If you are into doom then one band you simply must know about are Tel. Hailing from Richmond Virginia Tel have delivered one of the surprise EPs of 2019, an album that every doom lover must have in their collection. Recently HEAVY Mag sat down with Tel as they got ready to practice in a rehearsal studio and spoke to them about their debut album, Lowlife.
“It’s been hell, these guy are slave-drivers,” the boys joke as they chat to me about the band’s three years of existence, all chiming in as they see fit. “We’ve mostly been about writing music and now that the album is out we have been getting a lot more offers and that has given us a chance to branch outside of Virginia which has been really cool. So now we are trying to branch out a lot more.”
That leads me to ask about what the metal scene, or more importantly the doom metal scene, is like in Virginia. “There is a good lot of doom metal around here,” says vocalist Dante DuVall. “Of course you have the bigger bands like Windhand, Cough and Into Armour but there are also a handful of lesser known bands like Book Of Worms, Druglord and just a bunch of lesser known bands that we all get along like a family with. A lot of lesser known bands around here share members so we all go to each other’s shows and we are all friends… so we all get along.
“Part of it is because we all listen to such different sounding stuff,” says DuVall when I ask about Tel’s own unique doom sound. “Ed and I probably listen to the most traditional doomy type of stuff. Mike listens to the proggy, sludgey stuff while Matt is definitely a prog guy, so we all have very different ideas but then we are able to meet in the middle and everybody just gets their own fair share of being able to contribute what they feel… what comes naturally for them.”
Lowlife is out now through Aural Music.