Interview with Genocide District!

Genre(s): Beatdown/Deathcore
Location: Orange County, CA
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Genocide District” for you band?
GD: The name was chosen a long time ago by the brothers (Walter and Austin)
They said they just thought of some cool words and put them together and
it stuck over time. For me personally (Leland) I can think of a million
things that “Genocide District” can mean and that may reflect through
some of the lyrics that I’ve written in our songs.
PSAB: You recently released a new single, titled “Not Living, Just Existing.” How has the feedback been for that single?
GD: The version of “Not Living, Just Existing” that we released was pre pro
we had wrote a while back so we didn’t hype it up as much as we would of
liked to. On the other hand we have been getting great feedback from
the pre pro so far. A different mixed and mastered version of the song
along with a video made by DeadWolfDesigns will be released soon.
PSAB: As of this interview, you’re not signed to any record label. If
you had the choice to be signed to any label, which label would that
GD: It’d really depend on which label offers us the best options. Some of
these labels are so tempting to get on because the bands you see on them
seem to be doing so good but they
want so much of what you earn and produce as a band, it turns you off
to it. We’d rather keep pushing as a DIY band see what happens.
PSAB: How is the local metal scene in Orange County, CA?
GD: Shows in Orange County are off the hook. Face Your Maker and Seditionist
are killing it at the moment with their new releases. All the shows in
our area that we play with them continue to pop. We’re so lucky to be
from an area that puts out such great music.
PSAB: What bands did you listen to growing up, and do those bands play an influence in your music?
GD: We’re heavily influenced by Sepultura, Korn, Slipknot and System Of A
Down. We all listened to these bands growing up and it definitely shows
through our music.
PSAB: Do you have anything to say to your fans?
GD: Keep jamming our songs. Download that shit illegally, we don’t give a
fuck. All we want is for you guys to listen to our shit and mosh at our
shows. Learn the lyrics and shout em out. We’ll be in a city near you
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Interview with Lost In Alaska!

Genre(s): Deathcore
Location: Chelyabinsk, Russia
PSAB: Where did the band name “Lost in Alaska” come from exactly?
LIA: For some reason, most people assume that we’ve taken our name from the 1952 movie starring Abbott & Costello but actually we had no idea it even existed at the time. Well, long story short, one day our bass player Alex and our former guitarist Vova sat at home drinking and listening to music. To be exact they were enjoying amazing Between The Buried And Me and their album “Alaska”. Somehow the idea struck them and they came up with the name “Lost In Alaska”. Yeah, its that simple.
PSAB: How was the feedback when you released your single “Euthanasia”? Are you still receiving feedback now?
LIA: The single was recorded with our long time friend Alex Shikolay on vocals and we actually received generally very positive feedback regarding it. And yeah, it seems that a lot of new fans of the band have heard “Euthanasia” prior to our earlier songs, so we do still receive feedback, but you know live performances still brought way more attention to the band. It seems people remember the shows just as much as the music if not better. Its a good thing in our opinion, and we hope to keep it that way.
PSAB: If you could have any musician featured on one of your tracks, which one would that be?
LIA: Oh, thats the tough one, so many awesome musicians all around. We’d love to have someone from the deathcore scene, like Phil Bozeman of Whitechapel or Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain but we love to experiment as well, so we’d try something with Mike Patton for example, you know. We think it would be great to have him singing on one of our tracks or do some crazy stuff only he does. Maybe we should try to reach him, haha
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Chelyabinsk, Russia?
LIA: We’d love to say that everything is awesome, but that would be a lie. If we’re talking about Chelyabinsk in particular, there’re a plenty of bands playing in a huge array of genres, and thats great, but unfortunately people don’t seem to be interested in gigs here. Its a common practice to see a nearly empty hall even when more or less famous bands come with tours. Thankfully sometimes shows featuring local bands manage to have sold-out crowds but thats rather exclusive.Its a common situation not for our city only but for Russia in general, there are people who love hanging out on the shows, but most of the people just prefer listening to the music at home, and thats sad. There’re so many great bands in the country and in our city as well.

PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?
LIA: It truly depends on the era of the band. When we just started we were mostly influenced by older deathcore bands like Despised Icon, Impending Doom and Winds Of Plague. And with such stuff on our mind we recorded our debut full-length “Zodiac” but since than a lot has changed, line-up changed a number of times, so prior to recording our EP “Time Of Solution” we’d say Whitechapel & The Contortionist were our main influences.Like right now we work on a new release and our guitarist Max definitely has stuff like Molotov Solution and Elitist on his mind, but whatever, we’re just trying to write stuff we love. Yes we absorb music that we listen to, but still we’re doing our own stuff. We want to experiment, we want to try new things, who knows, maybe we’ll even do some cleans on our new EP, not girly high pinched ones, but something in the vein of Soilwork, or we’ll go totally brutal like Ingested or Dying Fetus. Each member of the band has his own thing to add to the bands sound and we hope our new tracks will be loved by people who enjoy our music as well as ourselves

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?
LIA: Support your local scene, and don’t be narrow minded. It would be great if more people were open to new ideas, new music, new genres. We’ll do our best to bring you the most crushing yet refreshing album we can, so keep your eyes open and like our FB page not to miss any news. Thank you, and thanks to amazing guys and truly brothers in ideals from Pig Squeals & Breakdowns for this interview. Stay safe!
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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.
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
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.
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
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 The Man With 31 Faces!

Genre(s): Deathcore / Nintendocore / Ambient
Location: Patrick Springs, VA
Where did the band name “The Man with 31 Faces” come from exactly?

TMW31F: The idea for the bands is actually inspired by a series of unsolved
terrorist attacks in japan starting in the early 1980s. At this time I
group or individual acting as a group became committing began threating
the public and food companies with controlled cyanide attacks, under the
name “The Monster with 21 Faces” This case always interested me so I
decided on the name “The Man with 31 Faces” as a reference to the
unsolved case.

PSAB: You released your first single “Fever Dream” about a month ago. How has the feedback been for that song?

TMW31F: The feedback has been great! I have had a lot people tell that it is
there first experience with Nintendocore music which is really cool. Of
course the track isn’t for everyone but really nothing is. The EP that
this single is on is also dropping soon so everyone if you’re
interested in some weird experimental Deathcore, go check it out!

PSAB: If you could have one musician featured on one your songs, which musician would that be and why?

TMW31F: I would pick Todd Smith of influential Avant Garde Metal band Dog
Fashion Disco. The guy is a musical legend that sadly does not get
enough credit. `From lounge singing to Creepy falsettos to full on death
growls. This man is a killer vocalist.

PSAB: How is the local metal scene in your area?

TMW31F: Unfortunately nonexistent really. Besides this project there are
maybe 2 -3 more metals acts in my area so it’s not really much of a
scene. Most the support I get and the scene I consider myself part of is
the Online Nintendocore Scene. There dozens of artist in this scene
that make unique and experimental material. We all work together and
critique each other’s work in order to get all of us sounding the best
we can. We have a completion album coming soon actually so if anyone is
interested in a lot of 8 bit awesomeness the link will be on my page.

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

TMW31F: On most of my work instrumentally, the biggest influence is We
Butter the Bread With butter. I try to make very heavy but also very
electronic sounding Metal music. Vocally my biggest influences are
bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Marilyn Manson,
Rammstein and Cradle of Filth. All my Dark Ambient pieces are
influenced by famed video game composer Akira Yamaoka, who is best known
as the composer for the Silent Hill Franchise.

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

TMW31F: I want to personally thank Ryan Taylor of Pillars of Sarnath and
Trevor Anderson of Blank Flank for helping acquire the set up to make
this music because if they had not none of this would be possible. I
want to thank my friend and former bandmate Jack Maxie for teaching me
pretty much everything I know about programming whether is he aware he
did not.

A HUGE THANKS! To Torn Flesh Records for always supporting my
work. A big shout out to the Nintendocore scene! Ryan, Trevor, Riely,
Matt, Nick, The awesomely Swoll dudes at All Hail The Moustache, Bryan,
Damante, Thron, Skylah and anyone else I am forgetting! A big thanks to
my friend Chad for being such an awesome Idol and last but not least my
awesome girlfriend Jule for being supportive of this crazy hobby.
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Interview with The Antikythera Mechanism!

Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Deathcore
Location: Atlanta, GA
PSAB: Where does your band name “The Antikythera Mechanism” come from, and what exactly does it mean?
TAM: The Antikythera Mechanism is an Ancient Greek analog
computer/astronomical calender that would predict star patterns and
eclipses. Its origin has been dated back to the 1st century BC however
technologies similar to this device aren’t found again until the 14th
Being a progressive metal band, we use the name to help try
and keep us thinking ahead of the curve. To keep us writing material
that we all enjoy but also writing unique material that we think our
fans haven’t heard much of, within the style of music we play.
PSAB: Your lyric video for your song “Depths of Europa” recently came out. How has the feedback been for the video and song?
TAM: So far the reactions have been really positive and encouraging, which is
obviously great. We’re just now getting a chance to break into this
underground scene with our new music. Even so, we’re still making our
way. The people that have found us and reached out have been nothing but
kind and we’re extremely grateful for such a positive response.
PSAB: You’re currently working on a new album, titled Pathos. When can we expect that album to drop?
TAM: Pathos came out on April 1st of this year. It is a 5 track EP that
mainly touches on ideas of space, consciousness, and perceived reality.
We wrote this album out of an exciting surge of interest from all
members about what life truly means and what humanity’s place is in the
We spent most of 2013 writing, recording, and perfecting this
music. Bradd Schlosser of In Motion Recordings in Athens, Ga was a
great producer to record with and we were also quite fortunate to be
able to have Brian Hood of 456 Recordings in Nashville, TN to do the mix
and master.

PSAB: How is the metal scene in Atlanta, GA?

TAM: It’s really thriving right now. All of our members came from various
projects in and around Atlanta. In this last year, we’ve started
noticing more and more people showing their support: from local
musicians, promoters, and fans in general. We are very happy to be a
part of this scene and glad we can contribute to its growth and having
great bands to push us to constantly better ourselves.
PSAB: What has played the most influence on your music? This can non-music related.
TAM:  This new EP has been a really great experience. It was exciting writing
songs that worked on every level. Musically and lyrically, together and
separate this album really turned out better than we could have hoped.
Music evolves when the artist does. That being said, it’s hard to say as
a whole what gets us motivated towards writing. However, we were
motivated to write something that we hope will capture peoples interest,
song by song and also as an entire idea.
Musically I’d say we’re
influenced by bands as recent as The Contortionist and The Faceless to
bands that have made their everlasting mark on the metal and rock scenes
over the years, such as Meshuggah, Tool, and Pink Floyd. We try and
pull from all styles of music and just write what we would like to hear
on an album.
The works of people like Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Dr.
Michio Kaku and Neil DeGrasse Tyson have truly helped bring the complex
universe to everyone’s fingertips including our own. I’d say that these
people among many others have been our biggest influence into the
concept of this EP.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?
TAM:  Every single one of them! Any person that has ever seen us, heard us,
bought any of our merch, purchased our album, or even just given our
music a listen. Now more than ever, fans are the only thing that keeps
music alive! So we’re really thankful for everyone’s love and support.
special thanks to our good friends Will Herald and Patrick Antos.
Without their continuous help we wouldn’t be where we are today. So big
shout out to those guys.
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