Meta-stasis Interview with Patient 5 Solomon.J.Lucifier.Christ - "they were so freaked out by our disgusting costumes, make up and the twisted masked guy.."
META-STASIS formed in 2012 through the union of two bands Sikth & Ted Maul which originally was meant to just be a musical project but due to their success and ever growing insanity the band have decided to make this a permanent project thankfully to their crazy patients (fans!). Currently they have only released their debut, 'When The Mind Departs The Flesh' in 2012 and have just finished recording their terrifying follow up. The band are known for their extreme and intense live shows performing their unique psycho-extreme-tech-death metal and they are being unleashed to play as main support to Savage Messiah on the Saturday 30th August at the epic return of MammothFest 2014 in Brighton..I dared to ask Patient 05: Solomon.J.Lucifier.Christ: Throat Disorder & Psychiatric S-scapes (also known as the vocalist of the band!) about what to expect at the festival and their new album..
Meta-Stasis originally formed in 2012 through the union of Sikth andTed Maul members initially as a studio project, how did this project come about and how did the two bands meet?
The Sixth boys have been really close to us as our bros, Ted maul and sixth toured together and partied like apes on crack. The concept behind Meta-stasis was formed around 2010 when myself and Dan lord Foord Sixth drummer shared a house of madness for a couple of years. We turned the house into a studio where we wrote and recorded When the mind departs the flesh along side guitarist Jason Pincho old school mate from Gibraltar. Our aim was to write an album with Sixth technical grooves and Ted Mauls madness and aggression, and so Meta-stasis was born.
Now you are a full time musical project, what made you decide to make this a permanent affair?
Meta-stasis started as a studio project influenced by the negative aspects of life, anti life, the the down wrong human conditions. After the release of our debut album the band were getting festival and gig offers and along being branded the best extreme new metal band to come out of UK by the likes of Steve Ashim from Deicide I decided to make it a full time project. Working along with band mates such as the ones I have now beside me, made this project an unstoppable killing machine.
Your music is quite an extreme form of metal, dare I ask what inspires and influences you musically and creatively?
Strapping young lad, Morbid Angel, Deicide, Hate Eternal, Origin, Slipknot, Prodigy, early Korn/Slipknot, FX twins, Alice in Chain, Messhuga, Gojiria, Serial killers, Insects, Magic, Art, life & Death, Space and the Ocean.
Currently you have only released your debut album, 'When The Mind Departs The Flesh', how happy are you with how this turned out and the reception of it?
When we released when the mind departs the flesh we where only a studio project, so we where quite limited in what we could do playing live Ect. The response was amazing, we had killer reviews and big interest was shown to hear the new project Sixth and Ted Maul had created.
You have just finished recording your follow up to your debut at Grindstone Studios with producer Scott Adkins ( Cradle of Filth,Sylosis, Amon Amarth), what was it like working with him?
Recording the second album with Scott Adkins, Grindstone studios has made me improve and control my vocals a great deal. It has been the most intense and challenging work I've done up to now as the vocal dynamics and style range is much more diverse than the first album. It was extremely hard graft !!! as Scott would say, the days and the hours would never end but we battled through it like salmons up a brutal river stream. Scott pushed me to the limits, and searched for the magic in my soul, he is the best producer and a close friend after recording such an album. Captain Scott is like part of the band for us. I can't wait to record the third album with him sometime next year.
How does the new album compare to your debut?
When the mind departs the flesh is a killer first album and has breathtaking riffs and hooks, although the concept was a bit different as it was a studio project and at the time we just wanted to create the heaviest album mixing our styles. The new album is very different as when we started to write it we where a full live band, this made the music process more natural bringing out all emotions. The new album is a journey through the worst years of my life, so deep I can't even comment, although it made me who I am now. Writing the album was an escape of reality it kept me sane. All 12 tracks are very personal and have deep profound hidden subliminal messages in them, this shit is dark as f//k but dripping with passion and emotion. The new album is much more diverse, emotional, darker, heavier, faster,more Jungle/Dnb with bigger grooves. The new album broke me mentally and physically, but I would not change anything from it; I will take it to my grave, it was like a disease I just had to eliminate from my system.
So will we be treated to some new twisted and menacing songs from the upcoming album at the mighty return of MammothFest 2014?
Well Ted Maul had a blast at Mamothfest first time round, we loved it and the reaction the crowd had especially when I got the massive dildo out and threw it to the crowd. Killer time. I can't wait to play Mamothfest again August 2014. It's an honour to play a true festival that has come from blood sweat, tears and truly support the underground rise. Chicken dandy for the insane !!!
How does it feel to be returning back to Mammothfest as main support to Savage Messiah as Meta-Stasis instead, as Ted Maul played at the first MammothFest in 2010?
It's a real shame Ted Maul had to end but things just weren't flowing so it seemed the natural progression for me, so to return under Meta-stasis to be honest feels amazing because with hind sight the music that comes from our twisted souls with our different but incredible line up of musicians is perfect. To support Savage Messiah is of course great too, the guys have done very well over the past year but its also our intention to give such an incredible performance that those guys will need to deliver their best because our live shows have been known to get very intense!
What do you think of the rest of the intense line-up of the festival?
The line up is incredible for a first year back. I know Steve (Mammothfest director) has worked tirelessly to being the event back and to be honest I don't think anybody was expecting a show quite like this. You compare it to other smaller UK festivals and this really stands out in terms of the way its professionally been run, right down to thier merch, branding and more. Its a pleasure to perform at Mammothfest and with the excitement in Brighton growing day by day we know the event, its amazing line up and such an awesome venue will mean Mammothfest should be (in my view) contender for small festival of the year award next year! Its pure filth!
What other tour plans do you have? And what other evil and mind depriving plans will Meta-Stasis be embarking on in 2014?
We are planning a headline UK tour later in the year and we have already started writing the third album so we are ready to go into the studio early next year. We are planning a European tour next year too and with some very exciting business developments arising internally there is a lot going on within the "torture office" that we need to wrap up before our next steps. We re not going to say anything more at this stage other than to recommend people go over to our facebook page, LIKE to follow and find out for yourselves in the near future!
Can you give us an insight into what it is like to witness your mind boggling 'psycho-extreme-tech-death metal' live?
Put it this way our psycho masked lunatic (we don't even know his name so we call him "anon") was talking to another band recently (Aeolist no less) and without knowing he was the masked nut-bar they proceeded to explain their experience of our show to him. They explained "they were so freaked out by our disgusting costumes, make up and the twisted masked guy running about the crowd staring at people and generally being a psycho, that they became only aware of themselves and him to the point they got so uncomfortable they had to leave! Now our intention is to create a unique energy and vibe in the room but we want everyone to have a good time too so be prepared to experience something quite refreshing and unique! Our shows are not for the faint hearted BUT we strongly feel you will experience the best hour from a live band ever.
Do you have any survival tips for attending fans at MammothFest during your set?
Yes, get involved. We wont bite but we will get up in your faces and make you feel different to how you may feel at most gigs. That's what people want right? A show!?!? Passion! Something that takes you to a place where you forget about the fucking cat and whether you remembered to feed the little shite; you forget about your problems and for an hour don't just stand there, let go. Thats when things get interesting!
To witness their extreme live show get your tickets now for MammothFest 2014, its fast approaching! http://vanitasdirect.com/556-mammothfest
Also check out Meta-stasis awesome new animation video for 'Fathomless' taken from their upcoming album: