Review: The Artificials – The Artificials

Review by Adriana.

The Artificials is a progressive metal project by Sarah Rigdon, Aaron Surratt, and Alan Rigdon (formerly in Erra). The Artificials EP was released in January of 2015 and is currently available on Bandcamp. “Preface” opens the EP with a very calm guitar intro that leads into a very mellow sounding song. It is played at a slow pace with soothing high notes played behind the vocals, making it almost atmospheric. The last minute of the song has more harsh/shouted vocals and cymbal strikes, but it still retains the relaxed feel behind the harshness. It was a well­ suited opener for the music to follow it. The second song is called “Lone” and has a more progressive metal sound than the opener. Vocals by Sarah Rigdon offer versatility to the technical and somewhat aggressive guitar and drum playing. Having the warmer vocals makes the song more ethereal and complete; it is a nice touch.

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Interview with I’ll Be An Empire!

Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Location: Kennesaw, GA
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “I’ll Be An Empire” for your band? 

: One
of our vocalists, Alex, came up with the idea for our name back in
2010. We feel like it’s a catchy & memorable name that draws people
to our music.
PSAB: You released your EP, Thelema, back in August. How has the feedback been for that? 

reception so far has been amazing! We couldn’t be happier with what
Thelema has done for us as a band, even in the short time it’s been out.
It’s so cool to have your friends/peers listen to & like what we’ve
worked so hard on for so long.
PSAB: If you could do a split album with one other band, which band would that be? 

an extremely tough choice, there are a few we’ve had in mind. Locally,
it’d have to be either Our Thoughts Amounted, Adharma, or The
Antikythera Mechanism. But as far as national/international bands, The
Contortionist or Between the Buried & Me would be awesome.
PSAB: What is the metal scene like in Kennesaw, GA? 

very diverse, for sure. Kennesaw/Atlanta has a variety of great bands
for every genre, as well as every sub-genre of metal.
PSAB: What are some of the bands you listened to growing up? Do those bands play an influence on your music now? 

all listened to somewhat different stuff growing up which shaped our
initial taste/interest in rock music, but now our common influences
would have to be Meshuggah, Periphery, TesseracT, Between the Buried
& Me, Misery Signals, Veil of Maya, Cattle Decapitation, The
Contortionist, & Rings of Saturn.
PSAB: Have any shout outs to give? 

would like to thank Pig Squeals & Breakdowns, first of all, for
interviewing us. Also, shoutout to sphaghetti. We want to thank every
single person who’s bought our EP, your support is what’s helping us
grow as a band! As well as the guys in If Machines Spoke In Riddles,
Adharma, Glacius, Extrania, Sustenance, The Antikythera Mechanism,
Prophet, It Was Late Last Night, A Legacy Unwritten, Decayer, Collapse
of the Empire, & Our Thoughts Amounted for being the eternal homies
& making Atlanta metal as badass as it is! #WhoIsMoneyBastard
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Interview with Paddington Frisk!

Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Location: Brownsville, TX
PSAB: Where did the band name “Paddington Frisk” come from exactly? 

PF: Our
vocalist came up with the name. “To dance to the Paddington frisk” is a colloquial term used back in the day to describe those who were being
publicly executed by hanging because I suppose they do a little shaking
during the struggle they go through.
PSAB:You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why? 

PF: Probably Sumerian Records. Most of my favorite bands are on there.
PSAB:What is the local metal scene like in Brownsville, TX? 

PF:I can’t say the metal scene in Brownsville is very impressive because
its not hah but by making an hour drive to mcallen, the scene is quite a
step up there. In Brownsville , you’ll find mostly thrash, black and
death metal. Not really any prog.


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

PF:For me it would be Protest the Hero, Born of Osiris, The Faceless,
Periphery, Animals as Leaders and other bands along those lines.


PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans?
Shout outs for fans? I don’t know if we even have any lol . Well we
certainly have gotten nothing but good feedback about our music… Which
I would assume that means we have some fans.You’ve been talking to Michael by the way. Thank you all for taking an interest.


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Interview with Mashburn Riffs!

Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Location: New Delhi
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Mashburn Riffs” for your band name?
MR: Basically
it has no mean but yea mash up all the things and play. This name is
suggested by our bassist.
PSAB: When can we expect new material from you?
MR: We’re currently working and experimenting with a lot of new stuff. Lets
hope something is out this year 

PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?
MR: Roadrunner record or Sumerian records For it focuses on
metal music and
being included in the group of Asking Alexandria. Born of Osiris,
Megadeth, Slipknot, Lamb of God and Seluptura is an achievement in

PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in New Dehli?
MR: In New Delhi metal is spreading. many new bands playing gigs. lack of
metal fans but dedicated 

PSAB: What plays the most influence on your music?
MR: BFMV, TDWP, Dead by April, and Pantera are influences. These bands are lots
to us. 

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to readers out there?
MR: We have a song also. If you like so plz share
and thank u so much
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