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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The Brothers Highhorse – A Graveyard for Lunatics [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Deathcore
The Brothers Highhorse’s newly released single “A Graveyard for Lunatics” is roughly four minutes long. They combine some elements of black metal, mostly heard in the vocals, with standard deathcore. The pace of the song is fast, and the instrumentals change through the song. In the beginning to about midway through, they have a fast-going death metal sound, then transition into a more melodic one for a small amount of time. However, quickly transition back to the fast-going death metal sound with symphonic elements for the rest of the song. The vocals used are black metal-like high screams and low screams.
The only thing you can notice about this song right away is the poor audio quality, and I think that takes a lot away from the song itself. If the band were to release a new song in the future with better audio quality, I believe it would sound a whole lot better. Other than that, it is a solid song with variety.Score: 3/5

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Interview with Bow Messiah!

Genre(s): Deathcore/Death Metal
Location: Woodend, Christchurch
PSAB: Where does the band name “Bow Messiah” come from?

BM: The name originated through religious beliefs that we should bow to a martyr or god to be saved from damnation, in reality we are all equals so no one should bow to a false god that is a myth, it basically means “messiah bow to the common man”

PSAB: You’ve been around since 2007. What do you think has changed the most within the metal scene in the last seven years?

BM: There definitely seems like there’s a lot more bands out there these days, whether it is the ease of the internet and global exposure, and with the technology at hand for bands they can make demos very easily, it’s a struggle to keep up with the amount of new music and bands on the scene

PSAB: How is the local metal scene in Woodend, Christchurch?

BM: The metal scene is Christchurch is on the comeback, We have some amazing local bands here that we regularly gig with and top dudes that all help each other out with support slots, backline etc, the last few years have been tough for bands as the earthquakes devastated most of the top venues, so there was a period where bands were relocating to different towns/countries or calling it quits, we struggled for a while to secure venues that support our genre but in the last 12 months the venues have been rebuilding and getting back up and running and the scene is alive again with some great venues hosting some killer bands

PSAB: You’re currently unsigned as of this interview. If you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?

BM: Nuclear Blast or Local NZ label Deadboy Records as they would suit us really well and both seem like great companies to work for

PSAB: What bands did you listen to growing up, and do those bands play an influence on your music now?

BM: We have all had different influences growing up from Black Sabbath to Cannibal Corpse and everything in between, We have gone through various stages since the beginning of the band, and we tend to write according to the type of music we are listening to at the time, At the start we were big into Lamb of God, Slayer, Pantera, the more traditional types of metal, as the band progressed we started tweaking our genre much influenced by what we are listening to now, the likes of Carnifex, Suffocation, Thy Art Is Murder, I Declare War, Behemoth and changing tuning’s along the way, we went from a drop D 6 string guitar tuning to C then down to a 7 string drop A tuning making things a lot heavier and broader than we anticipated at the beginning

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers?

BM: We are extremely grate full to those who support us, there have been some hard times that the band has pulled through not knowing if things would work out but after the national tour and the release of the “Maggots” EP, things have really picked up, we now have a game plan and are motivated to bring fresh ideas to the table, it’s great hearing positive comments from local and international fans alike, we just try to make tunes that we would listen to ourselves and if people dig them that’s a major bonus, We are now working on the debut full length and some other ideas we have not tried yet so hopefully the snowball will keep growing

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Interview with The Abydos Shelter!

Genre(s): Progressive Deathcore
Location: Rostock, Germany
PSAB: Where did the band name “The Abydos Shelter” come from exactly?TAS:When we formed the band back in 2010 we were looking for a name which sounded interesting or „exotic“. During that time, bands like Born Of Osiris or Veil Of Maya got bigger in Germany…so they have probably been an inspiration. Our Vocalist Björn (who also plays guitar in
Acranius) actually came up with Abydos. Abydos was one of ancient Egypt’s oldest cities with many temples and a royal necropolis were pharaohs have been entombed. So to be honest there is no meaning behind the name. It just sounded cool to us and you know…it´s just a name.

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

TAS:The feedback we got for our debut EP Neophobia was consistently positive. I think we got like 150 or 200 new fans on Facebook which for
us was quite a lot. But compared to other newcomer bands in Germany it´s not that much. It´s just hard to call peoples attention to new music because there are so many bands out there. But people who listened to our music on bandcamp or youtube liked it. We worked for quite a long time on that record because during the process 2 members have left the band. Also quite a lot people thought that we´ve recorded the EP at a studio. That feels awesome because everything was recorded by ourselves and mixed and mastered by our guitarist Pat in his small apartment. Now, more than 2 months after the release of Neophobia we just rarely get feedback. Time to get out there and play shows.

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

TAS: Interesting question. The most famos „djent“ or progressive bands are definitely signed with Sumerian Records or Basic Records. But to be
honest it would awesome just to get signed with any label which cares about the bands and help them to get shows. So actually there is not really a fist choice.

PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Rostock, Germany?

TAS: 5 years ago the scene in Mecklenburg-Westpommerania (the part of Germany we come from) was quite good. There are only a few bigger cities
in that federal state of Germany but people regularly have organized shows. During that time we all have met for the first time. Our bassist
Paul played for „Your Birth Your Burial“, Björn was the vocalist of „Traumatic Defilement“, Konstantin played guitar for „We Once Were Poets“ and Pat played for „See Your Princess Pass Away“. I would say that all of the bands have been kind of driven by the deathcore hype at that time. Haha. But to get back to the original question: the metal scene nowadays isn´t that big anymore. Unfortunately there are by far not as much shows as they used to be. We try to get shows in other parts of Germany which turned out to be rather tough.

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

TAS: Boring but true: Meshuggah was and still is one of the biggest influences. We all enjoy different stuff. Björn for example is really into death metal and slam. Pat likes besides Metal music like Deftones, Boards of Canada or Portishead. Konstantin is a big fan of Tool. So we get influenced by a varied range of music. Raphael and Paul haven´t been involved in the song writing for Neophobia but we´re looking forward to writing new material with both of them.

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

TAS: We want to thank everybody who listens to our music and who helps us to spread it, because thats the only way to play shows. We haven´t played many shows in the past and we´ve never played a show with the new line-up yet. Hopefully this will chance soon. And we want to thank the
guys from pig squeals and breakdowns who shared our music on Facebook and on their blog. Also we´re very honored to make our first interview with you.

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Hour of Penance releases new song and announces new album Regicide

Well known death metal band, Hour of Penance, announced yesterday this new song titled “Resurgence of the Empire” and a new album Regicide. The album is set to release May 13 in North America, May 12 in UK/EU, and May 16 in Germany through Prosthetic Records. Pre-orders are below, so definitely check out their new song and pre-order the album!PREORDER

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