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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Ironic Punishment Division.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

Ironic Punishment Division is a one man Doom & Stoner-Rock band from Neil Hess; one of Cleveland, Ohio's most enduring metal voices. It started as a musical outlet back in 2005 with the release of the EP “The Mind is an Enemy”. After a long hiatus, the doom desire came-acalling again resulting in the full-length album “Trigger Warning”s 2018 release.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

Ironic Punishment Division's style is best summed up as detuned, guitar driven angst with just enough sludge to be heavy, yet melodic in it's presentation. As a songwriter, I didn't choose doom – doom chose me!

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

Most musicians are multi-faceted in their career. I am no exception. With the huge influence that Ozzy has been on me, it's no surprise that you can also find me fronting Ohio's #1 Ozzy/Sabbath tribute Sabbatozz as well. Performing at the House of Blues in front of a sellout crowd was the highlight of my career. It's not an IPD achievement, but that's ok.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

Black Sabbath, Acid Bath, The Melvins.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

The ink is barely dry on the new release TRIGGER WARNING, and yet writing for the next album is already commencing.

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

There is an undeniable right wing political tilt to the lyrical content which is something you don't often see from artists in mainstream. In fact, what one typically sees is quite the opposite because it's so much easier to move with the direction the populist winds are blowing. When did conformity become an admirable quality? Answer: it's not. Conservatism is the new counter-culture.


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Interviewed on 2018-01-14 by doom-metal.com.
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