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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Interview with Kings And Heroes!

Band: Kings And Heroes
Genre: Deathcore / Progressive
Q: You have played several bands, which band has your been your favorite thus far?
My favorite band to play with is most definitely Kublai Khan from Texas.

Q: You’re new to the underground metal scene, only starting in May of 2012. Why did you start in May, and not sooner?

Roy Crippen and I, Joshua Hardiman, decided to pursue a band after countless years of just dreaming about it the day we graduated high school. We asked around for people in the same high school if they were interested and I believe May 25th after a couple name changes Kings and Heroes was born.

Q: What band influences your music the most?

Veil of Maya, Born of Osiris, Sworn In, Barrier, Kublai Khan, The Human Abstract, Between the Buried and Me.

Q: You’re currently not signed, which label would you like to be signed to?

We Are Triumphant

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

The Alabama music scene is nothing less than a family for us.

Q: What are your plans for 2013?

We hope to produce a new record and release it winter of 2013.

Q: Do you have any shout outs to give?

Kevin Langley from All In Recordings
All our friends in Abandoned Sanctity, Dimensions, Legend of Leviathan, and Jerolyn.

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Interview with Wide Awake Nightmare!

Band: Wide Awake Nightmare
Genre: Death Metal
Q: Where did the band name “Wide Awake Nightmare” come from exactly?
The name Wide Awake Nightmare came from the Slayer song Angel of Death, which I’m sure you’re familiar with. It’s from the line “Abacinate, eyes that bleed, praying for the end of your WIDE AWAKE NIGHTMARE.” It’s right before the guitar solo.

Q: Why does your band have three vocalists? What was the reasoning behind it?

We believe that three vocalists is perfect for a very interesting experience for the listener. Our bass player, Nick does the majority of the vocals. Our guitar player, Rob does minor backup vocals, but he does most of the songwriting. I, Max do most of the backing vocals. Since my screaming and vocal range are relatively high, it is the perfect contrast between high and low vocals, rather than just one vocal sound the entire time.

Q: Your EP Uncertain Oblivion was released on March 22, 2012, what was the feedback of the EP?

Uncertain Oblivion was generally pretty well received. Which we are very happy about. Even though we are very happy with how the EP/demo came out, we are working extremely hard to improve and define our sound.

Q: The year 2012 is nearly over, have any plans for early 2013?

2013 is going to be a huge year for us. We’re planning on playing a ton more shows and possibly doing a small tour over the summer. But most importantly we will be recording our first full length album entitled “The Grand Deception” in upstate New York in a professional studio. We’re extremely excited about it and love all of the material we have written for it so far, we think it surpasses the quality of our EP by miles!

Q: Does your band have any influences, that is not music related?

We draw influence from many other places besides music. All three of us absolutely love Edgar Allan Poe and his work influences us greatly. We also draw a lot of influence from mythology, especially Norse and Greek. But we honestly are influenced by everything from warfare, gore, movies, comic books, you name it.

Q: What is the “underground scene” like in New Jersey?

If you’re speaking about the underground death metal scene then from our experience, isn’t flourishing. There are some quality death metal bands here and there but the majority of the bands around here tend to be metalcore. Not that metalcore is bad because we do enjoy a lot of it but there really aren’t any heavy, gore obsessed death metal bands around. So the death metal scene could definitely be better, and it would be really cool to see it expand.

Q: Any shout outs to give to the readers?

Shout outs? Sure! We’d really like to thank our great friends in Forbidden Territory for helping us along the way so far, they’ve been great! Also our great friends from Buffalo, NY, Armageddon who you should definitely look out for in the future. Lastly, check out our friends in This is Not a Game of Who the Fuck are You all the way from Stockholm, Sweden and definitely look out for them soon! 

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