|Quick introductory interview.|
|1. Who are you and how did the band get started?
The band is now called 'Methysis', however, in 2010, we started out as 'Bahamut', inspired by the Final Fantasy computer game series which we are all fans of. As Bahamut we covered a few songs to get to our open mic such as Swallow the Sun's 'Swallow', Amorphis' 'Exile of the Sons of Uisliu' and Draconian's 'The Abhorrent Rays' before writing our first song 'Calamity from the Skies'.
After an American band of the same name kindly asked us to change our band name, we began the long process of finding a new name. Eventually, Lee (Guitars) stumbled across the word 'Methysis' which means 'drunkenness'. We thought it was a fitting title!
After a few line up changes, we now consist of Tom Booth (vocals), Lee Meade (guitars), Jake Orton (guitars), Mike Titmus (Bass) and Joe Rawlings (drums).
2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?
We chose doom metal because Lee, who co-founded the band with Tom, was a fan of melodic doom bands such as Swallow the Sun, Amorphis and Draconian. If I'm honest, we also chose doom because we thought it would be easy to play due to its slow nature and lack of widdly guitar parts, however we quickly found out it has its own difficulties such as keeping time at slow paces and writing original material. None of us had been in a band before so it was a huge learning curve for all of us.
Our style now is mainly mid-paced melodic death/doom with some very heavy crushing riffs separating some catchy melodies and some beautiful lead guitar parts. Our latest effort is much slower and a lot longer but it has challenged the band in a positive way and we now include it in our setlist as our opener. The vocals are powerful screams and gutteral growls. Tom can hold long soaring scream that runs right through you and shakes your bones. Kraven Morrdeth of Evil Scarecrow described us as 'Combining the majesty and brutality pulled from the swirling muddy depths of perpetual doom'.
3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?
The high point of our career so far is most definitely our support slot to Wodensthrone and also with Falloch. We are big fans of these bands and it was an honour to be a part of that show. After we finished our set, some promoters from London approached us and were interested in us to play at The Purple Turtle in London, however, we regret not being prepared enough at that point and unfortunately nothing came of the offer.
Other highlights include supporting Evil Scarecrow on two occasions, playing with Old Corpse Road, Eastern Front, Ancient Ascendant and Foul Body Autopsy. And on 4th March 2013 we will be main support to Candlelight Records' Zatokrev.
4. Which three bands most influenced you?
One for definite is Swallow the Sun. Although its difficult to pin any influences directly to certain bands, I think Katatonia and Amorphis have been influences seeing as we covered songs from these bands in the beginning.
More recently inspiration has been taken from Daylight Dies, Evadne, The Prophecy, The Fall of Every Season and Zatokrev.
5. What are your plans for the near future?
We are in the process of finalising our debut E.P. entitled 'The Memorialist' which is very exciting for us. We have tried to get this done on two occasions prior, however, the first recordings were not to our liking and after the recording of the second attempt, we underwent some major line up changes and thought it would be best to include our new members on the E.P.
We have just compiled our press pack which will shortly be sent to promoters and venues across the country to get gigs for the remainder of 2013 and beyond.
6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.
We currently have the following shows booked:
04.03.13 Zatokrev + Methysis + From the Bogs of Aughiska @ The Hairy Dog, Derby UK
13.04.13 Metal 2 the Masses East Midland Heat 2 @ The Intake, Mansfield
11.05.13 Spires + Bloodguard + Methysis + Hordes (UK) @ The Old Angel, Nottingham
01.06.13 Line of Fire + Lifer + Baron Greenback + Methysis @ The Hairy Dog, Derby
13.09.13 Methysis + supports @ The Hairy Dog, Derby
There was one gig that we played where we were main support to The Prophecy at The Old Bell, Derby. Unfortunately, however, the night before, The Prophecy's vocalist Matt Lawson damaged his voice at a gig and therefore had to pull out of the event. The gig still went ahead but with Methysis closing the night. It was a very nervous time for us because we were suddenly the headliners playing above notable acts Old Corpse Road, Eibon La Furies and Northern Oak! The gig went down really well, but we were saddened not to be able to play with The Prophecy. We massively hope to receive another chance to play with them in the future.
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