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Interview with TO DIE ELSEWHERE

Progressive metalcore trio from Salem, Oregon, To Die Elsewhere, in 2016 launched their debut full length album titled Whispers, which is a collection of 13 well executed and well played tracks. The band is already working on a new EP which will be released early next year, and about this all they told us in an interview below.

Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?

Splendid! We are spending time with our families and getting ready for Christmas!

Speaking of new music, you have an album. What can people expect from “Whispers”?

It’s our take on the progression of metalcore to a new, more technical style of metal.

What was it like working on the album?

It was a lot of work! We did the whole album ourselves, which was great because it allowed us to make it exactly how we wanted it. But that also presented a challenge as we had to work on it around our day-to-day lives. Tracking before work, tracking after work, listening to test mixes in our cars on our lunch breaks. There were a lot of late nights, but it was all worth it!

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Are there any touring plans in support to “Whispers”?

We are currently setting up a regional tour with some of our good friends in early 2017! We are so excited to play songs off of this album that we haven’t played in a live environment yet!

While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?

All of Europe! Specifically, The United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, Sweden, and Italy. Also, Australia!

Who and what inspires you the most?

Rick is inspired by classic literature. Some of his favorite authors are Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Oscar Wilde, and Bram Stoker.

Spencer is inspired by things that push the boundaries of music. Whether it’s new gear, or musicians such as Tosin Abasi, Charlie Christian, and James Hetfield.

Jamison is inspired by Neil Peart, Michael Jordan, and competition.

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What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?

As a group we like a lot of sub genres of jazz, funk, hip-hop, and classic punk. What impacts our playing the most, however, is the unpredictable structuring of jazz, and the musical complexity of progressive rock. As we grow as musicians, we are constantly striving to apply new stylistic flares into our playing.

I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?
We are writing a new EP that we plan to release in early 2017. Make sure to keep up with us on Facebook as we get closer to releasing that.
Make Way For Man

Interview with MAKE WAY FOR MAN

Looking at the name of the Perth progressive metalcore six-piece, Make Way For Man, I wasn’t really sure what to expect when their debut EP “Evolve & Repair” was sent to me through the PR wire. But two listens later, these guys made way for themselves and I’ve been listening to the EP a lot recently.

Singer John Kelly answered my questions about the EP, and then some more.

Hey folks. How are you doing?

Good thanks!

You released “Evolve & Repair” recently. How do you feel about the release?

We are really excited with the reception so far, the feedback has been amazing. This band was just a concept for so long that it’s been so good to get out and play shows and have the crowd sing the words back at us! It’s really been a great ride that we hope we can keep pushing for a long time to come.

How much of a challenge was to work on the EP?

10/10 Bullsh*t hard haha! Considering we are 6 guys with full time jobs, not to mention a few of us have other musical endeavors that take our time up, it was definitely a struggle to even get the 6 of us in the same room some times! But nothing worth doing is ever easy is it? So I think that makes it so much more rewarding.

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What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from Perth are you friends with?

Our friends in Iconoclast, At Depths, Shangrila and Havoc are doing some really great things for the Perth scene and people should definitely check them all out.

What is your opinion about the current progressive metal(core) scene?

The scene is great and only getting better! I know that personally growing up that the choice for progressive heavy music was a lot more sparce than it is today. We only really had the virtuoso musicians that were really doing complex timings and outside the box genre blends so it’s really good to see how much new prog can be found nowadays. Not to mention non prog bands incorporating prog elements. It’s a brave and exciting new world folks haha! This isn’t your dad’s scene!

Can you tell me something about your influences?

What makes us unique as a collection of musicians is that we are really diverse in our influences whilst still having an overlap of the same sort of stuff. For example we all love bands like Meshuggah, Periphery and Sikth but then I personally am influenced greatly by artists like Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and bands such as Issues, Beartooth, Incubus and Pierce the Veil!

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What are you listening to these days?

My current playlist includes Periphery III – Select Difficulty, Beartooth – Aggressive, Issues – Headspace and BMTH – That’s The Spirit.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Wow okay that is really tough and I’m sure mine would differ greatly from the rest of the band but here goes nothing and in no particular order;

ISSUES – Issues
MICHAEL JACKSON – Dangerous
INCUBUS – S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
PERIPHERY – II (This Time It’s Personal)
PIERCE THE VEIL – Collide The Sky
(I feel like I left way too many out but that will have to do!)

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Evolve & Repair”?

Sure! Jordan our drummer uses Mapex drums, Soultone cymbals and Evans drumheads and he tracked the drums at one of Perths premiere studios, Crank. All of the guitars were tracked in Drews home studio using Pro Tools and Axe FX. Drew used a Schecter 8 string and Josh used his custom Equilibrium giutar. Adam used his Dingwall 6 string to track bass and all of mine and Sean’s vocals were tracked at Sumo Sound Studios in Perth. The mix was then sent to Nashville to be mixed and mastered by audio guru Brian Hood.

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

We would love to tour Europe and the U.S.A. as soon as we can and get our music to as many people as possible! We love playing shows and being able to travel the world with some of our best friends whilst playing to and meeting amazing people sounds like some of the best plans you could get.

Any words for the potential new fans?

Welcome and thank you! You are the reason we do this and we hope that you can find something you can relate to in our music and our words.

FFO Periphery, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Sikth.

Get a copy of “Evolve & Repair” on Bandcamp.

Make Way For Man

EP Review: Make Way For Man – Evolve & Repair

One of the most striking aspects of this debut EP from Make Way For Man is a rather majestic flow, which takes a run of six songs and turns them into something with much grander allusions. Taken at surface level you may think that there is not an awful lot of new going on, but taken as a full on narrative, a whole new world opens up.

Evolve & Repair starts with a gallop with the self-titled song which is full of rolling vistas of bass and drum rolls, and portentous riffs. Full on metal with one foot in prog and the other in djent, Make Way For Man have done their homework and know what makes each sub-genre tick. By the time the inevitable whinny of a horse leads into a clatter of hooves on second song “We Will Surely Drown,” all reservations have been cast to the wind and you will be fully on board.

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The great thing about Evolve & Repair is that the quality level not only stays the same, but actually rises up a notch and on arguably the best song here, “The Other Side of Fear,” they move on to another level as the pace slows down, but the music gets heavier. Following this with two last pieces on the record “If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going” (instrumental) and “The End is Up to Me” serve to make an unbeatable part of the record that more than matches anything else released in 2016 so far.

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