Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Daniel: The group was founded in 2011.
After I left my previous band JuggerNaut (alternative metal), I still had some material written already, so after a while I decided to find like-minded people for the new project.
The reason for choosing the name ADDICT is the literal meaning of this word - “dependent”. We were addicted to music, and it certainly was holding us strongly!
We rehearsed and played concerts for a couple of years, but stalled on recording. Unfortunately, for several reasons, we had to suspend activities.
Later, in 2017, the desire to continue making music became irresistible, a new line-up was assembled, and the first release was immediately recorded - EP “The New Sun”. The release was followed by new concerts, and by work on new material that resulted in the next EP “Against You All” in 2019.
Voder: I want to add that we previously played with Daniel together in Esgharioth (progressive post-black metal) in 2007-2009, we've been on a tour together. So, we have known each other for a long time. And we decided to gather the new lineup after we met at Ihsahn's concert in 2016. This was the moment that gave the second birth of the group, so to speak.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Daniel: It’s not so difficult here, it’s a contemporary groove metal with impurities and elements of related styles, such as death metal, industrial.
Voder: There are really many mixes of styles now. But many bands, by the way, also incorrectly determine their style or invent non-existent ones, although I have not yet met projects that couldn't be described in the commonly recognized classification. So, for example, some bands calling themselves groove metal, play, in fact, mostly metalcore or something else.
Daniel: The bands that influenced us and that we listen to - I can list for a long time, but first of all - Chimaira, Decapitated, Pantera, Textures, Keep of Kalessin, Meshuggah. Personally, I don’t particularly separate the groups that influenced me and which I listen to: one way or another, all the music (and not only) that I like, affects the writing of my own material to some extent.
Voder: I have a huge list too. Since I began to listen to heavy music from the age of 5, at different periods of time I listened to a variety of genres, and all this influenced my vision and my taste. In adult age, i.e. when I was in my 20's, Ihsahn and Emperor had a great influence on me. In recent years, I have been listening to a lot of progressive metalcore and deathcore, groove metal too, for certain. Gojira, Meshuggah, Textures, Hacride, Tesseract, Born Of Osiris, Between The Buried And Me, Fallujah, Heart Of A Coward, The Ocean Collective, Chimaira and many more, but most importantly - of good quality and interesting.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Voder: I think this is a gesture of respect and support to the band that you like. Being in the underground, a band puts a lot of effort, money and time to make their music and to deliver it to their listener. So, streaming music instead of using free downloaded tracks and buying digital and physical helps the band to exist and to continue create new music, and this is the thing that listeners want and need, as normally, a person wouldn't be stuck in repeat of the same old tracks, it will become boring and annoying. So, by buying products of the band that you like you're investing in your own interest of getting new music every other year and this also increases the chance of bringing the band to their local area. It's like an ecosystem!
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Voder: We've released two EP's and this April'20 we've released a new single with a short film for it, which I recommend to watch, it's very interesting and conceptual. Well, I can say it is each time very warmly received as we're always trying to do our best, but it's very hard to get heard nowadays doing everything by ourselves.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Daniel: Yes, of course we play live shows and this is an important part of the band's life. But now everything is cancelled because of the pandemic.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Voder: We're not waiting for someone to do all the work for us, we're doing as much as we can and we're not going to stop. It's like when a company is interested in an employee who's ready to work hard and do more than is expected from him. And another thing that we are an interesting music piece I believe.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Daniel: We had plans to release a new album this year and go on tour to Europe but now this plan went astray. But I think we'll do the album this autumn anyway. Next year we'll see how it goes, we'll try to organize a tour as soon as it will be possible.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Bandcamp - https://addictmetal.bandcamp.com/
iTunes/Apple music - https://music.apple.com/artist/addict/1322152243
Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/artist/3y19CaorAzGOC1lz7ktRcB
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/addict-metalband