Genre(s): Progressive Metal
Location: Kennesaw, GA
PSAB: Why did you choose the name "I'll Be An Empire" for your band?
IBAE: One of our vocalists, Alex, came up with the idea for our name back in 2010. We feel like it's a catchy & memorable name that draws people to our music.
PSAB: You released your EP, Thelema, back in August. How has the feedback been for that?
IBAE: Overall reception so far has been amazing! We couldn't be happier with what Thelema has done for us as a band, even in the short time it's been out. It's so cool to have your friends/peers listen to & like what we've worked so hard on for so long.
PSAB: If you could do a split album with one other band, which band would that be?
IBAE: That's an extremely tough choice, there are a few we've had in mind. Locally, it'd have to be either Our Thoughts Amounted, Adharma, or The Antikythera Mechanism. But as far as national/international bands, The Contortionist or Between the Buried & Me would be awesome.
PSAB: What is the metal scene like in Kennesaw, GA?
IBAE: It's very diverse, for sure. Kennesaw/Atlanta has a variety of great bands for every genre, as well as every sub-genre of metal.
PSAB: What are some of the bands you listened to growing up? Do those bands play an influence on your music now?
IBAE: We all listened to somewhat different stuff growing up which shaped our initial taste/interest in rock music, but now our common influences would have to be Meshuggah, Periphery, TesseracT, Between the Buried & Me, Misery Signals, Veil of Maya, Cattle Decapitation, The Contortionist, & Rings of Saturn.
PSAB: Have any shout outs to give?
IBAE: We would like to thank Pig Squeals & Breakdowns, first of all, for interviewing us. Also, shoutout to sphaghetti. We want to thank every single person who's bought our EP, your support is what's helping us grow as a band! As well as the guys in If Machines Spoke In Riddles, Adharma, Glacius, Extrania, Sustenance, The Antikythera Mechanism, Prophet, It Was Late Last Night, A Legacy Unwritten, Decayer, Collapse of the Empire, & Our Thoughts Amounted for being the eternal homies & making Atlanta metal as badass as it is! #WhoIsMoneyBastard