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Stealing Axion Talks New Album "Moments" And Upcoming Euroblast Tour

Stealing Axion's debut full-length album "Moments" is due to drop through InsideOut Music in only a handful of days, and the band's music will have the opportunity to speak for itself as Stealing Axion officially breaks into the metal scene.

If you can't wait until the release date to find out more about "Moments," guitarist/vocalist Dan Forbrich is more than happy to walk potential fans through the sound and recording process for the album. Check out our interview with Dan below, and be sure to catch Stealing Axion on tour with Jeff Loomis, Vildhjarta, and Monuments this coming Fall.

xFiruath: Stealing Axion is still pretty new on the scene. Can you describe what the band sounds like for anyone not familiar with your music?

Dan: I’d say we’re a progressive groove metal band. We have a strong emphasis on heavy riffing and groovy rhythms so we have a lot of atmospheric layers. We have a lot of diversity, while we have a lot of heaviness we a softer and melodic side too.

xFiruath: I’ve been listening through some songs and I noticed you guys tend to use a lot of different vocal styles, even within a single song. How do you choose what goes where and what sort of style is being used at any given time?

Dan: It’s based on the lyrics, on who is saying what. If it’s the protagonist of the song or another person or something like that, but it’s also whatever fits the mood of that part of the song. If it’s a really aggressive part we’ll use guttural screaming, but sometimes we like to mix it up and throw a curveball. We just do whatever comes naturally.

xFiruath: You already did a tour earlier this year with 7 Horns 7 Eyes. How did that go and did you end up going anywhere you hadn’t been before?

Dan: Yeah we went to a bunch of places we hadn’t gone. We did kind of a loop from Seattle and Tocoma down to California and made a loop through New Mexico and back up. Touring with 7 Horns was awesome, they’re one of my favorite bands from the Northwest. They’re nice guys and that’s a super awesome album that was just released. It was a learning experience, it was kind of our first full tour as this band, so it was really fun.

xFiruath: How did the recording process go for the new album “Moments?”

Dan: Recording was pretty challenging as at the time we were all working full time jobs and I was living far from the other guys in the band. We recorded everything in my house, and we were working all days at our jobs and then coming home and recording all night until the sun came out, and then going back to our jobs again. It took about 3 months. It was arduous but very rewarding at the end.

xFiruath: Is there a particular theme on this album?

Dan: We came up with a kind of overarching story for the album. We decided to keep that secret though, we want fans to interpret the songs in their own way. There is a story we have going and it was a good way to help give our lyrics direction and put a concept on the album.

xFiruath: What happens during the writing for a new Stealing Axion song?

Dan: To start off we usually start the song as a skeleton with a demo, and we’ll bring in our own demos separately. Then we’ll kind of get together and add things or change the arrangements and add the vocals. So it starts out separately but then it all comes together. We all have our own touch on each of the songs.

xFiruath: How did you get hooked up with InsideOut Music?

Dan: We got in contact with them through a mutual friend, the guy who mixed and mastered the album, he’s from the band Tesseract, he put us in touch with them. They found out he was mixing our album so they heard it and liked it enough to want to get in touch with us. So a couple of months later it all got put down on paper.

xFiruath: Will you be doing a music video for any of these new songs?

Dan: We’ve been talking about it. There’s a lot of costs involved in that kind of thing. We have done some guitar playthroughs, the YouTube community loves those, and we’ve been filming a bunch so there will be more released as time goes on. We’ve been getting great responses on those so far.

xFiruath: On responses, do you guys read the reviews for your music and what has the consensus been on the feedback you’ve seen?

Dan: I think everybody is tempted to do that, I do occasionally go read reviews and stuff, and the response has been good so far. Even on the EP the response was great. Most of the time I just read our own pages and fan comments on everything. It’s been positive and supportive.

xFiruath: What’s happening locally for you in the metal world?

Dan: I think we have a pretty good scene up here in the Seattle and Tocoma area. We play shows occasionally around here. There are some solid bands around here. The shows have been awesome with lots of people coming out and showing support.

xFiruath: What music are you listening to lately?

Dan: I’m really excited for the Monuments album coming out, they’re buddies of ours. I’ve been listening a lot to The Mothership, it’s a sort of alternative rock band. I’ve still been listening to the new Vildjharta CD a lot. That’s just brutal.

xFiruath: Do you have new tour dates lined up now?

Dan: We got invited to the first annual Euroblast tour with Jeff Loomis, Vildhjarta, and Monuments, so that’s going to be really cool. That’s coming up in October and November. We’ll also be playing the Euroblast festival as part of the tour. There are some U.S. touring plans in the works, but nothing I can mention yet since nothing is set in stone.

xFiruath: Do you prefer a lineup with bands all in a similar style or something that’s got a wider range on the package?

Dan: When I go to shows I like it when the package is really out there. For example, when I saw Meshuggah last year they played with Baroness, and I thought that was a really cool mixture of crowds. A couple of years ago I saw Dredge with Animals as Leaders. I think it makes the show more fun.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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