Spawned in the Toronto murk in 2015, CREATURES is a group effort with a long history that intertwines the lives of numerous local bands to summon a truly devastating soundscape of unbridled chaos. Inspired by bands such as Necrophagist, Despised Icon and Thy Art Is Murder, CREATURES is a 6 piece band playing heavy and catchy deathcore, taking intense sounds and mixing in small elements of extreme and black metal.
How did you first get into music? Who or what turned you onto metal?
My love of music started early on in junior school when you were first allowed to take music class. I started off playing violin so I feel it was a natural progression for me to move to guitar when I got a little bit older. I suppose the first “metal” band I feel in love with would have to be Rage Against the Machines, hearing “Guerrilla Radio” for the first time while playing THPS 2 I remember feeling aw struck by the raw energy that song produced. From there metal kind of felt like a drug for me slowly moving to heavier and harder music.
What was your local scene like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?
The local scene has always been pretty solid here in Toronto there is a lot of support all round for everyone. I guess growing up all of us where really inspired by Protest the Hero. Not only in the form of music production and technicality but they were sort of GTA local guys that just grinded so hard and became local legends. I suppose one of our other favourite “local bands” that went on to really big things but eventually ended hanging it up would have to be Structures. It’s hard to name just one of my current favourite local bands so I’ll give you 3, Powerbomb, Being, Dawn Valley
How did you become a guitarist? Are you proficient in any other instruments?
I got into guitar from playing other stringed instruments in junior school violin and bass, so playing guitar was bound to happen coupled with my love for aggressive music. I wouldn’t say I’m proficient in other instruments but I can definitely pick up some drumsticks and have a nice jam session, same for the bass and keys. I am really into hip hop and dabble with making music in reason and logic as well.
What do you call the kind of metal you perform in Creatures?
We aren’t super huge into labels but the genre we most identify with would be Deathcore. We do try and incorporate many different other elements into the songs by using the keys adding some black metal vibes as well as adding some hardcore in the mix as well. We all listen to a lot of different styles of music and we try to bring all of our inspiration to the table when writing.
You have a lyric video for “Samara” that was shared by Beheading The Traitor. How well have they been received and how did you hook up with them?
I think our lyric video was fairly well received we had a few haters but for sure way more love than hate. We connected with Beheading the Traitor through Asher Media Relations I highly recommend their services.
Should artists and other entertainers, such as actors and athletes keep quiet, about politics and social issues?
I think if you have a platform that a mass quantity of people will listen to you from and you want to help change the world for the better more power to you. I don’t feel that any actor/entertainer/athlete is responsible to do so if they don’t feel compelled too, at the end of the day they are there to entertain you not to be political scientists.
New ep dropped on July, where did you record and with who?
We recorded the EP at Old Haunt Studios with Lucas DiMascio. This came about forming our new partnership and signing with Old Haunt Records.
Who are your original influences and who are your current inspirations and admiration’s local and or national?
Some of my original influences would have to be Protest the Hero, The Human Abstract, Suicide Silence, Emmure I still have so much respect and admirations for all these bands and they really push me to write more intense music. Current inspirations would have to go out to AngelMaker, Spite, and Black Crown Initiate all these artists are all slightly different in this respective genre and they all blow me away every time I put on their albums.
Has music at all been therapeutic for you, is there a particular artist or type of music you go to for comfort?
Music is very therapeutic for me especially getting on stage and performing, it is just such a great release and also such a comforting feeling. I wouldn’t say I have any specific artist or genre I listen to for comfort, I’m very mood driven when it comes to music one day I may listen to Cattle Decapitation for relaxing and the next day I may be needing some Dallas Green. For me it’s all based around how I’m feeling at the time and the environment I’m in as well.
What was the first music you bought, what was the first concert you saw, where was it and who was it?
It’s hard to say what the first album I bought was but I think it was probably Tubthumper by Chumbawamba (don’t judge me I was really young). The first concert I ever went to was the the White Stripes at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ont. I was 13 or 14 and went with my current drummer at the time. I wasn’t even a big fan of the White Stripes but I was just so excited to go to a live show it didn’t even matter and it really was an amazing experience over all.
Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months and all time?
Oh man that’s hard
Top five albums in the last 12 months:
- Nothing is Beautiful – Spite
- The Disfigurement of Existence – Signs of The Swarm
- KOD – J. Cole
- Nightbringers – The Black Dahlia Murder
- 508-507-2209 – Joyner Lucas
Top 5 albums all time
- Dissentient – AngelMaker
- Kezia – Protest The Hero
- Forest Hills Drive – J. Cole
- The Documentary – The Game
- The Cleansing – Suicide Silence
What does metal mean to you?
Metal means freedom, empowerment, release, anger and love all rolled into one. Metal is acceptance of everyone and transcends all creeds color and ideologies.