Omaha, Nebraska's BYLETH brings you what you wouldn't expect to come out of such an empty area of the mid-west. Straight out of the slaughter state BYLETH gives you fist-to-face death metal with a pinch of black and core. Along with the extreme shredding, talented drumming, and bone crushing vocals. They bludgeon you with an intense live show that leaves you with a sore neck and begging for more. With them just releasing their first album "Scared To Death" in 2011, BYLETH is well on their way to making a name for themselves. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears open for the next mid-west onslaught that is BYLETH.

1. Where are you guys from originally?

Band: We're all from the Slaughter State Omaha, Nebraska! ;)

2. How did you come together?

Band: Four of us have all been great friends since we can even remember. Nolan is the newest addition to the band on account of things not working out with our other guitar player.  He is the newest and youngest...  after a little corrupting, he is fitting in rather nicely.

3. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Band: BYLETH is one of the kings of hell who rides a pale white horse, and appears with eerie loud music behind him. We like to think we're that music ;). We came across the name searching through a Mythology book a few years back, and thought it fit with us pretty well. How you pronounce our name is Buh-Leth. I'm gonna die if I hear another person pronounce it like BYE-Leth.

4. What type of band are you?

Band: Death metal from the middle of nowhere! A bunch of pissed off kids who paint them self's and rock hard as fuck!

5. You guys have a unique sound, which bands would you say influence you the most?

Band: We all have different influences to put into this band. I would say OLD SCHOOL death metal is in our blood. Bands like Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, NILE, Deicide, etc all play a part in our band. We still have big influences with the new age metal of course, can't deny that. We love all metal really, I can't say we sound a lot like any certain band because we don't. Bands I personally grew up drooling over were bands like SLIPKNOT, Korn, Behemoth, and Converge. We try not to have another bands sound leak over into our music, but sometimes you can't run from it. It's hard to sound original these days on account of most of it has been done already. I recently heard Dub-step and metal are doing everything.

6. What was the inspiration for the album name Scared To Death?

Band: Well the song "Scared To Death" was about a part in Josh's life when he was having really horrible dreams, was sick quite often, and wasn't really thinking clearly. He is doing better now obviously, it was just a scary time. Most of the songs are about going through hard times growing up and not understanding why, or what caused them. So being Scared To Death seemed appropriate.

7. Where did the idea come for the video "The Plot To Bury Myself"?

Band: That would be Aaron Gum's work. We got a hold of him after seeing a few of his videos online. We were his first Metal band he ever shot with. After bouncing back and forth with some pretty crazy ideas we finally settled on just a performance video in a "shack".  Which was actually just a garage we decorated with some busted up pieces of wood. :) We ended up just trying to get as many insane shots shoved into one video as we possibly could. Throw in some black paint and a little got yourself a metal video.

8. Tell me about the song "The Plot To Bury Myself"?

Band: Oddly enough this song was created with the help of another drummer (Colton) we had fill in when  our original drummer (Matt) was gone for a few months. We had a bunch of old riffs and a good chunk of the song already mapped out. With Colton's help and the time we had just messing around between shows we through this together. In my book this is my favorite song...if you don't count the new ones we haven't recorded yet ;). Lyrically this song was written on Josh's front porch in the dead of winter, with the help of yours truly. It's about being in that depressing moment of your life when the thought of suicide actually seems like an alternative. Now I don't know if this has happened with everybody, but I know a good chunk of people who it has happened too. Everybody has been down before, but not everybody has hit rock bottom.

9. If you could go back and change something on the album Scared To Death, would you?

Band: Not really. I mean I would change how the overall sound turned out. But it's our first record, it's not supposed to be perfect. Now we have a better idea of what to do and what not to do. Also we matured drastically from writing Scared To Death, so we plan on blowing that out of the water in the upcoming months.

10. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Band: Betrayal, confusion, hatred, death, etc... we were pissed about things we didn't really understand. Like I said we matured a bit since then, have a clearer view of the world today. You shall see what we mean in the upcoming release.

11. Do you write your own songs? Can you discuss the songwriting process in detail?

Band: Yes we do, and the song writing process has changed on account of member changes. When we had our old guitar player, we would bring riffs to practice and see what we could come up with right then and there. Now with Nolan, me and him live together so we can basically hear what the other person is working on from different rooms. Oh ya, did I mention Matt(Drummer) and Matt(Bass) live with us as well? Living with the whole band while also practicing here is a whole new world to us. Our process of writing has absolutely everyone's input on it. These upcoming songs will show that dramatically.

12. How do you describe your music to people?

Band: Depends on the person. If it's someone who has NO IDEA what different types of metal sounds like, we just say "It's like Black Sabbath...but with a guy screaming in your face." :) When talking to actual metalheads we say "It's like Cannibal Corpse with new age influence." Most young kids don't have a clue with what we're talking about.

13. What image do you think your music conveys?

Band: Violence and HAIR.

14. What live performance experience have you had?

Band: TONS! We have opened for National acts, played Sold out shows, and have toured the country. I say we're just getting started! ;)

15. How do you rate your live performance ability?

Band: 10 out of 10. Even if you don't like Metal, we are still fun as hell to watch. We have heard from people after our shows saying "I don't like metal music, but I defiantly get it after watching you guys!"

16. What is your favorite song to perform live and which one really gets your energy up and blood pumping?

Band: Whatever song gets the crowd out of the standing position and into the headbang/pit position!

17. How do you promote your band and shows?

Band: All over. Majority of the promotion happens over internet now days...but nothing beats talking face to face about your band or your shows.

18. Describe your show, visual and musically for us.

Band: 5 kids on stage kickin their necks, swinging hair, jumping kids, and a lot of metal hands! \m/

19. Who in the band would win in a headbanging contest?

Band: Josh hands down. He doesn't have to worry about playing an instrument. If he isn't screaming in your face then you can count on definitely having a mouth full of his hair.

20. What is your favorite headbanging style to use?

Band: If I had long hair I would say the windmill, but sadly I'm the one with short hair. So its full body headbanging, feet stomping and guitar flips!

21. How many band t-shirts are in your personal collection?

Band: Actually not many. I used to have a shit load when I was younger but I grew out of the majority of them. I went from spending money on band shirts to guitar gear!

22. What advice would you give to fellow bands?

Band: You are not going to get your music heard sitting on your ass while hoping things happen. Dedicate your life to traveling around the world and forcing people to hear you.

23. What are the upcoming plans you have lined up for the rest of this year?

Band: Finish writing, then we have a little tour at the end of the end. 2013 is where it's at...big things to come next year, we promise you that!

24. Anything else you want to say or add?


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