Sadly Jack left the band in February 2018 to start a new project. This feature is from The Artists That Shaped My Style Facebook 09/11/2016:
This week sees the turn of Mark Of Decays very own Alcoholic Rhythm Machine, we sat down during his recent Sober For October Campaign (we'd have love to have done it at another time, but this was the first time we've known him to make any sense) to talk about his influences and what drives him to write his music:
"I honestly have no idea where to begin with this, I’m not the seasoned pro that the rest of the guys are, they’ve all done this at some varying degree of success for some time now, and if I’m honest, before joining Mark Of Decay, I’d all but given up on music and being in a band, so you’ll have to excuse if some of these go off in some fairly weird directions.
Max Cavelera – Matt will probably make a joke about this one, seeing as for the longest time I played a 6 stringed instrument and only ever bothered to tune 3 of them. Unlike most, I never really got into Sepultura when I was younger, the first record I heard Max on was Soulfly’s "Prophecy". I always appreciated how he could play a simple riff in such a way that could really change the dynamic of the song. Years later I’d get into Sepultura and read the mans Autobiography and gain a greater appreciation for his playing style and how he just seems to hit everything he does with full energy at 1000 miles a second.
Mastodon – I remember seeing these guys open “The Unholy Alliance Tour” way back in 2005 or so, they’d just released their Leviathan record and I was seriously impressed with how they put their prog-rock stamp on the metal genre, and F**k me these guys know how to tell a story. I didn’t hear much else from them until I randomly downloaded their “Once More Round The Sun” record and rekindled my love. They’re absolutely phenomenal in their playing and style, all extremely talented musicians and vocalists.
Brian Ottoson – Growing up I was a huge fan of American Head Charge, I remember being introduced to them while I was still at school, and I totally fell in love with how different they were from anything else that I’d heard at the time. They were ferocious with their speed and the vocals were so angry and artistic. Brian Ottoson was the guitarist on their second record “The Feeding”, which wasn’t quite as brutal as their previous albums but it had some killer catchy riffs and some seriously huge and melodic choruses, all with their wonderful twist of industrial. I saw them play a couple of times with Ottoson and I always remained glued to his performance, its true that the vocalist Cameron Heacock was the majorly artistic performer, and Ottoson never took away from that, but he’d always be right at the front giving it his all. R.I.P you absolute legend.
Slayer – I was introduced to Slayer pretty early on, still in my school days but back before I’d really managed to find out much about music or anything. I was this nerdy little skater kid, and somehow I managed to get a copy of Slayers “Reign In Blood” on cassette, and wow I’ve just dated myself by saying that. I’ve always had a bit of an affinity with that record, simply because it was amazing to skate to. It used to make everything feel like you were moving at a million miles an hour even if you were just rocking back an forth on a pipe.
Otep – Again a bit of an artsy one, and truly I wouldn’t know how to define them any other way than “Art Metal”. They have this huge and brutal forefront with some absolutely killer riffs and vocals, that literally screams to be heard, tales of abuse, torture and prejudice from their frontwoman, Otep Shamaya, and if you can brave that for long enough, your’e then lulled into this false sense of security by this seemingly calm and atmospheric filler piece that could easily draw you in and make you feel like someone else. I used to love art lessons at school, and they were a massive reason why, I could easily get swept off into a fairy tale and completely lose track of time.
And finally, I know it’s a little bit cheesy, but I’m going to have to credit Mark Of Decay and all of the guys involved. They’ve all been a huge influence on the way I play.
Matt was the guy that asked me along for that very first practice, after sitting in a van and listening to me bitch for absolute months about wanting to do something new musically.
Duncan was hugely instrumental in getting me to play anything remotely out of my comfort zone (which in the early days would have literally have been 3 strings). Learning to play with a drummer I didn’t know all that well has been a stuggle, but Tom seriously impresses me repeatedly with his writing ability from in front or behind the kit.
And Cliff never has a bad word to say about anything, seriously the dude is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, he’ll give all the encouragement that’s needed and keep going until we come out with a song that we’re all happy with."
And with that slightly nu-metal and maybe surprisingly angry list of influences, we draw to a close our series on our original members. Although there may be plenty more to come, and the band shall endure both triumphs and adversities, the 5 original members of Mark Of Decay can be proud in having created something special.