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Interview with Zach Householder

Whitechapel's Aristides Axe Slinger

Extreme Metal, Deathcore, Contemporary it what you will, but when you hear Whitechapel you know what's coming. The last album, Mark of the Blade pushed the band into new territory whilst still delivering the deadly sonic assault they helped define. A major factor of that sound is Zach Householder, one of the trio of Guitarists in the band.

Zach has been an Arisitdes Artist for almost 2 years now and puts his trust in his 070s to withstand the rigors of the road and to deliver sonically in the studio. I touched base with him recently about doing a short interview for the website, which he was happy to do! Here's what we talked about:

Zach, what's been your favourite tour to date and why?

-I'd have to say out of all of them, it would've been the 2012 Mayhem Festival Tour.  The line-up for that tour was amazing.  Slipknot and Slayer headlined that year and their production was amazing.  Just getting to watch them both every night was totally worth it.

 I’m always curious what day to day life is like for artists, what’s something we'd find you doing during some down time?

-Honestly, we're all pretty laid back.  My day-to-day routine would bore most people.  I go to the gym, keep myself busy with yard work and home renovations, I'm CONSTANTLY pushing myself to become a better at recording/mixing/mastering.  This past year I installed an isolation room in my house so I'm constantly making noise with new heads, mic's, cabs, etc…and I can't seem to get enough of it.  It's honestly, a hobby I started at 21 years old and it just sort of got out of control…12 years later, here we are haha.

Which band would you want to be in if you weren’t in Whitechapel?

-Man, that is a loaded question.  I'd have to answer with a few bands instead of just one: In Flames, Gojira, Devin Townsend, or Meshuggah.

Dogs or cats?

-that's another tough one.  I love bother equally.  Although, I recently acquired a cat and named him Boo Boo.  So I'd have to say Team Cat for now.

With all the amazing finishes and models available from Aristides Instruments, are there any that stand out for you?

-I really like that we're getting into the multi-scale platform for these guitars because you know how picky they are at Aristides…Everyone that works there is a perfectionist so you know you'll be getting the best feeling multi-scale you've ever played.  I've also been wanting to get my hands on one of their bass guitars.

Finally, what’s coming up in the near future for Whitechapel?

-We just recently finished our 7th studio full length album and are currently in the mastering process…so for now, getting the album wrapped up and planning this next cycle is the main focus at the moment.  On top of that, we'll be leaving soon to start the second leg of the "This is Exile 10 Year Anniversary Tour," which will pretty much wrap up the rest of the year.

I just want to say a massive thank you to Zach for talking with us and there you have it. A new 7th album almost complete, of which I can't wait for and the second leg of the "This is Exile 10 Year Anniversary Tour" kicking off in a few weeks! You can check out the upcoming dates here:

Second Photo courtesy of Alec Proctor Photography