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Interview with Flesh Season!

Genre(s): Death Metal
Location:  Logansport, IN
PSAB: Why
did you choose the name “Flesh Season” for the band?
FS: We wanted something catchy, yet not too cliche with today’s metal band
names. Flesh Season comes from the idea of zombies. It compares humans
to zombies metaphorically. The way a zombie would feed off humans for
food, we as humans feed off each other. All for our own humanistic,
selfish benefits to sum it up.
PSAB: When can we expect your EP Fugitives of a Dying World to be released?
FS: The release date is pending. We want to give the Fugitives of a Dying
World EP demos the justice we feel that they deserve. Recording the
demos before was a very rushed process. We wanna take our time on
perfecting our art at this point. The FOADW demos are currently on our
ReverbNation page. We are also working on 2 new tunes that will also be
featured on a future full length album. Which will include “Virulence”
and one other new song. It’s gonna be heavy as fuck!
PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label,
which label would that be and why?
FS: I think we could all agree on either Metal Blade or Nuclear Blast
Records. Some of the most inspiring and heaviest bands are on those
labels. It’d be an honor to be signed amongst some of the heaviest bands
in metal.
PSAB: How is the metal scene in Logansport, IN?
FS: Piss poor. Haha. A buncha metal heads with only bars to play at. I feel
like if there was a proper venue here, the metalheads would pack the
place. We pretty much call Centerstage Bar and Grill our home venue. And
that’s 30 minutes away in Kokomo! Haha.
PSAB: If you had the choice to share the stage with any band, which band would
that be?
FS: We can already cross The Black Dahlia Murder off our bucket list. That
was a dream come true for sure. Personally, I’d be honored to share the
stage with Lamb of God, Between the Buried and Me, Periphery,
Whitechapel, or Cattle Decapitation. That’d be sick as fuck!
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out
there?
FS: We’d like to thank all of our beloved family, friends and fans alike
for all the die-hard support from the very beginning. And those of you
that haven’t given us a listen, check us out on ReverbNation and
Facebook. We hope you enjoy it!- 

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Interview with Inailment!

Genre(s): Death Metal
Location: Nuevo Casas Grandes
PSAB: Where does the band name “Inailment” come from?
Inailment:
The name “Inailment” is wordplay for a local legend at the place where
my grandma was born. She used to tell us about corpses that were put
into their caskets with their arms overly crossed, so their nails would
grow around their bodies giving them a mentally crippling look. The only
“real” word in our name is -nail- and we gave it the -ment- just
because we did not know better.
PSAB: When can we expect new music from you?
Inailment: Right now we are working on a new EP, since all our members are in
different locations right now, the process has become a little slower.
We are expecting to release our new songs around October.
PSAB: You’re currently signed to Pedroth Records. How has the experience been being signed to them?
Inailment: It has been comfortable since it is located right in Pedro’s house
(who is our guitar player, programmer and song producer) we have a
couple of computers there and he is also working with a couple of side
projects with his mini-studio with other peoples he knows. We set the
place up ourselves and we are still learning how to produce songs, we
will be practicing and working until we get the right sound.
PSAB: How is the local metal scene in your area?
Inailment: Our hometown Nuevo Casas Grandes only has our Death Metal band. And
that’s pretty much it. There are not even any other metal bands around.
But our home state Chihuahua has been producing some good metal bands, a
couple of them have already gone to the Wacken.
PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?
Inailment: Fleshgod Apocalypse has been the most influencial to our music, right
now we are really open to other genres so we have some classical music
influence on our songs, boleros, rumbas, etc. We started by listening to
the likes of The Faceless, Winds of Plague, and always wanted to try to
produce songs like that. Every musician in this band has different
tastes in music so when we get together we are basically doing music
salad. We have been trying to integrate some progressive stuff into our
music such as The Mars Volta.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers out there?
Inailment: A shout out to Komanche who just got his first home studio set-up in
Mexico City(D.F.) another shout out to JuanK Duran, Flako Hermosillo,
and Pedro Vargas who have been always working on this project with a lot
of enthusiasm.
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Interview with Deflesher!

Genre(s): Death Metal

Location: Rambouillet, France

PSAB: Where did the band name “Deflesher” come from exactly?

Deflesher: It comes from a discussion between the band
members, we talked about what kind of stuff the band likes, and we say
“all death metal stuff !” Deflesher means like “butcher” or “skinner”.

PSAB: Why did you choose to play death metal over any other sub-genre of metal?

Deflesher: We have chosen death metal because it’s the kind of stuff
we want to play. It’s the only kind of sound who makes us happy. When we
are pissed off, or something like that, we play death metal. This is
the genre of metal we like the most.

PSAB: If you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?

Deflesher: After discussions, we have said all “METAL BLADE” because
we like what they do, how the work with their bands, and many of our
favourite band are on this label.

PSAB: What has played the most influence on your music? This can be non-music related.

Deflesher: Probably Cannibal
Corpse, the Tampa bay area, and the “typical death metal” : longs hair,
agressive sound, violent riff, blast beat and all these stuff….

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers out there?

Deflesher: Keep supporting metal, kick all hipsters and all pricks !

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Interview with War of Abaddon!

Genre(s): Death Metal/Deathcore
Location: Madison, WI 

PSAB: Where does the band name “War of Abaddon” come from?
WOA: Abaddon appears in biblical, Greek, and even in Jehovah’s
mythology. All have different definitions and ideas as to who he was.
But the one thing that seems to be agreed upon in all versions, except
one, was that he was the “destroyer” of said belief and system. That’s
something I firmly believe in. So I guess I feel we are taking on
Abaddon’s war in a sense.
PSAB: Your EP
This Hell Dies With Me is set to release June 21, 2014. How pumped are
you guys for that, and what are your expectations?
WOA: We are extremely excited for
this release. I think we are just as excited for the CD release party
(which is sponsored by Pig Squeals And Breakdowns) as we are for the EP!
But This release has been in the making for more than two years. We
have had many set backs in the process of getting this recording done so
we are ready to finally have this EP out.
Our fans have been so great
and loyal to us. It is a great feeling to finally be able to have music
that they can take with them. As far as expectations are concerned, we
just hope people enjoy it and want to come out to a show after hearing
it.
PSAB: If you could share the stage with any band, which band would that be and why?
WOA: Thats a tough question. There are so many bands that
I would want to play with. We pull influence from so many bands that we
respect and admire. But if I had to pick one band I would have to say
Meshuggah. They are revolutionary in the metal word in my opinion. I
feel it would be an amazing experience to share the stage with them.
It
would be a challenge to see if we could even come close to holding our
own with them. I’m sure we would learn a lot as far as making us (War
Of Abaddon) better performers as well. Plus, I think it would be
interesting to see what how a Meshuggah crowd would take to us, good or
bad.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Madison, WI?
WOA: The metal scene in Madison, WI is awesome. It is
very close knit community here. All the bands are friends who all hang
out with each other. You will see members of almost all the bands at
any given show. The fans are great here as well. Very loyal and
extremely supportive. They help us out a lot with getting our names out
there and with advertising shows. The venues and the people running
them are true music fans so no matter where you play you will have an
awesome time.
PSAB: If you could have any musician featured on one of your tracks, which musician would that be?
WOA: I would love to work with Phil Anselmo from
Pantera or Scott Lewis of Carnifex. Pantera is the band that got me
into metal at the age of 12. Phil got me interested in wanting to do
metal vocals. To have an opportunity to work with him would be a dream
come true for me. Scott Lewis is my favorite vocalist of the newer
class of metal. I’m a huge fan of Carnifex and the style Scott has. I
like how raw he keeps his vocals and is one hell of a performer.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out there?
WOA: I would like to give a shout out to The Circuit Theory, The Faith
Hills Have Eyes, An Ocean Above Us, Ultrea, The Unnecessary Gunpoint
Lecture, Casket Robbery, Unbibium, Descending The Heavens, Spider
Studios, Dark House Studios, Travis Fletcher, Darwin at The Frequency,
Amanda Longfield, Cory Scheider to name a few.
Questions answered by Trent Kremeier, vocalist of War of Abaddon.
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Interview with Kill The Stigmatic!

Genre(s): Death Metal/Hardcore
Location: Philadelphia, PA
PSAB: Where did the band name “Kill The Stigmatic” come from exactly?
Ken: Back in 2007, I was the vocalist for a death metal band called
Quartered. Before that, I played in a few bands but I had always played
an instrument (Bass for Left to Vanish, Guitar for The Murder Capital,
etc.) There was a difference in guitar writing styles between myself and
Quartered, and I would write a lot of guitar riffs and song structures
in my spare time that weren’t getting used and they were just kinda
stuck in limbo, so when my brother (Andrew Karpinski, drummer, ex- Left
to Vanish, ex- The Murder Capital) found himself without a band, we both
jumped at the opportunity to play together again.
We wrote a handful of
songs together without a bass player or singer, saw the potential to
form a full band, and started looking for more members, but figured a
name was probably a necessary next step. We wanted a name that wasn’t
simply a noun like The Somethings, or a generic paring of words like
Tomorrow Dies Another Day, or something stupid. We wanted a name that
made people say, “What’s that name again?” because most people we’ve
found don’t use the word Stigmatic in everyday use. (A stigmatic is
someone that experiences the wounds that Christ experienced on the cross
in a spontaneous and paranormal like fashion like in the movie
Stigmata.)
Ultimately, the name of the band comes from an episode of The
X-Files, Revelations in season 3, where a stigmatic boy was being
hunted by demons who’s mission on earth was to KILL THE STIGMATIC. My
favorite part about the band’s name is that narrow minded assholes have
taken one look at the band name and instantly wrote us off as satanic
without even knowing us, and it literally happened the other day…had to
put a bitch in check.
PSAB: Why did you choose the type of metal that you play?
Ken: We take an artistic approach as opposed to a direction that’s for a
specific genre or style. Metal overall but we go for feeling more than
anything really. Years ago, I coined a term locally to describe my old
band, Left to Vanish, as “deathcore”. This was before the term deathcore
became a blanket statement.
At the time, “metalcore” bands were on the
rise and we were playing a lot of shows with those bands but the label
“metalcore” never really worked for us, we had too many blast beats and
lows, and heavier/darker overtones that seemed to surpass the “metal”
and “death” made more sense. But when bands started coming out and
saying that they were “deathcore” bands, I said “Hey if these bands are
‘deathcore’, I need a new name to describe my style” because it wasn’t
the same.
Fast forward to present day, Andrew (aka The Ders) on drums
and myself on guitar write the majority of the riffs, and Frank on Bass,
who writes all of his bass lines, also writes a lot of song structures
but the overall direction we go for is for feeling. We’ve described
ourselves in the past as Blackened Death Grind Hardcore Metal
Thrash…doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue but it’s a great description.
(We’ve also said we sound like a more hardcore Skinless, or a more
death metal Between the Buried and Me.)
PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?
Ken: We very much locally grounded old heads (by age, not behavior). We
all have fulltime jobs, half of us have kids, and KILL THE STIGMATIC, to
us, is really a musical/artist outlet. Our vocalist, Ben (ex- The
Blessed), like myself and The Ders, in the past played in bands that had
high-hopes of success (label deals, tours, etc.) but today, I don’t see
the need for a label.
Maybe help with distribution/marketing instead.
All of our music is online and FREE (btw), and we don’t plan to tour
extensively. We’ll play some out-of-state shows a handful of times a
year but at the level were on, I don’t see the necessity. Although I
love Relapse and Metal Blade, and how they work with their artists but
for us, for now, we’re good. We’d just rather come to your town, blast
your eardrums out and beat your ass in the pit.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Philadelphia, PA?
Ken: Philly’s a weird town. It’s very pro-sports heavy, and doesn’t
cater to local bands very well. Pay to play/ticket sales is rampant at
the major venues but the people involved in the scene are great, and it
keeps getting better. There’s a lot of underground metal, hardcore, and
death metal; lot’s of great bands and the promoters for clubs in Philly
and surrounding burbs are usually guys that play in bands so they try to
keep it real. Not many all-ages shows though, which is a shame, and
this is basically because all the all-ages venues from back in the day
are gone or shutdown.
All ages shows are usually the major touring acts
at the major venues, and a local band or two gets opens…and winds up
paying out of pocket for the balance of the tickets they couldn’t sell. I
once heard of a venue asking a local band to sell 100 tickets to open
the show for Obituary and tour bill at $35 a pop, ridiculous. We even
got stiffed by a venue for over $300 of money we hustled and earned by
selling tickets and we never even got to play. That place shutdown
recently, no chance of a refund in sight.
But what’s cool about local
shows in Philly, especially now, is that the crew/gang mentality has
seemed to pass. Everyone gets along, you can have mixed genre shows and
no one gets shot, and everyone usually stays to see every band. When
KILL THE STIGMATIC plays a show, regardless of given slot, we not only
stick around for the show but we get the pit going, especially Ben and
myself. I rate a show based on the pit. If no one moved, I’d say it was a
lame show.
PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?
Ken: I think overall we’re an odd mix of styles but we make it work. My
favorite style of music is old school death metal like Cannibal Corpse,
Deicide, Suffocation, etc. but I’m really into hardcore as well. When
I’m on the train listening to tunes, I can easily switch from Carcass to
Sworn Enemy, and from Cephalic Carnage to Cro-mags or Misfits.
Everyone
in the band has this ability as well, and brings their own unique blend
of personal taste. Guitar wise, for me, my major influences are
Immortal, Dying fetus, God Dethroned, old Hatebreed, old Sworn Enemy,
old BTBAM, Skinless, Carcass, and while holding onto my old school
roots, Pantera, Slayer, old Sepultura, CC, and Deicide. But again we go
for feeling, we write for ears and hearts…not heads and wallets.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers out there?
KTS: Hells yeah!! Philly’s full of nothing but friends and our scene keeps it
tight. What’s up too all our families, Scruffo, Armen, Ken, and Chris
from Corpse Hoarder, Jordan, Mike, and crew from Assayer, Ian, Elisha,
Chris, and John from Dark Waters End, and all our friends in Splitwig,
Prosper or Perish, Supremia, I Am The Trireme, Dead in the Face,
Cognitive, all the bands/crew at Surreal Studios, John Boyce, Dave
Black, Keith Nolan, Frank Adams, John Blind Man, Jay Stringer, Ray
Frank, Walt, anyone I forgot, beer, and cheesesteaks.
Questions answered by Ken, the guitarist of Kill The Stigmatic.
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