Interview with Impale The Betrayer!

Band: Impale The Betrayer
Genre: Deathcore
Q: What was your reasons for using the name “Impale The Betrayer” for your band?
Impale The Betrayer was one of many names that we as a band were choosing from. We felt it fit us in more ways than any of the other names, and was pretty much right to the point with what we were trying to get across with our lyrics and meaning behind the band.

Q: Your album, A Breeding Ground For Monsters, recently released. How has the feedback been?

We have had all kinds of feedback on the album, a lot of really awesome comments and love from the fans. We love to hear what anyone has to say about it so we can better ourselves and make better music for everyone.

Q: You’re currently working on new material for 2013, when can we expect it this year?

We are actually hitting the studio in March to record some new material and plan to release it very soon. Possible late April, no set date yet.

Q: Which band has been your favorite to play with so far?

We have played with a lot of awesome bands in the past year, to many to choose just one lol. Some of the favorites are King Conquer, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, Aegaeon, Bermuda, and Dark Sermon. There has also been a lot of great local talent that we have had the honor of sharing the stage with in the past year as well!

Q: How is the local metal scene in Shelby, NC?

The local metal scene in Shelby is small, we live in a small town and there are only a handful of bands. Don’t let that fool you though cause all of them are very talented, and we are proud to be apart of this small town and its bands! Overall NC has a bunch of really good local bands that deserve to be heard.

Q: The new material you’re working on, what will it be? An EP? An LP?

The new material will be an EP this time. We want to get new music out for everyone to hear and jam out to as well as “A Breeding Ground For Monsters”, while we work on our next LP.
Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?
We wanna give a shout out to anybody who has in anyway supported us by coming to a show, picking up a shirt or CD, or just telling some friends about I.T.B. We greatly appreciate any support we get and hope to keep doing this for a long time. Without the fans there would be no bands and no scene and that would just suck! We also wanna shout out to all the awesome national and local bands we have had the honor of sharing the stage with!
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Interview with Becoming Akh!

Band: Becoming Akh
Genre: Progressive Deathcore / Djent
Q: Where does the band name “Becoming Akh” come from?

All throughout middle and high school, my favorite subjects were usually social studies and history, and I was fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture. When I began writing for this band, I tried to draw some heavy influence from Nile and base my lyrics around similar themes that they had, and I delved more into my previous studies, and I learned more about their religion during their time and what their beliefs on the afterlife were about. They had what is called an akh, which is the spirit that looks after someone in the afterlife, providing good luck and vibes for someone, or even bring the opposite to someone they did not like when they were alive. So Becoming Akh is pretty much that, becoming a spirit and influencing the life of others.

Q: The band has been around for only a year. Why did the band start so late?

The band has technically been around even longer than that, going through a couple name changes and originally starting as a 2-man project with my friend Josh Lefferts. When we had to change our original name, we decided to take a different route from it, but I also wanted to stick to the original idea for the band and do it all myself.  It was also because over time I wanted to improve my production skills and equipment in order to get a proper release out.

Q: Your two demos, self-titled EP, and single are for free download. Why did you choose to release them for free instead of charging for them?

Honestly, it’s hard to make any sort of money in the music industry today. I went into this knowing that people would want to go and find the album on a blogspot or something and download it from there, so I decided to release them all for free myself and at least know how many people were getting it from me. I plan on doing so with most future releases from this band as well.

Q: Your EP recently released, how has the feedback been?

Mostly positive, which I’m kind of shocked about a bit. I’m mainly a guitar player, so I was skeptical of myself doing the drums and especially the vocals, which is kind of why I wanted to get the instrumental versions out. But I’ve had people tell me my vocals give the EP a different vibe, and they dug the ambient portions of the music. Of course, I’ve had people not like them at all, but to each his own.

Q: You’re a one-man band. Why did you choose this route instead of doing the traditional band route?

I’ve been in several garage bands throughout high school, and I’ve always wanted to get my own production equipment for every one I was in. When nothing seemed to be working out at the time, I just said “Fuck it” and decided to record myself to wait and see if anyone would want to collaborate with me. Eventually, it just became a solo project entirely. And when I did get it started and going, people were wanting to join in now, but I had to tell them that this has become my thing and my thing only.

Q: What are your plans for 2013?

Well, I’ve begun writing for the next EP I’m working on and a little on the full-length to follow, so I’ll be releasing both later this year. I also am involved in several other projects going on, like my actual full-time deathcore band Face Yourself and my internet hardcore project Destabilize. Both also have albums coming out this year, with Face Yourself’s first EP, Cold, coming out later this month, and Destabilize’s LP Quarantine, which does not have a set date yet, but we do have a single on our Facebook out from it. I am also wanting to take some clients on to produce albums for them. (I’m cheap, hit me up!!!!)

Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?

Oh yeah. I want to thank my friends Blaine, Taylor, and Garrett in Sisyphean Conscience, Balbs, Austin, and Levi in the funk band Father Mars. Jackson, Jesus, Robert, and Sam in my band Face Yourself. Chase, Justin, and Kevin in the Seventh Penalty. My friends Shawn, Steven, Jeremiah for all just being bros, and all those bands deserve to be checked out.
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The Room Colored Charlatan – Between Mirrors: The Quantum Immortality [REVIEW]

Purchase: Physical / Digital
Genre: Ambient / Progressive / Deathcore
The Room Colored Charlatan’s 2012 album release, The Quantum Immortality, is everything you could want from a progressive deathcore band that combines the elements of ambiance in their music. The fill the album with well over 30 minutes of music, to make sure that you get your moneys worth when purchasing the album. The album starts off with an eight minute and forty-one long introduction named “Departure.” Which really shows what The Room Colored Charlatan is all about with their music, and what to expect for the rest of the album. It starts with a very calm ambient sound, and jumps straight into the progressive deathcore sound everyone enjoys. This is done with guitar work by Justin Seymour and Brent Edelson, and when you’re a minute into the track, the heavy lows of Jared Bush come in and really sucks you in. Unlike a lot of long songs by other bands, this song doesn’t get redundant or boring and continues to have fresh melodies and sounds throughout the entire song.
Following the first track is two interludes “Reflections Pt. I” and “Reflections Pt. II” which are about a minute each, and are great for fans of ambient sounds and guitar melodies. Another song that is worth noting is the second eight minute song, “Connection,” which is more progressive than the introduction. It starts off with progressive guitar work, high screams, and overall a barrage of sound. It is less ambient than the other tracks, a lot more fast paced than other songs, and it really shows that The Room Colored Charlatan does the deathcore genre well. The final track “Revive” is a two minute song, that is very calm sounding with a more metalcore-like sound to give the listeners something to enjoy ’till the very end. 
Album Score: 4.8 / 5
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Interview with From Heavens Expelled!

Band: From Heavens Expelled
Genre: Technical Deathcore
Q: Where did you get the band name “From Heaven’s Expelled” from? 
Alcohol, medieval poet Dante Alighieri and a bit Hermione Granger.

Q: Your music video for your single “To Die A Second Time” debuted on BlankTV. How was the feedback?

Divided, as usual. But much more positive than we expected. All thanks to BananaMan and WheelchairHero, of course.

Q: You’re currently working on a new EP. When will this EP drop, and what can we expect from it?

I guess somewhere near Fall. Tunes that shake your seat so hard you instantly cum.

Q: How is the underground metal scene in Gouda?  

Alright, until we showed up.

Q: Does your family and/or friends support your decision to play the style of music that you do?

Yes, they all do.

Q: You’ll be playing Metalfest 2013 in Schoonhoven, The Netherlands. Are you excited to play that fest, and what are your expectations? 

Yes, that’s the one gig we’re all very stoked about since it was announced. We never have any expectations, so things can only work out well. Shit’s always going down! Doesn’t matter if it’s Holland’s Got Talent in front of two-thousand people or a gig at the smallest and dirtiest bar ever in the cellars of Amsterdam.

Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?  

Our producer Stijn Donders! Big daddy John Radesma! Stephan van Rijn (!) and all our mates who supported and helped us out over the past one and a half year!
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Interview with Fate Worse Than Death!

Band: Fate Worse Than Death
Genre: Deathcore / Hardcore / Hatecore
Q: Where did you get the band name “Fate Worse Than Death” from?
Ray: Honestly, one night we were racking our brains to think of a decent name for the band and were randomly flipping through a dictionary for idea/inspiration. We came upon the word “fate” and the rest is history. Over the course of time I believe the name has taken on a more deeper meaning of it’s own given the message of the band. I feel as most all of our music deals with the pain, heartache, and suffering that other people cause you in your life; in a way our music deals with a fate that is “worse than death.” That being anger, depression, and suffering. We have a line at the end of the song “Exile” that says “Is it better to die, or to suffer,” and I think that single line sort of encompasses this whole message in a way.
Q: Your band is an outlet for negative emotions, what was your reasoning for choosing that route?
This band is really our let lose. Our dump-valve if you will. All the pent up frustration, aggression, grievances, and negativity we build up over the days/weeks/months/years we pour into this band. Think of it as our expression of misplaced rage. I feel that negative emotion is conveyed most passionately and emphatically through music; more so than any other emotion. In a way, this has almost become therapy, and myself and the rest of the guys would like to think that listeners and show-goers can find some sort of catharsis and release through our music as well.
Q: Your band is self-managed, why did you choose this instead of having a manager?

A few reasons – 1.) This is really just our passionate hobby and don’t have the money to be pissing away on management, or the desire to have a “boss” so to speak. 2.) We really don’t have a need for it. The only person I think I’d like to have working for/with us at this point, besides us 5, would be a booking agent.
Q: How is your local metal scene in Haverfill, MA?
Haverhill is good and bad. We have had some of our favorite shows at home, but have also had some of the lamest, honestly. The only real venue to speak of in Haverhill is Anchors Up, which is known far and wide in the hardcore community. Problem is that the Anchors Up crowd is not a metal crowd; they are a hardcore crowd. This is an important distinction. That place can be filled wall to wall when a bunch of well known local hardcore bands play, but when local metal bands hit he stage, they basically are playing in front of the other bands. 
As a whole, the scene in this region is dodgy… there are a LOT of bands and a LOT of venues. Between the Merrimack Valley and Southern NH area you can have half a dozen local shows on a given weekend. This makes kids pretty jaded (both fans and bands alike), and we think it sort of kills some of the passion and heart for local music.There aren’t enough people that just go to local shows to go; a lot of people go because their friends’ band is playing, and they will show up for their friends’ band, watch that one band and sit outside the venue for he rest of the night, or just go home. Can be very discouraging for up and coming bands trying to get noticed. Our favorite place to play in Haverhill, MA is RG’s Pub on Winter Street. Everytime we play there it’s a party.
Q: What one band plays the largest influence in your music?
This is really not answerable because between the 5 of us, we all draw inspiration and influences from different bands. If there was one single band we were influenced by the most, then we might as well just do cover songs haha! All 5 of us have a very different “favorite band of all time” so it’s hard to say. People who listen to us and see us at shows say we sound a lot like old Bury Your Dead, Emmure, or Acacia Strain.

Q: Does your family and/or friends support your music endeavors?

For the most part: yes, very much so. We have had siblings, parents, and even grand parents come to our shows and buy shirts and CD’s to support us. We are lucky our families approve of our nasty noise. Our friends DEFINITELY support us. If it weren’t for support from our friends we would be nowhere. We have a wonderful community of support from them.
Q: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers?
Bands to listen to and support: Panic Candy, The Summoned, Conflagration, Monarch, Here After, and Pathogenic.

Recording Studios, Agencies, and Promoters to check out: Rigerous Recording (Bryce Kariger), Project 2 Studios (Connor Hayes), The Siren Agency (MA/NH), Steadfast Booking (NY), Revive Booking (MI), DuckCoreBlog, and Metal Local (Facebook page).

Thanks for checking us out! Feel free to bother us any time 😛
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