Monday, August 25, 2014

Interview with Remains of the Tyrant!

Genre(s): Death Metal
Location: Modesto, CA

PSAB: Where does the band name "Remains of the Tyrant" come from?

ROTT: The name kind of just came to us, we had an idea of what kind of lyrical content we wanted to portray and worked around it. We had a big political charge to our earlier work and our newer stufd is an outlook of the world is being torn down by man and that deserves punishment. The name can be taken a couple different ways, the dead remains of a tyrant who has been killed or the bleak remains of the land and people the tyrant has had control over.

PSAB: You released a single, Bathing in Pestilence, earlier this month. How has the feedback been?

ROTT: It's gotten some good feedback, of course we wanted the Internet to explode when it came out but we are realistic and having only 200 something followers at the time, we had realistic expectations of the buzz we would get. But our goal as a band is to play what we love and share it with anyone that will listen. 

We've had some big name artists that we really look up to give it a listen and let us know what we think and it was a lot of positive stuff coming back which is an honor to hear from some of our idols that not only took the time to listen but also gave us input on what was good or caught their ears and what they would tweak, we also got a bunch of good responses frim metal blogs such as yourselves and the fans have dug it a lot, its a little more on our death metal side which we really like and its killer to play live. We actually are having a lyric video done up for it that should be hitting youtube sometime soon.

PSAB: If you had the choice to have a musician featured on one of your tracks. Which musician would that be and why?

ROTT: It would be soo gnarly to get a guest solo and guest vocal spot from John Gallagher of Dying Fetus, he shreds and he has those unmistakable lows, so you could get two awesome spots from him in one song.

PSAB: What is the metal scene like in Modesto, CA?

ROTT: The scene around here was killer when we first started but venues couldn't stay afloat, we used to have a couple destinations for national acts but now its dwindled down pretty low which is a big bummer.

PSAB: What are three bands that play the most influence on your music?

ROTT: That is really tough because I feel we have aspects in our music from varying genres that will please a wide spectrum of metal heads, we have tech, we have melodic sections, we have heavy/groove, we have solos and we have breakdowns, but if I have to pick 3
The Black Dahlia Murder( tech, melody and solo aspects), Carnifex(blackened deathcore, breakdown aspects), and Thy Art is Murder (Heavy/Groove)

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to your fans, and the readers out there?

ROTT: First, we would like to thank everybody who has ever given our music a listen, shared it with someone, or done anything to help us push our fanbase at all. The main goal of this band isn't fame or publicity or any of that b.s. We want to play the music that we love and share it with anyone who will listen and we can't thank you people enough for listening. 

We have to thank Bob at Mayhemeness Studios for working with us and helping us get the sound we wanted for these new songs that we are doing. Brian Shields for posting up our music time and time again to try and help us out, any of the blogs that have put us up on their facebook, helped us our with single artwork or put us up on their website to try and spread our music and we for sure want to thank you guys at Pig Squeals and Breakdowns, you have posted about us since our first EP and we're stoked that we can keep making music that you all enjoy. Thank you.

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