Tells us about the history of the project:
I (Alex) was introduced to Richard by a mutual friend that knew I was looking for members for a new metal project. I felt like we instantly clicked. Each of us loved the ideas that the other was putting forward, and soon after, Richard introduced me to Connor, who joined us on bass.
The three of us wrote the tracks for our debut album, The Seeds Of Seasons, and then we met Chris at a later date, who learnt the track’s we’d written, whilst putting his own spin on them, and joined us on drums. In February 2019, we released our debut album and began performing live shortly after.
How would you describe your music?
Primarily thrash based, but we all have a wide range of influences, so there’s elements of various other sub-genre’s thrown into the mix too, with some tracks having death metal elements, some metalcore sounding tracks, and even some progressive metal, especially in our album’s title track.
What are your influences/musical heroes?
Alex – Michael Amott (Arch Enemy) and Peter Tägtgren (Hypocrisy) have definitely been my two biggest influences over the years, although, I have to say, I’m not a huge fan of the more recent Arch Enemy albums. For me personally, there’s only a handful of songs that I really liked from any of their albums after Rise Of The Tyrant. The most influential albums for me, from each of their discographies, would be Anthems Of Rebellion, by Arch Enemy, and joint effort between Abducted and Virus, from Hypocrisy.
Richard – Jason Becker because of his unbelievable sense of melody/song writing plus the guy has overcome so much in his life and is as inspirational a human being as they come. As far as playing goes I’d say James Hetfield/Gary Holt because of their absolutely punishing right hand work, but lead playing wise it would have to be Marty Friedman/Jeff Loomis, these are all guys that inspired me to pick up an instrument and continue to inspire me to push my own playing/song writing abilities to the next level.
Connor – Musical heroes have got to be Megadeth, given how they managed to succeed facing adversity (drug addiction, setbacks with Metallica) and how they’re not scared to explore, develop and mutate their sound.
What inspires you?
Honestly, just seeing other bands performing live. We all go to a lot of gigs, when we’re not playing one ourselves, and it just gives us that feeling of: “I can’t wait to do this myself again, at our next gig”.
Do you write on the road, or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Alex – Personally, neither, I’m no good at writing in a group. I’m much more comfortable writing on my own… at home, and once I have some song ideas that I’m happy with, I’ll record some rough demos, and show them to the rest of the guys when I feel that they’re ready, and then we can work on any that everyone likes from there.
Richard – I’ll write wherever I am at the time, if something catches my ear during sound check, when we’re driving somewhere, walking around, or an idea pops into my head when we’re sitting at a bar or if I’m at home just riffing out. I’ll usually try and find a way of recording it until I can get back to my studio set-up at home, and then I’ll start fleshing ideas out there.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Alex – Probably A Monument To Illusions. It’s one of my favourite tracks from our album, I love playing the breakdown, and it has two of my favourite guitar solos it in too.
Richard – Usually Metamorphosis because it means there’s only about six more minutes of sweating left to do haha. But on a serious note that probably is my favourite one to play because it’s got a bit of everything we do in it, plus we usually get a good response when we play it too, so that’s always a good sign.
Connor – My favourite song to perform live is A Monument To Illusions, as it allows us to get the audience moving for the breakdown section, before we jump into the crowd to join in too.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Alex – I would absolutely love the chance to tour with Hypocrisy, and I feel a lot of their fans would (hopefully) enjoy our music too.
Richard – I’d be down for any tour these days, there’s that many bands I want to tour with it would just be easier to play a festival. Some of the bands I’d have on the list are Hypocrisy, Exodus, Krysthla, Kreator, Vader, Overkill and Savage Messiah just to name a few.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
Richard – The music industry these days is what it is, its a constantly evolving corporate machine that bands/artists use to get their music out to the masses. Being in it to write music and play live is great but the actual business part of it sucks, got to take the pros with the cons I guess.
Connor – The music industry in general seems to be growing wider and more accepting in the larger scale. 30 years ago it would’ve been tough to gain a following with our music, given the quantity of people listening to our niche genre of music, and from what I’ve heard, non popular music was somewhat stigmatised and harder to express as freely.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you’ve had on tour?
Alex – We played in Bolton fairly recently, and there was a guy in the audience, wearing a snowman onesie, just going berserk in the pit. It was incredible.
Richard – Not sure what the funniest moment would be but one of them is definitely when we got booked to play a gig for a joint stag/hen do, and everyone was bouncing around on space hoppers, that was pretty funny.
What are your future plans?
Right now we’re primarily promoting our debut album, The Seeds Of Seasons, which we released in February this year, but we have some ambitious plans to begin working on some music before the end of the year. We’re always writing new ideas at home, and we’re looking to get some more material recorded, and released, sooner, rather than later.