Archspire Explains New Album "The Lucid Collective"
The terrifying technical death metal force that is Archspire just released a new full-length album last month titled "The Lucid Collective." Matching the dizzying heights of technicality found in the instrumentation, the album's themes explore the concept of infinite parallel realities and all life existing in a state both living and dead.
Wanting to spread the word about the release, Archspire got in touch with Metalunderground.com for a new interview. The full text can be read below, which covers everything from how the band connected with Season of Mist, why the members are drawn to this style of death metal, and what's been happening with fellow Vancouver metal outfits lately.
xFiruath: This new album is coming out via Season of Mist – when and how did you connected to the label?
Archspire: We did a run with Decapitated, Aborted, and Fleshgod Apocalypse late 2011 through Europe, and somehow Michael from Season Of Mist got wind of us and wanted to come check us out at a show in France. It was a great show, and I guess he liked us enough to offer us a contract. We negotiated over the following year, and eventually ended up with a deal that seemed like the right fit. We are still just fully realizing how awesome this growing label is. They've signed so many good bands, in so many genres. It's an honour to be on their roster.
xFiruath: What was going on with the band in-between “All Shall Align” and “The Lucid Collective,” and how did the sound change on this newer album?
Archspire: We always feel that our writing is heavily influenced by what we are listening to at that moment. Our first album was very Braindrill, Immolation, and Origin inspired. During the writing period of our new album, we got to play with so many of our favorite bands, and that changed our idea of what certain parts might sound like. It's an ever-evolving concept, and while certain details might change, we will always remain a technical death metal band.
xFiruath: Where and when did you record the tracks for “The Lucid Collective?”
Archspire: During the spring of 2013 we spent a little over a month at Rain City Recorders in Vancouver B.C. working with our producer Stuart McKillop, engineer Curtis Buckoll, and had a bit of help from our live sound engineer, who also works at the studio, Mark Mckitrick.
xFiruath: What's happening with the lyrics and themes on the album?
Archspire: The inspiration for the lyrics come from really weird dreams that our vocalist has. The predominant theme of the album is based on the question "could the human mind hold the capacity to comprehend being suddenly exposed to infinite parallel realities?" The lucid collective is a coalition of cognitive species throughout the multiverse that have formed a collaborative intelligence through the art of collective lucid dreaming in an effort to construct a new unified reality free from the constraints of linear time, where all life can simultaneously exist as living, dead, and dreaming.
xFiruath: Tell me about how the artwork connects to that concept.
Archspire: The awesome Ken Sarafin did our album artwork, a dude who is super awesome to work with, and I don't know if he's ever done anything less than incredible. The image itself is an illustration of a few different lyrical ideas, the background represents the song "Fathom Infinite Depth," while the foreground shows certain details from the song "Lucid Collective Somnambulation."
xFiruath: Will there be any new official videos or lyric clips for songs off the album?
Archspire: We have wanted to do a music video for a very long time. It's something that will hopefully come to fruition very soon... As for lyric videos, it's something we have a couple ideas for. Keep and eye out on our Facebook page and YouTube channel.
xFiruath: There are a couple of really top notch, extremely technical death metals bands from your neck of the woods – what led you to this style of music, and who would you say your musical influences are?
Archspire: As musicians and fans of extreme and progressive metal it only seemed natural that all of us would be drawn into a sub genre like "Technical Death Metal." Having music that is aggressive, brutal, and technical is hard not to fall in love with. It's a style that has challenged us as a band on a few levels. The mental and physical demanding element, and the creative/compositional aspect of this genre is what we strive for in music. We all love music and we feel this genre has best suited our musical tastes. We all share different musical influences but these are some of the bands that we have collectively drawn influence from: Origin,Spawn of Possession, Soreption, Necrophagist, Brain Drill, Obscura to name a few.
xFiruath: How is the Vancouver metal scene faring these days?
Archspire: Label mates Anciients are doing extremely well at the moment, at the time of this writing they just finished their first European tour, very awesome. The Nautilus and Ogroem are two bands we always love playing with, two very different styles of metal, but both extremely awesome. The amount of venues has diminished over recent years, but there are some promoters who are good friends of ours, and they really put the effort in to keep the scene tight and continue to bring tons of rad bands to town, especially lately.
xFiruath: What albums are you listening to lately, and is there anything coming up in metal you are really looking forward to?
Archspire: The new Soreption album "Engineering the Void" is incredible and advise everyone to give it a listen. Really looking forward to Origin's "Omnipresent" and Aborted's "The Necrotic Manifesto.”
xFiruath: Will you be taking to the road or attending any festivals to support this album in the near future?
Archspire: Definitely!! We have plans to do a headlining tour through Canada and the U.S. this summer in support of "The Lucid Collective" and there are other touring plans in the works for this year that we unfortunately cannot discuss at the moment, so stay tuned.
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