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Pitbulls In The Nursery Discusses New Album "Equanimity"

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Years after the release of "Lunatic," someone set the pitbulls loose in the nursery again and managed to record the whole affair, which has now been unleashed under the "Equanimity" title via Klonosphere Records.

Mixing together proggy, technical death metal with some melodic guitar work and clean vocals, the album is a complex and multi-faceted release worth multiple spins. If you haven't heard it yet, the full album is available below along with our new interview with vocalist Tersim Backle.

During our interview, Tersim made a point to champion local, underground bands (stating "if you don't know where to go, look where you come from"), explained what's been happening with the band in the nine years since the last album, and what fans can look forward to next from Pitbulls In The Nursery.

xFiruath: Is there a particular story behind the band name, or were you guys basically just going for a “fox in the hen house” type idea with a twist?

Tersim: The name of Pitbulls In The Nursery came up when we were at school in 1996. At that time, Panda, the former singer found the name while mixing humor and grind. Many times we thought about changing it but we never did. In the end, we're used to it and it's easy to remember.

xFiruath: What do the Pitbulls In The Nursery guys do when they aren't crafting pummeling death metal?

Tersim: As everybody else we all have different activities, jobs, leisure that keep us in a good shape.

xFiruath: Nine years passed between “Lunatic” and “Equanimity” - how has the band changed in that time and has the focus and sound shifted in a different direction?

Tersim: The band never stopped playing together during this period. Naturally, everyone had new musical influences not necessarily related to the metal that evolved the music in PITN. It is the same for our vision of a "composition." We don't hesitate now to dwell on a riff unlike with “Lunatic,” which was more spirited. However the clean sounds remain a common point between the two albums, and finally the new vocals obviously are changing the colour in comparison to “Lunatic.”

xFiruath: Tell me about how the recording process for this album went and where you recorded the tracks.

Tersim: We recorded the album at the dark wizard studio (our bass player's studio) in the suburb of Paris in a town called St Remy-les-chevreuse. We wanted to take our time in a casual ambiance, this is the biggest benefit you can get when you record in a personal studio. We took the necessary time to choose every sound. Francesco did a great job, he used to do everything with great thoroughness to answer all our expectations. it is a luxury to have nothing to regret in regard of the production and recording sessions.

xFiruath: What's going on as far as lyrics and themes across the new album?

Tersim: Most themes and texts in the album are about the human being, the introspection, the man seeking to break free from itself, fears and desires from everything that leads away from the inner peace.

xFiruath: Who did the artwork for this release?

Tersim: Djahal did the artwork, he is our light man, he is a long time friend of the guys in the band, they have known each other since college, we really dig his work, The band worked with him since the first demo, he's a very talented artist and we hadn't even thought about somebody else for the artwork of “Equanimity.”

xFiruath: What's in store for the future of Pitbulls in the Nursery – do you foresee another nine year gap between releases or something else happening more quickly than that?

Tersim: During our crowd funding campaign we proposed to make a Sitar / Metal Maxi if we were able to reach the sum of € 3,300. As we have exceeded this amount, we started to write some riffs and we're eager to launch this project dear to our heart.

xFiruath: Will Pitbulls In The Nursery be taking this album on the live circuit any time soon?

Tersim: We already have a few gigs booked like the Cornucopia Fest near Barcelona in July plus the Mfest in the centre of France in September, for now, as we still haven't found a booking agency yet we get the gigs by our own means according to the propositions we have, and of course we wish to hit the road as much as possible, everywhere and anywhere that can be possible.

xFiruath: How active are you guys in your local metal scene and what's going on there? Are there any venues really championing metal in your area?

Tersim: Our area (Yvelines) has always been a flourishing land for amplified music. The venues network allow us to perform as well as seeing a bunch of bands of all kinds. At the local scale, we can count on venues like the Usine à Chapeaux or le café de la Plage to welcome us and program some good French metal bands.

xFiruath: What other projects are you guys working on right now?

Tersim: Matt and Jerry both are playing in a metal/stoner band called SuperTanker. Their first album "Songs from the Ashes" is already out, check them out guys they are really good. I also started a side project, pretty distant from metal stuff and more personal, it's a rock/ambient/folk band, but I cannot tell when the first album will be released. I'm working on it.

xFiruath: What are you looking forward to in metal and what new music would you recommend to your fans?

Tersim: Personally I'm not waiting for anything in particular, I just would say that if you don't know where to go look where you come from.

xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to add?

Tersim: A huge THANK YOU to all the people who supported us throughout the Ulule project and who supported us during the creation process of “Equanimity” with their messages and their presence at concerts.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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