Interview with Myriarchy!

Genre(s): Blackened Deathcore/Death Metal
Location: Hamilton, Ontario

PSAB: Where does the band name “Myriarchy” come from?

Myriarchy: I joined the band after they had settled on a name, and I
didn’t want to be really mean and say “alright dudes fuck this name
let’s spend another 4 months thinking of a name” so I trusted my band
mates and went with it.
Thomas: I was trying to come up with a unique name that didn’t have the
cliché metal stuff you come across these days such as Darkness, Throne,
Blood, Shadows, etc… I happened to come across a term called Myriarchy,
and the meaning happened to be really cool; a system controlled by ten
thousand rulers.


PSAB: You recently released your debut single “Full Moon.” How was the
feedback for the single, and are you still receiving feedback now?

Myriarchy: The feedback was generally good; it’s always nice to hear
how we remind people of other bands with a nice personal twist that’s
memorable in its own ways. It’s difficult to be different as a metal
band, so what Thomas tries to do is write stuff that’s more of a black
metal mix and dissonant enough with a fair amount of tremolo, but I
can’t speak for his inspirations. We are still receiving some occasional
feedback from new people, I don’t think we expected people to lose
their minds over a single. 

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

Myriarchy: To be honest, that’s not something i think we’ve thought of
yet. we’ve been so focused on just getting gigs and getting exposure
that we’d think about it when it comes to that. Me personally, i would
say i’d love to do a record on Hopeless, but id also love to see what
Canadian companies there are that can give us a cool contract. 

PSAB: How is the metal scene in Hamilton, Ontario?

Myriarchy: It’s pretty cool actually, the last gig we played before our
summer to get enough money to keep doing what we love to do, we played a
gig in a place called “doors pub” and we were the 2nd band to play. It
was rad as hell to have some moshers starting it up and people
head-banging and really getting into our sound. Seeing people walk
around the corner with a face with the look of “fuck yeah dudes!” on its
really inspiring and makes us go nuts on stage. 

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

Myriarchy
:
I think that we are all generally into a few bands
personally the most, I think that Heaven Shall Burn and Parkway Drive
are the guitarists’ main influences, at least from guitar sound I hear.
For me personally as a vocalist: Whitechapel, Motionless in white, and
Haste the Day. i think those bands really made me wanna scream as
something to do in a band. We are also generally open to a lot of music
out there, Thomas has been getting more into black metal and that’s made
me want to do a specific vocal style for some songs, it’s really a
cyclical effort of the band to be influenced which influences each other
in our methods of instrumental annihilation. 

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give?

Myriarchy
:
We would like to shout out Eric Camilleri for setting us up
with bands like Erimha and Cryptopsy. Erimha has also been an influence
on me personally as a vocalist, their vocalist has amazing technique and
I aspire to be that good of a vocalist. All that it is, and I know
this, is practice. Also shout out to you guys for giving this chance to
speak out to people who want to know more and were left lingering for
what’s to possibly come. We have a lot of heavy shit, hoping to get more
gigs to put footage of online.
Questions answered by vocalist of the band, Canis Nine.
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Interview with Til Death We Rise!

Genre(s): Death Metal
Location: Desoto, MO
PSAB: Where did the band name “Til Death We Rise” come from exactly?
Derrick: I came up with the name back in my freshmen year, but never used it until this band got together.
PSAB: You’re currently working on a new album titled Anthems of Oblivion. When  can we expect to hear anything from that album?
Paul: Were just
finishing up gathering the funds for the album and will be heading into
the studio as soon as we get them together so hopefully well have a
single within the next couple months followed by the full release.
PSAB: If you could have one musician featured on one of your tracks. Which musician would that be?
Derrick: Defiantly Mitch lucker it would’ve been cool to do something before he passed
Paul: Travis Ryan
from Cattle Decapitation or Phil Bozeman from Whitechapel. Both have
been a huge influence for me vocally so it would be sick to do a song
with them.
Zach: I’d Love to have sinister gates featured on a track
PSAB: How is the metal scene in Desoto, MO?
Paul: Absolutely
Terrible haha there are a few bands around here but we’re honestly the
only current “heavy metal” band per se going in this town. There have
been a few that popped up in the past but currently were the only one
working on anything currently.
PSAB: What were some of the bands you listened to growing up? Do those bands play an influence on your music now?
Derrick: Def
Leppard, Metallica, Rush ect. and yeah those bands are reason we have a
lot of the classic rock/ metal sound and feel we have in the guitar
riffs.
Zach: As i lay dying, bless the fall, asking alexandria, ozzy osbourne, metallica, slayer, Iron
Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, August burns red, slipknot, system of a
down, papa roach. All music influences me and it’s helped a lot with the
variety in my writing.
Paul: When i
first got into metal i was really into Nú Metal bands like
Slipknot, Deftones, SOAD and they all really have a influence in the way
of lyrics and word play in the songs.
PSAB: Have any shout outs to give?
Zach: Shout out
to my family, friends, and fans that keep me motivated and focused on my
music goals. Id like to thank God for all of my talents and for of all
the talented people that He has put in my life.
Paul: To my
parents for the support and help they’ve given us. Derrick and Erics mom
Kim for all the help and supporting is from the beginning. To all my
family and friends for all their support and love they’ve shown this
band in the time we’ve been around. God for the talent and inspiration
to do this. Bill Boardman and Sam Escobar for opening their studio to us
and Mike Judy for helping us get our start. All of my band mates. Last
but not least thank to Pig Squeals and Breakdowns for doing this
interview
Derrick: To my mom Kim for all the support and Help, Alex, to Bill and Sam.
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Interview with Intervoid!

Genre(s): Progressive/Technical Death Metal
Location: Ohio
PSAB: Why did you choose “Intervoid” for your band name?
Intervoid: Besides being the primary definition of effective crack growth
occurring by plastic collapse, i.e. purely geometric softening of the
intervoid ligaments without incorporating material separation?  Band
names are hard to develop, especially when you’re trying to not take
“verb the noun” approach. How many bands do you know these days that are
just a pluralized word?
Not to take away from their talents, but I know
almost immediately when I hear a post-hardcore band just by hearing
their name. I can anticipate their sound at this point if the band name
includes a season, a girls name, an obscure road, or a series of words
with no spaces.  In short, we just like how it sounds and looks, though
at times having to assure people that the name is not actually
“in-her-void” can be tiresome. Or “Dinnervoid”. We get that one a lot
too.
PSAB: You include several different types of genres in your music? Why did you choose to play so many different genres in one band?
Intervoid: Our band is made up of four people. It’s hard enough to find four
people who get along, let alone have identical mindsets about musical
opinions. We don’t have that. We all have different ideas and styles we
want to employ, so after some time, you’ll notice stark differences
between songs, even inside of songs. Part of why I feel that Intervoid
is truly unique in today’s scene is because we embrace these quirky and
sometimes conflicting sounds, it’s a true amalgamate of four peoples
brains gnashing together consecutively at a single point and having it
never sound the same. Sometimes we give birth to a monstrous wall of
sound, and other times, we’re nurturing a gentle guitar serenade over
some subtle strings, genuine picnic music. It’s got an unpredictability
that I think modern metal needs.
A bad sign for a band is when they
have 6 people and they all decide to play the exact same thing. In my
opinion, I feel that’s a great platform for stagnation. I see this a lot
with deathcore bands today. A group of kids who write songs solely to
include a breakdown. It took six people to do that, not to mention it
meant that every single one of them has the same idea. So, if we bust
that down into percentages, only 16% of the kids have an original idea.
The other 84% had the same idea/don’t want to change the formula. The
only real value you can draw from those figures is that it’s
exceptionally common. And you can’t have quantity AND quality in the
music industry.
There’s only one Cynic, one Nile, one Carcass. You can
name 30 deathcore bands right now with damn near indistinguishable from
one another. How much of that can you tolerate before you just give up
on listening? Currently Intervoid has one “breakdown” to speak of, and
even then I’m nervous about it because of the stigma surrounding
deathcore today, which, honestly, is probably rightfully earned at this
point has changed the way specific musical progressions are viewed
today. Now obviously we have nothing against the genre itself but rather
the abundance of the playing style. I still enjoy a good deathcore band
but a good deathcore band is getting harder and harder to find as time
goes on.
PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?
Intervoid: That’s a tough one to really pinpoint because being signed these days
isn’t the be-all and end-all for a band. Sometimes you hear about how
labels operate more like greedy slave drivers than a truly valuable
asset to the artist. While I won’t explicitly say who or what labels I
hear this about, I’ll assure you, if you know metal and follow it to any
degree, you know of them.
Not to imply I wouldn’t love to be signed, I
just would prefer to have a LOT of control over the details. I like
marketing our band, I like doing our artwork, I like creating an image
to accompany the music. I try to take different approaches for all of
these things. I feel like if the band has the most control, it’s the
most accurate representation. Which is where the purity of the art comes
into play. I think part of why a lot of bands sound so similar is
because labels have some guidelines they want the artist to follow, and
if there’s only 20-30 really sizeable labels, you’re limiting the scope
of your music significantly, especially since the larger labels have the
reach and influence over substantially larger areas. It’s easy to hear
an artist on Nuclear Blast or Roadrunner, but for a small town label in
Fargo, their music will probably go unnoticed. What hope do you have to
run in lockstep with an established label with 25 years of domination?
Not much. This is where the discrepancy occurs. Truly unique bands who
may not be the ideal artist for a huge label with the capacity to
showcase them will be much more inclined to go with smaller labels.
While useful for their area, the small labels are forever doomed to be
limited in their range.
I guess with that being said, being signed is a
double edged sword. There are great positives to it, and some
unfortunate negatives and these both have to be weighed meticulously. If
I had to answer, I would probably go with one of the labels that aren’t
mega sized, but not miniature. Perhaps Candlelight or Relapse. Maybe
even Century. It’s hard to tell, I’d have to see what they can offer us
before really settling on it.

PSAB: How is the metal scene in your area?

Intervoid: That depends, is it 2007 still? If so, then it’s doing spectacularly.
If it’s not, then it isn’t as great. I think Ohio has hit a plateau and
we’re having a little bit of a problem un-sticking ourselves from it and
getting back into the real dirty grit and anger for which us Ohioans
have a bit of a reputation. By and large, our state is a dump. We’re
neck deep in overbearing politics and corruption, the weather is like
being seated underneath a 220 mile wide diarrhea spewing asshole. The
people are shallow and malevolent. Ohio is under a perpetual shit fog,
and you hardly ever find anyone who has moved INTO the state. And when
you ask about peoples plans for their future, the first thing they say
is “I want to move OUT of Ohio.”
With our state being so foul, where
have all the truly angry bands gone? This kind of odium is a nursery for
the development of metal band. Did they actually move out of Ohio to
start playing bluegrass or rockabilly? I worry that they have. All we
have left is a bunch of angst pop punk kids who perpetually complain
about relationships. I am confident that we can bring it back.
Part of
the underground scene is that for it to work, it always has to be on the
brink of dying off. Part of what keeps people so into it is that it’s
not an over saturated thing. It’s not blown out of proportion. Egos
haven’t come into play yet. It’s just a bunch of pissed off kids taking
their parents shitty instruments and hauling off to a garage, a house
party, or a local dive bar, hooking up their jenkem-ass instruments and
making a goddamned ruckus for 45 minutes to the chagrin of the
bartenders, the owners, and the unfortunate patrons who did not
anticipate, on their post-work drinking binge, to hear “The Shit Filled
Cunt Experience”. There’s a mystifying charm to that kind of expression.
Untainted by the politics and business, it’s still a fresh and painful
exposed nerve ending that they pluck at like an obsessed idiot.
“The
scene” is always going to exist, and it will always thrive so long as
people keep becoming a part of it. Time will tell if Ohio has a chance
of a true resurgence.
PSAB: What one band plays the most influence on your music?
Intervoid: I think a more accurate question is “From what bands do you take NO
influence?”
We listen to everything. Asking any member of the band will
yield highly schizophrenic and nonsensical answers. Personally, I can
have days where I listen to nothing but classical music/film scores (Two
Steps From Hell), others EDM/Breakbeat/DNB (Venetian Snares, Pendulum,
Current Value, Black Sun Empire). Sometimes it’s more straightforward
rock (Clutch, Steel Panther). Needless to say a lot of metal music
(Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad, Behemoth, Hate Eternal, Carcass,
Gojira, Fear Factory, Meshuggah, etc).
Though I think ultimately we
take inspiration from life, from our experiences. We all live very
different and separate lives, we each have unique perspectives to add to
the music through their respective instruments, I feel that we all do a
superb job saying what we want to say.
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Interview with Declension!

Genre(s): Death Metal/Trash Metal

Location: Schenectady, NY

PSAB: Where does the band name “Declension” come from?

Declension: It is another term for decline, deterioration, downward movement etc. It
sums up how we feel about the current state of the human race.

PSAB: Why did you choose to play the type of metal you play over the other sub-genres of metal?

Declension: It’s just what we enjoy playing, and what gets our heads banging.

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

Declension: Metal Blade. A large portion of our influences and favorite bands are on that label and they stay there for awhile.

PSAB: How is the local metal scene in Schenectady, NY?

Declension: Schenectady doesn’t get too many shows, but there’s a lot of
beatdown-hardcore type bands from the area. The whole Capital Region has
plenty of everything you want to hear.

PSAB: What has played the most influence on your music?

Declension: Playing with other bands (local and professional) that sound super tight
and consistent, have great songwriting, and wanting to reach the next
level.

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

Declension: Do us a solid and go check out some tracks off of our debut full-length,
DESTROY HOPE. If you dig it, it’s available through pretty much any
digital media retailer you want. Shyacoah 4 Life! 

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Interview with Inveterate!

Genre(s): Death Metal
Location: Nordhorn
PSAB: Why did you choose the word “Inveterate” for your band name?
Inveterate: We just wanted to have a strong and short band name like the metal bands back in the 80s. So we came up with Inveterate.
PSAB: How was the feedback when you released Pathogenic? Are you still receiving feedback for it now?
Inveterate: The feedback was awesome so far. We never thought that so many people
would actually hear our music, that we have recorded on our own. With
this good feedback we can’t wait for our first live shows.
PSAB: If you could play with any band live, which band would that be and why?
Inveterate: This is a really difficult question. But I guess to play with Northlane
or The Dillinger Escape would be freakin’ awesome. Both bands are insane
up on stage. Especially The Dillinger Escape Plan are setting new
standards for a good and powerful live show.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Nordhorn?
Inveterate: The metalscene here in Nordhorn isn’t that big. We have a bunch of
metalcore bands around here. But the biggest problem is, that we dont
have that much venues here for a big metal show or something else. The
most venues are booking mixed genre bands for a show. But we dont have a
problem to play a show with rock, blues or even pop bands – we only
want to have a good time up on stage.
PSAB: What has played the most influence on your music? This can be non-metal.
Inveterate: The most influence for our debut-ep ‘Pathogenic’ has played War From A
Harlots Mouth. We dont sound like them but we love the way how they
write and perfom their songs. Every song from wfahm sounds different and
you have to hear the songs several times to recognize every little
detail. This was also the reason, that Simon (Guitarist from wfahm), has
mixed our EP in his Studio in Tampa (Sludge Studios).
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out there?
Inveterate:  It’s so cool that so many of you are supporting the underground bands. Without you none of us could do this. Thank you!
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