Interview with Enemy AC-130 Above!

Band: Enemy AC-130 Above
Genre: Instrumental Deathcore / Metalcore
Q: What influenced your decision to start producing music by yourself, instead of forming the normal kind of band?

Well I had been in a lot of bands before and I was actually in one when I started recording my own music. I guess I just got sick of my bands never following through and always breaking up. Being a musician is what I’ve always wanted to do and I want it more than anything. Sometimes you just have to do it all yourself if you want it bad enough.

Q: Why have you not used vocals of your own in your songs? Do you prefer instrumental songs more?

To be honest I’m not comfortable doing vocals. There was a time where I practiced a while and was ok at them, but it’s just not me. Not only that but I found that a lot of people love the instrumentals. I would like to find a good vocalist that I think fits my music though. I can always upload both instrumental and vocal versions of my songs.
 

Q: If you could have your music used for one band, any band at all, what band would that be?

Oh man that’s a tough one. Well probably by one of my two favorite bands at the moment, either Northlane or Like Moths To Flames.
 

Q: What was your favorite person to work with thus far?

I enjoy working with everyone. I do a lot of work with my fans and I like to get them involved if possible. As for known musicians I’ve been working with Shawn O’Brien from Above This for a while and I’ve done some stuff with Zach Norman from Beyond Our Eyes. Both are great guys and have a lot of talent.

Q: Will there be any major differences your fans will notice between your first EP Enemy AC-130 Above (2011), and your upcoming new album Illusionist (2012)?

Oh yes, for sure. My old stuff was… well not very good haha. The structure of the songs was all over the place and the quality was kinda awful. My new stuff is more technical and sounds a million times better. The music style has changed a bit too. Some people have said that my music sounds like deathcore mixed with metalcore elements, and a bit of djent influence here and there. I guess I agree haha.  I’m trying to create the best music I can for my fans.

Q: Are you more excited to release your new album now, than what you were for  your first EP?

Definitely. This feels more like an official release and I also have a way bigger fan base now. I’m usually not the one to brag but I think everyone will be blown away. Like I said I’m not rushing this. I’m taking my time and making it sound as good as possible, while trying to add some unique stuff as well. I hope everyone is excited for it!

Q: Why have you chosen, up until now, to release your music for free?

I feel like you have to sacrifice some things if you want to make it far as a musician. For me money really isn’t  important. I started making music by myself just for fun and the quality was pretty bad so obviously I wasn’t going to make people buy it. Since then I have progressed to a point where people say my recordings sound pretty professional. 

 
There has to be point where I start making a little money off of it if I want to continue making music. I’m not expecting to make a lot of money, just enough to help me keep recording and such. But at the same time I just like making music and giving it away and hopefully making every ones day a little better. My dream is to make music, not to make millions doing it.

Q: Can we expect new and free downloadable singles in 2013?

Yes for sure! I already have some cool new things in the works for next year! I can’t wait to show everyone!

Q: What are your plans, musically wise, after Illusionist is released? Work on a new EP for 2013?

Well, I’ll probably take a short break then go back to my usual style of releasing a new single every once in a while. Then possibly at the end of 2013 start a new EP depending on where my life is at the point.

Q: Any persons, companies, or bands you would like to give a shout out to?

I’d like to say thank you to my mom for supporting what I do. Also thank you to anyone that has shared my music and helped me get to where I am now. I am truly thankful to have such awesome fans and people supporting what I do. I love you all.

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Interview with Thy Art Is Murder!

Band: Thy Art Is Murder
Genre: Deathcore
Q: Where does your band originate from?

Western Sydney

Q: Why did you decide to play the style of music that you do?

I guess because I enjoy the energy it brings and the heavy low tuned fast riffing really does it for me.

Q: What bands did you listen to growing up, and did some of those bands influence your music now?

Got into a fairly wide range of metal and rock acts such as AC/DC, Metallica, ect, but bands like Children of Bodom and Hatebreed really drew me down the road of heavier music. I still listen to them these days and they still see to inspire me to write.

Q: What bands, that may be surprising to your fans, that you enjoy?

Dredg, might seem a bit weird to some. Amazing band.

Q: What do you think the major difference is between your first released album The Hole Isn’t Deep Enough (2005), and your newly released album Hate (2012)?

The band matured a lot since then with our structuring songs and as players individually.

Q: If you had a chance to bring back one band, which band would that be?

Despised Icon

Q: Are there any instruments that would you like to learn to play, that are not already played in your band?

Saxaphone

Q: Favorite album of all time?

Perseverance by Hatebreed

Q: How do you feel about fans illegally downloading your album?

I don’t care… but a band on CD sounds so much better!

Q: Any particular persons, companies, or bands that you would like to give a shout out to?

Halfcut records crew, everyone at the machine shop and everyone who has bought our music.

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Interview with AngelMaker!

Band: AngelMaker
Genre: Deathcore
Q: Where did you guys get the name “Angelmaker” from?

Casey: We used to be called The Human Condition, before we even broke into the deathcore scene. We had to change our name because a band already got signed under that name, and we chose from a list of names that we all thought were fairly bad ass. We couldn’t decide, so we gave up and somehow AngelMaker just happened.

Q: Why did you choose to play the style of music that you do?

Jesse: We chose to play a brutal style of music, because every member of the band has been heavily influenced by much more intense acts. Our influences are numerous but we all have an appreciation for death metal, deathcore, hardcore and the like.

Q: What were your favorite bands growing up, and do any of those bands influence your music now?

Jesse and Casey: We both began with much “lighter” styles of music, with bands such as Billy Talent and Atreyu really breaking us in to the scene. We slowly progressed to heavier and heavier stuff, like Carnifex and Lamb of God. At a certain point, every last one of the band members was obsessed with the Black Dahlia Murder, and bands like Thy Art is Murder, I Declare War, Wretched, and Suicide Silence all played a huge role in shaping the music we create.

Q: Favorite artist that is not in the same genre?

Jesse: Well I love Being As An Ocean right now, and their latest release Dear G-D is has definitely established a spot in my top 10 of all time. They’re not TOO far from being in different genre’s, but they have a distinct feel 

nonetheless.

Casey: System of a Down.

Q: Have you had the chance to play live? If so, how did it compare to playing in the studio?

Casey and Jesse: We play live too much for just local shows. Our latest show, “Let’s Get Weird Fest” had an incredible turnout, and the crowd reception was unbelievable. The studio however was a great experience; working with Curtis Buckoll at Rain City Recorders was an absolute dream! He took every last input from every member into account and he truly made it “our” album. Compartively, the studio doesn’t quite live up to a chanting and moshing crowd, but we will be going back sometime next year.

Q: Does your family or friends support the style of music you play?

Jesse: Well I quit every other commitment in my life (basketball) to play in the band, and my father essentially threw the basketball budget towards studio time.

Q: How was working with Galactic Pegasus?

Casey: Playing live with them is sick and they’re all really great dude, but we’re not really involved with them on the internet scene apart from Mike tearing it up in his vocal covers.

Q: Do you do anything else besides playing music? School? Job? Hobbies?

Casey: Yea, Jesse and I are both in school; grade 12, and the rest of them are working up a storm, fresh out of high school.

Q: Opinions on illegally downloading music?

Jesse: Well Mike and I personally both purchase the music/merch from bands that we really appreciate, but we know that our EP will be spread online and downloaded if enough blogs get to it. We’re not very disturbed by this however, it just means our music is reaching a greater audience.


Casey: If there is one song from a band that I like and not too fond of the rest, I’ll illegally download it, but I know the struggle of selling music and with deathcore and all the genres around it, it’s a whore and a half to make money.

Any bands, companies, or individuals you would like to give a shout out to?

We’ll throw some shout outs to our local boys in Argent Strand, Icosian, Galactic Pegasus, Dawning of the Inferno, and the rest of all the awesome bands we’ve played with over our last few years. Shout outs to Suicide Silence and every last family member, friend or fan of Mitchel Lucker, RIP. Gotta love Pig Squeals and Breakdowns for bein’ a bro ;), BeheadingTheTraitor, Drew for hookin us up fattay style, and Total Deathcore for showin us love.

Thank you for the interview!

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Interview with Infant Annihilator!

Band: Infant Annihilator 
Genre: Deathcore / Death Metal / Slam
Q: How did the name “Infant Annihilator” come to be?

It was originally a song name thought up a few years ago for one of Aaron’s old bands (As The Blessed Fall). When we first started this band we didn’t expect to take it seriously; we used the name as a kind of tongue-in-cheek parody of death metal band names. The folder we have all of our recording sessions saved in is actually still called ‘Slam Jam’ haha!

Q: How excited are you for your album The Palpable Leprosy of Pollution to be released?

This will be the longest and most technical album that we’ve been involved in. We’re probably more excited than anyone else – we still haven’t heard the completed album. We’ve also never had this much attention surrounding any of our previous projects so it’s a pretty amazing experience for us all! Even the process we go through to organise vocal recording overseas is pretty exciting for all of us – we provide Dan with one song at a time (so he’s still not heard all of the instrumentals) and on the other side of the world, we’re always eagerly anticipating every update of vocals as we’re so used to hearing the instrumentals. Ultimately, every aspect of this project has been unexpectedly fun and exciting! We hope that anyone who listens to it will enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed creating it!

Q: What can we expect from The Palpable Leprosy of Pollution compared to your earlier released singles? Heavier? More progressive? Pig squeals?

The album should hopefully cater to the needs of almost every type of underground metal fan. Expect to hear influences from a variety of styles such as deathcore, slam, tech-death, death metal, down-tempo hardcore, grind and mathcore. The songs we’ve released were chosen purposefully – we’ve saved the heaviest breakdowns, most intense guitar, fastest drums and filthiest vocals for the release of the album. And yes, there will be a couple of cheeky pig squeals in there!

Q: What were your influences for your Decapitation Fornication music video?

We honestly didn’t take influence from anywhere. Our close friend James had just bought a brand new camera and wanted to test it out. It was just a decision to go into the forest near our house and film ourselves being stupid (with the loose prospect of a possible music video). When we were filming and editing, we never intended it to be as well received as it has been – it was just a bit of fun!

Q: The drums used in your songs, are they programmed or real? It is difficult to tell when listening to your music, sometimes.

All the drums were played by Aaron on his electric kit the same way he makes his drum covers. The only difference being that we recorded in a LOT of takes. Almost every distinct riff, section and fill in every song was a recorded separately. This was done for two reasons: The first and most important being that we recorded the instrumental side of the album at the same time as writing – we’d think of a riff and then record the drums and guitar straight away; the second reason being that we wanted the album to sound as super-tight as possible. Using this method we actually wrote and recorded the full instrumental side of the album in one week!

Q: One band that is has been most influential to your music?

It’s different for all of us – For Aaron it would probably be Despised Icon. For Eddie: The Black Dahlia Murder. Dan’s main influence is Beneath The Massacre.

Q: Are your friends or family supportive towards your music endeavors?

Unbelievably supportive! Everyone has helped us as much as they can in any way possible. Most notably: James because of his artistic ideas and generosity with his camera and time; and Aaron’s uncle Sab for financial support. Dan’s massively appreciative of his family for putting up with his vocal practice and recording sessions and his friends for their continuous support and belief in what he’s doing.

Q: If you could be signed to one record label; what label would that be?

We’re not looking to get signed anytime soon, but if we had to choose it would be Sumerian Records!

Q: Have any shout outs to give?

Massive shout/thanks out to Rings Of Saturn! If it weren’t for those guys we wouldn’t have half of our fans! Also: Thy Devourer for helping us out in our early stages. Dan would like to shout out to his old bands Betrayer and Dissever The Tyrant for shaping him into the vocalist he is today. We’d also all like to thank Total Deathcore, Chugcore and No Clean Singing for the promotion of our single!

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Interview with BeheadingTheTraitor!

Promoter: BeheadingTheTraitor
Q: Where did you get name “BeheadingTheTraitor?”

The name “BeheadingTheTraitor” derived from an absolute blank mind, to be honest. My previous channel, “WeSeekDestruction” just got deleted, so I was scrambling for a “brutal” type of name, and that came to mind.
I sometimes hate the name, haha. I find it boring and cheesy. The fans seem to like it, though. Enough to want to name their band that.

Q: What do you do outside of promoting music?

What I do outside of promoting isn’t much. I guess you could say this is all I typically tend to do. I put so much into the name, and the bands and working to get somewhere with it. Currently, I’m waiting to start some courses next year for Audio Engineering. Hoping to develop the skills to make beautiful music in the studio. It’s a passion I want to make a career out of. Also, World of Warcraft. 😉

Q: Who are your top five favorite bands of all time?

Top 5 favorite bands of all time. Man, I don’t think I could answer this with just 5! But if I had to drop some off the head, it’d be the following:

Misery Signals
Lynyrd Skynyrd
The Contortionist
Deftones
Blink-182
QUEEN

Believe me, there’s hundreds more I wish I could add to this list. Those bands have certainly impacted me in some way or another. I owe them a lot in getting me where I am today.

Q: How long have you been promoting heavier styled music?

I’ve been promoting heavier music since the early age of 14. Being 20 now hasn’t changed anything at all, either. I’m still in love with this, and the fire in me still burns to keep going. I don’t know what made me start promoting bands via YouTube. Maybe because it was an outlet for me to cope with things in my life. I won’t sugarcoat anything, but I didn’t grow up with friends or anything like that, So having music to listen to in my room alone helped me get through the day. It’s my everything, my baby, haha. I cherish and take care of it like nothing else. I always told myself the moment I started that this was my calling.

This may seem like nothing to most folks, but helping starving bands gain a fan base makes me unbelievably happy. The gratitude shown by the musicians give me the fuel to keep going. I’m nowhere near empty in my tank.  I consider promotion pages like yours, and fans in general like a second family.
We’re all in this together. We’re a part of something nobody can describe. Metal is all about brotherhood. It’s something bigger than us.

You, the fans, bands and I.
This is a family.
 

Q: What is your opinion on illegally downloading music?

I struggle to get an accurate decision regarding this question. I believe bands SHOULD get rewarded for their hard work by having fans pay their hard earned dollar, but at the same time, I believe music should be shared due to enjoyment. I think downloading music is a great way to get bands heard and recognized. You’re not necessarily stealing from the band, but stealing from the label itself. HUGE bands barely make a cent when they release a new album.
It’s all about the math. Divide everything up and the band probably receives 10% of all purchases.

The way to go in my opinion is to be DIY. Bands like Abiotic, Aegaeon and Breakdown of Sanity are all examples of this.
They make all the money back from tracks/merch sales. It’s the best way. Labels just provide album costs, recording, and helping you tour, and even in tour, you’re barely making much. Bands are starving.  It’ll be an issue fans will never agree on, nor will bands. I think it’s up to the fan to make this call.

Q: What was your most favorite band that you have uploaded to your YouTube channel?

My favorite upload on my channel. Hm. That, again, is another tough one. BUT I will have to give it to Signal The Firing Squad’s “Abominator” and “Into The Mouth of the Leviathan.” The reason I say those is because of the hard push me and the fans gave to have them agree to be on BTT. My fans did an amazing job persuading them to upload their tracks on my channel. I honestly couldn’t believe it. Having been a listener of theirs for years, and finally uploading their newer material made me absolutely ecstatic.  I felt like what I was doing was going somewhere, and onto bigger place. So yes, Signal The Firing Squad’s tracks on my channel would be my favorite!

Q: What are your views on other Facebook promoters that purchase “likes?”

Promoters who buy Facebook “likes.” My thoughts on that tend to get me pissed off more than anything. Not only for promotion pages, but band pages, as well. Being a page who never promotes myself whatsoever,  but only through a YouTube description link, I take offense to it greatly. I’m putting in my all and trying to make this page something amazing, but when I hear of pages buying “likes,” it absolutely rubs me the wrong way. I can’t explain it. It’s false advertising, it’s fake in every aspect.

Earn your fucking way in this music scene, don’t be a bitch and take a shortcut.
Quality > Quantity

Q: Any persons, companies, or bands that your would like to give a shout out to?

I’d like to thank you for giving me this interview opportunity. I’m not used to giving them, so it’s nice once in a while. Greatly appreciated, Micah.

Most and foremost, I’d like to thank each person who’s subscribed, and liked me on Facebook. You guys are amazing, and you’re helping bands in a tremendous way. So much respect go to them. I’ll continue to do this until I croak over and die. I’ll protect what I do ’til the very end. This is my life and I’m sharing it with thousands of people.

Thank you, Pig Squeals & Breakdowns! <3

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