1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
We are currently getting ready to do some mid-west USA shows to support our new MCD and we are also writing a full length album! We are almost done with the writing process and have Nov 2013 booked to record and hope to have an early 2014 release.
2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
Emblazoned started as a side project / one man band in late 1998. I (Kevin Forsythe – Guitars) released a few demos and a MCD as a one man project. I put everything on the shelf for a few years until about a year ago Alex (Pulverizer – Drums) approached me looking to start the band up. Soon after we had Jeff on board to do vocals and we wrote “The Living Magisterium” MCD. We recorded as a 3 piece and shortly after we were out of the studio A.J. came aboard on bass. So far things are going very well and I hope this is the line-up for years to come!
3- How could you describe your sound?
Mid 90’s Swedish Death Metal mixed with Mid 90’s Black Metal. When this was a one man project it was easier to convey the sound by using the moniker of “Black Metal” but I do not consider us to meet the true definition of a Black Metal band. I use the term to help convey the sound because more people will understand it and will be able to decide if they want to check it out or not based off the category it’s placed in.
4- What are the band’s main musical influences?
Same elements that I used to describe the sound would also be our equal musical influence. Grave, Entombed, Unleashed, Marduk, Gorgoroth / God Seed, Angle Corpse, Behemoth, Immortal – the list goes on!
5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
So far very positive we got a few 9.5 out of 10 ratings and 4 out of 5’s. To be honest that surprises me because the majority of the music world could care less about a MCD. To get high scores or this much positive feedback on a MCD is very surprising to me.
6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
Yes very much satisfied. The goal was to sound like a real band and not an over quantized drum sound with pre-programed guitar tones. All the scene bands that are pushing this sound – I hate it. To me albums sounded better in the 90’s because those were real instruments being played by real players. Albums back then had a personality of their own now days everything sounds the same. I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel – just want to sound balanced and real.
7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?
Blackened – Death – Metal
8- How has the production process for your new release been?
The album we are currently working on is coming along very well. We started working on it a few months ago and are putting the finished touches on it right now.
It’s a lot heavier and faster than the MCD.
9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?
I come up with the riffs and Alex will put drum patterns to them. We all will come up with the arrangement of the riffs and critique the transitions. It’s a true group effort and everyone kind of has their niche at what they are good at. We were able to recognize and develop that process very quickly and because of that we can write songs without having to re-do a lot of things or take an excessive amount of time to complete them.
10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?
Finish up the few show we have coming up in 2013 record the next album and tour as much as we can to support the album in 2014!
11- That’s all from our side, thanks again for taking your time to answer our questions. If you now want to add some final words; feel free to do it.
Thank you for the interview and for the great review of our MCD. We appreciate your support very much and hope we will continue to earn that respect in the future. Thanks to everyone that took the time to read the interview – if you would like more info about the band please head over to: www.emblazoned666.com can also contact me via: email@example.com