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Proving that prog isn't just for dinosaurs!

I’m delighted to announce that the podcast for edition 257 of Live From Progzilla Towers is now available.

In this edition we heard the following music:

  1. The Yellow Box – The Forever Man
  2. Electric Light Orchestra – Kuiama
  3. Fusion Orchestra – Beginning End
  4. Yes – Sound Chaser (Steven Wilson Remix)
  5. Gunesh – Girl
  6. Gunesh – Parting
  7. Jason Rubenstein – Unequivocation
  8. Damanek – Ragusa
  9. Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers (Demo)
  10. Haken – Cockroach King
  11. Sound Of Contact – Cosmic Distance Ladder
  12. Oneohtrix Point Never – Explain
  13. Not A Good Sign – Hidden Smile
  14. The Asteroid No.4 – Ghost Garden
  15. Atmospheres – Time I/II/III
  16. Mainframe – Start The New Day
  17. Mainframe – The Lattice
  18. Phideaux – The Error Lives On
  19. Phideaux – From Hydrogen To Love
  20. Tony Banks – Prelude To A Million Years
  21. Nick Mason – Can’t Get My Motor To Start

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This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/fuel-for-nightmares-the-omega-thesis-exclusive/
The Omega Thesis

Swedish death metal quartet Fuel For Nightmares are launching a new single, “The Omega Thesis,” exclusively with us at Prog Sphere. Stream it below.

Guitarist Johnny Nymark commented about the track: “The story behind ‘The Omega Thesis’ is a short, passive-aggressive, scientific and nihilistic viewpoint of the birth and collapse of cosmos and mankind.

Prior to the new song’s premiere, Fuel For Nightmares launched “Perception of Dismal” lyric video which, according to Nymark, was written during a home studio session and “was based on the chorus riff.”

‘The Omega Thesis’, on the other side, was written part by part during three or four rehearsal sessions,” Nymark said.

The album art for “The Omega Thesis” was designed by Federico Boss at Abstract Chaos Design, who commented, “It’s only what came to my mind while listening to the song non-stop in a loop.

Fuel For Nightmares will release another single “As the Flame Swallows” in November. Simultaneously, the band is putting final touches on a debut album, “Implexion.”

“We will try to do a few live gigs as well. The live nerves are starting to itch,” Nymark concludes.

“The Omega Thesis” is available on Spotify; stream the single below. For more about Fuel For Nightmares follow the band on Facebook and Instagram.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/specials/fuel-for-nightmares-the-omega-thesis-exclusive/
The Omega Thesis

Swedish death metal quartet Fuel For Nightmares are launching a new single, “The Omega Thesis,” exclusively with us at Prog Sphere. Stream it below.

Guitarist Johnny Nymark commented about the track: “The story behind ‘The Omega Thesis’ is a short, passive-aggressive, scientific and nihilistic viewpoint of the birth and collapse of cosmos and mankind.

Prior to the new song’s premiere, Fuel For Nightmares launched “Perception of Dismal” lyric video which, according to Nymark, was written during a home studio session and “was based on the chorus riff.”

‘The Omega Thesis’, on the other side, was written part by part during three or four rehearsal sessions,” Nymark said.

The album art for “The Omega Thesis” was designed by Federico Boss at Abstract Chaos Design, who commented, “It’s only what came to my mind while listening to the song non-stop in a loop.

Fuel For Nightmares will release another single “As the Flame Swallows” in November. Simultaneously, the band is putting final touches on a debut album, “Implexion.”

“We will try to do a few live gigs as well. The live nerves are starting to itch,” Nymark concludes.

“The Omega Thesis” is available on Spotify; stream the single below. For more about Fuel For Nightmares follow the band on Facebook and Instagram.

This week on Prog-Watch it’s another great variety show of mostly new Progressive sounds! Hear music from Phideaux, Ghost, Telegraph, Built For The Future, Marillion, mystery, Riverside, The Pineapple Thief, Stackridge, Skeptosphere & The Dame!

539: (Mostly New) Variety

 

 

This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22468&IdCompany=8

Polish Rock masters RIVERSIDE are releasing their seventh studio album “Wasteland” via InsideOutMusic as of today. RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment: ”Today sees the release of an album, which for me is the finale of quite a painful journey. After two Lunatic Soul releases, this is the last part of a private trilogy about surviving and trying to find yourself in a new reality. In music, emotions are the most important aspect for me. All the rest is superficial, more or less polished, it attracts or puts off only those who think they are in the know. Thanks to all of you who have stood by our side, by my side for the past few years. Thanks for taking the journey together and for your understanding. I hope you’ll like ‘Wasteland’.“ “That day is coming I know that you are calling to me I don’t want you to make me wait too long It’s time to get on the road.“ The full statement to be found here: http://bit.ly/2xISJfQ Check out the three singles launched so far for “Wasteland”: “Lament”: https://youtu.be/4Wqlts7QWA8 “River Down Below”: https://youtu.be/ZS1crIkpnwc “Vale Of Tears”: https://youtu.be/001IMO53JwY Starting with the album release date of tomorrow, RIVERSIDE will be performing special acoustic in-store sets across Poland. Check out an excerpt of an acoustic rendition of the single track “Vale Of Tears” and look up all exact dates and times of the performances here: https://www.facebook.com/Riversidepl/videos/2282359931992330/ The track-listing for RIVERSIDE “Wasteland” album reads as follows: RIVERSIDE – “Wasteland” (50:58): 1. The Day After (01:48) 2. Acid Rain (06:03) 3. Vale Of Tears (04:49) 4. Guardian Angel (04:24) 5. Lament (06:09) 6. The Struggle For Survival (09:32) 7. River Down Below (05:41) 8. Wasteland (08:25) 9. The Night Before (03:59) Next to the standard edition of “Wasteland“ as Jewelcase CD and Digital Album, the release is also available as limited edition Mediabook CD (with extended booklet, a bonus track radio edit version of “River Down Below“ and a set of 3 stickers) and as Gatefold 2LP (on 180gr. vinyl with the album on CD as bonus and an Etching of the D-Side). The various editions and limitations of the vinyl release are as follows: Black 2LP+CD: Unlimited Clear 2LP+CD: 100x copies / IOM Webshop Europe (Sold out!) Silver 2LP+CD: 100x copies / IOM Webshop Europe (Sold out!) Golden 2LP+CD: 100x copies / Laser’s Edge – IOM Webshop USA (Sold out!) Lilac 2LP+CD: 200x copies / JPC Germany (Sold out!) Dark Green 2LP+CD: 300x copies / Burning Shed UK (Sold out!) White 2LP+CD: 300x copies / CM Distro Europe (Sold out!) See all formats pictured above and order “Wasteland“ from the IOM webstore here: https://www.insideoutshop.de/Artist/Riverside/20863?Page=1&PageSize=25&Sort=13 Or from other locations here: https://Riverside.lnk.to/Wasteland RIVERSIDE will be embarking on the “Wasteland 2018 Tour” in October/November to support the release of the new album as follows:


RIVERSIDE – “Wasteland 2018 Tour”
With support by Spiral & Waifad:
12.10.2018 Gdansk (Poland) – B90
13.10.2018 Poznan (Poland) – Tama
14.10.2018 Wroclaw (Poland) – A2
16.10.2018 Katowice (Poland) – Miasto Ogrodów
17.10.2018 Lódz (Poland) – Magnetofon
18.10.2018 Torun (Poland) – Od Nowa
20.10.2018 Kraków (Poland) – Studio
21.10.2018 Warszawa (Poland) – Hala Kolo
With support by Mechanism:
30.10.2018 Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
31.10.2018 Schorndorf (Germany) – Manufaktur
03.11.2018 Lisbon (Portugal) – LAV
04.11.2018 Madrid (Spain) – MON LIVE
05.11.2018 Barcelona (Spain) – Salamandra 1
06.11.2018 Lyon (France) – CCO
07.11.2018 Paris (France) – La Machine
09.11.2018 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
10.11.2018 London (UK) – The Electric Ballroom
11.11.2018 Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) – Casino
12.11.2018 Utrecht (The Netherlands) – TivoliVredenburg
14.11.2018 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
15.11.2018 Oberhausen (Germany) – Turbinenhalle 2
16.11.2018 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
17.11.2018 Neunkirchen (Germany) – Gloomaar Festival
Tickets: https://riversideband.pl/en/gigs

RIVERSIDE – Festivals 2019:
04.-09.02.2019 Tampa to Key West & Cozumel – Cruise To The Edge
More dates to follow soon…

RIVERSIDE online:
http://www.riversideband.pl
http://www.facebook.com/Riversidepl
https://www.instagram.com/riversideband.pl

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu
www.insideoutshop.de

Northern Star 27th September 2018.

Back to the 80s

Northern Star – Theme

  1. Chas & Dave & Friends – Big Blonde Baby
  2. Cardiacs – Jibber & Twitch
  3. Eddie Jobson – Nostalgia
  4. Bruford – QED
  5. Peter Hammill – Happy Hour
  6. IQ – Widows peak
  7. Abel Ganz – The Unholy War
  8. David Bowie – Up The Hill Backwards
  9. Cocteau Twins – Shallow then Halo
  10. Genesis – Mama (live)
  11. Nik Kershaw – Drum Talk
  12. Roger Waters – Home
  13. XTC – Sacrificial Bonfires
  14. Tears for Fears – Listen
  15. Marillion – He Knows You Know
  16. King Crimson – Elephant Talk
  17. Voivod – Into my hypercube
  18. Bacamarte – Miragem
  19. Queensryche – Eyes of a stranger
  20. Godley and crème – Snack Attack
  21. Peter Gabriel – Intruder
  22. Talk Talk – Desire
  23. Roger Hodgson – Give me Love Give me life
  24. Yes – Tempus fugit
  25. Pallas – Ripper

 

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This news story was originally published here: http://www.insideoutmusic.com/newsdetailed.aspx?IdNews=22467&IdCompany=8

Rikard Sjöblom’s Gungfly recently announced the release of ‘Friendship’, their brand new studio album, due out on 9th November 2018, following the release of 2017’s ‘On Her Journey To The Sun’, as well as 2018’s retrospective 5CD collection ‘Rumbling Box’. Today, the band masterminded by former Beardfish frontman & current Big Big Train member Rikard Sjöblom launched a video for the track ‘Ghost of Vanity’. You can watch that here: https://youtu.be/F3dmQqBArO0 Rikard comments: ”A song that really just came to me all at once while I was strumming away on my guitar one day, lyrics and all. I kept singing ‘I don’t want no part in this’ over and over at first and then started thinking about what it was I didn’t want to partake in. Well, vanity is something I’ve never been a big fan of but one way or another we’re all slaves to it. I think most people, especially teenagers and young adults strive to live up to unrealistic expectations from TV-commercials or the superficial parts of showbiz. I remember when I was a kid and thought everything they said on TV was true, or at least didn’t reflect too much about whether it was real or not. No matter how much we try to not care about how cool or pretty or rich we are, I think it gets to us. The ghost of vanity is always present and I guess it takes a lot of reflecting over your own identity and a lot of courage to try to be yourself. I admire those who truly are.” The album will be available as a limited CD Digipak & gatefold 2LP + CD (both including 3 bonus tracks) as well as digital download. Pre-order now here: https://Gungfly.lnk.to/Friendship The full track-listing is as follows: 1. Ghost of Vanity 2. Friendship 3. They Fade 4. A Treehouse in a Glade 5. Stone Cold 6. If You Fall, Pt. 2 7. Crown of Leaves 8. Slow Dancer (Bonus Track) 9. Past Generation (Bonus Track) 10. Friendship (Utopian Radio Edit) (Bonus Track) Rikard comments: “The idea for ‘Friendship’ came to me because of an old photo of me as a child. I found this old photo at my parents’ house, depicting me standing on top of this really tall treehouse in a glade near our house. Although I of course remembered it as being really high up in the tree tops as a child, this picture proved that it really was! As I reminisced about the treehouse I started thinking about my childhood friends with whom I built it. We were the best of friends and we spent so much time together in this little village where I used to live. This of course made me think about all the friends I used to have, these relationships where you hung out all the time, went through childhood together, grew up and knew everything about each other and then all of a sudden, for some reason, disappeared from each other’s lives. This phenomenon of falling out with someone is still a mystery to me, but I’ve learned to accept it, much like the separation of death it’s just a part of life and the nature of our course of life, I guess. So this is a collection of songs about and for all of my friends, dead or alive, past and present. I chose to base the stories around the treehouse in the glade, not because all of my memories are from there, but rather that it’s the place that made me think back on all of this.


Rikard comments of the musical direction: “Musically, what can I say? This is prog rock, but I want to be free to move in whatever direction the music wants to go and I happily go exploring where it wants to take me. Even though there are a few softer songs and sections, most of the album turned out to be a rocker; a collection of hard rock songs with lots of tricky parts, some heavier moments and some downright jazzy elements too!

Rikard Sjo¨blom is perhaps best known as the multi-instrumentalist frontman of Beardfish, who established themselves as one of the most consistently brilliant modern-day progressive rock bands over the course of eight studio albums. In recent years, he has also become known for his work with English progressive collective Big Big Train, playing live with them as well as performing on their most recent studio album ‘The Second Brightest Star’ as well as the new live album ‘Merchants of Light’.

GUNGFLY online:
www.facebook.com/gungflyofficial/
www.rikardsjoblom.com/

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu
www.insideoutshop.de

This news story was originally published here: https://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/kinkshamer-interview/
Kinkshamer

Here’s something for a change. Progressive Metalcore/Deathcore duo from Pomona, CA, Kinkshamer explores kinks and fetishes on their upcoming EP ‘Societal Sects.’ Premiering today is a debut single for “A Most Vulgar Display,” hit the play button below, and check the interview with the band.

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Define the mission of Kinkshamer.

I think most bands begin simply as an outlet to express one’s emotions and thoughts, but as Kinkshamer came to fruition, it became quite clear that we indeed had a mission. As we began to brainstorm around the concept of the band, we started to notice there was a void in the metal music community in regards to the discussion of kinks and fetishes. Of course, there are a chunk of bands in metal history that have glossed over sexual content like the whole androgynous and sexualized glam metal fad during the ’80s or the over-the-top gore-based sex themes in death metal like Cannibal Corpse’s “Fucked with a Knife.” While the two previously mentioned executions of fusing sex with metal are certainly valid in their own time and place, Kinkshamer instead aims to shine a light on the realm of BDSM culture, realistic fetishes, and other unexplored territories of the kink community. Granted, we’ll admit that some of our lyrical content and themes can lean a tad on the hyperbolic side of the spectrum, yet nonetheless I personally feel that the topics that we’re covering are important and relevant considering almost everyone is a sexual being with inevitably dark taboo thoughts.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your upcoming EP Societal Sects and the themes it captures.

When it comes to Kinkshamer’s songs, the concept driving the band is the notion that every track revolves around a specific fetish. With that mindset as our foundation, we made a list of fetishes we wanted to cover and begin fleshing out the lyrics. For the Societal Sects EP, we have an instrumental opener and several songs that follow, each about a different fetish, fantasy, or kink. If you listen to our debut single “A Most Vulgar Display” off the upcoming EP, I think the fetish for that track is definitely obvious right away.

What is the message you are trying to give with Societal Sects

Besides the fact that each song is dedicated to a certain fetish, I’d say the overall message behind the Societal Sects EP is that society plays a huge role in kink. I think it’s important to question why we deem some forms of sex to be normal and other forms to be taboo. Also, I believe that the way a society functions is responsible for the creation of certain fetishes. I find it extremely interesting how in certain countries, a fetish can be somewhat mainstream where it is non-existant in other parts of the globe. This also applies to metal music where certain subgenres are very popular or less established depending on the country. To me, this reveals that both kink and metal music is a global phenomena, engrained in potentially every being, although is inevitably shaped and molded by the society in which the person belongs.

Kinkshamer - Societal Sects

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

The writing of the lyrics and the music was done separately by two different members. Then we came together and tried fitting the lyrics into the instrumental demos, seeing where everything would fit. We had to edit the lyrics and the music to get where everything felt snug and right, but once we added the samples, I think the songs came together quite cohesively.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

I’d like to think so, yes. A lot of modern metal in the deathcore scene is somewhat lacking in dynamics nowadays, choosing intensity and brutality over variety in dynamics and song structure. When it came to songwriting, we let whatever flow creatively and then tweaked it to where we felt there was enough variety to keep it interesting. We’ve showed a few people the single before it was released and they commented saying it was a bit all over the place in terms of songwriting and we take that as a compliment. Even though our influences for Kinkshamer are mostly metalcore and deathcore based, we are inspired from a myriad of different genres from prog and pop-punk to grunge and electronic. We hope that the diversity in our influences also emerges in our music allowing for a diverse and dynamic listen.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

The music writing and recording process was relatively straight-forward. We programmed the drums as well as recorded bass and guitar all within the comforts of our little home studio. Since the music was written and recorded separately from the lyrics, we then had to choose which instrumental demos would fit best for each song’s theme. Once we matched the lyrics with the music, we recorded the vocals and then added the samples to really drive home what fetish that the song encapsulated.

How long was Societal Sects‘ in the making?

The concept of Kinkshamer was first created back in maybe March or April of this year. Writing the music began quite immediately after that. In the beginning we were actually aiming for a 10 song album, but we decided it would be a smarter approach to introduce the band to the world with an EP. The writing and recording process was very on and off due to our busy schedules, but we’re really happy to finally release this single and be on the tail-end of finishing up the EP. Overall though, I suppose Societal Sects‘ has taken about seven to eight months to complete.


Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

After the Burial’s unique djent/metalcore style was likely the main influence for the music, but there’s plenty of other modern prog, metalcore, deathcore, or hardcore bands that have been influential in our writing style such as Born of Osiris, Silent Planet, PeripheryVeil of Maya, VolumesThe ContortionistSikTh, The Dali Thundering Concept, Fallujah, and Knocked Loose. As for the aesthetic and concept behind Kinkshamer, I think our inspiration dates back to early Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. The imagery that Trent Reznor created in the Broken EP and The Downward Spiral was revolutionary for the time and I think maybe the most accurate musical depiction of the kink community. Manson had a similar effect on Antichrist Superstar too.

What is your view on technology in music?

We think it’s definitely essential, at least in the context of Kinkshamer. Technology made recording our material way more efficient and explore different sounds within our songs. Many modern prog acts are using more electronic soundscapes and synths in their music and I’m all for it. With all that being said, I don’t think technology always has a positive impact on music or the music industry. The paradigm shift from physical CDs to mp3s to streaming has made the financial situation in the music industry more harsh, but that’s the reality we have to live with and embrace. On the other hand, technology has allowed for bands to reach more listeners on a global level. So, there’s definitely pros and cons to technology’s increasing presence in music.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

For starters, if people simply enjoy our music for the sake of art, then we feel we have done our job. However, we’d love if our music is able to provoke feelings, questions, or curiousities about the sexual content in our music. I’d say there’s plenty of individuals in our society who are confused or insecure about their own sexual identity and I hope that Kinkshamer’s music is able to push the listeners to be introspective about themselves. Furthermore, I think our music may create open conversation about the kink community.

What are your plans for the future?  

We’re currently working hard on finishing up the EP and promoting the new single. Once the EP is released, we’re hoping to hit up some live shows and maybe embark on a mini-tour. As for the band in the long run, we definitely have ideas for further songs within a full-length album.

This news story was originally published here: http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/kinkshamer-interview/
Kinkshamer

Here’s something for a change. Progressive Metalcore/Deathcore duo from Pomona, CA, Kinkshamer explores kinks and fetishes on their upcoming EP ‘Societal Sects.’ Premiering today is a debut single for “A Most Vulgar Display,” hit the play button below, and check the interview with the band.

[embedded content]

Define the mission of Kinkshamer.

I think most bands begin simply as an outlet to express one’s emotions and thoughts, but as Kinkshamer came to fruition, it became quite clear that we indeed had a mission. As we began to brainstorm around the concept of the band, we started to notice there was a void in the metal music community in regards to the discussion of kinks and fetishes. Of course, there are a chunk of bands in metal history that have glossed over sexual content like the whole androgynous and sexualized glam metal fad during the ’80s or the over-the-top gore-based sex themes in death metal like Cannibal Corpse’s “Fucked with a Knife.” While the two previously mentioned executions of fusing sex with metal are certainly valid in their own time and place, Kinkshamer instead aims to shine a light on the realm of BDSM culture, realistic fetishes, and other unexplored territories of the kink community. Granted, we’ll admit that some of our lyrical content and themes can lean a tad on the hyperbolic side of the spectrum, yet nonetheless I personally feel that the topics that we’re covering are important and relevant considering almost everyone is a sexual being with inevitably dark taboo thoughts.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your upcoming EP Societal Sects and the themes it captures.

When it comes to Kinkshamer’s songs, the concept driving the band is the notion that every track revolves around a specific fetish. With that mindset as our foundation, we made a list of fetishes we wanted to cover and begin fleshing out the lyrics. For the Societal Sects EP, we have an instrumental opener and several songs that follow, each about a different fetish, fantasy, or kink. If you listen to our debut single “A Most Vulgar Display” off the upcoming EP, I think the fetish for that track is definitely obvious right away.

What is the message you are trying to give with Societal Sects

Besides the fact that each song is dedicated to a certain fetish, I’d say the overall message behind the Societal Sects EP is that society plays a huge role in kink. I think it’s important to question why we deem some forms of sex to be normal and other forms to be taboo. Also, I believe that the way a society functions is responsible for the creation of certain fetishes. I find it extremely interesting how in certain countries, a fetish can be somewhat mainstream where it is non-existant in other parts of the globe. This also applies to metal music where certain subgenres are very popular or less established depending on the country. To me, this reveals that both kink and metal music is a global phenomena, engrained in potentially every being, although is inevitably shaped and molded by the society in which the person belongs.

Kinkshamer - Societal Sects

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

The writing of the lyrics and the music was done separately by two different members. Then we came together and tried fitting the lyrics into the instrumental demos, seeing where everything would fit. We had to edit the lyrics and the music to get where everything felt snug and right, but once we added the samples, I think the songs came together quite cohesively.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

I’d like to think so, yes. A lot of modern metal in the deathcore scene is somewhat lacking in dynamics nowadays, choosing intensity and brutality over variety in dynamics and song structure. When it came to songwriting, we let whatever flow creatively and then tweaked it to where we felt there was enough variety to keep it interesting. We’ve showed a few people the single before it was released and they commented saying it was a bit all over the place in terms of songwriting and we take that as a compliment. Even though our influences for Kinkshamer are mostly metalcore and deathcore based, we are inspired from a myriad of different genres from prog and pop-punk to grunge and electronic. We hope that the diversity in our influences also emerges in our music allowing for a diverse and dynamic listen.

Describe the approach to recording the EP.

The music writing and recording process was relatively straight-forward. We programmed the drums as well as recorded bass and guitar all within the comforts of our little home studio. Since the music was written and recorded separately from the lyrics, we then had to choose which instrumental demos would fit best for each song’s theme. Once we matched the lyrics with the music, we recorded the vocals and then added the samples to really drive home what fetish that the song encapsulated.

How long was Societal Sects‘ in the making?

The concept of Kinkshamer was first created back in maybe March or April of this year. Writing the music began quite immediately after that. In the beginning we were actually aiming for a 10 song album, but we decided it would be a smarter approach to introduce the band to the world with an EP. The writing and recording process was very on and off due to our busy schedules, but we’re really happy to finally release this single and be on the tail-end of finishing up the EP. Overall though, I suppose Societal Sects‘ has taken about seven to eight months to complete.


Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

After the Burial’s unique djent/metalcore style was likely the main influence for the music, but there’s plenty of other modern prog, metalcore, deathcore, or hardcore bands that have been influential in our writing style such as Born of Osiris, Silent Planet, PeripheryVeil of Maya, VolumesThe ContortionistSikTh, The Dali Thundering Concept, Fallujah, and Knocked Loose. As for the aesthetic and concept behind Kinkshamer, I think our inspiration dates back to early Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. The imagery that Trent Reznor created in the Broken EP and The Downward Spiral was revolutionary for the time and I think maybe the most accurate musical depiction of the kink community. Manson had a similar effect on Antichrist Superstar too.

What is your view on technology in music?

We think it’s definitely essential, at least in the context of Kinkshamer. Technology made recording our material way more efficient and explore different sounds within our songs. Many modern prog acts are using more electronic soundscapes and synths in their music and I’m all for it. With all that being said, I don’t think technology always has a positive impact on music or the music industry. The paradigm shift from physical CDs to mp3s to streaming has made the financial situation in the music industry more harsh, but that’s the reality we have to live with and embrace. On the other hand, technology has allowed for bands to reach more listeners on a global level. So, there’s definitely pros and cons to technology’s increasing presence in music.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

For starters, if people simply enjoy our music for the sake of art, then we feel we have done our job. However, we’d love if our music is able to provoke feelings, questions, or curiousities about the sexual content in our music. I’d say there’s plenty of individuals in our society who are confused or insecure about their own sexual identity and I hope that Kinkshamer’s music is able to push the listeners to be introspective about themselves. Furthermore, I think our music may create open conversation about the kink community.

What are your plans for the future?  

We’re currently working hard on finishing up the EP and promoting the new single. Once the EP is released, we’re hoping to hit up some live shows and maybe embark on a mini-tour. As for the band in the long run, we definitely have ideas for further songs within a full-length album.