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Interview with Nihilitus!

Band: Nihilitus
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Genre: Technical Death Metal

Q: Where did the band name “Nihilitus” come from?

Nihilitus is a play on the word “nihility” and it very much came from Me loving Decapitated. I had a lot of other names lined up but I wanted to keep it short and to the point. Nihilitus also means full of nothing or nonexistence.

Answered by: Justin Harris

Q: You’ve played with several big name bands: Aborted, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Cannibal Corpse, and Cattle Decapitation, to name a few. Which band has been your favorite to play with thus far?
Oh man, I’ll condense this list because every show has been amazing. For the larger acts, it has been Cattle Decapitation, Dying Fetus, Between The Buried and Me, Veil of Maya, Cerebral Bore, and Origin. The list of local/underground acts is just as large! Some of our closest friends in Skoffin, Deceive, Doctor Professor, Infinite Death, Insentient, Death Inquisition, In Fathom, and Madrost have been nothing short of awesome to perform along side with. We definitely recommend checking these amazing acts out!
Answered by: Edwin Haroutonian
Q: Why did you choose to play the style of music you play, and not just regular death metal?
As far as what style of music we play, I mainly write whatever I’m feeling when I pick up the guitar. The writing process basically consists of me sitting down jamming out some riffs that I have the basic ideas for and going from there. I try really hard to not stick to any specific genre when I’m composing because I listen to everything from like Steel Attack to Ingested.

Answered by: Justin Harris

For me, I’ve considered myself more of a writer than anything. I enjoy writing poetry and short stories. There is always a beat going on in my head when I write lyrics. I know I’m not a typical death metal vocalist nor do I consider myself one. When I write, I envision myself performing it out in my mind. I also don’t write in the typical death metal fashion but it seems that both things I don’t do in a death metal band are what make this a uniquely different death metal band. I want people to not only understand the message in the lyrical content but to also take something from my performance of it. I have a purpose for everything thing I do vocally, lyrically, and theatrically on stage.

Answered by: Edwin Haroutonian

Q: Your band started in February 2012, it has almost been a year since then, how has the experience been for the first year?
None of us could have imagined that when we first started we would end the year having played 2 major festivals (Summer Slaughter and California Metalfest VI), several all day fest’s throughout the year, playing out of state twice, and ending the year with just under 50 total shows, most of which were accumulated from July till now.
The amount of support from our family, friends, local/touring acts, promoters, and some of the sickest people we know, our fans, have made this year absolutely amazing. Our future success will be due to all those listed above and continuing hard work and dedication to simply want to make music that makes people question things around them and then pit their fucking hearts out!
Answered by: Edwin Haroutonian
Q: You’re endorsed by Imperial Cymbals and Keep It Heavy Clothing. What is it like to be endorsed, and what is it like to be endorsed by those two companies?
Endorsements, big or small, are awesome and very much needed and deserved by every hard working band out there. Being in a band is expensive as far as equipment is concerned. It is every bands dream to perform often and see the world, but gear isn’t forever so even small endorsements where artist can get discounts is still better than watching a band go under because they simply can’t perform their art. Imperial Cymbals is a great independent company and come with high recommendation by our drummer, Josh.
Keep It heavy has definitely been “heavy” with not only the support to us and the other acts on the roster, but also putting together some great shows and also helping support us at most of our shows. A company with a great mission statement that we definitely stand behind and support 110%. We encourage everyone to check out their page and their merchandise!!
Answered by: Edwin Haroutonian
Q: You’re not signed to a label (yet), what label would you like to be signed to if given the chance?
So many great labels with amazing rosters to be apart of but to name a few, they would be Metal Blade, Sumerian Records, and Razor and Tie.
Answered by: Edwin Haroutonian
Q: Besides other bands, where does your band draw its influences from?
I’m kind of the odd man out when it comes to influences. I listen to bands like Tool, Periphery, BTBAM, and a growing list of unknowns that I find through sites like Bandcamp and Soundcloud. Since I don’t have any real death metal influences to draw on when writing, I’m not sure what a DM bassist is supposed to do, and end up emulating the prog music I’m used to.

Answered by: Chris Hicke

Besides other bands, I would have to say I draw most of my influences from my friends and family for the most part. I also loathe most of the world as a whole and my general disgust for things probably helps contribute a lot to the writing process.

Answered by: Justin Harris

It’s simple… Life and all it’s gloriously imperfect parts make for great music, whether instrumentally or lyrically. There will never be a shortage of great music as long as there is never a shortage of great musicians to transpose what life gives you.

Answered by: Edwin  Haroutonian

Q: Any shout outs to give to the readers?
We would like to thank all of our family and friends who support us crazy bastards and our crazy music, our crazy ass show schedules, and our even crazier off stage brotherly interactions! Some of the promoters that have given us opportunities to showcase our music through the year, you know who you arem/. Our very awesome friend, Adrian Mejia, from Metal Warzone, who is such a big support of the Underground scene here in LA, taking photos and video at no charge and promoting the living shit out of them!
Last but definitely not least, Our fan base, which seems to be all over the world according to Facebook. You are what makes all the hard work pay off for those 30 minutes on stage. We simply can’t thank you enough and we promise to continue working hard and pushing ourselves even more to produce what you’ve come to expect from us, pure, unadulterated, sexually charged technical death metal. See you all in 2013! m/
Answered by: Edwin Haroutonian

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Interview with bloodoath!

Band: bloodoath
Genre: Brutal Death Metal / Hardcore
Q: Where does the band name “bloodoath” originate from?

The name bloodoath (all lower cases) represents more a way of life for kids and adults that came from the streets and grew up having to deal with life’s abuse. We all come together as one through brutal hardcore metal.

Q: Why did you chose to play the kind of music that you do?

All of us grew up listening to metal, but different genres. Metal and hardcore has always been there for us in our life more so than anyone else in certain situations, so we get our anger and emotions out towards the world and its problems with metal. There is no other music style in the world that does a better job than this.

We are not a fashion statement, looking to bag chicks and wearing girl pants, we don’t do this to look cool, this is more like therapy for us in our own deranged kinda of way. Again what has happened to hardcore or deathcore and metalcore has pissed us off a lot. We take it very personal when people joke with this kind of stuff as well, we feel the roots of metal hardcore or any genre core has been forgotten and the meaning of “hardcore”. It was labeled this for a reason and you want to sing about vampires and girls and other stupid stuff you might as well just listen to Motley Crew or Winger or something cause you are the poison rotting the message in this genre.

Q: What message are you trying to push through your music?

The music we write has a message, good or bad, it is still real life problems, We want the kids to feel the music and hear the message. For the kids that have been abused in your life and you can’t do anything about it, come out to the show and throw down! Get your aggressions out. Don’t go out and shoot a bunch of babies at a school, or go shoot innocent people. There are better ways to deal with your emotions, that’s what bloodoath is about and that’s what our music is about.

Q: Any other bands play an influence in your music?

Okay the things that help influence this band is not just a specific band but the whole metal scene, especially local. We thrive off of what happens on the smaller level. We always support the locals man. So our specific band more so is the whole under ground scene, we don’t try and evolve our music around the style of just one band or genre, like we said its a collaboration of everything and everyone. We love our fans and bands and we support them to the end, just as they do for us.

Q: If you could play a show with any band, what band would that be?

Oh haha, which bands wouldn’t we play with, but if it had to be on a national circuit its would have to be Hatebreed and or Soulfly and one that is no longer around, Pantera, stickin’ to the broots!

Q: What are your plans for early (or late) 2013?

Okay 2013 is very busy for us. Our EP Set In Blood will drop Jan 2013. We have a tour booked fo the full U.S starting in Portland and heading out to jump on a tour with Lifecurse (NC) and Johari Window (KT) for a south east tour for two weeks then jumping back on our tour by our self ending in march back in Portland. In May we are going on a west coast tour with Proven from Portland and As Death Comes Calling from Crescent City, CA. We will be on that for three weeks. Then in June we are going to Costa Rica for a six day tour week in the country, we then come back for another month and a half full U.S tour. Then in Aug we are going over seas for 3 months from Europe though India and into japan returning back in November and then working on our next CD.

Q: Any shout outs to give?

Jerry Richardson our investor for helping us out and getting us started. Blaine Wood from Shag Harbor, Will Moss from Lifecurse, Marc Halverson from Proven, Jared Rodebaugh from Jean Claude, and Band Vans for getting us our tour bus. The whole entire underground local metal scene, especially Portland, Black Diamond Studios, Sirens Studios, the suppresion and Susie Welch Hall, Tabacat Photography, Jerbear Photography, Kattie Portland, kouvradio.com, Micah Merz, Nick Rose from Distruction of a Rose, Rose Funeral, Vital Remains and Warbringer and Chris Bianchi from CB Intertainment… AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR FANS! We love our bandits to death, stay brutal, stay hardcore and stay metal and also to Kris Norris from Darkest Hour he has helped support our band a lot.

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Interview with Invoking The Abstract!

Band: Invoking The Abstract
Genre: Progressive / Technical Deathcore
Q: Where did the band name “Invoking The Abstract” come from?
Well, we racked our brains about a name for days, trying to to settle on something that incorporated our writing process, direction, while still ‘standing out’ from all the brutal names out there. Ultimately, we smoked a shit ton one day and the combination of words just fell out of our mouths, and it was like an epiphany. Everyone knew it was OUR name.

Q: You’re not currently signed to a label, if you could be signed to any label; which label would that be?

We’ve sat and jabbered about so many labels, and the names that always stick are Metal Blade and Sumerian. Metal Blade needs no explanation, seeing as how anyone with a brain and a love for metal know how much they’ve done for the genre and culture overall, and their amazing roster. Sumerian has become the ‘prog/tech’ label of this age, and house some of our biggest influences, including The Faceless and Veil of Maya. But honestly, a label is the furthest thing from our minds at the moment. It’ll come in it’s own time.

Q: How many live shows have your performed at? Which one has been your favorite thus far?

That’s hard to say. I’d estimate about 130-150 in the three years we’ve been shredding. I think each member has their own particular favorite, but the one we’ll always remember was a house show in Columbia, SC. It was called the ‘House of Hardcore’ and we were one of two metal bands, the rest being hardcore, in a tiny, concrete room that could only fit about 25-30 people; everyone else sat outside the door and listened. We crammed ourselves in a corner, began playing, and the room went ape shit. It just felt like a genuine, good ol’ fashioned metal show.

Q: Your EP released in July, how was the feedback for the EP, from other bands and/or fans?

The feedback was amazing. We had always hoped that our music would appeal all over the world, but in the back of our minds I’m sure we didn’t expect it to catch as quickly as it did; especially since we used to play with a drum machine for the first 2 1/2 years. We would play with nationally known bands who would hear us, didn’t even realize we were playing with a machine, then approach us after and most commonly say, “Holy shit, you guys are fucking fast.” It’s a good feeling. Hell, we just like to shred.

Q: What are your plans for early 2013? New EP? New single?

We’re trying to put out a new song in early 2013, and will hopefully begin recording our album by the Fall.

Q: Have any plans on making and selling merch soon?

We should have some shirts printed in early 2013, and we’ll be making them available online.

Q: Any shout outs to give?

Of course! First and foremost, to Pig Squeals and Breakdowns for the support and being one of the first to share our E.P. when it released. I think it played a big part in the shred-spread, as well as DuckCore Blog and Spectral Blasphemy. The amount of work you guys put into sharing and promoting metal is amazing. You help keep us going.
Big shout to our buds in The Terrigen Mist, also originally from South Carolina. We’ve been playing along side them our entire music career, and have never enjoyed sharing the stage more with a bunch of handsome dudes. Also, to Crowning Astaroth, Vindictive Sovereign, Divulgence, ShaoKahn, Homicyde, and End of Avalon. All of these bands have been essential to us as a band, as well as our exposure.
Shout to Majesty Productions in Columbia, SC for recording the E.P.
Lastly and more importantly, to the metal community in South Carolina. They’ve always supported the hell out of us, through thick and thin, and we honestly would not have accomplished anything that we have without their unyielding faith in the Shred. Thanks, you guys.
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Interview with Cleobury!

Band: Cleobury
Genre: Progressive / Hardcore
Q: What does the band name “Cleobury” mean?

Cleobury is a made up name that means self fulfillment to us. It symbolizes family to all of us.

Q: You were recently endorsed by Explore Apparel, how is it to be endorsed by them?

Great. They are a sick company with sick gear. They do so much support for the bands.

Q: You released an album your album A Series of Ones and Zeros in 2010, when can we expect another album?

We will be in the studio in late January. Our new album will be out this summer 2013.

Q: How many live shows have you played, and which one has been your favorite thus far?

We have probably played over 300 live shows in the last four or five years. In 2011 we played with After the Burial at the Orpheum in Madison WI. But I would have to say that the touring part of being a band is the best. It’s like weeks of straight fun no work.

Q: What bands did you listen to growing up, and did any of those bands influence your music now?

We are into Norma Jean, Meshuggah, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, and lots of Veil of Maya. We try to smash all that together to make our sound.

Q: What are your plans in early 2013?

We have a couple spring/summer tours that are in the works plus the releasing of our new album.

Q: Any shout outs to give?

Shout out to our boys in the Guardians and War Of Abaddon

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Interview with Buried As Kings!

Band: Buried As Kings
Genre: Melodic Technical Deathcore
Q: Your band has two vocalists, two guitarist, and a drummer. Why do you not have a bassist?
 
We actually have one vocalist. We’ve just had to mess around with line up changes until we finally got set in. We do have a bassist but he left the band so as of now we do not have one.

Q: What is the underground metal scene like in Wisconsin?

 
The underground scene here is rowdy but respectable. We love to throw down but are always willing to help someone up when they fall.

Q: What label would you want to be signed to the most?

We are a big fan of Sumerian, Artery, and Metal Blade Records. But being signed isn’t something we’ve really thought about, we just play the music for the love of it.

Q: You released a single, The City In Ashes, in 2011. When can we expect new music?

We currently just recorded our brand new E.P which will be released this winter. It;s a six song E.P that we’ll be releasing for free!

Q: How many shows have you played live thus far?

So far we’ve had the chance to play a good amount of shows. Over one hundred.

Q: Which band has been your favorite to play with live?
 
Either a favorite local of mine Level the City or The Contortionist. Level the city fucking kills it around here.
 
Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?

Yeah we’d love to give a shout out to you guys for sure for promoting us and interviewing us. No Passenger studio for recording out E.P, and Kult Entertainment for our artwork! KEEP IT Brutal m/

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