Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
Chris: Our new record is the progression of our sound as a whole. We took the doomy thrash influence of our first release, and expounded on it, with longer songs, more technicality and different moods for many of the songs. Yes, we are extremely happy with how the final product came out.
Bill: I think we covered a lot of solid ground with this one. When the first album, "Embrace the Fire" was created we were not sure what direction it was heading in. This time around we knew what kind of album we wanted to make and executed it. "Screaming for Salvation" is definitely a step up in many ways. For example, it starts off with the in your face upbeat corporate anthem titled, "Kill the Messenger" which involves a head on collision of thrash and groove. The second track on the album, "Storyteller" stands out and is absolutely killer with thrash-like blast beats, more grooves and guitar hammerons. The lyrical content is hateful towards individuals who like to talk your head off with false stories and repetitive excuses that exaggerate more and more as time goes on. This album has eleven songs, covering 55 minutes of nonstop metal. The music is dynamic, catchy and is meant to be memorable to the human ear. We wrote music we ourselves would listen to and enjoy jamming out to. I hope people enjoy it and feel the same about it as we do.
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sound like anything we might have heard before?
Chris: We are a modern metal band, with influences drawing from thrash, death metal, doom metal, amongst a plethora of other influences. It is composed in our own fresh, original style, but with enough familiarity to keep even the most garden variety metalhead intrigued.
Bill: It's hard to describe what it sounds like and put a label to it. We are interested to hear how people perceive our music. So far the response has been good. We started this band with the intention of making good metal but nothing in particular as far as a labeled sound. We are not death metal, black metal, doom, hardcore or thrash metal, but you may hear some of the influences mixed within.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
Chris: We recorded and produced the record ourselves, as seems to be more of the norm these days. This isn’t the first rodeo for either of us as far as recording goes, so it went much smoother than our first record. Sorry we don’t have any tales of drunken in studio debauchery, heheh.
Bill: I can explain a little bit of how the process has gone for us recording. It took somewhere between 3-4 months to complete. We all have experience in prior bands with recording so it was not a painful process at all. In fact we really enjoyed it a lot. Of course we mixed every song a million times before the final product, but it always seems to go that way in a studio. Chris and I learned so much as we always do each time. This album I think has a better production and a bigger sound. We improved with tracking, mixing and mastering. Sometimes you never know how it's going to turn out, but we made sure this was going to be something great. In the future we are not against going to an actual recording studio, but I think it would take a lot of research to find the right one for us while saving some money.
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
Bill: The artwork for, "Screaming for Salvation" is a chaos symbol with a skull inside. It is something I came up with and seemed to fit well for this album. The color scheme and design is symbolic to me for this album because it was what I envisioned as the face of the music. I actually sat down and toyed with many ideas, but when we listened to the album right away we knew this was it. My lyrics are very personal rather than conceptual. I use some metaphors here and there. Maybe when you listen to the lyrics you could have your own interpretation or maybe you'll understand where I am coming from and relate to it. You may say I am a very tortured soul who suffers a lot due to the hardships of life as many others do. Chaos is always a big part of our themes. There is always something that bothers me or intrigues me I can sing about. Music is a big act of catharsis for me. It is my biggest dose medication.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
Chris: Our goal is to our spread our art worldwide to as many ears as possible. With metal being such an international genre, we are looking to broaden our fan base and get new opportunities to play new places.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
Chris: Right now, it is currently digital only, but physical CD’s are on the way shortly. It would be nice to eventually do an elaborate double gatefold LP on blood-spatter vinyl. The demand would have to be there first though (nudge, nudge, wink, wink).
Bill: Sometime in the next month or so we will press a good amount of CD's and hope to keep re-ordering them as time goes on. It all cost money when you release the album yourself.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
Chris: We are currently playing shows to promote it, as well as talking to fine folks in the metal media such as yourselves. Plus, we are using social media, content sites such as YouTube, podcasts, web zines, in addition to traditional media like radio interviews. Basically running the whole gambit.
Bill: Right now as we speak a handful of metal radio stations are playing our music in heavy rotation. We are trying to send stuff to as many outlets as possible. The more promotion the better for us. If you are reading this interview and have anything to do with metal promotion in anyway, feel free to contact us through social media and look for us in your preferred search engine.
Where can we order it from?
Chris: You can currently find it at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/kaosreign2 . We also have Bandcamp on the way, so stay tuned for that. Thanks again for the interview! Cheers.
Bill: The best avenue for us is CD Baby as they pay almost full royalties per download. We are also on many other sites for download such as Spotify, Itunes, Amazon and many more. You can also stream songs from YouTube, Facebook, ReverbNation, SoundCloud, etc.