EMQ’s with VISERION
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with New York City, NY based Black Metal band, Viserion. Huge thanks to Ben, John and Matt, 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 have the full band, Ben, John and Matt, here today. Ben plays bass and does vocals, Matt plays drums, and John plays guitar. Viserion formed in 2019 when John saw our death metal band Moniasin play a show in NY. We got to talking about our mutual love for black metal and decided to jam together. After seeing we worked well together and got along, we decided to form Viserion.
How did you come up with your band name?
Viserion is the name of the undead dragon from Game of Thrones. We felt this name fit perfectly due to the bleakness of our music.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from New York City. The metal scene here is amazing. With places such as St. Vitus Bar, Duffs, Lucky 13s, and The Kingsland to name a few, the community is very strong and tightknit.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our single and lyric video ‘The Wraith’ (Feat. Trevor Strnad) was just released June 18th and our debut full length album “Natural Selection” will be released August 13th, 2021.
‘The Wraith’ feat. Trevor Strnad (Lyric Video)
‘Vaporized’ (New Single Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
We are very influence by the legendary black metal bands such as Mayhem, Darkthrone and Behemoth along with some more Modern Black Metal bands like Dead Space, Woe, and Ellende.
What first got you into music?
Matt: I got into metal through the thrash legends especially Metallica and Slayer and was always focusing on the drums and wanted to learn as a result.
Ben: Once I heard Cliff Burton playing on ‘Anesthesia (Pulling Teeth)’ I knew I had to buy a bass and start making music
John: I started listening to extreme metal at a young age and instead of playing sports, or anything like that, I was drawn to the guitar and expressing myself through it.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Matt: Trent Reznor. Nine Inch Nails is my favourite band and Reznor’s talent, creativity and growth as a musician has always been a source of inspiration for me.
Ben: I would want to collab with Opeth. The way that they structure songs and go from harsh heavy parts to slow atmospheric and melancholic parts is something that would be awesome to be a part of.
John: I’d collaborate with Darkthrone as they are one of my oldest influences and inspire me and my style of writing.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Matt: Maryland Death Fest. I would love to be part of such a massive and intense festival with so many awesome metal bands, especially considering it is one of the biggest metal festivals on the East Coast.
Ben: I would love to play Hellfest as it just seems like and amazing time where the metal community as a whole is celebrated and everyone comes together to have fun.
John: I would also wanna play Hellfest because it is one of the sickest festivals ever created.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We haven’t received any weird ones…yet anyway.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you all so much for the support and we can’t wait to release “Natural Selection” for you all to enjoy!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Matt: Neil Peart. He was a huge influence on me as a drummer and is one of the reasons I decided to play drums myself.
Ben: I would bring back David Gold. Woods of Ypres was ahead of their time and his musical talent and uniqueness is missed in this world.
John: I would bring back Dead. His vocal style was pioneering and he never got to reach his potential which is a shame.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Matt: The creative process is my favourite part. I love the feeling of a song getting gradually more complex and fleshed out and the experience of when it all comes together as a cohesive piece of music. I hate the hassle of taking apart all my drum hardware after I play a show and am exhausted.
Ben: I enjoy being able to express my emotions and pain through my music. You can express yourself in music with any instrument and that’s the best part about writing and creating songs. I hate the times when you have writer’s block and feel like you can’t write anything else new.
John: I enjoy the fact that being a musician allows me to express myself in ways I normally could not. I don’t hate anything about being a musician as it’s my great passion.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The music industry is constantly evolving mostly for the better. We wouldn’t necessarily change anything because it is already changing consistently.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Matt: “From Mars To Sirius” by Gojira. The sheer onslaught of heaviness blended with melodic and progressive elements is brilliantly balanced. I will never get tired of listening to that album.
Ben: Mgla – “Exercises In Futility”. This album never lets up and is what I consider a perfect black metal album.
John: Mayhem – “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
We believe that Vinyl is the best, as far as sound quality, although downloads are more convenient.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We haven’t played a live show with Viserion yet.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Matt: I’m also a writer and have an MFA in Creative Writing. If I wasn’t a musician, I would devote even more time to my writing.
Ben: I would want to open my own record shop.
John: I would continue being an automotive mechanic.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Matt: Wilt Chamberlain, William Shakespeare, Babe Ruth, Trent Reznor and Bryan Cranston.
Ben: Mikael Åkerfeldt, Chuck Schuldiner, Cliff Burton, Mickey Mantle, and Alex Webster.
John: I would invite my bandmates, Dead and Euronymous.
What’s next for the band?
“Natural Selection” comes out August 13th, 2021 and we’re playing our debut show at The Kingsland August 22nd.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We use Spotify, our Bandcamp, Youtube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
We honestly have no idea what this is but cake is in the name so were going with cake!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for having us! Check out our single “The Wraith” on Bandcamp or all streaming platforms if you haven’t and stay tuned for “Natural Selection” August 13th.
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