Exclusive Q&A With Australia’s Citadel

Brisbane prog metal rising stars Citadel just announced their debut album ‘Decompose’ due for release on Friday, November 4th. Accompanying this exciting announcement, the group also unveiled their immersive new single ‘Malignant’ highlighting the remarkable diversity that is characteristic of its composers.

Featuring a harrowing melodic feel that’s satisfyingly heavy in all the right places, ‘Malignant’ showcases the heavier side of Citadel with its crushing drop tuned guitars and bludgeoning breakdowns reminiscent of Spiritbox and Sleep Token. Poignant and reflective passages give way to powerful, personal proclamations of raw honesty and vulnerability in a sonic odyssey that will linger with the listeners long after the song has finished. 


We sat down with Brisbane metalcore outfit Citadel about their upcoming album, here’s what they had to say.

What’s your name and position in the band?
I’m Nat and I play guitar.

Which genre(s) do you feel best represent your band?
This is surprisingly hard to answer… but I think the best way to describe us would be “Metal” with ambient and atmospheric touches.

What was your favorite thing about writing, recording and filming the latest release?
Working with a range of talented local creatives – Gareth Hargreaves (produced, mixed, and mastered our album), Nick Hargans (video production), and Julie Miller (visuals)

What is your favorite part about touring?
There’s a favourite part of touring? Haha. Nah, meeting punters and other musicians from across the country is always a highlight.

In an alternate universe where you are not a Musician, what kind of activities would you be interested in?
I think I would have pursued journalism or communications.

When did you pick up your first instrument?
My parents did the classic “throw things at the wall until they stick” approach to getting me involved in things as a kid. I started piano at 5 or 6, picked up guitar around 10, and then finally drums at age 12.

Did your school have a supportive Music Department/Teachers?
Very much so. I have many great memories of music and music extension classes which always felt very open and collaborative, and lead by some great teachers.I went to a very religious school, but felt free and encouraged to pursue whatever genres and styles of music I was drawn to, and I’ll always appreciate that.

Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
Nothing set in stone, but a shot of Fireball always works a treat about 10 minutes before hitting the stage.

What do you think the Music Industry needs right now?
I think the Australian music industry needs more support and investment in new talent. It feels harder than ever to get noticed, and there is a significant lack of smaller, local shows compared to when our old bands started out. A bit more genuine diversity and representation wouldn’t hurt either.

What’s next for you?
Release some new tunes, hopefully play a bunch of cool shows, and maybe start working on our next release…