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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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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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