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Interview with Intraneum!

Genre(s): Melodic/Technical Deathcore
Location: Trójmiasto, Poland
PSAB: Where did the band name “Intraneum” come from?
ITN: Intraneum
in Latin means something inseparable. Our guitarist also liked that
name because it reminded him of Periphery’s song Extraneous.
PSAB: How has the feedback for the release of your album Perfection?
ITN: We’re
surprised because the feedback has been very, very good so far. People
especially complimented the sound and guitars, some asked if we were
planning to release a physical version of our EP.
PSAB: One of your songs from your new album were
actually not your own, but of a deathcore act named Jet Black Promise.
This was something your band member’s did and lied about. What was done
to the particular band member, and what have you done to fix the
situation?
ITN: Huh,turned out that he stole not only this song but
our single from the period when our name was Until Death Do Us Part was
stolen from JBP as well! It was actually our ex-member, who left the
band without any word in November, when we started changing our style.
We were really surprised, he hasn’t given any reason so far. He doesn’t
answer our calls or messages, generally behaves like a total coward.
We’re planning to charge him for the time we wasted recording the song,
but as mentioned before, he’s just hiding, probably hoping that we’ll
forget about all this mess.
We immediately released an official statement that we had no idea
the song was stolen (we were really surprised as we haven’t heard about
Jet Black Promise before), we’re now thinking what we should do with the
EP posted on YouTube, as it contains a song that’s not ours.
PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Trójmiasto?
ITN: With
a few exceptions it’s pretty much dominated by thrash and heavy metal
bands. Most of people here enjoy old-school kind of music, so it’s hard
for us to find bands to play with. It’s rather hard to make any money
from concerts but lots of people attend, so it’s rewarding. When we
visited Krakow our playing style was nothing special – the city is a
Mecca for core fans, there are hardly any bands playing other genre.
PSAB: Which bands did you listen to growing up, and do those bands play an influence on your music?
ITN: We’re
influenced by Veil of Maya, Dawn of Dementia, Periphery, TesseracT and a
bit of Meshuggah, Reflections and After The Burial. Our vocalist was a huge fan of deathcore bands like As Blood Runs
Black and As I Lay Dying which you can hear in the way he growls and
screams. Most of the music our bassist and guitarist listened
to growing up was mentioned in influences, you could also add Megadeth
and Queens of The Stone Age for guitarist and Necrophagist and Blotted
Science for bassist.
PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out there??

ITN: We’d
like to thank anyone who digs our music and especially a few fans who
spent lots of time sharing our music and promoting the band, we’ll
definitely reward you. To people who haven’t – please check our (minus
Seven,it’s Jet Black Promise’s) music, intraneum.bandcamp.com is where you can download the EP for free from. We’d really appreciate any opinion

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Interview with Fraktions!

Genre(s): Progressive Metalcore
Location: Southampton, UK
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Fraktions” for your band?FT: When we
started out about a year and a half ago, we used to be called ‘Talllon’
but the 3 ‘l’s caused a lot of confusion with the pronunciation so we
decided to change it. After a lot of brainstorming we agreed to rename
ourselves FRAKTIONS to fit the increasingly technical material we are
currently working on. It also ticks the one word plural box which we
like the sound of.

PSAB: How was the feedback for your moderately new EP Momentum?

FT: It’s
been really positive. After slaving over it for months we’re delighted
with the final product, especially the production. It was produced by
Richard Gibson who did a fantastic job considering the small time frame
we gave him. We’re waiting on a couple of reviews at the moment so keep
an eye out for them.

PSAB: If you had the choice to sign to any label, which label would that be and why?

FT: That’s
a tough one! I guess Basick Records because they have a stunningly
progressive roster and we’d love to be on a British Metal label that
really values musicianship, creativity and groove. The idea of playing
gigs with bands like Skyharbor, Uneven Structure and No Consequence
tingles our djentacles! To sign to Sumerian Records or Subliminal Groove
Records would also be awesome.

PSAB: How is the local metal scene in Southampton, UK?

FT: It’s
pretty good for a the size of the city. Advanced Promotions always seem
to pull big metal acts to Southampton. Recently we’ve had lots of
successful modern metal acts such as Thy Art Is Murder, Heart of a
Coward, Architects, Northlane and Stray From The Path all play here.
Born of Osiris are coming to Southampton soon as well. There’s a few
venues that are happy to put on metal nights every now and again such as
Joiners, Talking Heads and Avondale House. Last year we were able to
support Circles (Basick Records) on the album release show of their UK
tour in Southampton which was incredible. However generally speaking, it
is tough to get noticed and on some of the bigger bills with the
internationally touring metal bands unless you have management or a
label.

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

FT: When
I created the band, my main aim was to combine the impact of techy
metalcore riffs with progressive elements and the djent riffing style.
So basically a fusion of August Burns Red, Misery Signals and Architects
with bands like Periphery, Monuments and TesseracT with a hint of the
ambient alternative metal of Deftones. Another huge influence on my
writing style are Between the Buried and Me. The way they effortlessly
switch genres is something I wanted to incorporate into our music. We
have a cheeky jazzy/swing section in the middle of our song ‘Parachutes
Are Overrated’ which is inspired by BTBAM’s ‘Prequel to the Sequel’ off
‘Colors’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn5xKJFl7NE (5:15)

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

FT: I’d
like to give a shout out to our friends in ‘A Formal Horse’ and
‘Ariyah’ two awesome bands who supported us at our EP launch gig on the
23rd Feb. I’d also like to thank everyone that’s supported us so far and
especially to those people who have bought an EP! To anyone who hasn’t
heard of us before if you like the sound of it you can listen to our EP
for free here: http://fraktions.bandcamp.com/ Cheers for the interview
Micah.

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Interview with Pangaea!

Genre(s): Progressive Metalcore
Location: Wisconsin
PSAB: What does the band name “Pangaea” mean exactly?

PG: Pangaea is the supercontinent that formed around 300 million years ago. All of the continents today were once all connected as one giant land mass. Due to continental drift we have the continents in their current locations. The name Pangaea is derived from Ancient Greek with PAN meaning “entire”, and GAIA meaning “Mother Earth.”PSAB: How has the feedback been for your recently released EP Unified?

PG: The feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive. We are humbled by all of the kind words we have received so far from people who have downloaded Unified and from those who have seen us live.PSAB: If you could share the stage with any band, which band would it be and why?

PG: Between the Buried and Me. It would be a huge honor since they’ve been playing for so many years in a style that is truly their own. They have never conformed or stopped creating music that is meaningful to them.

PSAB: What are your plans for this upcoming summer? Tour? Record?

PG: We have a couple of tours in the works for this spring/summer. We
are heading to the east coast with our Wisconsin brothers in Ocellus in
May. Keep an eye open on our Facebook page for the tour dates. No plans
to record at the moment with Unified just coming out but we are always writing new music.PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?

PG: The Contortionist, Sikth, Veil of Maya, Mastodon, and Between the Buried and Me to name a few.PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers out there?

PG: We would just like to thank everyone who has taken the time to
listen to our music, see us play live, read this interview, and picked
up merch. Some people have even sent donations while downloading our EP
(which is free on our Bandcamp). We can’t thank them enough for that.
Also, all of the bands we’ve had the chance to share the stage with have
been awesome. No egos, no BS, just local bands that support each other.
We definitely want to give our dudes in Ocellus a shout out for taking
us on the road this May! And thank you, Micah, for supporting us and
doing this interview!

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Interview with Apex!

Genre(s): Deathcore
Location: Cincinnati, OH
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Apex” for your band?
Apex: The name Apex comes from the phrase “Apex Predator”. An apex predator has few to no predators of their own and they reside at the top of their food chain. I personally thought that was as a strong a name as we could get
PSAB: You released your debut single “Mortifier” back in February of 2014. How was the feedback for the single then and are you still receiving feedback now?
Apex: The feedback has been amazing. Better than we ever could’ve expected for a first single from a new band. Also, yeah we keep getting kids liking our page almost everyday and the views on the video continue to climb. It’s weird and amazing at the same time. I can’t wait to see what happens when we release more music.
PSAB: As of this interview, you’re currently not signed to any label. If you had the choice of any label to be signed to, which label would that be and why?
Apex: I honestly don’t think we’re all too concerned about getting signed. If I personally had to pick, I’d say Sumerian or Epitaph. I think some of the artists on those labels and the way they are ran are amazing.
PSAB: How is the local metal scene in Cincinnati, OH?
Apex: It’s a great place to be to play metal. There are some amazing bands around here to share the stage with and the kids here come out to every show and they go hard as fuck. The bands support each other and everyone gets excited on everyone’s music. You can’t ask for much more. We wanna see what the scene is like in other places though.
PSAB: What one band has played the most influence on your music?Apex: Honestly I don’t think we’ve sit down and been like “make that part like” or anything. The entire writing process has been “let’s be different and let’s be heavy”. But if I had to pick on mutual influence throughout the whole band, it’s be The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza.

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?
Apex: To anyone who has taken the time of day to like our page, listen to Mortifier, share it, download it, tell a friend about it, anything. Thank you so much. We have BIG things coming in the near future. The new music kicks Mortifier in the ass and we’ll have a few announcements you’ll wanna hear. Stick around, and again… Thank you.
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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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