EMQ’s with ESCARION
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Melodic/Blackened Death Metal band, Escarion. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
We are Escarion, we play melodic-progressive-post-apocalyptic-experimental-blackened-death-jazz and we’re here to make you dance like it’s the 1920’s. The 30’s were too dark of a time, man.
No, but actually we do play Death Metal with melodic, progressive and black metal elements. The four members of this band have unique musical interests, which combined gives us our sound.
Originally, we started out as a three-piece and we had a different drummer. He left on mutual terms for personal reasons but we’re still great friends with him, he continues to support the band.
We released an EP together, “Pinnacle of Neglect” after the three of us had broken away from our original thrash metal band, Vintage Ruin. It was a messy break, and the EP reflects this notion with anger fuelled songs recorded and produced at a home studio.
After we rode the wave of this EP, we decided we wanted to tackle bigger and more ambitious projects, which is how the idea for the album was conjured.
Seven deadly sins, seven songs to explore them, as well as an opening song and a finale.
At this time we recruited Tommy Lewko (formerly of Omegacron and Tyrant’s Blood) as the second guitarist and Tim Bottams (of Wulfenite) as a drummer. After writing was completed, Escarion set for the studio with Monolith Studios in the Mixing/Engineering/Producer & Support chair. Although the recording was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Escarion managed to complete recording by mid-2020.
The singles ‘Envy’ and ‘Greed’ are out now, and will be followed by the release of the album, “Pillars of the Faith”.
How did you come up with your band name?
An Escarion, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is a love child of a Bear from Space and a Hydra from the depths of the Yarra River with a fatal scream…
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Melbourne, Australia. There are heaps of fantastic bands here, however our government doesn’t support our scene very much. They’re more interested in destroying the environment and feeding the rich than to associate with heavy metal artists (the real legends of Melbourne). Sigh.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is our single ‘Greed’, off our upcoming album “Pillars of the Faith” which is out 29th January 2021.
‘Envy’ (Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Death, Behemoth, Trivium, Mayhem, Darkthrone, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Mgla, Revocation, Rivers of Nihil, Rush, Black Sabbath, Opeth, Judas Priest.
What first got you into music?
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would say Behemoth, but that’s wishful thinking, maybe a more realistic or even artistic collaboration would be someone from a different genre. Kendrick Lamar would be fantastic, or even someone more low-key like Boogie.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken, is it even a question? (You would be surprised at some of the answers we get!! – Rick)
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Someone gave us an old shoe that they drew our logo on it, it was, ah… flattering… and smelly.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you! You awesome & patient beasts!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Just one? Probably either Eddie Van Halen or Neil Peart, maybe both at once, maybe we’re just that powerful…
Or maybe Euronymous. Just so we can watch Varg Vikernes have an aneurysm.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best thing about being a musician? Getting to play in front of an audience, playing the music you love and have a genuinely fun time playing. Moreover, if you’re lucky enough, to collaborate with the best musicians, producers to create the best music you’re capable of. The worst? When you’re stuck in a lockdown and you really can’t do much, not even see the people that make life easier (the band).
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Spotify and other music streaming services to pay artists properly.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Exercises in Futility” by Mgla. I could say others, but this album is flying way under the radar for how impressive and inspiring it truly is.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl! However, we’re currently getting CD’s made so I think we’re required to say CD’s so you can buy ours (do it, we dare you).
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The best gig that we have ever played was our last one. It was at The Tote in Collingwood, Victoria. We played downstairs and we had a massive bill of great Melbourne death/ progressive metal bands which included Shredder, Werewolf, Wulfenite & Headless. We had a larger audience that night than ever before, we premiered three new songs live and then we saw our biggest mosh pit ever. Couldn’t have felt better seeing people mosh this good and enjoying our music.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Lying on my bed and slowly slipping into madness.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Gordon Ramsay, Nergal, Kendrick Lamar, Jimmy Page and Matt Heafy. Could you imagine? We’d change the world.
What’s next for the band?
We’re getting ready for our release of the album on January 29th. We’re just a local band but we are determined to make a huge statement with this album. We have put our blood into these songs and we’re ready to share it with the world.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We have our Linktree here!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Doesn’t the name imply the answer? And who likes Jaffa?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Septem Peccatis Mortis, Septem Virtutibus Vitae. Memento Mori.
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