Throne of Eden is a new metalcore band with a brand new EP out. The outfit is rising in popularity and I had the opportunity to spend time with their music and ask them some questions. Below is that interview. (Throne of Eden responses from Carmen, the lead vocalist.)
You describe your music as a combination of the “intricate riff work of classic metalcore with bursts of orchestral instrumentation and progressive metal stylings.” It sounds like you’re aiming to be a modern metal band that can still attract a nostalgic audience. How has the genre changed over the years, and what exactly do you pull inspiration from to make your music?
I feel the metalcore genre itself has completely transformed in the past few years. It’s morphed from a genre with thrashy, intricate riffs with emotionally charged vocals into something with a lot more chugging and higher register singing. It’s fine for what it is, and something we even enjoy in small doses, but not something that generally holds our interest.
Most lyricism in metal music is inherently dark. Your music isn’t much of an exception. Your new single ‘House of Fate’ is certainly a darker track. Is there a balance you have to strike to make your music dark, yet enjoyable? How do you go about writing darker lyrics? (“Watch for holes as you step in, full of filthy rotting sin...)
That song was actually written by our guitarist, Kyle, with me modifying a few lyrics. He wanted to write a song that sounded like it belonged in a video game. I believe he had envisioned a horror-esque two story house in the middle of nowhere, in which a man basically goes insane and boards himself up to avoid the world. We’ve talked about it a bit and have even tried to come up with a bit of a back story. It basically boils down to painting a picture in your head and turning it into something enjoyable to listen to. It’s fun stuff.
You’ve had some significant success with your new EP, ‘...And No One Knows.’ Talk about your goals for the record. You’ve already charted on several radio stations and you’ve been featured in several publications. What’s next?
We’re absolutely blown away by the amount of support we’ve received from “...And No One Knows”. We released the EP in July of 2014 and our opening track “Tombstone Lullaby”, from which the EP title is drawn from, was picked up very quickly on a few online stations. Since then we’ve had all four of our released songs played on over 80 stations. It’s quite an accomplishment for us. As far as the future, we’ve got our eyes set on several goals: tour, release our debut album, and eventually get signed.
You mention you’re halfway through recording your debut full length album. When is that slated for release, or when will we hear more of it?
The album, which we’ll release more info on in the coming weeks, is roughly 80-85% complete. We just need a solo or two, and bass and vocals on four of our eleven tracks. We currently have an IndieGoGo campaign (www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-fund-throne-of-eden-s-debut-album) in which you can donate to help us with the cost of physical production. As far as hearing more, we’ve got a few teasers out already and there will definitely be more. Definitely expect our four released songs on there.
Do you perform live? If so, what’s it like in the independent live music scene as a hardcore metalcore outfit?
Since I’ve joined, we’ve been pretty much dead set on getting the album recorded. The band itself has been around since 2012, in several incarnations, and was sitting on a ton of songs that they were absolutely dying to get released. The good news is we recently welcomed our new drummer to the band and we’re getting ready to make a few show announcements very soon.
You’re from Alabama, more specifically, Jasper. That isn’t exactly a music mecca by any means. Are you planning on expanding your music or live performances to other areas of the country?
You’d be surprised at how many musicians live in, or come from, Jasper. The most notable would probably be Eric Dover (Slash’s Snakepit) and CJ Harris from American Idol. With that said, we know Jasper isn’t having any metal shows soon, so we definitely plan on taking our show wherever we can take it.
Is there any music that isn’t metal music that you pull inspiration from? For example, many rock artists still pull influence from country or folk. Is there something else that somehow ends up in the blend of your music?
Justin and I are actually both classically trained. I attend the University of Alabama in Huntsville, while he attends Mississippi State. We’re both finishing up our music degrees, so as you can imagine, we listen to A LOT of Classical music. There’s a lot of that that we pull in. Hell, we even have a canon as an instrumental interlude on the album. Surprise!
Your album art is absolutely gorgeous. I have to ask, who is designing it? Your art is vastly superior to the typical independent band’s art.
Our EP was designed by Jordan of Ascension Media and our House of Fate single was designed by Nahuel Martiniello. We plan on trying to use a different artist for each release. There’s a ton of great artists out there and we want their work to be seen. Just wait until you see our latest art for the upcoming album. It’s absolutely fantastic!
You live in the southern part of the United States. The south has a drastically different heritage and cultural atmosphere than the rest of the country. How has that impacted the band and its music, if it has?
You know, I usually wouldn’t talk on this subject, but since it was brought up, I’m more than glad to answer it. Sometimes it’s a bit hard in the south to truly be yourself. I know our guitarist, Kyle, gets a lot of comments on his appearance for his piercings and clothing choices. It’s kind of hard to hold back when someone makes nasty comments based on their beliefs. We all try to respect people’s beliefs and stay out of it as much as possible, but it is definitely difficult. Our second track on the EP, “The Abstract of Sin” is pretty much about that. It’s essentially about not letting people hold you down. Keep your head up, no matter what people say. It’s in no way meant to be offensive, just more of an observation of society.
Finally, if we were to hit shuffle on your band’s iPod or Spotify, what five songs may pop up? (This is a fun question to see what bands are typically listening to as music consumers, not just music creators.)
My iPod generally likes to choose songs from Linkin Park, Slipknot, The Used, I-Exist, and Ghost. As a band, it would probably be a lot of A7X, Bullet for my Valentine, Motley Crue, Kiss, and Atreyu.
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