If you’ve been following along my The Apparatus – Postmortem series, you’ve learned that American Aftermath and I go way back. Blog vs Blog is their interview series, conducted by our good friend Ross, where 2 bloggers interview each other at the same time and chat about what we know best. Enjoy!
KeithBC: How did your Chuul music project come about, what do you play and what is the band doing currently?
Ross: Chuul was born out of me and fellow blogger Thomas Mergel wanting to try something slower and more depressing than things we had done in the past. Thomas handles all of the instrumentation and I handle the vocals in this project. He released his debut album under the moniker Void not too long ago and I’ve been working on Angry Norwegian and multiple solo excursions for a while, we just wanted to try something new. Both of our other bands are currently still active although Angry Norwegian may be taking a short hiatus soon. As Chuul, Thomas and I are currently working on our debut album and we have released out first song titled Endless Black which you can listen to right here.
Ross: Of course you’d ask about Chuul because you have ties to this band also. You designed our logo through an organization called —˜Fiverr.’ Can you tell me how you got into making band logos and the like?
KeithBC: I’ve been into drawing way before getting into music. Most really young metal fans end up replicating logos on their backpacks and notebooks instead of paying attention in class. I just took it a lot further. Black Metal logos were always very inspiring. I’m partially colorblind so the fact that they’re always in black and white and contain a ton of detail was a right fit for me.
KeithBC: What’s the furthest extent you’ve gone for music or live show?
Ross: I skipped school to travel three hundred miles to go to Ozzfest one year. The next year I did the same thing but that time it was for Warped Tour. That’s the thing that sucks about living in Arkansas, most of the time any show worth going to is at the very least a one hundred mile drive. Very lame.
Ross: I met you a few years ago on the Metal Injection Forums, which no longer exists. How did you find your way to that forum and what was the best part about it for you?
KeithBC: I was there to spam The Apparatus for sure. The best part for me was photoshopping funny pictures about the Livecast. Robert Pasbani and The Apparatus have always been cool. We’ve always used each others platforms to help each other out (more Metal Injection throwing us a bone). Paul helped build one of the earlier versions of Metal Injection we’ve all become good friends since.
Ross: This one took quite a bit of thinking. I think I’m going to say From Autumn To Ashes’ The Fiction We Live. I loved this band throughout their existence, but this album stood out to me as very powerful when I was younger. Now I go back and listen to it because screamo is dead and so is From Autumn To Ashes. It’s never going to be this good again.
Ross: What is your favorite gaming platform of all time?
KeithBC: Defiantly the Playstation One. Though I’m a big fan of the mario franchise and I have a lot of favorites on the N64, the PSone always had the most consistently awesome experience and the best arcade ports. That’s the most breakthrough console era for me.
KeithBC: What video games are you playing and are their any upcoming ones you are looking forward to?
Ross: I think the newest game I bought was Injustice: God’s Among Us, the DC Comics Mortal Kombat-styled fighting game. It’s killer. Aside from that, I’ve been playing Fable 2, Skate 2 and Diablo III. I’m a huge fan of RPGs and when I find one I love, I never let go.
As for upcoming games I’m excited for, definitely Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag. That thing looks incredible. I’m also looking forward to Batman: Arkham Origins both of those were recently released but I am too broke to even think about getting them right now. Also, as dorky as it may sound, I want to play Pokemon X & Y. I’ve been playing the games since I was a kid and have played every permutation of them. Kinda feels wrong if I don’t.
Ross: You recently started releasing a tell-all story about The Apparat.us. Break it down for us and let us know how that led to Headbang —˜n Buttonmash.
KeithBC: I had originally wanted to create a short book accounting the history of mathcore and The Apparatus. I had slowed down on writing it until the HBnBM idea came around. The plan is to break it up into 15 parts. Not all of which will be written, they’ll be some fun things mixed in. Though I’m involved quite extensively, Headbang N Buttonmash is Paul and Jared‘s creation. I’ve taken a step back from having an administrator role and am focusing on creating quality writing and content. Our huge love of video games and all of our experiences with music have come full circle. It’s been a very exciting launch this past month. Keep an eye out because we have some amazing things coming up.
Ross: Probably the Xbox One. I never even messed with a PS3 and I haven’t been thinking about PS4 really. The Xbox One looks incredible though. Once again, broke-ness kills fondness.
Ross: Are you more excited for Xbox One or PS4?
KeithBC: I have been dedicated to Xbox 360 for a long time. That said, I’ll jumping ship this November. The controversy surrounding Xbox One has proven to me Mircosoft has a lack of faith in their console. I can only imagine the development shortcuts from scrambling around and changing things. The Playstation 4 has got a backbone, I like that, It’s metal.
KeithBC: What’s the most —œmetal— game you’ve ever played? Not necessarily musically but comparable in themes or personality.
Ross: Skyrim without comparison. That game is so metal that it makes metal things look non-metal. In all seriousness though, this would be the most metal game just because of sheer brutality and the fact that my character was a blonde-haired Nord named Thor who carried a hammer. Metal!
KeithBC: I love Spider-Man but I love his villains more. Any incarnations of the goblins (Hobgoblin, Green Goblin, Demogoblin) or symbiote characters (Venom, Carnage, Toxin) will do it for me. I never was a big comic book reader but I did collect the trading cards. That’s how I found sick artists like Cliff Nielsen, Julie Bell, Dimitri Patelis, and Luis Royo as a kid. Tell me this (painting of Carnage) doesn’t rule!
KeithBC: What’s most gratifying part about blogging for you?
Ross: Knowing that people are hearing music that they wouldn’t on other metal websites. Unlike a lot of sites, we don’t publish the latest Dave Mustaine breakdown or how crazy Ted Nugent is. We don’t care about that shit. We post about music. We also don’t just post about mainstream or well-known bands. I scour Bandcamp for hours upon hours looking for new, obscure music and it thrills me when those posts get positive feedback. I feel like I’m helping both the band and the reader when that happens.
Ross: What is the lamest album you’ve listened to in 2013? That one album that almost made your IQ drop.
KeithBC: I’d say Attila but that’s too obvious. I can’t say it’s the lamest but the Puscifer EP was boring. It just sounds jaded and depressing to me. I’m not holding my breath for a new Tool album but I expected a little more from Maynard, especially after A Perfect Circle greatest hits album in poor taste.
KeithBC: Out of all the long lasting genres of metal, which one would you like to go back in time and experience it in its infancy?
Ross: Definitely black metal. Not Venom-era black metal, but early to mid-90s black metal. The poor production quality and maniac-attack that was that eras black metal is something I love and I’d love to see those ideas be born and brought into existence.
Ross: Who is the most underrated band in your eyes? Who should people be listening to that they don’t?
KeithBC: Dionaea. This band is criminally unknown. They are the awesomeness of every genre put into one. I just wish the band would put themselves out there a little more. Though their album came out in 2011 it’s Still in heavy rotation.