Interview with Our Judgment!

Band: Our Judgment
Genre: Metalcore / Thrash
Q: Where does your band name “Our Judgment” come from?

The name Our Judgment really had no meaning when we picked it, we wanted to have a name that was open to interpretation not only for listeners but for our members as well.

Q: What is it like to work with your general manager Jesse? Has the experience been good?

Jesse has been a great guy to work with. We would not be doing what we are doing if we never crossed paths, his work ethic alone is through the roof!

Q: Your new EP, Concepts, recently released. What was the feedback like?

So far, the feedback we have received on the new material has been Awesome! Were happy but we are always striving to revise and create more to keep our fans as happy as possible- So we are by no means “content”. We started writing new songs the day after Concepts released.

Q: You’ve played with a lot of big name bands; After The Burial, Within The Ruins, Veil of Maya, etc. Which one has been your favorite to play with?

All of those bands have been phenomenal to share the stage with and also very supportive to us as at the same time, always encouraging us with kind words. One band that we love and want to give a shout out to is The Contortionist! Those dudes are awesome and whenever they roll through the area we always kick it!

Q: How is the underground metal scene like in Eau Claire, WI?

Haha! EC metal scene is not the greatest but it is improving every day. It’s hard because Eau Claire is huge on folk fork and more indie music (Bon Iver’s/Justin Vernon’s home town). We are slowly bringing the city around though!

Q: What are your plans for this year?

Our plan is to tour our asses off the remainder of the year, and continue writing new jams for a later release… maybe a single? We will see! Keep your eyes peeled for a new video from Our Judgment and Rico Roman Productions. Also, Catch us at the Road to the Sphinx Battle of the Bands at Mojoes in Joliet, IL fighting for a slot on All-Stars tour 2013!

Q: Any shout outs to give?

Shout out to Forsaken Promotions, Rico Roman, Josh Johnson Photography, Horizon Clothing, All Eyes On Us Apparel and many friends too many to name. Of Course a shout-out to all our families! Eau Claire, Wisconsin we love you!. Green Bay Packers (Division Champs WUT!), any local burrito shop and Pig Squeals and Breakdowns we love you! Make sure to check us out on the new sampler that Pig Squeals And Breakdowns is putting together!

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Interview with A Raven Among Doves!

Band: A Raven Among Doves
Genre: Deathcore / Groove

Q: Where did you get the band name “A Raven Among Doves” from?
When the band first started as two of us, we wanted a name that wasn’t too generic yet not too off the wall so we came up with this name. The name is symbolic. A raven represents a darkness or and ill omen and a dove typically represents life and peace. So we thought to have it as if an ill omen is among peace. Thus were our band name, A Raven Among Doves, came from.

Q: Your album, Everything In Between, recently released. How has the feedback been from the fans?
Most people who have listened to our album and even downloaded it said what we’re trying to do with our music was fairly different. Some people liked our approach and some didn’t. That’s the way it is but we take every bit of criticism as positive as we can. If it is constructive at least. We recorded our EP on our own and mixed and mastered it as well. Everything In Between was our first release and we’re very happy with the end result and we are sure whoever listened to it, except a select few, enjoyed it as well.

Q: What is the underground metal scene in New Jersey?
New Jersey used to be known for our Local Scene but in the most recent years local bands really come and go. It will actually have it’s on years and off years when it comes to local music. A few years ago there used to be local shows all over New Jersey, nowadays it’s very rare to find a promoter throwing a show.

Not to mention turn outs, it always depends on the headliner. If the headliner is well known, people will show up and stay until the headliner goes on, if the headliner is really not well known, not many people respect the band and people will leave early regardless of respecting the other band. For the most part, it usually depends on the area. North Jersey’s music scene is amazing, same with South Jersey but Central Jersey and the Jersey Shore has a very poor scene, but depending on who’s on the bill, it can really surprise you.

Q: What one band has influenced your music the most?
For us it is very hard to explain our influences from a single band since each of us is bring in different styles into the band. Three of our biggest influences would have to be bands like Beneath The Buried And Me, Volumes, and Bermuda.

Q: Any influences outside of bands that influence your music?

Besides music influencing us, anything that would inspire us to write music is something that interests all of us equally or just the wanting to better ourselves our musicians. We not only try to impress listeners, but we also try to impress ourselves. Both as musicians and listeners.

Q: When can we expect new music? In 2013?
Well we are currently down a member, a drummer to be exact, but we are trying our best to work around it and start writing for a concept EP and possibly a full length. But this all really depends if we find someone who has the same style as us. If we do stumble across that person then we believe we can accomplish what we are set out to do. Regardless though, we are trying our best to write songs to put out this year.

Q: Any shout outs to give?
We’d like to give shout outs to all promoters who have given us a chance to play a show, anybody who has came out to one or even all of our shows, all the amazing bands we’ve met and played with like The Artwork Of, Nights Of Malice, My Iron Heart, Due For Extinction, A Lifethere After, The Greatest Virtue, Roseld, and Killed the Fixtion. Those are all EXTREMELY talented bands and we highly suggest you check out each and every one of those bands.

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Interview with Causing The Exile!

Band: Causing The Exile
Genre: Deathcore

Q: Where did the band name “Causing The Exile” come from?

Well, I guess I should have a cool and intelligent answer to this question. Really, you should ask our guitarist Ruben Andresen about that. He came up with it in April 2012, when we had finally decided to change our name from “Misery Circus”.

We actually changed our name one week before entering the studio to record our EP. I remember Ruben suggesting the name “Causing The Exile” after a show in Hønefoss, Norway. For once we all agreed on something, being that CTE had a nice ring to it, and it stuck. I’m very happy with it, even though I later on discovered to my ignorance that there are several other deathcore bands with the word “Exile” in their names. Well, what can one do!

Q: Your new EP Dawn of The New Era recently released, how has the feedback been?

It’s been great, really. I guess not so many people have actually heard it, seeing as we’re a strictly underground band. But those who have heard it tend to think it’s great, and we are gradually starting to get a little more attention. It really is a great feeling, to finally have this EP out after so much seemingly endless work.

We spent about six months from start to finish working our asses off and spending a lot of money we didn’t really have. It is actually selling a lot more outside Norway than in our home country, especially in the United States. I literally jump with joy in my chair every time we get a new order from some country far away. It is an amazing feeling of accomplishment, to me at least.

Q: You’ve played a lot of live shows, which one has been your favorite thus far?

If I said they have all been great, that would be a big fat lie. We have had quite a few shows, yes, but the problem is that Norway has no deathcore scene. We will definitely be hitting other European countries once we have a little more money and a bigger reputation.  But there have been some good ones, sure.

A couple of good ones at Revolver and Café Mono, two bars in Oslo. We had a great road trip to Arendal in March last year, plus a few cool gigs in the Buskerud Region. Those last ones I mentioned have been the best, really. I have a feeling that future gigs will be a lot cooler. We have written a good deal of new material, and recently we started playing with a click track live, which improves our “tightness”.

Q: Causing The Exile started in 2011, why didn’t you release an EP sooner than 2012?

Isn’t that quite fast, though? I mean, we started playing together in August 2011, Ruben joined the band in January 2012 and we were busy playing gigs, practicing and writing songs. We entered the studio in May 2012, and I think it was perfect timing. Any sooner and we would have a very immature sounding EP. We needed time to evolve and find ourselves, and in many ways I think we are still doing that. I am very proud of “Dawn Of The New Era” to this day, and I think it is a very good start to what will hopefully one day be an extensive discography.

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

To be perfectly honest, I think it is awful. Terrible. There is no culture for going to concerts anymore, unless it’s Bruce Springsteen or Metallica or some huge international band. Underground bands struggle to get gigs at all, even the crappy gigs that nobody really enjoys that much. Bands like Whitechapel, Born of Osiris, Oceano and Veil of Maya are forced to play in a small club (a cool one, but still) with a capacity of about 150 people when they visit Norway, and it’s not even sold out. Trivium, Upon A Burning Body and As I Lay Dying played in front of a half-empty venue last year.

In other European countries like for example Germany, these bands play in front of thousands of people. We have been having a hard time getting gigs, and getting paid for the ones we have played. Greedy bastards. I love Norway and I would never live anywhere else, it’s just that being a Norwegian deathcore band just isn’t easy!

Q: You’re currently signed to Red Line Records, how has the experience been with them?

The Red Line guys are great! We’re actually just signed to a limited deal, meaning that they distribute our EP via iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and Wimp and get 12 % of the income. We aren’t committed to a great deal, and neither are they. But those guys, Marius Melleby and Joakim Steen, have been great! 
They are the same guys who work in Red Line Studio, where “Dawn Of The New Era” was recorded, and they really busted their asses to make us extremely picky and particular musicians happy with the final product. I think we roughly went through 30-40 mixes of the EP before we were finally satisfied, and these guys never complained. I tip my hat to Red Line Records.

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

What should I say here? I guess “BUY OUR EP!” or “CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK” or whatever will do, no? I really have nothing even slightly original to answer to this last question, I’m sorry! Thank you!

Answers provided by: Elias Pellicer, Drummer of Causing The Exile

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Interview with Montezuma!

Band: Montezuma
Genre: Deathcore
Q: Why did you choose the name “Montezuma” for your band?

We actually chose the name “Montezuma” after watching the 2006 epic film “Apocalypto”. Even though the movie is about the Mayans and Montezuma was an Aztec king, we just thought it was a pretty cool name and it was the best one we could come up with at the time.

Q: Your most recent EP II came out in February 2012, when can we expect a new EP or album?

Expect a full-length album in 2013. Our vocalist just recently decided to part ways with us so we’ve been on the lookout for some new vocalists. That’s kinda been slowing us down a little bit. We’re very cautious with our decisions so we want to take the time to find the right vocalist. Other than that, we have a ton of new music that’s ready to be recorded!

Q: You’ve put both your EPs up for free to download, why did you choose not to charge for you music?

We tried to charge people when we first put out “I”, our first demo. However, after we recorded “II” we realized it is a lot easier to either put up our music for free download or hand out physical copies for free. There are tons of bands just like us who are trying to make it big.

We would just be making it harder to promote ourselves if we tried to charge people for our music. As we are all aware that musicians suffer due to illegal downloads, we can conclude that more people will accept our music if it’s free.

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

Hmmm… I think it’s a tie between Metal Blade and Nuclear Blast. Loads of amazing bands on both those labels.

Q: Which band has influenced your music the most?

Gojira. We’ve been huge fans of Gojira for a long time. They are incredibly powerful in every way. Definitely in our top 5 favorite bands. Other influential/important/mentionable bands for us would include Cynic, Death, Suffocation, Mastodon, and Pantera.

Q: What are your plans for 2013?

In 2013, we plan to record our very first full length album. It will most likely be released in the summer. Also, we plan on getting back on the stage and playing some shows (we’ve been taking a break from that for 4 months now). Expect a lot more from us in 2013. We’re gonna hit you hard.

Q: Any shout outs to give?

We gotta give a shout out to all the cool dudes in The Zenith Passage, Incryption, Chemi-Kill, Mouth of the Serpent, Polarization, Sea of Skies, and Covenants. Also we want to thank all of the amazing people who have supported us throughout these past few years. We are extremely grateful for everything. Thanks!

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Interview with Doom Breeder!

Band: Doom Breeder
Genre: Deathcore
Q: Where does the name “Doom Breeder” come from?

Well, I’ve always loved and appreciated the heaviest, more brutal music I can find, and I always appreciate a good intense sounding name to match the music. So the name Doom Breeder just came to me while I was writing some new riffs. It really fit the sound I was going for and to me, the name sounds memorable. I even did an extensive search on Google to make sure no one else had it because I thought for sure it had been thought of, but nope! thus, Doom Breeder was born.

Q: What is it like to be a one-man band instead of being in a traditional band, with three or more members?

Well, as we all know, being in a band can be tough. Not everyone is always on the same page, and it can be extremely stressful to get music written that everyone likes, and at a reasonable pace. I’ve been in bands where it took months to get one song finished, and it was still just okay. Me always being a drummer, never had much say in the riff making.

A few years ago, I decided to take matters into my own hands and start learning guitar. I constantly have music flowing through my brain all day, so I really took off fast with it, and before I knew it, I was putting my own songs together at home, and they were sounding pretty good. So, to really answer the question, I found myself to be far more motivated than most local musicians in my area, and needed to get the creativity out, and a couple years later I created Doom Breeder.

Q: You’re currently holding a drum cover and vocal cover contest for $100 for each. How has that been going thus far?

Too be honest, the contest hasn’t been going too well. The hardest thing in this music scene is getting enough exposure, and standing out from all the other bands out there. Every band is so good these days its mind blowing, but also makes it tough to get noticed. I’m still currently working on releasing an EP, so I can understand why traffic to the page has been slow, even with intense promoting. The intention was to spark more interest in the page, and get the community involved in something fun, and what better fun than winning money for playing music! But, so far has proved to be unsuccessful sadly.

Q: Are there any other one-man bands that influenced your decision to go that one-man band route?

I’d have to say my biggest influence at the time I was getting Doom Breeder going was Disfiguring the Goddess, its just so heavy and brutal, and once I found out it was all done by one guy, I was blown away. It really drove me to do the same and write my own brutal music. Another one man band I have a lot of respect for is Enemy AC-130 Above. I love listening to his music, great sound and style, I have a lot of respect for those guys, and a few others I am blanking on at the moment.

Q: Other than one-man bands, what bands influence your music?

Anything heavy and groove based is what I love the most. Since I’m a drummer by nature, I gotta have non stop rhythms and groove in the music I listen to. Big influences for me are bands like Structures, Intervals, Bermuda, Volumes, We Butter the Bread With Butter, Carnifex, All Shall Perish, The Contortionist and especially Veil of Maya. There’s too many bands to name but I have much respect and am influenced in one way or another by all the good metal out there.

Q: You’ve only been around since 2012 (this year), what are your plans for 2013?

Yes, I’m still a very new project, but I have big plans for 2013. I want to release 2 EP’s at least, get some nice merch for sale, and really work on building the audience of Doom Breeder and getting the name out there. Who knows, if things go well enough it could turn into a full touring band! haha, I can dream right!

Q: Any shout outs you would like to give?

I definitely want to give a shout out to Daily Dose of Brutality, Pig Squeals and Breakdowns, Pure Deathcore, Blackvenom Promotions, Mind Killer Ink for the artwork and all the pages and people that have helped post and support Doom Breeder.

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