Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Letallis Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

Since the release it's mainly been promotion. But overall the main focus/next big step is getting the band line up together so we can start playing live as much as possible. Hopefully even tour in the near future.

2.Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?

Overall I'd say most songs are about the journey. Where on the last album we weren't as adventurous with where the songs went, on Resonate a lot of it has sections that don't repeat often. Instead of having the song build up to one part its more about having multiple points of interest in the song and how they can mesh together. Also the production took a step up from the last record.

3.Originally the band played thrash, what was the decision behind adding in more of a melodic and brutal death metal sound?

I think just being younger with the influences at the time and wanting to play fast was the main drive. As time's gone by the music I've listened to has gotten heavier so thats definitely crept into the writing. Also wanting to have more memorable riffs/melodies to get stuck in someones head was more important this time around.

4.This is the first album to be released in 6 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?

After releasing our first album, The World Awakened, all the members except myself went in different directions. Between then and now a lot has happened. Going to school for audio engineering, jobs, and life in general getting in the way. Building the album myself from start to finish was a great learning process, but it had a lot of moments of doubt and uncertainty of what to do next. Along with other things in my life keeping my busy that's what ultimately led to the album taking so long.

5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

The concept behind Resonate was to create music that would hit home with people on a very fundamental level. Good or bad. Some are more positive like Within Reach/Resonate while others explore a darker side of what it means to be human (Idle Fears, The Darkness Of Mere Being). And a few others are just my adoration for certain aspects of nature/the universe (In All Forms/Viridian). The album explores many different topics all of which resonate deeply with me and reflect the aspects of myself during the making of the record.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Letallis'?

At the time the band chose a few normal english names but never felt we landed on something solid. One day at practice we just went on a latin dictionary site and messed around. We landed on Letallis and it seemed metal enough. It means "mortal, deadly, or fatal". Today I kind of like the idea of it being something mortal. Something human.

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Playing a day spot at the Vans Warped Tour was a big highlight for us. We also had the chance to play at the Starland Ballroom which was amazing. Just being able to play the same places as your favorite bands and idols is a blast. We like to keep a tight sound live, and we always make sure to bring lots of energy and have fun. When the crowd see's us goofing around and rocking it out they want to join in.

8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

It ultimately it depends on when the band comes together. Hopefully sooner rather than later. I'd like to have a full band for gigs and touring.

9.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

A label would definitely be good but going the DIY route has helped me learn a lot. It pushes one to figure out what steps to take and really hone in on a vision. Some albums have been sent to labels so hopefully that'll start a dialog between us.

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?

It's been great. Thanks to the bandcamp analytics I've been able to see who's been checking out the music from all over the world. A lot of underground metal sites from places like Russia, Italy, Mexico and more. Places I would have never find out otherwise. So globally its looking pretty good.

12.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

I'd like to expand a bit of everything. Heavier, softer elements along while weaving in more diverse musical influences with  a lot of dynamics. Overall just exploring the different places I can go with it. Even expanding lyrical topics.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

During our first record Lamb of Gods Ashes of the Wake was a big influence on us. The guitar riffs and song structure played a big role. Lately the metal I listen to on a regular basis has gotten a bit heavier. Bands like The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Revocation have been on a pretty regular rotation. Outside of metal its been a lot of movie soundtracks and a whole bunch of other things.

14.What are some of your non musical interests?

I'm pretty rusty but I love to skateboard. There are some pretty killer parks in NYC. That along with doing sound design for post in my spare time. Just exploring the city in general is always an adventure.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Don't forget to download a free copy of Resonate on bandcamp. It was a definitely journey for me and hope it is for everyone else out there!

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