Interview with The Man With 31 Faces!

Genre(s): Deathcore / Nintendocore / Ambient
Location: Patrick Springs, VA
PSAB:
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
century.
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
universe.
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.
A
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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Interview with Exiler!

Genre(s): Deathcore
Location: San Antonio, TX
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Exiler” for your band?
Exiler: We’re honestly not sure. The name was chosen long ago (back in ’11) when we I was in 5th grade. Trey (old vocalist) came up with the name outcaster, and then we decided exiler seemed cooler. Zack (current vocalist) liked the name so we just kept it.
PSAB: When can we expect your new album The Awakening to drop this summer? Late in August?
Exiler: The album should drop in mid June-early July.
PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?
Exiler: Definitely either Metal Blade, or We Are Triumphant. They both have the sickest/heaviest bands, and they’re really great guys.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in San Antonio, TX?
Exiler: Horrible. When
people say they like metal, they’re talking about Black Veil Brides and
Blood on the Dance Floor. Sometimes they’ll say Bring Me the Horizon,
yet they’ll only know/like Sempiternal. (IMO, I miss the 2006 deathcore
sound.)
PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?
Exiler: Make Them
Suffer, Veil of Maya, Despised Icon, Thy Art is Murder, Born of Osiris,
AngelMaker, Dealey Plaza and Infant Annihilator.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers out there?
Exiler: Follow your dreams. Even if you’re at a young age, start a band or do what you want with your life. Because no one else can change you.
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Cognitive – Cognitive [REVIEW]

Genre(s): Technical Death Metal/Deathcore
New Jersey based technical death metal/deathcore act, Cognitive, has recently released their debut full length Cognitive through Pathologically Explicit. This album is the band’s second release, the first being their EP, The Horrid Swarm back in 2012, which I reviewed as well.
In a vague description, Cognitive is a combination of technical death metal with some deathcore aspects thrown in. But if you are to look deeper into the album, there is a lot more there. It is a very fast paced album, and if you are not paying attention, you may not even realize you listened to the entire thing. The combination of brutal sounding death metal and its “in your face” sound is prevalent is most of the album, like in “Cut The Fuck Up,” “World’s Beneath,” and “Fire from the Sky.” That’s not all they have in this album as they provide well done melodies in some of the tracks, like in “Affliction Humanity,” “Oceanic Erosion,” and “Regurgitated Existence.” But, that’s not all, there is great sounding groove elements, like in the song “Blood Hungry.”
If you are a fan of death metal and other sub-genres of metal; groove, technical, brutal death, melodic death, and deathcore. Then this album has everything you could possibly want out of an album. I definitely recommend this album to any fan of death metal. So! If this album sounds good to you, go pick it up from Pathologically Explicit’s Big Cartel (linked above)!Score: 5/5

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Interview with Cloudshift!

Genre(s): Progressive Metalcore/Deathcore
Location: Nederland, Texas
PSAB: Where did the band name “Cloudshift” come from exactly?
CS: The name CloudShift came from an idea that was formed by founding member
Josh Bandsma, that “We like to shift clouds and the clouds like it
too.” He is an expert in “Cloud Linguistics” and says he, “listened to
the clouds.” Members Stephen Weaver and Jacob “Earl” Harrell firmly
agreed on the name.

PSAB: When can we expect your album Enthullung Der Weg to release?

CS: You can expect Enthüllung der Weg, to be released at the beginning of
the Summer this year, as well as our new single “Rancor” on April, 20th.PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?

CS: Any label that puts out good music that isn’t a product designed by
those outside of the band, is a record label worth signing under.PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Nederland, TX?

CS: SETX holds a growing breed of amazing musicians producing a sound that
be found only in the area. The level of competency and musical
dedication this area holds is at a level unseen my most of the nation’s
eye.PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?

CS: Such bands as Born Of Osiris, Periphery, Vildhjarta, Veil Of Maya, The
Contortionist, and Knuckle Sandwich play a huge role when it comes to
our influences as a band as well as individuals.PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?

CS: Shouts out to Adam Fontenet, Jose Campos, Jarrod Talbot, Peter Smith,
Caleb Hyatt, CoreToTheCore, Youth Decay Creations, and everyone whos
ever been out to support us.
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