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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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Interview with Blood For Our Brothers!

Band: Blood For Our Brothers
Genre: Metalcore / Deathcore
Q: Where did the band name “Blood For Our Brothers” originate from?
The name Blood For Our Brothers came from the bands idea of commitment. It represents our work ethic, our sacrifices, our unity as a group, a band, as family, as friends and most importantly, as brothers.
The name extends out to our fans, friends and family as well. We like to treat EVERYONE as family, which can either be a good or bad thing depending on your joke and prank tolerance. Haha! Within the band, we LOVE to call each other names, play practical jokes, and bring each other to our boiling points for the sake of laughter. Imagine a metal “JACKASS.” And that sibling horseplay, hard work in the studio, and sweat we propel from the stage is the Blood For Our Brothers.

Q: Your band has been around since 2008, why is your debut EP, And God Had Horns, coming out soon in 2013?

Well the bands original skeleton began way back in the day. We’ve released several small demos and teasers over the years with past members and “fill-in” instrumentalists, but this is the first time that we’ve locked in and solidified our line-up. We embarked on this “…And God Had Horns” journey when we added our last member Mario to the group in late 2011.
Q: How has playing live been for you? A new experience?
Playing live is more of a work out for us than anything else. Our rehearsals and group gatherings consist mainly of unhealthy amounts of beer consumption and inhumanly pizza devourment. Our post-show ritual is a box of Carne Asada Fries EACH so… live shows keep our arteries happy.

Q: Which bands are a major influence on your music?

I don’t think any band actually influences our music directly, I think it’s more of the mash up of each individual member’s influence. Know what I mean? We each have our own roots and major influences that contribute to what our brains tell our hands to play. But if I made a list of each our favorite artists, it’d be System Of A Down, KoRn, The Black Dahlia Murder, Lamb of God and Hendrix.

Q: Are there any other influences in your music, besides other bands? If so, what?

Yes, quite a bit actually. The unknown and paranormal, ghost hunting, government conspiracies, time travel, extra-terrestrial life, “Ancient Aliens,” quantum physics, interplanetary war, evolutionary theory, the fall of civilization, inhumanity of our species, serial killers, blasphemy, religious bigots, food and women.

Q: How is the “underground scene” in Los Angeles?

We’ve noticed that the Los Angeles underground scene has been and continues to become thicker with what we like to call “Jammers.” They’re groups who play a show, break up in a month, reform a new project with others, repeat, repeat. It’s unfortunate that so many guys are unable to hold it together but those groups who do, the diamonds in the rough, are some of the HEAVIEST, GRIMMEST, NASTIEST, MOST BRUTAL metal bands that we’ve had the privilege of sonically devastating along side of.

Q: Any shout outs you would like to give?

Wanna give a shout out and huge thanks to Michael Black of Dead Sea Records, Metal Dan Ochoa, Logan Mader, all the guys at Pure Rock Studios, Black Oil, Murdercore Ent.,Homeless one Prod., EVERYONE who has ever bought a ticket/shirt/or CD, and of course, Alfredos Mexican Food.
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Interview with Southerland Nights!

Band: Southerland Nights
Genre: Metalcore / Alternative Rock

Q: Your band name is “Southerland Nights,” where did that name come from originally?
Hey it’s Adam, thanks for interviewing us. We used to play in different bands all at Jon’s old house, which was on a street called Southerland Way, so it’s kind of an homage to our beginnings.

Q: What would you consider your music as? Genre wise.
Well I’d hate to put a label on anything we do, but if I had to call it anything I’d say Alternative Hard Rock.

Q: All the music you have made is for free download, why have your chosen that route? 

Right now the music we have uploaded to the internet are homemade demos recorded in kitchens, bedrooms, closets, and garages. I don’t expect anyone to buy them. Also, I do believe in free music, I want as many people as possible to have access to our music, so it’s a good way to make sure that there is nothing stopping someone from doing so.

Q: When can the fans expect a new album in 2013?

Expect an EP by the beginning of Summer. It’s going to be psychotic.

Q: You are touring around California, any idea when you will begin touring outside of CA?

Right now we’re working our way down to So-Cal, because most of our shows have been in Northern California. We’re also planning to play in Nevada real soon. Ideally, I’d like to go on tour this coming summer.

Q: So far, what has your been your favorite show you have played?

Oh man, that’s a hard question. personally I’d have to say it’s a tie between our March show at The Refuge and the one we did for San Francisco State University.

Q: If you could play in any country, with the line-up of your choosing, what country and what bands would you choose?

Australia and I’d want to play with AFI, Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars, Marilyn Manson, and U2. Even if we weren’t playing I’d kill to see a lineup like that.

Q: Any shout outs to give to the readers and your fans?

Thanks for reading and I wanna thank everyone who has supported us so far and is spreading the word for us, please keep it up we appreciate it very much! A special shout out to Stephanie from Virginia who has been doing incredible things for us!

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Interview with Era of Desolance!

Band: Era of Desolance
Genre: Hardcore / Beatdown

Q: Era Of Desolance has only been around since July 2012? Why not start earlier?

The band actually started as a side project while we were all in previous bands, but we liked writing together and the music we were making – so Era of Desolance became our main focus. 

Q: When can we expect your anticipated EP in 2013? Early 2013 or late 2013?

As soon as we can get some studio time it’s going down! Haha. We’re so unhappy with our demo, we put that out about two weeks after the band started just to have something for people to hear and it’s honestly done us more bad then good. So until we can get legit recordings – defiantly come catch us live! 

Q: As of writing this interview, you’re working on a new song. When can expect to hear this new song?

We’ll be playing it at shows by the end of this month at the latest. Being a DIY band, it’s kind of hard to find the time and money to get in the studio – but we defiantly are pushing for it and will be putting everything into our first EP.

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

Hard to keep track now. Haha. We’ve played our fair share for how long we’ve been a band. Our favorite? That’s a hard one… All the shows we play in the Fresno/Madera area are good, super good scene and bands in that area. 

Q: What is it like being sponsored by Terrified Truth Clothing and OneLife Clothing?

It’s awesome, it’s still really weird to us that people believe in us enough to support us, but it’s a good feeling and we appreciate them so much! Havenside is one of the bands we really look up to as musicians, so to have their vocalist’s clothing line endorse us is kinda surreal. By the way – Go pick up some gear from out boy’s at Terrified Truth and OneLife! Haha. 

Q: If there is one band that you think is the most influential to your music, what band would that be?

A lot of them, but as I said earlier – Havenside played a big roll, We still play their music while we’re chilling before practice or on the way to a show. We don’t really sound anything like them, but we do draw a lot of influence from them defiantly.

Q: The holidays are coming up, what are the band’s plans for X-mas and New Years?

We actually just added our 5th member Lucas on guitar, so we might take a small break from shows to work on some new material – but knowing us, we’ll probably do both at the same time. Our plan really is to just keep doing what we’re doing and try to come out strong in 2013. 

Q: Any shout outs you would like to give to the readers?

Big shout out to Pig Squeals And Breakdowns for this interview! Terrified Truth, OneLife, All of our local homies and EVERYONE who supports us, Brandon Wells, Marty Delgado, and Hard of Heart, The homies at Hourglass Records, Everyone that’s ever helped us in any way or shared a stage with us… Thanks for making this possible and let’s keep this going! SUPPORT THE UNDERGROUND!

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Interview with Mortal Agony!

Band: Mortal Agony
Genre: Death Metal / Grindcore

Q.1: Where did you get the band name “Mortal Agony” from?
Q.2: Also, are you aware that there are three other bands named “Mortal Agony?”
The name actually came from the fact, that we want the word agony in the name, because our music sounds like it.
Also we are great Mortal Kombat fans, so the first word of the name was found.

For us it doesn’t matter if there are other bands with the same name, because people give a fuck about that.
When you are interested in music and bands you will find the mortal agony you are looking for!
Q: What has been your favorite show thus far that you have played at? If you can’t think of one, what was your favorite show you went to but didn’t play?
Every show is something special, we are looking to play shows everywhere we can and do our best and have fun. The best, you come around, and have some fun with us.
Q: If you could classify your style of music in one genre or sub-genre, which one would it be?
Call it Grindcore, Hardcore, Death Metal, Chaoscore or Beatdown, we call it Mortal Agony.    
Q: If you could play in any country, which country would that be?
We didn’t come to a consense. But mostly USA and the Netherlands 😉
Q: What is it like to be signed to Heretic Visions Records? Enjoyable?
The guy made himself a lot of work with us so thanks to him. But we could not stop working on promotion by ourselves. Let’s see what future brings.
Q: Any plans to play over in the United States in 2013, or anytime relatively soon?
We wanna play a lot of shows next year everywhere, in the United States it would be fucking great. As support act for a tour… Dying Fetus, Suffocation or simple some shows with other bands in the US.  
Q: You have several singles out, the latest being “Beef Up Your Skills,” when can we expect a full EP or LP?
There are some long players out, the last is our album No Place To Hide, On February 2012, from which “Beef Up Your Skills” is from.

Write to us or check some mail orders to get it, it is an awesome record! In the next time we wanna record a EP with 3 – 5 new song which comes in 2013.
Q: Have any shouts to give to the readers?
We don’t like you hahaha … download the song for free: http://mortalagony.bandcamp.com/track/we-dont-like-you 
Check our songs, pics, merch and more @ www.facebook.com/mortalagonyofficial
Mortal Greetz!

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