo stage ready for the studio work.


TGR: Is there any overarching theme with your music and if so where does this originate from?

Danny: Musically yeah there is, I like to always try to be as diverse as possible in an album. Try and capture all those sounds we love, sometimes even do this in individual songs to get fun with it. Lyrically that’s Shaun’s zone, he’s amazing at bringing his lyrics into a piece of music and it seems to always sit so right without too much work… Luck or skill… You decide! Nah he’s got a lot of experience and he’s developed an amazing skill for lyric/songwriting.



TGR: Tell us about your instruments. Are you loyal to any particular brand? If so, why?

Danny: To pick a brand for me, I’m an Ibanez guy. I’m not loyal because of the brand… More because of the quality of the instrument and every single one I’ve played I’ve loved. I’m always a massive fan of my Fractal Audio AxeFx 2, it has changed the game for me in terms of travelling with an amazing sound and capturing that same sound in the studio, love it!


TGR: How difficult is it to be heard? Social media is great for finding new talent, but there is also a lot of crap out there. How do you connect with listeners?

Danny: Social Media is a blessing and a curse. You can be connected to your fans very easily when done right with the right budget, but it’s a very hard game to get right and we’re still learning about it every single day.


TGR: Can you tell us about some of the highs and lows of your career so far?

Danny: I think one of the highest highs for us as a band was playing with Suicide Silence in Bangkok. Playing in another country is something we’ve done before and its rad, but having the opportunity to play a sold-out show with Suicide Silence in Bangkok is something next level, a dream come true and a lot of inspiration came from that.


TGR: What does your back catalogue look like? What is your most recent release and how can we hear it?

Danny: Our back catalogue isn’t too huge, we’ve had a couple of EP’s out whilst developing our sound and direction as a band and a couple of singles. Our most recent release is ‘Digital Ritual’ (2017 via Eclipse Records) and it’s an album we are extremely proud of as a band. We believe we’re on the right path as a band to find our niche in the Metal community, right now we’re working on album number 2 and we’re very excited to get into the studio and create as a unit. Our album can be found on all streaming services; Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music etc and can be purchased from all online stores; iTunes, Amazon, Google play etc. Hard copies can be found at




Please check these guys out if you love metal. Seriously, Digital Ritual is immense. Follow this link and read my review. \,,/ Keep it heavy!


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