With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to BASILYSK. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
What pressure is there in releasing an album compared to a demo? Do you feel that there is a sort of pressure to succeed when you release and album, that it sorta is for real now?
-It’s easier for bands to record music and release it on their own, whether it’s a demo or an album. Our new album is self released, but the packaging and production quality is world class.
The only pressure we’ve felt has been us being our own toughest critics.
When you release a record of any sort what kind of expectations do you have on it? Do you set up goals for it?
-We hope our new album “Emergence” takes the world by storm. We like to play fast and loud and it shows with the quality of musicianship on the new record. I think after this year, a lot more people will recognize and respect Basilysk in the global metal scene, especially old school death metal heads.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-We love to play live, and we might even sound better live than on the record. Some bands can’t pull it off. They sound weaker live than on the album. Not us!
We’ll be playing the Stardust Fest in NYC with Dead Congregation, Evoken and The Ruins Of Beverast on July 5 at Brooklyn Bazaar. We look forward to showing off our live performance to a new crowd of metal maniacs.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the footsteps of the last album for a new when it comes to lyrics and art work for everything so that those that bought the previous record will recognize your sound?
-Basilysk definitely has its own signature sound crafted by our frontman and guitarist Josh Perrin, but part of our signature sound is also that it’s hard to categorize. We emulsify death, thrash and black metal into Basilysk.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a band?*
-We live and practice in Philly, which is home to lots of cool bands. A few of our metal neighbors who are worth checking out are Coffin Dust, Covered in Sores, Devil Master, Dumal, Heavy Temple, Tartarus Horde, Witching, Blood Spore.
How hard/easy is it to come up with new songs that that still are you but doesn’t sound like anything you’ve already written?
-“Emergence” was very much written based off a backlog of songs that Josh wrote by himself dating back to 2014. So we are very excited to collaborate on new material in the future. We have some unreleased new songs in the works that are written by the whole band, instead of one person.
What influences/inspires you today? Where do you draw inspiration from? Is it important to have some sort of message?
-Most of the lyrics on the songs from “Emergence” are based on the psychological struggles of being an artist, specifically, as a metal musician. It’s very emotional, personal and intense, but the language of our lyrics take on an mystical tone.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-We’re a relatively new band with a self released album. You can buy an extremely limited first edition print of our CD at https://basilysk.bandcamp.com.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-We’re all for fans buying digital copies of albums to support their favorite bands. Personally, we all own CDs, Cassettes and Vinyl, so we prefer old school hard copies. It seems like we as listeners form a closer personal connection to owning the physical work of art.
What lies in the future?
-Basilysk’s new album “Emergence” will be unleashed on February 22 2019. We plan to tour the east coast this summer, and might even be back in the studio before the year ends.