Watch Product Of Hate Perform A Full Set In Sacramento, California

Product Of Hate and IKILLYA are currently on the 2017 Summer Annihilation Tour, making their way across the U.S. through July. Below is video of their entire recent Sacramento, California performance. Remaining dates are as follows…

7.1: Boise, ID @ The Shredder
7.4: Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
7.8: Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
7.9: Lafayette, IN @ The Doom Room
7.15: Buffalo, NY @ Stamps

Born in 2007 in Southeastern Wisconsin, and hailed as “One of 12 Bands to Watch in 2016” by Metal Hammer, Product Of Hate’s debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE, hit #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers – East North Central Chart and was the #3 most added at metal radio the week prior to release as the first single, “Monster,” enjoyed heavy rotation on SiriusXM Liquid Metal. With the release of the video for “Revolution of Destruction,” Buried In Violence has spawned five official music videos, including “Kill. You. Now.,” “Monster,” “Blood Coated Concrete,” and “Unholy Manipulator,” in addition to both a lyric video and “Tour Edition” live video for “…As Your Kingdom Falls,” bringing the total clips from the album to seven.

Touring activities for Buried In Violence have seen Product Of Hate on the road with the likes of Allegaeon, Napalm Records labelmates The Agonist and Hammer Fight, in addition to a run with Mushroomhead, Sumo Cyco and Madame Mayhem.

Buried In Violence was recorded and engineered by Scott Creekmore at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, Illinois, with mixing and mastering handled by James Murphy (Death, Testament, Obituary) at SafeHouse Production in Florida.

Product Of Hate’s album-closing cover version of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Perry Mason” was declared one of the “Best of 2016” in SiriusXM Liquid Metal’s New Year’s Corridor of Covers to kick-off 2017.

 

Warbeast to release their long-waited new full-length, Enter The Arena

Texas metal titans Warbeast will release their long-waited new full-length, Enter The Arena, this August via Philip H. Anselmo’s own Housecore Records. Captured at Anselmo’s Nodferatu’s Lair, mixed by Mike Thompson at the Riff Factory and mastered by Lee Russell, Enter The Arena features newest Warbeast recruits, guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud, and stands among band’s most potent, volatile, and unrepentantly powerful offering yet.
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“We recorded Enter The Arena exactly a decade after we formed Warbeast,” notes vocalist Bruce Corbitt. “The nucleus and founding members of this band [guitarist Scott Shelby, drummer Joey Gonzalez, and Corbitt] provided the essential veteran leadership that was vital for us to reach our goal of creating our magnum opus. The three of us also contributed our unique individual styles to guarantee that we still sound like Warbeast. But with the addition of our two newest members – guitarist Drew Shoup and bassist Lyric Ferchaud – who I call the ‘Youngbloods,’ it was like adding a breath-of-fresh-air to our chemistry. We definitely sound like a well-oiled-machine on this album. So get prepared for the upcoming onslaught of pure, fresh and quintessential Texas thrash!”

Enter The Arena is Warbeast at its finest in performance, writing and tone quality,” adds Shelby. “I’m confident that it will please any rivethead out there! I believe it’s mine and our best work to date.”

Enter The Arena will see release on August 4th. CD preorder bundles are currently available at THIS LOCATION. Vinyl preorder bundles are available HERE.

The release of WARBEAST’s Enter The Arena follows Corbitt’s recent and tragic announcement that he’s been diagnosed with esophageal cancer — a treatable though rarely curable disease – facing the likelihood that he will never be able to sing again.

In a recent Facebook message to fans, Corbitt revealed, “After much discussion with the doctors and specialist, they’ve told me there’s no chance within any reasonable time that I’ll ever be able to perform again. So it breaks my heart at this time that I’m forced to announce my retirement from singing. I’m sorry to all of my bandmates for letting them down. I’m devastated with all of this hitting me so fast. I’m still in shock. Thanks for all of the great support all these years,” he continues. “You’re the best fans and I love all of you! We at least have a great WARBEAST album and music video coming soon. I can’t even begin to explain my feelings. You guys have given me the strength I need to even prepare for this fight. Honestly, I was close to losing hope that there was any good to come out of this. Of course, I’m scared for my life like any normal human being would be. Those moments when I can get on Facebook and scroll through all of your messages, the emotion takes over. I cry, I get stronger, I also realize what all of you mean to me. I do believe in the power prayer and positive vibes. And I have all of you to thank for that.”

Expulsion shares a new track from their album Nightmare Future

Extreme metal act Expulsion — which features members of Repulsion, Exhumed, Phobia, Intronaut, Gruesome, and numerous others within its ranks – today shares a new track off from their forthcoming debut album Nightmare Future due out July 14th via Relapse Records.

Comments guitarist Matt Olivo, “You’re living an undead existence connected to machines to keep you alive. Death is imminent, but when? Minutes? Days? Years? Decades? ‘Comatose’ tells this cautionary tale with vivid morbidity and sheer ultra-violence.”
Adds the respected blogs, “The band sound a whole lot like Motörhead writing a grindcore LP. The bass is thick, the riffs come first, and each brief piece of the record seems catchy as well as mosh-inducing,” furthering of “Comatose,” “The tune aims for a pure high. Speed hits nostril. Nerves hit overload. Volume hits maximum. As it should be.”
Produced by Matt Olivo, mixed by Toxic Holocaust’s Joel Grind, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Mayhem, Faith No More, Halford), Nightmare Future will drop on July 14th on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse Records. Physical preorders and bundles are available at Relapse.com and digital downloads can be preordered via Bandcamp
Spawned from the cerebral mind of grind legend Matt Olivo (Repulsion), Expulsion combines grind, punk, and crust into a caustic musical vomit guaranteed to stack the corpses high. Olivo’s partner-in-grind, Matt Harvey (Exhumed, Gruesome) was recruited over beers in a sweaty Los Angeles apartment to bring his classic brand of oratory assault. The additions of veterans – drummer Danny Walker (Intronaut, Exhumed, Phobia) and bassist Menno Verbaten (Lightning Swords Of Death) – complete the fit-to-burn outfit. Expect nothing but the best of throat-shredding vocals, relentless blast beats, buzzsaw riffs, and raw bass tones. Expulsion will leave you horrified with their vile brand of classic, ’80s sickness!
EXPULSION:
Matt Harvey – Vocals
Matt Olivo – Guitar
Danny Walker – Drums
Menno Verbaten – Bass

Liam Gallagher Debut Solo Album As You Were To Be Released On October 6

After the sensational reaction to his debut solo track “Wall of Glass'” and the fanatical scenes that accompanied his first solo shows in Ireland and the U.K., Liam Gallagher has announced his eagerly anticipated debut solo album As You Were.  Set for an October 6 release date via Warner Bros./Parlophone Records, fans can pre-order the album today and receive and instant download of “Wall of Glass” followed by “China Town” on June 30. Fans will also have the ability to purchase the album in a variety of formats including digitally (standard and deluxe), CD (standard and jewel case) and vinyl (standard 12″ and limited edition color 12″ formats).Click here to pre-order.
 
A special boxset will also be available from here. This exclusive compiles a 12″ color vinyl pressing of the album, an exclusive 7″ single of “For What It’s Worth,” a print designed by Klaus Voorman (the artist behind The Beatles’ Revolver album cover) and additional collectors’ items. 
 
Gallagher has also confirmed his first ever North American tour as a solo artist. Fans can pre-order tickets beginning today at 12:00 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. Local market tickets pre-sales begin June 27. All pre-sales will end June 28 at 10:00 p.m. local time. General ticket on-sales begin June 29, at 10:00 a.m. local time.  Ticket bundles packages will also be available. With every online ticket purchased for Gallagher’s fall tour, fans will receive a choice of either a standard physical or standard digital copy of his upcoming album, As You Were, releasing October 6, 2017. For further info check here: liamgallagher.com
 
 
Liam Gallagher North American tour dates: 
Nov 13             San Francisco, CA        Warfield
Nov 18             Denver, CO                  Gothic
Nov 20             Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue
Nov 21             Chicago, IL                   The Riviera
Nov 23             Toronto, ON                 Rebel
Nov 25             Boston, MA                   House of Blues
Nov 27             New York, NY               Terminal 5
Nov 29             Washington, DC           Lincoln Theatre
Nov 30             Philadelphia, PA            Union Transfer
Joining Liam Gallagher on the road will be Jay Mehler on guitars, Mike Moore on guitars, Christian Madden on keyboards, Drew McConnell on bass, and Dan McDougall on drums. 
As expected, excitement for new music from Gallagher has been embraced by fans and critics from the onset:
As You Were was recorded in two locations. Greg Kurstin performed all of the instruments on the four songs that he produced (“Wall Of Glass,” “Paper Crown,” “Come Back To Me” and the psychedelic whoosh of “It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way”), while Dan Grech-Marguerat produced the remainder of the album at Snap! Studios in London.
 
The result is exactly what you would have hoped a Liam Gallagher solo album would sound like: the passion for the classic 60s/70s influence that he’s always had has been updated for the here and now.
 
“I didn’t want to be reinventing anything or going off on a space jazz odyssey,” says Gallagher. “It’s the Lennon ‘Cold Turkey’ vibe, The Stones, the classics. But done my way, now.

Michael Chavez of Bay Area Thrashers Hemotoxin and Cartilege talks new music and touring

Categorizing what kind of music Hemotoxin makes is harder than it would seem. Their brand of melodic death/thrash springs from a whole host of metal influences: progressive death metal (e.g. Death, Atheist), classic thrash (Megadeth, Slayer and others), and even some black metal and prog rock. Zoran Theodorovic aka Iron Serbian recently had the privilege of chatting with guitarist/vocalist Michael Chavez at an undisclosed location deep in the heart of somewhere secret.

How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

Pinpointing the exact moment is tough. I remember hearing St. Anger on the radio when it first came out, but I remember really liking Sevendust when I was 12. My friend Erik’s dad noticed and he exposed me to Slayer and Exodus so that was the gateway, I haven’t looked back since, I also have not had a real hair cut since.

How did you become a singer or guitarist and are you proficient in any other instruments?

I started with guitar, my uncles and grandpa all played guitar and I watched them play since I was a kid so I always wanted to play. I started at 11 learning the basic stuff like Black Sabbath and Zeppelin then I went off from there. The singing came when I got more into metal, I was inspired by James Hetfield and Tom Araya to wanna sing and play at the same time. I consider myself a pretty good bassist, not just inherently from guitar I do actually practice playing bass. I also played Trumpet in high school, I was getting pretty good in my senior year but I haven’t touch a trumpet since.

Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways?

Yes, I grew up in catholic family, but I didn’t have to be an altar boy, I did have to go CCD and I had to do the confession and communion, but I didn’t get confirmed. I lost my religion around 14 and thats when I started asking questions. Even today I still don’t really know how to feel about religion, I don’t believe in any god or gods, but I’m also not one to tell someone else they don’t exist.

What was the local scene in like in the beginning in the Bay Area, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

When I started going to shows there was a very awesome scene out in the East bay. Venues like Red House, Kazem, Color Blind, The Hazmat and Evil Dead shed were still around. I looked up to bands like Hysteria, RU36, Geryon, JBD, IT, Deadly Remains, Virulent Death, and Laceration. Today there are still just as many awesome bands but now they’re all in Oakland and SF, Necrot, Black Fucking Cancer, Rude, Ion, Augurs and the northbay bands like Trecelence, Scythe, and The Axiom Collapse. There are too many to name, but those are a few I really like.

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Who are your biggest musical influences?

Right now I’m really in to solo artist like Frank Gambale, Shawn Lane and Allan Holdsworth. If you listen to any Hemotoxin you know I worship bands like Slayer, Death, Megadeth, Metallica and Black Sabbath.

How would you best describe your sound?

I would describe it right now as Progressive Death/thrash, we have evolved over time, we started as a very Teutonic thrash then we just became better musicians. So there’s an element of teutonic riffing with musical sections that can have different feels that satisfy multiple musical tastes. Over time I become more open to letting outside influence shine more on songs. I won’t be doing clean singing any time soon but I like having clean guitar sections and using jazz chords in my riffs.

How did the band meet and how long did it take to finalize this lineup? How many other musicians did you try out that didn’t make the cut? How stable is the current lineup?

When I first started Hemotoxin with Joey Banduccii who was our original drummer and we had Clayton from Apothesary on guitar for a while and from there went through two other guitar players before we found Michael Rohwer. Nathan and Brandon I had met before Hemotoxin, we were in our first band Aeon of Death together, so when Joey quit Brandon transitioned in seamlessly and same with Nathan after we let Josh (original bassist) go. We’ve had the current line up for almost 5 years, it’s been very stable no huge fights or anything. After our next album unfortunately Rohwer will be stepping down temporarily to take care of some personal issues, but details are being hammered out still.

You most recent record Biological Enslavement came out last year, how did the writing process and recording process differ from your debut album Between Forever….And The End? What kind of obstacles did you have to overcome to get it out?

The biggest difference was writing songs that were for one album, BFATE is basically a collection of old songs we had with new songs that were written over two years. Biological took a year and a half to write and the biggest obstacle for me was writing lyrics, I put it off for certain songs all the way up to when the drum recording started. My biggest regret was not taking my lyrics more seriously for those certain songs. With help from Scott Fuller who recorded the album with us, he helped me with “Not of this World” and other songs on the album, thats something I’m definitely not going to do with our next album.

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How soon can we expect new Hemotoxin music. Will it be a continuation of the first album. Will it be released by Unspeakable Axe Records like Biological Enslavement . What has Unspeakable Axe Records done for you that you couldn’t do yourself?

I’m hoping early 2018 we’ll be releasing our 3rd full length. The new albums theme is still be worked out, but it will still be music about shit that pisses me off, like the old songs. Unspeakable Axe will be putting it out, they’ve been able to get us the promotion we were unable to get on our own such as being in magazines and putting our music on platforms like itunes and Spotify. Eric specifically helped us with the presentation of the band on the album, he did the layout for Biological Enslavement and even made an EPK for us, I’m very grateful for all his help.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?

The first album I ever bought was “The Eminem Show” technically my dad bought it for me, but it was really the first time I was hyped for an album to come out. I’ve bought the same albums on multiple formats, I have a copy of Leprosy from Death on CD and cassette for example as well as a picture vinyl and cassette copy of South of Heaven from Slayer and 3 copies of Ride the Lightning on cassette.

You also play in Cartilage, you have a full length on Bandcamp and a cassette by Transylvanian Tapes. Do you own a cassette player, are cassettes silly? What does Cartilage give you that you don’t have in Hemotoxin? What can we else can we expect from Cartilage for the rest of the year tours, shows videos?

I actually do own a cassette player and a huge collection of tapes my drummer gave me, I think it’s silly to listen to a format of music thats harder to obtain and play and to be honest sounds worse than a high quality mp3 or youtube video, but I also enjoy the nostalgia and unique sound you get on a cassette tape. Cartilage gives me more freedom as a guitar player because I’m not singing the whole time, also the style of Cartilage’s music being rooted more in Grind and death metal allows me to have a little more fun and not focus so much on the neck of the guitar. Not to say playing in Hemotoxin isn’t fun, it just takes more concentration from me. Cartilage will be doing a west coast tour this July with Succumb, the flier and details are on the facebook.

Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

The last big show I played was probably Oakland Metro with Exhumed or Slaughter by the Water III with Hemotoxin. I used to get really nervous before certain shows, especially shows where we open for a band I really look up to like Destruction, Dying Fetus or Havok, you never know who is or isn’t watching and that thought used to get to me, now not so much.

In March you released a new music video for Bleak Prognosis, how do you like making videos and are they still an essential promotional tool?

Making videos is pretty fun, its just us and a cameraman in the room bashing our heads in front of a camera for a few takes. A music video is definitely essential, it gives the music new life and gives a much more clearer view into the band, song and its message. We could have timed the release of the Bleak video a lot more strategically but I think it turned out amazing.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it? Are there any political or social issues hidden in Hemotoxin songs ?

I’d say Bleak Prognosis or Transparent Eyes, the lyrics for those songs are very personal so when I scream out the words from those songs it gives me chills almost every time I play it, at least live for sure every time. I tried to get political at times, but I don’t really say anything specific I speak as someone looking at my peers and exposing our weakness and strengths as a generation. I don’t like to get too deep into politics, because I am so fed up with how they work in this country I’d rather be ignorant to whats going on in the news and focus more on what’s in front of me and the people I care about, wrong or not I can’t put all my energy into something I can’t really change.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want? What gear are you currently using, amps, effects, guitars?

I have no endorsements, I have friends with guitar center discounts, but beyond that no one is sending free guitars to me house, unfortunately. Right now my set up is my Sterling JP70 with Ernie Ball Power Slinky strings, inTune picks, Monster cables, Peavy XXX through a Marshall 1960B cab, and a Boss GT8 in the Fx loop.

 

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate.

I’d love to tour with any band, but the ultimate for me is Slayer, there’s no better endorsement than opening a Slayer tour and although I’m not sure that will ever happen for us it’s my ultimate goal. I really hope one day I can meet Ron Jarzombek and get some sort of guitar lesson, that man is basically god of guitar and riff writing.

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

I would want High Hopes from Pink Floyd to play at my funeral and to the grave I’m taking Control and Resistance by Watchtower, Rust in Peace from Megadeth and Off the Wall by Michael Jackson.

Whats your next gig?

Hemotoxin is playing Codeword in San Francisco July 9 with Apothesary and Name. After that we’re heading to Fresno August 12 for Fesno Deathfest, then hopefully sometime after that we’ll start recording. Cartilage has the tour I mentioned earlier, as well as some local shows all through out July and August including Bay Area deathfest.

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Watch out for new music coming from Hemotoxin very soon, we’ll be playing new songs live hopefully by Fresno Deathfest. Come check out Cartilage on tour this July and we’ll also have some new materiel coming together soon as well. Shout to all the local bands currently killing it in whats left of the club/bar scene all over the bay area and Sac and all the bands on the Unspeakable Axe/Dark Descent records roster!! I suck at dirty jokes, but I’ll quote a classic.

“I believe that there is an equality to all humanity: We all suck.”

Cartilage & Hemotoxin online

The Convalescence To Release This Is Hell Full-Length Via Unique Leader Records

Symphonic death metal unit/recent Unique Leader signees The Convalescence will release their This Is Hell full-length via Unique Leader Records on September 1st. The ten-track offering was produced by John Burke (Forever In Terror, Captain Kid, etc.), at Vibe Studios, mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Despised Icon, Beyond Creation, etc.) at The Grid and comes wrapped in the macabre cover art of Coki Greenway.
Issues the band of the upcoming release, “We recently signed with Unique Leader Records to help us deliver our heaviest and darkest album yet with This Is Hell. We believe this is by far our best work and  the strongest lineup of musicians we have ever had. This album has a lot more of a death metal feel to it than Poison Words and The Process but it’s still got The Convalescence sound with symphonic melodies from Katie [McCrimmon] on keys and plenty of slamming breakdowns.”
This Is Hell Track Listing:
1. Scum
2. No Way Out
3. I Won’t Survive
4. Murder Machine
5. Burn
6. There Will Be Blood
7. Alone
8. This Is Hell
9. With No Hope
10. The World Infested
THE CONVALESCENCE has spent much of the year since completing the album road-bound with treks that have included both legs of The Resistance Tour with Otep [which was recently cut short] and The Brotherhood Of The Snake Tour with Testament, Sepultura, and Prong. In conjunction with the release of This Is Hell, the band will join The Blood Stained Earth North American tour featuring UK-based metal icons Venom Inc., New Orleans’ blackened death thrash legion Goatwhore, and Portland punk thrashers Toxic Holocaust. See all confirmed dates below.
The Convalescence w/ Venom Inc., Goatwhore, Toxic Holocaust:
9/01/2017 Voltage – Philadelphia, PA
9/02/2017 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY
9/03/2017 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
9/04/2017 The Low Beat – Albany, NY *
9/05/2017 Bungalow Bar – Manchester, NH *
9/06/2017 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI
9/07/2017 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
9/08/2017 Reggies – Chicago, IL
9/09/2017 Full Terror Metal Fest – Cave In Rock, IL
9/10/2017 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
9/11/2017 Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
9/13/2017 The Pin – Spokane, WA
9/14/2017 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
9/16/2017 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
9/18/2017 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
9/19/2017 The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2017 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
9/21/2017 Club Red – Phoenix, AZ
9/22/2017 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
9/23/2017 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
9/24/2017 Grizzly Hall – Austin, TX
9/25/2017 White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
9/26/2017 Parish at HOB – New Orleans, LA
9/28/2017 Churchill’s – Miami, FL
9/29/2017 Orpheum – Tampa, FL
9/30/2017 The Haven – Orlando, FL
10/01/2017 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/02/2017 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
10/07/2017 The Realm – Toledeo, OH *
THE CONVALESCENCE only

Divinity Guitarist James Duncan Interviewed.

Divinity is a Canadian heavy metal band from Calgary, Alberta. They are currently unsigned to any major labels but have been signed in the past to Nuclear Blast and Candlelight. Formed in late 1997 by Sean Jenkins and James Duncan, the band name came from a lyric from the song Domination by Pantera – “A now blacked heart is reaching out in divinity.” Divinity guitarist James Duncan took some time out of his busy schedule to chat with Zoran Theodorovic about all things Divinity and more.

Z: This is the Iron Serbian of Capital Chaos TV and we have James of Divinity on the line.  How are you doing James?

J:  I’m great man.

Z: Are you still in Calgary Alberta?

J: That’s right.  In the Great White North.

Z: Home of Hosers and stuff like that.

J: Of who?

Z: The great white north I’m referencing an old movie.

J: Oh, hosers yeah (chuckling)

Z: You’re not that old.  How old are you?

J: I’m 38

Z: Oh wow

J: I’m definitely old enough

Z: We are all getting older day by day.  Now Divinity is a band that you started with somebody else?

J: Well technically, Shawn the singer started the band in high school, but I met him about a year later.  I was in college and he was still in high school.  So he had just came up with a name and wrote few songs and I met him right when he was 16 or 17.  Basically so then we started the real actual Divinity at that point.  He and I collaborated, we both write songs, and we both have the same vision, and we were really young and we ran into each other for a good reason, because it’s nearly 20 years later and here we are still.

Z: Wow that’s great, so you guys have formed a common bond of friendship and musicianship, or is it strictly musicianship?

J: Oh we’re absolutely the best of friends. All of us are in the band.  That’s the thing my brother joined about another year later.  The original drummer left and my brother came and filled in and he joined when he was like 18.  And Jeff the second singer was the bass player for years and then he left the band.  We got a couple other guys over the years and now he’s back as the second vocalist.  So the four of us have been together for about 20 years.

Z: Wow that’s impressive.

J: Yeah man, so we hang out all the time.  We do all kinds of shit together.  We go mountain biking and camping and all kinds of stuff as well as the music

Z: That’s great.  How did you first get into metal and were you a fan of other kinds of music prior to getting into metal?

J: When I was really young I started on piano my parents got me on piano right away and they figured I was pretty good at it so they kept my lessons going and I got a grade A, conservatory on piano when I was 17.  And that’s as high as you can go, until the next level that is the master level, but when I was about 13 my cousin showed me “Master Of Puppets” by Metallica.  I heard “Disposable Heroes” and he just said come here I got to show you something and he played this and it was like a lightning bolt through my spine. It was insane I never heard anything like it.  The first thing I thought of was I will love this music when I’m an old man.  That’s the first thought I got when I heard that. It changed me forever. I did not want to play the piano anymore.  I wanted to play electric guitar period, but my dad made a deal with me as the years went through I told him I need this new guitar.  I’d been taking lessons and slacking on piano and doing lots of guitar.  He said “I paid a ton of money for your fucking piano lessons so you’re going to finish this shit like I told you” and I said OK but I need this guitar. I need a better guitar I have this piece of crap guitar and he said all right I’ll buy you this guitar if you sign this contract that says you will finish your grade A piano,  I said yeah sure give me the paper I’ll sign it.  But I didn’t realize it was another 2 years of hard core work and piano lessons to actually finish it. But I got a BC Rich snake skin guitar out of it.  It worked out well.  The second I was done with the Grade A piano I ditched it and I ran for metal.

Z: That’s awesome, that’s great.  What was the local scene like in Calgary, Alberta back when you guys started out?  Were there any bands on the scene that were really impressive to you and that you wanted to emulate somewhat?

J:  Yeah there was.  It was a really good scene when we started. That was about 97, 98 when we started so yeah, there were some bands here. There was Pericardium, Rob Daugherty played in Into Eternity for years and he had a band here called Pericardium and we really looked up to them and Thorazine they were death metal legends around here, amazing, awesome death metal.  Dark Minion who kind of morphed into Minion and then Frank Stutsky from that band went on to play with Breach of Trust, a huge Canadian band.  There was lots of guys that did stuff around here and we were started out as more of a Machine Head, Metallica type band hanging out with all these death metal type bands and we eventually morphed into a death metal band without realizing it.  We were really into old school Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and more thrash’y Testament.  The Bay Area Thrash was #1.  and now in talking to you I realize, that those bands that we grew up with we, didn’t really think that much of them in influencing us but they did, huge because we turned more into a death metal vibe now. And we’ve totally lost the Machine Head, Metallica vibe, I think.

Z: Yeah but the new stuff you put out sounds great.  Do you have any favorites on what the 3 EP’s over the course of 2 or 3 years?

J: Yeah so, when we wanted to put out the new album.  We realized it would be just too much, we couldn’t get it together, we didn’t have all the concepts together we don’t have enough music but we need to put music out so we said fuck it we’re just going to split it up in three sections, we’ll do a trilogy, this will be the 3 that are done right now, plus a cover of The Dead Speak From Beyond from Pericardium.  We’ll just do those and that’s what we had to do at the time because we’d been stagnate for a while.  We went through a serious change after the Singularity. Sasha left the band and Nick ended up leaving the band, And Nick was with us for a while but the two after the singularity album sent us for a loop. It changed the band forever so when we came back together to put out part 1 of this it was just to get something out, and to be our new selves and back to what we started with, because Sasha joined the band after we were already a band but then we played with Sasha for 10-12 years.  So he was a huge part of us when he left and so we went through a whole restructuring of everything we had been doing, and then we ended up coming back to this thing we have now where we are supposed to be, and it feels great so now we have these new songs.  You were asking about a favorite?

Z: Yeah do you have a favorite on the new albums.

J: My favorites that’s a hard one.  I would have to say Hallowed Earth. I wrote that to be a Strapping Young Lad feel but it’s morphed into” I don’t know what it is” It’s a lot of dissonant notes and I think the riff is just my most creative work on the album in that song but it’s still really simple.  It’s hard to explain. It turned out really good.  Also, Conquer that was the song that I was going to write and I had all kinds of ideas that I was ready to write the song.  It was going to be the ending epic tune, we ideas for lyrics and all that so when I went to work on it, I didn’t do it very quickly it was over the course of a few weeks and I was writing other songs and Shawn all the sudden came up with this tune and said “here I put some ideas down for Conquer” so we listened to it and it’s a 7 minute song.  I said “What the hell you just wrote the song” that’s it, It’s 7 minutes long it’s awesome”.  He was like alright cool so I wrote the piano part for the intro of it and wrote the words and lyrics for that section but it was completely Shawn throwing out his ideas which turned out to be the exact song we didn’t change it much at all.

Z: The album cover has a green hue to it what the emphasis on the color green?

J: I think its numerous things.  Allegory our first album was red, Singularity was blue, and Immoralist is green. So it worked that way but also it’s like a rebirth. We wanted it to appear more organic but still hard so the stone, with the green seems more organic but it was definitely conscientiously green.

Z: Absolutely it looks great.  Who’s the man on the cover?

J: That’s the Immoralist. In some fashion or that’s you or that’s who knows who it is.  Everything is metaphorical.  Art is all metaphorical.  Unless it’s just obvious.  Some movies have an obvious end, obvious climax, and obvious characters.  Other movies make you really confused when it’s done or you can just make up your own mind. Like what did you think Natural Born Killers was about? I don’t know if was about anything right it was just something that stuck in your mind from that first time you ate mushrooms and watched that crazy ass movie.  But this art that we do is all open for interpretation and all of my lyrics and Shawn and Jeff’s now we split the lyrics pretty much equal and on this latest stuff Jeff and Shawn have taken on a lot more of the lyrics. I don’t do it so much because they do it so well. But everything is very metaphorical. It’s meant to be open.

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Z: It’s been a while since you were hooked up with a record label such as Nuclear Blast and currently you are a DIY’er.  Is that something that is going to work for you guys?

J: Well that’s a big question in the industry right now and in the world right now. If you just turned off the internet and lived your life wouldn’t that be nice?

Z: Absolutely.

J: Yeah so nobody can do that anymore we are part of this mega organism.  Your identity on line is has nothing to do with who you are as a person.  I’ll look at a picture of you on the internet and I’ll make up all kinds of stuff that I think you are and I can judge you from your shirt your glasses, your hair your shoes whatever you’re doing who your with what kind of music you said you listened to, are you into Trump or something else and all these different things and you instantaneously judge the person but yet if you meet a human being eye to eye.  Most people or at least I know I just see another person.  If your eye to eye with a man,  man to man you’re not going to judge the same way as when you look at his profile online, so that poses a huge problem for who you are as a person but also as a group and a band and an identity, that your trying to push as an idea.  You can’t have everybody understand what you really are these days.  I think it was a lot easier back in the day because in 1992 you could go and say hey I want to play this show and somebody let you play a show and you kicked ass then you moved forward but if your songs suck, your generic, and your some rich kid, or something else if you’re not real It comes through, you can see it.  Now you can’t see it.  So we’ve been through the ringer or not so much the ringer but we’ve been through the system, we’ve been in and out of doors that some people would say we shouldn’t have been let in, or other people would say you shouldn’t have gone in that door, but you make choices as you go through your career and you make the best choices you can, and when we signed with a big label called Nuclear Blast that was a fucking awesome thing.  That was what we need to prove to ourselves that we did the right thing by putting 5 years into Allegory and spending, nearly $100,000 on everything we needed for a light show and a computer and the drums and the guitars and everything we needed, a van, a trailer, we spent a ton of money as a group of our own money and so then when we go signed with Nuclear Blast it made sense.  Now we can move to the next level but we’re not the band that can tour and tour and tour.  We’re just not so that’s not going to last in the eyes of a big company who needs you to get your ass out on the road.  So now days it’s totally different we play our cards differently.

Z: Your album comes out in 6 days 4 hours and 14 minutes?  Does that sound about right?

J: That sounds like a good estimation

Z: Are there bonus tracks that we are unaware of?

J: We’ve got lots of secret bonus tracks at home, but no not yet, you can look for the side projects that might be coming in the future.

Z: The positive aspects of social media.  We all know what the negatives are.  What are the positives for you?

J: Well there’s enormous positives.  The connections between people I have friends now that I would have never become friends with because of the internet, great friends that I still have never met face to face.  Also people who I look up to and I still can’t believe that I talk to some of these people that I do now because when your younger and there wasn’t’ the internet you were opening your tapes and reading the lyrics you thought these people were rock stars. They were next level you knew they were but as we see with Chris Cornell today, we are all just human and that’s why I talk so negatively about the internet because it confuses us all.  So you have to ride inside the system though so you have to use it to your advantage.  So if you can use it in a business way or a positive way you’ll effect people then that’s awesome.  There are lots of great stuff.  Now again, back to the negatives on that you’ve got too much information, too many opinions, too many people talking shit to really get truth happening so 5, 10 years ago I thought the internet was the most amazing thing ever. And it’s awesome and it’s necessary, now I believe it has tainted us too much so it’s hard to see it in a real positive light other that the fact if we could just spread real information,  if we could spread truth then there wouldn’t be a problem.  Like all our news feeds are filled with the same shit.  And we are all drinking the same shitty Kool-Aid,  people would like to say well you drank blue so you are this and that person says no I didn’t drink blue because I wanted to. I just drank blue just because you drank orange doesn’t mean we are enemies stupid. Yeah but the green guy said you did this.  Well the green guy doesn’t know anything this just what happens confusion so I’m having a really hard time using the internet efficiently.  It’s not that you can’t use it in a positive way it’s hard to be efficient and actually get across what your trying to say, so that our challenge now especially as a band because when you release under a label it comes out with a new dying fetus and the new arch echo and the new Steven Wilson and all these different bands that everybody likes to listen to. When you come out on a release or the label you are in the face of the venue that you should be so as an independent band you have to find ways to get in there without everybody thinking it’s weird you got in there. They as how did you get in there? You find ways to get in there like last year we did a small little tour with Devin Townsend which turned out amazing, but that was just from us trying to find something good.  This is great we made it happen and that was because of the internet and lots of things we’ve done because of the internet. So it’s a two edge sword.

Z: How difficult is it to be inspired to write music in the age where music is essentially free or stolen what have you?

J; Well writing music is not an issue for us.  I don’t think any of us have had true writers block per say. That’s actually what we write about. Conspiracy theory and technology and sci-fi, death, horror, love, life, good, bad everything so what’s happening in the world now works perfectly into our story.  If you open the Immoralist and read all the lyrics you would see there’s a story there. There’s things happening that are very metaphorical and the closest thing that I could say to someone who doesn’t know anything about us or anything about the album is the very Matrix (the movie) inspired, the original Matrix.  Something like that I would like to know what a whole bunch of other people thought when they first watched the Matrix, the first time.  I was really baked and I got the shittiest seat in the theater and I was tripping out at the beginning because of that, so my experience with The Matrix was freakin amazing, it was awesome but we used those kinds of concepts because we see them in front of our face.  The similarities to that movie.  So not that anything is based off the matrix just that that was very influential idea for us in our sci-fi adventure that the Immoralist is.

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Z: Now as far as Canadians go.  Are Canadians amused, fearful or impressed at the current American political climate?

J: That’s the hardest question ever.  It’s just, to me sitting in my car looking at a beautiful park and you’re down there so I guess I will just answer it.  Everybody is very confused so you form an opinion no matter what everybody is biased in their own way, for their own ideas, their own people, their own judgement and they will go on that path until they are shown proof, they will not be able to understand what’s happening so it’s just like anything if your locked in a room with no windows you won’t know if it’s cloudy if it’s sunny, hailing, freakin tornado you’re not going to know so you’ll be stuck in there until someone lets you out.  That’s the part people are missing these days is they are unable to allow someone to let them out, just look, just have a look and don’t judge yet, and when you get angry talk about it.  Be open minded, but people in Canada are now under a very liberal rule which wouldn’t be a bad thing if they were actually liberal.  No one on the liberal side is actually liberal and no one on the conservative side is actually conservative.  I identify as a conservative with values, but yet I believe I am the most open minded person there is. I believe I’m kind and I’m good to people and I only want the best.  I don’t want to see people hurt. I don’t want anyone to get revenge exacted on them I don’t want any of those things. But yet my views, are attacked on a daily basis to my face and on the internet.  But I can be obnoxious as well cuz I’m tired of ridiculousness.  So if anybody was to ask me a question I just answer it I wouldn’t punch them in the face.  I would just talk to them and I think a lot of people are starting to get to that point where they don’t want to fight.  But it’s when people make crazy accusations on someone else that has no way to prove themselves differently other than just doing what they’re going to do. So up here you got the same split, but yet the leaders that you are referring to are not the leaders of the people here that are split.  Now you have a secondary problem where people think they’re so smart but this shit has nothing to do with them.  It’s the perfect ploy for the big guy because our government can now just do whatever they want under our noses while everyone just pays attention to your guy’s bullshit and dirty laundry and we can’t help but watch it, cuz they feed it to us like spoon feed us, every day force feed us. We see it nonstop, so we don’t even see what our government is doing until its too late and it’s not good for everybody up here.  The politics thing is big because people are losing their jobs here. Alberta was the cash cow of Canada for many years and their shutting us down.  They just demonize the oil sands and they just turn it into this thing, that is terrible and evil, which we shouldn’t get into because that again is whole other can of worms.

Z:  Another time then.  I just want to close with something a little more musical. Do you have tour plans?  Are you coming to America any time soon?

J: What we are trying to do right now is line up some good shows, at a good time for us so we just put everything we have into getting this album out and now, it’s going to be out in a week so that’s an accomplishment for us that’s huge.  So now that we’ve got past that point we are free to do what we want with it, and we’ve had a few offers already to do some shows.  Sometimes the problem is money or logistics or getting the time because we all have full time jobs so we can’t just do anything anytime.  We have to be strategic about it if we want to continue doing this, especially since we are the four, Keith is the fifth guy, the new guy but the four of us have been together through this shit for so long that we’ll never do anything that puts another person out.  If someone can’t do it we’ll often not do it, but everybody wants to do something so we just wait for the best thing to happen at the right time and we’re not worried.  But as for coming down there so see you guys, we just played with Fallujah again and those dudes are awesome and they were saying yeah get your asses down here, let’s do something so it would be cool to play with those guys and we are also thinking of getting to the UK.  That is a really good market for us.  We’d like to do that and we’d like to play in Montreal.  We haven’t been to Montreal in quite a while and that’s where our huge scene is in Canada.  That’s where all the big guys are and we’ve played with most of those big bands at one point or another across Canada.  So we’ll line something up.

Z: Well we look forward to seeing you and we can’t wait for the album to drop.  I think it’s going to be a pleasing sound to the ears of most metal heads

J: I sure hope so.  It turned out exactly as we wanted it.  To us it’s a huge accomplishment.  It’s out third album and it’s a lot of music to absorb so I hope everyone gets the most out of it Hell yeah nice talking to you.

Z: Like wise.

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