Interview with Lifecurse!

Band: Lifecurse
Genre: Melodic Death Metal / Progressive Metalcore

Q: Where did the band name “Lifecurse” come from?
I came up with Lifecurse because I was on a string of bad luck and was trying to attribute it to something. With karma being a kind of played out word, I wanted something that was a little more personal to me. I came up with Lifecurse through a conversation with a friend where I told him “My entire life is cursed” and just laughed it off, two years later here we are haha.

Q: You’re currently working on a new album, when can we expect it to be released?

We do not have an exact release date yet. We are doing the final tracking in early January but plan on releasing it as soon as possible. We are also going to be selling the digital copies for $1 as a way to say thank you to our fans for sticking with us, because we pretty much have another album written ready to go, we just want to get these songs out and get everyone acquainted with the new sound.

Q: You support tons of companies, bands, etc. Which one has been the most supportive towards the band?

There have been a few. Honestly, it’s just been a venue… GroundZero in South Carolina, Mick has hooked us up more than anyone else possibly could have. It is the only venue close to us that will put us on with national acts, and it’s an hour away from where we live. We get very little love in our hometown and we’ve built a nice pack of people that come out and throw down every time we play GroundZero. It’s nice when a venue owner sees the potential in your band before he sees the dollar signs.

Q: What one band influences your music the most?

Probably The Ghost Inside, they are melodic and heavy, and the lyrics are very optimistic. I think they are the complete package as far as a band goes.

Q: If you could play with any band, broken up or not, which band would that be?

The Ghost Inside, Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, Texas in July, Killswitch Engage. The list goes on lol.

Q: What label would like to be signed to?

That’s a tough question… I have spoken to very few labels so I honestly don’t know who does what for who. It seems like Sumerian really takes care of their bands, but I don’t know if we’d fit there. The smaller ones seem to not know what they are doing, which is why we are strictly DIY. Honestly, I feel like if you keep going around knocking on doors, rocking people’s faces off and making noise, the right label will come. Don’t go searching for them, reach out to them, but as long as you are giving every bit of yourself, there is no greater reward.
Q: Any shout outs to give?
Well, shout outs to you guys of course. There are so many promotion pages on Facebook, I can’t even keep up with all of them lol. But I love what all of you do, you guys keep bands going and get us new fans. Yeah, I guess I just wanna give a shout out to anyone that has never been given a shout out before :). Hopefully that took care of a good chunk of people reading this :)!

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Interview with Negation!

Band: Negation
Genre: Deathcore
Q: What does the band name “Negation” mean?
Well our band name was created by our old bassist, Charlie Nguyen. It was around 2 years ago that he passed away, but in honor of him, even though we’ve underwent several member changes, we decided to keep it. After the latest and hopefully final addition to our band, Austin (bass player), about a year ago, the name kind of evolved a new meaning for us.

Tantric Buddhism scripture states that the path of Negation is that of absolute imageless transcendence. That is to say, it is the rejection of a reality characterized by self-regarding emotions. To negate the subjectivity of oneself is to see clear. To see things ‘as they truly are’, free of form. Empty. Though through emptiness, all things may find their true form. Pure. Free of all human defilement. This is kind of the way we like to see the meaning of our band.

Q: What are your plans for early 2013?

We’ve always got new songs in the process of being written, so we hope to have more completed ASAP, as well as several show dates around Edmonton and potentially some larger scale promotion and management.

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

I think we’ve played around 20 shows so far. The best shows are the ones were you get to meet the crowd, meet the bands, and everyone gets along and really just enjoys the music .  I think our favorite has got to be the most recent one we played out in Sherwood park. We got on the bill last minute and it was set in this small community hall. We even had a hard time finding it, so our expectations for a spectacular show weren’t too high. But because of the small but amazingly energetic crowd as well as the talented and friendly bands (This is War, and Animal Men of the North West) that played with us, it made our night worth remembering!

Q: You were on TB Promotion’s December showcase album, how was working with TB Promotions and how was the feedback?

TB Promotions was awesome and very easy to work with. It sometimes took him a bit to get back to us, but all in all it was a great experience working with him. I mean our fan base keeps growing and we’re never sure where they hear of us but the feedback we’re getting is very positive, and we are honored to be on his showcase.

Q: How is the underground metal scene in Edmonton?

The metal scene in Edmonton is killer! The talent around here is unreal and there are so many bands with just incredible potential. But I do think that it gets pushed aside and not given the attention it deserves a lot of the time. That’s why we are all hoping to see it keep getting bigger and bigger.

Q: You’re a Canada based band, any chance you will be playing shows in the US anytime soon?

We would absolutely love to play in the States, however we still need more time in the Canadian scene to get a solid base before we really venture out, as well as get the financial means to do so.

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

Well we would love to thank all our fans, anyone who has enjoyed our music, and all the talented bands we’ve played with. We would also like to thank Gateway Screen Press for getting our Merch and CDs, as well as Raised Fist Promotions, who is a strong supporter of local metal, and is a good reason why the Edmonton scene keeps going hard!
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Interview with The Brothers Highhorse!

Band: The Brothers Highhorse
Genre: Death Metal / Hardcore

Q: What does the band name “The Brothers Highhorse” mean?

This is the question we always get in interviews! It’s an inside joke from high school band, in which a couple of us were bitched at in band class by the director, who shouted “why don’t you brothers get off your high horse?!?!” Shirts with “the Brothers Highhorse” were printed up in spite, and years later it became the band name.

Q: You’ve played with a lot of big name bands: All Shall Perish, The Red Chord, Veil of Maya, Oceano, and Born of Osiris. Which band has been the most enjoyable to play with?

Upon a Burning Body, Rose Funeral, and Aegaeon are all really cool dudes.

Q: Your latest EP, Invasion, has been out since 2011. When can we expect a new EP or demo?

SOON… Just finished up a single and we’re waiting to get it mastered. This upcoming EP is going to be so much more epic and crushing than our previous music. We are really pumped to get it all out to you.

Q: You’re currently signed to Swimming With Shark Records, how has the experience been being signed to them?

The best part of being on the label has been getting to know the other bands, like Commotio Cordis, Mouth of the Serpent, Thy Devourer, Vile Impurity, and Bow Prometheus. It’s a microcosm of badassery.

Q: Your music is a blend of death metal, black metal, grind, hardcore, and technical. Why did you choose to use so many elements in your music?

We just put what we like to listen to into our songs and try to blend them as best we can. It’s not a conscious effort necessarily, we just write what we want to hear, and so far it’s been working out.

Q: What are your plans for 2013?

1. Play lots of really good shows
2. Release an EP
3. Produce a music video
4. More merch
5. Repeat

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

“Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
The Force shall free me.

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Interview with Nihilitus!

Band: Nihilitus
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,, 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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