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Interview with State of Awakening!

Genre(s): Progressive/Metalcore
Location: Ghent, Belgium

PSAB: Why did you choose the name “State of Awakening” for your band?SOA: Our
singer had this idea for a band name since he was a teenager. He
suggested this name and it immediately stuck in our minds. Also SoA is a
Dutch abbreviation for STD. We also were thinking to change SoA to
“Seals Throwing Dookie”. Now, thinking of it, there is much more to the
name than initially came to mind. That is why we stick by it.

PSAB: How was the feedback when you released Ruin To Rebuild? Are you still receiving feedback now?
SOA: The
feedback has been somewhat limited up to this point. However, most of
the feedback and reviews are still on their way. Our friends and loyal
fan base are very excited and so are several other sources. Each stage
performance we gain enthusiasm. The less positive feedback criticized
our divergent songwriting. Which is exactly the way in which we try to
stand apart. Still, we cherish every piece of advice and feedback we
get, be it positive or negative.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Ghent, Belgium?
SOA: In
Ghent, but also more generally in Belgium, we have a lot of little
scenes dedicated to a specific subgenre. Sadly, these scenes never have
contact with each other. Even small booking agencies almost never work
together or go to each others’ shows. The bands need to take initiative
to cross the borders of their scene. And mostly, this only has limited
results.
PSAB: What one band has played the most influence on your music?
SOA: Every
member of State of Awakening has their influence, our bassist is mostly
influenced by Tool and our singer by the genius ABBA. But if we have to
choose one band, we could say Avenged Sevenfold has had the most impact
on us.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out there?
SOA: We are no strangers to love, you know the rules and so do we. In other words, we are never going to give you up, never going to let you down. We are never going to run around and desert you.Peace out.

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Interview with We See Dead People!

Genre(s): Deathcore
Location: Oulu, Finland
PSAB: Where did the band name “We See Dead People” come from exactly?
WSDP: The name came from the movie Sixth Sense were the boy says “I see dead
people” first it was a joke but then we thought that it would be a
really good name for the band.PSAB: When can your fans expect new music from you?

WSDP: Actually we are recording a new EP right now, it’s almost done, only the
vocals are still in progress. We haven’t thought the release date but
it should be released soon. You can find sneak peeks from our FB site.PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?

WSDP: Basically any label that allows us to maintain our own style and helps
us to reach more people and helps us improve ourselves as musicians.PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Oulu, Finland?

WSDP: The amount of the bands is very big and we think that most of the bands
are really good and there are many skillful players here. Because of the
competition it’s kinda hard to find places where to play.PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?

WSDP: Acrania, Ingested, Aborted, Suicide Silence, Chelsea Grin, Whitechapel.
These are the bands that we like to listen so it is obvious that we take
influences from them.PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give?

WSDP: We would just like to say hello to all Pig Squeals And Breakdowns
followers and we hope that you will like our new EP! Check our fb or
instagram (wsdp_official) to stay tuned for what’s coming next!
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Intervie with My Aim!

Genre(s): Progressive Metalcore
Location: Marke, Kortrijk
 

PSAB: Where does the band name “My Aim” come from exactly?MA: The name “MY AIM” just points out that we have a specific goal in mind with the
band. We really want to achieve something in the modern day music industry and therefore we
want to deliver the best music we possibly can. The main reason why we’ve started this band is
the love and the passion for the heavy music genre and just because of this we really try to
take things to a higher level. We aim as high as we can in the hope that our hard work will pay off one
day and that we will be able to live our dream.

PSAB: What was the feedback like when you released your album Heartburn? Do you still
receive feedback for that album now?

MA: The feedback was overwhelming. We started the band way back in 2010 and released
only 2 singles along the way and never got too much attention. But all of this changed
with the release of our first full length album “Heartburn”. More and more people became
interested in MY AIM and liked what we did. This just felt surreal to us. It took us more than a
year to realize the album and we’ve really put heart and soul into this record.

We could only hope
that people would notice it in the more than over saturated music scene. We were therefore
very pleased to see that people actually did find our music and enjoyed it. Till this date
we’re still receiving messages from people all over the world telling us that they really like
“Heartburn” and that feels just amazing.PSAB: You’re sponsored by Pure Deathcore. How has the experience been being sponsored
by them?

MA: We were very excited when Troy form Pure Deathcore asked us if we were
interested in a sponsorship from Pure Deathcore. It was the first time ever we were approached
by a promo page in this way. We just went for it and released the playthrough for
“Constants // Variables” on their YouTube channel. This proved to be very effective and really helped us
with getting some exposure. It would be amazing if we could get more sponsorships like this.
A big up for Troy and his team.

PSAB: If you had the choice to have two musicians featured on one of your songs.
Which two musicians would those be?

MA: That’s a very hard question to be honest. I think I would go for Shawn Spann
the vocalist of “I, The Breather”. His vocals are just insane and would fit our music very well.
The same counts for Adrian Fitipaldes, the vocalist of “Northlane”. It would be a hard choice but I
think I would go for Shawn.

For the second musician I would go for Jesse Cash from Erra. I really think
he’s an incredible artist. I’m not such a fan of clean vocals in heavy music, but I just love what
Jesse does in Erra. He’s a big inspiration to us for sure.

PSAB: How is the metal scene in Marke, Kortrijk?

MA: The metal scene in our hometown is amazing. We really have an awesome fan base
and just love playing here. Although I don’t like the Belgium metal scene in general too
much. It’s almost impossible to achieve something in the heavy music industry in Belgium. We’re
living in such a small country and yet the local metal scene is so divided. This works contra
productive towards bands and makes a lot of bands quit eventually. But this isn’t slowing us down,
we take matter into our own hands and try to change the few things we can. A new generation of
metal kids is rising and they are determined to change it for the good. We’re in it for
those kids and do whatever we can to build a better metal future together.

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

MA: We’re down to the clichés now, but thanks a lot to everybody who was ever
supported us throughout the years. Without you we would have never gotten this far. You guys
are the reason why we keep doing what we do, we owe our success to you. Therefore we will
never let any opportunity down to thank you or to do something back to you.

Really, there is
nothing more precious to us than our fan base! And besides this, I really want to thank
every booker and promoter out there who ever worked with us. I want to thank “Pure Deathcore”
for their trust in us and I want to thank “Pig Squeals and Breakdowns” for this interview. In
my opinion “Pure Deathcore”, ‘Total Deathcore” and of course you guys from “Pig Squeals and
Breakdowns” are the best promo pages out there! Thank you a whole lot for supporting the
underground music scene!

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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 Breathe Easy!

Genre(s): Metalcore
Location: Cairo, NY
PSAB: Why did you choose “Breathe Easy” for your band name?
BE: This is my
favorite question to answer when asked about our band because it
actually has a good story and meaning, rather than “because it sounded
cool.” Haha Music is a way to vent, to release all the stress and
burdens from every day life. We wanted to make music that helps you get
away from that bully that picks on you at school, your parent’s arguing,
or the huge pile of homework you have sitting in your backpack. The
normal stresses of life, stuff we all face.  We want to be the band you
go to to get away from it all and just chill.
The band’s name,
Breathe Easy, was created to represent exactly what our music, and music
in general, helps us all do. You can be having the worst day of your
life and be in the worst mood but when you turn on your favorite song,
you just feel better. It’s like magic. You relax, you feel better and
breathe easy.
PSAB: When can your fans expect new music from you?
BE: It’s
hard to say, unfortunately. Writing music is something I do almost
daily.  We have about 4 songs that are completely written and recorded.
it’s just a matter of sending the tracks off to get the final mix master
that they need in order to come to life. It’s all a matter of funding;
money. Right now, all I can say is that we’re planning on dropping a
new track in the fall and it’s a super aggressive and angry song, some
of my favorite material to date.
PSAB: If you had the opportunity to hold a show with any three bands, not including yourself; which three bands would they be?
BE: A Day To Remember
Attila
Beartooth
(I See Stars is an honorable mention!)
PSAB: How is the metal scene in Cairo, NY?
BE: The
metal scene HERE is pretty dead, honestly. It’s such a small town to
begin with, people’s music taste don’t really extend past the type of
shit you’d hear on the radio. However, if you head about 40 minutes
north from here to Albany, NY, the scene is alive and well. So many
awesome venues such as Upstate Concert Hall, Bogies, Times Union Center,
etc..there’s always a show around here. It’s awesome.
Shout out to
“The Alaskan” and “Restless Streets” for being such awesome local bands
as well and tearing up the scene. I’m really looking forward to playing a
show with those dudes some time, go check them out.  Really fortunate
to live so close to such a thriving scene.
PSAB: What has played the most influence on your music? This can be non-music related.
BE: Speaking
for myself, I’d have to say that life in general has contributed the
most.  The things I’ve experience, emotions, situations, etc. People
I’ve met, the things I’ve done, everything.  I like to write about
things I’ve been through and my lyrics are basically an interpretation
of the situation and how I felt at the time I wrote those words.
Which
is awesome, because my songs cover basically every emotion and life
situation you could think of. Ranging from extremely angry, to dealing
with anxiety and depression, to trying to be a better person and cope
with things bigger than yourself.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?
BE: Absolutely.
Although we’re still a small band, I want to thank anyone who has taken
time out of their life to check out our Facebook page and give it a
like or check out our music. It really means a lot to us, thank you.
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