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Interview with Invert The Idols!

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Genre(s): Deathcore
PSAB: What is the story behind the band name “Invert The Idols” and why did you choose that for your band name?
ITI: We took the name from the Dying Fetus track on their album Reign Supreme. It’s a brutal song and we liked the implications of title. People attribute too much value to things. Whether that be celebrities, or ideas, or religious icons, it’s up to the individual. Nothing should be granted the status of sacred simply because a person says so. To invert the idols is to challenge a person’s ideology and illustrate the fact that nothing is above scrutiny or criticism. More than anything, it just sounded fucking brutal.

PSAB: You’re a relatively new band, only forming in June of 2013. What has been the most difficult thing to do for a new band, in your opinion?

ITI: I think the hardest thing for us was finding our place in the vast metal world. We all have very diverse musical pallets; we listen to everything from old school death metal, to hardcore, to slam death, to funeral doom and everything in between. So we had to figure out where we were going to pull our influences from and how our individual tastes and inclinations were going to meld together into a single, cohesive monster. We knew the general direction that we wanted to head but we also didn’t want to force anything and preferred to keep things as natural as possible. It was a little slow at first, finding that groove.

PSAB: You say you’re bringing back metal in the Albany area. Is the Albany, GA metal scene very small or nearly dead?

ITI: There is no scene in Albany, GA, which is unfortunate because it used to be massive. Deathcore band With Blood Comes Cleansing came from Albany and it wasn’t uncommon a few years ago to go to a show with four or five bands and have 200 people show up. Now there are practically no bands in Albany and when we do play our hometown, we’re doing good to have 50-60 people come out. But just in the last few months since we started playing, we’ve noticed an increase in support and how many people are coming out to shows. It still has a long way to go, and it may never come back to its former glory, but we’re all pretty optimistic that we can see a resurgence of heavy bands in the area.

PSAB: What bands did you listen to when you were growing up? Do those bands play an influence on your music now?

ITI: Like I mentioned above, we all have pretty diverse musical pallets. We all come from different musical backgrounds and grew up listening to anything from Black Sabbath to Suffocation, Judas Priest to Dillinger Escape Plan, Metallica to Deicide. All of these bands and many, many, many more influence us greatly in how we go about writing music.  And unlike a lot of old school metal and death metal fans, we all pretty much embraced the evolution of metal music and embraced the different “core sub-genres” where we pull influences from as well.

PSAB: What can expect to your upcoming album Manufactured Apocalypse?

ITI: Since the questions for this interview got caught up in our spam folder (seriously, dude… sorry about that shit), we’ve actually already released the album. For anyone who hasn’t heard it yet, they can expect some straight forward death metal/deathcore. We’re not a band that’s going to win any awards for technicality. We find beauty (and brutality) in simplicity and work to keep our music pretty straight forward. No frills. This EP essentially captures the first six songs that we wrote as a band and documents our infancy. We’re really proud of the final product and are really stoked that so many people have embraced what we’re doing. 

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers?

ITI: We just want to thank everyone who has supported us over the last few months and helped turn this band into what it is and what it’s becoming. We want to thank everyone who has picked up a copy of the EP and jammed it with your friends. We’d like to say thank you to Alison and the Oglethorpe Lounge in Albany, GA for constantly booking heavy bands and doing their part to revitalize the local scene. And we would like to give a shout out to some of the bands we’ve played with over the last few months: Poser, Realization, War Room, and our close friends in Dog Head!
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