I got introduced to heavy metal in 1982. 34 years later I am still like that child that first discovered metal every time I come upon a band new to me, like with THE LEVITATION HEX. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Adam Agius: The levitation Hex was born in March 2010 by Adam Agius (Ex Alchemist Vocals, Guitars, Programming) and Mark Palfreyman (Alarum, Bass Vocals).
In 2011 they started recording and mixing songs for a debut album and were joined by Scott Young (Alarum, Guitar) and Ben Hocking (ex Aeon of Horus, Drums programming). By the start of 2012 the debut was ready to be released and the new band set forth playing shows in Australia and a European tour in October 2012 with a spot at the ongoing Prog Power Europe festival.
After the tour The Levitation Hex signed to Germanys High Roller Records www.hrrecords.de for a worldwide release.
The Levitation Hex is a Metal/Rock band with influences ranging from Space Rock, Psychedelia and 70s progressive music and of course there is an obvious old school Thrash metal and Death Metal influence also. Still Heavy as Hell the band are not interested in following any current or previous trends in music and simply create music that the band members are interested in and that hopefully Metal and Rock fans will love also.
In 2013 the band started working on their second release that will be titled COHESION. The new album is a departure from the first with an upbeat attitude and 70s slant on progressive rock. Still heavy as hell the new album features no synthesizers but is sprinkled with cool Mellotron and Organs in parts. The dual vocals of Agius and Palfreyman are more prevalent than the debut and the album is due for release in 2016.
When Cohesion is released The Levitation Hex will tread the boards once again in Australia and Europe and hopefully some other areas of the world.
Until then the Debut is still available on CD and gatefold vinyl from High Roller Records
How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-It wasn’t so much that the name had to fit the style of the music it was more thinking of creating a name that had a meaning. The Levitation Hex is a synonym for the concept of the want of better things is a curse and or the modern trappings stopping mankind from ascending to greater awareness and self-responsibility for example our addiction to material objects.
What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of metal you play? What inspires you today?
-The bands that inspired me to start this band are all old school rock and metal bands , everything from Pink Floyd and Hawkwind to slayer , Metallica to Autopsy and Bolthrower .What inspires me today are subjects unrelated to music and I use these subjects to fuel the fire of inspiration , This can be anything from Spirituality , Science and alternative history theorys.
What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-Well I think it’s always nice to have the physical product especially vinyl as the artwork is expanded and it’s great to hear it on an analogue system. It is very convenient to download but it’s a little soulless.
Is digital killing the album format?
-To a certain extent it is that’s for sure but there will always be that little pocket of real or true music fans who honour the past and like to collect music as a passion or hobby.
What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-Artwork is very important and it really just has to look great and loosely fit the theme of the music, our new album is called cohesion and the cover depicts a human body imploding or coming back together after exploding and that loosely fits the theme.
Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-We do both but if I am to offer my opinion I think that the social media side of things is way over saturated and sometimes you can pay for advertisement that people don’t take any notice of simply because there is so much crap flashed in front of their eyes.
Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-Back in the 90s I felt like I was part of a scene but now I think there is much separation in heavy music, I am 45 and don’t really care if I’m part of anything, I am solely in this for creating and performing music.
How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-We love to tour and would like to do it more but it’s all a case of taking what opportunities are available, sometimes you get great offers and sometimes you miss out. We love to play live and do as much as we can but I don’t know if getting out and touring is quiet effective as it has been in the past as far as raising your profile but it certainly does help and is heaps of fun.
What will the future bring?
-Hopefully a hell of a lot of shows and of course some more recordings, as long as we are enjoying ourselves we will keep going. Thanks for the interview, people can check us out at www.levitationhex.net