Legend Of Leviathan's Spencer and Tyler doesn't CARE that their band isn't the BEST Around

Coming from Florence, Alabama with grindcore roots and 3 members, Legend of Leviathan has become a 5 piece going through many line-up changes and a change in direction bringing Deathcore and Death Metal together as one. They go on to say that "We're not trying to be the "best" band around, we don't care if you think your band is better or IS better, our lyrics are what they are, we try to make the band better with every show and practice!" Drummer Spencer Letsinger and guitarist Tyler Thompson discusses this Alabama sensation.

1. Where are you from?

Florence, Alabama.

2. How did you come together?

Legend Of Leviathan originally started as a 3 piece grindcore band in 2009. Original members consist of;

Matthew Kramer (Guitarist)
Drew Lenz (Vocalist)
Steven Danley (Drums)

After having differences with the band, the lineup changed in mid 2011.

2011 lineup:

Matthew Kramer (Vocalist)
Hagan Dickerson (Guitar)
Tyler Thompson (Guitar)
Alex Beavers (Bass)
Spencer Letsinger (Drums)

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

Well the Leviathan is a mythical creature that takes the form of a sea serpent in the bible. In Greek mythology it is also a serpent, as well as an omen of destruction.

4. So what can you tell me about your release "The Cleansing of Mankind"?

It is our first EP. We finally found the sound we were going for with it's release.

5. Where did a title such as "The Cleansing of Mankind" come from and what does it represent?

Well we were referring to the eradication of all religion, as well as exposing the hypocrisy of man.

6. Who designed the artwork and what does it mean?

Cheyenne Carter. The album artwork seemed to fit with the them of cleansing the Earth.

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

Basically, they take the same approach lyrically as the album name infers.

8. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Tyler and Hagan usually lay down various guitar tracks until something clicks. Spencer then adds drums once we have a solid foundation for a song. Matt writes the lyrics once the song's structure is set in stone.

9. Who are your musical influences?

Matthew:Whitechapel, Deicide, Oceano.

Hagan:Miss May I, Psychostick, Mass For The Machine.

Tyler:The Faceless, The Black Dahlia Murder, Jeff Loomis.

Alex:In The Midst Of Lions, The Browning, For Today.

Spencer:The Black Dahlia Murder, Dimmu Borgir, The Valley Roots.

10. What are your dreams and goals?

To make a living off of playing music.

11. How do you promote your band and shows?


12. Describe your show, visual and musically for us?

Well Matthew likes to drink in excess before our performances. The whole band tries to be as intense and hateful as possible on stage.

13. What advice would you give to fellow bands?

Get a job.

14. What inspires you to do what you do?

Alabama lifestyle!

15. How does music affect you and the world around you?

It is a vent for whatever emotions are being held in. Our views on various subjects are expressed through our music.

16. What else do you guys have lined up for 2013?

We are currently writing a new album titled "Conspiracy Theory". It a huge progression on our musicianship in our eyes.

17. Is that your final answer?

Yes ma'am.

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