1- Hello, thanks for answering to our questions. What are you guys currently up to?
Currently we’re pretty busy gearing up for the release of GNOSIS. Right now we’re in the midst of shooting the first of two music videos for this album; the first being released before the end of June. We’re also working on booking for the summer months into the fall at this point, which means getting the bus prepped for traveling, working out scheduling, setting up our new website.. all that fun stuff.


2- First off, could you make some history of the band?
Myself (Alec – guitar/orchestral) and Jay (vocals) are the two original founding members of IATT. We met up in 2008 through a Craigslist ad looking for people to start up a project in Philly. We’ve gone through our share of lineup changes over the years and struggled to find a unique voice, but I feel like that’s just part of the growing process. At a certain point a band stops being defined by the players and sort of takes on it’s own entity. That being said: this lineup is by far the most dedicated, hardworking group of people I’ve ever worked with.


3- How could you describe your sound?
We’ve struggled with that question for years, as we pull inspiration from many different avenues to create our unique sound. Gun to the head scenario: I’d say the sound we’ve grown into is Black / Death with strong elements of Neoclassical, Progressive, some Groove…you see where I’m going? Some people have told us we sound like a blackened version of Opeth, some have said Dissection, some have said remnants of early Cradle of Filth mixed with melodeath, some have said we’ve got a real European metal sound. I think we can all agree primarily our sound is unique but falls under the Extreme Metal / Melodic Black Metal category.


4- What are the band’s main musical influences?11074644_835012806047_801530566_n
Sonically I think a lot of our influences are all over the place. Not just metal, but also a lot of classical music as well. I’ve been a big fan of classical music since I was younger, and composers like Brahms and Wagner influence my writing style. I know Jay is very inspired by the writings of Poe, which has a profound effect on our sound as a whole.


5- How is the feedback for your new album being?
So far we’ve had nothing but outstanding feedback from those who’ve heard our new material. We currently have one track streaming for people to check out, but more will come as we get closer to the album release date. We’ve been playing a bit of the new material live, and audiences have really been connecting with it.


6- And are your personally satisfied with the final outcome?
This album marks a great growing period for IATT as a band. We feel this album is much more mature than our previous material, and it speaks volumes to the experiences we’ve had both as a group and as individuals over the past few years. We’re thrilled with how things have turned out.


7- How could you describe this opus in just 3 words?

dusk, black, dawn.. in that order


8- How has the production process for your new release been?

Production was a long and tedious process just because we were balancing so many things at once and really had a strong end goal we wanted to attain. Things were definitely easier for us in the fact that A LOT of what IATT does is very independent. Our bassist (Jim Jenca) is an audio engineer and producer with his own studio, and I myself work full time as a graphic artist. In that way, we had a lot of control over exactly what this album would look and sound like. It’s definitely a great advantage, but at the same time can get extremely hectic and overwhelming with the amount of work needed to be done on top of normal work.


9- And how do you use to work on the songwriting?

Songwriting is a big collaborative process. Usually Joe (lead guitar) and myself will come up with riffs separately and then bring them to rehearsal to be evaluated, tweaked and dissected. Once we’ve got a solid riff, our drummer (Paul Cole) will begin to collaborate, followed by bass. Jay’s vocals are then crafted once the riff is 70% there. He’s usually very secretive about the lyrics well into the writing process; usually we won’t see the lyrics until the song is 90% ready to be stamped as done. Once we’re there, we’ll spend the next few weeks continuously tweaking things as a group until the song feels right, and nothing is absolutely set in stone until it’s tracked.


Gnosis album cover (1)10 – Finally, what are you near-future plans?

Near future plans include finalizing the booking for summer, discussing tour options and planning, starting pre-production on our second music video for this album, and enjoying the fruits of our hard labor making GNOSIS. We’re extremely excited to release this album to the world.


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.

Thanks for your consideration and support. Make sure to check us out and LIKE us on Facebook, find us on YouTube, and keep up with our upcoming videos.. Make sure to check out all of the great stuff Horror Pain Gore Death has coming out, and remember: Never Follow The Light


– Alec Pezzano

IATT Official Website: http://www.iamthetrireme.com
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IATT Contact: iattmanagement@gmail.com

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