Interview with Despondent!

Genre(s): Instrumental/Technical Death Metal
Location: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
PSAB: Where does the band name “Despondent” come from?
Despondent: I chose the name “Despondent” because it fits the underlining theme of
the music that I write. I also did not want to go with the “verb the
noun” approach. Not much significant meaning behind it.
PSAB: Your album The Gallows is set to release on the 23rd of this month. Are you excited for the release? What can your fans expect from the album?
Despondent: Yes it is! I can’t wait for you all to hear it! The EP will be Name Your Price on Bandcamp and streamed on Youtube.
PSAB: If you were given the choice to choose one musician to have featured on one of your songs. Which musician would that be?
Despondent: Cameron Argon of Disfiguring The Goddess doing guest vocals.  That would be fucking incredible!
PSAB: How’s the metal scene in your area?
Despondent: The North East Ohio scene is awesome! There are a lot of talented bands in the area and we have some cool venues.
PSAB: You’re a one-man band. Why did you choose that route instead of the traditional band route?
Despondent: I’ve always liked to do things by myself and at my own pace.  With
Despondent, I can quickly release music and I have full creative
control.  Things may change in the future, though.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give the readers out there?
Despondent: Debut EP “The Gallows” releases on September 23rd! Keep an eye out for a
Halloween split with some rad bands! If you like Despondent’s logo and
the cover art for “The Gallows” check out Brutal Disorder Logos!
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Interview with Death And Healing!

Genre(s): Death Metal
Location: Carmel, NY
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Death and Healing” for your band name?
DAH: Well, our primary songwriter/vocalist/guitarist of the band Will is
really into the band “Wintersun” and we derived our name out of one of
their songs titled “Death and the Healing”. We just made it “Death and
Healing”. The concept of the name is basically exactly as it sounds.
Pretty much coping with death but hey, you could interpret it any way
you want.
PSAB: When can we expect new music from you?
DAH: You can expect new music from us fairly soon. We actually just finished a
new song entitled “No one Goes to Heaven”. It’s pretty “thrashy”
sounding even though we’re a melodic death metal band but, if you want
to get real technical, you could say we’re a melodic death metal band
with black metal and thrash metal influence.
PSAB: If you had the choice to have a musician featured on one of your tracks. Which musician would that be and why?
DAH: That’s hard to answer because there are so many great musicians and a
lot of us would choose ones that aren’t living and some of us like a lot
of musicians who aren’t even in the metal genre. So to be honest, can’t
say.
PSAB: What is the metal scene like in Carmel, NY?
DAH: The metal scene in Carmel, NY is not bad but, it’s not great. For
example, there aren’t too many “local, local” shows but, when there are,
they’re pretty rad so, we can’t complain. We’re actually the only death
metal band from Carmel. Most of the locals are just rock, alternative,
pop punk etc… but we all get along and respect each other and that’s
the way it should be honestly.
PSAB: What are three bands that play the most influence on your music?
DAH: 3 bands that have the most influence on our music specifically would
probably be Wintersun, The Black Dahlia Murder and Metallica. Most of
ourselves however actually have a very open music taste and there are
plenty of bands and musicians that made us want to pick up our
instruments in the first place.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out there?
DAH: We just want to say thank you to all of our fans. Thank you to anyone
supporting us and that you should all be on the lookout for more of our
material to be uploaded for you guys to listen to and new material as
well!
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Interview with Enemies Deceased!

Genre(s): Death Metal/Thrash Metal/Grind
Location: Blackwood, NJ

PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Enemies Deceased” for your band? 

ED: We wanted something
that was different, that stood out, showed domination, and fit well with
what we write, lyrically and musically.
 
PSAB: You’re currently working on new music. When can we expect to hear this new music? 

ED: We’re currently in the
studio, recording our newer tracks, as well as finishing a brand new
song, which should all be released by mid-September.
PSAB: If you were able to bring back one deceased musician to be featured on one of your songs, which musician would that be? 

ED: I can only speak for
myself on this one, but I would personally love to bring back either
Dimebag Darrell, or Jeff Hanneman. Being a drummer and having that
opportunity to work with either of them, would have been an iconic
milestone.
PSAB: What is the metal scene like in Blackwood, NJ? 

ED: The metal scene in
South Jersey/Philadelphia alone is just a pure, power house. So many
bands that are not only talented but, just have incredible music. Its
truly an honor to not only share the stage with this scene, but to be
friends with most of them as well.
PSAB: What kind of music do you listen to outside of your band? Does that music play an influence on your band’s music? 

ED: We all listen to a
variety of music outside of our own. I personally love listening to and
watching any band that has a solid drummer… seeing certain techniques
and patterns has definitely helped me with the writing process in this
band. Our vocalist listens to practically every genre invented, he’s
always bringing good ideas to the table. 

Our guitarist is the backbone
of writing… he is always thinking of new riffs/ideas and emailing us.
And our bassist will learn a new song, and then just start adding and
changing stuff to add his flavor to it, so at the end, when it all comes
together, it’s just a pure punch in the face, that gets people moving.
PSAB: Have any shout outs to give? 
ED: I’d like to shout out
Spaun Drums, Scymtek Cymbals, East Coast Villain Clothing… our
families, and friends, both in and out of the local scene. (Bands and
Promoters) 

 
All questions answered by Jh Payne, drummer of Enemies Deceased
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Interview with Remains of the Tyrant!

Genre(s): Death Metal
Location: Modesto, CA

PSAB: Where does the band name “Remains of the Tyrant” come from?
ROTT: The name kind of just came to us, we had an idea of
what kind of lyrical content we wanted to portray and worked around it.
We had a big political charge to our earlier work and our newer stufd is
an outlook of the world is being torn down by man and that deserves
punishment. The name can be taken a couple different ways, the dead
remains of a tyrant who has been killed or the bleak remains of the land
and people the tyrant has had control over.
PSAB: You released a single, Bathing in Pestilence, earlier this month. How has the feedback been?
ROTT: It’s gotten some good feedback, of course we wanted
the Internet to explode when it came out but we are realistic and having
only 200 something followers at the time, we had realistic expectations
of the buzz we would get. But our goal as a band is to play what we
love and share it with anyone that will listen.
We’ve had some big name
artists that we really look up to give it a listen and let us know what
we think and it was a lot of positive stuff coming back which is an
honor to hear from some of our idols that not only took the time to
listen but also gave us input on what was good or caught their ears and
what they would tweak, we also got a bunch of good responses frim metal
blogs such as yourselves and the fans have dug it a lot, its a little
more on our death metal side which we really like and its killer to play
live. We actually are having a lyric video done up for it that should
be hitting youtube sometime soon.
PSAB: If you had the choice to have a musician featured on one of your tracks. Which musician would that be and why?
ROTT: It would be soo gnarly to get a guest solo and guest
vocal spot from John Gallagher of Dying Fetus, he shreds and he has
those unmistakable lows, so you could get two awesome spots from him in
one song.
PSAB: What is the metal scene like in Modesto, CA?
ROTT: The scene around here was killer when we first
started but venues couldn’t stay afloat, we used to have a couple
destinations for national acts but now its dwindled down pretty low
which is a big bummer.
PSAB: What are three bands that play the most influence on your music?
ROTT: That is really tough because I feel we have aspects
in our music from varying genres that will please a wide spectrum of
metal heads, we have tech, we have melodic sections, we have
heavy/groove, we have solos and we have breakdowns, but if I have to
pick 3
The Black Dahlia Murder( tech, melody and solo aspects),
Carnifex(blackened deathcore, breakdown aspects), and Thy Art is Murder
(Heavy/Groove)
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out there?
ROTT: First, we would like to thank everybody who has ever
given our music a listen, shared it with someone, or done anything to
help us push our fanbase at all. The main goal of this band isn’t fame
or publicity or any of that b.s. We want to play the music that we love
and share it with anyone who will listen and we can’t thank you people
enough for listening.
We have to thank Bob at Mayhemeness Studios for
working with us and helping us get the sound we wanted for these new
songs that we are doing. Brian Shields for posting up our music time and
time again to try and help us out, any of the blogs that have put us up
on their facebook, helped us our with single artwork or put us up on
their website to try and spread our music and we for sure want to thank
you guys at Pig Squeals and Breakdowns, you have posted about us since
our first EP and we’re stoked that we can keep making music that you all
enjoy. Thank you.

 

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Interview with Dagger of Betrayal!

Genre(s): Death Metal/Metalcore
Location: Thessaloniki

PSAB: Where did the band name “Dagger
of Betrayal” come from exactly?

DOB: When we start writing our first songs
we didn’t have a name. We were just rehearsing and we were trying to
find something that everyone in the band would like. After we finished
our first two songs, which one of them was titled ‘’Dagger of
Betrayal’’ we found the song’s name suited for the band’s name as
well. So basically the band’s name came after our song’s title.

PSAB: How was
the feedback when you released Paradox Hive? Are you still receiving feedback now?  

DOB: We received a really good feedback and really good
comments about the album, which made us happy. It was our first full
length work and we were pleased because we were hearing people saying
that they enjoy it and we had people sending us messages to buy the
album. ‘’Paradox Hive’’ also got a high rating in our country’s   Metal
Hammer magazine and some good reviews from music sites. About the
current feedback, we still receive good comments which is something to
be happy for.

PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any
record label, which label would that be and why?

DOB: There were some
offers from labels after we released our album, but finding a label is
something that needs attention, so we decided to stay unsigned until
we find something that wound seem supportive enough. So, well, if we
set aside the big labels, that is obviously we would like to be signed
to them, a good label that could support the band and distribute our
album and merchandise would be a really good choice. So, a supportive
label with good distributional ability would be the ideal.  

PSAB: What is
the local metal scene like in Thessaloniki?  

DOB: The scene here is pretty
active! There are a lot of live shows to attend and the whole thing
keeps evolving. There are really good local bands that keep releasing
new stuff and there are really interesting events. The thing is, we
would like to see the live stages more crowded, because supporting the
scene would bring a smile to everyone, fans, stages, bands, so it is
something that will help the scene to be stronger as a whole.

PSAB: Which
bands play the most influence on your music?  

DOB: We draw influences from
almost any metal genre that could fit in our sound, which is mainly
modern melodic death metal with a lot of grooves and some core
influences. Some bands that influenced us a lot are At the Gates, Arch
Enemy and Lamb of God.   

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your
fans?

DOB: To those who enjoy our sound, be prepared to hear some new stuff
and thanks for your support!

 

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