Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
In 2011, the three members came together. (Guitarist) Jack and (drummer) Austin met as Lifeguards and had been jamming occasionally, and listening to each others favourite tunes over the work stereo. Having also met (bassist) Kyle at York University, a friendship started after moving downtown, and a love of heavy metal and partying brought the three together. After Jack parted ways with “The Rough Boys” the three formed as a group and began recording demos.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
The sound we aim for is a contemporary interpretation of all metal styles. Black Absinthe does not turn away from any aspect of the metal family tree. A strong influence comes from the classic heavy metal gods Sabbath, Priest, Maiden where heavy riffs come to the forefront. The technical aspect of Death metal and Prog influence our sound by pushing the musical boundaries, we don’t want to be just one “genre” But real rock n’ roll and thrash play a major role in our sound because of how we play live. If an audience cant move and mosh to your tunes then its not a real Metal show.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Metal heads should buy ‘Early Signs of Denial’ because it is the product of our years of songwriting and the amazing influence of our producer and mixer. Our producer Dave Baksh shared so much of his knowledge of recording techniques and the layering of sounds on the recording range from harmony, vocal layering and even picking technique. The mix is always throwing something new at you. From ripping solos to atmospheric breakdowns, our mixer ‘Frank Gryner’ shapes the music to its ultimate form. The sound of this album should re-awaken a metalheads love for the genre
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
This is our third release, but first in a professional studio environment. Our first release ‘Augusta’ was self recorded, the second ‘ Noise Complaint’ recorded with a producer, ‘Jeff Deegan,’ but both in our basement. The songs still stand up to this day, and are still played live. The first song we wrote together ‘Disgraced’ is still in our live set, so we know that all the material we released has relevance. Metal heads have always responded well to our songs, and reviewers have been receptive too, but the quality of the past releases has limited the ability to get the music across to a wider audience. With E.S.O.D, we already see a great response from people.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Playing live is the most important thing to us, we have been all over Ontario and Quebec over the past few years. Montreal has been so good to us, and we love touring in Quebec. Our live show is where it’s at, and no matter where we go, we have the audience bangin their heads! We try to play as often as possible in Toronto and sometimes we have to play every gig that comes our way just to get our fix. Playing live is a jumpstart for us and we crave the adrenalin.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
This band is interesting because we are not a cookie cutter metal group. This band challenges the listener to decide where our influences lie and in doing that we attract a wide array of metal heads and music lovers. We are not emulators, we are artists who meld influence and create something new, something the music world really needs right now. We do live what the best rock bands in the world do, get people jumping around and screaming our lyrics.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Tour, promote E.S.O.D and write! We want our album to be played all around the world and are looking forward to interacting with people all around the world. Reaching out to people in another place through social media is so cool because it really shows how far reaching the metal world is. That is the motivation with touring too, meeting new people and having fun with them, bonding over metal.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can pre-order our album on Band Camp along with our past releases ,or hit us up at a live show and get a good old fashioned CD! Check out ors music videos and live footage on YOUTUBE.