ANTLION Interview (Ottawa, Canada)


Hello! No waste of good suffering is wanted, give us a penetrating introduction to ANTLION and don't hesitate to stuff it hard! It seems the musicians of ANTLION play or used to play in various other outfits before... Is the band supposed to be a new and totally fresh entity, or rather the continuation of another one that existed before?
Adam Pell : Greetings, Herry! Antlion is the culmination of several years of hard work between friends dedicated to pushing the boundaries of our musical capabilities while maintaining a fresh approach to modern songwriting. We all came from different musical  backgrounds and enjoy trying to combine them in different ways in order to try and create a fresh sound that doesn't adhere to today's metal cliches. To answer your question, this is a new band, separate from our previous affairs.

The readers who aren't familiar with ANTLION, what should they know about the band before their reading keeps on going? A Short biography isn't necessary, but a few good and strong ideas could be interesting ...
Adam Pell : Antlion started back in 2012 with Shane (Guitars) and Arend (drums) in our old basement. Soon after, Joe (guitars) and myself (bass/vox) completed the lineup and began to sculpt what would become our debut record. Not a particularly glamorous meeting, but the rest is history, as they say!


Tell us more about the reasons of choosing the ANTLION moniker. What is especially interesting in the "concept" or behavior of this disease causing element for it shall represent a Psychedethic Metal band?
Adam Pell : There was no particular statement that we were trying to make with the band name. The name itself is a reference to the alien antagonists from a PC game you may have heard of called Half Life. We thought the name fit together nicely with the music that we were trying to create.

What inspires you/the band now a days? What is your inspiration to create music, what is your drive?
Adam Pell : Our inspirations stem from basic life experiences, both positive and negative, and the drive to creatively vent our ideas in a constructive manner. We all enjoy many different types of music, so it's always interesting when we write music, as no two songs ever sound the same! For myself, personally, my largest drive as a musician is playing live. Nothing compares to the energy shared between a band and the audience!


Holy shit what an New Album … Pure madness with perfect, Unearthly production and inhuman violence like Bestial Assault. Now tell us about the concept and story behind this masterpiece. The Cool story behind " The Prescient ". The story is cool and Imentioned several influences in my review. still about theme of Chaos, Society and Technology ? Let's talk about " The Prescient ".
Adam Pell : There is no real overarching concept to The Prescient as an album, but there is a common thematic link between songs. The first half of the album talks about the fears and uncertainties placed upon ourselves as a civilization trying to cope with political corruption and corporate despotism in our culture. As the second half of the album begins, The lyrics become less expository and more allegorical, alluding to various characters seeking answers to their respective existences by acting out through their own complexes. Any fan of science fiction/fantasy books should grasp that the title track itself chronicles the rise to power and subsequent fall from grace of Leto, God Emperor, from Frank Herbert's Dune series.

Your music is quite seriously Technical and Dynamic ... Don't tell me "it's just how we feel", it should be directed towards someone or something... So what's the reason for so much of Technical and obscure feelings?
Adam Pell : We don't play heavy music for the sole purpose of propagating aggression onto others. Quite the opposite, actually. When we do decide to crank it up, we are doing so from a place of catharsis, one that allows us to purge our negative feelings while still being able to be musically creative. For this particular album, we felt that the continuity therein was bolstered by the heavier nature of this particular selection of songs. As for why We play fast, technical music, we do it because it is rewarding for us as musicians. We enjoy being able to stretch the limits of what we can accomplish physically and mentally while still being able to have fun and not take ourselves too seriously.


I wonder how's the interest from the underground Metal media before release? Now you should begin to receive reviews... Are feedbacks nicely putrid and juicy? What were the weirdest things you read about " The Prescient " ?
Adam Pell : We are very fortunate to have been recieving critical acclaim for The Prescient in the underground scene. I myself enjoy reading all of the things that people have to say about the album. My favorite thing i have read about the album thus far can be traced back to a review conducted by a Blog called, "The Headbanging Moose," about the song "A Seer's Elegy." The quote reads, "I would say this song has all the “attributes” of a serial killer, being violent but extremely methodical and/or surgical at the same time."

An excellent album that should be heard. If you really consider yourself a metalhead, give this band a try. and how the process of making this new material? whether all members are involved in every writing music?
Adam Pell : The Music for The Prescient was composed by Shane, our guitarist, with the rest of us helping in the arrangment process. The lyrics were all written by myself. Moving forward, we have some much more dynamic material in the works. It looks to be our first fully collaborative material thus far. It is a bit early for me to be talking about new stuff so soon, but nonetheless, the songwriting process is constantly being refined as we progress as a band.


What is the special thing with ANTLION Sophisticated Bombastic Technical Stuff ? Damn Bizzare Structure? Or is it much more? How much material overdubbing and harmonization do you do in the studio? Is layering a necessity for the ANTLION formula to work properly?
Adam Pell : As far as the recording aspect goes, there is a very large portion of the said process spent on small details. We do some layering and overdubs with synths and things, as well as backup vocals and harmonies, but for the most part, the guitars, bass, and vocals are recorded in such a way that we can stillperform them live without too much difficulty. Needless to say, some parts still get the best of me... hahaha

I'm Very Surprise with Amazing Sound Production for this album, what Is this already a Trademark for ANTLION established itself from the beginning? and how ANTLION still able to maintain all of this until now? How with compare than before material?
Adam Pell : Our drummer, Arend pulled some pretty intense double duty in both engineering the record as well as managing his role as the drummer. Because of that, we had the luxury of taking our time to ensure that all of the performances were up to a standard that we were comfortable with. The reason we are able to keep to this standard of quality is because we have made it much more cost effective by doing things ourselves and by not outsourcing too much of the work. We also have Zach Ohren from Castle Ultimate Studios to thank for the excellent job with the Reamping and the mix/master. It is certainly a quantum leap forward from our earliest recordings!

And in Arranging songs, whether ANTLION pressing to play more Endless Complicated than Complex?
Adam Pell : When arranging songs, we don't try to play complicated material just for the sake of doing so. In all honesty, we feel in this band that we can really do whatever we want as far as what we wish to express musically. This record happened to be a manifestation of many of our heavier influences. Who knows where we'll go from here?


Your album was released by yourselves. You didn't find a label or no decent offer arrived in your mail box? and is it quite satisfying? and " The Prescient " made it onto bandcamp " Best Selling Metal " list!
Adam Pell : We chose not to shop around for a label this time, as we wanted to focus our efforts on writing and producing the record. Next time around, we may seek some label support, now that we have generated a little bit of a buzz. it was a pretty great feeling seeing our record at the top of the bandcamp metal download charts!

Where do you think or where do you want ANTLION to be 10 years from now?
Adam Pell : In Ten years, huh? Maybe at the Junos? hell, maybe the grammys! hahaha I don't imagine things will be horribly different. We do this because we enjoy it, and we will continue to do so as long as we can continue to get along and stay productive. So far, so good!

Overall, it's time to come to an end now. Hope you enjoyed this interview? Thanks for answering my questions and the time you spend on them. I hope I didn't forget anything? If there's something left to say at the end feel free to use this opportunity now. You can add what you wish, I let you conclude all last word this Interview !
Adam Pell : Thanks again, Herry! It was a pleasure chatting with you! We in Antlion would like to personally thank everyone for the overwhelming support and praise we have received so far for The Prescient! Hopefully a time will come where we will be able to travel outside of our own backyard and perform these songs in front of you, the fans! Until then, Keep on cranking the record, and stay tuned for some more news from the Antlion camp! Cheers!


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