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Hear A New The Autumn Offering Song, "The Curtain Hits the Cast," On MetalSucks.net

MetalSucks is now hosting an exclusive stream of "The Curtain Hits the Cast," the new single from The Autumn Offering's forthcoming album "Requiem" (out June 9 on Victory), as well as an interview with The Autumn Offering vocalist Matt McChesney.

An excerpt from the interview follows:

Please tell us about the band’s new album, Requiem. How has The Autumn Offering evolved? And what is it a requiem for?

Requiem is a far darker album than the last one. It was a direct reaction to the MetalSucks review… I’m joking. All kidding aside, its a very personal album for me. I chose to write about things from my past that I never touched on before. On Fear Will Cast No Shadow, I was pointing the finger alot. This time I’m pointing it inward.

I think we found our “sound” on this album. Some bands go through their entire career without ever finding that. I don’t think that Requiem sounds like another band. I mean, people will brand it “metalcore” or whatever, but who cares? Maybe they won’t. As far as evolving goes, I think each time you’re in the studio you get better. Counting previous bands, this is the sixth album I’ve done. I’m sure it’s around the same for the other guys. Myself, Tom [Church, guitarist] and Matt [Johnson, guitarist] write all the material. We are all involved with other projects and I think that helps TAO’s music evolve. I think the more you play with other players and write in different styles in helps your main band. I have a couple death metal bands and I also do some real mellow stuff. Tom produces bands and is in sothern style rock band with Jim [LaMarca] from Chairmara and Waylon and Skinny from Mushrooomhead. It’s called Tenafly Viper. Matt J dables in electroinc music….you can hear elements of all these things on Requiem.

As far as the meaning of the album goes, a requiem is collections of songs or hymns for the dead. There is a sense of dread and death over this album. Some of the songs were about my battles with substance abuse. The end result of that is death. I wanted this album to feel like I was singing at my own funeral.

Your last album was produced by Jason Suecof; your new album is produced by Mark Lewis, who frequently works with Jason Suecof. Can you tell us why you made the switch? Are there differences/similarities between working with the two different producers?

Well, they are both amazing guys and masters of what they do. I would have been happy with either Jay or Mark, it was just a scheduling thing. We were originally going to do the record with Logan Mader but Matt J had some family issues in Florida to attend to and living in California for two months wasn’t feasable. Mark and Jason have been longtime friends of ours. I hang out with those guys when we aren’t in the studio. That’s how this came about. Mark came to see us on tour and I told him about our situation with Logan and how Matt couldn’t leave. Mark said he had some time open, so it was perfect. We thought that both Mark and Jason were booked up. Turns out Mark had some time after he finished the new Deicide.

As far as differences between Mark and Jay, they are quite different but equally effective. Jason is a really eccentric guy, and at times you’ll think “Where is he going with this?” Then you realize he’s right, and you feel like a moron. If you record with Jay, you have to listen to what he says. I was smart enough to understand that Jason is 100 times the musician I am, and to take his advice.

Mark is a perfectionist. Amazing musician as well. Mark is a master at getting amazing tones and I was really impressed with how creative he was musically. Mark had some great ideas, and nine times outta ten was right.

TAO used to be signed to Jamey Jasta’s Stillborn label. What is the current status of the band’s relationship with Jamey?

Kind of a weird situation. It sucks because all that stuff went down a long time ago. I think what happened was, this band was signed too young. When you’re putting 17 year old kids on major tours, it’s gotta be a bit of a culture shock. All the sudden theres all these skanks, and large amounts of alcohol and drugs. The band probably did some immature things. The band had to learn though trial and error what to do and what not to do.

As far as Jamey goes, I don’t really know him. I can understand why he would be upset at the band for leaving Stillborn. I think he was trying to cultivate the band and show them the ropes, so to speak. Before that could happen, the band went to Victory. I’m not saying that was a mistake, but he’s a guy I wish was still on our side. It sucks because, I’m from New England and I grew up on Under The Knife and Satisfaction Is The Death Of
Desire. I’m a fan of his.

What really sucks is that the tours we were doing before are the ones we should be doing now. It’s been a long road trying to clean up our image. Hopefully, we can get back into some of these industry people’s good graces. I think we deserve a second chance. The band was being groomed to be the next “it” band and that never happened due to poor decision making. I think we’re actually banned from Arizona but I can’t quite remember. At the same time, we don’t kiss anyone’s ass. Maybe that’s the problem. I’m a fair guy but I’m still a man. When I first started touring and dealing with all this industry shit I remember thinking “Is this really what its like?” Everyone was so petty. This agent won’t work with that agent, this guy doesn’t like this guy, this band drinks too much, etc… Is this really rock n’ roll now? Sad to say, it is.

You can read the complete interview and hear "The Curtain Hits the Cast" here.

Source: MetalSucks.net

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1. metal2death writes:

i dont know about these guys.... i dont know if i want to check them out either.....

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2. DDAMM writes:

Listen to their early albums with the original lineup. I think the only original members are the guitarists at this point. Used to be a promising band when they still had their original bassist and singer, now they seem to be trying to do more singy catchy bs. Sean robbins was the best part of the band imho and they basically chased him off for being an addict of some sort. WTF happened to sex drugs and rock n' roll anyhow?

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3. dontclose_youreyes writes:

I like it, definitely not as generic as their previous work but all the purists will hate this.

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4. DDAMM writes:

I just remember the first time I saw these guys at Harpo's like 6 years ago. They f***ing killed it and Sean was in the pit thanking everyone after their set. Wasn't too long after Dime was shot and Diecast covered Mouth For War that night. I can't even remember who they opened for on the next tour but I caught that one too just to see them. Revelations of the Unsung was their first and rawest album, Embrace the Gutter was with Victory I believe and was kinda generic, like most of the bands on the label at that time. Bottom line though is that they sounded better live than most of the bands they were opening for. Haven't seen them since then cause I now live in Portland and they haven't come here. Anyone catch their last tour? I would give the new lineup a chance if they still kick a$$ live.

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