Voidthrone April 2018 Interview

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I’m doing a crap ton of interviews lately…..get used to it! Anyways I have the dissonant black metal badasses Voidthrone on tap for my latest piece. “Kur” is a killer album that is arriving May 4th, which is very soon……preorder the album on their bandcamp right meow. It’s a great album….I wouldn’t mislead you. Well, here it is. We hope we didn’t bore you but in fact entertain you. Hail Voidthrone!

TMR: What influenced the band to create such unusual music? I’m awfully interested, it being such an original sound.

Ron: I have a day job that involves a lot of structure, order, and methodical, deliberate planning. Writing music that was improvised, strange, and original is a great contrast to my work and very freeing. Also, I have never learned any cover songs, so my guitar style may have benefited somewhat from the Galapagos Island effect. Also, we take our time with writing. Since most of our riffs come from improvising during jam sessions, we have to be comfortable coming to practice and after 2 hours produce nothing salvageable!

 

TMR:  How did the band come to be?

Ron and Josh started playing together in the Fall of 2015. After several months of unscrewing ourselves and getting the makings of two songs down, the band grew. Everyone in the band was recruited on Craigslist, which is pretty popular on the West Coast of the USA. The only exception is Zhenya, our new singer who found us on facebook once Dan, our old singer (and he IS old. And bald!) had to move to California.
Tryouts were strange and somewhat interesting. One guitarist showed up and was basically expecting to jam on Pantera and Prong or something. About 45 disastrous minutes later, he stopped us and said, “I should probably go.”

 

TMR: How was the name Voidthrone conceived?

The original name was going to be Rotfeast, but that was a stupid idea. It sounds like a 90s death metal cover band name. Voidthrone was Josh’s idea. As it turns out, the word “Void” has exploded in popularity so maybe we will change our name to Feasthrone or Thronethrone.
…On second thought, we will probably keep Voidthrone because we already have merch made and the logo is cool.

 

TMR: What made the band want to experiment with such unique instruments like the Thai flute and Phin?

Ron’s wife is Thai and she gave him the three stringed instrument called the Phin to experiment with. It is a very particular instrument and is mostly found in northeast Thailand and Laos.

Ron: I am going to keep messing around with the Phin to see what opportunities it opens up for incorporation into metal.
As far as the flute and “ao”, which is a stringed instrument played with a bow, we met some thai musicians who were temporarily living in the Olympia, WA area working at a buddhist temple. There is probably a lot more exploration that could be done with this, but we only had them over to record music for an evening. I don’t think they had ever heard metal like this before, but they liked it and had fun. There was a very, very silly flute part that we recorded for Phantasm Epoch, but it was so silly that it completely deflated the song like a pin popping an inflated tire. It sounded like a song bird whistling at the heaviest moment, the break in the middle when Zhenya goes “blech”. Then this happy silly whistle. Hilarious to me, but ultimately just seemed forced.

 

TMR: How is Spiritual War Tactics different from your upcoming album Kur?

In a few ways. One, Kur’s songwriting was a little more “song-oriented” and less riff-oriented like in Spiritual War Tactics. We probably paid more attention to emotion and movement in the songs. Secondly, we actually had a real mastering engineer master Kur. Ron mastered SWT himself. You can probably hear the difference! Kur has a fuller sound and is less fatiguing to listen to. Lastly, we have a new singer, Zhenya, who has a very different style from Dan, our previous singer. It gives everything a very different feel.

 

TMR: How did the songwriting evolve for Kur?
Mac: As a guitarist coming into a band with an existing guitarist, I didn’t want to be a soloist. Instead, I wanted to embellish the stuff Ron wrote. Writing the beginning of Kur was the point where I finally understood what Voidthrone needed sound-wise. That was when Ron and I started to write in a point/counterpoint style where every part one of us wrote was complemented by the other. Instead of taking the typical ‘lead guitarist plays the high parts’ and ‘rhythm guitarist plays only rhythm’ playing/writing approach, we organically shift our roles.

Josh: Dissonance and psychedelia was a focus. We had drive to create more dissonance than Spiritual War Tactics. We wanted to build on what we had already released; make it weirder. The more we played together, the more we figured out how to accomplish these goals. Including Mac and Austin in the songwriting process was a huge step up from doing it solely between Ron and me.

Zhenya: I can’t speak for the writing of Spiritual War Tactics. For Kur, I channeled the mindstate of me a couple of years ago when I went off my rocker for a hot minute. Writing and playing with Voidthrone is an emotionally exhausting endeavor. Delving beyond the veil feels like I’m scratching open old, festering wounds.

 

TMR: Any plans for playing shows?

Zhenya: Since lyrics and screaming is a pretty damn easy aspect of metal compared to the actual instrumentation, my efforts go into the performances we take part in. It’s my intention to make every show we do entertaining, exhausting, and enigmatic. I have been enjoying making the typical black/death metal performance style my own- the most recent addition to the live repertoire is the use of black lights and photo-reactive body paint that I smear over my black-and-white-and-blood visage. That’s not to say that what I do is all that original, of course! In any case, the more we play, the more chances I have to try new things, and the better we get!

 

TMR: What music are you guys into? What new releases is everyone looking forward to in 2018?

The wonder of discovering music, new and old, is hard to beat. The digital frontier is rife with renowned artists that we hadn’t yet encountered (Zhenya was recently exposed to Igorrr and, boy, is that his jam nowadays) and new musicians in various stages of starting out (so so so many excellent local acts that we’ve been blown away by). Some of the bands we’re excited about/have enjoyed in the very recent past: Pig Destroyer, Noceur, Slayer, Rabitrup, Igorrr, Orator, Iron Monkey, Empyrean. There are countless others, of course.

 

TMR: What are your opinions on the rising popularity of extended range instruments? There’s plenty of pros and cons, if you ask me.

Ron: I play a 7 string, fanned fret Ibanez guitar. For me, it was just time to grow up and “put on my big-boy pants” and stop playing 7 string tuning on my 6-string. The intonation is much, much better, the string tension more even, and in the case of the fanned frets, it is actually easier to play. I see no real downside to playing the 7 string, especially since we have always played in B. For now, I don’t think playing lower than B would make sense for Voidthrone’s music, so we probably won’t be djenting any time soon.

 

TMR:Double Bubble Gum or Big League Chew?

Satan.
Mac: Mints!

 

TMR: Provide any links here for any of your personal endeavors outside of your band and any projects outside of Voidthrone.

Mac: I wanna start a funk band with Austin.

 

Clearly Voidthrone and I have colorful senses of humor….I think we understand each other. Maybe?

Check out a recent show the band played this year right below here and don’t be a fool and support this cool ass band right now.

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Matter of Planets April 2018 Interview

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Matter Of Planets is an instrumental progressive rock/metal band from Ohio that has finished a follow up to their technical, intricate and smashing debut album “Ballad Of Baberaham”.  I recently had a conversation with the drummer Joel about the band amongst other things. Their new album “Somewhere Out Among The Stars Is Home” drops Friday, don’t miss it fools. Stay updated!

 

TMR: What’s the meaning behind your band name?

I originally came up with the band name when I was in Michigan many years ago visiting my Dad right after a terrible motorcycle crash. I was looking for something positive in a name, in a meaning. Light, cosmic, universal, but solid and grounding. Matter of Planets almost literally means “As a matter of fact, we are all made of Stardust” Thanks Carl Sagan!
TMR: Any information on your new album “Somewhere Out Among The Stars Is Home”  you want to share?

The last album was us figuring out how to be this band and how we were going to take our previous material and adapt it to our new form (we had a vocalist once upon a time but don’t tell anyone). The new album is definitely us very much at home with who we are now. What we are now. There’s less traditional song structures, more timing changes and multi-movement songs. Varying song length. More focus on the narrative and sonic exploration. It’s also the first time we’ve been in the studio with Roger on bass.

TMR: What are your personal favorite albums of all time and any newer releases as well?
My personal favorite albums are:
TOOL – Aenima

The Blood Brothers – …Burn, Piano Island, Burn

Converge – Jane Doe

Aesop Rock – Labor Days

Fugazi – 13 Songs

The Party of Helicopters – Space, and how sweet it was

Bad Religion – Process of Belief

BTBAM – Parallax II: Future Sequence

The Hot Snakes – Suicide Invoice

Godspeed, You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas

Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
NAS – Illmatic
N.E.R.D – Fly or Die
Deftones – White Pony
Radiohead – O.K. Computer

I don’t know. There are so many. I come from a jazz background where my love for Big Band runs deep. I think that the early 2000’s should be known as the Golden Era of Underground Hip-Hop (Rhymesayers, Def Jux, Living Legends). Wu-Tang FOREVER!

Husbandry from Brooklyn put out the best release of 2017 with their E.P. Bad Weeds never Die. I hope that works for you.

TMR: How did you all get started as musicians?

I started playing and jamming with folks in my late teens. Didn’t get into a serious band until 2004. Joe has been in punk bands forever, pretty sure we all got started as kids in school or in our teens.

TMR: How was the recording and writing process different than your first full length “Ballad Of Baberaham”?

It was a very similar process. Different studio, bass player, and songs but other than that it was close. Well….kinda. Andy Sartain was still in the control booth but Oranjudio provided a very different environment than Electraplay had. Bigger room, different toys, a grand piano (that shows up on the record more than once). But, like last time, we were very well rehearsed, knew what we were doing before we got there, and only spent a few days recording. The songs were honed over 2 years at least so when we get in there, we bang it out.

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TMR: Chicago or New York City style Pizza?

Pat’s Cheese steaks.

TMR: What band would you guys love to play a show with currently?

And So I Watch You From Afar would be amazing! I’d take Baroness, Torche, Lizzard Wizzard, Rosetta, or Russian Circles are also choice picks.

TMR: What led Matter Of Planets to being instrumental rather than just another metal/prog band? Your band’s sound is like no other.

Gosh..It’s all the different influences. I love love prog and metal but sometimes they just aren’t any fun. We really want to have fun. It has to keep us interested as a whole, we play what we want to hear I think. That’s probably why it comes off so ADD and crazy. But at the end of the set, when I feel like I’ve run a marathon, it feels pretty damn good.

TMR: Intimate shows are the best….the only show I saw of yours was here in Buffalo at a house show. I love those types of shows, or small ones in general where you can talk to the band afterwards and have an actual interaction rather than feeling so far away. I’m not crazy for stadium shows and sold out shows.

Intimate shows are the best. I want to connect with the band/artist. I want to feel what they feel and vice versa. But there is something to be said about the vibe of a large venue too.

TMR: What are your opinions on music theory? Some artists love it and hate it.

Music theory to me is like many other things, a tool. It’s something to have in your arsenal that enhances your playing and songwriting. Do I find it tiresome when a band is overly technical? Yes. Do I think that musicians can become mired in theory at expense of the music? Yes. But on the other hand, when people want to shit on extraordinarily talented and technically gifted musicians, it makes me crazy!! That has to come from a place of jealousy and it’s sad. Just cause it’s not your think does not make it bad.

TMR: What tour or festival would your band love to play on one day?We are such a festival band.

All of them. Austin City Limits, SXSW, Pitchfork, Bunbury, Maryland Deathfest or Doomfest, big, small, national, local, whatever. I’m working on one for Columbus. I don’t know if I’d ever really want to do a big tour like Mayhem or Slaughter though. I just want to tour and play killer shows, make new friends, meet new people, see places, experience life. It’s a good time. Sometimes we are lucky enough to be able to tour with our friends and that’s a treat.

TMR: What are some of your favorite pieces of gear recording or instrument wise past and present? 

When we recorded the last album I played on a 14″x6.5″ DW Collector’s Series snare drum. I went and bought immediately after. Blake plays this awesome Yamaha SG. We play with the same stuff on tour that we record with and we’ve all spent some serious money and time over the years putting together rigs that we really like and help us craft the sounds we want.

TMR: Any endeavors you guys have outside of Matter of Planets please link here whether its music related or not.

Thanks man!

https://matterofplanets.bandcamp.com

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Jollymon- Void Walker song premeire

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Melodic Stoner Rock Band Jollymon is releasing Void Walker On June 8th.  We have a melodic, sludgy, heavy release for you all.

 

VOIDWALKER SONG PREMIERE

Pretty cool…..right? It’s kinda like Mastodon, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and Clutch got drunk and had a child. But, it was not a mistake! This is a gritty, melodic band with relentless riffs and killer rhythms that make you want more. John’s guitar playing is very eclectic….all kinds of mood changes and great guitar leads that should make you wear your seat belt while driving.

Mark and Carey’s chemistry in the rhythm section on the Drums and Bass respectively add a lot more flavor to Jollymon.  Carey also has some cool occasional vocal effects that make their music spacey, if ya know what I mean.

Enjoy the track folks. Expect more when their album drops June 8th.

https://www.facebook.com/PDX.Jollymon/

https://www.jollymonband.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB-9qPtMRxBWlTJjd_199kg

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Infinitee- The Possibilities Are Endless Album Stream

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I present you the official album stream for Infinitee’s The Possibilities Are Endless. Have to say it was an honor listening to this before release day.  You can check out my Infinitee- The Possibilities Are Endless album review for my opinions on this masterpiece. Yeah, I said it…..it’s a masterpiece.

Enough of my blabbering, let’s get down to business.  I hope you enjoy this album, as does Tres.

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Tres Thomas will definitely give you that sad look if you don’t buy his album, as will I.

The Possibitlies Are Endless is available on digital platforms to purchase. Don’t be a bum and purchase this album after you listen to the stream. I want him to be able to afford to keep creating this cool instrumental insanity…..as should everyone else!

Inferi- Revenant

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Inferi’s Revenant is exactly what their album cover depicts…..it’s a behemoth of an album ready to kick anyone’s ass in 2018. No lies, this record is awfully impressive and would be a shame to see it not get any serious press. Nothing against their first two albums they’re great and I still love them……Revenant also seems to have a bigger maturation to it than their first two albums, if you get my drift. The production and songwriting is much better. I think this is definitely the album to toot your horn about and never shut up about.  I think I listened to the album 3 or 4 times before its official release day April 20th which is today.

What makes Revenant stand out from “Path of Apotheosis” and “The End Of An Era”? Quite possibly, everything…..Malcom’s shredding never gets old. I think the guy’s songwriting and guitar playing has consistently improved for years now. His guitar leads are very well thought out that the melody carries over note by note, and not playing obnoxiously fast every guitar solo that pops up.

The addition of Sam Schneider on vocals makes this band even heavier…..his enthusiasm and intensity makes Inferi that much greater and a bigger underdog for the metal scene. I’m so excited for the guys touring with Alterbeast again, as well as opening for Rivers of Nihil during their summer tour! I want this band to desperately get out of the woodwork and really show the metal world what it’s been missing. I wish them all the best for the Revenant album release and summer tour.

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The orchestral and synthesizer/keyboard elements make the songs on Revenant much more interesting than they already are….I’ve been becoming a bigger fan of soundscapes and songs as a whole rather than constantly breaking something down part by part. As a whole, every song is engaging and layered masterfully.

Another killer thing about Inferi? They never slack in the art department. Tell me that cover doesn’t rule….just tell me. This band’s creativity has no boundaries.  James Malone’s guitar contributions on “Through The Depths” enhance the song to a totally new level. Trever from the Black Dahlia Murder also makes an amazing guest appearance as a vocalist on “Behold The Bearer Of Light”. Every track is great, and flows well from the opening track “Within The Dead Horizon” to the last song.

Revenant is out now, so go buy it you fools. If I couldn’t convince or entice you their music better.

 

 

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Final Round for May Band Of The Month!

Okay so the last week is underway……
Fire Garden Divinex Inanimate Existence have survived the bloody battle of this 3 round voting massacre. The voting is going to last longer this time, until the 30th at 9pm eastern. So that means theres a bit over 10 days to place your vote and help spread the word!
*I might have consolation prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.
* Considering the success and attention this has received, I might do another month with the same setup again. Maybe twice a year.

Good luck!

https://www.strawpoll.me/15538420/r

Who Do You Sound Like? What’s Your Genre?

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Warning: rant ahead. For your information, you may want to take the detour if not interested.

Two big pet peeves of mine as an artist/promoter/blogger/music enthusiast…….or maybe for many bands and artists out there as well. The true artists who aren’t trying to be someone else, are actually trying to write their own music and develop a brand and their own style the best they can.  I try to stray away from labeling but it’s also tough when you’re trying to categorize a band.

Generally when you think of Progressive Death Metal…..there’s possible mixtures of classic rock, death metal, classic prog rock…..maybe even some jazz and big instrumental breaks as well and possible full length instrumentals.  It must be technical, right? Not everyone wants to be obnoxious as Archspire or Beyond Creation but there’s also the emotional side of the genre like Steven Wilson or the mighty Pink Floyd that add the “spacey” element to the genre as well.

How would you describe yourself or your sound? Well…..how about you listen to the MUSIC?!?! Isn’t that an ingenious idea? Considering the modern age has many sources to listen to a band or artist that could answer some of your categorizing questions. To be honest I was pretty guilty of this in the past, but am trying my best to break that trend. Trying to sound like someone else is of poser status, and toolshed status as well. Originality is pretty dead these days but its nice when you run into some because its a lost art.

There’s so many subgeneres and even new genres it just gets a bit ridiculous more and more every time another new one is created or founded. I bet you there has to be an atmospheric progressive neoclassical symphonic death metal band out there somewhere! Honestly some of those descriptions kinda blend in with each other now that I think about it.  Genre classification is nucking futs and so are elitists.  Stop confusing more people by mixing so many genres and stick to your guns for fuck’s sake. I love that people are blending more sounds and experimenting we need that. I hate when non-artistic people ask you these two annoying questions about yourself/your band or what a band sounds like. JUST LISTEN TO THE MUSIC AND DECIDE FOR YOURSELF. Or maybe if the logo is unreadable then you definitely know it’s a form of death metal.

 

 

 

Infinitee- The Possibilities Are Endless

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Infinitee is an instrumental project by Tres Thomas of Tales Of The Tomb.  This is a project that is very melodic and heavy.  There’s a great use of electronics that enhances his experimental nature and further adds to the originality.  What I love as a guitar player is how he doesn’t care about speed….it’s great to play fast leads and melodies sometimes but he has a great niche of finding solid melody without wanting to play at 1,000 BPM.

What makes Thomas’ debut solo album a great offering is his combination of a wide range of influence……lots of ambience and electronics that again break up an ocassionally repetitive genre at times.  Thomas stated that he has a 2nd album demoed and music for a third album before Infinitee’s debut actually is officially released!

I’m so glad I do what I do to discover new music and artists I never heard of this is another instance that is one of at least 15 to 20 times since I started this site in February (wow almost 3 months old!). I’m so lucky to get so many album releases of the genres I mainly cover of many bands and in return preorder them helping support these artists (just like I did yesterday when I only heard one song!). Tres Thomas’ album really resonated with me, and I hope it does with the general public. I have no problem pushing a well crafted album and that is what was accomplished here.   “The Possibilities Are Endless” is officially being released this Friday April 20th.  You can preorder the album through the band camp website and on iTunes as well.

 

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Track Listing:
1. Xenocybin (3:24)
2, Lost (3:23)
3. Robots vs. The Wooden Chairs Pt.1 (3:39)
4. Robots vs. The Wooden Chairs Pt.2 (5:00)
5. The Possibilities Are Endless (3:59)
6. Free (4:41)

 

InfiniteeBand.bandcamp.com

Facebook.com/InfiniteeBand

Instagram.com/InfiniteeBand

Youtube: Infinitee

Robots Vs. The Wooden Chairs Pt. 1 Playthrough

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Voidthrone release “Kur” music video

 

I previously mentioned these guys not too long ago.  Now, we finally have a full length track and not an album preview to listen to! It’s extremely captivating and very interesting……the dissonance adds such unique flavor to an already unusual and original sound Voidthrone is going for.

The band is exactly what music needs more of.  Not another rock or metal band that tries to strive to be original but in the end is just another generic band. Voidthrone has such a unique sound they sound like nobody in recent memory.

Kur is set to be released on May 4th which is only a few weeks away……get your preorders in while they’re available.

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Inferi April 2018 Interview

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I recently had the opportunity to chat with the tech death underdogs about a couple things…..including my two favorite things, pizza and tacos. They also are releasing one of the best albums of 2018 next week as well…..that’s pretty important, as well.

TMR: What motivated you to start The Artisan Era? It’s such a fantastic label, by the way…..quite possibly the best one right now, in my opinion.

Malcolm: Basically, the idea was to have a way to release our own music without dealing with anyone else, that way we could 

Mike: Thanks! We started it as a name to release our own music under. Once we learned a thing or two, we decided to make it legit and start taking on some outside bands. It’s still pretty small but we love doing it and helping bands we think are sick! We are constantly on the lookout for new bands to add to the roster. I actually just sent out 5 contracts the other day!

TMR: How did the writing process for Revenant differ from The End Of An Era or The Path Of Apotheosis?

Malcolm: Well, with EOAE we where in a studio and tracked and mixed everything within 11 days. It came out super raw and we didn’t want to repeat that process again, so with Path and Revenant, we decided to record on our own terms and in our own home studios in order to get the results we where looking for. It’s nice to have as much time as you need when working on an album and that luxury provides us with the mental tools to write and compose along the way as opposed to everything being set in stone once we are done with tracking. Also, Mike mixed Path and Revenant, which is another pro to being able to do things on our own.

TMR: Malcolm: Any update on anything new for A Loathing Requiem? 

Malcolm: Right now I have some material setting around and there will be a third album. But for time being my main focus is INFERI. 

TMR: How has your newest member your drummer Spencer working out for the band? He has some big shoes to fill in regards to Blackburn who was one heck of a drummer I may add. 

Mike: He is doing a fantastic job! Malcolm and I started scoping out local drummers to take Jack’s place over 2 years ago. Jack had moved out of state and we wanted to revive Inferi as a live band. It took a while to find the right guy, but we totally found him. By that time, we had most of Revenant written and Jack wanted to play on one last record with us, so we worked it out for Spencer to join immediately after we recorded the album. We’ve known Spencer for a couple years as a local dude in the Nashville music scene and he has become a great friend and touring companion too!

Malcolm: Working with Spencer has been great and he has been a great fit to our sound and our future progression as a band. Plus, he lives in our area, which is what we needed to move forward as a band. 

TMR: How did you guys land Trevor as a guest vocalist? He just isn’t another artist, he’s a huge advocate for underground bands and extreme music in general…..you guys must have been chomping at the bit!

Malcolm: All of the Black Dahlia guys are some of the most chill guys you could ask for. I just reached out to him, because I thought it would be cool to have a different vocalist for that particular part on the album. He was happy to do so and the rest is history, same with James Malone. He played a gnarly solo on the album and I can’t wait for people to hear it.

TMR: What is everyone’s favorite song from “Revenant”? Congratulations on an amazing album…..it’s definitely a 2018 favorite for me with plenty of other interesting albums to follow yours as well.

Malcolm: Malevolent Sanction sticks out the most to me. It’s the most diverse and expansive piece on the album in my opinion. 

Mike: That is almost impossible to answer, but for right now I might say “Malevolent Sanction” just because it is the most off-the-wall and proggy song Inferi has ever put out. 


Joel: Thy Menacing Gaze

Sam: A Beckoning Thrall

Spencer: Through the Depths

TMR: One thing I’ve loved about your band since I knew who you were is your artwork…..what was your thought process behind Revenant’s artwork, theme and lyrics? 

Malcolm: The Artwork is based on the exact lyrics for ‘Behold the Bearer of Light.’ The album is based on themes from Dante’s Inferno and this is Lucifer frozen in the Lake of Cocytus. Helge C. Balzer did a fantastic job of capturing the ideas I had for the piece. 

TMR: What do you guys think of Aepoch and Unflesh? I just recently discovered who these bands were…..they blow my mind! A tour with those two would blow up the universe! (HINT, HINT 😉  )

Malcolm: Both are rad and I hear a lot of potential in both bands. Brett (Aepoch) is a really stand up dude as well. You never know what the future may hold.

TMR: What new releases any you guys are looking forward to this year?  And on the opposite spectrum…..what were your favorite albums from 2017?

Malcolm: I’m not exactly sure what is on the horizon this year, but I’ve got my eyes on Beyond Creation’s new release. For my 2017 pick, I’d have to go with Dark Matter Secret’s Perfect World Creation.

Mike: Amiensus and Equipoise


Joel: Warforged and Equipoise

Sam: Spite, Virulent Depravity, and Necrophagist 

Spencer: At the Gates, Oubliette, Gruesome, Amiensus, and Equipoise

TMR: Pizza or Tacos? Everyone has to answer.

Malcolm: I want Pizza! P.I.Z.Z.A.

Mike: Close call, but good tacos are near and dear to my heart


Joel: Tacos, because I’m not a god damn savage


Sam: Pizza folded like a taco

Spencer: I’d say tacos because I ate too much damn pizza on tour

TMR: What was it like jamming with the modern day legend Grindmother? How freaking cool was that shit? I loved her album!  Any fun memories from that tour with her band and Alterbeast?

Mike: It was an interesting act to follow, to say the least! It was awesome to see her up there doing something she has come to love and having a blast every night. They were all sweethearts too. 


Spencer
 It was a blast! Definitely never thought my first tour would be with a 68 year old woman lol, but it was a lot of fun and all the bands killed it every night. One of my favorite memories was from the Sacramento show, the crowd was awesome, everybody played their best set of the whole tour that night, and it was fun getting to hang and drink with all the dudes one last time before starting the trip back to Nashville.

Malcolm: The tour was great and we had a really good time. At this point, it all feels like a blur to me now.

TMR: What are everyone’s favorite set of lyrics from Revenant?

Malcolm: “Thunder it seems, ripples atop the ice as Lucifer speaks” 

Joel: “In exchange for all your mercy, I will grant you amnesty, but the lies between his teeth hold a stench of fantasy.”

Sam: “Striving to be human once more, taste of the flesh and assimilate their form.”

Spencer “Engulfed by a maelstrom of lustful dead, he snatched out the tongue from the judge’s head, putting his limp serpent body to use, he strangled Minos with his tail like a noose.”

TMR: Go ahead and provide links for any other projects you guys have, or any other aspirations that may not involve music.  Thanks for putting together such a great album for everyone, Revenant will blow minds guaranteed. Thanks for also taking the time to answer my questions as well!

Malcolm: facebook.com/aloathingrequiem

Mike: Oubliette (melodic black/death metal) facebook.com/oubliettemetal

Joelfacebook.com/kossuthband

Samfacebook.com/sammyslamdancer

Spencer Phobos (instrumental progressive rock) 

phobosnashville.bandcamp.com

 

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