Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Chris: Bill and I have been playing in bands in the Connecticut/ NYC tri state area for years, so we’ve known each other for a while. He asked me to do a side project with him, and he sent me a couple tracks, to which I was like “hell yeah, I can jam to this!” And eventually it wound up becoming our main project.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Chris: Thrashy, with doom and death metal elements, but we really pull from everywhere. Sepultura is probably our main collective influence, along with Crowbar, Pentagram, Death, Corrosion of Conformity, Vision Of Disorder, Clutch, Slayer, Carcass, etc ; The usual suspects. We all have our own individual influences that span the whole musical spectrum, however.
Bill: Chris said it pretty good, but I feel it's hard to label the music in the metal genre when describing it. Search for us on the internet and take a listen for yourself. We feel it has an original sound to it within metal and would be curious to see how others would describe it. Our preferred method for download would be www.cdbaby.com/cd/kaosreign2 and you can stream some of it practically anywhere on the web.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Chris: We have everything a metalhead could want. Crushing riffs, technical drumming, intense vocals, catchy hooks, and most importantly, well written material. By design, it’s made to bang your head. You won’t have to worry about us trying to sneak in a power ballad or something, heheh.
Bill: Our tempos can range from 150 beats per minute to a whopping 220 beats per minute. Maybe a doomy song such as, "Deathwish" on the new album would be the closest to a power ballad, but not really. This band covers almost all grounds in metal. There are no limits and no rules or regulations. We write metal songs we ourselves would listen to and enjoy playing. The vocals are pretty heavy in many ways and hard describe. There is screaming, growling, yelling and thrash metal like clean vocals. So far we have a good reaction to both of our albums, which is always a good thing.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Chris: So far this is our second release, but every review we’ve gotten has been positive. And we really seem to be catching on with listeners.
Bill: Our first album, "Embrace the Fire" was a nice introduction for us. We had some really good reviews for it. The new album, "Screaming for Salvation" is a step up in many ways. We feel the recording is an improvement as we created an even bigger sound. The writing chemistry has progressed and is being perceived pretty well so far.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Chris: Oh yeah, we’re all about playing live. We play a lot locally, and we’ve been branching out to other states as well. One of the best shows we ever played was in Portland Maine, which is kind of a hike from where we live.
Bill: Playing live is the greatest experience a musician can have in my opinion. Especially when the shows get an awesome response. We write the songs so that we can perform them live just as well as they are recorded. Our band is always down to play a good metal show as long as it is within somewhat of a reasonable distance. We will play anywhere and anytime if possible.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Chris: We have a very unique sound. We’re plenty brutal, but we know how to be catchy and write good songs. And we’re a pretty solid live act as well.
Bill: Listen to the music as we have put our heart and soul in it. We are experienced musicians who have been playing music for years and we believe in what we do. We write music we are ourselves would listen to.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Chris: Promote this new record as much as we can and play as many shows as possible. Create as many new opportunities for ourselves and reach as many ears as possible. Also, we have some video projects in the works, so be on the lookout for that. And like every metal band, it would be nice to get to the level to travel abroad.
Bill: We want to continue in the same direction we have done so far and progress every album going forward. The more people we reach, the bigger our audience will become.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Chris: You can order our album at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/koasreign2 . Bandcamp coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram and ReverbNation. Thank you for the interview! Cheers.
Bill: You may also hear us on internet metal radio stations as we have been gaining a lot of playback as of late.