Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The root of this band begins about 16 years ago. The original members Jonathan Finney, Ralph Barnett and I (Joshua Ward) formed a project called Deadspeed. It was a turbid time in my life as I was only thirteen years of age and the other two were in their twenties. Due to “complicated” issues, I was forced to leave my home and staying with Jonathan and developing my music skills. The band was a sanctuary and to this day is my passion. Unfortunately, Ralph Barnette had to leave due to person issues but he was instrumental in the making of this band. We picked up Aaron Rogers who help introduce an ambient synth mix to our emerging symphonic metal sound. Tripp King and Daniel Presell joined in 2014 as our vocalist and guitarist. These two truly brought a unique and brutal element to our mix that is what represents us today. Recently, in light of the new album we picked up two more members Annette Greene and Hunter Ross. Annette had a remarkable voice as she has many awards in her High-school choir; she has since taken over as the keyboardist in light of Aaron’s recent departure. Hunter Ross, also being of High-school age is an unbelievably talented guitarist, bringing a new technical aspect to our music. Each member comes from many walks of life including a nurse, an acupuncturist, skilled labor, a professional painter, a science teacher, all joined by our passion for metal.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
We have such a diverse range of influences, it will be hard to break down in its totality. Behemoth, Devin Townsend, Emperor, Dimmu Borgir, Obscura, The Faceless, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Sceptic Flesh, Enfold Darkness, Black Crown Initiate, and even our friends from Enthean, all inspire us. But, another truth is we are all inspired heavily from movie and video game scores. The soundtrack from the 1980’s movie Legend “the one with Tim Curry as the Lord of Darkness”, Tron, Prometheus, Mass Effect, The Dark Crystal, Alien, all had neat sound textures that could be said to influence our sound.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Well, we hope to appeal to a broader audience for the love “music” more than just metal. We put a lot of time writing, not just the music but the entire idea that we represent. We are story tellers. We do not just have music, but lore for both in-story format and musical textures. It is brutal yet subtle; it is in a perpetual state of duality. No matter the mood you are in, there is something for you.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have released “Resurrecting the Blood Gate” and Planetary Cenotaph, two songs with two very different emotions weaved in them. So far, people have been very appreciative of the work we have put into the music. One review pointed out the grand diversity of our music, not bound by a single genre of metal. We have seen our music on a myriad of pages internationally thanks to Grant Truesdell and Jon Asher. We are very pleased and grateful for all the support and kind words.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Our live shows are growing. Being from the mountains of North Carolina, our genre is rare the venues even more scarce. Thanks to venues such as Ground Zero, we are able to work on our performances and gear up for our upcoming tour(s). We are working on projecting the story through our music so we tend to dress in a science fantasy, armored wardrobe as we want people to experience more than a band playing on stage, but a full show.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We musical storytellers, working every day to bring to life the entire production that is known as Rapheumets Well. We built a multi-verse, added some fundamental physics and molded some characters. With these characters comes their personalities and drama and it propagates throughout the universe and gives rise to our adventures. We use a variety of soundscapes to express this. What better way to express complex inter-planetary warfare than metal!
What plans do you have for the near future as a band? What do we not have, well at least in theory ha!
We are working with Test Your Metal Records to push our music as far as it will go, for that we have no set limitations. We have all given up our professions to pursue the limitations of our music, and at this time we are not convinced there is one. Touring, writing more music with even more depth to it, and really getting it to people who can appreciate it, help them escape reality for an hour or so.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
We will have more music on YouTube, we are releasing another song “The Witch of Dark Spire” and our official video “Crucible of Titans will be in April. Our album “The Exile” can be purchased here at: testyourmetalrecords.bigcartel.com/product/rapheumets-well-the-exile-available-march-18th
You can visit us at www.rapheumetswell.org as well.