Interview with Forsaken Promotions (SOS Fest)!

Q: You’re currently managing the SOS Festival for 2013. What does the “SOS” stand for exactly?

SOS = “Stomp Out Suicide”. It is a central MN metal community driven cause to assist suicide prevention.

Q: What were your reasons for starting the festival to begin with?

We have lost too many brothers/sisters, friends, coworkers and the like… we have lost them for no good reason. Everyone has been affected by suicide in one form or another… Two years ago, I personally lost my baby sister to this societal disease and it changed my life. I know how it feels and how extremely horrible it is to lose someone close. So, in my sisters memory I have been striving to help the cause. I wanted to provide a place where we as a community could stand together and tell the rest, NO ONE IS ALONE. I want people to know that every suicide is preventable so long as we don’t allow the stigma about suicide cloud us from thought and prevent action. The best way for me to help is through music. I am a metal promoter and that’s what I do best- put two and two together and this is what we got!

Q: For the people that don’t know, when does SOS Festival start and end?

SOS FEST is August 31 all day. Official morning times to be announced. St. Cloud, MN;

Q: The festival’s goal is to promote suicide prevention. Why this cause over many other causes out there?

There are a lot of worthy causes out in the world that people can and should support, but suicide is something that has affected my family first hand. Every few months it seems I hear about someone I knew or went to school with ending their own life and each time I get the news, it makes me sick to my stomach. The desperation that they must feel is what I want to cure.

Q: There are a lot of big name bands out there; which big name bands are you trying to get to play at the festival?

Hmmm, big bands….  Well I can tell you that we have had an overwhelming response from local and regional bands but as far as “Big Hitters” we have not received as much support as we’d like. We have reached out to the agents for After the Burial, The Color Morale, Goatwhore, and a few others. Heck, we even considered reaching out to Phil Anselmo. Look for an announcement concerning this closer May as it is hard for agents to schedule that far in advance.

Q: This festival will have a lot of sponsors. May you give us some of the sponsors that will be helping the festival?

As far as sponsors, we have not officially began fundraising but the NYDM was the first to come to our aid along with Horizon Clothing, and Music Cities. When we start fundraising, there will be a lot of sponsors, yes. The amount of support for this event is incomprehensible.

Q: The show is free to get in, and is to the public. Why did you choose this route instead of charging for admission?

The Show is FREE. The message is FREE. We want to reach as many people as possible and just felt that it would be best FREE. We will donate sponsorship funds over our operating costs to the foundation. Nothing like this has EVER been done in St. Cloud, MN or ever in MN from what I know. We want the masses to show up. So… August 31 SHOW UP; NO EXCUSES! COME OUT IN THE MASSES!

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

As far as shout outs, at this point I want to thank the committee that has come together: Karie, Brady, Chase, Deb, Krystal, Shawn- you all are a blessing to this cause! Thank you to the NYDM and GOOCH for your support! With everyone’s help, we will create a truly memorable event.

We have Road to SOS FEST shows to benefit the festival and the next one is 4-27 in Moundsview, MN at the North Star Room. Many thanks to David and the North Star Room for allowing us to use that facility!

If you are an agent or a band or just someone who wants to help out this cause, please contact Jesse at

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Interview with Carnival Slaughter!

Band: Carnival Slaughter
Genre: Slam / Brutal Death Metal
Q: What was your reasoning to use the name “Carnival Slaughter” for your band?

We were looking for a name then Mehdi (Our drummer) came up with it and we just liked it.

Q: You’re a slam death metal band, why was that type of music chosen to be played?

We’ve chosen that type of music cause we all share it as influences.. We also play technical death metal!

Q: What one band has the most influence on your music?

The Faceless

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

It has its ups and downs, we can play anywhere in Morocco if we get invited! Our next gig is in Meknes.. We will announce the date soon!

Q: You’re currently working on your first EP, how is the progress coming?

We are taking it step by step and so far it’s good, thou we have some studio problems, we’ll finish soon

Q: After the EP is finished, and released, what are your plans?

We’re planning on recording an album! Getting more shows.. Maybe visiting the Middle East.. We won’t reveal everything now. Would we? *laughs*

Q: Have any shout outs to give?

Um Shout out to our Manager Dani, our Lyrics writer Anass, Graphic artist Rim , My stoner friend Haytam and all the fans! We thank you all for the support, keep it brutal and we’ll keep it coming m/
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Causing The Exile – Dawn of The New Era [REVIEW]

Genre: Deathcore
Causing The Exile’s first EP, Dawn of The New Era, is a fast-paced, in-your-face, 15 minute barrage of deathcore. The introduction track, “A Sign of Grace,” is a slow and quiet track that prepares your ears for the barrage of guitar, drums, and brutal vocals that await the listener in the remaining tracks. “Dawn of The New Era,” is a heavy track that is a great follow-up of the introduction track. The next track, “Mass of Down” is a blend of technical guitar work, an excessive amount of bass pedal, and the typical death metal/deathcore vocals. It also has a massive breakdown near the end of the song, and afterwards are a handful of pig squeals to finish the track.
“Creating A Goddess,” the fourth track of the EP, is an overall heavy track all the way through however nothing stands out in the song. It is better judged as a whole and not as separate parts. The final track, “Daughters of Chaos” is the longest track on the EP. It starts as an in-your-face track; with vocals, guitar, and drums that pummel your ears with heaviness. Throughout this track a lot is to be heard; pig squeals, breakdowns, high screams and overall brutality. “Daughters of Chaos” ends the EP very well, and leaves you wanting to hear more from Causing The Exile.

Album Score: 4/5
Artwork: Arve Bjerkasholmen

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Interview with Louder Than Quiet!

Band: Louder Than Quiet
Genre: Death Metal

Q: Why was the name “Louder Than Quiet” chosen for the band?

Well we had been a previous band with an even weirder name and we went through an entire battle of the bands competition and gotten second place. The prize was to open up a festival in Annapolis, Maryland but then out of nowhere my drummer leaves and he said he owned the band so he basically kicked all of us out lol. We had the show in a week and were all too stressed to think of a name. My guitarists girlfriend had a book of names because she’s an artist and the first name in the book was “louder than quiet”. It was the best we had and after the show it just stuck.

Q: You have played a lot of shows; which show has been your favorite thus far?

Our favorite show has to be 4/20 of last year when we got to open up for iwrestledabearonce, Glass Cloud, and The Greenery. The only upset was that Molotov Solution was supposed to play but something happened and they couldn’t play our venue. But sharing the stage with iwabo’s original lineup was unforgettable.

Q: When can we expect a new album from Louder Than Quiet?

Were currently working on releasing two EPs at the same time. The first one is almost done. It’s called The Sight Of Screaming Children and is going to be post hardcore, metalcore, and deathcore. It has a single featuring Orion of In Dying Arms. The second EP is called In The Presence Of Prometheans and its going to be melodic death metal. And it features a guest on the single but you’re gonna have to stay tuned for that.

Q: How is the underground metal scene in Upper Marlboro, Maryland?

Well other than Dying Fetus, we are the only metal band to ever spawn from upper Marlboro. Our county is mostly inhabited by people who listen to rap or gogo. Most of our shows have been in southern Maryland (Waldorf) or northern Maryland (Baltimore) or Virginia. It was definitely harder for us because our friends who are in bands could get a lot of support from their hometown with ease but with our band most of our hometown thinks were playing devil music and won’t even give us the time of day.

Q: You have two general managers, Bill and Alesia, how has it been working with them?

Its been cool. They are related to band members so basically they promised to help us and way they can until we can get to the next level of management. Our heart is set on Artery or The Agency group but i guess that is all in due time.

Q: You’re currently not signed, what label would you prefer to be signed to?

We’re torn lol. We like Artery, Roadrunner, Sumerian, MetalBlade, and Century Media. But at this point beggars can’t be choosers. We just want a label that won’t change our sound at all or one that will have us starving lol.

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

Yes shout out to all our loyal fans from pg county Maryland who go against the grain and listen to metal and support us. Shout out to Orion from IDA, Dan from Chelsea Grin, Adam Cody From Wretched, and everyone else who has helped us get to this point. Shout out to our local scene.

It always feels like its dying but bands and promoters are keeping it together like Arabella, Encasing Embrace, Infamy, and it must occur, and Tyler Greene from ABACABB. Shout out to all the blogs too especially Pig Squeals And Breakdowns, BeaheadingTheTraitor, Sick Breakdowns, and Pure Deathcore. Stay tuned for these EPs and we promise you quality music as long as we exist as a band.

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Interview with Afflicted Creation!

Band: Afflicted Creation
Genre: Deathcore / Grindcore

Q: Where does your band name “Afflicted Creation” come from?

Well that’s a good question. Afflicted Creation describes what our lyrics are about. They are about all the things wrong with humanity, so we thought Afflicted Creation would fit well with that. We are really bad of choosing names because we all have different meanings and different tastes. We always want a consensus when it comes to these things.

We spent a while coming up with suggestions, and we ended up with taking the suggestion which was “Creation By Affliction” and then one of our guitarists shortened it to be Afflicted Creation. We didn’t intend for the name to be “brutal” but like I said it just suited the lyrics. We are happy with the name and we will not change it like all the other names we had.

Q: You have had previous band names: Battery, Fractured, The Dissonant, then finally Afflicted Creation. Why so many band name changes?

The band started out playing covers such as Guns & Roses and Metallica without vocals and was called Battery. When I stumbled in the band they were still playing Metallica but now they also played Slayer and Pantera. I thought the band needed a new name and the others agreed. We were going to play the first gig with me a few weeks later, and I came up with the suggestion Fractured and the other guys was tired of Battery so they agreed to change the name. After a while as Fractured we just grew tired of the name and we thought it was a little emo for our taste, so we changed it to Dissonant.

Dissonant was actually just a temporary name but we forgot about it. We played a while as Dissonant and we started to grow in our music tastes and playing. We started doing Lamb of God covers and we made our first song. The song we made was the foundation of the genre we play today. After making a few songs we changed the name to Afflicted Creation because of our recording plans. The changes were just because we didn’t feel well with the names and we needed a change because of newer music styles and to be unique.

Q: What was your favorite band growing up, and does that same band play an influence in your music now?

My favorite band growing up wasn’t much of a band. I went through different music phases, but it all started with my dad always waking me up with classical music. I guess at that time my favorite musician was Mozart. When I grew a bit I actually listened to rap and hip hop, but when I started playing guitar I went back to my classical roots and also learnt some Metallica. I think classical music is really fun to play but I discovered rock and metal which gave me new things to learn. I continued playing bad covers of Metallica and some Ozzy Osbourne until I started middle school. On my school I met our drummer which I already knew a bit, and he asked me if I wanted to watch his band on one of their practices. I wanted to play in a band so I immediately said I would come.

The same day I was walking around the school at recess and I saw these three guys sitting alone talking. I thought I could amuse myself by being really awkward and just go and sit with them to make the situation awkward. Before I got to do anything they started talking about metal and music, and being that my school is full of “wangsters” I was really happy there was someone I could talk about music with. They also told me they played in a band and told me to come and watch one of their practices. I finally went to one of their practices and I really wanted to play guitar but those slots were full. They asked if I wanted to sing at a gig they were going to play at, and I said yes. I never had any vocal experience and I never had thought I would be singing in a band. So there we were, at a stage in front of an audience that was to be sick of, and I had only practiced at the song for a couple of weeks. We played South of Heaven by Slayer and I just stood there thinking I was at least decent on the vocals but it sounded awful. The audience shouted “Satanic bastards!” and other stuff to us.

Since then I never had stage fright again because nothing could be worse than that event. After playing those kinds of gigs we started to advance in music styles, but it wasn’t until we started playing Lamb of God I learnt to scream. Lamb of God became my favorite band since then. My vocals advanced after time, I wanted to go lower and lower and higher and higher. I am still influenced by the bands I listen to and I will probably still evolve more and more as time progresses. Right now my favorite bands and my biggest influences are Dysphoria, Infant Annihilator and the old Job for a Cowboy.

Q: How is the metal underground scene in Ellingsrud, Oslo, Norway?

I started laughing when I read this question because the answer is ridiculous. There is no metal scene where we live. There is us in the band and maybe a few others here who listen to metal, but there is just us who listens to deathcore and such. Frost from Satyricon lives here but he usually keeps to himself and his girlfriend, so we don’t count him in. The environment where we live is based on rap and hip hop, and we are almost outcasts of their society. We are friends with most of the people here but not the “wangsters” and the ones that we are friends with don’t listen to the same music so we can’t talk about music with them.

If we are talking about the metal scene in Oslo it is more people to talk about. The problem is that there are not many who like the core genre. When good core bands come here to Oslo it might be 400 persons who come to see them, maybe more. If Metallica comes to Norway, there will be full packed arenas. I think it’s really hard being a deathcore or any other core band here in Norway. All we can hope for is that other countries will hear about us and maybe listen to our music. I wish more people would listen to the genre we play because it’s more fun playing for more people than playing for 10 people who actually care about the music. It is also hard to get more fans and promotion here and that is something I wish would change.

Q: Does your family support your choice in music, and the band itself?

My parents have always been supportive in everything I do except doing drugs and stuff. They have never complained about the music I play. In fact, even though they don’t like metal in general they think that we got talent and are happy we’re doing something else than doing drugs and all that shit. My parents are supportive in many ways; they can give both good and constructive criticism when I ask for their opinion. They are also willing to help with the financial stuff if we would need that, but so far we have managed mostly on our own. My parents also are willing to drive our equipment to gigs which help us out a lot because there is a lot of stuff with much weight to it. I can thank my own parents and the other guys’ parents for all their support over me and the band.

Q: What are your plans for 2013?

Our plans for 2013 is to first of all release our EP. We have worked hard and spent a lot of money to make this EP and we hope people will enjoy it. We also want to go on a little tour and play for more people, and we hope to possibly get signed by a record label. We haven’t got plans to get huge or play gigs at arenas but we just want to get a little recognition. We play mostly because we think it’s fun and it’s what we love to do.

We are just teenagers and I myself just turned 16, so to be where we’re at already is actually really cool. We’ve gotten good feedback even from people around the world and we appreciate the feedback and all the likes we’ve gotten from sites like PSAB. We actually want more constructive criticism because we can’t get any better if people always say we’re good. In 2013 we’re going to make a lot more songs so we can record our first full-length album in 2014. The songs are going to be more technical and some will be heavier than others, we still hope people will enjoy our music.

Q: Any shout outs to give?

There are many we would like to thank and give shout out to. I would start with thanking our dear manager and my teacher Cecilie Sæther for supporting us and helping us. We also want to give a shout out to Redline Studios for having the patience to deal with us teenagers. We have a few friends in other bands that we would like to give a shout out to: Causing the Exile and Turn The Tables for giving us tips and letting us play gigs with them, and we want to thank all the bands we look up to and are influenced by. We will also give a shout out to SubScene for letting us play at their.

Our parents need a shout out to just for being supportive and my dad especially for driving our equipment. Ellingsrud Fritidsklubb for letting us practice in their basement and helping us out with equipment and money. Our fans need a shout out for supporting us and just being awesome people! There’s a few more and that is Pig Squeals and Breakdowns, Pure Deathcore and other promotion pages just for promoting us and helping us out! Last but not least I want to personally thank my band for being good friends and being the incredible people they are!

That’s it 🙂 May be a bit long, but i couldn’t make it shorter.
Best regards!
Stian Hebjerk

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