Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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? 

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? 

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? 

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? 

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.

Griever Releases New Song "Ravager"

Hardcore band from Melbourne, Griever, dropped this new song titled "Ravager" earlier today. This song is taken from the band's upcoming EP. Which doesn't have a release date at this time. If you're into fast-paced hardcore, you'll definitely enjoy Griever's new song!

Monday, September 1, 2014

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!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Interview 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 clich├ęs 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!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

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